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The Cult of the Garbage Eaters


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In small towns, neglected glades and college campuses across America, small groups of bearded wanderers in homespun clothes are spreading a message -- that the End of Times is upon us, and only the truly righteous shall be saved. Living primarily off the grid and on the fringes of society, this group has proven extremely effective at hiding its converts from law enforcement and concerned relatives. In fact, it's difficult to get a grip on exactly what this group is and what they wish to do. Join Ben and Matt for a closer look at the mysterious group 20/20 called "The Garbage Eaters".

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Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part II

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In the first part of this two-episode series, the guys interviewed tech expert Jonathan Strickland on the mechanics of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. In this episode, Jonathan returns to field some of the weirdest, …

Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part I

March 26th, 2018

You've heard of bitcoin before. It's the entirely digital, decentralized currency that supporters tout as the next step in financial evolution -- and …

Is someone using sonic weapons in Cuba?

March 23rd, 2018

Recently employees at the US Embassy in Cuba reported a strange and disquietening phenomenon. They complained of vertigo, nausea, hearing loss and …

A Digital Cult? The Strange Story of Bentinho Massaro

March 16th, 2018

One person's cult is another person's inarguable truth, and over millenia many spiritual or cultural belief systems have been called cults. Typically …

Are exorcisms on the rise?

March 9th, 2018

Nowadays, most people in the West associate exorcism with horror movies instead of real-life terror. However, people around the world still feel that they have been possessed, and experts from various faiths across the …

The Modern Vampire: Longer Life Through Younger Blood

March 2nd, 2018

We’ve heard the legends of vampires for thousands of years, and while the vast majority of modern humans relegate the stories to the domain of myth …

What's happening in Saudi Arabia?

February 23rd, 2018

For decades Saudi Arabia has been at the heart of numerous controversies, from the policies of its strict theocratic, gender-segregated government to …

How The US Secretly Tracked UFOs with Jeremy Corbell

February 16th, 2018

Recently, the New York Times broke a story that baffled most ordinary readers -- until about 2012, the Pentagon had run a multi-million dollar, …

Hollywood's Abuse Epidemic

February 9th, 2018

For decades people knew that sexual abuse occurred in Tinseltown. It was an open, dirty secret just behind the curtain of the most popular films, tv …

Should we be conCERNed?

February 2nd, 2018

Sure, we worked way too hard for that pun in the title, but it's a serious question: CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research is one of the world's largest, most prominent centres for scientific research. …

The Grand Canyon's Lost Civilization?

January 26th, 2018

The Grand Canyon is a breath-taking natural formation, and every year more than 4 million people visit. Despite its popularity, areas of the canyon …

What exactly are 'Ghost Lights'?

January 19th, 2018

For centuries people in countries across the planet have reported seeing mysterious, glowing lights that appear to move of their own volition through …

The Strange World of Inexplicable Skeletons

January 12th, 2018

What’s going on with all these stories about strange skeletons? From legends of the crystal skull to allegations of ancient extraterrestrial remains …

Biomedical Big Brother

January 5th, 2018

In the near future, your doctor may begin prescribing 'smart pills,' medicines that remain in contact with your hospital, pharmacy or doctor's office and tell your health care providers whether you're sticking to the …

STDWYTK Presents: See You Next Time

December 29th, 2017

In 1933, a composer named Rezső Seress created one of the world's most infamous tunes -- a melancholy, mysterious piece known as 'Gloomy Sunday.' …

Building Disney: The Magic Kingdom and the CIA

December 22nd, 2017

Disney World is one of the planet’s most well-known travel destinations, and over the decades it’s been the subject of bizarre rumors -- some more plausible than others. But how did this gigantic park get started? Join …

Charles Manson is Dead, Part 2

December 15th, 2017

When authorities arrested members of the Manson Family for the Tate-LaBianca murders, they'd intended it to be the final chapter of a terrifying story. However, as the trial progressed, it quickly became evident that …

Charles Manson is Dead, Part 1

December 8th, 2017

After spending decades in prison, former cult leader Charles Manson passed away in November of 2017. In the wake of his death, millions of people …

Are there any real underwater military bases?

December 1st, 2017

We've all seen the space-age secret bases in science fiction and blockbuster films, but could a government or corporation really build a secret, …

The Bicameral Mind with Joe McCormick

November 24th, 2017

How old is the phenomenon we call consciousness, and where did it come from? Was humanity always capable of metacognition -- the ability to think …

Secrets revealed? JFK in 2017

November 17th, 2017

For decades after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans -- and millions of people across the planet -- have had lingering, troubling problems with the US government’s …

What happened to Commander Crabb?

November 10th, 2017

Today's episode comes from the heart of the Cold War -- when Lionel 'Buster' Crabb disappeared on a mysterious spying mission, his relatives and …

The Sordid, Secret World of Televangelists and Megachurches

November 3rd, 2017

What if believing in success became the same thing as succeeding? Religious figures around the world encourage their followers to equate financial …

Off-World Implants with Jeremy Corbell

October 27th, 2017

For decades people around the globe have insisted that they were abducted and, via implants, tagged like animals. Join the guys as they interview documentarian Jeremy Corbell about his experience diving into the strange …

Did a cult try to run South Korea?

October 20th, 2017

In 2017 South Korean President Park Guen-hye was impeached and ousted from power as a result of a wide-reaching corruption scandal touching …

What is the Devil's Triangle?

