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Stuff You Should Know

By iHeartRadio  

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

 

#1528

SYSK Selects: All We Know About Guessing

Guessing is a weird thing. For millennia, it could have meant the difference between life and death. Now it's not as vital, but we still do it every day, whether behind the wheel of a car, or judging what another person might be feeling. In this classic episode, learn everything we know about the brain and how it manages this odd, very human act. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

04 Jul 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:57

04 Jul 2020


#1527

Oh Yes, How Soil Works

There is maybe nothing that sounds more boring than hearing two people talk about soil, but friend, prepare to be amazed at the details of what makes this amazing substance the life blood of Earth itself! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

02 Jul 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:16

02 Jul 2020


#1526

Short Stuff: The Science of Funny Words

Why are some words funnier than others? Well, one man has sought to figure that out. We'll tell you all about him and his project in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

01 Jul 2020

15 MINS

15:24

01 Jul 2020


#1525

Bruxism: Grinding Your Teeth Is the Pits

Researchers have noticed that as incidence of anger increases so too has teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism. That’s a problem because when people grind their teeth, especially when they’re sleeping, they can wear them down to nubs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

30 Jun 2020

54 MINS

54:15

30 Jun 2020


#1524

SYSK Selects: Juggling: What the Heck

There is a lot – A LOT – to juggling and Chuck and Josh go over the lion’s share of it in this classic episode. Delve into the deep history, physics, how-tos and different types of juggling in this surprisingly sweeping look at a putatively innocuous pastime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

27 Jun 2020

53 MINS

53:22

27 Jun 2020


#1523

Matcha: That Ain't Just Tea

Matcha is something else, healthy and delicious and all the rage. Learn all about this trendy beverage today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

25 Jun 2020

51 MINS

51:29

25 Jun 2020


#1522

Short Stuff: Nouns of assemblage... assemble!

A gaggle of geese. A murder of crows. Nouns of assemblage are awesome and we talk about them for about 12 minutes in today's Short Stuff installment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

24 Jun 2020

12 MINS

12:47

24 Jun 2020


#1521

How Ultrasound Works

Sure you know all about ultrasound. You can see pictures of little babies right there cozy in the womb just by waving a magic plastic stick over the mom’s tummy. And magic is basically right. Believe us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

23 Jun 2020

54 MINS

54:01

23 Jun 2020


#1520

SYSK Selects: Research tips from SYSK

People often ask us how we do our research. We're not going to disclose all of our secrets, but we'll give you some tips on how to root out the bad studies from the good ones. Learn all about shady studies and reporting in this classic episode! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

20 Jun 2020

49 MINS

49:03

20 Jun 2020


#1519

The Manhattan Grid

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18 Jun 2020

51 MINS

51:23

18 Jun 2020


#1518

Short Stuff: Haint Blue

Haint Blue is a kind of robin's egg color that you might commonly find on porches of the low country of the Southeastern United States. But what does it have to do with ghouls and ghosts? Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

17 Jun 2020

12 MINS

12:27

17 Jun 2020


#1517

The War on Fat: The Seven Countries Study

The Seven Countries Study was a fairly impressive, long-term study on the effects of fat in our diet, among other things. But it was very flawed and launched the misguided "War on fat." Learn all about today, then make up your own mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

16 Jun 2020

53 MINS

53:07

16 Jun 2020


#1516

SYSK Selects: How Flamethrowers Work

Who first decided that it would be a great idea to shoot flame at other people from a distance? Josh and Chuck talk about the (very) early origins, history and technology of the flamethrower in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

13 Jun 2020

27 MINS

27:59

13 Jun 2020


#1515

Can You Eat A Tapeworm To Lose Weight?

