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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 #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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Skeptoid #572: True or False Pregnancy

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.

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Skeptoid #571: Thawing the Minnesota Iceman

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

This sideshow attraction convinced a few real scientists that it was an actual ape-man.

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Skeptoid #570: More Space Missions You Should Know

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

We take a look at some more of the most exciting space missions, past, present, and future.

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Skeptoid #569: Principles of Curiosity

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Three simple steps anyone can follow to learn to tell what's true and what's not.

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Skeptoid #568: 2 Listener 2 Feedback

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

I respond to some listener feedback that enhances some recent episodes of the show.

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Skeptoid #567: Feral Children

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.

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Skeptoid #566: The Mercury Rivers of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A miniature of all China's waterways in liquid mercury is said to be at the heart of the First Emperor's tomb.

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Skeptoid #565: The Shag Harbour UFO

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Comparing the actual evidence to the Canadian claim of best evidence for alien visitation.

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The New Skeptoid Movie

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

All you wanted to know about Skeptoid's new film, Principles of Curiosity

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Skeptoid #564: Into Thin Error

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid issues another round of corrections to past episodes.

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Skeptoid #563: Grounding the Ghost of Flight 401

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The unexpected facts behind this famous ghost story from the 1970s.

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Skeptoid #562: Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.

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Skeptoid #561: Beethoven's Hair

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Popular stories claim Beethoven died of lead poisoning, but the science so far doesn't hold up.

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Skeptoid #560: Remembering the Mandela Effect

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Some claim that certain common false memories are evidence for alternate realities.

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Skeptoid #559: Hitler's Antarctic Fortress Unmasked

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Deconstructing a wild tale about a Nazi military base deep inside Antarctica.

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Skeptoid #558: Listener Feedback: Electric Boogaloo

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Skeptoid answers another round of listener feedback, keeping the show on the straight and narrow.

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Skeptoid #557: Who Were the Berserkers?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT

These mighty Norse warriors fought with a frenzy that seems all but inexplicable.

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Skeptoid #556: Exploring Kincaid's Cave

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Some say a marvelous cave of Egyptian wonders is hidden in the Grand Canyon.

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Skeptoid #555: Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.

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Skeptoid #554: How Your Credit Card Got Stolen

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Here are the most likely ways that your credit card got stolen, and how you can prevent it in the future.

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Skeptoid #553: How Your Password Got Stolen

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The facts, fiction, and real risk to you of all these high-profile data breaches online.

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Skeptoid #552: The D. B. Cooper Mystery

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT

The world's only unsolved hijacking case is filled with misinformation.

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Skeptoid #551: Space Missions You Should Know

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT

A roundup of the most exciting and important space missions you really need to know about.

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