October 13th, 2017

You've probably heard of the infamous (and controversial) Bermuda Triangle, that alleged site of numerous disappearing aircraft and oceangoing vessels... but have you heard of the Dragon's Triangle, its counterpart in …

Titanic Conspiracies

October 6th, 2017

The 1912 sinking of the Titanic left an indelible mark on Western culture, so it's no surprise that more than a decade later revisionists and fringe …

The Gulen Movement

September 29th, 2017

What do private schools and revolution have in common? The answer may surprise you. Join the guys as they bring on their intern Sam Teegardin and for …

Will The World End Tomorrow?

September 22nd, 2017

Ben, Matt and Noel record new episodes every Friday -- this afternoon, they're in the studio one day before a group of people believes the world will end on September 23rd, 2017. Join the gang as they take a closer look …

Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?

September 15th, 2017

Even without a Facebook profile, the average internet or smartphone user leaves a massive trail of digital breadcrumbs, from publicly available records to purchasing history, forum posts and GPS data -- so what happens …

Real-life Superpowers

September 8th, 2017

Could any real human beings have genuine superpowers? Join the guys as they take a closer look at extraordinary beings across the planet -- and, most …

The Holy Grail with Tansy Baigent

September 1st, 2017

For centuries scholars, church officials, historians and skeptics alike have argued back and forth about the evolution of Christianity, the life and …

Inside America's Zone of Death

August 25th, 2017

It sounds like pure fiction: A tiny part of the United States, tucked away in Yellowstone, where you can commit any crime you like and never go to trial. So what is this so-called Zone of Death, exactly? How does it …

It's Our Lucky Day, With Archer's Dr. Krieger

August 18th, 2017

Join the guys as they hang out with Lucky Yates, the prolific actor and voice of Dr. Krieger of FX's Archer, to explore everything from the …

STDWYTK Presents: How May I Help You?

August 11th, 2017

If you had a chance to save a loved one, would you take it? How far would you go? It's the gang's collective birthday this month, so as a way of …

Top-secret Bunkers with Garrett Graff

August 4th, 2017

The rumors are true -- the US government has multiple, highly-fortified shelters and compounds dotting the American landscape, staffed and fully …

Utsuro Bune: Ancient Japanese UFOs?

July 28th, 2017

It's a tale that dates back centuries -- a bizarre, spherical ship washes ashore in Japan, containing a single passenger. Visibily female and humanoid, but clothed in strange garments, with unusual hair and skin. Fast …

Missing 411 with David Paulides

July 21st, 2017

Each year, thousands of people visit national parks across the US. And, tragically, some of them don't return. Join the guys as they interview David …

What about the other pyramids?

July 14th, 2017

For many people, the word "pyramid" instantly conjures up images of ancient Egypt -- of pharaohs and mummies, treasure and (maybe) curses. But while the pyramids of Egypt may be the most well-known, they are far from …

Moving to Mars with Marshall Brain

July 7th, 2017

In 2017, Elon Musk laid out plans to build a permanent colony on Mars -- one with at least a million human inhabitants. What would this colony look …

Is Money a Religion?

June 30th, 2017

Since before the dawn of recorded history, the power of belief has been a driving force for human civilization. Spiritual movements have risen and fallen, only to be replaced by other belief systems. Today much of the …

The Search For Bigfoot

June 23rd, 2017

For centuries, cultures around the world have told tales of "wild men" lurking in the woods, and reports of these creatures continue in the modern …

Could we still discover unknown large animals?

June 16th, 2017

Experts believe that millions of undiscovered species exist in the modern day -- but most are tiny microbes and insects. What if there are much …

What was the Black Hand?

June 9th, 2017

In the early 20th century, Europe was a smoldering powder keg of international tension, imperial ambitions and long-held resentments between great …

Serial Killers on the Loose: Part 2

June 2nd, 2017

It sounds like something straight out of a noir film -- an unidentified killer goes on a murder spree and disappears in a clean getaway, taunting the cops before disappearing. Unfortunately, this phenomenon isn't …

What is red mercury?

May 26th, 2017

Since the 1980s, Russian and US sources have repeatedly claimed that various groups of terrorists are dangerously close to acquiring a mysterious substance known as 'red mercury.' But what exactly is this stuff -- and …

Unacknowledged: An Interview with Dr. Steven Greer

May 19th, 2017

Every year, thousands of people across the planet report seeing unidentified flying objects -- and thousands more believe world governments keep secret information about these objects hidden from the public eye. Join …

Facial Recognition with Jonathan Strickland

May 12th, 2017

You've heard of facial recognition technology before -- but how does the actual tech work? What don't authorities want you to know about it? Join the …

The Collapse of Atlanta

May 5th, 2017

A section of Interstate 85 caught fire and fell to pieces and within days a sinkhole emerged in Interstate 20. The city and media proposed several …

What the heck is a Toynbee Tile?

April 28th, 2017

For decades, mysterious tiles have appeared in dozens of cities across North and South America, touting a strange -- and strangely consistent -- message. But what are the Toynbee Tiles? What is their purpose and who …

What happened to Hitler?

April 21st, 2017

On April 30th, 1945, one of the most infamous men in recent history died by his own hand as Allied forces bore down on his bunker. At least, that’s the official story. Yet for decades historians and theorists across the …

ConspiracyStuff LIVE: The Future of Surveillance

April 14th, 2017

Manhattan is home to some of the world's most iconic buildings -- but it's also home to something more mysterious: A looming, windowless skyscraper in the heart of Tribeca. The press doesn't have much to say about it, …

Where are the world's most frequent UFO sightings?

April 7th, 2017

For millenia people across the planet have reported seeing bizarre objects in the sky. However, efforts to collect and analyze these reports have …

Did Hallucinogens Create Religion?

March 31st, 2017

How did the human species become the most self-aware, successful primate on the planet?

