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Thanksgiving, 1941.
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16:54
This Week I Learned

This week I learned America really struggled to pin down a date for Thanksgiving, and more

This week I learned America really struggled to pin down a date for Thanksgiving, and more

Chinese mooncake
Listen
6:55
Seven-minute Explainers

6 unique Thanksgiving celebrations from around the world

6 unique Thanksgiving celebrations from around the world

Your dinosaur neighbors.
Listen
11:39
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

A man sits on horseback at the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Oregon, in 1955.
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7:17
Seven-minute Explainers

The secret history of cowboy socialism

The secret history of cowboy socialism

The Gen X president.
Listen
6:55
Seven-minute Opinions

Has Generation X lost its chance to occupy the White House?

Has Generation X lost its chance to occupy the White House?

Following the scent of happiness.
Listen
12:16
This Week I Learned

This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

A man gestures on a bike in Puerto Rico.
Listen
7:10
Seven-minute Explainers

Why Puerto Rico never had a path to statehood

Why Puerto Rico never had a path to statehood

World War II U.S. Infantry soldiers.
Listen
7:10
Seven-minute Opinions

What America lost when it ended the draft

What America lost when it ended the draft

Another cool plant defense mechanism.
Listen
13:23
This Week I Learned

This week I learned plants can smell predators coming, and more

This week I learned plants can smell predators coming, and more

When shutting the lights on autumn evenings.
Listen
7:06
Seven-minute Explainers

The strange, circuitous history of Daylight Saving Time

The strange, circuitous history of Daylight Saving Time

Read if you dare.
Listen
6:03
Seven-minute Opinions

Why scary books are better than scary movies

Why scary books are better than scary movies

Sweet, sweet salmon love.
Listen
11:26
This Week I Learned

This week I learned that salmon sex literally moves mountains, and more

This week I learned that salmon sex literally moves mountains, and more

'Night of the Living Dead' poster.
Listen
7:23
Seven-minute Explainers

Why cheap horror flicks are Hollywood gold

Why cheap horror flicks are Hollywood gold

Ranking the months of the year.
Listen
7:00
Seven-minute Opinions

A definitive, absolutely correct, unquestionable ranking of the months of the year

A definitive, absolutely correct, unquestionable ranking of the months of the year

Eep!
Listen
16:08
This Week I Learned

This week I learned worms can smell danger, and more

This week I learned worms can smell danger, and more

Communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Listen
7:12
Seven-minute Explainers

The lessons of the Russian revolution, 100 years later

The lessons of the Russian revolution, 100 years later

The Battle of Bunker Hill.
Listen
6:37
Seven-minute Opinions

What the Constitution really says about guns

What the Constitution really says about guns

Ready to launch.
Listen
13:16
This Week I Learned

This week I learned how female dolphins are weaponizing their vaginas to fight the underwater patriarchy, and more

This week I learned how female dolphins are weaponizing their vaginas to fight the underwater patriarchy, and more

The cast of Friends.
Listen
7:07
Seven-minute Explainers

The self-aware legacy of Friends

The self-aware legacy of Friends

The Minnesota Twins realize their playoff chances are over.
Listen
6:49
Seven-minute Opinions

The wild card game is killing baseball

The wild card game is killing baseball

Spoiler alert!
Listen
14:52
This Week I Learned

This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

Ronald Reagan, 1981.
Listen
6:37
Seven-minute Explainers

Why Ronald Reagan enthusiastically signed America's first real gun control law

Why Ronald Reagan enthusiastically signed America's first real gun control law

Syrian refugees receive Canada welcome bags.
Listen
6:53
Seven-minute Opinions

Why immigration in Canada is less divisive than in the U.S.

Why immigration in Canada is less divisive than in the U.S.

