Best Facts and Trivia podcasts — Say "Today I Learned" every day (Updated December 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
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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
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
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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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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
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A show about the small stuff. From Gimlet Media, hosted by Flora Lichtman.
 
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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
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
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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
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A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.
 
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The Forum
Weekly
 
Sharing knowledge
 
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Useless Information Podcast
Rare
 
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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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 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
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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
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Spend sixty minutes of your life listening and learning about this week’s Important Thing.
 
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Quoracast » Podcast
Monthly+
 
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
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The voice of the under 25s
 
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Бортовой Журнал — Radio Grinch Podcast
 
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How long can you test the patience of fans before they tune out? Pro football may finally have found out. Professional pigskin officially has reached full saturation. There are additional Thursday and Saturday games, along with new broadcasting platforms on Twitter and Amazon. Four times this year the league staged early games in London, so you ...…
 
Today we remember the founding of the Library of the Sisters. It is the Feast Day of St. Cully, and in the garden, there is rain. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
Frankly, it had been a long day. Life's professional and personal pangs wore on me, the ache in my back a physical manifestation of my internal anxiety. The last thing I wanted to do was strap up my laces, toss on a helmet and start a 10-mile bike ride through the woods. But there are things greater than ourselves, those motivating forces that ...…
 
After the huge success of How It's Made: Toys part one (talking about LEGO, Crayola Crayons, Etch-A-Sketch and Play-Doh) we're back with even more great toys! We answer what's inside Stretch Armstrong, walk through the epic story of the Super Soaker, talk about the wonderful toy that is the Slinky and teach you to make Silly Putty at home.…
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
Doulas aren't midwives or nurses, but they can provide an invaluable service as advocates. Learn about the deal with doulas right now!By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
I see myself as an elite lover of clairvoyance. I go only to special, selective seers.My friend Helen? She took me to Chinatown, in New York City, hobbling up the spiral staircase of the old tenement. She served as the translator. But I've gotten charts done in Sri Lanka, and saw a specialist in Borough Park, among the religious Jews. I even pa ...…
 
The history of the world’s most iconic movie scream.
 
Scotland play the North of England in the cryptic quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair
 
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The Why Factor
 
When a group of people come together, they form a crowd. Strangers connect and share a common purpose and identity. It's an exhilarating experience. At football matches, music festivals and protest marches, people become energised in groups. They can be frightening places when they erupt in violence, or peaceful forms of protest when we try to ...…
 
It is the Feast Day of the Lords of Misrule, and in the garden, there are bulbs. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
OZY and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have partnered to bring you an inside look at how entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative methods to help the communities around them. Enjoy the rest of our special series here.How do you manage time when there seems to be less of it? With many businesses planning to close over the holidays, the pressure is on t ...…
 
There are sounds we interact with every single day and never give a second thought. Our phones, computers, cars, and other devices are constantly communicating with us through user interface sounds and it’s their job to be heard, but not distracting. In this episode, we speak with Will Littlejohn, Facebook’s Director of Sound Design, and Conor ...…
 
Headlines claim that eating chocolate can protect you from developing Alzheimer’s disease. The theory is that bioactives within chocolate called flavanols can help reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and even make your brain 30 years younger! But isn’t this all a bit too good to be true? The BBC’s Head of Statistics, Robert Cuffe, investi ...…
 
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was formed in 1863 and its objectives have been to ensure protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict ever since.It's a story about the often challenging and sometimes controversial development of global humanitarian intervention, the Geneva Conventions and the Red Cross and Red Cr ...…
 
During World War II, the Allies feared that Germany was on the brink of creating an atomic bomb. To prevent this, they launched a dramatic midnight commando raid to destroy a key piece of equipment in the mountains of southern Norway. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll remember Operation Gunnerside, "one of the most dar ...…
 
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The Complete Guide to Everything
 
