Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Stuff To Blow Your Mind

By iHeartPodcasts

Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

Episodes

Listener Mail: The Braid of Nastenka

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/01/2232m 43s

From the Vault: The Bonsai Tree

Spanning centuries of human history, the iconic bonsai tree is a widely recognized example of Japanese mastery. Each miniature tree speaks to the beauty of cultivated nature and the immutability of all things. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of bonsai, its cultural meaning and the underlying science. (originally published 1/26/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/01/221h 7m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Hercules (1983)

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe contend with the glittering, cosmic glory of Luigi Cozzi’s 1983 film “Hercules,” starring Lou Ferrigno as the mighty hero, William Berger as science-loving King Minos and Sybil Danning as his daughter Adriana. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/01/221h 34m

Do ants make traps?

The trap is insidious. But of course it is. It was designed and executed… by ants? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, the ant wars continue as Robert and Joe explore some of the possibility that a few formidable Formicidae species actually lay traps. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/01/221h 7m

The Monstrefact: Donkeys of Dune

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the oft-forgotten Kulons of the planet Arrakis… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/01/225m 29s

The Silurian Hypothesis

If an advanced civilization existed on earth several million years ago, would we actually be able to detect that they were here? It may sound like conspiracy theorist bait, but a serious and balanced look at the question reveals a lot about geology, climate and the search for alien life. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss the silurian hypothesis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/01/221h 6m

Listener Mail: Goat of a Tumbleweed

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17/01/2233m 0s

From the Vault: Funeral for a Bug

How do insects factor into our traditions of death -- and how do insects handle their own burials? Find out in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind as Robert and Joe discuss ants, termites, Virgil, ancient civilizations, bees and more. (originally published 1/21/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/01/221h 7m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Lift

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe take a ride in Dutch filmmaker Dick Maas’ 1983 killer elevator movie “The Lift.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/01/221h 24m

Tumbleweeds, Part 2: Riddles and Radiation

In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the world of tumbleweeds. While it’s easy to dismiss these amazing plants as overused symbols of the American west, these detachable diaspores are more than meets the eyes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/01/2254m 33s

The Monstrefact: The Manticore

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the legendary Manticore… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/01/226m 18s

Tumbleweeds, Part 1: The Wind Witch

In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the world of tumbleweeds. While it’s easy to dismiss these amazing plants as overused symbols of the American west, these detachable diaspores are more than meets the eyes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/01/221h 11m

Listener Mail: Time Crabs

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10/01/2238m 39s

From the Vault: The Invention of the Lock & Key

The lock and key are such a central part of modern life, both technologically and metaphorically, but when and how did this technological advancement take place? In this Invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe dive into the ancient history of security technology. (originally published 1/12/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/01/221h 12m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Son of the White Mare

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe explore Marcell Jankovics’ hallucinogenic animated masterpiece of Hungarian mythology: Fehérlófia, known to English-speaking audiences as “Son of the White Mare.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/01/221h 10m

From the Vault: Sinkholes, Part 2

In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of sinkholes. How have these impressive geographic features impacted our world, and what can they reveal about the past? (originally published 1/19/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/01/2252m 35s

The Artifact Redux: Edible Currencies

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses money you can eat or drink... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/01/225m 3s

From the Vault: Sinkholes, Part 1

In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of sinkholes. How have these impressive geographic features impacted our world, and what can they reveal about the past? (originally published 1/14/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/01/2251m 36s

Happy New Year

Robert and Joe are still on break, but here's an update on what you'll hear this week. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/01/2250s

From the Vault: Heavy Water

Nope, “Heavy Water” isn’t the new bottled beverage for headbangers. It’s actually an alternate form of water called deuterium oxide that plays a key role in nuclear power plants and the creation of nuclear weapons. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe get to know heavy water. Can you drink it? Why did the Nazis want it? Find out… (originally published 12/17/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/01/221h 8m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Robot Jox

What if the nations of the Earth solved all their problems with giant robot gladiatorial battles? That’s the concept behind 1990’s “Robot Jox,” directed by horror wizard Stuart Gordon and written by military sci-fi author Joe Haldeman. Join Rob and Joe for a discussion of mech politics in this Christmas Day episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. (originally published 12/25/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/12/211h 32m

From the Vault: The Toaster Not Taken

It’s obvious that our preferences guide our choices, but do our choices also determine our preferences? In this classic episode, join Robert and Joe as they explore this question with the help of a half-century of psychological research and reminiscences concerning Sonic the Hedgehog and Metallica. (originally published 12/24/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/12/211h 11m

The Artifact Redux: Stone Mushroom Clouds

In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe talks about mind-boggling prehistoric mineral formations. (originally published 2/10/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/12/2110m 10s

From the Vault: Toy Guns

For many of us, toy guns were part of our childhood, but how are we to think about them today? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe look at some of the current thinking on the use of toy weapons in childhood play. (originally published 12/22/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/12/211h 5m

Holiday Break

Stuff to Blow Your Mind is off for the week, but Robert and Joe take a few minutes to discuss the classic episodes that will be showcased in the feed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/12/2126s

From the Vault: Holiday Inventions

Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind leans into the holidays -- this time for an invention-minded episode about some of the technologies that bring the winter holidays to life. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss electric Christmas tree lights, tinsel and angelic tree toppers. (originally published 12/15/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/12/211h 10m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Battle for Endor

The Star Wars franchise is home to many cinematic entries some consider to be unnatural. In this classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1985 made-for-TV film “Ewoks: The Battle For Endor,” starring Wilford Brimley and various forest monsters. (originally published 12/4/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/12/211h 17m

A Major Award: The Ancient and Occult History of the “A Christmas Story” Leg Lamp

The 1983 holiday film “A Christmas Story” warned us of the dangers associated with BB guns, bar soap and frozen flag poles – but it also introduced us to the Old Man’s prized leg lamp. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe dive into the deep, ancient and occult history of lamps and other objects shaped in the likeness of a human leg or foot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/12/2158m 16s

The Monstrefact: Holiday edition

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a surprise holiday monster... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/12/215m 37s

Time Traveler Zero, Part 2

Today, time travel fiction is everywhere – and we understand the cosmos enough to even speculate what is and isn’t possible. But how old is the notion of travel through time? What sorts of attitudes and ideas concerning the nature of time were seemingly necessary before humans first imagined firing up a time machine? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/12/211h 7m

Listener Mail: Holidays on Ice-Nine

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/12/2125m 35s

From the Vault: Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 2

You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 12/10/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/12/2156m 14s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Morozko (aka Jack Frost)

This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the classic 1960s Russian fairy tale spectacular “Morozko,” better known to many fans as “Jack Frost.” It’s a tale of love, evil stepmothers, mushroom wizards, animal transformations, Baba Yaga and of course the Russian personification of winter, Morozko or Ded Moroz. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/12/211h 27m

Music and Memory

We all know music can influence our moods, but can it actually boost our memory? How do musical memories emerge at the borders of identity, experience and culture? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore these questions and discuss the curious ways we remember music and sounds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/12/211h 6m

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Managing supply chain volatility in the height of the shopping season

Global supply chains have made headlines this year, with businesses in every industry and consumers all experiencing unprecedented volatility. How can companies stabilize this boundless bullwhip? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Jonathan Wright, Global Managing Partner for Supply Chain Consulting at IBM, about demand forecasting and other technologies that manufacturers and vendors are using to make their supply chains more resilient. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/12/2134m 25s

Time Traveler Zero, Part 1

Today, time travel fiction is everywhere – and we understand the cosmos enough to even speculate what is and isn’t possible. But how old is the notion of travel through time? What sorts of attitudes and ideas concerning the nature of time were seemingly necessary before humans first imagined firing up a time machine? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/12/211h 0m

Listener Mail: Crab Walking Down Human Street

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13/12/2132m 16s

From the Vault: Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 1

You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 12/8/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/12/211h 7m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Bloodbeat

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider their first holiday horror film selection: 1983’s “Bloodbeat.” Filmed in Wisconsin, the film explores the complexity of holiday family time, while also wondering what might happen if mom had to battle a Samurai ghost with her psychic powers. Plus, Rob and Joe will discuss holiday horror films in general. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/12/211h 22m

Daniel Whiteson, Time Traveler

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe welcome back Daniel Whiteson, particle physicist and co-host of Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. Tune in for a discussion of time travel, wormholes and more that will actually transport you roughly an hour into the future. Plus Daniel will discuss the new book "Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/12/211h 11m

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: What does the future of sustainability look like for your company and your customers?

Today, consumers, businesses and governments are united in their sense of urgency about the sustainability of the planet. But how do we go about achieving it? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Marc Rolfe, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Partners Ecosystem Success at SAP, and Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Strategic Partners, about how strategic partnerships between companies can create a larger industry shift toward sustainability. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/12/2132m 48s

2021 Ig Nobel Prize Grab Bag, Part 2

Once more, Robert and Joe consult the winners of the Ig-Nobel Prizes for a few examples of the hilarious and the weird from the world of legitimate scientific research. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/12/2153m 22s

Listener Mail: The Funk of 40,000 Years

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06/12/2126m 8s

From the Vault: Airships Over Venus

Planet Earth a bit much for you right now? Well venture back out to Venus on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss recent news in the search for possible signs of life in the Venusian clouds, as well as the possibility of probes or even human explorers sailing over Venus in futuristic airships. (originally published 12/01/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/12/211h 0m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Super Infra-Man

It’s time to dive back into the Shaw Brothers cinematic treasure chest, this time for the sci-fi action film “The Super Infra-Man” starring Danny Lee and a whole bunch of monsters and stylish costumes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/12/2158m 26s

2021 Ig Nobel Prize Grab Bag, Part 1

Once more, Robert and Joe consult the winners of the Ig-Nobel Prizes for a few examples of the hilarious and the weird from the world of legitimate scientific research. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/12/2147m 42s

The Artifact: Malaysian Spirit Boats

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses a most nautical form of exorcism... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/12/215m 50s

Crab Content is King

Stuff to Blow Your Mind is back from Thanksgiving break, so Robert and Joe discuss even more crab science and mythology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/11/2153m 36s

Listener Mail: The Chosen Few

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29/11/2132m 55s

From the Vault: Turkey, Wishbones and Gravy

In recognition of Thanksgiving, Robert and Joe devote this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind to the very topics that might float through your head at the dinner table: What is a wishbone, why do we pull it apart and what does it have to do with dinosaurs? Are turkeys messengers of the gods? What is gravy and is it ever considered sacred? Find out... (originally publihsed 11/26/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/11/211h 24m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Zaat

