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The Santa Susana Field Experiment Coverup
May 29 • 61 min
Most US residents are vaguely familiar with the nuclear disaster known as Three Mile Island — but that’s only one of several similar stories. Join the guys as they explore the strange events of July 1959, when the Santa Susana Field Laboratory partially…
The 2001 Anthrax Letter Attacks: Who was actually responsible?
May 27 • 67 min
Mere days after the horrific events of 9/11, someone began sending letters laced with anthrax spores to senators and the offices of major media outfits — by the time the attacks ended, seventeen people were seriously injured, and five victims had died.…
Whatever happened to Julian Assange?
May 22 • 58 min
A few years back, Julian Assange was a household name in the West. The founder and face of Wikileaks, one of the world’s most well-known destinations for leaks of classified information, Assange was hailed as a hero by some and a villain by others. And,…
Wells Fargo’s Imaginary Customers
May 20 • 62 min
Wells Fargo is one of the most popular retail banks in the United States, and its gigantic customer base uses it for everything from savings accounts to loans and more. However, a few years bank the bank came under fire for perpetuating a conspiracy all…
Operation Infektion: Russia’s AIDS Conspiracy
May 15 • 55 min
HIV and AIDS, the syndrome the infection causes, have become the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Over the decades people have proposed the infection was purposely designed to kill certain segments of the public, or that it was a lab experiment…
At What Price Safety: The Conundrum of Clearview AI
May 13 • 63 min
As governments work to fight COVID-19 and industries struggle to survive, more and more people are concerned society will never actually return to normal. World leaders have been disappearing (and reappearing). Millions are unemployed. Governments and…
COVID IV: Too Soon or Too Late?
May 8 • 70 min
As governments work to fight COVID-19 and industries struggle to survive, more and more people are concerned society will never actually return to normal. World leaders have been disappearing (and reappearing). Millions are unemployed. Governments and…
Forced Assimilation of Native People
May 6 • 60 min
For centuries the U.S. government conspired to persecute, attack and marginalize the native population. When open warfare became too expensive, some factions of the government proposed a different approach — what if, they wondered, we erase native…
What Happened to Emanuela Orlandi?
May 1 • 55 min
On June 22nd, 1983, 15-year-old Vatican City resident Emanuela Orlandi disappeared after attending a music lesson. Over the decades, numerous people claimed to have seen Orlandi, or reached out with leads on her fate. Yet even now, the case remains…
Betty and Barney Hill: The UFO Case that Changed Everything, with Toby Ball
Apr 29 • 62 min
In September of 1961, on an empty country road in rural New Hampshire, Barney and Betty Hill experienced the most profound, bizarre night of their lives in what would become the first widely-publicized account of an alien abduction in US history — the…
Your News Agency or the CIA: The Story of Operation Mockingbird
Apr 24 • 57 min
Propaganda has always been a powerful tool, and humanity’s recent technological innovations have only amplified its reach. Long-standing laws in the US were meant to prevent US propaganda for foreign audiences from reaching the domestic population, but…
The Secret World of Chefs, with Richard Blais and Hugh Acheson
Apr 22 • 68 min
As anyone who’s worked in a kitchen or the hospitality industry can readily attest, there’s an entirely different world behind the doors of every kitchen, a world that most diners and restaurant patrons never see. Join the guys as they sit down with world…
Big Brother Wants To Get Inside Your Car
Apr 17 • 54 min
It’s no secret that modern automobiles are incredibly convenient. They’re almost like rolling computers, chock-full of GPS capabilities, infotainment systems, back-up cameras, security systems connected to the cloud and so on. But there’s a potential dark…
COVID III: The Bill Comes Due
Apr 15 • 66 min
Weeks into the global pandemic, countries across the planet are trying to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Governments are taking extreme actions, businesses are going bust and conspiracy theories are proliferating. Today’s question: What if some of…
The Dark Story of K-Pop
Apr 10 • 67 min
Korean pop music, or K-pop, originated in South Korea but has become a powerful, global phenomenon. This multi-billion dollar industry manufacturers scores of pitch-perfect idols and groups, performers who become lead trendsetters in the world of fashion,…
Chemtrails Were Real — At Least in the UK
Apr 8 • 56 min
Whether you consider yourself a true conspiracy theorist or a diehard skeptic, you’ve definitely heard of chemtrails. True believers are certain that, unlike the contrails made by aircraft, chemtrails are insidious chemicals dispersions meant to poison…
Bug Out Bag 101
Apr 3 • 72 min
If you were cut off from everything for 72 hours, what would you need to survive? If you found yourself in the middle of nowhere — or if you needed to leave a dangerous place — what would you carry with you? In this episode, your fellow Conspiracy…
Coronavirus Update: The Rise of Pandemic and Conspiracy
Apr 1 • 75 min
Tune in for this much-needed update on the continually evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which we explore the new revelations about the spread of the infection, the various ways world governments have responded to the outbreak and, of course,…
Unsolved: The Monster with 21 Faces
Mar 28 • 38 min
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unsolved: Is there a serial killer on the U.S. border?
Mar 28 • 48 min
It’s no secret that the border between the United States and Mexico has been the subject of recent, intensely divisive debate. There have been numerous reports (some more reliable than others) detailing the rise or decline of crime along the border —…
Unsolved: The Mystery of North Sentinel Island
Mar 28 • 59 min
India controls numerous islands in the Indian Ocean, and they have a strange set of rules for North Sentinel Islands — a tiny, remote place most people wouldn’t visit anyway. You see, the Indian government maintains a ‘zone of exclusion’ surrounding the…
Unsolved: The Hidden Tomb of Genghis Khan
Mar 28 • 71 min
Genghis Khan was one of the world’s most successful conquerors, and his empire left an indelible mark across Eurasia. Yet upon his death his body was spirited away to an unmarked grave, and everyone associated with the burial — so far as we know — was put…
Unsolved: Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?
Mar 28 • 62 min
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 soldiers, sometimes held by foreign…
Unsolved: Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?
Mar 28 • 28 min
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 to be true, leading to the…
Unsolved: Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?
Mar 28 • 82 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unsolved: Is someone using sonic weapons in Cuba?
Mar 28 • 57 min
Recently employees at the US Embassy in Cuba reported a strange and disquieting phenomenon. They complained of vertigo, nausea, hearing loss and more accompanied by a strange hum and whine that followed them into their homes. The State Department refused…
Unsolved: What happened to Elisa Lam?
Mar 28 • 72 min
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 disappearance — until, that is, a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel discovered her body in a water…
Unsolved: The Mysterious Lake City Quiet Pills
Mar 28 • 51 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Why is the Navy worried about releasing the secret UFO Files?
Mar 27 • 50 min
After years of rumors, recent releases have confirmed the US government knew much more about UFOs than they’d originally let on. And, despite the recent waves of revelations and classifications, Uncle Sam is still refusing to release everything. When…
Introducing The Women’s War, a Brand New iHeartRadio Original Podcast
Mar 26 • 1 min
Hi listeners - today we wanted to give you a preview of the newest project from Robert Evans (host of Behind the Bastards and It Could Happen Here and co-host of Worst Year Ever). It’s called The Women’s War, and you can listen to episode 1 now over in…
The True Story of the Ancient Chinese Giants
Mar 25 • 61 min
Like many other regions of the world, China has its own folklore about ancient, humanoid giants. In most cases, these legends have a mundane cause — a misidentified fossil, for example, or a translation error. However, this case appears to be unique,…
Is there enough for everyone?
Mar 20 • 74 min
While the human species is inarguably successful (for now), hundreds of millions of people struggle under daily threats of starvation, physical danger, lack of shelter and disease. And, perhaps more troubling, the numbers indicate it’s possible to feed…
The UFO over Montreal
Mar 18 • 57 min
In the foggy, early evening of November 7th, 1990, two people at a Montreal hotel noticed something bizarre in the sky. Soon, multiple people in the hotel had gathered on a rooftop terrace to observe a genuine UFO — and, soon after that, people across the…
Slaves to the Sun: Solar Activity and Mass Excitability
Mar 13 • 69 min
We all know weather can affect a person’s mood, but just how far does it go? Could the activity of the sun be driving widespread human conflicts throughout history? That’s the theory Alexander Tchijevsky stumbled across when he found wars across the…
The Surprisingly Unboring Story of Farm Subsidies
Mar 11 • 65 min
Make no mistake — being a farmer is hard work. Farming outfits often have to carry a huge amount of risk from one season to the next, and any number of things may ruin their prospects, from unexpected weather, market volatility and so on. To mitigate…
Who killed the Jennings 8?
Mar 6 • 63 min
Located in Jefferson Davis Parish, the town of Jennings, Louisiana wasn’t a particularly well-known place — in fact, many people in the US would probably have lived their entire lives without ever hearing of the town until a few years ago. You see,…
Citizenship and the Census
Mar 4 • 76 min
Every ten years, the United States conducts the census, a crucial survey of the country’s population meant to help Uncle Sam figure out how to plan infrastructure and distribute funding over the coming decade. In recent years, people have argued for and…
Coronavirus: COVID-19, Conjectures and Conspiracies
Feb 28 • 76 min
While many people weren’t familiar with the term “coronavirus” until a few months or weeks ago, we’ve all had one of these in the past - this term describes any number of RNA viruses capable of infecting animals and humans alike, from SARS to the common…
What is ‘Skunkworks’?
Feb 26 • 66 min
For almost 80 years, Lockheed Martin has been working hand in hand with the US government to create cutting-edge, classified tech and craft, working in secret to build some of the world’s most iconic spy planes. Nowadays, the so-called “Skunk Works” are…
Colorado’s Mystery Drones
Feb 21 • 71 min
In December of 2019 the Denver Post began reporting a strange pattern over the night sky of northeast Colorado. Around 7pm each night, at least 17 drones — large ones — emerged from somewhere and flew over the region in what appeared to be a search…
The Return of Listener Mail
Feb 19 • 59 min
Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email, or called 1-833-STDWYTK? 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. Learn more about your…
Murder in Oregon, with Phil Stanford
Feb 14 • 59 min
How far would you go for justice? Join the guys as they interview award-winning investigative journalist Phil Stanford about the strange, twisting tale behind his podcast, Murder In Oregon. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Why do some people think cannabis can cure cancer?
Feb 12 • 60 min
With a growing number of Western countries decriminalizing or outright legalizing cannabis, the controversial plant seems set to become an acceptable alternative to some preexisting treatments for appetite loss, chronic pain and more. Yet some supporters…
The Mad Future with Chris Cogswell
Feb 7 • 80 min
Is there any truth to the stories of mysterious, unidentified alloys, secretly held in some hidden bunker straight out of the Indiana Jones films? How far along has our species actually come with nanotechnology, and could a government really suppress…
Why don’t nations trust NGOs?
Feb 5 • 65 min
On paper, non-governmental organizations often sound like something everyone can get behind: these institutions are often dedicated to addressing some of the most dangerous, long-running problems on the planet. It may be surprising, then, to learn that a…
A World Without Cash
Jan 31 • 82 min
The last time you bought something, did you use a card, cash or something else? If you automatically thought “who uses cash nowadays”, you’re far from alone. More and more people are eschewing physical currency for digital dollars, and this move seems…
The Wide World of Food Conspiracies
Jan 29 • 74 min
Whether rich or poor, young or old, everyone on the planet has to eat. Government institutions monitor the safety, cleanliness and consistency of our favorite foods, but as with any global industry, there are more than a few skeletons in the collective…
The Smiley Face Murder Conspiracy
Jan 24 • 75 min
Could a group of serial murderers be kidnapping, drugging and drowning young men across the United States? Scores of young male college students have been found dead in what law enforcement calls accidental drownings — but a team of retired detectives…
Is the Dead Sea copper scroll an ancient treasure map?
Jan 22 • 65 min
Odds are you’ve heard of the Dead Sea scrolls — when the first of these ancient texts were discovered in the 1940s, the scrolls revolutionized our understanding of the past, and, in some cases, gave historians and archaeologists more questions than…
What is ‘Qanon’?
