Skeptoid

By Brian Dunning

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 Feb 9, 2022

Rene Chouinard
 Nov 30, 2021
Excellent science based podcast


 Nov 3, 2021
Interesting podcast the seeks the truth

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 Aug 25, 2021
What the world needs.


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Description

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 #851: How Your Smartphone Is Listening to You
14:37

Is your smartphone eavesdropping on your conversation?

Sep 27, 2022
Skeptoid #850: Ode to the Nightcrawler
06:34

Beware of this creepy cryptid, or you might just fall in love with it.

Sep 20, 2022
Skeptoid #849: Who Really Killed the Electric Car?
15:43

Pop culture tells us that a conspiracy is what killed GM's EV1 in 2002. But is an exotic explanation really needed?

Sep 13, 2022
Skeptoid #848: On the Trail of Papillon
12:56

How much truth was there to the prison escape story of Henri Charrière?

Sep 06, 2022
Skeptoid #847: The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 2
13:32

Some more of the episodes where I went in with one idea, and came out with another.

Aug 30, 2022
Skeptoid #846: The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 1
13:51

Some of the episodes where I went in expecting one thing, but found something different.

Aug 23, 2022
Skeptoid #845: Seeking the Soviet Battle Mole
14:39

The story goes that the Soviet Union had nuclear-powered underground vehicles for waging a whole new kind of war.

Aug 16, 2022
Skeptoid #844: What They're Saying About Electric Cars Now
15:28

The arguments made by electric car haters no longer hold up. Time to upgrade.

Aug 09, 2022
Skeptoid #843: Pop Quiz: Religious Symbolism
16:47

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on questions drawn from episodes about world religions.

Aug 02, 2022
Skeptoid #842: The Day the UFO Deactivated the Nukes
15:36

It's said that in 1967, a UFO once deactivated an entire flight of US nuclear missiles in their silos.

Jul 26, 2022
Skeptoid #841: Feeling Out the Hairy Hands of Dartmoor
13:41

The story goes that in England in 1921, driving a particular stretch of road meant an encounter with a terrifying foe.

Jul 19, 2022
The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You to See
02:47

Join me in producing this important feature documentary film on the modern UFO phenomenon.

Jul 14, 2022
Skeptoid #840: What Sank the Lusitania?
15:43

Many believe that the true cause of the Lusitania's sinking was not the torpedo, but a mysterious second explosion that followed.

Jul 12, 2022
Skeptoid #839: Decoding the Carolina Bays
14:27

Some say these oval depressions all along the US east coast are craters from an ancient meteor bombardment.

Jul 05, 2022
Skeptoid Is Hiring a Developer
01:05

Skeptoid is hiring a web developer. For complete details, see skeptoid.org/jobs

Jun 30, 2022
Skeptoid #838: The Chilean Navy UFO
15:36

Amateur Internet researchers figured out in 5 days what the Chilean government UFO group couldn't in two years.

Jun 28, 2022
Skeptoid #837: Falling Fish Followup
14:39

Some feedback and followups to a raft of previous Skeptoid episodes.

Jun 21, 2022
Skeptoid #836: Can You Tell if I'm Lying?
14:04

Can watching body language really tell you when someone is lying?

Jun 14, 2022
Skeptoid #835: False Flag Attack? The USS Liberty
16:43

Officially, Israel's 1967 attack on the USS Liberty was accidental friendly fire; but many claim it was a deliberate conspiracy.

Jun 07, 2022
Skeptoid #834: The Haunting of the Stanley Hotel
16:13

Colorado's Stanley Hotel is famous not only for its association with The Shining, but also for ghosts of its own.

May 31, 2022
Skeptoid #833: The Secrets of the Integratron
15:55

This white dome in the California desert may house the secrets of the universe, or nothing more than delusions.

May 24, 2022
Science Friction now available on streaming
02:36

Skeptoid Media's first full-length feature documentary movie, Science Friction, is now available to stream on Prime Video.

May 18, 2022
Skeptoid #832: What Greek Fire Really Was
14:25

This ancient weapon of terror struck fear throughout the ancient world, and stokes a number of mysteries today.

May 17, 2022
Skeptoid #831: Facilitated Communication Isn't
14:13

This discredited technique deceives loved ones into believing non-communicative people are able to communicate just fine by hiring one of these facilitators.

May 10, 2022
Skeptoid #830: The Mystical Death of Jack Parsons
14:33

The complicated life of JPL's co-founder meant that his death was almost certain to be cloaked in conspiracy theories.

May 03, 2022
Skeptoid #829: What ASMR Will Do for You
14:33

What is the state of the science behind this online video genre that combines relaxation with chills and shivers?

Apr 26, 2022
Skeptoid #828: Why You Don't Want a Flat-Faced Pet
14:14

The science shows that dogs and cats bred to be flat-faced suffer from respiratory distress, but some argue otherwise.

Apr 19, 2022
Skeptoid #827: What Really Happened on Easter Island
18:08

The popular known history of Easter Island — that deforestation brought about its demise — is not generally accepted.

Apr 12, 2022
Skeptoid #826: Why the Fresno Nightcrawler Is So Popular
14:12

This relatively new and not-so-famous cryptid manages to have an outsized pop-culture footprint.

Apr 05, 2022
Skeptoid #825: How Psychic Readings Work
14:31

Whether cold reading, warm reading, or hot, there are simple explanations for even the most impressive psychic performances.

Mar 29, 2022
Skeptoid #824: Demystifying the Winchester Mystery House
16:44

The unfortunate false narrative of the Winchester Mystery House obscures a wonderful story of one of California's great women pioneers.

Mar 22, 2022
Skeptoid #823: Hunting the Elusive Rogue Wave
14:27

Modern authors say that scientists didn't used to accept the idea of rogue waves. Is that true?

Mar 15, 2022
Skeptoid #822: On Washboarded Roads
14:51

The real cause of washboarding on dirt roads is very different from the traditionally believed reason.

Mar 08, 2022
Skeptoid #821: Forensic (Pseudo) Science
15:35

All those fancy-sounding forensic sciences you've come to trust might not be worth very much of your trust after all.

Mar 01, 2022
Skeptoid #820: Maury Island: The Government's Alien Artifacts
14:18

The origin story of some of the government's alleged alien wreckage is a little bit shaky.

Feb 22, 2022
Skeptoid #819: Corrections with Hat in Hands
14:35

Some corrections to errors made in recent shows.

Feb 15, 2022
Skeptoid #818: On Railroad Tracks and Roman Chariots
16:08

The urban legend that train track gauge descends from Roman war chariots falls apart at every link in the chain.

Feb 08, 2022
Skeptoid #817: Your Ghostliest Tales, Explained
14:28

In which we hear, analyze, and attempt to explain the ghostly personal stories you've sent in.

Feb 01, 2022
Skeptoid #816: The Dark Side of Polyvagal Theory
15:55

A controversial mental health framework is also being peddled by unqualified coaches.

Jan 25, 2022
Skeptoid #815: On the Trail of the Chupacabra
15:21

An exploration into the chupacabra, and how that word came to be applied to so many unrelated things.

