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Classic Episode: Trailblazing Lesbians You Should Know

Guess what? Awesome, history-making lesbians aren’t limited to Ellen and Rachel Maddow. This...

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Classic Episode: Trailblazing Lesbians You Should Know

Guess what? Awesome, history-making lesbians aren’t limited to Ellen and Rachel Maddow. This...

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The Shark Diaries

In this special episode of Stuff You Should Know, Chuck and Josh tip their hats to Shark Week...

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How Shark Attacks Work

A shark attack is a terrifying experience for the victim -- but are sharks really man-eating...

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How Ramadan Works

It's the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, and for good reason. It was during the month of...

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How White-collar Crime Works

White-collar crime often involves fraud and other nonviolent acts. For most people, the term...

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Did a cow start the Great Chicago Fire?

It's true: The newspapers of the day reported that a cow (or perhaps its owner) was responsible...

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How Disco Works

Fly, robin, fly indeed. No musical genre has risen and burned out as quickly as disco, and...

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How Lightning Works

You’ve seen lightning before, and maybe you’re even afraid of it. You should be. The air is...

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What’s the deal with Executive Orders?

Depending on who’s in office, they’re either a presidential tradition or the acts of a despot....

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10 Accidental Inventions: By the Numbers

Every once in a while Chuck and Josh do things by the numbers and here’s a good example. Turns...

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Fractals: Whoa

In the 1980s, IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot gazed for the first time upon his famous...

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How Moss Works

Think you have moss figured out? You probably don’t. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore some of...

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Can it rain frogs?

If you’ve seen the movie Magnolia, you’ve seen what it looks like to rain frogs. While there are...

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What is a shotgun house?

Shotgun houses are iconic pieces of American architecture: they're long, narrow, and filled with...

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How did language evolve?

" Sure animals talk in their own way, with chirps and grunts and the like, but only humans can...

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How Medical Marijuana Works

Some quarters of the medical establishment endorse it, others abhor it. The DEA is cracking down...

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How Air Traffic Control Works

You know how when you fly in an airline you usually don’t die? You can thank the battalion of air...

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Social Security Numbers: Less Boring Than You’d Think

Do you know that up until July 2011 an ambitious hacker with a good software program could deduce...

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Was Atlantis a real place?

While the search for Atlantis has been pushed to the fringes since the 19th century,...

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