Stuff You Should Know
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Why is the Equal Rights Amendment still not ratified?
Thursday 04 March 2021
: The United States is one of only 28 countries in the world that doesn’t have equal protection for women under the law enshrined in its...
Short Stuff: Dog Suicide Bridge
Wednesday 03 March 2021
: A bridge at the town of Dumbarton in Scotland has a terrible reputation as a site where dogs inexplicably leap to their death on the rocks...
Is the Free Radical Theory of Aging Wrong?
Tuesday 02 March 2021
: In the 1990s we thought we’d identified the root cause of aging: nasty molecules called free radicals that wreaked havoc on our cells....
SYSK Selects: Bridges: Nature Abhors Them
Saturday 27 February 2021
: From prehistoric logs across streams to the 102-mile Kunshan Grand Bridge, nature works ceaselessly to take down spans. In this classic...
How Bruce Lee Worked
Thursday 25 February 2021
: Bruce Lee may have introduced more Westerners to Asian culture than any person in history. And, because he died young just as he became an...
Short Stuff: The Body in the Cylinder
Wednesday 24 February 2021
: In 1945, residents of a Liverpool neighborhood found a desiccated body in a long cylinder they’d been using for years using as a bench. It...
What Will Farming 4.0 Look Like?
Tuesday 23 February 2021
: The human population is expected to increase by a couple billion people in the next 30 years and those who are paying attention are...
Introducing: Black Cowboys
Monday 22 February 2021
: Hey, SYSK fans! We think you might like this new iHeart original podcast, Black Cowboys. Check out the trailer to see for yourself!
SYSK Selects: How Chili Peppers Work
Saturday 20 February 2021
: Born and raised in South America, chilis were the earliest crop domesticated in the continent and among the first items brought back to...
How Blue Holes Work
Thursday 18 February 2021
: Geologists and biologists have recently realized that the planet’s oceans and coasts are littered with a unique type of ecosystem called...
Short Stuff: Freedom House Ambulance Services
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: As part of Black History Month, we wanted to share the little known story of the Freedom House Ambulance Service. Listen in to learn all...
The Disappearance of Lars Mittank
Tuesday 16 February 2021
: In 2014, a young German man walked into an airport in Bulgaria with a flight booked, then suddenly ran out leaving all his posessions...
SYSK Selects: Why Are So Many Disembodied Feet Washing Ashore In British Columbia?
Saturday 13 February 2021
: Between 2007 and 2016, 17 disembodied feet - still wearing shoes - have washed ashore between Washington and British Columbia. What's behind...
How Housing Discrimination Works
Thursday 11 February 2021
: Owning a home in the US is a way to pass wealth down from one generation to the next and lift families into a comfortable life down the...
Short Stuff: How California Got Its Name
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: California is a pretty cool name. And the story about where it came from is even cooler.
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Sacagawea: Impressive Teen
Tuesday 09 February 2021
: Sacagawea was only 16 when she joined the Corps of Discovery. That is one seriously impressive teenager.
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SYSK Selects: Earwax: Live With It
Saturday 06 February 2021
: Despite tons of people using cotton swabs each day to clean the earwax from their ears, cerumen (as earwax is clinically known) is actually...
Thursday 04 February 2021
: The NAACP has long been one of the most robust and effective non-profits in the USA. And while it has faded a bit from its glory days, it...
Short Stuff: Balloonfest
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: In 1986 Cleveland released more than a million helium balloons at once! It didn’t go at all according to plan!
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How Groundhog Day Works
Tuesday 02 February 2021
: You know Groundhog Day – the holiday on February 2 when you wake up and have to go through the same day over and over again. It turns out...
SYSK Selects: Maggots: Good For Healing Wounds, Turns Out
Saturday 30 January 2021
: Cultures around the world over the years have been inspired by, then repulsed, then inspired by maggots' ability to heal persistent wounds....
How Hydropower Works
Thursday 28 January 2021
: Humans have been stealing energy from flowing water for at least two thousand years. It wasn’t until the advent of electricity that things...
Short Stuff: Vantablack
Wednesday 27 January 2021
: How black is vantablack? About as black as you could imagine.
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The KKK: Loathsome Cosplay Rednecks
Tuesday 26 January 2021
: The history of the KKK is rooted in hatred and racism, and it still is today. Learn all about these loathsome rednecks today.
SYSK Selects: How Blimps Work
Saturday 23 January 2021
: After newsreels captured the Hindenburg erupting in fire in 1937, the promising development of airship aviation was cut short. Today...