Skeptoid: Episodes

A group of 7 West Virginians looked for a crashed UFO in the hills and ended up getting the fright of their lives.

Did they really encounter an alien spaceship and its occupant? Or does a more skeptical approach reveal a different tale?
Masaru Emoto believes in 'hado' -- the notion that water somehow entagles with human consciousness and emotion. According to Emoto, water can actually be imbued with good or bad energy. Is there anything behind Emoto's water woo? Skeptoid looks at the claims.
Legend says that Grigori Rasputin, the "Mad Monk" who played a part in the last days of the Russian monarchy, was hard to kill. They say he had to be poisoned, shot, beaten, and drowned before he finally succumbed to death. But does the history agree with the legend?
Acupuncture is one of the most popular "alternative" therapies in the world. Where did it come from, and what does it do?
Houdini, the champion of scientific skepticism, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the champion of supernaturalism and spiritualism, clashed in the 1920s.
Frank's ghost box is a radio designed to hear communications from ghosts. But is there something that we can actually learn from it?
A popular tale tells of a haunted Jewish wine box that brought ill fortune upon its owners; at least, until you look at what is actually known to have happened.
The Flying Dutchman ghost ship is one of the oldest and most familiar tales of the sea, but does anyone really know the inspiration for the story?
Canada's most famous ghost story tells of Scottish immigrants harassed by a poltergeist, but the true facts of the case may be even more surprising.
Why do some people support a free podcast financially? There's just one way to find out: Ask them.
Although people with albinism are still murdered for their body parts in some African regions, even the developed world still believes in certain albino myths.
Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day. But with modern weather data, can we paint a more accurate picture?
A very popular format for addiction treatment is the twelve step program, which buries treatment under thick layers of religious practice.
Whether it's the polygraph machines of the past or the brain imaging technologies of the future, lie detection has always been clouded with doubt.
A few Skeptoid supporters tell you exactly why they support the Skeptoid podcast, keeping it alive and making it available to you and to the world.
Skeptoid answers questions from students about hCG diet supplements, internet tracker blocking extensions, ear candling, antibacterial cleansers, and plasma cosmology.
Rumors abound that in 1924, George Mallory beat Sir Edmund Hillary to the summit of Mount Everest, and the record for first ascent should be his.
The Internet is full of ways to make us feel good - click a Like button, sign on online petition. But does any of it actually do any good?
Pop psychology tells us we're all either left brain dominant or right brain dominant. But is there any science to back this up, or is it nonsense?
Some say these five aircraft that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945 fell victim to a mysterious force; others find a more prosaic explanation.
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