How Hurricanes Work July 28, 2020
Hurricanes are perhaps the most destructive force of nature we have to deal with here on Earth. When a mind-boggling number of factors all fall into place just right, the outcome can be an enormous system of storms that is as awesome as it is powerful.
SYSK Selects: How Lobbying Works July 25, 2020
Lobbying is an entrenched part of American politics and one that many people think is breaking government. But petitioning the government is protected in the Constitution. How can this system be fixed? join Josh and Chuck as they explore the topic in this classic episode.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mobile Phones July 23, 2020
Today we deep dive on mobile phones, wonders of the modern world!
Short Stuff: The Death of Billy the Kid July 22, 2020
Sure, together Young Guns and Young Guns II form an exhaustive biography of Billy the Kid’s life. But did you know they also contain misleading information? Billy the Kid may not have lived to 100 under an alias after all!
How We Almost Got Rid of Polio July 21, 2020
For more than half of the 20th century parents in the industrialized world were freaked out by an unseen waster of youth, the poliovirus. It spread easily and could paralyze children for life or even kill them. Its effects were so horrible that humanity set about ridding if from the …
SYSK Selects: How a Flea Circus Works July 18, 2020
If you've ever seen a flea circus, then count yourself among the few. It's a dying art, but back in the day they thrilled and delighted young and old alike. Learn all about the tiny big tops in this classic episode.
Robber Barons! July 16, 2020
The robber barons were not a group of evil super villains. OR WERE THEY? Learn all about these titans of industry from the Gilded Age in today's episode.
Short Stuff: Centralia Coal Fire July 15, 2020
An old coal mine in Pennsylvania caught fire one day in the 60s and it’s been burning ever since. What’s crazy is this happens all the time.
Flagpole Sitting: A Real Fad July 14, 2020
The 1920s were just absolutely nuts. People got into weird fads really intensely and one of the strangest of all was flagpole sitting. It’s just what it sounds like – sitting on top of a flagpole for as long as you can. One man sat above them all. Learn more …
SYSK Selects: How Landfills Work July 11, 2020
Well-planned landfills have only recently come into widespread use. Recently, waste managers have found that they work a little too well and now the landfill is being reinvented.
Essential Oils: Nature's Cure? July 9, 2020
Essential oils are from plants and they can help the human body in a lot of ways. There are also many false medical claims. Learn all the ins and outs today.
Short Stuff: The @ Symbol July 8, 2020
You know the at symbol? This thing: @? There’s a name for it, just not in English. We just call it the at symbol. But other countries – stand back!
What was the KGB? July 7, 2020
The KGB was the notorious strong arm of the Kremlin. Run afoul and you died. Learn all about them today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: All We Know About Guessing July 4, 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 it every day, whether behind the wheel of a car, or judging what another person might be feeling. In this classic episode, learn everything …
Oh Yes, How Soil Works July 2, 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 what makes this amazing substance the life blood of Earth itself!
Short Stuff: The Science of Funny Words July 1, 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 episode.
Bruxism: Grinding Your Teeth Is the Pits June 30, 2020
Researchers have noticed that as incidence of anger increases so too has teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism. That’s a problem because when people grind their teeth, especially when they’re sleeping, they can wear them down to nubs.
SYSK Selects: Juggling: What the Heck June 27, 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 history, physics, how-tos and different types of juggling in this surprisingly sweeping look at a putatively innocuous pastime.
Matcha: That Ain't Just Tea June 25, 2020
Matcha is something else, healthy and delicious and all the rage. Learn all about this trendy beverage today.
Short Stuff: Nouns of assemblage... assemble! June 24, 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 installment.