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Feral Children
Episode 567, April 18, 2017
Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.

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The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
Episode 566, April 11, 2017
A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.

The Shag Harbour UFO
Episode 565, April 4, 2017
Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.

Into Thin Error
Episode 564, March 28, 2017
Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.

Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401
Episode 563, March 21, 2017
The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.

Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse?
Episode 562, March 14, 2017
Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.

Beethoven's Hair
Episode 561, March 7, 2017
Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.

Remembering the Mandela Effect
Episode 560, February 28, 2017
Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.

Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked
Episode 559, February 21, 2017
Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.

Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo
Episode 558, February 14, 2017
Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.

Who Were the Berserkers?
Episode 557, February 7, 2017
These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.

Exploring Kincaid's Cave
Episode 556, January 31, 2017
Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.

Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction
Episode 555, January 24, 2017
These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Is it justified?

How Your Credit Card Got Stolen
Episode 554, January 17, 2017
It happens to all of us eventually; but do you know how your card is most likely to be stolen?

How Your Password Got Stolen
Episode 553, January 10, 2017
The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.

The D. B. Cooper Mystery
Episode 552, January 3, 2017
The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.

Space Missions You Should Know
Episode 551, December 27, 2016
A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.

The Mad Gasser of Mattoon
Episode 550, December 20, 2016
In 1944, a strange night prowler is believed to have made poison gas attacks in Illinois. Or was it something else?

The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming
Episode 549, December 13, 2016
The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.

Bruce Lee Myths
Episode 548, December 6, 2016
More mythology than fact surrounds this enigmatic figure from martial arts films.

The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor
Episode 547, November 29, 2016
Published accounts tell of a mysterious fighter plane that came into Pearl Harbor a year after the Japanese attack.

There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There?
Episode 546, November 22, 2016
We know that genetically, race does not exist; so why are we still using it in science?

First in Flight
Episode 545, November 15, 2016
So you always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Not so fast.

Feedback and Followups
Episode 544, November 8, 2016
Some nifty extra information for a few recent episodes supplied by listeners in the know.

White Hat Journal Hoaxes
Episode 543, November 1, 2016
Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.


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