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Stuff You Should Know

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Rank #5 in Society & Culture category

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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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Petrichor...?

By RocketSurgeonQ3 - May 31 2020
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I absolutely love these podcasts. Chuck and Josh are great, they research the material and present it in a way that is entertaining and educational. Another one of my favorites is the Rubik’s cube episode. Please don’t stop what you guys are doing. Thanx a googleplex

I mean, it’s classic

By morganafey - May 28 2020
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These mfers invented podcasts

iTunes Ratings

49419 Ratings
Average Ratings
39058
4460
2193
1528
2180

Petrichor...?

By RocketSurgeonQ3 - May 31 2020
Read more
I absolutely love these podcasts. Chuck and Josh are great, they research the material and present it in a way that is entertaining and educational. Another one of my favorites is the Rubik’s cube episode. Please don’t stop what you guys are doing. Thanx a googleplex

I mean, it’s classic

By morganafey - May 28 2020
Read more
These mfers invented podcasts
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Stuff You Should Know

Latest release on Jul 01, 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: 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

1hr 1min

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Rank #2: 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

57mins

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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 9mins

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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

53mins

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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

42mins

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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

54mins

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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

33mins

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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

51mins

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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

59mins

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Rank #10: 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

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Rank #11: 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 5mins

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Rank #12: 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

56mins

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Rank #13: 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

41mins

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Rank #14: 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

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Rank #15: 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 9mins

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Rank #16: 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

1hr 2mins

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Rank #17: 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

45mins

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Rank #18: How Satanism Works

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Satanism may be the most misunderstood "religion" in the world. Part of that is because there are, and have been, many offshoots of Satanism, from The Church of Satan to The Satanic Temple. One thing is sure though, none of them are filled with evil humans who perform ritual blood sacrifice and worship a cloven-hoofed devil. Learn all about Satanism in today's episode.

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Aug 31 2017

57mins

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Rank #19: How Public Broadcasting Works

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Public broadcasting works a bit differently depending on where you are in the world. American TV made the leap more toward commercial broadcasting in the early days, yet PBS and NPR still remain a vital part of our national fabric. In England and many other countries, public broadcasting is more the standard. Learn all about the interesting history of public broadcasting in today's episode.

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Aug 01 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #20: SYSK Selects: Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system?

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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 for about 150 years. Find out what's the haps in this weighty and measured episode of SYSK.

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Jul 01 2017

41mins

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Short Stuff: The Science of Funny Words

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Why are some words funnier than others? Well, one man has sought to figure that out. We'll tell you all about him and his project in today's episode.

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Jul 01 2020

15mins

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Bruxism: Grinding Your Teeth Is the Pits

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Researchers have noticed that as incidence of anger increases so too has teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism. That’s a problem because when people grind their teeth, especially when they’re sleeping, they can wear them down to nubs.

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Jun 30 2020

54mins

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SYSK Selects: Juggling: What the Heck

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There is a lot – A LOT – to juggling and Chuck and Josh go over the lion’s share of it in this classic episode. Delve into the deep history, physics, how-tos and different types of juggling in this surprisingly sweeping look at a putatively innocuous pastime.

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Jun 27 2020

53mins

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Matcha: That Ain't Just Tea

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Matcha is something else, healthy and delicious and all the rage. Learn all about this trendy beverage today.

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Jun 25 2020

51mins

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Short Stuff: Nouns of assemblage... assemble!

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A gaggle of geese. A murder of crows. Nouns of assemblage are awesome and we talk about them for about 12 minutes in today's Short Stuff installment.

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Jun 24 2020

12mins

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How Ultrasound Works

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Sure you know all about ultrasound. You can see pictures of little babies right there cozy in the womb just by waving a magic plastic stick over the mom’s tummy. And magic is basically right. Believe us.

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Jun 23 2020

54mins

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SYSK Selects: Research tips from SYSK

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People often ask us how we do our research. We're not going to disclose all of our secrets, but we'll give you some tips on how to root out the bad studies from the good ones. Learn all about shady studies and reporting in this classic episode!

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Jun 20 2020

49mins

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The Manhattan Grid

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Jun 18 2020

51mins

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Short Stuff: Haint Blue

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Haint Blue is a kind of robin's egg color that you might commonly find on porches of the low country of the Southeastern United States. But what does it have to do with ghouls and ghosts? Listen and learn!

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Jun 17 2020

12mins

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The War on Fat: The Seven Countries Study

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The Seven Countries Study was a fairly impressive, long-term study on the effects of fat in our diet, among other things. But it was very flawed and launched the misguided "War on fat." Learn all about today, then make up your own mind.

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Jun 16 2020

53mins

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SYSK Selects: How Flamethrowers Work

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Who first decided that it would be a great idea to shoot flame at other people from a distance? Josh and Chuck talk about the (very) early origins, history and technology of the flamethrower in this classic episode.

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Jun 13 2020

27mins

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Can You Eat A Tapeworm To Lose Weight?

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There’s a persistent insistence that you can ingest a tapeworm and as the parasite hijacks a lot of the calories you eat, the pounds will fall right off. In theory this could be true, but it’s also extremely dangerous. And has anyone ever really done it?

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Jun 11 2020

45mins

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Short Stuff: Foie Gras

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Foie gras means “fatty liver” in French, which makes sense because it’s made from the overripe livers of force-fed ducks and geese. 

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Jun 10 2020

14mins

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How Project Star Gate Worked

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In yet another testament to how amazingly great the 70s were, in 1975 the US started a program that tried to harness the powers of clairvoyance to remotely spy on the Soviet Union. Since clairvoyance doesn’t seem to exist, it wasn’t super successful.

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Jun 09 2020

58mins

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SYSK Selects: How The Black Panther Party Worked

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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 affect 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 in this classic episode.

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Jun 06 2020

1hr 10mins

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The Massacre at Tiananmen Square

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Tank Man. An indelible image burned in our brains. But what led to this extraordinary event? Chuck and Josh walk you through the days and weeks leading up to the massacre at Tiananmen Square, which is more of a cautionary tale than we realized.

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Jun 04 2020

1hr 7mins

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Short Stuff: Disappearing Dirty Dancing Lake

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The lake from one of the all-time great movies (search your feelings, you’ll find that it’s true) is turning into a dried up mudhole. Turns out it has some unusual features.

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Jun 03 2020

13mins

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Heroin: The Drug

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We've covered a lot of drugs in our history, and today we tackle heroin, one of the most dangerous of all.

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Jun 02 2020

57mins

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SYSK Selects: How Jackhammers Work

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It’s likely that without the invention of the pneumatic jackhammer, the Industrial Revolution wouldn’t have hummed along quite so smoothly. Certainly a lot more trains would go around mountains than through them. Learn about this essential tool in this classic episode.

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May 30 2020

36mins

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How Narcolepsy Works

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Narcolepsy is one of those amazing rare disorders that everyone thinks they understand – people just fall asleep at random times, even in the middle of doing something. But there’s a lot more to it and – even better – we actually may be able to explain it.

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May 28 2020

57mins

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iTunes Ratings

49419 Ratings
Average Ratings
39058
4460
2193
1528
2180

Petrichor...?

By RocketSurgeonQ3 - May 31 2020
Read more
I absolutely love these podcasts. Chuck and Josh are great, they research the material and present it in a way that is entertaining and educational. Another one of my favorites is the Rubik’s cube episode. Please don’t stop what you guys are doing. Thanx a googleplex

I mean, it’s classic

By morganafey - May 28 2020
Read more
These mfers invented podcasts