In celebration of MST3K Turkey Day, this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema from earlier this year explores a film from a beloved episode of MST3K. We consider the Florida Movie par excellence: 1971’s “Zaat,” also known as “The Blood Waters of Dr. Z.” Prepare to stalk and skulk through the sargassum in this suitably swampy creature feature. (Originally published 4/30/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/11/211h 32m

From the Vault: Melt With Me

From the horror of “melt movies,” in which the melting human takes on nightmaric qualities, to far more benign and even sublime takes on the concept of the melt, there does seem to be something to our fascination with personal phase transition. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe try to figure out what it all means. (originally published 11/5/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/11/211h 9m

The Artifact Redux: The Sword of Gōu Jiàn

In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses an ancient Chinese sword noted for its unusual sharpness and resistance to tarnish... (originally published 2/17/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/11/215m 43s

From the Vault: Invention of the Bed

We sure do spend a lot of time in bed, but what exactly IS a bed and what were ancient beds like? In this classic invention-based episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the ancient history of the bed. (originally published 11/17/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/11/211h 0m

Turkey Day Break

We're off this week, but don't let that stop you from having seconds on some classic content from last year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/11/2142s

From the Vault: Mushroom Foraging, Part 2

Are more people identifying and even foraging wild mushrooms than in previous years? If so, why is this? In these classic episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about mushroom foraging, the importance of human foraging and even some studies that pit forager against forager. (originally published 9/17/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/11/2149m 56s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Dunwich Horror

It’s time for a hippie necronomicon extravaganza as Rob and Joe crack open 1970’s “The Dunwich Horror,” starring the late, great Dean Stockwell, Sandra Dee and Ed Begley Sr. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/11/211h 19m

Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about crabs eating things. Do YOU have what it takes to become a delicious entree for crab gourmands? Find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/11/2158m 45s

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: How a Human-Centered Approach is Building Trustworthy AI

Creating trust and transparency in AI isn’t just a business requirement, it’s a social responsibility. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Christina Montgomery, IBM's Chief Privacy Officer and AI Ethics Board Co-Chair, and Dr. Seth Dobrin, Global Chief AI Officer, about IBM’s approach to AI and how it’s helping businesses transform the way they work with AI systems that are fair and address bias so AI can benefit everyone, not just a few. This is a paid advertisement from IBM. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/11/2131m 48s

Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about crabs eating things. Do YOU have what it takes to become a delicious entree for crab gourmands? Find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/11/211h 7m

Listener Mail: Let the Lamp Affix its Beam

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/11/2127m 39s

From the Vault: Mushroom Foraging, Part 1

Are more people identifying and even foraging wild mushrooms than in previous years? If so, why is this? In these classic episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about mushroom foraging, the importance of human foraging and even some studies that pit forager against forager. (originally published 9/15/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/11/2155m 50s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Venom (1981)

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe wrestle with their first full-blown snake movie: 1981’s “Venom.” It stars Oliver Reed, Klaus Kinski and a live black mamba snake from the London Zoo. Film historians still debate which was the more difficult actor of the three. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/11/211h 27m

Dune: The Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild

In this Dune-inspired episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe pick up where they left off in the last episode discussing the politics, philosophy and pain science of the Bene Gesserit, before diving into the spice-assisted navigation of the Spacing Guild. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/11/211h 15m

The Monstrefact: Chairdogs of Dune

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses one of the less known creatures from Frank Herbert’s “Dune” books… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/11/216m 4s

Dune: The Bene Gesserit

The Bene Gesserit of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” use advanced mental and manipulative tactics to further their ends across the galaxy. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss this mysterious order and some scientific and philosophic interpretations of the Gom Jabbar awareness test. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/11/211h 5m

Listener Mail: Halloween Final Processing

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/11/2134m 56s

From the Vault: I Want a New Blood

From fictional tales of vampire thrust to to real-life medical research, the notion of synthetic blood brings with it a lot of possibilities. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the strange history of purported blood substitutes and possible ramifications if scientists ever solve this riddle in the blood. (originally published 10/8/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/11/211h 2m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Highway to Hell

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe take a very MTV-fueled jaunt into the underworld via the 1991 film “Highway to Hell,” an enjoyable horror comedy that features a terrifying Hellcop, Patrick Bergin and the entire Stiller family. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/11/211h 34m

Barbara Blatchley on Why We Believe in Luck

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Barbara Blatchley about her book “What are the Chances? Why We Believe in Luck.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/11/2152m 8s

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Quantum Computing is Tomorrow’s Computing, Today

Over the next decade, quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize the way we work and live. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Dr. Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, about quantum computing and its potential to accelerate discovery and development. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/11/2127m 40s

Anthology of Horror, Volume 7

Yes, the Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. This year, they’ll dive into episodes of The Hammer House of Horror and The Outer Limits. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/11/211h 18m

Listener Mail: Out of the Pair Dadeni

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/11/2132m 39s

From the Vault: The Leshii

According to Russian folklore, ancient, beastial spirits guard the depths of the forest, raging with each other and punishing any human who might break the law of the forest. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss these haunters of the woodland depths. (originally published 10/22/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/10/211h 25m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The House by the Cemetery

As Weirdhouse Cinema completes its first journey around the sun, Rob and Joe commemorate the moment by discussing Lucio Fulci’s 1981 “The House by the Cemetery” -- a bloody and bonkers tale guaranteed to satisfy your craving for ghosts, haunted houses, mad scientists, slashers and Italian synth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/10/211h 31m

The Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 2

In today’s invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss an important piece of cutting technology. Plus, during the Halloween season, masked brutes will chase you around your local haunted attraction with one of these if you buy a ticket. Yes, it’s time to discuss the chainsaw. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/10/2156m 2s

The Monstrefact: Weretigers of China

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Chinese weretiger… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/10/218m 7s

The Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 1

In today’s invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss an important piece of cutting technology. Plus, during the Halloween season, masked brutes will chase you around your local haunted attraction with one of these if you buy a ticket. Yes, it’s time to discuss the chainsaw. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/10/2158m 1s

Listener Mail: The Night’s Plutonian Shore

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/10/2142m 32s

From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 5

The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. In 2020, they examined episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Hammer House of Horror, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. (originally published 10/29/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/10/211h 13m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Black Sabbath

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Mario Bava’s colorful anthology of gothic horror, starring the legendary Boris Karloff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/10/211h 20m

The Holy Undead, Part 2

We tend to relegate zombies and the walking dead to the infernal realm of demons, necromancers and the emptied charnel houses of Hell. So it might surprise you to know that, in some traditions, reanimated human corpses are pious church-goers. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/10/211h 6m

The Monstrefact: Chiseltooth

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the monster Chiseltooth from Chinese mythology… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/10/216m 52s

The Holy Undead, Part 1

We tend to relegate zombies and the walking dead to the infernal realm of demons, necromancers and the emptied charnel houses of Hell. So it might surprise you to know that, in some traditions, reanimated human corpses are pious church-goers. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/10/211h 2m

Listener Mail: Through the Pale Door

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/10/2126m 11s

From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 4

The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. In 2020, they examined episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. (originally published 10/27/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/10/211h 18m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Halloween III

If the many-worlds interpretation holds true, then there’s an alternate timeline in which the tyranny of Michael Myers ended in 1981 and 1982’s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” ushered in a new age. In this alternative world, John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise became a long-running horror anthology series. Each subsequent October, anything was possible in a Halloween film, including pagan conspiracies and killer androids. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe ride the chariot of pumpkins and attempt to cross over into this alternate reality. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/10/211h 51m

Ghosts of the Wind and Rain

Strange presences walk the shore before the coming of the storm. Terrible forms move in its wake. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss a wide selection of ghosts and monsters connected to destructive weather patterns. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/10/211h 21m

The Monstrefact: The Boxenwolf

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the horror of the Boxenwolf… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/10/216m 38s

The Science of Scary Music

Why do certain works of music make our skin crawl? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with producer Seth about the science of scary music and Seth tells everyone about his new music podcast Rusty Needle's Record Club. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/10/211h 38m

Listener Mail: Seraphs Sob at Vermin Fangs

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11/10/2128m 39s

From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 3

Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this trio of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. (originally published 10/15/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/10/211h 9m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Demon Knight

Yes, kiddies, in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Ernest Dickerson’s 1995 siege movie “Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight.” Strap in for grotesque monsters, a whole host of character actors and some Crypt Keeper puns. (originally published 2/19/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/10/211h 22m

From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 2

To fully understand the minotaur myth, we also have to consider the Minoan civilization of Crete. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Professor Nicoletta Momigliano, author of “In Search of the Labyrinth: The Cultural Legacy of Minoan Crete.” Learn all about ancient Creteomania as well as modern artistic treatments of the minotaur. (originally published 10/13/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/10/2150m 51s

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Accelerating Innovation with Hybrid Cloud ​at the Edge

The world is hitting a data tipping point where vast connectivity requires massive network capacity. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm Gladwell talks to David Shacochis, Vice President for Enterprise Technology and Field CTO at Lumen, and Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform, about how hybrid cloud is serving as a catalyst for innovation in a world where computing can and must happen everywhere: private clouds, public clouds, the edge of the network. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/10/2130m 25s

From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 1

Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this trio of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. (originally published 10/6/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/10/211h 14m

Listener Mail: Fall Break!

