Average rating:

out of 988 ratings.

Speaks too fast

by Valpolala on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

The narrator speaks too fast, and you can hear her take quick breaths after every sentence. It’s very distracting and I can’t concentrate on the material delivered.

Speed read & deep breath

by Saberzahn on
Rating: ★★★★☆

The presentation is FAR too fast. There is an inordinately noticeable in-breath between words that is hard to overlook once you’ve picked up on it. I came to the comments to see if anyone had the same perception and wasn’t surprised.The voice can be nice if not rushed. The topics are generally interesting and presented in an efficient enough manner to offer a basic understanding of topics that may interest you to delve further..Ultimately, I’m left reiterating the need to slow down A LOT but enjoy the show and recommend giving it a shot.


by doepenrose on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love it! It helps me remember some things while learning other things. What a good tool to start a high school class. I love her voice and finally someone that talks as fast as I do. Excellent for learning.


by Gregory Halverson on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love Lauren's explanations!

Excellent information but..

by James DeH on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Excellent information and topics, but it sounds like a voice compression software is used to cram as many words per minute in as possible. If you like a pleasant well informed podcast with words coming at you at 100 bpm (beats per minute,) this is an A+ podcast. If you do not like information presented at a speed reminiscent of a pharmaceutical tweeker, or a small child fueled by to much sugar and caffeine, you might be best served looking at another podcast.

Great topic

by ihandart on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Please slow down and pitch your voice down. The stuff is written well and very interesting.


by Miscellaneous Documents on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Slow down just a bit!!


by Wolfdoggg on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Unbearable to listen when the narrator is talking at the speed of light

Slow down

by BremsJ on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Good stuff, but it’s clear the audio speed is sped up. Lately it’s almost unlistenable.

Great content but sooooo many commercials

by Roidlee on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The content and style are very good, but the number of advertisements is honestly ridiculous

Great show

by ~theman3388~ on
Rating: ★★★★★

This was a very enjoyable show and a great way to learn something new everyday.

Cool idea, but too fast

by JRizzo on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Cool idea, great length, but way too sped-up for me to listen.

I would like this if

by tomleftthumb on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

The questions they asked couldn’t be answered by any nignog living in the year 1995 can answer.


by sparker245 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I like the information this podcast give you I just wish they were longer.

Brief and Informative,

by ersmed on
Rating: ★★★★★

If you only have time to be introduced to topics or you want ideas you can later do your own deeper investigation, this is a great couple min long podcast.

This is the coolest thing ever

by Jonathan Orlowski on
Rating: ★★★★★


Sometimes political!

by Ilias Basha on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall it is a good podcast. Sometimes political.


by venkij on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Yo-yo what up bruh


by Tarunee on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Just don't put crimey stuff then your fineLOL


by Cryllica on
Rating: ★★★★★

Good daily dose of info.


by Phoenixxrecyc on
Rating: ★★★★★

Nice job

Change the Microphone Sensitivity! (Gross mouth sounds)

by Rye P. on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

It's not even that the host has dry mouth. It's that you can hear every squish and smack of their lips, cut it out!

Too short, and boring topics

by Hooverpaleface on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I really wanted to love this. In fact, I’ve listened to over 30 episodes hoping it would be different. You get maybe a 4 minute episode, with two minutes or more at the beginning being an ad.... What?!? Boring topics. Was hoping it would be good, and give us examples vs just something that looked like a 30 second definition on google. Had to delete this, as it’s not worth it.

Love this podcast!

by Pic user 2584 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love that this podcast is short and quick. It’s provides fun information and it’s perfect for a quick trip to the store.

Distracting narrator speech pattern; great content, otherwise.

by GKsundevil on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

The content is GREAT, but the narrator’s roller-coaster, up and down speech cadence is SO distracting that I find myself focusing more upon that than the content. If Lauren could improve her speaking pattern, this show would top my list. For now, there’s only three stars coming from this listener.

Used to be great. Not so much anymore

by East Bay Rider on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Has gotten political. Always hyping climate change and dismissive of certain policies as wrong or unfounded whenever possible. We get it - we know where you stand. We shouldn't. We should not know your agenda. This is information not opinion. You have a public voice and an audience and a soapbox. Could you please be more responsible and less blatant?

Gets old after a while

by DawnsFishies on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Much like longer brethren SYSK. Length was perfect. Shame there’s so few short pods.

Nuggets of knowledge

by Erin79705 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I really enjoy listening to these very brief podcasts. But don’t be fooled: though they be short, each episode is packed with information, trivia, etc. I often recall things I’ve heard from these information bonanzas and bring them up with in conversation—and constantly get the response: how do you know that?!? I never take personal credit: I learned it on BrainStuff! Knowledge is out there, just waiting to be absorbed...


by romexh on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Very high pitched and speaks way to quickly for someone who’s trying to explain things

So disappointed!

by Hicchic31 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

After reading the topics, I was super excited to subscribe. The host makes it completely impossible to listen. She talks WAY too fast and is obviously reading from a script. Crazy confusing and frustrating. Couldn't make it three minutes into my first listen. Sadly disappointed!!!

