Podcasts

War in Space

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.

Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

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?

Cicadas, Ciphers and Codes: The Weird World of Cryptography

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.

Listener Mail Review

Things get weird as Matt and Ben sift through a backlog of listener requests, questions and conspiracies.

Secret Nuclear Programs

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

Origins of Christmas

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.

Whistleblowers: A 2013 Update

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.

Can we really lose civilizations?

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.

The "Real" Conspiracies

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.

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.