OwlTail

Cover image of The Stuff of Life

The Stuff of Life

Eavesdrop on experts and researchers as they ponder what makes our world so maddening, so strange and so achingly beautiful. Not to mention ridiculous. Join Julie Douglas for this week’s episode of The Stuff of Life, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Popular episodes

All episodes

The best episodes ranked using user listens.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Podcast cover

Special Announcement: It's All Odin's Fault

The Stuff of Life is packing up its bags and moving to Fridays. Find out why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

2mins

19 Apr 2017

Rank #1

Podcast cover

Men Dancing

Some men dance, many don’t. What are the unspoken rules that govern the ways we move our body, and what does it say about our society and how we treat each other? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

30mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #2

Similar Podcasts

Podcast cover

The Empathy Wall

The antidote to being a jerk is empathy. And thankfully it appears to be hard-wired in the human brain. And yet … we’re increasingly casting off the ability to walk a mile in another person's shoes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

32mins

5 Apr 2017

Rank #3

Podcast cover

The Great Escape

We all want to hit the eject button on reality and look for a different way to live our lives at one point or another. How about through transforming yourself into another species, meditating on your existence, or just laughing your ass off? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

32mins

29 Mar 2017

Rank #4

Most Popular Podcasts

Podcast cover

The Big Hurt: Hate & Anger

‘Anger in its time and place,’ wrote the essayist Charles Lamb, ‘May assume a kind of grace.’ We look at how anger can be clarifying, even helpful, and we find out how it can morph into its more dangerous and corrupting form, hate. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

37mins

22 Mar 2017

Rank #5

Podcast cover

Broken

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum we can all agree that more than ever, the world feels broken. In this episode, we take a trip to Washington DC on the day of the inauguration and the eve of the Women’s March. And we look to Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken things, to find out how to mend ourselves. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

19mins

15 Mar 2017

Rank #6

Podcast cover

Life the Game

In this episode we look at the idea that life is just a game. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

28mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #7

Podcast cover

The First Songs

Nature gave us the first songs -- the patterns and melodies that we replicate in instruments, and our own voices. We take a visit to the exhibit, "Wild Music," to look at our deep connection to nature and music. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

20mins

23 Mar 2016

Rank #8

Podcast cover

Under the Weather

The Earth is wrapped in an atmosphere that weighs 5.5 quadrillion tons. And inside this atmosphere the weather creates a crazy quilt of conditions. To say that the weather is unpredictable is to sum up our entire existence. And to personify weather is deeply human. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

27mins

16 Mar 2016

Rank #9

Podcast cover

Map of Self

Finding our way in the world is one of the most fundamental things we humans do, and maps map it possible. But on some level, these maps are a thing of fiction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

22mins

9 Mar 2016

Rank #10