How Stuff Works

The Suez Canal
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
91

The Suez Canal

Egypt
The Middle East
Oil
The Cold War
The Victorian Era
Sep 22, 2020
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20
minutes

It's the 193km long canal that links the Mediterranean and the Red Seas.

The Ancient Egyptians dreamed of it, the Venetians did too, the French engineered it, the British bought it, the Egyptians nationalised it, it caused a Cold War crisis, and now it's a hugely important stretch of water for global trade.

It's time to tell the story of The Suez Canal.

The Amazing Life of Whales
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
88

The Amazing Life of Whales

Animals
Natural world
Environment
Sep 11, 2020
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18
minutes

Whales are some of the most amazing animals that have ever existed.

From where they come from to how they live their lives, through to the threats that they have faced and how they bring new life in death, it's time to learn more about the amazing life these animals lead.

Rare Earths
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
85

Rare Earths

Environment
Technology
China
Consumption
Sep 1, 2020
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18
minutes

These 17 chemical elements are vital for lots of modern technologies, from smartphones to laptops, wind turbines to electric cars.

But our dependence on them comes at a large cost, a cost that very few people are aware of.

How International Post Works
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
77

How International Post Works

Eccentric people
England
Economics
Geniuses
Great Britain
Aug 4, 2020
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22
minutes

Anyone can send a letter, anywhere in the world, and it will be hand-delivered to any country in the world, for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

How did we arrive at this system, and how does it all work? 

Bottled Water
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
65

Bottled Water

Consumption
Environment
Marketing
Advertising
Food & drink
Jun 23, 2020
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22
minutes

It's now the most popular soft drink in the United States.

Yet 50 years ago barely anyone drunk it.

Today, we tell the story of how the world became addicted to bottled water.

Chickens Are From The Jungle // How The Chicken Conquered The World
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
34

Chickens Are From The Jungle // How The Chicken Conquered The World

Animals
Food & drink
Consumption
Economics
Weird history
Mar 10, 2020
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14
minutes

It's the most populous bird in the world, outnumbering humans 3:1.

Today we are asking ourselves how an obscure bird from South East Asia went from jungle floor to being eaten at a rate of two every millisecond.

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