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What's the deal with controlled burns?

Starting a fire to prevent fire seems counterintuitive, but it makes a lot of sense once you understand it. But controlled burns aren't just to help prevent forest fires. They're also a vital part of keeping the local ecosystem healthy and thriving. Learn all about how controlled burns work right here, right now. See more »

Our cats episode - right here, right meow

Cats are the most popular pet in the United States, despite the fact that we've only been keeping them indoors for 50-60 years. Learn about more cat facts in today's episode. See more »

How Rabies Works

Rabies may have gotten a lot of attention in the U.S. in the 70s and 80s, but it's still an issue in developing countries. Learn all about this nasty virus in today's episode. And stay away from raccoons and bats. See more »

How Poison Ivy Works

Poison ivy, oak and sumac are all variations of the same plant and they all can make you itch... if you're susceptible that is. In this episode, you'll learn just about all there is to know about this itch-causing plant, including how to best avoid it. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read tons of articles and plenty of them are really good. Here are the best of the bunch. See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read tons of articles, plenty of the good. Here are the best of the bunch for your reading enjoyment. See more »

An Adorable and Heartbreaking Gallery of Cute Animals In Casts

Somehow these are adorable. Just absolutely adorable. See more »

A Gallery of Extremely Hip Anthropomorphized Animals

Artist Kim Nguyen has a way of illustrating animals as hip and edgy humans. Check out his Anthros series here. See more »

16 Animals Behaving Like Humans

Just go ahead and try not to anthropomorphize these animals - you can't do it! See more »

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read a ton of stuff. Here is the best of the bunch for your enjoyment. See more »