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I Still Can't Believe They Did That: More Human Guinea Pigs (Skeptoid #593) - A further look at ten more scientists who experimented on themselves for the benefit of mankind.
October 17, 2017
Read | Listen (14:04)
 
Alert 747: The Vela Incident (Skeptoid #592) - In 1979, a mysterious flash occurred over the southern ocean that could have been a nuclear bomb.
October 10, 2017
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
Ouija Boards (Skeptoid #591) - Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.
October 3, 2017
Read | Listen (12:27)
 
Skepticism vs Cynicism (Skeptoid #590) - The line between skepticism and cynicism is a bit too blurry for many people. Today we bring it into focus.
September 26, 2017
Read | Listen (13:09)
 
The Big Pharma Conspiracy (Skeptoid #589) - Popular claims of a Big Pharma Conspiracy don't stand up to any rational scrutiny.
September 19, 2017
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition (Skeptoid #588) - A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.
September 12, 2017
Read | Listen (14:35)
 
What Makes a Good Podcast Episode? (Skeptoid #587) - Stories about urban legends are at their best when there are real people at their center.
September 5, 2017
Read | Listen (14:05)
 
Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined (Skeptoid #586) - In the wake of VW Dieselgate, the government took the wrong steps to solve the wrong problem.
August 29, 2017
Read | Listen (14:56)
 
Relic Japanese Soldiers (Skeptoid #585) - How factual are the urban legends about Japanese soldiers in the Pacific who never heard the war ended?
August 22, 2017
Read | Listen (13:31)
 
Eclipse Myths and Science (Skeptoid #584) - A look at the science-based myths and misconceptions about eclipses, plus some things you might not know.
August 15, 2017
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
Fate of the Feedback (Skeptoid #583) - Skeptoid responds to some listener feedback, updating a few episodes and clarifying some others.
August 8, 2017
Read | Listen (12:57)
 
Lonnie Zamora and the Socorro UFO (Skeptoid #582) - This famous 1964 UFO sighting by a New Mexico police officer has several interesting explanations.
August 1, 2017
Read | Listen (12:15)
 
Are You Following a Crank? (Skeptoid #581) - Let's have a look at the traits that define a crank, to make sure your new hero isn't one.
July 25, 2017
Read | Listen (13:19)
 
Amelia Earhart Redux: Competing Networks, Competing Craziness (Skeptoid #580) - Through their constant promotion of false history, TV networks may have done Amelia Earhart's legacy irreparable harm.
July 18, 2017
Read | Listen (14:20)
 
Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon (Skeptoid #579) - The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, not thousands; despite the efforts of Young Earthers.
July 11, 2017
Read | Listen (14:14)
 
Student Questions: Bitters, Gas, and Diet Woo (Skeptoid #578) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 4, 2017
Read | Listen (12:04)
 
What Are the Chances You're Psychic? (Skeptoid #577) - We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.
June 27, 2017
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
Lights in the Sky (Skeptoid #576) - How likely is the most common type of UFO report to be an alien spacecraft?
June 20, 2017
Read | Listen (13:09)
 
How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2 (Skeptoid #575) - Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).
June 13, 2017
Read | Listen (13:07)
 
How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1 (Skeptoid #574) - Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).
June 6, 2017
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory (Skeptoid #573) - A study of how a conspiracy theory as absurd as "There is no Finland" can even exist.
May 30, 2017
Read | Listen (13:27)
 
True or False Pregnancy (Skeptoid #572) - False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.
May 23, 2017
Read | Listen (12:57)
 
Thawing the Minnesota Iceman (Skeptoid #571) - This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.
May 16, 2017
Read | Listen (12:33)
 
More Space Missions You Should Know (Skeptoid #570) - We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.
May 9, 2017
Read | Listen (13:40)
 
Principles of Curiosity (Skeptoid #569) - Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.
May 2, 2017
Read | Listen (13:52)
 
2 Listener 2 Feedback (Skeptoid #568) - I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.
April 25, 2017
Read | Listen (12:47)
 
Feral Children (Skeptoid #567) - Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.
April 18, 2017
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (Skeptoid #566) - A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.
April 11, 2017
Read | Listen (13:10)
 
The Shag Harbour UFO (Skeptoid #565) - Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.
April 4, 2017
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
Into Thin Error (Skeptoid #564) - Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.
March 28, 2017
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401 (Skeptoid #563) - The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.
March 21, 2017
Read | Listen (12:01)
 
Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse? (Skeptoid #562) - Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.
March 14, 2017
Read | Listen (13:39)
 
Beethoven's Hair (Skeptoid #561) - Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.
March 7, 2017
Read | Listen (15:05)
 
Remembering the Mandela Effect (Skeptoid #560) - Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.
February 28, 2017
Read | Listen (12:54)
 
Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked (Skeptoid #559) - Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.
February 21, 2017
Read | Listen (13:58)
 
Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo (Skeptoid #558) - Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.
February 14, 2017
Read | Listen (11:12)
 
Who Were the Berserkers? (Skeptoid #557) - These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.
February 7, 2017
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
Exploring Kincaid's Cave (Skeptoid #556) - Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.
January 31, 2017
Read | Listen (12:24)
 
Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #555) - These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.
January 24, 2017
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
How Your Credit Card Got Stolen (Skeptoid #554) - Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.
January 17, 2017
Read | Listen (13:31)
 
How Your Password Got Stolen (Skeptoid #553) - The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.
January 10, 2017
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
The D. B. Cooper Mystery (Skeptoid #552) - The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.
January 3, 2017
Read | Listen (12:23)
 
Space Missions You Should Know (Skeptoid #551) - A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.
December 27, 2016
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
The Mad Gasser of Mattoon (Skeptoid #550) - In 1944, a strange night prowler is believed to have made poison gas attacks in Illinois. Here's what we know.
December 20, 2016
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming (Skeptoid #549) - The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.
December 13, 2016
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
Bruce Lee Myths (Skeptoid #548) - More mythology than fact surrounds this enigmatic figure from martial arts films.
December 6, 2016
Read | Listen (12:36)
 
The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor (Skeptoid #547) - Published accounts tell of a mysterious fighter plane that came into Pearl Harbor a year after the Japanese attack.
November 29, 2016
Read | Listen (11:22)
 
There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There? (Skeptoid #546) - Genetically, race does not exist; but there are still inconvenient places for it in science.
November 22, 2016
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
First in Flight (Skeptoid #545) - You always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Well, it depends what country you're from.
November 15, 2016
Read | Listen (13:19)
 
Feedback and Followups (Skeptoid #544) - Some nifty extra information for a few recent episodes supplied by listeners in the know.
November 8, 2016
Read | Listen (11:34)
 
White Hat Journal Hoaxes (Skeptoid #543) - Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.
November 1, 2016
Read | Listen (13:36)
 
Photographic Memory (Skeptoid #542) - Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories, but the truth is quite different.
October 25, 2016
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Defusing India's Ancient Atomic Blasts (Skeptoid #541) - The facts behind an urban legend claiming a nuclear war in India some 12,000 years ago.
October 18, 2016
Read | Listen (13:05)
 
Feng Shui Today (Skeptoid #540) - Feng shui is much more than just a debunked way to magically arrange furniture.
October 11, 2016
Read | Listen (12:47)
 
Radiation Hormesis: Is It Good for You? (Skeptoid #539) - Some say that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer. No, it probably doesn't.
October 4, 2016
Read | Listen (13:27)
 
The Belgian UFO Wave (Skeptoid #538) - For two years, some say the Belgian skies were filled with triangular alien UFOs.
September 27, 2016
Read | Listen (13:40)
 
Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 3 (Skeptoid #537) - The hard, testable, scientific proof that we actually did land humans on the moon.
September 20, 2016
Read | Listen (12:36)
 
Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 2 (Skeptoid #536) - The science behind many of the specific claims made by Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theorists.
September 13, 2016
Read | Listen (12:21)
 
Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 1 (Skeptoid #535) - The history of the Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theory, and those who believe in it.
September 6, 2016
Read | Listen (12:19)
 
Earthquake Lights: Do They Exist? (Skeptoid #534) - One of those things everyone seems to believe in, but for which there's almost no evidence.
August 30, 2016
Read | Listen (14:16)
 
Don't Try It Before You Knock It (Skeptoid #533) - Try it before you knock it… unless you want to know if it really works.
August 23, 2016
Read | Listen (12:45)
 
Who Killed the Red Baron? (Skeptoid #532) - A look at which of the six competing claims for who killed the Red Baron was probably true.
August 16, 2016
Read | Listen (14:16)
 
The Banjawarn Bang (Skeptoid #531) - Evidence suggests a doomsday cult may have successfully tested a nuclear bomb in Australia in 1993.
August 9, 2016
Read | Listen (13:06)
 
No, You Shouldn't Question Everything (Skeptoid #530) - Pop wisdom continually reminds us to Question Everything -- an idea which is rarely either practical or useful.
August 2, 2016
Read | Listen (13:22)
 
Wrongy McWrongface (Skeptoid #529) - Skeptoid corrects another batch of errors from previous episodes.
July 26, 2016
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
The Secret History of Majestic 12 (Skeptoid #528) - These purported UFO documents changed the course of the culture of UFO belief.
July 19, 2016
Read | Listen (13:37)
 
Conjuring Up the Warrens (Skeptoid #527) - The Conjuring 2 tells a story that is fictional in a way you might not have guessed.
July 12, 2016
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
Sky Trumpets (Skeptoid #526) - From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.
July 5, 2016
Read | Listen (13:34)
 
Autopsy: The Clinton Body Count (Skeptoid #525) - The surprising origins of the claim that the Clintons kill any who get in their way.
June 28, 2016
Read | Listen (12:47)
 
Colony Collapse Disorder: Science and Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #524) - Everyone loves to point the finger at the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder; here's what we actually know.
June 21, 2016
Read | Listen (13:06)
 
How Do Homing Pigeons Navigate? (Skeptoid #523) - The latest and greatest research reveals that we still have no clue how birds accomplish this amazing feat.
June 14, 2016
Read | Listen (13:05)
 
Dark Watchers (Skeptoid #522) - The true origins of the Dark Watchers, said to go all the way back to Chumash Indian stories.
June 7, 2016
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
The New Flat Earthers (Skeptoid #521) - The reinvented Flat Earth fad is less about geology and more about conspiracy mongering.
May 31, 2016
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Solving the Haunted Hoia-Baciu Forest (Skeptoid #520) - It is said to be the world's most haunted forest. Here's what we actually find there.
May 24, 2016
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Alien Implants (Skeptoid #519) - Some of those who believe they've been abducted by aliens also think they were left with a souvenir.
May 17, 2016
Read | Listen (13:42)
 
Listener Feedback: Denial and Aliens (Skeptoid #518) - Skeptoid answers some feedback sent in by listeners.
May 10, 2016
Read | Listen (12:16)
 
Antibiotics and Hormones in Beef (Skeptoid #517) - One of pop food woo's favorite claims is that drugs given to beef cattle pose a danger to humans.
May 3, 2016
Read | Listen (12:33)
 
Demythologizing the Shaolin Monks (Skeptoid #516) - Just about everything you think you know about the Shaolin Monks was made up for tourists.
April 26, 2016
Read | Listen (12:59)
 
All About Absinthe (Skeptoid #515) - This mysterious alcoholic drink is the subject of more urban legends than any other liquor.
April 19, 2016
Read | Listen (12:21)
 
Your Thoughts on Making Skepticism Commercial (Skeptoid #514) - A proposal for how we can make skeptical programming more attractive to a larger audience.
April 12, 2016
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
Why Musical Aliens Probably Use the Same Scale We Do (Skeptoid #513) - Reliance on universal mathematical principles may mean alien music is similar to our own.
April 5, 2016
Read | Listen (12:44)
 
Decrypting Mother Teresa (Skeptoid #512) - It's popular to criticize Mother Teresa, but that criticism might be better directed at the real culprit.
March 29, 2016
Read | Listen (12:10)
 
Firestorm in Waco (Skeptoid #511) - The FBI did not deliberately murder the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.
March 22, 2016
Read | Listen (14:10)
 
