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Best Facts and Trivia podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best Facts and Trivia podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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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
 
Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, we talk to the experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together. Subscribe to get new guides every two weeks.
 
If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
 
A weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Gay of Thrones) is curious about. Come on a journey with Jonathan and experts in their respective fields as they get curious about anything and everything under the sun.
 
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Twenty Thousand Hertz
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A lovingly crafted podcast that reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
 
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Every Little Thing
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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.
 
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The Dark Side Of
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Most people have no idea what's hiding behind their favorite things. We dig deep into everything from charities to the Founding Fathers to the Bible, and turn up disturbing stories and salacious details. From the Space Race to the Wizard of Oz, there might just be a dark side to everything. The Dark Side Of​ is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
 
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TED Radio Hour
Weekly
 
Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Hour is a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
 
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The Why Factor
Weekly
 
The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
 
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The Forum
Weekly
 
Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts.
 
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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.
 
The Moncrieff team take a closer look at the everyday items that changed our world.
 
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No Dumb Questions
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A science guy from the deep south (Destin) and a humanities guy from the wild west (Matt Whitman) discuss deep questions with varying levels of maturity.
 
What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week on How To!, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg ("The Power of Habit") takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but couldn’t. Until now.
 
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Decoder Ring
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Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
 
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.
 
Quiz Quiz Bang Bang is a weekly pub trivia practice podcast. For three weeks out of the month it is straight questions and answers as read by the hosts Annie and David Flora. Once a month we invite friends to join us for a live game of quiz bang trivia to add the humor, thought processes and fun. The show’s format is 4 rounds of 4 questions each with a quick-fire Bang Bang Round after Round 2. After Round 4, a final Big Bang round caps off the show with 3 questions, the answers of which are ...
 
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Let Me Google That
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Fascinating fodder to fuel your next trip down a Wikihole.
 
The Symbolic World looks at symbolism in all its forms, from its source in sacred stories and images to contemporary culture and ultimately how it shapes the very world we encounter.
 
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The BrainFood Show
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The team at the wildly popular TodayIFoundOut YouTube channel discuss a variety of fascinating topics to help you feed your brain.
 
Stupid Genius is the brainchild of YouTuber, Emma Chamberlain. In every episode she takes a puzzling question, like "Why do onions make us cry?," and is given three guesses to try to solve it. Will she be able to do it? Listen every Thursday to find out!
 
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What If Series
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There’s a line between possible and impossible, a wall we can’t break through or tear down. But what if we could climb to the top and take a look at the other side? What if the line between fiction and reality was just a little blurrier, and our world a little stranger? Join Jeramy, Jack, and Ryan as they look at twists on our reality and ignore the difference between what can and cannot be to ask, “What If…?”.
 
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Go Fact Yourself
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Twice a month, host J. Keith van Straaten and co-host Helen Hong bring together the smartest celebrities they know and make them look dumb...and then smart again! Recorded before a live audience in downtown Los Angeles, this game show features comedians, actors and musicians answering arcane questions on topics they claim to be experts in. But don't worry, if they slip up, there are real experts on hand to give us the facts! If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to be in the audie ...
 
If you've ever wondered "why", then this is the hour for you. Sometimes simple, sometimes intelligent, but always entertaining.JamesO'Brien on LBC (http://www.lbc.co.uk/james-obrien-3537)
 
Hosted by Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood, “Make Me Smart with Kai & Molly” is a weekly podcast about the economy, technology and culture. In a time when the world is moving faster than ever, this podcast is where we unpack complex topics, together. Because none of us is as smart as all of us.
 
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Radio 4 Quiz
Weekly
 
Intelligent and challenging quiz games on BBC Radio 4. Featuring Round Britain Quiz, Counterpoint and Brain of Britain with Quiz Masters including Paul Gambaccini.
 
We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . . You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? So ...
 
The Good News Podcast is your daily reminder that not all news is bad, produced by Colleen and Neil. 👁
 
It really is all true! Stories about stuff that you never needed to know, but your life would be incomplete without. They serve no real purpose other than to entertain. If you're the curious type and have a few minutes to spare, then spend some of it listening to this ever-growing collection of stories. Great for those that are looking for a little bit of trivia in their lives.
 
Trivial Warfare Blitz is a fast paced trivia game from the folks who brought you the original Trivial Warfare. Each Blitz episode features 3 players competing with each other to answer the most rapid fire questions and claim trivial superiority.
 
