Podcast

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know

From UFOs to psychic powers and government conspiracies, history is riddled with unexplained events. You can turn back now or learn the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know ... an audio podcast from iHeartRadio and HowStuffWorks.

Episodes

  • MKULTRA 201: The Conspiracies

    Apr 19 2019

    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 became public knowledge, but thousands of people aren't buying the official story -- instead, they say, insidious operations continued throughout the country. Where do these claims come from? Is there any proof? Learn more about your ad-choices at ht...more

  • MKULTRA 101: The Basics

    Apr 17 2019

    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, that is, intrepid reporters and members of Congress managed to expose MKULTRA, the insidious series of experiments run by the Central Intelligence Agency with almost no oversight. In the decades since the revelation, MKULTRA has been featured in ...more

  • The Legend of Cocaine Island, with Theo Love

    Apr 12 2019

    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 a huge parcel of cocaine washed ashore. Not being sure what to do, Julian buried the drugs and more or less let them be. As the 2008 crash put Rodney in dire financial straits, he began assembling a team to retrieve the cocaine in a mission tha...more

  • The Race to the Arctic: Who will control the poles?

    Apr 10 2019

    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 take possession of the region's future trade routes -- and billions of dollars' worth of previously untouchable resources. The pieces are already on the chessboard, with multiple groups accusing each other of cover-ups and deceptive tactics. One q...more

  • Who's Infiltrating Protests?

    Apr 05 2019

    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 have the right permits and things don't turn violent. However, many veteran protestors will tell you there's more going on behind the scenes. Most protestors, they argue, don't want things to devolve into physical conflict. However, those people w...more

  • Who Killed Artemus Ogletree?

    Apr 03 2019

    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 shortly thereafter... and there the mystery begins. Roland, you see, was a fake name used by one Artemus Ogletree, from Birmingham, Alabama. Join the guys as they unravel the strange, twisting story of Artemus Ogletree's murder. Learn more about you...more

  • How did North America's largest city disappear? The Mysterious Collapse of Cahokia

    Mar 29 2019

    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 major population centre around AD1050, by 1350 it was largely abandoned by its people – and, even today, no one is sure why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Introducing It Could Happen Here, An iHeartRadio Original Podcast

    Mar 28 2019

    Boy, politics really has gotten hideous, hasn’t it? And protests seem a lot more violent than they were a couple of years ago. Are things getting worse? Could the U.S.A. be on the road to a second civil war? Robert Evans says ‘Yes!’ and by the time you’ve finished listening to ‘It Could Happen Here,’ you will too. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Power, Politics, Corruption and Prayer: What is 'The Family'?

    Mar 27 2019

    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 and ability to stay out of the public eye. The Family is one of the latter -- a secretive group founded in 1935 as a religiously-motivated movement to bring its interpretation of Christianity to the halls of Congress and beyond. But what exactly...more

  • Orang Minyak: Mythical Monster or Monstrous Cover-up?

    Mar 22 2019

    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 -- boogeymen meant to warn children against disobeying their parents or social mores. But something about the Orang Minyak is different: Since the 1950s, it's been a prime suspect in numerous assaults and attempted crimes, with authorities and bys...more

  • What will humanity be like in 1,000 years?

    Mar 20 2019

    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 with special guests John Goforth and Brent Hand, hosts of Hysteria 51, as they explore the strange twists and turns the future may hold for our species... assuming, of course, that we survive. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart...more

  • The death of Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

    Mar 15 2019

    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 dots between corruption in her home country and information in the Panama Papers, she may have finally crossed a line organized crime wasn't willing to tolerate -- in October of 2017, she was killed by a car bomb outside of her home. Today, the mu...more

  • Will the real Shakespeare please stand up?

    Mar 13 2019

    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, Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and collaborated on several more. Yet for more than a century various researchers known collectively as anti-Stratfordians have argued that Shakespeare didn't actually write some -- or all -- of his work.  ...more

  • Is there a serial killer on the U.S. border?

    Mar 08 2019

    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 -- after all, chaotic times create opportunities for crime -- but one story slipped through the cracks. It appears that there was an active serial killer on the US border, and he worked for Uncle Sam. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.i...more

  • Enough About Us: 2019, Part 2

    Mar 06 2019

    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 ring at 1-833-STDWYTK. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Third Eye Spies, the CIA and the Quiet Mind with Russell Targ

    Mar 01 2019

    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 years. Join the guys as they interview physicist and author Russell Targ, creator of the new film Third Eye Spies, to learn more about his experience researching remote viewing, his work with the government, the future of remote viewing and more...more

  • The Student Loan Conspiracy

    Feb 27 2019

    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 the value of Facebook and Microsoft combined. So how did we get here? Why do so many people believe the government and private financial interests have conspired to put people under the thumb of life-long, crippling debt? And, perhaps most distur...more

  • Enough About Us: 2019, Part 1

    Feb 22 2019

    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 ring at 1-833-STDWYTK. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is the Finders cult?

    Feb 20 2019

    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 confirmed they knew the men, and the charges were eventually dropped. But this isn’t how the story ends -- instead, this is where the story of the Finders cult begins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do angels have a language?

    Feb 15 2019

    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, outside of anecdotes and personal opinion, is there any proof these creatures exist? To one enormously influential scientist, magician and philosopher, Angels left one indisputable proof of their existence: A secret language, predating humanity -...more

  • Cell Phones, 5G & Cancer

    Feb 13 2019

    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 make everyday life that much easier. In fact, it sounds too good to be true... and, according to some critics, that might just be the case. So how do we separate the fact from fiction when it comes to smart phones and cancer? Learn more about ...more

  • Who killed Fred Hampton?

    Feb 08 2019

    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 during an FBI/Chicago Police Force raid on December 4th, 1969. Officially speaking, his death was an unfortunate accident. However, 50 years later multiple scholars, journalists and historians believe there’s more to the story. Learn more about you...more

  • Returning To The Moon

    Feb 06 2019

    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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Disturbing World of Incels

    Feb 01 2019

    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 huge amounts of controversy with with incitement of violence, encouragement of sexual assault, and militant misogyny that one could easily mistake for trolling. Join the guys as they explore the origins, growth and devolution of the incel move...more

  • Is there a secret funeral monopoly?

    Jan 30 2019

    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 guys as they delve deeper into the fact, fiction and controversy of the funeral industry to determine whether or not a secret monopoly is at play. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Mysterious McKinsey Group

    Jan 25 2019

    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 companies, such as Nestle, Unilever, Halliburton and so on -- but many more companies operate just as effectively in relative obscurity. Tune in to learn more about the controversies surrounding the prestigious and murky world of the global mana...more

  • What caused the world’s weirdest earthquake?

    Jan 23 2019

    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 explore the theories behind the world’s weirdest earthquake. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Famous Lost Tombs, Part II

    Jan 18 2019

    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

    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 of humanity's famous lost tombs, hidden corpses and more in the first part of this two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What exactly is 'Natural Flavoring'?

    Jan 11 2019

    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" in advertising... and why there might be more to the story than you think. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is MI5 a Criminal Organization?

    Jan 09 2019

    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 and abet some crimes in the course of (theoretically) preventing others. Tune in to learn more about the morally grey world of covert operations and MI5. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Jeffrey Epstein Broke The Law and Got Away

    Jan 04 2019

    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 Epstein traveled the globe, often throwing exclusive parties on his own private island. Yet this jet-setting money whiz was also dogged by rumors -- rumors of ongoing sexual abuse with multiple victims. At least some of these rumors turned out to be ...more

  • The Truth Behind the Salem Witch Trials, with Aaron Mahnke

    Jan 02 2019

    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 does Hollywood get wrong and, perhaps most importantly, was there something the people of Salem didn't want future generations to know? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • It's the End of the Year as We Know It

    Dec 28 2018

    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 updates and predictions for the cover-ups, conspiracies and allegations of 2019. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • CLASSIC: The Mysterious Origins of Christmas

    Dec 26 2018

    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. Join Ben and Matt as they delve into some of the murky origins of what we call Christmas in today's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The End Of The World with Josh Clark

    Dec 21 2018

    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 we've also made tremendous technological breakthroughs -- but could some of those same innovations ultimately become the agents of our collective demise? Join the guys as they interview Stuff You Should Know cohost Josh Clark about the science behin...more

  • What the F*ck is up with Florida?

    Dec 19 2018

    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 state and its residents. But how did we get here? Is there any truth to the bizarre stereotype? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Mysterious Death of Biohacker Aaron Traywick

    Dec 14 2018

    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 overdose. Was there foul play? Suicide? Pseudocide? Listen in to learn more about the life, times and mysterious death of Aaron Traywick. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Kurim Case

    Dec 12 2018

     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 in a cellar, being tortured. This was only the beginning of the strange and twisted tale of the Kurim cult. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who were the Si-Te-Cah?

    Dec 07 2018

    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, the fall of 1911, when guano miners stumbled upon a thousands of artifacts hidden in a mysterious cave just outside of Lovelock, Nevada. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What's happening at Pine Gap?

    Dec 05 2018

    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 guys as they delve into the fact and fiction surrounding Australia's Pine Gap. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Everyone Knew Non-stick Pans Were Poisonous (And No One Told You)

    Nov 30 2018

    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 corporate entities conspired (for decades) to suppress research indicating serious medical dangers posed by Teflon and related substances. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Agent 355: Washington's Secret Spy

    Nov 28 2018

    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. Join the guys as they unravel the strange story of the enigmatic Agent 355. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Above Majestic, with David Wilcock

    Nov 23 2018

    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 interview the creator of the film, David Wilcock, about his theories, his beliefs, and the experiences that inspired him to create the film. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Why do so many people hate Nestlé?