Jan 17 • 69 min
What if the stories and narratives you hear in the average mainstream media reporting aren’t the entire truth? What if there’s something else going on, a secret war between a shadowy cabal and a small group of brave, outnumbered good guys fighting back…
The Story of Atlantis
Jan 15 • 70 min
The legendary civilization of Atlantis was first mentioned in the works of Plato, in dialogues that claimed to recount information from translations of ancient Egyptian texts. And people have been searching for this city ever since. So what was Atlantis,…
Radio Rental, with Payne Lindsey
Jan 10 • 54 min
Have you ever experienced something bizarre — some unexplainable coincidence, chilling interaction or even a run in with what some might call the supernatural? If so, then you may have the next story for Radio Rental. In this episode, the guys interview…
What really happened to the ‘Lost Colony’ of Roanoke?
Jan 8 • 57 min
It’s one of the most enduring enigmas in American history — how did an entire colony disappear from Roanoke island? Join the guys as they explore the facts, fiction and speculation surrounding the mysterious fate of the colonists, the clues they may have…
Is Samuel Little America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer?
Jan 3 • 56 min
Born in 1940, Samuel Little was known in multiple states as a drifter, petty criminal and man occasionally capable of violence. Like many people living on the fringe of society, he seemed to slip through the fingers of justice despite numerous arrests.…
The Afghanistan Papers
Jan 1 • 63 min
The United States invaded Afghanistan on October 7th, 2001 and remains embroiled in the conflict almost two decades later, making this the longest war in US history. Leaders from both of the dominant political parties continually argued that this was a…
What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?
Dec 27, 2019 • 58 min
In his day, American labor union leader James “Jimmy” Riddle Hoffa was one of the most well-known figures in the US. On July 30th, 1975, Hoffa disappeared. He has not been seen, living or dead, since that day. In the decades following his death numerous…
STDWYTK Presents: See You Next Time
Dec 25, 2019 • 43 min
In 1933, a composer named Rezső Seress created one of the world’s most infamous tunes — a melancholy, mysterious piece known as ‘Gloomy Sunday.’ Over the following decades, this song became notorious for the sinister effects it had on anyone who listened…
Dark Water: Corporations, Corruption and Pollution with Rob Bilott
Dec 20, 2019 • 53 min
When corporate defense lawyer Rob Bilott first learned about Wilbur Tennant’s dying livestock, the frustrated West Virginian farmer was at his wits’ end. He’d sought help from numerous local authorities to no avail, but he was certain DuPont was poisoning…
The Far-out World of Deep Fakes
Dec 18, 2019 • 69 min
For centuries, it was often understood that “seeing was believing” — while people might embellish a story, and write whatever falsehoods they wished, visually witnessing an event was solid proof of what actually happened in any given situation. Yet this…
What really happened to Amelia Earhart?
Dec 13, 2019 • 44 min
Amelia Earhart was a living legend — this high-flying aviation pioneer garnered international acclaim and accolades for her daring flights across the planet. On July 2nd, 1937, midway through a flight around the world, Earhart’s plane disappeared.…
What are Black Sites?
Dec 11, 2019 • 64 min
In the United States, people accused of crimes are entitled to certain well-known protections under the law. And, in the international sphere, global agreements theoretically guarantee certain rights to prisoners of war. However, in the wake of 9/11…
Conspiracies and Movies with Chuck Bryant
Dec 6, 2019 • 69 min
Did someone really hang themselves on camera in the Wizard of Oz? Did Stanley Kubrick hide a secret message in Eyes Wide Shut? It’s no secret that the world of film is fraught with conspiracy — both on and off the screen. But do any of these strange…
Can weather make you ‘crazy’?
Dec 4, 2019 • 58 min
For thousands of years, people have been convinced that the weather and the position of the moon can wreak profound havoc on human behavior. This belief continues in the modern day, with numerous law enforcement officers, medical professionals and more…
The Wide World of Shipping Conspiracies
Nov 29, 2019 • 50 min
Look around you as you listen to today’s episode — how far did these objects travel to meet you here? In centuries past, the average person would be surrounded by local objects. Today, the most mundane of possessions may have traveled more than halfway…
The Insider’s Guide to the Other Side
Nov 27, 2019 • 77 min
Have you ever felt you’ve encountered something beyond this mortal veil — a spirit, a presence, something else? Would you consider yourself a psychic? Join the guys as they interview Julie Rieger and Brenda Villa, hosts of Insider’s Guide To The Other…
Closed Cities: Secret Towns Kept Off Your Maps
Nov 22, 2019 • 69 min
The majority of human beings currently live in urban areas — and this trend seems set to continue. According to the most recent estimates, two-thirds of humanity will live in urban areas by 2050. However, not all cities are created equally. In fact,…
STDWYTK Live: Real-life Covens
Nov 20, 2019 • 42 min
We’re all familiar with the spooky, stereotypical witch depicted in film, fiction and folklore – a creepy crone with a pointy hat, riding a broom through the sky and cackling at the moon, often accompanied by her animal sidekick. But how accurate are…
Jeffrey Epstein, Part III: The Suicide Debate
Nov 15, 2019 • 51 min
In the months following the death of Jeffrey Epstein, numerous people have raised concerns regarding the official cause of the disgraced financier’s death, pointing to various irregularities surrounding the prison where he died, as well as raising…
Cryptids You’ve Never Heard Of
Nov 13, 2019 • 60 min
Everyone’s heard of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster — but what about the hundreds of other cryptids rumored to exist around the world? Join the guys as they delve into the stories of cryptids you may have never heard of. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Return of Listener Mail
Nov 8, 2019 • 64 min
Have you written to the gang lately? If so, tune in — you might be on the air. Join the guys as they dip into the conspiratorial mailbag, sharing your fellow listeners’ strangest stories, important updates, follow-ups to existing stories and more. Learn…
Conspiracy and the Cure: People Who Believe They’ve Cured Cancer
Nov 6, 2019 • 77 min
Each year, millions of people across the planet grapple with some form of cancer. Doctors work around the clock to create better treatments methods, early diagnosis techniques and more, but for many people these innovations will sadly come too late. With…
The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Nov 1, 2019 • 59 min
On March 8th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpaur to Beijing. While public — and, later, private — entities from across the region searched for signs of the craft, no one was able to figure out what…
The Bizarre Clown Panic of 2016
Oct 30, 2019 • 53 min
It began in August — five photographs of what appeared to be a sinister figure dressed as a clown loitering in a Green Bay, Wisconsin parking lot went viral. Eight days later, a local filmmaker admitted this was just an attempt to garner PR for an…
The Tongue Can’t Taste Itself, with Dan Harmon
Oct 25, 2019 • 97 min
Was there a conspiracy to assassinate JFK? Is this universe real, or merely a simulation? How far would you go to be included in an elite, shadowy cabal? In this episode, the guys join special guest Dan Harmon, creator of Community, Rick and Morty and…
The Nazi Gold Conspiracy
Oct 23, 2019 • 55 min
Toward the end of World War II, German forces realized they were in an unsustainable situation, on the losing side of a war rapidly drawing to a close. In an effort to prop up their wartime economy, the Nazi party stole and fenced tons of gold and other…
The True True Detective
Oct 18, 2019 • 60 min
Nic Pizzolatto’s “True Detective” series was one of the most highly-rated shows of 2014. The gritty, Southern Gothic-meets-Hardboiled Crime tale follows two deeply flawed detectives as their investigation into a ritualistic murder leads them into an…
Smart Devices and Surveillance
Oct 16, 2019 • 61 min
If you’re like more than 90% of Americans, you own a cellphone of some kind — and it’s no wonder. Like tablets or smart speakers, these handy devices are incredibly convenient, providing a universe’s worth of knowledge at your fingertips… at a price. What…
What is Gang Stalking?
Oct 11, 2019 • 75 min
Have you ever felt as if somebody was watching, following or even stalking you? If so, you’re not alone. Most people have, at some time or another, had an experience like this — and, tragically, many people are physically stalked every year. Yet there’s a…
The Overstock Conspiracy
Oct 9, 2019 • 49 min
Like Amazon, eBay or multitudes of others, overstock.com is a company that allows consumers to buy goods online, often at a deep discount. The CEO, Patrick M. Byrne, resigned in August of 2019 — and not for the usual reasons executives resign. The company…
ODESSA: The Secret Nazi Escape Route
Oct 4, 2019 • 60 min
As World War II drew to a close, multiple Nazi officials saw the writing on the wall: Germany would lose the war, and members of the Nazi party would have to answer for their crimes — if, that is, they were caught. In a desperate bid to avoid justice,…
Secret Rooms, Secret Societies and an Unexpected Guest
Oct 2, 2019 • 39 min
When the guys get together to trace the story of secret societies, they aren’t expecting a surprise guest to crash their podcast, revealing first-hand experience with some the most elite, secretive organizations in the United States. Learn more about your…
Psilocybin: Fact, Fiction and Future with Robert Lamb
Sep 27, 2019 • 59 min
Evidence indicates human beings have been using psychedelics since ancient times, and a recent paradigm shift has launched a new renaissance in psychedelic research. Over the years psychedelics (and psilocybin specifically) have been the subject of both…
Animals At War: Fact vs. Fiction
Sep 25, 2019 • 63 min
Whether as beasts of burden, scouts, sentries or attack dogs, animals have been conscripted into human conflict since the dawn of recorded history. This practice hasn’t changed in the modern day — it’s only evolved. Join the guys as they delve deep into…
The Life and Times of David Koch
Sep 20, 2019 • 57 min
When philanthropist, business magnate and political activist David Koch passed away, the media scrambled to address his legacy - but what is that legacy, exactly? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the life of David Koch, and the bizarre, insidious ways…
The World’s Biggest Heists
Sep 18, 2019 • 70 min
Everyone loves a good heist film — but how accurate are they? Join Ben and Matt as they delve into the stories of modern history’s biggest heists, actual criminal conspiracies carried out across the world to steal millions of dollars’ worth of loot. Who…
Can memories be erased?
Sep 13, 2019 • 68 min
It sounds like a quandary straight out of science fiction — given the opportunity, would you erase your own painful or traumatic memories? Join Ben and Matt as they separate science fiction from science fact (along with the fuzzy border in between),…
The Rise of the Chimera
Sep 11, 2019 • 68 min
From ancient stories of shapeshifters to works of fiction like “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, humanity has always been fascinating with the line between people and non-human animals — but modern technology may finally allow us to create real-life chimeras.…
Church Burning, Metal, and Scandinavian ‘Satanists’
Sep 6, 2019 • 48 min
In the 1990s international media was captivated by a bizarre epidemic of church arsons in Norway, often attributing these crimes to so-called Satanic groups and individuals in Norway’s black metal scene. This was wrapped up in the larger phenomenon of…
What’s Happening In Hong Kong?
Sep 4, 2019 • 64 min
Since the late 1990s the former British colony of Hong Kong has existed in a tense, liminal state with mainland China. The region is governed by the “one country, two systems” policy, yet a recently-proposed extradition bill has triggered massive, ongoing…
Religious Syncretism: The Ultimate Conspiracy?
Aug 30, 2019 • 79 min
Religions are as old as humanity, and predate the written word. They’ve also been home to a great many secrets — in fact, some religions have been predicated on secrecy, and others are amalgamations of two preexisting belief systems. Join the guys as they…
What are the Phoenix lights?
Aug 28, 2019 • 47 min
On March 13th, 1997, thousands of people in Nevada, Arizona and Mexico reported seeing bizarre lights in the evening sky — today, more than two decades later, the Phoenix Lights are still considered to be one of the most significant UFO sightings in…
Contras, Cocaine and the CIA: The True Story of Barry Seal
Aug 23, 2019 • 64 min
Across the course of his strange and checkered career, pilot and smuggler Barry Seal was called many things: An informant, a criminal, an asset for America’s alphabet soup of intelligence agencies and more. He met an ignoble end in February of 1986, when…
Pop Music, Black Magic and Murder: The Mona Fandey Case
Aug 21, 2019 • 48 min
Born Nur Maznah Binti Ismail in Kangar, Perlis, the musician Mona Fandey achieved national success with her song Ku Nyanyikan Lagu Ini in 1987 — yet her career seemed destined to slowly fade away, with Mona and her husband living out their lives in…
The Death of Jeffrey Epstein
Aug 16, 2019 • 75 min
Earlier this year the guys traced the rise of the enigmatic financier and child abuser Jeffrey Epstein, discovering a quagmire of crime, corruption and cover-ups implicating some of the world’s most powerful individuals. It seemed Epstein’s connections…
Should Facebook have its own currency?
