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The Stuff of Life

Eavesdrop on experts and researchers as they ponder what makes our world so maddening, so strange and so achingly beautiful. Not to mention ridiculous. Join Julie Douglas for this week’s episode of The Stuff of Life, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.


Wired: As Above, So Below

America, the home of rugged individualist. Or not. Each of us is connected to each other, relies on one another, gives and takes, consciously or unconsciously weaving the web of support that it takes to make a society. Let’s face it: we need each other. See more »

Haunted

In this episode we look at how we manufacture fear in the mind with a trip back in history to a psyops mission, a visit to to a haunted attraction, and a peek into the political house of horror, “Doomocracy.” See more »

Studies in Desperation

1963 was a year of chaos and social upheaval. Sound familiar? Time, it would seem, is circular, something the American Survey of Fears proves out. See more »

The Nostalgia Factory

Ah, the “good ol days.” If America had its own brochure it would depict rocking chairs on front porches, pristine farms and tidy downtowns. But did this America ever exist? See more »

Teen Dream

Adolescence: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. See more »

Special Announcement: It's All Odin's Fault

The Stuff of Life is packing up its bags and moving to Fridays. Find out why. See more »

Men Dancing

Some men dance, many don’t. What are the unspoken rules that govern the ways we move our body, and what does it say about our society and how we treat each other? See more »

The Empathy Wall

The antidote to being a jerk is empathy. And thankfully it appears to be hard-wired in the human brain. And yet … we’re increasingly casting off the ability to walk a mile in another person's shoes. See more »

The Great Escape

We all want to hit the eject button on reality and look for a different way to live our lives at one point or another. In this episode we explore ways of plotting that great escape. See more »

The Big Hurt: Hate & Anger

In this episode we look at how anger can be clarifying, even helpful, and we find out how it can morph into its more dangerous and corrupting form, hate. See more »