How Coyotes Work March 10, 2020
The coyote truly is wily. Even after a century-long attempt to drive them to extinction, this close relative of domesticated dogs not only hung onto survival, but actually doubled its range and expanded its population. Coyotes are here to stay.
SYSK Selects: How Gold Works March 7, 2020
As of early 2013, only 161,00 metric tons of gold had been mined in the entire history of the world. Considering about 85 percent of it is recycled, decent chance your jewelry may once have been part of an Incan headdress or Mycenaean face mask. Dive in to gold in …
Mardi Gras! One month late March 5, 2020
In true SYSK fashion, Josh and Chuck are late to the game. But never fear, they will still detail Mardi Gras in all its colorful glory.
Short Stuff: Exclamation Points! March 4, 2020
We all use them! But did we always? NO!! Learn all about everyone's favorite punctuation mark today!
How Morphic Fields Work? March 3, 2020
Biologist and science historian Rupert Sheldrake is known as a heretic of science, mostly for his deeply strange ideas about what connects all living things. But his pokes at science help keep the field from growing dogmatic and for that we salute him.
SYSK Selects: Your limb is torn off - now what? Feb. 29, 2020
Were you to be the unfortunate victim of a limb removal of any sort, you could take hope. Here in the 21st century, doctors have gotten pretty handy at reattaching arms and legs, replacing thumbs with toes, rebuilding breasts, all to great success thanks to microsurgery techniques.
Sammy Davis Jr: National Treasure Feb. 27, 2020
Today Josh and Chuck sit down and detail the complicated life of the late, great Sammy Davis Jr.
Short Stuff: Hawaiian Night Marchers Feb. 26, 2020
Get ready for some Hawaiian folklore, people. Today we discuss the Night Marchers.
What's the deal with indigo? Feb. 25, 2020
Indigo is a color with a rich past. Learn all about it today.
SYSK Selects: How Cult Deprogramming Works Feb. 22, 2020
The fear of cults in the 1970s drove Americans to look the other way on kidnappings, abuse and torture of cult members by deprogrammers – but did it even work? Find out in this classic episode.
Birthmarks: Probably Not the Mark of the Devil Feb. 20, 2020
It’s a pretty safe assumption that people have been born with birthmarks since humanity began, and between then and now we’ve come up with some wacky, even dangerous, explanations for them – even a few that survive still today.
Short Stuff: Mexican Jumping Beans Feb. 19, 2020
Mexican jumping beans are a real thing and they really do move around. It’s not magic, it’s nature!
The Unsolved Indiana Dunes Disappearances Feb. 18, 2020
In July 1966, three women out for a day at the beach waded into the water of Lake Michigan, got onto a boat and were never heard from again. To this day, not a trace of them has ever turned up and theories of what became of them abound.
SYSK Selects: A Podcast on Zoot Suits? Yes Feb. 15, 2020
Few riots can be attributed to passing fashions, but zoot suits are top among them. After originating among the Harlem Renaissance crowd, the zoot suit came to symbolize political defiance. Find out why it's still illegal to wear a zoot suit in L.A. in this classic episode.
911 Is Not a Joke Feb. 13, 2020
Josh and Chuck delve into the world of 911 in today's episode.
Short Stuff: Body Under The Bed Feb. 12, 2020
A couple unknowingly spending the night above a dead body stuffed under their bed is a longstanding urban legend. And a true one.
Optogenetics: Controlling Your Genes with Light Feb. 11, 2020
What if a genetic brain disease could be turned off simply by flashing a light in your eyes? What if your depression could be cured that way? Sounds amazingly wonderful, true, but what if your behavior could be controlled that way too?
SYSK Selects: How Bonsai Works Feb. 8, 2020
For thousands of years people have been taking normal trees and forcing them into miniature. Learn all about the history and art of this strangely engrossing pastime in this classic episode.
Why are Pentecostals growing so rapidly? Feb. 6, 2020
Pentecostals are seemingly taking over the world. Or at least they're making up a larger section of Christianity than every before. Why? We'll dig in on that in today's episode.
Short Stuff: The Iowa Caucus Feb. 5, 2020
The Iowa Caucus is super important. But not really. Find out why.