Very entertaining subject matter save the recent plug about the yoga book...Straight TRASH! Keep up the good work. Remember, you only have one soul, so don’t sell it!
Love listening to the podcast at work. People think I’m crazy when I just start randomly laughing.
I really like this podcast especially the flares from infinity Sagittarius a*. But the ads definitely seem to be the downfall of this podcast. I have just one question PLEASE do a Steven Universe the movie vault episode about spinel’s injector!!! PLEASE
Sponsored content? Do we get money too? Only way I'll listen, that is
I love this show-until recently when they decided to use that one odious meth-ladened ad. I can’t even listen to this show during the day let alone during the night due to that obnoxious ad.
I listen while I drive and it’s amazing!
Staying on topic is impossible for these guys. For instance, a recent rerun episode: “5 reasons to never take off your helmet in space” or whatever. A one hour podcast is opened with a 15 minute review of some alien movie. More inane reviews are scattered throughout the episode. And this is standard. Every single podcast is ruined by mindless chatter on unrelated subjects. The time they spend on topic is fascinating. The guys do excellent research on some very interesting topics, but get sidetracked so often that you will either fall asleep from boredom, tune them out, or flat out forget what the topics are supposed to be. It’s so frustrating that I gave up. I unsubscribed. I may try again later on, but for now, I quit! This podcast
Show used to be very good or at least showed signs of developing into something great, but has veered off course into unfocused tangents and pseudo-episodes that are light on anything to actually engage with and heavy on suppositions either dry or banal. It’s probably topic choice more than anything because the hosts are certainly capable of covering topics with clarity. My guess is the desire to differentiate themselves from the thousandth podcast to cover, oh, I dont know big foot and the dyatlov pass incident, they have withered in the sort of obscurity that is obscure for a reason.
I side with the AI so do a show about this
This show keeps me awake entertained and educated on my commute to and from work every day. The range of topics and the depth of exploration done on behalf of the riders will not disappoint you. The hosts of the show do very well at remaining unbiased and giving each topic and opinion The consideration it deserves. Their other podcasts are worth checking out as well.
I love the wide range of topics and solid research. The hosts are very professional.
Great podcast. I listened for years and would surely recommend the show. Warm regards. Keep up the good work.
Although the hosts’ Christophobia is a consistent undercurrent, wise listeners can still glean interesting information despite the hosts’ narrow-mindedness.
I simply Adore this podcast! I love that they talk about intellectual subjects few people will touch!
What my 3 favorite things in the world are, I would say: Coffee, hot showers, and podcasts. If you asked me 10 years ago, or if you asked me today what my favorite podcast i (and trust me, I listen to a LOT of podcasts), I would have then and I will still say now: STBYM. I used to download this onto my iPod!! I’ve listened to nearly every episode from the very beginning (we still miss you, Julie!!!). I only skipped the gory ones. STBYM and Robert Lamb got me through grad school, living in various continents across the globe for two years, a decade of road trips and airplane rides, camping trips, and still, even now, STBYM provides something for me to look forward to every week. Hurray for you, please continue to make this podcast forever!!! Can’t we give a golden star to the podcast that is our one most favorite? If we could I would give it to this one.
I love these guys and how they make my morning drives to work interesting. The episodes are long and packed with new info as well as being funny sometimes.
Robert and Joe are brilliant with their presentation of scientific research. I really enjoy their love of old b-movies and how they weave pop culture into science. Would absolutely recommend.
Sitting in your dorm room, listening to your visiting dorm mates discourse on all matter of subjects. They are entertained, and are in fact occasionally entertaining (but often moronic). And you can't help imagining where these guys are going to end up. Perhaps... making podcasts?? This podcast. Yeah. Takes me back.
Been listening for years
Super interesting!! Definitely recommend!
I was never very big into science in high school, but as a college student who loves podcasts, this show has proven to be both intellectually engaging and simply fun to listen to, and I can now proudly cast my lot in with the science nerds. If you’re looking for a new podcast to binge, STBYM really has something for everyone. Personally some of my favorites are “Stone Age Technology,” “Age of the Earth,” and “Library of Babel” if you’re looking for a place to start!!
No one is interested
The hosts are witty and informative. They expose the audience to a variety of topics and sources. It’s worth checking out things you don’t think you’ll be interested in. Like a Terry Gross interview of someone you don’t know. Terry makes the person interesting and relatable. That’s what these folks do.
The hosts possess intelligence but choose to simply parrot scripted, low hanging fruit. Great voices and easy to listen to. Still, “blow my mind” with endless, direct quotes from text books approved by their denomination? I think not. Try again, boys. Try again. Pity. Such potential.
I have been a fan since the beginning. Interesting subjects and great hosts make this one of the best around.
Klondike Bars look delicious. This is probably inappropriate and everyone knows it, but Anna Farris looks Delicious!
Great content— very entertaining
Religious counterintuitive...love it!
These are the only podcasts I listen to. Keep up the great work. I love all of the “you should know podcasts”! They’re great!
Wow your podcasts on “Teeth” and “Brain Soup....” really blew my mind Love the podcast LSD was legal in the 1950 Timothy ruin it with his excitements and control over college students telling them to “tune in and drop out” doing the 1960.
Just found this podcast yesterday & already listened to all the episodes. 👌🏼
Just wow. The topics here are all over the place. I love how much info I get from each episode. Came at this as an Invention fan. but I think I might like this show even better
Discovered this a few months ago and have been devouring their huge back-catalog. The hosts are personable and funny without wasting time and bring the right amount of humor to each topic. The topics are wide-ranging and even the ones that seem silly always turn to actual scientific discussion with a bit of history thrown in.
Love the show. Have been listening to this one for a very long time. There’s really no downside to subscribing to this podcast! My only gripe is about half of the topics they cover are ... meh. It’s not for a lack of imagination, but i just wish they would cover more stuff concerning space. A podcast and crew this talented & they haven’t fully flushed out all the planets?Just Saturn & Venus... lol come on. Besides this one little gripe i think this is an amazing podcast and very well done by the crew.
There’s usually an interesting topic, but Joe will constantly take whatever gets into the show in a cringey dorky direction with unearned arrogance behind him. I really try to keep enjoying the show, but Jesus that guy is insufferable
Love the show. Great way to introduce new ideas and perspectives to things we often overlook.
Listened to a few and this podcast made me feel like they were talking down to me. Especially in the origin of the earth episode.
“Blow Your Mind” is an exaggeration; however, I’m usually entertained and interested in the topics. If an episode doesn’t intrigue me, I just skip it. It’s very similar to Stuff You Should Know. Pro tip: listen at 1.5 speed to make it drag a little less. Sometimes I find the episodes to be unnecessarily lengthy, but speeding it up and hitting the skip button resolves that issue.
This show is good if you love SYSK, but have more time to go a few layers deeper on the topics. Josh and Chuck are a tough act to follow, but these guys hold their own and are better at the scientific topics.
Great podcast but the one guy needs to stop ending all of his sentences on a high note it’s really frustrating. Other than that it’s great but dude stop doing that thing with your voice.
Joe is great. The content with the exception of like 4 part episodes is interesting. Robert is pretentious as hell.
Meh. Oversensitive goys analyzing topics and making sure to White Knight.
In my opinion stuff to blow your mond is a really good show, however as of late, they are constantly showing "stuff from the vault " episodes. Has the show run out of gas? are there no more topics to cover?? what happened?
I’ve been listening for several years now. Robert and joe are great and discuss every topic sincerely and seriously, no matter how mythological or silly it is. This show keeps me entertained and keeps my brain thinking after I’ve stopped listening.
Do these people really talk this fast or is the audio speeded up to make the podcast shorter? I find it difficult to listen at the speed of the speech. Too bad because it is good content.
Probably one of my favorite podcasts! So smart and fun - subscribe NOW!
Two very bright and charismatic hosts guide audience through provocative discussion on diverse scientific and philosophical topics. Awesome!!!
Great podcast! Nothing better than learning about the the power of evolution!
As an adult, I’m also a big lover of LEGO. If you haven’t tried it yet, Minecraft is a very good option as well. I highly recommend it, especially as a game to play with your kids. Thanks for another great episode!
Love the show but did you seriously just advertise a podcast for anti-vaccination?!?
This podcast made me want to be a podcaster. Finally got the guys and did it and I’m so happy i did. They have a such a great dynamic and the subjects are always good. Both are very smart and thus make it very believable from a standpoint that a lot of podcast are just scripts read by pro voice over. I’m sure they have scripts, but I’m cool with that because for this kind of subject matter there is a lot to remember! I did like the “big box” podcasts, but this is a huge exception for me. Keep up the good work guys.
Kinda reminds me of the best of Liar City and I mean that as a compliment. If you’re on the fence, check out an episode
I listened to Stuff to Blow Your Mind years ago, then they started to get irritating. Thought I would try again and see if they’ve improved. Sadly it’s still a combination of boring and frustrating to listen to. Josh and Chuck at Stuff You Should Know are far more captivating. They should just let this one die and cover all the topics through SYSK instead.
This show explores a wide variety of topics to keep me entertained. Even when the topics seem like they have no scientific basis, they find a way to tie it all together.
Love this show. Fun and educational
Intellectual, thought provoking with some well placed sprinkles of humor. I also really enjoy that new episodes are regularly aired. Thanks!!
I like to listen to podcast while at work so I can ignore the people I work with. This podcast makes the day enjoyable. I learn, I laugh, I find myself waiting for the next episode. Give it a try, you be happy you did.
Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick have great rapport, which makes it easy to digest various topics. Everything from the uncanny valley to The Great Basilisk.
Waiting for my mind to be blown. Mights just blow it myself instead of listening to this podcast
This show’s title is not an exaggeration; it will consistently blow your mind. The hosts make the sometimes complicated content very accessible, and will pique your interest in fields and notions you previously knew nothing about. Highly recommended.
I love this podcast! The topics are always interesting and really well researched, and the guys are funny. Definitely recommend!
It’s like Part-Time Genius if you like longer conversations and more detail. Some jokes, but not constant gags or goofs. The hosts are comfortable using complex vocabulary (like from anthropology in the Winter People episode) and general scientific terms without feeling the need to apologize for sounding overly intellectual or define every last thing. It’s like how NPR was created assuming its listeners were smart.
I’ve been a politic junkie for two decades, even served as an elected official for 8 years. But am so fed up with the idiocy of news coverage these days. Needed to give my mind a break with these stimulating conversations and enhance my knowledge of the Universe.
The two guys cackling endlessly is annoying.
These guys aren’t experts in any topic they cover, but they really do their research. They deliver a fun and entertaining shows and the best part is you even learn a thing or two each week.
Another great HSW podcast. I love the conversational science based attitude of this podcast. Love the hosts. Keep it up guys!
This podcast is very good brain food. Ingredients include -Science dough -Sci fi cookie bits* -Cultural exploration chopped into slices -Smooth conversation yogurt, preferably white in color -**Other ingredients Mix the last four ingredients in a bowl. Mash them into the dough. Bake inside your brain at body temperature for approximately one hour. *film references included **Other ingredients can be discovered by listening to the podcast
This podcast has provided me with countless hours of entertainment. Some of the episodes I save to listen to again later. I definitely recommend.
I feel like these gentleman are my newest friends that live far off and we make time at least once a week to catch up. I’m entirely indebted to them for the thick educations as well as constant geek appropriate laughter. Stoked that they and this exists! Appreciatively, Nk.
One of my favourite podcasts. Love the hosts Robert and Joe, and how the tone is conversational instead of sounding like a lecture. Always interesting topics from science, culture and history.
There are numerous other podcasts LIKE this one but none better. I’ve tried and failed to get into many a “Stuff” podcast before finding this one and it stands out from the crowd because of hosts. Robert and Joe consistently seem as curious and delighted about their research into each topic as I am to hear about it. The elucidatory references from horror/metal/sci fi/fantasy works these guys employ are extremely in my wheelhouse and appreciated. At this point I skip any episode that doesn’t feature both of them as host.
I can’t deal with anyone that blatantly uses the term “octopuses” instead of octopi.
