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Orang Minyak: Mythical Monster or Monstrous Cov...
What will humanity be like in 1,000 years?
The death of Panama Papers journalist Daphne Ca...
Will the real Shakespeare please stand up?
Is there a serial killer on the U.S. border?
Enough About Us: 2019, Part 2
Third Eye Spies, the CIA and the Quiet Mind wit...
The Student Loan Conspiracy
Enough About Us: 2019, Part 1
What is the Finders cult?
Do angels have a language?
Cell Phones, 5G & Cancer
Who killed Fred Hampton?
Returning To The Moon
The Disturbing World of Incels
Is there a secret funeral monopoly?
The Mysterious McKinsey Group
What caused the world’s weirdest earthquake?
Famous Lost Tombs, Part II
Famous Lost Tombs, Part I
What exactly is 'Natural Flavoring'?
Is MI5 a Criminal Organization?
How Jeffrey Epstein Broke The Law and Got Away
The Truth Behind the Salem Witch Trials, with A...
It's the End of the Year as We Know It
CLASSIC: The Mysterious Origins of Christmas
The End Of The World with Josh Clark
What the F*ck is up with Florida?
The Mysterious Death of Biohacker Aaron Traywick
The Kurim Case
Who were the Si-Te-Cah?
What's happening at Pine Gap?
Everyone Knew Non-stick Pans Were Poisonous (An...
Agent 355: Washington's Secret Spy
Above Majestic, with David Wilcock
Why do so many people hate Nestlé?
The Future of Censorship
STDWYTK Live: Secrets of The Federal Reserve
Current Concentration Camps: 2018 and Beyond
Who Controls The Music You Hear?
The Dark Alliance: Did the US government and dr...
Is Voter Fraud a Fraud?
DARPA 2019 and Beyond
The Strange Story of the GhostNet
The Stuff YouTube Doesn’t Want You To Know
Ancient Civilizations in Antarctica?
The Michael Jordan Conspiracy, Featuring the Cu...
Real Life Super Powers Part II
Behind the Curtain of the Music Industry with J...
Introducing Unobscured, a new podcast from the ...
The Bunyip and Beyond: Meet the Cryptids of Aus...
Sex Cults and Rocket Science: The Jack Parsons ...
The Beatles Conspiracies
The Secrets of the Hidden Chinese Pyramid
Behind The Scenes of Atlanta Monster and Up and...
Is the Ark of the Covenant Hidden in Ethiopia?
Italy's Satanic Murders
Here's Where it Gets Crazy - September 2018
The Control Group with Bret Wood
The Hollywood Sex Cult - NXIVM
What is Agent Orange?
Stanley Kubrick: The Man and the Myths
The Mystery of North Sentinel Island
Who created the opioid epidemic?
The Ariel School UFO Encounter
What is the Key of Solomon?
The Hidden Tomb of Genghis Khan
How can you become a ufologist?
Can a President pardon himself?
Will Google start impersonating you?
Conspiracies That Turned Out To Be True
Did Buzz Aldrin see a UFO?
Expats and Espionage: The Story of Operation Chaos
What is Multi-level Marketing?
The Kennedy Curse
Canada Built a 'Gaydar' Machine
From Rock to UFOs: The Tom DeLonge Story
The Cult of the Garbage Eaters
Children and Prison
Google, the Pentagon and AI
What is the Windsor hum?
Here's Where It Gets Crazy - FB Special
Have psychics solved any actual crimes?
DNA and Crime: The Original Night Stalker
What is Predictive Programming?
The Murky World of Serial Killer Memorabilia
From the Past to the Modern Day: Does torture a...
Are frogs really changing gender?
Imperialism and Iran
What are Ultraterrestrials?
Is the Palace of Versailles haunted?
Uncaught Serial Killers, Part 3
The Comey Revelations
Is democracy impossible?
Cambridge Analytica and Facebook
Could a thought be alive?
Several Terrifying Things You Just Ate
The Great Volkswagen Cover-up, with Scott Benjamin
What was the Chappaquiddick Incident?
Redacted: Canadian Cover-ups, Sleep Paralysis a...
Was Benjamin Franklin a serial killer?
Ernest Withers: Civil Rights Hero, FBI Spy
Was the legendary photojournalist and Civil Rights hero Ernest C. Withers also an FBI informant?
Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part II
In this episode, Jonathan returns to field some of the weirdest, funniest and most disturbing conspiracy theories orbiting the world of digital currency.
Cryptocurrency Conspiracies, Part I
You've heard of bitcoin before. It's the entirely digital, decentralized currency that supporters tout as the next step in financial evolution -- and critics call a massive scam. But what exactly are cryptocurrencies? How do they work, and why do some peo
Is someone using sonic weapons in Cuba?
Recently employees at the US Embassy in Cuba reported a strange and disquietening phenomenon. They complained of vertigo, nausea, hearing loss and more accompanied by a strange hum and whine that followed them into their homes. The State Department refuse
A Digital Cult? The Strange Story of Bentinho M...
One person's cult is another person's inarguable truth, and over millenia many spiritual or cultural belief systems have been called cults. Typically organizations called cults have a few commonal traits, one of the chief of which is isolation. So can cul
Are exorcisms on the rise?
Nowadays, most people in the West associate exorcism with horror movies instead of real-life terror. However, people around the world still feel that they have been possessed, and experts from various faiths across the planet still conduct exorcisms in th
The Modern Vampire: Longer Life Through Younger...