The flu vaccine.
Listen
12:36
This Week I Learned

This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Listen
7:04
Seven-minute Explainers

Why severe flooding is becoming increasingly common — and more destructive

Why severe flooding is becoming increasingly common — and more destructive

Gourd season already?!
Listen
6:43
Seven-minute Opinions

Against autumn creep

Against autumn creep

Feelings help with failure.
Listen
11:55
This Week I Learned

This week I learned you should absolutely beat yourself up a little the next time you fail, and more

This week I learned you should absolutely beat yourself up a little the next time you fail, and more

F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover in 1967.
Listen
7:14
Seven-minute Explainers

The burglars who broke into the FBI and brought down J. Edgar Hoover

The FBI heist that changed history

Sen. Kamala Harris questions Jeff Sessions.
Listen
7:15
Seven-minute Opinions

How today's female politicians became modern heroines

How today's female politicians became modern heroines

Out-of-body experience.
Listen
15:28
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the science behind out-of-body experiences, and more

This week I learned the science behind out-of-body experiences, and more

Congress' looming debate.
Listen
6:16
Seven-minute Explainers

Why do we have a debt ceiling anyway?

Why do we have a debt ceiling anyway?

New York City buses.
Listen
6:54
Seven-minute Opinions

America's bus system is broken

America's bus system is broken

Delicious, delicious coffee.
Listen
12:35
This Week I Learned

This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more

This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more

Rep. Charlie Rangel prepares for his appearance before the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in November 2010.
Listen
7:05
Seven-minute Explainers

Congressional censure, explained

Congressional censure, explained

'Frasier.'
Listen
6:59
Seven-minute Opinions

Why Frasier is the best show to sleep to

Why Frasier is the best show to sleep to

A starfish enjoying a meal.
Listen
14:18
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the beloved starfish is a surprisingly brutal killer, and more

This week I learned the beloved starfish is a surprisingly brutal killer, and more

Automatic savings.
Listen
6:52
Seven-minute Explainers

How to put your savings on autopilot

How to put your savings on autopilot

Waiting for a job.
Listen
6:43
Seven-minute Opinions

Against a guaranteed jobs program

Against a guaranteed jobs program

The brain knows.
Listen
14:05
This Week I Learned

This week I learned our brains can predict the future, and more

This week I learned our brains can predict the future, and more

Pills, useless pills.
Listen
6:44
Seven-minute Explainers

Multivitamins are useless. Here's why.

Multivitamins are useless. Here's why.

What if not all speech was so free?
Listen
6:53
Seven-minute Opinions

Why 'freedom of speech' is a cartoonish fantasy

Why 'freedom of speech' is a cartoonish fantasy

Midnight snacking.
Listen
15:11
This Week I Learned

This week I learned late-night snacking might make you more prone to sunburns, and more

This week I learned late-night snacking might make you more prone to sunburns, and more

Solar eclipse glasses.
Listen
6:59
Seven-minute Explainers

America's eclipse craze, explained

America's eclipse craze, explained

President Trump.
Listen
5:24
Seven-minute Opinions

President Trump and the perils of unchecked executive power

President Trump and the perils of unchecked executive power

Well, not quite.
Listen
16:07
This Week I Learned

This week I learned it might be possible to learn while you sleep, and more

This week I learned it might be possible to learn while you sleep, and more

The new monopolies.
Listen
6:32
Seven-minute Explainers

The new monopolies

The new monopolies

American military lower the American flag at a base in Afghanistan.
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7:08
Seven-minute Opinions

The fall of America

The fall of America

Good news for nighttime phone addicts.
Listen
16:38
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the only way to use your phone at night without messing with your sleep, and more

This week I learned the only way to use your phone at night without messing with your sleep, and more

Genetic engineering.
Listen
7:04
Seven-minute Explainers

The genetic breakthrough that could change humanity, explained

The genetic breakthrough that could change humanity, explained

Government, the less-complicated version.
Listen
5:57
Seven-minute Opinions

Make government simple again

Make government simple again

Unami flavors, like those found in tomato juice, play well on airplanes.
Listen
9:21
This Week I Learned

This week I learned why so many people order tomato juice on airplanes, and more

This week I learned why so many people order tomato juice on airplanes, and more

The Incredible Hulk, 2003.
Listen
7:05
Seven-minute Explainers

A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH

A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH

The Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.
Listen
5:59
Seven-minute Opinions

Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone

Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone

Not going to happen.
Listen
15:13
This Week I Learned

This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more

This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more

Don't freak out.
Listen
7:05
Seven-minute Explainers

How to avoid being eaten by a shark

How to avoid being eaten by a shark

An ultrasound.
Listen
6:11
Seven-minute Opinions

Pregnancy is not a disease

Pregnancy is not a disease

It wants to eat your hummingbird's brain.
Listen
12:12
This Week I Learned

This week I learned praying mantises are killing your hummingbirds and eating their brains, and more

This week I learned praying mantises are killing your hummingbirds and eating their brains, and more

Game of Thrones.
Listen
6:58
Seven-minute Explainers

Game of Thrones: 5 fun facts about the Valyrian language

Game of Thrones: 5 fun facts about the Valyrian language

Donald Trump, on his Ocean Trails Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, in 2002.
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5:14
Seven-minute Opinions

The one thing you must always remember about President Trump

The one thing you must always remember about President Trump

Mmmmm weight gain.
Listen
12:10
This Week I Learned

This week I learned even smelling your food can make you fat, and more

This week I learned even smelling your food can make you fat, and more

An Italian family prepares to pass through Ellis Island, 1905.
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5:07
Seven-minute Explainers

Your family name did not come from a mistake at Ellis Island

Your family name did not come from a mistake at Ellis Island

No sparklers for me, thanks.
Listen
5:40
Seven-minute Opinions

Why I don't celebrate the Fourth of July

Why I don't celebrate the Fourth of July

The smartphone brain drain.
Listen
12:07
This Week I Learned

This week I learned just having your phone nearby is making you dumber, and more

This week I learned just having your phone nearby is making you dumber, and more

That stubborn aviophobia.
Listen
7:00
Seven-minute Explainers

Our irrational fear of flying

Our irrational fear of flying

Cats vs. dogs.
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15:03
This Week I Learned

This week I learned dogs really are smarter than cats, and more

This week I learned dogs really are smarter than cats, and more

Ronald Reagan signs his landmark tax overhaul into law in 1986.
Listen
7:13
Seven-minute Explainers

A brief timeline of tax reform

A brief timeline of tax reform

Girl power is in our bones.
Listen
13:13
This Week I Learned

This week I learned that prehistoric women were ridiculously strong, and more

This week I learned that prehistoric women were ridiculously strong, and more

'God the Father,' by Viktor Mihajlovic Vasnecov.
Listen
5:32
Seven-minute Explainers

Did God have a wife?

Did God have a wife?

Rush Limbaugh, 1988.
Listen
6:54
Seven-minute Opinions

Can liberal podcasters dethrone Limbaugh & Co.?

Can liberal podcasters dethrone Limbaugh & Co.?

Thanksgiving, 1941.
Listen
16:54
This Week I Learned

This week I learned America really struggled to pin down a date for Thanksgiving, and more

This week I learned America really struggled to pin down a date for Thanksgiving, and more

Chinese mooncake
Listen
6:55
Seven-minute Explainers

6 unique Thanksgiving celebrations from around the world

6 unique Thanksgiving celebrations from around the world

America has a good thing going in Thanksgiving.
Listen
5:56
Seven-minute Opinions

Thanksgiving is awesome!

Thanksgiving is awesome!

Your dinosaur neighbors.
Listen
11:39
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

A man sits on horseback at the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, Oregon, in 1955.
Listen
7:17
Seven-minute Explainers

The secret history of cowboy socialism

The secret history of cowboy socialism

The Gen X president.
Listen
6:55
Seven-minute Opinions

Has Generation X lost its chance to occupy the White House?

Has Generation X lost its chance to occupy the White House?

