By Brian Dunning

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Reviews: 9

 Nov 4, 2020
Entertaining and informative

 Jul 29, 2020
One of the best

 Mar 4, 2020
Skeptoid is a wonderful resource in the battle against woo, pseudoscience, and myth. The episodes are short but packed with vetted facts and sources, exposing chicanery and misinformation to the light of reason.

 Jan 14, 2020

 Oct 5, 2019


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.

Episode Date
Skeptoid #763: Elvis Sightings and You
People keep thinking Elvis is still alive — and here's why that matters to you.
Jan 19, 2021
I Know Dino podcast preview
A preview of I Know Dino, the big dinosaur podcast!
Jan 14, 2021
Skeptoid #762: On the Trail of the Yowie
Australia's version of Bigfoot may — or may not — have its origin in Aboriginal mythology.
Jan 12, 2021
Skeptoid #761: Havana Syndrome, Microwaves, and Hearing RF
The lone exception to the science fact that radio cannot hurt you.
Jan 05, 2021
Skeptoid #760: The 1994 Ruwa Zimbabwe Alien Encounter
This popular tale claims 62 African schoolchildren were contacted by an extraterrestrial.
Dec 29, 2020
Skeptoid #759: Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto
The most famous case in the history of Monsanto vs. small farmers might not be what you think.
Dec 22, 2020
Skeptoid #758: Finding the USS Cyclops
This most famous ship disappearance from the Bermuda Triangle probably had nothing to do with it.
Dec 15, 2020
Skeptoid #757: The Montauk Project
Some believe the government opened up time portals underneath Long Island, New York.
Dec 08, 2020
Skeptoid #756: The Death Ship SS Ourang Medan
This ship was said to be discovered with all its crew dead under unexplainable circumstances.
Dec 01, 2020
Skeptoid #755: Examining Gulf War Illness
Some researchers believe there is no such thing as Gulf War Illness, and the rest have more questions than answers.
Nov 24, 2020
Skeptoid #754: About That Life on Mars...
Good scientists can get the wrong idea, but they don't need to make it worse by announcing bad science.
Nov 17, 2020
Skeptoid #753: The Japan Air Lines Alaska UFO
This famous UFO case is said to be proven by military radar data.
Nov 10, 2020
Skeptoid #752: Listener Feedback Live: Outpost 2020
Skeptoid answers some... interesting feedback LIVE at the Outpost 2020 con.
Nov 03, 2020
Skeptoid #751: Pop Quiz: Myths of the Middle Ages
How well do you know the Middle Ages? Can you tell what's fact and what's fiction?
Oct 27, 2020
The Outpost
A new online con from Skeptoid Media bridging popular fandom and science. Live now!
Oct 23, 2020
Skeptoid #750: How to Extract Adrenochrome from Children
Conspiracy theorists believe that Hollywood elitists torture children and extract drugs from their bodies.
Oct 20, 2020
Skeptoid #749: Observing the Bystander Effect
Some research has found that crowds are apathetic and don't render assistance; some has found the opposite.
Oct 13, 2020
Skeptoid #748: Who Sank the Maine?
Many theories surround the mysterious sinking of the USS Maine that triggered the Spanish-American War.
Oct 06, 2020
Skeptoid #747: Hitler's Operation Long Jump
Popular stories claim that the Nazis tried to assassinate Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin in Tehran in 1943.
Sep 29, 2020
Skeptoid #746: Error Correction: Tokyo Drift
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors sent in by listeners just like you.
Sep 22, 2020
Skeptoid #745: Australia Doesn't Exist, and Other Geographic Conspiracy Theories
The belief that Australia doesn't exist may not be as unique as you think.
Sep 15, 2020
Skeptoid #744: Phineas Gage, on Second Thought
A reexamination of the famous case of the man whose personality changed from a grievous brain injury.
Sep 08, 2020
Skeptoid #743: Hinkley: The Erin Brockovich Case
The facts differ widely from what's generally believed to have been a mass poisoning.
Sep 01, 2020
Skeptoid #742: The Phantom Fortress
This B-17 supposedly completed a mission and returned to base, all without an aircrew.
Aug 25, 2020
Skeptoid #741: The Wisdom and Stupidity of Crowds
How the wisdom of crowds can sometimes allow groups of non-experts to reach an expert conclusion.
Aug 18, 2020
Skeptoid #740: Student Questions: Yellow Glasses and Nuclear Waste for Tomorrow
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
