Stuff You Should Know


"society & culture"
If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
Wondering where to start with Stuff You Should Know? Fans of the podcast have clipped their favorite moments: check out a list of the best episodes below. Want more podcast clips? Get the Shuffle app.

Best Episodes

Printing press? Big deal!

Oct 8, 2020

"The printing press empowered free speech in new ways"



Was the printing press a big deal? You bet it was. One of the biggest. Learn all about the early history of printing today. Learn more about your ad-choices at

Short Stuff: Lying in State

Oct 7, 2020

"Lying in state: the logistics"



After RBG passed away she had the honor of lying in state. Who decides this? Listen and you'll know. Learn more about your ad-choices at

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SYSK Selects: Geysers: Nature's Innuendo

Nov 8, 2020

"What can steamed vegetables teach us about geysers? "



The spectacular eruptions of steam and water we call geysers are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, the result of thousands of years of specific natural conditions and physical processes. Learn the Stuff You Should Know about geysers in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choicesRead more

What's the deal with swing states?

Oct 6, 2020

"What is a swing state, really? "



Swing states are all the rage once again this election season, but the makeup has changed a bit. Learn all about what makes a swing state a swing state right now. Learn more about your ad-choices at

Short Stuff: Petticoat Rulers

Sep 23, 2020

"More than 30 years before she could vote, she was mayor!"



Petticoat rulers were women who ran the show long before anyone thought they could. We’re talking mayors and entire city councils comprised of women in the Old West. What happened since then? Listen to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at

All the Gold In Fort Knox: Meh

Nov 5, 2020

"Good luck getting a tour of Fort Knox. There have only been three ever! "


When Fort Knox was built in the 1930s to house America’s gold supply, it was billed as an impenetrable, impregnable, don’t-even-think-of-trying vault. But as the world has moved further away from gold, the stockpile’s lost a bit of its luster. Learn more about your ad-choices atRead more

How Pain Works

Nov 17, 2020

"How does your body react to pain?"



In recent decades we’ve come to understand that there’s a lot more to pain than: touch hot stove/feel burning hand. Pain is a far more sophisticated experience and, unfortunately, a system that can often go haywire, with terrible effects. Learn more about your ad-choices atRead more

SYSK Selects: How the Electoral College Works

Oct 3, 2020

"The electoral college may have made sense when the country was founded but it needs to go"


When you vote in an American presidential election, you're not voting for your candidate - you're voting for a group of people you hope will in turn vote for your candidate. Listen in to learn more about the strange process for electing the president, in this classic episode. Learn more about yourRead more

SYSK Selects: How Ghosts Work

Oct 31, 2020

"Sometimes it’s nice to be blissfully ignorant"


According to a 2009 poll, more Americans believe in ghosts than don't. But what are ghosts exactly? If they do exist, what are they made of and why are they hanging around? In this classic episode airing for Halloween, Josh and Chuck explore both sides of the divide between belief and skepticism onRead more

SYSK Selects: How Sushi Works

Oct 17, 2020

"Origins of sushi Spoiler alert: they used to throw out the rice!!"


Sushi grew out of a way to ferment fish a couple thousand years ago and in the late 20th century began to take the world by storm. What began as traditional, rigid food has come to evolve with new delicious innovations being added to the original canon. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Read more
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