Get ready to listen twice

by ttttaylorrr on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I really like this podcast, but sometimes I have to listen to the same one twice just to fully understand. The host talks SO fast and is so clearly reading off a paper. Also, the intro music makes me cringe. I hate it


by hamsa381745 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I want to like this podcast, but your host mispronounces simple words about every fifth episode and it’s driving me nuts. How do you trust someone to educate you when they AND the entire staff behind the podcast are not intelligent enough to catch these simple errors?


by Liquid courage 8989 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I like this podcast buuut it’s not quite meaty enough. I wish the eps were like 20 minutes long, with a little more in depth explanation.

Love it

by Son_G0D on
Rating: ★★★★★

Pure Entertainment

Great topics, but sterile

by cjheaford on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

There are two types of science podcasts: The precious few that are expertly presented by someone who is passionate, understands the material, and has a great sound crew making it all come together. Then there are what I call the Book Reports.“Brain Stuff” is definitely a book report. The presenters have no love or understanding of what they are saying. They are just reading a script written by someone else’s book report.O.K. if you want a jumping-off point I suppose, but the 25% add time in 5 to 9 minutes is asking WAY too much for the return.

Full of mini epiphanies

by ColdHandsFieryHair on
Rating: ★★★★★

This podcast is great. It answers so many of those day to day questions that we all have but don’t have the time to research. Single serving knowledge-nuggets that gives you enough information to dive deeper if you want to learn more.

Used to be Good

by Mud Shark on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Ever since Lauren Vogelbaum took the helm, the show has gone down hill. Seems like more and more episodes are just dumb (wine glasses and cats?), and the wording tends to be poor or just plain wrong. In one about the seasons, she said something about an axis changing. At best it's poor wording (which axis?), but at worst it's wrong (the Earth's spin axis doesn't change much year to year, certainly not for seasons).

Need to eliminate this female speaker

by rome MD on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

...her voice is a cutting/dicey pitched and makes me cringe like nails on a chalkboard.


by Sunshine0420jp on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great little daily “brain pieces.” Thank you!

Great Podcast-Terrible new host voice

by Fancy62629 on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I love the information in this podcast. Unfortunately, I do not like the new host Lauren Vogelbaum. Her voice is crappy. It is not pleasant to listen to. Christian Sager was much better. Although I do still listen, some episodes I will skip due to her voice.

Interesting but thickly pADded

by Vincehayter on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

3 to 4 minutes of solid and interesting content with another 2-3 minutes of ads padding it. I understand bills need to get paid but when 40-ish% of your episode is ads it makes for a very annoying binge. Like the podcast itself, it’s best in small doses...


by Anna Jane Micaela on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Better than its counterpart How Stuff Works.

Good content

by Brandunnit on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

It pains me to leave a bad review on this show because I really enjoy almost all of the content. My complaint is with the awful commercials for other howstuffworks podcasts. They are halfass and repeat constantly. Some episodes have less content than commercial.

an easy fix to earn 5 stars

by iPhone user in Michigan on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Really enjoy most of the content but the blaring exit music is enough to keep me and my family from listening often. Please turn down your obnoxious outro.

Quality dip recently

by Can I have my dollar back? on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I’ve noticed a lot of quality and editing issues recently (November of 2017). The podcast is only 5 minute long but sometimes theirs audio gaps and repeats in audio. I thought it was my player at first so I would back up the podcast, but the errors are in the final edit of the podcast. Also sometimes there’s long gaps after the host stops and before the end credit music come up, and sometimes the end credits starts way to early. They usually layer it on as the credit music over the host as it crescendos. But when the music comes on too early it begins to blast over the hosts voice and you lose the last few seconds of information.

It's a commercial

by BAMdrum on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I'd say that this is the closest to a click bait as I've seen in podcasts. It has a flashy topic, one that I'll admit I'm usually very interested in such as their most recent one about Dry Ice. To sum it up for perspective listeners, it's a five minute podcast that starts with a one minute plug for another podcast then has a quick fact or two about the topic then ends with another one minute podcast plug. Has potential but just isn't enough when 2/5 of the podcast is plugs for other podcasts.

Love it!

by Mcomommy on
Rating: ★★★★★

I always enjoy the little bits of knowledge I get from this show.

Targeted, smart, interesting

by Superjuliebelle on
Rating: ★★★★★

I subscribed a while ago and still get a huge kick out of the surprising questions Christian Sager (and in presuming the rest of the team?) tackle in these brief episodes.

Great short little snippets!

by Judhhdhdhsh on
Rating: ★★★★★


Just okay

by Soupaflex on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Alot of the topics are very interesting but most of the time they don't really answer the question or the information given is quite vague