Stuff to Blow Your Mind is off for the week, but Robert and Joe take a few minutes to discuss the classic episodes that will be showcased in the feed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/10/213m 44s

From the Vault: Science in the House of Wax

Wax Museums are frequent haunts in horror cinema, but where do they really tie into our sense of revulsion and anatomical unease? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe kick off a month of Halloween-themed episodes with a science-filled night in the house of wax. (originally published 10/1/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/10/211h 31m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Santo in the Treasure of Dracula

In this classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into one of Mexican luchador El Santo's various horror cinema adventures -- and not just any Santo film but the legendary "Santo In The Treasure of Dracula," which features time travel, dracula and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/10/211h 20m

Bill Schutt talks "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart"

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Bill Schutt, author of "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart," about the evolution of the heart and the history of humanity’s attempt to understand it -- along with a few questions about monsters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/09/2146m 33s

The Monstrefact: The Lindworm

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the legend of the lindworm and the 19th century Swedish ethnologist who searched for it … Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/09/218m 14s

God and the Black Death, Part 3

The Black Death was the most fatal pandemic in recorded human history, decimating a late Medieval world unaided by the germ theory of disease. In this episode of Stuff to Blow your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the ways that religion responded to the plague and the effects these efforts had on its spread and impact. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/09/211h 7m

Listener Mail: Time Passages

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27/09/2129m 45s

From the Vault: The Atomic Scar

The creation of atomic weaponry changed human civilization forever, but it also left its mark on the Earth itself -- in both obvious and subtle ways. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss some of the ways in which the world would not be the same. (originally published 9/24/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/09/211h 8m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Thing from Another World

Before John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” there was Howard Hawks’ “The Thing From Another World,” the first adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.’s short story “Who goes there?” In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe bust out the thermite and discuss this 1951 sci-fi classic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/09/211h 13m

God and the Black Death, Part 2

The Black Death was the most fatal pandemic in recorded human history, decimating a late Medieval world unaided by the germ theory of disease. In this episode of Stuff to Blow your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the ways that religion responded to the plague and the effects these efforts had on its spread and impact. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/09/2148m 56s

The Monstrefact: Fell Beasts of the Nazgûl

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the winged beasts of the Nazgûl in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/09/218m 1s

God and the Black Death, Part 1

The Black Death was the most fatal pandemic in recorded human history, decimating a late Medieval world unaided by the germ theory of disease. In this episode of Stuff to Blow your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the ways that religion responded to the plague and the effects these efforts had on its spread and impact. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/09/2155m 42s

Listener Mail: Songs from the Big Chair

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/09/2133m 55s

From the Vault: Night of the Lichen-thropes

Lichen are incredibly widespread and easy to take for granted, but these composite organisms are some of the most fascinating lifeforms on the planet. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore their remarkable qualities. (originally published 9/10/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/09/2155m 44s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Time After Time

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss 1979’s “Time After Time,” in which Jack the Ripper steals H.G. Wells’ time machine and travels to modern San Francisco. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/09/211h 23m

The Nature of Tears, Part 3

What are tears? Are humans indeed the only animal that wraps and what purpose do they serve? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of tears from a scientific and even religious standpoint. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/09/211h 21m

The Monstrefact: El Coco

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Spanish nursery bogeyman known as El Coco… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/09/215m 30s

Mary Roach Discusses "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law"

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe welcome acclaimed science writer Mary Roach back to the show to discuss her new book "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/09/211h 3m

Listener Mail: Songs from the Wood

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/09/2131m 46s

From the Vault: The Livewired Brain with David Eagleman

What does our growing understanding of neuroplasticity reveal about our brains and the future of technology? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with neuroscientist David Eagleman about his new book “Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain.” (originally published 9/29/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/09/2150m 14s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Spookies

Yep, 1986 was a great year for genre movies — and also “Spookies” came out. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider this overstuffed and underdone turkey of a horror movie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/09/211h 17m

The Nature of Tears, Part 2

What are tears? Are humans indeed the only animal that wraps and what purpose do they serve? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of tears from a scientific and even religious standpoint. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/09/2155m 15s

The Monstrefact: Katcheet Ohuskw

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a murderous monster from Naskapi legend. Plus Benjamin Franklin shows up... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/09/218m 14s

The Nature of Tears, Part 1

What are tears? Are humans indeed the only animal that wraps and what purpose do they serve? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of tears from a scientific and even religious standpoint. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/09/2157m 27s

Listener Mail: The Constant Flow of Invention

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/09/2131m 21s

From the Vault: Fingernails, Part 2

How fast do human fingernails and toenails grow? Are they claws and, if not, what are they? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe dive into the anatomy, evolution culture and mythology of the “nail as old as time.” (originally published 9/3/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/09/211h 6m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Ship of Monsters

Are you ready for a 1960 Mexican sci-fi comedy involving multiple alien monsters, space vampires, interplanetary politics and several música norteña songs? Also a robot falls in love with a jukebox. Rob and Joe discuss it all in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/09/211h 6m

Creature of the Gear

What is a gear and when did humans invent it? Plus, Rob and Joe discuss the only known creature to have gears in its anatomy. Plus hear about a couple of wheel-based mythical creatures in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/09/211h 5m

The Monstrefact: The Satanic Rites of Drugula

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses possible science of the vampire Drugula… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/09/216m 45s

The Dog with the Burning Brand

From dogs in old paintings that look like dope smokers to Aztec psychopomps, what’s with all these fire dogs? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/08/211h 1m

Listener Mail: Sky Raisins

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/08/2137m 44s

From the Vault: Fingernails, Part 1

How fast do human fingernails and toenails grow? Are they claws and, if not, what are they? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe dive into the anatomy, evolution culture and mythology of the “nail as old as time.” (originally published 9/1/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/08/211h 5m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Psychomania

How can the British public possibly survive the ravages of youth biker gangs, unholy rites and frog-based necromancy? In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1973 British supernatural biker film “Psychomania.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/08/211h 20m

The Fish Had Fur, Part 2

Fish covered in thick coats of fur, fish with strange spines, fish with the beard or chin whiskers of a wise old sage… The water offers up many mysteries, and in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore accounts of furry trout, ancient marvels, otters and fish that kind of look like they have hair. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/08/2157m 37s

The Artifact: The Meister “Footprint”

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses so-called Meister footprint (which is in no way an actual footprint)... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/08/215m 43s

The Fish Had Fur, Part 1

Fish covered in thick coats of fur, fish with strange spines, fish with the beard or chin whiskers of a wise old sage… The water offers up many mysteries, and in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore accounts of furry trout, ancient marvels, otters and fish that kind of look like they have hair. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/08/2148m 34s

Listener Mail: The Face That is Gazed on as it Gazes

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23/08/2125m 12s

From the Vault: Orcs in the Deep

In this classic episode of STBYM, Robert and Joe discuss the orcs of Middle Earth and their origins both in the dark corners of the human imagination and the loathsome pits of Utumno. (originally published 9/22/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/08/211h 26m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Return of the Blind Dead

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the stand-alone, second installment of Spanish director Amando de Ossorio’s “Blind Dead'' series from 1973. The sightless revenants of the Knights Templars return 500 years after their grisly deaths to enact vengeance on a sleepy and corrupt Portuguese town. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/08/211h 17m

From the Vault: Tomato, Tomato, Part 2

While the so-called “golden apple” has at times been viewed with suspicion, it has become a staple of summertime cuisine and may one day follow us to farms on other worlds. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the tomato. (originally published 8/27/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/08/211h 10m

The Artifact: The Bazooka

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the bazooka and whether it is ever OK to bring one on a commercial flight… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/08/215m 50s

The Invention of the Mirror, Part 4

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. It’s time for Stuff to Blow Your Mind to venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/08/2153m 21s

Listener Mail: Near-death by Saxon

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/08/2133m 26s

From the Vault: Tomato, Tomato, Part 1

While the so-called “golden apple” has at times been viewed with suspicion, it has become a staple of summertime cuisine and may one day follow us to farms on other worlds. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the tomato. (originally published 8/25/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/08/211h 3m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Keepers (Russian Lord of the Rings)

It’s time for Weirdhoues Cinema to return to the world of Russian cinema and also to… Middle Earth? Yes, let’s bask in the glory of “Khraniteli” AKA “The Keepers” AKA that 1991 Leningrad Television adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/08/211h 13m

The Invention of the Mirror, Part 3

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. It’s time for Stuff to Blow Your Mind to venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/08/2156m 7s

The Artifact: Sharur the Talking Mace

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses Sharur, the talking mace from Sumerian mythology… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/08/216m 25s

The Invention of the Mirror, Part 2

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. It’s time for Stuff to Blow Your Mind to venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/08/2159m 25s

Listener Mail: Stormbringer

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09/08/2140m 40s

From the Vault: Astronomical Suffering and the Terran Diaspora

For many futurists, the long term survival of humanity depends on its ability to become a true interplanetary and even interstellar species. But what is the potential moral cost of such a great technological and cultural leap forward? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the potential for astronomical suffering in the wake of Earth’s outward expansion. (originally published 4/23/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/08/211h 13m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Cannibal Apocalypse

Can John Saxon resist the viral hunger for human flesh? In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss 1980’s “Cannibal Apocalypse,” a Spanish/Italian cannibal thriller filmed in Atlanta, Ga. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/08/211h 18m

The Invention of the Mirror, Part 1

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. It’s time for Stuff to Blow Your Mind to venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/08/2151m 8s

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: An Open Conversation about Open Innovation

In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Jim Whitehurst, senior advisor at IBM and an expert in open source software and innovation. During their conversation, Jim reveals how embracing moments that initially feel like chaos can ultimately lead to more open organizations, and broader access to new ideas. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/08/2130m 2s

Regression to the Mean

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss regression to the mean, a phenomenon that occurs when a random sampling point is an outlier -- with applications to everything from economics and sports to health, religion and disappointing sequels. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/08/2154m 13s

Listener Mail: Gremlins Have Pictures

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02/08/2123m 13s

From the Vault: Pykrete

Whether plotting to build a great northern wall or an aircraft carrier made of ice instead of steel, the substance you’re looking for is Pykrete. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss what makes this super-strong ice so durable and why there was an actual plan to build ships out of the stuff during the Second World War. (originally published 8/6/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/07/211h 12m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Deep Blue Sea

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1999 shark film “Deep Blue Sea” in which super-smart sharks run wild in a sea base. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/07/211h 33m

Whispers of the Speaking Sword

Weapons capable of thought, speech and autonomous action appear throughout multiple myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore some stand-out examples and discuss what it all might mean. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/07/211h 0m

The Artifact: The Horse Skull Under the Floor

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the practice of placing horse skulls underneath your floorboards… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/07/216m 18s

From the Vault: The Monoliths of Lalibela

Lalibela, Ethiopia is home to one of the true wonders of the world: a series of 11 rock-hewn monolithic churches -- all interconnected by tunnels and passages that connect to catacombs and hermit caves. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the details of these 12th century marvels. (Originally published 1/23/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/07/211h 3m

