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Stuff You Should Know

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Nov 21, 2020

SYSK Selects: Whatever happened to acid rain?

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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. Join Chuck and Josh as they revive the 80s drumbeat in this classic episode.
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Nov 19, 2020

The Great War of the Worlds Panic Myth

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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?
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Nov 18, 2020

Short Stuff: Squirrel Nuts

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We know squirrels hide nuts. But it’s actually more complex a system than you think.
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Nov 17, 2020

How Pain Works

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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 often go haywire, with terrible effects.
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Nov 14, 2020

SYSK Selects: Who Gets to Name Continents?

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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.
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Nov 12, 2020

How Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Works

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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 through New York things get remarkable.
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Nov 11, 2020

Short Stuff: Plastic Pink Flamingos

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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.
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Nov 10, 2020

The Bay of Pigs Disaster

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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.
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If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.