We’ve heard the legends of vampires for thousands of years, and while the vast majority of modern humans relegate the stories to the domain of myth and folklore, more and more experts are wondering if technology will allow us to create something very much
What's happening in Saudi Arabia?
For decades Saudi Arabia has been at the heart of numerous controversies, from the policies of its strict theocratic, gender-segregated government to its influence over the oil market and continual involvement with religious extremist groups. Recently, th
How The US Secretly Tracked UFOs with Jeremy Co...
Recently, the New York Times broke a story that baffled most ordinary readers -- until about 2012, the Pentagon had run a multi-million dollar, secretive program to collect numerous reports of unexplained aerial phenomena and unidentified flying objects.
Hollywood's Abuse Epidemic
For decades people knew that sexual abuse occurred in Tinseltown. It was an open, dirty secret just behind the curtain of the most popular films, tv and stage shows in the country. And the victims of abuse rarely spoke out -- when they did, they risked th
Should we be conCERNed?
Sure, we worked way too hard for that pun in the title, but it's a serious question: CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research is one of the world's largest, most prominent centres for scientific research. The experts at CERN use the world's
The Grand Canyon's Lost Civilization?
The Grand Canyon is a breath-taking natural formation, and every year more than 4 million people visit. Despite its popularity, areas of the canyon remain dangerously remote, and it’s no secret that numerous people have disappeared in or around the canyon
What exactly are 'Ghost Lights'?
For centuries people in countries across the planet have reported seeing mysterious, glowing lights that appear to move of their own volition through the darkness. Whether you call them Ghost Lights, Spook Lights, Will o' the Wisps or any other number of
The Strange World of Inexplicable Skeletons
What’s going on with all these stories about strange skeletons? From legends of the crystal skull to allegations of ancient extraterrestrial remains and giants, it seems the world is chock-full of mysterious, semi-humanoid remains. Join Ben, Matt and Noel
Biomedical Big Brother
In the near future, your doctor may begin prescribing 'smart pills,' medicines that remain in contact with your hospital, pharmacy or doctor's office and tell your health care providers whether you're sticking to the treatment schedule, along with other m
STDWYTK Presents: See You Next Time
In 1933, a composer named Rezső Seress created one of the world's most infamous tunes -- a melancholy, mysterious piece known as 'Gloomy Sunday.' Over the following decades, this song became notorious for the sinister effects it had on anyone who listened
Building Disney: The Magic Kingdom and the CIA
Disney World is one of the planet’s most well-known travel destinations, and over the decades it’s been the subject of bizarre rumors -- some more plausible than others. But how did this gigantic park get started? Join the guys as they delve into the murk
Charles Manson is Dead, Part 2
When authorities arrested members of the Manson Family for the Tate-LaBianca murders, they'd intended it to be the final chapter of a terrifying story. However, as the trial progressed, it quickly became evident that this was only the beginning of a much
Charles Manson is Dead, Part 1
After spending decades in prison, former cult leader Charles Manson passed away in November of 2017. In the wake of his death, millions of people re-examined his strange, disturbing life story, tracing his evolution from an abused child to one of the most
Are there any real underwater military bases?
We've all seen the space-age secret bases in science fiction and blockbuster films, but could a government or corporation really build a secret, permanent deep-sea base? Where would they do it? Why? Join the guys as they dive into (get it?) the murky worl
The Bicameral Mind with Joe McCormick
How old is the phenomenon we call consciousness, and where did it come from? Was humanity always capable of metacognition -- the ability to think about thinking? If it wasn't, then how did our ancestors process the world around them, and how did they stru
Secrets revealed? JFK in 2017
For decades after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans -- and millions of people across the planet -- have had lingering, troubling problems with the US government’s official narrative of the tragedy. Now, rec
What happened to Commander Crabb?
Today's episode comes from the heart of the Cold War -- when Lionel 'Buster' Crabb disappeared on a mysterious spying mission, his relatives and colleagues refused to believe the official story. Over time, this story changed. As investigators attempted to
The Sordid, Secret World of Televangelists and ...
What if believing in success became the same thing as succeeding? Religious figures around the world encourage their followers to equate financial donations with future material gains. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they dive into the heart of Prosperity Theo
Off-World Implants with Jeremy Corbell
For decades people around the globe have insisted that they were abducted and, via implants, tagged like animals. Join the guys as they interview documentarian Jeremy Corbell about his experience diving into the strange world of alleged abduction and impl
Did a cult try to run South Korea?
In 2017 South Korean President Park Guen-hye was impeached and ousted from power as a result of a wide-reaching corruption scandal touching everything from big business to religion. In the aftermath, the world’s been left asking: What exactly happened? Wa
What is the Devil's Triangle?
You've probably heard of the infamous (and controversial) Bermuda Triangle, that alleged site of numerous disappearing aircraft and oceangoing vessels... but have you heard of the Dragon's Triangle, its counterpart in the Pacific Ocean? Join the guys as t
The 1912 sinking of the Titanic left an indelible mark on Western culture, so it's no surprise that more than a decade later revisionists and fringe theorists continue to claim there's something more to the tragic story. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they ta
The Gulen Movement
What do private schools and revolution have in common? The answer may surprise you. Join the guys as they bring on their intern Sam Teegardin and for a firsthand look at an strange and insidious conspiracy reaching from the Eastern US seaboard and journey
Will The World End Tomorrow?