Listener Mail: Centaur on Fire

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26/07/2136m 53s

Introducing: Psychoactive

Introducing Psychoactive - a brand-new podcast exploring our strange obsession with drugs - hosted by Ethan Nadelmann founder of the Drug Policy Alliance. Check out episode 1 and get ready to binge! About episode 1: The pioneering physician explains why there are no good or bad drugs, just good or bad relationships with drugs. There’s no one who has shaped my own thinking about drugs so much as Andrew Weil. Andy is famous as the force behind integrative medicine – the synthesis of traditional and alternative medicine – but he first became known to me and many others for his writing on drugs and consciousness, with books like The Natural Mind, From Chocolate to Morphine and The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon. Our conversation covers an incredible diversity of drugs and topics: the wonders of the cannabis plant, the implications of psychedelics going mainstream, the potential of placebo medicine in better understanding chronic pain, the value of kava in treating anxiety, the psychoactive pleasures of eating a ripe mango, even the ways in which cannabis and dogs have evolved similarly in their relationships to human beings. There are, Andy explains, infinite ways of altering consciousness. Psychoactive drugs can show us possibilities, but how we foster those possibilities is up to us. Listen to this episode and let me know what you think. Our number is 1-833-779-2460. Our email is psychoactive@protozoa.com. Or tweet at me, @ethannadelmann. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/07/2152m 59s

From the Vault: The Spotlight Effect

Ever feel like everyone in the Zoom call is looking at you? Ever astonished to find your contribution to a project goes unrecognized, or that your latest faux pas didn’t destroy you? Perhaps you’re not the central character in this narrative after all. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the spotlight effect and what it teaches us about our own perception of reality and those around us. (originally published 8/4/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/07/211h 18m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Spontaneous Combustion

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe celebrate legendary weird actor Brad Dourif by watching his talent burn through in Tobe Hooper’s flawed tale of love, rage and pyrokinesis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/07/211h 39m

The Waiting, Part 3

In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss waiting in line and psychology of queuing up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/07/211h 2m

The Waiting, Part 2

In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss waiting in line and psychology of queuing up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/07/211h 2m

Listener Mail: It's a Cold Night For Alligators

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20/07/2133m 39s

The Artifact: Boiling Tar and Murder Holes

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the meurtrière or “murder hole” found in the ceiling of a a fortress’s gateway or passageway -- and what you might push through it... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/07/216m 38s

From the Vault: Volcanoes of Life

From our earliest experiences with paleoart to tales of Pompeii and visions of modern catastrophes, it’s easy to associate volcanoes with death and destruction. But what if it’s less a case of Mount Doom and more a case of Mount Life, at least from a broader environmental point of view? Robert and Joe explore the question in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 7/30/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/07/211h 6m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Godzilla vs. Hedorah

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss 1971’s “Godzilla vs. Hedorah,” also known as “Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster.” The king of all monsters tears it up with a pollution-powered alien kaiju. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/07/211h 5m

The Waiting, Part 1

In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss waiting in line and psychology of queuing up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/07/211h 5m

The Artifact: The Blood Gutter

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the fuller, a groove found in many blades that you might have heard referred to as a “blood gutter.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/07/215m 9s

Ancient Pacific Navigation, Part 3

The original discoverers of the Polynesian Islands traversed a vast ocean, bringing civilization to islands untouched by human activity. How did they do it? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind three-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/07/2157m 30s

Listener Mail: That Sweaty Horse Light

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12/07/2125m 31s

From the Vault: Heaven and Hell with Bart Ehrman

Majorities of Americans believe in the literal existence of Heaven and Hell, but where did these concepts originally come from, and how have they changed over the centuries? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with Bart Ehrman, author of 'Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.' (originally published 7/14/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/07/211h 32m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Mr. Vampire

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1985 Hong Kong comedy horror film “Mr. Vampire,” in which our heroes use kicks, furniture rice and Taoist sorcery against the deadly Chinese hopping vampires, the jiāng shī. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/07/211h 22m

Ancient Pacific Navigation, Part 2

The original discoverers of the Polynesian Islands traversed a vast ocean, bringing civilization to islands untouched by human activity. How did they do it? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind three-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/07/2147m 15s

Ancient Pacific Navigation, Part 1

The original discoverers of the Polynesian Islands traversed a vast ocean, bringing civilization to islands untouched by human activity. How did they do it? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/07/2149m 52s

The Artifact: The Sugar Light

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe reads by the light of a sugar cube and a sweaty horse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/07/218m 23s

Listener Mail: Hurdy Gurdy Man

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05/07/2138m 31s

From the Vault: The Invention of Fireworks

Fireworks are a staple of celebrations around the world, but where does this invention come from and what’s the basic chemistry of their combustion? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe light the fuse and find out. (originally published 6/23/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/07/211h 22m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Devil's Express

An ancient demon haunts the subways of New York City. Only one man has the martial arts skill to battle the creature in the depths. On this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss this weird 1976 genre mashup and its star player, Warhawk Tanzania. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/07/211h 8m

The Plague of Mucus

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the organic substance that has been referred to in the scientific literature as “marine mucilage.” Prepare to be slimed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/07/211h 3m

The Artifact: The Shining Pyramid

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the Great Pyramid of Giza and its original luster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/06/216m 11s

A Chat About Sea Turtles with Christine Figgener

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss sea turtle mysteries, biology, research and conservation with sea turtle researcher and conservationist Dr. Christine Figgener. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/06/211h 14m

Listener Mail: Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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28/06/2144m 46s

From the Vault: The Tide of Gold

Gold from the ocean? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the basic idea behind the accumulation of oceanic gold and the fascinating historical hoax based on the notion. Plus, where does gold come from and how will deep sea gold mining endanger thermal vent ecosystems? Find out. (originally published 7/9/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/06/211h 8m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Doctor X

Welcome to the medical academy where EVERYONE is a suspect in the cannibalistic “Moon Killer” slayings. Yes, from the director of “Casablanca” comes 1932’s “Doctor X.” Join Rob and Joe for a deep gaze into the technicolor abyss in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. (Originally published 1/8/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/06/211h 24m

From the Vault: The Interior World

Most of us have spent far more time at home this year, which raises the question: Just what sort of artificial interior environments have we created? What lives there besides our family and pets? And what are we missing out on? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore. (originally published 8/11/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/06/2155m 10s

The Artifact Revisited: Stone Mushroom Clouds

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe talks about mind-boggling prehistoric mineral formations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/06/2111m 40s

From the Vault: How does travel engage the senses?

Travel has long inspired the mind and engaged the senses, but just what's going on in the human body when we venture near or far? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore... (originally published 7/7/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/06/211h 5m

Please Stand By

Robert and Joe jump in a for a short update on this week's programing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/06/212m 45s

From the Vault: Kimchi

What exactly is kimchi and what is the chemistry of its deliciousness? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore this spicy, fermented staple of Korean cuisine. (originally published 6/25/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/06/211h 26m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Deathmoon

When you think of movies filmed in Hawaii, you probably think of vacation flicks and dramas, but has the Aloha state ever given us a werewolf film? Yep, in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe watch 1978’s “Deathmoon” starring Robert Foxworth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/06/211h 35m

Where do numbers come from?

Join Robert and Joe as they continue their discussion on numeracy and the origins of numerals on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/06/211h 5m

The Artifact Revisited: The Psychedelic Blindfold

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe talks about a 2004 study of blindfolding and visual hallucinations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/06/219m 43s

The Origins of Numeracy

What are numbers and where does our number sense come from? Is numeracy an innate part of our biology, or is it a cultural invention? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the origins of numbers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/06/211h 1m

Listener Mail: Fume Cupboard

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14/06/2139m 40s

From the Vault: Cancer and Evolution with Kat Arney

In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with Kat Arney about her upcoming book "Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution, and the New Science of Life's Oldest Betrayal." (originally published 7/16/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/06/211h 11m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Metalstorm

It’s time to get Road Warrior-esque! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider Charles Band’s 1983 3D sci-fi film “Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn,” starring Richard Moll, Michael Preston, Tim Thomerson and Kelly Preston in a post-apocalyptic, off-roads extraterrestrial adventure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/06/211h 32m

Musical Frisson with Seth of Record Store Society

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe is joined by producer and host of the Record Store Society podcast Seth Nicholas Johnson to talk about that moment when a song sends a shiver down your spine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/06/211h 28m

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Couch vs. cubicle: is the future of work hybrid?

Remote working has kept many businesses afloat over the last year, but has it kept employees productive, enthusiastic, and inspired? In this special episode of Smart Talks, recorded at IBM’s Think Conference, Malcolm spars with his longtime friend Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and professor at the Wharton School, about what we’ve learned through remote working and how businesses can approach a hybrid model. Can we, and should we, return to “normal”?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/06/2125m 52s

The Moonless Skies of Mercury and Venus

Moons are a popular accessory for the outer planets in our solar system, but Mercury and Venus are suspiciously unadorned. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss why the two most inner planets have no moons today and whether they might have had moons in the past. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/06/211h 1m

Listener Mail: Cat Comfort

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07/06/2133m 30s

From the Vault: Ant Wars, Episode 3

The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all. (originally published 6/18/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/06/2154m 4s

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Without Warning

In this classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss "Without Warning," a perfectly serviceable sci-fi horror film directed by Greydon Clark. The year is 1980 and only a delusional Martin Landau and a Captain Ahab-esque Jack Palance can stop an extraterrestrial killer from treating rural California as its own personal hunting ground. (originally published 10/30/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/06/211h 18m

From the Vault: Ant Wars, Episode 2

The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all. (originally published 6/14/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/06/2157m 14s

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Can AI be empathetic? Reinventing client experiences

In a time that’s been challenging for everyone, perhaps no other industry has been hit harder than healthcare. Anthem, one of America’s leading health benefits companies, needed to be ready to answer member questions at a moment’s notice. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Anil Bhatt, Senior Vice President and CTO of Anthem, and Glenn Finch, Managing Partner of Global Business Services at IBM, about how AI is helping people interact with healthcare in a whole new way. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/06/2133m 19s

From the Vault: Ant Wars, Episode 1

The war has raged for at least 100 million years. Armored warriors boil up out of the ground and surge across the battlefield. Mandibles clash. Bodies are torn asunder. As the will of one colony clashes with another, forces advance, withdrawal and sometimes whole populations perish in the Earth. Such are the wars of the ants, compared to which the wars of humanity are but a blip. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and tactics of ant warfare, and what humans can learn from it all. (originally published 6/12/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/06/2150m 46s

Summer Vacation!

