Best Facts and Trivia podcasts — Say "Today I Learned" every day (Updated November 2017; image)
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Stuff You Should Know
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How do landfills work? How do mosquitos work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
 
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TED Radio Hour
Weekly
 
The TED Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections. The TED Radio Hour is hosted by Guy Raz, and is a co-production of NPR & TED. Follow the show @TEDRadioHour.
 
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Surprisingly Awesome
Monthly
 
A show that delves into topics that seem mundane, annoying and sometimes downright boring - to reveal that they're surprisingly awesome.
 
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How To Do Everything
Weekly
 
We're half advice show, half survival guide. We answer all your questions, from how to find a date, to how to find water in the desert.
 
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More or Less: Behind the Stats
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Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
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Question of the Day
Weekly+
 
Question of the Day is the show for listeners who are short on time and long on curiosity. It is a fast-paced conversation between author and entrepreneur James Altucher and Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner: two smart, unconventional thinkers who have been talking together for years, often over a long-running backgammon match. Now they are letting you in on the game, too. You will quickly become addicted to their wonderful, wry observations as they ponder each Question of the Day. The a ...
 
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Tell Me Something I Don't Know
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Journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Host Stephen J. Dubner (of “Freakonomics Radio”) and a celebrity co-host invite guests on stage in front of a live audience to tell us something we don’t know. The co-hosts — a mix of leaders in science, academia, sports, media, and comedy — grill the guests, and by the end we’ve all gotten a bit smarter. Each episode has a new topic, a new co-host, and new guests. There’s also a real-time human fact-checker to keep everyone honest. Think of the mos ...
 
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Good Job, Brain!
Monthly
 
Part quiz show, part offbeat news, and all awesome. We here are nuts about trivia and pub quiz! And we are darn sure there are people out there who share our unusual obsession. Play along and laugh along as Karen, Colin, Dana, and Chris school each other on some of the weirdest and most interesting facts about our funny little world.Do you relish beating your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Do you blab out the answers at the gym when Jeopardy! is on? And don't you just loathe badly worded questi ...
 
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Damn Interesting
Rare
 
The audio side of DamnInteresting.com: Legitimately intriguing true stories from history, science, and psychology. Audiobook-like narration with sound effects and music.
 
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The Stuff of Life
Monthly
 
Eavesdrop on experts and researchers as they ponder what makes our world so maddening, so strange and so achingly beautiful. Not to mention ridiculous. Join Julie Douglas for this week’s episode of The Stuff of Life, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
 
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The Complete Guide to Everything
 
A weekly podcast for knowledge about anything and everything. From North Korea to Nicolas Cage, Tim and Tom leave no stone unturned in their humble quest to make the world a more informed place. Put away the encyclopedia four-eyes because this may just be the last resource you'll ever need. Wikipedia, consider yourselves on warning.
 
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Every Little Thing
Monthly+
 
A show about the small stuff. From Gimlet Media, hosted by Flora Lichtman.
 
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Futility Closet
Weekly
 
Forgotten stories from the pages of history. Join us for surprising and curious tales from the past and challenge yourself with our lateral thinking puzzles.
 
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Part-Time Genius
Weekly+
 
Will and Mango have lots of questions. Will we ever live without sleep? How do rats keep outsmarting humans? Where are the sunniest tax havens to hide your money? Join these Part-Time Geniuses as they dive into ridiculous topics... and discover some pretty smart stuff along the way.
 
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No Dumb Questions
Monthly+
 
A Science guy (Destin) from the deep south hashes things out with a Humanities/History guy (Matt) from the wild west.
 
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Twenty Thousand Hertz
Monthly+
 
The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
 
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The Why Factor
Weekly
 
The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
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The Story Behind | The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary
 
Do you ever wonder about the history of everyday things in your world? Do you like trivia and fun facts? Have you lost hours to Wikipedia rabbit holes? The Story Behind is the show for you! Trivia nerd Emily Prokop explores the origins and cool stories that surround the things, people and places you may never have wondered about before. Warning: Your friends might tire of you starting sentences with, "I learned on a podcast ..."
 
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James O'Brien's Mystery Hour
Monthly+
 
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but almost always entertaining, probably the best hour of radio you could ever download!
 
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Unprofessional Engineering
Weekly
 
Interested in science, technology, machinery, engineering and the history behind everyday things? We break down a weekly topic so that everyone can sound smart, even if they're not!Twitter: @UnproEngInstagram: Unprofessional_EngineeringFacebook: UnprofessionalEngineering
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
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Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
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Daily Knowledge Podcast
Daily
 
TodayIFoundOut.com’s Daily Knowledge podcast bringing you new interesting facts every weekday for you to feed your brain with.
 
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Self Improvement Wednesday
Monthly+
 
A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.
 
