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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.

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    • Education
    • 4.7, 3.7K Ratings

Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.

    Sand: What’s It Really Made Of?

    Sand: What’s It Really Made Of?

    Caller Hank wants to know where the sand on his central California beach came from. ELT gets the surprising scoop on how beaches are born. Guest: Kiki Patsch, California State University Channel Islands. Special thanks to Gary Griggs. 

    • 20 min
    F*ck Yeah: Can Cursing Make You Stronger?

    F*ck Yeah: Can Cursing Make You Stronger?

    Flora is out this week force feeding her niblings flamingo facts, so we’re rerunning one of our favorite episodes. Does swearing make you more powerful? Plus, we talk to someone who turns the “mother f*ckers” into “manhole covers” for the TV versions of movies. Guests: Cognitive scientist Ben Bergen, author of What the F***; Gwen Whittle, supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound. Thanks to caller Mark for the monkey flippin’ question, and to Mark’s dad Steve. 

    • 29 min
    Stamps: Tiny Squares Full Of Secrets

    Stamps: Tiny Squares Full Of Secrets

    Flora is hosting the Chapped Cheeks Book Club this week, so we’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes: How do U.S. postage stamps come to be? ELT explores the secret world of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, the group that decides what gets stuck on America’s envelopes. Guests: Bill Gicker, manager of stamp development at USPS; Jessica, ex-CSAC member; Kam Mak, artist and stamp illustrator. Thanks to caller Elizabeth. “Mr. Stampman” performed by Bobby Lord, Matthew Boll, MR Daniel, and Julia Kaplan. Mail your stamp idea to: Stamp Development / Attn: Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee / 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300 / Washington, DC 20260-3501. Remember: One idea per letter!

    • 30 min
    Fruit Flies: Seriously, Where Do They Come From?

    Fruit Flies: Seriously, Where Do They Come From?

    Flora is away this week, so we’re revisiting one of our favorite episodes — about a summer visitor no one wants. Caller Jeremy has a problem: fruit flies have moved into his apartment, and he needs to know how they got there. ELT finds out where Jeremy’s freeloading flatmates came from. Guests: Biologist Marcus Stensmyr, Lund University. Chemical ecologist Kevin Cloonan, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Thanks to Jeremy and all the listeners who shared their gnat knowledge.

    • 25 min
    Tell Us Who Should Be On a Monument

    Tell Us Who Should Be On a Monument

    As monuments glorifying white supremacy are taken down, we want to hear from you: Who do you want to see celebrated in their place? Call the helpline and tell us who you’d like to see on a monument. 833-RING-ELT.

    • 43 sec
    Behind the Pompoms: Cheerleading’s Checkered Past

    Behind the Pompoms: Cheerleading’s Checkered Past

    Flora is away this week at a flamingo fanciers convention, so we’re revisiting one of our favorite shows — a two-part, deep dive into cheerleading. It’s not all smiles and ponytails. Guests: Cheerleading researcher and professor at the University of Alabama Natalie Adams; Barbara Hazlewood; Sharita Richardson, cheerleading researcher, instructional coach at North Carolina A&T State University, and founder of Black Girls Cheer. Thanks to caller Jessica for the question. Special thanks to Vonciel Baker, one of the original seven Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and to Dee Brock, former manager of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Playerinfinite ,

Science Without Sterility

I can listen to this podcast all day. So many other science podcasts are such a bore, but this one is upbeat, light and actually covers novel topics.

joe rockhead ,

Start with Astronauts...

The episode When Astronauts Come Home is, seriously, one of the best episodes I have ever heard. This is a must listen podcast. Brilliant. Lighthearted. Warm. Insightful. Provocative. Flora is like you’re hanging with an engaging homegirl who asks the questions you know you want to ask. Great show.

EddyGann ,

Love some of the fun facts but...

There have been many an episode that I’ve enjoyed very much, but the recent call for people to call in and express what monuments should be put up in place of the ones being destroyed in this country is infuriating. To state, as if it is definitive fact, that all the monuments being defaced are “glorifying white supremacy” is ahistorical, and just pushes a narrative that damages the fabric of the country. Destroying the past and erasing the history is dangerous.

A show about education like this shouldn’t be pushing such nonsense. MLK was known to not treat women terribly well, but that’s not why we have made countless monuments in his honor. History is multi-dimensional.

Do better ELT.

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