Stuff to Blow Your Mind is off for the week, but Robert and Joe take a few minutes to discuss the classic episodes that will be showcased in the feed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/05/213m 21s

From the Vault: Into the Egg Chamber

Eggs are amazing and some of the varieties we find in nature are wonderfully weird, riveling or exceeding anything you’d ever find on a fictional derelict spaceship. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some curious specimens from the world of eggs. (originally published 7/2/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/05/211h 13m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider the 1974 Thai co-production "Hanuman vs. & Ultraman," in which the hindu god Hanuman teams up with the Ultra Seven to defeat evil monsters and dastardly human plots. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/05/211h 10m

Aniconism, Images and the Divine: Part 2

Examples of aniconism -- the avoidance of images or idols -- can be found across multiple religions But what does it DO? What does it mean to employ religious icons or to avoid them in the contemplation of supernatural or natural objects and beings? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe look for answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/05/211h 3m

The Artifact: The Theropod Gap

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe looks at an intriguing question about missing carnivorous dinosaurs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/05/2110m 4s

Aniconism, Images and the Divine: Part 1

Examples of aniconism -- the avoidance of images or idols -- can be found across multiple religions But what does it DO? What does it mean to employ religious icons or to avoid them in the contemplation of supernatural or natural objects and beings? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe look for answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/05/211h 11m

Listener Mail: Sole Survivor

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24/05/2133m 59s

From the Vault: Subterrenes

The notion of a subterrene, or underground drilling vehicle, is well established within the realm of science fiction, but what are the real-world possibilities for vehicles that drill or melt their way through the subterranean world. Robert and Joe explore in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind… (Originally published 6/4/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/05/211h 22m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Trancers II

It’s sequel time once more on Weirdhouse Cinema! Join Rob and Joe as they jump right into Charles Band’s 1991 sequel to Trancers, starring Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt and the always villainous Richard Lynch. Jack Deth contends with psychic zombies, various wives and the not-so-rigorous rules of time travel. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/05/211h 35m

Comfort in the Box: Human Edition

Why do cats like to sit in boxes? Why did humans use box-beds and are enclosed wooden beds really making a comeback? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the mystery of the box. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/05/211h 19m

The Artifact: Edible Currencies

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses money you can eat or drink... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/05/216m 33s

The Sacred Geometry of Sitting in a Box

Why do cats like to sit in boxes? Why did humans use box-beds and are enclosed wooden beds really making a comeback? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the mystery of the box. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/05/2156m 2s

Comfort in the Box: Cat Edition

Why do cats like to sit in boxes? Why did humans use box-beds and are enclosed wooden beds really making a comeback? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the mystery of the box. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/05/2158m 47s

Listener Mail: Princes of the Universe

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17/05/2137m 4s

Introducing Ephemeral: Season Two

New episodes of Ephemeral air on Mondays beginning May 10th. Check out the trailer for a preview of what’s to come! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/05/212m 31s

From the Vault: Invention of the Book, Part 2

Books are one of humanity’s greatest inventions, but where do they come from? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history of book technology, from ancient clay tablets and papyrus scrolls to the codex and beyond. (Originally published 5/28/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/05/211h 3m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Shock Waves

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe complete their trilogy of 70s Florida Movies with 1977’s “Shock Waves,” featuring Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams and a whole squad of aquatic zombies amid the Florida ruins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/05/211h 19m

Reconsider the Bean, Part 2

What are beans? Do they contain the souls of the dead? Can they be used to drive demons from the household? How important are they in the human diet? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss a variety of magical ideas and scientific facts associated with legumes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/05/211h 19m

The Artifact: The Toad Vomit Miracle

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe discusses amphibian vomit as failed technology and natural wonder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/05/219m 16s

Reconsider the Bean, Part 1

What are beans? Do they contain the souls of the dead? Can they be used to drive demons from the household? How important are they in the human diet? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss a variety of magical ideas and scientific facts associated with legumes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/05/2151m 42s

Listener Mail: The Quickening

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10/05/2132m 17s

From the Vault: Invention of the Book, Part 1

Books are one of humanity’s greatest inventions, but where do they come from? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history of book technology, from ancient clay tablets and papyrus scrolls to the codex and beyond. (Originally published 5/26/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/05/2156m 22s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Humanoid

In celebration of Star Wars week, this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema explores one of the many films that sought to cash in on the popularity of George Lucas’ 1977 classic. Behold, 1979’s “The Humanoid,” an Italian space opera starring Richard Kiel, Barbara Bach and a whole lot of stuff that looks like Star Wars. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/05/211h 33m

Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 2

In celebration of May the 4th, this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind ventures into a galaxy far, far away while also considering the science and biology of our home world. Join Robert and Joe as they break down six fantastic alien species from the Star Wars universe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/05/211h 16m

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell – Reshaping the Future with Women in AI

Today, women represent approximately 22 percent of the AI workforce. But IBM is out to change that by increasing diversity not just in hiring but through programs such as Women Leaders in AI that celebrate diversity in the field. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm Gladwell talks to IBM’s new SVP & CMO, Carla Piñeyro Sublett, and Chimka Munkhbayar, co-founder of Agrolly, about their challenges, achievements, and the steps they’re taking to create a more inclusive tech world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/05/2131m 13s

Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 1

In celebration of May the 4th, this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind ventures into a galaxy far, far away while also considering the science and biology of our home world. Join Robert and Joe as they break down six fantastic alien species from the Star Wars universe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/05/211h 14m

Listener Mail: Phobos Rising

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/05/2132m 20s

From the Vault: The Invention of Soap

We’re all probably using a lot more soap these days, but… what is it exactly? How does it work? Who invented it and how has it changed the world? Join Robert and Joe as they explore the invention of Soap. If you enjoyed the podcast Invention, stick with Robert and Joe as they continue to explore these same topics as part of Stuff to Blow Your Mind’s regular offerings. (Originally published 4/21/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/05/211h 14m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Zaat

This time on Weirdhouse Cinema, we consider the Florida Movie par excellence: 1971’s “Zaat,” also known as “The Blood Waters of Dr. Z.” Prepare to stalk and skulk through the sargassum in this suitably swampy creature feature. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/04/211h 32m

The Sargasso Sea

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the sargassum seaweed and the many strange and amazing organisms that call it home. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/04/211h 3m

The Artifact: Pants of the Necromancer

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the so-called necro-pants... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/04/216m 11s

Dissolver of Worlds

In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss the nature of the Alkahest, the universal solvent of alchemy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/04/211h 20m

Listener Mail: Robot Hell

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26/04/2140m 16s

From the Vault: The Bone Palace, Part 2

From an imagined palace constructed out of bone to the curious ways in which animals and humans use bone for tools and construction materials, take a stroll through halls of bone with Robert and Joe in this pair of episodes from Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (Originally published 4/9/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/04/2148m 40s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Silent Era Double Feature

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss a pair of silent era films: the animated “Cinderella” from 1922 and “The Mechanical Man” from 1921. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/04/211h 7m

Phobos and Deimos: The Moons of Mars, Part 2

The god of war does not march into battle alone. His sons, embodying panic and terror ride beside him. The same can be said of the planet Mars and its two moons: Phobos and Deimos. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Martian moons as well as a bit of mythology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/04/211h 7m

The Artifact: Wiping With Homer

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe discusses a couple of weird textual treasures recovered from an ancient garbage dump in Egypt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/04/2110m 18s

Phobos and Deimos: The Moons of Mars, Part 1

The god of war does not march into battle alone. His sons, embodying panic and terror ride beside him. The same can be said of the planet Mars and its two moons: Phobos and Deimos. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Martian moons as well as a bit of mythology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/04/211h 9m

Listener Mail: Fire of Unknown Origin

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19/04/2148m 42s

From the Vault: The Bone Palace, Part 1

From an imagined palace constructed out of bone to the curious ways in which animals and humans use bone for tools and construction materials, take a stroll through halls of bone with Robert and Joe in this pair of episodes from Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (Originally published 4/7/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/04/211h 6m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Frogs

Humans can only hurt the environment so long before nature fights back -- and that’s just what happens in 1972’s “Frogs,” starring a young Sam Elliot and a whole bunch of reptiles and amphibians. It’s a Florida movie through-and-through in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/04/211h 37m

Punish the Machine, Part 2

What will we do when robots and artificial intelligences break the law? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the issue of robot moral and legal agency. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/04/211h 12m

The Artifact: The Pedrail Wheel

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the wheels with tiny legs on them... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/04/217m 6s

Punish the Machine, Part 1

What will we do when robots and artificial intelligences break the law? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the issue of robot moral and legal agency. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/04/211h 9m

Listener Mail: Rejoice in the Sun

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/04/2143m 25s

From the Vault: Twilight of the Moa

The Moa of New Zealand were among the weirdest birds to ever live, and their history is full of evolutionary wonder, interspecies conflict, tragedy and scientific hope. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the rise and fall of the great Moa. (Originally published 3/26/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/04/211h 1m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Mad Love (1935)

In this edition of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss one of the great weird films of the 1930s: “Mad Love,” in which Peter Lorre gives a stellar performance as the deranged and tragic Dr. Gogol. It’s a film full of obsession, cutting-edge surgery, wax figures, delusion and knife-throwing. (Originally published 11/13/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/04/211h 20m

From the Vault: Medusa, Part 2

We all know snake-haired Medusa, the gorgon of Greek myth whose very gaze turns mortals and titans alike to stone. But where does this iconic monster come from and why has she lingered so very long in our art, minds and culture? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe venture to the Gorgade isles in search of answers. (4/30/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/04/211h 17m

The Artifact Redux: The Mirrors of Dr. Dee

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the mirrors of English occultist Dr. Dee, including the so-called Devil’s Looking Glass. (Originally published 1/6/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/04/217m 57s

From the Vault: Medusa, Part 1

We all know snake-haired Medusa, the gorgon of Greek myth whose very gaze turns mortals and titans alike to stone. But where does this iconic monster come from and why has she lingered so very long in our art, minds and culture? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe venture to the Gorgade isles in search of answers. (Originally published 4/28/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/04/211h 6m

Spring Break!