Aug 14, 2019 • 65 min
Love it or hate it, Facebook is one of the world’s most popular social media platforms. Over a relatively short span of time, the company has exploded into numerous areas of human interaction (and created no small amount of controversy along the way). In…
Uncle Sam Opens The Gateway: The Monroe Institute
Aug 9, 2019 • 46 min
From the late 1970s to the 1980s, the US Government paid for intelligence officers to undergo weeklong training sessions at a remote place called the Monroe Institute. Training sessions themselves aren’t particularly abnormal — but these officers weren’t…
Insomniac, with Scott Benjamin
Aug 7, 2019 • 64 min
As police officers, researchers and other professionals can attest, delving into the darkness can take an unexpected — and heavy — toll. In today’s episode, the guys sit down with returning guest Scott Benjamin to learn more about his journey through the…
Marm Mandelbaum, the Queen of Thieves
Aug 2, 2019 • 64 min
How did a young, struggling German immigrant build one of the country’s most successful criminal empires? In this live episode, the guys join with Holly Frey, cohost of the award-winning podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class, to explore the life,…
Henry Kissinger: America’s Darth Vader
Jul 31, 2019 • 52 min
Henry Kissinger has worn many hats over the course of his long life. To some, his geopolitical career is a study in the ruthless, brilliant application of realpolitik. To others, he is a war criminal responsible for massive waves of death in multiple…
Have any celebrities been secretly replaced?
Jul 26, 2019 • 65 min
Did the real Paul McCartney die in a car accident, only to be replaced by a doppelgänger? What about the similar stories surrounding Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Saddam Hussein and more? Join the guys as they explore the facts, fiction and plausibility of…
Dystopia, Denial and the Future of Climate Change with Amy Westervelt
Jul 24, 2019 • 54 min
What does the science say about climate change? Why do some people seem dead-set against the idea that human beings are driving rises in temperature, pollution rates and so on? Join the guys as they sit down with award-winning journalist Amy Westervelt,…
Project Horizon: The Secret US Moon Base
Jul 19, 2019 • 58 min
There have always been conspiracy theories about secret structures on the lunar surface, and in modern decades numerous fringe researchers have alleged that various governments have already built some sort of permanent structure on the moon. It sounds…
The Windover Bog Bodies
Jul 17, 2019 • 61 min
In 1982, in Titusville, Florida, construction worker Steve Vandejagt happened across a skull amid the muck and debris of the job site. And this was only the beginning of the mystery. Steve had accidentally uncovered one of the oldest gravesites in the…
Eye Tracking and Advertising
Jul 12, 2019 • 64 min
Ads are ubiquitous on the internet, and even if you use an ad blocker or two, you’re bound to see a few things slip through. Luckily, those ads don’t really give advertisers any new information about you unless you interact with them… right? Not so fast.…
The Red Market: Is China Executing People To Harvest Their Organs?
Jul 10, 2019 • 57 min
Until the day we’re able to manufacture affordable, reliable organs from scratch, organ transplants will remain the only hope for millions of sick and dying people across the planet. For this reason, organs have been a big business for decades — and not…
Project 1794: A Real-life Flying Saucer
Jul 5, 2019 • 55 min
Flying saucers are perhaps the most iconic genre of UFO — since the 1940s they’ve become the mainstay vehicles for extraterrestrials in all sorts of fictional stories. But, according to declassified files, the US Government was intensely interested in…
Vaccines: Fact vs. Fiction
Jul 3, 2019 • 75 min
Through the process of vaccination, millions of people have avoided serious (at times fatal) medical conditions, but opposition to the practice began almost immediately after vaccinations became widespread. And in the modern day the anti-vaccination…
The 9 Angles: Does Satan have a ‘military’?
Jun 28, 2019 • 64 min
While the vast majority of people identifying as Satanists don’t buy into the idea of a nefarious, evil entity opposed to the forces of good, there are a few genuine theistic Satanists out there. Join the guys as they explore the strange story of the…
Conspiracy and Controversy: An Interview with David Icke
Jun 26, 2019 • 81 min
David Icke is one of the most well-known, controversial people in the world of conspiracy theories. In this episode, the guys speak with Mr. Icke for a first-hand look at everything from his former career to his beliefs on the nature of reality, the…
The Camp Minden Conspiracy
Jun 21, 2019 • 52 min
In October of 2012 a huge explosion rocked Camp Minden, a little-known government compound located in Louisiana. The explosion shattered windows 4 miles away. A 7,000-foot mushroom cloud contaminated the area and eyewitnesses understandably wondered…
Did John Astor steal Captain Kidd’s treasure?
Jun 19, 2019 • 62 min
German immigrant John Jacob Astor was the first multimillionaire in the United States, and his descendants would go on to play prominent roles in the country’s history — but how exactly did he get this enormous fortune? According to the official story, he…
Is there really a hidden pyramid in Alaska?
Jun 14, 2019 • 56 min
When most people think of pyramids, we imagine the pyramids of Egypt — but they’re by no means the only example of this ancient architecture. In this episode, the guys explore more stories of strange, lesser known pyramids, concentrating on the…
Messages From The Deep: The Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts
Jun 12, 2019 • 52 min
For years, fast radio bursts have mystified astronomers across the planet. These millisecond-long blips of intense, unexplained radio signals pop up all over the sky, temporarily outshining radio pulsars despite being perhaps a million times farther away.…
Hacking, Housefires and Hidden Tunnels: The Strange, Tragic Tale of the Beckwitt Tunnels
Jun 7, 2019 • 43 min
The local authorities only discovered the elaborate series of tunnels under Danbury Road when the house above them was burning down. When brilliant and disturbed former hacker Daniel Beckwitt felt the collapse of civilization was imminent, he decided to…
Enough About Us: June 2019
Jun 5, 2019 • 62 min
Have you given the guys a call lately? If so, tune in: You just might be on the air. Join the gang as they respond to some of your fellow listeners’ most intriguing — and in some cases, strangest — calls. Want to be part of the next one? Just give us a…
Can the President employ family members?
May 31, 2019 • 52 min
On paper, the US government is a meritocracy. This means that, unlike older monarchical systems of government, state and federal positions are earned on the basis of individual talent, experience and skill, rather than being awarded as an entitlement due…
Shugborough Inscription Cipher
May 29, 2019 • 62 min
Located in Staffordshire, England, the Shepherd’s Monument is a bas-relief recreation of Nicolas Poussin’s painting “Shepherds of Arcadia”. However, the sculpture has several key differences — one of which has baffled historians, experts and others for…
The Eternal Shadow: Serial Killers Throughout Ancient History
May 24, 2019 • 50 min
While serial killers may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, the human species hasn’t changed as much as we all might like to think. Join the guys as they dive into the mysterious, grisly stories of proven and suspected serial killers from ancient…
The Death of Diana: Accident or Conspiracy?
May 22, 2019 • 72 min
When Princess Diana died as a result of a horrendous car crash in Paris, the United Kingdom was shaken to the core. As more details emerged, some people became convinced that Diana’s death was not an accident. Why? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Does Russia have a new Rasputin?
May 17, 2019 • 61 min
If you live in the global west, odds are you haven’t heard of Aleksandr Dugin. The author of “Foundations of Geopolitics” doesn’t have a global profile, and he holds no official position in the Russian government. However, despite his lack of official…
Escaping NXIVM, with Jon Bryant
May 15, 2019 • 57 min
For most of its history, outsiders saw Keith Raniere’s NXIVM as a multi-level marketing and self-help company — a little eccentric, sure, but overall a harmless hobby for those involved. This all changed when allegations of sexual abuse, financial…
Julian Assange: The Update
May 10, 2019 • 57 min
Over the years, people have described Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as everything from a hero to a villain — and, in recent years, a captive. From 2012 to April of 2019, Assange lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy of London, unable to leave the grounds for…
Locked Up and Lost: Healthcare in the Prison System
May 8, 2019 • 60 min
While the United States is home to some of the world’s most advanced medical technology, it’s no secret that it has a terrible healthcare system — millions of people are one bad diagnosis away from bankruptcy or death if they cannot pay the insurance…
Canada’s Roswell: The Shag Harbor Incident
May 3, 2019 • 51 min
In 1967 the tiny fishing community of Shag Harbor became ground zero for one of the most infamous UFO sightings in Canadian history. More than 50 years later, people still haven’t forgotten the bizarre series of lights they saw that October night… but…
The Ticketmaster Racket
May 1, 2019 • 51 min
Ticketmaster was founded in 1976, and since that time it’s grown to be one of the most powerful forces in the industry — whether you’ve gone to symphonies, concerts or plays, odds are you’ve run into Ticketmaster while trying to get your seats for the…
Is April the US government’s blood sacrifice season?
Apr 26, 2019 • 57 min
Whenever you tune into the news nowadays, it seems like there’s yet another tragic disaster on the airwaves. And, over recent years, some fringe researchers have been arguing that disaster has a season — not some part of the year wherein disasters are…
Was the 7th Floor Group a real ‘Shadow Government’?
Apr 24, 2019 • 61 min
During the hectic news cycle of 2015, numerous stories popped up in headlines, only to disappear as soon as another event (or scandal) came to light. One story in particular remains enigmatic in the modern day: During the investigation into the Clinton…
MKULTRA 201: The Conspiracies
Apr 19, 2019 • 63 min
Earlier, the guys explored the fact, fiction and speculation surrounding MKULTRA programs, during which the Central Intelligence Agency financed and directed multiple illegal experiments on US citizens. The program was officially disbanded before it…
MKULTRA 101: The Basics
Apr 17, 2019 • 49 min
The rumors spread for decades: Somewhere in the US, our own government was conducting dangerous, heinous and illegal experiments on citizens from all walks of life. This conspiratorial tale seemed set to remain little more than an urban legend — until,…
The Legend of Cocaine Island, with Theo Love
Apr 12, 2019 • 49 min
It sounds like a darkly comic tale worthy of Vonnegut — Rodney Hyden, a down-on-his-luck Florida businessman, hears a modern urban legend from Julian, the local town hippy: Years back, the story goes, Julian was living the simple life in Puerto Rico when…
The Race to the Arctic: Who will control the poles?
Apr 10, 2019 • 65 min
Across the span of modern human history, the Arctic has been a desolate, dangerous wasteland of freezing ice, inaccessible waters and more than a bit of myth. Yet as the ice recedes, countries and corporations around the globe are already gearing up to…
Who’s Infiltrating Protests?
Apr 5, 2019 • 63 min
Love them or hate them, protests are as American as apple pie. Each year thousands of people exercise their right to free speech and assembly, often to publicly denounce a policy, project or phenomenon. This is entirely legal, so long as the protestors…
Who Killed Artemus Ogletree?
Apr 3, 2019 • 54 min
On January 2, 1935, a man checked into room 1046 at the Hotel President in Kansas City. He gave his name as Roland T. Owen, and listed his a home address in Los Angeles. Later, he was found brutally beaten, exhibiting signs of torture. He passed away…
How did North America’s largest city disappear? The Mysterious Collapse of Cahokia
Mar 29, 2019 • 48 min
Four centuries before Columbus reached the western hemisphere, Cahokia was a prosperous pre-American city with a population similar to London’s. In fact, it was probably the largest North American city north of Mexico at that time. While Cahokia was a…
Power, Politics, Corruption and Prayer: What is ‘The Family’?
Mar 27, 2019 • 45 min
Washington, D.C. is home to numerous organizations and institutions created to broker deals and funnel power from one place (or policy) to another. Many of these organizations operate more or less openly, while others pride themselves on their discretion…
Orang Minyak: Mythical Monster or Monstrous Cover-up?
Mar 22, 2019 • 44 min
In Malay folklore, the Orang Minyak is an supernaturally agile, humanoid creature coated in an oily, slippery substance. It is primarily known for abducting young women at night. There are other, similar creatures in folkloric beliefs across the planet —…
What will humanity be like in 1,000 years?
Mar 20, 2019 • 81 min
If you met a person from the year 1019, they would be, in many ways, much like you. But what if you met a person from 3019? How different will human beings be one thousand years from today? Will humanity as we understand still be around? Join the guys…
The death of Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
Mar 15, 2019 • 47 min
The Panama Papers are a collection of over 11 million leaked documents exposing shady financial dealings from more than 200,000 offshore entities, some dating as far back as the 1970s. When Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia began connecting the…
Will the real Shakespeare please stand up?
Mar 13, 2019 • 66 min
Playwright William Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential writers in the English language, and his plays have been read or performed millions of times around the world. He was also quite prolific: Between about 1590 and 1613,…
Is there a serial killer on the U.S. border?
