By Brian Dunning

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 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

 Aug 30, 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.

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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, Coronavirus, and You
Skeptoid is making all episodes from the entire catalog free to everyone during the Coronavirus crisis.
Mar 19, 2020
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:
Mar 17, 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
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:
Mar 12, 2020
Skeptoid #718: Diagnosing Chronic Lyme Disease
Often dismissed as purely pseudoscientific and nonexistent, chronic Lyme disease is not necessarily nothing.
Mar 10, 2020
Conspiracies Declassified: The SUPPRESSED Chapters!
Get the chapters THEY don't want you to read.
Mar 06, 2020
Skeptoid #717: Rethinking Plastic Straw Bans
Bans on plastic drinking straws are a solution in search of a problem.
Mar 03, 2020
Introducing Lifes Little Mysteries
New podcast from Live Science and Audioboom:
Mar 02, 2020
Skeptoid #716: Learning Languages from Brain Injuries
Popular stories on the Internet tell of people coming out of comas and suddenly speaking a new language.
Feb 25, 2020
Skeptoid #715: The Knowles Family UFO Incident
This family's car is said to have been lifted off the road by a UFO and dropped.
Feb 18, 2020
Skeptoid #714: Killing the Hammersmith Ghost
Some possible explanations for this infamously deadly 19th century haunting near London.
Feb 11, 2020
Skeptoid #713: On the Trail of Red Mercury
The most elusive substance in pop culture also purports to be one of the most destructive.
Feb 04, 2020
Send Me Stories
A couple of ways I'd like to get your name and your voice into upcoming Skeptoid episodes.
Jan 30, 2020
Skeptoid #712: Apple Cider Vinegar Woo
A test of the many sensational health claims made for apple cider vinegar.
Jan 28, 2020
Skeptoid #711: The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans
Science decides the question of whether plastic bag bans help or hurt the environment.
Jan 21, 2020
Skeptoid #710: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 4
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
Jan 14, 2020
Skeptoid #709: Wind Turbines and Birds
Wind turbines actually save many more bird lives than they destroy.
Jan 07, 2020
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.
Dec 31, 2019
Skeptoid #707: Vermeer and the Camera Obscura
Popular claims that the painter Vermeer used a camera obscura contradict the evidence.
Dec 24, 2019
Blood Ties podcast preview
A preview of the new podcast Blood Ties from Wondery, starring Josh Gad and Gillian Jacobs.
Dec 17, 2019
Skeptoid #706: MSG: How a Friendly Flavor Became Your Enemy
The history of this vilified flavoring is a wild ride through 20th century cultural influences.
Dec 17, 2019
Skeptoid #705: Listener Feedback: The Plot Thickens
Listeners offer some updates and new information to previous episodes.
Dec 10, 2019
Skeptoid #704: The Green Children of Woolpit
In the 12th century, a pair of mysterious children with green skin surprised English villagers.
Dec 03, 2019
Skeptoid #703: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 3
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
Nov 26, 2019
Detective Trapp podcast preview
A preview of the new podcast Detective Trapp from Wondery, with host Chris Goffard.
Nov 19, 2019
Skeptoid #702: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
These risky medical devices are increasingly being sold to treat conditions they don't treat.
Nov 19, 2019
Skeptoid #701: Seneca Guns and Skyquakes
These mysterious cannon-like booms are heard all around the world, with no apparent source.
Nov 12, 2019
Skeptoid #700: A Whale of a Tale
In which we celebrate 700 episodes of great storytelling... sea shanty style.
Nov 05, 2019
Skeptoid #699: The Mystery of the Ellen Austin
The true history behind one of the Bermuda Triangle's strangest legends.
Oct 29, 2019
Skeptoid #698: Radon in Your Basement
Is this gas a risk you should worry about, or is it just another homeowner scam?
Oct 22, 2019
Birthday Show II
Find out how we're celebrating Skeptoid's 13th birthday at
Oct 16, 2019
Skeptoid #697: Reactionless Space Drives
Conspiracy theorists and alternate science believers continue to claim triumph over the laws of nature.
Oct 15, 2019
Skeptoid #696: History's Smallest Underground War
The public's zeal for sensationalism over facts can sometimes have deadly consequences.
Oct 08, 2019
Skeptoid #695: Fighting Global Warming with Economics
There's always been an easy solution to global warming on the table, and it won't hurt the economy.
Oct 01, 2019
Skeptoid #694: Playing Error Guitar
Skeptoid corrects another round of errors in previous episodes caught by you amazing listeners.
Sep 24, 2019
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.
Sep 17, 2019
The Birthday Show
Find out how we're celebrating Skeptoid's 13th birthday at
Sep 13, 2019
Skeptoid #692: Thirteen: The Private History of a Curse
The number 13 may have more relevance in your life than you suspect.
Sep 10, 2019
Skeptoid #691: FLICC: 5 Techniques of Science Denial
One popular rubric for identifying the common techniques used by science deniers.
Sep 03, 2019
Skeptoid #690: Video Games and Violence
Data does not support that video games promote violence or that they are especially addictive.
