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Uncommon Knowledge

On-air Time: Monday, 7:37 AM and Friday during GLT's Sound Ideas, 11AM-noon.

Host: Janet Moore & Jay Ansher

Producer: Mike McCurdy

This 2 ½-minute science program is produced by WGLT, the Illinois State University Department of Physics, and ISU's University College. Uncommon Knowledge briefly explains everyday scientific events with a light, but rooted-in-science approach. Monday's at 7:37 AM on our live stream or on the air in central Illinois at 103.5/ 89.1 FM.

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Vision in Space: After all of the time spent in space, researchers are still learning new things about the effects of weightlessness on the human body. On the way, during our science show Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet, with the help of a NASA astronaut, explain how one newly discovered problem could have repercussions for a planned trip to Mars.

Friendship Paradox (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/28/2014 12:26 PM
Run Time: 4:00
Your friends are probably more popular than you. Coming up during our science show Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet explain the Friendship Paradox.

Birthday Paradox (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/10/2014 09:07 AM
Run Time: 4:00
With 365 days from which to choose, you'd think in a group of a couple of dozen people, it would be unlikely anybody would share a birthday. You'd be wrong. In this episode of GLT's science show, Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet help explain the birthday paradox.

Harmony is Math (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/10/2014 08:34 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Why a song sounds "good" can be boiled down to math. In this episode of WGLT's Science Show Uncommon Knowledge, Jay Ansher and Janet Moore, with the help of a professor in Illinois State University's School Of Music, explain the connection between fractions and harmonies.

The Geographer in All of Us, Part 3 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/18/2013 08:17 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Imagine planning a trip where the routes and the very terrain changes regularly. During this episode, hear about a trip to the arctic. It's part three of our series with the Illinois Geographic Alliance recognizing National Geography Awareness Week and this year's theme: The Geographer in All of Us.

The Geographer in All of Us, Part 2 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/11/2013 08:04 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Hear how geography can help enhance your trip to anywhere. It's part two of our series with the Illinois Geographic Alliance recognizing National Geography Awareness Week and this year's theme: The Geographer in All of Us.

The Geographer in All of Us, Part 1 (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/04/2013 06:14 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Hear how repeated trips to Puerto Rico turned one couple into more than tourists. It's part one of our series with the Illinois Geographic Alliance recognizing National Geography Awareness Week.

Comet Ison (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/28/2013 07:35 AM
Run Time: 4:00
A bright comet will be visible soon and brightest around thanksgiving. Jay Ansher and Janet Moore explain where Comet Ison came from, where it's going and why it may not survive in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Bone and Muscle Loss in Space (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/07/2013 07:48 AM
Run Time: 4:00
It's an easy weight loss program. All you have to do is live. In space. Jay and Janet explain the effects of weightlessness on the body in this edition of Uncommon Knowledge.

Car Pollution (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/16/2013 08:09 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Which pollutes more? A 1950's era car parked and not running or a modern car zipping down the highway? Think before answering or listen to this episode of Uncommon Knowledge with Jay Ansher and Janet Moore.

Wet Suit (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/19/2013 08:11 AM
Run Time: 4:00
In the water you can be wet. Or dry in a dry suit. Or wet in a wet suit. During this episode of our science show, Uncommon Knowledge discover the difference between a wet suit and a dry suit and how a wet suit keeps a swimmer warm.

Airplane Stall (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/05/2013 08:46 AM
Run Time: 4:00
What goes up, must come down. In an airplane, it's all about HOW the aircraft comes down. Janet Moore with ISU's University College and Jay Ansher with the ISU Physics Department explain the difference between an airplane stall and an engine failure . It's this week's installment of Uncommon Knowledge.

Schroedinger's Cat (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/15/2013 08:47 AM
Run Time: 4:00
It's a classic theory that most of us have a hard time wrapping our heads around. Jay and Janet get some help from ISU's Physics Department to help explain how Schroedinger's Cat can be both dead and alive. At the same time.

Memory (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/17/2013 08:42 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Alzheimer’s Awareness Day is June 21st. In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet explain memory and the social and emotional effects of this memory-robbing disease.

Mountain Dew Glow Stick (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/08/2013 08:37 AM
Run Time: 4:00
There are a lot of videos on You Tube showing how to make a glow stick out of simple ingredients and a soft drink. Jay and Janet have their doubts. Get the facts during our science show, Uncommon Knowledge.