Jan 18, 2022
Skeptoid #814: Nazis and the Occult
15:15

Popular tales of the occult underpinnings of the Nazis are largely modern fiction.

Jan 11, 2022
Skeptoid #813: Why You Need to Care About Concrete
14:39

Concrete will remain one of our most important materials for decades — but there's a big problem with it.

Jan 04, 2022
Skeptoid #812: 20 Years of Data from Portugal: Drug Decriminalization
14:24

20 years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs in an effort to reduce addiction, incarceration, and negative health impacts. How has it worked?

Dec 28, 2021
Skeptoid #811: Radon Therapy
14:34

Trying to treat pain or cancer by exposing yourself to a radioactive carcinogen provides only risk without the benefit.

Dec 21, 2021
Skeptoid #810: Frida Sofia, the Victim Who Wasn't
14:13

After the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, rescuers dug through the rubble for a little girl named Frida Sofia — who never existed.

Dec 14, 2021
Skeptoid #809: The Avro Arrow Conspiracies
16:20

Conspiracy theories surround the cancellation of this advanced Canadian aircraft from the 1950s.

Dec 07, 2021
Skeptoid #808: Followups and Extras
14:09

Some new facts and extra information on six previous episodes.

Nov 30, 2021
Skeptoid #807: Huna: New Age on an Island
14:20

Huna blends generic New Age spiritualism with a concocted version of Hawaiian tradition.

Nov 23, 2021
Skeptoid #806: Environmental Microplastics
14:52

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
14:58

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
14:37

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
15:08

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
16:24

It's 15 trivia questions from 15 Skeptoid episodes, to celebrate our 15th anniversary!

Oct 19, 2021
Skeptoid #801: Probiotics Fact and Fiction
14:09

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
10:36

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
14:20

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
13:53

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
14:09

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
13:37

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
13:22

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
14:11

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
13:58

Skeptoid gives our take on some spooky experiences sent in by listeners.

Aug 17, 2021
Skeptoid #792: Your Turn Again
12:43

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
14:00

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?
14:14

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
14:13

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
13:03

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
13:16

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
15:23

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
14:51

A comparison of two popular ways to help cope with the new water reality of global warming.

Jun 22, 2021
Skeptoid #784: Head Transplants
14:19

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
14:13

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
13:45

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
14:39

The problem of a runaway catastrophe in Low Earth Orbit looms ever larger and closer.

May 25, 2021
Skeptoid #780: CBD for Everything
15:21

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
14:19

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
14:45

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
18:09

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
14:21

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
14:41

Some updates and additional information to a few past episodes... better all the time.

Apr 13, 2021
Skeptoid #774: Bitcoin Fact and Fiction
14:21

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
15:17

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
14:15

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
14:30

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
15:00

A mishmash of eastern mysticism masquerades as psychometry.

Mar 09, 2021
Skeptoid #769: The Vampire of Croglin Grange
13:52

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
14:32

Myths, conspiracies, and coverups cloak this 1857 massacre of American emigrants.

Feb 23, 2021
Skeptoid #767: The Year's Best of Skeptoid
16:49

My personal favorite Skeptoid episodes from each and every year of its production.

Feb 16, 2021
Skeptoid #766: Illuminating Our Lady of Zeitoun
15:34

This Marian apparition from Egypt has some science fiction explanations and a sound one.

Feb 09, 2021
Skeptoid #765: Tartaria and the Mud Flood
14:37

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
14:20

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
15:00

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
14:51

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
15:32

The lone exception to the science fact that radio cannot hurt you.

Jan 05, 2021
Skeptoid #760: The 1994 Ruwa Zimbabwe Alien Encounter
15:28

This popular tale claims 62 African schoolchildren were contacted by an extraterrestrial.

Dec 29, 2020
Skeptoid #759: Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto
14:55

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
13:57

This most famous ship disappearance from the Bermuda Triangle probably had nothing to do with it.

Dec 15, 2020
You're Listening to Skeptoid...
01:15

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 11, 2020
Skeptoid #757: The Montauk Project
15:32

Some believe the government opened up time portals underneath Long Island, New York.

Dec 08, 2020
Skeptoid #756: The Death Ship SS Ourang Medan
14:45

This ship was said to be discovered with all its crew dead under unexplainable circumstances.

Dec 01, 2020
Skeptoid #755: Examining Gulf War Illness
15:00

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...
14:45

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
16:23

This famous UFO case is said to be proven by military radar data.

Nov 10, 2020
Skeptoid #752: Listener Feedback Live: Outpost 2020
20:58

Skeptoid answers some... interesting feedback LIVE at the Outpost 2020 con.

Nov 03, 2020
Skeptoid #751: Pop Quiz: Myths of the Middle Ages
21:30

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
15:09

Conspiracy theorists believe that Hollywood elitists torture children and extract drugs from their bodies.

Oct 20, 2020
Skeptoid #749: Observing the Bystander Effect
13:27

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?
15:09

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
14:53

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
14:52

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
13:46

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
14:34

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
15:44

The facts differ widely from what's generally believed to have been a mass poisoning.

Sep 01, 2020
Skeptoid #742: The Phantom Fortress
13:50

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
14:50

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
14:25

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
13:37

Some supplemental information on recent episodes, plus some listener feedback.

Aug 04, 2020
Skeptoid #738: The QAnon Conspiracy
15:32

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
16:09

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
15:51

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
15:08

Why is the world's greatest public health philanthropist charged with crimes against humanity?

Jul 07, 2020
Skeptoid #734: The Stoned Ape Theory
15:20

Some believe that psychedelic drugs played an irreplaceable role in the evolution of Homo sapiens.

Jun 30, 2020
Skeptoid #733: Listener Feedback: Endgame
13:56

Updates to the episode on MSG sensitivity and the Miracle of Calanda.

Jun 23, 2020
Skeptoid #732: Hunting the Beast of Gevaudan
15:22

This mysterious creature actually killed over 100 people in France in the 1760s.

Jun 16, 2020
Skeptoid #731: More Out of Place Artifacts
14:58

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
14:20

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
14:56

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
16:41

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
15:28

Some believe this relict dinosaur still survives in parts of the Congo.

May 12, 2020
Skeptoid #726: Full of Hot Error
13:46

Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in past episodes.

May 05, 2020
Skeptoid #725: Pop Quiz: Astonishing Tales of the Sea
16:04

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
15:07

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
15:11

The true history of the Holy Grail, the most precious of all artifacts.

Apr 14, 2020
Skeptoid #722: Pandemic Conspiracies and Politics
14:44

How the conspiracy theories around today's pandemic compare to those of the past.

Apr 07, 2020
Skeptoid #721: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 3
14:08

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
15:34

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
14:51

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
14:23

Often dismissed as purely pseudoscientific and nonexistent, chronic Lyme disease is not necessarily nothing.

Mar 10, 2020
Skeptoid #717: Rethinking Plastic Straw Bans
15:20

Bans on plastic drinking straws are a solution in search of a problem.