Aug 27, 2019
Skeptoid #689: The Bili Ape of the Congo
The facts behind the legend of a mysterious giant ape, said by some to be a chimp-gorilla hybrid.
Aug 20, 2019
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.
Aug 14, 2019
Skeptoid #688: Your Phavorite Phollowups
Updates and newer information to some of the conclusions in your favorite Skeptoid episodes.
Aug 13, 2019
Skeptoid #687: No, Electric Cars Don't Pollute More
Popularly shared articles claim electric cars produce more greenhouses gases than internal combustion cars.
Aug 06, 2019
Sean Carrolls Mindscape podcast preview
A preview of the podcast The Sean Carroll's Mindscape from Wondery, with host Sean Carroll.
Aug 05, 2019
Skeptoid #686: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 2
I give my thoughts trying to solve some of your weirdest experiences.
Jul 30, 2019
Skeptoid #685: Your Weirdest Thing, Vol. 1
I take a shot at critical analysis of your weirdest experiences.
Jul 23, 2019
Skeptoid #684: Starlite, the Magical Mystery Material
The real reasons for the disappearance of this amateur material said to be able to withstand even a nuclear blast.
Jul 16, 2019
Skeptoid #683: Prehistoric Supersonic Monster Tides
An astronomical look at the idea that Earth's early history had enormous destructive tides.
Jul 09, 2019
Skeptoid #682: Mexico's Zone of Silence
Legend has it that radios and compasses will not work in this remote Mexican desert.
Jul 02, 2019
Skeptoid #681: Alien Visitation and Kecksburg
We can often get a good sense of a UFO story's accuracy even without researching all the details.
Jun 25, 2019
Skeptoid #680: The True Fate of the Amber Room
State-sponsored disinformation continues to drive treasure hunters who seek the legendary Amber Room.
Jun 18, 2019
Skeptoid #679: The Greenbrier Ghost
A skeptical look at the time a ghost's testimony resulted in a murder conviction.
Jun 11, 2019
Skeptoid #678: What the Feedback
More updates and additional information for some recent Skeptoid episodes.
Jun 04, 2019
Skeptoid #677: 5G: Upgrade or Uncertainty?
An examination of the claims that 5G cell phone data service is potentially harmful to life.
May 28, 2019
Skeptoid #676: Glyphosate and Behavioral Economics
How misinformation spread over one of the safest herbicides becoming known as one of the most harmful.
May 21, 2019
The shrink Next Door podcast preview
A preview of the new podcast The Shrink Next Door from Wondery, with host Joe Nocera.
May 21, 2019
Skeptoid #675: Valiant Thor: Your Friendly Pentagon Alien
Some believe this benevolent alien from Venus lived and advised at the Pentagon for three years.
May 14, 2019
Skeptoid #674: Student Questions: Drinking Urine and Studying to Music
Skeptoid answers another round of questions sent in by students all around the world.
May 07, 2019
Skeptoid #673: Yamashita's Gold
The facts behind the urban legend that billions in Japanese gold lie buried in the Philippines.
Apr 30, 2019
Skeptoid #672: Refeeding Syndrome and Sudden Death
Can starving people actually die immediately upon being given their first bite of food?
Apr 23, 2019
Skeptoid #671: China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic
Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.
Apr 16, 2019
Skeptoid #670: Wrong Does Not Cease to be Wrong
The 15th episode devoted to corrections in previous shows. If it ain't right, we fix it.
Apr 09, 2019
Skeptoid #669: Pop Quiz: History and Pseudohistory
Test your knowledge on these subjects, all covered by Skeptoid, on false history claims.
Apr 02, 2019
Skeptoid #668: A Science Based Ghost Hunting Toolkit
How a TV ghost hunting show might look if they did what they claim, and used science.
Mar 26, 2019
Skeptoid Premium Member Live Chat
Announcing the first of our Skeptoid live streaming video chats! March 27, 2019
Mar 22, 2019
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.
Mar 19, 2019
Skeptoid #666: The Historicity of Jesus Christ
A review of the evidence for and against the life of Jesus of Nazareth as a real living man.
Mar 12, 2019
Skeptoid #665: Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods
The nature of the problem of ocean plastics, and the best solution, may both come as surprises.
Mar 05, 2019
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.
Feb 26, 2019
Skeptoid #663: Pop Quiz: Urban Legends
Test your knowledge of popular urban legends, and the science underlying them.
Feb 19, 2019
One Plus One podcast preview
A special preview of the new podcast "One Plus One" from Wondery.
Feb 18, 2019
Skeptoid #662: Vaccine Denial: Failure Mode Analysis
The surprising history of how medical science's greatest success has become vilified by so many people.
Feb 12, 2019
Skeptoid #661: Rapping with the Fox Sisters
Myth and mystery surrounds the sisters said to have founded the modern spiritualism industry.
Feb 05, 2019
Skeptoid #660: Feedback and Followups
A handful of updates to past Skeptoid episodes... eyebrow raising to say the least.
