We Fact Up
Young people Hannah, Redd and Dave recall us to time when you couldn't immediately Google the thing you wanted to know, but had to speculate, however patchy your general knowledge or powers of reasoning, until you had a chance to, you know, get to the library or whatever. One question from a listener is put forward in each episode - Who invented the high five? Why do men and women's shirts button up differently? How long could you survive in space without a suit? - and the three muse on what the answer could be before looking it up (and, unsurprisingly, it's often wildly different from the theories put forward). Amusing, and admirably restrained at only 15 or so minutes per episode.
Gateway episodes: Who was Murphy in Murphy's Law? (17 Jan 2016) / How did they put an ear on a mouse? (8 Feb 2016) / Why did the CIA put batteries in cats? (27 Sep 2015)