Ben, Matt and Noel record new episodes every Friday -- this afternoon, they're in the studio one day before a group of people believes the world will end on September 23rd, 2017. Join the gang as they take a closer look at the group's reasoning, and settl
Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?
Even without a Facebook profile, the average internet or smartphone user leaves a massive trail of digital breadcrumbs, from publicly available records to purchasing history, forum posts and GPS data -- so what happens when you try to delete this info? Jo
Could any real human beings have genuine superpowers? Join the guys as they take a closer look at extraordinary beings across the planet -- and, most importantly, ask who may be attempting to manufacture and control these abilities.
The Holy Grail with Tansy Baigent
For centuries scholars, church officials, historians and skeptics alike have argued back and forth about the evolution of Christianity, the life and deeds of Jesus Christ and more. For many one version of another of the official narrative is satisfactory
Inside America's Zone of Death
It sounds like pure fiction: A tiny part of the United States, tucked away in Yellowstone, where you can commit any crime you like and never go to trial. So what is this so-called Zone of Death, exactly? How does it work? Perhaps most importantly -- could
It's Our Lucky Day, With Archer's Dr. Krieger
Join the guys as they hang out with Lucky Yates, the prolific actor and voice of Dr. Krieger of FX's Archer, to explore everything from the frightening future of biotechnology to the (alleged) resurrection of the dodo and more.
STDWYTK Presents: How May I Help You?
If you had a chance to save a loved one, would you take it? How far would you go? It's the gang's collective birthday this month, so as a way of saying thanks to you Conspiracy Realists around the world (and beyond), the guys have teamed up with their ext
Top-secret Bunkers with Garrett Graff
The rumors are true -- the US government has multiple, highly-fortified shelters and compounds dotting the American landscape, staffed and fully prepared to protect the President and other federal or state officials from widespread disease, natural disast
Utsuro Bune: Ancient Japanese UFOs?
It's a tale that dates back centuries -- a bizarre, spherical ship washes ashore in Japan, containing a single passenger. Visibily female and humanoid, but clothed in strange garments, with unusual hair and skin. Fast forward to the modern day -- experts
Missing 411 with David Paulides
Each year, thousands of people visit national parks across the US. And, tragically, some of them don't return. Join the guys as they interview David Paulides, the prolific author of the Missing 411 series, to learn more about his work and research into th
What about the other pyramids?
For many people, the word "pyramid" instantly conjures up images of ancient Egypt -- of pharaohs and mummies, treasure and (maybe) curses. But while the pyramids of Egypt may be the most well-known, they are far from the only example of these structures.
Moving to Mars with Marshall Brain
In 2017, Elon Musk laid out plans to build a permanent colony on Mars -- one with at least a million human inhabitants. What would this colony look like? How would it work? Most importantly, could we use a Martian colony as an opportunity to improve on th
Is Money a Religion?
Since before the dawn of recorded history, the power of belief has been a driving force for human civilization. Spiritual movements have risen and fallen, only to be replaced by other belief systems. Today much of the developed world is considered increas
The Search For Bigfoot
For centuries, cultures around the world have told tales of "wild men" lurking in the woods, and reports of these creatures continue in the modern day. So what exactly is Bigfoot? Join the guys as they interview David Bakara, the creator of Expedition: Bi
Could we still discover unknown large animals?
Experts believe that millions of undiscovered species exist in the modern day -- but most are tiny microbes and insects. What if there are much larger undiscovered creatures out there? What would they look like? Where would they be? And, if they exist, wi
What was the Black Hand?
In the early 20th century, Europe was a smoldering powder keg of international tension, imperial ambitions and long-held resentments between great powers. Although extensive diplomatic efforts attempt to reconcile and repair relationships between nations,
Serial Killers on the Loose: Part 2
It sounds like something straight out of a noir film -- an unidentified killer goes on a murder spree and disappears in a clean getaway, taunting the cops before disappearing. Unfortunately, this phenomenon isn't limited to the world of fiction. Listen in
What is red mercury?
Since the 1980s, Russian and US sources have repeatedly claimed that various groups of terrorists are dangerously close to acquiring a mysterious substance known as 'red mercury.' But what exactly is this stuff -- and why can't anyone agree about its chem
Unacknowledged: An Interview with Dr. Steven Greer
Every year, thousands of people across the planet report seeing unidentified flying objects -- and thousands more believe world governments keep secret information about these objects hidden from the public eye. Join the guys as they interview the founder
Facial Recognition with Jonathan Strickland
You've heard of facial recognition technology before -- but how does the actual tech work? What don't authorities want you to know about it? Join the guys and special guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the disturbing facts.
The Collapse of Atlanta
A section of Interstate 85 caught fire and fell to pieces and within days a sinkhole emerged in Interstate 20. The city and media proposed several official explanations, but Ben, Matt and Noel can’t help but wonder if there’s more to the story behind Atla
What the heck is a Toynbee Tile?
For decades, mysterious tiles have appeared in dozens of cities across North and South America, touting a strange -- and strangely consistent -- message. But what are the Toynbee Tiles? What is their purpose and who made them?
What happened to Hitler?
On April 30th, 1945, one of the most infamous men in recent history died by his own hand as Allied forces bore down on his bunker. At least, that’s the official story. Yet for decades historians and theorists across the planet have questioned this narrati
ConspiracyStuff LIVE: The Future of Surveillance
Manhattan is home to some of the world's most iconic buildings -- but it's also home to something more mysterious: A looming, windowless skyscraper in the heart of Tribeca. The press doesn't have much to say about it, and neither does the telecom that own
Where are the world's most frequent UFO sightings?
