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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.

Skeptoid Brian Dunning

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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.

    What Really Happened at Tunguska

    What Really Happened at Tunguska

    History and old photos tell us that something destructive happened over a Siberian forest in 1908, knocking down trees over 300 square kilometers. And though it's usually said that this was the result of an exploding meteor, many alternate theories have been proposed as well. And so we're forced to wonder: What really did happen at Tunguska, and more importantly, how do we know that?

    • 17 min
    Pop Quiz: 15 for 15

    Pop Quiz: 15 for 15

    Skeptoid is the podcast about the true history and true science behind our urban legends and strange beliefs, and learning about how and why smart people come to believe weird things. And so by studying them, we end up learning a lot of random facts about all these popular stories. Today we're going to see just how many of these random facts about our world you've absorbed... with another pop quiz.

    • 19 min
    Probiotics Fact and Fiction

    Probiotics Fact and Fiction

    Probiotics is the term for a culture of live bacteria, or other microorganisms, in a food product or supplement, sold with the promise that it will do your body some good. Sounds reasonable, so many of us just accept this without any critique or question. But what is the true state of the evidence that probiotics do your body any real good at all?

    • 17 min
    To the Stars

    To the Stars

    Once again, it is a hundredth episode of Skeptoid, this one being #800. And long time fans know what that means: it's a musical episode! But today's is a little bit different, in that it may be the first piece of music you've ever heard that was not produced on Earth. Today, with special cooperation from our friends at NASA, we're bringing you a Skeptoid song from a spaceship -- one that is, even as we speak, rapidly accelerating away from this planet.

    • 14 min
    Skeptoid Whistle-Stop Tour in Your Town!

    Skeptoid Whistle-Stop Tour in Your Town!

    The Skeptoid Whistle-Stop Tour 2021 is here! October 10th through the 23rd, I'll be visiting listener groups all across the United States, all events are free and open to the public! Visit skeptoid.com/events for details.

    • 1 min
    On the Authorship of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

    On the Authorship of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

    The most famous organ piece in history is one that you've heard a million times, even if you don't know its name, and even if you don't know its composer -- which, spoiler alert, I'll tell you right now: it's the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach. At least, that's the traditional view. But some say that it wasn't written by him at all. Turns out to be a real detective story -- but where will it lead us?

    • 17 min

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