Time Flies (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/11/2013 08:15 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Each birthday seems to come a little sooner as we get older. There’s a reason for that. During this episode of WGLT's science show Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet explain why "time flies."

Disaster Scales (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/18/2013 08:43 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Natural disasters are measured. There's a difference between a magnitude 4.2 and a 5.5 earthquake. Or a category 4 and category 5 hurricane. Or an EF-1 and an EF-3 tornado. In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet explain the different measurements for different natural disasters.

Catching Cold (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/04/2013 06:56 AM
Run Time: 3:00
The word "cold" can reference temperature or it's the word for a minor, but miserable little illness you can catch. But one meaning of the word doesn't have much to do with the other. Jay and Janet explain what causes the common cold, why it's probably called a "cold" and what you can do to avoid catching a cold.

2 Cold 2 Snow (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/28/2013 07:55 AM
Run Time: 3:00
Myth or truth? It can get so cold it can't snow. In this episode from last year, Jay and Janet help explain the meteorological truth.

Lux VS Lumens (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/21/2013 07:54 AM
Run Time: 4:30
In this episode of GLT's science show Uncommon Knowledge, listen as Jay and Janet use selecting the right bike light to explain two different measurements of light: lux and lumens.

Baby Dreams (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/14/2013 08:42 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Babies dream. And while we don't know for sure what they're dreaming, the dreams are different than adult dreams. In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet, with the help an Illinois State University Associate Professor of Psychology explain what's going on in those little heads during all those hours of sleep.

Dry Ice, Part 2 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/14/2012 02:57 PM
Run Time: 4:30
Dry ice behaves on earth a little like it does in space. Learn more about sublimation from an Illinois State University Chemistry Professor and hosts Jay and Janet in this episode of our science show, Uncommon Knowledge.

Dry Ice, Part 1 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/10/2012 08:25 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Dry ice can be loads of fun. It bubbles when dropped into liquid. It produces fog. It's used for special effects. But what is it and why does it produce all of that cool fog. With help from an Illinois State University Chemistry Professor, Jay and Janet explain dry ice.

Interdependence and iPhones (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/19/2012 08:42 AM
Run Time: 4:30
A U.S. company might be responsible for and ultimately selling your smart phone, but it takes a global effort to make it possible. Find out what goes into your iPhone and how many countries it takes to get it in your hands in the 3rd part of a series on the Geography Awareness Week (11/11-17) theme "Declare Your Interdependence."

Interdependence and Recycling (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/11/2012 06:01 PM
Run Time: 4:30
The piece of paper you recycle probably won't end back up in the printer as another piece of paper. Chances are the plastic in the water bottle won't hold drinking water again either. Find out what happens to recycled materials and the journey they sometimes take in the second part of month long series on the Geography Awareness Week (11/11-17) theme "Declare Your Interdependence."

The Interdependence of China and the U.S. (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/05/2012 07:13 AM
Run Time: 4:30
You've heard the phrase...if China sneezes, the U.S. catches a cold. It speaks to the interdependence of the two countries, including trade. Jay and Janet have the first in a month long series on the Geography Awareness Week (11/11-17) theme "Declare Your Interdependence."

Chaos (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/08/2012 08:33 AM
Run Time: 4:30
There's chaos and then there's chaos in the math and science realms. It's a deterministic system, but outcomes can be drastically altered by initial conditions. Jay and Janet help help explain chaos in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Household Hazardous Waste, Pt. 2 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/24/2012 08:49 AM
Run Time: 4:30
De-clutter your house of hazardous materials AND protect groundwater? It sounds too good to be true, but it is! The Ecology Action Center's Household Hazardous Waste Collection is Saturday, September 29th might be the most wonderful time of the year. Find out what happens to everything that's collected in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Household Hazardous Waste, Pt. 1 (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/17/2012 08:12 AM
Run Time: 4:30
There's the cost of a product and there's the TRUE cost of a product that includes disposing of it safely. During our weekly science show Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet explain what it costs to rid your home of household hazardous waste.

Higgs boson (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/31/2012 03:02 PM
Run Time: 4:30
This elusive particle has been expected and even worked with in physics for years. But it's not until this summer that evidence it actually existed was discovered. During this episode of GLT's science show, Jay and Janet explain the so called "god particle" and why you should care.

