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Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular myths and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. Free subscribers get the most recent 50 episodes, premium subscribers (skepto...Show More
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Skeptoid #678: What the Feedback

0:00 | Jun 4th

More updates and additional information for some recent Skeptoid episodes.
Skeptoid #677: 5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty?

0:00 | May 28th

An examination of the claims that 5G cell phone data service is potentially harmful to life.
Skeptoid #676: Glyphosate and Behavioral Economics

0:00 | May 21st

How misinformation spread over one of the safest herbicides becoming known as one of the most harmful.
The shrink Next Door podcast preview

0:00 | May 21st

A preview of the new podcast The Shrink Next Door from Wondery, with host Joe Nocera.
Skeptoid #675: Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien

0:00 | May 14th

Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.
Skeptoid #674: Student Questions: Drinking Urine and Studying to Music

0:00 | May 7th

Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
Skeptoid #673: Yamashita's Gold

0:00 | Apr 30th

The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.
Skeptoid #672: Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death

0:00 | Apr 23rd

Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?
Skeptoid #671: China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic

0:00 | Apr 16th

Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.
Skeptoid #670: Wrong Does Not Cease to be Wrong

0:00 | Apr 9th

The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.
Skeptoid #669: Pop Quiz: History and Pseudohistory

0:00 | Apr 2nd

Test your knowledge on these subjects, all covered by Skeptoid, on false history claims.
Skeptoid #668: A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit

0:00 | Mar 26th

How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.
Skeptoid Premium Member Live Chat

0:00 | Mar 22nd

Announcing the first of our Skeptoid live streaming video chats! March 27, 2019
Skeptoid #667: All About Atlantis

0:00 | Mar 19th

For centuries, alternative history fans have been denying Plato's intent and trying to frame Atlantis as a real island.
Skeptoid #666: The Historicity of Jesus Christ

0:00 | Mar 12th

A review of the evidence for and against the life of Jesus of Nazareth as a real living man.
Skeptoid #665: Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods

0:00 | Mar 5th

The nature of the problem of ocean plastics, and the best solution, may both come as surprises.
Skeptoid #664: The Keto Diet

0:00 | Feb 26th

It's the latest fad diet, and people are trying it for just about any benefit you can think of.
Skeptoid #663: Pop Quiz: Urban Legends

0:00 | Feb 19th

Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them.
One Plus One podcast preview

0:00 | Feb 18th

A special preview of the new podcast "One Plus One" from Wondery.
Skeptoid #662: Vaccine Denial: Failure Mode Analysis

0:00 | Feb 12th

The surprising history of how medical science's greatest success has become vilified by so many people.
Skeptoid #661: Rapping with the Fox Sisters

0:00 | Feb 5th

Myth and mystery surrounds the sisters said to have founded the modern spiritualism industry.
Skeptoid #660: Feedback and Followups

0:00 | Jan 29th

A handful of updates to past Skeptoid episodes... eyebrow raising to say the least.
Skeptoid #659: Killing Castro

0:00 | Jan 22nd

It's proven the CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but the number of claimed attempts differs wildly.
Skeptoid #658: Ong's Hat

0:00 | Jan 15th

An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension.
Skeptoid #657: Illuminating the Illuminati

0:00 | Jan 8th

The surprisingly humble beginnings and even more surprising modern rebirth of the Illuminati.
Skeptoid #657: Illuminating the Illuminati

0:00 | Jan 8th

The surprisingly humble beginnings and even more surprising modern rebirth of the Illuminati.
Skeptoid #656: And Bigfoot Said...

0:00 | Jan 1st

We compare vocalizations attributed to Bigfoot with the sounds of real animals known to be in the area.
Skeptoid #656: And Bigfoot Said...

