Stuff You Should Know

SYSK Selects: How Exploitation Films Work

Dodany: 19 sierpnia 2017


In today's SYSK Select episode, we learn about exploitation films. During the 1930s-80s, the work of directors operating in the shadows of Hollywood led to explorations in sexuality and violence...

What's the deal with accents?

Dodany: 17 sierpnia 2017


Accents are truly fascinating. Put simply, they are how a person sounds when they talk. From England to America and all over the world, the way people speak in their native tongue can vary...

How Stuttering Works

Dodany: 15 sierpnia 2017


Despite as much as one percent of the adult population having the condition, science doesn't actually know how stuttering works. The best it's come up with so far: there seems to be an issue...

SYSK Selects: How McCarthyism Works

Dodany: 12 sierpnia 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, if you're accusing someone of disloyalty or subversion without decent evidence, then you may be guilty of McCarthyism. In this episode, Josh and Chuck explore...

How Bioarchaeology Works

Dodany: 10 sierpnia 2017


Thanks to advancements in fields like genetics, and molecular chemistry, archaeology is undergoing a renaissance and opening up new understanding of the past.

Do motivational speakers motivate people?

Dodany: 8 sierpnia 2017


There are all kinds of motivational speakers, from people who have overcome incredible hardships to those who hold pep-rally style events in stadiums. But do these speakers actually help anyone?...

SYSK Selects: Why do men have nipples?

Dodany: 5 sierpnia 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, they’re always right there, taunting you: why do you have me, they ask? Why do men have nipples? It turns out there’s a good answer why and nipples on men aren’t...

Who Committed the 1912 Villisca Ax Murders?

Dodany: 3 sierpnia 2017


In a small town in Iowa in 1912 eight people were murdered in the grisliest of ways while they slept. Local reputations were ruined when accusations flew, but could a drifting serial killer working...

How Public Broadcasting Works

Dodany: 1 sierpnia 2017


Public broadcasting works a bit differently depending on where you are in the world. American TV made the leap more toward commercial broadcasting in the early days, yet PBS and NPR still remain a...

SYSK Selects: How Disco Works

Dodany: 29 lipca 2017


In today's SYSK Select episode, fly, robin, fly indeed. No musical genre has risen and burned out as quickly as disco, and historians are still trying to unravel the animosity aimed at it. Join...

A Dry Look at Toilet Paper

Dodany: 27 lipca 2017


Over or under? One ply or two? How about six? TP has not been around that long, but is has been embraced in a big way by the United States. Learn all about the interesting history behind this...

What is Ghost Fishing?

Dodany: 25 lipca 2017


It sounds cool, but ghost fishing is actually a tragic byproduct of modern fishing practices, where abandoned nylon nets can trap and kill sealife for hundreds of years.

SYSK Selects: How the Sun Works

Dodany: 22 lipca 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, amateur astrophysicists Josh and Chuck break out the stats and attempt to explain the complex, boiling ball of gas that we call the sun.

All We Know About Guessing

Dodany: 20 lipca 2017


Guessing is a weird thing. For millennia, it could have meant the difference between life and death. Now it's not as vital, but we still do it every day, whether behind the wheel of a car, or...

Sunburn, Suntans and Sunscreen

Dodany: 18 lipca 2017


It's pretty obvious something's gone wrong when you get a sunburn, but did you know a tan means you've damaged your DNA? Dive into the three Ss of summer and learn all about how to protect yourself...

SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

Dodany: 15 lipca 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 is a mystery that endures to this day. Why don't we know what happened to her? In this episode, Josh and...

How Fever Dreams Work

Dodany: 13 lipca 2017


Fever dreams can be unsettling experiences. These ramped up nightmares are vivid, detailed and only happen when the human body experiences a fever. What is it about the combination of fevers and...

Why is There a Battle Over Net Neutrality?

Dodany: 11 lipca 2017


Net neutrality is the idea that the internet is a public good and that everyone should have equal, unfettered access to it. Though the FCC strongly supported it with new rules in 2015, today’s FCC...

SYSK Selects: How HeLa Cells Work

Dodany: 8 lipca 2017


In this week's SYSK Select episode, after she was diagnosed with the cervical cancer that shortly killed her, a tissue sample was taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her knowledge. Those...

Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre

Dodany: 6 lipca 2017


Once in a while a movie comes along that's so forward-thinking it changes the way that horror is done. A new subgenre is spawned, new tropes are established, and audiences are more terrified than...