Thursday, July 15, 2010

Podcast Rollcall: Stuff You Should Know

Genre: Information and sociology

What It's About: A spinoff of the website How Stuff Works, Stuff You Should Know is an audio barrage of facts and trivia. Each episode selects a random topic -- from How Swearing Works to How the Mafia Works to How the Muppets Work (a favorite!) to How OCD Works -- and expounds upon it at length. Hosts Josh Clark and Charles "Chuck" Bryant run the show with a mix of prepared material and improvised interplay, batting facts and wit back and forth, resulting in an entertaining and educational listening experience.

Why You Should Care: Because you'll always learn something new. Whether it's a topic you know nothing about ("noodling"?), a topic you knew only a little about, or a topic you thought you knew everything about, there's always something new to learn. The cumulative effect is an awareness that the world is a far more fascinating and complicated place than you ever imagined... even if you can imagine quite a bit.

Frequency: Twice weekly

Average Length: 30 minutes

As always, if you become a regular listener to a podcast that solicits donations, try to find a way to make the occasional contribution.

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