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Part-Time Genius

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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

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1413 Ratings
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By Coopatron04 - Feb 27 2019
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I can’t stop listening to it

I love this podcast!

By susanna42 - Feb 17 2019
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I’ve been listening since the very start, and there hasn’t been one episode I didn’t like!

iTunes Ratings

1413 Ratings
Average Ratings
1068
182
74
37
52

Great

By Coopatron04 - Feb 27 2019
Read more
I can’t stop listening to it

I love this podcast!

By susanna42 - Feb 17 2019
Read more
I’ve been listening since the very start, and there hasn’t been one episode I didn’t like!
Cover image of Part-Time Genius

Part-Time Genius

Updated 12 days ago

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Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.

Rank #1: Are Pigeons Smarter Than They Look?

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Sure, they nuzzled their way into Mike Tyson's heart (and Nikola Tesla; and Bert from Bert and Ernie!), but how intelligent are pigeons? Have scientists really trained the birds to read? Did they actually play a role in discovering the Big Bang?  And why are they so darn good at finding their way home? Plus: are catfish their new nemesis? 

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Jul 11 2019
32 mins
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Rank #2: Will We Ever Live Without Sleep?

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Will thinks sleep is a waste of time. But how far are scientists from a cure? Plus, ridiculous facts about Margaret Thatcher, tips on NFL gambling and why you can’t trust science from Garfield. Featuring Simone Giertz.

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Jun 07 2017
47 mins
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Rank #3: What are the Most Incredible Things the Human Body can do?

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Did you realize that when your fingers get wrinkly in the bath, there's a crazy, superhero reason for it? Or that everyone's body is covered in invisible stripes? Or that a single snipped foreskin can yield a football field full of new skin in the lab? Will and Mango investigate the wonders (and strangeness!) of the human body. Featuring Jonathan Strickland.

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Dec 08 2017
46 mins
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Rank #4: 9 Incredible Stories Imported from Remote Islands

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From a dangerous island the Brazilian Navy refuses to let you visit (it's for your own good!), to a place where monkeys think they're training for the Kentucky Derby, Will and Mango are scouring the globe for water-locked lands and the incredible stories that come from them.

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Mar 15 2018
17 mins
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Rank #5: How Clean Should We Be?

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Is our obsession with cleanliness keeping us from peak health? Also, can hookworm cure allergies? Will harvesting panda poop make you rich? And why Amish dust is superior to other dust (seriously!). Featuring Penny Sarchet.

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Jun 14 2017
43 mins
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Rank #6: What are the only 10 Foods You'd Need to Survive?

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We have ZERO intention of eating less food! But if you had to pare down your pantry to the bare minimum, what are the only foods you'd need to survive? Is an all potato diet healthy? Plus, Will and Mango discuss the Woodstock for Fruit Lovers; why the Elderberry might be the most overlooked berry, and did Steve Jobs' strange diet affect his business decisions? Featuring Spudfit.com's Andrew Taylor

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Nov 01 2017
43 mins
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Rank #7: What are the Movie Industry's Biggest Secrets?

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Why do movie theaters limit their audiences to 299 seats? Did dishware really save the movie industry? And why is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider considered a Hollywood masterpiece? (spoiler: it has nothing to do with the plot!) Grab your popcorn and turn off your ringers as Will and Mango head to the movies.

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Jul 06 2018
35 mins
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Rank #8: How Big is Amazon?

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We all know Amazon.com started as a bookseller, that’s now a grocery store and personal assistant and online streaming service. But how did this Seattle start-up outlast the hundreds of other online stores that started at the same time? Will and Mango take a look under the hood to explore the secret ways Amazon hopes to dominate the future.

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Nov 08 2017
43 mins
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Rank #9: Fan Favorite: What are the Movie Industry's Biggest Secrets?

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Why do movie theaters limit their audiences to 299 seats? Did dishware really save the movie industry? And why is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider considered a Hollywood masterpiece? (spoiler: it has nothing to do with the plot!) Grab your popcorn and turn off your ringers as Will and Mango head to the movies.

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Jun 07 2019
35 mins
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Rank #10: Things for Rich People (that were Originally for Poor People)

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Remember when monograms were considered tacky, squash was played in back alleys and barn-yard flavored beers weren't expensive? Neither do we. Will and Mango peel back the humble origins of some supposedly elitist things.

