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Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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

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Episodes

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Humanoid

May 07, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 2

May 06, 2021 14:46 - 1 hour

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

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

May 05, 2021 07:01 - 30 minutes

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

Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 1

May 04, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Listener Mail: Phobos Rising

May 03, 2021 07:01 - 30 minutes

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

From the Vault: The Invention of Soap

May 01, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Weirdhouse Cinema: Zaat

April 30, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

The Sargasso Sea

April 29, 2021 16:53 - 1 hour

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

The Artifact: Pants of the Necromancer

April 28, 2021 07:01 - 5 minutes

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

Dissolver of Worlds

April 27, 2021 16:49 - 1 hour

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

Listener Mail: Robot Hell

April 26, 2021 07:01 - 38 minutes

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

From the Vault: The Bone Palace, Part 2

April 24, 2021 07:01 - 45 minutes

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

Weirdhouse Cinema: Silent Era Double Feature

April 23, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Phobos and Deimos: The Moons of Mars, Part 2

April 22, 2021 16:38 - 1 hour

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

The Artifact: Wiping With Homer

April 21, 2021 12:49 - 9 minutes

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

Phobos and Deimos: The Moons of Mars, Part 1

April 20, 2021 14:44 - 1 hour

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

Listener Mail: Fire of Unknown Origin

April 19, 2021 07:01 - 46 minutes

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

From the Vault: The Bone Palace, Part 1

April 17, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Weirdhouse Cinema: Frogs

April 16, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Punish the Machine, Part 2

April 15, 2021 12:09 - 1 hour

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

The Artifact: The Pedrail Wheel

April 14, 2021 07:01 - 6 minutes

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

Punish the Machine, Part 1

April 13, 2021 14:53 - 1 hour

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

Listener Mail: Rejoice in the Sun

April 12, 2021 10:22 - 41 minutes

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

From the Vault: Twilight of the Moa

April 10, 2021 07:01 - 59 minutes

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

Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Mad Love (1935)

April 09, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

From the Vault: Medusa, Part 2

April 08, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

The Artifact Redux: The Mirrors of Dr. Dee

April 07, 2021 07:01 - 7 minutes

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

From the Vault: Medusa, Part 1

April 06, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Spring Break!

April 05, 2021 07:01 - 2 minutes

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

From the Vault: Rise of the Moa

April 03, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Weirdhouse Cinema: Gunhed

April 02, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

The Machine Lords of Barnard 68, Part 2

April 01, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

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

March 31, 2021 07:01 - 33 minutes

As one of the nation’s largest wireless communication providers, over 120 million subscribers count on Verizon to stay connected, but we’re not just talking about phones. Today, Verizon and IBM are working together to better connect entire industries. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Srini Kalapala VP, Global Technology, Strategy and Network Cloud at Verizon and Steve Canepa, Global GM & Managing Director of IBM’s Communications Sector about how 5G, Edge Computing and AI will ...

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

March 31, 2021 07:01 - 33 minutes

As one of the nation’s largest wireless communication providers, over 120 million subscribers count on Verizon to stay connected, but we’re not just talking about phones. Today, Verizon and IBM are working together to better connect entire industries. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Srini Kalapala VP, Global Technology, Strategy and Network Cloud at Verizon and Steve Canepa, Global GM & Managing Director of IBM’s Communications Sector about how 5G, Edge Computing and AI will ...

The Machine Lords of Barnard 68, Part 1

March 30, 2021 14:54 - 1 hour

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

Listener Mail: Yearly Dad Joke Inundation

March 29, 2021 07:01 - 44 minutes

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

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

March 28, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

From the Vault: Invertebrate Emotions, Part 2

March 27, 2021 07:01 - 56 minutes

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

Weirdhouse Cinema: Music Videos with Seth of Record Store Society

March 26, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Jupiter the Destroyer, Part 2

March 25, 2021 14:27 - 56 minutes

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

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

March 24, 2021 07:01 - 30 minutes

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

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

March 24, 2021 07:01 - 30 minutes

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

Jupiter the Destroyer, Part 1

March 23, 2021 14:26 - 59 minutes

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

Listener Mail: Spoonman

March 22, 2021 14:58 - 39 minutes

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

Welcome to Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell

March 21, 2021 07:01 - 1 minute

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

From the Vault: Invertebrate Emotions, Part 1

March 20, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

Weirdhouse Cinema: Hands of Steel

March 19, 2021 07:01 - 1 hour

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

The Dad Joke

March 18, 2021 16:17 - 1 hour

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

The Artifact: The Corleck Head

March 17, 2021 07:01 - 4 minutes

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

The Nile Inundation: Gods, Water and Life

March 16, 2021 15:40 - 1 hour

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

Guests

Mary Roach
4 Episodes
Carl Zimmer
3 Episodes
Marah Hardt
3 Episodes
Mark Mandica
3 Episodes
David Grinspoon
2 Episodes
Dietrich Stout
2 Episodes
Diva Amon
2 Episodes
Neil deGrasse Tyson
2 Episodes
Brian Greene
1 Episode
Carl Sagan
1 Episode
Colt Cabana
1 Episode
H.P. Lovecraft
1 Episode
Jeff Hoffman
1 Episode
Malcolm Gladwell
1 Episode
R. Scott Bakker
1 Episode
Steven Johnson
1 Episode
William Beebe
1 Episode

Books

The Periodic Table
1 Episode