I like this podcast. Great material covered and they provide interesting perspectives on scientific research. All the hosts, past and current, have a natural curiosity that is conveyed well within each topic. I recommend this show to people, all the time.
This show, made by the wonderfully talented crew at howstuffworks is the metric that I measure all other podcasts by. With years of episodes to look back on, I know that no matter the situation I can fire up any episode of STBYM to consistently get my knowledge fix, (along with a chuckle) throughout every episode, regardless of the topic. This I find to be the crowning achievement in science education. To the Kings of Approximate Knowledge, Robert & Joe Et al, I salute you!
Haven’t even listened yet but from the reviews I umm... ahh.. arg... hate it already
Really interesting and fun to pass the time while I sew my creations... thanks
This is my favorite podcast bar none. Controversial issues overlapping the realms of science fiction and science fact are unapologetically compared. Great care is taken not to confuse these two areas, while creative contemplation is encouraged. To other reviewers who have complained about this mix and want only “pure” constipated sterile science content, you are missing two important points: 1. Science unrelated to the past (and possible future) of human kind, can make for a boring podcast 2. Many of the greatest discoveries of science began in the minds of inquisitive people as hypotheses, who recognized the need to use the imagination as a jumping off point for identifying testable ideas. This is a very refreshing program. If you can’t handle the aspects of the show that involve creative speculation (which is always clearly framed as such) then you either have not been listening attentively, or simply don’t get what this program is all about, and that is the fascinating aspects of existence which inspire scientist to ask big questions and test potential explanations for them. If you can’t handle the enthusiasm, you might need more fiber in your diet.
I listen every night before going to sleep. The topics are interesting and relatable. I could do without so many sci-fi movie references, but other than that great podcast. Thanks!!
The topics are things I’m interested in, but these hosts don’t have an actual plan on what to talk about. They are scattered and the things they actually go in depth about are things unrelated and uninteresting to the topic. It’s all very scattered and unorganized, just stick to the topic and cover the main points. If it doesn’t interest you then maybe do another podcast about something you are interested in. Very hard to stay listening. Hoping you guys figure it out.
Well researched and profound! Robert and Joe are great speakers that provide clarity and variation. I appreciate the podcast very much! Highly recommended to other students and life long learners!
I love this podcast a lot. Perhaps the people criticizing this podcast haven’t seen the newer episodes with the different hosts which is why they are giving such poor reviews. I don’t think the podcast deserves it.
I love the dynamic between the hosts and the content is presented on a “normal people” level. Great stuff!
One of my favorites. Great for thinkers.
I find myself refreshing my app day after day until each new episode drops. Loving every minute! Keep it up!
The hosts of this show conduct the podcast in such a great way, I mean their chronological organization and timing of input are great together it’s almost like they’re adlibing interesting topics and insights, they are very effective at providing proper perspective as well as illustrating things in a way that allow you to deduct for yourself at times. Excellent angle into subjects that keep listeners yearning for the next insight. The only negative I can think of is at times it feels like the podcast is directed at a specific audience of Star Trek/Dungeons & Dragons/Super Hero fans when I personally am not part of that culture.
I'm a microbiologist and I love this show because it gets its science right so much of the time. There are some other podcasts that try to tackle science topics, and they may be very engaging to the layperson, but for someone in the sciences, it can be infuriating to hear constant oversimplification, mispronunciation, and downright wrong explanations. That's not to say this show is perfect, because the hosts really, really need to drop their obsession with the bicameral mind, and the interview episodes are usually boring. But usually, the show is fascinating, fun, and very well researched!
Really love it keep it up 5 stars
Even back with other hosts Christian and Julie this podcast has always been creative and well researched. Robert and Joe have the great chemistry needed in a podcast and always strike the balance of presenting their topics professionally while including additional input based on their hobbies and lives. You really get the feeling that they both love what they do.
This podcast is informative, educational, funny, remarkably interesting, and definitely addictive. whoever left I sub par rating is an individual of a subpar intellect. No recommendation on my behalf is needed, this is free... if you’re interested in interesting things just listen and hear for yourself. I recommend The two party Julian James bicameral mind discussions, and/ or the two part deduction of fire a.k.a. the human flame. 100% authentic and worth the high price of time & attention today
The hosts take far too long to get through the material. While they are informative, they seem to go on tangents that take too long to get to the actual point of the episode.
I have been listening for over a year now and you guys make every new topic creative and interesting. It is cool that you involve you listeners with listener mail and in a variety of other ways as well. You have strong a research base for each topic and are very professional. Keep them coming!
This is my favorite podcast. Hands down. Extremely well researched and sophisticated but also accessible. They're always respectful and have a good reporte with each other. Robert and Joe are so sweet. Thank you guys!
My favorite podcast on the howstuffworks network (also the first one I started listening to). Both hosts discuss topics in a relatively neutral, respectful way that is still funny and interesting. Started listening last year and now I’ve listened to almost every episode :)
I live this Podcast. It’s the one I listen to the most. I’ve learned so many different things I never would’ve heard about otherwise. Give it a try! Also try the hosts’ new podcast “Invention.”
If you want to “blow my mind” stop making shows about how the foundations of Christianity are false, it seems like quite the agenda and I’ve had enough of it. Deleting
I absolutely love this show! The banter between the hosts and the insight they bring with their independent findings is both entertaining and informative. The topics are interesting and not ones you would typically seek out on your own. They spark one’s curiosity and imagination. Well done guys!!!
STBYM is all those things. Professional. Great hosts. Engrossing. Insightful. Illuminating. I love it!
I have been listening to STBYM for over a year now and am completely hooked. The topics they cover are well researched, very mentally engaging, and just... mind blowing!! If you are a fan of science and philosophical discussions, Robert and Joe (Christian and Julie too!) will not disappoint. Happy listening!!
Good rapport between the hosts without descending into Witty Banter. They get into their subject quickly, and the effort they put into research shows. Keep it up!
Excellent podcast that both entertains and educates. Keep up the great work!
Blow you mind is a bit of an oversell or maybe I'm just too aware of too many things. But for kids this is great stuff, it's a deep dive into topics at a converstional pace that keeps you interested.
I love the topics of this podcast but I love equally as much how the host present it and converse with each other about it. I can't have the one without the other—Stuff to Blow Your Mind is really, really about both content and hosts. Thank you!
This podcast will make you better at conversations.
I’ve been listening to various How stuff works podcasts and I like you guys the best, also Joe is a better match than Christian 👍🏽. But all your episodes are great! We also love the way you handle YECs and “answers in genesis”. Don’t stop making new episodes
They do a great job with hard science but they really show bias when talking about social or behavioral topics.
My absolute favorite and go-to podcast. I’m disappointed to miss my daily cardio session because I like to use that time to listen to the podcast. I’m constantly making ‘wow’ faces and laughing to myself on the treadmill. Love the diversity of topics they cover, as well as the wholistic approach they use during each session, and it’s always handled with dignity and respect to the listener. I’ve learnt a lot from them.
i saw this on a list of best podcasts of 2018. looks like all the subjects are interesting. but once you hear these guys talk about them you will never be interested in them ever again.
I saw the Calypso years ago when it was in France awaiting restoration after having been sunk by collision overseas. Video clips available online show Cousteau's old ship was later rebuilt extensively. Another example of comprehensive change, yet it's "the same."
These two follow their curiosity through some rather interesting topics. Right up my alley and I am glad they are doing what they do — Bravo!
I tried listening to the earliest podcast but I can’t stand the lady’s voice. So I skipped that whole season. Love the two guys now, great voices. I’m just wondering if all of this info is accurate? I don’t want to go and talk about all the new things I learned from you guys and then sound looney to people. Lol
I listen to a lot of podcasts yet these two do the best at content and presentation.
They are brilliant at drilling down past my knowledge base on many topics I’ve considered but never went this deep. Potable. Fascinating. Fun.
Ten Stars to you in a five star rating system. So many extremely well researched topics.
I was bored at work and downloaded the podcast app as I previously deleted it. I came across this podcast and now I’m addicted. Keep it going! Can’t wait for the Halloween related casts mentioned in “Age of the Earth Pt 1”
I don’t think I’ve ever been more vocal about how much I love a show. The conversational tone makes learning easy, and the hosts are goofballs that keep me laughing the whole time. The topics are so well researched and presented by people who genuinely seem to love telling the world the neat things they’ve found out, thank you SO MUCH to Joe and Robert for all your hard work!
Wow, I recognize the guys voice or he sounds just like the blabbermouth from Generation Why. I tried this show out and just like GW it is light on content with a whole lot of shallow conjectures about what people are thinking with no evidence to back up any of the hosts ramblings. Too annoying and off the cuff. These hosts don’t offer new insights. Dumb, shallow and annoying.
I really appreciate the clearness of the audio. The speakers are very easy to follow and their voices are smooth. I could listen to this show all day.
I really like this podcast. It is very well researched and edited. It is engaging, informative and relaxing all at the same time. Excellent late night listening for me. Great job, guys!
Great information on interesting subjects, thank you.
Great science based discussion.
My all time favorite podcast! Hosts are great and entertaining. They cover many interesting topics and treat even the most controversial topics with dignity and decorum.
Got me hooked on podcasts generally back when it was Robert and Julie. Endless philosophical topics \ sci-fi geekdom are now balanced.
This show consistently covers topics that are both interesting and novel, going into depth on each episode in an approachable way. Absolute fave!
My only complaint, I want more episodes. This podcast it’s amazing, never fails to educate and entertain all at once.
Having listened to 5 episodes it seems like some episodes have interesting topics but the episodes are entirely too long. I listened to one episode for about 10 minutes and it had not started heading in the direction of the key word in the title that I found of interest. In an era when we are drowning in too much info, please make more of an effort to get to the point and be concise.
Fix your ads... All the advertisements that interrupt the show start with squeaky beeping loud noises why... Is it done intentionally to kill your listener ears. You need to fix this.
Cool podcast about big ideas. I listen to it everyday on the way to work .
Really enjoy the topics!
I really enjoy the knowledge this show adds to my life. Everything is typically presented in a nuanced but easy to understand way. I also love the cross over between a variety of subjects.
Love the whole “Stuff” team
Hey look I know from the vast library of shows you have that yes at times you guys, even when Julie was a host, that u tackle subjects at different point of views but after listening to chariot of the gods episode I now know yes there is an agenda with the perspectives you take. Every time u brought a a subject that was evidence for the theory of ancient aliens you start off by laughing at the assertion,ie Nasca lines, Aztec stone art, Egyptian pyramid blocks. Look I argue with my dad who has literally gone nuts since the show came out, ancient aliens and I have to show him evidence of archeological finds about the sites the show talks about but when I heard this episode I knew the hosts weren’t taking any consideration of the subject. They talked about the Bible and stories in it and how literally the god of the Old Testament is, its very physical then the god that is talked about in the New Testament. They can take these story’s and try to look for a modern perspective on it but when it come to Nasca lines or Egyptian pyramids or the speculation from the ancient astronaut theory perspective it’s completely thrown out how typical of an open minded individual. I un subscribed I listened to a lot and you are sometimes tempered with your views but yet a view
I like the in depth analysis & exploration of ideas.
While I certainly have not listened to every available podcast, I do listen to many of them and have put thought into what makes them good. This podcast offers a variety of interesting topics, the hosts not only do the deepest research into each topic that I've heard, they balance that with thuoght provoking questions and a healty dose of skeptisism when appropriate. The hosts have great rapor, area willing to side line in to other quasi-related topics and throw in offbeat references to science fiction and gaming. I always learn something new, and particulalry enjoy being facsinated by areas I thought i had no interest in. Thanks guys!!
I just discovered this podcast through browsing, and I’m instantly a fan. These guys take complex issues and make them relatable and understandable. I can’t wait to blaze through the catalogue.
Yeah I think that’s about right.
I used to binge on Radiolab, but since I found this podcast, nothing is as informative, thorough and creative.
Robert and Joe make my walks to and from campus much more interesting! I regularly catch myself speaking on topics covered in the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcasts with friends and colleagues.
