You Know What I've Been Wondering?
By Sarah Bedwell & Jane Bertelsen
A podcast where two roommates ask each other about all the things we should know about - but don't. You Know What I've Been Wondering? is a comedy, history, and culture podcast answering the questions you've always wanted to ask. What are the actual origins of astrology? Why is Kombucha so popular? Who are the Bird Truthers? You ask, we answer. This is the opposite of mansplaining.
Secretariat & Sunscreen
It's very hot outside - stay inside and listen to us instead! This week, Jane shares the story of racehorse Secretariat (and some Seabiscuit facts). Sarah explains why you should absolutely be wearing sunscreen all the time!
June 30, 2021
Australian Wildlife & Hart Island
Your weekly reminder that there are many things in the sea that can kill you, so swim with caution this summer, folks! Jane shares facts about some of Australia's most unique, and deadly, wildlife. Sarah explains the history of Hart Island and its significance in Queer History. We want to wish a happy Pride month to all our queer friends out there. Whether or not being out is an option for you, we hope you find a way to a life where you can be your most authentic self.
June 18, 2021
Madame Tussaud & Runes
Jane makes many bad rune puns in this. You have been warned! This week, Jane further explains who Madame Tussaud was (but there is the devastating absence of any heads in jars). Sarah explains where runes came from and their uses. We also discuss the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 in honor of its 100th anniversary.
June 3, 2021
Sesame Street & Traffic Laws
I guess this week we went for a street sign theme? Jane explains the development of Sesame Street. Sarah shares the history of traffic laws in the United States. Plus, a big chat about grief and loss in the middle.
May 26, 2021
May Day & JonBenet Ramsey
We did not intentionally rhyme our topics, we promise. This week, Jane explains the origins of May Day. Sarah discusses a popular theory on JonBenet Ramsey's murder. We also have a long chat on pop culture and gender. CW: violence against children, death, sexual assault.
May 13, 2021
Designated Survivors & The Draining of Niagara Falls
We missed you last week! If you are disgusted by bugs, maybe skip the first 20 minutes. This week, Jane explains how a designated survivor is chosen. Sarah tells the story of the 1969 drainage of Niagara Falls.
May 5, 2021
Imperial vs Metric System & The Great Emu War
Emus may be flightless but this episode is taking off! This week, Jane explains the developments of the imperial and metric systems. Sarah tells the story of the Great Emu War of Western Australia. If you see an emu in the wild, please do not approach.
April 21, 2021
Nutrition Science & The Hollow Earth
CW: dieting, food. Sarah apologizes for the weird scratching noises over her mic, not sure what was going on there, and overall we're just unhinged. But that's what makes it more fun! This week, Jane explains how we know the nutritional information of certain foods. Sarah explains the Hollow Earth conspiracy. We also play a game!
April 15, 2021
Chinese Exclusion Act & 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Anti-Asian Hate in this country is not new - in fact, it's foundational to our treatment of immigrants in this country. This week, Jane explains the Chinese Exclusion Act and its impact on immigration law. Sarah shares the story of the 442nd Infantry Regiment. Plus, a brief discussion of Georgia's new voting law.
April 7, 2021
Iditarod & Credit Scores
It's our 101 Dalmatians episode! This week, Jane discusses the Alaskan Iditarod and its origins. Sarah explains credit scores. And April Fool's, it's a day late! Sorry!
April 1, 2021
Larry Stylinson (Pt 2) & Artemisia Gentileschi: The Centennial Episode
Thank you so much for a startling ONE HUNDRED EPISODES! We're honored to have been providing useless information for two years. This week, Jane redeems herself on our favorite pop culture topic: Larry Stylinson. Sarah shares the story of her favorite Italian artist, Artemisia Gentileschi.
March 24, 2021
The Brooklyn Bridge & Women in Science
In honor of National Women's Month, we would like to highlight the accomplishments of women in STEM fields, including the woman that completed the Brooklyn Bridge! This week, Jane shares the tragic story that accompanies the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Sarah highlights some incredible female scientists from past and present. And, this is Episode 99! Thank you everyone who encouraged us. We're looking forward to next week's ONE HUNDREDTH episode!
March 17, 2021
The Lindbergh Baby & Forty-Seven Rōnin
This week's episode is filled with some characters and surprising shenanigans! Jane shares the often over-simplified story of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and Sarah explains the revenge of the forty-seven rōnin. Content warning for discussion of suicide and violence against children.
March 10, 2021
Free Britney Update & Marriage Customs
March hit me baby, one more time. This week, Jane gives an update on Britney Spears's conservatorship and we discuss the cancellation of Dr. Seuss. Sarah explains the evolution of marriage proposals and the institution of marriage worldwide. Content Warning: we do get into a discussion of child marriage, forced marriage, and sexual violence.
March 3, 2021
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster & La Guillotine
This week, Jane explains the surprising origins of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Sarah explains why the guillotine was created, and the ultimate impact of capital punishment. CW: Violence, death, suicide, brutality. For more information on the case against the death penalty, please visit the ACLU's or Amnesty International's website.
February 24, 2021
Serena and Venus Williams & Mermaids
This episode is not about a conspiracy theory that Serena and Venus Williams are mermaids, but if that is a conspiracy, please let us know! This week, Jane explains how Serena and Venus became two of the best athletes in the world. Sarah shares some lore about mermaids and how their legend all began.
