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 #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
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
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.
Apr 23, 2020