Mar 03, 2020
Skeptoid #716: Learning Languages from Brain Injuries
14:42

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
14:35

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
13:48

Some possible explanations for this infamously deadly 19th century haunting near London.

Feb 11, 2020
Skeptoid #713: On the Trail of Red Mercury
14:53

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
14:10

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
14:45

Science decides the question of whether plastic bag bans help or hurt the environment.

Jan 21, 2020
Skeptoid #710: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 4
15:56

I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.

Jan 14, 2020
Skeptoid #709: Wind Turbines and Birds
14:55

Wind turbines actually save many more bird lives than they destroy.

Jan 07, 2020
Skeptoid #708: All About Sex Addiction
14:51

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
16:55

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
14:58

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
13:42

Listeners offer some updates and new information to previous episodes.

Dec 10, 2019
Skeptoid #704: The Green Children of Woolpit
14:04

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
13:34

I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.

Nov 26, 2019
Skeptoid #702: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
13:29

These risky medical devices are increasingly being sold to treat conditions they don't treat.

Nov 19, 2019
Skeptoid #701: Seneca Guns and Skyquakes
15:02

These mysterious cannon-like booms are heard all around the world, with no apparent source.

Nov 12, 2019
Skeptoid #700: A Whale of a Tale
05:33

In which we celebrate 700 episodes of great storytelling... sea shanty style.

Nov 05, 2019
Skeptoid #699: The Mystery of the Ellen Austin
13:08

The true history behind one of the Bermuda Triangle's strangest legends.

Oct 29, 2019
Skeptoid #698: Radon in Your Basement
13:28

Is this gas a risk you should worry about, or is it just another homeowner scam?

Oct 22, 2019
Skeptoid #697: Reactionless Space Drives
13:30

Conspiracy theorists and alternate science believers continue to claim triumph over the laws of nature.

Oct 15, 2019
Skeptoid #696: History's Smallest Underground War
13:02

The public's zeal for sensationalism over facts can sometimes have deadly consequences.

Oct 08, 2019
Skeptoid #695: Fighting Global Warming with Economics
14:15

There's always been an easy solution to global warming on the table, and it won't hurt the economy.

Oct 01, 2019
Skeptoid #694: Playing Error Guitar
15:23

Skeptoid corrects another round of errors in previous episodes caught by you amazing listeners.

Sep 24, 2019
Skeptoid #693: The Age of the Sphinx
15:23

Popular TV shows try to persuade us that Egypt's Great Sphinx is far older than archaeology tells us.

Sep 17, 2019
Skeptoid #692: Thirteen: The Private History of a Curse
13:46

The number 13 may have more relevance in your life than you suspect.

Sep 10, 2019
Skeptoid #691: FLICC: 5 Techniques of Science Denial
15:44

One popular rubric for identifying the common techniques used by science deniers.

Sep 03, 2019
Skeptoid #690: Video Games and Violence
14:01

Data does not support the popular belief that video games promote violent behavior.

Aug 27, 2019
Skeptoid #689: The Bili Ape of the Congo
14:29

The facts behind the legend of a mysterious giant ape, said by some to be a chimp-gorilla hybrid.

Aug 20, 2019
Skeptoid #688: Your Phavorite Phollowups
14:04

Updates and newer information to some of the conclusions in your favorite Skeptoid episodes.

Aug 13, 2019
Skeptoid #687: No, Electric Cars Don't Pollute More
14:10

Popularly shared articles claim electric cars produce more greenhouses gases than internal combustion cars.

Aug 06, 2019
Skeptoid #686: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 2
14:01

I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.

Jul 30, 2019
Skeptoid #685: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 1
14:00

I take a shot at critical analysis of your weirdest experiences.

Jul 23, 2019
Skeptoid #684: Starlite, the Magical Mystery Material
15:49

The real reasons for the disappearance of this amateur material said to be able to withstand even a nuclear blast.

Jul 16, 2019
Skeptoid #683: Prehistoric Supersonic Monster Tides
15:30

A geophysical look at the idea that Earth's early history had enormous destructive tides.

Jul 09, 2019
Skeptoid #682: Mexico's Zone of Silence
14:33

Legend has it that radios and compasses will not work in this remote Mexican desert.

Jul 02, 2019
Skeptoid #681: Alien Visitation and Kecksburg
14:40

We can often get a good sense of a UFO story's accuracy even without researching all the details.

Jun 25, 2019
Skeptoid #680: The True Fate of the Amber Room
14:42

State-sponsored disinformation continues to drive treasure hunters who seek the legendary Amber Room.

Jun 18, 2019
Skeptoid #679: The Greenbrier Ghost
13:40

A skeptical look at the time a ghost's testimony resulted in a murder conviction.

Jun 11, 2019
Skeptoid #678: What the Feedback
14:50

More updates and additional information for some recent Skeptoid episodes.

Jun 04, 2019
Skeptoid #677: 5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty?
15:27

An examination of the claims that 5G cell phone data service is potentially harmful to life.

May 28, 2019
Skeptoid #676: Glyphosate and Behavioral Economics
14:20

How misinformation spread over one of the safest herbicides becoming known as one of the most harmful.

May 21, 2019
Skeptoid #675: Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien
14:55

Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.

May 14, 2019
Skeptoid #674: Student Questions: Drinking Urine and Studying to Music
13:07

Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

May 07, 2019
Skeptoid #673: Yamashita's Gold
14:37

The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.

Apr 30, 2019
Skeptoid #672: Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death
14:08

Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?

Apr 23, 2019
Skeptoid #671: China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic
15:20

Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.

Apr 16, 2019
Skeptoid #670: Wrong Does Not Cease to be Wrong
14:13

The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.

Apr 09, 2019
Skeptoid #669: Pop Quiz: History and Pseudohistory
16:53

Test your knowledge on these subjects, all covered by Skeptoid, on false history claims.

Apr 02, 2019
Skeptoid #668: A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit
13:53

How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.

Mar 26, 2019
Skeptoid #667: All About Atlantis
15:09

For centuries, alternative history fans have been denying Plato's intent and trying to frame Atlantis as a real island.

Mar 19, 2019
Skeptoid #666: The Historicity of Jesus Christ
14:57

A review of the evidence for and against the life of Jesus of Nazareth as a real living man.

Mar 12, 2019
Skeptoid #665: Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods
14:36

The nature of the problem of ocean plastics, and the best solution, may both come as surprises.

Mar 05, 2019
Skeptoid #664: The Keto Diet
14:31

It's the latest fad diet, and people are trying it for just about any benefit you can think of.

Feb 26, 2019
Skeptoid #663: Pop Quiz: Urban Legends
16:40

Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them.

Feb 19, 2019
Skeptoid #662: Vaccine Denial: Failure Mode Analysis
15:31

The surprising history of how medical science's greatest success has become vilified by so many people.

Feb 12, 2019
Skeptoid #661: Rapping with the Fox Sisters
14:23

Myth and mystery surrounds the sisters said to have founded the modern spiritualism industry.

Feb 05, 2019
Skeptoid #660: Feedback and Followups
14:23

A handful of updates to past Skeptoid episodes... eyebrow raising to say the least.

