Stuff To Blow Your Mind

Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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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

The Monstrefact: Mumm-Ra the Ever Living

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses Mumm-Ra the Ever Living…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/12/22·5m 32s

Of Ice and Men, with Fred Hogge

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with author Fred Hogge about his new book “Of Ice and Men: How We’ve Used Cold to Transform Humanity,” covering everything from cocktail ice to the ancient history of ice houses. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/12/22·46m 25s

Listener Mail: The Locked Groove

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/12/22·26m 44s

Introducing: Skyline Drive

When Mangesh Hattikudur (Part-Time Genius, Humans Growing Stuff) set out to do a big, sweeping show on astrology, he didn’t realize the first interview would change the course of his life. But as he tries to put his world back together, he realizes the incredible ways astrology presents itself in modern society: from NASA employees who keep their belief in astrology in the closet, to world leaders who’ve used astrologers to guide foreign policy, to moneyball statisticians who use astrology more than statistics to build baseball teams, to a little shop in India where your fortune was written for you centuries ago, and is waiting for you to come claim it. Over the course of 8 episodes, Mangesh tries to decipher why we keep looking to the stars for answers, and what happens when you don’t believe in astrology, but astrology keeps happening to you. Listen to Skyline Drive on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/867-skyline-drive-104974284/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/12/22·2m 52s

From the Vault: 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? (originally published 12/16/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/12/22·1h 0m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Tobor the Great

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1954 robot movie “Tobor the Great,” in which a mechanical spaceman becomes a friend to children and an enemy of communism!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/12/22·1h 21m

Play the Record Backwards, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert is joined by Rusty Needle’s Record Club host Seth Nicholas Johnson for a discussion of various means of secreting information into audio, from backmasking and locked grooves to examples from the digital age of music.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/12/22·1h 0m

Smart Talks with IBM: Clicks, Not Code: Transforming Digital Experiences with Salesforce

The Salesforce platform can empower businesspeople to create digital solutions without writing code. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Jacob Goldstein, host of What’s Your Problem?, and guest Phil Weinmeister, Head of Product, Salesforce Americas, at IBM. They discuss human-centric design, the low-code/no-code approach, and how IBM Consulting powers digital transformations with the Salesforce platform. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/11/22·32m 39s

Play the Record Backwards, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert is joined by Rusty Needle’s Record Club host Seth Nicholas Johnson for a discussion of various means of secreting information into audio, from backmasking and locked grooves to examples from the digital age of music.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/11/22·56m 32s

Listener Mail: The Turkeys Made Gravy in the Lion's Skull

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/11/22·38m 6s

From the Vault: 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? (originally published 12/14/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/11/22·53m 26s

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: 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 Inframan” starring Danny Lee and a whole bunch of monsters and stylish costumes. (originally published 12/03/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/11/22·50m 50s

From the Vault: Crab Content is King

Join Robert and Joe in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind in which they discuss even more crab science and mythology. (originally published 11/30/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/11/22·46m 2s

The Artifact Redux: Malaysian Spirit Boats

In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses a most nautical form of exorcism...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/11/22·3m 36s

From the Vault: Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 2

In this classic 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! (originally published 11/18/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/11/22·50m 54s

Thanksgiving Break!

We're out for Thanksgiving break, so please enjoy some leftovers...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/11/22·40s

From the Vault: Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 1

In this classic 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! (originally published 11/16/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/11/22·59m 28s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Flight of Dragons

Only science and logic can save us from dark magic and dragons! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and guest co-host Seth discuss the 1982 Rankin and Bass animated film "The Flight of Dragons," featuring the voice talents of John Ritter and James Earl Jones.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/11/22·1h 15m

‘Good Night Opy,’ with director Ryan White

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Ryan White, director of the new documentary “Good Night Oppy.” The film follows Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover affectionately dubbed Oppy by her creators and scientists at NASA. Oppy was originally expected to live for only 90 days but she ultimately explored Mars for nearly 15 years.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/11/22·30m 8s

Smart Talks with IBM: Unlocking Data Strategy: Data Literacy for Better Business

Having a good data strategy can streamline the way a company does business. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Ronald Young Jr., host of Solvable, and guest Nicholas Renotte, Data Science and AI Technical Specialist at IBM. They discuss how data literacy can help make a business more efficient, the fundamentals of data management, and why data is step one to AI solutions. A study quoted by Nicholas and referenced in this episode can be found here. Some of Nicholas’ guidance on machine learning can be found here. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/11/22·30m 38s

From the Vault: Luck, with Barbara Blatchley

In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Barbara Blatchley about her book “What are the Chances? Why We Believe in Luck.” (Originally published 11/04/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/11/22·44m 30s

Listener Mail: Said The White Rabbit

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/11/22·28m 58s

From the Vault: The Spacing Guild of Dune

In this classic 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. (originally published 11/11/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/11/22·1h 4m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Congo

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and guest co-host Anney Reese discuss the 1995 jungle adventure film "Congo" starring Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson and Tim Curry – as well as LOTS of Stan Winston gorilla costumes.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/11/22·1h 58m

The 2022 Ig Nobel Prizes, Part 2

It’s that time of year again! Join Robert and guest co-host Seth as they discuss some of this year’s Ig Nobel prize-winning scientific studies and papers – honored as always for first making us laugh, then making us think.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/22·52m 10s

The Monstrefact Redux: Donkeys of Dune

In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the oft-forgotten Kulons of the planet Arrakis…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/11/22·4m 44s

The 2022 Ig Nobel Prizes, Part 1

It’s that time of year again! Join Robert and guest co-host Seth as they discuss some of this year’s Ig Nobel prize-winning scientific studies and papers – honored as always for first making us laugh, then making us think.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/11/22·50m 5s

Listener Mail: Goat Throne

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/11/22·24m 5s

From the Vault: The Bene Gesserit of Dune

The Bene Gesserit of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” use advanced mental and manipulative tactics to further their ends across the galaxy. In this classic 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. (originally published 11/09/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/11/22·58m 25s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Alice (1988)

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and guest co-host Seth discuss the 1988 surrealist dark fantasy film “Alice” by Czech stop-motion animation master Jan Švankmajer.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/11/22·1h 19m

Goats, Rams and Conflict at Earth’s Edge, with Joel Berger

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with wildlife conservation biologist Dr. Joel Berger about the challenges of conservation in a changing world, as well as conflict between mountain goats and bighorn sheep over mineral resources uncovered by a changing climate.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/11/22·39m 22s