    Nov 21 2018

    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 a dark side that goes far beyond the occasional ethical misstep. Join the guys and special guest Lauren Vogelbaum, host of Savor, as they unravel the story of Nestlé's cover-ups and conspiracies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news...more

  • The Future of Censorship

    Nov 16 2018

    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 phenomenon of censorship, from moments where it's arguably necessary to times where censorship functions as conspiracy or cover-up -- ultimately asking how censorship works in the future.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.c...more

  • STDWYTK Live: Secrets of The Federal Reserve

    Nov 14 2018

    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 exploring these secret images on their first live tour. Tune in to learn more about the strange world of hobo code, the weird images on US currency and the murky origins of the Federal Reserve. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com...more

  • Current Concentration Camps: 2018 and Beyond

    Nov 09 2018

    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 practice of detaining, capturing and torturing groups of people continues in the modern day. Listen in to learn the stuff they don't want you to know about modern, secret detainment camps. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart...more

  • Who Controls The Music You Hear?

    Nov 07 2018

    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 successful music stars apart from the rest? Why do certain songs get played more than others? Who really writes them? Join the guys as they explore the truth behind the speaker, and hunt down the people who control the music you hear. Learn more about y...more

  • The Dark Alliance: Did the US government and druglords kill Gary Webb?

    Nov 02 2018

    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 epidemic in the United States, and the actions of the Central Intelligence Agency. While the series was published, multiple mainstream newspapers joined together to write editorials criticizing him, and ultimately his own editors turned on him, as ...more

  • Is Voter Fraud a Fraud?

    Oct 31 2018

    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 the strange, murky world of voter and election fraud. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • DARPA 2019 and Beyond

    Oct 26 2018

    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 what DARPA has up its sleeve for the future, even when it’s the stuff they don’t want you to know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Strange Story of the GhostNet

    Oct 24 2018

    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 missiles, spies and bombs. Join the guys as they explore the rise of the mysterious entity known as GhostNet -- what it did, how it got away with it, and why no one's been able to stop it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/po...more

  • The Stuff YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Know

    Oct 19 2018

    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 in as the guys explore the strange, hidden mechanics governing what YouTube wants you to watch, and why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Ancient Civilizations in Antarctica?

    Oct 17 2018

    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 unique creatures that call the freezing, ice-riddled continent home. Yet for centuries various researchers have argued there's more to the history of Antarctica -- that, before it was ever 'officially discovered', Antarctica was home to a long-forgo...more

  • The Michael Jordan Conspiracy, Featuring the Culture Kings

    Oct 12 2018

    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 Jordan's retirement, rumors began to spread, claiming there was more -- much more -- to the official story. Join the guys as they welcome special guests Jacquis Neal and Edgar Momplaisir, the hosts of Culture Kings, to separate the fact from fictio...more

  • Real Life Super Powers Part II

    Oct 10 2018

    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 superpower sequel, with all new powers (and a few abilities that might be more like a curse). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Behind the Curtain of the Music Industry with J. Prince

    Oct 05 2018

    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 suppress the music you hear. In this episode Ben, Matt and Noel meet with J. Prince, the founder of Rap-A-Lot records, to learn more about what the music industry does — and does not — want its listeners to know. Learn more about your ad-choices...more

  • The Bunyip and Beyond: Meet the Cryptids of Australia

    Oct 03 2018

    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 special guest appearance by Savor cohost and frequent globetrotter Anney Reese, who for a time lived with an indigenous community on the continent. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Sex Cults and Rocket Science: The Jack Parsons Story

    Sep 28 2018

    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 Thelemite religion, attempt the Babalon Working and hobknob with L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Tune in to learn more about the rocket scientist and real-life wizard Jack Parsons. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.c...more

  • 1-833-STDWYTK

    Sep 26 2018

    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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Beatles Conspiracies

    Sep 21 2018

    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 decades, they've also become the subject of multiple conspiracy theories. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Secrets of the Hidden Chinese Pyramid

    Sep 19 2018

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Behind The Scenes of Atlanta Monster and Up and Vanished with Payne Lindsey

    Sep 14 2018

    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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is the Ark of the Covenant Hidden in Ethiopia?

    Sep 12 2018

    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 Lady Mary of Zion, the ark itself has been hidden in Ethiopia for millennia.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Italy's Satanic Murders

    Sep 07 2018

    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 conspiracy? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Here's Where it Gets Crazy - September 2018

    Sep 05 2018

    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

    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 creator of The Control Group podcast, about the real-life events that inspired the first fiction podcast by HowStuffWorks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Hollywood Sex Cult - NXIVM

    Aug 29 2018

    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 circle in which abuse, sexual slavery, fraud and physical branding were commonplace. Tune in as the guys answer the question: At what point does a company move from being an MLM to becoming a cult? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://new...more

  • What is Agent Orange?

    Aug 24 2018

    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 Vietnam, Vietnamese citizens and US veterans alike reported crippling, life-threatening symptoms. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Stanley Kubrick: The Man and the Myths

    Aug 22 2018

    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 people -- he’s affected the public in much more disturbing ways. Join the guys as they dive into the conspiratorial allegations surrounding Stanley Kubrick. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Mystery of North Sentinel Island

    Aug 17 2018

    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 island, with no ships, helicopters or people allowed within miles of the shore. Ordinarily one might assume this is a secret military base or the site of an environmental disaster -- but the real answer is even stranger. Tune into to learn more ...more

  • Who created the opioid epidemic?

    Aug 15 2018

    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 unwilling addicts. So how exactly did the U.S. come to find itself in the grip of an opioid epidemic, and who should be held responsible? Perhaps most importantly, how can the nation recover? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart....more

  • The Ariel School UFO Encounter

    Aug 10 2018

    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 other UFO reports? Join the guys as they interview Randall Nickerson about his investigation of the sighting, and his upcoming documentary on the Ariel School UFO encounter. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adv...more

  • What is the Key of Solomon?

    Aug 08 2018

    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 often point to the legendary Key of Solomon as proof that genuine grimoires exist. But what is this book, exactly? Tune in as the guys attempt to separate the fact from fiction surrounding the Key of Solomon. Learn more about your ad-choices at h...more

  • The Hidden Tomb of Genghis Khan

    Aug 03 2018

    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 to death in an effort to keep the location secret. So what exactly happened to Genghis Khan? Could it be possible that someone actually knows where it is, and has somehow kept the location hidden for almost 800 years? Learn more about your ad...more

  • How can you become a ufologist?

    Aug 01 2018

    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 most (and least) credible paths to becoming a genuine ufologist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can a President pardon himself?

    Jul 27 2018

    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 recent years scholars, voters and politicians have wrestled with a strange question: Can a standing President pardon him- or herself? In today's episode, the guys speak with Professor Brian C. Kalt, the author of “Constitutional Cliffhangers: A L...more

  • Will Google start impersonating you?

    Jul 25 2018

    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 carry out “real world” tasks over the phone. For many this feels like a startling and innovative convenience -- no more awkward conversations making appointments or routine check-ins, right? Yet critics of this concept warn we may be approaching...more

  • Conspiracies That Turned Out To Be True

    Jul 20 2018

    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 the planet, numerous events initially called conspiracy theories turned out to be conspiracy facts. Join the guys as they explore conspiracies that turned out to be true.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast...more

  • Did Buzz Aldrin see a UFO?

    Jul 18 2018

    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 and done astonishing things. In 2018, news outlets claimed Buzz Aldrin had one more astonishing achievement under his belt, an event kept secret until the modern day: Apparently, he had seen a UFO in space.  Learn more about your ad-choices a...more

  • Expats and Espionage: The Story of Operation Chaos

    Jul 13 2018

    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 as a bullet or a bomb. When U.S. deserters fled the war and traveled to the U.S.S.R. or neutral countries, they became a propaganda tool of immense proportions -- and the U.S. wanted them back, regardless of what laws might get broken, or how ma...more

  • What is Multi-level Marketing?

    Jul 11 2018

    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 supplements. And the opportunities don't stop there! You can also recruit your friends, loved ones and complete strangers to sell these products for you. It might sound too good to be true... and often it is. Join Ben and Matt as they delve into strange ...more

  • The Kennedy Curse

    Jul 06 2018

    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 up substantial profits over the generations, the family has historically been fraught with personal tragedy. Join the guys as they crack the case of the Kennedy curse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis...more

  • Canada Built a 'Gaydar' Machine

    Jul 04 2018

    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 quest to 'scientifically' detect the sexual orientation of employees -- and to fire them for the perceived results. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • From Rock to UFOs: The Tom DeLonge Story

    Jun 29 2018

    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 51 as they explore the story behind DeLonge's new mission -- a project he and his supporters believe could change the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Cult of the Garbage Eaters

    Jun 27 2018

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

  • Children and Prison

    Jun 22 2018

    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? Join the guys and special guest Julian Wyatt as they explore the untold story of children caught in the web of the prison industry. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Google, the Pentagon and AI

    Jun 20 2018

    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 people, some of whom were Google's own engineers. So what exactly happened? Join the guys as they dive into the strange story of Project Maven. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is the Windsor hum?

