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Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular urban legends and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. Skeptoid is a listener supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Learn more

 

What Greek Fire Really Was

Episode 832, May 17, 2022

This ancient weapon of terror struck fear throughout the ancient world, and stokes a number of mysteries today.

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Facilitated Communication Isn't
Episode 831, May 10, 2022
This discredited technique deceives loved ones into believing non-communicative people are able to communicate just fine by hiring one of these facilitators.

The Mystical Death of Jack Parsons
Episode 830, May 3, 2022
The complicated life of JPL's co-founder meant that his death was almost certain to be cloaked in conspiracy theories.

What ASMR Will Do for You
Episode 829, April 26, 2022
What is the state of the science behind this online video genre that combines relaxation with chills and shivers?

Why You Don't Want a Flat-Faced Pet
Episode 828, April 19, 2022
The science shows that dogs and cats bred to be flat-faced suffer from respiratory distress, but some argue otherwise.

What Really Happened on Easter Island
Episode 827, April 12, 2022
The popular known history of Easter Island — that deforestation brought about its demise — is not generally accepted.

Why the Fresno Nightcrawler Is So Popular
Episode 826, April 5, 2022
This relatively new and not-so-famous cryptid manages to have an outsized pop-culture footprint.

How Psychic Readings Work
Episode 825, March 29, 2022
Whether cold reading, warm reading, or hot, there are simple explanations for even the most impressive psychic performances.

Demystifying the Winchester Mystery House
Episode 824, March 22, 2022
The unfortunate false narrative of the Winchester Mystery House obscures a wonderful story of one of California's great women pioneers.

Hunting the Elusive Rogue Wave
Episode 823, March 15, 2022
Modern authors say that scientists didn't used to accept the idea of rogue waves. Is that true?

On Washboarded Roads
Episode 822, March 8, 2022
The real cause of washboarding on dirt roads is very different from the traditionally believed reason.

Forensic (Pseudo) Science
Episode 821, March 1, 2022
All those fancy-sounding forensic sciences you've come to trust might not be worth very much of your trust after all.

Maury Island: The Government's Alien Artifacts
Episode 820, February 22, 2022
The origin story of some of the government's alleged alien wreckage is a little bit shaky.

Corrections with Hat in Hands
Episode 819, February 15, 2022
Some corrections to errors made in recent shows.

On Railroad Tracks and Roman Chariots
Episode 818, February 8, 2022
The urban legend that train track gauge descends from Roman war chariots falls apart at every link in the chain.

Your Ghostliest Tales, Explained
Episode 817, February 1, 2022
In which we hear, analyze, and attempt to explain the ghostly personal stories you've sent in.

The Dark Side of Polyvagal Theory
Episode 816, January 25, 2022
A controversial mental health framework is also being peddled by unqualified coaches.

On the Trail of the Chupacabra
Episode 815, January 18, 2022
An exploration into the chupacabra, and how that word came to be applied to so many unrelated things.

Nazis and the Occult
Episode 814, January 11, 2022
Popular tales of the occult underpinnings of the Nazis are largely modern fiction.

Why You Need to Care About Concrete
Episode 813, January 4, 2022
Concrete will remain one of our most important materials for decades — but there's a big problem with it.

20 Years of Data from Portugal: Drug Decriminalization
Episode 812, December 28, 2021
20 years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs in an effort to reduce addiction, incarceration, and negative health impacts. How has it worked?

Radon Therapy
Episode 811, December 21, 2021
Trying to treat pain or cancer by exposing yourself to a radioactive carcinogen provides only risk without the benefit.

Frida Sofia, the Victim Who Wasn't
Episode 810, December 14, 2021
After the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, rescuers dug through the rubble for a little girl named Frida Sofia — who never existed.

The Avro Arrow Conspiracies
Episode 809, December 7, 2021
Conspiracy theories surround the cancellation of this advanced Canadian aircraft from the 1950s.

Followups and Extras
Episode 808, November 30, 2021
Some new facts and extra information on six previous episodes.

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