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Right Now in Stuff They Don't Want You to Know

Could modern civilization really lose entire cities? Could we do so on purpose? It's a wild idea, and a surprisingly persistent one.

Show Notes: Murder by Plane?

This week, Matt and I explored a curious trend in assassination theories: murder by plane.

Show Notes: Time Travel

Who wouldn't want to traverse the bounds of boring ol' second-to-second linear time and live the nomadic life of a roaming chrononaut?

Show Notes: Hugo Chavez, the Mini-coup and Cancer

In our recent series on Hugo Chávez, Matt and I covered the short-lived 2002 coup d'état and Chávez's untimely passing.

Show Notes: Guns in America

In our series on gun ownership in the United States, Matt and I ran into several surprises.

Show Notes: Libya and the Fall of Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi ruled Libya for more than 40 years before he was killed by rebel forces in October, 2011. Our recent episodes on Libya explore two events: the tragic bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

Good News from the Oldest Mayan Calendar

I don't know about you, but I'm extremely skeptical when it comes to doomsday predictions.After all, people have been predicting the end of the world since the dawn of recorded history. Now, I'm not talking about large-scale, gradual catastrophes lik ...

One Year Later: Colony Collapse Disorder

First, some background:Around this time last year, bees were all over the news. Apiarists, nature-lovers and scientists claimed that honeybees were dying out. Entire hives were collapsing, and no one was sure why. I took a look at this phenomenon --

Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.?

This week marks the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. On April 4th, 1968, Wrong. Ray renounced his confession. In his new story he claimed that a man known only as 'Raoul' gave him the gun. He also claimed there was a cover ...

Although you'll usually hear this organization called the "Knights of Malta" in conspiracy circles, their full name is a mouthful: You can imagine how excited Matt and I were to cover this in our podcast. We weren't able to delve into the g ...

Here are the facts: During the wee hours of March 9th, 2007 1997, hip hop superstar Biggie Smalls (born Christopher Wallace) died of four gunshot wounds to the chest. His death may have been statistically unremarkable to some -- after all, thousands ...

Ok, ok: So my title is a little misleading. But, essentially, it's true. For years world-famous magician, escape artist and skeptic James Randi has offered a prize of Any takers? Randi has received more than 1,000 applications since he issued the cha ...

Earlier this week, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad spent 45 minutes addressing the country's Parliament. This was his first public speech regarding the protests in Syria, which have threatened to bloom into a bona fide revolution. In this speech, he ...

To say that a U.S. President's farewell address is important is, at the very least, an understatement. During their last opportunity to address the nation as its top elected official, outgoing presidents often recount the milestones of their time in ...

In But why? On numerous internet forums posters cite reports of Wheeler's conflict with a neighbor and his consultancy work with the Mitre Corporation as clues to his murder. Could his death be related to either of these situations?First, let's look ...

During the ongoing unrest in the Middle East, Internet activists played an enormous role in advocating for Tunisian and Egyptian protestors. When the Egyptian government This triggers two crucial questions: First, can any one government completely re ...

In the video below, renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro takes a crack at debunking one of literature's most famous conspiracy theories. The idea that William Shakespeare didn't actually write any of his plays supposedly dates back to the 17If ...

On New Year's Eve, sanitation workers at the Cherry Island landfill in Wilmington, Delaware made a gruesome discovery as they unloaded trash from their route in Newark. Somewhere along their usual circuit, they'd picked up a human body. The mystery d ...

When For years apiarists, conspiracy theorists and scientists argued that Poncho shouldn't be used in the United States. It would appear that these concerns have been vindicated, and that at least one of the so-called conspiracy theories about CCD ha ...

Most people are convinced that NASA's astronauts landed on the Moon. Full disclosure: I'm one of them.