    Jun 15 2018

    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 Windsor hum? Join the guys as they dive into the mystery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Here's Where It Gets Crazy - FB Special

    Jun 13 2018

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Have psychics solved any actual crimes?

    Jun 08 2018

    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 do possess some spark of extraordinary ability, but what about in real life? Join the guys as they delve into the world of true crime and allegations of ESP to discover whether any real-life psychics have solved actual crimes. Learn more about ...more

  • DNA and Crime: The Original Night Stalker

    Jun 06 2018

    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 from history, known only as a grandfather with a weird temper problem -- one of the cranky old men so common in neighborhoods across suburban America. But new DNA anaylsis leveraging the massive, growing databases in both federal and private h...more

  • What is Predictive Programming?

    Jun 01 2018

    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 from the early days of deification to a startling story by Edgar Allan Poe and beyond. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Murky World of Serial Killer Memorabilia

    May 30 2018

    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 morbid (in some cases, obsessive) curiosity. And, for many, this fascination goes further than reading a book or watching a film. Join the guys as they shine a light on the controversial, secretive trade of relics known as murderbilia. Learn mo...more

  • From the Past to the Modern Day: Does torture actually work?

    May 25 2018

    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 actually works. So how much truth is there to the claims that, while unethical, torture delivers results? What's the Stuff the Authorities Don't Want You To Know about what goes on in those unobserved black sites hidden across the planet? Tune in to...more

  • Are frogs really changing gender?

    May 23 2018

    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 States. So what's the truth behind the headline? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they separate the hilarious fiction from the disturbing facts of the case. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Imperialism and Iran

    May 18 2018

    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 between Iran and the West are ratcheting up at an unprecedented rate, and both sides portray the other as unrepentent antagonists hellbent on destruction. So how did we get here? Join the guys as they delve into the strange history of Iran, imperialis...more

  • What are Ultraterrestrials?

    May 16 2018

    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 us to plausibly meet creatures from another planet. But according to several fringe researchers, we're just looking in the wrong place. We should focus, they argue, not on life from other planets... but on life from other dimensions. Listen in...more

  • Is the Palace of Versailles haunted?

    May 11 2018

    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 Versailles remains an enormously popular tourist attraction and, according to some, a hotspot for for paranormal activity, including ghosts and time travel.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Uncaught Serial Killers, Part 3

    May 09 2018

    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 murderers may be people you've never heard of, while others may be infamous. One thing's for sure, however: Many of these cases remain open and unsolved, and you or someone you know may be the person who can finally provide a lead, solve the crime and...more

  • The Comey Revelations

    May 04 2018

    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 "Higher Loyalty", a book depicting events and experiences that he believed the public needed to know. So what exactly did he reveal? Is this a man sincerely pursuing what he sees as transparency and the truth, or a cynical ploy to sell more books?...more

  • Is democracy impossible?

    May 02 2018

    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 corporate-driven wars in South and Central America. All for some greater good packaged as 'democracy'. Today, many institutions, governments and organizations remain publicly convinced that some form of democracy is the superior -- or simply the least w...more

  • Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

    Apr 27 2018

    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 on each of these users, ostensibly to better target advertising campaigns. So what happens when someone starts using this vast collection of data for something else? What is Cambridge Analytica, and how deep does this rabbit hole go? Learn more a...more

  • Could a thought be alive?

    Apr 25 2018

    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 healthy psychological process, or something else? Join the gang as they delve into the fact and fiction surrounding the strange idea of a living thought. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Several Terrifying Things You Just Ate

    Apr 20 2018

    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, studies and articles it becomes alarmingly easy to think the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Or, rather, breadbasket. So what's the truth of the matter? Grab a snack and join the guys as they explore several troubling, possible terrifying ...more

  • The Great Volkswagen Cover-up, with Scott Benjamin

    Apr 18 2018

    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 murky world of corporate power, but here's one big difference: Volkswagen actually got caught. So what happened? Who perpetrated this vast, real-life conspiracy, and how were they caught? Join Ben and his returning special guest, CarStuff's Scott...more

  • What was the Chappaquiddick Incident?

    Apr 13 2018

    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, years and decades since, numerous people have tried and failed to come up with conclusive answers about the sequence of events leading to Kopechne's tragic death. Join Ben and Matt as they interview Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, the screenwriter...more

  • Redacted: Canadian Cover-ups, Sleep Paralysis and Death by Supervolcano

    Apr 11 2018

    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 where their collective mouth -- er, microphone -- is. Join the gang as they respond to some of the most fascinating, insightful emails, suggestions, responses and more from around the internet.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news....more

  • Was Benjamin Franklin a serial killer?

    Apr 06 2018

    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 darker side? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Ernest Withers: Civil Rights Hero, FBI Spy

    Apr 04 2018

    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. Withers remains a hero in his hometown of Memphis, and his career is inextricably intertwined with the Civil Rights era. However, there may be much more to the story of Withers than the public originally believed. Join the guys as they sit down...more

  • Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part II

    Mar 30 2018

    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 theories orbiting the world of digital currency. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part I

    Mar 26 2018

    You've heard of bitcoin before. It's the entirely digital, decentralized currency that supporters tout as the next step in financial evolution -- and critics call a massive scam. But what exactly are cryptocurrencies? How do they work, and why do some people believe they're as much a tool for conspiracy and crime as a tool for trade? In part 1 of this series, the gang invites returning guest Jonathan Strickland to explain the nuts and bolts of bitcoin, along with the advantages and flaws of the ...more

  • Is someone using sonic weapons in Cuba?

    Mar 23 2018

    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 refused to comment on the cause of these symptoms even as they shipped employees back home to the States. However, some anonymous government officials stated that the employees fell victim to an unorthodox, top-secret, sound-based weapon. Could it be ...more

  • A Digital Cult? The Strange Story of Bentinho Massaro

    Mar 16 2018

    One person's cult is another person's inarguable truth, and over millenia many spiritual or cultural belief systems have been called cults. Typically organizations called cults have a few commonal traits, one of the chief of which is isolation. So can cults continue to exist in the digital age, where the average smartphone user is only a few clicks away from learning almost anything they desire? What do these movements look like in the era of instantaneous communication? Join the guys as they de...more

  • Are exorcisms on the rise?

    Mar 09 2018

    Nowadays, most people in the West associate exorcism with horror movies instead of real-life terror. However, people around the world still feel that they have been possessed, and experts from various faiths across the planet still conduct exorcisms in the modern day. Join the guys as they delve into the story of the Catholic organization founded to fight possession: The International Association of Exorcists. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Modern Vampire: Longer Life Through Younger Blood

    Mar 02 2018

    We’ve heard the legends of vampires for thousands of years, and while the vast majority of modern humans relegate the stories to the domain of myth and folklore, more and more experts are wondering if technology will allow us to create something very much like the monsters of myth. Could transfusing blood from the young rejuvenate the bodies of the old? What ethical consequences could we encounter? How far has the research already gone? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com...more

  • What's happening in Saudi Arabia?

    Feb 23 2018

    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, the young Mohammad bin Salman became Crown Prince. Over the past few months since his ascension, Salman has spearheaded numerous reforms, routed many of the country’s billionaires, and signaled a fundamental change in the course of Saudi Arabian h...more

  • How The US Secretly Tracked UFOs with Jeremy Corbell

    Feb 16 2018

    Recently, the New York Times broke a story that baffled most ordinary readers -- until about 2012, the Pentagon had run a multi-million dollar, secretive program to collect numerous reports of unexplained aerial phenomena and unidentified flying objects. So what did the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program actually find? Join the guys as they interview returning guest and filmmaker Jeremy Corbell for a peek behind the curtain into the Pentagon's search for UFOs. Learn more about your...more

  • Hollywood's Abuse Epidemic

    Feb 09 2018

    For decades people knew that sexual abuse occurred in Tinseltown. It was an open, dirty secret just behind the curtain of the most popular films, tv and stage shows in the country. And the victims of abuse rarely spoke out -- when they did, they risked the ruination of their careers (or worse). In 2017 this began to change. World famous producer Harvey Weinstein was outed as a serial sexual and physical abuser, prompting his exile from his film company and encouraging numerous other victims of a...more

  • Should we be conCERNed?

    Feb 02 2018

    Sure, we worked way too hard for that pun in the title, but it's a serious question: CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research is one of the world's largest, most prominent centres for scientific research. The experts at CERN use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the fundamental building blocks of matter, and over the years it's become the subject of numerous rumors, allegations, concerns and conspiracy theories. Join the guys as they delve into t...more

  • The Grand Canyon's Lost Civilization?

    Jan 26 2018

    The Grand Canyon is a breath-taking natural formation, and every year more than 4 million people visit. Despite its popularity, areas of the canyon remain dangerously remote, and it’s no secret that numerous people have disappeared in or around the canyon over the years. But what if there was more to the story than missing couples and individuals? Is it possible that an entire civilization went missing in the canyon? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers...more

  • What exactly are 'Ghost Lights'?

