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Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular myths and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. The Internet stream has 121,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported. Learn more


Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien

Episode 675, May 14, 2019

Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.

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Student Questions: Drinking Urine and Studying to Music
Episode 674, May 7, 2019
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

Yamashita's Gold
Episode 673, April 30, 2019
The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.

Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death
Episode 672, April 23, 2019
Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?

China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic
Episode 671, April 16, 2019
Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.

Wrong Does Not Cease to be Wrong
Episode 670, April 9, 2019
The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.

Pop Quiz: History and Pseudohistory
Episode 669, April 2, 2019
Test your knowledge on these subjects, all covered by Skeptoid, on false history claims.

A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit
Episode 668, March 26, 2019
How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.

All About Atlantis
Episode 667, March 19, 2019
For centuries, alternative history fans have been denying Plato's intent and trying to frame Atlantis as a real island.

The Historicity of Jesus Christ
Episode 666, March 12, 2019
A review of the evidence for and against the life of Jesus of Nazareth as a real living man.

Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods
Episode 665, March 5, 2019
The nature of the problem of ocean plastics, and the best solution, may both come as surprises.

The Keto Diet
Episode 664, February 26, 2019
It's the latest fad diet, and people are trying it for just about any benefit you can think of.

Pop Quiz: Urban Legends
Episode 663, February 19, 2019
Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them.

Vaccine Denial: Failure Mode Analysis
Episode 662, February 12, 2019
The surprising history of how medical science's greatest success has become vilified by so many people.

Rapping with the Fox Sisters
Episode 661, February 5, 2019
Myth and mystery surrounds the sisters said to have founded the modern spiritualism industry.

Feedback and Followups
Episode 660, January 29, 2019
A handful of updates to past Skeptoid episodes... eyebrow raising to say the least.

Killing Castro
Episode 659, January 22, 2019
It's proven the CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but the number of claimed attempts differs wildly.

Ong's Hat
Episode 658, January 15, 2019
An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension.

Illuminating the Illuminati
Episode 657, January 8, 2019
The surprisingly humble beginnings and even more surprising modern rebirth of the Illuminati.

And Bigfoot Said...
Episode 656, January 1, 2019
We compare vocalizations attributed to Bigfoot with the sounds of real animals known to be in the area.

Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty
Episode 655, December 25, 2018
There are things we don't know about Stonehenge, but does that mean we know nothing at all?

Pop Quiz: Consumer Ripoffs
Episode 654, December 18, 2018
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on consumer ripoffs.

The Great Kentucky Meat Shower
Episode 653, December 11, 2018
A rain of meat is said to have fallen in rural Kentucky one day in 1876.

The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident
Episode 652, December 4, 2018
The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.

The Electric Universe Theory
Episode 651, November 27, 2018
Some believe that everything we know about the universe is wrong — and it's all electric.

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