How Your World Works
By Popular Mechanics / Panoply
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This is a podcast about how the world works, featuring the news, stories, and people that make it happen.
||CleanEpisode 42: How to Make the Super Bowl||The guys in charge of America's biggest sporting event tell us how they craft a compelling narrative from a live football game—in real time.||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41: How to Test Everything||The woman in charge of a 100 year old product testing lab tells us about life as a professional tester.||1/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40: How to Avoid Flight Delays||An Air Traffic Controller from New York's JFK Airport tells us how he keeps the nation's busiest airspace running smoothly.||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: How to Make a Camp Stove (For Good)||The folks from BioLite tell us about inventing a camp stove, then re-inventing it after realizing what it could do for developing nations.||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: How to Run A Super Secret Defense Project||We go inside one of DARPA's secret labs and find... a gecko?||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: How to Make a Museum Exhibit||The American Museum of Natural History's exhibitions are built in the coolest workshop ever.||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: How to Run An Election||If you're worried the election could be rigged, here's what you need to know.||11/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: How to Design a Haunted House||Some haunted houses are built not with horrifying histories, but with permits, blueprints, nails and boards.||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: How to Make A Basketball Court Into a Hockey Rink||The Staples Center hosts 250 events a year, from basketball to the Grammys. Here's how.||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: How to Win a Hackathon||A pair of high schoolers teach us a thing or two about inventing awesome stuff on zero sleep.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: How to Design How Your World Works||Today's guests thing about how we interact with pretty much everything.||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Dominate Fantasy Football. For a Living.||In the PM fantasy jobs league, ESPN'S Matthew Berry is the consensus #1 draft pick.||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Tell The Future||We talk shop with a futurist.||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Make Leather||We take a trip down the long and arduous path from cow to cap-toe shoe.||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Make Carbon Dioxide Into Stone||A scientist talks about a carbon sequestration technology impervious to leaks.||7/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow To Eat A Hot Dog... Fast||A competitive eater explains the art of stuffing oneself.||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Life of a Volunteer Firefighter||These guys fight oil fires in the desert--and it's not even their job.||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Make Acrobats Fly Through The Air||One of the guys behind Cirque du Soleil's daring stunts reveals how they work||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife on an Indy 500 Pit Crew||What it takes to fill up the tank, change the tires, and redesign the car—all in the blink of an eye.||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Make a Knife||On today’s episode, Chelsea Miller and Michael Zieba – both master knife makers, albeit with very different origin stories – come to the studio to explain what it takes to make a knife. It’s hard work: there’s a forge involved, belt sanders,..||5/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to make Beer||On today’s show, we try to find out what actually happens inside a craft brewery. It’s not just brewing beer, and even when it is, that doesn’t always go smoothly—have you ever heard of a beer bomb? Three members of the New...||4/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of Automobiles, Hardcore Henry, and Nuclear Proliferation||On today’s show, we go from exciting to concerning: First, we discuss whether the future of cars is a Lincoln Navigator with the doors of a DeLorean and the stylings of a Range Rover, or Tesla’s Model 3, which aims to be the sleek electric...||4/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSabermetrics, Organ transplant, and the Amazon Brick and Mortar||There are 121, 362 people currently on the organ transplant list and not all of them will get the organs they need in time. On this episode of How Your Word Works, we learn about a new medical procedure that can reduce organ rejection and potentially...||3/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Iditarod Heats Up||It was 40 degrees out at the start of this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The dogs prefer –10. We find out how warmer temperatures are causing mushers to try different strategies to make sure they meet the requirement of having at...||3/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPopular Mechanics Goes to the Oscars. And Space.||Astronaut Mike Hopkins about life on the International Space Station.||2/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeadpool Effects, Air Travel Tips, and the Art of Political Polling.||Plus, what we know about the Zika virus, missiles, Deadpool, and flying all over the country in less than 30 days||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Challenger Disaster, 30 Years Later||The day that changed American spaceflight, in the words of people who lived it.||1/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe End of the Year||Kick Your Tree to the Curb||12/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHoliday Movie Season||From the big screen, to the bigger screen, to the ludicrously big screen||12/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGerms!||They’re everywhere, sure. But they’re not as big of a threat as you might think.||12/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBaghdad, Arizona||Iraqi fighter pilots are training in the US to bring the fight to ISIS.||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCancer, Space Suits, Balloons||Exceptional Cancer Treatments||11/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGhostbusting||Ghostbuters Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Edlund||10/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeru||Climber and Director Jimmy Chin Talks About His Film||10/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Martian||Jim Green, NASA's chief of planetary science, advised Ridley Scott on the new film starring Matt Damon. He says 'The Martian' gets a lot of things right—including NASA's drive to problem-solve.||9/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNFL Tech: Money Ball 2.0||A device that monitors a players energy and vulnerability to injury during a game.||9/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrisons, Cheap Computers, and Drinking Acid||A special round table edition with alcohol and confessions.||8/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Deep Dive on Subs||Man designs underwater ship! Lives undetected at bottom of the ocean, and makes his own air from nuclear reactor.||8/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEl Nino VS the California Drought||As scientists anticipate a return of El Nino, we look at how this could help or hurt drought stricken California.||8/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeil DeGrasse Tyson on Pluto and the Probe||Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains the the New Horizons Pluto mission. Plus we learn how the Ant-Man gets small, and find out if a pipe is indeed a pipe.||7/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlowing Up The Sky||The artist behind Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display.||7/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarc Maron Helps us Start a Podcast||Marc Maron helps us get started in podcasting. Plus, we make an island, forget an umbrella, and fire up our smoking jackets.||6/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent Deep Dive on subs.
I really enjoyed your episode on military submarines. I do have one quibble: check your pronunciation of "nuclear". May I suggest: new-clee-ehr.
Thanks again, very good podcast.
To Make a Knife
The details in this program were intriguing. I never knew how detailed such knife making can be! Great topic. Also, does anyone know the song at the end of the podcast?
I love this podcast! Great for fans of popular mechanics.