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      Thu 20 Jul 2017

      All We Know About Guessing 1h play

      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 ... 29 more words

      Tue 18 Jul 2017

      Sunburn, Suntans and Sunscreen 51m play

      It's pretty obvious something's gone wrong when you get a sunburn, but did you know a tan means you've damaged your DNA? Dive into the three Ss of summer and learn all about how to protect yourself fr... 3 more words

      Sat 15 Jul 2017

      SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart? 31m play

      In this week's SYSK Select episode, famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 is a mystery that endures to this day. Why don't we know what happened to her? In this episode, Josh and Chuck ... 9 more words

      Thu 13 Jul 2017

      How Fever Dreams Work 39m play

      Fever dreams can be unsettling experiences. These ramped up nightmares are vivid, detailed and only happen when the human body experiences a fever. What is it about the combination of fevers and dream... 16 more words

      Tue 11 Jul 2017

      Why is There a Battle Over Net Neutrality? 1h 4m play

      Net neutrality is the idea that the internet is a public good and that everyone should have equal, unfettered access to it. Though the FCC strongly supported it with new rules in 2015, today’s FCC is ... 7 more words

      Sat 08 Jul 2017

      SYSK Selects: How HeLa Cells Work 30m play

      In this week's SYSK Select episode, after she was diagnosed with the cervical cancer that shortly killed her, a tissue sample was taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her knowledge. Those cells ... 55 more words

      Thu 06 Jul 2017

      Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre 1h 3m play

      Once in a while a movie comes along that's so forward-thinking it changes the way that horror is done. A new subgenre is spawned, new tropes are established, and audiences are more terrified than ever... 1 more words

      Tue 04 Jul 2017

      What exactly is stoicism? 1h 1m play

      The word stoic has taken on its own meaning apart from the philosophical movement which gave it life. Learn all about the early stoics, what the philosophy is all about and where the movement stands t... 1 more words

      Sat 01 Jul 2017

      SYSK Selects: Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system? 39m play

      In this week's SYSK Select episode, the U.S. stands proudly defiant and the world looks at Americans as dopes for the U.S.’s stubborn refusal to go metric. However, the States have been going metric f... 17 more words

      Thu 29 Jun 2017

      How Standardized Patients Work 54m play

      Even the most brilliant medical minds need a good bedside manner, and thanks to standardized patients, they can improve their skills. What are they? Part-time workers who pretend to be real patients s... 19 more words

      Tue 27 Jun 2017

      Remembering Stonewall 58m play

      One of American history's darker moments, the Stonewall Riots were also the event that galvanized the gay rights movement in the United States. Today there's a monument in NYC to memorialize this impo... 12 more words

      Sat 24 Jun 2017

      SYSK Selects: Scooby Dooby Doo, Where Are You? 44m play

      In this week's SYSK Select episode, for decades, Scooby Doo has captivated children across the world. It's been translated to multiple languages and remains as popular as newer programs. But why? Join... 15 more words

      Thu 22 Jun 2017

      How Ketchup Works 56m play

      Little-known fact: Ketchup, possibly the most all-American of condiments, evolved from fermented fish sauce people in Southeast Asia have been making for more than a thousand years.

      Tue 20 Jun 2017

      How Seed Banks Work 54m play

      Since the advent of agriculture, humans have been storing seeds. But as sea levels rise and climates change around the world, our reasons for banking seeds have become more desperate.

      Sat 17 Jun 2017

      SYSK Selects: Do you stay conscious after being decapitated? 33m play

      In this week's SYSK Select episode, historically speaking, decapitation was a popular means of execution -- it's been used by everyone from ancient Romans to French revolutionaries. But is there any t... 13 more words

      Thu 15 Jun 2017

      What was Camp X? 53m play

      In the early days of World War II, there was a secret training program in Canada that taught Allied saboteurs everything from espionage and bridge blowing to karate chops to the neck of an enemy. It w... 33 more words

      Tue 13 Jun 2017

      How the Beagle Brigade Works 53m play

      If you've ever been to an international airport, you've probably seen one of the keenest spotters of illegal contraband - The Beagle Brigade! These cute dogs aren't after drugs or bombs, they're caref... 19 more words

      Sat 10 Jun 2017

      SYSK Selects: How Maps Work 42m play

      In this week's SYSK Select episode, yes, your brain may have just flash-dried from boredom at the thought of learning about maps, but it turns out they are a lot more than just tools for navigation. M... 25 more words

      Thu 08 Jun 2017

      Why Are Whale Strandings Still a Mystery? 47m play

      For millennia, mass strandings of whales have confounded us. Why should dozens or more whales come onto shore only to die a terrible and lengthy death?