Looking for something for everyone on your list? Well you've come to the right place, as long as what you're looking for is one of the handful of children's toys we talk about. We also solve a listener problem concerning moving across country to live with your girlfriend and their three polyamorous roommates. Don’t have a subscription to stream ...…
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
We have a HUGE game for you this week. The General David Livasy is hosting a 3, 2, 1 game. The first team of 3 is comprised of Ben Young, Adam Fried and Bryan Mravec. Jonathan and Carmela join forces as team number two and Ryan Kloefkorn Myers is the cheese who stands alone as a single player team. On top of that I touch base with warhead Jeff ...…
 
Learn how to get disqualified from the international sweater vestival and about the relative merits of various vest-wearing animals, enjoy a tribute to the finest cardigan-wearer in human history (Fred Rogers) and find out where to play No Sports Trivia in 2018!
 
There are few things more futile than trying to count all of the money in the world. Even many governments have no idea how much currency they have issued. But that won't stop Chuck and Josh from trying and explaining why we can't be sure how much money exists and the problems with flooding the world markets with bread.…
 
Did you realize that when your fingers get wrinkly in the bath, there's a crazy, superhero reason for it? Or that everyone's body is covered in invisible stripes? Or that a single snipped foreskin can yield a football field full of new skin in the lab? Will and Mango investigate the wonders (and strangeness!) of the human body. Featuring Jonath ...…
 
Today we remember the dreams of a crayfish. It is the Feast Day of St. Catherine, and in the garden, there is sweetshrub. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
So, there's a sports fan on your gift list ... what to give the ballplaying zealot? Fear not, my friend. Whether you're shopping for a turkey-stuffed dad dedicated to the couch and a full slate of football or a child still exploring their fandom, the gift ideas below cover a broad spectrum of giving options. This year, don't be the one who hand ...…
 
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TED Radio Hour
 
The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain. Guests include neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor, neuroscientists Suzana Herculano-Houzel and Nancy Kanwisher, cognitive neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe, and p ...…
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
Flight attendants have come a long way. From having to put up with rampant sexism, to the current incarnation as your first line of defense in case of an incident, they are valued airline employees. Learn all about this cool job in today’s episode.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
Will, Mango and Gabe get in the spirit of National Bath Tub Day by talking Rubber Duckies, Jacuzzi origins, and whether one particular President got stuck in a bath tub (he didn't!).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!
 
You don't have to do any of this, you know. If you don't like your family or if they make you feel bad, you don't have to go see them. You also don't have to get anybody presents. Just celebrate the holiday of your choosing alone in your apartment with Chinese food. Adulthood is better than you ever thought it could be!But you also have to list ...…
 
It's time to get real about raw fish! Will and Mango have their chopsticks ready and way too many questions on hand: Is blue fin really a delicacy? How do sushi chefs apply their soy sauce? And how California is the California roll? From the dish's Chinese origins to why Japanese foodies are intrigued by American rolls, we're going all in on su ...…
 
Today we remember the white raven over the Battle on the Plains of Galthax. It is the Feast Day of the Horse Maiden, and in the garden, the catalogs have arrived. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
It's an annual gift-giving dilemma: What to buy that friend who spends hours a day immersed in books, but reads titles so obscure they can only be ordered online from a used bookstore in Kentucky? Or that cousin you haven't seen in years with a penchant for the parchment?"Unless you really know someone's literary taste and what books they alrea ...…
 
A glimpse into the work of an extraordinary woman
 
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Stuff You Should Know
 
No one - no one - likes to vomit, but there are some people who would prefer to die rather than vomit, people who spend their days worrying they will vomit at any moment and become so obsessed they curtail their lives to prevent it from happening.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
You ever have one of those friends who could routinely be counted on, no matter how daft the task, to do just about anything for a desired reward? Jump down a flight of stairs for a candy bar? Taunt a vicious dog for a bag of chips? Stick your hand in a dark hole for kicks and giggles?Well, chances are if you haven't had a friend like that, YOU ...…
 
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Unprofessional Engineering
 
Every engineer likes to dream about cars they'll never be able to afford (come on, you're engineers after all...), but there are some that stand out above the rest. We explain just what makes a supercar so super, tell you about the most expensive and fastest cars around, and have even put together a quick list of affordable "supercars" that you ...…
 
Invisible actors create worlds of sound in everything you watch - from Jaws to The Wire.
 
