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Sweating The Small Stuff

71 EpisodesProduced by Cameron BoozarjomehriWebsite

Explore the amazing science, stories, and misconceptions behind your favorite pop culture moments. Join host Cameron Boozarjomehri as he uncovers unexpected lessons from the movies, moments, and figures you thought you knew.Have a topic you think we should explore? Send us an email to smallstuffshow… read more

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060 - History of Persia Podcast: 300 Ways To Die In Ancient Greece

June 22nd, 2020


You've seen 300, you know the story, now find out what really happened at Thermopylae all those years ago, and why this moment in history has become …

059 - Joey Ramp (And Sampson The Service Dog): Making STEM More Inclusive

June 1st, 2020


Join us for a very special interview with Joey Ramp and her service dog Sampson as we learn about the many ways the STEM field is still letting down Service Dog Handlers. We strongly encourage everyone to checkout …

058 - Minority Report: Our Modern Dystopia

May 18th, 2020


Minority Report sure was a scary glimpse into a painfully dystopian future digital America that will hopefully never come true. ...Anyway here's all …

057 - 43 Years of Star Wars

May 4th, 2020


Star Wars has been in our hearts (and on our screens) for 43 years! But what has really been happening across all that time? Join as Cameron, Keon, and Elijah explore why Star Wars has stuck with us, until it didn't. …

056 - Jessica Abel: Growing Your Creative Gills

April 20th, 2020


We are all creators, but sometimes life gets in the way of our creative goals. Fortunately this week we get a little help from the ever talented Jessica Able. For those of you who don't know, Jessica is the mastermind …

055 - Animal Crossing: Tom Nook-onomics

April 6th, 2020


Kick back, relax, and explore listen in as we explore the many lessons Tom Nook has to teach us about desert island economics.

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054 - Osmosis Jones: Viral Vengeance Or Just Cells At Work

March 23rd, 2020


Enjoy a tour of human anatomy on an atomic level as we seperate movie tropes from actual science.

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Bonus - Retro Spectives Podcast: How Does Halo Hold Up?

February 24th, 2020


On the 15th of November, 2001, the Xbox launched with a tremendous bang. Not since Super Mario World for the SNES had a launch title been so well …

053 - The Democr-App-tic Process

February 10th, 2020


The Hiatis will have to wait! Sam is in the studio to explain the Iowa Caucuses and Camerons around to explain how to name your secret software development firm!

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052 - Star Wars: Not Quite SciFi

February 3rd, 2020


Dear Listener,

First off, thanks for listening to all the stuff I've created over the past year. I've put a lot of effort into it and I really …

051 - 1917: J.R.R. Tolkein's Blueprint for The Lord of the Rings

January 27th, 2020


This week Cameron and Sam dive into the movie 1917. Yes it's an academy nominated masterpiece, but it's also an extremely realistic look into the …

050 - Star Trek: Replicate This

January 20th, 2020


Everyone knows the replicator as that magic box on Star Trek that can pump out everything from Altair Water to Apple Pie (they're both a thing), but …

049 - The Imitation Game, Chris Klesges, and the real Alan Turing

January 13th, 2020


Alan Turing played key roles throughout his life in the fields of computing, cryptography, philosophy and reasoning. To this day we benefit from his …

048 - Jesse Buonanno: Card Games, Crypto Currencies, and the Future of Digital Assets

January 6th, 2020


Pokemon, Magic The Gathering, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Counter strike, and Fortnite. All games that have found a new way to extract money from players through the randomness and excitement ofcard packs and loot boxes. …

047 - Scott Holmdahl and the Future of Music

December 30th, 2019


Scott is back, this time to teach us all about the future of sound! From classic tricks to Artificial Intelligence, learn where the sounds we love are heading and how they'll get there.

