By Brian Dunning

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Rene Chouinard
 Nov 30, 2021
Excellent science based podcast

 Nov 3, 2021
Interesting podcast the seeks the truth

M Sowell
 Aug 25, 2021
What the world needs.

 Apr 5, 2021

 Mar 24, 2021
I like this podcast very much. Interesting topics, entertainingly presented, very informative.


The true science behind our most popular urban legends. Historical mysteries, paranormal claims, popular science myths, aliens and UFO reports, conspiracy theories, and worthless alternative medicine schemes... Skeptoid has you covered. From the sublime to the startling, no topic is sacred. Weekly since 2006.

Episode Date
Skeptoid #808: Followups and Extras
Some new facts and extra information on six previous episodes.
Nov 30, 2021
Skeptoid #807: Huna: New Age on an Island
Huna blends generic New Age spiritualism with a concocted version of Hawaiian tradition.
Nov 23, 2021
Eclipsed podcast preview
Sometimes the most interesting stories from history aren’t the ones we expect, it’s the stories that got lost. Eclipsed is a new weekly narrative history show from Campside Media. Hosted by writer Bijan Stephen, each episode of Eclipsed features a story hidden in the shadows of a major historical event. Lakes disappear, sailors cry, and pop stars go into battle on this season of Eclipsed.
Nov 18, 2021
Skeptoid #806: Environmental Microplastics
This manmade debris permeates our bodies and our planet, but what's the harm?
Nov 16, 2021
Skeptoid #805: The Cottingley Fairies: Analysis of a Famous Hoax
The true and weird history of the two girls who fooled the world with their fairy photographs in 1917.
Nov 09, 2021
Skeptoid #804: Unmasking the Old Stinker: The Hull Werewolf
This modern sighting of a strange beast is claimed to have been a resurgence of a legendary medieval monster.
Nov 02, 2021
Skeptoid #803: What Really Happened at Tunguska
The true cause of one of history's most violent cataclysms remains a mystery... to a degree.
Oct 26, 2021
Skeptoid #802: Pop Quiz: 15 for 15
It's 15 trivia questions from 15 Skeptoid episodes, to celebrate our 15th anniversary!
Oct 19, 2021
Skeptoid #801: Probiotics Fact and Fiction
Some people promote probiotics as a miracle cure for just about anything. What can they really do?
Oct 12, 2021
Skeptoid #800: To the Stars
A strange radio broadcast from a very unique group of VIPs being whisked away on a UFO.
Oct 05, 2021
Skeptoid #799: On the Authorship of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
The most famous organ work in history has a surprising mystery -- we're not really sure who composed it!
Sep 28, 2021
Skeptoid #798: Tracking the Wild Big Cats of Britain
A close look at the tales of large black predatory cats stalking Britain for centuries.
Sep 21, 2021
Skeptoid #797: Why You Need to Care About Methane
We focus a lot on carbon dioxide when talking about climate change. Should we be talking more about methane?
Sep 14, 2021
Skeptoid #796: 9/11 Truthers, 20 Years Later
20 years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil, the conspiracy theories are still thriving -- just as we should expect.
Sep 07, 2021
Skeptoid #795: What Made the Shroud of Turin Immortal
A close look at what true science and true history can tell us about this most sacred Catholic relic.
Aug 31, 2021
Skeptoid #794: Why You Needn't Worry About the Missing 411
A popular conspiracy theory claims that lots of people disappear under unexplainable circumstances in America's national parks.
Aug 24, 2021
Skeptoid #793: Your Turn Yet Again
Skeptoid gives our take on some spooky experiences sent in by listeners.
Aug 17, 2021
Skeptoid #792: Your Turn Again
In which I take a shot at trying to explain some of the weirdest stories sent in by listeners.
Aug 10, 2021
Skeptoid #791: Dowsing: Water Witchcraft
If you need to find ground water, ask a hydrologist, not an occult magician.
Aug 03, 2021
Skeptoid #790: Is the Existence of Billionaires Inherently Harmful?
Pop culture tells us that the existence of billionaires is harmful to the economy. Is that so?
Jul 27, 2021
Skeptoid #789: All About Clearcutting
Is clearcutting of forests for logging a public nuisance or a public benefit?
Jul 20, 2021
Skeptoid #788: The UFO Rogues Gallery Takes Over America - Part 2
An unlikely group of paranormalists has persuaded the American public that the government takes UFOs seriously.
Jul 13, 2021
Skeptoid #787: The UFO Rogues Gallery Takes Over America - Part 1
An unlikely group of paranormalists has persuaded the American public that the government takes UFOs seriously.
Jul 06, 2021
Skeptoid #786: Horses in Pre-Columbian America
Horses went extinct in North America at the end of the last ice age, but oddly some are now saying they didn't.
