Stuff You Should Know



How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from


  • Mariachi: The Rodney Dangerfield of Music

    16/08/2022 Duration: 53min

    Mariachi bands have a bad rap as nothing more than "restaurant music." But there is a rich and long cultural tradition many people are missing and the music deserves our respect. Listen in today!See for privacy information.

  • Selects: Desert Survival: Josh and Chuck Save Your Tookus

    13/08/2022 Duration: 45min

    The chances are pretty low that you’ll find yourself lost in the desert, but on the off chance you do you’ll thank yourself that you listened to this classic episode, where we guide you to safety. See for privacy information.

  • The Origins of Breakfast Foods

    11/08/2022 Duration: 53min

    Who doesn't love breakfast? But do you know where most of the typical breakfast foods come from? Well listen in to find out.See for privacy information.

  • Short Stuff: The Berners Street Hoax

    10/08/2022 Duration: 10min

    A full 200 years on, we're still talking about one of the most sweeping hoaxes of all time. See for privacy information.

  • What's the deal with energy drinks?

    09/08/2022 Duration: 47min

    Chuck hates them, Josh has flirted with them. Energy drinks. Listen in to learn all about this canned speed. See for privacy information.

  • Selects: How Droughts Work

    06/08/2022 Duration: 51min

    Droughts can be an inevitable feature of a local climate or a catastrophic result of human meddling. In this classic episode, learn the ins and outs of droughts including the American mother of them all, the Dust Bowl.See for privacy information.

  • Thrill to the Stunning Bicameral Mind Hypothesis

    04/08/2022 Duration: 49min

    Psychologist Julian Jaynes came up with a stunning hypothesis in 1976, that human consciousness only developed in the last 3000 years. And he seemed to have proof in ancient texts. Scholars have been picking it apart ever since and today we join the club.See for privacy information.

  • Short Stuff: Divorcing Your Parents

    03/08/2022 Duration: 12min

    It really happens! But most people call it emancipation of a minor. Either way, there's some interesting legal stuff in here.See for privacy information.

  • Silly String: Disaster in a Can

    02/08/2022 Duration: 39min

    It's been a while since we tackled a classic toy, so here we go with all you ever wanted to know about Silly String.See for privacy information.

  • Selects: Some Movies That Changed Filmmaking

    30/07/2022 Duration: 57min

    An estimated 50,000 films were made worldwide in 2009 alone. Many are surely clunkers, but in this episode Chuck and Josh talk about the ones that emerged throughout cinema history to change the course of all movies that followed. Get your popcorn and lean back while you enjoy this classic episode.See for privacy information.

  • How Menstruation Works

    28/07/2022 Duration: 57min

    Two dudes talking about menstruation? You bet! And there’s no way you could be any more nervous to listen than we were to record it. But give it a listen, we think you’ll find it enlightening – whether you menstruate or not.See for privacy information.

  • Short Stuff: The Mars Rock with Signs of Life?

    27/07/2022 Duration: 15min

    In 1996, real-deal NASA scientists announced they had discovered signs of ancient microbial life in a rock that had broken off Mars and landed on Antarctica. The news set off a controversy still going today. Do we already have proof of alien life?See for privacy information.

  • Where Did Human Intelligence Come From?

    26/07/2022 Duration: 46min

    We humans are smart, to be sure, but if we’re so smart then how come we can’t figure how we got so smart in the first place? Think about that! We sure did and we go over some theories in this super interesting episode. See for privacy information.

  • Selects: What's the misery index?

    23/07/2022 Duration: 44min

    Economists love their data because somewhere in the numbers lies the answer to the ills of the country. They also love to frame data in a way people can relate to. Such is the case with the famous "misery index." Learn all about it in this classic episode. See for privacy information.

  • Googie: The Architecture of the Space Age

    21/07/2022 Duration: 55min

    You may not have heard of it, but you’ve definitely seen it before – 50s buildings with bright, loud colors, roofs at crazy angles, and space-age shapes like starbursts. It turns out that Googie architecture is as fun to look at as it is to say. See for privacy information.

  • Short Stuff: Death from Astral Projection

    20/07/2022 Duration: 15min

    In 1975, yoga enthusiast Robert Antoszczyk retired to his room in a group house in Ann Arbor, MI to try a meditation technique that would allow him to astrally project his spirit. He died, never coming out of his meditative state. What happened? See for privacy information.

  • Supernovae: Best Around, Case Closed

    19/07/2022 Duration: 41min

    Face it, supernovae are the most interesting phenomena in the universe. Black holes are cool, but did you know they sprout from a supernova? What could be cooler than a star exploding so powerfully, the flash it creates shines for months after? See for privacy information.

  • Selects: What Happens When the Government Thinks You're Dead?

    16/07/2022 Duration: 39min

    It’s bad enough when the government knows you’re alive – there are taxes to pay, laws to be followed, all sorts of boring and unpleasant things. But each year, thousands of Americans find out life is far, far worse when the government thinks you are dead. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See for privacy information.

  • Why Bowling is Awesome

    14/07/2022 Duration: 59min

    Bowling is awesome. It just is. And if you don't think so, maybe take a listen to today's episode.  See for privacy information.

  • Short Stuff: Catatumbo Lightning

    13/07/2022 Duration: 11min

    Catatumbo lightning is one of nature's most amazing displays of showiness, with strikes occurring 28 times per minute for nine hours a day, 300 days a year. So take cover and take a listen. See for privacy information.

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