There’s a persistent insistence that you can ingest a tapeworm and as the parasite hijacks a lot of the calories you eat, the pounds will fall right off. In theory this could be true, but it’s also extremely dangerous. And has anyone ever really done it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

11 Jun 2020

45 MINS

45:21

11 Jun 2020


#1514

Short Stuff: Foie Gras

Foie gras means “fatty liver” in French, which makes sense because it’s made from the overripe livers of force-fed ducks and geese.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

10 Jun 2020

14 MINS

14:38

10 Jun 2020


#1513

How Project Star Gate Worked

In yet another testament to how amazingly great the 70s were, in 1975 the US started a program that tried to harness the powers of clairvoyance to remotely spy on the Soviet Union. Since clairvoyance doesn’t seem to exist, it wasn’t super successful. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

09 Jun 2020

58 MINS

58:49

09 Jun 2020


#1512

SYSK Selects: How The Black Panther Party Worked

The Black Panther Party was a complex political movement that was unfairly painted as a militant group who hated white people. Far from it, they were actually men and women trying to affect change in their community. Their history is one of the more interesting American stories, from the early stages of policing the police to their community service efforts to their inevitable fall. Learn all about the Black Panther Party in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

06 Jun 2020

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:58

06 Jun 2020


#1511

The Massacre at Tiananmen Square

Tank Man. An indelible image burned in our brains. But what led to this extraordinary event? Chuck and Josh walk you through the days and weeks leading up to the massacre at Tiananmen Square, which is more of a cautionary tale than we realized. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

04 Jun 2020

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:09

04 Jun 2020


#1510

Short Stuff: Disappearing Dirty Dancing Lake

The lake from one of the all-time great movies (search your feelings, you’ll find that it’s true) is turning into a dried up mudhole. Turns out it has some unusual features. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

03 Jun 2020

13 MINS

13:57

03 Jun 2020


#1509

Heroin: The Drug

We've covered a lot of drugs in our history, and today we tackle heroin, one of the most dangerous of all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

02 Jun 2020

57 MINS

57:41

02 Jun 2020


#1508

SYSK Selects: How Jackhammers Work

It’s likely that without the invention of the pneumatic jackhammer, the Industrial Revolution wouldn’t have hummed along quite so smoothly. Certainly a lot more trains would go around mountains than through them. Learn about this essential tool in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

30 May 2020

36 MINS

36:11

30 May 2020


#1507

How Narcolepsy Works

Narcolepsy is one of those amazing rare disorders that everyone thinks they understand – people just fall asleep at random times, even in the middle of doing something. But there’s a lot more to it and – even better – we actually may be able to explain it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

28 May 2020

57 MINS

57:43

28 May 2020


#1506

Short Stuff: Lawn Darts

There was a time when kids had to look out for flying darts that could pierce their skulls when they played in the backyard. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

27 May 2020

14 MINS

14:08

27 May 2020


#1505

Hummingbirds: Ornery Helicopters of the Animal Kingdom

If you didn’t already know how amazing hummingbirds are, prepare to learn. Not only do they count among their numbers the smallest bird species, they are also lightning fast and have the endurance of a marathoner and a telethoner put together. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

26 May 2020

51 MINS

51:52

26 May 2020


#1504

SYSK Selects: How The Enlightenment Works

The Enlightenment stands as the moment the West withdrew from superstition and found its faith in reason. Did it shift too far? In this classic episode, learn about this massive shift in thinking which we are still sorting through and coming to understand today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

23 May 2020

46 MINS

46:05

23 May 2020


#1503

Josh Clark's Speech from Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020

Hi listeners, in case you haven't heard already, iHeartRadio just released a brand new podcast called Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, where we collected speeches from notable folks all over and asked them to give their best advice, thoughts and words of wisdom to graduating seniors. In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, Josh Clark, co-host of the Stuff You Should Know podcast, divulges secrets to graduates that their parents and teachers may have neglected to tell them. If you'd like to hear the other speeches, including ones from John Legend, Bill & Melinda Gates, Tim Cook, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Abby Wambach, and more, just search "Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020" in your podcasting app of choice! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

22 May 2020

09 MINS

09:49

22 May 2020


#1502

How Bras Work

Bras are loved and hated, sometimes at the same time. But as difficult and restrictive as they can be, they rescued women from a much cruel contraption: corsets. The question remains, though, do women need bras at all? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

21 May 2020

57 MINS

57:48

21 May 2020


#1501

Short Stuff: Mary Had A Little Lamb

Did you know the little nursery rhyme is controversial? It’s true: Two towns in New England can barely stand to see one another on the map (kind of). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers ... Read more

20 May 2020

15 MINS

15:10

20 May 2020