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Society & Culture

Stuff You Should Know

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Rank #2 in Society & Culture category

Society & Culture
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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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

47838 Ratings
Average Ratings
37852
4307
2112
1470
2097

Incredible

By pippa is cute - Mar 22 2020
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Thank you for this podcast it is absolutely my favorite.

Love the show

By P. Munro - Mar 21 2020
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This is a must listen. Keep it up guys.

iTunes Ratings

47838 Ratings
Average Ratings
37852
4307
2112
1470
2097

Incredible

By pippa is cute - Mar 22 2020
Read more
Thank you for this podcast it is absolutely my favorite.

Love the show

By P. Munro - Mar 21 2020
Read more
This is a must listen. Keep it up guys.
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Stuff You Should Know

Latest release on Mar 28, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five

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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. 

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Jul 10 2018

54mins

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Rank #2: Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Bad For You?

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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 of studies is starting to paint a pretty grim picture.

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Jan 17 2017

58mins

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Rank #3: The Black Panther Party

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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 effect change in their community. Their history is one of the more interesting American stories, from the early stages of policing the police to their community service efforts to their inevitable fall. Learn all about the Black Panther Party right now...

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Feb 16 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #4: How Psychopaths Work

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There are people who walk among us who seem normal, maybe even more charming or intelligent than average, yet they hide disturbing and at times dangerous personalities behind what one researcher called a 'mask of sanity.'

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Sep 12 2017

50mins

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Rank #5: Gerrymandering: How to Stifle Democracy

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No matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, you should be outraged about the practice of gerrymandering. Redrawing voter district maps to ensure political dominance is about as undemocratic as it gets. Please enjoy Josh and Chuck getting unusually worked up about this abhorrent practice. 

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Jul 12 2018

39mins

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Rank #6: Ballpoint pens? Heck yes, ballpoint pens!

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Get ready, folks. The ballpoint pen is far more interesting than you could ever imagine. For real. Brilliant in its simplicity. Took the world by storm. We love our ballpoint pens and you should too. Listen in today!

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Aug 21 2018

51mins

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Rank #7: SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

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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 examine the facts and evidence behind the famous case.

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Jul 15 2017

31mins

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Rank #8: How the Stanford Prison Experiment Worked

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The infamous Stanford Prison Experiment wasn't really much of an experiment as it turns out. It was more like a poorly thought out exercise conducted by a professor who didn't dot the i's and cross the t's. Listen in as Josh and Chuck give this experiment some harsh treatment of their own. 

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Jul 05 2018

48mins

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Rank #9: How the Secret Service Works

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The U.S. Secret Service began after a mandate from President Lincoln called for a service to combat counterfeiters. Since then, they have become more well known as the agency that guards and protects the president and the first family, along with that of former presidents. Learn all about the ins and outs of the this not so secret service in today's episode.

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Sep 14 2017

56mins

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Rank #10: SYSK Selects: How Beer Works

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In this week's SYSK Select episode, at long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever. Learn about the history of beer, how it's made -- the whole shebang, basically -- in this watershed episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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May 27 2017

50mins

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Rank #11: How Diabetes Works

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Diabetes is one of the biggest killers of people on the planet. And yet, it also seems to be tied to diet and exercise, which makes it preventable. Learn about the fascinating mechanisms that can make your body go haywire and lead to this disease. 

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Jul 03 2018

58mins

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Rank #12: Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre

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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.

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Jul 06 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #13: Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Seuss is loose in this episode about legendary children's book author Ted Geisel. The funny thing is, he didn't ever want children of his own, and his past work was a bit problematic.

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Dec 27 2018

54mins

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Rank #14: Chopsticks > Forks

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Today Chuck and Josh sit and converse on the simple, elegant chopstick. 

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Mar 17 2020

56mins

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Rank #15: How Fever Dreams Work

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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 dreams that make these night terrors so hellish? Learn all that and more in today's episode.

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Jul 13 2017

39mins

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Rank #16: What's the deal with accents?

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Accents are truly fascinating. Put simply, they are how a person sounds when they talk. From England to America and all over the world, the way people speak in their native tongue can vary drastically. What are the influences? When do accents begin to take hold? Can you lose or gain an accent? Learn about all this and more in today's decidedly interesting episode.

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Aug 17 2017

59mins

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Rank #17: Recycling Update: How’s It Going?

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It’s been about a decade since Josh and Chuck last checked in on recycling and since then a lot has changed. A global commodities market dealing in recyclables has developed and recently crashed. Jump back into the fascinating world of recycling. 

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Jul 24 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #18: How Personality Tests Work

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For millennia, we have tried to put human personalities into neat types, an effort psychology took up early in its history in an effort to legitimize itself. But is the idea of types – which all personality inventories are based on - flawed to begin with?

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Aug 24 2017

59mins

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Rank #19: How Foreign Accent Syndrome Works

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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 trauma. Learn all about this decidedly rare affliction today.

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Mar 28 2017

50mins

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Rank #20: The Dyatlov Pass Mystery

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The incident at Dyatlov Pass is one of the more enduring wilderness mysteries of all time. Russian hikers found in various states of undress, frozen. What happened to them? Why were there weird internal injuries and no outward signs of distress? We'll delve into all the questions in today's episode. 

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Jul 26 2018

42mins

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SYSK Selects: Can Nuclear Fusion Reactors Save The World?

