Episodes

Mon. 05/23 - The Forest At The Bottom Of A Sinkhole

May 23, 2022

The ancient forest that was discovered at the bottom of a giant sinkhole in China. Plus, a moth species not seen since 1912 was found in the luggage of a passenger at the Detroit airport. And the first patient has been injec…

Fri. 05/20 - 1930s Shopping Cart Haters

May 20, 2022

The history of the humble shopping cart, and why people absolutely did not like them when they first came out. Plus, a parasite that might make you more attractive—but like, don’t try it. And a tiny pub in an English village…

Thu. 05/19 - In Defense of "Like"

May 19, 2022

Why do we judge each other so harshly for saying “like,” even though most of us say it way more often than we’d admit to? Plus, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is launching mere hours after recording… probably. Here’s everythi…

Wed. 05/18 - Music Made From DNA Sequences

May 18, 2022

The history and future of making music out of DNA sequences, particle vibrations, and more. Plus, a new study indicates that cats recognize the names of their cat friends and their human roommates; they’re just ignoring you …

Tue. 05/17 - Telepathic Pizza Delivery & Algae Batteries

May 17, 2022

Scientists created a microcomputer powered by photosynthetic algae. Plus, a smart pacifier that could monitor the health of premature babies in the NICU. And Domino’s has teamed up with the Hawkins National Laboratory for a …

Mon. 05/16 - Plants Grown In Moon Dust

May 16, 2022

Plants have successfully been grown in moon dust for the first time. Plus, McDonald’s is officially closing all of their restaurants in Russia––why that’s a big deal. A new site that will tell you how much your current home,…

Fri. 05/13 - The Multiverse: A Balm, A Mirror, or a Corporate Ploy?

May 13, 2022

A deep dive into the multiverse––what it actually is, why it’s become such a popular trope, what its popularity says about where we’re at as a society right now, how it mirrors our relationship to the internet, and why, desp…

Thu. 05/12 - 1st Image of Milky Way Black Hole & 1st Taco Bell TikTok Musical, Equally Important Events

May 12, 2022

Everything you need to know about the just-released first-ever image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Plus, is there sight after death? No. But kind of. And, in the most predictable news of the day, Dolly Parto…

Wed. 05/11 - Love, Sleep, & Dinosaurs: The Three Most Important Things In Life

May 11, 2022

How data can help us find happiness in romantic relationships, or at least tell us why we’re dating all wrong. Plus, it turns out sleep-deprivation can affect how we see other people. And a new website for finding and report…

Tue. 05/10 - How Hollywood Changed In The Summer of 19, 19, 1982

May 10, 2022

How the summer of 1982 changed movies forever––for better or worse. Plus, a study justifying why teenagers suck at listening to their parents. And, how to watch this weekend’s total eclipse of the moon.

Mon. 05/09 - The Real-Life Inspiration Behind 'The Blob'

May 9, 2022

How the 50’s sci-fi horror film The Blob was actually a ripped-from-the-headlines story. Plus, potential cancer treatments involving magnets and dirt. And would you undergo a fecal transplant to reverse signs of aging? It co…

Fri. 05/06 - Dickens and the Rise of Creepy Clowns

May 6, 2022

How much can we blame Charles Dickens for the persisting archetype of creepy clowns? Who and what other cultural factors over the centuries contributed to so many people being whigged out by clowns? Plus, we now know the (g…

Thu. 05/05 - Is Original Pop Culture Going Extinct?

May 5, 2022

A deep dive into the question of whether pop culture has become completely dominated by franchises and the same superstars; and, if so, how new that phenomenon actually is and, if it’s really a bad thing in the end.

Wed. 05/04 - Margaret Thatcher's Empire Strikes Back

May 4, 2022

Did Margaret Thatcher play a role in the origins of Star Wars Day? Plus, why human hibernation for long-distance space travel might not actually be worth it. And a redone Bob Dylan recording on an all-new analog medium, comi…

Tue. 05/03 - Why Can't The US Have Weird Chip Flavors?

May 3, 2022

Why doesn’t the US get all the cool chip flavors that other countries do? Plus, scientists have figured out a way to breakdown plastic in just a few days, instead of over centuries. And why a bunch of creepy dolls keeping wa…

Mon. 05/02 - Waste More Time

May 2, 2022

Why it’s time for you to waste time. Plus, a café in Tokyo that doesn’t let people leave until they’ve successfully hit their writing goals. And a possibly sustainable use for the ungodly amounts of disposable masks we’ve th…

Fri. 04/29 - Books That Kill: Arsenic-Laced Covers & Other Poisonous Pigments

April 29, 2022

How an innocent trip to the library could give you arsenic poisoning. Plus, a new pterosaur fossil seems to confirm the prehistoric reptiles had some pretty cool feathers. And, how would you like to meditate with Yoda and Ch…

Thu. 04/28 - Oreology: The Science of Oreos

April 28, 2022

Canada has become the first country to release census data on their trans and nonbinary population. Plus, a new study showing how the climate emergency could fuel future pandemics. And, in lighter news, some MIT engineers 3D…

Wed. 04/27 - Our Backstabbed Two-Faced Moon

April 27, 2022

The moon has a bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation going on that astronomers have never been able to definitively explain, but a new study suggests it could be the result of a massive impact four billion years ago. Plus…

Tue. 04/26 - When the CIA Funded an Animal Farm Cartoon

April 26, 2022

How the CIA funded that 1954 animated adaptation of Animal Farm as part of their anti-communist propaganda campaign. Plus, the woman who found out she’d been missing a chunk of her brain for most of her life without realizin…

Mon. 04/25 - Monopoly’s Scandalous Anti-Monopoly History

April 25, 2022

The secret, anti-monopolist history of the Monopoly board game. Plus, why we’re all having trouble remembering things right now, and how we can strengthen our memories going forward.

Fri. 04/22 - Some Like It Hot... But Why?

April 22, 2022

Why did some cultures develop tastes for particularly spicy foods and others didn’t? Plus, the Museum of Endangered Sounds. And an upcoming documentary from Alex Winter about radicalization on social media.

Thu. 04/22 - The Sport of Extreme Sitting

April 21, 2022

Introducing the sport of extreme sitting. Plus, a new study that suggests fungi might be communicating with each other via electrical impulses. And, Sir David Attenborough has been named Champion of the Earth.

Wed. 04/20 - The AI Microwave Out for Revenge

April 20, 2022

The story of a self-described mad scientist who gave a microwave the soul of his childhood imaginary friend using AI, and then it tried to kill him. Plus, texting etiquette from Emily Post’s great-great-grandchildren.