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SYSK Selects: Do you stay conscious after being decapitated?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, historically speaking, decapitation was a popular means of execution -- it's been...

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SYSK Selects: How Exploitation Films Work

In today's SYSK Select episode, we learn about exploitation films. During the 1930s-80s, the work of directors...

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SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 is a mystery that endures to...

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SYSK Selects: The Cheesiest SYSK Episode Ever

In this week's SYSK Select episode, cheese is often overlooked as a one of humanity's great achievements. Making...

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SYSK Selects: How Beer Works

In this week's SYSK Select episode, at long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever....

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SYSK Selects: How Beer Works

In this week's SYSK Select episode, at long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever....

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SYSK Selects: Scooby Dooby Doo, Where Are You?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, for decades, Scooby Doo has captivated children across the world. It's been...

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SYSK Selects: How Disco Works

In today's SYSK Select episode, fly, robin, fly indeed. No musical genre has risen and burned out as quickly as...

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SYSK Selects: How Shrunken Heads Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, although U.S. museum collections are rife with counterfeits, shrunken heads are...

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SYSK Selects: Did a cow start the Great Chicago Fire?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, Josh and Chuck find who's probably to blame for the Great Chicago Fire. The...

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SYSK Selects: How McCarthyism Works

In this week's SYSK Select episode, if you're accusing someone of disloyalty or subversion without decent evidence,...

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Classic Episode: Does birth control affect future fertility?

Do oral contraceptives make it harder to get pregnant down the road? Do IUDs increase pregnancy risks? Does abortion...

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Classic Episode: Does birth control affect future fertility?

Do oral contraceptives make it harder to get pregnant down the road? Do IUDs increase pregnancy risks? Does abortion...

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Classic Episode: Women in Science: They Exist!

Why don't more women pursue science careers? Join Caroline and Cristen as they look at 4 female scientists you've...

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Classic Episode: Were mediums the first feminists?

What are mediums, and what did they have to do with the early suffragists? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore...

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Taste and How it Works

Taste seems like a pretty simple sense, but scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how it works. Josh and...

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Can your grandfather's diet shorten your life?

Epigenetics is a fascinating field of genetics that studies how the epigenome and environmental, nutritional and...

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How Tourette Syndrome Works

Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, commonly referred to as Tourette's, is a neurological disorder characterized by a...

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How Delta Force Works

With the world's best weaponry, a shadowy legal status, and almost no oversight, Delta Force is the stuff of military...

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Can we build an elevator to space?

With the end of the shuttle program and an International Space Station still in need of supplies, the aerospace...

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