I love how they can make the most mundane topics feel very full and interesting and can make complex, theoretical topics easy to understand. Pacing makes for an easy listen. Hosts come off as authoritative but humble and relatable.
Interesting topics that get explained in a very comprehensive manner. Look forward to every new episode. If I ever manage to fully understand quantum physics it will be thanks to this podcast.
A great podcast that never fails to take a considered approach to fascinating topics. A perfect listen for the curious of mind.
The perfect mix of intellectual banter, serious discussion and smart humor. Each topic is well balanced, well informed and well researched. I always feel smarter after listening to this show.
Robert and Joe are a fun listen. The topics are almost always interesting and the way they interact is engaging for the listener. The tangents are fun. One aspect I enjoy is that they are careful not to prejudge an idea. Approaching topics from different angles. This librarian finds this a good jumping off point for all kinds of stuff that will blow your mind.
I’ve been listening to podcasts on a daily or nearly-so basis as long as they’ve been around, and currently subscribe to a few dozen of them. STBYM is in my all-time top five. Robert & Joe take well selected, thought provoking topics and do a great mix of presenting gathered information and offering their own thoughtful input. The quantity and quality of humor is just right, and the two guys work very well together.
This is the quintessential science/general knowledge podcasts: the hosts are great and have a great chemistry. Long enough to be a great companion on walks and trips, always entertaining, incredibly informative. Cannot recommend it enough.
I work from home and tune in regularly to this podcast--it's great stuff! I love the weird facts, insteresting concepts, and the humor is great too.
Stuff To Blow Your Mind covers topics you'd never think to explore (and they usually have a few surprising twists along the way that you wouldn't expect). Highly recommend listening and subscribing if you want the best of both worlds: education AND entertainment at the same time! Stuff To Blow Your Mind is a must-listen!
This podcast has some very interesting topics. Unfortunately, the two hosts drag out the discussion to about twice as long as it needs to be and manage to turn even the most interesting topic into a tortuous hour of boredom. There are other podcasts out there that are so much better. I unsubscribed.
Amazing podcast. Funny, smart, fascinating. One of my favorite podcasts.
Some topics I would never pick, but I never regret having listened. Sometimes we need to walk a different path.
The non-stop library of information rarely fails to amaze me. I found this podcast about 2 months ago and have worked my way back all the way to 2013. They have a fluid conversation, as if they know all about the subjects, and really, if you commit to a podcast you don’t really wanna feel as if people are reading from a book. (Example: stuff you missed in history, horrendous hosts) If you want to get a snack of knowledge, this is the snack for you while you're on the go. I listen all day at work, on the road, and sometimes at the gym. Keep it coming guys.
As a longtime avid podcast listener this one's in my personal top 5 and probably the most overlooked HSW podcast. It seems in the past it was a bit different which might be why the ratings and old reviews are slanted but they built it into something pretty great. Their topics take deep dives into the realms of social sciences with neat historical legends and sci-fi/fantasy musings. The hosts are enjoyable and humble folks with a nice dynamic.
I’m enjoying this episode. Just a quick note, George Lucas based Star Wars on the Hero’s Journey Trope... the book by Joseph Campbell.. Hero With a Thousand Faces. Great book.. basically takes the Jungian Hero Archetype and applies it to Jesus, Buddha, etc. Demonstrates how similar various deities are. Has its critics.
I love this podcast. I learn so much each time, and they open up a lot of conversations that allow for really fun thought experiments. I highly recommend it!
These guys have zero personality. Nerd to nerd talk that puts you to sleep. Somehow make interesting topics uninteresting.
Animal Lies was So good! I would love to hear more episodes on this. Thank you.
I’ve been a SYSN podcast listener for years so I thought I’d give this one a try. Much more in-depth science behind things in this podcast. They could be talking about Godzilla then venture off into the neural pathways responsible for the mating call of the emerald-bellied whipperwill of southern Madagascar and how the two are related. Plus they already have a great library of interesting topics, check it out.
Super well researched, never fails to enrich my knowledge, a pleasure to listen to. My kids 12 and 14 enjoy listening in the car too!
Great topics great hosts. Give it a try if you haven’t yet.
I just finished the first 600 episodes of the show and I absolutely love it! Such a great way to manage a long commute every day, all-the-while learning something new, or learning more about something you think you already know. Best of all there is little to no political bias in the episodes. My biggest complaint is some of the sourcing, i.e. Slate. They do sometimes use publications with a known "lean" in some research but, all-in-all, very informative!
LOVE THE SHOW How do you think they dreamt? Did they enter a realm of consciousness where they could reflect and narrate their days? Did that voice completely take over and hallucinate what they should be doing? And then to the 9 levels of dreams would they experience them the same? Hope this scratches your head the same as mine.
Love the hosts. Robert and Joe deliver tons of interesting topics from a scientific standpoint, flourished with a healthy amount of personal perspective and humor. Love their lack of biases on many topics, when possible. Less of a lecture and more of a mind-opening experience.
I’ve been a regular listener for about a year now. Today, I listened to the Tetris episode replay and as an avid Tetris fan, felt compelled to leave a review. I love learning from each podcast. I felt very know-it-all about Tetris and thought I knew the history well, but I learned new things. Above the historical things, it was neat to see the brain science behind the story. Box Brown does an amazing job telling the story in his graphic novel and I felt this episode came in with the story details and science. Definitely will drop any know-it-all attitude I may have going forward!
This is easily my favorite podcast. I've been listening to it for years. The topics are varied and the hosts do an excellent job of explaining the science and keeping it interesting. My mind has been blown many times listening to these guys!
I love the synthesis of science and the mysterious. Not for everyone, but if you're into horror, historical deep dives into weird and amazing places, and science, this podcast will be one of your faves.
I didn't know there was a void in my life until I found this podcast. I am now complete!!! On a serious note, it's one of the most informative, fun and engaging podcast for curious, nerdy and imaginative people.
It’s okay I came upon this podcast after listening to “Stuff you should know” “Stuff that will blow your mind” is a little bland and my mind was never really blown.
This show used to blow my mind. After Julie left i refer to it as stuff to fall asleep to. It really excels at that.
Must hear some of these shows #stuff podcasts are my favorites and I’ve had to re-listen to quite a few!
I sure do like this podcast. That Lamb guy is a regular Muad'Dib.
I love this podcast! Always interesting.
I love this pod cast as they give me plenty of food for thought. The guys are well spoken and see all sides to there topics. I have learned a lot from and have further researched certain subject matter from the shows.
They really like to talk about themselves. Why don’t you focus on the subject matter and stop relating everything to yourselves.
I listen to every new episode and can't wait to find out what the next topic will be. Robert Lam doesn't an excellent job of presenting science research in an entertaining and digestible way for the layman. There are some poor reviews here from years ago, but the show has come a very long way since then. If you like Sci-fi, weird-science, psychedelic and odd biology, mythos and mysticism, pop culture, or exploring social phenomenon, this podcast is definitely for you.
As someone constantly trying to find conversations about science to engage in, this podcast is a gold mine. I love the breadth of topics covered and how in-depth the guys go. If you are interested in science, history, sci-fi, social-political issues, etc., this is a FANTASTIC place to go.
So much smacking into the mics
The content of the show is great, the hosts are not. The guy punctuates his speech with "uh, ummm, and y'know." and the girl contradicts him constantly.
It's not everyone's cup of tea, I know, but the style of the How Stuff Works podcast's has grown on me. I'd at least give it a shot or two.
I first discovered podcasts a little over a year ago while working a grocery stocking position that had me working alone and I was getting tired of listening to the same old music night after night for 40 hours a week. Enter podcasts; I started with top recommended ones and quickly discovered this one, along with other howstuffworks podcasts because HSW has many topics that I'm iterested in. I quickly came to enjoy the hosts and the range of topics that STBYM covers. If you like learning new things and hearing interesting factoids, check this one out. Every episode maynot be for every listener, but there is definitely something for everyone.
Love all the topics and ideas on this show. Keeps me thinking
The host lack confidence. They always have a pop-culture lead in that is too long and not researched well enough. When they get to the science, they apologize for presenting the facts they find. Despite the complaints I liked some of the show. Rehearse, cut the show time in half, don't be afraid to cite sources and move on.
They take way way way to long to get to the subject: no thanks
There are a lot of negative reviews from several years ago, but I have been enjoying this podcast for about a year. It addresses a wide variety of science, or science related topics. It's serious, and kind of nerdy, but without being boring.
I've been listening to Stuff to Blow Your Mind since it was Stuff from the Science Lab! The hosts are great! They're funny, a bit nerdy, and really great at getting across the concepts.
Updating for 2017 - I still love and listen to this podcast! This is one of my favorite How Stuff Works podcasts! Robert and Julie take one different scientific and philosophical topics from interesting angles. Some topics seem outrageous. Some times, the hosts carry out thought experiments and extrapolate fictional circumstances to the real world. I highly recommend this podcast.
No production value at all. Just listening to two people talk about stuff that they don't even know very well. Not a well thought out program at all... but it sure is inexpensive to produce. Compelling topics covered in way that is not at all compelling.
I don't listen to every episode, but there are tons of them I love.
I am a self proclaimed and mostly self taught nerd. This podcast is a great gateway to stuff that is way out of my normal professional world. Thanks for making science interesting and understandable to laymen like myself.
I love this podcast, nearly every episode lives up to the name. I'm probably not your target demographic (old, Microbiologist, Christian) so your perspective often differs from mine, but it is always interesting and fun. Your recent episode on cognition didn't get into acquired self-awareness in dolphins, primates etc. or failures to achieve self-awareness in humans (Peter the Wild Boy et. al.), which was a shame. I still enjoyed it though. Keep up the good work!
These guys never fail to bring up the deep cuts and b sides of the dorkiest stuff. Like stuff you should know but with bigger words and more complex concepts and discussion.
I like the hosts, thought they are young they read all the same SF/Fantasy, & play the same games that my friends do. It is fun to hear interesting, ranging conversations that always somehow relate to the Monster Manual.
Thanks for diving deep and checking your sources. I have learned a lot and your podcast has been a great shoulder to lean on during long drives or after a stressful day. Thanks for everything you do.
Wonderful, insightful show. The topics are varied and keep me entertained during the long hours at the coal mine.
love this podcast - the hosts pick some of the most interesting (and outrageous/bizzare) topics.
This podcast is essentially a couple of guys telling you about the stuff they have read. They bring no insight, no humor, and zero command of what they are saying. It's not awful, but they don't really give me a reason to want to listed to anything they say.
I'm a chemical engineer, physician, and screenwriter. These guys do it right.
Interesting and fun. The current hosts are great and I have enjoyed the past ones too. The topics are engaging and often new to me.
I really love this podcast, but you can't take it too seriously. This isn't a fully produced BBC production. This is more like two people research a topic for 1-2 days without talking to each other, and then they meet to discuss what they found. If you are an expert on the topic, then it will be boring to you. If you don't know anything about the topic, then it will likely be fascinating! And to those that complain that they do not talk fast enough: that is what the increased audio speed setting on your podcatcher is for! Find it, love it. Don't hate the hosts for talking slowly enough for anyone to understand.
I have been listening for a couple of years and am still working my way through the back log of shows. The show usually leaves me looking for pen and paper to write down a movie, book or idea that I want to explore. I still miss Julie, but Christian and Joe are growing on me.
I like the hosts and many of the topics. Too often though they get off-topic or speculate far beyond the realm of science or reality. If you appreciate imagination and creativity above all other things then you will enjoy it. They really are quite good artistically but it's not my thing. The title and advertising seem to infer that it's a show of scientific oddities but no so. It should be called "Stuff of Your Dreams" or "Stuff of Fantasies."
Just finished the backlog. Great show. Sometimes not perfectly accurate but it's like my prof said "when you teach you can't let new students get bogged down in details so omit details" Some episodes are stretched in regards to science but those episodes tend to focus more on philosophy of science which is also good.
I have been drawn to these podcasts because of the intersecting topics that their titles advertise. Unfortunately, I have never made it through a full episode. They always seem to ramble on inanely and never actually discuss the topic.