The Monstrefact: The Creature From ‘The Viewing’

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the creature from “The Viewing,” the seventh episode of “Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/11/22·5m 12s

The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft, with Brian Hoggard

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert discusses witch bottles and other forms of counter-witchcraft of olden days with Brian Hoggard, author of "Magical House Protection: The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft ." His website can be found at www.apotropaios.co.uk.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/11/22·59m 56s

Monstrous Correspondences with Dr. Anton Jessup

In this special Halloween edition of Listener Mail, Dr. Anton Jessup returns from his travels to read some of the listener and viewer mail that has accumulated in the university basement over the last four years.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/10/22·13m 13s

From the Vault: Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 2

In this classic 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. (originally published 10/28/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/10/22·48m 25s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Gate

Prepare yourself for sleepovers, tiny demons and gateways to hell. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and guest David Striepe of the Talkin' Tofu podcast discuss 1987’s “The Gate.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/10/22·1h 40m

Anthology of Horror, Volume 8

Yes, the Halloween tradition continues as Robert and guest co-host Seth dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology shows to focus on STBYM topics that might not otherwise make the show. This year, strap in for discussions around episodes of "Love, Death & Robots" and "Tales of the Unexpected."See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/10/22·59m 45s

Smart Talks with IBM: Combatting Hiring Bias: Recruiting a Diverse Workforce with Intelligent Automation

Intelligent automation can help combat the human biases that can lead to discriminatory hiring practices. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Jacob Goldstein, host of What’s Your Problem?, and guest Angela Hood, founder and CEO of ThisWay Global. They discuss how intelligent automation can accelerate inclusive hiring practices, why machines can mitigate bias but not remove it, and why diverse companies are more competitive. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/10/22·24m 33s

Oh Goat, You Devil - Part 3

If you’ve ever actually been around a goat, you probably wouldn’t confuse it for the ultimate evil spirit. And yet, goats have various demonic and satanic connotations in Christian traditions. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the humble goat and ponder why.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/10/22·49m 57s

Listener Mail: Wizard Walks By

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/10/22·34m 42s

Introducing: 13 Days of Halloween Season 3, Devil's Night

Hi, STBYM listeners! Things are getting spooky. We think you'll want to experience season three of 13 Days of Halloween. New episodes air 10/19 - 10/31, so here's a snippet to get you excited for Devil's Night! About this season: Season Three: Devil's Night. When a 12-year-old boy and his dog are stranded far from home, they must find a way back through the chaos and mayhem of the most dangerous night of the year. Headphones recommended. Listener discretion advised. A co-production of iHeart3DAudio, Blumhouse Television, and Grim&Mild from Aaron Mahnke.  Listen to 13 Days of Halloween on the free iHeartRadio app, or wherever you get your podcasts!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/10/22·2m 12s

From the Vault: Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 1

In this classic 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. (originally published 10/26/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/10/22·50m 16s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Masque of the Red Death

As the Red Death ravages the surrounding countryside, Prince Prospero and his followers celebrate darkness within their rainbow-hued castle. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1964 Roger Corman film “The Masque of the Red Death,” based on two different works from Edgar Allen Poe and starring the legendary Vincent Price, Hazel Court and Jane Asher.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/10/22·1h 15m

Oh Goat, You Devil - Part 2

If you’ve ever actually been around a goat, you probably wouldn’t confuse it for the ultimate evil spirit. And yet, goats have various demonic and satanic connotations in Christian traditions. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the humble goat and ponder why.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/10/22·47m 37s

The Monstrefact: Salt Dragons

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the salt dragon of Forgotten Realms…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/10/22·3m 15s

Oh Goat, You Devil - Part 1

If you’ve ever actually been around a goat, you probably wouldn’t confuse it for the ultimate evil spirit. And yet, goats have various demonic and satanic connotations in Christian traditions. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the humble goat and ponder why.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/10/22·58m 43s

Listener Mail: The Moon in Silver Dreams

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/10/22·38m 52s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss a wide selection of ghosts and monsters connected to destructive weather patterns. (originally published 10/14/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/10/22·1h 11m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Halloween III

In this classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe ride the chariot of pumpkins as they discuss 1983's "Halloween III: Season of the Witch." (originally published 10/15/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/10/22·1h 44m

From the Vault: 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 pius church-goers. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead. (originally published 10/21/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/10/22·56m 3s

The Monstrefact Redux: The Boxenwolf

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the horror of the Boxenwolf…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/10/22·4m 24s

From the Vault: 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 pius church-goers. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead. (originally published 10/19/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/10/22·55m 25s

Fall Break!

We're on fall break this week, but please enjoy some seasonal offerings from last year...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/10/22·43s

From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 7

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. In this classic episode, they’ll dive into episodes of The Hammer House of Horror and The Outer Limits. (Originally published 11/02/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/10/22·1h 8m

News Has to Sleep, too

It’s said that “The news never sleeps,” but the reporters who are breaking news in this nonstop 24-hour cycle have to get shut-eye sometime. ABC News anchor Diane Macedo has worked all hours day and night in news, and while her passion for reporting has never diminished, the adrenaline and anxiety that come with the job makes getting quality sleep a challenge. Discover what sleep professionals say about that sensation of being “tired but wired,” and learn about Diane’s journey to restful sleep even on busy news days. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/10/22·28m 3s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Return

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into a little cattle mutilation-sploitation cinema with Greydon Clark’s 1980 film “The Return” starring Jan-Michael Vincent, Cybill Shepherd and Martin Landau.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/10/22·1h 14m

The Cattle Mutilation Panic of the 1970s

Strange lights and black helicopters in the night. Cattle found dead with blood or organs seemingly removed from strange incisions. Alien visitors in the heartland. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe take a skeptical look at the cattle mutilation phenomenon of the 1970s.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/10/22·55m 57s

The Artifact: Krueger's Claw

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses Freddy Kreuger’s infamous claw weapon and how it compares to the actual use of bladed gauntlets in history…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/10/22·4m 24s

Elfshot, Part 2

These lands are old and the elves who lived before us still watch and wait. Cross them, and you may feel the prick of their arrow. You’ll find no wound, though your flesh will swell and ache, and if you happen upon one of their elfstones in the grass then you might have chance at survival. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the superstition, archaeology and science of elfshot.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/10/22·50m 26s

Listener Mail: Big Black Shape with Eyes of Fire

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/10/22·24m 9s

From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 4

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/17/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/10/22·46m 57s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Phantasm

