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Silver Spring, U.S.A. — Next month, Science Channel will premiere “Stuff You Should Know” – a new genre-bending television series about a real podcast that’s set in a fictional world.
Let us explain…Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant are two real guys – uber-popular podcasters and actual Discovery Communications employees. Their podcast, also called “Stuff You Should Know”, is top ten on iTunes with more than 5 million monthly downloads. On January 19, at 10:00 PM ET/PT, Science Channel will follow Josh and Chuck inside and outside the recording booth with “Stuff You Should Know”, a series that combines all the delicious informational nuggets of their podcast and wraps them in deadpan mockumentary-style humor. Along for the ride are a wide array of guests making cameo appearances, including John Hodgman, Sarah Silverman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rufus Wainwright, and Michio Kaku.
Each half-hour episode takes place at HowStuffWorks, a fictionalized podcast factory where Josh and Chuck tackle modern life and corporate culture while also juggling their insatiable thirst for peculiar knowledge and wacky curiosities. The actual podcasts – which discuss topics from zombies to artificial intelligence to alien hand syndrome – are woven into each plot where scientific facts collide with Josh and Chuck’s sublimely ridiculous adventures. “Stuff You Should Know” is a totally unique and highly entertaining series blending cerebral wit and sarcasm with illuminating insights on addictively buzzable subjects.
‘”Stuff You Should Know” is a different television experience. It’s a novel combination of sticky, fascinating information and smart, provocative humor,’ said Debbie Adler Myers, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Science Channel. ‘We’re bringing Josh and Chuck to the masses, including their legions of podcast followers and those who will meet them for the first time on Science Channel. From television, to podcasts, to online, to short-form; “Stuff You Should Know” is an enormously entertaining and immersive 360 degree experience’
Full episodes of “Stuff You Should Know” will be available for download on iTunes the day following their premieres. To commemorate the series launch, the debut episode will be offered free of charge beginning on January 20. Short form content featuring Josh and Chuck also can be found online on ScienceChannel.com, StuffYouShouldKnow.com, and Youtube.com/ScienceChannel.
“Stuff You Should Know” is produced by School of Humans. L. C. Crowley is director and executive producer for School of Humans. Julie Smith is executive producer. Rocky Collins is executive producer and Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production for Science Channel. Debbie Adler Myers is General Manager and Executive Vice President of Science Channel. Full series description below:
Episode 1: Brains Gone Wild
Premieres Saturday, January 19 at 10PM ET/PT
In the premiere episode, Josh and Chuck’s boss, Steve, brings a man who suffers from alien hand syndrome to the office for the guys to do a podcast about him. The man’s hand has a grudge against Josh, and Josh suspects all is not what it seems. In their podcast, Josh and Chuck discuss brain anomalies including alien hands, split brains and dual personalities.
Episode 2: The CSI Effect
Premieres Saturday, January 19 at 10:30PM ET/PT
In episode two, in preparation for their podcast on forensics, Steve sets up a ride-along for Josh and Chuck with the Atlanta police department. As Josh and Chuck shed their staunchly-held beliefs based on TV series, the yin-and-yang duo of Detectives Johnson and Hillburn open their eyes to the realities of life on the force. The guys focus on forensics and the “science in the service of justice” for their podcast.
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