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The Mysterious Lake City Quiet Pills

March 24th, 2017

Did a group of private assassins use a series of sleazy websites as fronts for their base of operations? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they delve into the mysterious story of Lake City Quiet Pills.

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Did the CIA invent counterculture?

March 17th, 2017

In the US, the 1960s were a crucible of culture -- college students, veterans, the disadvantaged and activists across the country sought to overthrow …

Die Glocke: The Legend of the Nazi Bell

March 10th, 2017

Like most other militaries of the time, the Nazi army conducted extensive classified research into all aspects of warfare, from rocketry to drugs, tank improvements and so on. They also delved into more exotic realms, …

The Sick, Sweet Secret of the Sugar Cover-up

March 3rd, 2017

Everyone knows sugar in excessive amounts can have damaging effects on your health -- but just how bad is it, and why do people in the US still consume so much? Join the guys as they delve into the strange story of the …

Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?

February 24th, 2017

At the close of the Paris Peace Accords, the US and Vietnam agreed to return any POWs to their home country -- however, for decades after the close of the conflict, people in country reported seeing missing American …

Does China Have Psychic Child Soldiers?

February 17th, 2017

Nowadays many people are familiar with the US government's bizarre psychic experiments -- but what about China's? Join the guys as they explore the strange phenomenon of China's psychic children.

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David Icke and the Rise of the Lizard People

February 10th, 2017

It's one of the most outlandish conspiracy theories in history -- the idea that the world is secretly ruled by a shadowy cabal of half-human, …

What happened to Elisa Lam?

February 3rd, 2017

In 2013, Canadian college student Elisa Lam disappeared while on a solo trip through California. For weeks law enforcement was at a loss to explain …

The NSA: Fact, Fiction and Fright

January 27th, 2017

Since the 1950s, the National Security Agency has been responsible for collecting, analyzing and verifying a vast amount of signals intelligence, …

Grimoires: Fact and Fiction

January 20th, 2017

From fictional works like the Necronomicon to the all-too-real Key of Solomon, humanity has long been obsessed with the idea of ancient tomes holding …

The Hemp Car Cover-up

January 13th, 2017

Make no mistake: the United States is a car culture, and the extreme sprawl of the country means the vast majority of citizens can’t realistically …

Listener Appreciation 2017: The Cattle Witcher Edition

January 7th, 2017

Have you written to your favorite conspiracy show lately? If so, tune in: Your message just might be on the air! Join Matt and Noel as they explore the latest, greatest - and, at times, strangest - tweets, emails and …

Did Sheldon Gosline Discover a Lost Civilization?

December 30th, 2016

For centuries self-assured academics believed Troy was a mythological city -- until, that is, the ruins were discovered. Over the span of history, …

The Mystery of the Cagots

December 23rd, 2016

For centuries communities in France and Spain practiced a brutal, widely-accepted system of discrimination against a group of families and individuals known as Cagots -- but who were these people? Where did they come …

The Search For Noah's Ark

December 16th, 2016

For centuries various groups claimed they'd discovered the remnants of Noah's Ark, the legendary wooden ship of Biblical fame. Despite controversy, skepticism and numerous dead ends, the search continues into the …

Is the Military on Drugs?

December 9th, 2016

From the old stories of Viking Berserkers to the rise of the Assassins and more, humanity has spent millennia using drugs as a way to explore …

News: The Fake vs. The Real

December 2nd, 2016

The internet, while amazing, has given rise to the dangerous proliferation of misleading - or, in some cases, entirely fictitious- stories …

What is Project Iceworm?

November 26th, 2016

How many secret military bases exist around the world? How many of those are active, and how many abandoned? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore both the specific discovery of Project Iceworm and the larger practice …

Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?

November 18th, 2016

After years of listener requests, Ben, Matt and Noel are finally exploring the mysterious story of the legendary Georgia Guidestones. Who built this monument, and why? Listen in to learn more.

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What's Happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline?

November 11th, 2016

As of 2014, North Dakota has a population under 500,000 -- so you, like many others, may be wondering why over 1.6 million people used social media …

Catholics, Children and Conspiracy: The Epidemic of Abuse

November 4th, 2016

For decades various individuals and organizations with the Catholic Church were dogged by rumors of horrific abuse – and, eventually, it turned out …

Election, Part II: Top Clinton Conspiracies

October 28th, 2016

Mere days before the US election, it seems overwhelmingly likely that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States. Both candidates have been the source of great …

Election, Part I: Top Trump Conspiracies

October 21st, 2016

Donald Trump has captured global attention in his campaign for the Presidency – and, like his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, no small amount of controversy. So is there any truth to the massive conspiracy theories …

What’s the US National Radio Quiet Zone?

October 14th, 2016

Tucked away in a stretch of rural land in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, the radio quiet zone is 13,000 square miles of near-total electronic silence. What’s going on in this area where cellphones don’t work and …

Skidoosh: The Listener Mail Episode

October 7th, 2016

Have you sent the guys an email, tweet or FB message? If so, tune in – you might just be on the air in this special episode of listener mail.

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Did aliens appear over Los Angeles?

September 30th, 2016

In the wee hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across LA. Anti-aircraft guns fired the better part of 1500 shells at something. To many people, that mysterious UFO has yet to be identified, more than …

The Hidden World of Psychopaths

September 23rd, 2016

How common are psychopaths? Is it possible that you've met one? Join the guys as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding one of the world's most widely misunderstood mental illnesses.

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How could the CIA have faked the moon landing?