    Jan 19 2018

    For centuries people in countries across the planet have reported seeing mysterious, glowing lights that appear to move of their own volition through the darkness. Whether you call them Ghost Lights, Spook Lights, Will o' the Wisps or any other number of names, chances are there's a local version of this legend somewhere in your region. So what exactly are these things? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Strange World of Inexplicable Skeletons

    Jan 12 2018

    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 as they delve into some of the strangest cases, attempting to separate fact from fiction … and cover stories from coverups. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Biomedical Big Brother

    Jan 05 2018

    In the near future, your doctor may begin prescribing 'smart pills,' medicines that remain in contact with your hospital, pharmacy or doctor's office and tell your health care providers whether you're sticking to the treatment schedule, along with other medical information. To the supporters of smart pills, this is a life-saving breakthrough. To critics, however, the potential threats of this technology outweigh the benefits. Are smart pills a new way to keep patients healthy longer, or another ...more

  • STDWYTK Presents: See You Next Time

    Dec 29 2017

    In 1933, a composer named Rezső Seress created one of the world's most infamous tunes -- a melancholy, mysterious piece known as 'Gloomy Sunday.' Over the following decades, this song became notorious for the sinister effects it had on anyone who listened to the song in full. Join the guys for a special end-of-the-year episode as they explore the story of the original recording -- where it came from, who wrote it, and, most disturbingly, why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihea...more

  • Building Disney: The Magic Kingdom and the CIA

    Dec 22 2017

    Disney World is one of the planet’s most well-known travel destinations, and over the decades it’s been the subject of bizarre rumors -- some more plausible than others. But how did this gigantic park get started? Join the guys as they delve into the murky history of Disney World’s foundations, the story of how Walt Disney himself raised the Magic Kingdom above the law. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Charles Manson is Dead, Part 2

    Dec 15 2017

    When authorities arrested members of the Manson Family for the Tate-LaBianca murders, they'd intended it to be the final chapter of a terrifying story. However, as the trial progressed, it quickly became evident that this was only the beginning of a much longer, stranger saga. In the years following the murder, conspiracy theories concerning Manson, his followers, the US government, splinter religions, secret drugs and the occult all proliferated wildly throughout the American zeitgeist. So do a...more

  • Charles Manson is Dead, Part 1

    Dec 08 2017

    After spending decades in prison, former cult leader Charles Manson passed away in November of 2017. In the wake of his death, millions of people re-examined his strange, disturbing life story, tracing his evolution from an abused child to one of the most infamous prisoners in U.S. history. So how exactly did he get started? What led him and his followers down their grisly path? Join the guys as they separate fact from folklore in part one of this two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choic...more

  • Are there any real underwater military bases?

    Dec 01 2017

    We've all seen the space-age secret bases in science fiction and blockbuster films, but could a government or corporation really build a secret, permanent deep-sea base? Where would they do it? Why? Join the guys as they dive into (get it?) the murky world of militaries beneath the waves. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Bicameral Mind with Joe McCormick

    Nov 24 2017

    How old is the phenomenon we call consciousness, and where did it come from? Was humanity always capable of metacognition -- the ability to think about thinking? If it wasn't, then how did our ancestors process the world around them, and how did they struggle with internal conflicts? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview returning guest Joe McCormick about the strange theory of the bicameral mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Secrets revealed? JFK in 2017

    Nov 17 2017

    For decades after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans -- and millions of people across the planet -- have had lingering, troubling problems with the US government’s official narrative of the tragedy. Now, recently declassified documents may shed light on the story, either confirming or contradicting the official tale of Kennedy’s death. Or will they? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What happened to Commander Crabb?

    Nov 10 2017

    Today's episode comes from the heart of the Cold War -- when Lionel 'Buster' Crabb disappeared on a mysterious spying mission, his relatives and colleagues refused to believe the official story. Over time, this story changed. As investigators attempted to separate fact from fiction, they found themselves stonewalled, tangled within a web of rumor, speculation and conspiracy. So what really happened to Commander Crabb? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertiser...more

  • The Sordid, Secret World of Televangelists and Megachurches

    Nov 03 2017

    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 Theology to find the facts, fiction, and the stuff Prosperian Theologists don't want you to know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Off-World Implants with Jeremy Corbell

    Oct 27 2017

    For decades people around the globe have insisted that they were abducted and, via implants, tagged like animals. Join the guys as they interview documentarian Jeremy Corbell about his experience diving into the strange world of alleged abduction and implants in his new film, Patient Seventen. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did a cult try to run South Korea?

    Oct 20 2017

    In 2017 South Korean President Park Guen-hye was impeached and ousted from power as a result of a wide-reaching corruption scandal touching everything from big business to religion. In the aftermath, the world’s been left asking: What exactly happened? Was this another tragic case of nepotism and bribery, or … something more? Was South Korea’s President the victim of a cult? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is the Devil's Triangle?

    Oct 13 2017

    You've probably heard of the infamous (and controversial) Bermuda Triangle, that alleged site of numerous disappearing aircraft and oceangoing vessels... but have you heard of the Dragon's Triangle, its counterpart in the Pacific Ocean? Join the guys as they dive headfirst into the conspiratorial lore surrounding vile vortices, as well as the fact -- and fiction -- surrounding the so-called Devil's Sea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Titanic Conspiracies

    Oct 06 2017

    The 1912 sinking of the Titanic left an indelible mark on Western culture, so it's no surprise that more than a decade later revisionists and fringe theorists continue to claim there's something more to the tragic story. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they take a closer look at the true story of the Titanic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Gulen Movement

    Sep 29 2017

    What do private schools and revolution have in common? The answer may surprise you. Join the guys as they bring on their intern Sam Teegardin and for a firsthand look at an strange and insidious conspiracy reaching from the Eastern US seaboard and journeying through locations across the world to fundamentally rock the political foundations of the Turkish state. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Will The World End Tomorrow?

    Sep 22 2017

    Ben, Matt and Noel record new episodes every Friday -- this afternoon, they're in the studio one day before a group of people believes the world will end on September 23rd, 2017. Join the gang as they take a closer look at the group's reasoning, and settle a few conspiratorial scores before civilization as we know (possibly) collapses. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?

    Sep 15 2017

    Even without a Facebook profile, the average internet or smartphone user leaves a massive trail of digital breadcrumbs, from publicly available records to purchasing history, forum posts and GPS data -- so what happens when you try to delete this info? Join the guys as they collaborate with Part-Time Genius to explore the ins and outs of your online identity, as well as what you can -- or cannot -- actually delete from the internet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/pod...more

  • Real-life Superpowers

    Sep 08 2017

    Could any real human beings have genuine superpowers? Join the guys as they take a closer look at extraordinary beings across the planet -- and, most importantly, ask who may be attempting to manufacture and control these abilities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Holy Grail with Tansy Baigent

    Sep 01 2017

    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 -- to others, however, there may be much more to the story. Join the guys as they interview Tansy Baigent, the daughter of prolific Grail theorist and author Michael Baigent. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-ad...more

  • Inside America's Zone of Death

    Aug 25 2017

    It sounds like pure fiction: A tiny part of the United States, tucked away in Yellowstone, where you can commit any crime you like and never go to trial. So what is this so-called Zone of Death, exactly? How does it work? Perhaps most importantly -- could you really get away with... anything? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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

    Aug 18 2017

    Join the guys as they hang out with Lucky Yates, the prolific actor and voice of Dr. Krieger of FX's Archer, to explore everything from the frightening future of biotechnology to the (alleged) resurrection of the dodo and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • STDWYTK Presents: How May I Help You?

    Aug 11 2017

    If you had a chance to save a loved one, would you take it? How far would you go? It's the gang's collective birthday this month, so as a way of saying thanks to you Conspiracy Realists around the world (and beyond), the guys have teamed up with their extended conspiracy family to present a unique tale of morality, of good and evil, and... fast food. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Top-secret Bunkers with Garrett Graff

    Aug 04 2017

    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 disasters, nuclear war and more. But how do these things get built? Where are they and -- perhaps most importantly -- what happens to everyone else when the bombs hit? Join the guys as they interview Garrett M. Graff, the author of "Raven Rock: The St...more

  • Utsuro Bune: Ancient Japanese UFOs?

    Jul 28 2017

    It's a tale that dates back centuries -- a bizarre, spherical ship washes ashore in Japan, containing a single passenger. Visibily female and humanoid, but clothed in strange garments, with unusual hair and skin. Fast forward to the modern day -- experts still aren't sure what exactly happened. What was Utsuro Bune? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they delve into the mystery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Missing 411 with David Paulides

    Jul 21 2017

    Each year, thousands of people visit national parks across the US. And, tragically, some of them don't return. Join the guys as they interview David Paulides, the prolific author of the Missing 411 series, to learn more about his work and research into these disappearances. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What about the other pyramids?

    Jul 14 2017

    For many people, the word "pyramid" instantly conjures up images of ancient Egypt -- of pharaohs and mummies, treasure and (maybe) curses. But while the pyramids of Egypt may be the most well-known, they are far from the only example of these structures. Join the guys as they explore the stories of pyramids across the globe, including their alleged uses and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Moving to Mars with Marshall Brain

    Jul 07 2017

    In 2017, Elon Musk laid out plans to build a permanent colony on Mars -- one with at least a million human inhabitants. What would this colony look like? How would it work? Most importantly, could we use a Martian colony as an opportunity to improve on the socioeconomic practices of Earth? To find these answers, Ben, Matt and Noel went to the smartest guy they know: Marshall Brain, the founder of HowStuffWorks and author of "Imagining Elon Musk's Million-Person Mars Colony." Learn more about you...more

  • Is Money a Religion?

