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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.

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2 good but could be better

By memer man 3000 - Feb 27 2020
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it to good i want to do 1 star cause of how good it is (it could be better)

Facts + Humor

By PNWAnak - Feb 27 2020
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Perfect balance between facts /research and humorous side bars.

iTunes Ratings

46931 Ratings
Average Ratings
37134
4227
2071
1443
2056

2 good but could be better

By memer man 3000 - Feb 27 2020
Read more
it to good i want to do 1 star cause of how good it is (it could be better)

Facts + Humor

By PNWAnak - Feb 27 2020
Read more
Perfect balance between facts /research and humorous side bars.
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Stuff You Should Know

Latest release on Feb 27, 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: 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

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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #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: How Optical Illusions Work

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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 trickery in today's episode.

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Mar 02 2017

43mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: History of the Trail of Tears, Part I

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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 history.

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Mar 07 2017

55mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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

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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: How Free Speech Works

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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 outs of this cherished right in today's episode.

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Feb 28 2017

1hr 6mins

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Rank #20: 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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Sammy Davis Jr: National Treasure

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Today Josh and Chuck sit down and detail the complicated life of the late, great Sammy Davis Jr.

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Feb 27 2020

1hr 1min

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Short Stuff: Hawaiian Night Marchers

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Get ready for some Hawaiian folklore, people. Today we discuss the Night Marchers.

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Feb 26 2020

12mins

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What's the deal with indigo?

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Indigo is a color with a rich past. Learn all about it today. 

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Feb 25 2020

51mins

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SYSK Selects: How Cult Deprogramming Works

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The fear of cults in the 1970s drove Americans to look the other way on kidnappings, abuse and torture of cult members by deprogrammers – but did it even work? Find out in this classic episode.

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Feb 22 2020

43mins

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Birthmarks: Probably Not the Mark of the Devil

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It’s a pretty safe assumption that people have been born with birthmarks since humanity began, and between then and now we’ve come up with some wacky, even dangerous, explanations for them – even a few that survive still today.

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Feb 20 2020

55mins

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Short Stuff: Mexican Jumping Beans

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Mexican jumping beans are a real thing and they really do move around. It’s not magic, it’s nature!

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Feb 19 2020

14mins

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The Unsolved Indiana Dunes Disappearances

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In July 1966, three women out for a day at the beach waded into the water of Lake Michigan, got onto a boat and were never heard from again. To this day, not a trace of them has ever turned up and theories of what became of them abound.

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Feb 18 2020

46mins

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SYSK Selects: A Podcast on Zoot Suits? Yes

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Few riots can be attributed to passing fashions, but zoot suits are top among them. After originating among the Harlem Renaissance crowd, the zoot suit came to symbolize political defiance. Find out why it's still illegal to wear a zoot suit in L.A. in this classic episode.

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Feb 15 2020

40mins

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911 Is Not a Joke

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Josh and Chuck delve into the world of 911 in today's episode. 

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Feb 13 2020

59mins

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Short Stuff: Body Under The Bed

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A couple unknowingly spending the night above a dead body stuffed under their bed is a longstanding urban legend. And a true one.

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Feb 12 2020

13mins

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Optogenetics: Controlling Your Genes with Light

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What if a genetic brain disease could be turned off simply by flashing a light in your eyes? What if your depression could be cured that way? Sounds amazingly wonderful, true, but what if your behavior could be controlled that way too?

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Feb 11 2020

51mins

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SYSK Selects: How Bonsai Works

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For thousands of years people have been taking normal trees and forcing them into miniature. Learn all about the history and art of this strangely engrossing pastime in this classic episode.

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Feb 08 2020

58mins

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Why are Pentecostals growing so rapidly?

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Pentecostals are seemingly taking over the world. Or at least they're making up a larger section of Christianity than every before. Why? We'll dig in on that in today's episode. 

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Feb 06 2020

43mins

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Short Stuff: The Iowa Caucus

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The Iowa Caucus is super important. But not really. Find out why. 

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Feb 05 2020

15mins

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How AI Facial Recognition Works

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With the development of increasingly smart artificial intelligence and lots more cameras spread around than ever before, we have reached a critical point in the US and other countries where governments can easily track everyone, everywhere, all the time.

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Feb 04 2020

57mins

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SYSK Selects: How Maglev Trains Work

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Thanks to the amazing properties of magnets, clever engineers have figured out how to make entire trains levitate above their tracks, letting them move frictionlessly and allowing them to reach incredible speeds. Learn about how maglev trains work and what's taking so long for us to get aboard in this classic episode.

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Feb 01 2020

33mins

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Who were the Buffalo Soldiers?

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Josh and Chuck dive into history today to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers. 

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Jan 30 2020

53mins

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Short Stuff: The O.K. Corral

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Listen in as we detail, in short, the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral.

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Jan 29 2020

13mins

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Amazing Animal Stories!

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Regular animal stories are wonderful enough, but when animals lead amazing lives the stories become almost unbearably wonderful. You’ve been warned!

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Jan 28 2020

42mins

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SYSK Selects: How the Scientific Method Works

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It evolved over centuries to become the gold standard for conducting scientific inquiry. Yet many people - including some scientists - don't fully understand it. Learn about the basis of how we explore our world in this classic episode.

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Jan 25 2020

1hr 3mins

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iTunes Ratings

46931 Ratings
Average Ratings
37134
4227
2071
1443
2056

2 good but could be better

By memer man 3000 - Feb 27 2020
Read more
it to good i want to do 1 star cause of how good it is (it could be better)

Facts + Humor

By PNWAnak - Feb 27 2020
Read more
Perfect balance between facts /research and humorous side bars.