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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 104,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported. Learn more


The Skeletons of the Great Eastern

Episode 730, June 2, 2020

A popular tale claims that the skeletons of two riveters were found between the hulls of this mighty ship.

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The LUCIFER Telescope Conspiracy
Episode 729, May 26, 2020
A popular conspiracy theory claims the Vatican uses a telescope named LUCIFER to find an alien savior.

When the Earth's Magnetic Field Flips
Episode 728, May 19, 2020
Some claim that when the Earth's geomagnetic field reverses, it could spell the end of humankind.

Hunting the Mokele-Mbembe
Episode 727, May 12, 2020
Some believe this relict dinosaur still survives in parts of the Congo.

Full of Hot Error
Episode 726, May 5, 2020
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in past episodes.

Pop Quiz: Astonishing Tales of the Sea
Episode 725, April 28, 2020
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on tales of the sea.

Decoding Gobekli Tepe
Episode 724, April 21, 2020
This archaeological site in Turkey is said to change everything... but what does that really mean?

Draining the Holy Grail
Episode 723, April 14, 2020
The true history of the Holy Grail, the most precious of all artifacts.

Pandemic Conspiracies and Politics
Episode 722, April 7, 2020
How the conspiracy theories around today's pandemic compare to those of the past.

Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 3
Episode 721, March 31, 2020
A look at some of the ancient artworks and artifacts that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.

Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 2
Episode 720, March 24, 2020
A look at some of the ancient sites and cities that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.

Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 1
Episode 719, March 17, 2020
A look at some of the ancient writings that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.

Diagnosing Chronic Lyme Disease
Episode 718, March 10, 2020
Often dismissed as purely pseudoscientific and nonexistent, chronic Lyme disease is not necessarily nothing.

Rethinking Plastic Straw Bans
Episode 717, March 3, 2020
Bans on plastic drinking straws are a solution in search of a problem.

Learning Languages from Brain Injuries
Episode 716, February 25, 2020
Popular stories on the Internet tell of people coming out of comas and suddenly speaking a new language.

The Knowles Family UFO Incident
Episode 715, February 18, 2020
This family's car is said to have been lifted off the road by a UFO and dropped.

Killing the Hammersmith Ghost
Episode 714, February 11, 2020
Some possible explanations for this infamously deadly 19th century haunting near London.

On the Trail of Red Mercury
Episode 713, February 4, 2020
The most elusive substance in pop culture also purports to be one of the most destructive.

Apple Cider Vinegar Woo
Episode 712, January 28, 2020
A test of the many sensational health claims made for apple cider vinegar.

The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans
Episode 711, January 21, 2020
Science decides the question of whether plastic bag bans help or hurt the environment.

Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 4
Episode 710, January 14, 2020
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.

Wind Turbines and Birds
Episode 709, January 7, 2020
Wind turbines actually save many more bird lives than they destroy.

All About Sex Addiction
Episode 708, December 31, 2019
The topic of sex addiction and what to do about it turns out to be more complicated than you may think.

Vermeer and the Camera Obscura
Episode 707, December 24, 2019
Popular claims that the painter Vermeer used a camera obscura contradict the evidence.

MSG: How a Friendly Flavor Became Your Enemy
Episode 706, December 17, 2019
The history of this vilified flavoring is a wild ride through 20th century cultural influences.

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