Jun 29, 2021
Skeptoid #785: Desalination vs. A National Water Grid
A comparison of two popular ways to help cope with the new water reality of global warming.
Jun 22, 2021
Skeptoid #784: Head Transplants
The facts and fiction of what's possible and what's already been tried in switching human heads.
Jun 15, 2021
Skeptoid #783: The Legend of Barsa-Kelmes
The story behind the story of the many paranormal events associated with this former island in the Aral Sea.
Jun 08, 2021
Skeptoid #782: A Collection of Corrections
In which another round of corrections is made to previous episodes. Keeping it real!
Jun 01, 2021
Skeptoid #781: Space Junk: The Real Risk and What to Do About It
The problem of a runaway catastrophe in Low Earth Orbit looms ever larger and closer.
May 25, 2021
Skeptoid #780: CBD for Everything
Cannabidiol is sold as an additive to just about every kind of product you can imagine. Why?
May 18, 2021
Skeptoid #779: How the Pyramids Were (and Were Not) Built - Part 2
Some of what we know about the Great Pyramid that exclude it having been built by aliens or Atlanteans.
May 11, 2021
Skeptoid #778: How the Pyramids Were (and Were Not) Built - Part 1
Some of what we know about the Great Pyramid that exclude it having been built by aliens or Atlanteans.
May 04, 2021
Skeptoid #777: The 2019 USS Kidd Incident
Popular reports claim that a group of US Navy destroyers were buzzed by advanced drones in 2019.
Apr 27, 2021
Skeptoid #776: The Engineered Moon Conspiracy
Science refutes the claim made by some that the Moon is a hollow spaceship engineered by aliens.
Apr 20, 2021
Skeptoid #775: Listener Feedback: Monstrous Reversals
Some updates and additional information to a few past episodes... better all the time.
Apr 13, 2021
Skeptoid #774: Bitcoin Fact and Fiction
What's true and what's not about the world's most popular cryptocurrency.
Apr 06, 2021
Skeptoid #773: Top 10 Pro-Science Fictional Characters
A roundup of all the best pro-science characters from your favorite books, movies, and TV shows.
Mar 30, 2021
Skeptoid #772: The Monster of Port Chatham
This remote town in Alaska was said to have been abandoned because of violent Bigfoot attacks.
Mar 23, 2021
Skeptoid #771: Denizens of Lake Baikal
A host of strange monsters are said to lurk beneath the surface of the world's deepest lake.
Mar 16, 2021
Skeptoid #770: The Human Design System
A mishmash of eastern mysticism masquerades as psychometry.
Mar 09, 2021
Skeptoid #769: The Vampire of Croglin Grange
Which came first: the publication of this famous vampire story, or its associated family tradition?
Mar 02, 2021
Skeptoid #768: Inside the Mountain Meadows Massacre
Myths, conspiracies, and coverups cloak this 1857 massacre of American emigrants.
Feb 23, 2021
Skeptoid #767: The Year's Best of Skeptoid
My personal favorite Skeptoid episodes from each and every year of its production.
Feb 16, 2021
Skeptoid #766: Illuminating Our Lady of Zeitoun
This Marian apparition from Egypt has some science fiction explanations and a sound one.
Feb 09, 2021
Skeptoid #765: Tartaria and the Mud Flood
Some claim that all of world history is a coverup for the mighty ancient nation of Tartaria.
Feb 02, 2021
Skeptoid #764: Learning Styles, Re-examined
Most teachers believe that students have different learning styles and curricula can be tailored to it. Not so much.
Jan 26, 2021
Skeptoid #763: Elvis Sightings and You
People keep thinking Elvis is still alive -- and here's why that matters to you.
Jan 19, 2021
Skeptoid #762: On the Trail of the Yowie
Australia's version of Bigfoot may -- or may not -- have its origin in Aboriginal mythology.
Jan 12, 2021
Skeptoid #761: Havana Syndrome, Microwaves, and Hearing RF
The lone exception to the science fact that radio cannot hurt you.
Jan 05, 2021
Skeptoid #760: The 1994 Ruwa Zimbabwe Alien Encounter
This popular tale claims 62 African schoolchildren were contacted by an extraterrestrial.
Dec 29, 2020
Skeptoid #759: Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto
The most famous case in the history of Monsanto vs. small farmers might not be what you think.
Dec 22, 2020
Skeptoid #758: Finding the USS Cyclops
This most famous ship disappearance from the Bermuda Triangle probably had nothing to do with it.
Dec 15, 2020
Skeptoid #757: The Montauk Project
Some believe the government opened up time portals underneath Long Island, New York.
Dec 08, 2020
You're Listening to Skeptoid...
