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Selects: How Disgust Works

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  • 2 months 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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  • 3 months 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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  • 3 months 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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  • 3 months ago
  • 01:00:47

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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  • 3 months 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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  • 3 months ago
  • 57:00

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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  • 3 months 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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  • 3 months 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.

Selects: Is yogurt a miracle food?

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  • 3 months ago
  • 53:55

Yogurt has been touted as a health food, but is it? Maybe. If you eat it every day. We get into the rich and creamy history of this supposed miracle food in today's episode. Get an earful of the stuff in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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  • 3 months ago
  • 01:01:18

The Seuss is loose in this episode about legendary children's book author Ted Geisel. The funny thing is, he didn't ever want children of his own, and his past work was a bit problematic. Explore his entire legacy in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The 2000 Presidential Election: A Real Cluster

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  • 3 months ago
  • 01:01:13

When George W Bush and Al Gore ran against one another, most pundits predicted a tight race. Absolutely zero of them predicted the election would come down to a few hundred votes. Today, we still don’t know who won.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Blueprints

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  • 4 months ago
  • 14:38

The story of why blueprints were blue is more involved than you think. It involves a chemical process and the Prussian Army. Yeah you heard me right.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

SYSK Live in Nashville: The Biosphere II Experiment

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  • 4 months ago
  • 01:14:39

Hello, friends! Join us today for our annual live show release, recorded in beautiful Nashville. On the docket? The Biosphere II Experiment!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: Nuclear Semiotics: How to Talk to Future Humans

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  • 4 months ago
  • 01:01:46

The nuclear waste we produce will be dangerous for a very long time. We’ve figured out how to safely store it in the earth until it’s no longer a biohazard. Now we just have to figure out how to warn humans 10,000 years in the future to stay away from it. Find out about our best ideas in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How Primitive Will Our Descendants Find Us?

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  • 4 months ago
  • 01:02:59

It’s all fun and games to think about how backwards and misguided some things people did in the past were until you realize we’ll be “the past” one day. What do we do now that will seem primitive then and how will they be better in the future?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Scheele's Green

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  • 4 months ago
  • 15:12

Can you imagine a color so alluring that even though you know it’s toxic you’d still use it to your heart’s content? The Victorians certainly could.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How Snails Work

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  • 4 months ago
  • 01:01:31

They seem gross and bothersome at first, but once you get down to ground level and get to know snails, we’ll bet you’ll grow quite fond of them. They are living in a whole world we’re largely unaware of. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Selects: How Fireplaces Work

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  • 4 months ago
  • 01:04:51

They are dirty, harmful to your health, bad for the environment and utterly charming. Wood-burning fireplaces have been with us for centuries and, despite their many drawbacks, are sticking around. Learn more than you thought possible about the fireplace, in this classic episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The 2023 SYSK Ho-Ho-Holiday Spectacular!

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  • 340 views
  • 4 months ago
  • 52:41

Happy Holidays, friends! Tune in today to listen to our annual ad-free holiday extravaganza. There will be talk of merriment and joy!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Short Stuff: Christmas Lights

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  • 4 months ago
  • 15:44

Just three years after the lightbulb was invented a compadre of Thomas Edison thought to use them to decorate his Christmas tree. It set off a sensation that’s gotten more popular each year since.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.