I just started listening and decided to start at the beginning... almost done with 2012!! That's how good this podcast is.
Why I can't stand this podcast: 1. Boring, nerdy hosts - Rambling on about video games, sci-if/fantasy books and movies, and HP Lovecraft does not make you interesting. Especially because... 2. This is supposed to be a science podcast but talks very little about science. I didn't subscribe to this to hear about World of Warcraft. 3. Using big words isn't impressive if you misuse or mispronounce them constantly. I actually think they may be doing this on purpose because it is so consistent. 4. The hosts are ill-prepared. They seem to research stuff on the internet, not compare notes, not make a plan for the podcast, and just start recording. 5. Mouth noises are the worst. The one host trails off into incomprehensible, mumbled vocal fry at the end of every sentence. The other smacks and makes various noises while both of them say "um" several times per sentence. I tried to give this podcast a chance, but it is grating and dull.
Love the podcast. Love the hosts. Only issue I have is a personal one... I get the feeling that these guys lend a little too much credence to a lot of fringe science/pseudoscientific ideas.. Also, at times they tend toward the anti scientific end of the spectrum. NOT ALWAYS, but I hear a lot of "science as religion" and they mention how a lot of people think of science as "infallible"..I could do with les of that kind of talk, but it's not a big enough issue for me to give them anything less than a 5 star rating :) keep up the good work guys! Still one of my top 5 favorite podcasts 🙌🏻
Hey Stuff To Blow Your Mind! I love your scientific talks and studies and it really fascinates me because there's stuff we're constantly learning everyday and ya'll are a contribution to this which is what we need in our lives cause education seems to be waning down now-a-days so keep it up and we appreciate your efforts. Much luv n God bless you all!
Simply put, this is the best podcast in the history of podcasts and the earth! I am so obsessed with this podcast. Great stories that are interesting and engaging. Keep up the great work!
This podcast had been one of my favorites. It's now become one of those podacsts that doesn't even update regularly for me anymore becuase I have so many unplayed episodes. Get to the point! Can't stand, the new layout and host. He seems to spend a lot of time trying to prove his listeners that he can use a lot of three syllable words, but it's the same words over and over. I have a new drinking game... every time you hear the word "ubiquitous" you have to drink. Every time you hear the word "trope" you have to chug and I've got news for you, Chirstian and Joe, that's only a one syllable word.
New listener and I've only heard the newer episodes so far, but Robert and Christian are great. Through explanations of challenging and interesting topics. There's not a lot of outright humor, but it's not dour either. Just more on the slightly serious side compared to something like Stuff You Should Know, but I think it's a good balance and it allows them to cover a lot of ground. Keep up the good work!
Fascinating. Little-understood & imagination-sparking topics, discussed in depth and responsibly researched. Can't get enough.
I love these deep thinkers in almost every topic, they certainly changed how I view the world as an engineer
I listen to the podcast every day, and highly recommend it to anyone looking to chew on some ideas while doing mundane or time consuming tasks. Hosts with easy-to-listen-to voices with decent chemistry in discussion and always seem interested in whatever they're talking about. There are plenty episodes I read the title of and think "that doesn't sound too interesting" but they always manage to get me at least mildly intrigued. New episodes are posted often and each with a sufficient amount of time/info inside. Keep it up, guys.
I learn so much and even episodes I didn't think I'd like I found so much interesting information . I'm writing a book and you guys podcasts gives me so many resources thank you
The hosts have a great sense of humor and present a variety of scientific topics in a very relatable way.
I love the concept, too bad it's unlistenable. These two need to cut down on the fluff. They're not clever or amusing. Nobody is interested in their boring anecdotes. Get to the point! Provide substance!
I work third shift alone and love listening to these guys talking about topics that interest me from conspiracy theories to creature evaluations of D&D... They help keep me sane on my long and lonely nights! :)
Stuff to blow your mind is a great podcast! I learn something new just about every episode. Definitely check it out. Robert, Christian, and Joe do a great job!
Needs to be more concise in delivery and content. Who has an hour to devote to podcasts on non-necessary information? if this was 15-30 minutes would consider but otherwise no way. I'm not listening for chit-chat and entertainment from the hosts, I want the content and I want it fast!
If you like a podcast that tells a great story, this is not it. They take forever (15 to 20 minutes) to actually get to the topic because they are trying to give you context in the most obscure way possible. I don't need 15 minutes of context, give me three or four with the most current or culturally relevant way. It's like two guys decided they wanted to make a podcast so they agree on a topic that they know little about and just have a conversation about it to record and publish. It's awful!
I have been subscribed to Stuff To Blow Your Mind for the past year-and-a-half, which means I've had the pleasure to listen to 150+ episodes of the show with Robert, Joe, and Christian at the helm. I have only listened to a handful of the episodes with just Robert and Julie as the hosts, so I can really only speak to the current era of STBYM. But what an era it has been! Whether they are focusing on the real-world implications of myth and science fiction, looking into near-future pursuits in the sciences, or paying homage to astonishing people and places of the past (looking at you, Akademgorodok), this show will hit you with easy to understand, yet impactful real-world topics. No matter how divorced from reality some of their titular topics may seem, they never cease to find some connective tissue to real life (which is often a major source of the "stuff" that can blow your mind). Supervillain powers and the most deplorable acts of serial killers can usually be paralleled by insects and parasites. Which brings me to a disclaimer: Robert, Joe, and Christian fully embrace nerd culture and science fiction. If you're not ready for light-hearted discussions about Arnold Schwarzenegger's pecs being so large in "The Terminator" because both male and female humans can lactate under the right conditions, so Skynet set up their murder robot with artificial lactation glands with big milk containers so that it would "fit in." OR the simple, elegant history of the Pokemon Magikarp in The ancient Chinese legend of the Dragon Gate, than you might want to steer clear of this podcast. A regular piece of this podcast is our hosts pulling on references from pop culture in their areas of interest to help explain whatever topic they're working on. In my opinion it adds a lot of fun and clarity to the podcast, with the bonus of making me feel like I'm connecting with the hosts as I listen to each coming episode. Because of that, I can see how that could be isolating if you were adverse to that realm of pop-culture. Make no mistake though, their jests and references here and there do not stop them from doing deep dives into complex, or even downright profound territory, such as they did with the P vs NP Problem, Cases Against Space, and The Galilean Moons episodes, to name a few. So many of their topics I was only vaguely aware of, or never took the time to research or comprehend in a meaningful way, and I have found that STBYM delivers and explains these novel topics in a clears, understandable way. They use peer-reviewed sources, frequently use the term "skeptic-hat" -which I find adorable- and are able to call out nonscientific things without completely disparaging that point of view, which I totally respect. It would be easy for a science podcast to huff and puff, and tear people's belief in the supernatural, God traditional medicines to shreds; but harder, and maybe more fruitful to thread that needle of laying down the objective scientific observations, while accepting that people have subjective experiences that make whatever belief very real to them. For example, I'm one who is always ready to drop a long-winded rejection of homeopathic medicine but as I said, I very much respect the line they draw for their show as to not exclude members of the audience with certain beliefs who still want to listen in and have their minds blown...with science! This has been a long review, but if you have stuck with me, give this show a try, pick an episode that you think would be interesting. I think you'll be glad you did.
While sometimes overwhelmingly nerdy (D&D references), this is a fascinating podcast with far reaching topics. Along with "stuff you should know" this is one of my favorites.
A well constructed podcast! Love the weird topics and the science related to it. Great job with the Monsters of Science and the live stuff….. keep up the great work and have a great old horror of a time!
My first podcast that I ever listen to
Very interesting and seemingly random topics, delivered well researched, kindly, fair, and awesomely. Love the topics, stuff I get to know better and stuff I didn't know I wanted to know about.
I have just discovered the world of podcasts and this is my favorite!!!
I find the topics they choose to talk about really interesting but I cannot stand Robert! He comes off as so condescending, uptight, and unfunny.
Awesome to listen to, but I wouldn't recommend watching the Creep episode, I was trying to fall asleep and they talked about the Burger King King, and it gave me goosebumps immediately
Lately the hosts have been covering some very weird subjects, like Creepypasta. It's definitely unique in that aspect. In some past shows, they rubbed me the wrong way. They could have shown more respect to those subjects, even though they didn't believe them to be true. They can be skeptical but not flat out say that something is crazy.
Another HSW gem of a podcast with its own distinct commentary and discussion. The team assembled for STBYM continually delivers: fascinating articles on the site, engaging and well-researched podcasts, quality videos, and I even go to read to blog every once in a while. The podcast lives up to its name and every time I think I’ve learned all there is to know about a subject the hosts open up a whole new avenue or perspective. TL;DR = Always interesting, never boring
Smart people talking about unconventional topics. Really interesting and entertaining.
Great at delving deep into "weird" topics with really open minds, and I always feel enlightened after listening to most of their episodes. I really recommend this to people who like to delve into ideas and topics are a just the teensiest but fringe
The people that do this are very knowledgeable and love information and life in general they are great and our beautiful people
Perfect for people that like documentaries & casual science. Highly recommend!
The hosts spend more time going off on random tangents than on the topic. I wish they would get to the point and stay on subject. I don't relate to the tangents either. They talk too much about fantasy books, video games, and their family life! That doesn't blow my mind at all. Although when they do stay on topic it can be informative.
Can't listen anymore as Animal Experiments/ lab animals constantly cited as proof in experiments. That is so antiquated, and co tarry to current ethical and technical methods that relieve and exclude the suffering of other species with whom we share this Planet . No more.
Lots of interesting topics and well done
As good or better than sister podcast "Stuff you should know"
These guys are the best. Thanks to you this podcasts I have learned so much. They are perhaps the most thorough podcasts on various topics. I have learned so much from them. I have listen to them for a long time. Thank you guys for the excellent education you guys provide, I will always listen to you guys! Though I must say I really miss Julie Douglas, it's not the same without her. The episodes were more welcoming and the relationship was perfectly combined. I like the new guy but Julie makes a better match for Robert. That's what really held its uniqueness. Now it's more competing with How stuff works and that's not good. Still 5 stars regardless.
I have been a subscriber for over a year now.... I love this podcast! There is so much to learn. This show is also very well produced, sounds great, and doesn't leave me wanting.
This podcast has become one of my favorites. The way they go into detail on each and every topic is great.
I love not only this podcast but basically all of the ones at howstuffworks! They are all part of my daily routine! They don't deserve any bad reviews!
The male cohost that replaced the previous female host is a poor presenter. His voice is hard to listen to due to his bad habit of up speak and vocal fry. Robert is great and almost makes up for it. I will probably unsubscribe.
I have been listening to these guys talk for ages now and never brought myself to review or respond to the content. I just finished the Library of Babel episode, and let me tell you, I have never been so engaged in thinking about a topic from ANY of the how stuff works teams, then with this topic. It really got me thinking, and even before this episode aired, I continue to be interested in the theoretically infinite. Excellent episode. Excellent series. Looking forward to more!
I've listened to the entire back catalogue of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and have really enjoyed the deep dive into some of the weirder and mind blowing aspects of science that sometimes get overlooked. Or, the hosts take a different perspective on the topic at hand, warping it just a bit from what's generally known and throwing out new possibilities. I miss Julie- I liked having a woman's perspective and voice in the mix, but Joe and Christian are both great new additions to the show. (The chemistry between the hosts is now different- not better or worse, but different.) I'm so glad I went back and listened from oldest to newest though- it allowed me to evolve along with the hosts and draw connections between topics before the hosts pointed them out (if they did at all).
I look forward to this podcast more than any other. Each topic is fabulously researched and well explored. These guys are whip-smart and always manage to tie in some humor and Sci-Fi. Stimulating and edifying, this pod is simply a pleasure to listen to. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Fascinating topics presented in an entertaining, educational, and fun way. I really enjoy this podcast, and I really enjoy these hosts. Highly recommended to anyone!
Very informative & to the point. Work well together.