0:00 | Jan 1st

We compare vocalizations attributed to Bigfoot with the sounds of real animals known to be in the area.
Skeptoid #655: Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty

0:00 | Dec 25th, 2018

There are things we don't know about Stonehenge, but does that mean we know nothing at all?
Skeptoid #655: Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty

0:00 | Dec 25th, 2018

There are things we don't know about Stonehenge, but does that mean we know nothing at all?
Skeptoid #654: Pop Quiz: Consumer Ripoffs

0:00 | Dec 18th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on consumer ripoffs.
Skeptoid #654: Pop Quiz: Consumer Ripoffs

0:00 | Dec 18th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on consumer ripoffs.
Special Request

0:00 | Dec 14th, 2018

In which I make the biggest ask of you ever.
Special Request

0:00 | Dec 14th, 2018

In which I make the biggest ask of you ever.
Skeptoid #653: The Great Kentucky Meat Shower

0:00 | Dec 11th, 2018

A rain of meat is said to have fallen in rural Kentucky one day in 1876.
Skeptoid #653: The Great Kentucky Meat Shower

0:00 | Dec 11th, 2018

A rain of meat is said to have fallen in rural Kentucky one day in 1876.
Skeptoid #652: The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident

0:00 | Dec 4th, 2018

The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.
Skeptoid #652: The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident

0:00 | Dec 4th, 2018

The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.
Skeptoid #651: The Electric Universe Theory

0:00 | Nov 27th, 2018

Some believe that everything we know about the universe is wrong — and it's all electric.
Skeptoid #651: The Electric Universe Theory

0:00 | Nov 27th, 2018

Some believe that everything we know about the universe is wrong — and it's all electric.
Skeptoid #650: I Believe

0:00 | Nov 20th, 2018

Your beliefs are fallible and can fool you. Be willing to change your mind based on new information.
Skeptoid #650: I Believe

0:00 | Nov 20th, 2018

Your beliefs are fallible and can fool you. Be willing to change your mind based on new information.
Skeptoid #649: George Soros Conspiracy Theories

0:00 | Nov 13th, 2018

George Soros remains the focus of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Skeptoid #649: George Soros Conspiracy Theories

0:00 | Nov 13th, 2018

George Soros remains the focus of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Skeptoid #648: Pop Quiz: Aliens and UFOs

0:00 | Nov 6th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on aliens and UFOs.
Skeptoid #648: Pop Quiz: Aliens and UFOs

0:00 | Nov 6th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on aliens and UFOs.
Skeptoid #647: All About Mindfulness

0:00 | Oct 30th, 2018

An examination of this super-trendy meditation technique to see whether it lives up to the hype.
Skeptoid #647: All About Mindfulness

0:00 | Oct 30th, 2018

An examination of this super-trendy meditation technique to see whether it lives up to the hype.
Skeptoid #646: Animal Earthquake Prediction

0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Many people believe animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. The facts tell a different story.
Skeptoid #646: Animal Earthquake Prediction

0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Many people believe animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. The facts tell a different story.
Skeptoid #645: Pop Quiz: Ancient Mysteries

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on ancient mysteries.
Skeptoid #645: Pop Quiz: Ancient Mysteries

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on ancient mysteries.
Skeptoid #644: Parts Unknown: Foreign Conspiracy Theories

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2018

A roundup of conspiracy theories from various countries all around the world.
Skeptoid #644: Parts Unknown: Foreign Conspiracy Theories

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2018

A roundup of conspiracy theories from various countries all around the world.
Skeptoid #643: The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Some believe these stone structures in New England to be evidence of ancient cultures.
Skeptoid #643: The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Some believe these stone structures in New England to be evidence of ancient cultures.
Skeptoid #642: Pop Quiz: Cryptozoology!

0:00 | Sep 25th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on cryptozoology.
Skeptoid #642: Pop Quiz: Cryptozoology!

