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Society & Culture

Stuff You Should Know

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Rank #1 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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45856 Ratings
Average Ratings
36248
4149
2024
1417
2018

Outstanding

By 04Ry - Jan 21 2020
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I never tire of listening to SYSK. Every episode is fascinating. Thank you so much!

Love this podcast

By the snake dude - Jan 19 2020
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Listen to it all day and learn so much

iTunes Ratings

45856 Ratings
Average Ratings
36248
4149
2024
1417
2018

Outstanding

By 04Ry - Jan 21 2020
Read more
I never tire of listening to SYSK. Every episode is fascinating. Thank you so much!

Love this podcast

By the snake dude - Jan 19 2020
Read more
Listen to it all day and learn so much
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Stuff You Should Know

Latest release on Jan 25, 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: Elastics: Where God and Science Smooch

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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 espionage, colonialism, destitute inventors – everything!

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Jan 31 2017

54mins

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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

54mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: How Pacifism Works (And Could It?)

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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 conflict that’s kept us from wiping ourselves out.

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Jan 26 2017

1hr 16mins

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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: 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 #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 Dictators Work

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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. Learn all about dictators past and present in today's episode.

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Jan 24 2017

48mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: The Tylenol Murders, Part I

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On one terrible day in Chicago in 1982, seven people died suddenly and mysteriously. In just a matter of hours, it becomes clear, someone has poisoned bottles of Extra-Strength Tylenol, one of the most trusted and widely-used products in America.

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May 28 2019

48mins

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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: What's the deal with Baby Boomers?

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Baby Boomers are probably the most talked about generation in American history. But who are these people and how did they help shape the country we know today? Find out all about the big boom in today's episode.

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Jan 10 2017

51mins

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Rank #20: 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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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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Barefoot Running: The Best Podcast Episode in History

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What is barefoot running? I think you know. But we'll detail all of the ins and outs. Listen and learn!

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Jan 23 2020

44mins

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Short Stuff: Byford Dolphin Incident

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In 1983, what may be the worst diving catastrophe in the history of deep sea oil exploration took place when a pressurized chamber was opened, instantly killing four divers inside.

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Jan 22 2020

14mins

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Why Postal Employees Go Postal

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1993 was known as the peak of a disturbing trend in America: post office shootings, carried out by postal workers. A stunned country looked for answers and turned up a toxic workplace that seemed to be driving some workers past their breaking point.

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Jan 21 2020

51mins

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SYSK Selects: How the Placebo Effect Works

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For centuries, doctors have prescribed drugs they knew weren't real – but that still somehow worked. It wasn't until the 1980s that the placebo effect was studied. Learn all about how an inert substance can have a genuine impact on a patient's recovery, in this classic episode.

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Jan 18 2020

42mins

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The Tulsa 'Race Riots'

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In reality, the Tulsa "race riots" of 1921 was more like a massacre. Yet it was almost lost to history until 1997, and still not widely known outside of Oklahoma until HBO's The Watchmen put it on the cultural map. Learn all about this dark chapter in American history today. 

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Jan 16 2020

48mins

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Short Stuff: The Mona Lisa

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The Mona Lisa is a captivating work of art. But why? We'll try and figure it out in today's short stuff.

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Jan 15 2020

14mins

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Transdermal Implants: Body Art or Nightmare Fuel?

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Transdermal implants are just one in a number of procedures under the banner of extreme body modification. We don't like to yuk yums, so we'll offer a fairly straightforward look at this niche art form. 

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Jan 14 2020

55mins

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SYSK Selects: Jellyfish - Even Cooler Than Octopi?

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Jellyfish are among the most adaptable, competitive organisms on the planet. They can grow back into their juvenile stage when resources are scarce, reproduce in massive groups and kill an adult human, among lots of other neat stuff. Learn all about em in this classic episode!

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Jan 11 2020

55mins

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The Disappearance of Flight MH370, Part II

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In the absence of an official explanation of why flight MH 370 disappeared in 2014, conjecture and conspiracy theories have filled the vacuum.

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Jan 09 2020

48mins

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Short Stuff: Corduroy

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Learn 12 minutes worth of stuff about corduroy today!

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Jan 08 2020

14mins

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The Disappearance of Flight MH370, Part I

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In 2014, a Boeing 777 airliner disappeared. Despite two full years of searching an area of ocean covering more than 120,000 square kilometers, it has never been found. It is the only unexplained missing vessel in modern aviation history.

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Jan 07 2020

43mins

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SYSK Selects: Will Computers Replace Doctors?

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With savvy and health-conscious people taking control of their wellbeing through apps and sites, technology is meeting the desire for individuals' responsibility for their health. But is the day coming soon when doctors will be obsolete, replaced by computers that read our health-related data to treat us? We explore these questions and more in this classic episode.

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Jan 04 2020

38mins

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How Safecracking Works

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Burglars have come up with a whole range of ways to get into a safe. There’s lock manipulation – methodically testing the dial to coax the combination from it – and if that fails you can always blow it open with nitroglycerin. Both count as safecracking.

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Jan 02 2020

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Short Stuff: Why Does Time Speed Up As You Age?

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It’s not just you – time really does seem to pass faster for people as we age. But exactly why remains a mystery, though some of the theories for why life passes by so quickly are make a lot of sense.

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Jan 01 2020

15mins

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Are broken arrows a problem?

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Are broken arrows are a problem? After all, they are incidents and accidents involving nuclear warheads. Like, sometimes they go missing. But it hasn't happened much since the 50s and 60s. OR HAS IT? Learn all about them today. 

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Dec 31 2019

53mins

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SYSK Selects: How Wine Fraud Works

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Wine fraud may be a case of rich con artists tricking wealthy people into parting with money, but it's still a crime. Learn all about this weird, widespread practice in this classic episode.

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Dec 28 2019

52mins

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SYSK Live: Andre the Giant

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Andre the Giant was a giant both figuratively and literally. Sure he was a wrestler, but more than that he was a human being who left a great legacy behind. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, you can appreciate his story. Join us for this very special live edition of the story of Andre the Giant. 

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Dec 26 2019

1hr 7mins

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Short Stuff: The Santa Claus Association

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If a con man manages to make needy Christmas wishes come true is he still a con man? (Also, Merry Christmas!)

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Dec 25 2019

14mins

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The SYSK Holiday Spectacular

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It's an annual treat, folks. Our holiday special is back and better than ever, and as always, brought to you ad-free. It's the least we can do. 

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Dec 24 2019

44mins

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iTunes Ratings

45856 Ratings
Average Ratings
36248
4149
2024
1417
2018

Outstanding

By 04Ry - Jan 21 2020
Read more
I never tire of listening to SYSK. Every episode is fascinating. Thank you so much!

Love this podcast

By the snake dude - Jan 19 2020
Read more
Listen to it all day and learn so much