    Jun 30 2017

    Since before the dawn of recorded history, the power of belief has been a driving force for human civilization. Spiritual movements have risen and fallen, only to be replaced by other belief systems. Today much of the developed world is considered increasingly secular -- or is it? Join the guys as they explore the strange and troubling question: What if, instead of becoming less religious, the world has simply switched to another religion… the church of money? Learn more about your ad-choices at...more

  • The Search For Bigfoot

    Jun 23 2017

    For centuries, cultures around the world have told tales of "wild men" lurking in the woods, and reports of these creatures continue in the modern day. So what exactly is Bigfoot? Join the guys as they interview David Bakara, the creator of Expedition: Bigfoot, to learn more about his search for the creature and the inspiration behind his museum. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could we still discover unknown large animals?

    Jun 16 2017

    Experts believe that millions of undiscovered species exist in the modern day -- but most are tiny microbes and insects. What if there are much larger undiscovered creatures out there? What would they look like? Where would they be? And, if they exist, will human beings ever find them? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What was the Black Hand?

    Jun 09 2017

    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, a single assassination by a secret society launched Europe in all-out war. So what was the Black Hand? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Serial Killers on the Loose: Part 2

    Jun 02 2017

    It sounds like something straight out of a noir film -- an unidentified killer goes on a murder spree and disappears in a clean getaway, taunting the cops before disappearing. Unfortunately, this phenomenon isn't limited to the world of fiction. Listen in to learn more about killers who (so far) vanished into thin air. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is red mercury?

    May 26 2017

    Since the 1980s, Russian and US sources have repeatedly claimed that various groups of terrorists are dangerously close to acquiring a mysterious substance known as 'red mercury.' But what exactly is this stuff -- and why can't anyone agree about its chemical makeup, uses, or effects? Tune in and learn why there might be more to the story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Unacknowledged: An Interview with Dr. Steven Greer

    May 19 2017

    Every year, thousands of people across the planet report seeing unidentified flying objects -- and thousands more believe world governments keep secret information about these objects hidden from the public eye. Join the guys as they interview the founder of CSETI and The Disclosure Project, Dr. Steven M. Greer, about the future of government secrets, UFOs and disclosure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Facial Recognition with Jonathan Strickland

    May 12 2017

    You've heard of facial recognition technology before -- but how does the actual tech work? What don't authorities want you to know about it? Join the guys and special guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the disturbing facts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Collapse of Atlanta

    May 05 2017

    A section of Interstate 85 caught fire and fell to pieces and within days a sinkhole emerged in Interstate 20. The city and media proposed several official explanations, but Ben, Matt and Noel can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the story behind Atlanta’s collapse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What the heck is a Toynbee Tile?

    Apr 28 2017

    For decades, mysterious tiles have appeared in dozens of cities across North and South America, touting a strange -- and strangely consistent -- message. But what are the Toynbee Tiles? What is their purpose and who made them? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What happened to Hitler?

    Apr 21 2017

    On April 30th, 1945, one of the most infamous men in recent history died by his own hand as Allied forces bore down on his bunker. At least, that’s the official story. Yet for decades historians and theorists across the planet have questioned this narrative -- so what actually happened to Adolf Hitler? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • ConspiracyStuff LIVE: The Future of Surveillance

    Apr 14 2017

    Manhattan is home to some of the world's most iconic buildings -- but it's also home to something more mysterious: A looming, windowless skyscraper in the heart of Tribeca. The press doesn't have much to say about it, and neither does the telecom that owns the building. So what exactly is going on inside? Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel explore bizarre buildings and the future of surveillance in this episode, recorded live in Brooklyn during NYCPodfest. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://...more

  • Where are the world's most frequent UFO sightings?

    Apr 07 2017

    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 changed for the better in recent years. So what does the latest info tell us about UFO sightings? Where are they occur most frequently? The answer might surprise you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did Hallucinogens Create Religion?

    Mar 31 2017

    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

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did the CIA invent counterculture?

    Mar 17 2017

    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 influential art, music and prose in recent history, and introduced LSD to the mainstream. So why do so many people think it was ultimately a CIA operation? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Die Glocke: The Legend of the Nazi Bell

    Mar 10 2017

    Like most other militaries of the time, the Nazi army conducted extensive classified research into all aspects of warfare, from rocketry to drugs, tank improvements and so on. They also delved into more exotic realms, and their endeavors remain a subject of enduring fascination in the modern age. Perhaps the most famous of these legendary experiments is something known as Die Glocke, or the Nazi Bell. But what is it supposed to be, exactly? What does it do? And, if it is real, where did it end u...more

  • The Sick, Sweet Secret of the Sugar Cover-up

    Mar 03 2017

    Everyone knows sugar in excessive amounts can have damaging effects on your health -- but just how bad is it, and why do people in the US still consume so much? Join the guys as they delve into the strange story of the decades-long sugar conspiracy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?

    Feb 24 2017

    At the close of the Paris Peace Accords, the US and Vietnam agreed to return any POWs to their home country -- however, for decades after the close of the conflict, people in country reported seeing missing American soldiers, sometimes held by foreign officials, sometimes on their own in the jungle. So what happened to the hundreds of missing soldiers in the Vietnam War... and how much did the US government actually know about i99t? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/pod...more

  • Does China Have Psychic Child Soldiers?

    Feb 17 2017

    Nowadays many people are familiar with the US government's bizarre psychic experiments -- but what about China's? Join the guys as they explore the strange phenomenon of China's psychic children. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • David Icke and the Rise of the Lizard People

    Feb 10 2017

    It's one of the most outlandish conspiracy theories in history -- the idea that the world is secretly ruled by a shadowy cabal of half-human, half-alien reptilian creatures. And its most famous proponent has kept this idea in the public eye for decades. So who is David Icke? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What happened to Elisa Lam?

    Feb 03 2017

    In 2013, Canadian college student Elisa Lam disappeared while on a solo trip through California. For weeks law enforcement was at a loss to explain the disappearance -- until, that is, a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel discovered her body in a water tank. And with that, what should have been the end of a tragic tale instead became the prologue to a mystery that, according to many, remains unsolved in the present day: What happened to Elisa Lam? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://n...more

  • The NSA: Fact, Fiction and Fright

    Jan 27 2017

    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 the world's premiere repositories of intelligence -- everything from internet search histories to phone calls and texts, as well. In the final days of President Obama's administration the NSA was quietly allowed to share this information with e...more

  • Grimoires: Fact and Fiction

    Jan 20 2017

    From fictional works like the Necronomicon to the all-too-real Key of Solomon, humanity has long been obsessed with the idea of ancient tomes holding hidden, unholy and possibly dangerous secrets. But where do these grimoires come from? How many are hoaxes, and are there any legitimate works out there? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Hemp Car Cover-up

    Jan 13 2017

    Make no mistake: the United States is a car culture, and the extreme sprawl of the country means the vast majority of citizens can’t realistically live without their cars. This has inevitably led to enormous amounts of pollution and (some would argue) wars over the resources needed to keep the car culture going. So what if there was an alternative? Why would someone cover it up? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Listener Appreciation 2017: The Cattle Witcher Edition

    Jan 07 2017

    Have you written to your favorite conspiracy show lately? If so, tune in: Your message just might be on the air! Join Matt and Noel as they explore the latest, greatest - and, at times, strangest - tweets, emails and messages from the best audience in the history of podcasts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did Sheldon Gosline Discover a Lost Civilization?

    Dec 30 2016

    For centuries self-assured academics believed Troy was a mythological city -- until, that is, the ruins were discovered. Over the span of history, the human species has lost people, cities and entire civilizations. Occasionally, governments don't want these lost empires to be found. So what happens when a controversial linguist claims to discover an ancient people spanning Iran to Southern China? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Mystery of the Cagots

    Dec 23 2016

    For centuries communities in France and Spain practiced a brutal, widely-accepted system of discrimination against a group of families and individuals known as Cagots -- but who were these people? Where did they come from, and where are they now? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Search For Noah's Ark

    Dec 16 2016

    For centuries various groups claimed they'd discovered the remnants of Noah's Ark, the legendary wooden ship of Biblical fame. Despite controversy, skepticism and numerous dead ends, the search continues into the present day. And, what's more, several Ark hunters believe there's a conspiracy afoot -- the secular world knows the Ark is real, they argue, but work to suppress the truth. Why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is the Military on Drugs?

    Dec 09 2016

    From the old stories of Viking Berserkers to the rise of the Assassins and more, humanity has spent millennia using drugs as a way to explore spirituality, repair the body -- and, sometimes, to gain an edge in combat. But how prevalent was this practice? How does it continue in the modern day? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • News: The Fake vs. The Real

    Dec 02 2016

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is Project Iceworm?

    Nov 26 2016

    How many secret military bases exist around the world? How many of those are active, and how many abandoned? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore both the specific discovery of Project Iceworm and the larger practice of building top-secret bases around the globe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?

    Nov 18 2016

    After years of listener requests, Ben, Matt and Noel are finally exploring the mysterious story of the legendary Georgia Guidestones. Who built this monument, and why? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What's Happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline?

    Nov 11 2016

    As of 2014, North Dakota has a population under 500,000 -- so you, like many others, may be wondering why over 1.6 million people used social media to check in to the state's Standing Rock reservation. Listen in to learn more about the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline, along with allegations of media suppression, state-sponsored violence and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Catholics, Children and Conspiracy: The Epidemic of Abuse

    Nov 04 2016

    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? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Election, Part II: Top Clinton Conspiracies

    Oct 28 2016

    Mere days before the US election, it seems overwhelmingly likely that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States. Both candidates have been the source of great controversy, and in the second part of this series we explore the facts, fiction, controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding the Clinton campaign. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Election, Part I: Top Trump Conspiracies

    Oct 21 2016

    Donald Trump has captured global attention in his campaign for the Presidency – and, like his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, no small amount of controversy. So is there any truth to the massive conspiracy theories surrounding Trump? Tune in to hear more about the facts and fiction of the Trump campaign, from the rumors of tax dodging to false flag candidates and more. (And don’t worry, folks, part II is all about the Clinton campaign.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihear...more

  • What’s the US National Radio Quiet Zone?