Maps and Dora the Explorer (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/27/2012 08:02 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The educational cartoon character, Dora and her always handy map are helping kids with spatial intelligence and with understanding maps. Jay and Janet explain in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Dangerous Drinks (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/13/2012 08:19 AM
Run Time: 4:30
College students arrive on the Illinois State University campus this week. And there will be parties. Those parties could involve drinks combining alcohol and caffeine. Ahead, during our science show Uncommon Knowledge, you’ll hear why that can prove to be very dangerous.

Low Flow (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/06/2012 08:30 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Central Illinois municipalities are urging residents to conserve water during current drought conditions. New low flow fixtures can help save water and dollars spent on water bills. During this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, find out just how much less water will go down the drain.

Weather VS Climate (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/03/2012 06:30 PM
Run Time: 4:30
Our current hot, dry summer or our really mild winter is not necessarily evidence of global warming or climate change. Jay and Janet help explain the difference between weather and climate.

Drainage Divides (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/16/2012 08:22 AM
Run Time: 3:30
It takes rain to have drainage. But when the drought affecting much of the country and central Illinois breaks you'll see drainage divides: small peaks or ridges that cause water to flow in opposite directions. The most famous is the the Continental Divide in the Rockies. There's another major one in Illinois. Jay and Janet with the help of Jim Carter explain drainage divides.

Who Owns Rain? (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/09/2012 07:59 AM
Run Time: 4:00
In some states, just because rain falls on your property doesn't mean the water belongs to you. And if the drought persists in central Illinois, arid state water issues could start becoming issues in Illinois. Listen as Jay and Janet skim the surface of...water rights.

Maps and Dora the Explorer (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/25/2012 07:55 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The educational cartoon character, Dora and her always handy map are helping kids with spatial intelligence and with understanding maps. Jay and Janet explain in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Bus Benefits (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/14/2012 07:44 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Buses count as sustainable transportation, but not if they’re empty. Uncommon Knowledge hosts, Jay and Janet, with the help of the Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System General Manager explain what it takes to make sure a bus is as green as possible.

Bicycling Benefits (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/07/2012 07:59 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The Good To Go Commuter Challenge begins Friday, May 12th. If you're considering using a bike to get around, you may not have to work as hard as you might think to get physical benefits. Jay and Janet explain in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Venus Transit (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/16/2012 08:02 AM
Run Time: 4:30
A rare astronomical event occurs June 5th. It involves the alignment of the Earth, Venus and the Sun. Jay and Janet explain during this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Low Flow (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/09/2012 08:23 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Jerry, Kramer and Newman didn't care much for low-flow plumbing fixtures. Fictional TV aside, the technology can cut down on the amount of water you use, bringing your usage to a sustainable level. Jay and Janet have more with the ISU Office of Sustainability.

Leap Year, Prt. 2 (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/02/2012 02:13 PM
Run Time: 4:30
2012 is a leap year and we just added an extra day last week. But adding a day every four years doesn’t exactly work out. Jay and Janet explain in an episode of GLT’s science show, Uncommon Knowledge coming up.

Leap Year, Prt. 1 (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/27/2012 07:35 AM
Run Time: 4:30
GLT’s Science show, Uncommon Knowledge tackles calendars. Find out why Leap Day is in February and find out why it’s in the second month of the year.

Energy Efficient Home (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/06/2012 09:54 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Jay and Janet help explain what role convection, conduction and radiation play in trying to create an energy efficient home.

Weight of Rusty Nails (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/23/2012 08:41 AM
Run Time: 4:30
In this episode...Jay and Janet answer the question "which weighs more...a bucket of new nails or rusty nails?" Take a guess now...or take a couple of minutes to discover the answer and find out why they weigh more or less.

Space Shuttle, epilogue (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/02/2012 08:07 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The Shuttle program is shuttered, but NASA is not dead. In an epilogue to the four part Uncommon Knowledge series on the end of the shuttle program Jay, Janet and astronaut Scott Altman explain a few of the more than 100 NASA missions underway.

Space Shuttle, Part 4 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/25/2011 11:12 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The last space shuttle has landed for the last time. All 4 orbiters are now grounded at museums. In the last part of a four part Uncommon Knowledge series on the shuttle, Jay and Janet ask shuttle commander Scott Altman "what’s next? What comes after the shuttle?"

