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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 129,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported. Learn more


Epigenetics Woo

Episode 636, August 14, 2018

The notion that you can gain control over your genes through diet or behavior is just more snake-oil woo.

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The Effects of Mandated GMO Labeling
Episode 635, August 7, 2018
We have good evidence for what to expect from mandated labeling of GMO foods, and it's not good.

More Alcohol Myths
Episode 634, July 31, 2018
Part 2 of our examination of myths about alcoholic drinks -- including the biggest one of all.

The Horsey History of Clever Hans
Episode 633, July 24, 2018
This early-1900s horse appeared to be able to do math and other feats, and we learned a lot from him.

Lucid Dreaming
Episode 632, July 17, 2018
Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?

Listener Feedback: Death of the Lefties
Episode 631, July 10, 2018
Skeptoid gets some interesting letters from listeners pertaining to radioactive skeletons and lefties.

The Apes Who Learned Sign Language
Episode 630, July 3, 2018
Although many regard Koko as an ape who used sign language, science tells us that ability probably doesn't exist.

Three Big Macs a Day
Episode 629, June 26, 2018
When we set aside pop food woo, we find that even multiple Big Macs can be part of a healthy daily diet.

The Swedish Ghost Rockets
Episode 628, June 19, 2018
This rash of UFO sightings over Sweden in 1946 has long been considered to be Soviet missile tests.

Episode 627, June 12, 2018
These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.

Episode 626, June 5, 2018
We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test.

Your Weird Turn
Episode 625, May 29, 2018
We try to figure out some of the creepiest stories ever sent in by Skeptoid listeners.

Zuma, The Phantom Satellite
Episode 624, May 22, 2018
The malfunction said to have doomed this spacecraft may have just been a cover story.

Environmental Working Group and the Dirty Dozen
Episode 623, May 15, 2018
This company's annual press releases are intended to frighten you into buying organic.

Are You Living in a Simulation?
Episode 622, May 8, 2018
An exploration of the thought experiment that seeks to determine whether we're living in a computer simulation.

The Pentagon's UFO Hunt
Episode 621, May 1, 2018
The Pentagon gave $22 million to a very unlikely group of UFO proponents.

Listener Feedback: Provisos, Addenda, and Quid Pro Quos
Episode 620, April 24, 2018
Listeners write in with extra information that adds a whole new dimension to some past shows.

Alcohol Myths
Episode 619, April 17, 2018
We point the skeptical eye at five popular beliefs about alcoholic beverages.

Are They Real, or Are They Fictional?
Episode 618, April 10, 2018
Another round of famous names from the past: Can you guess whether each is real or fictional?

10 Great Science Hoaxes
Episode 617, April 3, 2018
A look at those few times when hoaxers came closest to fooling those who knew better.

Abiotic Oil
Episode 616, March 27, 2018
Some believe that oil comes from geological processes rather than from ancient biomass.

Titanic Myths
Episode 615, March 20, 2018
Three of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.

The Inflammatory Diet
Episode 614, March 13, 2018
Why no, in fact you should not avoid certain foods to reduce your body's inflammation.

The Kids Who See Blindfolded
Episode 613, March 6, 2018
Children throughout India are being taught to see while blindfolded... apparently.

The Boy Who Thought He Was Reincarnated
Episode 612, February 27, 2018
This boy thought he had lived a past life as a fighter pilot. He had some help getting there.

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