Following the scent of happiness.
Listen
12:16
This Week I Learned

This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

A man gestures on a bike in Puerto Rico.
Listen
7:10
Seven-minute Explainers

Why Puerto Rico never had a path to statehood

Why Puerto Rico never had a path to statehood

World War II U.S. Infantry soldiers.
Listen
7:10
Seven-minute Opinions

What America lost when it ended the draft

What America lost when it ended the draft

Another cool plant defense mechanism.
Listen
13:23
This Week I Learned

This week I learned plants can smell predators coming, and more

This week I learned plants can smell predators coming, and more

When shutting the lights on autumn evenings.
Listen
7:06
Seven-minute Explainers

The strange, circuitous history of Daylight Saving Time

The strange, circuitous history of Daylight Saving Time

Read if you dare.
Listen
6:03
Seven-minute Opinions

Why scary books are better than scary movies

Why scary books are better than scary movies

Sweet, sweet salmon love.
Listen
11:26
This Week I Learned

This week I learned that salmon sex literally moves mountains, and more

This week I learned that salmon sex literally moves mountains, and more

'Night of the Living Dead' poster.
Listen
7:23
Seven-minute Explainers

Why cheap horror flicks are Hollywood gold

Why cheap horror flicks are Hollywood gold

Ranking the months of the year.
Listen
7:00
Seven-minute Opinions

A definitive, absolutely correct, unquestionable ranking of the months of the year

A definitive, absolutely correct, unquestionable ranking of the months of the year

Eep!
Listen
16:08
This Week I Learned

This week I learned worms can smell danger, and more

This week I learned worms can smell danger, and more

Communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.
Listen
7:12
Seven-minute Explainers

The lessons of the Russian revolution, 100 years later

The lessons of the Russian revolution, 100 years later

The Battle of Bunker Hill.
Listen
6:37
Seven-minute Opinions

What the Constitution really says about guns

What the Constitution really says about guns

Ready to launch.
Listen
13:16
This Week I Learned

This week I learned how female dolphins are weaponizing their vaginas to fight the underwater patriarchy, and more

This week I learned how female dolphins are weaponizing their vaginas to fight the underwater patriarchy, and more

The cast of Friends.
Listen
7:07
Seven-minute Explainers

The self-aware legacy of Friends

The self-aware legacy of Friends

The Minnesota Twins realize their playoff chances are over.
Listen
6:49
Seven-minute Opinions

The wild card game is killing baseball

The wild card game is killing baseball

Spoiler alert!
Listen
14:52
This Week I Learned

This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

Ronald Reagan, 1981.
Listen
6:37
Seven-minute Explainers

Why Ronald Reagan enthusiastically signed America's first real gun control law

Why Ronald Reagan enthusiastically signed America's first real gun control law

Syrian refugees receive Canada welcome bags.
Listen
6:53
Seven-minute Opinions

Why immigration in Canada is less divisive than in the U.S.

Why immigration in Canada is less divisive than in the U.S.

The flu vaccine.
Listen
12:36
This Week I Learned

This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
Listen
7:04
Seven-minute Explainers

Why severe flooding is becoming increasingly common — and more destructive

Why severe flooding is becoming increasingly common — and more destructive

Gourd season already?!
Listen
6:43
Seven-minute Opinions

Against autumn creep

Against autumn creep

Feelings help with failure.
Listen
11:55
This Week I Learned

This week I learned you should absolutely beat yourself up a little the next time you fail, and more

This week I learned you should absolutely beat yourself up a little the next time you fail, and more

F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover in 1967.
Listen
7:14
Seven-minute Explainers

The burglars who broke into the FBI and brought down J. Edgar Hoover

The FBI heist that changed history

Sen. Kamala Harris questions Jeff Sessions.
Listen
7:15
Seven-minute Opinions

How today's female politicians became modern heroines

How today's female politicians became modern heroines

Out-of-body experience.
Listen
15:28
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the science behind out-of-body experiences, and more

This week I learned the science behind out-of-body experiences, and more

Congress' looming debate.
Listen
6:16
Seven-minute Explainers

Why do we have a debt ceiling anyway?

Why do we have a debt ceiling anyway?