September 16th, 2016

For nearly half a century people around the world have believed the moon landing was faked. If that were true, how could people possibly perpetrate …

Sport Conspiracies, Part II

September 9th, 2016

Could your favorite sports be fixed? Join Ben, Matt and Noel for their continuing interview with author Brian Tuohy as they explore the murky world …

Sports Conspiracies, Part I

September 2nd, 2016

Could it be possible that your favorite sports are fixed? Join the guys as they interview Brian Tuohy, author of The Fix is In, on the murky …

Cannibalism: Fact and Fiction

August 26th, 2016

Cannibalism is an ancient taboo, but how often has it actually occurred? Join the guys as they explore the grisly rumors and frightening facts behind history’s stories of cannibalism.

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Human Experimentation: MIT and Cereal

August 19th, 2016

Did the Quaker Oats company really do experiments on children? Join Matt and Ben as they dig into the checkered past of this cereal monolith.

Learn …

Is Sesame Credit Dangerous?

August 12th, 2016

What if you had a credit score that measured more than just your wallet? What if it took into account your political leanings, Internet traffic, and …

Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?

August 5th, 2016

Months after the murder of Teresita Basa, her former coworker began falling into trances, a voice identifying itself as Teresita issuing from her mouth. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these statements turned out …

Wikileaks and the DNC

July 29th, 2016

Earlier this summer Wikileaks released a cache of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee. "Unnamed experts" trace this event back to Russian hackers. But who are these hackers? What proof exists? And, …

Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 2

July 22nd, 2016

In the conclusion of their two part interview with Robert Mazur, the guys explore the ins and outs of money laundering. Tune in to learn how dirty money gets clean - and what happens (or doesn't happen) to the bad guys …

Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 1

July 15th, 2016

In the first part of this two-episode series, the guys interview the legendary US Customs and Drug Enforcement agent Robert Mazur. Using the cover identity of Bob Musella, Mazur and his team tracked the shadowy …

Could someone erase the world's debt?

July 8th, 2016

Modern civilization relies on the concept of debt. Wars are fought over it, loves lost and revolutions launched. So what would happen if, one day, it …

Free Wifi: Gambling with Your Privacy

July 1st, 2016

Public wifi can be an enormously convenient thing -- it helps people dodge data charges in coffee shops, airports and other places around the globe. But how safe is it? Tune in to learn more.

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STDWYTK Live: The Future of VR

June 24th, 2016

Since the dawn of civilization humanity has attempted to understand the nature of reality, and (relatively) recent breakthroughs in technology have …

Crime, Kidnapping and Organs: The Red Market

June 17th, 2016

For the majority of human history, a failing vital organ was a death sentence. Yet hard-won lessons from countless tragic medical experiments have given modern humans the amazing ability to swap a failing organ from a …

Are there secret space programs?

June 10th, 2016

For millennia humankind has dreamed of reaching the heavens, and in recent decades several countries have begun turning these dreams into reality. Yet the path to the stars isn't all altruism and noble scientific …

Berenstein or Berenstain? The Mandela Effect

June 5th, 2016

How reliable are your memories? Is it possible that, somehow, history is changing? People around the world believe the past isn't as static as it might appear. Join the guys as they delve into the strange phenomenon …

You're Worth About A Dollar: Targeted Online Ads

May 27th, 2016

Have you ever searched for something online, only to find an eerily related series of ads popping up at each website you visit afterward? If so, you've encountered the Brave New World of targeted online advertising. But …


May 20th, 2016

Look -- up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ...chemtrail? You've probably heard of these allegedly poisonous strips of stuff streaking across the sky, but what are they, exactly? Tune in to learn more.

Ghosthunters: The Warrens

May 14th, 2016

For decades Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to investigate paranormal phenomena, confronting the forces of darkness with the power of faith. They've …

Who was the Original Night Stalker?

May 8th, 2016

From 1979 to 1986, an unknown serial killer assaulted and murdered at least 10 people. He remains uncaught to this day. So who was he? Is it possible …

What are the Primary Elections?

April 30th, 2016

To outside observers, the US primary elections can seem pretty confusing. So how do political parties use this system to select candidates - and why …

What are Jinn?

April 22nd, 2016

Forget everything you learned about 'genies' from Aladdin - tales of the Jinn, also called Djinn, are ancient and not at all as family-friendly as Disney might have you believe. So what are these mysterious creatures, …

Money, Mystery and Millionaires: The Panama Papers

April 15th, 2016

You've probably heard of shell companies, tax havens and offshore trusts. But how common are they? How many people use these techniques as a way to squirrel away money from the prying eyes of taxpayers, governments and …

Missing in National Parks

April 8th, 2016

In 2015 alone more than 300 million people visited the US national park system. Some stayed for a few hours, others for a few days - and, occasionally, some never make it out. Join the guys as they take a closer look at …

ISIS Recruitment Tactics

April 2nd, 2016

The advent of social media technology has made global communication easier than ever before - yet this innovation creates opportunities for evil as …

Beyond Flint: The Looming Lead Crisis

March 25th, 2016

What's in the water in Flint? Did city officials really cover up a potentially deadly situation? Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel look into the Stuff They Don't Want You to Know about the Flint water crisis.

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The Fermi Paradox: Where the heck are all the aliens?

March 18th, 2016

Given the sheer size of the universe, it's overwhelmingly likely that some form of alien life exists - so where the heck are they? Tune in to learn more.

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Technology and the Occult

March 11th, 2016

In this episode, the guys welcome returning special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the bizarre confluence of the occult …

Alchemy | with Damien Patrick Williams

March 4th, 2016

In today's episode, the gang joins forces with special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the origins of alchemy, as well as …

Flat Earth Update

February 27th, 2016

In ancient days civilizations across the world believed Earth was some sort of plane, a flat space in the absolute center of the universe. In recent …

The Rise of the Superbug

February 19th, 2016

It's true - scientists around the world are increasingly concerned that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness, leading to a future filled with …

Cattle Mutilation

February 12th, 2016

Are nefarious forces really moving through ranches in the night, mutilating livestock? How? Why?

