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Curious State
Curious State
QuickAndDirtyTips.com, Doug Fraser

Could we have domesticated a T-Rex? Is the mafia really that violent? Haven't all the possible songs been written by now? Unexpected... more

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Episodes

Who will save us from ransomware? | feat. Renee Dudley and Daniel Golden

Easy money is hard to come by. Unless you’re in the ransomware business. Then tens of millions of dollars can... more

29 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
How do you catch a predator? | feat. Chris Hansen

To Catch a Predator's investigations were real—so was the danger. And one night in Florida, that danger came with a... more

22 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
How do you get into a Princeton lunch club? | feat. Mark Oppenheimer

Back in the day, Princeton eating clubs were the pulse of the Princeton experience. But for many Jews in 1958,... more

08 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Is nature cool with cannibalism? | feat. Bill Schutt

Fun fact: Cannibalism in nature is incredibly widespread. In fact, it covers the entire spectrum of the animal kingdom. Just... more

01 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
Why is the Stranger Things music so haunting? | feat. David Klotz

Stranger Things has killer tunes. But it’s not just what music plays—it’s when.

25 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
Where does movie blood come from? | feat. Howard Berger

Movies and blood go together like PB&J. And Howard Berger is the head chef.

18 Oct 2022 · 20 minutes
Wait... vampires are real? | feat. Michelle Belanger

Michelle Belanger is an occult researcher, author, and television personality. She also happens to be a vampire.

11 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
How do you design a house...for fear? | feat. Leonard Pickel

Impossible floor plans. Broken rules of architecture. Capitalizing on the creep factor. It's all in a day's work for haunted... more

04 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
Is pillow fighting the next big sport? | feat. Steve Williams

Imagine the Ultimate Fighting Championship… but with pillows.

27 Sep 2022 · 11 minutes
What makes movie trailers so compelling? | feat. Dallas Taylor

Movie and TV trailer production is a game of chess. Except in this game, millions of dollars are at stake... more

20 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
What's the secret to breaking 800+ world records? | feat. Ashrita Furman

Underwater pogo-sticking. Extinguishing matches with your tongue. Ashrita Furman's broken hundreds of world records...and he has a secret weapon to... more

13 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Why were prized rabbits in Auschwitz? | feat. Tanya Singer

A photo album made with rabbit fur. A secret breeding project. A lost alligator. The story of Project Angora is... more

06 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Can a "friends with benefits" relationship last? | feat. Dr. Justin Lehmiller

How do you navigate going from buddy to booty call? Dr. Justin Lehmiller has the answers.

30 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
How does cyanide kill you? | feat. Neil Bradbury

Cyanide causes a swift, gruesome death. But how exactly does it kill you?

23 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Are cats a**holes? | feat. Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy is America’s Cat Daddy. Does he think cats are assholes? Or is there more to those furry enigmas... more

16 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
What does reality TV say about us? | feat. Danielle J. Lindemann

The shows we refer to as guilty pleasures may be more insightful than we think. Danielle J. Lindemann, author of... more

09 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
What's it like to remember every moment of your life? | feat. Rebecca Sharrock

Only 80 known people have highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM). What's it like to be one of them?

02 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
How do you get rid of a dead whale? | feat. VA Beach Aquarium Stranding Response

Whales are textbook beauty and grace—and they’re a helluva lot of work to clean up when they die.

26 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
Can deep play revolutionize your work life? | feat. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Under the right conditions, hobbies and physical activities become deep play. But what exactly is it?

19 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Why did we fall out of love with pigeons? | feat. Andrew Blechman

Pigeons. How much do you really know about these incredible creatures? Author Andrew Blechman is here to share the jaw-dropping... more

12 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Who picks you up when you die? | feat. Jake Halbeck

Over the next year, 56 million people around the world will kick the bucket. Whose job is it to pick... more

05 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
What's it like in the Pixar writers' room? | feat. Matthew Luhn

20-year Pixar storytelling veteran Matthew Luhn takes us on his journey into the writers’ room.

28 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
How'd they fix wounded soldiers' faces in WWI? | feat. Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris

Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris takes us behind the scenes of a medical revolution: the birth of plastic surgery.

21 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
Whatever happened to "thou"? | feat. Grammar Girl

Where’d "thou" go? And will it ever make a comeback? Grammar Girl (aka Mignon Fogarty) helps us parse through the... more

14 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Does this episode make you sleepy? | feat. Drew Ackerman

What's the secret sauce to a sleepy story? Drew Ackerman (aka Dearest Scooter of the Sleep With Me podcast) lulls... more

07 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Could science go extinct? | feat. Alie Ward

What if everything we’ve come to know about the world (and that the natural world knows about itself) disappeared? Could... more

31 May 2022 · 15 minutes
What makes a cemetery a tourist destination? | feat. Loren Rhoads

How do these resting grounds for the deceased become tourist destinations for the living? Cemetery historian and author Loren Rhoads... more

24 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Can animals break the law? | feat. Mary Roach

We humans love law and order. But what happens when non-humans go mucking around and chewing on our rules? Can... more

17 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Why's that crow living in the aquarium? | feat. The Virginia Aquarium

What do a crow and a glossy-eyed harbor seal named Monty have in common? Us.

10 May 2022 · 15 minutes
Can you empathize with your internet haters? | feat. Dylan Marron

Five years ago, Dylan Marron started engaging his internet detractors in phone conversations. But is it possible to empathize with... more

03 May 2022 · 15 minutes
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What makes a cemetery a tourist destination? | feat. Loren Rhoads
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How do these resting grounds for the deceased become tourist destinations for the living? Cemetery historian and author Loren Rhoads helps us... more