Mar 8, 2019 • 48 min
It’s no secret that the border between the United States and Mexico has been the subject of recent, intensely divisive debate. There have been numerous reports (some more reliable than others) detailing the rise or decline of crime along the border —…
Enough About Us: 2019, Part 2
Mar 6, 2019 • 57 min
Have you given the guys a call lately? If so, tune in: You just might be on the air. Join the gang as they respond to some of your fellow listeners’ most intriguing — and in some cases, strangest — calls. Want to be part of the next one? Just give us a…
Third Eye Spies, the CIA and the Quiet Mind with Russell Targ
Mar 1, 2019 • 61 min
What if you could travel outside your body at will, sending your consciousness across the planet and beyond? While it may sound like a tale of science fiction to some, the phenomenon known as remote viewing was the subject intense government scrutiny for…
The Student Loan Conspiracy
Feb 27, 2019 • 68 min
Higher education offers millions of people the opportunity to pursue their dreams and make meaningful contributions to civilization — but it often doesn’t come cheap. At $1.5 trillion, the student loan debt in the United States alone is worth more than…
Enough About Us: 2019, Part 1
Feb 22, 2019 • 55 min
Have you given the guys a call lately? If so, tune in: You just might be on the air. Join the gang as they respond to some of your fellow listeners’ most intriguing — and in some cases, strangest — calls. Want to be part of the next one? Just give us a…
What is the Finders cult?
Feb 20, 2019 • 64 min
On Thursday, February 5, 1987, two men were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping six children and transporting them to Tallahassee, Florida. While the children were reportedly filthy and hungry, initial reports of abuse didn’t hold up. The mothers…
Do angels have a language?
Feb 15, 2019 • 70 min
Belief in supernatural, divine beings like angels dates back into antiquity and occurs throughout numerous religions. Even in the modern day, numerous Americans are convinced that angels (or something like them) exist and intervene in human affairs. So,…
Cell Phones, 5G & Cancer
Feb 13, 2019 • 65 min
Smart phones have fundamentally changed the world — at times, it’s difficult to imagine life without one of these handy computers. There’s a world of people you can call, a universe of information at your fingertips and millions of specialized programs to…
Who killed Fred Hampton?
Feb 8, 2019 • 59 min
The Black Panther Party For Self-defense was founded in Oakland, California in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. They originally wanted to protect local residents from police brutality. One prominent Black Panther activist, Fred Hampton, was killed…
Returning To The Moon
Feb 6, 2019 • 55 min
The nation of China recently made international news by successfully completing an unmanned landing on the far side of Earth’s moon, marking a pivotal point in the resurgent space race. So why do some observers believe there’s more to the story? Learn…
The Disturbing World of Incels
Feb 1, 2019 • 68 min
It’s true that romance and relationships in general are a minefield for almost everyone — but for a group of people who call themselves incels, there’s an active conspiracy running against them. Short for ‘involuntarily celibate’, this group has generated…
Is there a secret funeral monopoly?
Jan 30, 2019 • 50 min
Death is one of humanity’s great unifiers. Before the dawn of recorded history our species and others like it venerated, feared and honored the dead. The practice of commemorating our loved ones continues today — and it’s become a big business. Join the…
The Mysterious McKinsey Group
Jan 25, 2019 • 66 min
In recent history more and more analysts have been concerned about the rise of privately-owned, multinational corporations wielding the type of geopolitical power once relegated to states and nations. These concerns usually name drop the best known large…
What caused the world’s weirdest earthquake?
Jan 23, 2019 • 55 min
On November 11, 2018, seismologists began puzzling over a weird low-frequency rumble that rang through the entire planet. The wave wasn’t connected to any known events, and scientists remain mystified by the mysterious phenomenon. Join the guys as the…
Famous Lost Tombs, Part II
Jan 18, 2019 • 58 min
Join the guys as they explore more strange and mysterious cases of famous lost grave sites — some of which were lost on purpose. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Famous Lost Tombs, Part I
Jan 16, 2019 • 60 min
In an earlier episode, the guys delved into the modern mystery of Genghis Khan’s hidden grave, and found he was far from the only famous historical figure lost to secrecy and the inevitable march of time. Travel with the gang as they unravel more stories…
What exactly is ‘Natural Flavoring’?
Jan 11, 2019 • 39 min
You can find phrases touting “natural” flavoring on products throughout most modern supermarkets, from beverages to cereal to more — but what exactly does this mean? Join the guys as they delve into the fact (and fiction) surrounding the use of “natural”…
Is MI5 a Criminal Organization?
Jan 9, 2019 • 51 min
Also known as the Security Service, MI5 is the United Kingdom’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, dealing with threats inside the kingdom. However, recent revelations have shown that, in some cases, the organization may have helped to aid…
How Jeffrey Epstein Broke The Law and Got Away
Jan 4, 2019 • 65 min
Jeffrey Epstein made a name for himself as a mysterious money manager with friends in very high places, from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump, British royalty and more. His firm refused to do business with anyone worth less than one billion dollars, and…
The Truth Behind the Salem Witch Trials, with Aaron Mahnke
Jan 2, 2019 • 55 min
Join Ben and Matt as they interview Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the world-famous Lore podcast, about Unobscured, the new series where he dives deep into the true story of the Salem witch trials. How many people were tried? How many actually died? What…
It’s the End of the Year as We Know It
Dec 28, 2018 • 72 min
Regardless of how you feel about one conspiracy or another, there’s no denying that 2018 was chock-full of insane allegations (and some disturbingly true stories). Join the guys as they look back on little-known stories from the past year, as well as…
CLASSIC: The Mysterious Origins of Christmas
Dec 26, 2018 • 26 min
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 traditions come from? Tune in to learn more.…
The End Of The World with Josh Clark
Dec 21, 2018 • 50 min
How long do humans have left on Earth? As species go, humanity has had a brief, incredibly transformative run here on Earth. We’ve mined resources, farmed food, hunted animals, built cities and polluted ecosystems across the globe. There’s no denying…
What the F*ck is up with Florida?
Dec 19, 2018 • 42 min
Out of all the states in the Union, it seems like Florida is home to the craziest shenanigans. Every few days another story about a weird, madcap crime in the Sunshine state makes the circuit in mass media, and it’s created a nationwide stereotype about…
The Mysterious Death of Biohacker Aaron Traywick
Dec 14, 2018 • 60 min
When controversial transhumanism activist and erstwhile CEO Aaron Traywick was found dead in a sensory deprivation tank on April 29th, 2018, many of his critics and colleagues suspected there was more to his death than an apparently accidental ketamine…
The Kurim Case
Dec 12, 2018 • 50 min
In 2007, a new father in the small Czech town of Kurim installed a baby monitor only to find that, instead of picking up the feed from his own home, he was receiving a camera signal from his neighbors’ house. The feed showed two young, filthy boys locked…
Who were the Si-Te-Cah?
Dec 7, 2018 • 33 min
Did a race of red-haired, not-quite-human, cannibalistic giants really terrorize the Paiute people in ancient America? For a long time, according to the story, this tale was thought to be little more than a piece of imaginative folklore — until, that is,…
What’s happening at Pine Gap?
Dec 5, 2018 • 61 min
Located just a few miles away from Alice Springs, Australia, Pine Gap is known as one of the country’s hotbeds of surveillance and secrecy — but what exactly goes on there? What is it these over 800 Australian and U.S. employees do every day? Join the…
Everyone Knew Non-stick Pans Were Poisonous (And No One Told You)
Nov 30, 2018 • 37 min
Non-stick pans are incredibly convenient — they save hours of time, and make cooking less labor-intensive. Some might say the technology sounds too good to be true! As it turns out, that just might be the case. Tune in to learn how 3M, DuPont and other…
Agent 355: Washington’s Secret Spy
Nov 28, 2018 • 49 min
Spies aren’t just relegated to the Cold War and James Bond — in fact, spycraft played a crucial role in the Revolutionary War. One of the government’s most effective spies was so accomplished that, even in the modern day, their identity remains a mystery.…
Above Majestic, with David Wilcock
Nov 23, 2018 • 67 min
The recent film Above Majestic looks at the origins, history and conspiracies behind the “Majestic 12,” an alleged, secret group of military and corporate figureheads charged with reverse-engineering extraterrestrial technology. Join the guys as they…
Why do so many people hate Nestlé?
Nov 21, 2018 • 68 min
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company, and it’s no surprise that an entity this large would, at some point over the decades, become embroiled in a controversy or two. However, according to critics and numerous advocacy groups, Nestlé has…
The Future of Censorship
Nov 16, 2018 • 61 min
What should people be allowed to say online? What sort of control should states or private entities have over images, concepts, speeches and other content created by individuals, groups or the public? Join the guys as they explore the controversial…
STDWYTK Live: Secrets of The Federal Reserve
Nov 14, 2018 • 119 min
From the secret signs of homeless communities to Toynbee tiles, the world of advertisement and even the US dollar, the world is chock-full of hidden signs, languages and symbols. Recently, the guys hit the road, traveling across the northeast and…
Current Concentration Camps: 2018 and Beyond
Nov 9, 2018 • 75 min
When most people hear the phrase “concentration camp” we immediately think of the atrocities of World War II. Sadly, that’s not the end of the story. Despite global efforts to cover up the existence of detainment, re-education and concentration camps, the…
Who Controls The Music You Hear?
Nov 7, 2018 • 50 min
Music is one of the first human languages, and today it’s also a multi-billion dollar industry. Each year, multitudes of would-be superstars pour blood, sweat, cash and tears into their dream of making it big on the public stage. So what sets the…
The Dark Alliance: Did the US government and druglords kill Gary Webb?
Nov 2, 2018 • 57 min
Stubborn, determined and tenacious, Gary Webb was the quintessential investigative journalist. In his work for a newspaper called The Mercury News, Gary explored the relationship between right-wing revolutionary Contras in Nicaragua, the crack cocaine…
Is Voter Fraud a Fraud?
Oct 31, 2018 • 69 min
Depending on who you ask, voter fraud is a widespread threat to the U.S. democratic system or a piece of “fake news”. How often are people fraudulently voting? Is there really a cover-up or conspiracy to corrupt the vote? Join Ben and Matt as they explore…
DARPA 2019 and Beyond
Oct 26, 2018 • 62 min
DARPA is the source of numerous astonishing technological innovations — as well as some terrifying ones, and often the research associated with this organization remains under wraps for years. However, it’s possible to make some pretty good guesses about…
The Strange Story of the GhostNet
Oct 24, 2018 • 58 min
The rise of the Internet Age allowed billions of people to access virtually endless stores of information, but it had a dark side — one of which was the rise of a new kind of army: Groups that used viruses and software the way other militaries use…
The Stuff YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Know
Oct 19, 2018 • 30 min
YouTube is huge — as you’re reading this sentence, millions of people are clicking through videos to watch their favorite celebrities, learn new skills, listen to music and more. Yet there’s more to this platform than the casual viewer might suspect. Tune…
Ancient Civilizations in Antarctica?