Jan 29, 2019
Skeptoid #659: Killing Castro
15:05

It's proven the CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but the number of claimed attempts differs wildly.

Jan 22, 2019
Skeptoid #658: Ong's Hat
15:01

An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension.

Jan 15, 2019
Skeptoid #657: Illuminating the Illuminati
15:36

The surprisingly humble beginnings and even more surprising modern rebirth of the Illuminati.

Jan 08, 2019
Skeptoid #656: And Bigfoot Said...
11:53

We compare vocalizations attributed to Bigfoot with the sounds of real animals known to be in the area.

Jan 01, 2019
Skeptoid #655: Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty
14:54

There are things we don't know about Stonehenge, but does that mean we know nothing at all?

Dec 25, 2018
Skeptoid #654: Pop Quiz: Consumer Ripoffs
16:31

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on consumer ripoffs.

Dec 18, 2018
Skeptoid #653: The Great Kentucky Meat Shower
13:38

A rain of meat is said to have fallen in rural Kentucky one day in 1876.

Dec 11, 2018
Skeptoid #652: The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident
15:42

The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.

Dec 04, 2018
Skeptoid #651: The Electric Universe Theory
15:22

Some believe that everything we know about the universe is wrong — and it's all electric.

Nov 27, 2018
Skeptoid #650: I Believe
06:30

Your beliefs are fallible and can fool you. Be willing to change your mind based on new information.

Nov 20, 2018
Skeptoid #649: George Soros Conspiracy Theories
14:50

George Soros remains the focus of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Nov 13, 2018
Skeptoid #648: Pop Quiz: Aliens and UFOs
16:49

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on aliens and UFOs.

Nov 06, 2018
Skeptoid #647: All About Mindfulness
14:24

An examination of this super-trendy meditation technique to see whether it lives up to the hype.

Oct 30, 2018
Skeptoid #646: Animal Earthquake Prediction
14:15

Many people believe animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. The facts tell a different story.

Oct 23, 2018
Skeptoid #645: Pop Quiz: Ancient Mysteries
15:31

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on ancient mysteries.

Oct 16, 2018
Skeptoid #644: Parts Unknown: Foreign Conspiracy Theories
15:26

A roundup of conspiracy theories from various countries all around the world.

Oct 09, 2018
Skeptoid #643: The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England
15:13

Some believe these stone structures in New England to be evidence of ancient cultures.

Oct 02, 2018
Skeptoid #642: Pop Quiz: Cryptozoology!
14:50

How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on cryptozoology.

Sep 25, 2018
Skeptoid #641: Alternative Veterinary Medicine
15:05

Even in the 21st century, vets and pet owners are turning to prescientific, magic-based medical care.

Sep 18, 2018
Skeptoid #640: Draining the Baghdad Battery
14:07

Many people believe this ancient scroll container was actually an early type of battery.

Sep 11, 2018
Skeptoid #639: An Exorbitance of Emendations
14:26

Once again, Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in previous episodes.

Sep 04, 2018
Skeptoid #638: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 2
15:42

A closer look at how bad the evidence is that a cave exists filled with golden alien wonders.

Aug 28, 2018
Skeptoid #637: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 1
15:07

Some people believe that this cave in Ecuador harbors an alien library etched on metallic plates.

Aug 21, 2018
Skeptoid #636: Epigenetics Woo
15:46

This exciting new(ish) field in genetics has brought with it a slew of snake oil claims.

Aug 14, 2018
Skeptoid #635: The Effects of Mandated GMO Labeling
14:31

We have good evidence for what to expect from mandated labeling of GMO foods, and it's not good.

Aug 07, 2018
Skeptoid #634: More Alcohol Myths
13:34

The last show on alcohol myths wasn't good enough for many of you, so here are some more.

Jul 31, 2018
Skeptoid #633: The Horsey History of Clever Hans
13:48

This early-1900s horse appeared to be able to do math and other feats, and we learned a lot from him.

Jul 24, 2018
Skeptoid #632: Lucid Dreaming
14:14

Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?

Jul 17, 2018
Skeptoid #631: Listener Feedback: Death of the Lefties
14:42

Skeptoid gets some interesting letters from listeners pertaining to radioactive skeletons and lefties.

Jul 10, 2018
Skeptoid #630: The Apes Who Learned Sign Language
14:21

Although many regard Koko as an ape who used sign language, science tells us that ability probably doesn't exist.

Jul 03, 2018
Skeptoid #629: Three Big Macs a Day
13:31

When we set aside pop food woo, we find that even multiple Big Macs can be part of a healthy daily diet.

Jun 26, 2018
Skeptoid #628: The Swedish Ghost Rockets
13:57

This rash of UFO sightings over Sweden in 1946 has long been considered to be Soviet missile tests.

Jun 19, 2018
Skeptoid #627: Gremlins
14:16

These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.

Jun 12, 2018
Skeptoid #626: Numerology
15:14

We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test.

Jun 05, 2018
Skeptoid #625: Your Weird Turn
12:48

We try to figure out some of the creepiest stories ever sent in by Skeptoid listeners.

May 29, 2018
Skeptoid #624: Zuma, The Phantom Satellite
15:02

The malfunction said to have doomed this spacecraft may have just been a cover story.

May 22, 2018
Skeptoid #623: Environmental Working Group and the Dirty Dozen
15:30

This company's annual press releases are intended to frighten you into buying organic.

May 15, 2018
Skeptoid #622: Are You Living in a Simulation?
14:44

An exploration of the thought experiment that seeks to determine whether we're living in a computer simulation.

May 08, 2018
Skeptoid #621: The Pentagon's UFO Hunt
15:26

The Pentagon gave $22 million to a very unlikely group of UFO proponents.

May 01, 2018
Skeptoid #620: Listener Feedback: Provisos, Addenda, and Quid Pro Quos
13:40

Listeners write in with extra information that adds a whole new dimension to some past shows.

Apr 24, 2018
Skeptoid #619: Alcohol Myths
15:13

We point the skeptical eye at five popular beliefs about alcoholic beverages.

Apr 17, 2018
Skeptoid #618: Are They Real, or Are They Fictional?
15:44

Another round of famous names from the past: Can you guess whether each is real or fictional?

Apr 10, 2018
Skeptoid #617: 10 Great Science Hoaxes
15:31

A look at those few times when hoaxers came closest to fooling those who knew better.

Apr 03, 2018
Skeptoid #616: Abiotic Oil
15:21

Some believe that oil comes from geological processes rather than from ancient biomass.

Mar 27, 2018
Skeptoid #615: Titanic Myths
14:54

Three of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic.

Mar 20, 2018
Skeptoid #614: The Inflammatory Diet
15:06

Why no, in fact you should not avoid certain foods to reduce your body's inflammation.

Mar 13, 2018
Skeptoid #613: The Kids Who See Blindfolded
13:49

Children throughout India are being taught to see while blindfolded... apparently.

Mar 06, 2018
Skeptoid #612: The Boy Who Thought He Was Reincarnated
14:22

This boy thought he had lived a past life as a fighter pilot. He had some help getting there.