    Oct 14 2016

    Tucked away in a stretch of rural land in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, the radio quiet zone is 13,000 square miles of near-total electronic silence. What’s going on in this area where cellphones don’t work and microwaves are illegal? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Skidoosh: The Listener Mail Episode

    Oct 07 2016

    Have you sent the guys an email, tweet or FB message? If so, tune in – you might just be on the air in this special episode of listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did aliens appear over Los Angeles?

    Sep 30 2016

    In the wee hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across LA. Anti-aircraft guns fired the better part of 1500 shells at something. To many people, that mysterious UFO has yet to be identified, more than half a century later. So what really happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Hidden World of Psychopaths

    Sep 23 2016

    How common are psychopaths? Is it possible that you've met one? Join the guys as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding one of the world's most widely misunderstood mental illnesses. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How could the CIA have faked the moon landing?

    Sep 16 2016

    For nearly half a century people around the world have believed the moon landing was faked. If that were true, how could people possibly perpetrate such a massive hoax? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview Matt Johnson about his newest film Operation Avalanche. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Sport Conspiracies, Part II

    Sep 09 2016

    Could your favorite sports be fixed? Join Ben, Matt and Noel for their continuing interview with author Brian Tuohy as they explore the murky world behind the sports headlines - a world comprised of illegal gambling, extortion, blackmail and organized crime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Sports Conspiracies, Part I

    Sep 02 2016

    Could it be possible that your favorite sports are fixed? Join the guys as they interview Brian Tuohy, author of The Fix is In, on the murky connections between sports, gambling, politics and organized crime in the first part of this two-episode series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Cannibalism: Fact and Fiction

    Aug 26 2016

    Cannibalism is an ancient taboo, but how often has it actually occurred? Join the guys as they explore the grisly rumors and frightening facts behind history’s stories of cannibalism. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Human Experimentation: MIT and Cereal

    Aug 19 2016

    Did the Quaker Oats company really do experiments on children? Join Matt and Ben as they dig into the checkered past of this cereal monolith. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is Sesame Credit Dangerous?

    Aug 12 2016

    What if you had a credit score that measured more than just your wallet? What if it took into account your political leanings, Internet traffic, and social media statements -- and what if the same stuff from your friends could affect your score? These are the concerns of Sesame Credit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?

    Aug 05 2016

    Months after the murder of Teresita Basa, her former coworker began falling into trances, a voice identifying itself as Teresita issuing from her mouth. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these statements turned out to be true, leading to the conviction of 32 year-old Allen Showers. But what's the real story? Was this justice beyond the grave or beyond the law? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Wikileaks and the DNC

    Jul 29 2016

    Earlier this summer Wikileaks released a cache of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee. "Unnamed experts" trace this event back to Russian hackers. But who are these hackers? What proof exists? And, most importantly, who hacked democracy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 2

    Jul 22 2016

    In the conclusion of their two part interview with Robert Mazur, the guys explore the ins and outs of money laundering. Tune in to learn how dirty money gets clean - and what happens (or doesn't happen) to the bad guys when they're caught. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 1

    Jul 15 2016

    In the first part of this two-episode series, the guys interview the legendary US Customs and Drug Enforcement agent Robert Mazur. Using the cover identity of Bob Musella, Mazur and his team tracked the shadowy financial dealings of drug traffickers all the way to the international bank that aided them - and brought that bank down. Listen in as Mazur gives an eyewitness account of his harrowing experience, close calls, ultimate victory and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.i...more

  • Could someone erase the world's debt?

    Jul 08 2016

    Modern civilization relies on the concept of debt. Wars are fought over it, loves lost and revolutions launched. So what would happen if, one day, it disappeared? Is it even possible? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Free Wifi: Gambling with Your Privacy

    Jul 01 2016

    Public wifi can be an enormously convenient thing -- it helps people dodge data charges in coffee shops, airports and other places around the globe. But how safe is it? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • STDWYTK Live: The Future of VR

    Jun 24 2016

    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 side to this technology that goes beyond gaming. In their first live show, the guys examine the future of VR. (The audio's a little rough, but hey - first try!) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Crime, Kidnapping and Organs: The Red Market

    Jun 17 2016

    For the majority of human history, a failing vital organ was a death sentence. Yet hard-won lessons from countless tragic medical experiments have given modern humans the amazing ability to swap a failing organ from a healthy one, often with good odds of surviving the operation. So where do the organs come from? Is there really any truth to the rumors of an illegal organ trade? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Are there secret space programs?

    Jun 10 2016

    For millennia humankind has dreamed of reaching the heavens, and in recent decades several countries have begun turning these dreams into reality. Yet the path to the stars isn't all altruism and noble scientific advancement -- in fact, human activities in space have often been shrouded in secrecy, and the practice continues today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Berenstein or Berenstain? The Mandela Effect

    Jun 05 2016

    How reliable are your memories? Is it possible that, somehow, history is changing? People around the world believe the past isn't as static as it might appear. Join the guys as they delve into the strange phenomenon known as the Mandela effect, touching on allegations of the multiverse, conspiracies and the tricky nature of memory. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • You're Worth About A Dollar: Targeted Online Ads

    May 27 2016

    Have you ever searched for something online, only to find an eerily related series of ads popping up at each website you visit afterward? If so, you've encountered the Brave New World of targeted online advertising. But is it a force for good? For ill? Join the guys and special guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the facts, fiction and controversy surrounding online ads. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Chemtrails

    May 20 2016

    Look -- up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ...chemtrail? You've probably heard of these allegedly poisonous strips of stuff streaking across the sky, but what are they, exactly? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Ghosthunters: The Warrens

    May 14 2016

    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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who was the Original Night Stalker?

    May 08 2016

    From 1979 to 1986, an unknown serial killer assaulted and murdered at least 10 people. He remains uncaught to this day. So who was he? Is it possible to find the Original Night Stalker? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What are the Primary Elections?

    Apr 30 2016

    To outside observers, the US primary elections can seem pretty confusing. So how do political parties use this system to select candidates - and why do critics feel the process is so corrupt? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What are Jinn?

    Apr 22 2016

    Forget everything you learned about 'genies' from Aladdin - tales of the Jinn, also called Djinn, are ancient and not at all as family-friendly as Disney might have you believe. So what are these mysterious creatures, exactly? Join the guys as they delve into the strange story of smokeless fire, parallel worlds and hidden, sentient life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Money, Mystery and Millionaires: The Panama Papers

    Apr 15 2016

    You've probably heard of shell companies, tax havens and offshore trusts. But how common are they? How many people use these techniques as a way to squirrel away money from the prying eyes of taxpayers, governments and non-billionaires? What exactly did these Panama Papers reveal? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Missing in National Parks

    Apr 08 2016

    In 2015 alone more than 300 million people visited the US national park system. Some stayed for a few hours, others for a few days - and, occasionally, some never make it out. Join the guys as they take a closer look at the fact, fiction and conjecture surrounding disappearances in national parks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • ISIS Recruitment Tactics

    Apr 02 2016

    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 across the planet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Beyond Flint: The Looming Lead Crisis

    Mar 25 2016

    What's in the water in Flint? Did city officials really cover up a potentially deadly situation? Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel look into the Stuff They Don't Want You to Know about the Flint water crisis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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

    Mar 18 2016

    Given the sheer size of the universe, it's overwhelmingly likely that some form of alien life exists - so where the heck are they? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Technology and the Occult

    Mar 11 2016

    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 and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Alchemy | with Damien Patrick Williams

    Mar 04 2016

    In today's episode, the gang joins forces with special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the origins of alchemy, as well as its strangest secrets, famous practitioners and effects on the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Flat Earth Update

    Feb 27 2016

    In ancient days civilizations across the world believed Earth was some sort of plane, a flat space in the absolute center of the universe. In recent days some celebrities have revived the concept, alleging a vast conspiracy exists. Is this a genuine belief or a marketing ploy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Rise of the Superbug

    Feb 19 2016

    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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Cattle Mutilation

    Feb 12 2016

    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 06 2016

    Have you ever found yourself infuriated by someone's opinion posted online? Or, perhaps, taken it a step further and attempted to argue with them? Why can't you win an argument online? The answer leads into a cognitive conspiracy that might surprise you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Political Conspiracies: 2016

    Jan 30 2016

    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

    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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Porter Ranch: Fossil Fuel Cover-ups

    Jan 15 2016

    There's no two ways about it: oil spills and gas leaks are disastrous, causing massive amounts of ecological damage in a matter of days or hours. So how many occur each year? How many are actually reported, versus covered up? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Militias, Uncle Sam and Occupation: The Oregon Protest

    Jan 12 2016

    On January 2nd, 2016, Ammon Bundy and a group of like-minded individuals occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge as a protest against what they saw as federal over-reach and unjust sentencing practices. So what's the real story? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Prophecy, Predictions and Prescience

    Jan 01 2016

    Nostradamus. Edgar Cayce. Baba Vanga. Have any of history's alleged psychics successfully predicted the future? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as look at humanity's efforts to predict the future, from ancient oracles to the bleeding edge of science. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • STDWYTK: How to Handle the Holidays

    Dec 25 2015

    It's the last podcast of 2015, and the guys look back on some of their favorite stories of the year. Listen in to hear updates, extras, and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Does the UK control the US?