Oct 17, 2018 • 75 min
Among all the continents of Earth, Antarctica remains both the most inhospitable and the most mysterious. Today the only humans on the landmass are researchers and their support staff, charged with studying climate change, the local ecosystem and the…
The Michael Jordan Conspiracy, Featuring the Culture Kings
Oct 12, 2018 • 67 min
On October 6th, 1993, living legend Michael Jordan shocked the world when he abruptly announced his retirement from the Chicago Bulls. Was the world’s most famous basketball player really just tired of the game? In the days, months and years following…
Real Life Super Powers Part II
Oct 10, 2018 • 75 min
Does someone have real-life superspeed? Can people telepathically control machines? When the guys originally began investigating real-life superpowers, they had no idea how many extraordinary abilities they would end up discovering. Tune in for the…
Behind the Curtain of the Music Industry with J. Prince
Oct 5, 2018 • 43 min
For most fans, the music industry can be a relatively obscure enterprise — we might know our favorite singers, MCs or bands, but often we have no idea what goes on behind the scenes as managers, labels and government agencies attempt influence, spread or…
The Bunyip and Beyond: Meet the Cryptids of Australia
Oct 3, 2018 • 69 min
Over the years, the guys have explored stories of cryptids across the planet, but in all their podcast journeys they somehow never made it to Australia — at least, that is, until today. Tune in as they investigate the tales of Australian cryptids with a…
Sex Cults and Rocket Science: The Jack Parsons Story
Sep 28, 2018 • 68 min
Jack Parsons was a rocket engineer and rocket propulsion researcher responsible for astonishing breakthroughs in his field. However, Parsons had a double life — a private passion for the occult that led him to eventually join Aleister Crowley’s new…
1-833-STDWYTK
Sep 26, 2018 • 62 min
You’ve heard the guys mention their new call-in line on previous episodes — but what actually happens to all those messages from your fellow Conspiracy Realists? Listen in as Ben, Matt and Noel field your calls in today’s episode. Learn more about your…
The Beatles Conspiracies
Sep 21, 2018 • 69 min
As one of the biggest musical acts in human history, the Beatles didn’t just fundamentally change the course of music — they also affected society at large in numerous ways, evolving beyond musicians to larger-than-life icons in the public eye. And, over…
The Secrets of the Hidden Chinese Pyramid
Sep 19, 2018 • 41 min
Pyramids aren’t just for Egypt! Join Ben and Matt as they dive into the strange story of a hidden pyramid in China, an ancient lost civilization that, recently uncovered, holds disturbing secrets in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Behind The Scenes of Atlanta Monster and Up and Vanished with Payne Lindsey
Sep 14, 2018 • 50 min
Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview Payne Lindsey, the creator of Atlanta Monster and Up and Vanished, for a behind-the-scenes look at Payne’s process for developing these shows (as well as a sneak peek on Up and Vanished Season 2). Learn more about…
Is the Ark of the Covenant Hidden in Ethiopia?
Sep 12, 2018 • 62 min
The Ark of the Covenant is the legendary wooden chest said to hold Ten Commandments, engraved on stone tablets. For thousands of years people have searched for the Ark with little to no success. However, according to the guardians of The Church of Our…
Italy’s Satanic Murders
Sep 7, 2018 • 65 min
If you’re an American, you’re probably familiar with the famous ‘Satanic Panic’ of the 80s and 90s — but did you know Italy experienced something extremely similar? And, even crazier, did you know that Italy has a documented case of an active Satanic…
Here’s Where it Gets Crazy - September 2018
Sep 5, 2018 • 63 min
Have you joined the Here’s Where It Gets Crazy facebook group? If so, tune in — you just might be on the air in today’s episode of listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Control Group with Bret Wood
Aug 31, 2018 • 54 min
In the era of the Cold War, intelligence agencies on both sides of the iron curtain desperately raced to secure any possible technological advantage, even if it meant breaking the law along the way. Join the guys as they interview filmmaker Bret Wood, the…
The Hollywood Sex Cult - NXIVM
Aug 29, 2018 • 66 min
On the surface, NXVIM seemed like any other multi-level marketing company or self-help group. It offered numerous development seminars and executive success programs, just like those of other, similar institutions. Yet NXVIM had a sinister side, a hidden…
What is Agent Orange?
Aug 24, 2018 • 50 min
Named for the orange stripe lining the 55 gallon barrels containing this herbicide and defoliant, Agent Orange was one of the most widely-used “rainbow herbicides” of the Vietnam war. But it wasn’t just harmful to plants. Soon after it was deployed in…
Stanley Kubrick: The Man and the Myths
Aug 22, 2018 • 69 min
Legendary auteur Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the most important single individuals in the history of modern film. There’s no question that his techniques, approach and body of work have influenced countless filmmakers — but, according to some…
The Mystery of North Sentinel Island
Aug 17, 2018 • 59 min
India controls numerous islands in the Indian Ocean, and they have a strange set of rules for North Sentinel Islands — a tiny, remote place most people wouldn’t visit anyway. You see, the Indian government maintains a ‘zone of exclusion’ surrounding the…
Who created the opioid epidemic?
Aug 15, 2018 • 72 min
In the U.S. doctors often prescribe opioids for pain management, and it’s no secret that these substances are a big business for pharmaceutical companies — and, increasingly, it’s no secret that exposure to these legal pills are turning patients into…
The Ariel School UFO Encounter
Aug 10, 2018 • 61 min
On September 16, 1994, teachers and school officials at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe were amazed when the school’s students reported that a flying object had landed on the school grounds. What makes this sighting unique? What differentiates it from…
What is the Key of Solomon?
Aug 8, 2018 • 50 min
Imagine that you could possess a genuine, real-life spellbook — something that could enable you to summon and command otherworldly powers, to accrue riches and shed light on the dark mysteries of the heavens. People who believe such a thing is possible…
The Hidden Tomb of Genghis Khan
Aug 3, 2018 • 71 min
Genghis Khan was one of the world’s most successful conquerors, and his empire left an indelible mark across Eurasia. Yet upon his death his body was spirited away to an unmarked grave, and everyone associated with the burial — so far as we know — was put…
How can you become a ufologist?
Aug 1, 2018 • 59 min
UFO researchers, also known as ufologists, make frequent appearances in pop culture, and many are professional, full-time experts in their field. But how exactly does one become a ufologist? Join the guys as they dive into this question, searching for the…
Can a President pardon himself?
Jul 27, 2018 • 66 min
According to the U.S. Constitution, the President of the United States has the power to pardon pretty much anyone. This is a broad, sweeping power that past administrations have used in a variety of ways, some more controversial than others. However, in…
Will Google start impersonating you?
Jul 25, 2018 • 58 min
If you’re like millions of other people, you hate making phone calls. “Why can’t I just text,” you might think, “and only call if there’s an emergency?” Google may soon have a solution with Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversations to…
Conspiracies That Turned Out To Be True
Jul 20, 2018 • 69 min
Often in the mainstream media the term “conspiracy theory” is used as a way of dismissing a claim or idea immediately — and it’s a technique that works more often than you might think. However, despite the ardent efforts of various powerful groups across…
Did Buzz Aldrin see a UFO?
Jul 18, 2018 • 51 min
Over the course of his career with NASA, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin changed the course of human history. From his groundbreaking work with EVA techniques to his walk on the moon with Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin has seen…
Expats and Espionage: The Story of Operation Chaos
Jul 13, 2018 • 65 min
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. government was desperate to maintain order and combat the growing domestic opposition to the war effort — both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. waged a war of ideas, of propaganda that could, in its own way, wield as much power…
What is Multi-level Marketing?
Jul 11, 2018 • 65 min
If you’ve ever spent time on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably seen a few strange posts advertising tremendous opportunities to start your own business — along with a friend or acquaintance — selling anything from cosmetics to nutritional…
The Kennedy Curse
Jul 6, 2018 • 60 min
The Kennedy family is one of the most well-known and influential dynasties in US politics, and the family members are enormously wealthy. Yet despite successfully seeding nepotism at the heights of government, functioning as pseudo-celebrities and racking…
Canada Built a ‘Gaydar’ Machine
Jul 4, 2018 • 62 min
Nowadays Canada has a well-earned international reputation as an incredibly polite and considerate country, but like any nation Canada has more than a few skeletons in its historical closet. Join the guys as they explore the strange story of Canada’s…
From Rock to UFOs: The Tom DeLonge Story
Jun 29, 2018 • 84 min
At the height of their success, the band Blink-182 became a key force in the development of pop punk. Despite their worldwide fame, guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge eventually left the band. Why? Join Ben, Matt and special guest John Goforth of Hysteria…
The Cult of the Garbage Eaters
Jun 27, 2018 • 60 min
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…
Children and Prison
Jun 22, 2018 • 47 min
Compared to other countries, the US has a massive incarceration rate. While the prison system has passionate supporters and ardent opponents, there’s another aspect to the story — one often ingored and forgotten: What happens to the children of prisoners?…
Google, the Pentagon and AI
Jun 20, 2018 • 67 min
Google — or, more properly, Alphabet — is a huge company, and is at the bleeding edge of numerous technological innovations. So, while it wasn’t necessarily a surprise that Uncle Sam wanted Google’s help building AI, it certainly disturbed a great many…
What is the Windsor hum?
Jun 15, 2018 • 53 min
For years residents of Windsor, Ontario have been haunted by a strange, disruptive noise. Sometimes compared to a truck idling or distant thunder, numerous residents say the noise has damaged people’s health and quality of life, But what exactly is the…
Here’s Where It Gets Crazy - FB Special
Jun 13, 2018 • 59 min
Have you checked out Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know’s new facebook community page? Join the guys as they delve into your comments, suggestions and threads on Here’s Where It Gets Crazy. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Have psychics solved any actual crimes?
Jun 8, 2018 • 67 min
It’s a common trope in film and TV — a police department at their wits’ end calls in a favor and makes contact with a genuine psychic, someone in tune with the greater mysteries of life, death and the universe. In works of fiction these individuals often…
DNA and Crime: The Original Night Stalker
Jun 6, 2018 • 59 min
It’s official — after decades of dead ends, tantalizing theories and frustrating leads, justice has finally caught up with The Golden State Killer, also known as The Original Night Stalker. 72 year old Joseph James DeAngelo seemed set to quietly disappear…
What is Predictive Programming?
Jun 1, 2018 • 55 min
What if everything you encounter in your day-to-day interactions is somehow prescient? Are the games you play and the films you watch meant to normalize genres of experience — and, if so, to what end? Ben and Matt explore the idea of weaponized mass media…
The Murky World of Serial Killer Memorabilia
May 30, 2018 • 58 min
Whether in fiction or in real life, the concept of the serial killer occupies a unique space in the American zeitgeist. Audiences across the planet flock to films about serial killers, and readers across the world peruse headlines of true life crimes with…
From the Past to the Modern Day: Does torture actually work?
May 25, 2018 • 65 min
It’s one of the most ancient practices in human civilization, and one that continues in the modern day. In recent decades experts, military officials and activists alike have argued over the definitions of torture — and, most importantly, whether it…
Are frogs really changing gender?
May 23, 2018 • 50 min
You might have heard this one before — for years, various fringe researchers and commentators have argued that the government or some other shadowy entity is purposefully changing the gender of amphibians (specifically, frogs) throughout the United…
Imperialism and Iran
May 18, 2018 • 65 min
The Islamic Republic of Iran, located in western Asia, has historically been the seat of several massively influential empires. Today, it’s home to over 81 million people and some of the world’s most lucrative petroleum supplies. Currently tensions…
What are Ultraterrestrials?
May 16, 2018 • 58 min
Despite diligent, time-consuming efforts by institutions across the planet, human beings have yet to find any universally-accepted proof of extraterrestial life. For many, this is a simple function of the math involved — the universe is just too large for…
Is the Palace of Versailles haunted?
May 11, 2018 • 47 min
When Louis XIV expanded his father’s old hunting pavilion he created one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art — a massive, opulent compound that became the seat of high society and French government. In the modern day, the Palace of…
Uncaught Serial Killers, Part 3
May 9, 2018 • 60 min
In the third segment of this recurring series, Ben, Matt and Noel return to the grisly world of true crime, killers who not only committed multiple murders but were never caught and, in some cases, may well be alive and free today. Several of these…
The Comey Revelations
May 4, 2018 • 73 min
On May 9th, 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey was fired. His most well-known recent investigations involved the Clinton campaign’s email scandal and the allegations of Russian election interference in 2017. In the aftermath of the dismissal, he wrote…
Is democracy impossible?
May 2, 2018 • 56 min
In Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know’s inaugural podcast, Ben and Matt explored the strange career of Edward Bernays, the then-obscure Father of Public Relations responsible for selling the American public on everything from bacon as breakfast to…
Cambridge Analytica and Facebook
Apr 27, 2018 • 75 min
Love it or hate it, Facebook is one of the biggest success stories of the past century. Billions of people have profiles, and for many users it’s the only source of online news or social interaction. And Facebook collects as much information as possible…
Could a thought be alive?
Apr 25, 2018 • 45 min
From imaginary friends to tulpas, the idea that that the human mind can create life through focused thought alone is as old as recorded civilization. But what does science have to say about imaginary friends? Are they pure hallucinations, part of a…
Several Terrifying Things You Just Ate
Apr 20, 2018 • 59 min
Nowadays it seems like a few times a year we’ll hear about a food scandal — contaminated meat, perhaps, or recalled yogurt. We’ll also inevitably hear something like “studies show coffee is good, or bad, for you.” When you add up all these complaints,…
The Great Volkswagen Cover-up, with Scott Benjamin
Apr 18, 2018 • 59 min
For decades one the world’s largest auto manufacturers lied to governments and the public, polluting the planet and evading the same environmental standards they themselves publicly championed. Of course, this is unfortunately a common occurrence in the…
What was the Chappaquiddick Incident?
