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Selects: The Great War of the Worlds Panic Myth

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  • 130 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 54:02

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Silurian Hypothesis

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  • 140 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 56:11

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?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Zambonis!

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  • 130 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 15:07

Even the dullest hockey game is worth seeing when the Zamboni comes out to resurface the ice.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

NYC Trash: A study in persistence

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  • 140 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 56:56

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: How Stuttering Works

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  • 150 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 58:55

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

10 - Yes, 10! - Dumb Criminals

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  • 220 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 54:02

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Titanic Survivors!

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  • 160 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 18:33

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!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Misophonia: More Than an Annoyance

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  • 150 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 56:04

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: The Legends of Lost Nazi Gold

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  • 180 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 55:09

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.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Atomic Clocks, Ahoy!

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  • 200 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 01:00:35

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.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Getting Winded

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  • 160 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 14:24

Getting the wind knocked out of you is scary, but passes quickly. Learn exactly what's happening with all that today.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Village People Episode

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  • 200 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 01:01:52

The Village People were a smash hit singing group that came and went in under two years. Then other people performed under that name for several decades. This is their story. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: How the Beagle Brigade Works

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  • 180 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 55:09

If you've ever been to an international airport, you've probably seen one of the keenest spotters of illegal contraband - The Beagle Brigade! These cute dogs aren't after drugs or bombs, they're carefully trained to sniff out agricultural products. Learn all about this furry group of crime stoppers in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Awful Crimes of Georgia Tann

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  • 190 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 54:15

Georgia Tann was a bad human. We feel safe in saying that because she kidnapped babies from poor families to sell to wealthy ones. Listen in if you can stomach it.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: The Sad, Strange Tale of Margaret Schilling

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  • 200 views
  • about 2 months ago
  • 15:03

Not too much is known about Margaret Schilling. She was the kind of person whose memory might have been lost to time had she not left behind an indelible reminder of her. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Power of the Wind

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  • 230 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 59:21

You probably know wind energy projects have been around since the 90s, but did you know they now provide 10% of America’s energy, and more than that in other countries? Learn about what’s ahead for wind and what it’ll need to become a real star like coal.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: Special Effects: A Short History

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  • 190 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 01:02:42

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. Hit play on this classic episode and then put on your beret and get ready for SYSK film class.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Hitchhiking: Two thumbs out!

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  • 220 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 58:51

Today we go down the road a bit, thumbs out, to explore the rich history of hitchhiking. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: The Amazing Tale of Juliane Koepcke

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  • 210 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 15:56

Few people have been more qualified to survive a plane crash alone in the Amazon for almost two weeks than Juliane Koepcke. Let’s hear her story.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Dubious Science of Arson Investigation

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  • 270 views
  • 2 months ago
  • 54:03

Arson investigation has changed a lot over the years. There is actual science available now, but the word still hasn't totally gotten out. Listen in today, and don't play with matches!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.