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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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Tank Man. An indelible image burned in our brains. But what led to this extraordinary event? Chuck and Josh walk you through the days and weeks leading up to the massacre at Tiananmen Square, which is more of a cautionary tale than we realized. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The lake from one of the all-time great movies (search your feelings, you’ll find that it’s true) is turning into a dried up mudhole. Turns out it has some unusual features. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Heroin: The Drug

Heroin: The Drug

2020-06-0258:4022

We've covered a lot of drugs in our history, and today we tackle heroin, one of the most dangerous of all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
It’s likely that without the invention of the pneumatic jackhammer, the Industrial Revolution wouldn’t have hummed along quite so smoothly. Certainly a lot more trains would go around mountains than through them. Learn about this essential tool in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Narcolepsy Works

How Narcolepsy Works

2020-05-2852:2427

Narcolepsy is one of those amazing rare disorders that everyone thinks they understand – people just fall asleep at random times, even in the middle of doing something. But there’s a lot more to it and – even better – we actually may be able to explain it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Lawn Darts

Short Stuff: Lawn Darts

2020-05-2714:0813

There was a time when kids had to look out for flying darts that could pierce their skulls when they played in the backyard. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
If you didn’t already know how amazing hummingbirds are, prepare to learn. Not only do they count among their numbers the smallest bird species, they are also lightning fast and have the endurance of a marathoner and a telethoner put together. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Enlightenment stands as the moment the West withdrew from superstition and found its faith in reason. Did it shift too far? In this classic episode, learn about this massive shift in thinking which we are still sorting through and coming to understand today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Hi listeners, in case you haven't heard already, iHeartRadio just released a brand new podcast called Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, where we collected speeches from notable folks all over and asked them to give their best advice, thoughts and words of wisdom to graduating seniors. In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, Josh Clark, co-host of the Stuff You Should Know podcast, divulges secrets to graduates that their parents and teachers may have neglected to tell them. If you'd like to hear the other speeches, including ones from John Legend, Bill & Melinda Gates, Tim Cook, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Abby Wambach, and more, just search "Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020" in your podcasting app of choice! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Bras Work

How Bras Work

2020-05-2158:2230

Bras are loved and hated, sometimes at the same time. But as difficult and restrictive as they can be, they rescued women from a much cruel contraption: corsets. The question remains, though, do women need bras at all? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Did you know the little nursery rhyme is controversial? It’s true: Two towns in New England can barely stand to see one another on the map (kind of). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Spiritualism Works

How Spiritualism Works

2020-05-1901:05:4322

Something spooky was born on the American frontier in the mid-19th century: the idea that people’s personalities survive death and that some gifted individuals can communicate with them. It developed into a religion that some still practice today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Hi listeners, in case you haven't heard already, iHeartRadio just released a brand new podcast called Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, where we collected speeches from notable folks all over and asked them to give their best advice, thoughts and words of wisdom to graduating seniors. In this episode, our very own Chuck Bryant reminds graduates to not let this season define them, reminding them the world believes in their ability to craft a better future for themselves. If you'd like to hear the other speeches, including ones from John Legend, Bill & Melinda Gates, Tim Cook, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Abby Wambach, and more, just search "Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020" in your podcasting app of choice! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Creating fire was possibly the most important human discovery, but it's easy to take for granted. But. Josh and Chuck get to the bottom of the chemistry of fire in their quest to explain everything in the universe, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Peanut Butter Works

How Peanut Butter Works

2020-05-1456:4529

No food is more all-American than peanut butter – 80 percent of homes in the country have a jar of it in the pantry right now. And while the rest of the world might find peanut butter peculiar, maybe even gross, the rest of the world is wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
You know those terrible leg cramps that come out of nowhere? They may be named after a drunken baseball pitcher. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Herd Immunity Works

