Stuff You Should Know
If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
Short Stuff: How Eyes In a Painting Follow You
Wednesday 25 November 2020
: Ever noticed how eyes in a painting sometimes follow you around the room? It’s weird! But it’s also fully explainable and Josh and Chuck...
Patty Hearst: Brainwashed or Bandit?
Tuesday 24 November 2020
: Patty Hearst was a young heiress living a quiet life studying art history at college when one Monday evening her home was invaded, she was...
SYSK Selects: Whatever happened to acid rain?
Saturday 21 November 2020
: Along with the hole in the ozone layer, acid rain was one of the first international environmental threats. It's fallen to the wayside in...
The Great War of the Worlds Panic Myth
Thursday 19 November 2020
: On Halloween 1938 young radio star Orson Welles scared the pants off of America with a fictional news bulletin claiming Martians had landed...
Short Stuff: Squirrel Nuts
Wednesday 18 November 2020
: We know squirrels hide nuts. But it's actually more complex a system than you think.
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Tuesday 17 November 2020
: In recent decades we’ve come to understand that there’s a lot more to pain than: touch hot stove/feel burning hand. Pain is a far more...
SYSK Selects: Who Gets to Name Continents?
Saturday 14 November 2020
: America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, right? Maybe not. And who named Australia? Find out the unusually uncertain origins of the...
How Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Works
Thursday 12 November 2020
: For almost a century, Macy’s department store has kicked off the holidays in America with a grand parade. And when you march thousands of...
Short Stuff: Plastic Pink Flamingos
Wednesday 11 November 2020
: Plastic flamingos started out as innocent yard art, transformed into folk art, and have become a (kind of mean) symbol of high campiness....
The Bay of Pigs Disaster
Tuesday 10 November 2020
: The Bay of Pigs is one of the blackest of eyes on American foreign policy. Learn all about this dark spot of American history today.
SYSK Selects: Geysers: Nature's Innuendo
Sunday 08 November 2020
: The spectacular eruptions of steam and water we call geysers are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, the result of thousands of years of...
All the Gold In Fort Knox: Meh
Thursday 05 November 2020
: When Fort Knox was built in the 1930s to house America’s gold supply, it was billed as an impenetrable, impregnable,...
Short Stuff: Fruit Flies, Why?
Wednesday 04 November 2020
: Have you ever wondered why we do so much scientific testing on fruit flies? Turns out they make better models for humans than you’d...
The Amazing Roberto Clemente
Tuesday 03 November 2020
: Roberto Clemente was what’s called a “complete” baseball player – he could hit, run and, man could he throw, so it’s no surprise...
SYSK Selects: How Ghosts Work
Saturday 31 October 2020
: According to a 2009 poll, more Americans believe in ghosts than don't. But what are ghosts exactly? If they do exist, what are they made of...
SYSK’s Scare Your Pants Off (and Back On) Halloween Spooktacular
Thursday 29 October 2020
: It’s that time of year again! So turn down the lights, pull the sheets over your eyes and prepare to be thrilled and frightened with two...
Short Stuff: Poe Toaster
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: For at least sixty years a mysterious person (or persons) showed up at Edgar Allen Poe’s grave to toast the master on his birthday. No one...
A History of Nursing Homes
Tuesday 27 October 2020
: In America, we've treated our senior citizens in very different ways over the years. Tune in to hear about how we've tackled compassionate...
Chuck Bryant On The Why I’m Voting Podcast
Sunday 25 October 2020
: Hey, SYSK listeners! We wanted to make sure you heard Chuck on iHeartRadio’s Why I’m Voting podcast. Check it out and don’t forget to...
SYSK Selects: How Book Banning Works
Saturday 24 October 2020
: If you want to control the masses, control what they read. After all, books are seeds that germinate new points of view. As a result, the...
Beavers: Tail Slapping Fun
Thursday 22 October 2020
: Beavers are in fact, very busy. They're builders and solid family members, husbands and wives. Learn all about N America's largest rodent...
Short Stuff: Haunted Real Estate
Wednesday 21 October 2020
: Do you have to disclose the notion that your house may be haunted upon sale? Listen in to find out.
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10 Voter Suppression Methods
Tuesday 20 October 2020
: Voter suppression in the USA is as old as voting itself. Listen in to hear about 10 ways we stifle the vote.
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SYSK Selects: How Sushi Works
Saturday 17 October 2020
: Sushi grew out of a way to ferment fish a couple thousand years ago and in the late 20th century began to take the world by storm. What...
Porcupines: Little Stabby Cutie Pies
Thursday 15 October 2020
: We love animals. A lot. Especially underrated ones like the darling porcupine. Listen in today to learn all about these stabby little...