    Dec 18 2015

    What if the Revolutionary War didn't happen the way it's described in textbooks? Tune in and learn why some people believe the UK still controls the US in this special collaboration with our friends at AllTime Conspiracies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What are "Crisis Actors?"

    Dec 12 2015

    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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Ghosts and Infrasound

    Dec 05 2015

    While humanity has yet to generate any universally-accepted proof of ghosts or hauntings, millions of people around the world report seeing apparitions or experiencing ghostly encounters every year (and sometimes these events cluster around specific areas). Why? Is there any possible explanation for the purported appearance of ghosts? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Congress 101

    Nov 27 2015

    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 you to know? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The EPA

    Nov 20 2015

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with safeguarding the country and its citizens from environmental harm. But how well is the agency actually doing at this incredibly important job? Join Matt, Ben and Noel as they explore the facts and fiction behind the EPA. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Future of Poverty

    Nov 13 2015

    Recently the World Bank stated that climate change may push more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, and innovations in robotics may eliminate the need for millions of human workers. But how much of this is alarmism, and how much is inescapable fact? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Nightmares, Shadow People and Sleep Paralysis

    Nov 06 2015

    What's the most intense nightmare you've ever had? Have you ever felt trapped in one? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2015

    Oct 30 2015

    Join Ben, Matt and Noel for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. This year the gang cracks open the listener mail vault to bring you a very creepy (true?) story. Lauren and Casey from the HowStuffWorks collective guest. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Serial Killers on the Loose

    Oct 24 2015

    TV, film and fiction have given the public a set of stereotypes about serial killers -- one of the biggest being that they always get caught. Join Ben, Matt, Noel and special guest Christian Sager as they explore the disturbing stories of uncaught serial killers in the second episode of their series on true crime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is the Highway of Tears?

    Oct 18 2015

    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 killer hunting ground. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Superstars and Satan: Music and the Occult

    Oct 09 2015

    Why have rumors of dark arts so often dogged musicians? Have any of the rock stars of yesteryear ever actually believed they contacted the underworld? Join Ben, Noel and Matt as they explore the murky relationship between music and the occult. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Jade Helm Update

    Oct 02 2015

    In the months leading up to July 15th, 2015, people across the US began to believe there was something fishy afoot. What was Jade Helm 15 actually designed to do? Would it be the first step toward a New World Order? Join Ben and Noel as they take a closer look at Jade Helm 15. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Big Pharma: Conspiracies and Cover-ups

    Sep 25 2015

    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 and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Celebrities, Death and Conspiracy

    Sep 18 2015

    Is Elvis alive? What really happened to Tupac, Kurt Cobain and Andy Kaufman? Join Ben and Super Producer Noel Brown as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding celebrity death conspiracies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did Osama Bin Laden really die in 2011?

    Sep 11 2015

    When US forces finally tracked down terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden -- living in Pakistan, likely with support of the ISI -- he was killed and, according to the official story, buried at sea. So why doesn't everyone believe this is true? When did Osama Bin Laden actually die? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Petrodollar 101

    Sep 04 2015

    When oil is traded in US cash, the currency is called a petrodollar. It's a fundamental part of international trade -- but it's also a continual source of conspiratorial allegations. Join Matt and Ben as they explore the fact and fiction surrounding the petrodollar. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Future of Slavery

    Aug 28 2015

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

    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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Monster with 21 Faces

    Aug 14 2015

    In the 1980s, a mysterious organization terrorized candy companies in Japan - then disappeared. What was the Monster with 21 Faces, and what happened to it? Are any members alive today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Unsolved I: Tamam Shud

    Aug 07 2015

    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

    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 25 2015

    The digital age has revolutionized propaganda - how can you really know who's writing what online (and why)? Join the guys and special guest Joe McCormick as they explore the future of online manipulation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What's Beneath the Antarctic Ice?

    Jul 18 2015

    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

    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 03 2015

    We hear about this mysterious force all the time in fiction and film -- but what is it actually supposed to be? Is there any evidence that it might be real? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is "Skinwalker Ranch"?

    Jun 26 2015

    Is there really a secret hotspot of paranormal and UFO activity just southeast of Ballard, Utah? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the fact (and fiction) surrounding the bizarre Sherman Ranch. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can hallucinogens cure addiction?

    Jun 19 2015

    Each year, the horrors of addiction claim thousands of lives -- but what if some substances can break the cycle of drug abuse? Join Ben and Matt to learn more about hallucinogens and addiction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is media manipulation?

    Jun 12 2015

    How often do you think news outlets bury, skip or distort an important story? The answers -- or, at least, the accusations -- might surprise you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who killed Robert Kennedy?

    Jun 06 2015

    Assassins murdered President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Five years later, his brother Robert was assassinated. Coincidence? On the anniversary of RFK's murder, Ben, Matt and Noel take a closer look at the events surrounding the tragedy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Deep Web With Alex Winter

    May 29 2015

    What's the future of online privacy? Filmmaker Alex Winter joins Matt and Ben to talk about his new documentary "Deep Web", following the story of the infamous Silk Road and its creator, Ross Ulbricht. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Return of Listener Mail

    May 23 2015

    Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is there a real-life warp drive?

    May 15 2015

    The news about the so-called "EM Drive" has been all over the headlines... but is it true? Join Matt and Ben to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What's the purpose of Jade Helm 15?

    May 08 2015

    Would the federal government really try to take over states via a military exercise? What do politicians, voters and officials think? Join Matt and Ben as they explore the history of military exercises and the upcoming Jade Helm 15. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code

    May 01 2015

    Nowadays comics are considered anything from light-hearted entertainment to a unique art form and genre of literature all their own. Yet for decades they were considered a gateway to sin. Join Ben and special guest Christian Sager as they explore the moral panic, censorship and collusion that led to the rise of the comics code. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What is genocide?

    Apr 25 2015

    Modern historians generally mark the beginning of the Armenian Genocide as 24 April, 1915 -- one hundred years ago this week. However, people and nations still can't seem to agree on whether it actually was a genocide. Why? And why do both sides accuse the others of a conspiracy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • False Flag Attacks

    Apr 17 2015

    Imagine if a government disguised its operatives as members of some other organization -- and then attacked itself. While this might sound crazy, several historians have argued that false flag attacks are more than just conspiracy theories. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Big Data and You

    Apr 10 2015

    We hear about "big data" more and more these days - but how much of it is sensationalism, and how much is true? The answers may surprise you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Mysterious Symbols of Easter

    Apr 03 2015

    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

    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 importantly - did they ever stop? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did a UFO crash in Kecksburg, PA?

    Mar 20 2015

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Are the police targeting minorities?

    Mar 13 2015

    Did you know that there's no systematic, comprehensive study of police shootings across the United States? Some blame a distaste for paperwork, while others think there's something sinister afoot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who runs the internet?

    Mar 06 2015

    The FCC's 2015 Open Internet ruling is either a victory or a disaster, depending on whom you ask. But what is it, exactly? Join Matt and Ben as they explore the facts and fiction surrounding the Open Internet and Net Neutrality. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • North Korea: Fact and Fiction

    Feb 27 2015

    In an age of global connectivity, North Korea remains one of the most isolated -- and enigmatic -- countries on Earth. How much do we really know about it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Listener Mail Extravaganza II

    Feb 20 2015

    Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in the latest listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Diamonds: The Conspiracy

    Feb 13 2015

    Diamonds: according to the ads, they're a girl's best friend, and the only thing worth picking for an engagement ring. But how did diamonds become so important -- and why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Will Yellowstone erupt?

    Feb 06 2015

    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 31 2015

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Prohibition Conspiracy

    Jan 17 2015

    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 09 2015

    It's often said money can't buy happiness -- but what exactly can it do? Could it change the way you think? ...could it make you a bad person? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who hacked Sony? (Pt. II)

    Jan 02 2015

    Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland for the second part of their series on the Sony hacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who hacked Sony? (Pt. I)

    Dec 26 2014

    Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland onto the show for a discussion of the recent Sony hacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is clairvoyance real?

    Dec 19 2014

    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

    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 05 2014

    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

    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

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Who's winning the War on Drugs?

    Nov 14 2014

    From the Opium Wars to prohibition and the modern drug trade, human civilization has been irreversibly influenced by wars over drugs. Has it worked? Could it ever? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Are there real devil worshippers?

    Nov 07 2014

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

    Oct 31 2014

    Join Ben and Matt for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know, from conspiracy theories to spooky stories, listener mail and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do intelligence agencies run cults?

    Oct 24 2014

    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 to the People's Temple and more? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is the middle class going extinct?

    Oct 17 2014

    It's no secret that inequality is rising in countries around the world, but what does this mean for the future? What is the middle class, exactly -- and why do some people believe it's going extinct? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could robots really run the world?

    Oct 10 2014

    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 03 2014

    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

    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

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Are NGOs the tools of foreign agents?