0:00 | Sep 25th, 2018

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on cryptozoology.
Skeptoid #641: Alternative Veterinary Medicine

0:00 | Sep 18th, 2018

Even in the 21st century, vets and pet owners are turning to prescientific, magic-based medical care.
Skeptoid #641: Alternative Veterinary Medicine

0:00 | Sep 18th, 2018

Even in the 21st century, vets and pet owners are turning to prescientific, magic-based medical care.
Skeptoid #640: Draining the Baghdad Battery

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Many people believe this ancient scroll container was actually an early type of battery.
Skeptoid #640: Draining the Baghdad Battery

0:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Many people believe this ancient scroll container was actually an early type of battery.
Skeptoid #639: An Exorbitance of Emendations

0:00 | Sep 4th, 2018

Once again, Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in previous episodes.
Skeptoid #639: An Exorbitance of Emendations

0:00 | Sep 4th, 2018

Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episode, including one that will irradiate you.
Skeptoid #638: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 2

0:00 | Aug 28th, 2018

We break down the evidence for this alleged cave claimed to contain alien wonders.
Skeptoid #638: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 2

0:00 | Aug 28th, 2018

A closer look at how bad the evidence is that a cave exists filled with golden alien wonders.
Skeptoid #637: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 1

0:00 | Aug 21st, 2018

This cave in Ecuador is said to hide a vast advanced library on metal plates guarded by lasers.
Skeptoid #637: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 1

0:00 | Aug 21st, 2018

Some people believe that this cave in Ecuador harbors an alien library etched on metallic plates.
Skeptoid #636: Epigenetics Woo

0:00 | Aug 14th, 2018

This exciting new(ish) field in genetics has brought with it a slew of snake oil claims.
Skeptoid #636: Epigenetics Woo

0:00 | Aug 14th, 2018

The notion that you can gain control over your genes through diet or behavior is just more snake-oil woo.
Skeptoid #635: The Effects of Mandated GMO Labeling

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2018

We have good evidence for what to expect from mandated labeling of GMO foods, and it's not good.
Skeptoid #635: The Effects of Mandated GMO Labeling

0:00 | Aug 7th, 2018

We have good evidence for what to expect from mandated labeling of GMO foods, and it's not good.
Skeptoid #634: More Alcohol Myths

0:00 | Jul 31st, 2018

The last show on alcohol myths wasn't good enough for many of you, so here are some more.
Skeptoid #634: More Alcohol Myths

0:00 | Jul 31st, 2018

Part 2 of our examination of myths about alcoholic drinks -- including the biggest one of all.
Skeptoid #633: The Horsey History of Clever Hans

0:00 | Jul 24th, 2018

This early-1900s horse appeared to be able to do math and other feats, and we learned a lot from him.
Skeptoid #633: The Horsey History of Clever Hans

0:00 | Jul 24th, 2018

This early-1900s horse appeared to be able to do math and other feats, and we learned a lot from him.
Skeptoid #632: Lucid Dreaming

0:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?
Skeptoid #632: Lucid Dreaming

0:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?
Skeptoid #631: Listener Feedback: Death of the Lefties

0:00 | Jul 10th, 2018

Skeptoid gets some interesting letters from listeners pertaining to radioactive skeletons and lefties.
Skeptoid #631: Listener Feedback: Death of the Lefties

0:00 | Jul 10th, 2018

Skeptoid gets some interesting letters from listeners pertaining to radioactive skeletons and lefties.
Special Request

0:00 | Jul 6th, 2018

In which I make the biggest ask of you ever.
Skeptoid #630: The Apes Who Learned Sign Language

0:00 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Although many regard Koko as an ape who used sign language, science tells us that ability probably doesn't exist.
Skeptoid #630: The Apes Who Learned Sign Language

0:00 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Although many regard Koko as an ape who used sign language, science tells us that ability probably doesn't exist.
Skeptoid #629: Three Big Macs a Day

0:00 | Jun 26th, 2018

When we set aside pop food woo, we find that even multiple Big Macs can be part of a healthy daily diet.
Skeptoid #629: Three Big Macs a Day

0:00 | Jun 26th, 2018

When we set aside pop food woo, we find that even multiple Big Macs can be part of a healthy daily diet.
Skeptoid NYC Meetup 2018 at NECSS

