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This Week I Learned

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Your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again.

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Your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again.

iTunes Ratings

254 Ratings
Average Ratings
94
138
10
5
7

Awesome!

By CoachBetts - Jan 24 2018
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Great information and easily digestible!

My favorite weekly podcast!

By Harpotho - Jul 18 2017
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Not the best party soundtrack, though. Why?

iTunes Ratings

254 Ratings
Average Ratings
94
138
10
5
7

Awesome!

By CoachBetts - Jan 24 2018
Read more
Great information and easily digestible!

My favorite weekly podcast!

By Harpotho - Jul 18 2017
Read more
Not the best party soundtrack, though. Why?
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This Week I Learned

Latest release on Dec 22, 2017

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Your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again.

Rank #1: Ep. 2: This week I learned why dogs are so freaked out by fireworks, and more

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This week I learn why your dog panics during thunderstorms, about the 'dancing plague' that swept medieval Europe, why monkeys also shed friends in old age, and which Oscar-winning actress almost became an Olympian.

Jul 01 2016

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Rank #2: Ep. 3: This week I learned that we think with our hands, and more

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This week I learned that gesturing while you talk is good for the mind, about a new and potentially better addressing system, that a poison ivy allergy is a nearly exclusively human affliction, and that Elie Wiesel once reviewed Disneyland.

Jul 08 2016

10mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 4: This week I learned eating more fruits and veggies makes you happier immediately, and more

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This week I learned there's a short-term boost to eating healthy, that dinosaurs didn't roar, that in the 1920s a flood of female mayors were elected into office, and that artificial sweetener may be tricking you into eating more.

Jul 15 2016

8mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 73: This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

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This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, that bees can also be right-or left-handed, that the Polish composer Frederic Chopin's death-bed request was that his heart be sent back to Poland, and that not so long ago you could pay people to eat your sins.

Nov 10 2017

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Rank #5: Ep. 19: This week I learned stressful jobs can actually prolong your life, and more

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This week I learned the caveat that makes stressful jobs good for your health, the phrase "Patient Zero" was coined accidentally, exposure to a second language during infancy leaves a permanent impression on the brain, and drought is ruining fall's splendor.

Oct 28 2016

9mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 74: This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

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This week I learned dinosaurs almost weren't wiped out 66 million years ago, that wounds heal faster during the day, that bugs have certain preferences when it comes to your home, and that penguins have a more efficient walk than humans.

Nov 17 2017

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Rank #7: Ep. 16: This week I learned dogs can tell time with their noses, and more

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This week I learned the wonderful olfactory world of a dog, a sense of humor may extend your life, how to quickly ease feelings of regret, and how the pineapple became a symbol of hospitality.

Oct 07 2016

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Rank #8: Ep. 24: This week I learned your brain doesn't know the difference between feeling high and feeling spiritual, and more

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This week I learned your brain doesn't know the difference between feeling high and feeling spiritual, that dogs may actually be self-aware, there's a spider species that's breaking the parenting mold, and the science of freezing and thawing your food.

Dec 02 2016

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Rank #9: Ep. 21: This week I learned there's a bright side to the gripping fear of death, and more

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This week I learned how the fear of death improves your athletic game, that it's better if you don't wash your office coffee mug, why we get a lump in our throat when we cry, and that American workers get way less vacation time than medieval peasants.

Nov 11 2016

7mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 36: This week I learned why we're all suckers for the good cop/bad cop routine, and more

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This week I learned how the good cop/bad cop routine works, that dads also go through hormonal changes after becoming parents, that fish "talk" with their urine, and that Earth has a secret hidden eighth continent.

Feb 24 2017

9mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 14: This week I learned why turbulence isn’t as scary as it feels, and more

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This week I learned we can stop freaking out about air turbulence, that pigeons have reading skills, why we should all be fidgeting at our desks, and what the shape of our ears affects our hearing.

Sep 23 2016

9mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 67: This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

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This week I learned good moods can boost the effective rate of the flu vaccine, the benefits of identifying your cat's personality, about an extinct frog with a jaw strength to rival a lion's, and that some doctors in the 1920s prescribed death-defying airplane rides as cures for illness.