    Sep 12 2014

    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 05 2014

    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

    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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • STDWYTK Presents: A Ghost Story

    Aug 15 2014

    It's here! After an overwhelming wave of emails and messages from listeners, Matt and Ben are finally presenting, in full, the the ghost story from the first listener mail episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Gabon's Ancient Nuclear Reactor(s)

    Aug 08 2014

    File this under "stranger than fiction": In more than a dozen sites across Gabon, scientists have found evidence of ancient nuclear reactors. How ancient? Try two billion years. But how did this happen? Why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Banned Books of the Bible

    Aug 01 2014

    Although most people might assume that the Bible has always existed in its present state, that answer couldn't be any further from the truth. Tune in to learn more about how the bible has changed over time -- including what got added in, taken out and why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Nazis, Lost Civilizations and Ancient Man: The Ahnenerbe

    Jul 18 2014

    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

    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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What are you actually eating?

    Jul 04 2014

    Whether you're sipping a soda, grabbing some fast food or eating ready-made snacks from the local grocery store, chances are that you're ingesting a number of "barely-food" chemicals used to preserve color, taste or texture. But what are these, exactly? Are they dangerous? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • When the Police Become Your Army

    Jun 27 2014

    No, not the band featuring Sting. What if the actual, local law enforcement in the your neck of the global woods started using military-grade weaponry, patrolling the streets with the same door-to-door tactics used in occupied countries? According to some concerned advocates, this is a worldwide trend -- and it shows no signs of slowing. Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Was T. Henry Moray the Next Tesla?

    Jun 20 2014

    You've probably heard about Nikola Tesla, but what about Thomas Henry Moray? Listen in to learn why some people believe this little-known electrical engineer may have discovered a revolutionary zero-point energy device. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The World Beneath Our Feet

    Jun 14 2014

    From hidden catacombs to wild rumors about a hollow earth, the world is full of subterranean stories. But which are total bunk, and which have the ring of truth? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Alternative History and You

    Jun 06 2014

    Why do some people believe the Middle Ages never happened? Can we really trust our calendars? Do current world powers have a compelling interest in suppressing our knowledge of the past? Listen in and learn more with Matt and Ben. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can human beings create disaster?

    May 30 2014

    It sounds like the plot of a James Bond film: Some shadowy supervillain holds the world for ransom while threatening to destroy civilization with an earthquake, floods or volcanic eruptions. But some believe that humanity has more control over Earth's than ever before. Why? Could someone really create a natural disaster -- and use it as a weapon? Learn more with Ben and Matt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How could aliens contact us?

    May 23 2014

    Could alien life forms really contact human beings? How would they do it? Is it possible that other humans could intercept the message -- and keep it secret? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Listener Mail Edition

    May 16 2014

    Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What was the Octopus?

    May 09 2014

    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 Danny Casolaro? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Future of Death

    May 02 2014

    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 26 2014

    Every year tax activists of one sort or another try to avoid paying federal or state levies -- but why? Tune in to learn more about taxation conspiracy theories. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Were there really 'lost races' of man?

    Apr 18 2014

    We've all heard about Neanderthals -- but what else was out there? Join the guys as they take a closer look at the facts behind the folklore, digging deeper to see if there's any grain of truth to the legends of giants, gnomes and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • What was the Great Game?

    Apr 11 2014

    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 04 2014

    Neuromarketers claim that their techniques provide new and profound insights for consumers buying everything from soda to new cars. But can they really interpret data in a way that allows them to nudge a user's subconscious mind? And, if so, what does this mean for the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Do you live near a D.U.M.B.?

    Mar 28 2014

    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

    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

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Pineal Gland: A Third Eye?

    Mar 07 2014

    What does the pineal gland do? Some people believe it represents the mystical "third eye" from ancient teachings. Could it possibly be used to see beyond our physical world? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Of Wolves and Men

    Feb 28 2014

    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 22 2014

    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

    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 07 2014

    What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Ghosts 101

    Jan 31 2014

    Stories of ghosts predate written history, and cultures around the world believe in one form of spirit or another. But why? If there's no currently accepted scientific proof that ghosts exists, then what are millions of people around the world claiming to see? Join Ben and Matt as they explore ghosts and the afterlife. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Could a solar flare destroy civilization?

    Jan 29 2014

    What would you do if you woke up one day and found yourself in a world without electricity, cellphones or the internet? It sounds like the plot of a science fiction film, but if a powerful enough solar flare hits Earth's magnetosphere this could become a frightening reality. Join Matt and Ben as they explore the likelihood of a solar apocalypse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Operation Snow White

    Jan 24 2014

    What was the most widespread infiltration of the US government? According to some sources, it came from within. Tune in to learn more about the story of Operation Snow White -- and why the Church of Scientology and the US government still don't agree on what actually happened. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Soviet Psychotronics

    Jan 22 2014

    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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Serial Killer Cults

    Jan 17 2014

    Serial killers are insane, prone to exaggeration and delusion, and often inveterate liars. Amid some of their wilder claims, several notable serial killers, such as David Berkowitz and Henry Lee Lucas, have stated that they were killing on the orders of a cult. Is there any way it could be true? Tune in to learn more about the Hand of Death, Four Pi and other alleged serial killer cults. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • War in Space

    Jan 15 2014

    The international community has agreed not to wage war in space, but that hasn't stopped the nations of Earth from cramming outer space with spy satellites, orbital junk and classified spacecraft. So what's up there, exactly? Could there really be a war in space? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

    Jan 10 2014

    The placebo effect is pretty freaky when you think about it: just believing that a harmless substance is a medicine can really produce measurable benefits. It sounds crazy, but the placebo effect is real, and its implications continue to fascinate scientists. So why does it appear to be getting stronger? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Cicadas, Ciphers and Codes: The Weird World of Cryptography

    Jan 08 2014

    For much of recorded history, humans beings have been trying to devise unbreakable codes (and break the codes of their rivals). But is there any truly unbreakable code? And what exactly is Cicada 3301? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Listener Mail Review

    Jan 03 2014

    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

    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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Origins of Christmas

    Dec 25 2013

    Chances are that you've heard of the alleged war on Christmas, which some believe is an effort to distance the celebration from its origins. But what are those origins, exactly -- and where do modern Christmas traditions come from? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Whistleblowers: A 2013 Update

    Dec 20 2013

    What happened to Chelsea Manning? What will Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald reveal next? And how long will Julian Assange remain in London? Join Matt and Ben as they give you the latest updates on the lives of the world's most well-known whistleblowers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Can we really lose civilizations?

    Dec 18 2013

    From Atlantis to Cuidad Blanca, Troy and Shangri-La, history is full of legends about lost civilizations. But how does humanity lose an entire city, empire or society? Are any of the stories of lost cities true? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The "Real" Conspiracies

    Dec 13 2013

    Ben and Matt get a lot of questions, and one that crops up often is this: "Do you ever run into real conspiracies (rather than theories)?" Well, they're finally going to answer it. Tune in to hear the guys explain which conspiracy theories seem the most plausible, which former theories have been proven true and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Illuminati

    Dec 11 2013

    Is there really an ancient, shadowy secret society running the world? If so, what's their endgame - and why hasn't anyone conclusively proven their existence? Join Ben and Matt as they look back on their Illuminati series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Human Experimentation: Show Notes

    Dec 06 2013

    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 humans may continue in the modern day. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Cryptozoology: Show Notes

    Dec 04 2013

    Why do so many consider cryptozoology a "pseudoscience"? Have any of the mysterious animals known as cryptids ever been found? How many species exist on Earth today? The answer might surprise you. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Edward Snowden and the Whistleblower Debate

    Nov 29 2013

    As Edward Snowden lives a life of exile in Russia, his leaked revelations about the reach of NSA surveillance have shocked the world. But what's next for Snowden? And how should the world handle whistleblowers? Is there a real difference between a whistleblower and someone who steals state secrets for other reasons? Learn more with Ben and Matt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Did Nazis really make "UFOs"?

    Nov 27 2013

    After the fall of the Nazi regime, the dirty secrets of WWII-era Germany slowly came to public light. Amid the horrors of the Holocaust and bizarre proof of some official's occult aspirations, researchers discovered a wealth of groundbreaking research on aircraft and rocketry. But how far did the Nazis get? Did they really invent aircraft that could explain the old stories about UFOs? Join Ben and Matt as they delve into the secrets of Nazi aircraft research. Learn more about your ad-choices at ...more

  • Fifty Years Later: The JFK Assassination

    Nov 22 2013

    JFK was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, and fifty years later the majority of the American public doesn't believe the official story from the Warren Commission. But why? Join Ben and Matt as they talk about the lingering questions they found in the JFK case and why conspiracy theories about the murder remain so prevalent in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • DARPA, Part II

    Nov 15 2013

    Could shooting electricity through your brain give your superhuman powers of thought? Is it possible to build a real-life matrix? Join Ben and Matt for the second part of their series on DARPA. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • DARPA 101

    Nov 08 2013

    It's true: the United States really does have something like a real-life mad science department. But what is DARPA? What do they do, exactly, and what role have they played in pioneering top-secret science? Learn more with Matt and Ben. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Edward Leedskalnin's Coral Castle

    Nov 04 2013

    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 watch him at work? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Deceptive Brain

    Nov 01 2013

    Do warm drinks make you more likely to favorably regard a stranger? How do emotions affect your decision-making process? Can you trust your own brain? Don't be so sure. Join Ben and Matt as they explore the bizarre, at times deceptive, side of neuroscience in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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

    Oct 25 2013

    Nowadays Edward Bernays remains a relatively obscure historical figure. His legacy, however, is thriving around the globe, and his techniques are found in everything from the food we eat to the things we believe. But who was this man, and how did he get his start? And how does his work affect you today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers