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Stuff You Should Know

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.

 

#1941

Selects: Chiggers: The Phantom Menace

Chiggers are tiny little mites capable of making your life miserable. Worse than mosquitoes? Maybe. But they aren't insects - mites are actually part of the arachnid family and behave a little like ticks. Learn all about these nearly invisible pests in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

13 hrs Ago

32 MINS

32:32

13 hrs Ago


#1940

What's up with bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery can also be called weight loss surgery. Some people think it's a highly underused tool to fight obesity. Others think it's a shortcut. We discuss all the ins and outs in this week's episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

23 Jun 2022

48 MINS

48:13

23 Jun 2022


#1939

Short Stuff: Do Fish Get Thirsty?

One of the greatest questions we’ve ever heard, answered (in a roundabout way). See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

22 Jun 2022

11 MINS

11:45

22 Jun 2022


#1938

The Appalachian Trail: A Heckuva Hike

A few short years after the hiking trails from Maine to Georgia were connected into the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, a WWII vet walked the whole thing in one go. He kicked off a challenge that’s still taken on by thousands of people each year. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

21 Jun 2022

51 MINS

51:08

21 Jun 2022


#1937

Selects: How Steadicams Work

There have been many inventions that have advanced filmmaking, but maybe none as important as the steadicam. Invented in the mid-70s, it literally changed the way movie making happened, and made the impossible possible. Learn about the fascinating history behind this amazing technology, in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

18 Jun 2022

34 MINS

34:34

18 Jun 2022


#1936

What were the IRA hunger strikes?

In the early 1980s, imprisoned IRA members went on a prolonged hunger strike, leading to the death of ten men. This is their story. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

16 Jun 2022

50 MINS

50:11

16 Jun 2022


#1935

Short Stuff: HR8 Gun Legislation

Today we dive into HR8, a gun bill supported by 90% of Americans that will likely never get through the Senate. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

15 Jun 2022

14 MINS

14:55

15 Jun 2022


#1934

How Wind Works

Beloved egghead Buckminster Fuller said the wind doesn’t blow, it sucks. And he was pretty much right, depending on your perspective. Find out how everything from the hurricane to summer breeze makes life on Earth possible. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

14 Jun 2022

42 MINS

42:32

14 Jun 2022


#1933

Selects: How Drowning Works

Hundreds of thousands of people drown around the world every year, and yet it can be easily prevented and is widely misunderstood – like how you can officially drown but live to tell the tale, or how you can drown but die days later. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

11 Jun 2022

51 MINS

51:47

11 Jun 2022


#1932

The 4-minute Mile: Greatest Sports Story?

Nobody thought the 4-minute mile was humanly possible, until it was. The story of how it happened is remarkable. So sit back and take a listen. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

09 Jun 2022

49 MINS

49:47

09 Jun 2022


#1931

Short Stuff: Cleveland’s Infamous 10-Cent Beer Night

In 1974, the Cleveland (then Indians) baseball club held an unlimited 10 cent beer promotion to attract fans to the game. An actual riot broke out. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

08 Jun 2022

13 MINS

13:31

08 Jun 2022


#1930

How Freedom of the Press Works

Countries around the world – capitalist democracies to communist unitary states – guarantee a free press in their constitutions. It turns out, though, that there is a galaxy of methods for subverting a free press. Find out why that matters in this episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

07 Jun 2022

48 MINS

48:48

07 Jun 2022


#1929

Selects: How Satanism Works

Satanism may be the most misunderstood "religion" in the world. Part of that is because there are, and have been, many offshoots of Satanism, from The Church of Satan to The Satanic Temple. One thing is sure though, none of them are filled with evil humans who perform ritual blood sacrifice and worship a cloven-hoofed devil. Learn all about Satanism in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

04 Jun 2022

52 MINS

52:33

04 Jun 2022


#1928

Kidney Donation: You Could Be A Saint!

Kidneys are one of the few organs that you can donate while you’re alive. And the vast majority of donors experience no complications and their remaining kidney functions just fine. Yet thousands of people die each year waiting for a donated kidney. Why? See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

02 Jun 2022

47 MINS

47:24

02 Jun 2022


#1927

Short Stuff: Happy Foods!

Some foods make you happy. But they aren't necessarily comfort foods. You know what they call that? SCIENCE! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

01 Jun 2022

13 MINS

13:56

01 Jun 2022


#1926

The Scintillating World of Interest Rates

When the Fed raises interest rates a half point, the world market reacts. But why does this tiny percentage make such a difference? Listen and learn! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

31 May 2022

44 MINS

44:49

31 May 2022


#1925

Selects: Waterbeds: The Sexiest Bed?

Waterbeds came and went pretty quickly in the United States, but despite their marketing as sex beds, they were actually invented to deliver a great night's sleep. Learn all about these super 70's beds in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

28 May 2022

39 MINS

39:24

28 May 2022


#1924

The Myth of Absinthe

Absinthe makes you hallucinate and possibly even have a seizure, right? Nope. It's all a part of the myth of absinthe, which is really just a bitter tasting liquor with a bad reputation. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

26 May 2022

50 MINS

50:24

26 May 2022


#1923

Short Stuff: Do people move in predictable directions?

Depending on where you are in the world, you either have an instinct to go left or right when entering a place. Learn all about this today. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

25 May 2022

12 MINS

12:58

25 May 2022


#1922

Cats: Invasive Species?

Josh and Chuck wade into dangerous waters with the debate over just how destructive cats are for local ecosystems (turns out it’s pretty bad) and some ideas on what to do about that (you may not want to know). Tune in and tense up! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

24 May 2022

46 MINS

46:23

24 May 2022


#1921

Selects: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five

In 1978, five friends set out for home from a basketball game. The next day, their car was discovered in a lonely mountain road. The next spring, their bodies began to turn up. What happened that night remains a mystery to this day. Explore what we know with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

21 May 2022

49 MINS

49:51

21 May 2022