Stuff You Should Know

Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual

Dodany: 21 marca 2017

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In our continuing exploration of crime and punishment, we take a look at the practice of solitary confinement. To be sure, it has its place in prisons, sometimes for protection of the inmates...

Southerners Aren’t Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm

Dodany: 16 marca 2017

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There was a time when the lower classes of the American South were considered lazy and dimwitted, a stereotype that still somewhat survives today. But this stereotype was rooted in fact. Hookworms,...

Pain Scales: Yeeeow!

Dodany: 14 marca 2017

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Pain is subjective; it is whatever the person experiencing it says it is. But to effectively treat pain, it helps to quantify it, which is why medicine came up with pain scales.

History of the Trail of Tears, Part II

Dodany: 9 marca 2017

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In the second of two parts, what was once a voluntary resettlement program becomes a violent, forced relocation under the leadership of President Andrew Jackson.

History of the Trail of Tears, Part I

Dodany: 7 marca 2017

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In this first of two episodes on the Trail of Tears, learn about the forces that converged to create the series of events that formed the basis of what may be the most brutal decade in American...

How Optical Illusions Work

Dodany: 2 marca 2017

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Now you see it, now you don't — optical illusions can fool us into seeing what's not actually there. But what causes that disconnect between perception and reality? Learn all about this visual...

How Free Speech Works

Dodany: 28 lutego 2017

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Freedom of speech and the press are values vital to American democracy. But the First Amendment doesn't really define free speech, and plenty of expressions are restricted. Learn all about the ins...

How Famines Work

Dodany: 23 lutego 2017

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It’s common knowledge that famines are usually caused by major droughts: Rain doesn’t fall, crops don’t grow, and people go hungry. But recent research suggests that while weather may trigger...

The ins and outs of the DEATH TAX

Dodany: 21 lutego 2017

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The estate tax, also known as the death tax, is not new. It's actually been around in some form since ancient Rome. Some say it's a necessary tax to help prevent resting on your inheritance...

The Black Panther Party

Dodany: 16 lutego 2017

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The Black Panther Party was a complex political movement that was unfairly painted as a militant group who hated white people. Far from it, they were actually men and women trying to affect change...

Tardigrades: Nature's Cuddly, Indestructible Microanimal

Dodany: 14 lutego 2017

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You can burn them, freeze them, shoot them into space – they wouldn’t bat an eyelash, even if they had eyelashes. Go into the microcosmos and learn about the tiny animals that are so astoundingly...

Live from San Francisco: How Malls Work

Dodany: 9 lutego 2017

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In this show recorded live on January 5, 2017 at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, Josh and Chuck delve into the history and the heyday of the church of consumerism and what it means for local...

The Quinoa Revolution!

Dodany: 7 lutego 2017

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Quinoa is a trendy food, right alongside kale and anything else farm to table. But it's really an ancient grain. Although it's not exactly a grain at all. Technically it's a pseudo-cereal. But it...

What's the future of virtual sex?

Dodany: 2 lutego 2017

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In the not too distant future, sex may not involve being in the same room as your partner. In fact, your partner may not even have to be a human. We're talking virtual sex here. Couple VR with high...

Elastics: Where God and Science Smooch

Dodany: 31 stycznia 2017

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You could be forgiven for thinking the story behind elastics was boring. You’d still be wrong, though. The story of what’s holding up your underwear is a global drama, replete with war, industrial...

How Pacifism Works (And Could It?)

Dodany: 26 stycznia 2017

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There is deep disagreement over whether humans are essentially peaceful or essentially warlike. Depending on your view you may see pacifism as either hopelessly naïve or the unsung response to...

How Pacifism Works (And Could It?)

Dodany: 26 stycznia 2017

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There is deep disagreement over whether humans are essentially peaceful or essentially warlike. Depending on your view you may see pacifism as either hopelessly naïve or the unsung response to...

How Pacifism Works (And Could It?)

Dodany: 26 stycznia 2017

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There is deep disagreement over whether humans are essentially peaceful or essentially warlike. Depending on your view you may see pacifism as either hopelessly naïve or the unsung response to...

How Dictators Work

Dodany: 24 stycznia 2017

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There are many types of dictators, from so called 'benevolent' ones to the kind who rule with an iron fist. There are also many ways they can come into power, and they don't all include violence....

How Dictators Work

Dodany: 24 stycznia 2017

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There are many types of dictators, from so called 'benevolent' ones to the kind who rule with an iron fist. There are also many ways they can come into power, and they don't all include violence....