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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

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 86 Ratings

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 Mattresses - what makes them so expensive?

    ELI5 Mattresses - what makes them so expensive?

    What makes mattresses so expensive? What is the purpose of a box spring underneath? What is the best way and optimal position for humans to sleep? Why do we humans like to use a pillow to support our heads when we sleep?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 7 min
    ELI5 Olympic Games - why most games are money losers?

    ELI5 Olympic Games - why most games are money losers?

    Why are all the Olympic Games money losers except the famous Los Angeles event in 1984? What did LA do differently? How does funding for the Olympics work? Why doesn't the IOC just buy an island to host the Olympics there every 4 years? Do Olympic athletes have a McDonalds in the village?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 7 min
    ELI5 Genetic Memory - can memories be inherited?

    ELI5 Genetic Memory - can memories be inherited?

    Can memories be passed down to subsequent generations via genetics? What did a team at Emory University discover about genetic memory? What does it mean for medicine, in particular treatments for anxiety and phobia?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 6 min
    ELI5 Cloud Seeding - can it solve drought issues?

    ELI5 Cloud Seeding - can it solve drought issues?

    Why can't we seed clouds to solve California's drought problem? How does seeding clouds even work? Which countries and states have used the technology? Who legally owns a cloud?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 8 min
    ELI5 Pasta - did Marco Polo really 'invent' it?

    ELI5 Pasta - did Marco Polo really 'invent' it?

    Why does pasta foam when the lid is on the pot, but the bubbles quickly disappear if I lift the lid? If all pasta is made from the same ingredients, why do we have so many pasta shapes? Did Marco Polo introduce pasta to Europe or was it all a marketing tale?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 8 min
    ELI5 Chess - why is the queen the most powerful piece?

    ELI5 Chess - why is the queen the most powerful piece?

    Is chess a sport? Why is it so popular? How did it become a global game? Why is the queen the most powerful piece on the board? When playing with a computer on low difficulty, how does it know how to play a not so great move? Do men and women play in separate tournaments?



    ... We explain like i'm five!

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

b[|] ,

Super Informative

Never thought I’d be able to learn so much in so little time! Love the sprinkles of interesting facts!

S|L| ,

Enjoying these tidbits

They cover things I didn’t realize I needed to know!

ARealOpinion ,

Great mini podcast!

I really enjoy listening to these pods casts that are informative and pretty fun to listen to! I love it that these questions are actually things that you would never think about OR have always thought about but never dug in!

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