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From UFOs to psychic powers and government conspiracies, history is riddled with unexplained events. You can turn back now or learn the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know ... an audio podcast from iHeartRadio and HowStuffWorks.

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    CLASSIC: False Flag Attacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 55:37

    Imagine if a government disguised its operatives as members of some other organization -- and then attacked itself. While this might sound crazy, several historians have argued that false flag attacks are more than just conspiracy theories. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: Gabby Petito, Potty-training Cows and Google's Bizarre Time Crystals

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 67:34

    Authorities discover a body they believe to be the remains of Gabby Petito. Scientists wonder whether toilet training cattle may help the environment. Google goes full sci-fi with the creation of "time crystals," which appear to maintain a state of constant change without using energy. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Introducing: The Dougherty Gang

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 1:53

    The Dougherty Gang is the true story of three siblings in their 20s - two brothers and a sister - who went on an eight-day, fifteen-state, AK-47-wielding, bank robbing journey in 2011. It's a remarkable account that delves into the details of the complex circumstances that kicked off this crime spree, how they averted local, state and federal agents along the way and how they're doing now in prison. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    ABCs in Europe: Abnormally Big Cats

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 62:01

    For decades, people across the United Kingdom have been reporting something strange: enormous, cat-like beasts popping up on the edges of cities, only to disappear without a trace. In today's episode, the guys dive into one of the strangest cryptid tales of the modern day -- ABCs, the Abnormally Big Cats of Europe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Big Almond, Fitbit and the Nature of Addiction

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 63:39

    What makes California's almond industry so controversial? Is Fitbit gamifying physical fitness? What more can people learn about video game addiction (and why is this research so important)? Ben and Matt explore all this and more in this week's Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Guantanamo Bay, Part Two: The Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 53:53

    What will happen to one of the world's most infamous modern prisons? How long can a person be held without trial -- and what happens when the government sets those people free? In the second part of this two-part series, the guys explore the future of Gitmo. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: Big Data and You

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 55:34

    We hear about "big data" more and more these days - but how much of it is sensationalism, and how much is true? The answers may surprise you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: The US vs. Prince Andrew, China Moves World's Largest Guan Yu Statue, Facebook Makes Ray-Bans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 65:39

    In the UK, Prince Andrew's legal team attempts to dodge US rulings regarding Virginia Giuffre. In China, local protests trigger the relocation of a massive statue. Facebook and Ray-Ban team up to deploy their own spin on the controversial Google Glass. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Guantanamo Bay, Part One: An Origin Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 46:31

    Today, the word "Guantánamo" is, for most people, synonymous with one of the world's most infamous prisons -- but, as it turns out, the troubled story of this location dates back much further. In part one of this two-part series, the guys explore the history of Guantánamo Bay, from the 15th century to the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: Operation Gladio: Invisible Armies and The Secret War

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 53:13

    At the close of WWII, US allies created secret, "stay-behind" armies, designed to protect the population in the event of a Communist invasion. So why are they linked with terrorist groups? What were these secret armies actually doing, and - perhaps more i Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A Cartel Runs the Maple Syrup Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 68:31

    Most people are aware of maple syrup -- it's a welcome addition to pancakes and waffles on breakfast tables across the planet. Other than that, you might not think of maple syrup often, unless you're in the industry, or live in a region that produces it. But it turns out there's something brewing out there in the world of Sugar Maples and syrup... and it may be something Big Maple doesn't want you to know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: Did a UFO crash in Kecksburg, PA?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 44:29

    On December 9th, 1965, multiple witnesses saw a bright object shoot through the sky and - allegedly - land in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. So what actually happened? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: The Satanic Temple Vs. Texas, President Calls For 9/11 Transparency, the World Ignores the Coup in Guinea

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 54:35

    The Satanic Temple challenges the controversial new abortion law in Texas. The Biden administration pushes to release still-classified documents concerning 9/11. Over in west Africa, the Guinean military has overthrown the government -- and no one's sure what will happen next. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Introducing: Was I In A Cult?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 3:31

