Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know

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The Statue of Liberty
September 23, 2021

You've seen her there in NY Harbor, standing tall. But do you know the story of how she came to be? Learn all about the Statue of Liberty today.

Short Stuff: Lake Erie's Rights
September 22, 2021

The good people of Toledo, OH are leading the environmental pack by giving legal rights to Lake Erie to fight off polluters.

How Mail Order Marriages Work
September 21, 2021

Everybody knows mail order marriages are at best a last resort for jerks looking to boss a foreign spouse around or, at worst, a front for human trafficking. Or are they? Yes and no. Mail order marria

Selects: How Free Speech Works
September 18, 2021

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 and

What's the deal with crash testing?
September 16, 2021

Crash testing has been around since the 1930s, but only got serious in the 1970s. Today we dive in and learn all about why companies and the U.S. government purposefully wreck cars.

Short Stuff: The Javelina
September 15, 2021

Pigs, hogs, boars and javelinas. What's the difference? Tune in to find out.

How Embalming Works
September 14, 2021

The Death Suite continues! In this installment, Josh and Chuck go over what it takes to preserve a human body using chemicals and whether that’s such a good thing to do as far as the environment is concerned. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://w

Selects: Southerners Aren't Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm
September 11, 2021

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, it

How the Magna Carta Worked
September 09, 2021

In 1215 at Runnymede (doo dah, doo dah) the nobles and the king agreed to end a rebellion against the power of the English throne. While the treaty that emerged contained all sorts of arcane Medieval

Short Stuff: Chameleons
September 08, 2021

In today's short stuff, we bust a few myths about cute little chameleons.