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Since 2006, the weekly Skeptoid podcast has been taking on all the most popular myths and revealing the true science, true history, and true lessons we can learn from each. Free subscribers get the most recent 50 episodes, premium subscribers (skeptoid.com) can access the full archive, all ad-free.

Brian Dunning


    • Sep 27, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Skeptoid #851: How Your Smartphone Is Listening to You

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 14:37


    Is your smartphone eavesdropping on your conversation?

    Skeptoid #850: Ode to the Nightcrawler

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 6:34


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

    Skeptoid #849: Who Really Killed the Electric Car?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 15:43


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

    Skeptoid #848: On the Trail of Papillon

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 12:56


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

    Skeptoid #847: The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 13:32


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

    Skeptoid #846: The Episodes That Changed My Mind, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 13:51


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

    Skeptoid #845: Seeking the Soviet Battle Mole

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 14:39


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

    Skeptoid #844: What They're Saying About Electric Cars Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 15:28


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

    Skeptoid #843: Pop Quiz: Religious Symbolism

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 16:47


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

    Skeptoid #842: The Day the UFO Deactivated the Nukes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 15:36


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

    Skeptoid #841: Feeling Out the Hairy Hands of Dartmoor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 13:41


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

    The UFO Movie THEY Don't Want You to See

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 2:47


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

    Skeptoid #840: What Sank the Lusitania?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 15:43


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

    Skeptoid #839: Decoding the Carolina Bays

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 14:27


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

    Skeptoid Is Hiring a Developer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 1:05


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

    Skeptoid #838: The Chilean Navy UFO

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 15:36


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

    Skeptoid #837: Falling Fish Followup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 14:39


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

    Skeptoid #836: Can You Tell if I'm Lying?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 14:04


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

    Skeptoid #835: False Flag Attack? The USS Liberty

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 16:43


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

    Skeptoid #834: The Haunting of the Stanley Hotel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 16:13


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

    Skeptoid #833: The Secrets of the Integratron

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 15:55


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

    Skeptoid #832: What Greek Fire Really Was

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 14:25


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

    Skeptoid #831: Facilitated Communication Isn't

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 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.

    Skeptoid #830: The Mystical Death of Jack Parsons

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 14:33


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

    Skeptoid #829: What ASMR Will Do for You

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 14:33


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

    Skeptoid #828: Why You Don't Want a Flat-Faced Pet

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 14:14


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

    Science Friction now available on streaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 2:36


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

    Skeptoid #827: What Really Happened on Easter Island

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 18:08


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

    Skeptoid #826: Why the Fresno Nightcrawler Is So Popular

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 14:12


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

    Skeptoid #825: How Psychic Readings Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 14:31


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

    Skeptoid #824: Demystifying the Winchester Mystery House

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 16:44


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

    Skeptoid #823: Hunting the Elusive Rogue Wave

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 14:27


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

    Skeptoid #822: On Washboarded Roads

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 14:51


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

    Skeptoid #821: Forensic (Pseudo) Science

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 15:35


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

    Skeptoid #820: Maury Island: The Government's Alien Artifacts

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 14:18


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

    Skeptoid #819: Corrections with Hat in Hands

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 14:35


    Some corrections to errors made in recent shows.

    Skeptoid #818: On Railroad Tracks and Roman Chariots

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 16:08


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

    Skeptoid #817: Your Ghostliest Tales, Explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 14:28


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

    Skeptoid #816: The Dark Side of Polyvagal Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 15:55


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

    Skeptoid #815: On the Trail of the Chupacabra

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 15:21


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

    Skeptoid #814: Nazis and the Occult

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 15:15


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

    Skeptoid #813: Why You Need to Care About Concrete

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 14:39


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

    Skeptoid #812: 20 Years of Data from Portugal: Drug Decriminalization

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 15:01


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

    Skeptoid Is Hiring

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 0:52


    Skeptoid is hiring an operations manager. Check out the full posting at skeptoid.org/jobs

    Skeptoid #811: Radon Therapy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 16:08


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

    Skeptoid #810: Frida Sofia, the Victim Who Wasn't

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 16:13


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

    Skeptoid #809: The Avro Arrow Conspiracies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 18:08


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

    Skeptoid #808: Followups and Extras

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 17:13


    Some new facts and extra information on six previous episodes.

    Skeptoid #807: Huna: New Age on an Island

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 15:42


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

    Eclipsed podcast preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 5:05


    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.

    Skeptoid #806: Environmental Microplastics

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 17:43


    This manmade debris permeates our bodies and our planet, but what's the harm?

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