Episode 5

169: Freud’s Couch

In 1889 Sigmund Freud was still relatively new in his field. He’s what we’d call pre-freudian Freud. He was 33 years old, working as an assistant to another psychiatrist, and he hadn’t had any of his ...

Episode 16

168: All In Your Head

People who make horror movies know: if you want to scare someone, use scary music. There are two fundamental ways to make music scary. The first way is to compose music with lots of screechy, irregular tones, ...

Episode 34

163: The Gruen Effect

Retail spaces are designed for impulse shopping. When you go to a store looking for socks and come out with a new shirt, it's only partly your fault.  Shops are trying to look so beautiful, so welcoming, the items ...

Episode 20

162: Mystery House

The 1873 Winchester Repeater Rifle—capable of firing fifteen shots in just over ten seconds—was the gun of American western expansion. It came to be known as "The Gun That Won The West." [The 1873 Winchester Repeater Rifle. Credit: adamsguns.com] Because of this, ...

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