Student Questions: Multiple Intelligences and the Gender Pay Gap (Skeptoid #510) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
March 15, 2016
Read | Listen (12:10)
 
Ninjas Unmasked (Skeptoid #509) - These superheroes of martial arts lore may not be exactly what you thought they were.
March 8, 2016
Read | Listen (13:46)
 
Demythologizing the Knights Templar (Skeptoid #508) - More pseudohistory than fact surrounds this ancient order's depictions in pop culture.
March 1, 2016
Read | Listen (12:59)
 
No, Hitler Did Not Escape (Skeptoid #507) - There is no truth to the popular myth that Hitler escaped Berlin and went to Argentina.
February 23, 2016
Read | Listen (12:36)
 
Bad Skepticism: Why You Should Challenge Popular Assumptions (Skeptoid #506) - From swamp gas and waterspouts to alternative medicine, the harm of not challenging popular assumptions.
February 16, 2016
Read | Listen (11:49)
 
You've Got to Be Wrong to Be Right (Skeptoid #505) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors from past episodes.
February 9, 2016
Read | Listen (12:35)
 
Growing Skeptical of Hair Restoration (Skeptoid #504) - As long as people lose their hair, the market will remain flooded with sham remedies.
February 2, 2016
Read | Listen (13:24)
 
Bad Science on PBS (Skeptoid #503) - The reasons why PBS is so quick to promote pseudoscience informercials during pledge drives.
January 26, 2016
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
Listener Feedback: Killing the Comments (Skeptoid #502) - Your comments on our decision to remove the comments from Skeptoid episode transcript pages.
January 19, 2016
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
Schrodinger's Cat and the Bomb Detector (Skeptoid #501) - Whatever you think you know about Schrödinger's famous cat is probably wrong.
January 12, 2016
Read | Listen (12:27)
 
A Little Curiosity (Skeptoid #500) - If you haven't yet found your curiosity in the first 500 episodes of Skeptoid, find it here.
January 5, 2016
Read | Listen (6:16)
 
The Hope Diamond: A Curse Deconstructed (Skeptoid #499) - Find out how the obviously false story of a curse came to be associated with this famous diamond.
December 29, 2015
Read | Listen (12:35)
 
Did the 1914 Christmas Truce Really Happen? (Skeptoid #498) - Popular stories tell of WWI soldiers laying aside their rifles on Christmas 1914. The facts are not quite so simple.
December 22, 2015
Read | Listen (11:52)
 
A Skeptical Look at the Rorschach Test (Skeptoid #497) - The famous Rorschach inkblot test is not a window into the subconscious, and doesn't tell us anything useful.
December 15, 2015
Read | Listen (12:39)
 
The Russian Sleep Experiment (Skeptoid #496) - Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived.
December 8, 2015
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
Updated: Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Web Sites (Skeptoid #495) - The worst offending sites on the Internet for promoting bad misinformation.
December 1, 2015
Read | Listen (14:37)
 
Black Mold: Peril or Prosaic? (Skeptoid #494) - Black mold is commonly believed to harbor many deadly diseases; but in fact removing it is often worse than leaving it.
November 24, 2015
Read | Listen (11:31)
 
How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome? (Skeptoid #493) - While the Stockholm syndrome sounds like a mere media buzzword, it does actually sometimes happen.
November 17, 2015
Read | Listen (12:41)
 
Pouring Cold Water on Cryotherapy (Skeptoid #492) - Questioning whether this new spa treatment provides all the medical benefits it claims.
November 10, 2015
Read | Listen (12:19)
 
420: The Cannabis Code (Skeptoid #491) - Myths and competing claims fog the origin of the term 420, a slang code for marijuana.
November 3, 2015
Read | Listen (12:04)
 
Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe (Skeptoid #490) - Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. The truth isn't quite so simple.
October 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:12)
 
The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys (Skeptoid #489) - These products advertised in the back of comic books promised improbable feats of science.
October 20, 2015
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
Who Was Charles Fort? (Skeptoid #488) - This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.
October 13, 2015
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
About That 1970s Global Cooling... (Skeptoid #487) - No, climatologists in the 1970s did not believe we're headed into another ice age.
October 6, 2015
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
The Flying Saucer Menace (Skeptoid #486) - The true, interwoven history of flying saucers in American folklore.
September 29, 2015
Read | Listen (12:29)
 
Holocaust Denial (Skeptoid #485) - Why some people think the Holocaust never happened, and what to do about it.
September 22, 2015
Read | Listen (12:54)
 
More Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #484) - Some women you haven't heard of who made significant contributions to science.
September 15, 2015
Read | Listen (12:56)
 
Unsung Women of Science (Skeptoid #483) - These important scientists are virtually unknown. Let's see if we can fix that.
September 8, 2015
Read | Listen (13:13)
 
Franklin's Cannibals (Skeptoid #482) - The fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Expedition gives a valuable lesson in types of evidence.
September 1, 2015
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
Captain Kidd's Treasure (Skeptoid #481) - Think you're going to find Captain Kidd's buried treasure on the US east coast? Think again.
August 25, 2015
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
The Nazi of Nanking (Skeptoid #480) - This most unlikely of guardian angels saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives.
August 18, 2015
Read | Listen (13:49)
 
Chemicals (Skeptoid #479) - Chemicals are deadly, delicious, essential and basically, everything.
August 11, 2015
Read | Listen (14:28)
 
Listener Feedback: Natural History (Skeptoid #478) - Today we're going to answer questions sent in by listeners pertaining to episodes having to do with our natural world.
August 4, 2015
Read | Listen (11:36)
 
Wag the Dogman (Skeptoid #477) - They say that a half-canine cryptid stalks the woods of Northern Michigan. Are they right?
July 28, 2015
Read | Listen (13:03)
 
The Chess-Playing Mechanical Turk (Skeptoid #476) - An overview of the amazing chess playing robot of the 1700s.
July 21, 2015
Read | Listen (11:21)
 
Listener Feedback: History vs. Pseudohistory (Skeptoid #475) - Brian responds to listener feedback about past history episodes.
July 14, 2015
Read | Listen (11:44)
 
Solfeggio Frequencies (Skeptoid #474) - Certain specific sonic frequencies are not the key to love, intuition, or spiritual order.
July 7, 2015
Read | Listen (13:10)
 
The Loveland Frog (Skeptoid #473) - A series of sightings of a frog-like humanoid in the suburb of Loveland, Ohio prompts an enduring folkloric legend.
June 30, 2015
Read | Listen (13:51)
 
Lysenko and Lesser Science Grifters (Skeptoid #472) - Trofim Lysenko mixed pseudoscience and ideology to set back Soviet biology
June 23, 2015
Read | Listen (14:54)
 
Male Circumcision (Skeptoid #471) - Infant male circumcision remains common in the United States. Today we look at the reasons and the implications.
June 16, 2015
Read | Listen (15:49)
 
Marijuana (Skeptoid #470) - In the last 50 years, marijuana has gone from menace to medicine. Which is it?
June 9, 2015
Read | Listen (14:21)
 
Jade Helm 15 (Skeptoid #469) - Conspiracy theory that a military training exercise is going to lead to martial law.
June 2, 2015
Read | Listen (14:00)
 
Listener Feedback: Fads (Skeptoid #468) - Brian responds to some listener feedback concerning the topic of fads.
May 26, 2015
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
Baby Myths (Skeptoid #467) - A look at some common myths about babies and children.
May 19, 2015
Read | Listen (16:35)
 
5 Answers for Creationists (Skeptoid #466) - Creationists have presented 5 questions they don't think 'evolutionists' can answer. Here are some answers.
May 12, 2015
Read | Listen (13:48)
 
Agenda 21 (Skeptoid #465) - A look at the conspiratorial hysteria and sensationalism surrounding the United Nations' Agenda 21.
May 5, 2015
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
The Lake Michigan Triangle (Skeptoid #464) - There is a region in the Great Lakes where, some say, ships and planes mysteriously disappear. Not so much.
April 28, 2015
Read | Listen (11:40)
 
Transgender: Fact or Fiction? (Skeptoid #463) - The Internet believes a lot of things about transgender people, but much of it isn't true.
April 21, 2015
Read | Listen (14:31)
 
Satanic Ritual Abuse (Skeptoid #462) - The history of claims that secret Satanic cults are abusing children.
April 14, 2015
Read | Listen (17:02)
 
Cryptids That Turned Out To Be Real (Skeptoid #461) - Sometimes speculative animals do turn out to be real, but that still doesn't validate cryptozoology as a science.
April 7, 2015
Read | Listen (14:26)
 
Plastic Bags (Skeptoid #460) - Deciding whether you want "paper or plastic" at the supermarket turns out to be a remarkably complex choice.
March 31, 2015
Read | Listen (11:40)
 
Listener Feedback: The Environment (Skeptoid #459) - Brian responds to listener feedback on past episodes about environmental topics.
March 24, 2015
Read | Listen (11:54)
 
Science Fails (Skeptoid #458) - Science has let you down time after time, and that's one reason why it gets better and better.
March 17, 2015
Read | Listen (14:11)
 
Forgetting the Alamo (Skeptoid #457) - The myths and facts behind the events that made the Alamo famous reveal it may not be worth remembering much.
March 10, 2015
Read | Listen (19:37)
 
Cattle Mutilation (Skeptoid #456) - Cow mutilation may have a simpler explanation than alien experimentation.
March 3, 2015
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
Ghost Photography (Skeptoid #455) - The history of ghost photography and its many problems as evidence.
February 24, 2015
Read | Listen (15:30)
 
GMO Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #454) - See if you know how many of these GMO "facts" are right.
February 17, 2015
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
Cooking Myths (Skeptoid #453) - As the busiest part of the house, the kitchen has collected more folklore than any other room in it.
February 10, 2015
Read | Listen (14:35)
 
The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica (Skeptoid #452) - In Costa Rica, mysterious stone spheres left behind by the country's previous inhabitants seem to defy explanation.
February 3, 2015
Read | Listen (08:56)
 
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:55)
 
Robert Ripley: Believe Him... or Not? (Skeptoid #450) - We examine Believe it or Not! and determine if we can believe this stuff.
January 20, 2015
Read | Listen (11:42)
 
Ancient Astronauts (Skeptoid #449) - Did aliens visit the ancient Earth and inspire human cultures? Some people claim so.
January 13, 2015
Read | Listen (13:28)
 
The Columbus Poltergeist (Skeptoid #448) - This poltergeist in Columbus Ohio turned out to be, like nearly all such cases, a mischievous teen.
January 6, 2015
Read | Listen (16:49)
 
Listener Feedback: Cryptozoology (Skeptoid #447) - We respond to questions about cryptids asked by listeners to our recent episodes.
December 30, 2014
Read | Listen (12:17)
 
The Fallibility of Memory (Skeptoid #446) - We are a story our brain tells itself. And our brains are habitual liars.
December 23, 2014
Read | Listen (11:57)
 
Megalodon Myths (Skeptoid #445) - The Discovery Channel wants you to think that a giant prehistoric shark may still swim our oceans.
December 16, 2014
Read | Listen (14:34)
 
Myths of Alcatraz (Skeptoid #444) - Alcatraz Island is veiled in the fog of myth.
December 9, 2014
Read | Listen (14:57)
 
SS Iron Mountain (Skeptoid #443) - This large riverboat is said to have vanished without a trace on the Mississippi River in 1872.
December 2, 2014
Read | Listen (11:01)
 
Griffins (Skeptoid #442) - Griffins, considered absurd mythological beasts today, were actually our first attempt to explain fossils.
November 25, 2014
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The Skookum Cast (Skeptoid #441) - The first "full body cast" of an alleged Bigfoot left many experts with a different impression.
November 18, 2014
Read | Listen (12:30)
 
