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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.

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Recent Programs

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.

Listener Feedback: The Plot Thickens
Episode 705, December 10, 2019
Listeners offer some updates and new information to previous episodes.

The Green Children of Woolpit
Episode 704, December 3, 2019
In the 12th century, a pair of mysterious children with green skin surprised English villagers.

Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 3
Episode 703, November 26, 2019
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Episode 702, November 19, 2019
These risky medical devices are increasingly being sold to treat conditions they don't treat.

Seneca Guns and Skyquakes
Episode 701, November 12, 2019
These mysterious cannon-like booms are heard all around the world, with no apparent source.

A Whale of a Tale
Episode 700, November 5, 2019
In which we celebrate 700 episodes of great storytelling... sea shanty style.

The Mystery of the Ellen Austin
Episode 699, October 29, 2019
The true history behind one of the Bermuda Triangle's strangest legends.

Radon in Your Basement
Episode 698, October 22, 2019
Is this gas a risk you should worry about, or is it just another homeowner scam?

Reactionless Space Drives
Episode 697, October 15, 2019
Conspiracy theorists and alternate science believers continue to claim triumph over the laws of nature.

History's Smallest Underground War
Episode 696, October 8, 2019
The public's zeal for sensationalism over facts can sometimes have deadly consequences.

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