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Explain Like I'm Five, aka ELI5, is the mini-podcast series where we take the questions you always wanted to ask, and talk about them in a way that is easy to understand.

Made possible by the amazing reddit community at r/explainlikeimfive. See episode show notes for user credits.

Explain Like I'm 5: Bite sized answers to stuff you should know about - in a mini podcast ELI5 Explain Like I'm Five Podcast

    • Self Help

Explain Like I'm Five, aka ELI5, is the mini-podcast series where we take the questions you always wanted to ask, and talk about them in a way that is easy to understand.

Made possible by the amazing reddit community at r/explainlikeimfive. See episode show notes for user credits.

    ELI5 Asbestos - how does it cause cancer?

    ELI5 Asbestos - how does it cause cancer?

    Why is a town in Canada called Asbestos? If cancer is a bad mutation of a cell, how does a fiber like asbestos cause it? What made asbestos so popular in the first place? If asbestos causes cancer, why isn't fiberglass as deadly?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 7 min
    ELI5 MSG - why does it make food tasty?

    ELI5 MSG - why does it make food tasty?

    Why does MSG have a bad reputation? What is MSG? Why does it make everything taste delicious? What is umami taste? Is it really unhealthy for you, or should we listen to the counter argument?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 6 min
    ELI5 Fast Planes - why so little progress in recent decades?

    ELI5 Fast Planes - why so little progress in recent decades?

    Why haven’t there been more ridiculously fast planes built, like the SR-71 over the last few decades? What was the real reason that the Concorde stopped flying? Did Richard Branson nearly buy it? What about fast planes in the future?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 9 min
    ELI5 Shampoo - all colors of shampoo foam white, why?

    ELI5 Shampoo - all colors of shampoo foam white, why?

    Why do adult shampoos sting your eyes while kid shampoos are eye friendly? What is the difference between shampoo, soap and shower gel? Why is it that no matter the color of the shampoo, the foam is always the same - white? If shampoo strips away oil and conditioner adds oil, how are 2 in 1 shampoo + conditioner products possible?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 7 min
    ELI5 Vitamin D - what do you mean it's not a vitamin?

    ELI5 Vitamin D - what do you mean it's not a vitamin?

    How does the body get vitamin D from the sun? Why is vitamin D not actually a vitamin? Why do we need it? What foods are high in vitamin D? What happens if we get too much? Why are there so many types of vitamin B (e.g. B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, etc), but only one type of some other vitamins (such as C and D)?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 7 min
    ELI5 Dreams - why running so hard in dreams?

    ELI5 Dreams - why running so hard in dreams?

    Why do we forget our dreams in the mornings? Why is it so hard to run in our dreams? Why is it explained by proprioceptive feedback? How come kids can't control peeing in their sleep the way adults can? Does putting someone's hand in a warm bowl of water really make them wet the bed?



    ... We explain like i'm five!



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    • 9 min

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