That Elusive Fibromyalgia (Skeptoid #440) - Some say fibromyalgia is a real disease, while others question the diagnosis.
November 11, 2014
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A Skeptical Look at the News (Skeptoid #439) - How we look at the news is as important as where we get it.
November 4, 2014
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The War of the Worlds Panic Broadcast (Skeptoid #438) - On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles panicked a nation with a single broadcast. Or did he?
October 28, 2014
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Tube Amplifiers (Skeptoid #437) - The audiophile preference for tube amps over solid state is based more on emotion than on science.
October 21, 2014
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Ionithermie (Skeptoid #436) - Ionithermie is not effective for slimming or cellulite removal -- or, for anything, really.
October 14, 2014
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The St. Clair Triangle UFO (Skeptoid #435) - In 2000, Illinois police chased what has come to be known as the St. Clair Triangle UFO. We found out what it was.
October 7, 2014
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The Braxton County Monster (Skeptoid #434) - A group of 7 West Virginians looked for a crashed UFO in the hills and ended up getting the fright of their lives.
September 30, 2014
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The Water Woo of Masaru Emoto (Skeptoid #433) - Masaru Emoto invented a New Age mythology in which water crystals reflect human consciousness.
September 23, 2014
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The Death of Rasputin (Skeptoid #432) - Legend says that Grigori Rasputin, the "Mad Monk", was hard to kill; but the truth about his life is the real story.
September 16, 2014
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Acupuncture (Skeptoid #431) - Acupuncture, the safe and effective ancient Chinese medical treatment, turns out to be none of those things.
September 9, 2014
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Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Skeptoid #430) - The clash between the champions of scientific skepticism and supernaturalism.
September 2, 2014
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The Many Voices of Frank's Box (Skeptoid #429) - Frank's ghost box is a radio designed to hear communications from ghosts. Here's how it works (or not).
August 26, 2014
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The Haunted Dybbuk Box (Skeptoid #428) - A popular tale tells of a haunted Jewish wine box that brought ill fortune upon its owners... apparently.
August 19, 2014
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The Legend of the Flying Dutchman (Skeptoid #427) - The real source of the ancient nautical legends of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.
August 12, 2014
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The Baldoon Mystery (Skeptoid #426) - The surprising truth behind Canada's most famous ghost story.
August 5, 2014
Read | Listen (11:44)
 
Albinism Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #425) - Even in developed countries, myths persist about people who have albinism.
July 29, 2014
Read | Listen (13:49)
 
The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 (Skeptoid #424) - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day.
July 22, 2014
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12 Step Programs (Skeptoid #423) - Religious-based twelve step programs are no better at stopping addiction than other programs.
July 15, 2014
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Lie Detection (Skeptoid #422) - Polygraphs are no better than a roll of the dice at determining whether you're lying.
July 8, 2014
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Student Questions: Internet Tracking and Plasma Cosmology (Skeptoid #421) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 1, 2014
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Hillary vs. Mallory: The First to Everest (Skeptoid #420) - From the evidence we have, it seems clear there's no way Mallory could have beaten Hillary to the summit of Everest.
June 24, 2014
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Slacktivism: Raising Awareness (Skeptoid #419) - Clicking a "Like" button on a web site is not only useless, it may actually be counterproductive.
June 17, 2014
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Left Brained, Right Brained, or Hare Brained? (Skeptoid #418) - Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain or right brain dominant, a concept with no scientific support.
June 10, 2014
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The Riddle of Flight 19 (Skeptoid #417) - The 1945 disappearance of five fighter planes in the Bermuda Triangle was real, but hardly how it's portrayed.
June 3, 2014
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5 Conspiracy Theories that Turned Out to Be True... Maybe? (Skeptoid #416) - Skeptoid listeners are always asking for conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Here are the best I found.
May 27, 2014
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In Which I Am the Very Picture of Error Personified (Skeptoid #415) - Skeptoid corrects another round of mistakes made in previous episodes.
May 20, 2014
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Killing Princess Diana (Skeptoid #414) - Some say the death of Princess Diana in 1997 was actually a murder plotted by her government.
May 13, 2014
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3-7-77: The Montana Vigilance Code (Skeptoid #413) - This mysterious code representing vigilante justice has a history steeped in mystery.
May 6, 2014
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Animal Predictors: Psychic, Sensitive, or Silly? (Skeptoid #412) - Despite many examples being promoted in the press, animals do not have psychic powers.
April 29, 2014
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Your Body's Alleged Energy Fields (Skeptoid #411) - There is no such thing as your body's energy field.
April 22, 2014
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The Black Eyed Kids (Skeptoid #410) - An urban legend says that children with completely black eyes go around trying to be allowed inside.
April 15, 2014
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Oil Pulling (Skeptoid #409) - This New Age alternative health fad is not, in fact, based on ayurveda.
April 8, 2014
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15 Phreaky Phobias (Skeptoid #408) - Phobias are irrational, yet the brain surprisingly has a good reason for creating them.
April 1, 2014
Read | Listen (12:44)
 
The Death of Mad King Ludwig (Skeptoid #407) - What we do and do not know about the mysterious death of Bavaria's Mad King who built castles like Neuschwanstein.
March 25, 2014
Read | Listen (11:49)
 
The Disappearance of Glenn Miller (Skeptoid #406) - This popular bandleader disappeared over the English Channel during World War II, and here's what happened.
March 18, 2014
Read | Listen (11:31)
 
Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils (Skeptoid #405) - If you're expecting the pleasant aroma of certain flowers and herbs to be a medical treatment, you may be disappointed.
March 11, 2014
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The Boggy Creek Monster (Skeptoid #404) - The Boggy Creek Monster captured our imaginations, but its true story is even more fascinating.
March 4, 2014
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Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #403) - Some objects found around the world seem to defy rational explanation.
February 25, 2014
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Listener Feedback: Ancient Mysteries (Skeptoid #402) - I respond to questions and feedback sent in by listeners around the world.
February 18, 2014
Read | Listen (12:10)
 
Hemp, Hearst, and Prohibition (Skeptoid #401) - A popular urban legend claims that William Randolph Hearst conspired to make cannabis illegal in the United States.
February 11, 2014
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It's Just Science (Skeptoid #400) - Some pseudoscience promoters attack the messenger rather than the evidence.
February 4, 2014
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The Moving Coffins of Barbados (Skeptoid #399) - An old tale tells of coffins that jumbled themselves up in a crypt in Barbados.
January 28, 2014
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Solving the Lead Masks of Vintem Hill (Skeptoid #398) - Two dead bodies were found in Brazil in 1966 with mysterious masks made of lead.
January 21, 2014
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Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island (Skeptoid #397) - Years after the disaster, some claim that Fukushima radiation is still going to cause widespread death.
January 14, 2014
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The Biggest, the Oldest, and the Baddest (Skeptoid #396) - A tour of the Earth's biggest, oldest, and most lethal living creatures.
January 7, 2014
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Student Questions: Food Woo, Food Woo, and More Food Woo (Skeptoid #395) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by students, all of them this week pertaining to popular food pseudoscience.
December 31, 2013
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Finding Butch and Sundance (Skeptoid #394) - Stories that outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid might have made it back from South America don't hold up.
December 24, 2013
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The Hair of Samson (Skeptoid #393) - Hold onto your hats: Growing your hair long will not confer super strength or vitality upon you.
December 17, 2013
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Listener Feedback: Consumer Ripoffs (Skeptoid #392) - Skeptoid responds to comments sent in by listeners who don't accept that they've been ripped off.
December 10, 2013
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8 Secret Bases: Real or Fictional? (Skeptoid #391) - Guess which of these secret military bases around the world are real.
December 3, 2013
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The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave (Skeptoid #390) - Some say that an early Native American tribe were giant cannibals.
November 26, 2013
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The JFK Assassination (Skeptoid #389) - After so many decades, the number of incompatible conspiracy theories about the death of JFK continues to grow.
November 19, 2013
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6 Problems with Wind Turbine Syndrome (Skeptoid #388) - Despite activist claims, wind turbines are not making anybody sick.
November 12, 2013
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Who Discovered the New World? (Skeptoid #387) - Of all the many claims of Europeans being first to the New World, only one is true.
November 5, 2013
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Tracking the Tasmanian Tiger (Skeptoid #386) - Some say this extinct Tasmanian marsupial may still roam the forests. The evidence is against them.
October 29, 2013
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
The Disappearance of Frederick Valentich (Skeptoid #385) - A young pilot who disappeared in 1978 might have been having a little fun, Spielberg style.
October 22, 2013
Read | Listen (12:35)
 
Asking the Socratic Questions (Skeptoid #384) - A line of reasoning named for Socrates helps us help believers in the strange re-examine their beliefs.
October 15, 2013
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5 False Arguments for Raw Milk (Skeptoid #383) - Some people who enjoy raw milk also make up false claims that regular milk is more dangerous.
October 8, 2013
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Into the Maelstrom (or Not) (Skeptoid #382) - A look into the plausibility and historicity of the ferocious maelstrom of legend.
October 1, 2013
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An Enthusiast's Primer on Study Types (Skeptoid #381) - A quick look at many of the most common scientific study types.
September 24, 2013
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The Riddle of the L-8 Blimp (Skeptoid #380) - The crew of a blimp mysteriously vanished in 1942, but their blimp came back OK... without them.
September 17, 2013
Read | Listen (11:36)
 
I Think, Therefore I Err (Skeptoid #379) - Skeptoid corrects a bunch of errors made in previous episodes.
September 10, 2013
Read | Listen (11:50)
 
Legendary Places: Real or Fictional? (Skeptoid #378) - We look at twelve legendary places that you've heard of, but may not know whether they're real or not.
September 3, 2013
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Student Questions: Hangovers, Manuka Honey, and Probiotics (Skeptoid #377) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
August 27, 2013
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Salt Therapies (Skeptoid #376) - A new trend in spas is to let people relax in salt caves, and it's based on solid pseudoscience.
August 20, 2013
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The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film (Skeptoid #375) - The true history behind the iconic Bigfoot film that launched the legend.
August 13, 2013
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Listener Feedback: Alternative Medicine (Skeptoid #374) - Skeptoid answers a raft of listener emails pertaining to alternative medicine.
August 6, 2013
Read | Listen (13:43)
 
The Secrets of MKULTRA (Skeptoid #373) - The urban legend that the CIA conducted unethical mind control experiments has a grain of truth.
July 30, 2013
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Prove Your Supernatural Power and Get Rich (Skeptoid #372) - If you can demonstrate a power unknown to science, there are people looking to write you a check.
July 23, 2013
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The Vanishing Village of Angikuni Lake (Skeptoid #371) - The legend of the disappearing Eskimo village of Angikuni Lake turns out to be simple pulp fiction.
July 16, 2013
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The Science of Muzak (Skeptoid #370) - Background music really can influence our buying decisions in a shopping environment.
July 9, 2013
Read | Listen (11:53)
 
Student Questions: Magic Wristbands, Laser Danger, and ManBearPig (Skeptoid #369) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 2, 2013
Read | Listen (12:56)
 
Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
June 25, 2013
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Who Is the Grinning Man? (Skeptoid #367) - A mysterious "grinning man" is said to appear and terrorize UFO witnesses.
June 18, 2013
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
The Sedona Energy Vortex (Skeptoid #366) - Vortexes of spiritual energy are claimed to exist in Sedona, but science suggests we remain skeptical.
June 11, 2013
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The Black Knight Satellite (Skeptoid #365) - An object claimed to be 13,000-year-old alien satellite orbiting the Earth is just a piece of an old space shuttle.
June 4, 2013
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Listener Feedback: Conspiracies (Skeptoid #364) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by listeners pertaining to conspiracy theories.
May 28, 2013
Read | Listen (12:56)
 