Apr 13, 2018 • 59 min
On July 18th, 1969, campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne and Senator Ted Kennedy were involved in a single-car accident while departing a reunion held at Chappaquiddick island. Only one of them made it it out of the car alive. In the hours, days, weeks,…
Redacted: Canadian Cover-ups, Sleep Paralysis and Death by Supervolcano
Apr 11, 2018 • 49 min
Have you ever written in to Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know? If so, you might be in today’s episode. Ben, Matt and Noel often point out that you, the listener, are the most important part of the show, and in this episode they’re putting their money…
Was Benjamin Franklin a serial killer?
Apr 6, 2018 • 54 min
Today Benjamin Franklin is known as one of the founding fathers of the US, and there’s no doubt that he played a tremendously influential role in the creation of the country. But Franklin, known then and now as a bit of an eccentric. But what about his…
Ernest Withers: Civil Rights Hero, FBI Spy
Apr 4, 2018 • 55 min
50 years ago today, the American Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. His legacy lives on in recorded speeches, memorials across the country, photographs by legendary photojournalist Ernest C. Withers and more.…
Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part II
Mar 30, 2018 • 64 min
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, funniest and most disturbing conspiracy…
Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part I
Mar 26, 2018 • 61 min
You’ve heard of bitcoin before. It’s the entirely digital, decentralized currency that supporters tout as the next step in financial evolution — and critics call a massive scam. But what exactly are cryptocurrencies? How do they work, and why do some…
Is someone using sonic weapons in Cuba?
Mar 23, 2018 • 57 min
Recently employees at the US Embassy in Cuba reported a strange and disquietening phenomenon. They complained of vertigo, nausea, hearing loss and more accompanied by a strange hum and whine that followed them into their homes. The State Department…
A Digital Cult? The Strange Story of Bentinho Massaro
Mar 16, 2018 • 70 min
One person’s cult is another person’s inarguable truth, and over millenia many spiritual or cultural belief systems have been called cults. Typically organizations called cults have a few commonal traits, one of the chief of which is isolation. So can…
Are exorcisms on the rise?
Mar 9, 2018 • 64 min
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 planet still conduct exorcisms in…
The Modern Vampire: Longer Life Through Younger Blood
Mar 2, 2018 • 63 min
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 and folklore, more and more experts are wondering if technology will allow us to create something very much…
What’s happening in Saudi Arabia?
Feb 23, 2018 • 69 min
For decades Saudi Arabia has been at the heart of numerous controversies, from the policies of its strict theocratic, gender-segregated government to its influence over the oil market and continual involvement with religious extremist groups. Recently,…
How The US Secretly Tracked UFOs with Jeremy Corbell
Feb 16, 2018 • 63 min
Recently, the New York Times broke a story that baffled most ordinary readers — until about 2012, the Pentagon had run a multi-million dollar, secretive program to collect numerous reports of unexplained aerial phenomena and unidentified flying objects.…
Hollywood’s Abuse Epidemic
Feb 9, 2018 • 57 min
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 and stage shows in the country. And the victims of abuse rarely spoke out — when they did, they risked the…
Should we be conCERNed?
Feb 2, 2018 • 60 min
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 experts at CERN use the world’s…
The Grand Canyon’s Lost Civilization?
Jan 26, 2018 • 57 min
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 remain dangerously remote, and it’s no secret that numerous people have disappeared in or around the canyon…
What exactly are ‘Ghost Lights’?
Jan 19, 2018 • 60 min
For centuries people in countries across the planet have reported seeing mysterious, glowing lights that appear to move of their own volition through the darkness. Whether you call them Ghost Lights, Spook Lights, Will o’ the Wisps or any other number of…
The Strange World of Inexplicable Skeletons
Jan 12, 2018 • 61 min
What’s going on with all these stories about strange skeletons? From legends of the crystal skull to allegations of ancient extraterrestrial remains and giants, it seems the world is chock-full of mysterious, semi-humanoid remains. Join Ben, Matt and Noel…
Biomedical Big Brother
Jan 5, 2018 • 60 min
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 treatment schedule, along with other…
STDWYTK Presents: See You Next Time
Dec 29, 2017 • 44 min
In 1933, a composer named Rezső Seress created one of the world’s most infamous tunes — a melancholy, mysterious piece known as ‘Gloomy Sunday.’ Over the following decades, this song became notorious for the sinister effects it had on anyone who listened…
Building Disney: The Magic Kingdom and the CIA
Dec 22, 2017 • 55 min
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 the guys as they delve into the murky…
Charles Manson is Dead, Part 2
Dec 15, 2017 • 59 min
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 this was only the beginning of a much…
Charles Manson is Dead, Part 1
Dec 8, 2017 • 48 min
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 re-examined his strange, disturbing life story, tracing his evolution from an abused child to one of the most…
Are there any real underwater military bases?
Dec 1, 2017 • 62 min
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, permanent deep-sea base? Where would they do it? Why? Join the guys as they dive into (get it?) the murky…
The Bicameral Mind with Joe McCormick
Nov 24, 2017 • 69 min
How old is the phenomenon we call consciousness, and where did it come from? Was humanity always capable of metacognition — the ability to think about thinking? If it wasn’t, then how did our ancestors process the world around them, and how did they…
Secrets revealed? JFK in 2017
Nov 17, 2017 • 69 min
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 official narrative of the tragedy. Now,…
What happened to Commander Crabb?
Nov 10, 2017 • 66 min
Today’s episode comes from the heart of the Cold War — when Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb disappeared on a mysterious spying mission, his relatives and colleagues refused to believe the official story. Over time, this story changed. As investigators attempted to…
The Sordid, Secret World of Televangelists and Megachurches
Nov 3, 2017 • 71 min
What if believing in success became the same thing as succeeding? Religious figures around the world encourage their followers to equate financial donations with future material gains. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they dive into the heart of Prosperity…
Off-World Implants with Jeremy Corbell
Oct 27, 2017 • 59 min
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 world of alleged abduction and…
Did a cult try to run South Korea?
Oct 20, 2017 • 59 min
In 2017 South Korean President Park Guen-hye was impeached and ousted from power as a result of a wide-reaching corruption scandal touching everything from big business to religion. In the aftermath, the world’s been left asking: What exactly happened?…
What is the Devil’s Triangle?
Oct 13, 2017 • 59 min
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 the Pacific Ocean? Join the guys as…
Titanic Conspiracies
Oct 6, 2017 • 63 min
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 theorists continue to claim there’s something more to the tragic story. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they…
The Gulen Movement
Sep 29, 2017 • 65 min
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 a firsthand look at an strange and insidious conspiracy reaching from the Eastern US seaboard and…
Will The World End Tomorrow?
Sep 22, 2017 • 74 min
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 at the group’s reasoning, and settle…
Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?
Sep 15, 2017 • 81 min
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 when you try to delete this info?…
Real-life Superpowers
Sep 8, 2017 • 82 min
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 importantly, ask who may be attempting to manufacture and control these abilities. Learn more about your…
The Holy Grail with Tansy Baigent
Sep 1, 2017 • 57 min
For centuries scholars, church officials, historians and skeptics alike have argued back and forth about the evolution of Christianity, the life and deeds of Jesus Christ and more. For many one version of another of the official narrative is satisfactory…
Inside America’s Zone of Death
Aug 25, 2017 • 60 min
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 work? Perhaps most importantly — could…
It’s Our Lucky Day, With Archer’s Dr. Krieger
Aug 18, 2017 • 101 min
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 frightening future of biotechnology to the (alleged) resurrection of the dodo and more. Learn more about your…
STDWYTK Presents: How May I Help You?
Aug 11, 2017 • 41 min
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 saying thanks to you Conspiracy Realists around the world (and beyond), the guys have teamed up with their…
Top-secret Bunkers with Garrett Graff
Aug 4, 2017 • 61 min
The rumors are true — the US government has multiple, highly-fortified shelters and compounds dotting the American landscape, staffed and fully prepared to protect the President and other federal or state officials from widespread disease, natural…
Utsuro Bune: Ancient Japanese UFOs?
Jul 28, 2017 • 68 min
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 forward to the modern day — experts…
Missing 411 with David Paulides
Jul 21, 2017 • 79 min
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 Paulides, the prolific author of the Missing 411 series, to learn more about his work and research into…
What about the other pyramids?
Jul 14, 2017 • 69 min
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 the only example of these structures.…
Moving to Mars with Marshall Brain
Jul 7, 2017 • 82 min
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 like? How would it work? Most importantly, could we use a Martian colony as an opportunity to improve on the…
Is Money a Religion?
Jun 30, 2017 • 82 min
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 developed world is considered…
The Search For Bigfoot
Jun 23, 2017 • 76 min
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 day. So what exactly is Bigfoot? Join the guys as they interview David Bakara, the creator of Expedition:…
Could we still discover unknown large animals?
Jun 16, 2017 • 56 min
Experts believe that millions of undiscovered species exist in the modern day — but most are tiny microbes and insects. What if there are much larger undiscovered creatures out there? What would they look like? Where would they be? And, if they exist,…
What was the Black Hand?
Jun 9, 2017 • 48 min
In the early 20th century, Europe was a smoldering powder keg of international tension, imperial ambitions and long-held resentments between great powers. Although extensive diplomatic efforts attempt to reconcile and repair relationships between nations,…
Serial Killers on the Loose: Part 2
Jun 2, 2017 • 73 min
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 limited to the world of fiction. Listen in…
What is red mercury?
May 26, 2017 • 64 min
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 why can’t anyone agree about its…
Unacknowledged: An Interview with Dr. Steven Greer
May 19, 2017 • 80 min
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 the guys as they interview the founder…
Facial Recognition with Jonathan Strickland
May 12, 2017 • 69 min
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 guys and special guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the disturbing facts. Learn more about your…
The Collapse of Atlanta
May 5, 2017 • 43 min
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 official explanations, but Ben, Matt and Noel can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the story behind…
What the heck is a Toynbee Tile?
Apr 28, 2017 • 58 min
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 made them? Learn more about your…
What happened to Hitler?
Apr 21, 2017 • 64 min
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 planet have questioned this…
ConspiracyStuff LIVE: The Future of Surveillance
Apr 14, 2017 • 53 min
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, and neither does the telecom that owns…
Where are the world’s most frequent UFO sightings?
Apr 7, 2017 • 53 min
For millenia people across the planet have reported seeing bizarre objects in the sky. However, efforts to collect and analyze these reports have often fallen victim to poor methodology, a lack of funding or an overt agenda. Luckily, the situation has…
Did Hallucinogens Create Religion?
Mar 31, 2017 • 57 min
How did the human species become the most self-aware, successful primate on the planet? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Mysterious Lake City Quiet Pills
Mar 24, 2017 • 49 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Did the CIA invent counterculture?
Mar 17, 2017 • 69 min
In the US, the 1960s were a crucible of culture — college students, veterans, the disadvantaged and activists across the country sought to overthrow the status quo and build their own vision of a better world. This period in time produced some of the most…
Die Glocke: The Legend of the Nazi Bell
Mar 10, 2017 • 74 min
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, and their endeavors remain a subject…
The Sick, Sweet Secret of the Sugar Cover-up
Mar 3, 2017 • 57 min
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 decades-long sugar conspiracy. Learn…
Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?
Feb 24, 2017 • 62 min
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 soldiers, sometimes held by foreign…
Does China Have Psychic Child Soldiers?
Feb 17, 2017 • 56 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
David Icke and the Rise of the Lizard People
Feb 10, 2017 • 83 min
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, half-alien reptilian creatures. And its most famous proponent has kept this idea in the public eye for decades. So…
What happened to Elisa Lam?
Feb 3, 2017 • 72 min
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 disappearance — until, that is, a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel discovered her body in a water…
The NSA: Fact, Fiction and Fright
Jan 27, 2017 • 63 min
Since the 1950s, the National Security Agency has been responsible for collecting, analyzing and verifying a vast amount of signals intelligence, ostensibly to protect the people of the United States. Over the decades the agency has grown to become one of…
Grimoires: Fact and Fiction
Jan 20, 2017 • 75 min
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 hidden, unholy and possibly dangerous secrets. But where do these grimoires come from? How many are…
The Hemp Car Cover-up
Jan 13, 2017 • 58 min
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 live without their cars. This has inevitably led to enormous amounts of pollution and (some would argue)…
Listener Appreciation 2017: The Cattle Witcher Edition
Jan 7, 2017 • 77 min
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 messages from the best audience in the…
Did Sheldon Gosline Discover a Lost Civilization?
