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How Gossip Works

You know what I heard? That Josh and Chuck hate each other and they're just faking being friends...

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The Stuff You Should Know 2015 Jolly Christmas Special

It’s the most wonderful time of year again! Join Chuck and Josh as they explore Christmas...

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What's the deal with controlled burns?

Starting a fire to prevent fire seems counterintuitive, but it makes a lot of sense once you...

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How Reverse Psychology Works

You have very likely used reverse psychology before, trying to persuade someone to do something...

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How Anonymous Works

Anonymous is an amorphous group of hacktivists with no single leader or power structure. Some...

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Carl Sagan: American Hero

Carl Sagan was the world's first mainstream media super scientist, capapble of breaking down...

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How Bonsai Works

For thousands of years people have been taking normal trees and forcing them into miniature...

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How LSD Works

In 1943 Swiss chemist Albert Hofman discovered he’d created what may be the most potent...

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The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978

Long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, George Lucas allowed the Star Wars Holiday Special to be...

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How the Antikythera Mechanism Works

In 1900 sponge divers found the wreck of a 2000 year-old treasure ship that contained within it a...

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How Motion Sickness Works

Motion sickness is the worst and hits about 25 to 40 percent of humans when they ride in cars,...

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How Gene Editing Works

With the discovery of a surprising immune response in E coli bacteria, we are facing a new era of...

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True stories of survival cannibalism!

Cannibalism is the macabre practice of eating other humans. But sometimes, people have no choice...

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SYSK Selects: How HeLa Cells Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, after she was diagnosed with the cervical cancer that shortly...

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How Passports Work

The concept of passports – that people should enjoy protected freedom of movement - is an ancient...

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SYSK Selects: What was the most peaceful time in history?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, there's a lot of debate about whether pre-agricultural humans...

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How HIV/AIDS Works, Part I

AIDS is one of the most well-known and most misunderstood diseases humans are susceptible to. In...

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Live in Chicago: How Public Relations Works

After a year of taking it on the road, Josh and Chuck are releasing their show on public...

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How Dementia Works

The number of people suffering from dementia is expected to explode in the coming decades and, in...

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The Dark Origins of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are for kids right? Well not at first they weren't. They were dark tales of murder,...

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