All About Graphology (Skeptoid #363) - In fact, handwriting analysis tells us nothing useful about the personality and aptitudes of the writer.
May 21, 2013
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Polybius: Video Game of Death (Skeptoid #362) - The infamous arcade game Polybius, said to drive players to suicide or madness, was never more than an urban legend.
May 14, 2013
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The 16 Personalities of Sybil (Skeptoid #361) - The book and movie "Sybil" told the story of a woman purported to have Multiple Personality Syndrome.
May 7, 2013
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Lincoln Kennedy Myths (Skeptoid #360) - An old story claims a long list of astonishing similarities between the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy.
April 30, 2013
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Cupping for the Cure (Skeptoid #359) - Some believe that bruise-causing suction on the skin provides a variety of health benefits.
April 23, 2013
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Listener Feedback: Aliens and UFOs (Skeptoid #358) - Skeptoid digs into the feedback mailbag and answers questions about aliens and UFOs.
April 16, 2013
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The Aquatic Ape Theory (Skeptoid #357) - There is a popular fringe theory about human evolution that claims we went through an aquatic phase.
April 9, 2013
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John Titor, Time Traveler (Skeptoid #356) - An Internet legend claims that a man named John Titor is a visitor from the year 2036.
April 2, 2013
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The Airplane that Wasn't There (Skeptoid #355) - A B-25 bomber ditched in a Pennsylvania river in broad daylight 1956 and, seemingly impossibly, was never found.
March 26, 2013
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The Pentagon and the Missile (Skeptoid #354) - Some say that it wasn't an airliner that struck the Pentagon on 9/11, but a missile.
March 19, 2013
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Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - This apocryphal Middle Ages pope said to be a woman in disguise probably never existed.
March 12, 2013
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Facts and Fiction of the Schumann Resonance (Skeptoid #352) - The Schumann Resonance, 7.83Hz, is one natural radio band in our atmosphere, but holds no mystical powers.
March 5, 2013
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Men in Black (Skeptoid #351) - A look at the mysterious government agents said to intimidate those who witness flying saucers.
February 26, 2013
Read | Listen (13:46)
 
Trinity: Interview with Dr. Oz, Alex Jones, and Deepak Chopra (Skeptoid #350) - Skeptoid interviews three of the most popular and controversial figures in modern pseudoscience.
February 19, 2013
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Top 10 Best Pro-Science Celebrities (Skeptoid #349) - A list of ten Hollywood celebrities who have leveraged their fame into the promotion of science.
February 12, 2013
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Ganzfeld Experiments (Skeptoid #348) - The true history of the experiment that is said to present the strongest evidence yet for telepathic abilities.
February 5, 2013
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The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine (Skeptoid #347) - This most famous of all fabled "lost mines" has a history that fails to stand up to skeptical scrutiny.
January 29, 2013
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Listener Feedback: Me and My Terrible Arguments (Skeptoid #346) - Skeptoid responds to another round of listener feedback.
January 22, 2013
Read | Listen (12:56)
 
The Cult of Nikola Tesla (Skeptoid #345) - The name of Nikola Tesla is associated with crazy conspiracy claims that have nothing to do with his real work.
January 15, 2013
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Olgoi-Khorkhoi: The Mongolian Death Worm (Skeptoid #344) - Mongolian tradition holds that a strange and deadly worm lives beneath the sands of the Gobi desert.
January 8, 2013
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The Hollow Earth Theory (Skeptoid #343) - Throughout history there have been a number of different beliefs that the Earth might be hollow.
January 1, 2013
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Was the Wow! Signal Alien? (Skeptoid #342) - A signal received by a radio telescope in 1977 may be the best evidence yet for extraterrestrial intelligence.
December 25, 2012
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Free Energy Machines (Skeptoid #341) - Someone somewhere is always claiming to have cracked the secret of free energy forever, no fuel needed.
December 18, 2012
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Listener Feedback: A Cacophony of Conspiracies (Skeptoid #340) - How you can convince your friends that their conspiracy theories are nonsensical.
December 11, 2012
Read | Listen (10:58)
 
Setting the Bloop Straight (Skeptoid #339) - The solution to the Bloop mystery sound is finally revealed, and Skeptoid corrects some errors from other episodes.
December 4, 2012
Read | Listen (13:03)
 
The Flat Earth Theory (Skeptoid #338) - The Flat Earth Theory has its origins not in alt-science but in Christian Fundamentalism.
November 27, 2012
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The Bermuda Triangle and the Devil's Sea (Skeptoid #337) - Contrary to popular belief, no unusual number of disappearances has ever happened inside these two ocean regions.
November 20, 2012
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How to Tell a Good Website from a Crap Website (Skeptoid #336) - How to tell whether a science article on the web is reliable or not.
November 13, 2012
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Cleansing Diets: Why or Why Not? (Skeptoid #335) - Cleansing diets are trendier than ever. They are also a complete waste of your money.
November 6, 2012
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The Betz Mystery Sphere (Skeptoid #334) - This mysterious silver ball seemed to have all kinds of strange properties. We finally found out what it was.
October 30, 2012
Read | Listen (12:05)
 
Student Questions: Dancing Plague and the Cinnamon Challenge (Skeptoid #333) - Skeptoid answers another round of student questions sent in from all around the world.
October 23, 2012
Read | Listen (12:38)
 
The Phantom Time Hypothesis (Skeptoid #332) - A number of theories claim that several centuries never actually happened, and were faked by the Church.
October 16, 2012
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The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter (Skeptoid #331) - A rural family spent half a night battling what they thought were space aliens.
October 9, 2012
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Hypnotism: Hijacking Your Brain? (Skeptoid #330) - The facts and the fiction of one of the most intriguing psychological phenomena.
October 2, 2012
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Is She Real, or Is She Fictional? (Skeptoid #329) - See if you can tell which of these famous women from history are real, and which are fictional.
September 25, 2012
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Secrets of the Stradivarius (Skeptoid #328) - The secret of history's greatest stringed instrument, the Stradivarius violin, is that there is no secret.
September 18, 2012
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Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
September 11, 2012
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The Mystery of the Vitrified Forts (Skeptoid #326) - Some 60 ancient stone forts in Scotland have vitrified walls, with the stone melted into glass. Here's what we know.
September 4, 2012
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The Golden Ratio (Skeptoid #325) - For centuries, claims both scientific and pseudoscientific have been made for the golden ratio.
August 28, 2012
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Listener Feedback: That Darned Science (Skeptoid #324) - Skeptoid responds to some listener emails that question the validity of the scientific method.
August 21, 2012
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
8 Spooky Places, and Why They're Like That (Skeptoid #323) - These strange places around the world rank among the most macabre, but have interesting explanations.
August 14, 2012
Read | Listen (13:20)
 
Negative Calorie Food Myths (Skeptoid #322) - Negative calorie foods, said to require more energy to digest than they provide, are a popular food fad.
August 7, 2012
Read | Listen (11:28)
 
Skinwalkers (Skeptoid #321) - Navajo Skinwalkers were said to be able to shapeshift into animals, but don't worry, it's just a tall tale.
July 31, 2012
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The Suicide Dogs of Overtoun Bridge (Skeptoid #320) - There's a bridge in Scotland where dogs are said to deliberately commit suicide.
July 24, 2012
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Student Questions: Food Woo and Iron Man at the Airport (Skeptoid #319) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
July 17, 2012
Read | Listen (10:54)
 
The Loch Ness Monster (Skeptoid #318) - The world's most famous cryptid is said to swim in Scotland's most famous loch.
July 10, 2012
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Attack of the Nanobots! (Skeptoid #317) - A look at the belief that nanotechnology may result in an army of self-replicating machines that consume society.
July 3, 2012
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Al-Ghazali and Arab-Islamic Science (Skeptoid #316) - Some say that Persian theologian al-Ghazali was solely responsible for the end of the Golden Age of science.
June 26, 2012
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The Tehran 1976 UFO (Skeptoid #315) - Declassified military documents show that Iranian fighter planes engaged a UFO in 1976. Here's what's actually known.
June 19, 2012
Read | Listen (15:01)
 
Botches and Bungles (Skeptoid #314) - Skeptoid goes back and corrects some errors from previous episodes.
June 12, 2012
Read | Listen (11:07)
 
Area 51 Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #313) - Now that Area 51 has been declassified, we finally have proof that what they did had nothing to do with aliens.
June 5, 2012
Read | Listen (12:47)
 
Student Questions: Marauding Mammoths and Queen Elizabeth the Man (Skeptoid #312) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
May 29, 2012
Read | Listen (11:37)
 
Deconstructing the Rothschild Conspiracy (Skeptoid #311) - Some believe that world governments and economies are secretly controlled by the Rothschild banking family.
May 22, 2012
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Left Handed Myths and Facts (Skeptoid #310) - Many popular anecdotes tell how and why some people are left-handed, but the true facts are even more interesting.
May 15, 2012
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The Science and Politics of Global Warming (Skeptoid #309) - How global warming became the poster boy for failed science communication.
May 8, 2012
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Picnic at Hanging Rock (Skeptoid #308) - Although the book and movie convinced many that this story actually happened, it is purely a fictional invention.
May 1, 2012
Read | Listen (11:25)
 
The Siberian Hell Sounds (Skeptoid #307) - Russian scientists are said to have drilled a borehole that broke into hell and released the screams of the damned.
April 24, 2012
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Listener Feedback XX (Skeptoid #306) - Skeptoid dips into the feedback mailbag to respond to comments from listeners.
April 17, 2012
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
I Can't Believe They Did That: Human Guinea Pigs (Skeptoid #305) - A look at some of history's most famous scientists who experimented upon themselves.
April 10, 2012
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Catching Jack the Ripper (Skeptoid #304) - A look at what is and isn't known about history's most infamous serial killer.
April 3, 2012
Read | Listen (12:28)
 
Are Vinyl Recordings Better than Digital? (Skeptoid #303) - Many audio aficionados split into two camps, those supporting modern digital audio, and those supporting vinyl records.
March 27, 2012
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De Loys' Ape (Skeptoid #302) - A geologist claimed to have discovered a new species of great ape in Venezuela in the early 20th century.
March 20, 2012
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The Beale Ciphers (Skeptoid #301) - Treasure hunters comb Virginia searching for a legendary hoard of gold and silver.
March 13, 2012
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The Secret of the Gypsy Queen (Skeptoid #300) - A little girl saves her kingdom when she is the only one who does not fall for the pop pseudoscience of the day.
March 6, 2012
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Star Jelly (Skeptoid #299) - Jellylike blobs have been reported to fall from the sky during meteor showers. Aliens? No, science.
February 28, 2012
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
Student Questions: Free Energy and Faster-than-Light Neutrinos (Skeptoid #298) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all over the world.
February 21, 2012
Read | Listen (12:29)
 
