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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Aliens & UFOs


To the Stars (Skeptoid #800) - Once again, it is a hundredth episode of Skeptoid, this one being #800. And long time fans know what that means: it's a musical episode! But today's is a little bit different, in that it may be the first piece of music you've ever heard that was not produced on Earth. Today, with special cooperation from our friends at NASA, we're bringing you a Skeptoid song from a spaceship -- one that is, even as we speak, rapidly accelerating away from this planet.
October 5, 2021
Read | Listen (9:53)
The UFO Rogues Gallery Takes Over America - Part 2 (Skeptoid #788) - This week, the conclusion of our two-part examination of the group of paranormalists who successfully convinced the world media that the US government takes UFOs seriously. It's one of the most successfully PR campaigns in the history of pseudoscience, and its actual roots should surprise and anger everyone.
July 13, 2021
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The UFO Rogues Gallery Takes Over America - Part 1 (Skeptoid #787) - For years now, the news has been full of Navy UFO videos and reports that the Pentagon takes alien visitation seriously. But it turns out the source of all this news has been neither the US military nor even legitimate reporters, but rather an unlikely group of paranormalists with exceedingly good press release skills.
July 6, 2021
Read | Listen (12:38)
The 2019 USS Kidd Incident (Skeptoid #777) - In 2019, a US Navy destroyer and some other ships off the coast of Los Angeles were illegally swarmed by what appeared to be drones, however they were said to be much too far offshore for this to have been possible. The UFO community attributes the episode to aliens, in the spirit of all the Pentagon UFO videos. Today we're going to dissect what's known to have actually taken place, and critically examine whether aliens are indeed the most probable explanation.
April 27, 2021
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Denizens of Lake Baikal (Skeptoid #771) - The world's largest lake sits in frozen isolation in Siberia, visited by so few that stories have grown about the fearsome monsters inhabiting it. Today we're going to look at some of the most famous of these legends and see how and why they came to be popularly believed.
March 16, 2021
Read | Listen (13:55)
The 1994 Ruwa Zimbabwe Alien Encounter (Skeptoid #760) - This popular tale claims 62 African schoolchildren were contacted by an extraterrestrial.
December 29, 2020
Read | Listen (14:43)
The Japan Air Lines Alaska UFO (Skeptoid #753) - So many UFO cases claim the title of "the best evidenced yet" and the 1986 Japan Air Lines flight in Alaska was no different. We had an experienced military pilot and both his crewmates who all saw it, we had other planes in the sky, and we had ground stations taking radar tracks. It seems hard to accept that, with all this evidence, there could be any explanation other than a genuine alien spaceship. But we're going to try.
November 10, 2020
Read | Listen (15:35)
The Berkshire County UFO (Skeptoid #737) - It had all the trappings of any popular UFO story you might see on television: soldiers searching the forest for debris, mysterious men in black cautioning witnesses to remain silent, an entire town left in fear from their harrowing visitation. Today we're going to dissect the reality of one such case to see just how far apart the facts are from what the television reported, and as many such cases often do, this one all came down to a single imaginative young man.
July 21, 2020
Read | Listen (15:18)
Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 3 (Skeptoid #721) - It would take half the podcasts ever created to debunk all of the untruths promoted as fact by HISTORY's Ancient Aliens series, and so by no means does this third in our three-part series pretend to do a comprehensive job. But we're trying to hit most of the big ones. Today we're going to fact check the television on points such as the Crystal Skulls, the Nazca Lines, and a bunch of little golden ornaments that you've been told are airplanes or spacecraft.
March 31, 2020
Read | Listen (13:21)
Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 2 (Skeptoid #720) - Here at Skeptoid, we really hope you aren't offended at this prolonged counterstrike against the tsunami of misinformation promoted by HISTORY's Ancient Aliens series. So we ask that you please bear with us during this second of our three-part battle. Today we're going to fact check Ancient Aliens claims about a mysterious Hall of Records they claim is inside Egypt's Great Sphinx, about an ancient megalithic site in South America called Puma Punku, and a few other offenses to archaeology and to our ancient civilizations.