Feb 27, 2018
Skeptoid #611: All About Grounding
13:32

Some New Agers believe that you can heal virtually any ailment simply by taking off your shoes.

Feb 20, 2018
Skeptoid #610: The Keepers of Flannan Light
15:11

Mystery clouds the story of what happened to these three vanished lighthouse keepers.

Feb 13, 2018
Skeptoid #609: Were There Irish Slaves in America?
14:13

Online articles claiming the first slaves in the Americas were white are fictional and racially motivated.

Feb 06, 2018
Skeptoid #608: Palm Oil Facts and Fiction
14:13

Is it a medical miracle, an environmental disaster, both, or neither?

Jan 30, 2018
Skeptoid #607: Do Lobsters Feel Pain?
14:06

What the science says on whether we need to change the way we eat crustaceans.

Jan 23, 2018
Skeptoid #606: The Murder in the Red Barn
13:29

A murder was said to have been solved by the intervention of the victim's ghost.

Jan 16, 2018
Skeptoid #605: The Civil War Pterosaur
13:44

This famous Internet photo of Civil War soldiers posing with a pterosaur has a surprising source.

Jan 09, 2018
Skeptoid #604: Net Neutrality Reexamined
16:27

A skeptic's guide for organizing the issues raised by Net Neutrality.

Jan 02, 2018
Skeptoid #603: Sonic Weapons in Cuba
14:39

There is a much better explanation than sonic weapons for reported attacks against US diplomats in Cuba.

Dec 26, 2017
Skeptoid #602: Should Moms Eat Placentas?
14:25

The modern practice of Western mothers eating their placentas is a new and strange attention-seeking behavior.

Dec 19, 2017
Skeptoid #601: Hiding the Decline: Climategate Demystified
14:46

This infamous scandal was said to have proven global warming was all just a hoax. Umm, no.

Dec 12, 2017
Skeptoid #600: A Musical Retrospective
19:54

Everything you didn't know about ten years of Skeptoid musical episodes, including the reason.

Dec 05, 2017
Skeptoid #599: Listener Feedback: Creationism and More Dead Paul
13:57

Some updates, notes, and extra information sent in by listeners about recent episodes.

Nov 28, 2017
Skeptoid #598: The Hudson Valley UFO Mystery
13:59

Hundreds of people watched this UFO over the Hudson River Valley many times between 1983 and 1984.

Nov 21, 2017
Skeptoid #597: The Wisdom of the Future
14:11

Skeptoid corrects a round of past errors, that they might become the wisdom of the future.

Nov 14, 2017
Skeptoid #596: How to Assess a Documentary
14:19

Some tips to assess whether a documentary is good science or just propaganda.

Nov 07, 2017
Skeptoid #595: Chasing Malaysian Airlines MH370
14:33

A roundup of the conspiracy theories and the probable true fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

Oct 31, 2017
Skeptoid #594: Paul Is Dead
13:57

The origins and history of the urban legend that Paul McCartney died and was replaced.

Oct 24, 2017
Skeptoid #593: I Still Can't Believe They Did That: More Human Guinea Pigs
14:50

A further look at ten more scientists who experimented on themselves for the benefit of mankind.

Oct 17, 2017
Skeptoid #592: Alert 747: The Vela Incident
13:47

In 1979, a mysterious flash occurred over the southern ocean that could have been a nuclear bomb.

Oct 10, 2017
Skeptoid #591: Ouija Boards
13:12

Real effects far more interesting than spiritualism claims are behind these famous talking boards.

Oct 03, 2017
Skeptoid #590: Skepticism vs Cynicism
13:52

The line between skepticism and cynicism is a bit too blurry for many people. Today we bring it into focus.

Sep 26, 2017
Skeptoid #589: The Big Pharma Conspiracy
13:40

Popular claims of a Big Pharma Conspiracy don't stand up to any rational scrutiny.

Sep 19, 2017
Skeptoid #588: Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition
15:20

A look at which celebrities are currently working hardest to erode the public intellect.

Sep 12, 2017
Skeptoid #587: What Makes a Good Podcast Episode?
14:30

Stories about urban legends are at their best when there are real people at their center.

Sep 05, 2017
Skeptoid #586: Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined
15:47

In the wake of VW Dieselgate, the government took the wrong steps to solve the wrong problem.

Aug 29, 2017
Skeptoid #585: Relict Japanese Soldiers
14:19

How factual are the urban legends about Japanese soldiers in the Pacific who never heard the war ended?

Aug 22, 2017
Skeptoid #584: Eclipse Myths and Science
13:46

A look at the science-based myths and misconceptions about eclipses, plus some things you might not know.

Aug 15, 2017
Skeptoid #583: Fate of the Feedback
13:43

Skeptoid responds to some listener feedback, updating a few episodes and clarifying some others.

Aug 08, 2017
Skeptoid #582: Lonnie Zamora and the Socorro UFO
13:02

This famous 1964 UFO sighting by a New Mexico police officer has several interesting explanations.

Aug 01, 2017
Skeptoid #581: Are You Following a Crank?
14:05

Let's have a look at the traits that define a crank, to make sure your new hero isn't one.

Jul 25, 2017
Skeptoid #580: Amelia Earhart Redux: Competing Networks, Competing Craziness
15:07

Through their constant promotion of false history, TV networks may have done Amelia Earhart's legacy irreparable harm.

Jul 18, 2017
Skeptoid #579: Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon
15:03

The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, not thousands; despite the efforts of Young Earthers.

Jul 11, 2017
Skeptoid #578: Student Questions: Bitters, Gas, and Diet Woo
12:39

Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

Jul 04, 2017
Skeptoid #577: What Are the Chances You're Psychic?
15:00

We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.

Jun 27, 2017
Skeptoid #576: Lights in the Sky
13:59

How likely is the most common type of UFO report to be an alien spacecraft?

Jun 20, 2017
Skeptoid #575: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2
13:49

Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 2).

Jun 13, 2017
Skeptoid #574: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1
13:40

Here are the podcast episodes with conclusions that surprised me the most (part 1).

Jun 06, 2017
Skeptoid #573: There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory
14:13

A study of how a conspiracy theory as absurd as "There is no Finland" can even exist.

May 30, 2017
Skeptoid #572: True or False Pregnancy
13:42

False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.

May 23, 2017
Skeptoid #571: Thawing the Minnesota Iceman
13:21

This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.

May 16, 2017
Skeptoid #570: More Space Missions You Should Know
14:25

We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.

May 09, 2017
Skeptoid #569: Principles of Curiosity
14:40

Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.

May 02, 2017
Skeptoid #568: 2 Listener 2 Feedback
13:31

I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.

Apr 25, 2017
Skeptoid #567: Feral Children
14:04

Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.

Apr 18, 2017
Skeptoid #566: The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang
14:00

A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.

Apr 11, 2017
Skeptoid #565: The Shag Harbour UFO
13:59

Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.

Apr 04, 2017
Skeptoid #564: Into Thin Error
13:34

Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.

Mar 28, 2017
Skeptoid #563: Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401
12:48

The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.