Space Shuttle, Part 3 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/19/2011 07:49 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The last Space Shuttle launch was July 8th. In shuttle history , none have taken off during rain or thunderstorms. That's because the shuttle and an airplane, which can fly in inclement weather, react very differently to lightning. Jay, Janet and Shuttle Commander Scott Altman explain.

Space Shuttle, Part 2 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/12/2011 08:12 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Space Shuttle pilots have an unflattering nickname for the orbiter. Shuttle Commander Scott Altman explains the nickname, along with the details and dynamics of landing a shuttle in part two of a four part series on the end of the shuttle program. The last launch was July 8th.

Space Shuttle, Part 1 (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/05/2011 08:12 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The last launch launched July 8th. The fleet is now on displays at museums. In the first of a four part series, you'll hear from Shuttle Commander and central Illinois native Scott Altman about why it's time to shutter shuttle.

The Geography of Your Community -- Invasive Species (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/25/2011 08:00 PM
Run Time: 3:30
There are introduced species and there are invasive species. Some are beneficial and some are destructive. Learn the difference during GLT Science Show Uncommon Knowledge, partnering with the Illinois Geographic Alliance to celebrate the Geography Awareness Week 2011 theme "The Adventure in Your Community."

The Geography of Your Community -- Drainage Divides (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/21/2011 07:50 AM
Run Time: 3:30
You've probably heard of the Continental Divide. You'll also find smaller drainage divides in your community, directing water one direction or another. GLT's Uncommon Knowledge partners with the Illinois Geographic Alliance to celebrate the Geography Awareness Week 2011 theme "The Adventure in Your Community." Jay and Janet with the help of Jim Carter explain drainage divides.

The Geography of Your Community -- Veterans Parkway (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/14/2011 07:49 AM
Run Time: 3:30
Veteran's Parkway in Bloomington-Normal, IL is a former edge in the community, it's a throughway, it's a destination and it's a barrier. Learn more about the geography of roads as GLT's Uncommon Knowledge partners with the Illinois Geographic Alliance to celebrate the Geography Awareness Week 2011 theme "The Adventure in Your Community."

The Geography of Your Community -- McLean County Settlers (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/07/2011 07:41 AM
Run Time: 3:30
Early settlers had to find just the right spot to be successful. What would become McLean County and Bloomington, IL had just the perfect combination of attributes. GLT's Uncommon Knowledge partners with the Illinois Geographic Alliance to celebrate the Geography Awareness Week 2011 theme "The Adventure in Your Community" with a month long series.

Exponential Growth (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/24/2011 07:34 AM
Run Time: 5:30
It's fund drive time at WGLT. Your pledge helps pay for Uncommon Knowledge. But how much should you give. Jay and Janet have a warning about just how quickly your pledge can add up...even when you start out with just a penny. Listen for the episode after a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on before we start recording an episode of Uncommon Knowledge. Thanks for your support!

Mole Day (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/17/2011 11:11 AM
Run Time: 4:30
A mole is animal which burrows underground. It's a spot on your chin you have to shave around. It's also a unit of measurement. Jay and Janet celebrate Mole Day in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Compostable Plastics (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/23/2011 10:47 AM
Run Time: 4:30
You'd think a compostable, recyclable container would be both easy to compost and recycle. And you'd be wrong. Jay and Janet, with the help of the Ecology Action Center, explains.

Tenth Anniversaries (mp3)
Publish Date: 09/12/2011 07:51 AM
Run Time: 4:30
When it comes to milestones, 10 is more important than 9 or 11. Jay and Janet, with the help of an Assistant Professor of Developmental Math at Illinois State University have a simple explanation...as easy to understand as 1,2,3.

Dangerous Drinks (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/08/2011 08:31 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Mixed drinks or store bought pre-mixed drinks combining caffeine and other stimulants with alcohol have proven dangerous. Jay and Janet explain how the drinks pull the body in two different directions ending with a sometimes unfortunate result.

Space Shuttle, Part 4 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/11/2011 09:39 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The last space shuttle mission is underway and eventually all 4 orbiters will be grounded at museums. In the last part of a four part Uncommon Knowledge series on the shuttle, Jay and Janet ask shuttle commander Scott Altman "what’s next? What comes after the shuttle?"