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046 - Stranger Things: How To Make Iconic Sounds

December 23rd, 2019


Sound. It's all around us, and yet barely notice it. Your favorite movie, show, app. They all use sound to complete the experience and draw you into …

045 - Eboné Bell: Building The Things That Matter To You

December 16th, 2019


Eboné Bell is the creator, founder, and editor behind Tagg Magazine. As a member of an under represented community she built Tagg to as a place for …

044 - The Mandalorian: Adventures In Immersive Storytelling

December 9th, 2019


The Mandalorian just crossed episode 5 and for the first time we got a glorious look at what Star Wars can be when Disney stops trying to force old …

043 - iRobot and the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

December 2nd, 2019


Minority Report, iRobot, Demolition Man, all these movies have let us glimpse a future where we hand over a lot of control to machines. But we don't …

042 - Inception: The Power Of Dreams With Sleep Expert Tucker Peck

November 25th, 2019


Dr. Tucker Peck is a clinical psychologist, sleep expert, founder of, an online course to help people overcome insomnia. With …

041 - Pacific Rim vs Neon Genesis Evangelion: How To Build A Better Titan

November 18th, 2019


This week Cameron and Sam tackle the exciting world of Mecha Anime and Giant Monster Fights! They're out to pit giant robots against man made monsters, and teach you a thing or two about human anatomy along the way!

040 - Ant-Man, James Kakalios, And The Physics Of Superheroes!

November 11th, 2019


James Kakalios is a physics professor known to the scientific community for his work with amorphous semiconductors and granular materials. But to …

039 - Godzilla: The Scale Of Life

November 4th, 2019


Godzilla is a titan among monsters, the original kaiju heavy weight champion of the world, and everyones favorite Sci-Fi lizard. But can a creature …

038 - Star Trek: Universal Translator REDUX!

October 28th, 2019


This is a throwback to episode "011 - So Where's My Universal Translator?!" Should you be brave enough to venture in to the archive! On this episode …

037 - Hackable?: Bringing Cyber Security To The Masses!

October 21st, 2019


"Hackable?" is a podcast. A podcast made by McAfee to teach the world about the very real dangers hackers pose against your digital identity. A podcast I strongly recommend you checkout if you care at all about that …

036 - Oceans 8: Movie Hacking With Cyber Expert Bruce Snell

October 14th, 2019


Ever wonder why movie hacks are so bad? Real hackers don't really have to deal with virtual rubics cubes do they? Well fortunately we found an expert to set the record straight!

Join your Personal Brain Trainer Cameron …

035 - The Good Place: Do you Know The Real Cost Of Your Actions?

October 7th, 2019


What is the real cost of our actions? This is a moral, economic, and spiritual question humans have wondered for millenia. Can anyone really answer this question? ...Well your Personal Brain Trainer Cameron …

034 - Matt Brady: A Better Way To Teach, Powered by Pop Culture

September 30th, 2019


Matt Brady is a full-time teacher, science communicator with experience in pop culture/comics journalism, co-founder of the award winning comics …

033 - Indiana Jones: And The Crumbling Crusade

September 23rd, 2019


Enjoy the final installment in our series on what happens when we mix real world engineering with our favorite Indiana Jones moments! Do the Templar's traps really stack up? How penitent do you really need to be? And …

032 - Indiana Jones: And The Temple Of Doomed Design

September 16th, 2019


We're back for another installment of our series on the implications of real world Structural Engineering on our favorite Indiana Jones moments! This time we try to figure out what's really dooming the Temple of Doom! …

031 - Indiana Jones: How to Booby Trap Your Golden Idol

September 9th, 2019


Welcome to the first installment of our series on the implications of real world Structural Engineering in our favorite Indiana Jones moments! Traps, Tricks, and Tropes aren't safe from our Eagle Eyed Expert! So join …

030 - What Does 'Africa' by Toto Have To Do With Hurricane Dorian And What You Can Do About It

September 2nd, 2019


Hurricane Dorian has had the US on edge (especially Florida), but lucky for you listeners you have 3 hurricane veterans to ride out the storm with! Join your Personal Brain Trainer Cameron Boozarjomehri, co-host and …

029 - Dr Wiley, Dr Eggman, Elon Musk: Mad, Scientist, Or Engineer

August 26th, 2019


Now for something completely different. Why are so many people classified as "Mad Scientists" when they aren't even doing science?!

Join your Personal Brain Trainer Cameron Boozarjomehri and special co-host and Mind …

028 - Amelia Robert: "Your Commute is Killing You!"

August 19th, 2019


Every year people all over the world spend days worth of time stuck in traffic headed to and from work. But what is the real "toll" badum tss of all …

027 - Spiderman Far From Home: Marvel's Double Standard

August 12th, 2019


Captain America Winter Soldier sure was a fun movie! But we gotta step back and ask, why is it when Tony Stark builds killer drones no one bats an …

026 - Into The Spider-verse: Are Drones Killing The Superhero Industry?

