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Stuff from the B-Side

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What is the story behind Stagger Lee? Why would astronauts need a DJ? Join Mark and John as they explore everything from the president's record collection to the future of digital music in Stuff From The B-Side, a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

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What is the story behind Stagger Lee? Why would astronauts need a DJ? Join Mark and John as they explore everything from the president's record collection to the future of digital music in Stuff From The B-Side, a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

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Bring it Back!!

By Artist from tx - Oct 01 2018
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I love How Stuff Works Podcasts, please make more of this one.

Absolutely great

By clint wolf - Aug 17 2015
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Terrific podcast. Still good after many years of no new ones. Too bad they stopped producing them.

iTunes Ratings

132 Ratings
Average Ratings
85
21
13
7
6

Bring it Back!!

By Artist from tx - Oct 01 2018
Read more
I love How Stuff Works Podcasts, please make more of this one.

Absolutely great

By clint wolf - Aug 17 2015
Read more
Terrific podcast. Still good after many years of no new ones. Too bad they stopped producing them.
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Stuff from the B-Side

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What is the story behind Stagger Lee? Why would astronauts need a DJ? Join Mark and John as they explore everything from the president's record collection to the future of digital music in Stuff From The B-Side, a podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Rank #1: How Tone Deafness Works

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People who suffer from tone deafness have difficulties differentiating between one pitch and the next. Tune in as John and Mark explore the bewildering world of the tone deaf in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Mar 26 2009

13mins

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Rank #2: How random is the iPod Shuffle function?

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The iPod's shuffle function is meant to randomly move from one song to the next -- but how random can a random function actually be? Learn more in this podcast.

Mar 10 2009

12mins

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Rank #3: What is nerdcore?

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Nerdcore is a special type of hip hop custom-built for nerds. Tune in as the B-Side team takes a look at the underground genre of nerdcore -- from the history to the rappers themselves -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Mar 31 2009

17mins

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Rank #4: What are the best film scores?

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A good soundtrack can often make the difference between an above-average film and a cinematic masterpiece. Tune in as Mark and John review some of Hollywood's greatest film scores in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

May 28 2009

21mins

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Rank #5: How Steel Drums Work

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The evolution of the steel drum is inextricably tied to history of Trinidad and Tobago, where drumming was banned in the 1880s. Lend an ear as the B-Siders explore the amazing story of the steel drum in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Apr 09 2009

20mins

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Rank #6: How does music reveal your personality?

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In 2003, researchers compared students' personalities to their music preferences. Could they predict a student's personality based on his or her favorite tunes? Learn the results -- which might surprise you -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Jul 30 2009

15mins

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Rank #7: How Billie Holiday Worked

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Billie Holiday was a pioneering jazz singer and tremendously influenced generations of musicians. Join the B-Side guys as they take a look at the life and career of the legendary Billie Holiday in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

May 14 2009

23mins

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Rank #8: What makes Dave Brubeck's Time Out unique?

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Dave Brubeck is a legendary American jazz pianist known for his use of unorthodox time signatures. Tune in as Mark and John take a closer look at the work of this unique jazz icon in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Jun 30 2009

25mins

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Rank #9: The History of the Guitar

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Today, the guitar is one of the world's most well-known and popular instruments -- but where did it come from? Tune into this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the history and evolution of the guitar.

Jan 29 2009

14mins

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Rank #10: The Great American Songbook

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From the 1920s into the 60s, the Great American Songbook covers iconic music of the stage and screen. Yet there's no definitive list of the songs and songwriters involved. Learn more about the history of the Great American Songbook in this episode.

Nov 19 2009

21mins

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Rank #11: Music Theory 101: Intervals

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The term 'interval' refers to the distance or relationship between two notes. In this continuing series on the basics of music theory, the crew examines different types of intervals, as well as their respective roles in classical and modern music.

Oct 27 2009

14mins

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Rank #12: Why is the "Jaws" theme so scary?

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Bursting onto the scene in 1975, "Jaws" became the first blockbuster film. Much of the film's success comes from John William's score -- but why is the music so scary? Tune in as John and Mark figure it out in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Jul 28 2009

13mins

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Rank #13: Why is "Thriller" the world's best-selling album?

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As the world reels after the death of Michael Jackson, fans across the planet pay tribute to the King of Pop. Join Mark and John as they ask why Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is the world's best-selling album in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Jul 09 2009

32mins

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Rank #14: Music Theory 101: Time Signature

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Building on last week's exploration of tempo, Mark and John break down the use of time signatures. Lend our resident audiophiles an ear and learn more about music theory in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Sep 15 2009

16mins

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Rank #15: Why would classical musicians use drugs?

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Historically, musicians have a penchant for drug use -- the old association of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll has a grain of truth. Check out this podcast as Mark and John, HowStuffWorks.com's resident musicologists, take a look at this phenomenon.

Apr 16 2009

14mins

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Rank #16: Did The Beatles use the first concert monitors?

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When the Beatles toured the U.S. for the second time in 1965, the sound systems were terrible in many venues. That all changed in Atlanta, Georgia, however. Learn more about the first use of concert monitors in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Aug 25 2009

9mins

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Rank #17: Did Coldplay plagiarize Joe Satriani?

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When Joe Satriani listened to Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", he detected a familiar melody -- one so familiar, in fact, that he suspected an act of plagiarism. Listen as Mark and John compare the melodies in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Aug 04 2009

17mins

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Rank #18: The Legendary Les Paul: The Solid-Body Electric Guitar

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In this episode of Mark and John's continuing series on Les Paul, the B-Side crew takes a look at Paul's inventive side. Learn how this musician developed the solid-body electric guitar in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Sep 22 2009

14mins

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Rank #19: How Conductors Work

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Conductors lead groups of musicians in a simultaneous performance. Despite their prominent role, many people don't know what conductors actually do. Tune in and learn more about conductors in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Mar 17 2009

17mins

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Rank #20: Music Theory 101: Notation and Pitch

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In this episode of a continuing series on music theory, Mark and John explore notation and pitch, two fundamental concepts for any budding musician. Listen in and learn more about notation and pitch in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Sep 24 2009

9mins

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