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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Selects: How Disgust Works

2024-02-0301:02:225

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

The History of Las Vegas

2024-02-0157:474

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.
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.
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.
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

Esperanto: Tre Mojosa

2024-01-2555:306

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.
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 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.
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.
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Donna Bouwknecht

"Pregnant people"? Really? :/ Only biological women can become pregnant...

Feb 18th
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Aaron TG

this assumes that if government doesn't do a thing, that thong can't be done. The FDA is wholly owned by big pharma, and the major food processors. People very wrongly assume that because the FDA approved it, it must be safe. Remember that every product the FDA has recalled is a product they previously claimed was safe. There 10,000s of them.

Feb 13th
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Regular To

You've said enough. Free Ted now!!!

Feb 11th
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Big Zero

Guys. Dead bodies STINK! Dead bodies also attract predators. It only makes sense to get a dead body far away from you and bury it so animals and you can't smell it. Absolutely no germ theory necessary to come to this conclusion. Dead bodies smell very bad. Tuk tuk wouldn't just leave Muk Muk's dead body laying around the fire.

Feb 8th
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Robert Egged

Philips CD-i had a CD-ROM version of Clue in the 1990s.

Feb 6th
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Kirk Fontaine

Learning about the many facets of this emotion is truly fascinating! There is so much to explore and discover.

Feb 3rd
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Mermadone

in this episode, Josh proves he had no understanding of what it takes to be a police officer, and the two of them get insulted by Mrs. Grua from a previous podcast. opinion: Mrs. Grua should just be thankful instead of being rude.

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Michael Smith

During this episode, AI was mentioned quite a few times, and how concerning it was, saying if AI doesn't get us first. What was not mentioned was how silly this fear may seem in the future. Like the fear of photography when it first started or the fear of motor vehicles with someone walking in front of them with a flag. Some day, it may seem silly that some people we were concerned about AI.

Jan 9th
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Marie

What was the, non-celebrity, Instagram account you recommended called? (Tamiqua, or something like that?)

Jan 9th
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Kaitlyn Stickrod

man this episode aged in a scary way...

Jan 4th
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Michael Brodie

From an evolutionary point of view, if a moronic branch of life stumbles across Pu239 etc, maybe you don't want to make it that clear....

Dec 30th
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snosaer

i hope every topic/episode of “john oliver last week”would seem barbaric to the people of the future.

Dec 29th
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