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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

Listener Mail: Blue Öyster Cult

January 18, 2021 08:01 - 41 minutes

Join Robert and Joe for even more STBYM and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: David Grinspoon on Pluto

January 16, 2021 08:01 - 1 hour

In the book “Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto,” authors Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. David Grinspoon recount the riveting history of the quest to send a spacecraft to the planet Pluto. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Grinspoon chats about the book, the planet and the nature of space exploration. (Originally published 12/31/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Weirdhouse Cinema: Arena

January 15, 2021 08:01 - 1 hour

It’s time to lace up for a boxing movie -- but not just any boxing movie. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1989 sci-fi movie “Arena,” in which a lone human fighter puts up his dukes against an entire galaxy of bizarre, alien combatants. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Sinkholes, Part 1

January 14, 2021 08:01 - 48 minutes

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of sinkholes. How have these impressive geographic features impacted our world, and what can they reveal about the past? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Artifact:The Psychedelic Blindfold

January 13, 2021 08:01 - 8 minutes

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe talks about a 2004 study of blindfolding and visual hallucinations. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Invention of the Lock & Key

January 12, 2021 13:09 - 1 hour

The lock and key are such a central part of modern life, both technologically and metaphorically, but when and how did this technological advancement take place? In this Invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe dive into the ancient history of security technology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Listener Mail: Our Blessed Saint Poochie

January 11, 2021 08:01 - 33 minutes

It's time for more listener mail! Let's dig in. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: The Psychology of Architecture, Part 2

January 09, 2021 08:01 - 1 hour

The natural world evokes various feelings in the mind, but humans spend a great deal of their time within spaces that they themselves designed and built out of the environment. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the ways that architecture impacts our thoughts and feelings. (Originally published 12/12/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Weirdhouse Cinema: Doctor X

January 08, 2021 08:01 - 1 hour

Welcome to the medical academy where EVERYONE is a suspect in the cannibalistic “Moon Killer” slayings. Yes, from the director of “Casablanca” comes 1932’s “Doctor X.” Join Rob and Joe for a deep gaze into the technicolor abyss in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: Bandersnatch

January 07, 2021 08:01 - 1 hour

From its literary origins in the mirror realm of Lewis Carroll to its terrifying appearance in Charlie Brooker's “Black Mirror,” the frumious Bandersnatch is a monster from which it is useless to flee. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe follow its trail through a maze of choice, freewill, advertising and streaming media. (originally published 1/9/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Artifact: The Mirrors of Dr. Dee

January 06, 2021 08:01 - 6 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: Brian Greene on the End of Time

January 05, 2021 08:01 - 52 minutes

Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene’s new book “Until the End of Time” contemplates the entirety of human history and the known universe in a single volume. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with the author about the cosmos, the human experience and science communication during a global pandemic. (Originally published 4/16/2020) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Listener Mail: Holiday Hangover

January 04, 2021 08:01 - 33 minutes

It's listener mail time once more, so Robert and Joe catch up on some Stuff to Blow Your Mind holiday mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: The Psychology of Architecture, Part 1

January 02, 2021 08:01 - 1 hour

The natural world evokes various feelings in the mind, but humans spend a great deal of their time within spaces that they themselves designed and built out of the environment. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the ways that architecture impacts our thoughts and feelings. (Originally published 12/10/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Weirdhouse Cinema: Not of This Earth

January 01, 2021 08:01 - 1 hour

Don't switch the blade on the guy in shades -- because that guy might be a psychic alien sent to 1950s Earth to harvest its precious blood. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into Roger Corman’s 1957 low-budget thriller “Not of This Earth.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

iHeart's Favorite Episodes of 2020 - 'Thankful. The Science of Gratitude'

December 31, 2020 12:00 - 1 hour

Check out this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind about the science of Gratitude. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

STBYM: Electric Microbe Land

December 31, 2020 08:01 - 52 minutes

It’s easy to think of electricity as the domain of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Street Fighter’s Blanka. But as Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, it’s also the domain of microbes -- and it will change the shape of future technology. (Originally published 7/25/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

iHeart’s Favorite Podcasts of 2020 - There Are No Girls On The Internet

December 30, 2020 23:00 - 25 minutes

Check out this episode of "There Are No Girls On The Internet" about Missy Elliott. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Artifact: Cones!

