Live in Chicago: How Public Relations Works

After a year of taking it on the road, Josh and Chuck are releasing their show on public relations. Learn all about the ways you're manipulated on a daily basis and the man who invented it in this fascinating live episode.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

Josh and Chuck talk more about their experiences in Guatemala and the amazing work that the non-profit group Cooperative for Education is doing there -- and how you can help! -- in part two of their Guatemala series.

Josh and Chuck share the story of their recent eye-opening trip to Guatemala, which was sponsored by a nonprofit organization called Cooperative for Education, in this very special episode of Stuff You Should Know.

Guatemala Parte 3.1 - El último de los Mayas

Guatemala Parte 3.2 - Casa Sano y Salvo

So it's extremely difficult to visit Guatemala and not feel the creeping sense that one has led a comparatively entitled life. Being an American I can count on one hand the number of times I've arisen at three in the morning to make flour tortillas by hand. Then sold the tortillas door to door. Then headed off to work for the rest of the day in the fields, reaping sugar cane with a machete or picking coffee beans from plants growing on steep mountainsides or plowing unreasonably rocky soil with a hoe. Then bagged whatever harvest had been gotten and carted the bags into town in a bus alongside pigs and chickens, if I didn't ride on the top -- which I could if I had been born Guatemalan -- to sell the produce at a market and return home again that night on a similar bus and go to sleep only to do it once more the following morning. And so on, ad infinitum.

Meeting My Patron Saint in Guatemala

It was standing up in the back of a pick up truck, holding onto an A frame, that I was carried to meet my patron saint. Maxiomon, a synchronized saint of Mayan ancestry and Catholic dogma. At Lake Atitlan, in central Guatemala, we were given the choice between shopping for handicrafts and being carted off to a where an arcane precolumbian saint of vice was being ritualized. I chose the saint.

SYSK Takes the Show on the Guatemala