    Hey, Stuff They Don't Want You To Know fans! We think you'll love Was I In A Cult? - Check out the trailer and see for yourself! About Was I In A Cult?: Was I In A Cult?! is a documentary-style podcast showcasing individuals who have been in, and most importantly, successfully left a cult. Told first-hand by the experiencer themself, these are raw, riveting and inspirational tales of what it means to be asurvivor. Using levity and info-tainment, the show humanizes the cultic experience and may leave some of our listeners asking themselves...“Wait...Was I In A Cult?!" Listen and subscribe to Was I In A Cult on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Are video games addictive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 62:12

    In the span of just a few decades, video games have moved from a niche pursuit to the mainstream, growing into a multibillion dollar, continually-evolving industry. As technology also continues to involve, becoming increasing immersive -- and, according to some critics, invasive -- more and more critics are concerned video games may be built to be dangerously, purposely addictive. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: A Suspected Serial Killer on I-80, UFOs, and the Right to Repair

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 72:26

    Is there a serial killer operating in Nevada? A caller shares their own experience with a UFO, and the guys explore the concept of the right to repair. All this and more in today's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Melungeon Mystery

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 61:59

    It's no secret that the story of US history taught in school doesn't always match the reality of certain events -- and the deeper you dig, the stranger some stories become. In today's episode, the guys dive into the historic mystery surrounding Melungeons and other communities collectively known as tri-racial isolates, groups throughout the southern and eastern United States known for their enigmatic origins and insular, rural communities. Where did these groups actually come from? Are any of the legends about them true? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: China's Internet Gaming Ban, Capybara and Classism, Humans are Evolving New Arteries

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 69:41

    China seeks to crack down on 'video game addiction' with strict new laws on internet gaming. Capybaras prompt a conversation about class in South America. Studies show human beings are evolving new arteries -- and no one's quite sure why, or what it means for the future. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    What happened to Portlock, Alaska?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 64:21

    If you travel to the southern side of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula today, you'll find little more than ruins and wildlife. Almost a century ago, this place was called Portlock, Alaska -- a small but thriving town at the edge of the northern frontier. By 1950, the town had been completely abandoned. So what happened, and why do so many people seem to think Portlock is cursed? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Legal Drugs in America, Drone Birds, and the Iron Law of Prohibition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 71:31

    A listener writes in response to the Classic episode on legal drugs. A caller relates a story about drones built to look like birds. The guys dive into the concept of the iron law of prohibition. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    UFOs and Clubhouse, with Roderick Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 73:08

    What do the world's foremost UFO investigators think of the latest revelations regarding UFOs (also known as UAP)? Join the guys as they speak with Roderick Martin, the creator and host of Clubhouse's Extraterrestrial Evidence, to discuss the inspiration for his show, the process of conducting a MUFON investigation, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: Are the police targeting minorities?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 45:05

    Did you know that there's no systematic, comprehensive study of police shootings across the United States? Some blame a distaste for paperwork, while others think there's something sinister afoot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: OnlyFans, A Hiking Murder Mystery, and The Real Reason Fast Food Ice Cream Machines Are a Pain

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 66:30

    OnlyFans announces it will no longer allow explicit content on the platform, prompting a massive outcry. A family of hikers is found dead, with no discernible cause of death -- prompting authorities to wonder whether algae blooms may be the culprit. And it seems there's a surprising reason fast food ice cream machines seem to be constantly broken... a genuine conspiracy. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Death of Thomas Merton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 74:33


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    Listener Mail: Martians, Hand-written Letters and Grave Robbing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 56:12

    Wernher von Braun wrote a curious story about encountering Martians. A listener explains the power of hand-written letters. An email inspires the guys to dive deep into the macabre world of modern grave robbing. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    STDWYTK: Live from Podcast Movement

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 63:20

    What makes people think 'conspiracy' is a bad word? How do we apply critical thinking in what has so often been called a post-truth world? In this episode, the guys hit the road for the first time since the pandemic, traveling to record a panel on critical thought and conspiracy live during Podcast Movement in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: North Korea: Fact and Fiction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 64:44

    In an age of global connectivity, North Korea remains one of the most isolated -- and enigmatic -- countries on Earth. How much do we really know about it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: Embezzlement in Florida, Viral Police Videos, Crustaceans are Horny for Plastic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 57:31

