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Why Is It So Hard to Remember What Day It Is?

If you get the days of the week mixed up, you're not alone. Learn about the psychology of Tuesday in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

What's the White Stuff in Soil Mixes?

Potting soil often contains perlite, which is a type of volcanic rock that helps keep soil light and airy. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

BrainStuff Classics: Could You Outrun a Volcano?

Outrunning a volcanic eruption, like many things that look easy in movies or sound simple in theory, is more complicated in reality. Learn why you shouldn't attempt this feat in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

BrainStuff Classics: How Long Have We Been Keeping Dogs on Leashes?

A new(ish) find of very old artwork depicts dogs wearing leashes. Learn more about our history with man’s best friend in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Did the Native American Great Law of Peace Inspire the U.S. Constitution?

The writers of the U.S. Constitution were, in part, influenced by the confederation of Native American nations called the Haudenosaunee (or the Iroquois). Learn about the Haudenosaunee Great Law in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Where Did Pumpkin Pie Come From?

Sure it's tasty, but how exactly did spiced squash in a pie crust become part of American holiday celebrations? Learn about the history of pumpkin pie in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

What's Really in the Flu Vaccine?

There are lots of rumors about potentially harmful ingredients in vaccines, but once you understand what those ingredients are and how little are used in vaccines, it's easy to see why vaccines are safe. Learn more in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Does the Maillard Reaction Make Food Tastier?

The Maillard reaction gives foods from toast to coffee to seared steak some of their flavors. Learn how it works in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Who's the Only Woman to Receive a Medal of Honor?

After the Civil War, surgeon Mary Edwards Walker was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service. Learn her story in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Introducing: The Frost Tapes

Police brutality. Government corruption. A struggle for gender equality. The fight for a free press. You know how they say history repeats itself? Fifty years ago, legendary television host David Frost interviewed the most influential thinkers, politicians, activists, and cultural icons of their time. And most of those tapes have been lost for a generation....

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