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      Thu 23 Feb 2017

      How Famines Work 54m play

      It’s common knowledge that famines are usually caused by major droughts: Rain doesn’t fall, crops don’t grow, and people go hungry. But recent research suggests that while weather may trigger famines,... 9 more words

      Tue 21 Feb 2017

      The ins and outs of the DEATH TAX 52m play

      The estate tax, also known as the death tax, is not new. It's actually been around in some form since ancient Rome. Some say it's a necessary tax to help prevent resting on your inheritance laurels. O... 15 more words

      Thu 16 Feb 2017

      The Black Panther Party 1h 7m play

      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 ... 38 more words

      Tue 14 Feb 2017

      Tardigrades: Nature's Cuddly, Indestructible Microanimal 37m play

      You can burn them, freeze them, shoot them into space – they wouldn’t bat an eyelash, even if they had eyelashes. Go into the microcosmos and learn about the tiny animals that are so astoundingly dura... 10 more words

      Thu 09 Feb 2017

      Live from San Francisco: How Malls Work 1h 8m play

      In this show recorded live on January 5, 2017 at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, Josh and Chuck delve into the history and the heyday of the church of consumerism and what it means for local communiti... 10 more words

      Tue 07 Feb 2017

      The Quinoa Revolution! 47m play

      Quinoa is a trendy food, right alongside kale and anything else farm to table. But it's really an ancient grain. Although it's not exactly a grain at all. Technically it's a pseudo-cereal. But it is t... 18 more words

      Thu 02 Feb 2017

      What's the future of virtual sex? 1h play

      In the not too distant future, sex may not involve being in the same room as your partner. In fact, your partner may not even have to be a human. We're talking virtual sex here. Couple VR with high te... 20 more words

      Tue 31 Jan 2017

      Elastics: Where God and Science Smooch 54m play

      You could be forgiven for thinking the story behind elastics was boring. You’d still be wrong, though. The story of what’s holding up your underwear is a global drama, replete with war, industrial esp... 6 more words

      Thu 26 Jan 2017

      How Pacifism Works (And Could It?) 1h 18m play

      There is deep disagreement over whether humans are essentially peaceful or essentially warlike. Depending on your view you may see pacifism as either hopelessly naïve or the unsung response to conflic... 8 more words

      Tue 24 Jan 2017

      How Dictators Work 48m play

      There are many types of dictators, from so called 'benevolent' ones to the kind who rule with an iron fist. There are also many ways they can come into power, and they don't all include violence. Lear... 10 more words

      Thu 19 Jan 2017

      How Soylent Works 44m play

      Soylent is a meal replacement drink, but not really. So what is it? Total sustenance in a glass? Some say so. Is it made from humans? No, that's just a movie. Learn all about this odd concoction in to... 2 more words

      Tue 17 Jan 2017

      Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Bad For You? 59m play

      Artificial sweeteners have gotten a bad rap in the press for as long as they’ve been in use. But is it just the result of a fear of science or do artificial sweeteners cause real harm? A mounting body... 10 more words

      Thu 12 Jan 2017

      How Watersheds Work 32m play

      Unless you happen to be standing on a hilltop or swimming in the ocean right now, you are on a watershed. These unsung wonders of topography and hydrology are an important contributor to the rain cycl... 9 more words

      Tue 10 Jan 2017

      What's the deal with Baby Boomers? 52m play

      Baby Boomers are probably the most talked about generation in American history. But who are these people and how did they help shape the country we know today? Find out all about the big boom in today... 2 more words

      Thu 05 Jan 2017

      How Feeding Babies Works: The Bottle 1h 13m play

      The decision to bottle feed a baby instead of breast-feeding is a weighty one these days, fraught with supposed developmental pitfalls and very real social implications. But is bottle feeding a bad th... 7 more words

      Tue 03 Jan 2017

      How Feeding Babies Works: The Breast 1h 12m play

      Breast milk is considered a perfect food for infants, so much so that for the first four to six months of life, a baby can subsist on mother’s milk alone. Learn all about the most fascinating milk aro... 9 more words

      Thu 29 Dec 2016

      Human Blockheads: A Real Thing 49m play

      Human blockheads are performers who hammer nails and things into their noses. Yup. That's a thing. And it isn't a trick either - anyone can do it. Just please don't try to.

      Tue 27 Dec 2016

      Can you live without a bank account? 54m play

      Seems like it would be nearly impossible to live without a bank account these days. But it is possible! Learn all about banking and personal finance in today's riveting episode.

      Thu 22 Dec 2016

      The Stuff You Should Know 2016 Christmas Extravaganza in 3-D! 57m play

      It’s the most wonderful time of year again! Time for Josh and Chuck to take you on a cozy, hall-decked ride full of glad tidings right into the heart of the holiday spirit!

