By Brian Dunning

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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.

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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
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Jul 16, 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
Whistle-Stop Tour 2021
To celebrate crawling out of our pandemic cocoons, I am doing a tour of the continental US with free events in as many cities as I can reach. To sign up and get more info come to
Jun 24, 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
In God We Lust podcast preview
A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. Listen at
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
Introducing Dark Air with Terry Carnation
Dark Air with Terry Carnation is a brand new podcast from Audioboom that premieres April 1st. Dark Air with Terry Carnation stars Rainn Wilson (The Office), Karan Soni (Deadpool), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community). Subscribe to Dark Air with Terry Carnation on Apple Podcasts:
Apr 01, 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
Wondery Spy Affair podcast preview
A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.
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
Dyatlov Pass Update
My response to the popular new claimed solution to the Dyatlov Pass non-mystery.
Feb 26, 2021
Skeptoid #768: Inside the Mountain Meadows Massacre
Myths, conspiracies, and coverups cloak this 1857 massacre of American emigrants.
Feb 23, 2021
Things You Don't Need to Know podcast preview
A preview of the podcast "Things You Don't Need to Know" with Ari Cagan.
Feb 18, 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
History That Doesn't Suck podcast preview
A preview of History That Doesn't Suck, the podcast that combines US history with storytelling.
Feb 11, 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
I Know Dino podcast preview
A preview of I Know Dino, the big dinosaur podcast!
Jan 14, 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
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
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.
Aug 06, 2020