To learn more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Sep 29 2017

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Rank #13: Ep. 52: This week I learned that a low-carb diet may be changing your personality, and more

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This week I learned that a low-carb diet may be influencing how you make decisions, why Spaniards eat so late, that there’s a species of pine tree that grows at an angle, and why you shouldn’t use the word 'gypped.'

Jun 16 2017

13mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 20: This week I learned elevator close-door buttons don’t do anything, and more

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This week I learned you can stop pressing the elevator close button, that having friends at the gym isn't helping you any, disgust is a confidence booster, and marijuana might just improve your night vision.

Nov 04 2016

7mins

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Rank #15: Ep. 47: This week I learned smiling actually makes you look older, and more

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This week I learned your smile is aging you, that the language you speak changes your perception of time, about the badass lady pirates of the 18th century, and why stripes mess with our brains.

May 12 2017

11mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 35: This week I learned honeybees say 'oops' when they're startled, and more

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This week I learned the sound bees make when they bump into each other, that a well-timed cup of coffee can boost your memory, that goats know their friends, and that giant pandas are FedExed back to China.

Feb 17 2017

12mins

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Rank #17: Ep. 18: This week I learned fish have accents, and more

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This week I learned fish 'speak' with accents, you can trick your brain into relieving an itch, your fridge is destroying your tomato, P.T. Barnum was the Donald Trump of the 1800s.

Oct 21 2016

7mins

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Rank #18: Ep. 68: This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

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This week I learned why you no longer need to fear the spoiler, that parents' have a gender bias when it comes to their kids, the psychology of why we find clowns so creepy, and that stress causes us to lose sight of other dangers.

Oct 06 2017

14mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 28: This week I learned 1 in 8 people is carrying around remnants of a twin consumed in the womb, and more

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This week I learned there's a pretty good chance you consumed your twin in utero, that garlic can make you smell better, the fascinating story behind a classic tongue twister, and that reindeer eyes change colors with the season.

Dec 30 2016

8mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 34: This week I learned that Brazil and France almost went to war over lobster, and more

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This week I learned about the Lobster War, the weird reason UPS trucks are so efficient, why whales leap into the air, and that there was once an astronaut who was allergic to the moon.

Feb 10 2017

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Ep. 79: This week I learned that crows make up after fights, and more

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This week I learned that a murder of crows has a soft side, that the Vatican paints its walls with milk, that in 1975 all of Iceland's women went on strike, and that mountain climbing can cause you to go temporarily insane.

For more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Dec 22 2017

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Ep. 78: The week I learned your ice is teeming with bacteria, and more

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This week I learned the tasty way to kill the bacteria on your ice, why you should play Super Mario into your old age, that it's illegal to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night, and that our atmosphere is constantly protecting us against meteoroids.

Dec 15 2017

12mins

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Ep. 77: This week I learned dogs really are smarter than cats, and more

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This week I learned that your dog is a nerd, the trick to learning a new skill faster, the tragic reason Canada gives Boston a Christmas tree every year, and that whales also exfoliate their skin.

For more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts.

Dec 08 2017

15mins

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Ep. 76: This week I learned that prehistoric women were ridiculously strong, and more

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This week I learned that our stone-age female ancestors were strong as hell, that turtles breathe through their butts during the winter, that cuddling can change your genetics, and your perception of how much exercise you get can affect your longevity.

Dec 01 2017

13mins

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Ep. 75: This week I learned America really struggled to pin down a date for Thanksgiving, and more

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This week I learned about the time America celebrate Thanksgiving twice in one year, where the wishbone tradition comes from, that gluten may not be to blame for your gluten sensitivity, and that country names aren’t at all original.

To read more about any of the facts mentioned, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts.

And if you've come across any scientific tidbits, fascinating studies, or historical revelations that you'd like to share, email me at podcasts@theweek.com.

Nov 24 2017

16mins

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Ep. 74: This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

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This week I learned dinosaurs almost weren't wiped out 66 million years ago, that wounds heal faster during the day, that bugs have certain preferences when it comes to your home, and that penguins have a more efficient walk than humans.

Nov 17 2017

11mins

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Ep. 73: This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

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This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, that bees can also be right-or left-handed, that the Polish composer Frederic Chopin's death-bed request was that his heart be sent back to Poland, and that not so long ago you could pay people to eat your sins.