I think the hosts addressed the reviews that suggested they should stick to the subject but there are plenty of other science and technology podcasts that do that. I love podcasts and listen to a lot of them when I'm not doing something verbal. For me, variety and interesting presentation styles have a lot to do with holding my interest. If it doesn't get your attention there are plenty of others to choose from and maybe you'll try this again. Maybe not.
Never a dull episode - gets me delving deeper into subject matter & I never thought I'd find so fascinating!
Fun and informative. I listen at work and it's great to pass the time with. Make sure you look at reviews past 2013 the format changed a good bit. Love the show and all hail Darkside!
Always interesting info and interactions of the hosts.
The premise and topics are good. The problem is that the hosts love to hear themselves talk about how interesting each topic is. The focus on meta-analysis e.g. everyone is talking about this, it is so cool, you know, I mean, awesome. It drives you crazy waiting for something substantive to be said.
I definitely like the rapport of the new hosts, but I was a little disappointed to hear Robert's digs at Christianity, which seemed blunt and insensitive. In the Hyper-Real Religion episode, I'll give them a nod for their respectful pause, such as noting that "Rastafarianism" generally doesn't appreciate the associated terminology with "Pastafarianism", lest they offend anyone. Yet minutes later, Robert bluntly states that certain aspects of Christianity are "complete nonsense"... twice, then noting that their listeners would generally agree. Ouch. He was eager to say it, and yet he mentions later that he carries a Ganesha in his pocket. C'mon, guys... where's the equal respect? Otherwise, not bad- intros are a little long-winded. I'll keep listening.
Not to insult previous hosts but now with the two guys it's awesome. I love the new shows and intros. Definitely a 180 turn around.
I got hooked initially with the "Science of Addiction" episode, and listened to a few more fascinating topics. However, the more I listened, the lazier the hosts seemed. It feels like they read one or two articles about a topic, and then just wing it from there.
These reviews all date back to when the podcast was barely getting off the ground. This is one of my favorite science podcasts out there. They present sophisticated information in an accessible and appealing format and cover everything from obscure, totally fascinating sea creatures to medical applications of hallucinogens to the science that underpins folk beliefs. Robert, Joe and Christian are dynamic, engaging hosts who know their stuff and throw in a dose of science fiction, horror and other fun stuff nerds revel in exploring.
A good add to the how stuff works podcast.
If you are a fan of diverse and unusual information this is a great podcast. Unlike a lot of similar podcasts they devote a healthy amount of time to discuss a given topic.
Love the sometimes quirky and always detail rich content!
The hosts REALLY need to check the pronunciation of words before they go on the air, especially ones with Latin origins. When a word is mispronounced, that error (perhaps unfairly) casts doubt on whatever point it is that5 they're trying to make or illustrate. If you're not smart enough to know how to pronounce something, look it up please. Also, the recreational drug use references make it impossible for me to recommend this site to students. Not cool.
I will agree that this podcast is different from others from the others in "Stuff" creative department, but I think that is what gives it appeal. Like other "stuff" podcast it introduces topics from a variety of topics, this one focusing on science. The shows do not go to far in depth with the topics. The format usually will introduce the topic, then present the popular, strongest supported side of the arguement concering that topic, and then will present other strongly supported but countering opinions about the topic. Very rarely they will share their own opinion about the topic and they usually only share it if it is well researched. The more latest shows deal with more heady topics "the hard problems" and when "P equels ~P" but the hosts do not go into the topic assuming you understand everything about it already. They will also take a few humorous breaks to make jokes. All in all this is a great podcast and I have been listening for about 2 years now. Thank you Robert, Julie, Joe, and Chris for a fascinating podcast
Great podcast - I'd just like for each podcaster & the producer to have a "What the HECK does that mean?" button for times like, (paraphrased) "We're all part of the network & we need to accept that and not disregard it", "The figurines on our desks become gods to us" & any comment like, "We all live under the shadow of...". Not meaning to troll - I've fully enjoyed dozens of episodes - maybe it's just that the podcasters are creative folks (or just more than me - which is very easy!)
This is Bill's (from the movie Kill Bill) "Undisputed Truth" in audio form if it could be transformed from serum in a dart.
I have tried a lot of Podcasts and subscribe to a few. This is one of my favorites. If you enjoy hearing about new and interesting topics then Stuff to Blow Your Mind is great. Always entertaining and always well researched. I feel smarter after every episode. I definitely recommend this Podcast.
Thanks for the high quality podcast!
To be honest, I've only had accesses to this world for a year now but I've gone podcast crazy. NPR no longer satisfies. There are many great ones out there and Blow Your Mind is among the very best. The conversational, informed, insightful discussion illuminates every subject, becoming a delightful experience. Limited interruptions by sponsors makes following deep, logical threads easy. Don't get me wrong, I love Stuff. The random banter of Stuff You Should Know is entertaining while the scripted Missed in History is informative but when you really want to dive into a topic, do not hesitate, Blow Your Mind. I love these guys and their topics.
Better podcasts out there (How Stuff Works etc.). These guys are kind of smug even when they don't really know what they're talking about.
This show is far out, but in a good way! There is so much variety in these shows from the science of monsters to the study of the occult to exploring the mysteries of the deep sea and deep space! If you like real science fiction, you'll like this show and the way the hosts explore each topic. It may take some focus and some getting used to, but each episode is packed full of information. I have learned so much from these guys and been exposed to topics I never would have been without this show. Really, these guys always do their homework and unpack loaded topics in a way that makes them Understandable and interesting. The hosts are knowledgable and relatable, albeit pretty nerdy. Give them a listen! Also give a listen to their older episodes with Julie as well. I would recommend episodes like "weaponised animals" "psychedelic dreams of ergotism" and "techno-religion" to the new listener! As well as any of the episodes that come out around Halloween time where they talk about ghouls, mummies, vampires, werewolves and all sorts of things that go bump in the night.
While not all the topics immediately interest me, the hosts generally do a good job of engaging and informing the listener. Good podcast!
Hey guys, I love your podcasts so much because I'm so young and love science, I have learned so much and I can't stop thinking about your show! I have previously been listening to the science behind ant man, I have a theory about why ants are so strong, ants hearts an brains are so close that means they need less blood, so supposedly the heart does not need to work so hard, saving them more energy for other things like strength. I don't think you will even read this but if you do tell me what you think. You guys are so awesome and I have a great time every time I listen to you! KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO.
I must say I really love the podcast more than ever with the addition of Christian and Joe! Robert and his new co-hosts deliver a fun and informative podcast with every episode. Each episode is presented in a way that is easily digestible and incredibly entertaining, with the conversational style as a major highlight. I also enjoy listening to them geeking out on the myriad of topics and the subsequent D and D connections they inevitably make! Keep up the good work fellas!
I enjoy the latest version of the podcast, but I have enjoyed the previous incarnations as well. It is a scientific base to start thinking about some very strange things.
They've really hit their stride now and the podcast is great!
I like the new host but it's not my favorite HSW podcast.
I love reading cool science, but usually its exaggerated. Here, they do their research. Each episode covers an interesting topic and stays interesting. They pull in related topics and go into depth when there's something worth lingering on. Great!
They wanted me to review them so... The info is good, when they stick to the research. Beware when they use the word "like". The podcasts takes a downward turn. They try to extrapolate what they said they make very poor assumptions and/or conclusions. For example, the human mind's development has considerably changed in the past 500 years. Or that the US Air Force cares about the development and testing of dolphins. I couldn't take their poorly informed and conceived assumptions and conclusions anymore. So I unsubscribed.
This podcast is awesome! I found out about them and other shows on How Stuff Works from following Josh and Chuck on Stuff You Should Know podcast. Great podcast, interesting topics, good sound, and very intelligent podcasters. Keep up great work, guys!
Fighting the invasion of reality tv culture one episode at a time!
One of my favorite podcasts. The hosts are all engaging and fun to listen to, the science and stories are usually something more out of the way than you might otherwise encounter, and it's all done in an easy to understand fashion that nevertheless gets into the details of a subject. Highly recommended!
One of my favorite podcasts. The hosts are all engaging and fun to listen to, the science and stories are usually something more out of the way than you might otherwise encounter, and it's all done in an easy to understand fashion that nevertheless gets into the details of a subject. Highly recommended!
This podcast is awesome if you’re even remotely into weird science. Keep rocking guys! Big fan (:
Full of stuff to learn in a very interesting way to do it. Keep up the good work
Gentlemen, Love the content. Especially the weaving of art, culture, history, and science into one tidy fascinating podcast. The episode about using animals as weapons was so well done I found myself feeling sick for about an hour after listening to it. I don’t like dogs (except German Shepards), but I found myself being horrified at how they were used in attempts to set off bombs under tanks. Can’t wait to have my students check it out.
Looks at weird, unusual science issues/events (even science portrayed popular shows & books) and breaks it down from an objective perspective.
My favorite podcast! Wish there were more stars to give you guys! Love it!
Never afraid to delve into the taboo, the nerdy and knowledgeable hosts provide entertaining episodes on fringe science, exotic cultures, and everything in between. Not for the closed-minded or the hard-of-thinking.
Some really eye opening content and topics that leave me thinking for long after the podcast is over.
Twice a week actually
Great podcast, super diverse, super interesting. Subscribe or download your favorite subjects, you won't be disappointed!
Great show, one of my all time favorites.
I love this podcast. It's fun, weird, and I always learn something new.
I'm wondering how much money they had to pay to get on the top charts. They area above radiolab? Come on.... Something fishy is going on here. Radiolab is so incredibly interesting and engaging. Sorry to the hosts, but they are so boring. Something's going on.
A fun, casual podcast about science and other random stuff that can be looked at through a scientific lens.
i love all the HSW podcasts and i listen to these podcasts literally everyday (i'm listening to one now as i type this) the podcast is informative without being too formal and very casual and enjoyable. i love listening to these when i'm going to sleep; unlike other podcasts, there's no loud noises or jumps that would prevent me from sleeping. love these guys lots and i hope they can keep up the great work!
Loved the x files two parter
I love science stuff, and this was one of the first podcasts I've ever listened to, and I've been hooked ever since. The hosts are really funny, the material is great, they do their research well, etc. The only downside in my opinion is sometimes they cover a subject or make a reference to some show or book that I personally am not a fan of but it doesn't detract in any way. Definitely worth a listen.
The podcast is basically a super well done intro course to a variety of interesting scientific or just normal topics. My favorites are their episodes on psychology, the brain, and psychedelic drug research. After listening to an episode I’ve been able to converse with friends who know way more than me about a subject. And sometimes even contribute :)
I first subscribed to SYSK, then Stuff You Missed in History Class, and then Stuff To Blow your Mind, as well as SMNTY. I absolutely love that they have a podcast for just about everything. i listen to podcasts during just about everything such as chores, homework, commuting, etc. I love Stuff To Blow your Mind because they don't cover basic science topics. Instead, they go into the bizarre and strange hidden joys of science. I have and continue to learn a lot about science as a whole and specific aspects of very interesting scientific occurrences and creatures.
I really enjoy this podcast. the science of the x-files is one of my favorite. Was sad when Julie left but I really starting to like the new cast. Give it a listen
This podcast will definately blow your mind! These guys are easy to listen to and show up prepared. Nothing drives me crazier than downloading a podcast because of an interesting title and I spend the next hour listening to guys babble. Not here! These guys have done their homework and are ready to lay it out for you! Definately give it a try and they will hook you.
You're BORING! Stop BORING everybody!
Slow lifeless job? Boring co workers? Hours of senseless labor? This podcast is your cure! It'll keep you interested and help you through your day. Trust me.. I speak from experience.
I started off listening to Stuff You Should Know with Josh and Chuck and I had to check out all the other podcasts rom How Stuff Works. Keep it up guys!
This is such a great mix between science and entertainment.
But I mostly feel talked down to with really simple ideas so there's that.
Entertaining and informative.
A lot of the reviews here refer to the state of the podcast when it went by Stuff From the Science Lab and had different hosts, so it won't apply anymore. I thoroughly enjoy the presentation of science related topics, including discussion and hypothesizing. They often talk more about psychology and behavioral sciences or how science fiction relates to real life than discussing real cutting edge hard sciences like biology, physics, or chemistry, but that's to be expected. Still thoroughly enjoyable.