Mar 21, 2017
Skeptoid #562: Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse?
14:23

Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.

Mar 14, 2017
Skeptoid #561: Beethoven's Hair
15:49

Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.

Mar 07, 2017
Skeptoid #560: Remembering the Mandela Effect
13:40

Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.

Feb 28, 2017
Skeptoid #559: Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked
14:44

Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.

Feb 21, 2017
Skeptoid #558: Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo
11:58

Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.

Feb 14, 2017
Skeptoid #557: Who Were the Berserkers?
13:24

These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.

Feb 07, 2017
Skeptoid #556: Exploring Kincaid's Cave
13:14

Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.

Jan 31, 2017
Skeptoid #555: Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction
14:08

These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.

Jan 24, 2017
Skeptoid #554: How Your Credit Card Got Stolen
14:19

Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.

Jan 17, 2017
Skeptoid #553: How Your Password Got Stolen
13:24

The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.

Jan 10, 2017
Skeptoid #552: The D. B. Cooper Mystery
13:11

The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.

Jan 03, 2017
Skeptoid #551: Space Missions You Should Know
13:52

A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.

Dec 27, 2016
Skeptoid #550: The Mad Gasser of Mattoon
13:31

In 1944, a strange night prowler is believed to have made poison gas attacks in Illinois. Here's what we know.

Dec 20, 2016
Skeptoid #549: The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming
14:05

The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.

Dec 13, 2016
Skeptoid #548: Bruce Lee Myths
13:20

More mythology than fact surrounds this enigmatic figure from martial arts films.

Dec 06, 2016
Skeptoid #547: The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor
12:13

Published accounts tell of a mysterious fighter plane that came into Pearl Harbor a year after the Japanese attack.

Nov 29, 2016
Skeptoid #546: There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There?
13:17

Genetically, race does not exist; but there are still inconvenient places for it in science.

Nov 22, 2016
Skeptoid #545: First in Flight
14:13

You always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Well, it depends what country you're from.

Nov 15, 2016
Skeptoid #544: Feedback and Followups
12:20

Some nifty extra information for a few recent episodes supplied by listeners in the know.

Nov 08, 2016
Skeptoid #543: White Hat Journal Hoaxes
14:19

Sometimes the best way to scrutinize an open access journal is to hoax them.

Nov 01, 2016
Skeptoid #542: Photographic Memory
13:34

Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories, but the truth is quite different.

Oct 25, 2016
Skeptoid #541: Defusing India's Ancient Atomic Blasts
13:49

The facts behind an urban legend claiming a nuclear war in India some 12,000 years ago.

Oct 18, 2016
Skeptoid #540: Feng Shui Today
13:39

Feng shui is much more than just a debunked way to magically arrange furniture.

Oct 11, 2016
Skeptoid #539: Radiation Hormesis: Is It Good for You?
14:15

Some say that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer. No, it probably doesn't.

Oct 04, 2016
Skeptoid #538: The Belgian UFO Wave
14:25

For two years, some say the Belgian skies were filled with triangular alien UFOs.

Sep 27, 2016
Skeptoid #537: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 3
13:22

The hard, testable, scientific proof that we actually did land humans on the moon.

Sep 20, 2016
Skeptoid #536: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 2
13:06

The science behind many of the specific claims made by Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theorists.

Sep 13, 2016
Skeptoid #535: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 1
13:04

The history of the Apollo moon landing hoax conspiracy theory, and those who believe in it.

Sep 06, 2016
Skeptoid #534: Earthquake Lights: Do They Exist?
15:02

One of those things everyone seems to believe in, but for which there's almost no evidence.

Aug 30, 2016
Skeptoid #533: Don't Try It Before You Knock It
13:29

Try it before you knock it… unless you want to know if it really works.

Aug 23, 2016
Skeptoid #532: Who Killed the Red Baron?
15:00

A look at which of the six competing claims for who killed the Red Baron was probably true.

Aug 16, 2016
Skeptoid #531: The Banjawarn Bang
13:50

Evidence suggests a doomsday cult may have successfully tested a nuclear bomb in Australia in 1993.

Aug 09, 2016
Skeptoid #530: No, You Shouldn't Question Everything
14:08

Pop wisdom continually reminds us to Question Everything -- an idea which is rarely either practical or useful.

Aug 02, 2016
Skeptoid #529: Wrongy McWrongface
13:46

Skeptoid corrects another batch of errors from previous episodes.

Jul 26, 2016
Skeptoid #528: The Secret History of Majestic 12
14:24

These purported UFO documents changed the course of the culture of UFO belief.

Jul 19, 2016
Skeptoid #527: Conjuring Up the Warrens
13:49

The Conjuring 2 tells a story that is fictional in a way you might not have guessed.

Jul 12, 2016
Skeptoid #526: Sky Trumpets
14:22

From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.

Jul 05, 2016
Skeptoid #525: Autopsy: The Clinton Body Count
13:34

The surprising origins of the claim that the Clintons kill any who get in their way.

Jun 28, 2016
Skeptoid #524: Colony Collapse Disorder: Science and Pseudoscience
13:50

Everyone loves to point the finger at the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder; here's what we actually know.

Jun 21, 2016
Skeptoid #523: How Do Homing Pigeons Navigate?
13:52

The latest and greatest research reveals that we still have no clue how birds accomplish this amazing feat.

Jun 14, 2016
Skeptoid #522: Dark Watchers
12:56

The true origins of the Dark Watchers, said to go all the way back to Chumash Indian stories.

Jun 07, 2016
Skeptoid #521: The New Flat Earthers
13:40

The reinvented Flat Earth fad is less about geophysics and more about conspiracy mongering.

May 31, 2016
Skeptoid #520: Solving the Haunted Hoia-Baciu Forest
12:56

It is said to be the world's most haunted forest. Here's what we actually find there.

May 24, 2016
Skeptoid #519: Alien Implants
14:29

Some of those who believe they've been abducted by aliens also think they were left with a souvenir.

May 17, 2016
Skeptoid #518: Listener Feedback: Denial and Aliens
12:59

Skeptoid answers some feedback sent in by listeners.

May 10, 2016
Skeptoid #517: Antibiotics and Hormones in Beef
13:22

One of pop food woo's favorite claims is that drugs given to beef cattle pose a danger to humans.

May 03, 2016
Skeptoid #516: Demythologizing the Shaolin Monks
13:46

Just about everything you think you know about the Shaolin Monks was made up for tourists.

Apr 26, 2016
Skeptoid #515: All About Absinthe
13:06

This mysterious alcoholic drink is the subject of more urban legends than any other liquor.

Apr 19, 2016
Skeptoid #514: Your Thoughts on Making Skepticism Commercial
12:55

A proposal for how we can make skeptical programming more attractive to a larger audience.

Apr 12, 2016
Skeptoid #513: Why Musical Aliens Probably Use the Same Scale We Do
13:29

Reliance on universal mathematical principles may mean alien music is similar to our own.

Apr 05, 2016
Skeptoid #512: Decrypting Mother Teresa
13:00

It's popular to criticize Mother Teresa, but that criticism might be better directed at the real culprit.

