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Skeptoid Podcast

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.

Outpost 2020
A new online con bridging popular fandom and science, coming to you October 23-25....




Skeptoid #738: The QAnon Conspiracy
This growing conspiracy theory posits that a global cabal of pedophiles secretly controls the US government....

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Skeptoid #734: The Stoned Ape Theory
Some believe that psychedelic drugs played an irreplaceable role in the evolution of Homo sapiens....

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Skeptoid #731: More Out of Place Artifacts
A survey of seven of the most popular out-of-place artifacts said to overturn human history....

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Skeptoid: Discord Channel
Announcing the Skeptoid Discord channel! Come on in and join the conversation now, just visit skeptoid.com/discord...


Skeptoid #726: Full of Hot Error
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in past episodes....

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The Dating Game Killer podcast preview
In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood and Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala's twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, p...


Skeptoid #724: Decoding Gobekli Tepe
This archaeological site in Turkey is said to change everything... but what does that really mean?...

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Skeptoid #721: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 3
A look at some of the ancient artworks and artifacts that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong....

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Even the Rich podcast preview
From the Kennedys to the Kardashians and the Murdochs to the Royals, Even the Rich chronicles the dramatic rise of the world’s most notorious families. Each week we take you inside the workings of the world’s most powerful families to explore how these dynasties are built, and sometimes broken. It’s a world where the stakes are high and rules don’t apply. Subscribe today: wondery.fm/skeptoidETR...


School of Greatness podcast preview
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is the best place to learn how to dream bigger, live better, and make an impact. The show features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships. Subscribe today at: wondery.fm/skeptoidSoG...




Skeptoid #713: On the Trail of Red Mercury
The most elusive substance in pop culture also purports to be one of the most destructive....

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Skeptoid #708: All About Sex Addiction
The topic of sex addiction and what to do about it turns out to be more complicated than you may think....

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Skeptoid #707: Vermeer and the Camera Obscura
Popular claims that the painter Vermeer used a camera obscura contradict the evidence....

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Birthday Show II
Find out how we're celebrating Skeptoid's 13th birthday at skeptoid.com/birthday....

Skeptoid #697: Reactionless Space Drives
Conspiracy theorists and alternate science believers continue to claim triumph over the laws of nature....

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You're Listening to Skeptoid...
You ever wonder about the truth behind popular urban legends? Or how about the craziest conspiracy theories you hear about online, chemtrails, the Flat Earth, the Hollow Earth, is there anything to them at all? Famous mysteries like what happened to Amelia Earhart, what's up with the Bermuda Triangle, who was Jack the Ripper? What about famous ghost stories, like the Amityville Horror, or the Warrens? What was really going on with that? Or this stuff they show on television: Ancient Aliens, Hunting Hitler, ...

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Skeptoid #694: Playing Error Guitar
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors in previous episodes caught by you amazing listeners....

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Skeptoid #693: The Age of the Sphinx
Popular TV shows try to persuade us that Egypt's Great Sphinx is far older than archaeology tells us....

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The Birthday Show
Find out how we're celebrating Skeptoid's 13th birthday at skeptoid.com/birthday....



Skeptoid #688: Your Phavorite Phollowups
Updates and newer information to some of the conclusions in your favorite Skeptoid episodes....

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Skeptoid #678: What the Feedback
More updates and additional information for some recent Skeptoid episodes....

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Skeptoid #673: Yamashita's Gold
The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines....

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Skeptoid #667: All About Atlantis
For centuries, alternative history fans have been denying Plato's intent and trying to frame Atlantis as a real island....

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Skeptoid #664: The Keto Diet
It's the latest fad diet, and people are trying it for just about any benefit you can think of....

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Skeptoid #663: Pop Quiz: Urban Legends
Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them....

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Skeptoid #660: Feedback and Followups
A handful of updates to past Skeptoid episodes... eyebrow raising to say the least....

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Skeptoid #659: Killing Castro
It's proven the CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but the number of claimed attempts differs wildly....

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Skeptoid #658: Ong's Hat
An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension....

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Skeptoid #656: And Bigfoot Said...
We compare vocalizations attributed to Bigfoot with the sounds of real animals known to be in the area....

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Skeptoid #650: I Believe
Your beliefs are fallible and can fool you. Be willing to change your mind based on new information....

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Skeptoid #647: All About Mindfulness
An examination of this super-trendy meditation technique to see whether it lives up to the hype....

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Skeptoid #632: Lucid Dreaming
Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?...

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Skeptoid #629: Three Big Macs a Day
When we set aside pop food woo, we find that even multiple Big Macs can be part of a healthy daily diet....

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Skeptoid #627: Gremlins
These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings....

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Skeptoid #626: Numerology
We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test....

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Skeptoid #625: Your Weird Turn
We try to figure out some of the creepiest stories ever sent in by Skeptoid listeners....

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Skeptoid #619: Alcohol Myths
We point the skeptical eye at five popular beliefs about alcoholic beverages....

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Skeptoid #617: 10 Great Science Hoaxes
A look at those few times when hoaxers came closest to fooling those who knew better....

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Skeptoid #616: Abiotic Oil
Some believe that oil comes from geological processes rather than from ancient biomass....

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Skeptoid #615: Titanic Myths
Three of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding the sinking of the Titanic....

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Skeptoid #614: The Inflammatory Diet
Why no, in fact you should not avoid certain foods to reduce your body's inflammation....

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Skeptoid #611: All About Grounding
Some New Agers believe that you can heal virtually any ailment simply by taking off your shoes....

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Skeptoid #605: The Civil War Pterosaur
This famous Internet photo of Civil War soldiers posing with a pterosaur has a surprising source....

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Skeptoid #603: Sonic Weapons in Cuba
There is a much better explanation than sonic weapons for reported attacks against US diplomats in Cuba....

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Science Friction
Finally, a documentary film about scientists who get misrepresented by the media....

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