Completely Optional Knowledge
By Andrew Norton
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The podcast where we answer the questions you never knew you had. Produced by Andrew Norton with music by Breakmaster Cylinder.
||CleanAn Update & Exciting News!||An update on the podcast and some exciting news. …||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do Frozen Lakes and Rivers Sound So Creepy?||Brigitta Green from the perennial winter wonderla…||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's The Coolest Species Name?||What's the coolest or weirdest official name for …||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Distinguish Between Fruits and Vegetables?||Is a watermelon a vegetable? Biologically it’s lo…||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do Animals See Color Differently?||Zookeeper Rick asks why why animals see color dif…||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Animals Have Rituals Around Death?||Listener Ross Wintle, driving past a cemetery nea…||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do We Laugh At Pain?||Listener Matthew Hollingshead, a skateboard enthu…||10/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Animals Have Eating Contests?||Hilah Johnson hosts a show about cooking (and, na…||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's Quantum Teleportation?||Listening to Shohini Ghose talk about what would …||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do Animal Taste Buds Work?||Dallas College professor Patrick Moore, seeing hi…||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do Siblings Have Rivalries?||Molly and John Knefel, sister and brother co-host…||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does the Sun Sound Like? [rerun]||Inspired by freeze-dried ice cream at Space Camp,…||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Music Make You Hungry?||Breakmaster Cylinder, creator of the Completely O…||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is Wind?||Lauren Ober is the host of WAMU's The Big Listen.…||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do You Take Great Photos From Space?||Jonathan Mehring has photographed all over the wo…||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre There Lazy Ants?||Have you ever seen an ant just … hanging out? Com…||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Governs Space?||Who makes the rules in outer space? That’s what C…||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's the Most Surprising Partnership Between Species?||Emily Schorr Lesnick is the co-host of the SoulGl…||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Invincible Creatures Exist?||Jessica Abel is working on a new book about Mars …||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat If I Went Light Speed?||Tom Sortodden wants to know what would happen if …||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Animal Has the Stinkiest Farts?||Award-winning filmmaker Troy Hale comes to Comple…||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Sounds Can't I Hear?||Annie McEwen has great hearing — but she's still …||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHave Whale Songs Changed Over Time?||Music critic Stacey Anderson has listened to a lo…||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Animals in the Wild Get Drunk?||If you give a mouse a vodka tonic, will he even d…||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Is the Fastest Insect in the World?||Listener Stephen Rang wants to know how fast he w…||2/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do Animals Choose Their Leaders?||Election season is upon us, and that means choice…||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Animals Predict Earthquakes?||If you could have a head start preparing for an e…||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Long Can You Live Underwater?||Swimmer Veronica Simmonds wants to know what happ…||1/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Pisses Scientists Off the Most When They Go to the Movies?||Dr. David Kirby, author of "Lab Coats in Hollywoo…||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Are Sloths So Cute?||Sloths don't really "do" a lot, and yet they've m…||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Do Tornadoes Smell Like?||New Yorker Alex Kapelman has never seen a tornado…||9/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do Frozen Lakes and Rivers Howl in the Night?||Brigitta Green from the perennial winter wonderla…||9/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does the Sun Sound Like?||Space camp alumnus Avery Trufelman from Oakland, …||9/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan It Really Rain Spiders?||Vancouver meteorologist Kristi Gordon had a not s…||9/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Do Touch-Me-Not Plants Recoil?||On a recent vacation to Costa Rica, Indianapolis,…||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Awesome podcast for the sci-curious!
I'm loving this new podcast from Greenpeace! Very fun and informative - keep up the great work!
Short, fun, and super interesting!
These were really interesting and easy to digest. The most you will learn in 8 minutes this week!
Ok, so this is an awesome podcast
Really great podcast, quick to listen to. I really like how it challenges my preexisting ideas and initial reactions to the topic. Give it a listen even if you're not into Greenpeace - you'll get an expanded understanding of and appreciation for the world around us!