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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 138,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported. Learn more

 

Starlite, the Magical Mystery Material

Episode 684, July 16, 2019

The real reasons for the disappearance of this amateur material said to be able to withstand even a nuclear blast.

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Prehistoric Supersonic Monster Tides
Episode 683, July 9, 2019
An astronomical look at the idea that Earth's early history had enormous destructive tides.

Mexico's Zone of Silence
Episode 682, July 2, 2019
Legend has it that radios and compasses will not work in this remote Mexican desert.

Alien Visitation and Kecksburg
Episode 681, June 25, 2019
We can often get a good sense of a UFO story's accuracy even without researching all the details.

The True Fate of the Amber Room
Episode 680, June 18, 2019
State-sponsored disinformation continues to drive treasure hunters who seek the legendary Amber Room.

The Greenbrier Ghost
Episode 679, June 11, 2019
A skeptical look at the time a ghost's testimony resulted in a murder conviction.

What the Feedback
Episode 678, June 4, 2019
More updates and additional information for some recent Skeptoid episodes.

5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty?
Episode 677, May 28, 2019
An examination of the claims that 5G cell phone data service is potentially harmful to life.

Glyphosate and Behavioral Economics
Episode 676, May 21, 2019
How misinformation spread over one of the safest herbicides becoming known as one of the most harmful.

Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien
Episode 675, May 14, 2019
Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.

Student Questions: Drinking Urine and Studying to Music
Episode 674, May 7, 2019
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

Yamashita's Gold
Episode 673, April 30, 2019
The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.

Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death
Episode 672, April 23, 2019
Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?

China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic
Episode 671, April 16, 2019
Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.

Wrong Does Not Cease to be Wrong
Episode 670, April 9, 2019
The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.

Pop Quiz: History and Pseudohistory
Episode 669, April 2, 2019
Test your knowledge on these subjects, all covered by Skeptoid, on false history claims.

A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit
Episode 668, March 26, 2019
How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.

All About Atlantis
Episode 667, March 19, 2019
For centuries, alternative history fans have been denying Plato's intent and trying to frame Atlantis as a real island.

The Historicity of Jesus Christ
Episode 666, March 12, 2019
A review of the evidence for and against the life of Jesus of Nazareth as a real living man.

Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods
Episode 665, March 5, 2019
The nature of the problem of ocean plastics, and the best solution, may both come as surprises.

The Keto Diet
Episode 664, February 26, 2019
It's the latest fad diet, and people are trying it for just about any benefit you can think of.

Pop Quiz: Urban Legends
Episode 663, February 19, 2019
Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them.

Vaccine Denial: Failure Mode Analysis
Episode 662, February 12, 2019
The surprising history of how medical science's greatest success has become vilified by so many people.

Rapping with the Fox Sisters
Episode 661, February 5, 2019
Myth and mystery surrounds the sisters said to have founded the modern spiritualism industry.

Feedback and Followups
Episode 660, January 29, 2019
A handful of updates to past Skeptoid episodes... eyebrow raising to say the least.

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