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Latest Skeptoid Episodes...

Albino Facts and Fiction#425, Jul 29, 2014 - Albino Facts and Fiction - Although people with albinism are still murdered for their body parts in some African regions, even the developed world still believes in certain albino myths.

#424, Jul 22, 2014 - The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day. But with modern weather data, can we paint a more accurate picture?

#423, Jul 15, 2014 - 12 Step Programs - A very popular format for addiction treatment is the twelve step program, which buries treatment under thick layers of religious practice.

#422, Jul 8, 2014 - Lie Detection - Whether it's the polygraph machines of the past or the brain imaging technologies of the future, lie detection has always been clouded with doubt.

#421, Jul 1, 2014 - Student Questions: Internet Tracking and Plasma Cosmology - Skeptoid answers questions from students about hCG diet supplements, internet tracker blocking extensions, ear candling, antibacterial cleansers, and plasma cosmology.

Hillary vs. Mallory: The First to Everest#420, Jun 24, 2014 - Hillary vs. Mallory: The First to Everest - Rumors abound that in 1924, George Mallory beat Sir Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest, and the record for first ascent should be his.

#419, Jun 17, 2014 - Slacktivism: Raising Awareness - The Internet is full of ways to make us feel good - click a Like button, sign on online petition. But does any of it actually do any good?

#418, Jun 10, 2014 - Left Brained, Right Brained, or Hare Brained? - Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain dominant or right brain dominant. But is there any science to back this up, or is it nonsense?

The Riddle of Flight 19#417, Jun 3, 2014 - The Riddle of Flight 19 - Some say these five aircraft that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945 fell victim to a mysterious force; others find a more prosaic explanation.

#416, May 27, 2014 - 5 Conspiracy Theories that Turned Out to Be True... Maybe? - Skeptoid listeners are always asking for conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Here's the best I could come up with. They're hard to find!

#415, May 20, 2014 - In Which I Am the Very Picture of Error Personified - I try to correct as many errors as can be caught in previous Skeptoid episodes. This is another round of corrections, from which we can learn even more.

Killing Princess Diana#414, May 13, 2014 - Killing Princess Diana - Some say the death of Princess Diana in 1997 was actually a murder plotted by her government. How good is the evidence supporting this?

3-7-77: The Montana Vigilance Code#413, May 6, 2014 - 3-7-77: The Montana Vigilance Code - This mysterious code representing Montana vigilante justice has a meaning lost to history, but many have proposed various explanations.

#412, Apr 29, 2014 - Animal Predictors: Psychic, Sensitive, or Silly? - Many animals are presented through the popular media as being possessed of psychic powers, and able to predict events. Is this really the best explanation?

Your Body's Energy Fields#411, Apr 22, 2014 - Your Body's Energy Fields - We are constantly bombarded with marketing messages and New Age claims asserting that your body has an energy field. Is this a real thing, or made-up nonsense?

#410, Apr 15, 2014 - The Black Eyed Kids - An urban legend says that children with completely black eyes go around trying to be allowed inside your house or car... for unknown reasons.

#409, Apr 8, 2014 - Oil Pulling - This New Age alternative health fad has people swishing vegetable oil in their mouth hoping to cure a wide variety of medical conditions.

#408, Apr 1, 2014 - 15 Phreaky Phobias - Phobias can seem incredibly goofy sometimes, but that doesn't mean the brain had no rational reason for creating them.

#407, Mar 25, 2014 - The Death of Mad King Ludwig - Bavaria's King Ludwig, creator of the land's most beautiful castles and theaters, is widely believed to have committed suicide. But some say he was murdered.

The Disappearance of Glenn Miller#406, Mar 18, 2014 - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller - American band leader Glenn Miller disappeared on a short flight during World War II, so of course a variety of theories have arisen to explain what happened.

#405, Mar 11, 2014 - Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils - Essential oils are the distilled scents from certain flowers or herbs that smell pleasant. But some believe they also secretly harbor amazing healing powers.

The Boggy Creek Monster#404, Mar 4, 2014 - The Boggy Creek Monster - In Arkansas is said to live a Bigfoot-like creature called the Fouke Monster. Is it more important to hope for it to be a real animal, or to recognize its cultural significance?

#403, Feb 25, 2014 - Out of Place Artifacts - Some objects are found around the world that seem to defy explanation, in that they seem to prove a different version of history.

#402, Feb 18, 2014 - Listener Feedback: Ancient Mysteries - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by listeners, this time focusing on episodes about ancient mysteries and those pesky ancient aliens.

#401, Feb 11, 2014 - Hemp, Hearst, and Prohibition - A popular urban legend claims that William Randolph Hearst conspired with DuPont to make cannabis illegal in the United States. How true is this?

 

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