Interested in science, technology, machinery, engineering and the history behind everyday things? Want a fast and fun way to get your kids interested in STEM? Look no further! We break down a weekly engineering topic in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy.Twitter: @UnproEngInstagram: Unprofessional_EngineeringFacebook: UnprofessionalEngineering
 
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Encyclopodia
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Trivia. Fleeting Obsessions. Love of the Random.
 
A weekly twenty question trivia quiz podcast.
 
Each week, Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.
 
We explore ideas and practices once believed to be true but no longer. Each dead idea is explored in all its glorious eccentricity.For example, discover miasma, the theory that plague comes from stinky air; or the medical diagnosis of hysteria, which holds that women's wombs wander around their bodies causing trouble.Join us on a fun romp through the history of ideas that didn’t quite stand the test of time.
 
Trivial Warfare is the podcast that takes the pub quiz out of the pub and brings it home to you. Trivial Warfare is a weekly game shared by people all over the world that features all the same banter, jokes and fun that you share with your friends at your local quiz nights. TW is your gateway to a larger world of trivia and your invitation into an awesome community of people who love trivia games just as much as you do. Give the show a try and have fun with Jonathan, Chris, Carmela and Ben a ...
 
A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.
 
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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No Dumb Questions
Monthly+
 
A science guy from the deep south (Destin) and a humanities guy from the wild west (Matt Whitman) discuss deep questions with varying levels of maturity.
 
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Simblified
Weekly
 
A fortnightly podcast that explains things in the news to help you appear smarter, to an audience that knows no less ;-). Basically, we take topics and attempt to deconstruct them - using generous pilfering from Wikipedia, a bit of humour (that's a flexible usage of the word), Wodehouse quotes and more. Occasionally, we invite guests who know better than us (not a high bar) to discuss fun careers and stuff. Hosted by three pun-loving madcaps who think Malad is the best thing since Android: C ...
 
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The Important Thing
Monthly
 
The Important Thing with Michael (“Rands”) Lopp and Lyle Troxell. Let’s spend a few minutes of your life listening and learning about an Important Thing.
 
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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
 
A Channel to Cultivate Your Curiosity. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/documental/support
 
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Why do short people dominate soccer? Is owning a library more important than actually reading the books? And is being handsome important to being taken seriously as a scientist? Will and Mango delve into some super weird ways people wield advantage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
As the season changes into fall, there’s something soothing about turning on a reliable romantic comedy, whether you’re a fan of Bridget Jones or prefer the other Mr. Darcy. “The comfort of knowing that everything is going to be all right by the end, no matter what, provides a very appealing escapist fantasy,” says Beatriz Oria, professor of fi ...…
 
Listen to Mystery Hour, Thursdays 12PM-1PMBy LBC
 
Listen to Mystery Hour, Thursdays 12PM-1PMBy LBC
 
Emma definitely has a "type"... but we wants to know why. She'll try to figure out a few of the five reasons as to why we're attracted to certain people, then she'll give some of her clues that prove a relationship won't last.By Emma Chamberlain and Ramble
 
Getting the rain and melted snow from upstate NY into the taps of every NYC resident and business is one of the great feats of engineering. Does it taste great and make perfect bagels and pizza crust? Sources say yes! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersBy iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks
 
Getting the rain and melted snow from upstate NY into the taps of every NYC resident and business is one of the great feats of engineering. Does it taste great and make perfect bagels and pizza crust? Sources say yes! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersBy iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks
 
Mention famous polar explorers to most people and they will probably come up with the names Scott and Amundsen. But really there should be another name before these, Fridtjof Nansen, a man who can be viewed as a true pioneer of intrepid, indeed death-defying expeditions to the freezing, bleak extremities of the world. He ventured closer than an ...…
 
The holidays can be joyful and celebratory. They can also cause stress and unearth familial trauma. Life Kit talks to Dr. Andrea Bonior, a licensed clinical psychologist, to equip you with some strategies that will help you minimize holiday stress that stems from family.By NPR
 
In our 22nd episode, we update you on all the things: Lyle's job status, superheroes, books, iPads, avocados, and beets. It's a bit of a beautiful yard sale.
 
