Maria Montero

The podcast "Things you have to know" a billion has been downloaded …

Things You Should Know, The Explanation Podcast hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant (pictured top left), has now surpassed 1 billion total downloads.

The podcast is published by How Stuff Works / Stuff Media, which was acquired by iHeartMedia last fall. The company says this is the first podcast to cross the threshold of billions of downloads. (Publishers, including Stuff Media, have reached that number on all of their titles, but if any individual podcasts hit that milestone before, they have been silent about it.)

How big is this achievement in the broader podcast landscape? Well, Apple announced last year that everybody The podcast content on iTunes and the Podcasts app had been downloaded and streamed a total of 50 billion times.

While Stuff You Should Know remains one of the most popular podcasts, iHeartMedia declined to provide download numbers for individual episodes, but said the show has averaged 30 million downloads per month; it also has the advantage of deep archiving and an advantage over many other high-profile series. In fact, it was first released in April 2008 and has subsequently published over 1,000 episodes, with recent segments covering everything from airbags to the Spanish flu and attempted assassinations of Adolf Hitler.

The podcast was also adapted into a television show that aired for a season on the Science Channel.

In a statement, Clark said:

“Things You Should Know” was born out of a curiosity that Chuck and I have about everything. We are not experts on any of the topics that we discuss on the show, we are just good at talking about what we have discovered and I think that makes the podcast accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Reaching 1 billion downloads has really validated what we’ve built in the last 10 years and is also excited for the next 10. It’s an amazing milestone for us and we are grateful to all the listeners around the world who helped increase that number.