You ever wonder about the truth behind popular urban legends? Or how about the craziest conspiracy theories you hear about online, chemtrails, the Flat Earth, the Hollow Earth, is there anything to them at all? Famous mysteries like what happened to Amelia Earhart, what's up with the Bermuda Triangle, who was Jack the Ripper? What about famous ghost stories, like the Amityville Horror, or the Warrens? What was really going on with that? Or this stuff they show on television: Ancient Aliens, Hunting Hitler, the Curse of Oak Island? You know that junk isn't true but how do you find out what is? If you've always taken stories like these with a grain of salt, Skeptoid is the show for you. Each week, we take one famous urban legend that a lot of people believe, talk about how it got started, how and why people believe it, and what's the real science, the real history behind what's going on. It's like a short, 15-minute podcast version of Mythbusters, but exhaustively researched and referenced. If you're ready to be skeptical and ready to solve the deepest mysteries you always wondered about, listen to Skeptoid, a 501C3 educational nonprofit.
Dec 07, 2020
Skeptoid #756: The Death Ship SS Ourang Medan
This ship was said to be discovered with all its crew dead under unexplainable circumstances.
Dec 01, 2020
Skeptoid #755: Examining Gulf War Illness
Some researchers believe there is no such thing as Gulf War Illness, and the rest have more questions than answers.
Nov 24, 2020
Skeptoid #754: About That Life on Mars...
Good scientists can get the wrong idea, but they don't need to make it worse by announcing bad science.
Nov 17, 2020
Skeptoid #753: The Japan Air Lines Alaska UFO
This famous UFO case is said to be proven by military radar data.
Nov 10, 2020
Skeptoid #752: Listener Feedback Live: Outpost 2020
Skeptoid answers some... interesting feedback LIVE at the Outpost 2020 con.
Nov 03, 2020
Skeptoid #751: Pop Quiz: Myths of the Middle Ages
How well do you know the Middle Ages? Can you tell what's fact and what's fiction?
Oct 27, 2020
Skeptoid #750: How to Extract Adrenochrome from Children
Conspiracy theorists believe that Hollywood elitists torture children and extract drugs from their bodies.
Oct 20, 2020
Skeptoid #749: Observing the Bystander Effect
Some research has found that crowds are apathetic and don't render assistance; some has found the opposite.
Oct 13, 2020
Skeptoid #748: Who Sank the Maine?
Many theories surround the mysterious sinking of the USS Maine that triggered the Spanish-American War.
Oct 06, 2020
Skeptoid #747: Hitler's Operation Long Jump
Popular stories claim that the Nazis tried to assassinate Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin in Tehran in 1943.
Sep 29, 2020
Skeptoid #746: Error Correction: Tokyo Drift
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors sent in by listeners just like you.
Sep 22, 2020
Skeptoid #745: Australia Doesn't Exist, and Other Geographic Conspiracy Theories
The belief that Australia doesn't exist may not be as unique as you think.
Sep 15, 2020
Skeptoid #744: Phineas Gage, on Second Thought
A reexamination of the famous case of the man whose personality changed from a grievous brain injury.
Sep 08, 2020
Skeptoid #743: Hinkley: The Erin Brockovich Case
The facts differ widely from what's generally believed to have been a mass poisoning.
Sep 01, 2020
Skeptoid #742: The Phantom Fortress
This B-17 supposedly completed a mission and returned to base, all without an aircrew.
Aug 25, 2020
Skeptoid #741: The Wisdom and Stupidity of Crowds
How the wisdom of crowds can sometimes allow groups of non-experts to reach an expert conclusion.
Aug 18, 2020
Skeptoid #740: Student Questions: Yellow Glasses and Nuclear Waste for Tomorrow
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
Aug 11, 2020
Skeptoid #739: More on 5G and COVID Masks
Some supplemental information on recent episodes, plus some listener feedback.
Aug 04, 2020
Skeptoid #738: The QAnon Conspiracy
This growing conspiracy theory posits that a global cabal of pedophiles secretly controls the US government.
Jul 28, 2020
Skeptoid #737: The Berkshire County UFO
Why a UFO case you've probably never heard of got attention from a major TV network.
Jul 21, 2020
Skeptoid #736: New World Tobacco in Old World Mummies
Some believe that traces of tobacco in Egyptian mummies prove the Egyptians were first to the New World.
Jul 14, 2020
Skeptoid #735: Bill Gates Conspiracy Theories
Why is the world's greatest public health philanthropist charged with crimes against humanity?
Jul 07, 2020
Skeptoid #734: The Stoned Ape Theory
Some believe that psychedelic drugs played an irreplaceable role in the evolution of Homo sapiens.
Jun 30, 2020
Skeptoid #733: Listener Feedback: Endgame
Updates to the episode on MSG sensitivity and the Miracle of Calanda.
Jun 23, 2020
Skeptoid #732: Hunting the Beast of Gevaudan
This mysterious creature actually killed over 100 people in France in the 1760s.
