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.
SYSK Selects: All We Know About Guessing
Saturday 04 July 2020
: Guessing is a weird thing. For millennia, it could have meant the difference between life and death. Now it's not as vital, but we still do...
Oh Yes, How Soil Works
Thursday 02 July 2020
: There is maybe nothing that sounds more boring than hearing two people talk about soil, but friend, prepare to be amazed at the details of...
Short Stuff: The Science of Funny Words
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: Why are some words funnier than others? Well, one man has sought to figure that out. We'll tell you all about him and his project in today's...
Bruxism: Grinding Your Teeth Is the Pits
Tuesday 30 June 2020
: Researchers have noticed that as incidence of anger increases so too has teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism. That’s a problem...
SYSK Selects: Juggling: What the Heck
Saturday 27 June 2020
: There is a lot – A LOT – to juggling and Chuck and Josh go over the lion’s share of it in this classic episode. Delve into the deep...
Matcha: That Ain't Just Tea
Thursday 25 June 2020
: Matcha is something else, healthy and delicious and all the rage. Learn all about this trendy beverage today.
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Short Stuff: Nouns of assemblage... assemble!
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: A gaggle of geese. A murder of crows. Nouns of assemblage are awesome and we talk about them for about 12 minutes in today's Short Stuff...
How Ultrasound Works
Tuesday 23 June 2020
: Sure you know all about ultrasound. You can see pictures of little babies right there cozy in the womb just by waving a magic plastic stick...
SYSK Selects: Research tips from SYSK
Saturday 20 June 2020
: People often ask us how we do our research. We're not going to disclose all of our secrets, but we'll give you some tips on how to root out...
Thursday 18 June 2020
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Short Stuff: Haint Blue
Wednesday 17 June 2020
: Haint Blue is a kind of robin's egg color that you might commonly find on porches of the low country of the Southeastern United States. But...
The War on Fat: The Seven Countries Study
Tuesday 16 June 2020
: The Seven Countries Study was a fairly impressive, long-term study on the effects of fat in our diet, among other things. But it was very...
SYSK Selects: How Flamethrowers Work
Saturday 13 June 2020
: Who first decided that it would be a great idea to shoot flame at other people from a distance? Josh and Chuck talk about the (very) early...
Can You Eat A Tapeworm To Lose Weight?
Thursday 11 June 2020
: There’s a persistent insistence that you can ingest a tapeworm and as the parasite hijacks a lot of the calories you eat, the pounds will...
Short Stuff: Foie Gras
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: Foie gras means “fatty liver” in French, which makes sense because it’s made from the overripe livers of force-fed ducks and geese. ...
How Project Star Gate Worked
Tuesday 09 June 2020
: In yet another testament to how amazingly great the 70s were, in 1975 the US started a program that tried to harness the powers of...
SYSK Selects: How The Black Panther Party Worked
Saturday 06 June 2020
: The Black Panther Party was a complex political movement that was unfairly painted as a militant group who hated white people. Far from it,...
The Massacre at Tiananmen Square
Thursday 04 June 2020
: Tank Man. An indelible image burned in our brains. But what led to this extraordinary event? Chuck and Josh walk you through the days and...
Short Stuff: Disappearing Dirty Dancing Lake
Wednesday 03 June 2020
: The lake from one of the all-time great movies (search your feelings, you’ll find that it’s true) is turning into a dried up mudhole....
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: We've covered a lot of drugs in our history, and today we tackle heroin, one of the most dangerous of all.
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SYSK Selects: How Jackhammers Work
Saturday 30 May 2020
: It’s likely that without the invention of the pneumatic jackhammer, the Industrial Revolution wouldn’t have hummed along quite so...
How Narcolepsy Works
Thursday 28 May 2020
: Narcolepsy is one of those amazing rare disorders that everyone thinks they understand – people just fall asleep at random times, even in...
Short Stuff: Lawn Darts
Wednesday 27 May 2020
: There was a time when kids had to look out for flying darts that could pierce their skulls when they played in the backyard.
Hummingbirds: Ornery Helicopters of the Animal Kingdom
Tuesday 26 May 2020
: If you didn’t already know how amazing hummingbirds are, prepare to learn. Not only do they count among their numbers the smallest bird...
SYSK Selects: How The Enlightenment Works
Saturday 23 May 2020
: The Enlightenment stands as the moment the West withdrew from superstition and found its faith in reason. Did it shift too far? In this...