0:00 | Jun 23rd, 2018

Join all the folks from Skeptoid at a free, informal meetup in New York City, July 12 2018. skeptoid.com/events
Skeptoid #628: The Swedish Ghost Rockets

0:00 | Jun 19th, 2018

This rash of UFO sightings over Sweden in 1946 has long been considered to be Soviet missile tests.
Skeptoid #628: The Swedish Ghost Rockets

0:00 | Jun 19th, 2018

This rash of UFO sightings over Sweden in 1946 has long been considered to be Soviet missile tests.
Skeptoid #627: Gremlins

0:00 | Jun 12th, 2018

These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.
Skeptoid #627: Gremlins

0:00 | Jun 12th, 2018

These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.
Skeptoid #626: Numerology

0:00 | Jun 5th, 2018

We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test.
Skeptoid #626: Numerology

0:00 | Jun 5th, 2018

We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test.
Skeptoid #625: Your Weird Turn

0:00 | May 29th, 2018

We try to figure out some of the creepiest stories ever sent in by Skeptoid listeners.
Skeptoid #625: Your Weird Turn

0:00 | May 29th, 2018

We try to figure out some of the creepiest stories ever sent in by Skeptoid listeners.
Skeptoid #624: Zuma, The Phantom Satellite

0:00 | May 22nd, 2018

The malfunction said to have doomed this spacecraft may have just been a cover story.
Skeptoid #624: Zuma, The Phantom Satellite

0:00 | May 22nd, 2018

The malfunction said to have doomed this spacecraft may have just been a cover story.
Skeptoid #623: Environmental Working Group and the Dirty Dozen

0:00 | May 15th, 2018

This company's annual press releases are intended to frighten you into buying organic.
Skeptoid #623: Environmental Working Group and the Dirty Dozen

0:00 | May 15th, 2018

This company's annual press releases are intended to frighten you into buying organic.
Skeptoid #622: Are You Living in a Simulation?

0:00 | May 8th, 2018

An exploration of the thought experiment that seeks to determine whether we're living in a computer simulation.
Skeptoid #622: Are You Living in a Simulation?

0:00 | May 8th, 2018

An exploration of the thought experiment that seeks to determine whether we're living in a computer simulation.
Skeptoid #621: The Pentagon's UFO Hunt

0:00 | May 1st, 2018

The Pentagon gave $22 million to a very unlikely group of UFO proponents.
Skeptoid #621: The Pentagon's UFO Hunt

0:00 | May 1st, 2018

The Pentagon gave $22 million to a very unlikely group of UFO proponents.
Skeptoid #620: Listener Feedback: Provisos, Addenda, and Quid Pro Quos

0:00 | Apr 24th, 2018

Listeners write in with extra information that adds a whole new dimension to some past shows.
Skeptoid #620: Listener Feedback: Provisos, Addenda, and Quid Pro Quos

0:00 | Apr 24th, 2018

Listeners write in with extra information that adds a whole new dimension to some past shows.
Skeptoid #619: Alcohol Myths

0:00 | Apr 17th, 2018

We point the skeptical eye at five popular beliefs about alcoholic beverages.
Skeptoid #619: Alcohol Myths

0:00 | Apr 17th, 2018

We point the skeptical eye at five popular beliefs about alcoholic beverages.
Skeptoid #618: Are They Real, or Are They Fictional?

0:00 | Apr 10th, 2018

Another round of famous names from the past: Can you guess whether each is real or fictional?
Skeptoid #618: Are They Real, or Are They Fictional?