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Useless Information Podcast
 
Collection of fascinating true stories from the Flip Side of history.
 
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Today We Learned
Monthly+
 
'Today We Learned' is a podcast of knowledge! Don't let the name confuse you, it's technically a weekly podcast. Razzle and Dan labor down in the knowledge mines of the Internet to bring you the latest, greatest and sometimes weirdest facts and trivia the world has to offer. Join the guys and a special guest every Monday as they take you on a tour de force of fun-filled factoids in less time than it takes to do your laundry. Who knows? You might just learn something.
 
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The Hidden Almanac
Weekly+
 
Interesting "Facts" every M-W-F
 
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The Week
Weekly
 
The Week's podcasts swiftly and smartly provide busy people with the best arguments from all perspectives, super-helpful explainers, and terrific recommendations — all with concision, intelligence, and wit.
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
The Trivial Warfare Podcast takes the pub quiz out of the club and brings it home to you. Remember, it's not just trivia...It's WAR! Join the Trivial Warfare Army at www.trivialwarfare.com
 
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The Old Farmer's Almanac Radio Report
 
From the editors of The Old Farmer's Almanac, every weekday you'll hear helpful weather information, country folklore, gardening secrets, great tasting recipes, do-it-yourself projects tips, amazing facts and a whole lot more.
 
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Another Damn Trivia Show
Weekly
 
A show with a metric poop ton of triva for the fun loving listener.This Podcast was created using www.talkshoe.com
 
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The Daily Dose
Daily
 
Every morning, we profile the people, places, trends and technology that are ahead of their time and worthy of yours. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
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Careless Minds Podcast
Weekly+
 
The Careless Minds podcast brings you up to speed with all the latest topics what's on everyone's minds.So join your host Philip Burford along with co-hosts Ryan Jolley and Darren Turner as they take you on an educational rollercoaster with just a pinch, of witty banter...
 
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Internet Archive - Collection: oneminutehowto
 
The most recent additions to the Internet Archive collections. This RSS feed is generated dynamically
 
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Quoracast » Podcast
Monthly+
 
An unofficial podcast dedicated to profiling the Quora community
 
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The Important Thing
Daily+
 
Spend sixty minutes of your life listening and learning about this week’s Important Thing.
 
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No Sports Trivia Podcast
Weekly
 
Our feminist trivia podcast brings all the intrigue, mayhem, animal facts, and penis jokes you've come to expect from No Sports Trivia's live pub quiz, plus the most bizarre history, science, and culture tidbits we've found in our trivia research, special guests, and more!
 
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Gold Star Classroom
Monthly
 
Trivia for your brain, laughs for your gut.
 
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Podium.me
Monthly+
 
The voice of the under 25s
 
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Бортовой Журнал — Radio Grinch Podcast
 
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Steve Cohen, whom we'd nicknamed Reverend Steve, passed me a handbill touting the accomplishments of "Rama," a spiritual guru and former acolyte of Sri Chinmoy.Rama - or, as we came to know him, Frederick Lenz - was big into past-life regressions and spiritual awakenings. He also shared with Sri Chinmoy a belief in the power of levitation. But ...…
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
Although much of the media-fueled hysteria over the designer drug called bath salts has been utterly unfounded, especially when it comes to driving users to eating people's faces, you'll still want to pass on them. Learn why.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
The opening of a canal in 1848 led to the birth of modern financial derivatives, and the early demise of some of the men who traded themBy podcast@damninteresting.com (DamnInteresting.com).
 
Do you want to make this Thanksgiving the best ever?! You won't be able to if you don't get that turkey just right. We're here to teach you about the different ways that you can cook a turkey (from smoking to grilling, deep frying to roasting) as well as break down the math behind engineering the most delicious, juicy bird possible.…
 
Tips for being the #1 guest in the history of the universe. Plus, prunes.
 
Tom Sutcliffe chairs the contest between teams from the North of England & the Midlands.
 
Beliefs about language and gender are everywhere; we are told that women apologise more, men interrupt more, women talk more, that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But are any of these things true? Why do so many people believe them? Catherine Carr speaks to leading linguiss Deborah Cameron and Janet Holmes, who have studied thousand ...…
 
It is on this day that two Professors from the RavenCoast School of Divinity, two undead companions, and the Unliving Lock deem that their pursuers must be dealt with. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
Seeing Jamie Foxx sitting in a giant tennis ball and serenading Serena Williams with his tennis ball song? Pretty much the first time I realized I wanted to go the ESPYs. But as a freelance journalist? A near impossibility. But then, with a twisting turn of fate, I made it to this year's 25th annual ESPY awards. I didn't just make it, I was on ...…
 
Here are six new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits and stump your friends -- play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions. Here are the sources for this week's puzzles. In a few places we've included links to further information -- these contain spoilers, so don't click until you've list ...…
 
Learn about dragon dildos, Baba Yaga's architectural preferences, and why "witch hunt" is the wrong term for addressing sexual predation. Listen to the end for the song "C U Next Tuesday" from special guest's Man Repellant, off their new album "Participation Trophy"!
 
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The Complete Guide to Everything
 
Apparently, some of the most popular superheroes–including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman–have gotten together and made a movie! This week we'll talk about that movie, as well as the history of this so-called league of justice, or Justice League, and its members. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace. Head to squarespace.com for a free tr ...…
 
Why New York has skinny skyscrapers, how to weaponize water, and what astronauts talk about in space. John McWhorter is co-host; Bari Weiss is live fact-checker.
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
We have a super fun game for you this week. Chris is back in the house and is joined by Elizabeth Vinson and Andrew Swift to do battle with Jonathan in a 3 on 1 handicap match! Ben is in the host's chair this week and will put us through our paces. Enjoy!
 
In this week's SYSK Select episode, Benjamin Franklin first came up with daylight saving time in 1748, and people still practice it today. But how does it work? What are the pros and cons? Join Josh and Chuck as they turn back the clock to explore the origins of daylight saving time.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
The Italians are calling it the apocalypse. Their team has failed to make it to the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. But it is about more than just national pride - there is a financial cost too. Some have suggested that it will cost FIFA $100m. Is this really true? We speak to sports writer Graham Dunbar who has been counting how much ...…
 
SPONSORED BY: HELLO FRESH (hellofresh.com/ndq promo code "ndq" for $30 off your first order) THIS EPISODE ALSO BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Fifty-Fifty! (horrifying details below) STUFF FROM THIS EPISODE: Moon dancing with buckets on their heads NASCAR Apple Samsung Note THE FIFTY-FIFTY DETAILS: The Fifty-Fifty is literally the ninth worst thing you ...…
 
There's no doubt that truckers are underappreciated. From the mom and pop trucks that haul milk from local dairies to the long-distance married couples who tag team driving cross-country, Will and Mango take a peek under the industry's hood. Plus, we rewind back to a time when truckers were America's folk heroes. Featuring Roger Chappalear.…
 
It is on this day that four fugitives find themselves in the quarters of the Embassy’s most dangerous resident. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
EUGENE, SIR: Something weird. I’m not a heavy consumer of porn. Not even an occasional one. I’m going to say maybe once a month I find myself looking at something or another online. Like eating candy, if I am bored, well, there I am. Just recently though I stumbled into something that got my attention. A video with not so much sex but lots of V ...…
 
In this special call-in episode: why some Peruvians eat cats; why operas need repetiteurs; and why we should get rid of prisons. Michael Smerconish (CNN) is co-host; AJ Jacobs (It’s All Relative) checks the facts.
 
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TED Radio Hour
 
Sometimes, the best solutions to complex problems are simple. But simple doesn't always mean easy. This hour, TED speakers describe the innovation and hard work that goes into achieving simplicity. Guests include designer Mileha Soneji, chef Sam Kass, sleep researcher Wendy Troxel, public health advocate Myriam Sidibe, and engineer Amos Winter.…
 
We know these statues are supposed to be art, but they also kind of feel like mistakes. Will, Gabe and Mango discuss some colorful and confusing tributes... and the ridiculous stories behind them!By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
First of all, movies can't be cursed because curses aren't real. However, that can't stop Josh and Chuck from taking a look at some movies throughout history that have had a disturbing number of bad things surrounding their production and release. Dive into the world of cursed movies in this very fun episode.…
 
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James O'Brien's Mystery Hour
 
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but almost always entertaining, probably the best hour of radio you could ever download!
 
Through 10 weeks of crazy college game days, the College Football Playoff landscape is still anything but settled. With four playoff spots available and four Power Five conference teams still undefeated, this should be easy, right? As Lee Corso is fond of saying, "Not so fast, my friends!"Of the playoff contenders remaining, none are a guarante ...…
 
It is on this day that two Professors from the RavenCoast School of Divinity and their revenant used-car salesman gather around the wounded undead turkey. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
Every week, the FBI, CIA and Treasury Department would show up to Elizebeth Friedman's door and hassle the mother of two-- not for any crime, but because she had an insane talent: she solved puzzles to protect America. Meet the Quaker poet who caught gangsters, defeated Nazis and unlocked a new world of Codebreaking in this episode-long intervi ...…
 
In this occasional series, OZY takes to streets and neighborhoods across the globe to ask a simple question: "How was your day?" In light of the results of an exclusive OZY and SurveyMonkey poll showing how Donald Trump has changed Americans' romantic lives, we reached out to a matchmaker, dating coach and author who has her own political divid ...…
 
One of Africa's most striking wild cats - the acrobatic and tufted Caracal
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
Every year the flu virus makes the rounds, laying up young and old alike for days before moving on to another hapless victim. But flu viruses can mutate and once in awhile they turn into something much deadlier, a pandemic that can kill millions.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
"You come to New York for your birthday and I'll give you a present you'll never forget."The speaker? An ex, but as casual of an ex as we had been partners - meaning we'd have sex with each other if there was no one else to have sex with. A year ahead of me in school, she had already shifted into her postcollege career strivings.…
 
Self-service began in a Piggly Wiggly 100 years ago. How’d it become a way of life?
 
