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SYSK Selects: How Revisionist History Works

In this week's SYSK Select episode, perhaps you equate the term to conspiracy theories and...

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SYSK Selects: How McCarthyism Works

In this week's SYSK Select episode, if you're accusing someone of disloyalty or subversion...

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Maggots: Good For Healing Wounds, Turns Out

Cultures around the world over the years have been inspired by, then repulsed, then inspired by...

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`Josh N Chuck's Hallowe'en Spooky Scarefest

Each year, Chuck and Josh read a couple of scary stories and this year they have a pair of truly...

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Vocal Fry and Other Speech Trends

You've heard lots of complaints about vocal fry, mostly from older white men. But it's not...

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Interview: Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso

Writer Kali Nicole Gross joins Tracy to discuss a murder in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1887....

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The Shared Sign Language of Martha's Vineyard

By the early 18th century, it was not un common for people in Martha’s Vineyard to be deaf from...

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Oliver Haugh, Serial Killer Pt. 2

After his parents' home burned down under mysterious circumstances, Oliver Haugh was put on trial...

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A History of Pizza Live at C2E2

Pizza-like foods go way, way back in history, long before we associated the delicious dish with...

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The Easter Rising of 1916

The Easter Rising is considered to be one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history, and...

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A Brief History of the 'White Wedding'

"Have you ever wondered why so many of today's weddings feature white dresses, tiered cakes and...

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The Easter Rising of 1916

The Easter Rising is considered to be one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history, and...

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A History of Pizza Live at C2E2

Pizza-like foods go way, way back in history, long before we associated the delicious dish with...

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Live From FanX: Salt Lake City's Place in Film History

You may not know that Salt Lake City has been home to some key moments in film history. Guest...

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Live From FanX: Salt Lake City's Place in Film History

You may not know that Salt Lake City has been home to some key moments in film history. Guest...

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Live From FanX: Nazis, the Occult and Indiana Jones

It’s fairly common knowledge that the Nazis were prolific looters and that there was occult...

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Women in the USPS

Women have been part of mail delivery in the U.S. since colonial times, but it took centuries for...

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The Women of Bauhaus

While the Bauhaus school is well known, and its original manifesto proclaimed an environment of...

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Saint Gertrude of Nivelles

She's sometimes called the patron saint of cats, and the story of Gertrude's religious devotion...

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Raymond Bessone, Mister Teasie-Weasie

British hair guru Raymond Bessone became the first celebrity hair stylist by leveraging the...

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