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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.

Selects: How Zero Population Growth Works

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  • 55 views
  • 4 days ago
  • 58:47

In 1968, Paul Erlich published The Population Bomb, predicting coming famine and mass death. Erlich's predictions didn't pan out but his ideas launched a debate still raging today. Learn all about it in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Story of the Nuclear Boy Scout

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  • 28 views
  • 6 days ago
  • 46:42

David Hahn was a kid who was really into science. So much that he built a nuclear reactor in his mother's potting shed. And it worked. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Benin Bronzes

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  • 30 views
  • 7 days ago
  • 16:23

One of the world’s cultural treasure troves were created in West Africa. But for over a century they’ve been held in museums outside of Africa. In fact, an estimated 95 percent of Africa’s cultural heritage is kept in museums overseas.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Ray and Charles Eames: More than Chairs

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  • 51 views
  • 8 days ago
  • 01:04:32

Charles and Ray Eames were superstar designers who dreamed up some of the most iconic pieces of furniture ever made. And they did much more than that.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: Geodesic Domes: The Wave of the Future That Wasn't

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  • 61 views
  • 11 days ago
  • 58:05

Sometimes a good idea doesn’t pan out in real life. Take Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome: It requires less energy to heat and cool, it’s cheap, and it’s durable enough to withstand a hurricane – but it’s also godawful ugly and that was its undoing. Learn more with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Like, here's the episode on "like"

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  • 62 views
  • 13 days ago
  • 45:12

Like is a very divisive word. Purists think it's like, a filler word born in the 80s that's like, destroying the English language. Turns out none of these are like, true. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: The Original Snake Oil Salesman

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  • 80 views
  • 14 days ago
  • 13:01

There’s a great origin story behind snake oil salesmen, and it has to do with just one guy who singlehandedly gave it a bad name.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What Americans Ate When There Were No Food Laws

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  • 86 views
  • 15 days ago
  • 56:06

There was a brief period in America’s history – after people left the farm to work in the city and before the government started regulating it – when there was a total, lawless free-for-all in the food industry. Things were bad. Really, really bad.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: The Unabomber: Misguided to say the least

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  • 67 views
  • 18 days ago
  • 53:33

The Unabomber was one of the most notorious and longest lasting cases in the history of the FBI. Just because the manifesto reads like he was a fortune teller doesn't make his actions any less deplorable. Learn all about this fascinating case in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What's the Pygmalion Effect?

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  • 110 views
  • 20 days ago
  • 54:03

Do teachers and managers give special treatment to those who they're told have great academic or professional promise? Does this create a self-fulfilling prophecy, regardless of the truth? That's just part of the fascinating Pygmalion Effect.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: School Bus Yellow

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  • 90 views
  • 21 days ago
  • 14:58

Why are all school buses the same color? Because one man made it so. This is that story. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Clue(do): Third Best Board Game Ever

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  • 85 views
  • 22 days ago
  • 56:43

Whether you know it as Clue or Cluedo, the whodunnit mystery board game is one of the best of all time. Learn all about the history behind the game’s development, and strategies on how to crush your fellow players as soundly as Chuck’s wife crushes him.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: How Disgust Works

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  • 110 views
  • 25 days ago
  • 01:02:56

Disgust is an odd thing. It makes sense that we would feel a sense of revulsion at the thought of putting rotten meat in our mouths – that’s pure evolution. But why would we feel the same emotion at the thought of weird sex or from hearing a racist rant? Find out more in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The History of Las Vegas

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  • 100 views
  • 27 days ago
  • 57:31

How did the sleepy Nevada town of Las Vegas become LAS VEGAS? Well, we'll let you know over the course of about 45 minutes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Wainscoting: When Half a Wall is Enough

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  • 110 views
  • 28 days ago
  • 14:16

Wainscoting is a beloved and time-tested decorative way to spruce up your walls. But what is it anyway? Listen in to find out.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Harrowing Story of the North Hollywood Shootout

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  • 120 views
  • 29 days ago
  • 01:47

Tune in today to listen to the story of when North Hollywood became a war zone after a brazen bank robbery. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: A List Of Games You Would Surely Lose to a Computer

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  • 93 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 01:04:43

We live in a time where computers can beat the best humans in the world at chess, checkers, poker and video games. But these games are really just demonstrations of how intelligent our machines are growing. They’re growing more intelligent by the hour. This classic episode features a special guest, Tech Stuff's Jonathan Strickland.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Esperanto: Tre Mojosa

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  • 84 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 57

One thing you could do is create your own language. Some people do and for lots of different reasons. LL Zamenhof created Esperanto to try to bring about world peace. It worked, but on a less-than-global scale.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Hot Cold Plunge

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  • 99 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 16:41

Jumping into a cold pool after a long sauna or hot tub can be pretty great. Saunas have proven health benefits like lowering blood pressure; cold plunges are shown to reduce inflammation. Why not combine them? A bunch of safety reasons, bucko, that’s why.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Strange Unsolved Murder of Ken McElroy

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  • 81 views
  • about 1 month ago
  • 54:52

The murder of Ken McElroy comes off like a story from a cheap paperback book you’d get to read on a plane. But this is a true crime story, set in Missouri in the early 80s. And boy does it pack a punch.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.