SYSK Selects: Subways: HUH! What are they good for?

As ubiquitous as they've become, it's easy to overlook the marvels of engineering that are subways. Chuck and Josh go boring as they explore these systems of tubes that must circumnavigate rock, rivers, cables and more to get you where you're going.

How TED Talks Work: Featuring Roman Mars

TED Talks have been around longer than you think. They became really popular once YouTube came along to bring their often inspirational messages to the world, 18 minutes at a time. In this episode, we interview an actual TED talker, the host of the 99% Invisible podcast, Roman Mars.

Our Spookiest Podcast Episodes, All in One Creepy Place

Want to be scared? Listen to our scariest podcast episodes right here. Oh, you'll be scared.

Here is everything we've released this week, wrapped up into one neat blog post. We hope you enjoy it.

Cool article here from Popular Science, a great site if you haven't checked it out. A "friend" of the Web site decided to separate scotch whiskey into it's different components so he could taste the individual notes. Pretty cool if you ask me, but how would you do such a thing you ask? They cranked up an evaporator that "uses a process of vacuum distillation at room temperature to separate liquids based on their relative volatility."

Hey there, folks. Recently we did a live podcast at the SXSW Interactive Festival in lovely Austin, Texas. it was our first live gig so we decided to do something that most people probably find pretty fascinating -- UFOs. I made a remark that I believed that there is intelligent life somewhere else aside from planet Earth. Since then I've gotten a lot of guff in email and on the Facebook page from skeptics. They all generally send the same quotes from the same people with the familiar refrain that the burden of proof is on me, the believer.

Hello, friends. Chuck here with a little podcast goodness recap. This week on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program we discussed a couple of pretty interesting topics, and neither fits a category that we've ever really hit before -- cooking and movies. We certainly reference movies a lot, but we've never dedicated a show to them. I digress.

Those of you who have listened to the podcast know how AWESOME I think parkour is. If you don't know what it is, it's part running, part gymnastics with a bit of martial arts thrown in. Sort of. It's also called "free-running" and been featured in a number of movies, most notably the James Bond flick "Casino Royale." It's pretty much a foot chase on steroids -- flipping over, under and around obstacles is the name of the game. And it also seems like keeping the forward movement going is where the real art of it comes into play. Stopping at a wall to figure out how to scale it and where to go next is poor form, as I understand it.

So over the weekend the United States government managed to avoid shutting down and putting roughly 800,000 people on a forced furlough. National Parks are open and people are able to get their home loans pushed through, their medicare sorted and the military won't see any delay in their paychecks arriving. Hooray. I know I'm not the only one who was slightly rubbed at the notion of the government shutting down because of the typical partisan bickering that seems to dominate in D.C.

Podcast Goodness: LIVE FROM SXSW, IT'S UFOS!

Hey there, SYSK Army! This week we released our first ever LIVE podcast, and let me tell you it was a lot of fun. A few weeks ago, as many of you know, we (including Jeri) traveled to Austin, Texas for their awesome and popular South By Southwest (SXSW) interactive festival. We were invited to podcast live at the historic, possibly haunted, and definitely awesome Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin. This place was really lovely and it was a real treat and honor to be on the bill.