A Magical Journey through the Land of Reasoning Errors (Skeptoid #297) - Four common types of analytical errors in reasoning that we all need to beware of.
February 14, 2012
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The Versailles Time Slip (Skeptoid #296) - We can be sure that two women visiting Versaille in 1901 did not time-travel back to the days of Marie Antoinette.
February 7, 2012
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Finding Amelia Earhart (Skeptoid #295) - The disappearance of Amelia Earhart is one of the worst examples of television promoting pseudohistory.
January 31, 2012
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Frequent Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #294) - Skeptoid answers some listener emails that present common flaws in scientific thinking.
January 24, 2012
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Wunderwaffen: Nazi Wonder Weapons (Skeptoid #293) - The true history behind the claimed Nazi "wonder weapons" like anti-gravity flying saucers.
January 17, 2012
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The Grey Man of Ben MacDhui (Skeptoid #292) - A thin, dark phantom three times the height of a man is said to stalk this peak in the Cairngorms.
January 10, 2012
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The Toxic Lady (Skeptoid #291) - The story goes that in 1994, fumes from a woman's body knocked out most of an emergency room staff.
January 3, 2012
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Approaching a Subject Skeptically (Skeptoid #290) - My process for examining a new topic, to learn whether it's fact or fiction.
December 27, 2011
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The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (Skeptoid #289) - The facts, as we know them, about what really happened to maritime lore's most famous missing crew.
December 20, 2011
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Pit Bull Attack! (Skeptoid #288) - Pit bulls have a reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed. Turns out the facts just don't support that.
December 13, 2011
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Korean Fan Death (Skeptoid #287) - An urban legend in Korea states that running an electric fan at night can kill you.
December 6, 2011
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Listener Feedback: Dorothy and Her Straw Man (Skeptoid #286) - Skeptoid responds to some feedback emails notable for their dependence on straw man arguments.
November 29, 2011
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Slips and Goofs (Skeptoid #285) - Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in previous episodes.
November 22, 2011
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The Fate of Fletcher Christian (Skeptoid #284) - No good evidence supports the claims that the leader of the Bounty mutineers made it safely back to England.
November 15, 2011
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Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites (Skeptoid #283) - My list of the worst offenders on the web in the promotion of scientific and factual misinformation.
November 8, 2011
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The Jersey Devil (Skeptoid #282) - Said to have been haunting New Jersey for nearly 300 years, this alleged creature has its actual origins in politics.
November 1, 2011
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The Science of Voting (Skeptoid #281) - Most election methods are fundamentally broken, but can be fixed with any of a number of tweaks.
October 25, 2011
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Finding Shakespeare (Skeptoid #280) - The claim that someone else wrote Shakespeare's works is popular, but virtually indefensible.
October 18, 2011
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Noah's Ark: Sea Trials (Skeptoid #279) - Why it's impossible for a wooden vessel the size of Noah's Ark to be seaworthy.
October 11, 2011
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Brainwashing and Deprogramming (Skeptoid #278) - Both brainwashing and its opposite, deprogramming, are equally mythological.
October 4, 2011
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Student Questions: A Few Good Myths (Skeptoid #277) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
September 27, 2011
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The Monster of Glamis (Skeptoid #276) - The story of a living beast in Scotland's Glamis Castle may have a nugget of truth.
September 20, 2011
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All About Fracking (Skeptoid #275) - There are lots of reasons to move away from fossil fuels, but the supposed hazards of fracking just aren't among them.
September 13, 2011
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Listener Feedback Revolutions (Skeptoid #274) - Another batch of listener emails answered and dissected. And served.
September 6, 2011
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Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and Other Radio Bogeymen (Skeptoid #273) - Demonizing radio transmitters as carcinogenic is popular, but is not supported by any reasonable science.
August 30, 2011
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Are We Alone? (Skeptoid #272) - We are not alone in the galaxy. Here's why that doesn't mean we've been visited by anyone.
August 23, 2011
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The Zionist Conspiracy (Skeptoid #271) - There is no plausible reason to think a conspiracy of Jews plans to take over the world's banks and governments.
August 16, 2011
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The Hessdalen Lights (Skeptoid #270) - Some seek a natural or alien explanation for these aerial lights in Norway. Turns out the true cause is much simpler.
August 9, 2011
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The Abominable Snowman (Skeptoid #269) - Science shows that the Yeti of the Himalayas is almost certainly not a real creature.
August 2, 2011
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Student Questions: Energy Shots and Sunscreen (Skeptoid #268) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students.
July 26, 2011
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Zeno's Paradoxes (Skeptoid #267) - Greek philosopher Zeno proved that movement was impossible with a few simple paradoxes.
July 19, 2011
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Feedback through a Fine Toothed Comb (Skeptoid #266) - Prepare to have your mind blown by these listener emails from conspiracy theorists.
July 12, 2011
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"Curing" Gays (Skeptoid #265) - Therapies intended to help gays become straight don't work.
July 5, 2011
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Conspiracy Theorists Aren't Crazy (Skeptoid #264) - We usually dismiss conspiracy theorists as crazy people; but that doesn't tell the whole story.
June 28, 2011
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Anastasia (Skeptoid #263) - The Grand Duchess Anastasia did not survive her family's 1918 execution, and did not go on to live in the US.
June 21, 2011
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The Haitian Zombies (Skeptoid #262) - A look at the possibility that legends of Haitian zombies may have a grain of truth.
June 14, 2011
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Near Death Experiences (Skeptoid #261) - A comparison of the effects of hypoxia to the reports of a brush with the afterlife.
June 7, 2011
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Military Dolphins: James Bonds of the Sea (Skeptoid #260) - The facts behind the stories of military dolphins trained to attack divers and plant mines on ships.
May 31, 2011
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Mao's Barefoot Doctors: The Secret History of Chinese Medicine (Skeptoid #259) - Westerners' belief that Chinese have long relied on alternative medicine is due in part to clever book publishers.
May 24, 2011
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Spontaneous Human Combustion (Skeptoid #258) - People can catch on fire… and there doesn't seem to be anything too mysterious about any given case.
May 17, 2011
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The Secret of Plum Island (Skeptoid #257) - This secret government lad was said to create genetic mutants. Here's what they actually did.
May 10, 2011
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Student Questions: Supermoons and an Apple a Day (Skeptoid #256) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students from around the world.
May 3, 2011
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Superhuman Strength during a Crisis (Skeptoid #255) - Popular stories tell of mothers lifting cars off their children. The science behind it is less than compelling.
April 26, 2011
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Finding the POW/MIAs (Skeptoid #254) - American POW/MIAs are probably not still being held captive inside Vietnam.
April 19, 2011
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The Port Arthur Massacre (Skeptoid #253) - The 1996 mass murder in Tasmania was not secretly a plot by the government to get firearms banned.
April 12, 2011
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The Voynich Manuscript (Skeptoid #252) - The true history and meaning of history's most famous undeciphered book.
April 5, 2011
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Listener Feedback: Nobody Ever Posts Twice (Skeptoid #251) - Skeptoid answers more listener feedback. Recorded live at the 250th Episode party.
March 29, 2011
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The History of Knowledge (Skeptoid #250) - A trip through the centuries to see how human knowledge is reflected through music.
March 22, 2011
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Student Questions: Airport X-Rays, Shampoo, and the Moon (Skeptoid #249) - Skeptoid answers another round of science questions sent in by students all around the world.
March 15, 2011
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The Exorcism of Anneliese (Skeptoid #248) - Exorcisms are a brutal torture ritual with no hope of actually helping a person who believes themselves possessed.
March 8, 2011
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The Miracle of Calanda (Skeptoid #247) - This famous story of God once healing an amputee falls apart under historical scrutiny.
March 1, 2011
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Corrections, Errata, Blunders, and Boo-Boos (Skeptoid #246) - Skeptoid revisits another batch of episodes with errors, and rights the wrongs.
February 22, 2011
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Finding the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Skeptoid #245) - Historians actually have a pretty complete picture of what happened to the "missing" Roanoke colonists.
February 15, 2011
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Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter (Skeptoid #244) - Atmospheric smoke from a nuclear war would not result in devastating global cooling.
February 8, 2011
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Student Questions: Orbo, EVPs, and Shakespeare (Skeptoid #243) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
February 1, 2011
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Scientology (Skeptoid #242) - The real facts behind the most notorious religion on Earth and its space opera backstory.
January 25, 2011
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The Alien Buried in Texas (Skeptoid #241) - Some believe a space alien is buried in a rural cemetery in Aurora, Texas.
January 18, 2011
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Mystery Spots (Skeptoid #240) - Various "gravitational anomalies" around the world have fascinating real science behind them.
January 11, 2011
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Gluten Free Diets (Skeptoid #239) - Gluten free diets provide no benefits at all for healthy people.
January 4, 2011
Read | Listen (11:46)
 
More Hollywood Myths (Skeptoid #238) - Was John Wayne's cancer death caused by filming downwind of the Nevada Test Site? ...and other Hollywood rumors.
December 28, 2010
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Hollywood Myths (Skeptoid #237) - Skeptoid looks into some of the classic Hollywood legends that you've always believed are true.
December 21, 2010
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Whales and Sonar (Skeptoid #236) - Navy sonar is claimed to be lethal to whales, but the latest research tells a very different story.
December 14, 2010
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IQ Testing (Skeptoid #235) - IQ tests are fundamentally flawed, hopelessly inconsistent, and almost completely useless.
December 7, 2010
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The South Atlantic Anomaly (Skeptoid #234) - This mysterious region in the south Atlantic was not responsible for the crash of Air France flight 447.
November 30, 2010
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Student Questions: Bird Gender and Bad Karma (Skeptoid #233) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by students all around the world.
November 23, 2010
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Listener Feedback Rides Again (Skeptoid #232) - A peek inside the Skeptoid inbox, ranging from the sane to the insane.
November 16, 2010
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The Mystery of STENDEC (Skeptoid #231) - We still don't know the significance of this mysterious final transmission of an airliner just before its crash.
November 9, 2010
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DDT: Secret Life of a Pesticide (Skeptoid #230) - DDT can be both a killer of birds and a savior against malaria. Rarely is a question as black and white as we'd like.
November 2, 2010
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Speed Reading (Skeptoid #229) - Speed reading classes claim to be able to turbocharge your words per minute. Save your money; it doesn't work.
October 26, 2010
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My Favorite Things (Skeptoid #228) - A few of my favorite moments looking back on 228 Skeptoid episodes.
October 19, 2010
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Boost Your Immune System (or Not) (Skeptoid #227) - Although a lot of products promise to boost your immune system, there is actually no such thing.
October 12, 2010
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The Brown Mountain Lights (Skeptoid #226) - A ghost light in North Carolina has people scratching their heads, but researchers solved it a century ago.
October 5, 2010
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Beware the Bilderberg Group! (Skeptoid #225) - The annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group is not to plan global domination.
September 28, 2010
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Alien Downpour: The Red Rain of India (Skeptoid #224) - News agencies have long promoted a 2001 red rainfall as alien, but a better explanation was already there.
September 21, 2010
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The Frog in the Stone (Skeptoid #223) - Stories of living frogs being found encased in solid rock have a more interesting (and reality-based) explanation.
September 14, 2010
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Toil and Trouble: The Curse of Macbeth (Skeptoid #222) - The Curse of Macbeth should make Shakespeare's play too dangerous to perform, but science tells us for sure.
September 7, 2010
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The Myers-Briggs Personality Test (Skeptoid #221) - A critical look at the world's most popular psychological metric, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
August 31, 2010
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Yonaguni Monument: The Japanese Atlantis (Skeptoid #220) - A look at a massive stone structure off the coast of Japan, said to be a manmade pyramid.
August 24, 2010
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Stalin's Human-Ape Hybrids (Skeptoid #219) - Josef Stalin did not order the creation of an army of half-ape, half-human hybrids.
August 17, 2010
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The Astronauts and the Aliens (Skeptoid #218) - A close look at some of the stories of UFOs said to have been reported by NASA astronauts.
August 10, 2010
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Some New Logical Fallacies (Skeptoid #217) - Skeptoid looks at some newer logical fallacies, often used in place of sound arguments.
August 3, 2010
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The Things We Eat... (Skeptoid #216) - A look at what's really in food reveals the foolishness of the idea of "good food" and "bad food".
July 27, 2010
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Listener Feedback Resurrection (Skeptoid #215) - More vitriol from the Skeptoid inbox exposed.
July 20, 2010
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Student Questions: Gold as an Investment and FEMA Coffins (Skeptoid #214) - Another round of answering questions sent in by students everywhere.
July 13, 2010
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Mozart and Salieri (Skeptoid #213) - Shockingly, Hollywood movies don't make us all history experts, and Salieri didn't murder Mozart.
July 6, 2010
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Things About Which I Have In Error Been (Skeptoid #212) - More additions to the corrections and errata files for Skeptoid.
June 29, 2010
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Attack on Pearl Harbor (Skeptoid #211) - The American government did not have advance knowledge of the Pearl Harbor attack, and did not allow it to happen.
June 22, 2010
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The North American Union (Skeptoid #210) - The United States, Canada, and Mexico are not planning to merge into a single huge police state.
June 15, 2010
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The Lost Ship of the Desert (Skeptoid #209) - The facts behind tall tales from the American southwest of ships found in the middle of the desert.
June 8, 2010
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The Westall '66 UFO (Skeptoid #208) - 200 students watched a strange craft fly near their school in Australia in 1966 -- or so the story goes.
June 1, 2010
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Dinosaurs Among Us (Skeptoid #207) - All around the world, ancient art depicts creatures that some interpret as dinosaurs. Don't believe it.
May 25, 2010
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Morgellons Disease (Skeptoid #206) - In this newly described condition, some patients report strange plastic fibers growing from their skin.
May 18, 2010
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Beyond Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #205) - Another trip to the Listener Feedback files, including my favorite yet.
May 11, 2010
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
Mengele's Boys from Brazil (Skeptoid #204) - A town in Brazil has an unusually high twin rate, but not because Josef Mengele survived and did experiments there.
May 4, 2010
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Therapeutic Touch (Skeptoid #203) - Therapeutic touch is a pseudoscientific healing method that is neither therapeutic nor involves touch.
April 27, 2010
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The Non-Mystery of Pumapunku (Skeptoid #202) - Though some claim the stone structures at Pumapunku were alien, archaeologists find no real mysteries there.
April 20, 2010
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The Virgin of Guadalupe (Skeptoid #201) - Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe played an important role in the Catholic colonization of the Americas.
April 13, 2010
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Buy It! (Skeptoid #200) - Don't blindly turn to science when you need answers - instead, seek out those who want to sell you something.
April 6, 2010
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Cargo Cults (Skeptoid #199) - Some native religious groups in the South Pacific hope to recreate WWII's influx of material goods.
March 30, 2010
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The Georgia Guidestones (Skeptoid #198) - Dubbed "America's Stonehenge", this granite monument in Georgia appeals to all sorts of conspiracy theorists.
March 23, 2010
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Listener Feedback Strikes Back (Skeptoid #197) - Another perilous dive into the listener feedback files.
March 16, 2010
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Zeitgeist: The Movie, Myths, and Motivations (Skeptoid #196) - The Internet movie Zeitgeist uses dishonesty to make an ideological point that could have easily been made ethically.
March 9, 2010
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Student Questions: Mosquito Repellent and Einstein's Gestation (Skeptoid #195) - Skeptoid answers more questions sent in by students all around the world.
March 2, 2010
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The Denver Airport Conspiracy (Skeptoid #194) - Is the Denver International Airport a headquarters for the New World Order? (Hint: no)
February 23, 2010
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The Faces of Belmez (Skeptoid #193) - Faces appearing on the floor of a house in Spain were easily faked, yet many still consider them supernatural.
February 16, 2010
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Ball Lightning (Skeptoid #192) - Everyone believes in ball lightning, but when we stick to the science, there's probably nothing there.
February 9, 2010
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Did Jewish Slaves Build the Pyramids? (Skeptoid #191) - It's a popular story, but all the evidence tells us that no Jews were in Egypt at the time of the Pyramids.
February 2, 2010
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The Bell Island Boom (Skeptoid #190) - This shattering boom in Newfoundland was more likely a natural phenomenon than a superweapon test.
January 26, 2010
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Bullshido: Martial Arts Magic (Skeptoid #189) - Some call it Bullshido: Martial arts tricks like touchless attacks and the Touch of Death.
January 19, 2010
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Student Questions: String Theory, the Asian Flush, and the Peltzman Effect (Skeptoid #188) - Skeptoid answers some questions sent in by students around the world.
January 12, 2010
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Emergency Handbook: What to Do When a Friend Loves Woo (Skeptoid #187) - How you can help a friend or loved one with a potentially harmful pseudoscientific belief
January 5, 2010
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More Things I'm Wrong About (Skeptoid #186) - Going back over a few previous Skeptoid episodes to correct errors (head is hung in shame).
December 29, 2009
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Is Barefoot Better? (Skeptoid #185) - Some advocate that going barefoot is better for the health and strength of your feet.
December 22, 2009
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The Antikythera Mechanism (Skeptoid #184) - This ancient device, 1000 years ahead of its time, neither proves alien visitation nor disproves history.
December 15, 2009
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The Naga Fireballs (Skeptoid #183) - These fireballs actually do rise from the Mekong river each year -- and we know exactly what causes them.
December 8, 2009
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Listener Feedback X (Skeptoid #182) - Another dip into the listener feedback files for Skeptoid.
December 1, 2009
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The Baigong Pipes (Skeptoid #181) - Modern metal pipes found buried in ancient China are neither pipes nor evidence of ancient alien visitation.
November 24, 2009
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Vaccine Ingredients (Skeptoid #180) - The claims made about the dangerous chemicals in vaccines are all either false or misrepresented.
November 17, 2009
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The Scole Experiment (Skeptoid #179) - Said to be the best evidence yet for the afterlife, the Scole Experiments were actually just a hackneyed performance.
November 10, 2009
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Student Questions: The Montauk Monster and Bee Sting Therapy (Skeptoid #178) - Skeptoid answers some more questions sent in by students, on a variety of short topics.
November 3, 2009
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The Bloop (Skeptoid #177) - This mysterious sound captured by NOAA hydrophones was not a sea monster.
October 27, 2009
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Network Marketing (Skeptoid #176) - Call them Network Marketing, Multilevel Marketing, or MLM, these pyramid plans are proven not to work.
October 20, 2009
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Shadow People (Skeptoid #175) - These shadowy apparitions we sometimes see can be terrifying, but aren't supernatural.
October 13, 2009
Read | Listen (12:25)
 
