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How Earthworms Work

Earthworms come in a wide range of sizes: The average U.S. earthworm is 6 to 11 inches long, and...

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How McCarthyism Works

If you're accusing someone of disloyalty or subversion without decent evidence, then you may be...

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How the Digestive System Works

The digestive system uses mechanical and chemical processes to absorb and transport all the...

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How Daylight Saving Time Works

Benjamin Franklin first came up with daylight saving time in 1748, and people still practice it...

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Cash Debit or Credit: Which is best?

Chuck and Josh take a stab at answering the age old question of whether cash or plastic is the...

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Crossbows: They Look Cool

Sure, they look cool. It’s as if someone put a bow and a rifle together, but in fact crossbows...

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How Alcatraz Works

Sure, you've heard stories about Alcatraz. From high-profile escape attempts to tales of...

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How Presidential Debates Work

The first televised Presidential debate had some odd results: The radio audience tended to...

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How the Autobahn Works

The autobahn has an international reputation, and people around the world love the notion of...

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Berenice

It's Halloween again, and this year Chuck and Josh are ringing in the holiday with a special...

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The Nile IS Just a River in Egypt

The Nile River has been flowing south to north for about 30 million years, and the human race’s...

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The Wind Cries Typhoid Mary

In the 19th century, typhoid was considered a disease of the lower classes. When an outbreak...

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A Podcast on Zoot Suits? Yes

Few riots can be attributed to passing fashions, but zoot suits are top among them. After...

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How the Peace Corps Works

Since its inception, the Peace Corps has sent 200,000 members to 193 countries to deliver aid and...

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How Silly Putty Works

When the Japanese invaded Southeast Asia in World War II, they cut off America's rubber supply....

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How U.S. Marshals Work

Thought Chuck and Josh had already covered every law enforcement agency? Think again. The...

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How Sword Swallowing Works

Houdini suggested that sword swallowing was merely a trick. But there’s no sleight of hand or...

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How Family Crests Work

After 800 years of creating coats and crests, some meaning has been lost to history, but much has...

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How Acne Works

Over the course of our lives, 80 percent of us will experience acne. Ultimately, acne comes down...

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How the Moon Works

Did you know that science still doesn’t know the exact origin of the moon? Do you know how the...

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