If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead! Yes, in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into the cinematic mausoleum to discuss the dreamlike terror of 1979’s “Phantasm.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/09/22·1h 29m

Elfshot, Part 1

These lands are old and the elves who lived before us still watch and wait. Cross them, and you may feel the prick of their arrow. You’ll find no wound, though your flesh will swell and ache, and if you happen upon one of their elfstones in the grass then you might have chance at survival. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the superstition, archaeology and science of elfshot.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/09/22·49m 44s

Smart Talks with IBM: The Future of Supply Chain: Building Sustainable and Transparent Businesses

Sustainable supply chains are good for the planet and good for business. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Tim Harford, host of Cautionary Tales, and guest Sheri Hinish, IBM’s Global Sustainability Services Leader and Offering Leader for Sustainable Supply Chain, known as the “supply-chain queen.” They discuss the supply-chain crisis and why transparent, responsible supply chains are imperative for our future. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/09/22·34m 41s

The Invention of the Gimbal

In this invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the ancient origins of the gimbal, its connections to Chinese incense censers and its role in technological innovation.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/09/22·45m 57s

Listener Mail: Loving You is Easy Because You're Crabs

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/09/22·21m 21s

From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 3

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/12/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/09/22·48m 18s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Last Starfighter

The year is 1984 and it’s time to save the galaxy… with arcade games. On this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, join Rob and Joe as they discuss “The Last Starfighter.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/09/22·1h 21m

Incense, Part 2

Humans have burned incense since ancient times for reasons that range from the practical to the divine. To aid in these rites, various cultures have created exquisite censers and housings for the burning, smoke-emitting biotics. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some outstanding examples from the history of incense, including the incense clocks of China and swinging thuribles of Catholic tradition.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/09/22·48m 28s

The Monstrefact: Incense for the Damned

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses incense and ghosts in Eastern traditions…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/09/22·4m 51s

Incense, Part 1

Humans have burned incense since ancient times for reasons that range from the practical to the divine. To aid in these rites, various cultures have created exquisite censers and housings for the burning, smoke-emitting biotics. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some outstanding examples from the history of incense, including the incense clocks of China and swinging thuribles of Catholic tradition.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/09/22·40m 21s

Listener Mail: A Giallo is Born

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/09/22·20m 37s

From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 2

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/10/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/09/22·51m 30s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Extra Terrestrial Visitors

Once more on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into the wild world of Spanish b-movie cinema with Juan Piquer Simón’s “Extra Terrestrial Visitors,” in which a pair of aliens respond to drastically differing human encounters in the woods.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/09/22·1h 10m

The Nature of Fun, Part 3

What exactly is "fun" and how does it differ from other concepts related to quality and experience? Robert and Joe explore the question in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/09/22·56m 8s

The Monstrefact: Ocron

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses Ocron, the masked sorceress in Lucio Fulci’s 1983 film “Conquest.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/09/22·4m 10s

The Nature of Fun, Part 2

What exactly is "fun" and how does it differ from other concepts related to quality and experience? Robert and Joe explore the question in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/09/22·41m 27s

Listener Mail: And The Gunslinger followed

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/09/22·25m 8s

From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 1

Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/5/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/09/22·43m 21s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Devil Girl From Mars

This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1954 Scottish sci-fi film “Devil Girl From Mars,” featuring a fashionable Martian queen, her robot Chani and interplanetary intrigue on the Scottish moors.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/09/22·1h 19m

The Nature of Fun, Part 1

What exactly is "fun" and how does it differ from other concepts related to quality and experience? Robert and Joe explore the question in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/09/22·1h 3m

The Monstrefact: Locksnakes of Thra

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Locksnakes of “The Dark Crystal.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/09/22·3m 43s

The Invention of the Odometer

You might not think your car’s odometer is that exciting, but it’s actually the modern incarnation of an ancient invention with roots in China and the Greco-Roman world. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss the invention of the hodómetron and the li-recording drum carriage in this invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/09/22·51m 35s

Listener Mail: Guaranteed to Work Perfectly for 1,000 Years

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05/09/22·25m 42s

From the Vault: Regression to the Mean

In this classic 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. (originally published 8/3/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/09/22·46m 40s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Conquest

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe continue their jaunt through 1980s fantasy with gore master Lucio Fulci’s 1983 film “Conquest.” It’s a strange, hazy dream full of werewolves, warriors, magic, snakes, dolphins, morlocks, bats and stoneage nunchucks.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/09/22·1h 11m

From the Vault: Bill Schutt on 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. (originally published 09/30/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/09/22·39m 38s

Smart Talks with IBM: The Mayflower Autonomous Ship: AI and Automation at Sea

The world’s first autonomous vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean is signaling a new era in maritime technology. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Lauren Ober, host of The Loudest Girl in the World, and guests Brett Phaneuf and Don Scott, the engineers behind the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project. The two explain how automation and AI allowed them to reimagine the design and use of a ship at sea and their implications beyond maritime navigation. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/08/22·29m 59s

The Invention of Surgical Gloves

In this invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the origin of surgical gloves, the differing concepts for their composition and the struggle to get surgeons to wear them.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/08/22·57m 40s

Listener Mail: Beware the Wheelers

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29/08/22·25m 37s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore… (originally published 8/31/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/08/22·53m 53s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Krull

This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into another slice of 1980s big screen fantasy with 1983’s “Krull,” which pits a ragtag group of fantasy adventurers against a technologically advanced alien force from another world.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/08/22·1h 24m

The Paragraph, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the standard nugget of textual thought: the paragraph.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/08/22·47m 37s

The Artifact: The Boustrophedon

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses an ancient style of writing that involved reading left to right and right to left…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/08/22·5m 12s

The Paragraph, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the standard nugget of textual thought: the paragraph.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/08/22·41m 24s

Listener Mail: And The Lord Did Grin

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22/08/22·21m 44s

From the Vault: Whispers of the Speaking Sword

Weapons capable of thought, speech and autonomous action appear throughout multiple myths and legends. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore some stand-out examples and discuss what it all might mean. (originally published 7/29/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/08/22·52m 55s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Return to Oz

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into the magical world of Oz – not the 1939 version, but the dark fantasy stylings of 1985’s “Return to Oz,” featuring electrotherapy, nightmarish wheelers and other strange delights.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/08/22·1h 18m

The Null Ship

In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss the history and principles of the vacuum airship or null ship. Will futuristic materials ever make this 17th century concept possible?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/08/22·46m 50s