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The world’s energy consumption is ruining the planet but for decades physicists have been working on what could solve the world’s energy and climate change woes for centuries to come – nuclear fusion. Learn about building stars on Earth in this classic episode.

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Mar 28 2020

49mins

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How COVID-19 Works

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We’re in the middle of an odd, tense time and Josh and Chuck are here to explain what’s going on and how to stay safe. 

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Mar 26 2020

1hr 11mins

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Short Stuff: Dagen H

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One day in 1967, Sweden changed what side of the road its citizens drive on. It went surprisingly well, considering.

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Mar 25 2020

14mins

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Could A Robot Tax Win the War on Poverty?

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An old idea – giving every resident of a country a set amount of money every month with no strings attached – became a hot item in Silicon Valley and on the 2020 campaign trail. Could it alleviate the impending job loss coming from automation?

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Mar 24 2020

59mins

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SYSK Selects: Virus Talk with Josh and Chuck

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Viruses are big jerks that invade regular cells and hold them hostage, making you sick while they're doing it. Learn everything you ever needed to know about viruses, including how the common cold works, in this classic episode.

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Mar 21 2020

38mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Jim Henson Worked

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We’ve already recorded an episode on The Muppets, but Jim Henson was such a neat guy we delved into him even further. Learn all about the man behind the Muppets who was so much more than just a master puppeteer in this episode.

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Mar 20 2020

46mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: SYSK Live: How Bars Work

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Join Josh and Chuck live from Vancouver as they dive in to the ins and outs of one of the oldest businesses in the world – the bar! Learn about the history of bars, cocktails and the good people who put them together in new and amazing ways.

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Mar 20 2020

54mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Grass Works? Yes, How Grass Works

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There’s nothing more boring than watching grass grow, which is why Josh and Chuck aren’t asking you to do that. Instead, you can learn about all sorts of neat things about grass - like how American became obsessed with perfect lawns - in this episode.

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Mar 20 2020

55mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Terraforming Will Work

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A lot of great thinkers are warning that if humans are to survive as a species we are going to have to find another planet to live on. Terraforming, or engineering a planet to maintain all of the ingredients to sustain life, seems to be the answer.

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Mar 20 2020

45mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Rogue Waves Work

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Rogue waves come out of nowhere and tower as much as 100 feet over hapless ships they encounter, breaking across the boat and frequently breaking the boat and its inhabitants. Investigate the mystery of rouge waves in this episode.

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Mar 20 2020

38mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: Was there a real King Arthur?

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The legend of King Arthur is very old and very established. By the time the king who saved Britain and united it was first written about, his story was already hundreds of years old. And while many of the details of his life and adventures, from the Lady of the Lake to Merlin the Magician, seem fictional some archaeologists believe that Arthur -- and much of his life -- was real.

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Mar 20 2020

48mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: The Amazing History of Soda

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The soda we get instantly mixed at a fast-food joint owes a lot to a rich history going back to the Roman baths, that features drugs, diseases and explosions. Learn all about soda and soda fountains in this surprisingly interesting episode.

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Mar 20 2020

49mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Rodney Dangerfield Worked, Live From LA

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Other comedians cry on the inside, but Rodney Dangerfield built his entire act around his sad life. Get to know this legendary comic who was nearing 50 when he got his break.

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Mar 20 2020

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Pinball Works

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Pinball was actually illegal until the 1970s in NY and other cities, hidden in the backs of pornography shops. The game was finally legalized, thanks to a Babe Ruth-style shot by the best player in the world. Learn all about it with Josh and Chuck.

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Mar 20 2020

50mins

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SYSK Distraction Playlist: Sugar: It Powers the Earth

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Since sugar spread from Polynesia a few thousand years ago, the world has been crazy for it. Insanely high prices, wars and even slavery couldn't undo world's need for a sugar fix. Today that fix is responsible for the obesity epidemic facing the West.

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Mar 20 2020

50mins

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What was the Falkland Islands War all about anyway?

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The battle between Britain and Argentina over the rocky, cold Falkland Islands is one of the weirder wars in history. Learn all about it today!

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Mar 19 2020

57mins

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Short Stuff: The Pledge of Allegiance

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The American Pledge of Allegiance is much more interesting than you might think. Give us 12 minutes and we'll fill you in.

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Mar 18 2020

15mins

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Chopsticks > Forks

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Today Chuck and Josh sit and converse on the simple, elegant chopstick. 

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Mar 17 2020

56mins

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SYSK Selects: How Monopoly Works

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Since more than 1 billion people have played it, you’re probably familiar with the board game Monopoly, but we bet you don’t know its secret origins as a left-wing socialist teaching tool. Join Josh and Chuck as they chase it down in this classic episode.

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Mar 14 2020

1hr 9mins

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How Ice Climbing Works

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A few decades ago, some people who liked to climb mountains decided they wanted to make it even harder and ice climbing was born. If you think rock climbing is difficult, put on your base layer and join Josh and Chuck on the glacier.

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Mar 12 2020

1hr 2mins

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iTunes Ratings

47838 Ratings
Average Ratings
37852
4307
2112
1470
2097

Incredible

By pippa is cute - Mar 22 2020
Read more
Thank you for this podcast it is absolutely my favorite.

Love the show

By P. Munro - Mar 21 2020
Read more
This is a must listen. Keep it up guys.