0:00 | Apr 10th, 2018

Another round of famous names from the past: Can you guess whether each is real or fictional?
Skeptoid #617: 10 Great Science Hoaxes

0:00 | Apr 3rd, 2018

A look at those few times when hoaxers came closest to fooling those who knew better.
Skeptoid #617: 10 Great Science Hoaxes

0:00 | Apr 3rd, 2018

A look at those few times when hoaxers came closest to fooling those who knew better.
Skeptoid #616: Abiotic Oil

0:00 | Mar 27th, 2018

Some believe that oil comes from geological processes rather than from ancient biomass.
Skeptoid #616: Abiotic Oil

0:00 | Mar 27th, 2018

Some believe that oil comes from geological processes rather than from ancient biomass.
Skeptoid #615: Titanic Myths

0:00 | Mar 20th, 2018

Three of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.
Skeptoid #614: The Inflammatory Diet

0:00 | Mar 13th, 2018

Why no, in fact you should not avoid certain foods to reduce your body's inflammation.
Skeptoid #613: The Kids Who See Blindfolded

0:00 | Mar 6th, 2018

Children throughout India are being taught to see while blindfolded... apparently.
Skeptoid #612: The Boy Who Thought He Was Reincarnated

0:00 | Feb 27th, 2018

This boy thought he had lived a past life as a fighter pilot. He had some help getting there.
Skeptoid #611: All About Grounding

0:00 | Feb 20th, 2018

Some New Agers believe that you can heal virtually any ailment simply by taking off your shoes.
Skeptoid #610: The Keepers of Flannan Light

0:00 | Feb 13th, 2018

Mystery clouds the story of what happened to these three vanished lighthouse keepers.
Skeptoid #609: Were There Irish Slaves in America?

0:00 | Feb 6th, 2018

Online articles claiming the first slaves in the Americas were white are fictional and racially motivated.
Skeptoid #608: Palm Oil Facts and Fiction

0:00 | Jan 30th, 2018

Is it a medical miracle, an environmental disaster, both, or neither?
Skeptoid #607: Do Lobsters Feel Pain?

0:00 | Jan 23rd, 2018

What the science says on whether we need to change the way we eat crustaceans.
Skeptoid #606: The Murder in the Red Barn

0:00 | Jan 16th, 2018

A murder was said to have been solved by the intervention of the victim's ghost.
Skeptoid #605: The Civil War Pterosaur

0:00 | Jan 9th, 2018

This famous Internet photo of Civil War soldiers posing with a pterosaur has a surprising source.
Skeptoid #604: Net Neutrality Reexamined

0:00 | Jan 2nd, 2018

A skeptic's guide for organizing the issues raised by Net Neutrality.
Science Friction

0:00 | Dec 29th, 2017

Finally, a documentary film about scientists who get misrepresented by the media.
Skeptoid #603: Sonic Weapons in Cuba

0:00 | Dec 26th, 2017

There is a much better explanation than sonic weapons for reported attacks against US diplomats in Cuba.
Skeptoid #602: Should Moms Eat Placentas?

0:00 | Dec 19th, 2017

The modern practice of Western mothers eating their placentas is a new and strange attention-seeking behavior.
Skeptoid #601: Hiding the Decline: Climategate Demystified

0:00 | Dec 12th, 2017

This infamous scandal was said to have proven global warming was all just a hoax. Umm, no.
Skeptoid #600: A Musical Retrospective

0:00 | Dec 5th, 2017

Everything you didn't know about ten years of Skeptoid musical episodes, including the reason.
Science Friction

0:00 | Dec 1st, 2017

Finally, a documentary film about scientists who get misrepresented by the media.
Skeptoid #599: Listener Feedback: Creationism and More Dead Paul

0:00 | Nov 28th, 2017

Some updates, notes, and extra information sent in by listeners about recent episodes.
Skeptoid #598: The Hudson Valley UFO Mystery

0:00 | Nov 21st, 2017

Hundreds of people watched this UFO over the Hudson River Valley many times between 1983 and 1984.
Skeptoid #597: The Wisdom of the Future

0:00 | Nov 14th, 2017

Skeptoid corrects a round of past errors, that they might become the wisdom of the future.
Skeptoid #596: How to Assess a Documentary

0:00 | Nov 7th, 2017

Some tips to assess whether a documentary is good science or just propaganda.
Skeptoid #595: Chasing Malaysian Airlines MH370

0:00 | Oct 31st, 2017

A roundup of the conspiracy theories and the probable true fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.
Skeptoid #594: Paul Is Dead