The Monstrefact: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/08/22·4m 51s

The Whistling, Part 4

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/08/22·56m 3s

Listener Mail: A Whistle of Worth

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15/08/22·30m 47s

From the Vault: Musical Frisson

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe is joined by producer and host of the Rusty Needle's Record Club podcast Seth Nicholas Johnson to talk about that moment when a song sends a shiver down your spine. (Originally published 6/10/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/08/22·1h 20m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Thrilling Bloody Sword

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1981 Taiwanese fantasy adventure “Thrilling Bloody Sword.” This relentlessly psychotronic adventure isn’t easy to find, but rewards the seeker with bumbling dwarves, rampaging monsters and face-melting magic.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/08/22·1h 11m

From the Vault: "Fuzz" with Mary Roach

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." (originally published 09/14/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/08/22·53m 43s

The Monstrefact: Dreepy, a Pokémon

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the boomerang-headed Pokémon Dreepy, with some help from his son Sebastian.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/08/22·3m 36s

The Whistling, Part 3

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/08/22·45m 26s

Listener Mail: Can you prove that it didn't happen?

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08/08/22·27m 35s

From the Vault: 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. (originally published 6/29/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/08/22·1h 7m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Plan 9 from Outer Space

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe finally discuss a film that almost defies description: “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” Yes, it’s Ed Wood’s 1957 cinematic monolith featuring Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira and the Amazing Criswell!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/08/22·1h 37m

The Whistling, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/08/22·57m 5s

The Monstrefact: The SPOILER from “NOPE”

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses something that happens in the 2022 Jordan Peele movie “NOPE” and there will be spoilers…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/08/22·6m 25s

The Whistling, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/08/22·37m 6s

Listener Mail: Back to the Garden

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01/08/22·26m 0s

From the Vault: The Plague of Mucus

In this classic 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. (originally published 7/1/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/07/22·55m 16s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Tarantula

Yes, this week on Weirdhouse Cinema, the 1955 film “Tarantula” takes to the hills. Join Rob and Joe as they discuss this atomic-age sci-fi thriller’s titular giant spider, a mutating Leo G. Carrol and Mara Corday’s “lady scientist” character Steve.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/07/22·1h 26m

Fantastic Numbers, with Antonio Padilla

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Antonio Padilla, author of the new book "Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them." Strap in for big numbers, fantastic numbers, black holes and more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/07/22·38m 1s

Smart Talks with IBM: The Good Hacker: Hacking Businesses before Criminals Do

The headlines tell us cyberattacks are a big, consistent threat to business data – and ours. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Tim Harford, host of Cautionary Tales, and Stephanie “Snow” Carruthers, Chief People Hacker for X-Force, IBM. Snow and her team are finding creative solutions to test their clients’ security, including hacking into their systems before criminal hackers do. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/07/22·29m 35s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 9/2/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/07/22·57m 54s

Listener Mail: Warlocks in the Sky

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25/07/22·25m 47s

From the Vault: 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. (originally published 6/17/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/07/22·57m 33s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Fruit of Paradise

It's time for a little arthouse Adam and Eve! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1970 experimental Czech film "Fruit of Paradise.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/07/22·1h 0m

Dethroned Emperor: The Fall of Valerian, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe travel back to the third century CE to discuss the Battle of Edessa, in which the Sasanian Empire not only defeated the Roman army but also took its Emperor as a prisoner of war. How did the emperor’s capture impact the already crisis-ridden Roman Empire, and how was Valerian’s fall possibly mythologized by Christian historians? Find out…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/07/22·50m 53s

The Artifact Revisited: Sharur the Talking Mace

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses Sharur, the talking mace from Sumerian mythology…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/07/22·4m 10s

Dethroned Emperor: The Fall of Valerian, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe travel back to the third century CE to discuss the Battle of Edessa, in which the Sasanian Empire not only defeated the Roman army but also took its Emperor as a prisoner of war. How did the emperor’s capture impact the already crisis-ridden Roman Empire, and how was Valerian’s fall possibly mythologized by Christian historians? Find out…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/07/22·48m 51s

Listener Mail: Beans and Babel

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18/07/22·18m 7s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the origins of numbers. (originally published 6/15/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/07/22·54m 0s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Horror Rises From the Tomb

There’s no keeping THIS occult power couple down! In today’s episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, watch as Spanish horror icons Paul Naschy and Helga Liné spice things up across the centuries in 1973’s “Horror Rises From the Tomb.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/07/22·1h 0m

The Skybridge, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the architectural element known as the skyway or skybridge – typically an enclosed bridge connecting the upper stories of two buildings or skyscrapers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/07/22·50m 9s

The Monstrefact: Cave Mimicry in Dungeons and Dragons

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses cave environment mimicry by monsters in Dungeons and Dragons…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/07/22·5m 5s

The Skybridge, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the architectural element known as the skyway or skybridge – typically an enclosed bridge connecting the upper stories of two buildings or skyscrapers.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/07/22·37m 57s

Listener Mail: AI Tales and Horror Hosts of Yore

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11/07/22·26m 12s

From the Vault: 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 classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss a variety of magical ideas and scientific facts associated with legumes. (originally published 5/13/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/07/22·1h 11m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Blade

This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider a weird mainstream movie that basically paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with wall-to-wall exploding vampires. Yes, Wesley Snipes puts all blood drinkers on notice in 1998’s “Blade.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/07/22·1h 34m

The Lesser of Two Crab Claws, Part 3

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss biological asymmetry in the natural world – including various examples of organisms in which side A doesn’t quite match up with side B.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/07/22·43m 37s

The Monstrefact: The Owlbear

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the owlbear of Dungeons & Dragons...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/07/22·5m 39s

Creative Writing Machines, with Mike Sharples

Will computers one day write the great American novel? What will the future of human/machine creative collaboration look like – and what came before now? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, educational technologist Mike Sharples discusses the book “Story Machines - How Computers Have Become Creative Writers.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/07/22·46m 12s

Listener Mail: Morbius Saves Christmas

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04/07/22·25m 42s

From the Vault: 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. (originally published 5/11/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/07/22·44m 9s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Scream and Scream Again

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into a movie billed as "triple distilled horror as powerful as a vat of boiling acid!" Yes, it’s the 1970 Amicus sci-fi conspiracy film “Scream and Scream Again” featuring horror icons Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/07/22·1h 3m

