36 episodes

Was Earth really visited by mysterious extraterrestrial travelers thousands of years ago as many proponents of ”ancient astronaut theory” believe? What are the hidden secrets and mysteries behind ancient monuments and forgotten civilizations?
Every week, historian Tristan Johnson and regular human person Scott Niswander dive through the archives to learn about the fascinating histories of ancient civilizations while also debunking the myths and straight-up lies presented in History Channel‘s massively popular tv show Ancient Aliens that has sparked a new generation of conspiracy theorists. We hope through this show, you can gain an appreciation for just how cool ancient societies were, and not simply credit their impressive advancements to alien visitors.
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It‘s Probably (not) Aliens‪!‬ Tristan Johnson & Scott Niswander

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Was Earth really visited by mysterious extraterrestrial travelers thousands of years ago as many proponents of ”ancient astronaut theory” believe? What are the hidden secrets and mysteries behind ancient monuments and forgotten civilizations?
Every week, historian Tristan Johnson and regular human person Scott Niswander dive through the archives to learn about the fascinating histories of ancient civilizations while also debunking the myths and straight-up lies presented in History Channel‘s massively popular tv show Ancient Aliens that has sparked a new generation of conspiracy theorists. We hope through this show, you can gain an appreciation for just how cool ancient societies were, and not simply credit their impressive advancements to alien visitors.
NEW EPISODES EVERY WEEK! Follow the show so you don‘t miss an episode, and leave us a review! It really helps us out!

    35. The Baghdad Battery, Alien Bones, & The Hollow Moon Theory! (feat. Thought Slime)

    35. The Baghdad Battery, Alien Bones, & The Hollow Moon Theory! (feat. Thought Slime)

    We're back with another grab bag episode of ancient astronaut theories featuring Mildred from Thought Slime and Scaredy Cats!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    34. Crop Circles: It Was Just Two Guys & Some Stoned Wallabies

    34. Crop Circles: It Was Just Two Guys & Some Stoned Wallabies

    Crop circles were all the rage decades ago, but the trend has died out in recent years. Why is that? Are the aliens not wanting to doodle for us  anymore? Or did the human artists who made them just get better paying jobs? We’ll never know!

    Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out!

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    Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com

    Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander

    Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com

    Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    33. The Many Authors Erich von Däniken Stole From

    33. The Many Authors Erich von Däniken Stole From

    In part 2 of our biography series on Erich von Däniken, we’re discussing the many books and authors that the daddy of fake history (allegedly) plagiarized ideas from. We also go on a big rant near the end about von Däniken’s legacy in the present day, and how it’s infuriating.

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    Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com

    Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens

    Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com

    Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander

    Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com

    Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

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    • 37 min
    32: Erich von Däniken: The Girlboss Daddy Of Fake History

    32: Erich von Däniken: The Girlboss Daddy Of Fake History

    It's about time we dove into a little biography of the man who started the whole Ancient Aliens trend, Erich von Däniken. Who was he? Who is he? Who hasn't he stolen from? All of these questions and less will be answered in this two-part series!

    Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out!

    Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com

    Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens

    Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com

    Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander

    Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com

    Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

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    • 50 min
    31: What Actually Caused The Mayan Collapse?

    31: What Actually Caused The Mayan Collapse?

    Today, we’re taking a nice long look at the many potential reasons why the Mayan Empire collapsed. All of them are interesting, but none of them involve space aliens.

    Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out!

    Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com

    Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens

    Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com

    Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander

    Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com

    Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

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    • 50 min
    30. The Great Flood: Did It Really Happen? (w/ Dr. Andrew Mark Henry)

    30. The Great Flood: Did It Really Happen? (w/ Dr. Andrew Mark Henry)

    Let’s welcome back special guest Dr. Andrew Mark Henry from the popular YouTube channel Religion For Breakfast to discuss the mythical Great Flood. Why do so many cultures and religions around the world have stories of a big flood wiping out civilization? Did such an event actually happen? Are aliens behind it? Let’s find out!

    Check out Religion For Breakfast: https://youtube.com/religionforbreakfast

    Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out!

    Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com

    Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens

    Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com

    Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander

    Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com

    Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

CashereGizmo ,

Aliens and History!

I absolutely love this show! I found it by accident searching for a podcast about Aliens. My brothers and I make fun of “Ancient Aliens” all the time! I love the commentary and the work put in to this show. Thank you Tristan and Scott for making my work day bearable!

Dantresomi ,

An amazing podcast

I learn so much in such a short amount of time. Oh it’s funny. Thank you two for the work you put in.

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