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Holiday Monsters & Listener Mail

Christmas is here again, so join Robert, Joe and Christian as they discuss a few holiday monsters and tend to your listener mail. See more »

Give the Gift of a Mystery Box

Why are mystery packages so appealing? How do they improve our mental faculties and fuel our creativity? In this classic episode, Robert and Julie share tales of sealed envelopes, quantum thought experiments, virginity boxes and things Pandora should never have opened. You might even score a gift idea or two. See more »

Scrooge: Post-traumatic Embitterment Disorder

Was Scrooge's bitterness an actual mental disorder? And was his visitation by the ghosts of the past, present and future his subconscious mind's attempt at DIY psychotherapy? Or did he merely spike his pot of gruel with a little mind-altering something-something? See more »

Deconstructing the Grinch

Find out why the Grinch had the personality of a toadstool sandwich, with arsenic sauce. Robert and Julie explore the physiology of the Green One, not to mention his self-imposed social isolation, which may have contributed to the woefully diminutive size of his heart. See more »

Monster of the Week: The Krampus

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Monster of the Week: Gryla & Other Holiday Horrors

Robert blogs about Grýla, the Grither and other Holiday monsters. See more »

Carrot and Stick: A Genetic Santa Story

Santa or Krampus? Gifts or a stocking full of coal? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie look at negative and positive reinforcement and a new study that looks at the genetics behind each. See more »

The Christmas War on Krampus

Krampus is the "bad cop" opposite to dreary Saint Nicholas. He's a furry, horned, kidnapping, tongue-lolling pagan man-beast and he's a traditional aspect of the holidays in Austria, as well as parts of Germany and Italy. He's the stuff of postcards and wild costumed romps through city streets. See more »

The Science of Gremlins and Mogwai

Mogwai and Gremlins might seem the most unrealistic monsters of the 1980s, but nothing could be further from the truth. Join Robert and Julie as they dissect Gremlin/Mogwai biology and show you these creatures compare to the rest of the animal kingdom. See more »