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Skeptoid Episode Guide - History & Pseudohistory

 

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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
Listener Feedback: History vs. Pseudohistory (Skeptoid #475) - Brian responds to listener feedback about past history episodes.
July 14, 2015
Read | Listen (11:44)
 
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)
 
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)
 
Satanic Ritual Abuse (Skeptoid #462) - The history of claims that secret Satanic cults are abusing children.
April 14, 2015
Read | Listen (17:02)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:56)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:51)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:27)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:54)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
3-7-77: The Montana Vigilance Code (Skeptoid #413) - This mysterious code representing vigilante justice has a history steeped in mystery.
May 6, 2014
Read | Listen (13:40)
 
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)
 
Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #403) - Some objects found around the world seem to defy rational explanation.
February 25, 2014
Read | Listen (13:06)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:36)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:10)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:18)
 
The Red Haired Giants of Lovelock Cave (Skeptoid #390) - Some say that an early Native American tribe were giant cannibals.
November 26, 2013
Read | Listen (11:39)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:11)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:11)
 
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)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:54)
 
Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
June 25, 2013
Read | Listen (12:34)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:50)
 
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
Read | Listen (11:07)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
Pope Joan (Skeptoid #353) - This apocryphal Middle Ages pope said to be a woman in disguise probably never existed.
March 12, 2013
Read | Listen (12:42)
 
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
Read | Listen (14:38)
 
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
Read | Listen (14:52)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
The Flat Earth Theory (Skeptoid #338) - The Flat Earth Theory has its origins not in alt-science but in Christian Fundamentalism.
November 27, 2012
Read | Listen (12:41)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:37)
 
Raiding the Ark of the Covenant (Skeptoid #327) - The true history of the most famous holy relic from Biblical times.
September 11, 2012
Read | Listen (11:53)
 
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
Read | Listen (13:46)
 
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
Read | Listen (12:30)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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