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Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

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    • 4.7 • 450 Ratings

Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

    The Horrible Sound that Haunts Reality TV

    The Horrible Sound that Haunts Reality TV

    Who put the tension in reality TV? ELT tracks down the man behind the nail-biting sound you can’t unhear. Plus, a listener’s backyard horror story turns into an intervention, with cicada killer wasp expert Chuck Holliday. Thanks to callers Caitlin and Stephanie.
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    • 20 min
    What It’s Like To Live in the White House

    What It’s Like To Live in the White House

    What’s life really like in the White House? How does the president get snacks? Who walks the first dogs? What happens when the first family fights? Kate Andersen Brower, reporter and author of The Residence, takes us behind-the-scenes. Thanks to callers Lauren, Rachel, Iris, Zach and everyone who sent in a question.
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    • 25 min
    Why Is This Goose Out to Get Me?

    Why Is This Goose Out to Get Me?

    Listener Corey needs to know if a goose named Dave is targeting him. Goose expert Tony Fox tells us why Dave’s feathers may have gotten ruffled, and offers his advice for dealing with unhappy geese. Special thanks to Casey Williamson, Steve Davis, and Dan Potoczak.
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    • 22 min
    Why Is This Toy Talking?

    Why Is This Toy Talking?

    Listener Megan wants to know who writes the bizzaro lyrics for her son’s talking toys. Talking humans Jay Elkinton and Patrick Feaster tell us all about these earworm emitters — from modern plastic jabber-jaws to the nightmare-inducing doll who started it all. Special thanks to Toby Phillips.
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    • 23 min
    Sand: What's It Really Made Of?

    Sand: What's It Really Made Of?

    We’ve dug up one of our favorite episodes this week: Caller Hank wants to know where the sand on his central California beach came from. Beach buff Kiki Patsch gives us the surprising scoop on how beaches are born. Special thanks to Gary Griggs.
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    • 20 min
    Why Is the Ocean Glowing?

    Why Is the Ocean Glowing?

    While Flora is away, we're shining a light on some of our favorite episodes. Listener Erik saw a mysterious glow in the water during a trip to the beach, and he wants to know more. ELT talks to the “Jacques Cousteau of glow,” a scientist who has spent decades deep diving for answers. Guest: biologist and ocean researcher Edie Widder. Thanks to Eelke Dekker for the seagull and ocean sounds we used in this episode. Thanks also to Steven Haddock, Michael Latz, Matt Davis, Vincent Pieribone, and Severine Martini.
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
450 Ratings

450 Ratings

Peachy🍑Jess ,

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Why is Gītaū so delightful. I LOVED THE EPISODE ABOUT SIAFU ANTS! Being interested in biology and science in general this episode was just *chefs kiss* both in its scientific content than the hosts & the guest’s banter and jokes. Love from mtl xx

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Won’t be listening on Spotify

I will not be subscribing when your show moves to Spotify.

Neve🌈🦄 ,

I luv this

THIS IS GREAT!!!!!!!! I love the “is my cat trying to murder me?” And “how old is Winnie the Pooh” Episodes. just a generally great podcast. I saw it in the ‘you might also like’ section and decided to try it out. DID I MENTION THIS IS GREAT!!!!! I found this podcast a few days ago and have been obsessed ever since. I HIGHLY recommend this. Flora is a great host and is really funny.keep up the great work.
-Neve

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