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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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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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Episodes

Selects: The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

3/2/2024
The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, two anarchists accused of murder, was one of the first "crimes of the century." But did they do it? To this day there is speculation that they did not. Learn all about this famous case in this classic episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:55:49

Wireless Electricity: When Can We Unplug Our TVs?

2/29/2024
You know all of those cords and cables and wires that we use to connect our stuff to the electrical grid so they’ll, you know, work? Imagine a day when energy flies through the air like wifi, utterly cord-free. Well, imagine no more! That day is coming! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:12

Short Stuff: Smudging: Not just for hippies

2/28/2024
Smudging is the process of wafting around the smoke of burning white sage. What is it good for? Listen in and find out. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:14:30

Haile Selassie: Statesman, Colonizer, God?

2/27/2024
If you grew up outside of Africa, you might know Haile Selassie’s name from reggae music - the man who ruled Ethiopia is considered a god in Jamaica. In Ethiopia opinions are more varied. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:56:55

Selects: How Zero Population Growth Works

2/24/2024
In 1968, Paul Erlich published The Population Bomb, predicting coming famine and mass death. Erlich's predictions didn't pan out but his ideas launched a debate still raging today. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:51:53

The Story of the Nuclear Boy Scout

2/22/2024
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.

Duration:00:40:39

Short Stuff: Benin Bronzes

2/21/2024
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.

Duration:00:14:38

Ray and Charles Eames: More than Chairs

2/20/2024
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.

Duration:00:57:12

Selects: Geodesic Domes: The Wave of the Future That Wasn't

2/17/2024
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.

Duration:00:50:22

Like, here's the episode on "like"

2/15/2024
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.

Duration:00:38:46

Short Stuff: The Original Snake Oil Salesman

2/14/2024
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.

Duration:00:10:42

What Americans Ate When There Were No Food Laws

2/13/2024
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.

Duration:00:46:42

Selects: The Unabomber: Misguided to say the least

2/10/2024
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.

Duration:00:45:22

What's the Pygmalion Effect?

2/8/2024
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.

Duration:00:46:44

Short Stuff: School Bus Yellow

2/7/2024
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.

Duration:00:12:23

Clue(do): Third Best Board Game Ever

2/6/2024
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.

Duration:00:48:59

Selects: How Disgust Works

2/3/2024
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.

Duration:00:54:46

The History of Las Vegas

2/1/2024
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.

Duration:00:49:50

Short Stuff: Wainscoting: When Half a Wall is Enough

1/31/2024
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.

Duration:00:11:53

The Harrowing Story of the North Hollywood Shootout

1/30/2024
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.

Duration:00:51:52