0:00 | Oct 24th, 2017

The origins and history of the urban legend that Paul McCartney died and was replaced.
Skeptoid #593: I Still Can't Believe They Did That: More Human Guinea Pigs

0:00 | Oct 17th, 2017

A further look at ten more scientists who experimented on themselves for the benefit of mankind.
Skeptoid #592: Alert 747: The Vela Incident

0:00 | Oct 10th, 2017

In 1979, a mysterious flash occurred over the southern ocean that could have been a nuclear bomb.
Skeptoid #591: Ouija Boards

0:00 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.
Skeptoid #590: Skepticism vs Cynicism

0:00 | Sep 26th, 2017

The line between skepticism and cynicism is a bit too blurry for many people. Today we bring it into focus.
Skeptoid #589: The Big Pharma Conspiracy

0:00 | Sep 19th, 2017

Popular claims of a Big Pharma Conspiracy don't stand up to any rational scrutiny.
Skeptoid #588: Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition

0:00 | Sep 12th, 2017

A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.
Skeptoid #587: What Makes a Good Podcast Episode?

0:00 | Sep 5th, 2017

Stories about urban legends are at their best when there are real people at their center.
Skeptoid #586: Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined

0:00 | Aug 29th, 2017

In the wake of VW Dieselgate, the government took the wrong steps to solve the wrong problem.
Skeptoid #585: Relic Japanese Soldiers

0:00 | Aug 22nd, 2017

How factual are the urban legends about Japanese soldiers in the Pacific who never heard the war ended?
Skeptoid #584: Eclipse Myths and Science

0:00 | Aug 15th, 2017

A look at the science-based myths and misconceptions about eclipses, plus some things you might not know.
Skeptoid #583: Fate of the Feedback

0:00 | Aug 8th, 2017

Skeptoid responds to some listener feedback, updating a few episodes and clarifying some others.
Skeptoid #582: Lonnie Zamora and the Socorro UFO

0:00 | Aug 1st, 2017

This famous 1964 UFO sighting by a New Mexico police officer has several interesting explanations.
Skeptoid #581: Are You Following a Crank?

0:00 | Jul 25th, 2017

Let's have a look at the traits that define a crank, to make sure your new hero isn't one.
Skeptoid #580: Amelia Earhart Redux: Competing Networks, Competing Craziness

0:00 | Jul 18th, 2017

Through their constant promotion of false history, TV networks may have done Amelia Earhart's legacy irreparable harm.
Skeptoid #579: Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon

0:00 | Jul 11th, 2017

The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, not thousands; despite the efforts of Young Earthers.
Skeptoid #578: Student Questions: Bitters, Gas, and Diet Woo

0:00 | Jul 4th, 2017

Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
Skeptoid #577: What Are the Chances You're Psychic?

0:00 | Jun 27th, 2017

We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.
Skeptoid #576: Lights in the Sky

0:00 | Jun 20th, 2017

How likely is the most common type of UFO report to be an alien spacecraft?
Skeptoid #575: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2

0:00 | Jun 13th, 2017

Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).
Skeptoid #574: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1

0:00 | Jun 6th, 2017

Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).
Skeptoid #573: There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory

0:00 | May 30th, 2017

A study of how a conspiracy theory as absurd as "There is no Finland" can even exist.
Skeptoid: Principles of Curiosity Premiere, June 14

0:00 | May 27th, 2017

The movie is finally out! Come and join us in person for the Los Angeles premiere.
Skeptoid #572: True or False Pregnancy

0:00 | May 23rd, 2017

False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.
Skeptoid #571: Thawing the Minnesota Iceman

0:00 | May 16th, 2017

This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.
Skeptoid #570: More Space Missions You Should Know

0:00 | May 9th, 2017

We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.
Skeptoid #569: Principles of Curiosity

0:00 | May 2nd, 2017

Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.
Skeptoid #568: 2 Listener 2 Feedback

0:00 | Apr 25th, 2017

I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.
Skeptoid #567: Feral Children

0:00 | Apr 18th, 2017

Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.
Skeptoid #566: The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

0:00 | Apr 11th, 2017

A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.
Skeptoid #565: The Shag Harbour UFO

0:00 | Apr 4th, 2017

Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.
The New Skeptoid Movie

0:00 | Apr 1st, 2017

All you wanted to know about Skeptoid's new film, Principles of Curiosity
Skeptoid #564: Into Thin Error

0:00 | Mar 28th, 2017

Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.
Skeptoid #563: Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401

0:00 | Mar 21st, 2017

The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.
Skeptoid #562: Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse?