      Tue 06 Jun 2017

      How Coelacanths Work 43m play

      Coelacanths are incredibly interesting as far as fish go. For one, they were thought to have gone the way of the dinosaur, along with the dinosaur. They also give birth to live fish and tend to dwell ... 26 more words

      Thu 01 Jun 2017

      The Stories Behind A Few Food Fads 51m play

      America loves to go nuts over new food trends and it turns out that the 20th century was a boon time for them.

      Tue 30 May 2017

      Are Election Laws Designed to Suppress Voting? 1h 13m play

      Are laws that are meant to protect the sanctity of the polling place in reality designed to make it harder for groups that traditionally vote Democrat to cast their ballots?

      Thu 25 May 2017

      How Schoolhouse Rock Rocked: Featuring Bob Nastanovich of Pavement 1h 5m play

      Schoolhouse Rock is possibly the best children's program of all time. Join Josh and Chuck as they tell the story of SR, featuring an interview with Pavement's Bob Nastanovich, contributor to the '90s ... 4 more words

      Tue 23 May 2017

      Is a head transplant really a thing? 47m play

      'Head transplant' is a bit of a misnomer, because it's more like a body transplant. But either way, the idea is that one human will wake up from surgery with a decidedly different look. Is it possible... 33 more words

      Thu 18 May 2017

      How the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis Work 46m play

      It wasn't too long ago that humans thought the polar lights were signs from the afterlife. Thanks to a 19th century Norwegian, we now understand that they are a fascinating interplay with Earth's magn... 7 more words

      Tue 16 May 2017

      How Champagne Works 1h 3m play

      Sure we can all agree that champagne is probably the greatest thing humans have or ever will invent, but how much do we understand how it's made?

      Thu 11 May 2017

      How Charismatic Megafauna Work 50m play

      Charismatic Megafauna is not just a great band name. It's really just a fancy word for the cutest and most personality plus animals at the zoo. We're talking pandas, elephants and anything else you mi... 29 more words

      Tue 09 May 2017

      How Itching Works 48m play

      It was only in the last few decades that science became aware that itches aren't just low-level pain. And in that time, the mystery of how we itch and why we scratch has gotten even more baffling.

      Thu 04 May 2017

      Some Nutso Fan Theories 56m play

      It turns out that the characters in your favorite TV shows and the like are actually dead, dreaming, dying or don't exist.

      Tue 02 May 2017

      How Poetry Works 1h 8m play

      Poetry is a broad and expansive art form. From dramatic verse to haiku, rhyming poetry and spoken word, there are many hats a poet can wear. Join Josh and Chuck today as they break down the history of... 9 more words

      Thu 27 Apr 2017

      How Multiple Sclerosis Works 46m play

      When the immune system mistakes the tissue covering neural connections as foreign invaders, the result can devastate the body. There is hope, however, in a new radical treatment that resets the immune... 1 more words

      Tue 25 Apr 2017

      How the National Security Council Works 57m play

      Until recently, most people probably never paid much attention to the National Security Council. It's been around a long time though, and the president has quite a bit of leeway as to who sits at the ... 12 more words

      Thu 20 Apr 2017

      How Swearing Works 51m play

      Swearing is something that's been done across all cultures, virtually since humans began speaking. What is it about these taboo words that offend some, and are beloved by others? Does it help to relie... 25 more words

      Tue 18 Apr 2017

      How Corsets Work 41m play

      Sure, we're doing an episode on corsets. Why do you ask?

      Thu 13 Apr 2017

      How Supervolcanoes Work 33m play

      Until recently, volcanologists thought supervolcanoes were simply massive volcanoes. But further research has revealed that they are far different - and far more dangerous - than previously imagined.

      Tue 11 Apr 2017

      How Supreme Court Nominations Work 49m play

      Being nominated as a Supreme Court Justice is no small thing, and it doesn't always go as planned. With this week's confirmation of Justice Gorsuch, Josh and Chuck take a look at the process of gettin... 6 more words