Best Facts and Trivia podcasts — Say "Today I Learned" every day (Updated February 2018; 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
 
Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
 
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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
Weekly
 
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!
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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
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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
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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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Every Little Thing
Monthly+
 
ELT is a factual answering service. Call with your question. (347) 464-9626. From Gimlet Media, hosted by Flora Lichtman.
 
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The Complete Guide to Everything
Weekly
 
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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Part-Time Genius
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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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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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No Dumb Questions
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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
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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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Live from the Poundstone Institute
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Paula Poundstone is on a quest to gather all of the world's knowledge. Or, as she puts it, "to get less stupid, one topic at a time." Follow her search as she looks to scientists, researchers, and experts for evidence about everything from what music cats like to the fluid dynamics of spilling coffee. "Every week, we'll keep looking for knowledge," says Paula, "because we know we left it somewhere."
 
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James O'Brien's Mystery Hour
Weekly
 
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
Weekly
 
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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The Forum
Weekly
 
Sharing knowledge
 
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Self Improvement Wednesday
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A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.
 
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Daily Knowledge Podcast
Monthly
 
TodayIFoundOut.com’s Daily Knowledge podcast bringing you new interesting facts every weekday for you to feed your brain with.
 
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Useless Information Podcast
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It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.
 
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Today We Learned
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'Today We Learned' is a podcast of knowledge! Don't let the name confuse you, it's technically a weekly podcast, or was a weekly podcast, now it's a hopefully whenever podcast! What used to be Razzle and Dan laboring 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, is now Razzle and fun random guests! Listen to the show every week as they take you on a tour de force of fun-filled factoids in less tim ...
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
Trivial Warfare is the podcast that takes the pub quiz out of the pub and brings it home to you. Trivial Warfare is a weekly game shared by people all over the world that features all the same banter, jokes and fun that you share with your friends at your local quiz nights. TW is your gateway to a larger world of trivia and your invitation into an awesome community of people who love trivia games just as much as you do. Give the show a try and have fun with Jonathan, Chris, Carmela and Ben a ...
 
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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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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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The Important Thing
Daily+
 
Spend sixty minutes of your life listening and learning about this week’s Important Thing.
 
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Quoracast » Podcast
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An unofficial podcast dedicated to profiling the Quora community
 
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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
 
Таблетки для мозгов
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
This week we're thrilled to present our first ever All-Woman episode in celebration of Woman's History Month. Carmela Smith, the first lady of Trivial Warfare, is in the host's chair this week. In house we have the team of Trish Leighton and Caro... I mean Lauren Carey. They are competing against the team of Katie Sekelsky and Caitlin Joyce. Enjoy!…
 
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More or Less: Behind the Stats
 
What’s the most successful nation? (0’40”) We look at population, GDP per capita and ski areas of the countries with the most medals.How do you judge a country’s ‘best’ performance? (3.45”)What are the chances of dead heat in a race? (6’35”) The two-man bobsleigh event ended in a dead heat with both Canada and Germany achieving a time of three ...…
 
Inferno is the 14th century epic that tells the story of Dante Alighieri’s imaginary journey through the underworld. It is the first part of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, and is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest poems. “Abandon all hope you who enter here” is the famous phrase inscribed on the gates of Dante’s Inferno, and Hell i ...…
 
You may be surprised to learn those ubiquitous ratings, from G to NC-17, put on movies in America are actually handed down by anonymous employees of a secretive organization that serves as a lobbying firm for Hollywood's six biggest studios.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
After author Danny Wallace received the world's worst customer service (and possibly the world's worst hotdog) from a hotdog vendor, he decided to search for the root cause of rudeness. Danny joins Will and Mango on this week's episode to talk about snarky celebrity judges, why surgeons are in dire need of a rudeness vaccine (it's for our own s ...…
 
Maybe this is your nightmare: You return from your job every night to an empty apartment, cold and echoey. After you suddenly die - this is a nightmare, remember, it isn't necessarily going to happen - your cat eats your face. Unless you don't have a cat, in which case the ghost of your apartment's previous inhabitant (and the ghost of his cat) ...…
 
Today we begin to turn the corner toward Spring. It is the Feast Day of the Remaindered Couch, and in the garden, there are annuals. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
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TED Radio Hour
 
Why do we harshly judge certain behaviors or conditions, making it harder to talk honestly about them? This hour, TED speakers confront stigmas around addiction, depression, HIV and sex work. Guests include journalist Johann Hari, TV/film producer and mental health advocate Nikki Webber Allen, HIV awareness educator Arik Hartmann, and sex worke ...…
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
Rosa Parks finishes out our Black History Month episodes in grand fashion. While most know her from that fateful day on the Montgomery city bus, she actually had a long life as an advocate, protestor and agent of change. Join us today as we celebrate one of America's great history makers.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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!
 
