Episodes
For millennia humans have recognized four tastes, but in the 1980s a fifth taste first isolated in Japan gained worldwide acceptance - and took off like a rocket! Learn about meaty, musty, savory umami in this classic episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/26/22
The Victorians were the first to go bonkers for roller skating and since then the pastime has had bursts of popularity every few decades. Over the years skaters have come up with some amazing things to do on skates that go way beyond just going in circles. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/24/22
Published 11/24/22
Correction fluid goes by many names, but the OG was Liquid Paper. And it has a pretty cool origin story.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/23/22
Chuck loves typewriters because he loves mechanical brilliance. Dive into the cool history of these amazing machines today.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/22/22
Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 in the Citizens United case that political contributions are speech and should be protected, the floodgates of anonymous political contributions have opened. But does absolute funding corrupt absolutely? Find out in this classic episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/19/22
The question of Shakespeare's authorship has been around since at least the mid-1800s. Is there anything to it? We'll dig in to this dense topic to find out. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/17/22
Is there anything – anything – worse than a yawn you can’t finish? It’s hard to think of anything else and as your obsession with yawning like a normal human being grows it only becomes more difficult. Why? Why?! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/16/22
When it comes to pre-wedding festivities, bachelor and bachelorette parties take the penis-shaped cake. Learn all about these sordid affairs today.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/15/22
You know that heartbreak of the schoolyard – finders keepers, losers weepers? That’s actual law in a great many grown up places. Enter the murky legal world of finding something that belongs to someone else, from buried treasure to a misplaced ring. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/12/22
It’s time for another great animal episode and in this one we swoop into the world of owls – nature’s greatest silent predator who (hooo) also look very cute and intelligent. Not to mention they can turn their heads 270 degrees. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/10/22
It’s not everyday that a message from the 16th century appears on a computer from the 1980s, so when that happened it caught an English couple’s attention and launched a still-unresolved mystery  - across tiiiiiiime! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/09/22
Legal precedent is an odd thing. It matters, but it isn't codified. There are advantages and disadvantages. Let's all dive in and take at STARE DECISIS today.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/08/22
Invasive species can mean a lot of things, from fungus to feral pigs and European starlings to kudzu vines. Basically, it's anything brought to a place, either by humans or nature, that didn't originate there. They aren't always a problem, but many times they can wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. Learn all about these invaders in this classic episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/05/22
In today's episode, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about vaudeville, whether you like it or not.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/03/22
It’s unjust but true – if you are an adoptee in the US you may not have the same right to access your birth certificate that someone who wasn’t adopted does. The quest to access a birth certificate can be a legal rigamarole that may or may not work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/02/22
In August of 1980 a bomb containing 1,000 pounds of dynamite was quietly delivered to Harvey’s, a casino and resort at Lake Tahoe. This kicked off a whirlwind caper that lasted 30 hours and ended up nearly demolishing the 11-story resort. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/01/22
Out of obligation, Chuck and Josh mention Twilight, but it is the longstanding vampire lore that gets the most attention in this examination of how the bloodsucking undead evolved from baby-stealing demonesses to suave counts in our collective psyche. Explore the wild world of vampires in this spooky classic episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/29/22
It's hard to believe, but this is our 13th edition of the Halloween Spooktacular! So pour up a creepy brew and gather the kids for a dramatic reading of two horror shorts.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/27/22
Robert the Doll is decidedly creepy. So is his story. Listen in to this spooky tale right now! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/26/22
Long before we knew what serial killers were, a family in remote Kansas was disposing of victims at their family farm. Listen in to the Tale of the Bloody Benders if you dare! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/25/22
Some guys have all the luck, some guys have all the pain. So said Rod Stewart. And if this list is any indication, “guys” is gender neutral. Listen to this classic episode as Chuck and Josh cover some instances of amazingly bad fortune, most of it true! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/22/22
Fundamentalism is usually thought of as a problem religions have to deal with, but not all fundamentalists are religious. And no matter what their belief system, fundamentalism is inherently antisocial and a problem for everyone. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/20/22
Water towers are so ubiquitous you can look right past them, despite them being giant balls of water thrust triumphantly skyward. Learn about these surprisingly ingenious but simple inventions designed to keep you alive. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/19/22
There have been a lot of fake towns built throughout history for a lot of different reasons. Tune in to learn about some of these bogus burgs.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/18/22