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Why You Can't Win Arguments Online

February 6th, 2016

Have you ever found yourself infuriated by someone's opinion posted online? Or, perhaps, taken it a step further and attempted to argue with them? Why can't you win an argument online? The answer leads into a cognitive …

Political Conspiracies: 2016

January 30th, 2016

Every election season conspiracy theories proliferate across the political spectrum -- and some may be less crazy than others. Join Ben, Matt and Noel

What is Gnosticism?

January 23rd, 2016

Gnosticism may be one of the oldest conspiracy theories in human civilization - but what is it, exactly? Join Ben, Matt, Noel and special guest Joe …

Porter Ranch: Fossil Fuel Cover-ups

January 15th, 2016

There's no two ways about it: oil spills and gas leaks are disastrous, causing massive amounts of ecological damage in a matter of days or hours. So …

Militias, Uncle Sam and Occupation: The Oregon Protest

January 12th, 2016

On January 2nd, 2016, Ammon Bundy and a group of like-minded individuals occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge as a protest against what they saw as federal over-reach and unjust sentencing practices. So what's the real …

Prophecy, Predictions and Prescience

January 1st, 2016

Nostradamus. Edgar Cayce. Baba Vanga. Have any of history's alleged psychics successfully predicted the future? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as look at …

STDWYTK: How to Handle the Holidays

December 25th, 2015

It's the last podcast of 2015, and the guys look back on some of their favorite stories of the year. Listen in to hear updates, extras, and more.

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Does the UK control the US?

December 18th, 2015

What if the Revolutionary War didn't happen the way it's described in textbooks? Tune in and learn why some people believe the UK still controls the …

What are "Crisis Actors?"

December 12th, 2015

You've probably heard some of the accusations regarding recent tragedies -- that the official story is wrong, and aspects of certain events are …

Ghosts and Infrasound

December 5th, 2015

While humanity has yet to generate any universally-accepted proof of ghosts or hauntings, millions of people around the world report seeing apparitions or experiencing ghostly encounters every year (and sometimes these …

Congress 101

November 27th, 2015

It's no secret that voters distrust Washington, D.C. In numerous polls, citizens of every political overwhelmingly disapprove of Congress. But why? …


November 20th, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with safeguarding the country and its citizens from environmental harm. But how well is the agency actually doing at this incredibly important job? Join Matt, Ben and …

The Future of Poverty

November 13th, 2015

Recently the World Bank stated that climate change may push more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, and innovations in robotics may eliminate the need for millions of human workers. But how much of this is …

Nightmares, Shadow People and Sleep Paralysis

November 6th, 2015

What's the most intense nightmare you've ever had? Have you ever felt trapped in one? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis.

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October 30th, 2015

Join Ben, Matt and Noel for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. This year the gang cracks open the listener mail vault to …

Serial Killers on the Loose

October 24th, 2015

TV, film and fiction have given the public a set of stereotypes about serial killers -- one of the biggest being that they always get caught. Join Ben, Matt, Noel and special guest Christian Sager as they explore the …

What is the Highway of Tears?

October 18th, 2015

For decades women have been abducted, murdered and forgotten along an isolated stretch of Canadian highway. Join the guys and special guest …

Superstars and Satan: Music and the Occult

October 9th, 2015

Why have rumors of dark arts so often dogged musicians? Have any of the rock stars of yesteryear ever actually believed they contacted the underworld? Join Ben, Noel and Matt as they explore the murky relationship …

Jade Helm Update

October 2nd, 2015

In the months leading up to July 15th, 2015, people across the US began to believe there was something fishy afoot. What was Jade Helm 15 actually …

Big Pharma: Conspiracies and Cover-ups

September 25th, 2015

Big Pharma gets a bad name in the press, and the actions of multinational pharmaceutical companies are often the subject of various conspiracies - …

Celebrities, Death and Conspiracy

September 18th, 2015

Is Elvis alive? What really happened to Tupac, Kurt Cobain and Andy Kaufman? Join Ben and Super Producer Noel Brown as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding celebrity death conspiracies.

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Did Osama Bin Laden really die in 2011?

September 11th, 2015

When US forces finally tracked down terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden -- living in Pakistan, likely with support of the ISI -- he was killed and, according to the official story, buried at sea. So why doesn't everyone …

Petrodollar 101

September 4th, 2015

When oil is traded in US cash, the currency is called a petrodollar. It's a fundamental part of international trade -- but it's also a continual …

The Future of Slavery

August 28th, 2015

While it's comforting to imagine slavery as a barbaric practice in humanity's distant past, nothing could be further than the truth. Join Ben and …

What happens when we die?

August 21st, 2015

Death - the most mysterious, unknowable, and terrifying event in human experience. Some philosophers believe society is shaped, ultimately, by the …

The Monster with 21 Faces

August 14th, 2015

In the 1980s, a mysterious organization terrorized candy companies in Japan - then disappeared. What was the Monster with 21 Faces, and what happened to it? Are any members alive today?

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Unsolved I: Tamam Shud

August 7th, 2015

On December 1st, 1948, Somerton beachgoers discovered a well-dressed, anonymous corpse. Almost 50 years later, investigators still aren't sure what happened.

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Capital Conspiracies: Washington, DC

July 31st, 2015

It's no secret that DC is home to numerous conspiracy theories -- but how many are true?

