Stuff You Should Know

SYSK Selects: How Tea Works

Hinzugefügt: 28. November 2020

Legend has it that tea was discovered by a curious Chinese emperor after leaves blew into his boiled water. Now tea is the second only to water in popularity worldwide. And despite the varieties of...

Gobble Gobble: Turkeys!

Hinzugefügt: 26. November 2020

Turkeys are a very interesting bird as it turns out. Which may be why many people are leaving it off their Thanksgiving table this year. Learn all about them right now! Learn more about your...

Short Stuff: How Eyes In a Painting Follow You

Hinzugefügt: 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 do just that here. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

Patty Hearst: Brainwashed or Bandit?

Hinzugefügt: 24. November 2020 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 4

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 kidnapped, and her life took a totally unforeseen turn...

SYSK Selects: Whatever happened to acid rain?

Hinzugefügt: 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 face of climate change, but we have yet to lick it....

The Great War of the Worlds Panic Myth

Hinzugefügt: 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 and were destroying the country. People across the nation...

Short Stuff: Squirrel Nuts

Hinzugefügt: 18. November 2020

We know squirrels hide nuts. But it's actually more complex a system than you think. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Pain Works

Hinzugefügt: 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 sophisticated experience and, unfortunately, a system that can...

SYSK Selects: Who Gets to Name Continents?

Hinzugefügt: 14. November 2020

America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, right? Maybe not. And who named Australia? Find out the unusually uncertain origins of the continents and other interesting stuff in this classic episode....

How Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Works

Hinzugefügt: 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 clowns, lip synching celebrities, bands, and giant balloons...

Short Stuff: Plastic Pink Flamingos

Hinzugefügt: 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. There’s a lot to this particular plastic yard art. Learn...

The Bay of Pigs Disaster

Hinzugefügt: 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

SYSK Selects: Geysers: Nature's Innuendo

Hinzugefügt: 8. 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 specific natural conditions and physical processes....

All the Gold In Fort Knox: Meh

Hinzugefügt: 5. November 2020

When Fort Knox was built in the 1930s to house America’s gold supply, it was billed as an impenetrable, impregnable, don’t-even-think-of-trying vault. But as the world has moved further away from...

Short Stuff: Fruit Flies, Why?

Hinzugefügt: 4. 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 think. Learn more about your ad-choices at...

The Amazing Roberto Clemente

Hinzugefügt: 3. 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 he was made a Hall of Famer. But he was also a humanitarian, a civil...

The Amazing Roberto Clemente

Hinzugefügt: 3. 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 he was made a Hall of Famer. But he was also a humanitarian, a civil...

SYSK Selects: How Ghosts Work

Hinzugefügt: 31. Oktober 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 and why are they hanging around? In this classic episode...

SYSK’s Scare Your Pants Off (and Back On) Halloween Spooktacular

Hinzugefügt: 29. Oktober 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 great Halloween stories from Philip K. Dick and M.R. James....

Short Stuff: Poe Toaster

Hinzugefügt: 28. Oktober 2020 - Durchschnittliche Bewertung: 4

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 ever found out who this legendary figure was. Learn more...