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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.co



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Skeptoid #547: The Ghost Fighter Plane of Pearl Harbor

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4547.mp3




Skeptoid #546: There's No Such Thing as Race... Or Is There?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

We know that genetically, race does not exist; so why are we still using it in science?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4546.mp3




Skeptoid #545: First in Flight

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

So you always thought the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a plane? Not so fast.


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4545.mp3




Skeptoid #544: Feedback and Followups

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4544.mp3




Skeptoid #543: White Hat Journal Hoaxes

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4543.mp3




Skeptoid #542: Photographic Memory

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories. What's the real story?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4542.mp3




Skeptoid #541: Defusing India's Ancient Atomic Blasts

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4541.mp3




Update: Principles of Curiosity

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Here is what's going on with Skeptoid's newest movie project.


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-3043.mp3




Skeptoid #540: Feng Shui Today

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4540.mp3




Skeptoid #539: Radiation Hormesis: Is It Good for You?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Is it true that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4539.mp3




Skeptoid #538: The Belgian UFO Wave

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4538.mp3




Skeptoid #537: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 3

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4537.mp3




Principles of Curiosity

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Introducing the sequel to Here Be Dragons


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-3042.mp3




Skeptoid #536: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 2

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4536.mp3




Skeptoid #535: Debunking the Moon Truthers, Part 1

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4535.mp3




Skeptoid #534: Earthquake Lights: Do They Exist?

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4534.mp3




Skeptoid #533: Don't Try It Before You Knock It

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Shouldn't you try something before you knock it? Not if you want to know if it really works.


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4533.mp3




Skeptoid #532: Who Killed the Red Baron?

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Six competing claims for who killed the Red Baron. Does any one of them ring true?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4532.mp3




Skeptoid #531: The Banjawarn Bang

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4531.mp3







Skeptoid #530: No, You Shouldn't Question Everything

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Pop wisdom continually reminds us to Question Everything. But is that really practical or useful?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4530.mp3




Skeptoid #529: Wrongy McWrongface

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid corrects another batch of errors from previous episodes.


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4529.mp3




Skeptoid #528: The Secret History of Majestic 12

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4528.mp3




Skeptoid #527: Conjuring Up the Warrens

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4527.mp3




Skeptoid #526: Sky Trumpets

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4526.mp3




Skeptoid #525: Autopsy: The Clinton Body Count

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4525.mp3




Skeptoid #524: Colony Collapse Disorder: Science and Pseudoscience

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT

So you think you know what's making honey bees die off?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4524.mp3




Skeptoid #523: How Do Homing Pigeons Navigate?

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4523.mp3




Skeptoid #522: Dark Watchers

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4522.mp3




Skeptoid #521: The New Flat Earthers

Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4521.mp3




Skeptoid #520: Solving the Haunted Hoia-Baciu Forest

Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT

It is said to be the world's most haunted forest. Can we solve the mystery of what lies within?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4520.mp3




Skeptoid #519: Alien Implants

Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4519.mp3




Skeptoid #518: Listener Feedback: Denial and Aliens

Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid answers some feedback sent in by listeners.


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4518.mp3




Skeptoid #517: Antibiotics and Hormones in Beef

Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4517.mp3




Skeptoid #516: Demythologizing the Shaolin Monks

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Myth and pseudohistory plague this ancient Chinese school. Is there any truth left?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4516.mp3




Skeptoid #515: All About Absinthe

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4515.mp3




Skeptoid #514: Your Thoughts on Making Skepticism Commercial

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

What can be done to make skeptical programming more attractive to a larger audience?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4514.mp3




Skeptoid #513: Why Musical Aliens Probably Use the Same Scale We Do

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4513.mp3




Skeptoid #512: Decrypting Mother Teresa

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Is popular criticism of Mother Teresa directed at the right person?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4512.mp3




Skeptoid #511: Firestorm in Waco

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT

How much truth is there to the conspiracy theories that the FBI deliberately killed the Branch Davidians?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4511.mp3




Skeptoid #510: Student Questions: Multiple Intelligences and the Gender Pay Gap

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4510.mp3




Skeptoid #509: Ninjas Unmasked

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4509.mp3




Skeptoid #508: Demythologizing the Knights Templar

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4508.mp3




Skeptoid #507: No, Hitler Did Not Escape

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4507.mp3




Sad News from the Skeptoid Family

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Thanking Jesse Horn for his contributions to Skeptoid and to critical thinking.


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-3039.mp3




Skeptoid #506: Bad Skepticism: Why You Should Challenge Popular Assumptions

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4506.mp3




Skeptoid #505: You've Got to Be Wrong to Be Right

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid corrects another round of errors from past episodes.


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4505.mp3




Skeptoid #504: Growing Skeptical of Hair Restoration

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4504.mp3




Skeptoid #503: Bad Science on PBS

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Does PBS bother to distance itself from the pseudoscience informercials aired during pledge drives?


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http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4503.mp3




Skeptoid #502: Listener Feedback: Killing the Comments

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT

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


Media Files:
http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4502.mp3