Tom Sutcliffe chairs a special edition recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
 
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The Why Factor
 
Rhianna Dhillon finds out why so many films are dubbed into another language. She discovers the artistic, social and political reasons why countries like Italy, France and Spanish speaking countries have opted to dub rather than subtitle movies. Why it’s still a controversial issue in the Indian film industry. And she takes advice from Dietmar ...…
 
It is on this day that the group discovers something miraculous has happened. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
EUGENE, SIR: My man wants to ejaculate on my face. Fine. When I ask him why, I get no answer. When I’m asking, I’m not angry or upset, just curious. His inability to answer has made me suspicious, so I’m asking you since you seem to know so much.
 
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Twenty Thousand Hertz
 
Theme parks have a way of transporting us to magical places, and sound is crucial in maintaining the illusion. From the most action-packed attractions to the background music playing between park areas, theme park sound designers have thought of it all. In this episode, we speak to Joe Herrington and Mike Fracassi, two Disney Imagineers who wor ...…
 
New York's Citicorp Tower was an architectural sensation when it opened in 1977. But then engineer William LeMessurier realized that its unique design left it dangerously vulnerable to high winds. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll describe the drama that followed as a small group of decision makers tried to ward off a ...…
 
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No Sports Trivia Podcast
 
Learn about math witchcraft, whether it's possible that Arizona got something right, how the sorting hat can choose your favorite booze, and the dangers of the subjective nature of mental health diagnoses with our guest Claire Alexander, an ASL interpreter specializing in mental health!
 
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The Complete Guide to Everything
 
This week we’re Talkin’ Tacos with Tim and Tom. You’ll hear all about the saddest meal Tom’s ever made, the Top Ten Tacos Tips and Toppings, and Tom’s off-brand Pac-Man sheets. Get studio-quality stock for a fraction of the cost with Videoblocks. Download all the stock video your heart desires from their Member Library, including HD footage, Af ...…
 
This week, we work on our survival skills: in the desert, on the tundra, and growing food in abandoned warehouses. Actress Sas Goldberg is co-host; A.J. Jacobs (author of It’s All Relative) is live fact-checker.
 
When you think about James Dyson, you probably think he is just a guy that invented an expensive vacuum cleaner, and you would almost be right. That being said, that invention got him a net worth of roughly $4.4 billion! BILLION! To his inventor cred, he also created that disgusting air blade to dry your hands and a handful of other inventions. ...…
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
We're joined this week by the team of Justin Ehart and Rowan Rozanski! They are ready for their debut against the team of Jonathan and Lauren Carey with Carmela hosting. This week we also introduce our new bumper to lead us into the game. I hope you like it as much as I do! Love pub quizzes? Be sure to go to www.pubquizindex.com and add your fa ...…
 
Chris Brown’s latest album is stuffed with so many songs it runs at a sprawling two hours and twenty minutes. It’s only the latest in a string of lengthy album releases that includes artists like Drake, The Weeknd and Lil B. More or Less speaks to Hugh McIntyre, a music journalist who has found out that a numerical change in the way the album c ...…
 
In this week's SYSK Select episode, when the Japanese invaded Southeast Asia in World War II, they cut off America's rubber supply. Luckily, American can-do created a synthetic rubber and saved the War. Learn about the inventor, fluid chemistry and more in this episode of SYSK.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
Cookbooks have come a long way from their Mesopotamian origins. Will and Mango try to pinpoint the Joy in Joy of Cooking, peek inside the world of cookbook ghostwriters and debate whether an official Titanic cookbook is better than the one from Coolio (it isn't.) Featuring “Leave Me Alone with the Recipes” editor Sarah Rich.…
 
It is on this day that the escapees reach the garden. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
It wasn't like we were star-crossed lovers or anything melodramatic like that. I mean, I was 9, and he was 10. Nonetheless we were forbidden to be together. There were actual laws prohibiting girls and boys to be in close proximity without a chaperone. We lived in post-revolution Iran, where, in a matter of months, women lost their right to rid ...…
 
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TED Radio Hour
 
Art can evoke powerful feelings. But can it do more? This hour, TED speakers share ideas on the transformative nature of art and its ability to shape the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Guests include painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar, painters Dre Urhahn and eL Seed, textile artist Magda Sayeg, and conductor Benjamin Zander.…
 
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