Rob and Joe took the week off, so here are just a few quick words about what you can expect this week in the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast feed... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/04/213m 24s

From the Vault: Rise of the Moa

The Moa of New Zealand were among the weirdest birds to ever live, and their history is full of evolutionary wonder, interspecies conflict, tragedy and scientific hope. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the rise and fall of the great Moa. (Originally published 3/24/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/04/211h 7m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Gunhed

This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, enter a world of Japanese cyberpunk, killer AIs, giant robot tanks and more as Rob and Joe discuss the 1989 Toho movie “Gunhed.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/04/211h 29m

The Machine Lords of Barnard 68, Part 2

Even as humans reach out into the void with robotic probes and turn to artificial intelligence to aid in the search for extraterrestrial life, we face the possibility that the life we find out there might be mechanical and governed by artificial intelligence as well. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss alien AI and post-organic life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/04/211h 2m

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell – How 5G, Edge Computing and AI are Transforming Industries

As one of the nation’s largest wireless communication providers, over 120 million subscribers count on Verizon to stay connected, but we’re not just talking about phones. Today, Verizon and IBM are working together to better connect entire industries. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Srini Kalapala VP, Global Technology, Strategy and Network Cloud at Verizon and Steve Canepa, Global GM & Managing Director of IBM’s Communications Sector about how 5G, Edge Computing and AI will reshape the way work gets done. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/03/2134m 2s

The Machine Lords of Barnard 68, Part 1

Even as humans reach out into the void with robotic probes and turn to artificial intelligence to aid in the search for extraterrestrial life, we face the possibility that the life we find out there might be mechanical and governed by artificial intelligence as well. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss alien AI and post-organic life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/03/211h 8m

Listener Mail: Yearly Dad Joke Inundation

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/03/2146m 24s

Bonus Episode: Rob and Joe on "Record Store Society"

Presenting "Record Store Society", a new iHeartRadio show hosted by STBYM producer Seth Nicholas Johnson. In this bonus episode, Rob and Joe stop by Seth's virtual record store to chat about their favorite music videos. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/03/211h 29m

From the Vault: Invertebrate Emotions, Part 2

Humans are feeling creatures, constantly awash in a sea of emotion. We struggle to understand the waters that suffuse us, but what about other denizens of the animal kingdom? What about the octopods? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the question of invertebrate emotions. (Originally published 3/17/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/03/2159m 20s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Music Videos with Seth of Record Store Society

In this special episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Robert and Joe are visited by producer and host of the Record Store Society podcast Seth Nicholas Johnson to discuss everyone’s favorite weird music videos. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/03/211h 27m

Jupiter the Destroyer, Part 2

Did the planet Jupiter, like a reckless god, wreak havoc on a young solar system? Join Robert and Joe and they consider the red planet’s destructive powers on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/03/2159m 1s

Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell – Using AI to Rethink the Way Work Gets Done

With hybrid cloud and AI, businesses today can challenge the limits of how they put their data to work across the organization. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Rob Thomas, SVP Cloud and Data Platform at IBM about what’s possible, and the steps businesses can take to access more of their data to help them make more informed decisions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/03/2131m 53s

Jupiter the Destroyer, Part 1

Did the planet Jupiter, like a reckless god, wreak havoc on a young solar system? Join Robert and Joe and they consider the red planet’s destructive powers on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/03/211h 1m

Listener Mail: Spoonman

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/03/2140m 54s

Welcome to Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell

The world's most challenging problems need smarter solutions. Join host Malcolm Gladwell as he interviews industry leaders and innovators to discover how IBM and its partners collaborate on projects that are designed to approach global issues in unconventional ways. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/03/211m 31s

From the Vault: Invertebrate Emotions, Part 1

Humans are feeling creatures, constantly awash in a sea of emotion. We struggle to understand the waters that suffuse us, but what about other denizens of the animal kingdom? What about the octopods? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the question of invertebrate emotions. (Originally published 3/12/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/03/211h 10m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Hands of Steel

This week’s episode of Weirdhouse Cinema is 30 percent human, 70 percent robot and 100 percent lethal -- because the subject is the 1986 Italian sci-fi action film “Hands of Steel,” a cyborg arm wrestling movie set in the dystopian future of 1997. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/03/211h 27m

The Dad Joke

We all know a “dad joke” when we hear one, but what exactly qualifies as a dad joke and what does it reveal about parenthood, childhood learning and comedy itself? Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/03/211h 5m

The Artifact: The Corleck Head

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses a fascinating Celtic artifact... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/03/215m 23s

The Nile Inundation: Gods, Water and Life

The annual inundation of the Nile was vital to the Ancient Egyptians, and therefore factored heavily into their mythology. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss flood waters, the origins of life and the Egyptian pantheon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/03/211h 3m

Listener Mail: Mirages and More

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/03/2137m 51s

From the Vault: Biology of the Hobbit

Not to question the wisdom of Gandalf the Grey, but a hobbit might seem like a poor choice for a continent-sprawling journey to rid the world of evil. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe return to the science of Middle Earth with a look at scientific breakdowns of hobbit diet, hobbit physiology and hobbit vitamin requirements. (Originally published 3/10/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/03/2152m 27s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Dr. Cyclops

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider yet another mad scientist in the form of Dr. Thorkel from 1940’s “Dr. Cyclops.” Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack of “King Kong” fame, it’s a special effects spectacle full of miniaturized people and animals. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/03/211h 26m

The Invention of the Spoon, Part 2

It’s time for another invention-based episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. In this episode, Robert and Joe discuss a very old invention that we can scarcely imagine life without: the spoon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/03/2147m 58s

The Artifact: Glass Like Dough

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe discusses the legend of a lost recipe for glass that could bend without breaking. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/03/2111m 26s

The Invention of the Spoon, Part 1

It’s time for another invention-based episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. In this episode, Robert and Joe discuss a very old invention that we can scarcely imagine life without: the spoon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/03/2158m 16s

Listener Mail: Humbaba's Seven Terrors

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/03/2137m 0s

From the Vault: Overconfidence, Part 2

What is overconfidence? We tend to know it when we see it, but the concept is increasingly hard to nail down the more you think about it. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the mythic roots of hubris, the psychology of overconfidence and its role in society and business. (Originally published 2/27/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/03/2159m 21s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Split Second (1992)

This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, world’s grumpiest detective Rutger Hauer investigates a series of monstrous murders in the climate change-ravaged future of 2008. It features Kim Cattrall, a great monster, flooded tunnels and a fun cast of character actors. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/03/211h 26m

Fata Morgana

The horizon is an interesting netherworld of optical phenomena, where -- to the human eye -- ghost ships may sail the sky, phantom islands offer relief to weary sailors, sea monsters tower and alien ships enter the atmosphere. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the Fata Morgana mirage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/03/211h 8m

The Artifact: The Color of the Dot

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe contemplates the deep history of the color of the Pale Blue Dot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/03/2111m 47s

The Halo, Part 2

From glowing rings to flaming sun discs, the halo takes many forms in religious iconography. Why do angels, saints, gods and demigods love standing beneath or in front of these things? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of halos in myth, art and optics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/03/211h 4m

Listener Mail: Avatar State, Yip Yip!

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/03/2147m 5s

From the Vault: Overconfidence, Part 1

What is overconfidence? We tend to know it when we see it, but the concept is increasingly hard to nail down the more you think about it. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the mythic roots of hubris, the psychology of overconfidence and its role in society and business. (Originally published 2/25/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/02/211h 5m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Santo in the Treasure of Dracula

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into one of Mexican luchador El Santo's various horror cinema adventures -- and not just any Santo film but the legendary "Santo In The Treasure of Dracula," which features time travel, Dracula and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/02/211h 20m

The Halo, Part 1

From glowing rings to flaming sun discs, the halo takes many forms in religious iconography. Why do angels, saints, gods and demigods love standing beneath or in front of these things? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of halos in myth, art and optics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/02/211h 12m

The Artifact: The Macuahuitl

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the Mesoamerican weapon known as the Macuahuitl... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/02/216m 31s

The Moses Illusion

How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss The Moses Illusion, one persistent example from a class of mental phenomena known as “knowledge neglect.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/02/211h 5m

Listener Mail: The Corporeal Earth

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/02/2139m 55s

From the Vault: Occam's Razor

It’s a standard tool of skeptical thinking: When presented with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well, choose the simpler of the two. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history, nature and complexities of Occam’s Razor. (Originally published 2/13/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/02/211h 15m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Demon Knight

Yes, kiddies, in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Ernest Dickerson’s 1995 siege movie “Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight.” Strap in for grotesque monsters, a whole host of character actors and some Crypt Keeper puns. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/02/211h 22m

From the Vault: The Mighty Sarlacc

Few places in the Star Wars universe are regarded with as much horror as the Great Pit of Carkoon, within the Dune Sea of Tatooine. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the mighty Sarlacc and compare what we know about this organism to denizens of the natural world. (Originally published 5/12/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/02/211h 28m

The Artifact: The Sword of Gōu Jiàn

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses an ancient Chinese sword noted for its unusual sharpness and resistance to tarnish... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/02/215m 43s

Gold: Metal of the Sun

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of gold, humanity’s history extracting it from the Earth and the amazing properties of gold nanoparticles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/02/2153m 37s

Listener Mail: Here There Be Dragons

Here's your weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/02/2134m 59s

From the Vault: Lessons of Vesuvius, Part 2

In the year 79 CE, the Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted with with the thermal energy of 100,000 atomic bombs. Ashen destruction rained down on Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore this terrifying episode in history and what we can learn from it. (Originally published 2/11/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/02/211h 8m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Freejack

The bonejackers thought they could jack Alex Furlong, but now he's gone freejack in the future of 2009. Yep, in this installment of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe jack their way into the 1992 sci-fi thriller "Freejack," starring everyone and costing $30 million. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/02/211h 30m

Monsters of the Shān Hǎi Jīng, Part 2

In the previous episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discussed the Shān Hǎi Jīng or “Classic of Mountains and Seas,” an ancient Chinese text that compiles the mythic geography and fantastic creatures of the world. In this episode, the continue by discussing some of the fantastic creatures mentioned in the text. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/02/2158m 57s

The Artifact: Stone Mushroom Clouds

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe talks about mind-boggling prehistoric mineral formations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/02/2111m 40s

Monsters of the Shān Hǎi Jīng, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Shān Hǎi Jīng or “Classic of Mountains and Seas,” an ancient Chinese text that compiles the mythic geography and fantastic creatures of the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/02/211h 3m

Listener Mail: Gravy, Sinkholes and Soviet Sci-Fi

Here's your weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/02/2147m 3s

From the Vault: Lessons of Vesuvius, Part 1

In the year 79 CE, the Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted with with the thermal energy of 100,000 atomic bombs. Ashen destruction rained down on Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore this terrifying episode in history and what we can learn from it. (Originally published 2/6/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/02/2154m 39s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Brain

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe cap off Brain Week with the 1988 Canadian monster movie “The Brain.” It’s kind of bargain-bin Cronenberg in many ways, but that’s OK because there’s still a giant brain with eyes and teeth in it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/02/211h 9m

Brain and Head Theft, Part 2

First they came for their heads. Then they came for their brains. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the weird and fascinating history of head and brain preservation, veneration and theft. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/02/211h 2m