Support this channel: thesymbolicworld.com/support/patreon: www.patreon.com/pageauvideossubscribestar: www.subscribestar.com/jonathan-pageaupaypal: www.paypal.me/JonathanPageauThe Storm Area 51 Facebook event has taken the internet by storm, boasting more than 3 million people interested or saying they will attend. Why has this joke become so p ...…
 
On a recent trip to the 630-square-mile Addo Elephant National Park, dense thickets of spekboom (a fleshy shrub with purple stalks and leaves like bloated ticks) made it hard to spot the elephants, lions and rhinos that call this slice of paradise home. Driving home from the park, however, I passed through mile upon mile of yellowed grassland d ...…
 
Another episode of WikiWomen!! Diane Havlir is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the HIV/AIDS Division at the University of California, San Francisco.By The Good News Podcast
 
Back in 1982, Key West seceded from the United States. Don’t believe us? It’s true! Just listen to the episode, will you? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersBy iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks
 
Back in 1982, Key West seceded from the United States. Don’t believe us? It’s true! Just listen to the episode, will you? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersBy iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks
 
Dragons, serpents, giants, and demons… they aren't merely foils to a hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. The Parcast original series, MYTHICAL MONSTERS, tells the stories of these legendary beasts, and explores what they represent to mankind. New episodes released every Monday. And now you can hear a special clip from the e ...…
 
It's trivia podcast time! Put your smartest caps on and challenge yourself with all new questions. We have everything from "What is the name of the horse that Gandalf rides?" to " The saguaro cactus blossom is the official flower of which state?" to "In 2015, King Harald V became the world's first reigning monarch to visit Antarctica when he we ...…
 
Australia is often known as the land of the parrots even though our 57 species only make up about 15% of the world's parrots. Take a listen to this week's fascinating lesson with Professor Richard Kingsford from UNSW.
 
Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee is a psychologist, speaker, and the award winning author of “Deviced!: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World”. She joins Jonathan to discuss how reliant on technology we are as a culture and the mental, emotional and subtle ways it is affecting our lives. Follow Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee online: Instagram: @drdo ...…
 
The NCAA has been regulating college sports for more than a century, and its ban on student athletes making money from their playing, name and likeness has ostensibly kept the game more “pure.” But pressure has been mounting for years for the NCAA to share some of its billion-dollar business with the athletes that drive it, and a new California ...…
 
Wave 8 comes to a close with a great matchup between our three winners of the wave. Listen in to see who will advance to the Season 3 Championship. Enjoy!By Jonathan Oakes
 
Augmented reality adds a digital layer over the real world and soon it will revolutionize how we live. Ultra-tailored information will be everywhere we look, creating a richer, more personalized experience in everything from surgery to walking down the street. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
Augmented reality adds a digital layer over the real world and soon it will revolutionize how we live. Ultra-tailored information will be everywhere we look, creating a richer, more personalized experience in everything from surgery to walking down the street. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
The first time I saw Rajesh sloshing in the mud, his face was lit up with joy. He was building his future home at Sristi, in Thazhuthali village in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A few months later, the 160-square-foot handcrafted house was ready, built completely by the men at Sristi — a nonprofit organization that helps intellectual ...…
 
Mike’s dream job of playing bass in a Chicago orchestra is within reach — if only he can conquer his nerves and master the audition. In this episode of How To!, we bring in Dr. Don Greene, a peak performance psychologist who’s worked with Wall Street traders and Olympic athletes, to see if he can help Mike perform his best under the spotlight. ...…
 
Carbs get a bad rap. Here's the science behind why eating too much starch isn't good for you — and smart tips to integrate more slow carbs into your diet.By NPR
 
Over 2000 years ago the Greek philosopher Plato first spoke of the lost city of Atlantis, and since people have been searching to find its ruins. The legend of the lost city even bled its way into fiction, showing us time and time again across television and movies an under sea world bustling with all kinds of life. So what if such a place had ...…
 
Isaac Newton might be the most brilliant person ever. There, we said it. Gravity, laws of motion, rainbows, astronomy... the man did it all!!We walk through the life of Isaac Newton to try and understand how he came up with so much of the foundation of modern science, learn if the apple falling on his head story is true, and throw in a few othe ...…
 
Paul Gambaccini hosts the music quiz, as contestants compete to become the 2019 champion.By BBC Radio 4
 
Fair and Equal: An OZY series on fixing the skewed scales of American justice. Fair and Equal: An OZY series on fixing the skewed scales of American justice. Lady Justice is blind. At least, that’s how the saying goes. Too often though, she is not color-blind.
 
Infidelity is seen as the ultimate betrayal, and many relationships are brought down by it. Around the world most of us agree that it’s wrong for a married person to have an affair, but that doesn’t seem to stop us: why? The answer could lie in our DNA. In this week’s Why Factor, Phoebe Keane hears how research into the mating habits of prairie ...…
 
Ramit Sethi, author of “I Will Teach You To Be Rich,” and professional financial smart person, joins us to talk about how to reframe your approach to spending, the best ways to invest your savings, and how normal people can find a way to take a six-week honeymoon.
 