Space Shuttle, Part 3 (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/04/2011 08:37 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The last Space Shuttle launch is scheduled for July 8th. None have taken off during rain or thunderstorms. That's because the shuttle and an airplane, which can fly in inclement weather, react very differently to lightning. Jay, Janet and Shuttle Commander Scott Altman explain.

Space Shuttle, Part 2 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/27/2011 08:51 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Space Shuttle pilots have an unflattering nickname for the orbiter. Shuttle Commander Scott Altman explains the nickname, along with the details and dynamics of landing a shuttle in part two of a four part series on the end of the shuttle program. The last launch is scheduled for July 8th.

Space Shuttle, Part 1 (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/20/2011 07:58 AM
Run Time: 4:30
The last launch is scheduled for July 8th. The fleet is being moved to museums. In the first of a four part series, you'll hear from Shuttle Commander and central Illinois native Scott Altman about why it's time to shutter shuttle.

Photosynthesis (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/13/2011 08:30 AM
Run Time: 4:30
From one kernel of corn, farmers get a big green plant producing thousands of kernels of corn. Jay and Janet explain how that's possible in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Weather VS Climate (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/09/2011 08:16 AM
Run Time: 4:30
A really hot summer or a winter "snowmageddon" is not evidence of global warming or climate change. Jay and Janet help explain the difference between weather and climate

Skunked! (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/02/2011 08:46 AM
Run Time: 4:30
A well known remedy to get rid of skunk smell might not help as much you expect. Jay and Janet have the truth about tomato juice eliminating skunk smell during this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Conditional Probability (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/28/2011 08:47 AM
Run Time: 4:30
You've tested positive for a disease. The chances you actually have the disease could have more to do with "conditional probability" than medical science. Jay and Janet explain in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

El Niño-La Niña (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/21/2011 07:52 AM
Run Time: 4:30
Weather in the southern Pacific can affect precipitation and temperatures in central Illinois. Jay and Janet explain the El Niño-La Niña phenomenon.

Predator House Cats (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/14/2011 08:50 AM
Run Time: 4:30
There's a killer lurking in your neighborhood and maybe even in your own backyard. In this episode from April of 2010, Jay and Janet explain the danger posed to the environment by the common house cat.

Photic Sneeze (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/07/2011 08:28 AM
Run Time: 3:00
A listener asked last week, "Why do I sneeze when I go into the sunlight?" We have the answer...from an episode first aired in April 2008.

Water Pollution, Part 3 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/31/2011 09:20 AM
Run Time: 3:00
One of the biggest sources of water pollution is runoff after a storm. But as Jay and Janet learn there are things Illinois State University is doing to naturally filter storm water.

Water Pollution, Part 2 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/24/2011 08:15 AM
Run Time: 3:00
It's getting harder to blame big business and industry for water pollution. In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet explain how to stop pollution at home.

Water Pollution, Part 1 (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/17/2011 08:53 AM
Run Time: 3:00
The problem of water pollution is solved? Well, not quite. Learn more in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Car Battery (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/10/2011 07:50 AM
Run Time: 3:00
Find out what the Hindenburg, the Challenger Space Shuttle and your car have in common. Jay and Janet explain if you're not careful, you could also face disaster.

Catching Cold (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/03/2011 01:10 PM
Run Time: 3:00
Cold season is finished. But as you know, you can catch a cold anytime of the year. In this episode from February 2010, Jay and Janet explain what causes the common cold, why it's probably called a "cold" and what you can do to avoid catching a cold.

2 Cold 2 Snow (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/27/2010 01:12 PM
Run Time: 3:00
Myth or truth? It can get so cold it can't snow. In this episode from last year, Jay and Janet help explain the meteorological truth.

Exoplanets-Kepler Telescope (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/07/2011 02:05 PM
Run Time: 3:30
The earth may be unique...but it is not the only planet in our galaxy. Astronomers are finding more and more thanks to an eye in the sky. Jay and Janet have the latest on the search for planets and what scientists have already found in this episode from August of 2010.

Exoplanets (mp3)
Publish Date: 12/20/2010 02:04 PM
Run Time: 3:00
For centuries, the only known planets were in our solar system. That's changing as astronomers find more and more planets orbiting distant stars. Jay and Janet have the latest on the planetary search in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge which first aired in August of 2010.