My favorite podcast ever. Science, and the mystery of humans doing science and pondering the workings of their own minds. Listen with a friend for maximum pleasure. (Some episodes suitable for science-loving children, but listen first.).
It's difficult to keep my mind busy enough to save me from the monotony of the everyday, but this is one of those podcasts that helps the time just fly! If you don't like nerds, and nerdy stuff then don't listen. I'm amazed by the negative comments that pick apart the hosts. They are nerds, now grow up. I think the Stuff From the Science Lab is hilarious. Keep up the good work guys, and keep providing the facinating content!!
This was my very favorite out of over 50 podcasts I listen to regularly. At least until Julie left. They worked so well together. Now it reads like two less cool geeks trying to impress the hip geek. I don't dislike anyone or the discussions normally but it doesn't jive anymore.
This is one of the podcasts from the How Stuff Works family that I listen to regularly. I usually find the topics very interesting, the hosts are great (with the newer guys being a welcome addition) and even their off topic tangents are fun to listen to. My only critiques are that certain episodes feel like they run long, and could have been edited to take up a bit less time, and sometimes the hosts will let their voices trail off at the end of a sentence, so I have to rewind and re-listen a few times to catch what they said. Speak up folks! I want other you!
Awesome podcast about science— I recently got both of my brothers who are fellow nerds super into this podcast. It is full of interesting information presented in an entertaining way.
The podcast is so entertaining. I think the host changed or something, because my experience has been different than the other reviews.
If you aren't a lame Kardashian loving slug-wad and you love to learn about weird things you will love this show.
Always worth a listen.
When I read some of the other reviews, I had to wonder whether they were listening to the same podcast I'm listening to, because many were negative. Then, I noticed that those reviews were from several years ago. This is a now great podcast. The content is intellectually satisfying, well-researched, and truly interesting. The hosts' voices are also easy on the ears, which is not always the case, even with otherwise great podcasts. Keep up the great work!
It's lighthearted, informative, and fun. Entertaining hosts and the content is always interesting. Definitely one of my favorites!
New to podcasts, and this is one of my favs. Don't know why people are slamming the hosts I think they are great. Keep things interesting without being boring.
I started listening to this podcast about a year ago and it is fantastic. The first episode I stumbled across was about the nature of time and I have been hooked ever since. The guys do a great job putting out bi-weekly episodes plus there is such a wealth of back dated material that you will always have something good to listen to. They do a great job of covering as sorts of different topics so it is never boring or repetitive. Give it a listen.
The info is pretty good, but I just can’t get past the constant tooth sucking. It makes it completely unlistenable for me.
Fascinating stuff! I listen at work, and this podcast keeps me very entertained!
I've been listening for a few years now, and I really love this podcast. There's a great variety of topics, each episode is packed with lots of information and explained in an understandable way. I love the hosts and think they're doing a wonderful job!! Listening from the UAE
This is a very good podcast. They discuss an eclectic mix of historical, scientific and philosophical subjects. I definitely recommend! Listen to a few. The new guys aren't as great as the previous female host, somehow seems too geeky, but still worth a try
It's by far my favorite podcast. They tackle the weird, the interesting, and I swear, Robert and I would be best friends if only I lived in Atlanta and not New York. We're so alike it's crazy, well I'm just the gay version haha. I miss Julie, but the guys have adapted well and I love them just as much. The show has changed a lot, but not in any way for the worse. I'm liking the darker subjects! Here's my help towards the algorithm, and post for appreciation! I also have the biggest crush on Mr. lamb. Just throwing that out there. Haha
Robert never fails, content is always awesome. I'm warming to Christian and Joe but still really miss Julie. Can't get enough of this podcast either way. Thanks team!
I've been listening every week to STBM for years. a great source for new science and scifi culture.
This podcast makes me so happy! I love the ideas, the personalities of the hosts, the topics! It entertaining and fun and it really helps me relax and stay focused while I work too! Keep up the great work! I really appreciate what you do!
Great podcast! It really keeps me up and running during my commute, and while I cook. Worth the listen, plain and simple
One of the podcasts I always make sure to listen to. I've been listening to Blow The Mind since Julie was on it. Though it was sad when she left, Joe and Christian have been superb replacements. I do enjoy listening to Robert, I think he has my favorite sounding voice of all the HSW podcasts, he keeps the subjects informative and easy to understand. They sometimes do go a little off topic when they make jokes, but usually stay on point. While Blow The Mind isn't always completely practical, there's never anything wrong with learning something new and interesting. My favorites are the Monster Science videos and podcasts relating to humans assigning monsterish characteristics to natural occurances and animals. The way human brain works facinates me, and this podcast delves into that a lot to my listening pleasure. It's also nice talking to them during their Periscopes. Keep up the great work guys!
My favorite of the "Stuff You Should Know" podcasts. Good balance of research with speculation. I also enjoy Robert's humorous metaphors. One critique: the new push-button techno music is even worse than before (did not think that was possible).
I love listening to this podcast.
I listen to these guys every day on my walk to work. It’s a great way to dive into unusual topics and think outside of the box in the morning. I also get some juicy conversation fodder out of it - the self mummifying practices of 11th century Japanese monks, the existential meaning and benefits of tetris, the science behind fairy monsters and kissing. Keep up the great work
I have been subscribed to this podcast for a couple months and I have to say, it is amazing. The amount of valid and reliable information presented in this podcast is unbelievable. All the topics covered are extensively researched in order to educate the audience as well as possible. I would recommend this podcast to anyone interested in science, research, or anyone who simply wants to be more informed about the world we live in. Thank you guys for making a truly wonderful podcast.
I love the show, but the new guy cut Robert off too much. I understand the new kid is trying to prove himself, but let Robert ideas flow. Robert is very insightful but the new guy cut in when Robert is giving his perspective. just saying
Random topics, lots of great discussion and interesting research. Great job! Love listening!
Fun and interesting podcast
Okay, I am not a science nerd, or should I say, I wasn't one until I started listening to this podcast. I love listening to Robert, Christian and Joe- every episode is engaging and educational. I listen during my commute, every day! I am catching up on older episodes, but my favorites are the most recent six months or so. Thank you for providing so much listening enjoyment! I recommend this podcast to everyone. Truly a great listen!
Inventive and engaging topics. I can’t wait for each podcast to come out, they are great to listen to while doing work on my computer or studio. It’s impossible to describe the amazing range of topics in a short review, but know there is a massive lexicon of podcasts that has a little something for everyone. Thank you guys for all your hard work!
Lamers take good things in life and ruin it with there stupid ideals. From Halloween, spouting about what costume is or is not going to hurt sum liberals feelings to silly opinions from the bubbles they must both live.
Just love the show. Makes my day go by so fast learning science and myths. I wait each week with baited breath for what they will cover next!
When I listen to STBYM, I feel like a mute sitting in on a conversation with old friends. I love this podcast, and feel my 5 stars are long overdue.
Enjoyable show that appeals to my nerdy interests
Love the show. Intelligent conjecture on topics that I typically don't think to research, yet love be to learn about. Thanks dudes!
The struggle is real...Please, please, please....for the love of all that is holy or otherwise, stop sucking your teeth!!!!! It's a podcast! People are LISTENING. It's an audio format. Torture.
What really blows my mind about this podcast is how effortlessly they come up with new topics that are always interesting. It's not unusual for me to ask myself every so often, "wow, I never would have considered that!". Thought provoking at times but always mind blowing. Well done.
I have been a fan since the beginning and this show has gotten better with age. I think the hosts have really grown into their roles and the subjects are super interesting. I especially love the 7 deadly sins series. Thanks HowStuffWorks. Keep up the good work!
This podcast is fantastic. Anyone looking for something a tad more intelligent than the other HowStuffWorks podcasts will find this perfectly suited. The hosts are well-informed and approach topics objectively, as opposed to some science podcasts that pander to their audience. They also do not fumble over difficult concepts, which is refreshing if you have found yourself frustrated at a podcast’s host’s inability to understand the Sun. If you enjoy physics, scii-fi literature, and dry humor, this is the one.
Great job! Love the subjects and the hosts seem to really enjoy themselves.
Just started listening and have to say quite enjoyable. Lots of topics and interesting to listen too.
Two guys tell each other what they read on Wikipedia this week.
I love this podcast. I listen to it in the bath. I listen when I'm eating lunch.. or when I'm preparing for bed. I am glad that October is over though because the show has focused a bit too much on "spooks" lately.
Love listening to these guys talk about random topics. Especially liked the Halloween episodes during October. Keep it up guys!
I personally enjoy the hosts of the show. I think they speak clearly and knowledgable on the topics. Their newest episode on "rods from God" was really well done. Keep up the good work!
This is one of the few podcast of which I subscribe and listen to regularly. The guys are always entertaining and also put in the work and research for every topic they discuss. Awesome podcast for those looking for something different.
I can't believe I found a podcast as incredible as this one to educate me on everything I didn't know I wanted to know. the hosts have great chemistry, the scientific terms are explained, many viewpoints and research sources are discussed and cited, and they're just all around fun to listen to. there are some bad reviews from 2010, but I'm judging based on this year and everything I've found is fantastic. 10/10 would recommend to everyone.
I'm about 75 episodes in, and they get better every episode! I they cover a lot of interesting topics. though not all of them are super relevant, I do love listening to the episodes.
Everything is really unique and interesting. If you like knowing a ton of random information about nothing particularly important, then it's better than Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
A bit advertise-eeee.... But fun and interesting!
Great podcast, Informative and fun. :-)
The hosts really do their homework and their effort translates to some really interesting and educational subjects.
Thank You so much for this great podcast.
Tons of fascinating info about an array of intriguing and bizarre topics! Must subscribe!
I’ve been listening for a couple years. Many of the topics don’t interest me; some do. Once in awhile, they cover a topic that doesn’t interest me but I listen anyways and by the end…my mind is blown. Hence, my rare, favorable review. This podcast requires more of my attention than most of the podcasts I listen to; or I should say it sometimes takes more effort. But if you’re willing to listen, you’re sure to learn something…sometimes it’s interesting, sometimes it’s trivial, but sometimes it really is mind-blowing! I was sad when the girl left the show but the new guy this year is doing an exceptional job. You’ve won me over.
Would love to meet both of these hosts and give them a high five! Excellent energy, interesting subjects, and very pleasant pacing most of the time. Would recommend. Loved this year's Halloween episodes.
The podcast has grown over the years into a great podcast with solid scientific discussion. One of my favorite go to podcasts .
It's like having a stoner conversation with two friends. In which, they explain random concepts to you.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. Very smart and informative. There’s always a certain amount of pop-culture references that go over (or under?) my head, but it never interferes with the subject matter. I listen to podcasts to learn things, but I also want the hosts to be likable. Robert, Christian and Joe fit that bill. It comes out frequently, too, which I consider a plus. I look forward to every episode. Highly recommended.
Interesting & entertaining.
All HSW podcasts, STBYM included, do a really nice job of providing a steady stream of interesting content in a very accessible, relatable manner. These shows are hosted by writers, not radio personalities, and their frequency means they must be researched, recorded and produced in a matter of days, and probably on a shoestring budget, so take that into consideration when comparing them to stuff like Radiolab and Freakonomics. While I do love me some NPR podcasts, I also find the HSW format to be refreshing, as it gives each episode a casual vibe, less like a “program" and more like a conversation amongst intelligent friends. And STBYM is a good example of this. Robert, Christian and Joe (and former hostess Julie) feel to me like distant friends, ones I can count on hearing from on a regular basis, and with things to say that are usually pretty engaging, compared to the largely empty and uninformed banter of real-life. So please take a lot of the negative reviews here with a shaker of salt. I find many of them to be off-base, outdated and often just downright mean. It’s also a shame that so many 1-star reviews are from 2010, when the show was in its infancy. A lot has changed since then, and it’s pretty unfair of iTunes to keep showing those old, no-longer-relevant reviews when it doesn’t even provide access to shows released before 2013.