February 17, 2021
Switched at Birth & Pyramids of Giza
Maybe the people who built the pyramids were switched at birth with aliens... but who's to say? This week, Jane shares some true, exciting, heartbreaking, and aggravating switched at birth tales. Sarah explains how the pyramids were built, and of course there's some conspiracy thrown in there.
February 10, 2021
Snowpiercer & Shifting
Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter, so it's time to get cozy and listen to another episode of You Know What I've Been Wondering? This week, Jane explains some of the science behind the show and film Snowpiercer. Sarah explains the TikTok trend shifting.
February 3, 2021
Malcolm X & Fake Celebrity Relationships
Where are we Wednesday? Still inside! While Jane learned about something useful this week (the life and legacy of Malcom X), Sarah descended into TikTok conspiracy chaos. Do you believe Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde are really together? On a more serious note, we hope everyone took some time last week on MLK Day and beyond to consider the role of Black activists in our past and present. May the legacy of Malcolm X empower you to future action!
January 27, 2021
Layers of the Earth & Norse Mythology
Let's talk about things that MIGHT NOT BE REAL! Sarah is only a little bitter as Jane discusses the theory of the Earth's layers. Sarah shares some Norse myths.
January 14, 2021
Chinese Zodiac & Meal Kits
It's nearly the year of the ox! Let's hope it brings more stability than the year of the rat. This week, Jane explains the origins of the Chinese Zodiac. Sarah discusses the economic impact of meal kits.
January 8, 2021
Protests in India & Pets with Disabilities
It's the last episode of 2020! We are not sorry to say goodbye to this crazy year. For our final episode this year, Jane explains why the largest protests in history are occurring in India at the moment. Sarah explains how cats and dogs perceive the world, and how you can help your disabled pet. Have a safe and healthy holiday everyone! We'll see you in January.
December 24, 2020
The Dairy Industry & Scientology (with Samantha Narciso)
Which is the bigger bad, the dairy industry or the Church of Scientology? That's not a call we're prepared to make since they're both EVIL! This week, we're joined by special guest and cult expert Samantha Narciso. Jane explains how different milks are made and ranks their environmental impact. Sam takes over explaining the origins of Scientology and Sarah has fun unpacking a conspiracy theory.
December 16, 2020
Anastasia & Yellowstone Zone of Death
Anastasia was probably murdered by the Bolsheviks, but we're in quarantine, and we're allowed to imagine that she wasn't. This week, Jane explains the myth surrounding the Grand Duchess Anastasia's "survival". Sarah actually learns what the Yellowstone Zone of Death is. Plus, two kids go on a joyride!
December 9, 2020
Yellowstone Volcano & The Bermuda Triangle
On this week's episode of YKWIBW? Jane does a terrible job of answering Sarah's question but does an excellent job scaring her. This week, Jane discusses the volcano at Yellowstone and what would happen should it erupt (which it could!) Sarah shares some Bermuda Triangle mysteries. Do you have a theory on what's going on in that patch of ocean?
December 3, 2020
Black Friday & Magicians
It’s called Black Friday magic, baby! This week Jane explains the origins of peak capitalism, Black Friday. Sarah shares the history of performing magic and kind of exposes a secret society? Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American listeners and remember to shop small this year and every year.
November 26, 2020
Native Land Acknowledgements
Happy Native American Heritage Month! As we near a holiday that "celebrates peace" between Native Americans and English colonists, we want to acknowledge the occupied land we live on and the people from whom it was stolen. In the real spirit of giving, please consider donating to programs that support indigenous communities and/or supporting Native American-owned stores this holiday season.
November 18, 2020
Pirates & Dream Interpretation
If you're dreaming about pirates, we cannot help you. But if you've ever wondered what real pirates were like and/or what your non-pirate dreams mean, we're here for you! This week, Jane discusses the real work of the pirates of the Caribbean. Sarah explains popular methods of dream interpretation and what they mean.
November 11, 2020
Scary Stories with Sarah and Jane
Happy Halloween! This week, we wanted to take a break from our regular research and facts to read you some creepypastas. Please enjoy this as an alternative to partying on Halloween and endangering your community! Stay safe out there.
October 29, 2020
Vlad the Impaler & Evidence of Ghosts
To be the person that inspired Dracula is a big legacy... does Vlad measure up? This week, Jane tells the story of Vlad the Impaler, a very metal medieval ruler. Sarah shares the little evidence that can prove ghosts exist, and importantly, how to know if you're being tricked!
October 21, 2020
Haunted Houses & Illuminati
Secret societies give me a fright! This week, Jane shares the history of haunted houses and Sarah explains who the real Illuminati were. Are Beyonce, Al Roker, and Eminem clones? We'll leave that up to you!
October 14, 2020
H.P. Lovecraft & Oktoberfest
How do we know H.P. Lovecraft was racist? He told us! This week, Jane talks about Lovecraft's legacy. Sarah talks about the biggest drinking party in the world, Oktoberfest. Less than one month until the US Election! Are you registered? Have you learned a bit about your local candidates?
