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SYSK Selects: Was Malthus right about carrying capacity?

September 22nd, 2018

Thomas Malthus concluded that humanity is bound to outgrow Earth's carrying capacity. The prediction was based on humanity's exponential growth and the linear growth of the food supply -- but was he correct? Tune in to …

How Ranked Choice Voting Works

September 20th, 2018

In the US, winner-take-all voting has created A LOT of political polarization. But what if rather than voting for one candidate, you could rank all …

Roundabouts: The Problem Is You

September 18th, 2018

They’re as American as Washington, DC yet most people in the US are terrified of them, hate them or both. What is it about traffic circles and roundabouts - which do nothing but safely, inexpensively and greenly direct …

SYSK Selects: How Commercial Jingles Work

September 15th, 2018

You probably can recite five right now. Commercial jingles are designed to hijack your working memory and implant a product or service and they really work. In this classic episode, learn about the history of these …

What are think tanks all about?

September 13th, 2018

Think tanks? More like stink tanks! We're kidding. Think tanks do valuable work, when they operate in a non-partisan way of course. Learn all about the history of these heady institutions today. 

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SYSK Live: How Game Shows Work

September 11th, 2018

Join Josh and Chuck and a whole bunch of great people at the Gothic Theatre in Denver for this live show on game shows and their place in cultures …

SYSK Selects: How Circumcision Works

September 8th, 2018

Circumcision is a common practice in which the foreskin of a male's penis is removed, typically as a baby. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck take a look at the origins, practices, and arguments for and against …

The Lava Lamp: Goes Great With Acid

September 6th, 2018

What started out as an egg timer at a London pub became a furnishing for bachelor pads before it took its rightful place as the most recognizable …

How Police Lineups Work

September 4th, 2018

Police lineups are something most people have never had any firsthand experience with. What you see on TV and in movies isn't so far off though. …

SYSK Selects: How Patents Work

September 1st, 2018

What was originally designed to encourage innovation by rewarding the people who create technological advances, the U.S. patent system has become a …
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