How Herd Immunity Works

2020-05-1201:07:5226

Herd immunity is an epidemiological concept that if enough people are inoculated against a disease the rest of us won’t get it. It’s been useful in holding back diseases like polio and measles, but we have vaccines for them. We don’t have one for Covid-19. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Entrances to the underworld have been places of wonder for eons, and humans have ventured into caves to sleep, hunt, create art and explore. Thanks to the hobby of caving, that tradition continues today. Get all this plus Chuck discussing his caving experience, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The zipper may be the most unsung invention we humans have ever come up with. Prior to zippers, everyone walked around like idiots with nothing but buttons to hold their clothes together. The zipper changed all that. The zipper changed everything. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
There was a glorious time in American history when circus sideshow performers lived together in a small town in Florida. Learn about the fascinating history of Gibtown today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Comments (1542)

Debra Andrus

My daughter and I have a rare form of narcolepsy, called hyposomnia, which is just what it sounds like: when it's at its worst we can sleep 12 hours, get up and have breakfast (yes, with coffee), then go right back to sleep for another 3-5 hours. We're loads of fun at parties. The treatment for us is the same: modafinil and ritalin, which help a great deal, but there are still times when our systems don't care what we do, it demands sleep. Great show, guys!

Jun 6th
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.45RWBNK

one part dictator two parts dipshit and we're on our way there. must stop the orange kool aid man

Jun 5th
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Jennifer Wilson Blackwell

if you're talking about Lake Lure Lake in Lake Lure North Carolina, they drain the lake every year so they can work on the boat docks slips. I have not listen to this podcast yet. I'm just grasping that from the title. I live 15 minutes from the lake.

Jun 3rd
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Katie Westfall

I hear a weird echo when Josh talks

Jun 3rd
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Lauren Holland

comment on concluding listener mail: do some people really see peanut butter as green? that's wild. makes me think of soylent green...

Jun 3rd
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Mariah Fehlman

Hi guys thank you for your podcasts. I found it a year ago and really enjoy listening! I did not think that the show on jackhammers was boring. I did want to point out that jackhammers in the mining industry are called jacklegs, and the way they have to be used underground and the people who use them are incredible. I would like to hear a show about mining and the technology that has come from it. Thank You, Mariah from Nevada

Jun 3rd
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Corinne Meier

great episode. but gee the woman who reads the first advertisement has THE WORST VOICE EVER for an audio-add. 😲

Jun 2nd
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T C

Thank you for covering this! -a narcoleptic

Jun 1st
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Paige Arman

the audio is really bad

Jun 1st
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BC

hummingbirds make their nets out of spider silk so the nest will expand as the babies grow

May 31st
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Jorge Montes III

I disagree on some of the information. but it is often very good to listen to differing opinions and use that information to compare to your own.

May 29th
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Beth Tweedy

I had a friend who was diagnosed with narcolepsy. She drank loads of caffeine and had 7 alarm clocks to wake her up. She never fell asleep but was drowsy all day long. She did experience sleep paralysis and hallucinations once or twice.

May 28th
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Nic Whitla

4:1 is 20% guys

May 27th
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Curtis Boynton

I live and work in Johnson City. small world! can confirm that moonshine is plentiful and cheap!

May 26th
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Jonas Grumbie

looking forward to this one.

May 26th
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Bryan Wiley

Been listening for years. Danced to the closing theme for the first time and thought, "My God, that's the closing theme to "Police Squad!"

May 26th
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Ahmad Safaee

i have a little information on water and waste water treatment and i could say you were wrong in many aspects. i hope you be more accurate on other stuff that i have no idea and trust you on

May 25th
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Sarah Ferrigan

Thank you for this informative episode.

May 24th
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G DeA

Restless leg syndrome is the term for uncontrollable leg movements during the day- at night it is called Periodic Limb Movements and might have a different cause. You can have one without the other or (if you are unlucky) both. Anyone of any age can get this but it’s more common amongst presidents post menopausal women. 20% of the time it’s caused by iron deficiency, can also be a calcium-magnesium deficiency. While stretching before bed may help mild, transient cases, severe cases may require medication such as Gabapentin or Sinemet (used also for Parkinson’s tremors). Charles horses are often dehydration as you said, or potassium deficiency. Some medications deplete potassium, so seniors can experience frequent, painful leg cramps at night if are on one of these meds and they don’t replace potassium

May 24th
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Jae Cloete

Breats bags 🤣🤣 great episode!

May 24th
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