New York City buses.
Listen
6:54
Seven-minute Opinions

America's bus system is broken

America's bus system is broken

Delicious, delicious coffee.
Listen
12:35
This Week I Learned

This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more

This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more

Rep. Charlie Rangel prepares for his appearance before the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct in November 2010.
Listen
7:05
Seven-minute Explainers

Congressional censure, explained

Congressional censure, explained

'Frasier.'
Listen
6:59
Seven-minute Opinions

Why Frasier is the best show to sleep to

Why Frasier is the best show to sleep to

A starfish enjoying a meal.
Listen
14:18
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the beloved starfish is a surprisingly brutal killer, and more

This week I learned the beloved starfish is a surprisingly brutal killer, and more

Automatic savings.
Listen
6:52
Seven-minute Explainers

How to put your savings on autopilot

How to put your savings on autopilot

Waiting for a job.
Listen
6:43
Seven-minute Opinions

Against a guaranteed jobs program

Against a guaranteed jobs program

The brain knows.
Listen
14:05
This Week I Learned

This week I learned our brains can predict the future, and more

This week I learned our brains can predict the future, and more

Pills, useless pills.
Listen
6:44
Seven-minute Explainers

Multivitamins are useless. Here's why.

Multivitamins are useless. Here's why.

What if not all speech was so free?
Listen
6:53
Seven-minute Opinions

Why 'freedom of speech' is a cartoonish fantasy

Why 'freedom of speech' is a cartoonish fantasy

Midnight snacking.
Listen
15:11
This Week I Learned

This week I learned late-night snacking might make you more prone to sunburns, and more

This week I learned late-night snacking might make you more prone to sunburns, and more

Solar eclipse glasses.
Listen
6:59
Seven-minute Explainers

America's eclipse craze, explained

America's eclipse craze, explained

President Trump.
Listen
5:24
Seven-minute Opinions

President Trump and the perils of unchecked executive power

President Trump and the perils of unchecked executive power

Well, not quite.
Listen
16:07
This Week I Learned

This week I learned it might be possible to learn while you sleep, and more

This week I learned it might be possible to learn while you sleep, and more

The new monopolies.
Listen
6:32
Seven-minute Explainers

The new monopolies

The new monopolies

American military lower the American flag at a base in Afghanistan.
Listen
7:08
Seven-minute Opinions

The fall of America

The fall of America

Good news for nighttime phone addicts.
Listen
16:38
This Week I Learned

This week I learned the only way to use your phone at night without messing with your sleep, and more

This week I learned the only way to use your phone at night without messing with your sleep, and more

Genetic engineering.
Listen
7:04
Seven-minute Explainers

The genetic breakthrough that could change humanity, explained

The genetic breakthrough that could change humanity, explained

Government, the less-complicated version.
Listen
5:57
Seven-minute Opinions

Make government simple again

Make government simple again

Unami flavors, like those found in tomato juice, play well on airplanes.
Listen
9:21
This Week I Learned

This week I learned why so many people order tomato juice on airplanes, and more

This week I learned why so many people order tomato juice on airplanes, and more

The Incredible Hulk, 2003.
Listen
7:05
Seven-minute Explainers

A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH

A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH

The Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.
Listen
5:59
Seven-minute Opinions

Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone

Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone

Not going to happen.
Listen
15:13
This Week I Learned

This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more

This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more

Don't freak out.
Listen
7:05
Seven-minute Explainers

How to avoid being eaten by a shark

How to avoid being eaten by a shark

An ultrasound.
Listen
6:11
Seven-minute Opinions

Pregnancy is not a disease

Pregnancy is not a disease

It wants to eat your hummingbird's brain.
Listen
12:12
This Week I Learned

This week I learned praying mantises are killing your hummingbirds and eating their brains, and more

This week I learned praying mantises are killing your hummingbirds and eating their brains, and more

Game of Thrones.
Listen
6:58
Seven-minute Explainers

Game of Thrones: 5 fun facts about the Valyrian language

Game of Thrones: 5 fun facts about the Valyrian language