My favorite topics are on folklore, cryptids, artifacts, and fascinating natural phenomena. (Not as big on the cinema episodes but not going to yuck other people’s yum!)
Very interesting topics, satisfying depth
I’ve been a huge fan of SYSK for many years, and remain so, to give you a sense of my starting point perspective on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. For me, SBYM goes deeper, and hews closer to the scientific end of the spectrum in terms of structured examination and explanation. While the podcasters are more scientific and definitely less comical, they are quite entertaining and personable. Most importantly, their explanations illuminate their topics to make complexity accessible and fascinating. These shows are significantly different in their intended presentation style and I appreciate each equally. I compare them only because SYSK provides a convenient basis, not because I find one superior to the other. Now I need to go post a review of SYSK to make sure I’ve expressed how much I love that show….
I like this podcast. Great material covered and they provide interesting perspectives on scientific research. All the hosts, past and current, have a natural curiosity that is conveyed well within each topic. I recommend this show to people, all the time.
Nicky Boy Swain
You can really tell how much these fellas love exploring the uncertainties in life. Just wonderful to see people being ok with the mysteries out there and staying away from polemicism. And the crappy movies are great to. Crash and burn, and Godspeed.
Can’t get past McCormick’s affectation.
Thought provoking dialogues
After discovering this podcast, I have been hooked to the thoughtful conversations and am constantly amazed by the connections tied within a single topic.
Wish This Dude Would Stop Talking About His Kid
Listened to one Podcast about the Dad Jokes. This dude went on and on about his kid. Almost zero relevance to the subject. This dude talked about his kid so much that I didn’t even make it through to the end. Giving it three stars because, to be fair, I’m basing this review on only one episode.
Been listening to the podcast for years, and it’s something I look forward to every week. It makes mundane tasks fun. Thanks guys!
some trans guy
During the Moses Illusion episode, you used the question, in Avatar the Last Airbender, which nation was Aapa born into... the problem with this regarding the affect is that it’s a valid question, Aapa the Flying Bison was born into the Air Nation, at the same air temple in the nation that the main character Aang is from. Even if you tried to push the question further and specify that Aapa uses bending... still valid, as Human airbenders learned to Airbend from the Flying Bison species in the series.
Give Weirdhouse a chance
As a longtime lover of this podcast (this and Hardcore History stand alone at the top for me) I have to say I was not that into Weirdhouse Cinema UNTIL I started actually watching the films before I listened. These are not just b-movies (most of which, I acknowledge, are hard to sit through), these are the most watchable, memorable, actually-I’m-glad-I-saw-that-hot-mess b-movies curated into a convenient stream for our perusal. Watching one while I do laundry and then listening to the episode has become a weekend ritual. Thanks for making Friday nights at home a little better, guys.
I’ve been loving the weird house cinema episodes, keep up the great work!
Love the Weirdhouse Cinema!
Long time listener. I have come to life ok forward to Fridays for the fact that I get to listen to a new, weird movie described by you guys. I love book and movie discussions and love it even more if it’s weird!
B Movie Spam
I’m a huge fan of b movies and sci-fi, however it seems like the onslaught of reviews is not ending and it’s making me less and less likely to listen to new episodes when they’re released. It would be nice to have a separate podcast for them, as I would love to listen to them from time to time, versus them being the equivalent of filler content. Definitely not mind blowing or useful; just another poorly juxtaposed movie review episode in a sea of dedicated channels who review movies.
Moses took zero animals on the ark. It was Noah.
The B movie review episodes...ugh
Please just make another podcast for the boring B movie deep dive episodes. Or do one a month max. They are just incessant and definitely not something that “blows people’s minds.”
Chumley as a sponsor spokesperson?
I listen to podcasts so I don’t have to hear people like Chumley. Please?
Great insight into some cool topics
I really enjoy the deep dives and like that they aren’t always trying to pitch a service or product. The deep dives into somewhat inane yet interesting topics make for awesome road listening.
Interesting and entertaining
Psychedelic blindfold prompted me to review because it it it really did blow my mind. Perception is such an interesting phenomenon and I want to know more.
Fantastic pod guys!
Is Santa a god
Loved these episodes and love your podcast, in general. It’s possible to learn something new every day, which I try to do. Shows like yours assist in that endeavor. You guys should check out a book called “The 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God” by Guy P. Harrison. He traveled the world, asking people of different faiths and beliefs why they believe in their god. These are the top 50 most common answers. He then goes on to examine each answer. Brilliant. Nelson
An intelligent dive into a variety of topics.
Joe and Rob do a ton of research into a variety of topics in an interesting and intelligent manner. Seekers of knowledge will always learn something new.
Most interesting, entertaining worthwhile podcast you can listen to. The antidote to politics and covid.
Stay weird, STBYM team.
I really think Robert and Joe have some of the hardest jobs in podcasting. Their subject matter has to be left of mainstream, but not too out of the main; scientific but not too scientific, academic without being dry, fun without losing rigor, etc. — they’re not a straight science podcast, or a straight “random facts” podcast or even a straight “guys chatting” podcast. They’ve basically built themselves a brand of balancing on a really fine line. And overall their brand is amazing. This is absolutely the best science themed podcast out there and it’s ALSO the most entertaining podcast out there. Obviously imo, but year over year, for what—10 years now?—this podcast has consistently balanced that line as best it can and produced incredible content. I’m obviously a fan. The only detractor is the iHeartRadio purchase because of all of the commercials, and because of my eternal fear that iHeart might cancel this podcast (I have no idea if that’s realistic but it’s a definite fear I have)!!!
