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SYMHC Classics: Five Historical Robots

SYMHC Classics: Five Historical Robots

Today we revisit an episode on the technology of yesteryear. Long before Czech playwright Karel Capek coined the term "robot" in his 1920 play "R.U.R.," mechanized creations - automata - were being
SMNTY Classics: Why You're Seeing Cyntoia Brown's Tragic Story Everywhere

SMNTY Classics: Why You're Seeing Cyntoia Brown's Tragic Story Everywhere

Anney and Bridget revisit this classic episode to discuss the heartbreaking story of a 16 year-old victim of sex trafficking.
SYSK Selects: How Pinball Works

SYSK Selects: How Pinball Works

Pinball was actually illegal until the 1970s in NY and other cities, hidden in the backs of pornography shops. The game was finally legalized, thanks to a Babe Ruth-style shot by the best player in
From the Vault: Early Days Electric, Part 1

From the Vault: Early Days Electric, Part 1

Electricity lost its magic over the course the 18th and 19th centuries. The "invisible fire" steadily transitioned from a mysterious force of wonder to a mundane reality of daily modern life. In this
Kentucky Derby Field Trip: Juleps, Hot Browns, and Pies, Oh My!

Kentucky Derby Field Trip: Juleps, Hot Browns, and Pies, Oh My!

The longest-running sporting competition in the U.S., the Kentucky Derby is both a national and specifically local cultural event. Fresh back from a field trip, we discuss the foods & drinks of
The Ins and Outs of Prom

The Ins and Outs of Prom

It's prom season! Anney and B unpack the history of prom.
When Was The Last Time You Felt Different? Pt. 2

When Was The Last Time You Felt Different? Pt. 2

In the second part of our deep dive into feeling different, we sit down in the Question Booth with Atlanta artist and disability rights activist Barry Lee.
Curtains For Weinstein, LEAVE LUCILLE BLUTH ALONE 5.25.18

Curtains For Weinstein, LEAVE LUCILLE BLUTH ALONE 5.25.18

In episode 156, Jack and Miles are joined by comedian Ify Nwadiwe to discuss Harvey Weinstein's arrest, the toxic masculinity still running rampant in Hollywood as seen in the Arrested Development
Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?

Will Coffee Make Me Live Longer?

Want to know who to blame for your coffee addiction? From goats, Turks to the Archangel Gabriel, Will and Mango chase down a whole world of (coffee) pot stirrers while shedding light on whether monkey
TDZ Footnotes 5.25.18

TDZ Footnotes 5.25.18

Footnotes for episode 156 of The Daily Zeitgeist which aired on 5.25.18.
Does Marie Antoinette Still Roam the Halls of Versailles?

Does Marie Antoinette Still Roam the Halls of Versailles?

Tourists may not be the only ones to enjoy the beauty of the famous palace.
Raymond Carr on Labyrinth

Raymond Carr on Labyrinth

You've all been asking for film crew members on the show, so this week Chuck asked his friend Raymond Carr to join him in the studio. Raymond is a very talented production designer and art director
How the Alphabet May Have Destroyed Goddesses

How the Alphabet May Have Destroyed Goddesses

Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?
Eternal Sunshine of the Snail Mind?

Eternal Sunshine of the Snail Mind?

Researchers have successfully used RNA to transfer a memory from one sea snail to another.
From the Past to the Modern Day: Does torture actually work?

From the Past to the Modern Day: Does torture actually work?

It's one of the most ancient practices in human civilization, and one that continues in the modern day. In recent decades experts, military officials and activists alike have argued over the
Come and Get It! A Spicy Barbecue Quiz

Come and Get It! A Spicy Barbecue Quiz

Barbecue season is upon us in all its mouth-watering glory. What's your BBQ IQ? Find out with this quiz.
'R. Kelly Ruined Karaoke'

'R. Kelly Ruined Karaoke'

Culture Kings: Jacquis and Edgar get into an argument about NBA contracts, discuss the Kendrick Lamar fan incident and More!
Techstuff Classic: The Max Headroom Incident

Techstuff Classic: The Max Headroom Incident

How did hackers take over a television signal in the late 1980s? Stuff You Should Know's Chuck Bryant joins the show to talk about the Max Headroom Incident.
Why Does Uranus Stink?

Why Does Uranus Stink?

It's not a joke: Scientists have confirmed that Uranus stinks. Learn how they found out -- and why it's actually really cool -- in this episode of BrainStuff.
9 Highly Specific Robots You Need to Meet

9 Highly Specific Robots You Need to Meet

From the robot who desperately wants to feed you tomatoes to the one that likes to hitch rides on turtles, Will and Mango explore the strange, hilarious world of robots (including at least two of them