October 7, 2020
Karmageddon & Yugoslavia
Happy International Podcasting Day! Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star have both been canceled, but more importantly, who canceled Yugoslavia? Jane and Sarah will answer!
September 30, 2020
Hong Kong & The 1619 Project
Freedom of speech is really important! This week, Jane discusses the challenges facing journalists in Hong Kong. Sarah explains what the 1619 Project is and why it makes Trump upset. Plus, who is Reference Man?
September 23, 2020
The Jamaican Bobsled Team & Rumspringa
We SLEIGH all day! This week, Jane tells the true story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team behind the 1993 classic film, Cool Runnings. Sarah explains the Amish tradition of Rumspringa. We also discuss the heatwaves and fires in California. To all our listeners in CA, make safe choices!
September 9, 2020
#FreeBritney & Madeleine McCann
It's our 75th episode! We have two surprise topics for you this week. First, Jane talks about the Free Britney movement (yes, as in Britney Spears). Sarah covers the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. If you have any information, please visit findmadeleine.com.
September 2, 2020
Lantern Flies & Sally Hemings
We're bugging out over here! This week, Jane talks about the invasive lantern flies - if you live in PA, prepare yourself. Sarah shares the story of Sally Hemings. Also, let's discuss why ACAB. Help charge the cops who shot Jacob Blake by signing this petition https://www.change.org/p/tony-evers-charge-the-cops-who-shot-jacob-blake and donate directly to the family here https://www.gofundme.com/f/justiceforjacobblake.
August 26, 2020
Stem Cells & Natalie Wood
Jane has returned! This week we finally present to you two controversial topics: stem cell research and the mysterious death of Natalie Wood. As Jane explains, stem cell research is causing some tension with the pro-lifers. Sarah shares the story of Natalie Wood's tragic and highly suspicious death in 1981.
August 19, 2020
What's Going On in Lebanon (featuring Taylor Hunsberger)
Please donate to help the citizens of Beirut at the following organizations: http://www.redcross.org.lb/index.aspx?pageid=907, https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lebanon-relief?utm_term=re7R78DA2, https://donate.humanity-inclusion.org.uk/give/beirut-explosion/, or do a quick Google and pick an organization for yourself. A special episode this week! Jane could unfortunately not join us for our scheduled topics, so Sarah takes some time to explain what's going on in Lebanon. She is joined by our friend Taylor! We'll be back next week with Stem Cells & Natalie Wood.
August 12, 2020
5 Minute Crafts & Refugee Camps during COVID-19
To provide assistance to the 79 million displaced people around the world, please go to help.rescue.org/donate. This week we bring you a truly odd pairing. While the beginning of this episode is light-hearted and fun, and includes a birthday celebration for our host Jane, we hope all of you stay to hear what refugees are facing in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, Jane explains the origins of 5 Minute Crafts. Sarah made a "Finish the Lyric" quiz for Jane's birthday featuring One Direction's strangest lyrics and we hope you play along! Sarah dives into the experience of refugees during a global pandemic.
August 5, 2020
Freedom Riders & The Glasses Monopoly
Dedicated in loving memory of John Lewis, may he Rest in Power. This week, Jane explains the goal of the Freedom Riders and their historic movement during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s. Sarah also exposes the monopoly driving up the price of eyewear. Plus, what's that cube in front of the sun everyone is talking about?
July 29, 2020
HMS Bounty & The 14th Amendment
There's nothing like some maritime drama to spice up your day. This week, Jane tells the story of the HMS Bounty and the mutiny that made it famous. Sarah explains the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and its legal implications today.
July 22, 2020
Hiroshima & Religious Hospitals
Welcome back to You Know What I've Been Wondering? This week, we get a little more serious. Jane explains how the US came to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. Then, Sarah shares the history of the relationship between religion and healthcare. Remember to keep thanking essential workers! We also have a bonus good news section.
July 15, 2020
Myers-Briggs & Hamilton
We know you waited for it, and now it's here - the digital release of Hamilton! Well, you know we love to ruin things people like. This week, Jane talks about the popular personality test Myers-Briggs. Sarah gives a short interlude featuring headlines from https://watchingamerica.com/ (check it out, Americans!) and then closes us out with a real look at Alexander Hamilton, the not-so-radical Founding Father. It is okay to find Hamilton entertaining and fun while acknowledging that our Founding Fathers were racist elitists!
July 8, 2020
NRA & Yakuza
What's a more legitimate organized criminal enterprise - the Yakuza or the NRA? We'll let you decide! This week, Jane shares the innocent beginnings of the NRA to their transformation to a Super PAC. Sarah explains who the Yakuza are and what they do on the other side of the Pacific. Plus, we discuss a treasure hunt!
July 1, 2020
Incels & The Confederacy
This week, we break down two systems: toxic masculinity and Southern Confederate pride. Jane explains "Incels" and their twisted logic. Sarah shares the history of the Confederate government, and why their statues are completely unnecessary. We continue to encourage our listeners to check out blacklivesmatter.com for resources. This pride month, we also want to encourage you to donate to organizations like The Okra Project, The Marsha P Johnson Institute, or any other organization helping black trans women.
