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Latest Skeptoid Episodes...

Satanic Ritual Abuse#462, Apr 14, 2015 - Satanic Ritual Abuse - The 1980s and 1990s saw multiple legal cases involving claims that Satanic cults were abusing and murdering children in communities across the United States.

Cryptids That Turned Out To Be Real#461, Apr 7, 2015 - Cryptids That Turned Out To Be Real - Sometimes speculative animals turn out to be real, what does this mean for the relationship between cryptozoology and science?

Plastic Bags#460, Mar 31, 2015 - Plastic Bags - Plastic bag bans are spreading. These bags are both credited with keeping your groceries cheaper and wreaking environmental havoc. What does the science actually say? Probably not enough yet.

#459, Mar 24, 2015 - Listener Feedback: The Environment - Few topics generate as much passionate feedback as those dealing with environmental issues. In this episode, Brian responds to some of that feedback, including the answers to questions about Fukushima, wind turbines, and fracking.

Science Fails#458, Mar 17, 2015 - Science Fails - When science fails, the results can be catastrophic. But often the failure is in the execution, not the science, which self-corrects and soldiers on.

Forgetting the Alamo#457, Mar 10, 2015 - Forgetting the Alamo - In 1836, Mexican forces defeated a bunch of "pirates" at a broken down mission called the Alamo. Who were these men and why were they fighting the government? We'll explore the myths and truths behind this structure and the vent that made it famous.

#456, Mar 3, 2015 - Cattle Mutilation - We know that cattle and other herd animals are routinely found dead and in conditions that some claim are the result of malicious mutilation. Aliens are commonly accused of the crime. What's really going on here?

Ghost Photography#455, Feb 24, 2015 - Ghost Photography - A short history of ghost photographs and a categorization of the different kinds of errors and fraud which can produce the images.

GMO Facts and Fiction#454, Feb 17, 2015 - GMO Facts and Fiction - GMO misinformation continues to spread in the media and online. We've collected a number of beliefs about GMOs; how many of them can you get right?

Cooking Myths#453, Feb 10, 2015 - Cooking Myths - How much of what "everybody knows" about food preparation is science, how much is myth, and how much is a bit of both?

The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica#452, Feb 3, 2015 - The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica - Southwestern Costa Rica is home to over 300 carved stone spheres left behind by the country's previous inhabitants. There are some fantastical claims surrounding their origin and purpose, but what can science tell us about their true nature?

Ideomotor Response#451, Jan 27, 2015 - Ideomotor Response - Though first defined in the 1850s, the Ideomotor Response, a quirk of physiology, is still misused to bamboozle the credulous with bogus claims.

Robert Ripley: Believe Him... or Not?#450, Jan 20, 2015 - Robert Ripley: Believe Him... or Not? - The Believe it or Not! series of cartoons makes some extraordinary claims. Is there extraordinary evidence to back them up? Let's take a look.

Ancient Astronauts#449, Jan 13, 2015 - Ancient Astronauts - Did aliens visit the ancient Earth and inspire human cultures to build great works? Some people claim that they did. But is there really any reason to hypothesize that ancient astronauts existed?

The Columbus Poltergeist#448, Jan 6, 2015 - The Columbus Poltergeist - When mysterious phenomena is reported in a Columbus, Ohio home, paranormal researchers and media collide with skeptical investigators of the true cause.

#447, Dec 30, 2014 - Listener Feedback: Cryptozoology - Brian opens up the mailbag and responds to some interesting questions asked by listeners to recent episodes on cryptozoological topics.

The Fallibility of Memory#446, Dec 23, 2014 - The Fallibility of Memory - A look at how our memory works and the many things that can go awry with it. Are our brains like hard drives, or more like easily-smudged chalk boards?

Megalodon#445, Dec 16, 2014 - Megalodon - The Discovery Channel put out a 'docufiction' suggesting that the gigantic shark C. megalodon might still be alive in our oceans, but what does science have to say on the matter?

Myths of Alcatraz#444, Dec 9, 2014 - Myths of Alcatraz - Alcatraz Island harbors ruins, restless spirits and many myths. Skeptoid traveled to The Rock to see the sights and bust some ghosts.

SS Iron Mountain#443, Dec 2, 2014 - SS Iron Mountain - The SS Iron Mountain is a famous missing ship, said to have vanished from the middle of the Mississippi River without a trace. Was there a ship called the SS Iron Mountain and did she actually vanish? Skeptoid investigates.

Griffins#442, Nov 25, 2014 - Griffins - Griffins, considered an absurd mythological beast by us today, were actually humanity's first known attempt to describe an animal based solely on fossils.

The Skookum Cast#441, Nov 18, 2014 - The Skookum Cast - In 2000 a group of BFRO researchers found what they claimed to be a full body impression of a Bigfoot. A more probable explanation is that it was made by an elk. Confirmation bias is discussed.

#440, Nov 11, 2014 - That Elusive Fibromyalgia - Some say fibromyalgia is a real disease, while others question the diagnosis. Is either side right? Or does the truth lie somewhere in the middle?

#439, Nov 4, 2014 - A Skeptical Look at the News - Just as being skeptical about medical claims can help us stay well, applying critical thinking skills to the news can help us make informed choices.

The War of the Worlds Panic Broadcast#438, Oct 28, 2014 - The War of the Worlds Panic Broadcast - On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre panicked millions of Americans with a radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds. Or did they? Let's take a look at what really happened on that Halloween eve in 1938.


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Satanic Ritual Abuse
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Cryptids That Turned Out To Be Real
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Plastic Bags
Skeptoid #460, Mar 31 2015
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Listener Feedback: The Environment
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Science Fails
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