I love this podcast. There's a wide range of topics including things I've never heard of so its great if you like to learn new things or expand what you already know. All of the October podcasts were great & fit the season! The ghouls one was my favorite. I'd definitely recommend this to everyone to at least give it a try & get your mind blown. Keep up the awesome work guys!
Love all the how stuff works podcasts especially this one. Keep it up guys! I love Josh and Chuck but they're only twice a week so I'm glad I found these guys who are just as good
Do your brain a favor and listen to this
They're smart, funny, and have great conversations about very interesting topics. I personally think this new host combo makes the show the best it's ever been... These guys have a natural chemistry.
Know what I mean?? ;)
Simply put, one of my top five or so podcasts. Highly recommended.
I used to adore this cast, but it's lost a lot of its magic since Jules left. It was nice hearing a female view. It feels like Mulder and Scully are gone and now there's just Two Mulders. I hope some magic can be recaptured. Unsubed
Nothing on this podcast will blow your mind. Take for example the last upload about slasher films and feminism. Really? Makes you literally want to blow your mind yourself.
Far and away my favorite podcast. It's filled with interesting topics and thoughtful discussions. I've been marathoning new and old episodes all summer, and I still look forward to more. I highly recommend it.
Even when the show doesn't work for me, I still enjoy it.
I like Stuff to Bow Your Mind, Robert is a thoughtful man, I enjoy the abandon and fearlessness with which he and his partners discuss each subject. I like the way they have almost a childlike imagination and glee in the podcasts.
Interesting topics but the podcast is 2x or 3x longer than it needs to be. Deleting from my feed.
The content is generally fairly good but the podcast is a bit hard for me to get through because of the lack of host chemistry.
I listened to the one about Ergotism. The episode was very interesting and informative. I learned that I would prefer not to ever contract Gangrenous Ergotism. My problem with this podcast is with the guy who sounds a little like Kermit the frog. Too many unneccesary noises...I bet he said Uhh, or Umm around 1000 times. Also, he probably made smacking, tooth sucking sounds about 100 times. It's okay that you don't have the best voice, just eliminate the annoying unneccesary stuff and you'll be fine. Other than that, I like the podcast.
I really like the topics they choose so I listen to in anyway but honestly I don't feel the two narrators explain things in a clear way. they could really use a lesson from tech stuff and stuff you should know or any of the other how stuff works podcasts.
Love the topics, love the conversation, but the guy on this podcast has severe "vocal fry". If you don't know what it is look it up , it's like Kim Kardashian where the end of your voice crackles. Once you hear it you cannot unhear it
Look, I like the podcast. It's not my favorite but I do like keeping up with the topics they choose. However, if I have to hear them say "indeed" one more time I may explode. Or at least unsubscribe. It is indicative of an uninterested and inattentive podcaster when every segue sounds exactly the same. And it contributes to the sentiment that the hosts are lacking charisma. Just a thought.
Look, I like the podcast. It's not my favorite but I do like keeping up with the topics they choose. However, if I have to hear them say "indeed" one more time I may explode. Or at least unsubscribe. It is indicative of an uninterested and inattentive podcaster when every segue sounds exactly the same. And it contributes to the sentiment that the hosts are lacking charisma. Just a thought.
Look, I like the podcast. It's not my favorite but I do like keeping up with the topics they choose. However, if I have to hear them say "indeed" one more time I may explode. Or at least unsubscribe. It is indicative of an uninterested and inattentive podcaster when every segue sounds exactly the same. And it contributes to the sentiment that the hosts are lacking charisma. Just a thought.
Full of knowledge and a healthy dose of humor.
This podcast ranges from discussing the science behind the color blue to the background behind childhood fairytales. It is forever interesting and thought provoking. All the information is well backed up and researched. It is a great listen.
If you like statistics you won't be able to listen because they will be wildly twisted to fit the rhetoric while completely ignoring other causation possibilities. So disappointed, this had so much potential if agendas were omitted. Stick with Freakanomics.
A top 5 podcast.
I am a science enthusiast, and seek out entertainment that can provide me with informative fun. Thus podcast definitely fits the bill! Robert & Julie clearly have too much fun as they delve into the wide, weird world. The backlog is immense, so rather than recommend one in particular, I suggest poking through until one grabs your interest. Best way to start!
I recently started listening to this podcast, and as I always do I started from the beginning when it was Stuff From The Science Lab. Then Ms. Loudermilk left and Julie joined the show, ruining it. You could make a drinking game out of all of the stupidity or ignorance she displays. Butcher the phrase "begs the question" or the word "literally:" take a shot. Reveals she actually doesn't know what she is talking about and is just reading from a script? Take another shot. Have to rely on Robert to answer the most basic question? Take another shot. An episode contains a correction for something Julie just made up? Take two shots. Also, Julie, of course you had an aversion to touching raw chicken. Raw chicken is dangerous and most people have an aversion to touching raw flesh as a defense mechanism. Any actual scientist should know that. In short, jerks like me who can't stand to listen to stupidity should avoid this podcast like the plague. If you are a much calmer, nicer person than I am and you just want to learn something - and don't mind having to relearn it when they inevitably correct whatever she provides - then have a listen. It is actually very interesting most of the time. Being Allison back or replace Julie with someone who has at least a high school science education and the show will be great again. Robert and Allison, you're awesome!
I Like this podcast due to the fact the presenters don't try too hard, it feels natural, like you're listening in on friends talking about Science. The news they deliver is also quite exciting and they reference actual research more than just give their own opinion, which is good. Good job.
this is great… super interesting… really unpredictable (that’s why the host seem like they are giving a presentation, they go all over the place). HOWEVER… this show has an audio spike that kills my speakers when the guy talks like… every so often but… many times per episode. It’s def a production issue because i’ve tried to mess with an equalizer and the preamp and other audio settings to no avail. so… just a heads up about that… should be addressed.
I listen to Stuff you missed in history class and I love it. This one is a new favorite as well. Informative and Entertaining! Thanks!
They have interesting topics. Lots of actual facts. But nothing "blows my mind " (a terrible overused term appointed to even mundane things currently in our world). Still nice to pass time n listen to it
Always interesting and informative and I love the humor from the hosts
I love of HSW podcasts, I listen to every single Stuff you should know and Stuff you missed in history class. But I don’t really like Stuff To Blow Your Mind. Very rarely is there a topic that actually “Blows My Mind”. Mostly the hosts will take a very mundane topic and try to make it sound super crazy and surprising by using big scientific words. The hosts will usually take the same 2 to 4 sentence long idea and just keep reiterating it instead of actually teaching interesting information. This podcast is boring, not very educational, and the hosts are uninteresting.
I just started listening to the latest episodes and now I'm addicted. I love how they get straight to the point while still being highly informative and entertaining. The episodes really help me get through my cardio workouts and my commutes.
Not every subject discussed on this podcast catches my attention but I know they can't please everyone all the time. Honestly I really enjoy the format and how well the hosts work with each other. I also love how thought provoking the subjects are. Take a listen and see for yourself.
The podcast isn't too entertaining, which is ultimately why I give three stars. Other than that, the podcast is mostly presented well, it gives legitimate information, and it is quality material. It's not boring because the subject matter is boring, it's boring because it isn't presented in an entertaining way. -pc
I love this podcast! It is both entertaining and educational. Keep up the good work!
Love the conversational tone of this podcast, but could be executed better. The topics do hold my interest, but I sometimes zone out because the conversational tone lacks a certain enthusiasm that shows like RadioLab and the TED Radio Hour have in spades. Worth listening to, if the topic interests you.
I recommend you sit down, pack a bowl, and listen. Treat yourself to a little brain slurpee. This is a great podcast.
I gave this podcast a try a few years ago, but like a lot of the reviewers from that time, I was bored. I started listening again recently, and it’s great now! The topics are interesting and the hosts really have their stuff together, both content and chemistry wise… no pun intended. If you like the other HowStuffWorks podcasts like Stuff Mom Never Told You, Stuff You Should Know, and Stuff You Missed In History Class, give this one a shot (or a second shot.) I think you’ll really like it.
Never fails to entertain and inform. Perfect podcast for the multi-tasking History/ Physical Sciences Nerd.
I have listened to several of the shows and every one of them is so boring it will put you to sleep. If they find new hosts for the podcast I may give it a try again.
i love this podcast i just want to thank julie and robert for always blowing my mind whit the absolute randomenes of life
I found this podcast after trying and failing with a couple of other HSW podcasts. I've stuck with it for 8 months now because I'm always learning something (even if my mind isn't always blown). Robert and Julie are engaging and have a very conversational nature while still being informative. If you are looking for a hardcore science podcast (that discusses issues of the day), this isn't it. But if you're looking for something a little off the beaten path that'll give you a tidbit to talk about at your next cocktail party, give it a listen.
Makes me happy and I have a great time listening to this podcast. Always interesting and fun :)
Once I started I was hooked. I've wasted so much time that could have been used learning all sorts of fascinating things. Love the topics, even if it's something that I previously had no interest in I still have to listen. This show is great!
It’s great, what more can I say?
I started listening to this maybe six months ago, and it is my favorite podcast. Julie cracks me up and Robert isn't too shabby on the humor too. I actually prefer listening to this on my way to work than talk/news radio which usually bums me out.
I love this podcast. It is with out a doubt the most informative podcast out there. I have found since listening to them regularly for the last two years that I can talk to any major at my college about some aspect of their field of study and sound like I know more than they do in that respective field. Helps save me time in learning about scientific updates and gives me something to do while walking.
I dig how quirky they are! They are so very different than a lot of the HSW folks and that's what I love about them!!
I have learn so much from this podcast.
Great podcast, always interesting subjects and pleasant to listen to. Recommended.
How stuff works show. Science related, female and male host. Hosts are kind of snarky, and there attempts at humor are only funny to them. They don't have any real insight or knowledge, they just parrot the information. Pretty Boring show
I've been listening to this show for years. It's fascinating, and really well done. A lot of these other reviews are from people who have only given it 1 listen, or listened way back when the podcast was first starting out. Listen for yourself - it's fantastic.
This is a great podcast. I'm always really interested in the subject and the host are extremely knowledgeable. Long live S2BYM.
I really wanted to like this podcast as it sounds like it could be enlightening. However, I have listened to a couple of different episodes and I just cannot get over my dislike for the male host, Robert. He has an attitude that comes across when interacting with Julie that clearly demonstrates (at least to me) that he considers himself extremely intelligent and that he does not consider his co-host in the same light. His condescending tone and berating of his co-host is not something I want to listen to so, alas, I am abandoning this podcast.
Thank you Julie and Robert for the ever mind bending podcast!
I find the topics very interesting and intellectually stimulating. Great job!
I've heard more intelligent & witty banter from a bowl of Rice Krispies. The topics/information may be new or interesting to a small child, but after listening to a half dozen or so episodes I'm unimpressed at best. This would be more appropriately titled Stuff That's Common Knowledge.
My husband listens to this podcast frequently, but I cannot stand the "theme music" annoying techno drum beat. I also do not like the banter between the hosts.
A podcast I get excited about each week. I love the personalities of the hosts. Keep it up Robert and Julie!
Topics are good, but the delivery is lacking. I am a huge fan of "Stuff You Should Know" so my hopes were high with this podcast, but this duo just doesn't make it come together.
It's ok. Some pretty bad jokes, but the most important thing is that they get little details wrong quite often. Sometimes wildly wrong. So I'm hesitant to absorb other information they submit that I'm not familiar with.
Very frustrating to listen to. Good topics, bad delivery, monotoned, very bouncy and choppy when speaking with many likes and ums. It's kinda like, like, like listening to like 2 high school girls giving a speech.
I love this series so much, I deliberately let the new episodes pile up on my iPod over Memorial Day weekend and only listened to oldies. Still, wasn't compelled to write until I stumbled upon "New Year's Life Hacks." Great Show.
This podcast is like a chat with two smart friends. Other reviewers have critiqued the hosts, but I find them approachable and relatable. It has a conversational tone, which makes it fun listening.
