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Stuff You Should Know

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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The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

57mins

10 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Gerrymandering: How to Stifle Democracy

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

42mins

12 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Ballpoint pens? Heck yes, ballpoint pens!

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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

54mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #3

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How the Stanford Prison Experiment Worked

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

51mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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SYSK Selects: How the Rosetta Stone Works

Sometimes providence smiles on historians. Thus is the case with the Rosetta stone, an ancient Egyptian tablet that served as the key for unlocking hieroglyphics, lost to time for a millennia. In this classic episode, learn about the international intrigue, rivalry to translate it and the luck that led to the founding of Egyptology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

42mins

1 Aug 2020

Rank #5

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How Diabetes Works

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr

3 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

56mins

27 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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How Soap Works

Soap is a miraculous substance – and mysterious too: we have no idea how humans first figured out to make it. We lived with soap for millennia before we thought to use it to wash ourselves with it, but once we did a love affair with cleanliness was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

54mins

30 Jul 2020

Rank #8

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Recycling Update: How’s It Going?

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 9mins

24 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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The Dyatlov Pass Mystery

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

45mins

26 Jul 2018

Rank #10

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Genghis Khan: Madman or Genius?

Depending on who you talk to, Genghis Khan was either a sadistic madman or one of the great leaders in world history. One thing is sure, he was one of the most advanced military minds of all time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

55mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Who is The Man of the Hole?

In 2018, there's a man from a lost tribe still living deep in the jungles of Brazil who has been all alone since the mid 1990s. He's referred to as the Man of the Hole, and has had no face-to-face with modern humans. Who is he? We'll answer that question as best we can in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

42mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Really Bad For You?

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 1min

17 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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SYSK Selects: Did Reagan's Star Wars program win the Cold War?

Putting lasers in space to blast Soviet missiles out of the air was a very real part of Ronald Reagan's defense policy. While his "Star Wars" program was derided at home and abroad, historians are beginning to wonder if it didn't help win the Cold War after all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

40mins

7 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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SYSK Selects: Was there a real King Arthur?

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

49mins

2 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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How Attila the Hun Worked

If you go to the Internet you'll see a few people championed as all-time greatest conquerors - Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Atilla the Hun. Listen in today as Josh and Chuck dive into number three on this list, Atilla the Hun.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

48mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #16

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How Ayahuasca Works

One day in the Amazon Basin, a shaman put together a plant containing DMT with a vine that allows the body to absorb DMT. The combination, a foul-tasting, wildly hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca, has changed cultures throughout the Americas.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

50mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #17

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The Black Panther Party

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... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

1hr 9mins

16 Feb 2017

Rank #18

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How Tsunamis Work

Tsunamis are amazingly devastating natural disasters. They're miles tall and wide, travel as fast as a commercial airliner and can wipe out entire coastal towns. And if the last couple decades are any indication, they seem to be getting worse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

52mins

12 Jun 2018

Rank #19

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Marijuana Vs. Alcohol: Which Is Worse For You?

It's been the subject of teenage conversation for decades already, but now you can join Josh and Chuck as they dive into the science of how pot and booze affect your body, mind and behavior and learn which one comes out on top. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

57mins

1 Feb 2018

Rank #20