For millenia people across the planet have reported seeing bizarre objects in the sky. However, efforts to collect and analyze these reports have often fallen victim to poor methodology, a lack of funding or an overt agenda. Luckily, the situation has cha
Did Hallucinogens Create Religion?
How did the human species become the most self-aware, successful primate on the planet?
The Mysterious Lake City Quiet Pills
Did a group of private assassins use a series of sleazy websites as fronts for their base of operations? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they delve into the mysterious story of Lake City Quiet Pills.
Did the CIA invent counterculture?
In the US, the 1960s were a crucible of culture -- college students, veterans, the disadvantaged and activists across the country sought to overthrow the status quo and build their own vision of a better world. This period in time produced some of the mos
Die Glocke: The Legend of the Nazi Bell
The Sick, Sweet Secret of the Sugar Cover-up
Everyone knows sugar in excessive amounts can have damaging effects on your health -- but just how bad is it, and why do people in the US still consume so much? Join the guys as they delve into the strange story of the decades-long sugar conspiracy.
Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?
Does China Have Psychic Child Soldiers?
David Icke and the Rise of the Lizard People
What happened to Elisa Lam?
The NSA: Fact, Fiction and Fright
Grimoires: Fact and Fiction
The Hemp Car Cover-up
Listener Appreciation 2017: The Cattle Witcher ...
Did Sheldon Gosline Discover a Lost Civilization?
The Mystery of the Cagots
The Search For Noah's Ark
Is the Military on Drugs?
News: The Fake vs. The Real
What is Project Iceworm?
Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?
What's Happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline?
Catholics, Children and Conspiracy: The Epidemi...
Election, Part II: Top Clinton Conspiracies
Election, Part I: Top Trump Conspiracies
What’s the US National Radio Quiet Zone?
Skidoosh: The Listener Mail Episode
Did aliens appear over Los Angeles?
In the wee hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across LA. Anti-aircraft guns fired the better part of 1500 shells at something. To many people, that mysterious UFO has yet to be identified, more than half a century later. So what reall
The Hidden World of Psychopaths
How could the CIA have faked the moon landing?
Sport Conspiracies, Part II
Sports Conspiracies, Part I
Cannibalism: Fact and Fiction
Human Experimentation: MIT and Cereal
Did the Quaker Oats company really do experiments on children? Join Matt and Ben as they dig into the checkered past of this cereal monolith.
Is Sesame Credit Dangerous?
What if you had a credit score that measured more than just your wallet? What if it took into account your political leanings, Internet traffic, and social media statements -- and what if the same stuff from your friends could affect your score? These are
Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?
Months after the murder of Teresita Basa, her former coworker began falling into trances, a voice identifying itself as Teresita issuing from her mouth. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these statements turned out to be true, leading to the convictio
Wikileaks and the DNC
Earlier this summer Wikileaks released a cache of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee. "Unnamed experts" trace this event back to Russian hackers. But who are these hackers? What proof exists? And, most importantly, who hacked democracy
Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 2
In the conclusion of their two part interview with Robert Mazur, the guys explore the ins and outs of money laundering. Tune in to learn how dirty money gets clean - and what happens (or doesn't happen) to the bad guys when they're caught.
Banks, Drugs and Money: Part 1
In the first part of this two-episode series, the guys interview the legendary US Customs and Drug Enforcement agent Robert Mazur. Using the cover identity of Bob Musella, Mazur and his team tracked the shadowy financial dealings of drug traffickers all t
Could someone erase the world's debt?
Modern civilization relies on the concept of debt. Wars are fought over it, loves lost and revolutions launched. So what would happen if, one day, it disappeared? Is it even possible? Tune in to learn more.
Free Wifi: Gambling with Your Privacy
Public wifi can be an enormously convenient thing -- it helps people dodge data charges in coffee shops, airports and other places around the globe. But how safe is it? Tune in to learn more.
STDWYTK Live: The Future of VR
Since the dawn of civilization humanity has attempted to understand the nature of reality, and (relatively) recent breakthroughs in technology have allowed our species to move from encountering reality to creating different forms of it. But there's a dark
Crime, Kidnapping and Organs: The Red Market
For the majority of human history, a failing vital organ was a death sentence. Yet hard-won lessons from countless tragic medical experiments have given modern humans the amazing ability to swap a failing organ from a healthy one, often with good odds of
Are there secret space programs?
For millennia humankind has dreamed of reaching the heavens, and in recent decades several countries have begun turning these dreams into reality. Yet the path to the stars isn't all altruism and noble scientific advancement -- in fact, human activities i
Berenstein or Berenstain? The Mandela Effect
How reliable are your memories? Is it possible that, somehow, history is changing? People around the world believe the past isn't as static as it might appear. Join the guys as they delve into the strange phenomenon known as the Mandela effect, touching o
You're Worth About A Dollar: Targeted Online Ads
Have you ever searched for something online, only to find an eerily related series of ads popping up at each website you visit afterward? If so, you've encountered the Brave New World of targeted online advertising. But is it a force for good? For ill? Jo
Look -- up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ...chemtrail? You've probably heard of these allegedly poisonous strips of stuff streaking across the sky, but what are they, exactly? Tune in to learn more.
Ghosthunters: The Warrens
For decades Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed to investigate paranormal phenomena, confronting the forces of darkness with the power of faith. They've inspired numerous films and become a part of American folklore -- so how much of their story is true?
Who was the Original Night Stalker?