Nov 10 2017

12mins

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Ep. 72: This week I learned plants can smell predators coming, and more

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This week I learned plants can sniff out their predators, bacteria have a sense of touch, there's a planet in another solar system where it snows sunscreen, and there might be a very good reason why the T. Rex had those comically short arms.

Nov 03 2017

13mins

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Ep. 71: This week I learned that salmon sex literally moves mountains, and more

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This week I learned how the sweet, sweet love between salmon changes landscapes, that you shouldn't fear the wandering mind, that we're born with a fear of spiders, and that a broken heart is a medical condition.

Read more about the facts in this episode by visiting TheWeek.com/Podcasts.

Oct 27 2017

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Ep. 70: This week I learned worms can smell danger, and more

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This week I learned there's so much more to the humble roundworm, that stress can be just as harmful to your body as junk food, that fish get depressed like humans, and that we might not have the Oxford English Dictionary without the help of a murderer.

Oct 20 2017

16mins

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Ep. 69: This week I learned how female dolphins are weaponizing their vaginas to fight the underwater patriarchy, and more

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This week I learned the badass way that evolution is helping dolphins fend off unwanted males, that the placebo effect has an evil twin, that Nazis once stole an entire room made of amber, and that radioactive pigs are wandering Central Europe.

Oct 13 2017

13mins

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Ep. 68: This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

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This week I learned why you no longer need to fear the spoiler, that parents' have a gender bias when it comes to their kids, the psychology of why we find clowns so creepy, and that stress causes us to lose sight of other dangers.

Oct 06 2017

14mins

Play

Ep. 67: This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

Podcast cover
Read more

This week I learned good moods can boost the effective rate of the flu vaccine, the benefits of identifying your cat's personality, about an extinct frog with a jaw strength to rival a lion's, and that some doctors in the 1920s prescribed death-defying airplane rides as cures for illness.

To learn more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Sep 29 2017

12mins

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Ep. 66: This week I learned you should absolutely beat yourself up a little the next time you fail, and more

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This week I learned that getting emotional after failure is a good thing, that cargo ships out in the open ocean are influencing the weather, why giraffes really have those long necks, and that there is a town in Alaska where bald eagles are so plentiful they're a community nuisance.

For more, go to TheWeek.com/podcasts

Sep 22 2017

11mins

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Ep. 65: This week I learned the science behind out-of-body experiences, and more

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This week I learned there's nothing mystical about your out-of-body experience, that we're consuming an alarming amount of plastic, that women were also Viking warriors, and that chocolate was once medicinal.
For more on these facts, go to TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Sep 15 2017

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Ep. 64: This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more

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This week I learned just how powerful a coffee craving can be, that swordfish heat their eyeballs to hunt in cold water, that wild dogs vote by sneeze, and that Haagen-Dazs isn’t the least bit Danish.

Sep 08 2017

12mins

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Ep. 63: This week I learned the beloved starfish is a surprisingly brutal killer, and more

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This week I learned that starfish are murderous creatures, how companies can 'own' colors, that scientists are getting fish addicted to drugs to help humans, and that surgeons performed a medical miracle with the help of a saxophone.

Sep 01 2017

14mins

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Ep. 62: This week I learned our brains can predict the future, and more

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This week I learned your brain can predict the future, that taking photos won't rob you of the moment, why astronauts can't have fresh bread in space, and that there's one type of snake venom that hasn’t changed in 10 million years.

For more, check out TheWeek.com/podcasts

Aug 25 2017

14mins

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Ep. 61: This week I learned late-night snacking might make you more prone to sunburns, and more

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This week I learned that eating too late could make you more sensitive to the sun, that humans and mammals bold hold their babies to the left, that Walt Disney made a ton of propaganda films during World War II, and why measuring sound is different in water and air.
For more, go to TheWeek.com/podcasts

Aug 18 2017

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Ep. 60: This week I learned it might be possible to learn while you sleep, and more

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This week I learned it might just be possible to learn while you sleep, how the tongue keeps all those tastes straight, that bees understand the concept of zero, and that drugs in sports was once a celebrated part of an athlete's training.

Aug 11 2017

16mins

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iTunes Ratings

254 Ratings
Average Ratings
94
138
10
5
7

Awesome!

By CoachBetts - Jan 24 2018
Read more
Great information and easily digestible!

My favorite weekly podcast!

By Harpotho - Jul 18 2017
Read more
Not the best party soundtrack, though. Why?