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Shills 101: Online Manipulators and You

July 25th, 2015

The digital age has revolutionized propaganda - how can you really know who's writing what online (and why)? Join the guys and special guest Joe …

What's Beneath the Antarctic Ice?

July 18th, 2015

Antarctica is one of the most mysterious places on the planet. If the ice melted, what would we find beneath?

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How World War III Might Start

July 10th, 2015

Pundits have predicted the beginning of WWIII since, essentially, the end of the last World War. But could it really happen? How?

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What is Qi?

July 3rd, 2015

We hear about this mysterious force all the time in fiction and film -- but what is it actually supposed to be? Is there any evidence that it might be real?

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What is "Skinwalker Ranch"?

June 26th, 2015

Is there really a secret hotspot of paranormal and UFO activity just southeast of Ballard, Utah? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the fact (and fiction) surrounding the bizarre Sherman Ranch.

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Can hallucinogens cure addiction?

June 19th, 2015

Each year, the horrors of addiction claim thousands of lives -- but what if some substances can break the cycle of drug abuse? Join Ben and Matt to learn more about hallucinogens and addiction.

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What is media manipulation?

June 12th, 2015

How often do you think news outlets bury, skip or distort an important story? The answers -- or, at least, the accusations -- might surprise you.

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Who killed Robert Kennedy?

June 6th, 2015

Assassins murdered President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Five years later, his brother Robert was assassinated. Coincidence? On the anniversary of RFK's murder, Ben, Matt and Noel take a closer look at the events …

The Deep Web With Alex Winter

May 29th, 2015

What's the future of online privacy? Filmmaker Alex Winter joins Matt and Ben to talk about his new documentary "Deep Web", following the story of …

The Return of Listener Mail

May 23rd, 2015

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

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Is there a real-life warp drive?

May 15th, 2015

The news about the so-called "EM Drive" has been all over the headlines... but is it true? Join Matt and Ben to learn more.

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What's the purpose of Jade Helm 15?

May 8th, 2015

Would the federal government really try to take over states via a military exercise? What do politicians, voters and officials think? Join Matt and …

The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code

May 1st, 2015

Nowadays comics are considered anything from light-hearted entertainment to a unique art form and genre of literature all their own. Yet for decades they were considered a gateway to sin. Join Ben and special guest …

What is genocide?

April 25th, 2015

Modern historians generally mark the beginning of the Armenian Genocide as 24 April, 1915 -- one hundred years ago this week. However, people and nations still can't seem to agree on whether it actually was a genocide. …

False Flag Attacks

April 17th, 2015

Imagine if a government disguised its operatives as members of some other organization -- and then attacked itself. While this might sound crazy, several historians have argued that false flag attacks are more than just …

Big Data and You

April 10th, 2015

We hear about "big data" more and more these days - but how much of it is sensationalism, and how much is true? The answers may surprise you.

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The Mysterious Symbols of Easter

April 3rd, 2015

Easter is one of the most important celebrations in Christianity. So why does it involves a rabbit and painted eggs?

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Operation Gladio: Invisible Armies and The Secret War

March 27th, 2015

At the close of WWII, US allies created secret, "stay-behind" armies, designed to protect the population in the event of a Communist invasion. So why …

Did a UFO crash in Kecksburg, PA?

March 20th, 2015

On December 9th, 1965, multiple witnesses saw a bright object shoot through the sky and - allegedly - land in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. So what …

Are the police targeting minorities?

March 13th, 2015

Did you know that there's no systematic, comprehensive study of police shootings across the United States? Some blame a distaste for paperwork, while …

Who runs the internet?

March 6th, 2015

The FCC's 2015 Open Internet ruling is either a victory or a disaster, depending on whom you ask. But what is it, exactly? Join Matt and Ben as they …

North Korea: Fact and Fiction

February 27th, 2015

In an age of global connectivity, North Korea remains one of the most isolated -- and enigmatic -- countries on Earth. How much do we really know …

Listener Mail Extravaganza II

February 20th, 2015

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in the latest listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

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Diamonds: The Conspiracy

February 13th, 2015

Diamonds: according to the ads, they're a girl's best friend, and the only thing worth picking for an engagement ring. But how did diamonds become so important -- and why?

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Will Yellowstone erupt?

February 6th, 2015

A large part of North America is sitting on a geothermal timebomb. Could it explode in your lifetime?

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Legal Drugs in America

January 31st, 2015

Each year, millions of US residents consume pharmaceutical products designed to somehow improve their lives. These drugs could tackle anything from …

The Prohibition Conspiracy

January 17th, 2015

Why did the US practice prohibition? Do current prohibition policies really protect the public, or are they meant to do something else entirely?

Does Being Wealthy Make You A Bad Person?

January 9th, 2015

It's often said money can't buy happiness -- but what exactly can it do? Could it change the way you think? ...could it make you a bad person? Listen …

Who hacked Sony? (Pt. II)

January 2nd, 2015

Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland for the …

Who hacked Sony? (Pt. I)

December 26th, 2014

Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland onto the …

Is clairvoyance real?

December 19th, 2014

Are psychic powers actually possible? Join Ben and Matt as they investigate the truth about clairvoyance.

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Big Oil: Conspiracies and You

December 12th, 2014

We always hear stories about Big Oil and other conspiracies, but are any of these true?

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What is the TPP?

December 5th, 2014

Sure, the Trans-Pacific Partnership sounds like a snoozefest... but why does it matter? Why should you care about this secretive international …

What the heck is Stonehenge?

November 28th, 2014

It's ancient, it's huge, and it's cited in all sorts of fringe theories, from stories of lost civilizations to ley lines and more. But what is Stonehenge, really?