June 24, 2020
Black Panthers & Pompeii
As we continue to fight for the safety and wellbeing of black people in America, we want the topics we're educating ourselves on each week to reflect the world around us. This week, Jane talks about the real, vital history of the Black Panther movement in America. For a quick archaeology break, Sarah covers the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.
June 17, 2020
In an effort to take a definitive stance against police brutality and to show our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, this week we are joining other podcasts in putting ourselves on mute. We encourage our listeners to instead tune into black voices and take the hour you would’ve spent listening to our show to educate yourself on the violence towards black bodies going on in this country.
June 10, 2020
Standardized Test & Convicts in Australia
To all our listeners out there, take a moment to check-in with yourself. These past few days millions of Americans have been at work to say loudly and clearly Black Lives Matter and push for effective change in our system that oppresses Black and Brown bodies. Thank you everyone who has donated to mutual aid funds, protested, called legislators, and signed petitions. Keep on doing the work and when you need a break, we're here for you. Go to https://blacklivesmatter.com/ for resources and ways to actively engage with this movement.
June 3, 2020
K-Pop & Romance Novels
Part two of the double feature! Tired of all that STEM talk? Let's chat arts & humanities. This week, Jane explains the history of K-Pop and their dreamy Idols. Sarah tells the history of romance novels and why they're significant, not just silly reads for girls!
May 27, 2020
Photography & Inventions of the Future
We have a special this week - it's two for one! Due to some strange technical difficulties, we did not release an episode last week. But we're back with a double feature! Part one of this feature includes the history and invention of photography, as told by Jane. Then Sarah shares some exciting inventions in the near future!
May 27, 2020
Veganism & Poland
In honor of Sarah's Polish ancestry, it's time to tear apart the political choices of past Polish leaders. Jane shares the short and fascinating history of vegan, then it's time for Sarah to get into the nitty-frustrating-gritty of Polish history. If you think America has problems, this might give you some perspective on that.
May 13, 2020
Movie Ratings & The Mongol Empire
Do you know what an Irish Stalemate is? Well, you will now! This week, Jane explains how movies got their ratings and Sarah explains how the Mongols got all that land. As a bonus, we also discuss the line of succession if Kim Jong-un dies. Thank you for listening each week and being a part of our quarantine! Stay safe out there.
May 6, 2020
Superheroes & The Spanish Flu
We all need a hero to stop COVID-19 right about now (maybe Dr. Fauci has some hidden powers?) This week, Jane explains the origins of superheroes and Sarah shares the history of the most deadly pandemic in modern history, 1918. Don't worry, we learned our lesson - sort of.
April 29, 2020
Stained Glass Windows & Chivalry
It's time to make a ruling: is chivalry dead? This week, Jane shares everything you need to know about stained glass. Sarah explains what chivalry really is and whether or not it is dead. As an added belated 4/20 bonus, we added some facts about marijuana legalization!
April 22, 2020
Facial Recognition & Mount Everest
What's scarier - the thought of being watched or being 5.5 miles above sea level? We're not sure! This week, Jane explains how facial recognition works, and just how many people have access to a scan of your face. Sarah explains what it takes to climb Mount Everest. The odds are certainly against us!
April 15, 2020
Denver Airport Conspiracy & The Mona Lisa
Losing track of the days? It's Wednesday! I know, we're surprised too. This week, Jane explains the Denver Airport Conspiracy. Could there really be a New World Order? Sarah tells the story of the Mona Lisa's infamous theft and just for some added fun, there are brain teasers!
April 8, 2020
Rosé & Bellevue Hospital
There's nothing like some wine talk to take your mind off of things! This week, Jane explains how rosé is made (because, if you're anything like us, wine is helping you through this mess.) Sarah shares the history of one of New York's most fascinating establishments, the Bellevue Hospital. A special thank you to all the healthcare workers and employees for other essential services: you are incredible and we love you.
April 1, 2020
Maritime Law & Soap
Stuck inside? It's the perfect time to learn something new! While everyone around the world is struggling to stay calm, we are here to tell you about things you probably didn't know anything about. This week, Jane explains Maritime Law, and what will happen if you commit a crime on a boat. Sarah shares the history of soap (which we should all be using frequently!) and the merits of soap vs. hand sanitizer. Have a safe week, everyone. Protect the people around you by staying indoors!
March 25, 2020
Hair Dye & Handedness
Well, folks, it happened - schools are closed and we're staying inside! Which means it's the perfect time to catch up on all the episodes of You Know What I've Been Wondering? This week, Jane explains the science behind hair dye. With all this free time on our hands, who knows what our hair color will be at the end of this! Sarah explains handedness (or hand dominance) and why we need it. As always, please make safe and healthy choices not only for yourself, but for the people around you. Wash your hands and practice social distancing. We will be back with new episodes for the duration of this crisis!
March 18, 2020
The Legend of Mulan & Pets
This may be our last post not in quarantine, so enjoy the sounds of freedom in our voice while we stockpile for the end of times. This week, Jane shares the original legend of Hua Mulan and Sarah explains how pets became domesticated. Everyone please stay safe, wash your hands, and don't be a jerk!
March 11, 2020
Color Constancy & Catherine de' Medici
We're thrilled to be celebrating 50 episodes this week! Thank you everyone for helping us reach this milestone. This week we present topics of our choosing. In honor of the 5 year anniversary of The Dress, Jane explains color constancy and other tricks our eyes pull on us. Sarah takes this time to discuss an important medieval figure, Catherine de' Medici.