From 1979 to 1986, an unknown serial killer assaulted and murdered at least 10 people. He remains uncaught to this day. So who was he? Is it possible to find the Original Night Stalker?
What are the Primary Elections?
To outside observers, the US primary elections can seem pretty confusing. So how do political parties use this system to select candidates - and why do critics feel the process is so corrupt?
What are Jinn?
Forget everything you learned about 'genies' from Aladdin - tales of the Jinn, also called Djinn, are ancient and not at all as family-friendly as Disney might have you believe. So what are these mysterious creatures, exactly? Join the guys as they delve
Money, Mystery and Millionaires: The Panama Papers
You've probably heard of shell companies, tax havens and offshore trusts. But how common are they? How many people use these techniques as a way to squirrel away money from the prying eyes of taxpayers, governments and non-billionaires? What exactly did t
Missing in National Parks
In 2015 alone more than 300 million people visited the US national park system. Some stayed for a few hours, others for a few days - and, occasionally, some never make it out. Join the guys as they take a closer look at the fact, fiction and conjecture su
ISIS Recruitment Tactics
The advent of social media technology has made global communication easier than ever before - yet this innovation creates opportunities for evil as well as good. Learn how ISIS is using social media to manipulate, groom and ultimately recruit people acros
Beyond Flint: The Looming Lead Crisis
What's in the water in Flint? Did city officials really cover up a potentially deadly situation? Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel look into the Stuff They Don't Want You to Know about the Flint water crisis.
The Fermi Paradox: Where the heck are all the a...
Given the sheer size of the universe, it's overwhelmingly likely that some form of alien life exists - so where the heck are they? Tune in to learn more.
Technology and the Occult
In this episode, the guys welcome returning special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the bizarre confluence of the occult and technology in the modern age, from AI oracles to the nature of consciousness, secret codes of cities a
Alchemy | with Damien Patrick Williams
In today's episode, the gang joins forces with special guest Damien Patrick Williams (aka @Wolven) as they explore the origins of alchemy, as well as its strangest secrets, famous practitioners and effects on the modern day.
Flat Earth Update
In ancient days civilizations across the world believed Earth was some sort of plane, a flat space in the absolute center of the universe. In recent days some celebrities have revived the concept, alleging a vast conspiracy exists. Is this a genuine belie
The Rise of the Superbug
It's true - scientists around the world are increasingly concerned that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness, leading to a future filled with unstoppable bacteria. But could it actually happen? How did we get here, and what happens next?
Are nefarious forces really moving through ranches in the night, mutilating livestock? How? Why?
Why You Can't Win Arguments Online
Have you ever found yourself infuriated by someone's opinion posted online? Or, perhaps, taken it a step further and attempted to argue with them? Why can't you win an argument online? The answer leads into a cognitive conspiracy that might surprise you.
Political Conspiracies: 2016
Every election season conspiracy theories proliferate across the political spectrum -- and some may be less crazy than others. Join Ben, Matt and Noel
What is Gnosticism?
Gnosticism may be one of the oldest conspiracy theories in human civilization - but what is it, exactly? Join Ben, Matt, Noel and special guest Joe McCormick as they take a closer look at Gnostic mysteries, myth and more.
Porter Ranch: Fossil Fuel Cover-ups
There's no two ways about it: oil spills and gas leaks are disastrous, causing massive amounts of ecological damage in a matter of days or hours. So how many occur each year? How many are actually reported, versus covered up? Listen in to learn more.
Militias, Uncle Sam and Occupation: The Oregon ...
On January 2nd, 2016, Ammon Bundy and a group of like-minded individuals occupied the Malheur Wildlife Refuge as a protest against what they saw as federal over-reach and unjust sentencing practices. So what's the real story?
Prophecy, Predictions and Prescience
Nostradamus. Edgar Cayce. Baba Vanga. Have any of history's alleged psychics successfully predicted the future? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as look at humanity's efforts to predict the future, from ancient oracles to the bleeding edge of science.
STDWYTK: How to Handle the Holidays
It's the last podcast of 2015, and the guys look back on some of their favorite stories of the year. Listen in to hear updates, extras, and more.
Does the UK control the US?
What if the Revolutionary War didn't happen the way it's described in textbooks? Tune in and learn why some people believe the UK still controls the US in this special collaboration with our friends at AllTime Conspiracies.
What are "Crisis Actors?"
You've probably heard some of the accusations regarding recent tragedies -- that the official story is wrong, and aspects of certain events are either misrepresented or staged completely. But could that be true? What are 'crisis actors?"
Ghosts and Infrasound
While humanity has yet to generate any universally-accepted proof of ghosts or hauntings, millions of people around the world report seeing apparitions or experiencing ghostly encounters every year (and sometimes these events cluster around specific areas
It's no secret that voters distrust Washington, D.C. In numerous polls, citizens of every political overwhelmingly disapprove of Congress. But why? What's the source of this distrust and, perhaps most importantly, is there something Congress doesn't want
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with safeguarding the country and its citizens from environmental harm. But how well is the agency actually doing at this incredibly important job? Join Matt, Ben and Noel as they explore the facts and fi
The Future of Poverty
Recently the World Bank stated that climate change may push more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, and innovations in robotics may eliminate the need for millions of human workers. But how much of this is alarmism, and how much is inescapable
Nightmares, Shadow People and Sleep Paralysis
What's the most intense nightmare you've ever had? Have you ever felt trapped in one? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis.
THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2015
Join Ben, Matt and Noel for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. This year the gang cracks open the listener mail vault to bring you a very creepy (true?) story. Lauren and Casey from the HowStuffWorks collective guest.
Serial Killers on the Loose
TV, film and fiction have given the public a set of stereotypes about serial killers -- one of the biggest being that they always get caught. Join Ben, Matt, Noel and special guest Christian Sager as they explore the disturbing stories of uncaught serial
What is the Highway of Tears?
For decades women have been abducted, murdered and forgotten along an isolated stretch of Canadian highway. Join the guys and special guest CarStuff's Scott Benjamin as they explore the terrifying history - and disturbing future - of Canada's serial kille
Superstars and Satan: Music and the Occult
Why have rumors of dark arts so often dogged musicians? Have any of the rock stars of yesteryear ever actually believed they contacted the underworld? Join Ben, Noel and Matt as they explore the murky relationship between music and the occult.
Jade Helm Update
In the months leading up to July 15th, 2015, people across the US began to believe there was something fishy afoot. What was Jade Helm 15 actually designed to do? Would it be the first step toward a New World Order? Join Ben and Noel as they take a closer
Big Pharma: Conspiracies and Cover-ups
Big Pharma gets a bad name in the press, and the actions of multinational pharmaceutical companies are often the subject of various conspiracies - but are any of the allegations true? Learn more about theories behind political corruption, tainted medicine
Celebrities, Death and Conspiracy
Is Elvis alive? What really happened to Tupac, Kurt Cobain and Andy Kaufman? Join Ben and Super Producer Noel Brown as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding celebrity death conspiracies.
Did Osama Bin Laden really die in 2011?
When US forces finally tracked down terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden -- living in Pakistan, likely with support of the ISI -- he was killed and, according to the official story, buried at sea. So why doesn't everyone believe this is true? When did Osama B
When oil is traded in US cash, the currency is called a petrodollar. It's a fundamental part of international trade -- but it's also a continual source of conspiratorial allegations. Join Matt and Ben as they explore the fact and fiction surrounding the p
The Future of Slavery
While it's comforting to imagine slavery as a barbaric practice in humanity's distant past, nothing could be further than the truth. Join Ben and Matt to learn more.
What happens when we die?
Death - the most mysterious, unknowable, and terrifying event in human experience. Some philosophers believe society is shaped, ultimately, by the fear of death. So what actually happens when you die? Is there anything after?
The Monster with 21 Faces
In the 1980s, a mysterious organization terrorized candy companies in Japan - then disappeared. What was the Monster with 21 Faces, and what happened to it? Are any members alive today?
Unsolved I: Tamam Shud
On December 1st, 1948, Somerton beachgoers discovered a well-dressed, anonymous corpse. Almost 50 years later, investigators still aren't sure what happened.
Capital Conspiracies: Washington, DC
It's no secret that DC is home to numerous conspiracy theories -- but how many are true?
Shills 101: Online Manipulators and You
The digital age has revolutionized propaganda - how can you really know who's writing what online (and why)? Join the guys and special guest Joe McCormick as they explore the future of online manipulation.
What's Beneath the Antarctic Ice?
Antarctica is one of the most mysterious places on the planet. If the ice melted, what would we find beneath?
How World War III Might Start
Pundits have predicted the beginning of WWIII since, essentially, the end of the last World War. But could it really happen? How?
What is Qi?
We hear about this mysterious force all the time in fiction and film -- but what is it actually supposed to be? Is there any evidence that it might be real?
What is "Skinwalker Ranch"?
Is there really a secret hotspot of paranormal and UFO activity just southeast of Ballard, Utah? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the fact (and fiction) surrounding the bizarre Sherman Ranch.
Can hallucinogens cure addiction?
Each year, the horrors of addiction claim thousands of lives -- but what if some substances can break the cycle of drug abuse? Join Ben and Matt to learn more about hallucinogens and addiction.
What is media manipulation?
How often do you think news outlets bury, skip or distort an important story? The answers -- or, at least, the accusations -- might surprise you.
Who killed Robert Kennedy?
Assassins murdered President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Five years later, his brother Robert was assassinated. Coincidence? On the anniversary of RFK's murder, Ben, Matt and Noel take a closer look at the events surrounding the tragedy.
The Deep Web With Alex Winter
What's the future of online privacy? Filmmaker Alex Winter joins Matt and Ben to talk about his new documentary "Deep Web", following the story of the infamous Silk Road and its creator, Ross Ulbricht.
The Return of Listener Mail
Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
Is there a real-life warp drive?
The news about the so-called "EM Drive" has been all over the headlines... but is it true? Join Matt and Ben to learn more.
What's the purpose of Jade Helm 15?
Would the federal government really try to take over states via a military exercise? What do politicians, voters and officials think? Join Matt and Ben as they explore the history of military exercises and the upcoming Jade Helm 15.
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code
Nowadays comics are considered anything from light-hearted entertainment to a unique art form and genre of literature all their own. Yet for decades they were considered a gateway to sin. Join Ben and special guest Christian Sager as they explore the mora
What is genocide?
Modern historians generally mark the beginning of the Armenian Genocide as 24 April, 1915 -- one hundred years ago this week. However, people and nations still can't seem to agree on whether it actually was a genocide. Why? And why do both sides accuse th
False Flag Attacks
Imagine if a government disguised its operatives as members of some other organization -- and then attacked itself. While this might sound crazy, several historians have argued that false flag attacks are more than just conspiracy theories.
