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Is Recycling for Real?
Episode 932, April 16, 2024
A close look at where recycling of some common materials is actually at these days.

Error Erasure Extravaganza
Episode 931, April 9, 2024
It's time once again for Skeptoid to correct another round of errors in previous shows.

Dr. Crow and the Melon Heads
Episode 930, April 2, 2024
Some say creepy children with huge balloon heads stalk the woods at night, waiting to attack you.

The Trinity UFO Crash of 1945
Episode 929, March 26, 2024
The not-so-famous UFO case that caused the US Congress to spend millions of taxpayer dollars.

EMDR: Looking Past the Pain
Episode 928, March 19, 2024
This controversial treatment for PTSD involves moving the eyes side to side.

I Can't Believe They Did That: Human Guinea Pigs #3
Episode 927, March 12, 2024
Part 3 in our roundup of scientists who took the ultimate plunge and experimented on themselves.

The Chicago O'Hare Airport UFO
Episode 926, March 5, 2024
In 2006, a flying saucer spent minutes literally hovering right above Chicago's O'Hare International Airport... so the story goes.

The Conspirituality of Enneagrams
Episode 925, February 27, 2024
Can everything important about you and those you interact with be boiled down to a single digit?

Foo Fighters
Episode 924, February 20, 2024
What were these early UFOs that chased and harried World War II fighter pilots?

The Voodoo Ax Murders
Episode 923, February 13, 2024
Were two waves of ax murders in the American south in the early 20th century truly associated with Louisiana Voodoo?

Testing Alcubierre's Warp Drive
Episode 922, February 6, 2024
Proponents of alien visitation often claim the Alcubierre drive makes faster than light travel possible. Here's why it can't exist.

Reconsidering the Seveso Dioxin Disaster
Episode 921, January 30, 2024
Was this infamous 1976 dioxin disaster as bad as reported, or might it have been much worse than we thought?

The Headless Goats of the Chattahoochee
Episode 920, January 23, 2024
The carcasses of headless goats are floating in the Chattahoochee River; too many for a prosaic explanation.

Looking Back on the Chronovisor
Episode 919, January 16, 2024
A Benedictine monk is said to have built a device allowing him to see and hear historical events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Myths
Episode 918, January 9, 2024
We break down four popular myths about Martin Luther King Jr. that just won't go away.

DDT, 13 Years Later
Episode 917, January 2, 2024
A failure mode analysis of my most-hated episode ever: #230 on the use of DDT to fight malaria.

Ask Me Anything, 2023 Edition, Part 2
Episode 916, December 26, 2023
Skeptoid rapid fires a bunch of mini-episodes in answer to your questions.

Ask Me Anything, 2023 Edition, Part 1
Episode 915, December 19, 2023
A year-end Ask Me Anything session to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Skeptoid and more.

Stopping Hiccups with Science
Episode 914, December 12, 2023
Does science have a way to reliably cure the hiccups?

Surviving Brazil's Snake Island
Episode 913, December 5, 2023
This Brazilian island is said to be too dangerous to visit due to countless venomous snakes.

Kambo: Let It Go
Episode 912, November 28, 2023
Some believe that taking a deadly frog poison confers a vast array of New Age wellness benefits.

How to Escape Nibiru
Episode 911, November 21, 2023
Some believe this speculative rogue planet is on a collision course with the Earth.

How to Spot Misinformation
Episode 910, November 14, 2023
Much content online is designed for high engagement, not for accuracy.

Fixing Former Fumbles
Episode 909, November 7, 2023
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors in past episodes pointed out by listeners.

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