The Lesser of Two Crab Claws, Part 2

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss biological asymmetry in the natural world – including various examples of organisms in which side A doesn’t quite match up with side B.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/06/22·47m 42s

Smart Talks with IBM: Building Trustworthy AI: A Holistic Approach

Advocating for artificial intelligence to be built and deployed ethically is no longer just a compliance issue but more of a business imperative. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Dr. Laurie Santos, host of The Happiness Lab, and Phaedra Boinodiris, Trust in AI Practice Leader within IBM Consulting. Phaedra’s team at IBM is creatively tackling the global need to build trustworthy AI by approaching the challenge holistically, implementing design thinking to address problems before they arise. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/06/22·27m 41s

The Lesser of Two Crab Claws, Part 1

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss biological asymmetry in the natural world – including various examples of organisms in which side A doesn’t quite match up with side B.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/06/22·46m 37s

Listener Mail: Legend of a Mind

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27/06/22·32m 56s

From the Vault: Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 2

In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, venture 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. (Originally published 5/6/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/06/22·1h 8m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Battle Beyond the Stars

It’s time to venture into the world of “Star Wars” knock-offs once more, this time with 1980’s “Battle Beyond the Stars!” Join Rob and Joe as they revel in this wonky space opera featuring a number of b-movie mainstays and future stars.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/06/22·1h 21m

Red Leviathan, with Ryan Tucker Jones

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Ryan Tucker Jones, author of the new book “Red Leviathan: The Secret History of Soviet Whaling.” Jones discusses the horrific impact of 20th century whaling, the Soviet Union’s place in whaling history and the efforts of scientists and activists to stop the practice – including scientists within the Soviet Union.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/06/22·40m 20s

The Monsterfact: The Jiang Shi

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Jiang Shi or hopping vampire of Chinese folklore…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/06/22·4m 38s

Of Humans and Squids, with Martin Wallen

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Martin Wallen about his 2021 book “Squid,” which covers the history of humanity’s scientific, folkloric and literary interest in cephalopods – from Aristotle’s understanding of the creatures to their treatment in weird fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/06/22·1h 17m

Listener Mail: Turtle Talk

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail. Plus this time Seth pops in to chat with Robert about TMNT video games...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/06/22·27m 44s

From the Vault: Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 1

In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, venture 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. (Originally published 5/4/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/06/22·1h 6m

Weirdhouse Cinema: A Chinese Ghost Story

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1987 Hong Kong supernatural romance comedy “A Chinese Ghost Story,” featuring screaming skulls, a seductive ghost and an evil tree demon. It’s a cult classic!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/06/22·1h 8m

The Cauldron, Part 4

On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/06/22·41m 54s

The Monstrefact: Mud Monsters Attack

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a couple of different mud monsters from global traditions…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/06/22·4m 10s

The Cauldron, Part 3

On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/06/22·44m 17s

Listener Mail: Fire Burn and Caldron Bubble

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13/06/22·22m 16s

From the Vault: 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 classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. (originally published 7/13/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/06/22·49m 42s

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: 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. (originally published 5/21/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/06/22·1h 27m

From the Vault: 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 classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. (originally published 7/8/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/06/22·39m 23s

The Artifact Redux: Pants of the Necromancer

In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the so-called necro-pants...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/06/22·3m 56s

From the Vault: 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 classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. (originally published 7/7/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/06/22·42m 7s

Listener Mail: Summer Break

We have some great classics for you to listen to while the show is on summer break!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/06/22·1m 28s

From the Vault: Punish the Machine, Part 2

What will we do when robots and artificial intelligences break the law? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the issue of robot moral and legal agency. (originally published 4/15/21)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/06/22·1h 4m

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: 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. (originally published 4/30/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/06/22·1h 24m

The Invention of the Telegraph

The telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication and paved the way for our interconnected information age. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the invention of the telegraph.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/06/22·50m 39s

Smart Talks with IBM: Home Lending Pal: Disrupting the Mortgage Industry with Cloud and AI

Historically, there have been cultural biases that have complicated the home buying process and made home ownership difficult. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm takes on this subject with Jacob Goldstein, host of What’s Your Problem?, and Bryan Young and Steven Better, the co-founders of Home Lending Pal. These two visionaries are using IBM technology including AI, blockchain and cloud to create a home loan process that’s more transparent, secure, and equitable. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/06/22·32m 40s

From the Vault: The Sargasso Sea

In this classic 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. (originally published 4/29/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/05/22·56m 40s

Listener Mail: Cyclopean Stairs

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30/05/22·21m 5s

New Smart Talks with IBM Season Coming Soon

Smart Talks with IBM returns May 31. This season, host Malcolm Gladwell and a team of correspondents from Pushkin Industries meet with New Creators who are creatively applying technology in business to drive change. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/05/22·2m 0s

From the Vault: Punish the Machine, Part 1

What will we do when robots and artificial intelligences break the law? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the issue of robot moral and legal agency. (originally published 4/13/21)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/05/22·1h 1m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Fiend Without a Face

Brains attack once more on Weirdhouse Cinema as Rob and Joe discuss the 1958 horror film “Fiend Without a Face,” starring the best stop-motion brain monsters the 50s had to offer.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/05/22·1h 0m

The Cauldron, Part 2

On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/05/22·36m 13s

The Monstrefact: Lady Dimitrescu

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the vampiric giantess from the Capcom videogame Resident Evil Village…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/05/22·4m 31s

The Cauldron, Part 1

On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/05/22·40m 2s

Why Nature?

Studies have found that spending time in nature creates a host of psychological and physiological benefits for humans. But why? In this episode, Robert and Joe explore several competing explanations for the restorative power of natural environments, covering everything from the shape of our ancestral environments to the internal economy of attention and focus.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/05/22·48m 22s

From the Vault: Phobos and Deimos, 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Martian moons as well as a bit of mythology. (originally published 4/22/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/05/22·59m 56s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Loreley's Grasp

It’s time for another Spanish monster romp on Weirdhouse Cinema! In this episode, Rob and Joe discuss Amando de Ossorio’s 1973 film “The Loreley's Grasp,” full of Germanic mythology and highly questionable science.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/05/22·1h 0m

Creature with the Crystal Skin

It is dark inside the human body, but not every denizen of the animal kingdom is such a closed book. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss various creatures with transparent anatomical features and translucent bodies.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/05/22·47m 21s

The Monstrefact: The Loreley

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Germanic siren known as the Loreley…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/05/22·4m 31s

