Stuff You Should Know

SYSK Live: The DB Cooper Heist

Dodany: 17 października 2017


Join Josh and Chuck live from Seattle as they (sky)dive into one of the most brazen robberies in the annals of crime and the only unsolved airline hijacking in American history.

SYSK Selects: Is there such a thing as a truth serum?

Dodany: 14 października 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, ever since people have had secrets, other people have been looking for ways to get it out of them. Law enforcement and chemistry alike have searched for a drug...

How Buildering Works

Dodany: 12 października 2017


Up until recently we had no idea buildering was a word. Or that people scaling buildings has been a thing since the turn of the 20th Century. Learn along with us, and don't try it at home.

How the Rolling Jubilee Works

Dodany: 10 października 2017


Everyone thought it was the pits that banks were bailed out by taxpayers in 2008 while those same people weren't given any relief by the banks. So some Occupy Wall Street members did something...

SYSK Selects: Did a cow start the Great Chicago Fire?

Dodany: 7 października 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, Josh and Chuck find who's probably to blame for the Great Chicago Fire. The newspapers of the day reported that a cow (or perhaps its owner) was responsible for...

How Giraffes Work

Dodany: 5 października 2017


Even though giraffes are one of the most recognizable animals on the planet, it wasn't until the 21st century that biology really set about studying them. They've found giraffes are even more...

How Police Body Cameras Work

Dodany: 3 października 2017


Cops wearing cameras is a new thing. So new that we aren't entirely sure of all the ramifications that go along with them just yet. In theory they should protect both police and citizens, but as we...

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

Dodany: 30 września 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, there's a lot of debate about whether pre-agricultural humans existed in a more harmonious state than we do today. Did we slip out of Eden when we began building...

How Nude Beaches Work

Dodany: 28 września 2017


Probably all beaches were nude early on, but as society developed and body shame became all the rage, people started wearing bathing suits. Some, though, liked the way it was before.

How FOIA Works

Dodany: 26 września 2017


In the 60s, Congress worried the White House was operating too much in secret and passed the Freedom Of Information Act, opening the government to public questioning. It has been an ongoing...

SYSK Selects: Fecal Transplants: You Gonna Drink That Poop?

Dodany: 23 września 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, medical ecology is concerned with understanding how microbes living inside us keep us healthy. The field’s first breakthrough is the fecal transplant, moving...

A Nostalgic Look at Crayons

Dodany: 21 września 2017


Mixing wax with pigment is something artists have been doing since DaVinci. These little implements would later go on to be called crayons and gained popularity among the elementary school set....

How Frogs Work

Dodany: 19 września 2017


They survived the extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, but unfortunately frogs seem to be no match for humans and are losing species in droves. This is not good for anyone.

SYSK Selects: How Handwriting Analysis Works

Dodany: 16 września 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, one of the fields of forensic investigation, handwriting analysis is based on the principle of uniqueness - that each person writes in their own peculiar way....

How the Secret Service Works

Dodany: 14 września 2017


The U.S. Secret Service began after a mandate from President Lincoln called for a service to combat counterfeiters. Since then, they have become more well known as the agency that guards and...

How Psychopaths Work

Dodany: 12 września 2017


There are people who walk among us who seem normal, maybe even more charming or intelligent than average, yet they hide disturbing and at times dangerous personalities behind what one researcher...

SYSK Selects: How Hip-hop Works

Dodany: 10 września 2017


In this week's SYSK Select, what you hear is not a test, instead it's Chuck and Josh discussing the cultural history of the Hip-Hop movement. Born out of the South Bronx, by way of Jamaica, Hip-Hop...

Are crickets the future of food?

Dodany: 7 września 2017


Crickets are part of a larger insect-based diet enjoyed in most parts of the world. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein, and green to boot, crickets could help solve some of the world's food...

The Baffling Case of the Body On Somerton Beach

Dodany: 5 września 2017


Since his corpse was found in 1948, wearing a nice suit in summer on an Australian beach, an unidentified man has refused to fade into obscurity, gripping the imagination of sleuths around the world.

SYSK Selects: How Shrunken Heads Work

Dodany: 2 września 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, although U.S. museum collections are rife with counterfeits, shrunken heads are far from fiction. The Shuar tribe of Ecuador has shrunken heads for centuries....