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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.

Short Stuff: What is Latinx anyway?

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  • 560 views
  • almost 2 years ago
  • 14:24

We love to keep up with the current terminology for groups of people. Learn about the origin of Latinx today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Wind Tunnels: More Important Than You Realize

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  • 350 views
  • almost 2 years ago
  • 52:17

Without wind tunnels we may not have airplanes right now. Early aviationists built them to puzzle out how to get and stay airborne. But wind tunnels are used for so much more than flight – from microchips to wind turbines. Enjoy this breezy episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: How Bigfoot Works

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  • 480 views
  • almost 2 years ago
  • 40:51

For centuries North American tribes have told stories of a hairy wild giant in the wilderness, and once Europeans arrived they claimed to see it, too. Chuck and Josh examine the claims of believers and the rebuttals of skeptics in this evenhanded episode from the SYSK archives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Printing press? Big deal!

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  • 470 views
  • almost 2 years ago
  • 01:00:16

Was the printing press a big deal? You bet it was. One of the biggest. Learn all about the early history of printing today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

What's the deal with swing states?

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  • 510 views
  • almost 2 years ago
  • 54:50

Swing states are all the rage once again this election season, but the makeup has changed a bit. Learn all about what makes a swing state a swing state right now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: How the Electoral College Works

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  • 560 views
  • almost 2 years ago
  • 47:26

When you vote in an American presidential election, you're not voting for your candidate - you're voting for a group of people you hope will in turn vote for your candidate. Listen in to learn more about the strange process for electing the president, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Fallout Shelters: Probably Useless (Let’s Never Find Out)

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  • 590 views
  • almost 2 years ago
  • 32:37

The advent of nuclear weapons and the Cold War kicked off a craze in the US for building rec rooms with foot-thick reinforced walls and outfitted with survival rations and board games. Would they work? Probably not. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: That's A Head Scratcher

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  • 410 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 12:17

It’s actually really strange that scratching your head is a widely understood sign that you’re puzzling over something. No one’s exactly sure why we do that, so interesting theories abound! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Conjugal Visits: Not exactly what you think

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  • 420 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 53:14

After reaching their peak, conjugal prison visits are all but gone in the U.S. Learn all about these frisky visits in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: How Rabies Works

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  • 380 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 47:49

Rabies may have gotten a lot of attention in the U.S. in the 70s and 80s, but it's still an issue in developing countries. Learn all about this nasty virus in this classic episode. And stay away from raccoons and bats.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

At Long Last: Hawaiian Overthrow Episode

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  • 550 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 58:06

By longstanding listener request, we look at how Hawaii was basically stolen by the United States in the 19th century. Rather than reverse this bit of geopolitical fraud, the US ended up making Hawaii a state instead. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: Petticoat Rulers

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  • 440 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 14:08

Petticoat rulers were women who ran the show long before anyone thought they could. We’re talking mayors and entire city councils comprised of women in the Old West. What happened since then? Listen to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Sweepstakes Work

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  • 410 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 57:08

Sweepstakes were invented as marketing tools to drum up interest for a product or sales. But winning them can be fun and as they’ve proliferated an entire subculture of people who enter hundreds of them a day. Enter the fascinating world of sweepstakes today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: How White-collar Crime Works

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  • 390 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 51:56

White-collar crime often involves fraud and other nonviolent acts. For most people, the term "white-collar crime" conjures up images of CEOs conniving their way to fortune. But what is it, really? Listen in as Josh and Chuck break down the facts in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Election Polling Works and Doesn't Work

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  • 350 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 53:41

Election polling had a pretty good rep until 2016. But it turns out they weren't far off even then. It's really the media driving the narrative. Learn all about how election polling works today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: Black Cowboys

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  • 430 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 16:08

Most people don't realize that around a quarter of the cowboys found in the Old West during the golden age cattle driving were African American. Let's meet some of them, shall we? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Origami: Folding Goodness

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  • 450 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 54:40

Origami is an amazing art that consists of making folds in paper to create something beautiful. Learn all about it today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SYSK Selects: How Porta-Potties Work

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  • 440 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 47:28

Despite our lengthy history of evacuating our bowels and bladders, it wasn’t until the relatively recent 1940s that we began to construct portable, self-contained toilets to accept our waste. Dive into the world of porta-potties in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Wetlands! Wetlands! Wetlands!

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  • 370 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 52:08

It’s time to get jazzed up for some Earth science of the waterlogged variety. Join Chuck and Josh as they tour some of the most interesting ecosystems on the planet and learn why we need to stop destroying them post haste. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Short Stuff: Streisand Effect

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  • 350 views
  • about 2 years ago
  • 17:01

What does Barbra Streisand have to do with the internet? Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers