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      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

      Thu 06 Apr 2017

      How Empathy Works 56m play

      Empathy can often be confused with sympathy and regular old compassion. But it's not exactly either one of those. Some say a lack of empathy can indicate sociopathic tendencies, but that's not always ... 18 more words

      Tue 04 Apr 2017

      Composting: Nature's Most Interesting Process 55m play

      You may think composting is just a bunch of old banana peels rotting away into dirt but, friend, you're not looking closely enough. Inside that compost pile is a microcosmic universe doing some magica... 2 more words

      Thu 30 Mar 2017

      The Shroud Of Turin: No Ordinary Bed Sheet 48m play

      The Shroud of Turin is no ordinary bed sheet. Some think it's the burial cloth of Jesus. Others think it's an amazing piece of artwork. The truth is, we'll probably never know what it really is. The m... 8 more words

      Tue 28 Mar 2017

      How Foreign Accent Syndrome Works 50m play

      Foreign accent syndrome isn't when your mom talks funny when she goes abroad. It's an actual condition where people wake up one day with an entirely different accent, usually from some kind of head tr... 9 more words

      Thu 23 Mar 2017

      How the Hyperloop Will Work 1h 5m play

      If you’re out there, Elon Musk, this one’s for you (although you already everything in this episode). Everybody else, buckle in and sit back for a 700 mph thrill ride from LA to SF in 35 minutes - com... 2 more words

      Tue 21 Mar 2017

      Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual 50m play

      In our continuing exploration of crime and punishment, we take a look at the practice of solitary confinement. To be sure, it has its place in prisons, sometimes for protection of the inmates themselv... 25 more words

      Thu 16 Mar 2017

      Southerners Aren’t Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm 51m play

      There was a time when the lower classes of the American South were considered lazy and dimwitted, a stereotype that still somewhat survives today. But this stereotype was rooted in fact. Hookworms, it... 7 more words

      Tue 14 Mar 2017

      Pain Scales: Yeeeow! 46m play

      Pain is subjective; it is whatever the person experiencing it says it is. But to effectively treat pain, it helps to quantify it, which is why medicine came up with pain scales.

      Thu 09 Mar 2017

      History of the Trail of Tears, Part II 46m play

      In the second of two parts, what was once a voluntary resettlement program becomes a violent, forced relocation under the leadership of President Andrew Jackson.

      Tue 07 Mar 2017

      History of the Trail of Tears, Part I 56m play

      In this first of two episodes on the Trail of Tears, learn about the forces that converged to create the series of events that formed the basis of what may be the most brutal decade in American histor... 1 more words

      Thu 02 Mar 2017

      How Optical Illusions Work 44m play

      Now you see it, now you don't — optical illusions can fool us into seeing what's not actually there. But what causes that disconnect between perception and reality? Learn all about this visual tricker... 4 more words

      Tue 28 Feb 2017

      How Free Speech Works 1h 7m play

      Freedom of speech and the press are values vital to American democracy. But the First Amendment doesn't really define free speech, and plenty of expressions are restricted. Learn all about the ins and... 8 more words

      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