March 4, 2020
Stonehenge & Mount Rushmore
You never knew there is so much to say about rocks, until now! This week, we discuss two very important, and controversial, rock structures. Jane explains some theories behind the existence of Stonehenge and Sarah tells the complicated political history of Mount Rushmore.
February 26, 2020
Obscure Presidents & The Academy Awards
Happy Presidents' Week! In honor of (most of) our presidents, this week Jane tells us about some little-known Commanders-in-Chief. As a follow up to last week's Academy Awards, Sarah explains the history and significance behind the most-watched award show!
February 19, 2020
The Goths & Vine to TikTok
No, not those goths. This week, Jane explains the historical relevance of The Goths - you know, the ones that harassed the Romans? Then, Sarah explains why Vine had to die and the incredible rise of TikTok. Plus, a bonus game in the middle where you can play along!
February 12, 2020
Valentine's Day & Enneagrams
It's the season of love! This week, Jane teaches us about Saint Valentine (all three of them!) and Sarah does yet another personality test.
February 5, 2020
American Football & Groundhog Day
The big day is almost here: February 2nd. In addition to the all-important Groundhog Day, this year's Superbowl will also take place on Sunday. So get your helmets on and your headphones in: we're gonna make sure you're prepared! This week, Jane explains where American Football came from and Sarah explains why we trust a Groundhog with weather decisions. This episode was recorded on Sunday, January 26th and in the midst of recording, Sarah received a notification that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died. Our reactions in the episode are the real thing, not re-enacted for dramatic effect, and at the time we were unaware of the total number of lives lost in the helicopter crash and who they were. We send our love to Kobe and Gianna Bryant's family, and to all the other families affected by this tragedy.
January 29, 2020
History of Lipstick & Sexism in Advertising
You know what we just love? The tools men use to manipulate women. JUST KIDDING! But for real, feminists: prepare to be angry. This week, Jane tells us about the history of lipstick. Spoiler alert: there's way more poisoning than expected. Then, Sarah digs into sexism in the advertising industry in the past and present. We love being women, but we don't love what the consumer industry is doing to us. If you like what you're hearing, don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes!
January 22, 2020
Marilyn Monroe & True Crime Inventions: Ex Post Facto
Welcome to Shark Tank! Did you know most things weren't invented until we needed them? This week, another conspiracy surrounding the death of a famous person: only this time it's Norma Jean herself. Trigger warnings for suicide. Sarah fails to find things invented as a result of crimes but invites you to play along with her new game "Name That Murderer!"
January 15, 2020
Y2K, Memes, and Princess Diana: What Do You Meme? (With Aran Abilock Clemmons)
Happy New Year! New year, new episodes of You Know What I’ve Been Wondering? This week, we’re starting the decade off with lots of fun, including a special guest! We are joined by friend and comedian Aran who covers a topic very dear to his heart, memes! But don’t worry, Jane still explains Y2K and Sarah speculates wildly on the mysterious death of Princess Diana. Happy 2020!
January 8, 2020
Kwanza & The 2010s (Pt 2): Wrapped Up
The final episode of the decade has arrived! This week, Jane explains Kwanza and corrects some common misconceptions about the celebration. Sarah continues her decade summary. We want to wish all of our listeners a happy holiday season, and a Happy New Year!
December 18, 2019
Antarctica & The 2010s (Part One): Checkin' Out The Poles
It's getting colder out there, so why not venture to the coldest place in the world? This week, Jane shares some information about the mysterious 7th continent, Antartica. Then, Sarah starts the first half of the decade wrap-up. What were your favorite media releases this decade? The decade summary will continue next week! Plus, have some fun and play along with our Christmas movie quote quiz. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
December 11, 2019
Science of Dreams & Hallmark Christmas Movies: The Snow Budget
You made it through Giving Tuesday, so it's time for YKWIBW Wednesday. Welcome back! Now stuffed with food, we're ready to get back to explaining things. This week, Jane teaches us about the science behind dreams and Sarah explains how Hallmark Christmas movies got to be so popular. Curl up with a blanket and hot chocolate, and get ready for some easy listening with this short episode this week! And afterword, you can watch some Hallmark channel. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
December 4, 2019
Flat Earthers & Keystone XL: The Science of 9 Year Olds
Think the Earth is round? Then you may have been brainwashed by NASA! This week, Jane and Sarah jump head first into science and disappointing humans. Going back to our conspiracy days, Jane explains the beliefs of the flat earthers. Sarah recaps what happened with the Keystone Pipeline and what's happening now. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
November 20, 2019
Vietnam Moratoriums & The Gunpowder Plot: Explosive Politics
Remember, remember... the 15th of November? This week, Jane explains the history behind the largest protest in US history (celebrating its 50 anniversary this week!) and we get into a short discussion on sneezes. Then, Sarah tells us why we remember the 5th of November. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
November 13, 2019
Roanoke & Movember: How To Lose A Colony In 3 Years
Happy November! Are you abstaining from shaving this month? Do you know why? Also, if you're looking for a Thanksgiving dinner discussion, make sure you remember to ask if your ancestors might have secretly been in the lost colony of Roanoke. This week, Jane tells us about why the story of Roanoke has developed some racist connotations and Sarah explains how Movember/No-Shave November came to be. It's a short episode, so there's no reason to miss it! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
November 6, 2019
Curses & All Hallow's Eve: Reverse The Curse
Happy All Hallow's Eve Eve! We're thrilled to present our last episode in the spooky season. This week, Jane tells us about some intense curses through the ages. Sarah explains the history behind All Hallow's Eve, so you can be fully prepared for a pop quiz while you trick-or-treat. Have a Happy Halloween! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
October 30, 2019
Fairies & Hometown Hauntings: The Spiritualism of Photographers
Not sure what your Halloween costume should be? Try fairies! This week, Jane discusses fairy lore and the Cottingley fairies. Sarah shares some scary stories from our hometowns. Spooky things are all around us! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
October 23, 2019
Wicca & Famous Witches: Look At All Of Those Wiccans!