Aug 11, 2020
Skeptoid #739: More on 5G and COVID Masks
Some supplemental information on recent episodes, plus some listener feedback.
Aug 04, 2020
Skeptoid #738: The QAnon Conspiracy
This growing conspiracy theory posits that a global cabal of pedophiles secretly controls the US government.
Jul 28, 2020
Skeptoid #737: The Berkshire County UFO
Why a UFO case you've probably never heard of got attention from a major TV network.
Jul 21, 2020
Skeptoid #736: New World Tobacco in Old World Mummies
Some believe that traces of tobacco in Egyptian mummies prove the Egyptians were first to the New World.
Jul 14, 2020
Skeptoid #735: Bill Gates Conspiracy Theories
Why is the world's greatest public health philanthropist charged with crimes against humanity?
Jul 07, 2020
Skeptoid #734: The Stoned Ape Theory
Some believe that psychedelic drugs played an irreplaceable role in the evolution of Homo sapiens.
Jun 30, 2020
Skeptoid #733: Listener Feedback: Endgame
Updates to the episode on MSG sensitivity and the Miracle of Calanda.
Jun 23, 2020
Skeptoid #732: Hunting the Beast of Gevaudan
This mysterious creature actually killed over 100 people in France in the 1760s.
Jun 16, 2020
Truth vs. Hollywood podcast preview
Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood. Join Film lovers David Chen and Joanna Robinson
Jun 12, 2020
Skeptoid #731: More Out of Place Artifacts
A survey of seven of the most popular out-of-place artifacts said to overturn human history.
Jun 09, 2020
Skeptoid #730: The Skeletons of the Great Eastern
A popular tale claims that the skeletons of two riveters were found between the hulls of this mighty ship.
Jun 02, 2020
Skeptoid #729: The LUCIFER Telescope Conspiracy
A popular conspiracy theory claims the Vatican uses a telescope named LUCIFER to find an alien savior.
May 26, 2020
Skeptoid: Discord Channel
Announcing the Skeptoid Discord channel! Come on in and join the conversation now, just visit
May 21, 2020
Skeptoid #728: When the Earth's Magnetic Field Flips
Some claim that when the Earth's geomagnetic field reverses, it could spell the end of humankind.
May 19, 2020
Skeptoid #727: Hunting the Mokele-Mbembe
Some believe this relict dinosaur still survives in parts of the Congo.
May 12, 2020
Skeptoid #726: Full of Hot Error
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in past episodes.
May 05, 2020
Skeptoid #725: Pop Quiz: Astonishing Tales of the Sea
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on tales of the sea.
Apr 28, 2020
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, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards, all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, comes the story of the most famous serial killer you've never heard of - The Dating Game Killer. Listen today at
Apr 22, 2020
Skeptoid #724: Decoding Gobekli Tepe
This archaeological site in Turkey is said to change everything... but what does that really mean?
Apr 21, 2020
Skeptoid #723: Draining the Holy Grail
The true history of the Holy Grail, the most precious of all artifacts.
Apr 14, 2020
Skeptoid #722: Pandemic Conspiracies and Politics
How the conspiracy theories around today's pandemic compare to those of the past.
Apr 07, 2020
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.
Mar 31, 2020
Skeptoid #720: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 2
A look at some of the ancient sites and cities that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
Mar 24, 2020
Skeptoid #719: Debunking Ancient Aliens, Part 1
A look at some of the ancient writings that the show Ancient Aliens gets totally wrong.
Mar 17, 2020
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, the Curse of Oak Island? You know that junk isn't true but how do you find out what is? If you've always taken stories like these with a grain of salt, Skeptoid is the show for you. Each week, we take one famous urban legend that a lot of people believe, talk about how it got started, how and why people believe it, and what's the real science, the real history behind what's going on. It's like a short, 15-minute podcast version of Mythbusters, but exhaustively researched and referenced. If you're ready to be skeptical and ready to solve the deepest mysteries you always wondered about, listen to Skeptoid, a 501C3 educational nonprofit.
Jan 21, 2020