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The Dark Side of Polyvagal Theory

Episode 816, January 25, 2022

A controversial mental health framework is also being peddled by unqualified coaches.

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On the Trail of the Chupacabra
Episode 815, January 18, 2022
An exploration into the chupacabra, and how that word came to be applied to so many unrelated things.

Nazis and the Occult
Episode 814, January 11, 2022
Popular tales of the occult underpinnings of the Nazis are largely modern fiction.

Why You Need to Care About Concrete
Episode 813, January 4, 2022
Concrete will remain one of our most important materials for decades — but there's a big problem with it.

20 Years of Data from Portugal: Drug Decriminalization
Episode 812, December 28, 2021
20 years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs in an effort to reduce addiction, incarceration, and negative health impacts. How has it worked?

Radon Therapy
Episode 811, December 21, 2021
Trying to treat pain or cancer by exposing yourself to a radioactive carcinogen provides only risk without the benefit.

Frida Sofia, the Victim Who Wasn't
Episode 810, December 14, 2021
After the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, rescuers dug through the rubble for a little girl named Frida Sofia — who never existed.

The Avro Arrow Conspiracies
Episode 809, December 7, 2021
Conspiracy theories surround the cancellation of this advanced Canadian aircraft from the 1950s.

Followups and Extras
Episode 808, November 30, 2021
Some new facts and extra information on six previous episodes.

Huna: New Age on an Island
Episode 807, November 23, 2021
Huna blends generic New Age spiritualism with a concocted version of Hawaiian tradition.

Environmental Microplastics
Episode 806, November 16, 2021
This manmade debris permeates our bodies and our planet, but what's the harm?

The Cottingley Fairies: Analysis of a Famous Hoax
Episode 805, November 9, 2021
The true and weird history of the two girls who fooled the world with their fairy photographs in 1917.

Unmasking the Old Stinker: The Hull Werewolf
Episode 804, November 2, 2021
This modern sighting of a strange beast is claimed to have been a resurgence of a legendary medieval monster.

What Really Happened at Tunguska
Episode 803, October 26, 2021
The true cause of one of history's most violent cataclysms remains a mystery... to a degree.

Pop Quiz: 15 for 15
Episode 802, October 19, 2021
It's 15 trivia questions from 15 Skeptoid episodes, to celebrate our 15th anniversary!

Probiotics Fact and Fiction
Episode 801, October 12, 2021
Some people promote probiotics as a miracle cure for just about anything. What can they really do?

To the Stars
Episode 800, October 5, 2021
A strange radio broadcast from a very unique group of VIPs being whisked away on a UFO.

On the Authorship of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Episode 799, September 28, 2021
The most famous organ work in history has a surprising mystery -- we're not really sure who composed it!

Tracking the Wild Big Cats of Britain
Episode 798, September 21, 2021
A close look at the tales of large black predatory cats stalking Britain for centuries.

Why You Need to Care About Methane
Episode 797, September 14, 2021
We focus a lot on carbon dioxide when talking about climate change. Should we be talking more about methane?

9/11 Truthers, 20 Years Later
Episode 796, September 7, 2021
20 years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil, the conspiracy theories are still thriving -- just as we should expect.

What Made the Shroud of Turin Immortal
Episode 795, August 31, 2021
A close look at what true science and true history can tell us about this most sacred Catholic relic.

Why You Needn't Worry About the Missing 411
Episode 794, August 24, 2021
A popular conspiracy theory claims that lots of people disappear under unexplainable circumstances in America's national parks.

Your Turn Yet Again
Episode 793, August 17, 2021
Skeptoid gives our take on some spooky experiences sent in by listeners.

Your Turn Again
Episode 792, August 10, 2021
In which I take a shot at trying to explain some of the weirdest stories sent in by listeners.

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