Amazing, I just love listening to these two talk. And the best part? I never seem to catch up, Im still in 2011 for godsakes. I really feel like Im getting to know these two. I hope you keep it up. At the time that I write this the podcast has only 4 stars, what the hell?
Great, very informative podcast.
I've subscribed to all the howstuffworks podcast from the beginning and they are all a great way to learn interesting things without the need to read it.
I decided to write a review because I was surprised by the number of negative reviews here. It's true that this show doesn't get very technical, there's usually a heavy emphasis on history, but that's okay, it doesn't have to be everything to everyone. It's a great pop science podcast that teaches you enough to make you want to learn more. It has a very different feel from Stuff You Should Know, but I like the mellow banter between the hosts. Even if the topics don't interest you, you may still want to check it out, because the information is often surprising and will make you curious.
When it comes to science, Robert and Julie know how to teach it! I like science. Actually, I love science! I couldn't recommend this podcast more. Whether you're interested in knowing about biology, chemistry, cosmology or any other type of science, this show has you covered. Check it out! It's excellent!
The info presented is interesting, but if I wanted to listen to someone read the info I would get an audiobook. There seems to be little "connection" between the podcasters as a result, as there is reduced "give and take" in discussion because they are reading and not talking about the subjects.
I've listened to dozens of podcasts while running, on the train, etc., and this is one of my favorites. Whereas the other "How Stuff Works" shows are a bit too simplistic for my tastes, this one always presents me with information I've never heard before. I enjoy the two hosts -- Robert and Julie. Sure, this isn't "science" in the traditional sense, but it's clearly respectful of science. Pick three episodes at random and dive in! If you're like me you'll be glad you did.
Here is something that blows my mind. How can this show be so poorly produced? I have listened to three random episodes, and each one was filled with technical problems. The episode on witches restarts about three times. Terrible.
I have been listening to this podcast for 2 weeks now and I'm over 100 episodes in! I love it!!! They give you the information relevant to the topic, don't branch off into side topics unrelated to the main topic and give you enough to explain it in detail without the fillers or malarkey. The best part is, the more episodes you listen to, the better the rest become! Many play into eachother and cross cross information. You can jump into any episode and understand it 100% but they make reference to other episodes. Go to them next and you will have a wider knowledge! Very well thought up and informative! If I could give more then 5 stars I would!!!
I enjoy many of the topics this podcast covers, but I'm tired of the fact that anyone who believes anything remotely related to Judeo-Christian morality gets slammed at every opportunity. I understand that many people think there is a big old "versus" between the Bible and Science, but I'm not sure why that means that all "religious people" are inherently stupid. The hosts continually make snarky comments and snide remarks about God, Jesus, the Bible, and monotheism, while remaining open to any ideas that do not fall within this paradigm. They don't even attempt to hide their bias. I don't believe they should have to completely hide their opinions, but I listen to learn, not be mocked for my ideas in a one-sided conversation. I had been subscribed for a while, but it's just too frustrating and I have to delete the podcast...if you can filter out the over-the-top opinions and scientific moralizing, this is a fun podcast. If you get enough of that from other places, you're probably all set.
I love this podcast and listen to the new ones as soon as they come out. Robert and Julie impart a great deal of information in a fun way. One of how stuff work's best.
I've listed to all podcast! Even the subjects I have no interest in they still found a way to in lighten me. They are very likable! After the first 5 episodes you start feeling as if you've known them for years and you'll start look forward to the next discussion with your friends. You will notice they get better and better with every new show.
I really like this podcast. It feels like I am being given a window into the world of two highly educated people who causually, and yet whole heartedly, pusue truth and understanding. I enjoy the material presented, and the musings that it inspires in the minds of Robert and Julia. As I listen, I feel inspired to consider the implications of what is discussed in a way that opens doors to pursuing an understanding of myself and the world around me. I find Robert and Julia to be very likable. I believe that if you give them a chance, you would agree! Happy Birthday Robert!
I listen to all of the Stuff you should Know podcasts and I love all of them, but I think that these two pick the most interesting topics. I find nearly all of them absolutely facinating! They have a terrific banter between the two of them and actually connect at a genuine level. This podcast is TOP NOTCH.
This is one of my favorite podcasts- Robert and Julie have great chemistry and each podcast is meticulously researched and chock full of facts, anectdotes, and historical detail. They are often funny, insightful, and the subject matter is always entertaining. Do yourself a favor and give them a listen.
I've listened from almost the start and I'll keep listening for the forseeable future. They cover interesting science related topics at a depth that someone without a science background could understand. As someone with a science background it's interesting and fun!
Not to be missed! Fun topics, fun hosts, great subjects! Check it out!!!
I listen to this Podcast almost every day while I walk. It makes the time go fast, and I learn something new every time I walk my dog. :). Love it!
I love this podcast, and here's why: The topics they discuss are different all the time. It's always something new that makes you think. It's easy to follow and understand. I'm not by any means a scientific person, and they explain the concepts in easy to understand ways for the common Joe. I enjoy the hosts. They seem a lot like average people, similar in a lot of ways to people I know. They are relatable and quirky and I enjoy the obvious fun they have recording these. It seems there are some not-so-awesome reviews posted below. But if you have a curious mind and enjoy learning new things, check it out! You won't be disappointed.
Robert and Julie serve up fun, interesting information on a huge variety of topics. They're a great team, entertaining and informative to listen to.
I want to like this podcast, I really do. But the commentators have no personality whatsoever and it sometimes seems like they don't even like each other. The topics they discuss are glossed over and never do they get really into the meat of the matter. Another reviewer said its like they are in middle school trying to struggle their way through a science presentation and I couldn't agree more. Skip this podcast. There are plenty of other science podcasts that have lively people talking intelligently about smart topics.
The new hosts are so much better!
I enjoy the nuggets of science I get from this podcast during my daily commute. Thanks.
After listening to too many episodes for some science to break out, it's obvious it's never going to. The voices are pretty obviously non-scientists and even revel in that ignorance over and over again. The topics may, in general, sound scientific, but in truth are more about art and science fiction. I have no idea why it's in the Natural Sciences category. Yes, I do listen to other HSW podcasts. I expect generalist mistakes and flubs from SYSK - along with their goofy humor. I expect the history to be real history on Missed in History. Unfortunately, I also expect the feminist cast of Mom Never Told You. This podcast, though, has no relationship to its billing. Both the outright mistakes and the persistent pronunciation problems with scientific terms make this a podcast to skip.
I like it. It's always interesting and entertaining.
the lady in this podcast is often much louder than the guy, please I can't be the first one to have told you this equal out the volume before you publish. I often feel like he is mumbling some point and then bam she is screaming her reply in my ear.
I like listening to Robert and Julie. Their rational and evidence based approach to topics is refreshing.
I listening to the whole podcast from the start. I've had a great experience with the other podcasts but this one needs major work. I think the female host is very rude and loud. She interrupts the male host and is very rude to him. I think he's awesome and has great opinions, it would be great to hear him finish them without her interuppting him and cutting him off. She also need to place her face farther from the mic. With these improvements this podcast would get 5 stars from me. Those 2 stars are for him.
The podcast (which is presented as factual) is simply the two podcasters imposing their own personal opinions on the subject matter rather than presenting the facts - they do not even attempt to be unbiased. On top of that the two are incredibly immature. The podcasters use inappropriate slang terms for uncomfortable subjects rather than the approriate terminology. I tried listening to this podcast for 5 months and quite frankly could not stand it any more - they infuriated me to the point of unsubscribing. Really do not recommend wasting your time.
If you like to laugh and learn more about things you could never imagine, then this podcast us for you!
Hi robert and Julie, I love the podcasts and the subjects u guys cover. Keep up the good work. Cheers
Recently started listening, have loved every one I've found so far. High quality
Great job with the show! You guys make it fun to learn and I always look forward to the next episode! Keep up the great work!
Keep it up! You keep me sane at work!
You need to stop talking soft in the middle of your sentences. Really. Many of us are in our cars when we listen so when one of you talk (female) at a normal audio level and the other's voice slowly fades out as you almost whisper into to mic it requires me to turn up the volume and then have my ears blown out when the other speaks. I will not listen to this show due to this. Please get it together. Don't you have a producer there? I like the show and want to listen again!
I adore this podcast. I enjoy the banter and I end up learning a lot about things that had never crossed my mind.
We get it. You're fascinated. Seriously though, it's brought up in EVERY episode, and while at first I thought it was interesting, now if you bring it up again I quit.
It's decent. Episodes are hit or miss
I really enjoy these podcasts! They're interesting, surprising, and funny. They're short enough that you can listen to one even if you're busy, but they have enough cool information in them to keep your mind engaged for quite a while after. I often think about the bits of information i hear in these podcasts for days after. They are great! Thank you!
This podcast is not meant to be an audio lecture. It's extremely entertaining, and I personally have learned a great deal from it. Excellent variety of topics, put forth in a very relatable way. Keep up the great work!
Think it's one of the superior podcast out period very happy with it. Wish they could do more they need more of these thanks chris
This is my favorite of the HSW audio podcasts. The hosts Robert and Julie are what make it the best. Many of the other podcasts have good information, but the delivery is kind of bland. Robert and Julie bring just the right amount of quirky humor mixed with science to keep you listening and smiling. They are also very interactive with their fans on twitter. When it has been a couple days since their last podcast, I find myself missing them the way someone would miss their good friends. Keep up the good work guys.
So very interesting. Not for mouth breathers. Keep up the good work!!
I really enjoy listening to this podcast old and new! I miss Allison Loudermilk as Robert's cohost she has a very pleasant voice. I read a lot of comments dogging down the hosts and being negative about them and the podcast. I think they all did a really good job. Some topics are more interesting than others, sometimes its hit or miss but I usually have my Mind Blown with intrigue during a lot of topics. Get past Robert's annoying lip smacks and some uhhs and its a very interesting podcast. Also he mentions his cat and the book Dune often and is reminded a lot by Julie too. Its funny. He's funny. Julie is a good addition to the show, they both have a lot of wit and humor. I recommend Car Stuff too! Ben Bolen and Scott Benjamin are great hosts to that podcast!
Entertaining, educational and funny. I really enjoy this program, well worth a try.
10 minutes of info, drug out to 30 minutes of boredom. They should pattern their podcast after Brain Stuff. Don't waste your time.
It's okay. Definitely not as good as the other HSW podcasts. Plus the horrible French accent/pronunciations continue to make me cringe. I think the idea is there but some polishing is definitely needed.
I'm a simple highschool student, but I absolutely LOVE to learn. With this podcast, I feel like know something before my teachers do. When we discuss something in class about something that I listened to in the podcast, I can blow the teacher and other students away with my infinite knowledge of the topic. Out of all the science related podcast this podcast, by far, is my favorite. Thanks for this wonderful podcast :D I love it.
The topics are great. The hosts tend to ramble and dwell on the obvious. I often find myself saying "GET ON WITH IT" during the podcast. Also, I realize this is a science podcast but to mock religion with such a smug attitude really takes away from the experience. I don't believe that HSW or your sponsors require religion or ones belief in a higher power to be ridiculed. Overall, the podcast has potential... A change of hosts would make this a five star review instead of a two star. P.s. the female host speaks like the lady from the SNL "schweaty balls" skit with Alec Baldwin. I just find that to be kind of funny.
Great podcast worth listening to. I learn something from the hosts all the time. Thirty min well spent!
Very cool podcast , interesting , thought provoking. A must listen in my life
Stuff to Blow Your Mind is an entertaining collision between science and philosophy. If you haven't listened lately, give it another try. They have improved-as do most podcasters over time. If they were perfect, I probably would tune out. This is supposed to be fun - and it is!
The podcast is great. The hosts are amazing. The subjects are brilliant. The name is cool. The ones on smells are weird( loved it). The thing I fall asleep to at night. Thank you for hosting it you guys.
Geat podcast! Great range of scientific topics. The two presenters are easy to listen to, work well together, and each have areas of expertise that complement each other. As a plus, they are quite prolific, producing 2 or 3 podcasts a week.