Dec 30, 2016 • 36 min
For centuries self-assured academics believed Troy was a mythological city — until, that is, the ruins were discovered. Over the span of history, the human species has lost people, cities and entire civilizations. Occasionally, governments don’t want…
The Mystery of the Cagots
Dec 23, 2016 • 55 min
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 from, and where are they now? Learn…
The Search For Noah’s Ark
Dec 16, 2016 • 45 min
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 present day. And, what’s more, several Ark…
Is the Military on Drugs?
Dec 9, 2016 • 71 min
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 spirituality, repair the body — and, sometimes, to gain an edge in combat. But how prevalent was this practice?…
News: The Fake vs. The Real
Dec 2, 2016 • 76 min
The internet, while amazing, has given rise to the dangerous proliferation of misleading - or, in some cases, entirely fictitious- stories masquerading as news. So how can we outsmart the conspiracy of disinformation? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What is Project Iceworm?
Nov 26, 2016 • 44 min
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 of building top-secret bases around…
Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?
Nov 18, 2016 • 82 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What’s Happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline?
Nov 11, 2016 • 51 min
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 to check in to the state’s Standing Rock reservation. Listen in to learn more about the protests over the…
Catholics, Children and Conspiracy: The Epidemic of Abuse
Nov 4, 2016 • 46 min
For decades various individuals and organizations with the Catholic Church were dogged by rumors of horrific abuse – and, eventually, it turned out that several of those rumors were true. But how far back does this abuse go, and how widespread is it?…
Election, Part II: Top Clinton Conspiracies
Oct 28, 2016 • 72 min
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 controversy, and in the second part of this…
Election, Part I: Top Trump Conspiracies
Oct 21, 2016 • 70 min
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 surrounding Trump? Tune in to hear…
What’s the US National Radio Quiet Zone?
Oct 14, 2016 • 63 min
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 microwaves are illegal? Tune in to…
Skidoosh: The Listener Mail Episode
Oct 7, 2016 • 64 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Did aliens appear over Los Angeles?
Sep 30, 2016 • 40 min
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 half a century later. So what…
The Hidden World of Psychopaths
Sep 23, 2016 • 59 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How could the CIA have faked the moon landing?
Sep 16, 2016 • 43 min
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 such a massive hoax? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview Matt Johnson about his newest film Operation…
Sport Conspiracies, Part II
Sep 9, 2016 • 50 min
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 behind the sports headlines - a world comprised of illegal gambling, extortion, blackmail and organized…
Sports Conspiracies, Part I
Sep 2, 2016 • 51 min
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 connections between sports, gambling, politics and organized crime in the first part of this two-episode series.…
Cannibalism: Fact and Fiction
Aug 26, 2016 • 43 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Human Experimentation: MIT and Cereal
Aug 19, 2016 • 49 min
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Is Sesame Credit Dangerous?
Aug 12, 2016 • 51 min
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 social media statements — and what if the same stuff from your friends could affect your score? These are…
Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?
Aug 5, 2016 • 32 min
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 to be true, leading to the…
Wikileaks and the DNC
Jul 29, 2016 • 47 min
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, most importantly, who hacked…
Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 2
Jul 22, 2016 • 53 min
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 when they’re caught. Learn more…
Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 1
Jul 15, 2016 • 59 min
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 financial dealings of drug traffickers all…
Could someone erase the world’s debt?
Jul 8, 2016 • 63 min
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 disappeared? Is it even possible? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Free Wifi: Gambling with Your Privacy
Jul 1, 2016 • 56 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
STDWYTK Live: The Future of VR
Jun 24, 2016 • 65 min
Since the dawn of civilization humanity has attempted to understand the nature of reality, and (relatively) recent breakthroughs in technology have allowed our species to move from encountering reality to creating different forms of it. But there’s a dark…
Crime, Kidnapping and Organs: The Red Market
Jun 17, 2016 • 59 min
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 healthy one, often with good odds of…
Are there secret space programs?
Jun 10, 2016 • 63 min
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 advancement — in fact, human activities in…
Berenstein or Berenstain? The Mandela Effect
Jun 5, 2016 • 52 min
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 known as the Mandela effect, touching…
You’re Worth About A Dollar: Targeted Online Ads
May 27, 2016 • 51 min
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 is it a force for good? For ill?…
Chemtrails
May 20, 2016 • 47 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Ghosthunters: The Warrens
May 14, 2016 • 62 min
For decades Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to investigate paranormal phenomena, confronting the forces of darkness with the power of faith. They’ve inspired numerous films and become a part of American folklore — so how much of their story is true? Learn…
Who was the Original Night Stalker?
May 8, 2016 • 43 min
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 to find the Original Night Stalker? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What are the Primary Elections?
Apr 30, 2016 • 55 min
To outside observers, the US primary elections can seem pretty confusing. So how do political parties use this system to select candidates - and why do critics feel the process is so corrupt? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What are Jinn?
Apr 22, 2016 • 50 min
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, exactly? Join the guys as they delve…
Money, Mystery and Millionaires: The Panama Papers
Apr 15, 2016 • 46 min
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 non-billionaires? What exactly did…
Missing in National Parks
Apr 8, 2016 • 43 min
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 the fact, fiction and conjecture…
ISIS Recruitment Tactics
Apr 2, 2016 • 57 min
The advent of social media technology has made global communication easier than ever before - yet this innovation creates opportunities for evil as well as good. Learn how ISIS is using social media to manipulate, groom and ultimately recruit people…
Beyond Flint: The Looming Lead Crisis
Mar 25, 2016 • 44 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Fermi Paradox: Where the heck are all the aliens?
Mar 18, 2016 • 52 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Technology and the Occult
Mar 11, 2016 • 58 min
In this episode, the guys welcome returning special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the bizarre confluence of the occult and technology in the modern age, from AI oracles to the nature of consciousness, secret codes of cities…
Alchemy | with Damien Patrick Williams
Mar 4, 2016 • 54 min
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 its strangest secrets, famous practitioners and effects on the modern day. Learn more about your…
Flat Earth Update
Feb 26, 2016 • 54 min
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 days some celebrities have revived the concept, alleging a vast conspiracy exists. Is this a genuine…
The Rise of the Superbug
Feb 19, 2016 • 71 min
It’s true - scientists around the world are increasingly concerned that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness, leading to a future filled with unstoppable bacteria. But could it actually happen? How did we get here, and what happens next? Learn more…
Cattle Mutilation
Feb 12, 2016 • 61 min
Are nefarious forces really moving through ranches in the night, mutilating livestock? How? Why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Why You Can’t Win Arguments Online
Feb 6, 2016 • 66 min
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 conspiracy that might surprise you.…
Political Conspiracies: 2016
Jan 30, 2016 • 83 min
Every election season conspiracy theories proliferate across the political spectrum — and some may be less crazy than others. Join Ben, Matt and Noel Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What is Gnosticism?
Jan 23, 2016 • 84 min
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 McCormick as they take a closer look at Gnostic mysteries, myth and more. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Porter Ranch: Fossil Fuel Cover-ups
Jan 15, 2016 • 72 min
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 how many occur each year? How many are actually reported, versus covered up? Listen in to learn more.…
Militias, Uncle Sam and Occupation: The Oregon Protest
Jan 12, 2016 • 53 min
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 story? Learn more about your…
Prophecy, Predictions and Prescience
Jan 1, 2016 • 70 min
Nostradamus. Edgar Cayce. Baba Vanga. Have any of history’s alleged psychics successfully predicted the future? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as look at humanity’s efforts to predict the future, from ancient oracles to the bleeding edge of science. Learn more…
STDWYTK: How to Handle the Holidays
Dec 25, 2015 • 66 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Does the UK control the US?
Dec 18, 2015 • 50 min
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 US in this special collaboration with our friends at AllTime Conspiracies. Learn more about your…
What are “Crisis Actors?”
Dec 11, 2015 • 55 min
You’ve probably heard some of the accusations regarding recent tragedies — that the official story is wrong, and aspects of certain events are either misrepresented or staged completely. But could that be true? What are ‘crisis actors?” Learn more about…
Ghosts and Infrasound
Dec 5, 2015 • 63 min
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 events cluster around specific…
Congress 101
Nov 27, 2015 • 42 min
It’s no secret that voters distrust Washington, D.C. In numerous polls, citizens of every political overwhelmingly disapprove of Congress. But why? What’s the source of this distrust and, perhaps most importantly, is there something Congress doesn’t want…
The EPA
Nov 20, 2015 • 39 min
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 Noel as they explore the facts and…
The Future of Poverty
Nov 13, 2015 • 61 min
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 alarmism, and how much is inescapable…
Nightmares, Shadow People and Sleep Paralysis
Nov 6, 2015 • 60 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2015
Oct 30, 2015 • 42 min
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 bring you a very creepy (true?) story. Lauren and Casey from the HowStuffWorks collective guest. Learn more…
Serial Killers on the Loose
Oct 23, 2015 • 80 min
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 disturbing stories of uncaught serial…
What is the Highway of Tears?
Oct 17, 2015 • 73 min
For decades women have been abducted, murdered and forgotten along an isolated stretch of Canadian highway. Join the guys and special guest CarStuff’s Scott Benjamin as they explore the terrifying history - and disturbing future - of Canada’s serial…
Superstars and Satan: Music and the Occult
Oct 9, 2015 • 64 min
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 between music and the occult. Learn more…
Jade Helm Update
Oct 2, 2015 • 61 min
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 designed to do? Would it be the first step toward a New World Order? Join Ben and Noel as they take a closer…
Big Pharma: Conspiracies and Cover-ups
Sep 25, 2015 • 63 min
Big Pharma gets a bad name in the press, and the actions of multinational pharmaceutical companies are often the subject of various conspiracies - but are any of the allegations true? Learn more about theories behind political corruption, tainted medicine…
Celebrities, Death and Conspiracy
Sep 18, 2015 • 67 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Did Osama Bin Laden really die in 2011?
Sep 11, 2015 • 60 min
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 believe this is true? When did Osama Bin…
Petrodollar 101
Sep 4, 2015 • 55 min
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 source of conspiratorial allegations. Join Matt and Ben as they explore the fact and fiction surrounding the…
The Future of Slavery
Aug 28, 2015 • 68 min
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 Matt to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What happens when we die?
Aug 21, 2015 • 75 min
Death - the most mysterious, unknowable, and terrifying event in human experience. Some philosophers believe society is shaped, ultimately, by the fear of death. So what actually happens when you die? Is there anything after? Learn more about your…
The Monster with 21 Faces
Aug 14, 2015 • 38 min
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unsolved I: Tamam Shud
Aug 7, 2015 • 51 min
On December 1st, 1948, Somerton beachgoers discovered a well-dressed, anonymous corpse. Almost 50 years later, investigators still aren’t sure what happened. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Capital Conspiracies: Washington, DC
Jul 31, 2015 • 37 min
It’s no secret that DC is home to numerous conspiracy theories — but how many are true? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Shills 101: Online Manipulators and You
Jul 24, 2015 • 71 min
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 McCormick as they explore the future of online manipulation. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What’s Beneath the Antarctic Ice?
Jul 17, 2015 • 61 min
Antarctica is one of the most mysterious places on the planet. If the ice melted, what would we find beneath? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How World War III Might Start
Jul 10, 2015 • 69 min
Pundits have predicted the beginning of WWIII since, essentially, the end of the last World War. But could it really happen? How? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What is Qi?
Jul 3, 2015 • 64 min
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What is “Skinwalker Ranch”?
Jun 26, 2015 • 47 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Can hallucinogens cure addiction?
Jun 19, 2015 • 54 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What is media manipulation?
Jun 12, 2015 • 51 min
How often do you think news outlets bury, skip or distort an important story? The answers — or, at least, the accusations — might surprise you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Who killed Robert Kennedy?
Jun 6, 2015 • 47 min
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 surrounding the tragedy. Learn more about…
The Deep Web With Alex Winter
May 29, 2015 • 31 min
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 infamous Silk Road and its creator, Ross Ulbricht. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Return of Listener Mail
May 22, 2015 • 49 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Is there a real-life warp drive?
May 15, 2015 • 58 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What’s the purpose of Jade Helm 15?