      Tue 20 Dec 2016

      The Golden Age of Grave Robbing: Stuff You Should Know Live in London 1h 19m play

      There was a brief period in the US, UK and Ireland when a dead body could fetch a pretty penny for a person willing to dig it up and sell it to surgeons for dissection. It turns out that there was no ... 9 more words

      Thu 15 Dec 2016

      How Porta-Potties Work 43m play

      Despite our lengthy history of evacuating our bowels and bladders, it wasn’t until the relatively recent 1940s that we began to construct portable, self-contained toilets to accept our waste. Dive int... 8 more words

      Tue 13 Dec 2016

      Will We Find Evidence of Aliens by Their Engineering Projects? 48m play

      In 1960 physicist Freeman Dyson suggested that in the hunt for alien life, we should search for evidence of massive engineering projects that encapsulate stars with solar arrays to harness their energ... 8 more words

      Thu 08 Dec 2016

      Is computer addiction a thing? 50m play

      Computer addiction is really an umbrella term for the various addictions that can come along with the computer. We're talking video games, porn, gambling and the like. We dive deep into the world of d... 5 more words

      Tue 06 Dec 2016

      Horoscopes: Written in the Stars? 52m play

      A lot of people read their daily horoscopes, but does anyone really take stock in them? Turns out the answer is yes, even though there is no evidence of their accuracy. Learn all about horoscopes toda... 1 more words

      Thu 01 Dec 2016

      How a Flea Circus Works 47m play

      If you've ever seen a flea circus, then count yourself among the few. It's a dying art, but back in the day they thrilled and delighted young and old alike. Learn all about the tiny big tops in today'... 2 more words

      Tue 29 Nov 2016

      Frostbite: Yeeeow! 38m play

      Up to the 1950s most reports of frostbite came from the world’s militaries, but as outdoor sports have gotten more popular, so have frostbite cases. Learn about how frostbite wreaks havoc on your extr... 7 more words

      Thu 24 Nov 2016

      Should Advertising to Kids Be Banned? 1h 8m play

      As kids’ buying power in America has exploded in recent decades, so too has the amount companies spend advertising to them. But because of a quirk of brain development, kids aren’t equipped to underst... 9 more words

      Tue 22 Nov 2016

      The Kitty Genovese Story 39m play

      Most people have heard of the story of Kitty Genovese. She was murdered near her apartment in 1964 and her neighbors didn't do much to help. It caused a nationwide outcry, but the story has often been... 6 more words

      Thu 17 Nov 2016

      What's the Deal with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy? 40m play

      Concussions are bad enough for football players, but research has found all of those smaller hits can add up to massive brain trauma later in life too, leading to a condition called chronic traumatic ... 9 more words

      Tue 15 Nov 2016

      How Fireplaces Work 58m play

      They are dirty, harmful to your health, bad for the environment and utterly charming. Wood-burning fireplaces have been with us for centuries and, despite their many drawbacks, are sticking around. Le... 9 more words

      Thu 10 Nov 2016

      How Monty Python Worked: SYSK Live from LA Podfest 54m play

      Things get awesome when Josh and Chuck do a live show on Monty Python at the LA Podcast Festival. Hang out as the duo dives into the 'Beatles of Comedy,' what made them tick, what made them so funny, ... 9 more words

      Tue 08 Nov 2016

      Do sin taxes work? 53m play

      Taxing things like alcohol, tobacco and gambling is big money and has been for a long time. But are these 'sin taxes' keeping people from indulging or are they simply a way to raise revenue? Learn all... 6 more words

      Thu 03 Nov 2016

      A Partial History of Action Figures 1h 15m play

      Action figures have a long and glorious history. From GI Joes to Star Wars figures, these offshoots of dolls came along at just the right time to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere. L... 11 more words

      Tue 01 Nov 2016

      Ham Radio and the Hams Who Use Them 48m play

      If you thought that Ham Radio enthusiasts were (mostly) men and boys who sit alone late at night in order to scan frequencies searching for a human connection then you're absolutely correct. But it's ... 4 more words

      Mon 31 Oct 2016

      SYSK The Podcast: Special Halloween Bonus Episode 2016, The Sequel – From Hell 38m play

      Lock your doors and grab something heavy to defend yourself, like a candlestick or something, because Josh and Chuck are going to scare the wits out of you, courtesy of a story from The Grabster and l... 6 more words

      Thu 27 Oct 2016

      The Hinterkaifeck Axe Murders 48m play

      In 1922, a little farm in the woods of Bavaria became the site of what would become Germany’s most famous unsolved murder, when six people were brutally killed with a pick axe. What led up to it and f... 6 more words