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

We explore the legacy in public relations that has been left behind by Edward Bernays.

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know: Edward Bernays - Part 2: How to Sell a War and Start a Civil War In Another Country

In this episode, learn how Edward Bernays used his skills to assist US Presidents and global corporations as they waged war on Guatemala.

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know: Edward Bernays - Part 1: Of Cigarettes and Suffragettes

Nowadays Edward Bernays, often called "the Father of Public Relations," remains a relatively obscure 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.

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know: Water Wars 2: Privatization

Privatization advocates claim private-public partnerships are the most cost-efficient, reliable way to get water to the world's poor -- but critics tell a very different story.

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know: The Truth and Inspiration Behind Werewolf Legends

Now staples in monster and horror movies, many ancient civilizations actually believed humans could turn into the werewolf monster of legend. What made this strange phenomenon so believable? Watch to find out.

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know: The Sudden Disappearance of Bees

Recently, U.S. beekeepers have reported a disturbing increase in hive failures. Experts are still trying to learn what's driving the collapse of these hives -- but some conspiracy theorists claim the government knew about this before it hit the news.

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know: Water Wars 1: Scarcity

With such a strong dependence on water, it can be hard to envision a world without water. However, this could be the case, as privatization and even war over water could become very real.

Show Notes: Personhood

Riddle me this: When is a person not a person? Or, more accurately, when is a person not a human being?

Show Notes: Lost Cities?

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 ...