Big Data and You
We hear about "big data" more and more these days - but how much of it is sensationalism, and how much is true? The answers may surprise you.
The Mysterious Symbols of Easter
Easter is one of the most important celebrations in Christianity. So why does it involves a rabbit and painted eggs?
Operation Gladio: Invisible Armies and The Secr...
At the close of WWII, US allies created secret, "stay-behind" armies, designed to protect the population in the event of a Communist invasion. So why are they linked with terrorist groups? What were these secret armies actually doing, and - perhaps more i
Did a UFO crash in Kecksburg, PA?
On December 9th, 1965, multiple witnesses saw a bright object shoot through the sky and - allegedly - land in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. So what actually happened? Tune in to learn more.
Are the police targeting minorities?
Did you know that there's no systematic, comprehensive study of police shootings across the United States? Some blame a distaste for paperwork, while others think there's something sinister afoot.
Who runs the internet?
The FCC's 2015 Open Internet ruling is either a victory or a disaster, depending on whom you ask. But what is it, exactly? Join Matt and Ben as they explore the facts and fiction surrounding the Open Internet and Net Neutrality.
North Korea: Fact and Fiction
In an age of global connectivity, North Korea remains one of the most isolated -- and enigmatic -- countries on Earth. How much do we really know about it?
Listener Mail Extravaganza II
Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in the latest listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
Diamonds: The Conspiracy
Diamonds: according to the ads, they're a girl's best friend, and the only thing worth picking for an engagement ring. But how did diamonds become so important -- and why?
Will Yellowstone erupt?
A large part of North America is sitting on a geothermal timebomb. Could it explode in your lifetime?
Legal Drugs in America
Each year, millions of US residents consume pharmaceutical products designed to somehow improve their lives. These drugs could tackle anything from ADHD to allergies and diseases.
The Prohibition Conspiracy
Why did the US practice prohibition? Do current prohibition policies really protect the public, or are they meant to do something else entirely?
Does Being Wealthy Make You A Bad Person?
It's often said money can't buy happiness -- but what exactly can it do? Could it change the way you think? ...could it make you a bad person? Listen in to learn more.
Who hacked Sony? (Pt. II)
Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland for the second part of their series on the Sony
Who hacked Sony? (Pt. I)
Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome HowStuffWorks tech expert Jonathan Strickland onto the show for a discussion of the recent So
Is clairvoyance real?
Are psychic powers actually possible? Join Ben and Matt as they investigate the truth about clairvoyance.
Big Oil: Conspiracies and You
We always hear stories about Big Oil and other conspiracies, but are any of these true?
What is the TPP?
Sure, the Trans-Pacific Partnership sounds like a snoozefest... but why does it matter? Why should you care about this secretive international agreement?
What the heck is Stonehenge?
It's ancient, it's huge, and it's cited in all sorts of fringe theories, from stories of lost civilizations to ley lines and more. But what is Stonehenge, really?
Listener Mail Extravaganza
Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
Who's winning the War on Drugs?
From the Opium Wars to prohibition and the modern drug trade, human civilization has been irreversibly influenced by wars over drugs. Has it worked? Could it ever?
Are there real devil worshippers?
Could there really be groups of people conducting Satanic rites -- not philosophical stances, but actual devil worship via ritual or even sacrifice? Where are these groups, if they exist?
THE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Join Ben and Matt for a very special episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know, from conspiracy theories to spooky stories, listener mail and more.
Do intelligence agencies run cults?
Sure, cults are weird. The doomsday prophecies, claims of superpowers and tendency toward brainwashing are all strange, but what if the situation got even weirder? What if intelligence agencies were secretly involved with everything from the Manson family
Is the middle class going extinct?
It's no secret that inequality is rising in countries around the world, but what does this mean for the future? What is the middle class, exactly -- and why do some people believe it's going extinct?
Could robots really run the world?
Is it possible that one day all the world's decisions will be made by AI?
Can people purposefully collapse the stock market?
Is it possible that someone has been playing both sides of the financial fence, seeking to destabilize markets for their own purposes?
The Jesuits: Fact and Fiction
The ascendance of Pope Francis has led to a revival of Jesuit conspiracy theories. But why? Who are the Jesuits, exactly?
Fire in the Sky: Tunguska
What triggered the massive explosion over Tunguska in 1908? Join Matt, Ben, and special guest Joe McCormick as they take a closer look at one of the most mysterious catastrophes in history.
Are NGOs the tools of foreign agents?
They're supposed to help people across the planet -- so why doesn't everyone trust NGOs?
Are people really murdering scientists?
From Iran to London, it seems that being a scientist has become an increasingly dangerous occupation.
Can you really be anonymous online?
In today's episode, our friends at TechStuff join us for a closer look at the tricky business of staying anonymous on the internet, as well as the facts about the NSA's surveillance program.
STDWYTK Presents: A Ghost Story
It's here! After an overwhelming wave of emails and messages from listeners, Matt and Ben are finally presenting, in full, the the ghost story from the first listener mail episode.
Gabon's Ancient Nuclear Reactor(s)
File this under "stranger than fiction": In more than a dozen sites across Gabon, scientists have found evidence of ancient nuclear reactors. How ancient? Try two billion years. But how did this happen? Why?
Banned Books of the Bible
Although most people might assume that the Bible has always existed in its present state, that answer couldn't be any further from the truth. Tune in to learn more about how the bible has changed over time -- including what got added in, taken out and why
Nazis, Lost Civilizations and Ancient Man: The ...
