Ben and Matt: Live in DC

Washington, DC isn't just the seat of the US government -- it's also home to an unbelievable score of strange and unusual places. Years ago, when the show was just starting out, Matt and I did an This week, however, we're going there in person. Life ...

Has someone decoded the Voynich Manuscript?

Since its rediscovery in 1912, the I say "appears" because, for more than 100 years, no one has been able to make heads or tails of the Voynich manuscript's language. It's been an utter mystery. Experts knew that it wasn't just chicken-scra ...

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 ...