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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.

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Teen Dream

 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

 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

 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 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

 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

 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 »

Broken

 Broken

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum we can all agree that more than ever, the world feels broken. In this episode, we take a trip to Washington D.C., on the day of the inauguration and the eve of the Women’s March. See more »

Life the Game

 Life the Game

In this episode we look at the idea that life is just a game. See more »

The First Songs

 The First Songs

Nature gave us the first songs -- the patterns and melodies that we replicate in instruments, and our own voices. We take a visit to the exhibit, "Wild Music," to look at our deep connection to nature and music. See more »

Under the Weather

 Under the Weather

The Earth is wrapped in an atmosphere that weighs 5.5 quadrillion tons. And inside this atmosphere the weather creates a crazy quilt of conditions. To say that the weather is unpredictable is to sum up our entire existence. And to personify weather is deeply human. See more »