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 Ham Radio and the Hams Who Use Them

If you thought that Ham Radio enthusiasts were (mostly) men and boys who sit alone late at night in order to scan frequencies searching for a human connection then you're absolutely correct. But it's much more than that. See more »

SYSK The Podcast: Special Halloween Bonus Episode 2016, The Sequel – From Hell

 SYSK The Podcast: Special Halloween Bonus Episode 2016, The Sequel – From Hell

Lock your doors and grab something heavy to defend yourself, like a candlestick or something, because Josh and Chuck are going to scare the wits out of you, courtesy of a story from The Grabster and listeners who submitted two-sentence horror. Scary! See more »

The Hinterkaifeck Axe Murders

 The Hinterkaifeck Axe Murders

In 1922, a little farm in the woods of Bavaria became the site of what would become Germany’s most famous unsolved murder, when six people were brutally killed with a pick axe. What led up to it and followed is nothing short of bizarre. See more »

How Sleep Paralysis Works, or The Worst Thing That Can Happen While You're Sleeping

 How Sleep Paralysis Works, or The Worst Thing That Can Happen While You're Sleeping

For as long as people have been sleeping, about half of us have probably suffered from sleep paralysis. Thanks to an unusual fluke in the sleep cycle, the sufferer feels paralyzed and consumed by fear as something on their chest tries to kill them. See more »

Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: The Worst Study Ever? & The World's Oldest Person

 Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: The Worst Study Ever? & The World's Oldest Person

A groundbreaking study out of Switzerland discovers that drinking beer makes you friendlier, happier, and less inhibited. Stunning news. Also, we get into the surprisingly complicated business of determining the world's oldest living person. See more »

Living Underground in Beijing

 Living Underground in Beijing

Chairman Mao’s paranoia of a Soviet invasion led to hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents put to work for a decade building an 85-square-km underground city to serve as a massive bomb shelter. Instead it’s illegal underground housing today. See more »

What's the What with Fish Fraud?

 What's the What with Fish Fraud?

Fish fraud, misrepresenting a fish as a more expensive one, costs Americans $25 billion a year. And because less than 100 inspectors check for fraud in the US and everyone from wholesalers to sushi restaurants are free to rip off their customers. See more »

Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Lefty Grenades & The Exclamation Point!

 Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Lefty Grenades & The Exclamation Point!

The Army went and designed a lefty-friendly grenade, plus Josh and Chuck mull over the history and use of the exclamation point. See more »

How the Census Works

 How the Census Works

Counting humans has been happening for a long, long time. It usually had to do with taxing them, but now census data can reveal a lot about a population and help satisfy its needs. Count us in for this episode. See more »

Hibernation: Not a Snooze

 Hibernation: Not a Snooze

When animals are faced with scarce food in the winter, they have two choices to stay alive: migrate or hibernate. For hibernators, their bodies undergo some mind-boggling physiological changes in the coldest months. Could humans ever do it too? See more »

Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Mexico's Drug Bazooka & NYC Subway Monsters

 Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Mexico's Drug Bazooka & NYC Subway Monsters

Authorities in Mexico found a homemade bazooka that might have been used to launch drugs over the border, plus an artist draws monsters riding alongside passengers on New York's subways. See more »

Why Did Easter Island's Civilization Collapse?

 Why Did Easter Island's Civilization Collapse?

When the first Europeans landed on Rapa Nui, which they renamed Easter Island, they were puzzled by what happened there. Only a few thousand people lived there but there were signs of a massive civilization that once flourished. What happened there? See more »

The Amazing History of Soda

 The Amazing History of Soda

The soda we get instantly mixed at a fast-food joint owes a lot to a rich history going back to the Roman baths, that features drugs, diseases and explosions. Learn all about soda and soda fountains in this surprisingly interesting episode. See more »

How Polar Bears Work

 How Polar Bears Work

Polar bears are more than just lovable creatures that roam the ice in search of food. They're one of the most fascinating animals on planet Earth. Sadly, as ice shrinks, so does their habitat. Learn all about these huggable beasts in today's episode. See more »

How Ice Ages Work

 How Ice Ages Work

Believe it or not, we live in an ice age. The polar glaciers give it away. Those glaciers used to come clear down to New York. We now know the traces they left are everywhere if you know what to look for; it just took some Swiss peasants to figure it out. See more »

Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Indonesia's Blowin' Up Boats & Simulating Pompeii

 Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: Indonesia's Blowin' Up Boats & Simulating Pompeii

Indonesia is dealing with poaching fishing boats in a unique way: it's blowing them up. Plus, a computer animation that simulates what Pompeii would have been like on the fateful day Mount Vesuvius erupted. See more »

All we know about Zika so far...

 All we know about Zika so far...

Zika is all over the news these days, yet in America, people don't seem to be too concerned just yet. Some say it's a case of the media crying wolf. Others say it's because the risk factors for zika are limited. Learn all about the latest virus to take center stage in today's episode. See more »

How Cerebral Palsy Works

 How Cerebral Palsy Works

Cerebral palsy isn’t a disease, but an umbrella term for conditions arising from brain damage suffered in the womb or shortly after birth. The factors involved are so divergent no two cases of CP are alike, making it – and people who have CP – fascinating. See more »

Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: China's Housing Bubble & The Man in the Steel Cylinder

 Stuff You Should Know: Internet Roundup: China's Housing Bubble & The Man in the Steel Cylinder

China is building housing at a far faster pace than their population can fill it, leaving many eerie ghost cities in its wake. Plus, the bizarre story of a man encased in a steel cylinder for decades. See more »

What's the deal with Stradivarius violins?

 What's the deal with Stradivarius violins?

The Strad violin is noted for its tonal qualities and superior craftsmanship. And for its price tag. There are many theories why the Strad sounds so great, from the wood to the lacquer, to the simple fact that Antonio Stradivari was really good at what he did. Rosin up your bow and take a listen. See more »