    A disgraced accountant affiliated with the University of South Florida pleads guilty to embezzling millions. A viral video from law enforcement creates panic over Fentanyl. Crustaceans are super into plastic waste. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Introducing: Transportista

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 2:46

    Since you love this podcast, we think you might like this one as well. Check out the trailer for the all-new podcast, Transportista! This series opens the door into a hidden world of drug trafficking and its ties to political power. It's a story of a man, known as el Transportista, who transported drugs through planes for the world's most dangerous drug lords in Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Colombia. Currently behind bars, he tells the tales of his wild adventures from a North Carolina federal prison via a smuggled cell phone. Each weekly episode is in English and Spanish and shines a light on the life of a man who had access to the top cartels, their supply, women, and wealth but it all came to a stop. What happened? Buckle up, the plane is taking off and el Transportista is talking about it all. Listen and subscribe to Transportista on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Fast Food Conspiracies, Part 2: A Frightening Combo of Money, Food and Scale

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 56:58

    Fast food restaurants have spread across the globe -- and this industry's effect goes far beyond convenient fries or refillable soda. In the second part of this two-part series, Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Ben Disappears, the Lake Michigan Mothman, Strange Things in Sacramento's Water

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 51:09

    A listener asks for more information about the Lake Michigan Mothman. Luke is concerned about strange substances in the water of Sacramento. Ben has disappeared somewhere over the Pacific. All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Fast Food Conspiracies, Part 1: The Rise of Mass Production

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 55:22

    The idea of convenient snacks is as old as human civilization itself -- for example, excavations at ancient sites across the planet have recovered evidence of food stalls in markets and community hubs. But the modern age of fast food has taken convenience to unprecedented levels. In the first part of this week's two-part episode, the guys unpack the the history of fast food, along with why some critics seem dead-set against this gigantic global industry. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: Diamonds: The Conspiracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 59:15

    Diamonds: according to the ads, they're a girl's best friend, and the only thing worth picking for an engagement ring. But how did diamonds become so important -- and why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: Cigarette Company Wants to Ban... Cigarettes? 2,000 Year-old Fast Food, Conspiracy Website Wants You To Change Its Mind

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 66:51

    Philip Morris has recently called for a total ban on cigarettes in the United Kingdom -- leading critics to wonder about its true motivations. A conspiracy website offers ten thousand dollars to anyone who can change the editors' minds. Archaeologists discover a 2,000 year-old fast food joint in Pompeii, and plan to open a replica for tourists. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Troubling Future of Advertising

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 72:16

    It's no secret that the ad industry is huge. Advertisers spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year attempting to convince people they should buy a given product or service -- and these same forces also work around the clock to leverage the latest in neuroscience and tech to gain a crucial edge in 'nudging' you toward a purchase. In today's episode, the guys explore the future of advertising... as well as why some critics are deeply disturbed by the conspiracies that loom on the horizon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Insider Info on Private Hacking Software, Serial Killer Rumors in Atlanta

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 50:17

    A viral social media post claims recent homicides in Atlanta, GA are the work of a serial killer -- but do the claims in this post hold up? An anonymous Conspiracy Realist replies to the recent revelations about NSO Group's Pegasus software, which has been used to track activists, journalists and their families, prompting an exploration of just how much power these private companies can wield... and whether they should share the blame when their powerful customers use this technology to aid in assassinations. All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Rendlesham Forest Incident with Toby Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 75:13

    Over a period of just a few days, multiple members of the military witnessed strange, unexplained events in the vicinity of the UK's Rendlesham Forest. Today, the guys welcome returning guest Toby Ball to learn more about this infamous series of UFO sightings -- and what he found in the course of his research into the bizarre, at times contradictory claims surrounding this event. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: Legal Drugs in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 48:07

    Each year, millions of US residents consume pharmaceutical products designed to somehow improve their lives. These drugs could tackle anything from ADHD to allergies and diseases. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: Ancient Viruses Reemerge From Glaciers, QAnon and Crisis Actor Conspiracies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 54:37