Stuff to like blow your like mind.
The like content is like good but unless you are like from the like speaking generation the like show is like hard to like sometimes like listen to. If you like know what I like mean.
Longtime listener, first time caller
The addition of weird house cinema took a podcast I already loved and added a whole new level of enjoyment.
Best of the science podcasts
My go-to Science Podcast in spite of the name. Very factual logical and relevant information without the arrogance condescension and irrelevant self-indulgent banter of some of the other podcasts if tried.
Nice job hosts
This is good talk about other thing not just what you talk about. You are doing good nore interesting topics.
Excited For More
Love the pod. Looking forward to more content from Robert and Joe.
The Gill Man (Gillster)
Diggin the podcasts!
I love you guys! I’m less interested in the Weirdhouse, but I definitely enjoyed the Anthology of Horror! Keep up the good work!
Always interesting and thought provoking
I have listened to this show for years and it continues to be one of my favorites. The hosts are genuinely interested in the subject and the cover a range of topics that incorporates science fiction, horror, and mythology as it relates to real-world science. I am especially fond of the episodes that delve into mythological creatures, such as the recent episode on the Slavic leishi, the exploration of ancient cultures and their scientific beliefs, or episodes that explore interesting historical theories like the bicameral mind episodes from a few years back. I also enjoy the "science of..." episodes, like the science of dune or lord of the rings, where the hosts use elements from works of fiction as jumping-off points for discussions of real-world science. I find them to be a good length and pace,m. While I don't love commercials any more than the next person, I recognize that they keep the show free for me, and I can generally skip them if I need to. Ive been less a fan of the few IBM-sponsored episodes they did, but the hosts themselves do their best to make even a sponsored episode interesting and relevant to their audience.
A perfect intersection between science and nerd culture
If you love interesting science topics AND mythology, comic books, science fiction, fantasy, D&D, b-movies, or any of that fun stuff... you will LOVE this show!!!
Keep doing Weirdhouse!
It’s always been the best part of STBYM when you relate the science to pop culture. I look forward to October when it’s all about the anthology tie in. So this series is right in my boathouse. I’d say just ignore the naysayers because this is a gift and doesn’t supplant classic science episodes
I love weirdhouse cinema!
Don’t you know how smart I am?!
I love the information and general content, but there is no love lost between the hosts. Often it seems like a contest for who can make the most obscure references and utilize the greatest multisyllabic words. The nail in the coffin is iheart radio taking it over.
quite weird... just the way I like it.
I gotta say, I love this show. Robert and Joe (along with past hosts) do a great job at selecting topics and issues that are both interesting and bizarre. STBYM takes a unique, scientific look at things you never would have expected, and it’s great. At times the hosts even get a little bit geekier than me, and it just makes me smile. Fantastic, just fantastic.
I dunno what
Entwertaining and informative
The guys feel vlike old friends. The subjects are interesting and usually leave me wanting to look further.
STBYM:Pandemic podcast of choice. Love it!
.miss you all. Be well.
Learning made fun
A great podcast that never fails to take a considered approach to fascinating topics. A perfect listen for the curious of mind.
orion's belt buckle
House of Wax
It was both macabre and interesting. I did get a good laugh when you said “on the other hand”!!!!
Thought provoking science discussion.
Woke garbage, as iheartradio does
Stop with the corny woke sister podcast commercials.
I love the podcast but wonder if there is some way, that I haven’t yet figured, to identify a specific episode should I want to listen again or recommend it to someone?
Thank you for your very professional and fun presentations of facts and history on so many subjects. Thank you!!
I’m all for businesses using ads to generate revenue but I have never heard a podcast with so many ads in my life. The podcast content was genuinely interesting but a 30 minute episode was interrupted by 8 ads spanning over 10 minutes in total. Sorry guys, I hope you find a better way to generate revenue in the future. Best of luck.
Two great hosts that keep the conversation interesting, are open, and humorous. I travel a lot for work and listening to them makes my 5 hour drives feel like 30 minutes. There voices are calming and they speak with phenomenal scientific literacy. Love this podcast plus their other one, “invention.” Great stuff all around!
How boring can you make this? I listen to many podcasts and this is one I simply cannot endure. I couldn’t listen to Invention either. Sorry guys.
I love the hosts and the content but the ads are jarring. The ads are a completely different energy than the podcast and they make it impossible to listen to.
Chemistry is...not great
I’ve been listening to this show for years and finally had to say something. The chemistry between these two hosts is just awful. I can almost hear Robert cringing every time Joe makes a joke. It’s like the most uncomfortable forced laugh. Listening to them sometimes feels like they’ve been trapped in a room together. Like they agreed to this arrangement for a predetermined number of episodes and Robert is just holding on by the skin of his teeth. To be clear, they’re both great hosts and obviously passionate about the subject matter. But Joe has this goofy Labrador energy that just clashes horribly with Richard’s more subdued, understated vibe and humor. It’s a shame because I love the topics covered, but sometimes turn the show off because I can’t stand how awkward these two seem together.