Mar 29, 2016
Skeptoid #511: Firestorm in Waco
14:56

The FBI did not deliberately murder the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

Mar 22, 2016
Skeptoid #510: Student Questions: Multiple Intelligences and the Gender Pay Gap
12:56

Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.

Mar 15, 2016
Skeptoid #509: Ninjas Unmasked
14:32

These superheroes of martial arts lore may not be exactly what you thought they were.

Mar 08, 2016
Skeptoid #508: Demythologizing the Knights Templar
13:44

More pseudohistory than fact surrounds this ancient order's depictions in pop culture.

Mar 01, 2016
Skeptoid #507: No, Hitler Did Not Escape
13:24

There is no truth to the popular myth that Hitler escaped Berlin and went to Argentina.

Feb 23, 2016
Skeptoid #506: Bad Skepticism: Why You Should Challenge Popular Assumptions
12:37

From swamp gas and waterspouts to alternative medicine, the harm of not challenging popular assumptions.

Feb 16, 2016
Skeptoid #505: You've Got to Be Wrong to Be Right
13:20

Skeptoid corrects another round of errors from past episodes.

Feb 09, 2016
Skeptoid #504: Growing Skeptical of Hair Restoration
14:12

As long as people lose their hair, the market will remain flooded with sham remedies.

Feb 02, 2016
Skeptoid #503: Bad Science on PBS
14:04

The reasons why PBS is so quick to promote pseudoscience informercials during pledge drives.

Jan 26, 2016
Skeptoid #502: Listener Feedback: Killing the Comments
13:29

Your comments on our decision to remove the comments from Skeptoid episode transcript pages.

Jan 19, 2016
Skeptoid #501: Schrodinger's Cat and the Bomb Detector
13:11

Whatever you think you know about Schrödinger's famous cat is probably wrong.

Jan 12, 2016
Skeptoid #500: A Little Curiosity
06:53

If you haven't yet found your curiosity in the first 500 episodes of Skeptoid, find it here.

Jan 05, 2016
Skeptoid #499: The Hope Diamond: A Curse Deconstructed
13:20

Find out how the obviously false story of a curse came to be associated with this famous diamond.

Dec 29, 2015
Skeptoid #498: Did the 1914 Christmas Truce Really Happen?
12:34

Popular stories tell of WWI soldiers laying aside their rifles on Christmas 1914. The facts are not quite so simple.

Dec 22, 2015
Skeptoid #497: A Skeptical Look at the Rorschach Test
13:23

The famous Rorschach inkblot test is not a window into the subconscious, and doesn't tell us anything useful.

Dec 15, 2015
Skeptoid #496: The Russian Sleep Experiment
13:47

Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived.

Dec 08, 2015
Skeptoid: Bad Skepticism
01:15

A new live show from Skeptoid Media: Bad Skepticism!

Dec 04, 2015
Skeptoid #495: Updated: Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Web Sites
15:21

The worst offending sites on the Internet for promoting bad misinformation.

Dec 01, 2015
Skeptoid #494: Black Mold: Peril or Prosaic?
12:17

Black mold is commonly believed to harbor many deadly diseases; but in fact removing it is often worse than leaving it.

Nov 24, 2015
Skeptoid #493: How Real Is the Stockholm Syndrome?
13:30

While the Stockholm syndrome sounds like a mere media buzzword, it does actually sometimes happen.

Nov 17, 2015
Skeptoid #492: Pouring Cold Water on Cryotherapy
12:59

Questioning whether this new spa treatment provides all the medical benefits it claims.

Nov 10, 2015
Skeptoid #491: 420: The Cannabis Code
12:46

Myths and competing claims fog the origin of the term 420, a slang code for marijuana.

Nov 03, 2015
Skeptoid #490: Deconstructing the Tasaday Tribe
14:00

Some say this tribe of "gentle savages", discovered in 1971, was just a hoax. The truth isn't quite so simple.

Oct 27, 2015
Skeptoid #489: The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys
12:57

These products advertised in the back of comic books promised improbable feats of science.

Oct 20, 2015
Skeptoid #488: Who Was Charles Fort?
12:51

This enigmatic author of the strange continues to confound.

Oct 13, 2015
Skeptoid #487: About That 1970s Global Cooling...
13:03

No, climatologists in the 1970s did not believe we're headed into another ice age.

Oct 06, 2015
Skeptoid #486: The Flying Saucer Menace
13:11

The true, interwoven history of flying saucers in American folklore.

Sep 29, 2015
Skeptoid #485: Holocaust Denial
13:40

Why some people think the Holocaust never happened, and what to do about it.

Sep 22, 2015
Skeptoid #484: More Unsung Women of Science
13:41

Some women you haven't heard of who made significant contributions to science.

Sep 15, 2015
Skeptoid #483: Unsung Women of Science
14:00

These important scientists are virtually unknown. Let's see if we can fix that.

Sep 08, 2015
Skeptoid #482: Franklin's Cannibals
13:01

The fate of Sir John Franklin's Lost Expedition gives a valuable lesson in types of evidence.

Sep 01, 2015
Skeptoid #481: Captain Kidd's Treasure
12:51

Think you're going to find Captain Kidd's buried treasure on the US east coast? Think again.

Aug 25, 2015
Skeptoid #480: The Nazi of Nanking
14:37

This most unlikely of guardian angels saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives.

Aug 18, 2015
Skeptoid #479: Chemicals
15:11

Chemicals are deadly, delicious, essential and basically, everything.

Aug 11, 2015
Skeptoid #478: Listener Feedback: Natural History
12:14

Today we're going to answer questions sent in by listeners pertaining to episodes having to do with our natural world.

Aug 04, 2015
Skeptoid #477: Wag the Dogman
13:45

They say that a half-canine cryptid stalks the woods of Northern Michigan. Are they right?

Jul 28, 2015
Skeptoid #476: The Chess-Playing Mechanical Turk
12:02

An overview of the amazing chess playing robot of the 1700s.

Jul 21, 2015
Skeptoid #475: Listener Feedback: History vs. Pseudohistory
12:27

Brian responds to listener feedback about past history episodes.

Jul 14, 2015
Skeptoid #474: Solfeggio Frequencies
13:54

Certain specific sonic frequencies are not the key to love, intuition, or spiritual order.

Jul 07, 2015
Skeptoid #473: The Loveland Frog
14:37

A series of sightings of a frog-like humanoid in the suburb of Loveland, Ohio prompts an enduring folkloric legend.

Jun 30, 2015
Skeptoid #472: Lysenko and Lesser Science Grifters
15:38

Trofim Lysenko mixed pseudoscience and ideology to set back Soviet biology.

Jun 23, 2015
Skeptoid #471: Male Circumcision
16:31

Infant male circumcision remains common in the United States. Today we look at the reasons and the implications.

Jun 16, 2015
Skeptoid #470: Marijuana
15:07

In the last 50 years, marijuana has gone from menace to medicine. Which is it?

Jun 09, 2015
Skeptoid #469: Jade Helm 15
14:49

Conspiracy theory that a military training exercise is going to lead to martial law.

