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SYSK Selects: What Happened at Kent State? Sept. 28, 2019
On May 4, 1970, four days of anti-war protests at Kent State University in Ohio culminated in the unthinkable when Ohio guardsmen opened fire on protesters, killing four students. How could this tragedy take place? Learn more in this classic episode.
What are paraphilias? Sept. 26, 2019
Josh and Chuck dive into the world of paraphilias so you can get the skinny in 45 minutes or less.
Short Stuff: Dare Stones Sept. 25, 2019
What happened to the Lost Colonists who disappeared from Roanoke Island in the 1580s remains a mystery to this day. But it’s possible a carved stone a man vacationing in North Carolina found in the 1930s may have solved it – if the stone isn’t a hoax.
We Are Running Out of Sand and That Actually Matters Sept. 24, 2019
Sand, we’re beginning to realize, is a non-renewable resource - and we are consuming it at a voracious pace. We use it in every construction project around the world and to create new land. And we’re wrecking the ecosystems we mine sand from.
SYSK Selects: Could You Live Without a Refrigerator? Sept. 21, 2019
Do you know that hulking refrigerator in your kitchen emits CO2 thanks to the electricity it uses each year? It's a comparatively small amount, in truth, but enough that some people have foresworn their fridge and adopted a life without one. See how they do it in this classic episode.
How the US Interstate System Works Sept. 19, 2019
Wait! This is actually a good episode! It turns out that America’s 48,000 miles of superhighways – possibly the largest civil works project in the history of humanity – may have also ruined what made America a cool place.
Short Stuff: Scurvy Sept. 18, 2019
Scurvy seems like a terrible way to go: Your gums swell so you can’t eat, your teeth fall out and your brain and/or heart hemorrhages. Fortunately, all you need is an orange to cure you. Or some – blech – broccoli.
The Skinny on Lyme Disease Sept. 17, 2019
If you live in the Northeastern U.S. then you may know someone who has had Lyme disease. But it's spreading all over the country and parts of the world. Learn all about this tick-borne disease today.
SYSK Selects: How Wills Work Sept. 14, 2019
Whether it's oral, scrawled in blood or signed on a deathbed everyone should have a will. But how do they actually work? Join Chuck and Josh as they explain that "of sound mind" thing in this classic episode.
Special Effects: A Short History Sept. 12, 2019
Special effects have been around since the first movies. In fact, the techniques the earliest filmmakers created are still around today, we just use computers to do them faster and cheaper. Put on your beret and get ready for SYSK film class.
Short Stuff: Papasan Chairs Sept. 11, 2019
Oh, the papasan. What a chair! But where did it come from? And what does the name mean? The answers lie within.
How Government Shutdowns Work Sept. 10, 2019
Every year Congress decides how the federal government will spend money. Simple enough, but in practice politics tend to mess it up. Sometimes it gets so messy the budget doesn’t get passed and parts of the government shut down. Then the hurting begins.
SYSK Selects: How Ouija Boards Work Sept. 7, 2019
Although most people who've used Ouija boards don't think they're communicating with the beyond, there is something mysterious about how it works. Learn the ins and outs of the popular parlor game that sprang directly from the 19th-century spiritualism movement in this classic episode.
What's the deal with MSG? Sept. 5, 2019
MSG got a bad rap in the 70s and 80s. But what is it exactly and how bad is it for you? The answers to those questions lie within.
Short Stuff: Barbed Wire Sept. 4, 2019
Barbed wire changed the Western US as much as the railroad and the six- shooter. Before barbed wire arrived, the West was free and open; after, the West became concentrated in the hands of a few big ranchers. No wonder it was called “devil’s rope.”
Ed Gein: The Serial Killer's Serial Killer Sept. 3, 2019
Any movie featuring a deranged killer who’s perversely devoted to his mother and makes things out of human skin has a real-life person named Ed Gein to thank for inspiration. He was Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates, and Leatherface all rolled into one.
SYSK Selects: How Icebergs Work Aug. 31, 2019
Icebergs: floating chunks of ice. True, but whoa there. Scientists are learning that there's a lot more to icebergs. Appropriately enough, we've only come to understand the tip of the iceberg and recent research shows there's plenty more to uncover.
The Rubik's Cube Episode Aug. 29, 2019
Rubik's Cubes. Ronald Reagan. Jerry Falwell. Just Say No. One of these things was awesome. Take a guess and hop on board the 80s train.
Short Stuff: Dead Bodies and Airline Codes Aug. 28, 2019
Did you know there are airline codes for pilots and flight attendants? And some of them have to do with dead bodies on board? Learn all about it today!