The Artifact: The Heslington Brain

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses one of the oldest, best-preserved human brains. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/02/216m 11s

Brain and Head Theft, Part 1

First they came for their heads. Then they came for their brains. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the weird and fascinating history of head and brain preservation, veneration and theft. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/02/211h 4m

Listener Mail: Nightmare Key

It’s time for more listening mail! Robert and Joe use the Nightmare Key to unlock a boss battle with YOUR e-mails... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/02/2136m 36s

From the Vault: Here Come the Warm Feels

There’s often a gap between feeling and understanding, but language and classification provide us with tremendous tools for self-reflection. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the concept of kama muta, a broad categorization of emotional states that include loved belonging, patriotism, cuteness, spiritual communion and the feels. (Originally published 1/21/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/01/211h 1m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Teens in the Universe

It’s Soviet work ethic versus the siren song of fun in 1975’s “Teens in the Universe,” a beautifully crafted and thoroughly weird space adventure. Join Rob and Joe for a Weirdhouse Cinema discussion of robots, space travel and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/01/211h 38m

The Tempest Stele

During the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, Pharaoh Ahmose I erected a stele detailing a great storm that destroyed tombs, temples and other structures. Does this artifact describe a real atmospheric disturbance? Or is it propaganda? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the mystery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/01/211h 9m

The Artifact: Submoon Fever

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe sees visions of orbits within orbits within orbits within orbits... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/01/2110m 31s

The Bonsai Tree

Spanning centuries of human history, the iconic bonsai tree is a widely recognized example of Japanese mastery. Each miniature tree speaks to the beauty of cultivated nature and the immutability of all things. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of bonsai, its cultural meaning and the underlying science. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/01/211h 6m

Listener Mail: The Flood

Here comes the STBYM listener mail, once again. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/01/2139m 39s

From the Vault: Horseshoe Crabs

Their fossils date back 450 million years and their copper-rich blue blood continues to benefit various medical applications. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of horseshoe crabs. (Originally published 1/16/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/01/211h 0m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Oily Maniac

Yes, it’s time to grease up Weirdhouse Cinema with a Shaw Brothers horror film from 1976. “The Oily Maniac” is a tale of sleaze, revenge and a rampaging black-magic oil monster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/01/2158m 47s

Funeral for a Bug

How do insects factor into our traditions of death -- and how do insects handle their own burials? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind as Robert and Joe discuss ants, termites, Virgil, ancient civilizations, bees and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/01/211h 7m

The Artifact: The Cairo Toe

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses one of the oldest known human prosthetics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/01/215m 30s

Sinkholes, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of sinkholes. How have these impressive geographic features impacted our world, and what can they reveal about the past? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/01/2152m 15s

Listener Mail: Blue Öyster Cult

Join Robert and Joe for even more STBYM and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/01/2143m 9s

From the Vault: David Grinspoon on Pluto

In the book “Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto,” authors Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. David Grinspoon recount the riveting history of the quest to send a spacecraft to the planet Pluto. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Grinspoon chats about the book, the planet and the nature of space exploration. (Originally published 12/31/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/01/211h 8m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Arena

It’s time to lace up for a boxing movie -- but not just any boxing movie. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1989 sci-fi movie “Arena,” in which a lone human fighter puts up his dukes against an entire galaxy of bizarre, alien combatants. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/01/211h 15m

Sinkholes, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of sinkholes. How have these impressive geographic features impacted our world, and what can they reveal about the past? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/01/2151m 14s

The Artifact:The Psychedelic Blindfold

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe talks about a 2004 study of blindfolding and visual hallucinations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/01/219m 43s

The Invention of the Lock & Key

The lock and key are such a central part of modern life, both technologically and metaphorically, but when and how did this technological advancement take place? In this Invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe dive into the ancient history of security technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/01/211h 12m

Listener Mail: Our Blessed Saint Poochie

It's time for more listener mail! Let's dig in. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/01/2135m 17s

From the Vault: The Psychology of Architecture, Part 2

The natural world evokes various feelings in the mind, but humans spend a great deal of their time within spaces that they themselves designed and built out of the environment. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the ways that architecture impacts our thoughts and feelings. (Originally published 12/12/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/01/211h 5m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Doctor X

Welcome to the medical academy where EVERYONE is a suspect in the cannibalistic “Moon Killer” slayings. Yes, from the director of “Casablanca” comes 1932’s “Doctor X.” Join Rob and Joe for a deep gaze into the technicolor abyss in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/01/211h 23m

From the Vault: Bandersnatch

From its literary origins in the mirror realm of Lewis Carroll to its terrifying appearance in Charlie Brooker's “Black Mirror,” the frumious Bandersnatch is a monster from which it is useless to flee. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe follow its trail through a maze of choice, freewill, advertising and streaming media. (originally published 1/9/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/01/211h 43m

The Artifact: The Mirrors of Dr. Dee

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the mirrors of English occultist Dr. Dee, including the so-called Devil’s Looking Glass. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/01/217m 13s

From the Vault: Brian Greene on the End of Time

Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene’s new book “Until the End of Time” contemplates the entirety of human history and the known universe in a single volume. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with the author about the cosmos, the human experience and science communication during a global pandemic. (Originally published 4/16/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/01/2155m 5s

Listener Mail: Holiday Hangover

It's listener mail time once more, so Robert and Joe catch up on some Stuff to Blow Your Mind holiday mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/01/2135m 20s

From the Vault: The Psychology of Architecture, Part 1

The natural world evokes various feelings in the mind, but humans spend a great deal of their time within spaces that they themselves designed and built out of the environment. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the ways that architecture impacts our thoughts and feelings. (Originally published 12/10/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
02/01/211h 13m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Not of This Earth

Don't switch the blade on the guy in shades -- because that guy might be a psychic alien sent to 1950s Earth to harvest its precious blood. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into Roger Corman’s 1957 low-budget thriller “Not of This Earth.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/01/211h 26m

iHeart's Favorite Episodes of 2020 - 'Thankful. The Science of Gratitude'

Check out this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind about the science of Gratitude. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
31/12/201h 7m

STBYM: Electric Microbe Land

It’s easy to think of electricity as the domain of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Street Fighter’s Blanka. But as Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, it’s also the domain of microbes -- and it will change the shape of future technology. (Originally published 7/25/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/12/2055m 1s

iHeart’s Favorite Podcasts of 2020 - There Are No Girls On The Internet

Check out this episode of "There Are No Girls On The Internet" about Missy Elliott. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
30/12/2025m 20s

The Artifact: Cones!

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe discusses why people in ancient Egyptian paintings sometimes have little cones on their heads. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/12/2011m 19s

From the Vault: The Gerasene Demoniac

“My name is Legion.” In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the Biblical tale of exorcism and swine. What did the story mean? How was it used to enforce our relationship with animals and just how intelligent are pigs? (Originally published 10/17/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/12/201h 9m

Listener Mail: Spin Kick!

What's so great a bout a spin kick? Find out in this batch of Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/12/2041m 33s

Presenting Prodigy: The Polgar Sisters

Can prodigies be created with early specialization? Laszlo Polgar was an educational psychologist who believed they could. He experimented with his own children and the results were fascinating. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/12/2040m 50s

From the Vault: Shrooms Like Cedars in the Devonian Wilds

Did 20-foot-tall giant fungi rule the earth 400 million years ago? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the puzzling prototaxites fossils from the Devonian period. (Originally published 12/17/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/12/201h 1m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Robot Jox

What if the nations of the Earth solved all their problems with giant robot gladiatorial battles? That’s the concept behind 1990’s “Robot Jox,” directed by horror wizard Stuart Gordon and written by military sci-fi author Joe Haldeman. Join Rob and Joe for a discussion of mech politics in this Christmas Day episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
25/12/201h 30m

The Toaster Not Taken

It’s obvious that our preferences guide our choices, but do our choices also determine our preferences? Join Robert and Joe as they explore this question with the help of a half-century of psychological research and reminiscences concerning Sonic the Hedgehog and Metallica. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/12/201h 10m

The Artifact: Map of the Underworld

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses one of humanity's oldest maps -- from a coffin text detailing paths through the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
23/12/206m 38s

Toy Guns

For many of us, toy guns were part of our childhood, but how are we to think about them today? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe look at some of the current thinking on the use of toy weapons in childhood play. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/12/201h 4m

Listener Mail: Holiday Beasts

In this batch of Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener mail, Robert and Joe catch up on Jim e-mails, Krampus talk and Leshy feedback. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/12/2038m 21s

Introducing Anupam Cares

We could all use a little something to lift our spirits right now... and that is exactly what Anupam Kher has set out to do. You may know him from 500+ Bollywood films, and Hollywood hits like Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick, or Bend It Like Beckham. But in his podcast, he wanted to try something new. Here, Anupam shares the stories that happened off-screen. You’ll hear about his childhood mischief in the hills of Shimla, the highs and lows of his early career, and the lessons learned along the way. And each episode, you’ll also hear stories of unsung heroes from around the world that, despite being miles or generations apart, were learning the same lessons and living the same truths. Join Anupam Kher in celebrating the everyday victories and the things that make us smile. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
20/12/203m 29s

From the Vault: Is Santa a god? (parts 1 and 2)

He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, but is Santa Claus merely a magical entity or does he rise to the status of a god? In this pair of STBYM episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the general attributes of a deity and consider the awesome, reality-warping powers of the one we call Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and of course Santa Claus. (Originally published 12/19/2019 and 12/24/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/12/201h 58m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Chopping Mall

The shopping mall is a centerpiece of American holiday traditions -- cathedrals of consumerism, if you will. So in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into “Chopping Mall,” the 1986 sci-fi horror film that pits teenagers against deadly security robots, “where shopping costs you an arm and a leg.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
18/12/201h 0m

Heavy Water

Nope, “Heavy Water” isn’t the new bottled beverage for headbangers. It’s actually an alternate form of water called deuterium oxide that plays a key role in nuclear power plants and the creation of nuclear weapons. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe get to know heavy water. Can you drink it? Why did the Nazis want it? Find out… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/12/201h 8m

The Artifact: The Tongue Stone

In this episode of STBYM's The Artifact, Joe talks about a strange class of tongue-shaped rocks that were believed to have magical and medicinal powers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
16/12/2013m 34s

Holiday Inventions: Christmas Tree Lights, Tinsel and Angels

Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind leans into the holidays -- this time for an invention-minded episode about some of the technologies that bring the winter holidays to life. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss electric Christmas tree lights, tinsel and angelic tree toppers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/12/201h 9m