The Geography of Water -- Upstream Effects (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/22/2010 08:04 AM
Run Time: 4:00
We usually think of practices upstream having an effect downstream...but rivers are two way "streets" and what happens downstream can also have a big effect upstream. In part four of a month long series on water, GLT's Uncommon Knowledge celebrates Geography Awareness Week with the Illinois Geographic Alliance. Jay and Janet explain what happens downstream can have a big ecological and economic impact upstream.

The Geography of Water -- Reservoir Management (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/15/2010 08:27 AM
Run Time: 4:00
Life downstream of a reservoir is controlled in part by whoever is in charge upstream. In part three of a month long series on water, GLT's Uncommon Knowledge celebrates Geography Awareness Week with the Illinois Geographic Alliance. Jay and Janet explain the consequences and benefits of reservoirs.

The Geography of Water -- Who Owns Rain? (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/08/2010 07:13 AM
Run Time: 4:00
In some states, just because rain falls on your property doesn't mean the water belongs to you. In part two of a series on water, GLT's Uncommon Knowledge celebrates Geography Awareness Week with the Illinois Geographic Alliance, Jay and Janet skim the surface of...water rights.

The Geography of Water -- Desalination (mp3)
Publish Date: 11/01/2010 08:23 AM
Run Time: 4:00
The earth is practically covered with water, but without an expensive process, none of it is very useful. In the first part of a series on water, GLT's Uncommon Knowledge celebrates Geography Awareness Week with the Illinois Geographic Alliance, Jay and Janet explain the problems with desalination.

Mole Day (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/25/2010 10:56 AM
Run Time: 4:00
A mole is animal which burrows underground. It's a spot on your chin you have to shave around. It's also a unit of measurement. Jay and Janet celebrate Mole Day in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

The Cost of Money (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/11/2010 12:54 PM
Run Time: 4:00
Producing some coins in the U.S. cost more than the coin is worth. What's up with that? Jay and Janet explain.

Infinity Paradox (mp3)
Publish Date: 10/04/2010 12:54 PM
Run Time: 3:00
Infinity can be a difficult concept to grasp, especially when trying to count numbers to get "there." In this episode from last year, Jay and Janet and an ISU mathematician help explain a paradox associated with infinity

Exoplanets-Kepler Telescope (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/23/2010 07:10 AM
Run Time: 3:30
The earth may be unique...but it is not the only planet in our galaxy. Astronomers are finding more and more thanks to an eye in the sky. Jay and Janet have the latest on the search for planets and what scientists have already found.

Exoplanets (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/16/2010 12:19 PM
Run Time: 3:00
For centuries, the only known planets were in our solar system. That's changing as astronomers find more and more planets orbiting distant stars. Jay and Janet have the latest on the planetary search in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Smart Phone Viruses (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/09/2010 12:17 PM
Run Time: 3:00
No one is talking much about Smart Phone viruses. That could be because there hasn't been a big outbreak. Yet. Discover your risk and how to keep safe in this edition of GLT's Uncommon Knowledge. First broadcast in June 2010.

The Hangover (mp3)
Publish Date: 08/02/2010 12:17 PM
Run Time: 3:00
The morning after was famously (and hilariously) portrayed to the extreme in the recent movie "The Hangover." While the events are unlikely, the bodily effects are universal. Jay and Janet explain what's happening and what you can do to cure a hangover.

Pregnancy - Beauty Treatments (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/26/2010 08:27 AM
Run Time: 3:00
Sometimes that pregnancy "glow, " just isn't enough. But do you run the risk of harming your baby with beauty treatments? Jay and Janet have the answers in the final part of the Uncommon Knowledge series on pregnancy.

Pregnancy - Boy or Girl (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/16/2010 05:09 PM
Run Time: 3:00
You could always just look closely at an ultra-sound image to determine the gender of a baby before born. There are also all sorts of folksy ways that some swear by. It's part three of our series on pregnancy.

Pregnancy - "Dangers" of Lifting (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/12/2010 07:49 AM
Run Time: 3:00
There are restrictions on how much and how to lift objects while pregnant...but some of the most alarming warnings can be ignored as Jay and Janet explain in part two of our series on pregnancy.

Pregnancy - Heartburn and Hirsute Babies (mp3)
Publish Date: 07/05/2010 08:13 AM
Run Time: 3:00
Discover the correlation between heartburn symptoms and hairy newborns. It's the first part of a series on pregnancy myths.