More Medical Myths (Skeptoid #174) - More myths about the human body that you've always heard, and probably believe.
October 6, 2009
Read | Listen (11:31)
 
All About Astrology (Skeptoid #173) - Astrology neither has plausibility nor any test data showing that its predictions are better than random chance.
September 29, 2009
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Daylight Saving Time Myths (Skeptoid #172) - All the reasons you've ever heard for Daylight Saving Time are nonsense. Here is the real one.
September 22, 2009
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The Battle of Los Angeles (Skeptoid #171) - At the beginning of WWII, the American defense forces in Los Angeles fought a battle against a UFO.
September 15, 2009
Read | Listen (11:25)
 
It's Raining Frogs and Fish (Skeptoid #170) - Waterspouts have nothing to do with popular stories of frogs and fish falling from the sky.
September 8, 2009
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Bride of Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #169) - More replies to some of Skeptoid's more colorful listener feedback.
September 1, 2009
Read | Listen (11:35)
 
Decrypting the Mormon Book of Abraham (Skeptoid #168) - Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith allegedly translated the adventures of Abraham in Egypt.
August 25, 2009
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Should Science Debate Pseudoscience? (Skeptoid #167) - When scientists publicly debate promoters of pseudoscience, they often do more harm than good.
August 18, 2009
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Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture (Skeptoid #166) - Organic agriculture provides no benefits whatsoever over science-based farming.
August 11, 2009
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Real or Fictional: Food and Fashion (Skeptoid #165) - See if you can tell whether these food and fashion products are named after real people or fictitious people.
August 4, 2009
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What's Up with the Rosicrucians? (Skeptoid #164) - Believed by many to be an ancient mystical order, but really just a mail-order New Age literature business.
July 28, 2009
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How to Make Skepticism Commercial (Skeptoid #163) - Critical thinking offers the opposite of what seems to be popular, yet we can still make it commercial.
July 21, 2009
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Locally Grown Produce (Skeptoid #162) - The idea of locally grown produce as nowhere near as green as its proponents seem to think it is.
July 14, 2009
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Listener Feedback Episode VIII: No New Hope (Skeptoid #161) - Some more jabs and punches between Skeptoid and its most vocal listeners.
July 7, 2009
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Sarah Palin Is Not Stupid (Skeptoid #160) - Good arguments often go unused because poor arguments like ad hominems are so much easier.
June 30, 2009
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The Mothman Cometh (Skeptoid #159) - A skeptical look at the Mothman, an alleged prophet of disaster.
June 23, 2009
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Student Questions: Swine Flu and Depleted Uranium (Skeptoid #158) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by students all around the world.
June 16, 2009
Read | Listen (13:07)
 
High Fructose Corn Syrup: Toxic or Tame? (Skeptoid #157) - A skeptical look at whether high fructose corn syrup is really any worse for you than sugar.
June 9, 2009
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Falling into Mel's Hole (Skeptoid #156) - Mel's Hole is said to be a mysterious bottomless pit in eastern Washington state.
June 2, 2009
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NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming (Skeptoid #155) - Some regard Neuro-linguistic Programming as a psychotherapy breakthrough, some as a New Age self-help trend.
May 26, 2009
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Was Chuck Yeager the First to Break the Sound Barrier? (Skeptoid #154) - Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947, but others almost certainly did so before him.
May 19, 2009
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Revenge of the Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #153) - Another peek into the mailbag to see who loves us, and who hates us.
May 12, 2009
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Attack of the Globsters! (Skeptoid #152) - Mysterious blobs of flesh washed up on the world's beaches have been called everything from sea monsters to Cthulhu.
May 5, 2009
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The Placebo Effect (Skeptoid #151) - A look at the placebo effect: What it can do, what it can't do, and what you need to know about it.
April 28, 2009
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Screwed! (Skeptoid #150) - A secret recording of an actual meeting of the Illuminati.
April 21, 2009
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Coral Castle (Skeptoid #149) - Although urban legends say the creator of Coral Castle had supernatural help, the photographs tell a different story.
April 14, 2009
Read | Listen (11:41)
 
Student Questions: Zero Point Energy and Missing Time (Skeptoid #148) - Skeptoid answers some interesting questions sent in by students.
April 7, 2009
Read | Listen (13:02)
 
Binaural Beats: Not Digital Drugs (Skeptoid #147) - The science behind binaural beats: What they are, what they are claimed to do, and what they can actually do.
March 31, 2009
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How Old Is the Mount St. Helens Lava Dome? (Skeptoid #146) - Young Earthers point to an infamous dating error as evidence that the Earth is only as old as the Bible says.
March 24, 2009
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FEMA Prison Camps (Skeptoid #145) - A skeptical look at the claim that FEMA maintains a network of prison camps in readiness.
March 17, 2009
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The Case of the Strange Skulls (Skeptoid #144) - A collection of bizarre human skulls from around the world.
March 10, 2009
Read | Listen (15:13)
 
The Lucifer Project (Skeptoid #143) - Some believe that NASA is trying to turn Saturn or Jupiter into a small sun.
March 3, 2009
Read | Listen (12:33)
 
Student Questions: Sugary Behavior, Secondhand Smoke, and Wal-Mart (Skeptoid #142) - Answering more questions sent in by students.
February 24, 2009
Read | Listen (13:35)
 
Listener Feedback 6: I Want to Believe (Skeptoid #141) - More fun from the listener feedback files.
February 17, 2009
Read | Listen (11:40)
 
The Bosnian Pyramids (Skeptoid #140) - Belief that this hill in Bosnia is an ancient pyramid is driven by New Age woo and pathological science.
February 10, 2009
Read | Listen (13:25)
 
Alkaline Water Systems: Change Your Water, Change Your Bank Balance (Skeptoid #139) - Sellers of new-age water treatment products charge outrageous prices for a product with zero plausibility.
February 3, 2009
Read | Listen (12:29)
 
Is He Real, or Is He Fictional? (Skeptoid #138) - Guess whether these popular characters from history were real or fictional.
January 27, 2009
Read | Listen (13:26)
 
The Angel of Mons (Skeptoid #137) - The facts behind the story that a heavenly host saved a small group of British from a large German force in WWI.
January 20, 2009
Read | Listen (10:29)
 
Student Questions: Light Therapy, the Bermuda Triangle, and Isaac Newton (Skeptoid #136) - Skeptoid answers another round of questions submitted by students.
January 13, 2009
Read | Listen (11:56)
 
The Rendlesham Forest UFO (Skeptoid #135) - Hard to believe, but it wasn't space aliens that caused blinking lights in Rendlesham Forest in 1980.
January 6, 2009
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Who Is Closed Minded, the Skeptic or the Believer? (Skeptoid #134) - Skeptics and believers both tend to accuse each other of closed-mindedness in their thinking.
December 30, 2008
Read | Listen (11:37)
 
Chasing the Min Min Light (Skeptoid #133) - The Australian outback's mysterious jack o' lantern has sparked some good stories, but some even better science.
December 23, 2008
Read | Listen (10:45)
 
The Sargasso Sea and the Pacific Garbage Patch (Skeptoid #132) - We cast our skeptical eye upon two vast hazards to navigation said to lurk in the centers of the two great oceans.
December 16, 2008
Read | Listen (9:52)
 
The Bohemian Club Conspiracy (Skeptoid #131) - Wealthy and powerful men gather annually at the mysterious Bohemian Grove -- but not to plot global domination.
December 9, 2008
Read | Listen (12:56)
 