0:00 | Mar 14th, 2017

Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.
Skeptoid #561: Beethoven's Hair

0:00 | Mar 7th, 2017

Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.
Skeptoid #560: Remembering the Mandela Effect

0:00 | Feb 28th, 2017

Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.
Skeptoid #559: Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked

0:00 | Feb 21st, 2017

Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.
Skeptoid #558: Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo

0:00 | Feb 14th, 2017

Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.
Skeptoid #557: Who Were the Berserkers?

0:00 | Feb 7th, 2017

These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.
Skeptoid #556: Exploring Kincaid's Cave

0:00 | Jan 31st, 2017

Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.
Skeptoid #555: Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction

0:00 | Jan 24th, 2017

These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.
Skeptoid #554: How Your Credit Card Got Stolen

0:00 | Jan 17th, 2017

Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.
Skeptoid #553: How Your Password Got Stolen

0:00 | Jan 10th, 2017

The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.
Skeptoid #552: The D. B. Cooper Mystery

0:00 | Jan 3rd, 2017

The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.
Skeptoid #551: Space Missions You Should Know

0:00 | Dec 27th, 2016

A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.
Skeptoid #550: The Mad Gasser of Mattoon

0:00 | Dec 20th, 2016

In 1944, a strange night prowler is believed to have made poison gas attacks in Illinois. Here's what we know.
Skeptoid #549: The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming

0:00 | Dec 13th, 2016

The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.
Skeptoid #548: Bruce Lee Myths

0:00 | Dec 6th, 2016

More mythology than fact surrounds this enigmatic figure from martial arts films.
Skeptoid #547: The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor

0:00 | Nov 29th, 2016

Published accounts tell of a mysterious fighter plane that came into Pearl Harbor a year after the Japanese attack.
Skeptoid #546: There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There?

0:00 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Genetically, race does not exist; but there are still inconvenient places for it in science.
Skeptoid #545: First in Flight

0:00 | Nov 15th, 2016

You always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Well, it depends what country you're from.
Skeptoid #544: Feedback and Followups

0:00 | Nov 8th, 2016

Some nifty extra information for a few recent episodes supplied by listeners in the know.
Skeptoid #543: White Hat Journal Hoaxes

0:00 | Nov 1st, 2016

Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.
Skeptoid #542: Photographic Memory

0:00 | Oct 25th, 2016

Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories, but the truth is quite different.
Skeptoid #541: Defusing India's Ancient Atomic Blasts

0:00 | Oct 18th, 2016

The facts behind an urban legend claiming a nuclear war in India some 12,000 years ago.
Update: Principles of Curiosity

0:00 | Oct 13th, 2016

Here is what's going on with Skeptoid's newest movie project.
Skeptoid #540: Feng Shui Today

0:00 | Oct 11th, 2016

Feng shui is much more than just a debunked way to magically arrange furniture.
Skeptoid #539: Radiation Hormesis: Is It Good for You?

0:00 | Oct 4th, 2016

Some say that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer. No, it probably doesn't.
Skeptoid #538: The Belgian UFO Wave

0:00 | Sep 27th, 2016

For two years, some say the Belgian skies were filled with triangular alien UFOs.
Skeptoid #537: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 3

0:00 | Sep 20th, 2016

The hard, testable, scientific proof that we actually did land humans on the moon.
Principles of Curiosity

0:00 | Sep 16th, 2016

Introducing the sequel to Here Be Dragons