Ramit Sethi, author of “I Will Teach You To Be Rich,” and professional financial smart person, joins us to talk about how to reframe your approach to spending, the best ways to invest your savings, and how normal people can find a way to take a six-week honeymoon.
 
Lois Ellen Frank is an American food historian, cookbook author, photographer, chef, culinary anthropologist, and educator. She won a 2003 James Beard Foundation Award for her cookbook Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, the first cookbook of Native American cuisine so honored. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★…
 
The phenomenon of "angel's glow"—a centuries-old mystery—was solved by...a group of high schoolers. 💅✨ --- This episode is sponsored by · Matt D'Elia is Confused Podcast: On Matt D'Elia is Confused, host Matt D’Elia invites guests of all stripes to have a civil discussion with him about the varying topics of today. https://open.spotify.com/show ...…
 
The history of the most American of all holidays is much like the country it is founded on: rustic, optimistic… and built on centuries of bloodshed. In reality, this mythologized 1621 meal was a harvest celebration that took place in between two horrible periods of callous genocide.By Parcast Network
 
In 1822, Irish thief Alexander Pearce joined seven convicts fleeing a penal colony in western Tasmania. As they struggled eastward through some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, starvation pressed the party into a series of grim sacrifices. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the prisoners on their nightm ...…
 
We are finally done with our 150th episode special, yes we swear this time it's over and it took us only 6 parts to end it. We hope that you enjoyed this interactive journey and would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to write to us and patiently listened throughout this series. It has been an amazing journey so far! Alr ...…
 
We all gotta do work, right? But where should we go to do that work? Increasingly, people are choosing coworking spaces because of the flexibility, affordability and free alcohol. Also, did you know that autocorrect will sometimes change the word "coworking" too "cowering"? Thanks to our sponsors this week: ZipRecruiter - Try it for free at zip ...…
 
Two statistics about reducing your risk of an early death made headlines around the world recently. The first seems to be a great reason to add a four-legged friend to your life. It suggests that owning a dog is tied to lowering your chance of dying early by nearly a quarter. The second statistic claims that even a minimal amount of running is ...…
 
Two statistics about reducing your risk of an early death made headlines around the world recently. The first seems to be a great reason to add a four-legged friend to your life. It suggests that owning a dog is tied to lowering your chance of dying early by nearly a quarter. The second statistic claims that even a minimal amount of running is ...…
 
Support this channel: thesymbolicworld.com/support/patreon: www.patreon.com/pageauvideossubscribestar: www.subscribestar.com/jonathan-pageaupaypal: www.paypal.me/JonathanPageauI look at the pattern emerging from the recent viral videos of people licking ice cream, spitting into containers in stores and putting the items back on the shelf. Origi ...…
 
Some experiences change you so completely that you’re left with a choice: either spend your life running from them or spend your life turning them over in memory, trying to find new ways in, through, and out the other side. The power of the impulse to explain or somehow articulate these experiences is inversely proportionate to other people’s a ...…
 
Hallucinogenic drugs are currently illegal, but they were once commonly used in psychological treatment. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the rise and fall of psychedelics in treating mood disorders -- and why they're starting to gain favor again. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
Hallucinogenic drugs are currently illegal, but they were once commonly used in psychological treatment. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the rise and fall of psychedelics in treating mood disorders -- and why they're starting to gain favor again. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
The long-awaited 21st episode. Lyle is still thinking about becoming a manager. Lopp (still) has thoughts. We discuss what kind of leader you might be, how not to be overwhelmed, the sounds of modems, and why anger shouldn't feel like progress
 
“Who’s the fat guy?” It was me who was doing the asking, watching 17-year-oldGary Aprahamian roll into the Olympia Gym in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, in 1979. He was a little over 6 feet tall and about 380 pounds. Calling him “fat” made total sense. But then he loaded up a 45-pound bar with 810 pounds, shook out a hand towel and draped it over ...…
 
Colleen and Neil replay an interview with Andrew Knox who volunteers some of his time doing maaaaaaagic.By The Good News Podcast
 
Why do we revere risk-takers, even when their actions terrify us? Why are some better at taking risks than others? This hour, TED speakers explore the alluring, dangerous, and calculated sides of risk. Guests include professional rock climber Alex Honnold, economist Mariana Mazzucato, psychology researcher Kashfia Rahman, structural engineer an ...…
 
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