Stuff You Should Know


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  • 46 minutes 33 seconds
    Selects: The Great War of the Worlds Panic Myth

    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 ran wild with panic in the streets – or did they? Listen to this classic episode to find out.

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    18 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 49 minutes 10 seconds
    The Silurian Hypothesis

    The idea that we aren’t the first advanced civilization to live on Earth sounds like a fringe theory, but it raises a good question: How can we be so sure that a civilization didn’t arise and die on Earth so long ago that any trace of it has been erased?

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    16 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 13 minutes 8 seconds
    Short Stuff: Zambonis!

    Even the dullest hockey game is worth seeing when the Zamboni comes out to resurface the ice.

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    15 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 50 minutes 29 seconds
    NYC Trash: A study in persistence

    Taking care of 12,000 tons of residential trash every day is a hard job. But how does that even work? Listen in to marvel at the NYC sanitation system.

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    14 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 50 minutes 45 seconds
    Selects: How Stuttering Works

    Despite as much as one percent of the adult population having the condition, science doesn't actually know how stuttering works. The best it's come up with so far: there seems to be an issue between the physical process of speaking and the thought process that underlies it. Find out what science means by this in this classic episode.

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    11 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 45 minutes 49 seconds
    10 - Yes, 10! - Dumb Criminals

    Sometimes you just have to turn it off for a while – all the thinking, and overthinking, analyzing, and figuring out. Sometimes it’s nice to just breathe through your mouth and talk about dumb things criminals do for an episode.

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    9 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 16 minutes 15 seconds
    Short Stuff: Titanic Survivors!

    We all know the story of the Titanic and the tragedy of lives lost. So hey, let's talk about the survivors for a change!

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    8 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 47 minutes 50 seconds
    Misophonia: More Than an Annoyance

    Misophonia is a condition in which certain sounds trigger people in very negative ways that can really disrupt someone's life. Listen in today to learn all about this fairly recently recognized condition.

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    7 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 46 minutes 34 seconds
    Selects: The Legends of Lost Nazi Gold

    As if being murdering SOBs weren’t enough, the Nazis were also thieving rats. During WWII, they stole billons in gold from countries they overran and moved it to Germany. But at the end of the war, only part of it was recovered. Where’s the rest? Find out the extent of our knowledge in this classic episode.

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    4 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 51 minutes 59 seconds
    Atomic Clocks, Ahoy!

    The only thing more complicated than an atomic clock is researching how they work and then figuring out how to explain it to other people. But believe us, they are fascinating. Even if you don’t care about clocks or atoms you’ll still like this episode.   

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    2 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 11 minutes 53 seconds
    Short Stuff: Getting Winded

    Getting the wind knocked out of you is scary, but passes quickly. Learn exactly what's happening with all that today.

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    1 May 2024, 9:00 am
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