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The History & Tech of Surround Sound

Episode 266 • Jan. 30, 2020

Simulating natural 3-dimensional sound is a complicated science. While it's been popularized in recent decades, it's actually a much older concept.

A Brief History of the See 'N Say

Episode 265 • Jan. 14, 2020

This classic toy was built on the idea of playing back specific sounds on command. But how exactly did Mattel accomplish this back in 1965?

The Murder of Sam Cooke

Episode 264 • Jan. 10, 2020

Legendary singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed at the height of his career. Was it a case of self-defense, or was there foul play involved?

Review of "Dolemite Is My Name"

Episode 263 • Dec. 17, 2019

This fun Netflix film tells the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, a legendary entertainer in the 70s with a uniquely vulgar and eccentric personality.

Copyright Law & The Public Domain

Episode 262 • Nov. 15, 2019

Copyright law has been manipulated for decades in favor of big corporations. So what does this mean for the future of the public domain?

PSA Songs

Episode 261 • Nov. 10, 2019

Public Service Announcements can be awkward and hilarious. And when they warn you against drugs or alcohol through a song, things just get better.

Video Games on Cassette?

Episode 260 • Nov. 2, 2019

In the dawn of home computing from the late 70s into the 80s, audio cassette tapes were used to distribute video games and software. Who knew?

A Few Bygone Media Formats

Episode 259 • Oct. 27, 2019

History has seen the rise and fall of innumerable audio and video formats, so we thought it would be fun to explore a few that have passed on.

What Was the Sony DRM Scandal?

Episode 258 • Oct. 13, 2019

In the mid-2000s, Sony's music CDs secretly installed anti-piracy software that erupted in a slew of privacy and security issues.

Can You Smell Music?

Episode 257 • Sep. 29, 2019

Modern science suggests that our five senses are more intertwined than we previously thought. So can scents be triggered by sounds? Potentially.