Wales meet the Midlands in the game of cryptic connections, chaired by Tom Sutcliffe.
 
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The Why Factor
 
Coming of age rituals, hazing at universities or entrance rites into secretive organisations, initiations are present in every culture around the world. They are often secretive and can involve horrific ordeals and yet people are still prepared to put up with the pain. So why do we need them and what happens if they are absent?Rhianna Dhillon t ...…
 
Today we remember the defender of the Coriander Isles.It is the Feast Day of the Eleven Wooden Men, and in the garden, there is a cold snap coming. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
EUGENE, SIR: I’m 46 and my wife is three years younger than me. We’ve been married for 26 years and have a fairly active sex life, but I wouldn’t say it’s as adventurous as it once was. Over the years we have discussed things like threesomes but always decided they wouldn’t be good for the relationship. We have also discussed our fantasies — on ...…
 
Are some people just very lucky? The maths suggest that is unlikely.
 
Marvin Hewitt never finished high school, but he taught advanced physics, engineering, and mathematics under assumed names at seven different schools and universities between 1945 and 1953. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll trace the curious career of an academic impostor, whose story has been called "one of the strang ...…
 
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No Sports Trivia Podcast
 
Learn about which vulva puppet Prince would buy from Etsy, where all the best copyrighted holidays come from, how to self advocate in a cervical exam, and the whimsy of the French with special guest Charlie, a Professional Pelvis!
 
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The Complete Guide to Everything
 
These boys are bonkers for Broadway! This week Tim and Tom discuss all the Broadway shows they've seen, including Tim's recent trip to Hamilton, the popular rapping musical about history. Tom also talks about his track and field prowess and we debate whether cartoon animals are better than real-life animals.…
 
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Trivial Warfare - A Pub Quiz Style Trivia Game
 
We have a really cool game for you today. We're joined this week by David Metz - the CEO of FleetWit, and Brett Lazer - the Head of Trivia at FleetWit. For those of you who don't know, FleetWit is an online trivia game that lets you compete for real money playing trivia and other brain games that appeal to smarties like you. in today's game Dav ...…
 
It was at the Moscow Art Theatre from the 1890’s onwards that Stanislavsky developed an innovative acting system that demanded actors really inhabit the role they are playing. This then inspired Method acting, which originated in the United States, and whose disciples range from Marlon Brando to Marilyn Monroe to the majority of big stars aroun ...…
 
Cleaning up crime scenes is a niche industry that's both lucrative and messy. In this episode, Josh and Chuck take a look at how crime-scene clean-up works.By applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks).
 
It's no secret that Will and Mango love libraries. But are these wonderful institutions built to last? (Our research says: Yes!) Join our Part-Time Geniuses as they trace how libraries have evolved from ultra-secret dens for the elite to community pillars that are happy to lend out neckties along with job advice. Featuring author Brian Abrams.…
 
It is the Feast Day f St. Bruno, so we will recount the story of how he became a Saint. In the garden there are acorns and leafy bulbs. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
 
EUGENE, SIR: My ex, with whom I am friendly, is pregnant and engaged to be married. This is not a problem. I recently expressed a “mild” opinion that her situation was somewhat “unusual,” and she flipped out and is demanding an apology before continuing our friendship. I like our friendship but feel incapable of complying … she is going to marr ...…
 
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TED Radio Hour
 
Sometimes, being truthful can be uncomfortable — even risky. But can radical honesty and openness change things for the better? This hour, TED speakers take transparency all the way to its limit. Guests include business writer David Burkus, entrepreneur Ray Dalio, journalist Trevor Timm, and hospital-patient liaison Leilani Schweitzer.…
 
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