howstuffworks podcasts

What is Collective Hysteria?

Throughout the history of the world, there have been many cases of what is known as collective...

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What's the deal with crop circles?

For a while in the 1980s, people were fascinated and confused about what exactly crop circles...

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Can Nuclear Fusion Reactors Save The World?

The world’s energy consumption is ruining the planet but for decades physicists have been working...

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How Haunted House Attractions Work

Ever since the Egyptians, humans have been evolving toward haunted house attractions. The level...

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How The Great Train Robbery Worked

In 1963, 15 men got together in England to pull off one of the most daring heists in history. The...

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Virus Talk with Josh and Chuck

Viruses are big jerks that invade regular cells and hold them hostage, making you sick while...

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How Panic Attacks Work

Almost three percent of Americans suffer from a debilitating disorder that causes them to suffer...

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How Socialism Works

In America it's virtually a dirty word, but after being dragged through the mud for a century,...

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How Stem Cells Work

Since scientists realized there is a type of cell that can grow into any other type, they have...

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How the Berlin Wall Worked

It's hard to believe now, but just over 25 years ago there was a giant concrete wall separating...

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How Ebola Works

A disease that was discovered and contained to Central Africa in the 1970s has revived and spread...

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Is brain size related to intelligence?

The idea that the larger the brain, the higher the intelligence is an old one, but it’s pretty...

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How Monopoly Works

Since more than 1 billion people have played it, you’re probably familiar with the board game...

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How The Louvre Works

The most famous museum in the world, France’s Louvre, has been the seat of high art and culture...

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Sugar: It Powers the Earth

Since sugar spread from Polynesia a few thousand years ago, the world has been crazy for it....

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Archaeology in a Nutshell

If you thought Indiana Jones was the model archaeologist, you're pretty much right....

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How the Human Microbiome Project Works

If it was possible to take a full scan of all of the DNA of every cell in and on your body the...

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Halitosis: Worst Smell Ever?

Occasional bad breath is one thing, halitosis is another. Or is it? From its odd origins as a...

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How Natural Selection Works

While evolution gets all the spotlight for moving species into better versions of themselves, but...

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How Amnesia Works

Those movies where someone gets hit on the head and can’t remember who they are anymore? They’re...

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