This Week I Learned

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This weekly podcast series is your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again. New episodes: every Friday.

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This weekly podcast series is your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again. New episodes: every Friday.
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last modified
2017-12-22 06:06
last episode published
2017-12-22 05:53
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6.93 days
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Lauren Hansen author   owner  
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Ep. 79: This week I learned that crows make up after fights, and more

Considerate crows | The Vatican's milky walls | When Iceland's women went on strike | Mountain-climbing madness
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 78: The week I learned your ice is teeming with bacteria, and more

Your gross ice | Play Super Mario with Grandma | The Eiffel Tower at night | Our forcefield atmosphere
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 77: This week I learned dogs really are smarter than cats, and more

Dogs are nerds | The trick to learning new skills | The great Halifax explosion | Pumice stones for whales
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 76: This week I learned that prehistoric women were ridiculously strong, and more

Prehistoric girl power | Turtles' butt-breathing power | How cuddling changes genetics | The negative power of perception
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 75: This week I learned America really struggled to pin down a date for Thanksgiving, and more

America's Thanksgiving indecision | The long history of the wishbone | Your gluten-less gluten sensitivity | A primer on naming countries
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 74: This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

How the dinosaurs could have survived | The healing powers of daytime | The room in your house that bugs prefer | The incredible efficiency of the penguin waddle
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 73: This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more

How you're hijacking your dog's emotions | Right-handed bees | Chopin's pickled heart | England's sin-eaters
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 72: This week I learned plants can smell predators coming, and more

Plants can smell | Bacteria can feel | It snows sunscreen on a planet far, far away | The purpose of those silly little T. Rex arms
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 71: This week I learned that salmon sex literally moves mountains, and more

Earth-shattering salmon love | The secret genius of daydreaming | Our innate arachnophobia | Diagnosed with a broken heart
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 70: This week I learned worms can smell danger, and more

The olfactory defenses of the roundworm | Stress is ruining your diet | A fish's lament | The murderer behind the OED
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 69: This week I learned how female dolphins are weaponizing their vaginas to fight the underwater patriarchy, and more

How dolphins fight 'the man' | Beware the nocebo effect | The mystery of the Amber Room | Europe's radioactive pigs problem
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 68: This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more

Embrace the spoiler | Your parents' gender bias | Why clowns creep us out | How stress impairs
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 67: This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more

Happiness, the flu, and you | Which personality are you, cat? | The dinosaur-devouring frog | The bizarre aero-cure of the 1920s
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 66: This week I learned you should absolutely beat yourself up a little the next time you fail, and more

The emotional trick to dealing with failure | Lightning-inducing cargo ships | The evolution of the giraffe's long neck | The Alaskan town overrun by bald eagles
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 65: This week I learned the science behind out-of-body experiences, and more

The science of OBEs | The plastic inside us | All hail Viking warrior princesses! | Chocolate's dark medicinal history
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 64: This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more

The power of a coffee craving | Swordfish heat their eyeballs | Wild dogs' democratic sneezing fit | Haagen-Dazs’ New York origins
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 63: This week I learned the beloved starfish is a surprisingly brutal killer, and more

The murderous starfish | The color of breakfast | Our drug-addicted fish | A musical medical miracle
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 62: This week I learned our brains can predict the future, and more

Your clairvoyant brain | Live in the moment: take photos! | The quest for space bread | The venom that broke the mold
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 61: This week I learned late-night snacking might make you more prone to sunburns, and more

Midnight snacking and sunburns | Why we hold babies on the left | Disney’s propaganda machine | The science of sound underwater
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 60: This week I learned it might be possible to learn while you sleep, and more

Finally, sleep-learning! | Your impeccably organized taste system | Brilliant bees | When athletes used cocaine to train
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 59: This week I learned the only way to use your phone at night without messing with your sleep, and more

Blue-blockers for smartphone addicts | Jimmy wants to lower Jimmy's stress | Who's the boss? Baby knows. | The great Mona Lisa heist of 1911
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 58: This week I learned why so many people order tomato juice on airplanes, and more

The science of bad airplane food | Why you're such a mosquito magnet | Ban soap! | The shy shark
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 57: This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more

The surprising resilience of life | Jane Austen, home brewer | You're junk, DNA | The mind-cleansing effect of showering
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 56: This week I learned praying mantises are killing your hummingbirds and eating their brains, and more

Praying mantises go for the brain | Frogs have ridiculously soft tongues | The 'poorly sleeping grandparent hypothesis' | Coral's magnificent protective glow
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 55: This week I learned even smelling your food can make you fat, and more

How smell affects your weight | The memory boost of forgetfulness | Frogs, evolutionary opportunists | The inspiring fiction of Betty Crocker
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 54: This week I learned just having your phone nearby is making you dumber, and more