August 5th, 2019


Drone laws are a strange reality for us. It combines the idea that there are these several pound flying hunks of plastic with everyone's favorite thing... Bureaucracy! But they also invite a more serious question for …

Bonus - Love, Death & Robots: Making A Man Out Of Pool Equipment

August 1st, 2019


For this bonus episode Cameron Boozarjomehri takes you through the Zima Blue episode of Love, Death & Robots. Find out how this simple episode shows you the subtle art of machine learning and how imputs impact the …

025 - Ex Machina: Who's Really being Tested?

July 29th, 2019


Ex Machina is certainly not the first movie to introduce us to the questions around AI and Ethics. But it was one of the first to show us the …

024 - Jurassic Park: Are They Even Dinosaurs?!

July 22nd, 2019


Jurassic Park is full of cool dinosaurs! ...Or is it... Maybe there are no dinosaurs, what would that mean for the park, its staff, and those …

023 - The Tattooed Gravity Queen: How Do You Get Real Science In SciFi?!

July 15th, 2019


Join your Personal Brain Trainer Cameron Boozarjomehri for a very special interview with Dr Erin MacDonald as we pull back the curtain on what it …

Bonus - Jurassic World: Dinos Not Hot

July 12th, 2019


Just a good old fashioned bonus episode full of goofs, and gaughs (whatever those are). We make references, memes, and other stuff.

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022 - Jurassic Park: How Not To Treat Your Staff

July 8th, 2019


In part 2 of our series on Jurassic Park we bring you a CEO's guide to how to treat your employees and build your organization! ...Or perhaps, how Mr "Spared No Expense" doesn't do that and how it bites him in the …

021 - Toy Story 4: Pixar's Journey To Visual Mastery

July 1st, 2019


Pixar is a company that has been pushing the envelope on computer generated technology since the early 90s and one of the few companies to do it …

020 - Jurassic Park: Who Should Inspect The Park?

June 24th, 2019


So you are running an incredible new amusement park that doubles as a covert genetics research lab. And now someone has been murdered on your …

Bonus - Men In Black: Are The MIB A Police State?!

June 21st, 2019


The Men In Black protect the earth from all sorts of alien threats, whether we know it or not. But the secrecy and neuralyzing comes at a cost. A cost to our freedom, a cost to our individual liberties, and a cost to …

019 - Black Mirror: The Social Trap

June 17th, 2019


Black Mirror is Back Y'all and this season is just as poignant as ever! But one episode really stood out. I'm talking about S5E2 "Smithereens". This …

018 - Matt Basta: Building Pinecast From Scratch!

June 10th, 2019


Matt Basta is a full-time programmer, and we do mean full time! By day he develops for the global technology platform Stripe. By night he is the …

Bonus - The Adventure Zone: Mountain Mechanics

June 6th, 2019


It's time to answer that most heinous of questions. What happens when you drop a freaking mountain out of the sky!!! This is potential spoilers for The Adventure zone Amnesty Episode 28 but I gotta get it out there!

017 - John Wick: Carrier Pigeons vs Basic Encryption?

June 3rd, 2019


John Wick is a movie/comic series steeped in "Cool Factor". From tattooed supermodels to ...guns... it's the greatest hits of how to ooze style! But …

Bonus - Aladdin: How Genie Magic Work?!

May 31st, 2019


On this bonus episode your Personal Brain Trainer and Neural Nutritionist wrestle with that most simple of questions. How Genie Magic Work?! This is actually a tough one so if you have thoughts pretty please do send …

016 - John Wick OTG: What Is A Social Economy And Can It Have Inflation?!

May 27th, 2019


Disclaimer: This is our very first Sweating The Small Stuff: On The Go (OTG), which means we were recording outside our element. But we think this will make for a fun new way to experiment with episode formats and hope …

015 - Venezuela: The Intersection of Economics and Health!

May 20th, 2019


The economy is very important, but as a listener of our show you probably already knew that... What's interesting is how fast a populations health …

014 - Retrospectives Podcast: Video Game Villain Corporate Strategies

May 13th, 2019


Congratulations, you are now a giant organization with a grand vision! Maybe you wanna flood the world (looking at you Team Aqua), maybe you want a …

013 - Futurama: What You Didn't Know!

