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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 144,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported. Learn more


The Keepers of Flannan Light
Episode 610, February 13, 2018
Mystery clouds the story of what happened to these three vanished lighthouse keepers.

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Were There Irish Slaves in America?
Episode 609, February 6, 2018
Online articles claiming the first slaves in the Americas were white are fictional and racially motivated.

Palm Oil Facts and Fiction
Episode 608, January 30, 2018
Is it a medical miracle, an environmental disaster, both, or neither?

Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
Episode 607, January 23, 2018
What the science says on whether we need to change the way we eat crustaceans.

The Murder in the Red Barn
Episode 606, January 16, 2018
A murder was said to have been solved by the intervention of the victim's ghost.

The Civil War Pterosaur
Episode 605, January 9, 2018
This famous Internet photo of Civil War soldiers posing with a pterosaur has a surprising source.

Net Neutrality Reexamined
Episode 604, January 2, 2018
A skeptic's guide for organizing the issues raised by Net Neutrality.

Sonic Weapons in Cuba
Episode 603, December 26, 2017
There is a much better explanation than sonic weapons for reported attacks against US diplomats in Cuba.

Should Moms Eat Placentas?
Episode 602, December 19, 2017
The modern practice of Western mothers eating their placentas is a new and strange attention-seeking behavior.

Hiding the Decline: Climategate Demystified
Episode 601, December 12, 2017
This infamous scandal was said to have proven global warming was all just a hoax. Umm, no.

A Musical Retrospective
Episode 600, December 5, 2017
Everything you didn't know about ten years of Skeptoid musical episodes, including the reason.

Listener Feedback: Creationism and More Dead Paul
Episode 599, November 28, 2017
Some updates, notes, and extra information sent in by listeners about recent episodes.

The Hudson Valley UFO Mystery
Episode 598, November 21, 2017
Hundreds of people watched this UFO over the Hudson River Valley many times between 1983 and 1984.

The Wisdom of the Future
Episode 597, November 14, 2017
Skeptoid corrects a round of past errors, that they might become the wisdom of the future.

How to Assess a Documentary
Episode 596, November 7, 2017
Some tips to assess whether a documentary is good science or just propaganda.

Chasing Malaysian Airlines MH370
Episode 595, October 31, 2017
A roundup of the conspiracy theories and the probable true fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Paul Is Dead
Episode 594, October 24, 2017
The origins and history of the urban legend that Paul McCartney died and was replaced.

I Still Can't Believe They Did That: More Human Guinea Pigs
Episode 593, October 17, 2017
A further look at ten more scientists who experimented on themselves for the benefit of mankind.

Alert 747: The Vela Incident
Episode 592, October 10, 2017
In 1979, a mysterious flash occurred over the southern ocean that could have been a nuclear bomb.

Ouija Boards
Episode 591, October 3, 2017
Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.

Skepticism vs Cynicism
Episode 590, September 26, 2017
The line between skepticism and cynicism is a bit too blurry for many people. Today we bring it into focus.

The Big Pharma Conspiracy
Episode 589, September 19, 2017
Popular claims of a Big Pharma Conspiracy don't stand up to any rational scrutiny.

Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition
Episode 588, September 12, 2017
A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.

What Makes a Good Podcast Episode?
Episode 587, September 5, 2017
Stories about urban legends are at their best when there are real people at their center.

Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined
Episode 586, August 29, 2017
In the wake of VW Dieselgate, the government took the wrong steps to solve the wrong problem.


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