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Stuff You Should Know, Live at Comic-Con

How does time travel work? Could it ever cross the line from science fiction into science fact?...

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Are we obsessed with goals?

We’ve all been brought up to keep our eyes on the prize and our pedal to the medal when we go for...

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How Bullfighting Works

When the Visigoths ruled Spain, they introduced the idea of battling bulls at festivals. Today...

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Body Odor: You Stink

Chuck and Josh end up making reduxes of past episodes on things like sweating and deodorant in...

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How Beer Works

At long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever. Learn about the...

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Should chimps be used for medical testing?

If you’ve got half a heart it’s an easy question to answer. But if you’re happy living without...

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Coffee: The World’s Drug of Choice

There’s a 98 percent chance you’re drinking coffee right now. Maybe not, sure, but coffee is...

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What happens in the brain during an orgasm?

Chuck and Josh test the limits of their decorum as they explore the physiology of an orgasm....

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How Pepper Spray Works

Lt. John Pike of the Davis, Calif., police department brought the wrath of the Internet on...

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How Gene Patents Work

Should a company be able to own the rights to something found inside your own body? In this...

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How Anti-matter Spacecraft Will Work

There may be a Bizarro World in our universe. Every particle has a mirror image with a reverse...

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10  Scientists Who Were Their Own Guinea Pigs

Over the centuries, some scientists have concluded that the best test subject is looking at them...

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Cryonics: Hi, Frozen Body!

In 1964 The Prospect of Immortality laid out a plan for placing humans in suspended animation....

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How Schizophrenia Works

Up to 24 million people worldwide have schizophrenia. Despite the vast amounts of research, the...

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How SPAM Works

SPAM is a canned meat product made from pork shoulder and ham. First introduced in 1937, this...

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How Wildfires Work

Wildfires consume an annual average of 5 million acres in the US. But what causes wildfires? How...

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Does smiling make you happy?

You smile because you’re happy, yet happiness research suggests the opposite can also hold true....

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Stuff You Should Know July 4th Extravaganza, Part 2

What makes America unique? In the second segment of this special two-part episode, Josh and Chuck...

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Stuff You Should Know July 4th Extravaganza, Part 1: Mom

What makes America unique? In the first segment of this special two-part episode, Josh and Chuck...

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How Hate Works

Hate is generally defined as an extreme hostility to something or someone, usually stemming from...

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