December 30, 2020 08:01 - 10 minutes

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe discusses why people in ancient Egyptian paintings sometimes have little cones on their heads. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: The Gerasene Demoniac

December 29, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

“My name is Legion.” In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the Biblical tale of exorcism and swine. What did the story mean? How was it used to enforce our relationship with animals and just how intelligent are pigs? (Originally published 10/17/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Listener Mail: Spin Kick!

December 28, 2020 13:38 - 39 minutes

What's so great a bout a spin kick? Find out in this batch of Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Presenting Prodigy: The Polgar Sisters

December 27, 2020 08:01 - 38 minutes

Can prodigies be created with early specialization? Laszlo Polgar was an educational psychologist who believed they could. He experimented with his own children and the results were fascinating. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: Shrooms Like Cedars in the Devonian Wilds

December 26, 2020 08:01 - 58 minutes

Did 20-foot-tall giant fungi rule the earth 400 million years ago? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the puzzling prototaxites fossils from the Devonian period. (Originally published 12/17/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Weirdhouse Cinema: Robot Jox

December 25, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

What if the nations of the Earth solved all their problems with giant robot gladiatorial battles? That’s the concept behind 1990’s “Robot Jox,” directed by horror wizard Stuart Gordon and written by military sci-fi author Joe Haldeman. Join Rob and Joe for a discussion of mech politics in this Christmas Day episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Toaster Not Taken

December 24, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

It’s obvious that our preferences guide our choices, but do our choices also determine our preferences? Join Robert and Joe as they explore this question with the help of a half-century of psychological research and reminiscences concerning Sonic the Hedgehog and Metallica. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Artifact: Map of the Underworld

December 23, 2020 08:01 - 5 minutes

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses one of humanity's oldest maps -- from a coffin text detailing paths through the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Toy Guns

December 22, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

For many of us, toy guns were part of our childhood, but how are we to think about them today? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe look at some of the current thinking on the use of toy weapons in childhood play. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Listener Mail: Holiday Beasts

December 21, 2020 08:01 - 36 minutes

In this batch of Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener mail, Robert and Joe catch up on Jim e-mails, Krampus talk and Leshy feedback. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Introducing Anupam Cares

December 20, 2020 05:00 - 3 minutes

We could all use a little something to lift our spirits right now... and that is exactly what Anupam Kher has set out to do. You may know him from 500+ Bollywood films, and Hollywood hits like Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick, or Bend It Like Beckham. But in his podcast, he wanted to try something new. Here, Anupam shares the stories that happened off-screen. You’ll hear about his childhood mischief in the hills of Shimla, the highs and lows of his early career, and the lessons learned a...

From the Vault: Is Santa a god? (parts 1 and 2)

December 19, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, but is Santa Claus merely a magical entity or does he rise to the status of a god? In this pair of STBYM episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the general attributes of a deity and consider the awesome, reality-warping powers of the one we call Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and of course Santa Claus. (Originally published 12/19/2019 and 12/24/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at ...

Weirdhouse Cinema: Chopping Mall

December 18, 2020 08:01 - 57 minutes

The shopping mall is a centerpiece of American holiday traditions -- cathedrals of consumerism, if you will. So in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into “Chopping Mall,” the 1986 sci-fi horror film that pits teenagers against deadly security robots, “where shopping costs you an arm and a leg.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Heavy Water

December 17, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

Nope, “Heavy Water” isn’t the new bottled beverage for headbangers. It’s actually an alternate form of water called deuterium oxide that plays a key role in nuclear power plants and the creation of nuclear weapons. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe get to know heavy water. Can you drink it? Why did the Nazis want it? Find out… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Artifact: The Tongue Stone

December 16, 2020 08:01 - 12 minutes

In this episode of STBYM's The Artifact, Joe talks about a strange class of tongue-shaped rocks that were believed to have magical and medicinal powers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Holiday Inventions: Christmas Tree Lights, Tinsel and Angels

December 15, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind leans into the holidays -- this time for an invention-minded episode about some of the technologies that bring the winter holidays to life. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss electric Christmas tree lights, tinsel and angelic tree toppers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Listener Mail: Das Gravy Boat