Listener Mail: Das Gravy Boat

Time for more listener mail, with your thoughts on antimetaboles, pole dancing, gravy, weird movies and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/12/2036m 59s

From the Vault: Devourer of Memories, Part 2

“You are what you eat,” the saying goes -- but does that apply to memories as well? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, join Robert and Joe on a journey through the world of Planaria worms, controversial research, regeneration, behaviorism and even the machinations of the Unabomber. (originally published 11/21/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/12/2058m 7s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Ghost in the Machine

It’s time for some early 90s cyber-panic! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss 1993’s “Ghost in the Machine,” in which a serial killer is zapped into the Internet and terrorizes Karen Allen and her painfully cool 90s son. So jack in, get virtual and become one with the screensaver. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
11/12/201h 14m

Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 2

You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/12/2055m 51s

The Artifact: The Poisoned Tooth

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the fictional idea of the poisoned tooth and the real-life innovations that seem to have inspired it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
09/12/206m 4s

Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 1

You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/12/201h 6m

Listener Mail: Halloween Hangover

STBYM Listener Mail is now weekly! In this short installment, Robert and Joe catch up on some of your thoughts on various Halloween episodes from October. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/12/2035m 42s

From the Vault: Die Nacht des Krampus

Heute Nacht ist Krampusnacht. Besprechen Sie mit Robert und Joe auf STBYM die beliebtesten Urlaubsmonster aller. (Originally published 12/5/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/12/201h 17m

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Battle for Endor

The Star Wars franchise is home to many cinematic entries some consider to be unnatural. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1985 made-for-TV film “Ewoks: The Battle For Endor,” starring Wilford Brimley and various forest monsters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
04/12/201h 16m

Smart Talks with IBM: How Audi Put Innovation in the Driver's Seat

Audi's journey to reinvent the customer experience has evolved from assumptions to data based decisions. In this episode of Smart Talks, Robert and Joe talk with Debbie Vavangas, VP IBM Garage, and Antony Roberts, Audi UK's Head of Digital, about Audi's transformation to create smarter experiences and how they adapted to grow their customer base without the luxury of in-person shopping during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/12/2030m 7s

Airships Over Venus

Planet Earth a bit much for you right now? Well venture back out to Venus on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss recent news in the search for possible signs of life in the Venusian clouds, as well as the possibility of probes or even human explorers sailing over Venus in futuristic airships. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
01/12/201h 0m

From the Vault: Devourer of Memories, Part 1

“You are what you eat,” the saying goes -- but does that apply to memories as well? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, join Robert and Joe on a journey through the world of Planaria worms, controversial research, regeneration, behaviorism and even the machinations of the Unabomber. (originally published 11/19/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
28/11/2056m 42s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Boggy Creek II

Weird movies are a Thanksgiving tradition, because Mystery Science Theater 3000's Turkey Day Marathon is a Thanksgiving tradition. So in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss one of their favorite MST-riffed films, b-movie legend Charlies B. Pierce and bigfoot films in general. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/11/201h 26m

Thanksgiving Smorgasbord: Turkey, Wishbones and Gravy

In recognition of Thanksgiving, Robert and Joe devote this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind to the very topics that might float through your head at the dinner table: What is a wishbone, why do we pull it apart and what does it have to do with dinosaurs? Are turkeys messengers of the gods? What is gravy and is it ever considered sacred? Find out... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
26/11/201h 20m

Antimetaboles: Sometimes You Eat the Bear

Friedrich Nietzsche once observed that if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. That’s an antimetabole, a transposed repetition of words in successive clauses. It’s an ABBA configuration that seems to resonate with meaning, but why? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe gaze into the linguistic abyss once more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/11/201h 1m

From the Vault: Thankful: The Science of Gratitude

Tis the season of thankfulness, so in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science of Gratitude. (Originally published 11/28/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
21/11/201h 15m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Message From Space

This time on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider the 1978 Japanese space opera “Message From Space,” starring Sonny Chiba and Vic Morrow. It’s not quite “Star Wars,” but it brings the 70s weirdness and a bunch of space nuts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/11/201h 15m

Listener Mail: The Final Conflict

Once more on Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe turn to the mailbot and read some listener mail from previous months. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
19/11/2055m 35s

Invention: The Bed

We sure do spend a lot of time in bed, but what exactly IS a bed and what were ancient beds like? In this invention-based episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the ancient history of the bed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/11/2059m 59s

From the Vault: Dangerous Foods: Adverse Additives

As is tradition, Stuff to Blow Your Mind prepares for seasonal feasts with a look at dangerous foods -- this time with a focus on peculiar and sometimes frightful additives such as lead, mercury and more. (Originally published 11/26/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
14/11/201h 9m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Mad Love (1935)

In this edition of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss one of the great weird films of the 1930s: “Mad Love,” in which Peter Lorre gives a stellar performance as the deranged and tragic Dr. Gogol. It’s a film full of obsession, cutting-edge surgery, wax figures, delusion and knife-throwing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/11/201h 20m

Fireball with Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer

In this special interview episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer about their new documentary "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds," which deals with meteors and comets and their influence on ancient religions and other cultural and physical impacts they've had on Earth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
12/11/201h 1m

The 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes

As usual, Robert and Joe take time in early November to discuss some of the winners from this year's Ig Nobel Prizes -- the awards ceremony that celebrates the weirder and more absurd corners of very real scientific investigation. This year, it's frozen feces knives, narcissistic eyebrows, arachnophobic entomologists and helium gators. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/11/201h 5m

From the Vault: The 2019 Ig Nobel Prizes

Yes, it’s time once more for us to cover the Ig Nobel prizes. This year on Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider cubical wombat poop, truly dirty money, diaper-changing robots and much more. (Originally published 11/7/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
07/11/2050m 38s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Troll 2

“Troll 2” is a titan of b-movie goodness -- but it’s also overflowing with weirdness. In this edition of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss this 1990 tale of vegetarian goblins -- as well as a couple of additional films written and/or directed by Claudio Fragasso and Rosella Drudi: “Night Killer” and “Robowar.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/11/201h 15m

Melt With Me

From the horror of “melt movies,” in which the melting human takes on nightmarish qualities, to far more benign and even sublime takes on the concept of the melt, there does seem to be something to our fascination with personal phase transition. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe try to figure out what it all means as they round out 2020’s Halloween offerings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
05/11/201h 8m

Anthology of Horror, Volume 6

The Halloween tradition continues -- even as Halloween comes to a close. Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. This year, they examine episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Hammer House of Horror, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/11/201h 33m

From the Vault: Burned from the Mind’s Eye, Parts 1 & 2

From the VHS horrors of “The Ring” and claims of psychic photography to cutting edge research into neuro technology, humanity continues to wrestle with the notion of the mind’s eye. In this two-part Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe dive into the mystifying world of the mental image. (Originally published 10/10/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
31/10/202h 18m

STBYM presents Weirdhouse Cinema: Without Warning

Welcome to Weirdhouse Cinema, a new weekly offering from the hosts of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, published in the STBYM feed. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss "Without Warning," a perfectly serviceable sci-fi horror film directed by Greydon Clark. The year is 1980 and only a delusional Martin Landau and a Captain Ahab-esque Jack Palance can stop an extraterrestrial killer from treating rural California as its own personal hunting ground. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
30/10/201h 17m

Anthology of Horror, Volume 5

The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. This year, they examine episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Hammer House of Horror, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
29/10/201h 13m

Anthology of Horror, Volume 4

The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. This year, they examine episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Hammer House of Horror, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
27/10/201h 17m

From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 3

The time has come. Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind reaches into the depths of TV horror anthology history, pulls out a handful of episodes and spins science and wonder out of the monstrosities therein. For this year’s installment, Robert and Joe discuss episodes The Outer Limits and The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror. (Originally published 10/31/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
24/10/201h 6m

The Leshii

According to Russian folklore, ancient, beastial spirits guard the depths of the forest, raging with each other and punishing any human who might break the law of the forest. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss these haunters of the woodland depths. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
22/10/201h 24m

Smart Talks with IBM: How P-TECH Prepares Students for the Future of Work

Today on Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk with IBM's Joel Mangan, Executive Director of P-TECH, and recent P-TECH graduates Suyhalia Karim-Doran and Eric Cholula-Martinez about how P-TECH, a groundbreaking public education model, is addressing education and workforce development challenges for underserved students. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/10/2036m 59s

It Sees You

Have you ever had the feeling that someone or something is watching you? Perhaps you even feel a tingle on the back of your neck. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore this creepy feeling, research into its perception and what it means to meet another being’s gaze. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
20/10/201h 20m

From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 2

The time has come. Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind reaches into the depths of TV horror anthology history, pulls out a handful of episodes and spins science and wonder out of the monstrosities therein. For this year’s installment, Robert and Joe discuss episodes of Monsters and The Twilight Zone. (Originally published 10/29/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
17/10/201h 12m

The Minotaur, Part 3

Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this series of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
15/10/201h 8m

The Minotaur, Part 2: Minoan Crete with Nicoletta Momigliano

To fully understand the minotaur myth, we also have to consider the Minoan civilization of Crete. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Professor Nicoletta Momigliano, author of “In Search of the Labyrinth: The Cultural Legacy of Minoan Crete.” Learn all about ancient Creteomania as well as modern artistic treatments of the minotaur. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
13/10/2050m 30s

From the Vault: Hellraiser

Robert and Joe have such sights to show you in this movie episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Join them as they discuss Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” and the questions it raises about monastic traditions, flagellation, puzzle boxes and the science of pain. (Originally published 10/24/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
10/10/201h 23m

I Want a New Blood

From fictional tales of vampire thrust to to real-life medical research, the notion of synthetic blood brings with it a lot of possibilities. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the strange history of purported blood substitutes and possible ramifications if scientists ever solve this riddle in the blood. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
08/10/201h 1m

The Minotaur, Part 1

Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this pair of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/10/201h 6m

Smart Talks with IBM: Online Privacy is More Important Than Ever

How can advertising evolve to respect the growing privacy concerns of consumers? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the future of artificial intelligence in digital advertising with Sheri Bachstein, Global Head of Watson Advertising and The Weather Company, an IBM Business. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
06/10/2036m 4s

From the Vault: I Drink Your Blood Type

Gather round ye blood drinkers and children of the night, for in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe will discuss human blood types -- what they are, why they exist and what powers they hold. It’s all required listeners for any serious vampires. (Originally published 10/3/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
03/10/201h 9m
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