We put a spell on you! This week, Jane explains the history and true practice of Wicca. Thank you, Wicca community, for caring about nature! Sarah tells several stories about famous witches - a few might even shock you! And as a bonus, how does Impeachment work? Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
October 16, 2019
Shakespeare & The Brothers Grimm: It's Hard To Be The Bard
We're getting literary (literally!) It's time to debate whether or not William Shakespeare really existed. This week, Jane shares some of the conspiracy theories surrounding The Bard's existence. Sarah tells the story of The Brothers Grimm and their stories. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
October 9, 2019
Molly Maguires & Feral Children: Are You My Mother?
Spooky Season is upon us! It's now October, Sarah's favorite month of the year, and even though it's still hot outside we're ready to curl up in a sweater and turn our podcast into a fireside chat. This week, Jane teaches a history lesson on the Molly Maguires. Spoiler alert, they're not a badass group of Irish women, but still worth learning about! Then, Sarah shares some stories about feral children (TW: child abuse). Additionally, we throw in some brand new sentences! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
October 2, 2019
Werewolves & Nicolas Flamel: What Harry Potter Skipped (with Laurel Reiter)
Surprise, it's Friday! We apologize for our late release this week - some technical difficulties got the better of us - but we are back and better than before! This week, we're covering what J.K. Rowling skipped. Our special guest Laurel tells use about some werewolf lore. Then, Sarah tells the true story of Nicolas Flamel. Did he really create the philosopher's stone? Listen to find out! Plus, ever wondered about ancient pornography? Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
September 27, 2019
Friday the 13th & Real Female Detectives: First Grade Graduates
We have officially entered spooky season! We hope you all made it through last Friday the 13th unscathed and are ready to do it again in December! This week, Jane talks about the superstition behind Friday the 13th. Sarah shares some stories about real female detectives. Anything men can do women can do better! We also might rank the scariness of some clowns. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
September 18, 2019
Twin Telepathy & Banksy: Double The Fun
It's Wednesday, my dudes! We hope you're not seeing double yet - unless you're an identical twin, that is. This week, Jane shares some fun facts and anecdotes about twin telepathy. Sarah speculates wildly on the identity of Banksy. Plus, ever wonder why everything is funnier when you're tired? We can tell you! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
September 11, 2019
Larry Stylinson & Timmothy Pitzen: We'll Just Wait It Out
We have loved One Direction since before we were 18! This week, Jane is back in NYC and Sarah is back from vacation, so we're ready to rock and roll. Jane explains the Larry Stylinson conspiracy theory, then Sarah takes us down a more serious road and tells the story of missing child, Timmothy Pitzen. We also have some discussions about spooning and hurricanes! If you are in an area affected by Hurricane Dorian, we hope you take the necessary safety precautions. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
September 4, 2019
Going Postal & Dolly Parton: The Offices Are Postal, The Music Is Country
It's the end of summer! Sarah is sunburnt on vacation, despite her well-wishes that she wouldn't be, and Jane has made it back to New York - but before all that happened, we recorded this episode! This week, Jane explains what it means to "go postal" and boy, we certainly hope it doesn't happen to any of you. Then, Sarah tells Dolly Parton's story from backwoods to Broadway. Also, what do you think of being under surveillance? We apologize for the odd sound quality this summer - this will be our last episode recorded through Skype! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
August 28, 2019
Amelia Earhart & The Titanic: The Dangers Of Crossing The Ocean
IT'S OUR 25TH EPISODE! As a way to pat ourselves on the back for all our hard work, we picked our topics this week! We're giving you two good reasons to never cross the ocean. First, Jane tells us all about Amelia Earhart - and her potential discovery? Sarah talks about her favorite maritime disaster, the sinking of the Titanic. As we reach the end of Leo season, we remind you to dream big - but not TOO big! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
August 21, 2019
Kale's Popularity & Brexit: I'll Have What Ireland's Having
If you thought you were getting a week without a conspiracy theory, then you were wrong! This week, Jane covers the story behind kale's popularity and its SHOCKING twist! Sarah explains Brexit as best and simply as she can. It's pretty much the worst game of deal or no deal ever. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
August 14, 2019
Heatwaves In Europe & Planet X: It's Too Darn Hot!