May 6th, 2019


Futurama is a real banger of a TV show (Why'd you think it was smart to cancel it Fox?!), but one of it's most excellent elements maybe one of the biggest things most fans overlook. So this week we are taking a …

Bonus - Introducing LAWK!

May 2nd, 2019


For something completely different, introducing the LAWKCast, better known as Life Advice With Keon! For this very special episode I got lucky enough to be a guest on Keon's podcast so that's always nice!

Join your …

012 - Pacific Rim: Enter the Drift!

April 29th, 2019


If you haven't seen Pacific Rim by now, please do yourself a favor and go watch it Right NOW! It is one of our favorite shows with some of the best …

011 - So Where's My Universal Translator?!

April 22nd, 2019


The Universal Translator is as iconic a piece of Sci-Fi as the Enterprise itself, but what questions does such a technology invite? And how do those …

Bonus - The Plan Moving Forward

April 15th, 2019


Having just rounded our "10th" episode I thought it would be smart to take stock of the journey so far and be clear about what this show is going …

010 - Special Thank You Episode For All Our Listeners

April 15th, 2019


Dear Listeners,

Hi all! Your personal Brain Trainer Cameron Boozarjomehri here. For our 10th episode I wanted to take a moment to have a heart to heart and thank everyone who has been with us uptil this point. Whether …

009 - Senses in Sci-Fi: Taste The Matrix

April 8th, 2019


Food is an interesting aspect of cinema. It can show you what characters value or help inform the worlds they occupy. But how does something we never interact with so perfectly anchor us in a story?

Join your Personal …

Bonus - It's Time To Talk About "US"

April 5th, 2019


For this very special bonus episode we talk about "US" ...the movie not our relationship, don't worry, we are doing great ;)

Join your Personal …

008 - Two Scared Siblings Podcast!: Don't lose your head!

April 1st, 2019


[WARNING this episode involves dicussion of Campy Horror Movie mutilation] Listener discretion advised. This week we have a very special interview …

007 - Can You Feel Me Now?

March 25th, 2019


Ready Player One was a fun (if not depressing) vision into the future of VR! But there's just one part of that future we just can't ever imagine …

006 - HeliCarrier Hijinks

March 18th, 2019


You know who's a pretty cool superhero? Captain America! You know what's the worst weapon to take him out? 3 Flying Air Craft Carriers! Like …

Bonus - Captain Marvel Has A Bigger Problem Than Skrull

March 15th, 2019


Captain Marvel was a pretty excellent movie, but we think they definitely downplayed where the actual danger is coming from. Spoiler alert, this episode contains SPOILERS!!!! You have been warned...

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005 - What Does It Take To Make A Real Life Smelloscope?

March 11th, 2019


The Smelloscope is a very fun piece of Sci-Fi, but can it exist in real life? And if it does exist, what bizaare questions does such an invention invite?

Join your Personal Brain Trainer (Cameron Boozarjomehri) and …

004 - The Last Tie Fighter

March 4th, 2019


Time to explore the age old question that has plagued the greatest minds of our generation. Where the heck do all the ships come from in the Star …

003 - Senses in Sci-Fi: The Limits of Human Sight

February 25th, 2019


Ever wonder what happens to human vision when we shrink? Yeah i guess shrinking isn't something most of us do, but if you're Paul Rudd or the cast …

002 - Valentine's Day: The Rose Bowl For Florists

February 18th, 2019


Ever wonder what it takes to get all those roses ready for valentine's day? Where they come from? How they are all guarenteed to be in bloom? Why they are always so expensive?

Join your Personal Brain Trainer (Cameron …

001 - Senses in Sci-Fi: The Sound of Space

February 11th, 2019

Episode Notes

Why do Dog Fights in Star Wars have sounds? What are the implications @_@ And most importantly, when won't wikipedia have the answer?

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Trailer - Intro and background

February 8th, 2019

Episode Notes

Hi, my name is Cameron Boozarjomehri and I am starting this show as a way to explore the more entertaining implications of everything around us.

Whether you are a fan of Cinema or Science, TV or …

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