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Latest Skeptoid Episodes...
#494, Nov 24, 2015 - Black Mold: Peril or Prosaic? - Black mold is commonly believed to harbor all sorts of deadly diseases and must be eradicated at all costs. How much truth is there to this?
#493, Nov 17, 2015 - How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome? - Is the Stockholm syndrome a real psychological phenomenon, or a buzzword slapped onto every kidnapping case by the mass media?
#492, Nov 10, 2015 - Pouring Cold Water on Cryotherapy - Proponents of this new spa treatment claim that it provides all sorts of medical benefits, but the evidence doesn't quite measure up.
#491, Nov 3, 2015 - 420: The Cannabis Code - Myths surround the origin of the term 420, a slang code for marijuana. Even when you dig down to the true origin, competing claims make it even foggier.
#490, Oct 27, 2015 - Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe - Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. But a re-examination of the anthropological evidence tells a more nuanced story.
#489, Oct 20, 2015 - The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys - These products advertised in the back of comic books promised to be able to do things that seemed scientifically or technologically implausible.
#488, Oct 13, 2015 - Who Was Charles Fort? - The seminal author of books about strange phenomena continues to confound us with whether or not he was a satirist or a practical joker.
#487, Oct 6, 2015 - About That 1970s Global Cooling... - Some say that climatologists in the 1970s said we're heading into an ice age, thus taking credibility from today's prediction of global warming.
#486, Sep 29, 2015 - The Flying Saucer Menace - Flying saucers hold a special place in American folklore, and it's one that's more intimately interwoven than you knew.
#485, Sep 22, 2015 - Holocaust Denial - Incredibly, the number of people who deny the Holocaust never seems to diminish. We discuss why this is, and what to do about it.
#484, Sep 15, 2015 - More Unsung Women of Science - History doesn't always record the accomplishments of women in science as thoroughly as it does for men. This episode helps straighten the record.
#483, Sep 8, 2015 - Unsung Women of Science - These important scientists are virtually unknown, even though their accomplishments are among the greatest in science. Let's see if we can fix that.
#482, Sep 1, 2015 - Sir Franklin's Cannibals - The fate of Franklin's Lost Expedition provides a unique lesson in the value of different types of evidence.
#481, Aug 25, 2015 - Captain Kidd's Treasure - Many stories tell of Captain Kidd's buried treasure. But is there any reason to believe it exists, or is it more hyping of a character from history for the purpose of sensationalism?
#480, Aug 18, 2015 - The Nazi of Nanking - Amid the horrors of world war, one Nazi party official stood up and rescued hundreds of thousands of innocents from the Axis war machine.
#479, Aug 11, 2015 - Chemicals - Chemicals both are and aren't deadly, whether synthetic or naturally occurring - the dose makes the poison, and even your thoughts are a chemical process.
#478, Aug 4, 2015 - Listener Feedback: Natural History - The wonders of our natural world offer plenty of opportunities for learning and plenty of mysteries to ponder. Today we're going to answer some questions sent in by listeners pertaining to Skeptoid episodes having to do with our natural world.
#477, Jul 28, 2015 - Wag the Dogman - In 1987, a song was released that sparked the creation of a legend: the Michigan Dogman, Michigan's own mysterious monster. Here's the real story behind the canine cryptid.
#476, Jul 21, 2015 - The Chess-Playing Mechanical Turk - This amazing chess-playing automaton toured the world for more than 80 years beginning in the 1700s, beating all the top chess players.
#475, Jul 14, 2015 - Listener Feedback: History vs. Pseudohistory - Whenever Skeptoid does an episode dealing with the separation of history and pseudohistory, there is always some lively feedback. Brian responds to listener feedback about past history episodes.
#474, Jul 7, 2015 - Solfeggio Frequencies - Solfeggio Frequencies can, according to believers, heal us and even do miracles. They claim that these mystical ancient frequencies were lost when modern music was re-tuned around World War II. How much of this is true? What can we learn from the Solfeggio Frequencies?
#473, Jun 30, 2015 - The Loveland Frog - A series of sightings of a frog-like humanoid in the suburb of Loveland, Ohio prompts an enduring folkloric legend.
#472, Jun 23, 2015 - Lysenko and Lesser Science Grifters - Agriculture whiz-kid Trofim Lysenko took over Soviet biology by mixing Stalin-pleasing pseudoscience and communist doctrine, with disastrous results
#471, Jun 16, 2015 - Male Circumcision - Infant male circumcision is rising in popularity in the United States. Other than for religions reasons, what motivates parents to circumcise their children? And is the procedure as helpful or harmful as some suggest?
#470, Jun 9, 2015 - Marijuana - Fifty years ago, marijuana was considered a public menace and the world moved to outlaw it. Now, it's not only coming back into popular favor but also seeing use as a medicinal herb. What is marijuana really? Is it a dangerous drug? A miracle medicine? Or something else?
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