March 24, 2020
Read | Listen (14:41)
Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 1 (Skeptoid #719) - Few shows in the entire history of television have worked so aggressively to de-educate the population and promote misinformation as HISTORY's Ancient Aliens, featuring the delusions of discredited crackpots as if they represent some valid historical perspective. Today, Skeptoid is going to get back to its core mission of correcting pop misinformation, and will take a crack -- the first in a three part series -- at debunking Ancient Aliens.
March 17, 2020
Read | Listen (14:04)
The Knowles Family UFO Incident (Skeptoid #715) - Who says UFOs aren't real? When this Australian family was driving along a long straight stretch of road late one night, a UFO actually landed on the roof of their car, picked it up, and dropped it, causing damage that was verified by the police. Anyway, that's how the story is told throughout the UFO literature. But if we apply just a little bit of skepticism, we can go through the facts as they were determined at the time, and put together a picture of what probably happened that doesn't require any aliens at all.
February 18, 2020
Read | Listen (13:40)
Alien Visitation and Kecksburg (Skeptoid #681) - We can often get a good sense of a UFO story's accuracy even without researching all the details.
June 25, 2019
Read | Listen (13:49)
Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien (Skeptoid #675) - Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.
May 14, 2019
Read | Listen (14:08)
The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident (Skeptoid #652) - The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.
December 4, 2018
Read | Listen (14:51)
Pop Quiz: Aliens and UFOs (Skeptoid #648) - How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on aliens and UFOs.
November 6, 2018
Read | Listen (16:06)
The Swedish Ghost Rockets (Skeptoid #628) - This rash of UFO sightings over Sweden in 1946 has long been considered to be Soviet missile tests.
June 19, 2018
Read | Listen (13:12)
The Pentagon's UFO Hunt (Skeptoid #621) - The Pentagon gave $22 million to a very unlikely group of UFO proponents.
May 1, 2018
Read | Listen (14:41)
The Hudson Valley UFO Mystery (Skeptoid #598) - Hundreds of people watched this UFO over the Hudson River Valley many times between 1983 and 1984.
November 21, 2017
Read | Listen (13:13)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The Flying Saucer Menace (Skeptoid #486) - The true, interwoven history of flying saucers in American folklore.
September 29, 2015
Read | Listen (12:29)
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)
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
Read | Listen (13:56)
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
Read | Listen (11:26)
Out of Place Artifacts (Skeptoid #403) - Some objects found around the world seem to defy rational explanation.
February 25, 2014
Read | Listen (13:06)
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
Read | Listen (12:02)
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)
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)
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 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
Read | Listen (14:19)
Listener Feedback: Aliens and UFOs (Skeptoid #358) - Skeptoid digs into the feedback mailbag and answers questions about aliens and UFOs.
April 16, 2013
Read | Listen (10:02)
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)
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
Read | Listen (12:16)
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)
The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter (Skeptoid #331) - A rural family spent half a night battling what they thought were space aliens.
October 9, 2012
Read | Listen (13:02)
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
Read | Listen (13:55)
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)
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)
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)
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
Read | Listen (11:52)
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
Read | Listen (12:51)
The Alien Buried in Texas (Skeptoid #241) - Some believe a space alien is buried in a rural cemetery in Aurora, Texas.
January 18, 2011
Read | Listen (12:05)
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
Read | Listen (11:56)
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
Read | Listen (14:47)
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
Read | Listen (12:23)
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
Read | Listen (12:53)
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
Read | Listen (14:35)
The Non-Mystery of Puma Punku (Skeptoid #202) - Though some claim the stone structures at Puma Punku were alien, archaeologists find no real mysteries there.
April 20, 2010
Read | Listen (12:32)
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
Read | Listen (11:16)
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)
Screwed! (Skeptoid #150) - A secret recording of an actual meeting of the Illuminati.
April 21, 2009
Read | Listen (9:40)
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 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
Read | Listen (16:08)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
Rods: Flying Absurdities (Skeptoid #4) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypotheticals suggesting that invisible flying "rods" might exist.
October 24, 2006
Read | Listen (6:47)






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