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Oct 25 2018
40 mins
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Rank #11: Is Exercising to Lose Weight a Myth?

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Usain Bolt can scarf down 47,000 calories worth of chicken nuggets and look great, while some dieters work out 4 hours a day and never shed a pound. So is exercising to lose weight a big scam? And what does Calvin Coolidge's exercise horse have to do with it? Featuring Dr. Herman Pontzer.

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Jul 21 2017
47 mins
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Rank #12: What are some Easy Tricks to Improve Your Life in 2018?

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Can smiling during running improve your marathon time? Will an old age app help you make better resolutions? And is there real science behind the Coffee Nap? Will and Mango examine big and little ways to improve your 2018, including why you'll probably need to carry a plunger around with you in the New Year. Featuring Lizzie Jacobs.

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Jan 03 2018
42 mins
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Rank #13: Inside the Secret World of Hotel Operations

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Will and Mango check out the strangest requests ever fielded at hotels. Plus, they look into how you can tell if your concierge is part of a secret society, why you probably shouldn’t use the glass cups in your room, and why you should always (always) book a hotel room that comes with a Dingle.

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Sep 07 2018
41 mins
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Rank #14: How did Sesame Street Change TV Forever?

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Next year Children's Television Workshop turns 50, and Will and Mango are scouring the street for all the best dirt. From why the show started out on NBC, to how Ernie and Bert got downgraded from being the show's only stars, to the reason Jim Henson was so against children's programming, we'll explore the evolution of show and why it continues to be one of the most important experiments in American television.

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Apr 25 2018
43 mins
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Rank #15: What are the most Surprising Jobs at the White House?

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Who decided there should be a beekeeper on staff at the White House? Who manages the First Family's budget and makes sure they're paying for their own toothpaste? And can you just find these job postings on Craigslist? Will and Mango look at some of the most surprising non-political jobs in the White House. Featuring Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown.

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Dec 22 2017
42 mins
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Rank #16: What are the Secret Rules the Royal Family has to Obey?

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Why can't princes wear pants? Why does Prince Charles carry a bag of blood with him on his vacations? Is the Queen allowed to use a Pooper Scooper? Why is it so hard to make a perfect tuna sandwich for the royal family? And who is responsible for ironing the Queen's money so that it is perfectly crisp? Will and Mango dig into all the Queen's business and find some delightful stories in the process.

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Dec 13 2018
35 mins
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Rank #17: Is Recycling Worth the Hassle?

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Why does Germany use 5 different bins for their recycling efforts? Is recycling a smart business to be in? And can you really trick Bros into being greener by putting wolves on packaging? Will and Mango take a deep dive into the state of American recycling and discover some great facts. Plus, why Totes McGoats is one of the worst phrases of all time... but also, perhaps the best recycling mascot ever. Featuring HSW's Christopher Hassiotis.

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Jan 24 2018
45 mins
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Rank #18: Fan Favorite: Why are we so Nostalgic for Sugary Breakfast Cereals?

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Is Cap'n Crunch Really a Captain? Is the Silly Rabbit using psychological tricks on kids? And why did everyone stop putting prizes in cereal boxes? Will and Mango take a trip down memory lane, exploring why America is so nostalgic for those sugary sweet breakfast treats. Featuring Cereal Time TV's Gabe Fonseca.

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Jun 20 2019
42 mins
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Rank #19: What are our favorite secrets about the Vatican?

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There are a lot of things we don’t know about the Vatican: Why did the Popes of yore sit on chairs with holes in the seats? How did Doc Martens become the unofficial walking shoe of John Paul II? And why has no one told you about the Vatican’s top-notch cricket team? We’ve got all these secrets and more. Featuring Jo Piazza.

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Aug 04 2017
46 mins
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Rank #20: What are the Sunniest Places to Hide My Taxes?

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Need a new way to avoid paying your taxes? (We’re kidding. Pay your taxes!) But here’s how Swiss bank accounts and the art of tax avoidance works. Plus, positive things you can say about Delaware! Featuring Holly Frey.

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Jun 07 2017
49 mins
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