Jan 29, 2019
Skeptoid #659: Killing Castro
It's proven the CIA tried to assassinate Castro, but the number of claimed attempts differs wildly.
Jan 22, 2019
Skeptoid #658: Ong's Hat
An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension.
Jan 15, 2019
Skeptoid #657: Illuminating the Illuminati
The surprisingly humble beginnings and even more surprising modern rebirth of the Illuminati.
Jan 08, 2019
Skeptoid #656: And Bigfoot Said...
We compare vocalizations attributed to Bigfoot with the sounds of real animals known to be in the area.
Jan 01, 2019
Skeptoid #655: Stonehenge and the Scope of Uncertainty
There are things we don't know about Stonehenge, but does that mean we know nothing at all?
Dec 25, 2018
Skeptoid #654: Pop Quiz: Consumer Ripoffs
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on consumer ripoffs.
Dec 18, 2018
Special Request
In which I make the biggest ask of you ever.
Dec 14, 2018
Skeptoid #653: The Great Kentucky Meat Shower
A rain of meat is said to have fallen in rural Kentucky one day in 1876.
Dec 11, 2018
Skeptoid #652: The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident
The UFO story seems to defy debunking because of the physical injuries suffered by witnesses.
Dec 04, 2018
Skeptoid #651: The Electric Universe Theory
Some believe that everything we know about the universe is wrong — and it's all electric.
Nov 27, 2018
Skeptoid #650: I Believe
Your beliefs are fallible and can fool you. Be willing to change your mind based on new information.
Nov 20, 2018
Skeptoid #649: George Soros Conspiracy Theories
George Soros remains the focus of many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Nov 13, 2018
Skeptoid #648: Pop Quiz: Aliens and UFOs
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on aliens and UFOs.
Nov 06, 2018
Skeptoid #647: All About Mindfulness
An examination of this super-trendy meditation technique to see whether it lives up to the hype.
Oct 30, 2018
Skeptoid #646: Animal Earthquake Prediction
Many people believe animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. The facts tell a different story.
Oct 23, 2018
Skeptoid #645: Pop Quiz: Ancient Mysteries
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on ancient mysteries.
Oct 16, 2018
Skeptoid #644: Parts Unknown: Foreign Conspiracy Theories
A roundup of conspiracy theories from various countries all around the world.
Oct 09, 2018
Skeptoid #643: The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England
Some believe these stone structures in New England to be evidence of ancient cultures.
Oct 02, 2018
Skeptoid #642: Pop Quiz: Cryptozoology!
How well do you know your Skeptoid? Today's pop quiz focuses on cryptozoology.
Sep 25, 2018
Skeptoid #641: Alternative Veterinary Medicine
Even in the 21st century, vets and pet owners are turning to prescientific, magic-based medical care.
Sep 18, 2018
Skeptoid #640: Draining the Baghdad Battery
Many people believe this ancient scroll container was actually an early type of battery.
Sep 11, 2018
Skeptoid #639: An Exorbitance of Emendations
Once again, Skeptoid corrects another round of errors found in previous episodes.
Sep 04, 2018
Skeptoid #638: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 2
A closer look at how bad the evidence is that a cave exists filled with golden alien wonders.
Aug 28, 2018
Skeptoid #637: Cueva de los Tayos and the Lost Metal Library: Part 1
Some people believe that this cave in Ecuador harbors an alien library etched on metallic plates.
Aug 21, 2018
Skeptoid #636: Epigenetics Woo
This exciting new(ish) field in genetics has brought with it a slew of snake oil claims.
Aug 14, 2018
Skeptoid #635: The Effects of Mandated GMO Labeling
We have good evidence for what to expect from mandated labeling of GMO foods, and it's not good.
Aug 07, 2018
Skeptoid #634: More Alcohol Myths
The last show on alcohol myths wasn't good enough for many of you, so here are some more.
Jul 31, 2018
Skeptoid #633: The Horsey History of Clever Hans
This early-1900s horse appeared to be able to do math and other feats, and we learned a lot from him.
Jul 24, 2018
Skeptoid #632: Lucid Dreaming
Some people can control their dreams and do anything they want in them -- or can they?
Jul 17, 2018
Skeptoid #631: Listener Feedback: Death of the Lefties
Skeptoid gets some interesting letters from listeners pertaining to radioactive skeletons and lefties.
Jul 10, 2018
Skeptoid #630: The Apes Who Learned Sign Language
Although many regard Koko as an ape who used sign language, science tells us that ability probably doesn't exist.
Jul 03, 2018
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.
Jun 26, 2018
Skeptoid #628: The Swedish Ghost Rockets
This rash of UFO sightings over Sweden in 1946 has long been considered to be Soviet missile tests.
Jun 19, 2018
Skeptoid #627: Gremlins
These mischievous creatures that sabotage airplanes are claimed by some to be actual physical beings.
Jun 12, 2018
Skeptoid #626: Numerology
We put this ancient system of divination based on numbers to the test.
Jun 05, 2018