Space Properties for Sale (Skeptoid #130) - If they're offering extraterrestrial real estate or star-naming rights for sale, chances are it's a ripoff.
December 2, 2008
Read | Listen (8:59)
 
The Oak Island Money Pit (Skeptoid #129) - This mysterious treasure pit on a Nova Scotia island has a fascinating natural explanation.
November 25, 2008
Read | Listen (10:31)
 
Student Questions: the Mozart Effect, Quantum Theory, and AIDS (Skeptoid #128) - Skeptoid answers some questions sent in by students.
November 18, 2008
Read | Listen (11:01)
 
The Truth about Aspartame (Skeptoid #127) - The artificial sweetener aspartame is falsely accused of being the cause of nearly every disease.
November 11, 2008
Read | Listen (12:29)
 
The Incorruptibles (Skeptoid #126) - We turn our skeptical eye on claims of incorruptibility - bodies that do not decay after death.
November 4, 2008
Read | Listen (11:32)
 
Ten Most Wanted: Celebrities Who Promote Harmful Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #125) - A critical look at the pseudoscientific antics of some of today's celebrities.
October 28, 2008
Read | Listen (13:30)
 
Betty and Barney Hill: The Original UFO Abduction (Skeptoid #124) - A critical look at the original UFO abduction story, that so many people take for granted.
October 21, 2008
Read | Listen (13:18)
 
Listener Feedback Reloaded (Skeptoid #123) - More fun from the inbox, responding to listener feedback.
October 14, 2008
Read | Listen (9:49)
 
HAARP Myths (Skeptoid #122) - A close look at HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and the claim that it's a superweapon.
October 7, 2008
Read | Listen (12:59)
 
Scalar Weapons: Tesla's Doomsday Machine? (Skeptoid #121) - No, Nikola Tesla did not design a superweapon capable of vaporizing whole parts of the earth.
September 30, 2008
Read | Listen (10:45)
 
The World According to Conservapedia (Skeptoid #120) - A new Young Earth Fundamentalist online encyclopedia rears its ugly head.
September 23, 2008
Read | Listen (11:44)
 
Student Questions: Body Searches and Theta Healing (Skeptoid #119) - Skeptoid answers some more questions from students. Send yours in today!
September 16, 2008
Read | Listen (10:05)
 
Demystifying the Bell Witch (Skeptoid #118) - An exploration of the best way to evaluate an old, unsubstantiated folk legend like The Bell Witch.
September 9, 2008
Read | Listen (11:28)
 
How Dangerous Is Cell Phone Radiation? (Skeptoid #117) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypothetical foundation for cell phone signals to be at all dangerous.
September 2, 2008
Read | Listen (11:07)
 
How to Be a Skeptic and Still Have Friends (Skeptoid #116) - Being known as a skeptic is not necessarily good for your social life. Here's how to overcome the difficulties.
August 26, 2008
Read | Listen (8:51)
 
Search for the Missing Cosmonauts (Skeptoid #115) - A pair of young Italian brothers probably didn't uncover evidence of Soviet cosmonauts dying in space.
August 19, 2008
Read | Listen (13:38)
 
Student Questions: Fish Oil, Charities, and Rumors (Skeptoid #114) - Skeptoid answers some questions sent in by students.
August 12, 2008
Read | Listen (9:37)
 
The Most Effective Homeopathy Podcast Ever (Skeptoid #113) - For the first time ever, the active ingredients in homeopathic preparations are revealed.
August 8, 2008
Read | Listen (10:06)
 
Genetically Modified Organisms: Jeopardy or Jackpot? (Skeptoid #112) - Despite the popular fearmongering, GMO technologies promise a boon to agriculture and humanity.
August 5, 2008
Read | Listen (14:27)
 
Should Tibet Be Free? (Skeptoid #111) - Misinformation and fantasy surrounds the popular Tibet notions.
July 29, 2008
Read | Listen (11:39)
 
Illuminating the Fatima Miracle of the Sun (Skeptoid #110) - The pope canonized them, but these three children didn't actually predict anything in 1917.
July 22, 2008
Read | Listen (11:05)
 
Will the Large Hadron Collider Destroy the Earth? (Skeptoid #109) - Some people believe that CERN's Large Hadron Collider will create black holes that will destroy the Earth.
July 15, 2008
Read | Listen (11:22)
 
Mystery at Dyatlov Pass (Skeptoid #108) - A look at one of Russia's most bizarre mysteries of mass death.
July 8, 2008
Read | Listen (10:30)
 
Spy Radio: Numbers Stations (Skeptoid #107) - A look at mysterious shortwave "numbers stations" around the world.
July 1, 2008
Read | Listen (10:28)
 
King Tut's Curse! (Skeptoid #106) - A look at the tale, the popular explanation, and the real science behind it.
June 24, 2008
Read | Listen (10:43)
 
When People Talk Backwards (Skeptoid #105) - Some people believe that your brain encodes its actual meaning in reverse within everything you say.
June 17, 2008
Read | Listen (11:10)
 
Yet More Winning Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #104) - Another visit to the endless well of listeners comments and criticisms.
June 10, 2008
Read | Listen (12:43)
 
Should You Take Your Vitamins? (Skeptoid #103) - Vitamin C does nothing to prevent or reduce the severity of colds.
June 3, 2008
Read | Listen (10:12)
 
What You Didn't Know about the Stanford Prison Experiment (Skeptoid #102) - The Stanford Prison Experiment, said to have proven that evil environments produce evil behavior, was completely unscientific and unreliable.
May 27, 2008
Read | Listen (10:16)
 
Things I'm Wrong About (Skeptoid #101) - A look back correcting some of the facts and figures that Skeptoid has gotten wrong.
May 20, 2008
Read | Listen (11:20)
 
Is Peak Oil the End of Civilization? (Skeptoid #100) - When we run out of oil, society will likely peacefully and gradually adapt.
May 13, 2008
Read | Listen (10:17)
 
Reassembling TWA Flight 800 (Skeptoid #99) - TWA Flight 800 was not shot down by US friendly fire.
May 6, 2008
Read | Listen (11:22)
 
The Crystal Skull: Mystical, or Modern? (Skeptoid #98) - Despite their reputation for mystical powers, crystal skulls are neither ancient nor mysterious.
April 29, 2008
Read | Listen (8:53)
 
The Face on Mars Revealed (Skeptoid #97) - New high resolution imagery has proven that this hill on Mars doesn't look quite so much like a carved face after all.
April 22, 2008
Read | Listen (9:30)
 
What's Wrong with The Secret (Skeptoid #96) - The Secret teaches that victims are always to blame, and that anyone can have anything simply by wishing.
April 15, 2008
Read | Listen (10:26)
 
Bend Over and Own Your Own Business (Skeptoid #95) - If someone wants you to be their salesperson and is calling it a "business opportunity", be very skeptical.
April 8, 2008
Read | Listen (10:49)
 
Fire in the Sky: A Real UFO Abduction? (Skeptoid #94) - The evidence shows that Travis Walton's famous story of having been abducted by aliens probably never happened.
April 1, 2008
Read | Listen (11:00)
 
Apocalypse 2012 (Skeptoid #93) - The real science behind the events predicted in 2012.
March 25, 2008
Read | Listen (11:15)
 
Rethinking Nuclear Power (Skeptoid #92) - There are many good reasons why environmentalists are turning again to nuclear power for the future.
March 18, 2008
Read | Listen (12:03)
 
More Outrageous Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #91) - My responses to some of the more "out there" feedback I've received.
March 11, 2008
Read | Listen (10:38)
 
Can You Hear the Hum? (Skeptoid #90) - An exploration of the mysterious rumble that some people hear all over the world.
March 4, 2008
Read | Listen (11:35)
 
Despicable Vulture Scumbags (Skeptoid #89) - My thoughts on a company that sells useless pseudoscientific hardware to an ALS victim.
February 26, 2008
Read | Listen (10:31)
 
Super Sized Fast Food Phobia (Skeptoid #88) - Unlike what's said in highly dramatized Hollywood shockumentaries, fast food is not especially unhealthy.
February 19, 2008
Read | Listen (10:32)
 
Water: Alternative Fuel of the Future? (Skeptoid #87) - Cranks love to make the claim on YouTube, but you cannot run your car on water.
February 12, 2008
Read | Listen (10:02)
 
MonaVie and Other "Superfruit" Juices (Skeptoid #86) - Superfruit juices are nothing more than super ripoffs. Don't waste your money.
February 5, 2008
Read | Listen (12:14)
 
World Trade Center 7: The Lies Come Crashing Down (Skeptoid #85) - The collapse of 7 World Trade Center was not a controlled demolition.
January 29, 2008
Read | Listen (10:17)
 
Magic Jewelry (Skeptoid #84) - All sorts of marvelous health claims are made for jewelry such as the Q-Ray bracelet.
January 22, 2008
Read | Listen (11:10)
 
The Detoxification Myth (Skeptoid #83) - Despite its sciencey-sounding name, there is no such thing as "detoxification" beyond what your body already does.
January 15, 2008
Read | Listen (11:41)
 
What Do Creationists Really Believe? (Skeptoid #82) - Creationism is not one set of beliefs - it is a battleground of dramatically conflicting world views.
January 8, 2008
Read | Listen (11:19)
 
Ghost Hunting Tools of the Trade (Skeptoid #81) - Why the use of electronic equipment by TV ghost hunters is so stupid.
January 1, 2008
Read | Listen (11:50)
 
Are Microwave Ovens Safe? (Skeptoid #80) - An examination of the various claims that microwaved food and water are poisonous.
December 25, 2007
Read | Listen (11:01)
 
Aliens in Roswell (Skeptoid #79) - Pop culture says it was an alien spaceship -- but history tells us what was really found in the New Mexico desert.
December 18, 2007
Read | Listen (12:48)
 
Medical Myths in Movies and Culture (Skeptoid #78) - A skeptical examination of pop-culture medical beliefs, like dramatically stabbing someone in the heart with a syringe.
December 11, 2007
Read | Listen (9:19)
 
Orang Pendek: Forest Hobbit of Sumatra (Skeptoid #77) - A description of Sumatra's own little miniature Bigfoot legend.
December 4, 2007
Read | Listen (10:53)
 
Who Kills More, Religion or Atheism? (Skeptoid #76) - Neither religion nor atheism been responsible for a greater death toll throughout human history.
November 27, 2007
Read | Listen (9:00)
 
How to See Your Aura (Skeptoid #75) - Despite promotional claims, neither auras nor aura photography are things.
November 20, 2007
Read | Listen (10:33)
 
A Magical Journey through the Land of Logical Fallacies - Part 2 (Skeptoid #74) - The second part of our exploration of logical fallacies.
November 13, 2007
Read | Listen (11:54)
 
A Magical Journey through the Land of Logical Fallacies - Part 1 (Skeptoid #73) - An examination of many of the most common logical fallacies.
November 6, 2007
Read | Listen (13:14)
 
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Real or Imagined? (Skeptoid #72) - Some claim to be hypersensitive to electromagnetism. Science has already solved what's really going on.
October 30, 2007
Read | Listen (16:19)
 
How to Drink Gnarly Breast Milk (Skeptoid #71) - Proponents of colostrum supplements believe that it has a whole range of benefits.
October 23, 2007
Read | Listen (9:08)
 
Raging (Bioidentical) Hormones (Skeptoid #70) - An examination of the popular trend in women's health, bioidentical hormone therapy.
October 16, 2007
Read | Listen (7:35)
 
Ann Coulter, Scientist (Skeptoid #69) - Conservative pundit Ann Coulter should stick to politics; her science is too screwed up for words.
October 9, 2007
Read | Listen (7:36)
 
More Wet and Wild Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #68) - Another round of listener feedback from the past several months.
October 2, 2007
Read | Listen (14:17)
 
Do Your Body Features Measure Up? (Skeptoid #67) - An examination of phrenology, physiognomy, palmistry, and iridology.
September 25, 2007
Read | Listen (11:39)
 
