New York’s Controversial Skyscraper Prisons – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. New York City is halfway through a multi-year plan to construct four new jails – one each in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens. These jails will, in theory, substantially decrease the overall incarcerated population and allow the city to close the most notorious prison in the United States: Riker’s…

How the 40-Hour Week Conquered Global Work – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Eight hours per day, five days per week. This is the working schedule around which labor activists rallied in the 19th and 20th centuries. Less than a century after the Fair Labor Standard Act codified the 40-hour week in the United States, however, the schedule has lost its luster. In a tight labor…

Why Airlines Are Swapping Planes For Buses – Need2Know

From Cheddar. American Airlines recently announced a deal with bus company Landline, with plans to sub shorter flights with bus rides. It’s a growing trend across the airline industry. So next time you book a flight, know that you might actually end up on a bus instead. Here’s what you need to know. Tune into…

Car Crash Tests Have A Major Flaw – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. In February 2022, over 65 congressional members sent a letter to Secretary Buttigieg and the Department of Transportation urging the agency to update certain safety standards when it comes to crash testing. So, what exactly are advocates calling for and why do they say our crash tests need a major update? Further reading:…

Why Egg Prices Are Skyrocketing – Need2Know

From Cheddar. In November, an average carton of a dozen eggs might have cost you around one dollar, but now it’s hovering around three dollars. Egg prices have tripled since then and show no signs of slowing down. Here’s what you need to know. Tune into Wake Up with Cheddar weekdays at 7am eastern for…

How To Trace “Untraceable” Ghost Guns – Need2Know

From Cheddar. On Monday, President Biden announced a new rule that aims to halt the rise of ghost guns. Ghost guns are privately made firearms that are not marked with a serial number and are difficult for law enforcement to trace when used to commit a crime. This is how the President plans to trace…

Why American License Plates Are Such A Mess – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. As of 2020, there were some 270 million registered vehicles in the United States, each one adorned with a mandatory license plate or two. And while plates appear standardized within states, when you zoom out to the whole country, the system get well, downright chaotic. European plates vary by country, but look similar.…

How Tesla Outsmarted The Chip Shortage – Need2Know

From Cheddar. Tesla delivered over 300,000 vehicles in the first quarter of 2022. That’s up around 68% from the same period in 2021. While other automakers are struggling to meet demand, Tesla is beating the odds…at least for now. Here’s what you Need2Know. Tune into Wake Up with Cheddar weekdays at 7am eastern for more…

How America Got Hooked On Artificial Sweeteners – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Walk into any coffee shop or diner and you’ll spot packets of Sweet ‘n’ Low, Equal, or Splenda sweet right away. And, if you’re someone who uses these sweeteners, you’re not alone. In 2020 alone, 141 million Americans used sugar substitutes. They’re attractively marketed with little to no calories, claims of no weight…

Why American Gas Stations Are Turning Into Supermarkets – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. American gas stations are massive and only getting bigger. That’s because most chains like Wawa, Sheetz, and Buc-ee’s sell way more than just gas. So when and why did gas stations change from single-pump service garages to supersized, all-in-one travel hubs? Further Reading: The Hustle https://thehustle.co/why-most-gas-stations-dont-make-money-from-selling-gas/ Detroit Free Press https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2019/01/31/gas-stations-go-upscale-craft-beer-wine-carry-out-meals/2677920002/ CBS News https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-american-convenience-store-turns-50/…

How Much Plastic Is Really In Our Bodies? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Plastic has become the face of global pollution. To date, humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of it. Once discarded, plastic doesn’t biodegrade. Instead, it fragments into microplastics smaller than the size of a sesame seed and further into nanoplastics. These tiny particles of plastic end up everywhere, deep in the ice…

Inflation Explained…With Candy – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. With ongoing supply chain issues and war in Ukraine, inflation is likely here to stay. This is the first time many younger people will experience consistent inflation as working adults, so this video breaks it down using candy (for fun!). Pedantic Nuance: US Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/cpi/ The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/11/28/business/economy/high-inflation-millennials.html…

Why NYC Is Reinventing Its Parks – NYC Revealed

From Cheddar. New York City might be known as the concrete jungle, but its parks have been an ever-present part of this bustling metropolis from the beginning. The city’s 30,000 acres of parks serve as an escape for New Yorkers and serve the city itself in many unseen ways. Watch 13 minute versions here on…

Lie Detectors: The Real Reason They’re Used – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Lie detectors don’t work. In fact, the science behind them has been increasingly scrutinized since their inception. But they’re still being used in high-stakes scenarios with real consequences. So, if lie detectors don’t actually work, why do we still use them? Further reading: BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22467640 CNN https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/21/health/lie-detector-facts-accuracy/index.html Futurism https://futurism.com/polygraphs-do-not-work-why-do-we-still-use-them Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/nn.4426 Vox https://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/5999119/polygraphs-lie-detectors-do-they-work…

How Ski Jumpers Keep Flying Farther – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Every few years, the Olympics roll around to prove that, yes, the world’s best athletes can jump farther, swim faster, and generally crush records that would’ve been impossible just a few decades ago. Take ski jumping – the world record has increased by well over 200 meters in fewer than 100 years. Responsible…

Why New York Has So Many Rats – NYC Revealed

From Cheddar. New York has long been known as one of the rattiest cities in America with some estimating close to 2 million rodents roam its streets. Both city workers and residents have been waging a never-ending battle against these four-legged fiends. Here is how New York City rats out its rodents. Watch 13 minute…

Why All Apps Look Suddenly The Same – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. The world of mobile app design is changing quickly, and it’s farewell to color, quirks and exotic fonts. Gather one and all, for a new age of app interfaces has arrived right under our noses, with simplicity being the style of choice. With nearly 3 million apps available on Google Play Store, and…

Acid Rain And The Sneaky Policy That “Solved” It – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Anyone who remembers the 70s and 80s will probably remember acid rain. Industrial emissions acidified precipitation around the globe, which killed forests and crops, rendered lakes inhospitable, corroded buildings, and exacerbated human health problems. But anyone who follows environmental news will be surprised to learn this: we solved it! Countries came together to…