December 14, 2020 13:32 - 35 minutes

Time for more listener mail, with your thoughts on antimetaboles, pole dancing, gravy, weird movies and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: Devourer of Memories, Part 2

December 12, 2020 08:01 - 55 minutes

“You are what you eat,” the saying goes -- but does that apply to memories as well? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, join Robert and Joe on a journey through the world of Planaria worms, controversial research, regeneration, behaviorism and even the machinations of the Unabomber. (originally published 11/21/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Weirdhouse Cinema: Ghost in the Machine

December 11, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

It’s time for some early 90s cyber-panic! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss 1993’s “Ghost in the Machine,” in which a serial killer is zapped into the Internet and terrorizes Karen Allen and her painfully cool 90s son. So jack in, get virtual and become one with the screensaver. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 2

December 10, 2020 08:01 - 53 minutes

You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Artifact: The Poisoned Tooth

December 09, 2020 08:01 - 5 minutes

In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the fictional idea of the poisoned tooth and the real-life innovations that seem to have inspired it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 1

December 08, 2020 16:50 - 1 hour

You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Listener Mail: Halloween Hangover

December 07, 2020 08:01 - 33 minutes

STBYM Listener Mail is now weekly! In this short installment, Robert and Joe catch up on some of your thoughts on various Halloween episodes from October. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: Die Nacht des Krampus

December 05, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

Heute Nacht ist Krampusnacht. Besprechen Sie mit Robert und Joe auf STBYM die beliebtesten Urlaubsmonster aller. (Originally published 12/5/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Weirdhouse Cinema: The Battle for Endor

December 04, 2020 12:35 - 1 hour

The Star Wars franchise is home to many cinematic entries some consider to be unnatural. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1985 made-for-TV film “Ewoks: The Battle For Endor,” starring Wilford Brimley and various forest monsters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Smart Talks with IBM: How Audi Put Innovation in the Driver's Seat

December 03, 2020 08:01 - 29 minutes

Audi's journey to reinvent the customer experience has evolved from assumptions to data based decisions. In this episode of Smart Talks, Robert and Joe talk with Debbie Vavangas, VP IBM Garage, and Antony Roberts, Audi UK's Head of Digital, about Audi's transformation to create smarter experiences and how they adapted to grow their customer base without the luxury of in-person shopping during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Airships Over Venus

December 01, 2020 08:01 - 57 minutes

Planet Earth a bit much for you right now? Well venture back out to Venus on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss recent news in the search for possible signs of life in the Venusian clouds, as well as the possibility of probes or even human explorers sailing over Venus in futuristic airships. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: Devourer of Memories, Part 1

November 28, 2020 08:01 - 53 minutes

“You are what you eat,” the saying goes -- but does that apply to memories as well? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, join Robert and Joe on a journey through the world of Planaria worms, controversial research, regeneration, behaviorism and even the machinations of the Unabomber. (originally published 11/19/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Weirdhouse Cinema: Boggy Creek II

November 27, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

Weird movies are a Thanksgiving tradition, because Mystery Science Theater 3000's Turkey Day Marathon is a Thanksgiving tradition. So in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss one of their favorite MST-riffed films, b-movie legend Charlies B. Pierce and bigfoot films in general. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Thanksgiving Smorgasbord: Turkey, Wishbones and Gravy

November 26, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

In recognition of Thanksgiving, Robert and Joe devote this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind to the very topics that might float through your head at the dinner table: What is a wishbone, why do we pull it apart and what does it have to do with dinosaurs? Are turkeys messengers of the gods? What is gravy and is it ever considered sacred? Find out... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Antimetaboles: Sometimes You Eat the Bear

November 24, 2020 12:21 - 58 minutes

Friedrich Nietzsche once observed that if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. That’s an antimetabole, a transposed repetition of words in successive clauses. It’s an ABBA configuration that seems to resonate with meaning, but why? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe gaze into the linguistic abyss once more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

From the Vault: Thankful: The Science of Gratitude

November 21, 2020 08:01 - 1 hour

Tis the season of thankfulness, so in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science of Gratitude. (Originally published 11/28/2019) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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
R. Scott Bakker
1 Episode
Steven Johnson
1 Episode
William Beebe
1 Episode

Books

The Periodic Table
1 Episode