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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 220,000 weekly listeners, plus many more on syndicated radio. The web site and podcast are nonprofit and listener supported. Learn more


Lights in the Sky
Episode 576, June 20, 2017
How likely is the most common type of UFO report to be an alien spacecraft?

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How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2
Episode 575, June 13, 2017
Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).

How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1
Episode 574, June 6, 2017
Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).

There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory
Episode 573, May 30, 2017
A study of how a conspiracy theory as absurd as "There is no Finland" can even exist.

True or False Pregnancy
Episode 572, May 23, 2017
False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.

Thawing the Minnesota Iceman
Episode 571, May 16, 2017
This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.

More Space Missions You Should Know
Episode 570, May 9, 2017
We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.

Principles of Curiosity
Episode 569, May 2, 2017
Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.

2 Listener 2 Feedback
Episode 568, April 25, 2017
I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.

Feral Children
Episode 567, April 18, 2017
Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.

The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
Episode 566, April 11, 2017
A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.

The Shag Harbour UFO
Episode 565, April 4, 2017
Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.

Into Thin Error
Episode 564, March 28, 2017
Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.

Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401
Episode 563, March 21, 2017
The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.

Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse?
Episode 562, March 14, 2017
Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.

Beethoven's Hair
Episode 561, March 7, 2017
Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.

Remembering the Mandela Effect
Episode 560, February 28, 2017
Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.

Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked
Episode 559, February 21, 2017
Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.

Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo
Episode 558, February 14, 2017
Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.

Who Were the Berserkers?
Episode 557, February 7, 2017
These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.

Exploring Kincaid's Cave
Episode 556, January 31, 2017
Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.

Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction
Episode 555, January 24, 2017
These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.

How Your Credit Card Got Stolen
Episode 554, January 17, 2017
Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.

How Your Password Got Stolen
Episode 553, January 10, 2017
The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.

The D. B. Cooper Mystery
Episode 552, January 3, 2017
The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.


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