It's getting hot in Europe, so take out all of your recyclables and help save the planet! This week Jane tells us about the present and past heatwaves in Europe, their effects, and reminds us why they're happening (hint: Climate Change (not a Mandela Effect)). Sarah explains Planet X: both the astronomical history and the conspiracy theory! But when aren't we talking about a conspiracy theory at this point? We also take a moment to discuss the birth of a very important historical figure, our co-host, Jane. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
August 7, 2019
Atlantis & Area 51: A Conspiracy Inside A Conspiracy
When in Leo season, you layer on the conspiracy theories. Today we are coming at you with two hot takes: the lost city of Atlantis and the mysteries of Area 51. Jane reveals the REAL location of Atlantis and Sarah tells you everything you need to know before storming Area 51. Plus, we mix in some fun throwbacks to previous episodes. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
July 31, 2019
Earthquakes & Passports: The Fault in Our Crust
For those of you who live on the East Coast, we hope everyone safely made it through the heatwave and the many blackouts! This week, Sarah and Jane are celebrating the fact that they do not live along a fault line. Jane explains how San Francisco will break away one day - not really, but she does explain the science behind Earthquakes. Earthquakes make you nervous? That's what your passport's for! Sarah explains the history of passports and all of their significances. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
July 24, 2019
Electrolytes, Shopkins & GMOs: Fear of Random Acronyms (with Carissa Simmons)
It's electric-olytes! This week, we're joined by special guest Carissa Simmons. This episode ended being a confront on Capitalism... whoops! This week, Jane teaches Sarah what electrolytes are and why we (don't) need Gatorade! Carissa introduces us to Shopkins, a new toy sweeping the children's aisles. Sarah explains the pros and cons of the GMO industry, and answers the ultimate question: are they bad for you? Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
July 17, 2019
Numerology & The Function Of The Appendix: We're Number Nine!
Sarah's appendicitis scare. A squirrel on the fire escape. Jane's starring role in Scary School. It's all happening here on You Know What I've Been Wondering? This week, Jane gives Sarah the numerology reading of a lifetime (literally). Sarah explains the actual function of the appendix and the nonfunctions of some other organs! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
July 10, 2019
The Philippine American War & The Electoral College: The College That Doesn't Require Student Loans
Happy Filipino-American Friendship Day! What's that, you ask? Jane will tell you! Celebrate America's independence by recognizing its shady past! You can also celebrate by listening to Sarah explain how elections REALLY work so that you can be an informed voter in your state's primary (or caucus). Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
July 3, 2019
Gustave The Crocodile & JT Leroy: Winona Ryder's Biggest Mistake
We're in Maine! Sarah and Jane are deep into their vacation and invite you to enjoy this lovely episode in their absence. This week, Jane tells us all about the notorious serial killing crocodile, Gustave. Sarah covers the world famous literary hoax of JT Leroy. Two suspicious characters! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
June 26, 2019
The Black Knight Satellite & Dungeons and Dragons: The Chaotic Alignment of the B.S.K.
Okay, folks. Fasten your seatbelts. Make sure you are sitting down. This week, Jane unpacks perhaps our scariest conspiracy theory yet: The Black Knight Satellite. Then, Sarah tries not to offend any geeks with her dissection and description of Dungeons & Dragons. It's all nerdy, scary, and right here on You Know What I've Been Wondering? Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/YKWIBWpodcast
June 19, 2019
Famous Phrases & The Science of Attraction: Women Seeking Rebel Without A Cause
Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Take a break and listen to explain some phrases, and why many don't make sense! Want to know why we're attracted to people? Sarah can tell you! Head over heels for our content? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
June 12, 2019
History of Pride & History of Dating Apps: The Shot Glass Heard Around the World (with Leyton Cassidy)
Happy Pride Month! This week, we are joined by special guest Leyton Cassidy to learn about the history of Pride in America. Sarah also discusses the history of dating apps, including some more queer history! We want to acknowledge all of our listeners celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride this month and say thank you for listening! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
June 5, 2019
Manic Pixie Dream Girls & Neanderthals: Manic Pixie Dream Caveman (with Andy Hunter)
Update: male writers must be stopped. This week, Jane discusses the misogynist origins of Manic Pixie Dream Girls and SPECIAL GUEST ALERT! We are joined by Andy Hunter, who explains the differences between humans and neanderthals and speculates wildly with us about mermaids, unicorns, and elves! Plus, why aren't we buried upright? It's all here on YKWIBW. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast!
May 29, 2019
Ramadan & Les Miserables: No Loaves of Bread Here
Ramadan Mubarak! This week, Jane explains the meaning and traditions behind Ramadan. The ladies debate the manipulation behind flirting, then Sarah closes us out with the history behind Victor Hugo's opus, Les Misérables. It's May and time to discuss the June & July rebellions (but not in that order...) Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us on https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast
May 22, 2019
The Vietnam War & The Moon Landing: The Not-So-Stellar 1960s
TW: war, gun violence, abortion. History class is in session! Today, Jane and Sarah offer a lot of political opinion side dishes which pair delightfully with our two main courses, the Vietnam War and the Moon Landing conspiracy. You have been warned: we talk about some dark stuff this episode so be prepared with a fresh cup of coffee, or, if you're not driving, a large glass of wine! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us on https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast
May 15, 2019
Anne of Cleves & Judith Alice Clark: Divorce Her? I Hardly Knew Her!