Jun 16, 2020
Skeptoid #731: More Out of Place Artifacts
A survey of seven of the most popular out-of-place artifacts said to overturn human history.
Jun 09, 2020
Skeptoid #730: The Skeletons of the Great Eastern
A popular tale claims that the skeletons of two riveters were found between the hulls of this mighty ship.
Jun 02, 2020
Skeptoid #729: The LUCIFER Telescope Conspiracy
A popular conspiracy theory claims the Vatican uses a telescope named LUCIFER to find an alien savior.
May 26, 2020
Skeptoid #728: When the Earth's Magnetic Field Flips
Some claim that when the Earth's geomagnetic field reverses, it could spell the end of humankind.
May 19, 2020
Skeptoid #727: Hunting the Mokele-Mbembe
Some believe this relict dinosaur still survives in parts of the Congo.
May 12, 2020
Skeptoid #726: Full of Hot Error
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in past episodes.
May 05, 2020
Skeptoid #725: Pop Quiz: Astonishing Tales of the Sea
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on tales of the sea.
Apr 28, 2020
Skeptoid #724: Decoding Gobekli Tepe
This archaeological site in Turkey is said to change everything... but what does that really mean?
Apr 21, 2020
Skeptoid #723: Draining the Holy Grail
The true history of the Holy Grail, the most precious of all artifacts.
Apr 14, 2020
Skeptoid #722: Pandemic Conspiracies and Politics
How the conspiracy theories around today's pandemic compare to those of the past.
Apr 07, 2020
Skeptoid #721: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 3
A look at some of the ancient artworks and artifacts that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
Mar 31, 2020
Skeptoid #720: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 2
A look at some of the ancient sites and cities that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
Mar 24, 2020
Skeptoid #719: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 1
A look at some of the ancient sites and cities that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
Mar 17, 2020
Skeptoid #718: Diagnosing Chronic Lyme Disease
Often dismissed as purely pseudoscientific and nonexistent, chronic Lyme disease is not necessarily nothing.
Mar 10, 2020
Skeptoid #717: Rethinking Plastic Straw Bans
Bans on plastic drinking straws are a solution in search of a problem.
Mar 03, 2020
Skeptoid #716: Learning Languages from Brain Injuries
Popular stories on the Internet tell of people coming out of comas and suddenly speaking a new language.
Feb 25, 2020
Skeptoid #715: The Knowles Family UFO Incident
This family's car is said to have been lifted off the road by a UFO and dropped.
Feb 18, 2020
Skeptoid #714: Killing the Hammersmith Ghost
Some possible explanations for this infamously deadly 19th century haunting near London.
Feb 11, 2020
Skeptoid #713: On the Trail of Red Mercury
The most elusive substance in pop culture also purports to be one of the most destructive.
Feb 04, 2020
Skeptoid #712: Apple Cider Vinegar Woo
A test of the many sensational health claims made for apple cider vinegar.
Jan 28, 2020
Skeptoid #711: The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans
Science decides the question of whether plastic bag bans help or hurt the environment.
Jan 21, 2020
Skeptoid #710: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 4
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
Jan 14, 2020
Skeptoid #709: Wind Turbines and Birds
Wind turbines actually save many more bird lives than they destroy.
Jan 07, 2020
Skeptoid #708: All About Sex Addiction
The topic of sex addiction and what to do about it turns out to be more complicated than you may think.
Dec 31, 2019
Skeptoid #707: Vermeer and the Camera Obscura
Popular claims that the painter Vermeer used a camera obscura contradict the evidence.
Dec 24, 2019
Skeptoid #706: MSG: How a Friendly Flavor Became Your Enemy
The history of this vilified flavoring is a wild ride through 20th century cultural influences.
Dec 17, 2019
Skeptoid #705: Listener Feedback: The Plot Thickens
Listeners offer some updates and new information to previous episodes.
Dec 10, 2019
Skeptoid #704: The Green Children of Woolpit
In the 12th century, a pair of mysterious children with green skin surprised English villagers.
Dec 03, 2019
Skeptoid #703: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 3
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
Nov 26, 2019
Skeptoid #702: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
These risky medical devices are increasingly being sold to treat conditions they don't treat.
Nov 19, 2019
Skeptoid #701: Seneca Guns and Skyquakes
These mysterious cannon-like booms are heard all around the world, with no apparent source.
Nov 12, 2019