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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 #797: Why You Need to Care About Methane

For all the talk about carbon dioxide's role in climate change, we hear surprisingly little about methane. Some say it represents even a greater threat, but if that's so, why isn't it getting more attention? Today we're going to see what the science really says, and what we should be doing about it.

17mins

14 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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Skeptoid's 15th Birthday Celebration!

Skeptoid invites you to help us celebrate our 15th birthday at skeptoid.com/birthday

4mins

8 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Skeptoid #796: 9/11 Truthers, 20 Years Later

Following the events of 9/11 way back in 2001, it was inevitable that a few wacky conspiracy theories were going to arise, as happens around nearly every major world event. But something sets 9/11 conspiracy theories apart from all the others: their unique longevity. And it turns out there's solid science behind why a fantasy like 9/11 Truth is the one that endures.

16mins

7 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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Wondery Suspect podcast preview

A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason? Host and reporter Matthew Shaer (Over My Dead Body) returns to the scene of the crime, speaks with everyone about a night that still haunts them years later. It’s a series about race and policing, mislaid justice, cutting-edge science, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day -- choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.

5mins

1 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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Skeptoid #795: What Made the Shroud of Turin Immortal

For centuries, the faithful have believed that the linen sheet called the Shroud of Turin bears the actual, physical imprint of the face of Jesus, made while his body lay in the tomb for three days. However, the science proves that it can't be true. So what is the much larger picture of how and why the Shroud came to be, that keeps believers believing after so long?

16mins

31 Aug 2021

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Skeptoid #794: Why You Needn't Worry About the Missing 411

It's no surprise that people do sometimes go missing in the wilderness, including America's national parks. But one notion, called the "Missing 411", claims that inside the parks that number is much higher than it should be, and that the National Park Service covers up these disappearances. Is this true, or does the data say it's just another unfounded conspiracy theory?

15mins

24 Aug 2021

Rank #6

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Skeptoid #793: Your Turn Yet Again

On Skeptoid we're always digging into the true science and true history behind some of the weird phenomena that a lot of people believe in, but sometimes bizarre events happen closer to home. Today we're going to examine some of your own personal strangest experiences to see if we can find a science-based explanation.

17mins

17 Aug 2021

Rank #7

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Skeptoid #792: Your Turn Again

Here on Skeptoid we look at popular urban legends and see if there's any truth behind all these things that a lot of people just seem to believe. What about the things you believe? Today we've got a handful of your own personal experiences that many of you have sent in -- and we're going to give them the same Skeptoid treatment.

15mins

10 Aug 2021

Rank #8

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Skeptoid #791: Dowsing: Water Witchcraft

As global warming causes some places to get wetter, it causes others to get drier. And in these places, water is becoming so scarce that people are willing to try anything -- whether it's based on folk wisdom, or even on magic. Today we're going to see how one such method stands up to science: dowsing.

15mins

3 Aug 2021

Rank #9

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Skeptoid #790: Is the Existence of Billionaires Inherently Harmful?

You can hardly turn around these days without hearing someone lecture about how immoral it is that billionaires exist. It's a popular view. But is this just an emotional or ideological reaction, or does economic theory also show that the existence of billionaires is actually harmful to a nation's economy or its people?

18mins

27 Jul 2021

Rank #10