Ben Bowlin is a writer and host for, where he gets into any number of unusual and fascinating adventures. One of the best adventures - by far - is cohosting CarStuff, where he and Scott cover everything that flies, floats or drives. Although his favorite cars are Packards, he's intrigued by every vehicle he comes across, from the custom-built coaches of the past to the self-driving cars of the future. When he's not exploring all things automotive, Ben can usually be found writing, reading, dreaming up inventions or conducting experiments, usually related to pizza. In fact, if Scott and Ben did not host CarStuff, they would probably host a show about pizza.
Recent episodes featuring Ben Bowlin
The True True Detective
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
Nic Pizzolatto's "True Detective" series was one of the most highly-rated shows of 2014. The gritty, Southern Gothic-meets-Hardboiled Crime tale follows two deeply flawed detectives as their investigation into a ritualistic murder leads them into an intergenerational cult, a deadly conspiracy extending throughout Louisiana and beyond. Pizzolatto cited numerous sources of inspiration for this disturbing story -- but could "True Detective" be based on a genuine, real-life cult? Join the guys as they unravel the actual conspiracy -- the real Louisiana-based cult -- that may have inspired True Detective. Learn more about your ad-choices at
The Bizarre Capitulation of Stettin
Ridiculous History
When French General Antoine Lasalle first arrived at the Prussian-held city of Stettin in 1806, his odds of successfully capturing the community seemed laughably low -- Prussian Lieutenant General Friedrich Romberg had over 5,000 heavily-armed troops at his command, while Lasalle had less than 800 French soldiers. So how exactly did Lasalle convinced Romberg to not only surrender, but also cede his troops, arms and the fortress of Stettin overnight? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Smart Devices and Surveillance
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
If you're like more than 90% of Americans, you own a cellphone of some kind -- and it's no wonder. Like tablets or smart speakers, these handy devices are incredibly convenient, providing a universe's worth of knowledge at your fingertips... at a price. What exactly do your smart devices know about you, and where is all that information going? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
John Wilkes Booth's Brother Saved Abraham Lincoln's Son
Ridiculous History
Sometime in 1864 or 1865, Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln, had a close call with death in a subway station when he was saved at the last minute by an honest-to-God celebrity -- Edwin Booth, one of the most famous actors of the day. Neither man knew their fates would intersect in a much more tragic fashion shortly thereafter, when Edwin's brother, actor John Wilkes Booth, would assassinate Robert's father Abraham. Learn more about your ad-choices at
The 2019 Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger has been out of production (in the U.S., anyway) since 2011, and ever since it went away, Ford owners have wanted it to return. In 2019, they got their wish. But will the return of the Ford Ranger satisfy the needs of small pickup truck owners? Learn more about your ad-choices at
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