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Listener Mail Extravaganza

November 21st, 2014

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

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Who's winning the War on Drugs?

November 14th, 2014

From the Opium Wars to prohibition and the modern drug trade, human civilization has been irreversibly influenced by wars over drugs. Has it worked? …

Are there real devil worshippers?

November 7th, 2014

Could there really be groups of people conducting Satanic rites -- not philosophical stances, but actual devil worship via ritual or even sacrifice? …


October 31st, 2014

Join Ben and Matt for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know, from conspiracy theories to spooky stories, listener mail and more.

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Do intelligence agencies run cults?

October 24th, 2014

Sure, cults are weird. The doomsday prophecies, claims of superpowers and tendency toward brainwashing are all strange, but what if the situation got …

Is the middle class going extinct?

October 17th, 2014

It's no secret that inequality is rising in countries around the world, but what does this mean for the future? What is the middle class, exactly -- and why do some people believe it's going extinct?

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Could robots really run the world?

October 10th, 2014

Is it possible that one day all the world's decisions will be made by AI?

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Can people purposefully collapse the stock market?

October 3rd, 2014

Is it possible that someone has been playing both sides of the financial fence, seeking to destabilize markets for their own purposes?

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The Jesuits: Fact and Fiction

September 26th, 2014

The ascendance of Pope Francis has led to a revival of Jesuit conspiracy theories. But why? Who are the Jesuits, exactly?

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Fire in the Sky: Tunguska

September 19th, 2014

What triggered the massive explosion over Tunguska in 1908? Join Matt, Ben, and special guest Joe McCormick as they take a closer look at one of the most mysterious catastrophes in history.

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Are NGOs the tools of foreign agents?

September 12th, 2014

They're supposed to help people across the planet -- so why doesn't everyone trust NGOs?

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Are people really murdering scientists?

September 5th, 2014

From Iran to London, it seems that being a scientist has become an increasingly dangerous occupation.

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Can you really be anonymous online?

August 29th, 2014

In today's episode, our friends at TechStuff join us for a closer look at the tricky business of staying anonymous on the internet, as well as the facts about the NSA's surveillance program.

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STDWYTK Presents: A Ghost Story

August 15th, 2014

It's here! After an overwhelming wave of emails and messages from listeners, Matt and Ben are finally presenting, in full, the the ghost story from …

Gabon's Ancient Nuclear Reactor(s)

August 8th, 2014

File this under "stranger than fiction": In more than a dozen sites across Gabon, scientists have found evidence of ancient nuclear reactors. How ancient? Try two billion years. But how did this happen? Why?

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Banned Books of the Bible

August 1st, 2014

Although most people might assume that the Bible has always existed in its present state, that answer couldn't be any further from the truth. Tune in …

Nazis, Lost Civilizations and Ancient Man: The Ahnenerbe

July 18th, 2014

Did Nazis really have a department for paranormal investigations?

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The Future of Drones

July 11th, 2014

Will your future online purchases, delivery food and more be delivered by drones? Will law enforcement fly them continuously over your city, town or neighborhood? Tune in to learn more about the possible future of …

What are you actually eating?

July 4th, 2014

Whether you're sipping a soda, grabbing some fast food or eating ready-made snacks from the local grocery store, chances are that you're ingesting a …

When the Police Become Your Army

June 27th, 2014

No, not the band featuring Sting. What if the actual, local law enforcement in the your neck of the global woods started using military-grade …

Was T. Henry Moray the Next Tesla?

June 20th, 2014

You've probably heard about Nikola Tesla, but what about Thomas Henry Moray? Listen in to learn why some people believe this little-known electrical …

The World Beneath Our Feet

June 14th, 2014

From hidden catacombs to wild rumors about a hollow earth, the world is full of subterranean stories. But which are total bunk, and which have the …

Alternative History and You

June 6th, 2014

Why do some people believe the Middle Ages never happened? Can we really trust our calendars? Do current world powers have a compelling interest in suppressing our knowledge of the past? Listen in and learn more with …

Can human beings create disaster?

May 30th, 2014

It sounds like the plot of a James Bond film: Some shadowy supervillain holds the world for ransom while threatening to destroy civilization with an …

How could aliens contact us?

May 23rd, 2014

Could alien life forms really contact human beings? How would they do it? Is it possible that other humans could intercept the message -- and keep it …

The Listener Mail Edition

May 16th, 2014

Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.

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What was the Octopus?

May 9th, 2014

It sounds like something out of a paranoid political thriller - one journalist stumbles across a vast international conspiracy involving the world's …

The Future of Death

May 2nd, 2014

Will someone alive today live forever? Can science create real-life zombies? Are there any real examples of the 'walking dead' around today?

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Is taxation legal?

April 26th, 2014

Every year tax activists of one sort or another try to avoid paying federal or state levies -- but why? Tune in to learn more about taxation conspiracy theories.

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Were there really 'lost races' of man?

April 18th, 2014

We've all heard about Neanderthals -- but what else was out there? Join the guys as they take a closer look at the facts behind the folklore, digging …

What was the Great Game?

April 11th, 2014

Over 200 years ago the British and Russian empires waged a silent war across Eurasia in what became known as "The Great Game".

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Neuromarketing: Science or Science Fiction?

April 4th, 2014

Neuromarketers claim that their techniques provide new and profound insights for consumers buying everything from soda to new cars. But can they really interpret data in a way that allows them to nudge a user's …

Do you live near a D.U.M.B.?

March 28th, 2014

Is the world really littered with underground military bases? Is it possible to find them on your own?