The Hot-Cold Empathy Gap

You may think you know yourself, but humans have a striking inability to predict their own behavior in differing emotional states. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the hot-cold empathy gap.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/05/22·55m 43s

Listener Mail: Gates of Heck

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/05/22·24m 14s

From the Vault: Phobos and Deimos, 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Martian moons as well as a bit of mythology. (originally published 4/20/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/05/22·1h 1m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Jason Takes Manhattan

In celebration of Friday the 13, Rob and Joe dive into one of the sillier entries in the Jason Voorhees franchise with 1989's "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" on this week's Weirdhouse Cinema.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/05/22·1h 38m

The Facsimile, Part 2

It’s easy to take document duplication for granted in our modern age, but our digital ease follows centuries of mechanical innovation and millennia of human specialization in the form of the scribe. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the facsimile.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/05/22·52m 21s

The Monstrefact: The Nuppeppo

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a ghoulish blob from the yokai tradition of Japan…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/05/22·3m 22s

The Facsimile, Part 1

It’s easy to take document duplication for granted in our modern age, but our digital ease follows centuries of mechanical innovation and millennia of human specialization in the form of the scribe. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the facsimile.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/05/22·49m 41s

Listener Mail: Turtle of Enormous Girth

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/05/22·23m 48s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss alien AI and post-organic life. (originally published 4/1/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/05/22·54m 58s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Planet of the Vampires

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Mario Bava's hypnotic 1965 sci-fi horror movie "Planet of the Vampires." It has all the style you could ask for, plus giant space skeletons.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/05/22·1h 4m

The Stargazer and the Well

Can you see the light of the stars from the bottom of a well? Did an astrologer once fall into a well because he was staring up at the stars? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss a couple of well-and-cosmos-related tales from antiquity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/05/22·54m 35s

The Monstrefact: The Bog Octopus

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses tentacled lurkers in the bog from the worlds of gaming, fantasy literature and industrial music…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/05/22·4m 58s

Fire From the Rocks, Part 3

It might surprise you to learn that the oldest raging fires on Earth are actually underground. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the world of eternal flames and coal seam fires.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/05/22·40m 3s

Listener Mail: Vegetable in Sheep's Clothing

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/05/22·29m 33s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss alien AI and post-organic life. (originally published 3/30/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/04/22·1h 0m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Atragon

The surface world fights back against undersea aggression! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Ishirô Honda’s 1963 Toho film “Atragon,” which features an armored submarine and the debut of the kaiju Manda!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/04/22·1h 11m

Fire From the Rocks, Part 2

It might surprise you to learn that the oldest raging fires on Earth are actually underground. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the world of eternal flames and coal seam fires.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/04/22·46m 17s

The Monstrefact: Torterra, a Pokemon

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Pokemon known as Torterra with a little help from Sebastian…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/04/22·5m 46s

Fire From the Rocks, Part 1

It might surprise you to learn that the oldest raging fires on Earth are actually underground. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the world of eternal flames and coal seam fires.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/04/22·42m 8s

Listener Mail: Planta Haereticus

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25/04/22·25m 12s

From the Vault: 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. (originally published 3/25/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/04/22·51m 11s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Guyver

It’s time for more big meaty monsters slapping meat on Weirdhouse Cinema, as Rob and Joe discuss 1991’s “The Guyver,” a biomechanical slapfest full of wonderfully weird casting and an array of glistening special effects by synthetic flesh wizard and co-director Screaming Mad George.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/04/22·1h 11m

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, Part 2

In the previous week’s episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discussed contemplations of plant memory and other topics that blur our understanding of the animal/plant divide. In this episode, they continue on some of those themes by considering the legendary vegetable lamb of Tartary, said to be a flesh-and-blood animal that grew from the ground.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/04/22·42m 49s

The Monstrefact: Baphomet, The Goat of Mendes

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses Baphomet, the Goat of Mendes…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/04/22·6m 41s

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, Part 1

In the previous week’s episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discussed contemplations of plant memory and other topics that blur our understanding of the animal/plant divide. In this episode, they continue on some of those themes by considering the legendary vegetable lamb of Tartary, said to be a flesh-and-blood animal that grew from the ground.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/04/22·52m 18s

Listener Mail: Smaragdus Eyes

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18/04/22·29m 2s

From the Vault: 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. (originally published 3/23/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/04/22·54m 11s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Devil Rides Out

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1968 Hammer horror film “The Devil Rides Out,” directed by Terence Fisher and adapted by Richard Matheson from the novel by Dennis Wheatley. It stars Christopher Lee and Charles Gray as dueling occultists in a tale of high-stakes Satanism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/04/22·1h 11m

Plant Memories, Part 2

Do plants remember? Do they communicate? What is the extent of their interaction with their environment? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the amazing world of plant intelligence research.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/04/22·54m 5s

The Monstrefact: Blade and the Slime Mite

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a possible link between Blade the Vampire Hunter and a particular slime mite…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/04/22·2m 55s

Plant Memories, Part 1

Do plants remember? Do they communicate? What is the extent of their interaction with their environment? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the amazing world of plant intelligence research. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/04/22·49m 21s

Listener Mail: Eyes of the Potato

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11/04/22·22m 31s

From the Vault: 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. (originally published 3/18/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/04/22·57m 42s

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Hands of Steel

This week’s classic 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. (originally published 3/19/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/04/22·1h 19m

From the Vault: The Invention of the Spoon, Part 2

It’s time for another invention-based classic 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. (originally published 3/11/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/04/22·40m 0s

The Artifact Redux: The Corleck Head

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses a fascinating Celtic artifact...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/04/22·3m 8s

From the Vault: The Invention of the Spoon, Part 1

It’s time for another invention-based classic 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. (originally published 3/9/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/04/22·50m 32s

Spring Break is Here

Rob and Joe prepare you for a week of Spring Break classics...See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/04/22·47s

From the Vault: The Nile Inundation

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. (originally published 3/16/2021)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/04/22·55m 17s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Abominable Dr. Phibes

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1971 dark comedy horror film “The Abominable Dr. Phibes,” starring horror icon Vincent Price as the titular revenger himself.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/04/22·1h 9m

The Three-Pupiled Eye, Part 2

From heroes to sages to destructive monsters, various figures in Irish mythology are described as possessing eyes of seven or three pupils (or irises). We also see discussion of such marvelous eyes in Chinese traditions and in the writings of Pliny and Ovid. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the enigma of the triple eye.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/03/22·44m 17s