Take two! The rumors are true: Sarah did accidentally delete the first take of this episode and the duo had to record it again. We bring you the new and improved Episode 10, where Jane gets even better at telling you the story of Anne of Cleves and Sarah rants harder about Judith Alice Clark. These two ladies are forces to be reckoned with, so it's a perfect pre-Mother's Day podcast treat! Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us on https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast
May 8, 2019
The Mandela Effect & The Science Behind Climate Change: No, Climate Change Is Not A Mandela Effect
Happy (Belated) Earth Day! This week Jane gets into your brain and makes you question everything you ever knew: it's the Mandela Effect! Sarah critiques the United States's environmental policies and gets into the history of climate change. Yes, it's real. Like what you're hearing? Consider donating to us on https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast.
May 1, 2019
Arthurian Legend & The Trojan War: Gods, Men, And A Lot of Rocks
This week, Jane and Sarah attempt to be better historians than Geoffrey of Monmouth. Who's that? Listen to find out! Jane reads some good ol' Arthurian legend and Sarah explains the real story behind the Trojan War. It's some myth and legend, some history, and a lot of discussion about rock formations. Like what you’re hearing? Consider donating to us on Patreon at patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast.
April 24, 2019
Trump's Vacations & The Hindenburg: Hydrogen Does Not Spark Joy
It’s week 7 and we’re recording on a Thursday. We’re tired, we’ve had wine, and we’re ready to complain. This week, Jane explains exactly how much Trump spends on his golfing trips and Sarah tells the not so fun story of the Hindenburg. It’s a serious one, folks. Like what you’re hearing? Consider donating to us on Patreon at patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast.
April 17, 2019
History of Tattoos & Bird Truthers: Better Cover Up Your Bird Tattoo
It's Wednesday, and right about now you're probably wondering where do tattoos come from? Is that bird real? Well, Jane and Sarah are prepared to tell you both of those things. In this week's episode, Jane rediscovers her passion for World History and unfolds the long history of tattooing (and more terrible colonialism). Sarah unpacks the Bird Truther conspiracy - and explains why birds are definitely drones out to get us. Just kidding. Or am I? Like what you're hearing? Subscribe, like us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and consider donating to us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast
April 10, 2019
British Accents & Crop Circles: The Alien Language (with Philippa Roberts)
Happy April! We invite you to read this description in as many accents as you so choose. Jane and Sarah are joined by British-American with ambiguous backstory Philippa Roberts. This week, Philippa roasts Sarah, Jane roasts Philippa, and Sarah roasts Canadian's powdered milk. Jane uncovers the truth behind British accents (and the lasting effects of colonialism) and Sarah bursts your bubble about aliens. Like what you're hearing? Subscribe, like us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and consider donating to us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast
April 3, 2019
ASMR & The History of Eyeshadow: Not Your Make-Up ASMR-tist
Jane just saw Wicked and has channeled that inspiration into a bold eye look. Sarah dealt with an unwelcome visitor this week is ready to learn some more about science. It's Episode 4, and we're ready to appease ALL the senses today. Jane discusses the science of ASMR and discovers how little education you need to lead a movement. Sarah unlocks the secrets of Ancient Egypt - spoiler alert, it's bold eyeshadow. Does ASMR affect Sarah? What eyeshadow color is best for Jane? You'll find out! Like what you're hearing? Subscribe, like us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and consider donating to us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast
March 27, 2019
Crystals & Spirit Animals: Why Amethyst Is Not Your Spirit Animal
Our trio of opening episodes is now complete! Episode 3 is here and Jane and Sarah are ready to continue their first week of podcasting with some more (kinda fun) facts. Jane is STILL sick and Sarah can't seem to secure a debit card. Today, Jane discusses the history and usage of crystals as another NON-substitute for medical attention. Sarah dives into the term "spirit animal" and why you shouldn't use it! Like what you're hearing? Subscribe, like us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and consider donating to us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast.
March 25, 2019
Kombucha & Middle Names: The Kombucha ( ) Culture
Amazon Prime Now has delivered the Kombucha and we're ready to rock and roll. Things get kinda gross when Jane covers the history and science of Kombucha. Sarah discovers that sometimes middle names are hilarious and not as useless as we all thought. Like what you're hearing? Considering donating to us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast.
March 22, 2019
Astrology & Tarot Cards: How Mercury Caused The Great Depression
We're live, baby! Your two favorite Brooklyn roommates Sarah & Jane are here and releasing a podcast, brought to you right out of Sarah's bedroom. You Know What I've Been Wondering? is a comedy and culture podcast answering some of life's craziest questions. Why is it illegal to use footage of Parliament in comedy shows? What are the actual origins of astrology? Why is everyone angry at that one guy? You ask, we answer. This is the opposite of mansplaining. HAPPY HUFFLEPUFF PRIDE DAY!Jane explains the history of astrology and drags their Leo sensibilities just a little bit; Sarah dives into the history of Tarot cards and uncovers another French conspiracy theory. Like what you're hearing? Considering donating to us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/ykwibwpodcast.
March 20, 2019