Watching this year's University of Kentucky basketball team has not been easy. Between flashes of greatness and glaring periods of mindlessness, Wildcat fans have been left more puzzled than pleased. Coach John Calipari knows that his young squad - with eight freshmen, no upperclassmen and an average age of 19.43 years - remains an experiment, ...…
 
How did a potted plant named Jeff become an internet celebrity? Does Switzerland really manufacture 'Luxury Manure'? And what's your Valentine trying to tell you with that vase full of basil? Plus: why you should never, ever poach a Venus Flytrap!By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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The Story Behind | The Extraordinary History of the Ordinary
 
One of my favorite movies I feel doesn’t get enough love is Romy & Michele’s High School reunion, starring Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as two 20-somethings who realize their 10-year high school reunion is coming up and begin to transform their lives so they can go back and impress their former classmates. They come up with a story of inventing ...…
 
Will and Mango are on a mission to uncover chocolate's darkest secrets. What's the difference between cacao and cocoa? Why have Swiss scientists been working on a pink chocolate for so long? (And what's it taste like?) Plus, why does chocolate melt so perfectly in our mouths?By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
Today we mark the later half of February. It is the Feast Day of St, Paulath, and in the garden, there is mist. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
OZY and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have partnered to bring you an inside look at how entrepreneurs and their good business are helping the communities around them. Enjoy the rest of our special series here.If you had asked me fresh out of law school if I would take 11 years off from my fast-track career, I know what my answer would have been: an uneq ...…
 
Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Elizbeth-Anne McGregor walks us through the life journey of Pakistan-born artist Khadim Ali.
 
SPONSORED BY: HELLOFRESH (Visit hellofresh.com/ndq and enter "ndq" for $30 off your first order) STUFF FROM THIS EPISODE FlightAware Jordan Peterson/Cathy Newman Debate Chegg Hoplite Phalanx Conan the Barbarian “Best In Life” Smarter Every Day’s “What Is This LIne? (on my Super Blue Blood Moon photo)” Ancient Theories of Light Sound Effects Nat ...…
 
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Daily Knowledge Podcast
 
The Daily Knowledge podcast still gets a pretty shocking amount of downloads for having not been updated for so long, so we just thought for those of you still around we’d do a little update announcing our new podcast: The BrainFood Show, which you can find here: iTunes | Google Play | RSS/XML Let us know what you think, and stay tuned because ...…
 
The world's population is going to exceed 10 billion by 2050. Yeah, that's a lot, and we don't have enough food to feed all these mouths! Fortunately for us, there are a lot of smart people out there creating ways to solve this problem. Vertical gardening in giant warehouses, underwater growing bubbles, vertical farming of kelp, scallops, and o ...…
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
For millennia people have been amazed by legends of wild children found in the forest or jungle, sometimes raised by animals like wolves or apes. But it turns out these stories may actually be true in some cases and may actually have been children with cognitive impairments who were abandoned by their parents.…
 
My mother used to call it jungle foot rot. I've also heard it called trench foot. I don't know whether it's, in fact, the same thing, but whatever. Rose and Cliff. My grandparents. Both of them had it. I guess from sleeping next to each other. They obviously didn't borrow each other's shoes. I have no idea whether or not they spooned at night, ...…
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
 
The winners of the three most recent 'Brain of Brains' contests of champions compete.
 
Why do we get goosebumps from music and other emotional experiences? Plus, the strangest things to give ELT listeners goosebumps.
 
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The Why Factor
 
Job interviews are stressful experiences and have mostly been proved by scientists to be ineffective at selecting the right candidates. So why has this means of selection survived so long and why is so much value placed on it? Catherine Carr explores the cultural and psychological bias that flaws them, how we might improve the experience both a ...…
 
Today we remember the builder of a ziggurat. It is the Feast Day of The Unshelled Egg, and in the garden, there are weeds. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
If the past couple of years are any indication, the media in the United States, and far beyond, is facing a crisis. Now a household term, "fake news" has empowered populists and other dubious forces, while public trust in traditional news outlets has steadily eroded. Half-truths and hostility seem to have overtaken the political conversation.Pa ...…
 
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Twenty Thousand Hertz
 
When people in Hawaii were falsely alerted of a Ballistic Missile threat, the first thing they heard was the sound of an emergency alert. For decades, this tone has alerted us to local weather emergencies and other important events, but it has never been used for its original purpose. In this episode, we explore the history of the Emergency Ale ...…
 
In 1835, settlers in Australia discovered a European man dressed in kangaroo skins, a convict who had escaped an earlier settlement and spent 32 years living among the natives of southern Victoria. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll review the extraordinary life of William Buckley, the so-called "wild white man" of colo ...…
 
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The Complete Guide to Everything
 
Learn about hotels from two jet setters who have stayed at their share of swanky places, believe me. From Motel 6 to the Ritz Carlton, we cover it all and even offer a free continental breakfast (ha ha, just kidding). Also, Tom's hoarse from Billy Joel karaoke and Tim gets a rare bout of FOMO.By thecompleteguidetoeverything@gmail.com (Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds).
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
I'm super excited to get this episode published on time. When this comes out I'll still be in the air flying home from Boston after having a great time at Geek Bowl. I hope you've been following our shenanigans on Instagram! This week Carmela does a fabulous job hosting as the game pits Ben and guest warhead David Raffetto against Jonathan. Hop ...…
 
How to question dubious statistics in just a few short steps.
 
