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What the Oil Companies Really Knew, Part 1

Episode 876, March 21, 2023

Is it true that the oil companies knew how much harm they were doing as far back as the 1970s?

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St. Patrick's Day Myths
Episode 875, March 14, 2023
Today's quiz tests whether you've been skeptical of what you think you know about St. Patrick's Day.

The Devil's Tramping Ground
Episode 874, March 7, 2023
Popular tales claim no plants at all will grow inside this round clearing in North Carolina, said to have been made by the Devil himself.

Earthquake Prediction
Episode 873, February 28, 2023
After every earthquake, there's always someone who claims to have predicted it. Is earthquake prediction possible?

Climate Change Checkup: 2023 Edition
Episode 872, February 21, 2023
The state of the climate so far... how we're doing, and what do we need to work on the most.

7 Valentine's Day Myths
Episode 871, February 14, 2023
See if you can tell whether each of these popular beliefs about Valentine's Day are true or false.

The Dirty Secret of Dirty Electricity
Episode 870, February 7, 2023
Is there such a thing as a type of electricity running through your home's wiring that delivers horrific health impacts to anyone living there?

The Goat Man of Pope Lick Bridge
Episode 869, January 31, 2023
Stories of goat men are all over the world. Why is the Pope Lick goat man disproportionately famous?

The Most Harmful Anti-Experts: 2023 Edition
Episode 868, January 24, 2023
Once again we round up the people working hardest to spread misinformation.

Student Questions: Guidestones and Tachyons
Episode 867, January 17, 2023
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by friendly folks all over the world.

What THEY Don't Want You to Know About UFOs
Episode 866, January 10, 2023
Some great ways to think about all the current UFO craze.

The Non-Mystery of Nan Madol
Episode 865, January 3, 2023
Was this megalithic site in the South Pacific built by the people who lived there at the time, or by aliens?

Ask Me Anything, 2022 Edition
Episode 864, December 27, 2022
In which we wrap up 2022 by letting Skeptoid premium members Ask Me Anything.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Woo
Episode 863, December 20, 2022
The latest form of magnet therapy promises to cure everything from headaches to cancer.

Human Mosquito Magnets
Episode 862, December 13, 2022
Is it true that mosquitoes like some people better than others?

Marketing with Logical Fallacies
Episode 861, December 6, 2022
A look at some of the logically fallacious statements used to sell many of today's most popular products.

Illuminating the Hornet Spooklight
Episode 860, November 29, 2022
Legend has it this ghost light has been spooking people in Missouri for hundreds of years.

How to Spot Fake News
Episode 859, November 22, 2022
A roundup of easy techniques anyone can employ to better discern accurate news reports from false ones.

Resignation Syndrome
Episode 858, November 15, 2022
In this bizarre psychiatric condition, healthy children lapse into a coma that may last for years.

On the Health Benefits of Drinking Alcohol
Episode 857, November 8, 2022
Some say that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol actually has certain health benefits.

A Cavalcade of Corrections
Episode 856, November 1, 2022
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors from past episodes.

Sniffing for Human Sex Pheromones
Episode 855, October 25, 2022
Do humans use pheromones to turn each other on? The science so far says... uhh, we have no idea.

The Day Science Was Overthrown
Episode 854, October 18, 2022
A look at six times when there was a major paradigm shift in science.

Brazil's Roswell: The Varginha UFO
Episode 853, October 11, 2022
This story of alien visitation in Brazil from 1996 claims to be the most convincing proof we have.

Electric Cars and the Power Grid
Episode 852, October 4, 2022
Opponents of electric cars claim that the power grid can't keep up with the growing demand for electricity.

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