Stuff You Should Know
Nirvana: Not the Band08/27/15
Hinduism and Buddhism are closely related in a number of ways, including their vision of what comes after we exit this mortal coil. Learn about the religions’ interesting interpretation of the state of existence outside space-time.
How Hot Air Balloons Work
Arguably the most beautiful objects in the entire world, hot air balloons take advantage of some interesting physics and have a long history of killing their occupants. Find out more.
How Umami Works!
For millennia humans have recognized four tastes, but in the 1980s a fifth taste first isolated in Japan gained worldwide acceptance – and took off like a rocket! Learn about meaty, musty, savory umami in this episode.
Pigeons: Homing, Passenger, Carrier and Otherwise
Pigeons can get a little confusing. Passengers, messengers, carriers, homing - the list goes on. But when it comes down to it, they're all variations of the same smart bird with a knack for getting home to roost. Learn about these clever creatures in...
Hula-Hoops: The toy that's a shape
We've covered our fair share of pop-culture icons and here is another - Hula-Hoops. They've been around since ancient time in some form or another, but made their name in during the Hoop Boom of the 1950s. Learn all about this popular fad and more.
How Auto-Tune Works
What began as a challenge to an oil engineer to make a terrible singer into a pitch-perfect one, Auto-Tune has become a ubiquitous (and, to many, obnoxious) part of the musical soundscape.
How Droughts Work
Droughts can be an inevitable feature of a local climate or a catastrophic result of human meddling. In this episode, learn the ins and outs of droughts, including the American mother of them all, the Dust Bowl.
How Earth-Like Planets Work
Since the Kepler telescope went online, astronomers have found there may be an estimate 40 billion planets like Earth in the Milky Way galaxy alone. What does it take for a planet to be considered Earth-like?
How Bats Work
They are creepy, sure, but they are also useful, cute and in great danger of extinction. Get a new lease on life with a new view of bats in this episode.
How Racial Profiling Works
At its base, criminal profiling is a legitimate investigatory tool. The Supreme Court has drawn a clear line that bans profiling when it includes race. So why do we still do it?
Road Rage: GRRRR!!!
About half of all people experience rage on a daily basis when they get behind the wheel. What is it about driving that ticks us off so badly?
How Citizen's Arrests Work
In some states, it is not only your right but your duty to arrest someone you see committing a crime. Learn all about why you should basically never do that in this episode.
That Time Nazis Invaded Florida
During World War II, Nazis invaded the United States with saboteurs bent on fomenting chaos. Three times.
How the Terracotta Army Works
In 1974, Chinese farmers discovered the first of what would number 7,000 terracotta soldiers meant to protect China's first emperor in the afterlife.
How Brickfilm Works
What began as a pair of teens who made a film for their grandparents has exploded into its own art form. Learn all about how stop-motion Lego films are made.
How Egypt's Pyramids Work
Pyramids can be found in ruins around the world, but no civilization perfected the feat of engineering like Pharaonic Egypt. Learn about the mysteries that still surround these giants.
How Circus Families Work
Don't be confused - this one is about actual circus acts made of family members, not the controversial comic strip.
How Audience Testing Works
Did you know some of our most beloved movies originally had different, sometimes better, endings? That is until they were tested in front of focus groups.
Mosquitoes: The Worst
Sun Tzu said know your enemy, and so it is in that spirit that we present this episode on one of the worst airborne pests in the world.
How Landfills Work
Well-planned landfills have only recently come into widespread use. Recently, waste managers have found that they work a little too well and now the landfill is being reinvented.
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