Portuguese sailor and explorer Ferdinand Magellan set out 500 years ago to find a route to the riches of the spice islands, north east of present day Indonesia. Through a series of adventures and tragedies, Magellan’s voyage discovered the Straits of Magellan joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Southern America and was the first exp ...…
 
As early as 1786, groups assembled to help slaves escape lives of bondage. And, as the 19th century progressed, the emergent Underground Railroad grew more sophisticated in aiding escaped slaves. But how did it work? Join Josh and Chuck to learn more.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
From rockets on pogo-sticks to nuclear powered toasters, there's a whole strange world of emerging technologies that will improve and/or ruin everything in our future! Will and Mango chat with author Zach Weinersmith about the hilarious, future-looking text book he and his wife Kelly wrote, Soonish.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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More or Less: Behind the Stats
 
How many people have UN staff raped? – (0’40’’) It was reported in a number of the newspapers this week that UN staff are responsible for 60,000 rapes in a decade. The wealth of Mr Darcy – (5’10”) The male love interest of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is supposed to be fabulously wealthy. Is he?How many people did Stalin kill? – (10’00”) Why there are ...…
 
Today we remember the passing of the Tiger Stripe Laws. It is the Feast Day of the Celestial Goose, and in the garden, it is finally warm. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
I take my seat. She smiles and waves. No adult in full self-control smiles and waves at a stranger on a plane, but OK. Her breath has settled over our row."Hiiiii." She's got something shiny - a flask. The bag at her feet holds a couple of empty plastic Champagne single servings. She starts with trivial chitchat as we approach the runway. We li ...…
 
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TED Radio Hour
 
Humans adapt to physical and creative challenges in remarkable ways. How do we do it, and what happens when we can't? In this episode, TED speakers share inspiring stories about our capacity to adapt. Guests include runner Christopher McDougall, nonprofit founder Daniel Kish, author Rich Benjamin and artist Janet Echelman. (Original Broadcast D ...…
 
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!
 
When Julia Marino clips in to her board at the top of the big air jump in Pyeongchang, South Korea, later this month at the Winter Olympics, she'll be staring down the barrel of a 49-meter, 40-degree-angle launch ramp - the largest in the world.This is snowboarding's big air discipline, and it appears on the Winter Olympics program for the firs ...…
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
Harriet Tubman is a legendary figure in history, but the details of her life are even more remarkable than what you may have learned in school. Listen in today as Josh and Chuck pay tribute to a true icon of African-American history.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
Need some new material for the water-cooler? Will and Mango chat about the tragedy of cubicles, how a fit of rage led to better pen design, and why bread might just be the best eraser.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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Unprofessional Engineering
 
What is the history of chocolate? Where does chocolate come from? How was it made? Why Valentine’s Day? Will we ever run out? Is it really good for you? We'll answer all these questions and more today on Unprofessional Engineering.
 
Between practicing judo, wrestling bears, and meddling with democracies, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has a lot on his plate. But how did the former KGB operative come to power? And how has he sustained his grip on the country for so long? Will and Mango dig into his biography to try to understand one of the most fascinating figures on ...…
 
Today we remember the mystery of Room 820. It is the Feast Day of Graven Images, and in the garden, there are cyclamen. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
On March 5, 1982, I did something I had never done before: I sobbed in public.The occasion? A newspaper headline that said that actor and comedian John Belushi had died in Hollywood.Stuff like this sneaks up on you. I was 6 years old when Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were killed, 15 when Elvis died and 18 when John Lennon was murder ...…
 
Cheetahs have vanished from approximately 90 percent of their historic range in Africa, and are extinct in Asia except for a single, isolated population of perhaps 50 individuals in Iran. Ben Britton, director of Wild Animal Encounters Foundation explains the challenges of life as a cheetah.
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
What must be one of the most famous natural disasters in history took place when Mt Vesuvius buried Pompeii in 79 CE. But when the town was resurrected 1700 years later, a new chapter in its history was written.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
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The Daily Dose
 
In the very first act of the UniverSoul Circus, these stilt walkers from Trinidad and Tobago began to dance. They rocked out, doing backbends and other seemingly impossible things, on the highest stilts I've ever seen. I was entranced.Until that moment, I hadn't thought at all about stilt walking. It seemed pedestrian compared to the other circ ...…
 
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