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.

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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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 20m
Aug 13
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 11m
Aug 12
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

53m
Aug 11
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 10
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

45m
Aug 09
Listener Mail: Can you prove that it didn't happen?

Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail... See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27m
Aug 08
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 7m
Aug 06
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 37m
Aug 05
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

57m
Aug 04
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

6m
Aug 03
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

37m
Aug 02
Listener Mail: Back to the Garden

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26m
Aug 01
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

55m
Jul 30
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 26m
Jul 29
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38m
Jul 28
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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29m
Jul 27
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.

57m
Jul 26
Listener Mail: Warlocks in the Sky

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.

25m
Jul 25
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.

57m
Jul 23
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.

1h 0m
Jul 22
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.

50m
Jul 21
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.

4m
Jul 20
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.

48m
Jul 19
Listener Mail: Beans and Babel

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.

18m
Jul 18
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.

54m
Jul 16
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.

1h 0m
Jul 15
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.

50m
Jul 14
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.

5m
Jul 14
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.

37m
Jul 12
Listener Mail: AI Tales and Horror Hosts of Yore

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.

26m
Jul 11