May 8, 2015 • 63 min
Would the federal government really try to take over states via a military exercise? What do politicians, voters and officials think? Join Matt and Ben as they explore the history of military exercises and the upcoming Jade Helm 15. Learn more about your…
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code
May 1, 2015 • 71 min
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 Christian Sager as they explore the…
What is genocide?
Apr 24, 2015 • 34 min
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. Why? And why do both sides accuse the…
False Flag Attacks
Apr 17, 2015 • 35 min
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 conspiracy theories. Learn more…
Big Data and You
Apr 10, 2015 • 51 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Mysterious Symbols of Easter
Apr 3, 2015 • 50 min
Easter is one of the most important celebrations in Christianity. So why does it involves a rabbit and painted eggs? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Operation Gladio: Invisible Armies and The Secret War
Mar 27, 2015 • 49 min
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 are they linked with terrorist groups? What were these secret armies actually doing, and - perhaps more…
Did a UFO crash in Kecksburg, PA?
Mar 20, 2015 • 38 min
On December 9th, 1965, multiple witnesses saw a bright object shoot through the sky and - allegedly - land in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. So what actually happened? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Are the police targeting minorities?
Mar 13, 2015 • 42 min
Did you know that there’s no systematic, comprehensive study of police shootings across the United States? Some blame a distaste for paperwork, while others think there’s something sinister afoot. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Who runs the internet?
Mar 6, 2015 • 50 min
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 explore the facts and fiction surrounding the Open Internet and Net Neutrality. Learn more about your…
North Korea: Fact and Fiction
Feb 27, 2015 • 61 min
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 about it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Listener Mail Extravaganza II
Feb 20, 2015 • 56 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Diamonds: The Conspiracy
Feb 13, 2015 • 54 min
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Will Yellowstone erupt?
Feb 6, 2015 • 41 min
A large part of North America is sitting on a geothermal timebomb. Could it explode in your lifetime? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Legal Drugs in America
Jan 30, 2015 • 44 min
Each year, millions of US residents consume pharmaceutical products designed to somehow improve their lives. These drugs could tackle anything from ADHD to allergies and diseases. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Prohibition Conspiracy
Jan 16, 2015 • 46 min
Why did the US practice prohibition? Do current prohibition policies really protect the public, or are they meant to do something else entirely? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Does Being Wealthy Make You A Bad Person?
Jan 9, 2015 • 32 min
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 in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Who hacked Sony? (Pt. II)
Jan 2, 2015 • 50 min
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 second part of their series on the Sony…
Who hacked Sony? (Pt. I)
Dec 26, 2014 • 33 min
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 show for a discussion of the recent…
Is clairvoyance real?
Dec 19, 2014 • 55 min
Are psychic powers actually possible? Join Ben and Matt as they investigate the truth about clairvoyance. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Big Oil: Conspiracies and You
Dec 12, 2014 • 44 min
We always hear stories about Big Oil and other conspiracies, but are any of these true? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What is the TPP?
Dec 5, 2014 • 46 min
Sure, the Trans-Pacific Partnership sounds like a snoozefest… but why does it matter? Why should you care about this secretive international agreement? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What the heck is Stonehenge?
Nov 28, 2014 • 40 min
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Listener Mail Extravaganza
Nov 21, 2014 • 37 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Who’s winning the War on Drugs?
Nov 14, 2014 • 52 min
From the Opium Wars to prohibition and the modern drug trade, human civilization has been irreversibly influenced by wars over drugs. Has it worked? Could it ever? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Are there real devil worshippers?
Nov 7, 2014 • 57 min
Could there really be groups of people conducting Satanic rites — not philosophical stances, but actual devil worship via ritual or even sacrifice? Where are these groups, if they exist? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Oct 31, 2014 • 24 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Do intelligence agencies run cults?
Oct 24, 2014 • 38 min
Sure, cults are weird. The doomsday prophecies, claims of superpowers and tendency toward brainwashing are all strange, but what if the situation got even weirder? What if intelligence agencies were secretly involved with everything from the Manson family…
Is the middle class going extinct?
Oct 17, 2014 • 35 min
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Could robots really run the world?
Oct 10, 2014 • 42 min
Is it possible that one day all the world’s decisions will be made by AI? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Can people purposefully collapse the stock market?
Oct 3, 2014 • 42 min
Is it possible that someone has been playing both sides of the financial fence, seeking to destabilize markets for their own purposes? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Jesuits: Fact and Fiction
Sep 26, 2014 • 44 min
The ascendance of Pope Francis has led to a revival of Jesuit conspiracy theories. But why? Who are the Jesuits, exactly? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fire in the Sky: Tunguska
Sep 19, 2014 • 46 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Are NGOs the tools of foreign agents?
Sep 12, 2014 • 29 min
They’re supposed to help people across the planet — so why doesn’t everyone trust NGOs? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Are people really murdering scientists?
Sep 5, 2014 • 50 min
From Iran to London, it seems that being a scientist has become an increasingly dangerous occupation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Can you really be anonymous online?
Aug 29, 2014 • 45 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
STDWYTK Presents: A Ghost Story
Aug 15, 2014 • 18 min
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 the first listener mail episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Gabon’s Ancient Nuclear Reactor(s)
Aug 8, 2014 • 25 min
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Banned Books of the Bible
Aug 1, 2014 • 36 min
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 to learn more about how the bible has changed over time — including what got added in, taken out and why.…
Nazis, Lost Civilizations and Ancient Man: The Ahnenerbe
Jul 18, 2014 • 41 min
Did Nazis really have a department for paranormal investigations? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Future of Drones
Jul 11, 2014 • 44 min
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 drones. Learn more about your ad-choices…
What are you actually eating?
Jul 4, 2014 • 37 min
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 number of “barely-food” chemicals used to preserve color, taste or texture. But what are these, exactly?…
When the Police Become Your Army
Jun 27, 2014 • 47 min
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 weaponry, patrolling the streets with the same door-to-door tactics used in occupied countries? According to some…
Was T. Henry Moray the Next Tesla?
Jun 20, 2014 • 42 min
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 engineer may have discovered a revolutionary zero-point energy device. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The World Beneath Our Feet
Jun 13, 2014 • 43 min
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 ring of truth? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Alternative History and You
Jun 6, 2014 • 43 min
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 Matt and Ben. Learn more about your…
Can human beings create disaster?
May 30, 2014 • 38 min
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 earthquake, floods or volcanic eruptions. But some believe that humanity has more control over Earth’s…
How could aliens contact us?
May 23, 2014 • 45 min
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 secret? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Listener Mail Edition
May 16, 2014 • 48 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What was the Octopus?
May 9, 2014 • 40 min
It sounds like something out of a paranoid political thriller - one journalist stumbles across a vast international conspiracy involving the world’s most important leaders and corporations. But could it be true? What is the Octopus, and what happened to…
The Future of Death
May 2, 2014 • 64 min
Will someone alive today live forever? Can science create real-life zombies? Are there any real examples of the ‘walking dead’ around today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Is taxation legal?
Apr 25, 2014 • 42 min
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Were there really ‘lost races’ of man?
Apr 18, 2014 • 54 min
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 deeper to see if there’s any grain of truth to the legends of giants, gnomes and more. Learn more about…
What was the Great Game?
Apr 11, 2014 • 49 min
Over 200 years ago the British and Russian empires waged a silent war across Eurasia in what became known as “The Great Game”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Neuromarketing: Science or Science Fiction?
Apr 4, 2014 • 42 min
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 subconscious mind? And, if so, what does…
Do you live near a D.U.M.B.?
Mar 28, 2014 • 44 min
Is the world really littered with underground military bases? Is it possible to find them on your own? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Cults (You’ve Never Heard Of)
Mar 21, 2014 • 54 min
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 in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Behind the Curtain: Russia and Crimea
Mar 14, 2014 • 33 min
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 Curtain” series, where they cut past the rhetoric to explore the truth behind murky international affairs.…
The Pineal Gland: A Third Eye?
Mar 7, 2014 • 46 min
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 beyond our physical world? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Of Wolves and Men
Feb 28, 2014 • 35 min
For centuries people believed that human beings could transform into wolves. Why? Could werewolf legends simply be cover stories for the violent acts of deranged humans? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A Suicide Epidemic in the Banking World?
Feb 21, 2014 • 33 min
A recent spate of suicides by high-level banking officials has shaken the financial world. Coincidence? Or conspiracy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Exorcisms: An Introduction
Feb 14, 2014 • 43 min
What are exorcisms, really? How do they function across cultures? Is there any proof that they’re real? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What was COINTELPRO?
Feb 7, 2014 • 47 min
What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ghosts 101
Jan 31, 2014 • 33 min
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 accepted scientific proof that ghosts exists, then what are millions of people around the world claiming to…
Could a solar flare destroy civilization?
Jan 29, 2014 • 26 min
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 science fiction film, but if a powerful enough solar flare hits Earth’s magnetosphere this could become a…
Operation Snow White
Jan 24, 2014 • 24 min
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 of Operation Snow White — and why the Church of Scientology and the US government still don’t agree on…
Soviet Psychotronics
Jan 22, 2014 • 28 min
It’s true - the Soviet government really did have its own parapsychological research program. And, unlike MKULTRA and other US operations, the Soviet version continued until 2003, when it officially ended. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt. Learn…
Serial Killer Cults
Jan 17, 2014 • 35 min
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 they were killing on the orders of a…
War in Space
Jan 15, 2014 • 41 min
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, exactly? Could there really be a war…
Is the placebo effect getting stronger?
Jan 10, 2014 • 31 min
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 implications continue to fascinate…
Cicadas, Ciphers and Codes: The Weird World of Cryptography
Jan 8, 2014 • 21 min
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 truly unbreakable code? And what exactly is Cicada 3301? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your…
Listener Mail Review
Jan 3, 2014 • 32 min
Things get weird as Matt and Ben sift through a backlog of listener requests, questions and conspiracies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Secret Nuclear Programs
Dec 27, 2013 • 32 min
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 nukes today, and how did they get them? The answers may surprise you. Tune in to learn more Learn more…
Origins of Christmas
Dec 25, 2013 • 22 min
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 traditions come from? Tune in to learn more.…
Whistleblowers: A 2013 Update
Dec 20, 2013 • 37 min
What happened to Chelsea Manning? What will Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald reveal next? And how long will Julian Assange remain in London? Join Matt and Ben as they give you the latest updates on the lives of the world’s most well-known…
Can we really lose civilizations?
Dec 18, 2013 • 29 min
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, empire or society? Are any of the stories of lost cities true? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about…
The “Real” Conspiracies
Dec 13, 2013 • 26 min
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 conspiracy theories seem the most…
The Illuminati
Dec 11, 2013 • 27 min
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 series. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Human Experimentation: Show Notes
Dec 6, 2013 • 37 min
The search for life-saving medical innovations has a dark side: human experimentation. And, while history is unfortunately chock-full of horrifying experiments on innocents, it isn’t all stuff from the ancient past. In fact, experiments on unconsenting…
Cryptozoology: Show Notes
Dec 4, 2013 • 32 min
Why do so many consider cryptozoology a “pseudoscience”? Have any of the mysterious animals known as cryptids ever been found? How many species exist on Earth today? The answer might surprise you. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt. Learn more about…
Edward Snowden and the Whistleblower Debate
Nov 29, 2013 • 18 min
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 for Snowden? And how should the world handle whistleblowers? Is there a real difference between a…
Did Nazis really make “UFOs”?
Nov 27, 2013 • 25 min
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 proof of some official’s occult aspirations, researchers discovered a wealth of groundbreaking research on…
Fifty Years Later: The JFK Assassination
Nov 22, 2013 • 21 min
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 lingering questions they found in the…
DARPA, Part II
Nov 15, 2013 • 21 min
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 for the second part of their series on DARPA. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
DARPA 101
Nov 8, 2013 • 19 min
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 what role have they played in pioneering top-secret science? Learn more with Matt and Ben. Learn more about…
Edward Leedskalnin’s Coral Castle
Nov 4, 2013 • 19 min
After being jilted a day before his wedding and narrowly surviving tuberculosis, Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin spent almost 30 years building Coral Castle out of huge blocks of stone. But how did he make it, and why wouldn’t he allow anyone to…
The Deceptive Brain
Nov 1, 2013 • 25 min
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 times deceptive, side of…
Edward Bernays: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of
Oct 25, 2013 • 32 min
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 who was this man, and how did he get…