The Greatest Secret of Nostradamus (Skeptoid #66) - Virtually nothing that pop culture tells us about Nostradamus is true.
September 18, 2007
Read | Listen (14:38)
 
How to Debate a Young Earth Creationist (Skeptoid #65) - Learn the basic arguments against science made by Young Earthers, and how to rebut them.
September 11, 2007
Read | Listen (15:35)
 
The Attack of Spring Heeled Jack (Skeptoid #64) - A look at the theories surrounding Spring Heeled Jack, the scourge of England in the early 1800s.
September 4, 2007
Read | Listen (9:06)
 
Subliminal Seduction (Skeptoid #63) - Wilson Key's magnum opus textbook about subliminal advertising was almost pure fiction.
August 28, 2007
Read | Listen (9:11)
 
Crop Circle Jerks (Skeptoid #62) - Crop circles are commonly known to be man made, yet some still insist they must be of alien origin.
August 21, 2007
Read | Listen (12:49)
 
Irradiation: Is Your Food Toxic? (Skeptoid #61) - Food that has been sterilized with irradiation is not radioactive and will not hurt you.
August 14, 2007
Read | Listen (8:32)
 
Will Drinking from Plastic Bottles Kill You? (Skeptoid #60) - A popular fad holds that plastic water bottles leach toxic chemicals into your water. Don't believe it.
August 9, 2007
Read | Listen (8:01)
 
Who Are the Raelians, and Why Are They Naked? (Skeptoid #59) - The Raelians are naked and they worship space aliens.
August 4, 2007
Read | Listen (10:43)
 
All About Fluoridation (Skeptoid #58) - A few fringe activists claim that fluoridation of water carries more danger than benefit.
July 30, 2007
Read | Listen (9:20)
 
Email Myths (Skeptoid #57) - A look at some of those persistent hoax emails that you receive almost every day.
July 25, 2007
Read | Listen (12:28)
 
Bizarre Places I'd Like to Go (Skeptoid #56) - California is home to a wealth of places rich with mystery and intrigue.
July 20, 2007
Read | Listen (11:56)
 
Autism and Chelation: A Recipe for Risk (Skeptoid #55) - An examination of the lethal pop-culture fad of chelating autistic children.
July 15, 2007
Read | Listen (10:36)
 
The Twin Towers: Fire Melting Steel (Skeptoid #54) - The Oakland freeway collapse was not a government ploy to prove that the Twin Towers collapsed from fire.
July 10, 2007
Read | Listen (9:35)
 
Borley Rectory: the World's Most Haunted House? (Skeptoid #53) - This "world's most haunted house" was the invention of an imaginative showman and author.
July 5, 2007
Read | Listen (12:05)
 
Science Magazines Violating Their Own Missions (Skeptoid #52) - Science magazines continue to undermine themselves by publishing ads for pseudoscientific products.
June 30, 2007
Read | Listen (7:19)
 
Ethanol: Miracle Fuel, or Not? (Skeptoid #51) - Ethanol as a fuel may be carbon neutral, but offers few other benefits.
June 25, 2007
Read | Listen (7:58)
 
How to Identify a "Good" Scientific Journal (Skeptoid #50) - Here is how to tell whose "scientific journal" article is actually more reputable.
June 15, 2007
Read | Listen (10:05)
 
Unconscious Research of Global Consciousness (Skeptoid #49) - Some say that the collective emotions of humans can influence electronic hardware.
June 10, 2007
Read | Listen (11:56)
 
The Bible Code: Enigmas for Dummies (Skeptoid #48) - Despite claims of divine origin, "Bible Codes" are found in every long manuscript, even random text.
June 5, 2007
Read | Listen (10:20)
 
Free Range Chicken and Farm Raised Fish (Skeptoid #47) - Free range chickens and farm raised fish probably have almost none of the benefits you think they do.
May 26, 2007
Read | Listen (9:51)
 
Support Your Local Reptoid (Skeptoid #46) - The conspiracy theory that reptilian beings control our governments has a fascinating history.
May 21, 2007
Read | Listen (9:52)
 
The Importance of Teaching Critical Thinking (Skeptoid #45) - Teaching critical thinking to students needs to be much more than simply asking the Socratic questions.
May 16, 2007
Read | Listen (7:33)
 
The Truth About Remote Viewing (Skeptoid #44) - The psychic technique of remote viewing is consistent with simple, well known magic tricks.
May 11, 2007
Read | Listen (11:05)
 
A Mormon History of the Americas (Skeptoid #43) - The Book of Mormon's history of the Americas is full of irreconcilable errors and false archaeology.
May 6, 2007
Read | Listen (9:32)
 
Whacking, Cracking, and Chiropracting (Skeptoid #42) - Defined in 1895, chiropractic treats imaginary conditions with dangerous manipulations.
May 1, 2007
Read | Listen (10:20)
 
The Alien Invasion of Phoenix, Arizona (Skeptoid #41) - Despite what many UFOlogists want, the famous Phoenix Lights were not alien spacecraft.
April 26, 2007
Read | Listen (11:25)
 
Neanderthals in Present Day Asia (Skeptoid #40) - Some claim that a legendary wildman, the Almas, is a population of relic Neanderthals.
April 21, 2007
Read | Listen (8:30)
 
Heating Up to Global Warming (Skeptoid #39) - Why everyone needs to start taking global warming more seriously.
April 16, 2007
Read | Listen (11:21)
 
The Marfa Lights: A Real American Mystery (Skeptoid #38) - No matter how much we want these Texas ghost lights to be mysterious, it turns out they're all too mundane.
April 11, 2007
Read | Listen (8:25)
 
How to Spot Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #37) - This 15-point checklist will help you tell science from pseudoscience.
April 6, 2007
Read | Listen (11:45)
 
Mercury Fillings (Skeptoid #36) - Mercury amalgam fillings do not release toxic levels of mercury into the body, and are harmless.
April 1, 2007
Read | Listen (10:34)
 
Revisionist Darwinism: The Theory That Couldn't Sit Still (Skeptoid #35) - Some creationists claim that evolutionary theory is invalid because it improves as our knowledge increases.
March 27, 2007
Read | Listen (8:27)
 
Homeopathy: Pure Water or Pure Nonsense? (Skeptoid #34) - Contrary to what many supporters think, homeopathy is neither an herbal nor a natural remedy.
March 22, 2007
Read | Listen (12:28)
 
Best of Listener Feedback (Skeptoid #33) - The best of listener feedback from the first 32 Skeptoid episodes.
March 17, 2007
Read | Listen (15:28)
 
Blood for Oil (Skeptoid #32) - The claim that the wars in the Middle East were about oil don't stand up to economic scrutiny.
March 12, 2007
Read | Listen (8:23)
 
The Devil Walked in Devon (Skeptoid #31) - This 100-mile track of footprints in 1855 probably was not laid by the devil.
March 7, 2007
Read | Listen (6:51)
 
Raw Food - Raw Deal? (Skeptoid #30) - Some claim that cooking your food ruins its nutrients or makes it poisonous, in a misguided effort to promote raw food.
March 1, 2007
Read | Listen (11:50)
 
Orbs: The Ghost in the Camera (Skeptoid #29) - Spirit orbs in photographs are not ghosts, but a common artifact of flash photography.
February 24, 2007
Read | Listen (8:08)
 
Natural Hygiene: Health Without Medicine (or Wisdom) (Skeptoid #28) - Natural Hygiene is a misguided, prescientific notion that nature provides everything to heal anyone of anything.
February 19, 2007
Read | Listen (5:40)
 
Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
Read | Listen (9:06)
 
Biodynamic Agriculture (Skeptoid #26) - Biodynamic agriculture is not a modern innovation, but rather a throwback to the Dark Ages.
February 10, 2007
Read | Listen (9:08)
 
Scientists Are Not Created Equal (Skeptoid #25) - The word "scientist" can mean just about anything you want it to mean.
February 5, 2007
Read | Listen (6:51)
 
Reflexology: Only Dangerous If You Use It (Skeptoid #24) - Reflexology is really no more than a foot massage, but potentially deadly to those hoping for medical benefits.
January 28, 2007
Read | Listen (10:22)
 
Paganism: A Naked Rebellion (Skeptoid #23) - A look at paganism, its affinity for nudity, and how it differs from mainstream religions.
January 23, 2007
Read | Listen (6:44)
 
Skepticism and Flight 93 (Skeptoid #22) - Flight 93, which crashed in a field on September 11, was not shot down by the military.
January 19, 2007
Read | Listen (8:13)
 
Living Stones of Death Valley (Skeptoid #21) - An examination of the mysterious stones that move by themselves across the desert floor.
January 15, 2007
Read | Listen (3:46)
 
The Real Amityville Horror (Skeptoid #20) - America's most popular true ghost story was a hoax.
January 11, 2007
Read | Listen (7:38)
 
Organic Food Myths (Skeptoid #19) - It's marketed as a revolution in health and the environment, but it's better described as a counterproductive fad.
January 5, 2007
Read | Listen (10:18)
 
The "New" Bill of Rights (Skeptoid #18) - An amended Bill of Rights to better reflect modern American values.
January 1, 2007
Read | Listen (4:37)
 
Internet Paranoia (Skeptoid #17) - A look at the true threat level from Internet attacks in the mid 2000s.
December 28, 2006
Read | Listen (8:25)
 
The Real Philadelphia Experiment (Skeptoid #16) - The US Navy did not make a warship completely disappear in 1943.
December 24, 2006
Read | Listen (6:50)
 
SUV Phobia (Skeptoid #15) - Some believe SUVs should be categorized by their cosmetic appearance, rather than by their size or fuel efficiency.
December 20, 2006
Read | Listen (8:00)
 
Cell Phones on Airplanes (Skeptoid #14) - Cell phones are perfectly safe on airplanes, despite continued claims of danger.
December 15, 2006
Read | Listen (6:35)
 
A Primer on Scientific Testing (Skeptoid #13) - Understand the basics of scientific testing.
December 11, 2006
Read | Listen (9:22)
 
Killing Faith: Deconstructionist Christians (Skeptoid #12) - Proving the literal truth of the Bible is counterproductive to Christianity.
December 7, 2006
Read | Listen (5:31)
 
Killing Bigfoot with Bad Science (Skeptoid #11) - Sometimes the skeptics' perspective on Bigfoot is just as unscientific as that of the believers.
December 3, 2006
Read | Listen (9:54)
 
An Evolution Primer for Young Earth Creationists (Skeptoid #10) - Evolution 101 for Young Earth Creationists who want to know better.
November 30, 2006
Read | Listen (10:33)
 
Sin: What's It Good For? (Skeptoid #9) - There seems to be very little point to classifying some wrong actions as sins.
November 26, 2006
Read | Listen (7:30)
 
Nocturnal Assaults: Aliens in the Dark (Skeptoid #8) - Alien abductions and Old Hags: things that go bump in the night.
November 21, 2006
Read | Listen (6:22)
 
Pond Magnet Foolishness (Skeptoid #7) - There is no science-based reason why you should buy magnets for the pipes in your pond, despite the sales pitches.
November 14, 2006
Read | Listen (7:11)
 
Wheatgrass Juice (Skeptoid #6) - Wheatgrass juice contains virtually nothing of nutritional value to the human body.
November 9, 2006
Read | Listen (6:49)
 
Sustainable Sustainability (Skeptoid #5) - Focus on the year's undisputed overused buzzword: "Sustainable"
November 1, 2006
Read | Listen (6:08)
 
Ethics of Peddling the Paranormal (Skeptoid #4) - A proposal that it might be ethical for non-believers to sell paranormal services to the grieving in certain cases.
October 24, 2006
Read | Listen (8:46)
 
Rods: Flying Absurdities (Skeptoid #3) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypotheticals suggesting that invisible flying "rods" might exist.
October 19, 2006
Read | Listen (6:47)
 
Religion as a Moral Center (Skeptoid #2) - Religion is not necessary for a good moral center.
October 11, 2006
Read | Listen (4:31)
 
New Age Energy (Skeptoid #1) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
October 3, 2006
Read | Listen (6:07)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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