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Cults (You've Never Heard Of)

March 21st, 2014

What's the difference between a cult and a religion? What are some of history's strangest cults? Are there any secret cults in the modern day? Tune …

Behind the Curtain: Russia and Crimea

March 14th, 2014

What's going on between Ukraine and Russia? Could it spark a widespread conflict? Join Ben and Matt for their first installment of the "Behind the …

The Pineal Gland: A Third Eye?

March 7th, 2014

What does the pineal gland do? Some people believe it represents the mystical "third eye" from ancient teachings. Could it possibly be used to see …

Of Wolves and Men

February 28th, 2014

For centuries people believed that human beings could transform into wolves. Why? Could werewolf legends simply be cover stories for the violent acts …

A Suicide Epidemic in the Banking World?

February 22nd, 2014

A recent spate of suicides by high-level banking officials has shaken the financial world. Coincidence? Or conspiracy?

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Exorcisms: An Introduction

February 14th, 2014

What are exorcisms, really? How do they function across cultures? Is there any proof that they're real?

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February 7th, 2014

What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.

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Ghosts 101

January 31st, 2014

Stories of ghosts predate written history, and cultures around the world believe in one form of spirit or another. But why? If there's no currently …

Could a solar flare destroy civilization?

January 29th, 2014

What would you do if you woke up one day and found yourself in a world without electricity, cellphones or the internet? It sounds like the plot of a …

Operation Snow White

January 24th, 2014

What was the most widespread infiltration of the US government? According to some sources, it came from within. Tune in to learn more about the story …

Soviet Psychotronics

January 22nd, 2014

It's true - the Soviet government really did have its own parapsychological research program. And, unlike MKULTRA and other US operations, the Soviet …

Serial Killer Cults

January 17th, 2014

Serial killers are insane, prone to exaggeration and delusion, and often inveterate liars. Amid some of their wilder claims, several notable serial killers, such as David Berkowitz and Henry Lee Lucas, have stated that …

War in Space

January 15th, 2014

The international community has agreed not to wage war in space, but that hasn't stopped the nations of Earth from cramming outer space with spy satellites, orbital junk and classified spacecraft. So what's up there, …

Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

January 10th, 2014

The placebo effect is pretty freaky when you think about it: just believing that a harmless substance is a medicine can really produce measurable benefits. It sounds crazy, but the placebo effect is real, and its …

Cicadas, Ciphers and Codes: The Weird World of Cryptography

January 8th, 2014

For much of recorded history, humans beings have been trying to devise unbreakable codes (and break the codes of their rivals). But is there any …

Listener Mail Review

January 3rd, 2014

Things get weird as Matt and Ben sift through a backlog of listener requests, questions and conspiracies.

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Secret Nuclear Programs

December 27th, 2013

On July 16th, 1945 the first atomic bomb test ushered in a new era of warfare, with weapons capable of killing millions. But how many countries own …

Origins of Christmas

December 25th, 2013

Chances are that you've heard of the alleged war on Christmas, which some believe is an effort to distance the celebration from its origins. But what are those origins, exactly -- and where do modern Christmas …

Whistleblowers: A 2013 Update

December 20th, 2013

What happened to Chelsea Manning? What will Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald reveal next? And how long will Julian Assange remain in London? Join …

Can we really lose civilizations?

December 18th, 2013

From Atlantis to Cuidad Blanca, Troy and Shangri-La, history is full of legends about lost civilizations. But how does humanity lose an entire city, …

The "Real" Conspiracies

December 13th, 2013

Ben and Matt get a lot of questions, and one that crops up often is this: "Do you ever run into real conspiracies (rather than theories)?" Well, they're finally going to answer it. Tune in to hear the guys explain which …

The Illuminati

December 11th, 2013

Is there really an ancient, shadowy secret society running the world? If so, what's their endgame - and why hasn't anyone conclusively proven their existence? Join Ben and Matt as they look back on their Illuminati …

Human Experimentation: Show Notes

December 6th, 2013

The search for life-saving medical innovations has a dark side: human experimentation. And, while history is unfortunately chock-full of horrifying …

Cryptozoology: Show Notes

December 4th, 2013

Why do so many consider cryptozoology a "pseudoscience"? Have any of the mysterious animals known as cryptids ever been found? How many species exist …

Edward Snowden and the Whistleblower Debate

November 29th, 2013

As Edward Snowden lives a life of exile in Russia, his leaked revelations about the reach of NSA surveillance have shocked the world. But what's next …

Did Nazis really make "UFOs"?

November 27th, 2013

After the fall of the Nazi regime, the dirty secrets of WWII-era Germany slowly came to public light. Amid the horrors of the Holocaust and bizarre …

Fifty Years Later: The JFK Assassination

November 22nd, 2013

JFK was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, and fifty years later the majority of the American public doesn't believe the official story from the Warren Commission. But why? Join Ben and Matt as they talk about the …


November 15th, 2013

Could shooting electricity through your brain give your superhuman powers of thought? Is it possible to build a real-life matrix? Join Ben and Matt …


November 8th, 2013

It's true: the United States really does have something like a real-life mad science department. But what is DARPA? What do they do, exactly, and …

Edward Leedskalnin's Coral Castle

November 4th, 2013

After being jilted a day before his wedding and narrowly surviving tuberculosis, Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin spent almost 30 years building …

The Deceptive Brain

November 1st, 2013

Do warm drinks make you more likely to favorably regard a stranger? How do emotions affect your decision-making process? Can you trust your own brain? Don't be so sure. Join Ben and Matt as they explore the bizarre, at …

Edward Bernays: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of

October 25th, 2013

Nowadays Edward Bernays remains a relatively obscure historical figure. His legacy, however, is thriving around the globe, and his techniques are found in everything from the food we eat to the things we believe. But …
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