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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 (

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Skeptoid #619: Alcohol Myths

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #618: Are They Real, or Are They Fictional?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #617: 10 Great Science Hoaxes

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #616: Abiotic Oil

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #615: Titanic Myths

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #614: The Inflammatory Diet

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #613: The Kids Who See Blindfolded

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #612: The Boy Who Thought He Was Reincarnated

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #611: All About Grounding

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #610: The Keepers of Flannan Light

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #609: Were There Irish Slaves in America?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #608: Palm Oil Facts and Fiction

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #607: Do Lobsters Feel Pain?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #606: The Murder in the Red Barn

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #605: The Civil War Pterosaur

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #604: Net Neutrality Reexamined

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Science Friction

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #603: Sonic Weapons in Cuba

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #602: Should Moms Eat Placentas?

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #601: Hiding the Decline: Climategate Demystified

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #600: A Musical Retrospective

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Science Friction

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #599: Listener Feedback: Creationism and More Dead Paul

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #598: The Hudson Valley UFO Mystery

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #597: The Wisdom of the Future

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #596: How to Assess a Documentary

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #595: Chasing Malaysian Airlines MH370

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #594: Paul Is Dead

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #593: I Still Can't Believe They Did That: More Human Guinea Pigs

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #592: Alert 747: The Vela Incident

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #591: Ouija Boards

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #590: Skepticism vs Cynicism

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #589: The Big Pharma Conspiracy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #588: Celebrity Pseudoscience: 2017 Edition

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #587: What Makes a Good Podcast Episode?

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #586: Volkswagen Dieselgate Reexamined

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #585: Relic Japanese Soldiers

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #584: Eclipse Myths and Science

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #583: Fate of the Feedback

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #582: Lonnie Zamora and the Socorro UFO

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #581: Are You Following a Crank?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #580: Amelia Earhart Redux: Competing Networks, Competing Craziness

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #579: Measuring the Age of the Grand Canyon

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #578: Student Questions: Bitters, Gas, and Diet Woo

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #577: What Are the Chances You're Psychic?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We analyze some of your stories of precognitive experiences.

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Skeptoid #576: Lights in the Sky

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #575: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 2

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #574: How to Surprise a Skeptical Podcaster: Part 1

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid #573: There Is No Finland: Birth of a Conspiracy Theory

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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

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Skeptoid: Principles of Curiosity Premiere, June 14

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The movie is finally out! Come and join us in person for the Los Angeles premiere.

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