For millions of people, the word 'mafia' conjures images of "The Godfather" and "The Sopranos". But what is 'the Mafia', exactly? Where does the term come from, and how has the definition changed over time?
In the modern age, tales of mermaids fall under the same category as stories of minotaurs or dragons. If that's the case, then why have sailors across centuries reported seeing humanoid, aquatic creatures on the waves?
Between 1966 and 1967, witnesses across Point Pleasant reported a rash of paranormal activity, leading up to the largest bridge collapse in US history. But what actually happened -- and what on Earth is the Mothman? Tune in and learn more.
It's no secret that income tax can be an unpopular subject, and most people think the tax code is far from perfect. But why do some people believe income tax itself is illegal? Tune in to learn more about protestors and income tax conspiracy theory.
The balance between freedom and security sways precariously in the best of times, and in a world consumed with the idea of never-ending terrorism, the United States has curtailed some of their citizen's rights. But how exactly? And is this legal?
The Constitution is one of the most important documents in the history of United States, and it's also the subject of numerous fringe theories, allegations, rumors and dirty secrets. But what are they, exactly?
People have always been preoccupied with what happens to us after we die, leading some to believe in the existence of ghosts. But is there any real, conclusive evidence that these supernatural beings exist? Tune in to find out.
Ghost-hunting has recently enjoyed a resurgence in modern pop culture, but the practice of attempting to communicate with the dead dates back into antiquity. Tune in to learn about the controversy surrounding ghost hunting and the science of spirits.
While there's no accepted proof that ghosts exist, that hasn't stopped courts from entertaining their purported testimony. Tune in to learn more about the strange cases that have almost - or actually - depended on the statements of a ghost.
We've all heard stories of plants responding to positive attention from humans, and botanists have discovered amazing behavior in some plant species -- but what could it mean? Tune in to learn why some people believe plants may be intelligent.
The term 'nonhuman personhood' might sound paradoxical, but groups of scientists, activists and ethicists are campaigning to give cetaceans, primates and elephants the right to legal personhood. So what's the argument against this?
The controversial decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizen's United case introduced many people to the concept of 'corporate personhood' for the first time. So what exactly is it? Tune in to learn more.
This episode examines the alleged links between music and the Illuminati, especially in modern music. Tune in to learn why some people believe today's most popular artists are members of a secret society bent on subverting the will of music-lovers.
While skeptics believe the Illuminati disbanded in the 18th century, conspiracy theorists think the organization still exists -- and has nearly accomplished its ancient goals. But what, exactly, are these goals?
While mainstream historians agree that the Bavarian Illuminati was founded by Adam Weishaupt in the 18th century, conspiracy theorists think the group is much older. Tune in to hear some of the most bizarre theories about the Illuminati's history.
The Illuminati have been blamed for everything from the revolutions to climate change, but why? Watch this segment of a continuing series to learn more about the founding of the Illuminati -- and why some people believe it disbanded centuries ago.
The DEA considers marijuana a Schedule I Controlled Substance, meaning it's as harmful as heroin or ecstasy. But how did it become illegal in the first place? Tune in to learn more about marijuana and conspiracy theories.
It's no surprise that the pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated - after all, lives are on the line. But who writes these regulations, and how much, if any, influence does the industry have on the legislators passing the laws?
The world's major drugmakers have saved billions of lives, but they've also been accused of unethical behavior. When it comes to 'Big Pharma,' there's no shortage of theories about corruption, price-fixing, and monopolization, but are any true?