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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.

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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

247 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
138
10
4
6

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

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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.

Ep. 43: This week I learned you're tying your shoes wrong, and more

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This week I learned there's a better way to tie your shoes, that new Supreme Court justices have special humbling duties, that women were recently forbidden from wearing pants on the Senate floor, and your baby would benefit from having a dog.

Apr 14 2017

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Ep. 41: This week I learned that sleep walking is an evolutionary trait gone terribly wrong, and more

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This week I learned why some people walk in their sleep, that leaves could one day heal our hearts, that not so long ago married women couldn't get their own passports, and that emojis are not a universal language.

Mar 31 2017

12mins

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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

10mins

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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. 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. 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

12mins

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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

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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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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. 59: This week I learned the only way to use your phone at night without messing with your sleep, and more

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This week I learned there's hope for nighttime smartphone addicts yet, that talking to yourself in the third person can instantly reduce stress, even babies know who's boss, and that the Mona Lisa skyrocketed to fame after being stolen from the Louvre in 1911.

Aug 04 2017

16mins

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Ep. 25: This week I learned plants can be conditioned just like Pavlov's dog, and more

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This week I learned that a plant can learn to change its behavior, poaching has changed the genetic pool of African elephants, sleep deprivation has mood-lifting benefits, and your digital music is being stripped of its joyous tones.

Dec 09 2016

9mins

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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. 27: This week I learned cavemen brushed their teeth, and more

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This week I learned our earliest ancestors brushed their teeth, the story behind one of the most delightfully bizarre photos on the internet, that doctors can detect cancer from your breath, and that we should all be taking more saunas.

Dec 23 2016

9mins

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Ep. 58: This week I learned why so many people order tomato juice on airplanes, and more

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I'm on vacation this week! So, I'm sharing some of my favorite discoveries from previous weeks: why airplane food is so bland, the science behind your attractiveness to mosquitoes, why you can stop using soap in the shower, and that some sharks are shy.

Jul 28 2017

9mins

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Ep. 57: This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more

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This week I learned that it would be surprisingly difficult to sterilize the planet, most of our DNA is thankfully useless, women used to be the ones who brewed all of the beer, and that taking a shower can cache your mind.
Read more about the facts mentioned: TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Jul 21 2017

15mins

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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. 56: This week I learned praying mantises are killing your hummingbirds and eating their brains, and more

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This week I learned the gruesome way praying mantises are coming for your hummingbirds, the science behind a frog's tongue, grandparents helped us survive in the wild, and that deep-sea dwelling coral make their own sunlight to survive.

Jul 14 2017

12mins

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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. 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

15mins

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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

11mins

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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

11mins

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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

Play

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

Play

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

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Read more

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

Play

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

Podcast cover
Read more

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

11mins

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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

Play

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

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Read more

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

15mins

Play

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

Podcast cover
Read more

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

15mins

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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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