World Cup Soccer (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/21/2010 08:17 AM
Run Time: 3:00
The world has World Cup soccer fever. During this episode of Uncommon Knowledge find out how the sport spread from humble beginnings to become the world's most popular spectator sport.

Smart Phone Viruses (mp3)
Publish Date: 06/14/2010 08:41 AM
Run Time: 3:00
No one is talking much about Smart Phone viruses. That could be because there hasn't been a big outbreak. Yet. Discover your risk and how to keep safe in this edition of GLT's Uncommon Knowledge.

Bats and Killer Fungus (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/24/2010 08:12 AM
Run Time: 3:00
Bats have plenty of starring roles in horror movies...but this time, the bats are the victims...and it's not a movie. Jay and Janet explain in the final part of our series about bats.

Bats and Insects (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/17/2010 08:41 AM
Run Time: 3:00
To control insects -- especially mosquitoes -- choosing bats over birds makes more sense. Jay and Janet explain why in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

The Hangover (mp3)
Publish Date: 05/10/2010 02:54 PM
Run Time: 3:00
The morning after was famously (and hilariously) portrayed to the extreme in the recent movie "The Hangover." While the events are unlikely, the bodily effects are universal. Jay and Janet explain what's happening and what you can do to cure a hangover. First broadcast in May 2010.

Catching Cold (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/26/2010 08:05 AM
Run Time: 3:00
Cold season is finished. But as you know, you can catch a cold anytime of the year. Listen as Jay and Janet explain what causes the common cold, why it's probably called a "cold" and what you can do to avoid catching a cold.

Encryption (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/12/2010 02:52 PM
Run Time: 3:00
The computer coded language of spies is more often used for everyday business, like accessing your bank account. Jay and Janet explain encryption in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Predator House Cats (mp3)
Publish Date: 04/05/2010 02:35 PM
Run Time: 4:30
There's a killer lurking in your neighborhood and maybe even in your own backyard. Jay and Janet explain the danger posed to the environment by the common house cat.

Super-Cooled Liquids (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/22/2010 02:30 PM
Run Time: 4:30
It's possible to cool water below the freezing point, but not form ice. With a little help from an ISU Chemistry Professor, Jay and Janet explain.

Super-Heated Liquids (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/15/2010 03:40 PM
Run Time: 4:30
It's possible to overheat liquids in the microwave and get burned when it "explodes." With a little help from an ISU Chemistry Professor, Jay and Janet explain.

Data Compression (mp3)
Publish Date: 03/01/2010 03:23 PM
Run Time: 3:00
Data compression sounds complicated...and in some cases it is. But you use it everyday with computer photos and music files on your mp3 player. Jay and Janet explain how it works.

Retrieving Fingerprints (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/22/2010 03:21 PM
Run Time: 3:00
The only thing harder than leaving a fingerprint is finding a useable one. In this episode first broadcast in September of 2009, Jay and Janet get to the bottom of all that fingerprint evidence in all of those CSI shows on TV.

Leaving Fingerprints (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/15/2010 05:51 PM
Run Time: 3:00
In this episode first broadcast in September of 2009, Jay and Janet get to the bottom of all that fingerprint evidence in all of those CSI shows on TV.

Catching Cold (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/08/2010 03:22 PM
Run Time: 3:00
Cold season isn't finished yet and as you know, you can catch a cold anytime of the year. Listen as Jay and Janet explain what causes the common cold, why it's probably called a "cold" and what you can do to avoid catching a cold.

Infinity Paradox (mp3)
Publish Date: 02/01/2010 03:21 PM
Run Time: 3:00
Infinity can be a difficult concept to grasp, especially when trying to count numbers to get "there." In this episode from October, Jay and Janet and an ISU mathematician help explain a paradox associated with infinity

Earth Tilt/Moon Formation (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/25/2010 02:50 PM
Run Time: 3:00
Jay and Janet answer a question from a podcast listener about why the earth is tilted. Oh...and how the moon formed. The answers are related.

The Four Color Theorem (mp3)
Publish Date: 01/18/2010 02:50 PM
Run Time: 3:00
From the title, you may be able to figure out the minimum number of colors for a map to ensure the same color states or countries don't touch. Jay and Janet share the story of the Four Color Theorem.

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