The Monstrefact: The Nosferatu Vampire

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Nosferatu vampire…See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/03/22·4m 3s

The Three-Pupiled Eye, Part 1

From heroes to sages to destructive monsters, various figures in Irish mythology are described as possessing eyes of seven or three pupils (or irises). We also see discussion of such marvelous eyes in Chinese traditions and in the writings of Pliny and Ovid. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the enigma of the triple eye.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/03/22·41m 54s

Listener Mail: Week Sauce

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/03/22·24m 57s

From the Vault: Fata Morgana

The horizon is an interesting netherworld of optical phenomena, where -- to the human eye -- ghost ships may sal 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. (originally published 3/4/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/03/22·1h 1m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Next of Kin (1982)

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture down under for the 1982 supernatural thriller “Next of Kin,” starring Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt and a superb score by German electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/03/22·1h 5m

The Beast Wore an Apron, Part 2

Are there any animals other than humans that cook their food? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the world of non-human animal meal preparation. Bon appétit! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/03/22·47m 5s

The Monstrefact: Birdo of Subcon

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the famous egg-spitting lizard creature from “Super Mario Brothers 2.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/03/22·3m 50s

The Beast Wore an Apron, Part 1

Are there any animals other than humans that cook their food? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the world of non-human animal meal preparation. Bon appétit! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/03/22·44m 58s

Listener Mail: Green Stamps

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/03/22·23m 53s

From the Vault: The Sargasso Sea

In this classic 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. (originally published 4/29/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/03/22·56m 13s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Beastmaster 2

This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into “Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time,” a 1991 sequel full of loincloths, green magic, animal hijinks and a lethal dose of goofy one-liners. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/03/22·1h 14m

Finn McCool, Part 2: The Thumb of Knowledge

The Irish mythological hero Finn MacCool is known for many exploits, from the slaying of a great fire monster to the creation of Giant's Causeway. However, he’s also known for his magical thumb, which he could suck on to gain knowledge. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the thumb of knowledge and its relations to other myths and even a little bit of science. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/03/22·41m 47s

The Monstrefact: Abhartach, the Irish Vampire

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses what may be the oldest vampire in Western European traditions… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/03/22·4m 31s

Finn McCool, Part 1: Mythic Exploits of the Irish Hero

The Irish mythological hero Finn MacCool is known for many exploits, from the slaying of a great fire monster to the creation of Giant's Causeway. However, he’s also known for his magical thumb, which he could suck on to gain knowledge. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the thumb of knowledge and its relations to other myths and even a little bit of science. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/03/22·38m 33s

Listener Mail: Tuesday's Great and Wednesday Too!

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/03/22·26m 7s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of halos in myth, art and optics. (originally published 3/2/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/03/22·56m 19s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Eliminators

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive head first into the 1986 cyborg time-travel adventure film “Eliminators,” which has robots, cavemen, kung-fu and more boat-related combat than you’re probably ready for. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/03/22·1h 6m

The Seven Day Week, Part 3

Our modern world is bound to the seven day week, but why is this the case? Is there anything in the cosmos or the inner workings of the human body that dictate this arrangement? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the seven day week. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/03/22·46m 13s

The Artifact: Death Tripods of Dune

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the death tripods of Dune… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/03/22·5m 39s

The Seven Day Week, Part 2

Our modern world is bound to the seven day week, but why is this the case? Is there anything in the cosmos or the inner workings of the human body that dictate this arrangement? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the seven day week. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/03/22·49m 7s

Listener Mail: Lousy Smarch Weather

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07/03/22·23m 31s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of halos in myth, art and optics. (originally published 2/25/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/03/22·1h 4m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Zeiram

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1991 Japanese sci-fi monster film Zeiram, in which a futuristic bounty hunter from space must hunt down a deadly alien renegade with the help of two hapless electricians. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/03/22·53m 52s

The Seven Day Week, Part 1

Our modern world is bound to the seven day week, but why is this the case? Is there anything in the cosmos or the inner workings of the human body that dictate this arrangement? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the seven day week. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/03/22·45m 42s

The Monstrefact: Ditto, a Pokémon

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the shapeshifting Pokémon known as Ditto. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/03/22·4m 17s

From the Vault: The Invention of Ketchup

You love it. You put it on everything. But where does ketchup come from? In this classic episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the mysterious origins of everyone’s favorite sweet red sauce -- and consider the jaw-dropping fact that ketchup isn’t always red and isn’t always made from tomatoes. (originally published 9/29/19) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/03/22·1h 4m

Listener Mail: At Length Did Cross an Albatross

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28/02/22·23m 45s

From the Vault: 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.” (originally published 2/23/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/02/22·57m 49s

Weirdhouse Cinema: Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the greatest vampire snooker movie of all time. Yes, it's Alan Clarke's 1985 rock musical "Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/02/22·1h 20m

Sailor on a Sea of Lava

To sail down a river of lava in a boat is surely a thing of pure fantasy, but in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the actual “lava boats” you might glimpse in volcanic footage as well as what would be required to build a vessel capable of traversing a true lake of fire. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/02/22·50m 5s

The Monstrefact: Akhlut

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Akhlut of Inuit traditions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/02/22·3m 8s

From the Vault: 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. (originally published 4/27/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/02/22·1h 12m

Listener Mail: Supernaut

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21/02/22·30m 17s

From the Vault: Gold, Metal of the Sun

In this classic 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. (Originally published 2/16/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/02/22·46m 17s

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Mr. Vampire

In this classic 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. (originally published 7/9/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/02/22·1h 15m

From the Vault: Monsters of the Shān Hǎi Jīng, Part 2

In this classic 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. (Originally published 2/11/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/02/22·51m 8s

The Monstrefact Redux: Chiseltooth

In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the monster Chiseltooth from Chinese mythology… (origianlly published 10/20/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/02/22·4m 38s

From the Vault: Monsters of the Shān Hǎi Jīng, Part 1

In this classic 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. (Originally published 2/9/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/02/22·55m 45s

Listener Mail: Hand of Dog

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/02/22·26m 37s

From the Vault: Brain and Head Theft, Part 2

First they came for their heads. Then they came for their brains. In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the weird and fascinating history of head and brain preservation, veneration and theft. (originally published 2/4/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/02/22·54m 49s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Brain Eaters

In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1958 sci-fi movie “The Brain Eaters,” which doesn’t actually feature brain eating but is still a lot of fun. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/02/22·1h 16m