Jun 02, 2015
Skeptoid #468: Listener Feedback: Fads
13:03

Brian responds to some listener feedback concerning the topic of fads.

May 26, 2015
Skeptoid #467: Baby Myths
17:15

A look at some common myths about babies and children.

May 19, 2015
Skeptoid #466: 5 Answers for Creationists
14:22

Creationists have presented 5 questions they don't think 'evolutionists' can answer. Here are some answers.

May 12, 2015
Skeptoid #465: Agenda 21
14:01

A look at the conspiratorial hysteria and sensationalism surrounding the United Nations' Agenda 21.

May 05, 2015
Skeptoid #464: The Lake Michigan Triangle
12:27

There is a region in the Great Lakes where, some say, ships and planes mysteriously disappear. Not so much.

Apr 28, 2015
Skeptoid #463: Transgender: Fact or Fiction?
15:16

The Internet believes a lot of things about transgender people, but much of it isn't true.

Apr 21, 2015
Skeptoid #462: Satanic Ritual Abuse
17:48

The history of claims that secret Satanic cults are abusing children.

Apr 14, 2015
Skeptoid #461: Cryptids That Turned Out To Be Real
15:09

Sometimes speculative animals do turn out to be real, but that still doesn't validate cryptozoology as a science.

Apr 07, 2015
Skeptoid #460: Plastic Bags
12:24

Deciding whether you want "paper or plastic" at the supermarket turns out to be a remarkably complex choice.

Mar 31, 2015
Skeptoid #459: Listener Feedback: The Environment
12:36

Brian responds to listener feedback on past episodes about environmental topics.

Mar 24, 2015
Skeptoid #458: Science Fails
14:58

Science has let you down time after time, and that's one reason why it gets better and better.

Mar 17, 2015
Skeptoid #457: Forgetting the Alamo
20:24

The myths and facts behind the events that made the Alamo famous reveal it may not be worth remembering much.

Mar 10, 2015
Skeptoid #456: Cattle Mutilation
13:44

Cow mutilation may have a simpler explanation than alien experimentation.

Mar 03, 2015
Skeptoid #455: Ghost Photography
16:19

The history of ghost photography and its many problems as evidence.

Feb 24, 2015
Skeptoid #454: GMO Facts and Fiction
14:01

See if you know how many of these GMO "facts" are right.

Feb 17, 2015
Skeptoid #453: Cooking Myths
15:19

As the busiest part of the house, the kitchen has collected more folklore than any other room in it.

Feb 10, 2015
Skeptoid #452: The Stone Spheres of Costa Rica
09:46

In Costa Rica, mysterious stone spheres left behind by the country's previous inhabitants seem to defy explanation.

Feb 03, 2015
Skeptoid #451: Ideomotor Response
14:40

The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.

Jan 27, 2015
Skeptoid #450: Robert Ripley: Believe Him... or Not?
12:30

We examine Believe it or Not! and determine if we can believe this stuff.

Jan 20, 2015
Skeptoid #449: Ancient Astronauts
14:12

Did aliens visit the ancient Earth and inspire human cultures? Some people claim so.

Jan 13, 2015
Skeptoid #448: The Columbus Poltergeist
17:39

This poltergeist in Columbus Ohio turned out to be, like nearly all such cases, a mischievous teen.

Jan 06, 2015
Skeptoid #447: Listener Feedback: Cryptozoology
13:03

We respond to questions about cryptids asked by listeners to our recent episodes.

Dec 30, 2014
Skeptoid #446: The Fallibility of Memory
12:39

We are a story our brain tells itself. And our brains are habitual liars.

Dec 23, 2014
Skeptoid #445: Megalodon Myths
15:19

The Discovery Channel wants you to think that a giant prehistoric shark may still swim our oceans.

Dec 16, 2014
Skeptoid #444: Myths of Alcatraz
15:44

Alcatraz Island is veiled in the fog of myth.

Dec 09, 2014
Skeptoid #443: SS Iron Mountain
11:49

This large riverboat is said to have vanished without a trace on the Mississippi River in 1872.

Dec 02, 2014
Skeptoid #442: Griffins
11:16

Griffins, considered absurd mythological beasts today, were actually our first attempt to explain fossils.

Nov 25, 2014
Skeptoid #441: The Skookum Cast
13:17

The first "full body cast" of an alleged Bigfoot left many experts with a different impression.

Nov 18, 2014
Skeptoid #440: That Elusive Fibromyalgia
13:04

Some say fibromyalgia is a real disease, while others question the diagnosis.

Nov 11, 2014
Skeptoid #439: A Skeptical Look at the News
12:47

How we look at the news is as important as where we get it.

Nov 04, 2014
Skeptoid #438: The War of the Worlds Panic Broadcast
12:38

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles panicked a nation with a single broadcast. Or did he?

Oct 28, 2014
Skeptoid #437: Tube Amplifiers
15:43

The audiophile preference for tube amps over solid state is based more on emotion than on science.

Oct 21, 2014
Skeptoid #436: Ionithermie
11:02

Ionithermie is not effective for slimming or cellulite removal -- or, for anything, really.

Oct 14, 2014
Skeptoid #435: The St. Clair Triangle UFO
14:41

In 2000, Illinois police chased what has come to be known as the St. Clair Triangle UFO. We found out what it was.

Oct 07, 2014
Skeptoid #434: The Braxton County Monster
12:15

A group of 7 West Virginians looked for a crashed UFO in the hills and ended up getting the fright of their lives.

Sep 30, 2014
Skeptoid #433: The Water Woo of Masaru Emoto
14:14

Masaru Emoto invented a New Age mythology in which water crystals reflect human consciousness.

Sep 23, 2014
Skeptoid #432: The Death of Rasputin
12:39

Legend says that Grigori Rasputin, the "Mad Monk", was hard to kill; but the truth about his life is the real story.

Sep 16, 2014
Skeptoid #431: Acupuncture
15:48

Acupuncture, the safe and effective ancient Chinese medical treatment, turns out to be none of those things.

Sep 09, 2014
Skeptoid #430: Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
14:16

The clash between the champions of scientific skepticism and supernaturalism.

Sep 02, 2014
Skeptoid #429: The Many Voices of Frank's Box
14:13

Frank's ghost box is a radio designed to hear communications from ghosts. Here's how it works (or not).

Aug 26, 2014
Skeptoid #428: The Haunted Dybbuk Box
12:11

A popular tale tells of a haunted Jewish wine box that brought ill fortune upon its owners... apparently.

Aug 19, 2014
Skeptoid #427: The Legend of the Flying Dutchman
12:30

The real source of the ancient nautical legends of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship.

Aug 12, 2014
Skeptoid #426: The Baldoon Mystery
12:28

The surprising truth behind Canada's most famous ghost story.

Aug 05, 2014
Listeners Have Another Say
04:42

Skeptoid supporters reveal the reason they decided to join the team.

Aug 01, 2014
Skeptoid #425: Albinism Facts and Fiction
14:32

Even in developed countries, myths persist about people who have albinism.

Jul 29, 2014