The Good Stuff

Join Craig Benzine as he scours the depths of the universe and the recesses of the inner mind on a never-ending quest for The Good Stuff.

  • Is the Universe a Hologram? | The Good Stuff

    Leonard Susskind, the bad boy of physics, believes our reality is much stranger than it appears to be: Life and the universe may be a holographic projection. Is the universe a hologram? Is reality an illusion? Will we ever be able to comprehend the vastness of outer space?

    Grades: 9-12
  • James Randi Vs. The Supernatural | The Good Stuff

    The Amazing James Randi uses his knowledge of magic to expose the supernatural, and he wants to give you a million dollars! What is Randi's million-dollar challenge? How did Randi expose Uri Geller? Find out in this episode.

    Grades: 9-12
  • How Hackers Are Making the World Safer | The Good Stuff

    Is hacking good or bad? Can hackers make us safer? In this episode, we talk to two good hackers who find the flaws in products before the bad guys do.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Why We Should Be Urban Farming | The Good Stuff

    We are running out of space for farmland and a third of all food that is produced is wasted. Ken Dunn has been called the greenest man in Chicago and he's on a crusade to turn our food waste into productive farmland-right in the middle of the city.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Why You Should Eat Bugs | The Good Stuff

    Bugs are one of the most plentiful sources of protein on our planet, and they could make up a significant portion of our diet. In this episode, host Craig Benzine taste-tests some bug dishes and learns about the benefits of eating our six-legged friends. Should you be eating bugs? Is eating bugs better for the environment? Are bugs good for us?

    Grades: 6-12
  • Can We Make Meat Out of Plants? | The Good Stuff

    Host Craig Benzine checks out the company Beyond Meat, where they are perfecting a process to create burgers, chicken, and even raw beef directly from plants. Could it help the environment? Is livestock hurting the environment? Find out in this episode.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Will Machines Take Over the World? | The Good Stuff

    Hosts Craig and Matt explore the consequences of machine intelligence and its implications for the future of humanity. Will machines take over the world? What is singularity and when will it happen?

    Grades: 9-12
  • Innovative Robots That Will Make Our Lives Better | The Good Stuff

    In this episode, we go to Carnegie Mellon University and take a look at some of the latest and strangest robots that will help improve our lives and beat us at soccer!

    Grades: 6-12
  • A History of Robots | The Good Stuff

    Hosts Craig and Matt look at the surprisingly long history of robots, from ancient times to the renaissance and the industrial revolution. We contemplate what it means to be a machine. Is the universe a machine? Are we machines?

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why Do We Dream? | The Good Stuff

    Does dreaming have a purpose? In this episode, host Craig Benzine goes deep into his subconscious to find the answer to why we dream. Do dreams mean anything? What happens in our brain when we dream?

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why Do We Sleep? | The Good Stuff

    In this episode, we look at how humans and animals sleep and try to figure out the science behind why we spend a third of our lives asleep. Why do we do it? How do animals like sharks and dolphins sleep? Do Animals dream?

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Science Changed Sleep Forever | The Good Stuff

    Craig talks with the father of sleep medicine, William C. Dement, about the discovery of REM sleep, its connection to dreaming, and how that breakthrough revolutionized the science of sleep. What is REM Sleep? What are the different sleep stages? What is sleep science? What is sleep medicine? How do we dream?

    Grades: 6-12
  • Earthships: Living Off the Grid | The Good Stuff

    An Earthship is a home that captures its own water, recycles its own sewage, and produces its own electricity and food. Earthships are meant to function completely independent of the power grid and infrastructure. Do we need the grid? Can we live off the grid? Find out in this episode.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Why We Need a Revolution in Energy Storage | The Good Stuff

    If we ever want to get off fossil fuels and start using renewable energy, we're going to need a revolution in energy storage. That means batteries: bigger, stronger, and better. In this episode, we earn about the latest technology and research in clean energy production.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What Is the Power Grid? | The Good Stuff

    Joe Hanson from It's Okay To Be Smart gives Craig the rundown on energy and the electrical grid. Where does our electricity come from? How are fossil fuels formed? What is the largest machine in the world?

    Grades: 7-12
  • Can We Make a Pet Dinosaur? | The Good Stuff

    Can Dinosaurs be brought back from extinction? Would a Dinosaur make a good pet? Renowned Paleontologist and Jurassic World adviser Jack Horner seems to think so. It turns out that the key to reviving these long gone creatures might be hiding in the DNA of their living relatives: birds.

    Grades: 6-12