The smartphone brain drain | The funky thing blinking does to your brain | The sisterhood of traveling vampire bats | How a California mailman gave us avocados
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 53: This week I learned that looking at puppies can save your marriage, and more

An excuse to look at puppies! | Heat-related airplane delays | The sea’s paragon of parenting | The most spectacular migration on Earth
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 52: This week I learned that a low-carb diet may be changing your personality, and more

New diet, new you | Spain's time-zone woes | The mysteriously flexible pine trees | The dark origin of the word 'gypped'
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 51: This week I learned the dark origin story of the seat belt, and more

Hugh DeHaven was obsessed with accidents | A raven's revenge | The better, simpler way to wash your hands
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 50: This week I learned flight times are longer now than they were 50 years ago, and more

Airline regress | Rainmaking fungi | Semantic satiation | The spider web that gets stronger the more it kills
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 49: This week I learned how the world's hottest chili would kill you, and more

Don't eat the Dragon's Breath | Your cannibalistic brain | Oral Allergy Syndrome! | How flamingos balance
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 48: This week I learned about a 'zombie madness' that consumed medieval English villagers, and more

Medieval 'zombie madness' | The powers of happy memory | The bizarre breastfeeding habits of orangutans | The twisted origins of dentistry
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 47: This week I learned smiling actually makes you look older, and more

The fairest expression of them all | Language is a time warp | The lady pirates of the 18th century | The brain-breaking regularity of stripes
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 46: This week I learned squirrels were once America's most beloved pet, and more

The beloved pet squirrel | Ban workplace complaining | Astronauts with nothing to wear | Why we prune in the bath
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 45: This week I learned female dragonflies will fake death to avoid male suitors, and more

How female dragonflies escape male suitors | Believing your broken heart better | Your dog feels you | Meet the space phenomenon called 'Steve'
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 44: This week I learned United once offered men-only flights complete with 'manly' services, and more

Flying the 'club in the sky' | The evolution of expression | The Synalpheus pinkfloydi | The mystery of the 'Tsavo Two'
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 43: This week I learned you're tying your shoes wrong, and more

How to tie your shoes | SCOTUS hazing | The 1993 pantsuit revolution | Get your baby a dog
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 42: This week I learned how Las Vegas once cashed in on 'atomic tourism,' and more

Las Vegas' 'atomic tourism' | Why we lose sleep as we age | The cost of intelligence in the wild | One is the loneliest cold
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 41: This week I learned that sleep walking is an evolutionary trait gone terribly wrong, and more

The ancient origins of sleep walking | The spinach heart | A woman's right to go by her own name | The two faces of the smiley emoji
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 40: This week I learned the word pink used to mean yellow, and more

Pink’s murky origins | Our wide-eyed transition from water to land | The super blind mind | The ever mischievous Jane Austen
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 39: This week I learned some metals have memory, and more

Metal memory | Living the slow life history strategy | Your dog, the liar | Why we itch
Lauren Hansen author

38: This week I learned you could probably outrun a T. Rex, and more

Rex, speed walker | Forever-young ants | Tattoos for health? | The sad truth about seltzer
Lauren Hansen author

37: This week I learned the unexpected ways an asteroid could kill us all, and more

How an asteroid takes us down | The revolting necessity of vultures | That "grima" feeling | Sleepless in the Serengeti
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 36: This week I learned why we're all suckers for the good cop/bad cop routine, and more

The emotional seesaw phenomenon | Fatherhood hormones | How fish "talk" | Introducing: Zealandia!
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 35: This week I learned honeybees say 'oops' when they're startled, and more

Decoding clumsy bees | Your morning cup of memory boost | Goat BFFs | Panda diplomacy
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 34: This week I learned that Brazil and France almost went to war over lobster, and more

The Lobster War | The efficiency of right-hand loops | How whales yell | Lunar hay fever
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 33: This week I learned dogs dig reggae, and more

Music fit for a dog | A plant's smelly defense | Our terrifying ancestors | The mystery of synched pendulums
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 32: This week I learned ancient otters were terrifyingly huge, and more

Wolf-sized otters | How nicotine calms a schizophrenic brain | The real power of ritual | Where the Declaration of Independence safely sleeps
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 31: This week I learned the CIA once hired psychics for intelligence gathering, and more

Program Star Gate | Human-hunting vampire bats | Leonie, the asexual zebra shark mom | The dinosaurs' cold, dark death
Lauren Hansen author

Ep. 30: This week I learned your appendix might be useful after all, and more

Your hard-working appendix | Cramming for exercise | The end of the Megalodon shark | Baby talk and your dog
Lauren Hansen author