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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 176,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported. Learn more


Alert 747: The Vela Incident
Episode 592, October 10, 2017
In 1979, a mysterious flash occurred over the southern ocean that could have been a nuclear bomb.

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Ouija Boards
Episode 591, October 3, 2017
Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.

Skepticism vs Cynicism
Episode 590, September 26, 2017
The line between skepticism and cynicism is a bit too blurry for many people. Today we bring it into focus.

The Big Pharma Conspiracy
Episode 589, September 19, 2017
Popular claims of a Big Pharma Conspiracy don't stand up to any rational scrutiny.

Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition
Episode 588, September 12, 2017
A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.

What Makes a Good Podcast Episode?
Episode 587, September 5, 2017
Stories about urban legends are at their best when there are real people at their center.

Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined
Episode 586, August 29, 2017
In the wake of VW Dieselgate, the government took the wrong steps to solve the wrong problem.

Relic Japanese Soldiers
Episode 585, August 22, 2017
How factual are the urban legends about Japanese soldiers in the Pacific who never heard the war ended?

Eclipse Myths and Science
Episode 584, August 15, 2017
A look at the science-based myths and misconceptions about eclipses, plus some things you might not know.

Fate of the Feedback
Episode 583, August 8, 2017
Skeptoid responds to some listener feedback, updating a few episodes and clarifying some others.

Lonnie Zamora and the Socorro UFO
Episode 582, August 1, 2017
This famous 1964 UFO sighting by a New Mexico police officer has several interesting explanations.

Are You Following a Crank?
Episode 581, July 25, 2017
Let's have a look at the traits that define a crank, to make sure your new hero isn't one.

Amelia Earhart Redux: Competing Networks, Competing Craziness
Episode 580, July 18, 2017
Through their constant promotion of false history, TV networks may have done Amelia Earhart's legacy irreparable harm.

Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon
Episode 579, July 11, 2017
The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, not thousands; despite the efforts of Young Earthers.

Student Questions: Bitters, Gas, and Diet Woo
Episode 578, July 4, 2017
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

What Are the Chances You're Psychic?
Episode 577, June 27, 2017
We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.

Lights in the Sky
Episode 576, June 20, 2017
How likely is the most common type of UFO report to be an alien spacecraft?

How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2
Episode 575, June 13, 2017
Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).

How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1
Episode 574, June 6, 2017
Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).

There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory
Episode 573, May 30, 2017
A study of how a conspiracy theory as absurd as "There is no Finland" can even exist.

True or False Pregnancy
Episode 572, May 23, 2017
False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.

Thawing the Minnesota Iceman
Episode 571, May 16, 2017
This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.

More Space Missions You Should Know
Episode 570, May 9, 2017
We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.

Principles of Curiosity
Episode 569, May 2, 2017
Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.

2 Listener 2 Feedback
Episode 568, April 25, 2017
I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.


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