    A disturbing study finds 33 ancient viruses have successfully reemerged from glaciers as rising temperatures accelerate a global meltdown -- prompting fears about what else might be lurking beneath the ice. A survivor of a mass shooting is at a loss as he attempts to convince his father the shooting actually occurred, and was not part of some deep state conspiracy. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    India and Sterilization

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 65:37

    The nation of India is home to over 1.3 billion people, making it both the world's largest democracy and second-most populous country. Since 1951, the country has been using various forms of sterilization as a means of population control -- whether or not the actual people living in India agree with it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Bizarre Blood Experiments, The DuPonts and Devil's Road, Colorado and Facial Recognition

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 65:33

    A listener writes in with a bizarre story of experiments with blood substitutes in the US and Brazil. The DuPont family is rumored to own a mysterious structure near a place called Devil's Road. Colorado courts controversy with new facial recognition requirements. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Legend of Duendes: A Latin American Cryptid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 67:43

    In the folklore of Spain, Latin America, the Philippines and more, a duende is a supernatural creature known for its mischievous (and at times sinister) behavior. For outsiders this may seem to be little more than a regional variation on other legends of things like gnomes, sprites and so on -- but there's one big difference: in multiple parts of Latin America, people are convinced they've encountered an actual duende in the flesh. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: The Prohibition Conspiracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 49:59

    Why did the US practice prohibition? Do current prohibition policies really protect the public, or are they meant to do something else entirely? Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: DNA Breakthrough in Atlanta Child Murders, Billionaires Aren't Yet Astronauts, and COVID-19 May Impair Long-term Intelligence

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 62:28

    A breakthrough in the case of the Atlanta Child Murders may lead to further revelations. The US Government clarifies that recent billionaires in space are not officially astronauts. A study in the UK may indicate long-term cognitive consequences for those who've contracted COVID. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Lobbying, Part 2: Free Speech and Dark Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 64:28

    Is money a form of free speech? This question has plagued US politics for decades, prompting frenzied debates about the role of big business and private wealth in the process -- or industry -- of writing laws. In the second part of this two-part series, the guys dive into recent lobbying scandals, controversial court rulings, and the often disturbing reality of just how many laws end up being written by businesses and lobbyists, instead of elected officials. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Secret Scientists, Hidden Blackhawks, and the Mystery of Melungeons

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 61:14

    Why did the US government have a secret group of scientists known as the Jasons? Why would someone hide Blackhawk helicopters in an abandoned Walmart? What exactly are Melungeons? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Lobbying, Part 1: The Dirty Business of Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 55:32

    In the US, voters elect officials to represent their concerns in local communities as well as in Washington. These officials, in theory, work to advance the causes of their constituents, whether they're representing individuals, groups of individuals, or businesses and special interests. But there's another, unelected group fighting to represent a given special interest: lobbyists. In part one of this two part episode, the gang explores the history of lobbying, how it became controversial -- and why so many people are convinced the industry is riddled with corruption. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    CLASSIC: Does Being Wealthy Make You A Bad Person?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 37:19

    It's often said money can't buy happiness -- but what exactly can it do? Could it change the way you think? ...could it make you a bad person? Listen in to this classic episode to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Strange News: The Pegasus Leak, AI and Bourdain, India Proposes Population Control

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 63:41

    Documentarian Morgan Neville stirs controversy with the decision to use computer-generated audio. In India, locals raise objections over Uttar Pradesh's proposed bill to lower population growth. A massive leak implicates Israeli tech company NSO Group in troubling cases of state-level surveillance (and possibly assassinations) via their hacking software, Pegasus. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    NASA Was In Bed With The CIA (And Everyone Else)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 64:49

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for some of the most profound breakthroughs in the history of space exploration. Since NASA's creation in 1958, the organization has been touted as an explicitly civilian organization. Yet there's more to the story -- the history of space exploration, as it turns out, is literally the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Listener Mail: Oakville Blob, Dark Side of Twitch, and the Mystery of the Bosnian Pyramids

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 53:29

    What exactly were those blobs of gunk that fell in Oakville, Washington in 1994? Does the streaming platform Twitch have a dark side? Is Bosnia really home to an ancient set of gargantuan pyramids with bizarre physical properties? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

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