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Growing Skeptical of Hair Restoration
Episode 504, February 2, 2016
As long as people lose their hair, the market will remain flooded with sham remedies.

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Bad Science on PBS
Episode 503, January 26, 2016
Does PBS bother to distance itself from the pseudoscience informercials aired during pledge drives?

Listener Feedback: Killing the Comments
Episode 502, January 19, 2016
Your comments on our decision to remove the comments from Skeptoid episode transcript pages.

Schrodinger's Cat and the Bomb Detector
Episode 501, January 12, 2016
Whatever you think you know about Schrödinger's famous cat is probably wrong.

A Little Curiosity
Episode 500, January 5, 2016
Have you found your curiosity in the first 500 episodes of Skeptoid?

The Hope Diamond: A Curse Deconstructed
Episode 499, December 29, 2015
Find out how the obviously false story of a curse came to be associated with this famous diamond.

Did the 1914 Christmas Truce Really Happen?
Episode 498, December 22, 2015
How true are the stories of WWI soldiers laying aside their rifles on Christmas 1914?

A Skeptical Look at the Rorschach Test
Episode 497, December 15, 2015
Most consider the famous inkblot test to be a window to the subconscious. Is it?

The Russian Sleep Experiment
Episode 496, December 8, 2015
Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived.

Updated: Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Web Sites
Episode 495, December 1, 2015
The worst offending sites on the Internet for promoting bad misinformation.

Black Mold: Peril or Prosaic?
Episode 494, November 24, 2015
Black mold is commonly believed to harbor many deadly diseases. How much truth is there to this?

How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome?
Episode 493, November 17, 2015
Is the Stockholm syndrome a real psychological phenomenon, or a media buzzword?

Pouring Cold Water on Cryotherapy
Episode 492, November 10, 2015
Questioning whether this new spa treatment provides all the medical benefits it claims.

420: The Cannabis Code
Episode 491, November 3, 2015
Myths and competing claims fog the origin of the term 420, a slang code for marijuana.

Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe
Episode 490, October 27, 2015
Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. Was it?

The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys
Episode 489, October 20, 2015
These product advertised in the back of comic books promised improbable feats of science.

Who Was Charles Fort?
Episode 488, October 13, 2015
This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.

About That 1970s Global Cooling...
Episode 487, October 6, 2015
Is it true that climatologists in the 1970s said we're headed into an ice age?

The Flying Saucer Menace
Episode 486, September 29, 2015
The true, interwoven history of flying saucers in American folklore.

Holocaust Denial
Episode 485, September 22, 2015
Why some people think the Holocaust never happened, and what to do about it.

More Unsung Women of Science
Episode 484, September 15, 2015
Some women you haven't heard of who made significant contributions to science.

Unsung Women of Science
Episode 483, September 8, 2015
These important scientists are virtually unknown. Let's see if we can fix that.

Sir Franklin's Cannibals
Episode 482, September 1, 2015
The fate of Franklin's Lost Expedition gives a valuable lesson in types of evidence.

Captain Kidd's Treasure
Episode 481, August 25, 2015
Many stories tell of Captain Kidd's buried treasure. But is there any reason to believe it exists?

The Nazi of Nanking
Episode 480, August 18, 2015
This most unlikely of guardian angels saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives.


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