Giants in the Earth: The Paleoburrows

Enter the paleoburrows of South America, where evidence suggests construction not by human hands or tools but by giant claws – and for purposes we’re still trying to understand. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/02/22·47m 0s

The Monstrefact: The Gruenak of Thra

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses one of the doomed species of the planet Thra in “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/02/22·3m 50s

Thirst, Part 3

What is thirst? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the biological, cultural and mythological answers to this broad question. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/02/22·41m 15s

Listener Mail: Kuleshov Kul-Aid

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07/02/22·29m 34s

From the Vault: Brain and Head Theft, Part 1

First they came for their heads. Then they came for their brains. In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the weird and fascinating history of head and brain preservation, veneration and theft. (originally published 2/2/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/02/22·57m 17s

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Beast With Five Fingers

What has five fingers and is an absolute beast? A disembodied crawling hand, of course! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1946 horror film “The Beast With Five Fingers” starring Peter Lorre. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/02/22·1h 21m

Thirst, Part 2

What is thirst? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the biological, cultural and mythological answers to this broad question. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/02/22·46m 32s

The Monstrefact: Baba Yaga

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses one of the most famous Russian fairy tale characters of all time… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/02/22·4m 17s

Thirst, Part 1

What is thirst? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the biological, cultural and mythological answers to this broad question. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/02/22·48m 59s

Listener Mail: Bowling Alleys On The Moon

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31/01/22·19m 15s

From the Vault: 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 classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the mystery. (originally published 1/28/2021) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/01/22·1h 2m

Weirdhouse Cinema: Phase IV

What happens when a solar conjunction allows all ant species to unite against their enemies? Find out as Rob and Joe discuss the delightfully weird 1974 film “Phase IV.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/01/22·1h 21m

The Kuleshov Effect, Part 2

What is the character in the film looking at? How does the object of their vision color how we interpret their countenance? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Kuleshov effect from film theory and what studies in experimental psychology and neuroscience reveal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/01/22·1h 4m

The Artifact: Rotten Brooms Bleeding Black Blood

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses connections between rotting wood and the supernatural… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/01/22·4m 44s

The Kuleshov Effect, Part 1

What is the character in the film looking at? How does the object of their vision color how we interpret their countenance? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Kuleshov effect from film theory and what studies in experimental psychology and neuroscience reveal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/01/22·35m 28s

Listener Mail: The Braid of Nastenka

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24/01/22·27m 29s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/01/22·58m 53s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/01/22·1h 23m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/01/22·59m 12s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/01/22·4m 44s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/01/22·58m 6s

Listener Mail: Goat of a Tumbleweed

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/01/22·27m 46s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/01/22·59m 21s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/01/22·1h 13m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/01/22·46m 18s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/01/22·4m 3s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/01/22·1h 0m

Listener Mail: Time Crabs

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/01/22·33m 25s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/01/22·1h 4m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/01/22·59m 26s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/01/22·44m 20s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/01/22·4m 18s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/01/22·43m 22s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/01/22·50s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/01/22·1h 0m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31/12/21·1h 23m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/12/21·1h 3m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/12/21·9m 26s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/12/21·57m 1s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/12/21·27s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/12/21·1h 1m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/12/21·1h 8m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/12/21·50m 2s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/12/21·3m 22s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/12/21·59m 38s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/12/21·20m 20s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/12/21·48m 0s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/12/21·1h 16m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/12/21·58m 28s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/12/21·32m 55s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/12/21·52m 45s

Listener Mail: Crab Walking Down Human Street

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/12/21·27m 2s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/12/21·58m 49s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/12/21·1h 10m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/12/21·1h 0m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/12/21·31m 18s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/12/21·45m 7s

Listener Mail: The Funk of 40,000 Years

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/12/21·20m 54s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/12/21·52m 43s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/12/21·50m 11s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/12/21·39m 28s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/12/21·3m 36s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/11/21·45m 22s

Listener Mail: The Chosen Few

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/11/21·27m 40s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/11/21·1h 15m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/11/21·1h 24m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/11/21·1h 1m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/11/21·3m 29s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/11/21·52m 5s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/11/21·43s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/11/21·41m 42s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/11/21·1h 8m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/11/21·50m 30s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/11/21·30m 18s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/11/21·59m 1s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/11/21·22m 25s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/11/21·47m 29s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/11/21·1h 16m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/11/21·1h 4m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/21·3m 50s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/11/21·57m 36s

Listener Mail: Halloween Final Processing

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08/11/21·29m 42s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/11/21·54m 9s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/11/21·1h 19m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/11/21·43m 53s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/11/21·26m 11s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/11/21·1h 7m

Listener Mail: Out of the Pair Dadeni

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01/11/21·27m 24s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/10/21·1h 16m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/10/21·1h 20m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/10/21·47m 47s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/10/21·5m 53s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26/10/21·49m 46s

Listener Mail: The Night’s Plutonian Shore

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25/10/21·37m 18s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/10/21·1h 5m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/10/21·1h 9m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/10/21·55m 37s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20/10/21·4m 38s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
19/10/21·54m 38s

Listener Mail: Through the Pale Door

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18/10/21·20m 56s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/10/21·1h 10m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/10/21·1h 43m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/10/21·1h 10m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/10/21·4m 24s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/10/21·1h 27m

Listener Mail: Seraphs Sob at Vermin Fangs

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/10/21·23m 24s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/10/21·1h 0m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/10/21·1h 14m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/10/21·42m 36s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/10/21·28m 55s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
05/10/21·1h 6m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/10/21·1m 29s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/10/21·1h 23m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
01/10/21·1h 12m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30/09/21·38m 18s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29/09/21·6m 0s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28/09/21·56m 12s

Listener Mail: Time Passages

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27/09/21·24m 31s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
25/09/21·59m 51s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24/09/21·1h 2m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
23/09/21·40m 41s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
22/09/21·5m 46s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
21/09/21·47m 28s

Listener Mail: Songs from the Big Chair

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20/09/21·28m 40s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
18/09/21·47m 30s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17/09/21·1h 12m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16/09/21·1h 10m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15/09/21·3m 15s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14/09/21·52m 13s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13/09/21·26m 31s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/09/21·41m 59s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/09/21·1h 5m

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
09/09/21·47m 0s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
08/09/21·6m 0s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07/09/21·49m 12s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
06/09/21·26m 6s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
04/09/21·58m 33s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
03/09/21·57m 53s

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.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
02/09/21·56m 55s
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