Did Nazis really have a department for paranormal investigations?
The Future of Drones
Will your future online purchases, delivery food and more be delivered by drones? Will law enforcement fly them continuously over your city, town or neighborhood? Tune in to learn more about the possible future of drones.
What are you actually eating?
Whether you're sipping a soda, grabbing some fast food or eating ready-made snacks from the local grocery store, chances are that you're ingesting a number of "barely-food" chemicals used to preserve color, taste or texture. But what are these, exactly? A
When the Police Become Your Army
No, not the band featuring Sting. What if the actual, local law enforcement in the your neck of the global woods started using military-grade weaponry, patrolling the streets with the same door-to-door tactics used in occupied countries? According to some
Was T. Henry Moray the Next Tesla?
You've probably heard about Nikola Tesla, but what about Thomas Henry Moray? Listen in to learn why some people believe this little-known electrical engineer may have discovered a revolutionary zero-point energy device.
The World Beneath Our Feet
From hidden catacombs to wild rumors about a hollow earth, the world is full of subterranean stories. But which are total bunk, and which have the ring of truth? Tune in to learn more.
Alternative History and You
Why do some people believe the Middle Ages never happened? Can we really trust our calendars? Do current world powers have a compelling interest in suppressing our knowledge of the past? Listen in and learn more with Matt and Ben.
Can human beings create disaster?
It sounds like the plot of a James Bond film: Some shadowy supervillain holds the world for ransom while threatening to destroy civilization with an earthquake, floods or volcanic eruptions. But some believe that humanity has more control over Earth's tha
How could aliens contact us?
Could alien life forms really contact human beings? How would they do it? Is it possible that other humans could intercept the message -- and keep it secret? Listen in to learn more.
The Listener Mail Edition
Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
What was the Octopus?
It sounds like something out of a paranoid political thriller - one journalist stumbles across a vast international conspiracy involving the world's most important leaders and corporations. But could it be true? What is the Octopus, and what happened to D
The Future of Death
Will someone alive today live forever? Can science create real-life zombies? Are there any real examples of the 'walking dead' around today?
Is taxation legal?
Every year tax activists of one sort or another try to avoid paying federal or state levies -- but why? Tune in to learn more about taxation conspiracy theories.
Were there really 'lost races' of man?
We've all heard about Neanderthals -- but what else was out there? Join the guys as they take a closer look at the facts behind the folklore, digging deeper to see if there's any grain of truth to the legends of giants, gnomes and more.
What was the Great Game?
Over 200 years ago the British and Russian empires waged a silent war across Eurasia in what became known as "The Great Game".
Neuromarketing: Science or Science Fiction?
Neuromarketers claim that their techniques provide new and profound insights for consumers buying everything from soda to new cars. But can they really interpret data in a way that allows them to nudge a user's subconscious mind? And, if so, what does thi
Do you live near a D.U.M.B.?
Is the world really littered with underground military bases? Is it possible to find them on your own?
Cults (You've Never Heard Of)
What's the difference between a cult and a religion? What are some of history's strangest cults? Are there any secret cults in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.
Behind the Curtain: Russia and Crimea
What's going on between Ukraine and Russia? Could it spark a widespread conflict? Join Ben and Matt for their first installment of the "Behind the Curtain" series, where they cut past the rhetoric to explore the truth behind murky international affairs.
The Pineal Gland: A Third Eye?
What does the pineal gland do? Some people believe it represents the mystical "third eye" from ancient teachings. Could it possibly be used to see beyond our physical world?
Of Wolves and Men
For centuries people believed that human beings could transform into wolves. Why? Could werewolf legends simply be cover stories for the violent acts of deranged humans?
A Suicide Epidemic in the Banking World?
A recent spate of suicides by high-level banking officials has shaken the financial world. Coincidence? Or conspiracy?
Exorcisms: An Introduction
What are exorcisms, really? How do they function across cultures? Is there any proof that they're real?
What was COINTELPRO?
What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.
Stories of ghosts predate written history, and cultures around the world believe in one form of spirit or another. But why? If there's no currently accepted scientific proof that ghosts exists, then what are millions of people around the world claiming to
Could a solar flare destroy civilization?
What would you do if you woke up one day and found yourself in a world without electricity, cellphones or the internet? It sounds like the plot of a science fiction film, but if a powerful enough solar flare hits Earth's magnetosphere this could become a
Operation Snow White
What was the most widespread infiltration of the US government? According to some sources, it came from within. Tune in to learn more about the story of Operation Snow White -- and why the Church of Scientology and the US government still don't agree on w
It's true - the Soviet government really did have its own parapsychological research program. And, unlike MKULTRA and other US operations, the Soviet version continued until 2003, when it officially ended. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt.
Serial Killer Cults
Serial killers are insane, prone to exaggeration and delusion, and often inveterate liars. Amid some of their wilder claims, several notable serial killers, such as David Berkowitz and Henry Lee Lucas, have stated that they were killing on the orders of a
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 i
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 scienti
Cicadas, Ciphers and Codes: The Weird World of ...
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 p
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.
Human Experimentation: Show Notes
The search for life-saving medical innovations has a dark side: human experimentation. And, while history is unfortunately chock-full of horrifying experiments on innocents, it isn't all stuff from the ancient past. In fact, experiments on unconsenting hu
Cryptozoology: Show Notes
Why do so many consider cryptozoology a "pseudoscience"? Have any of the mysterious animals known as cryptids ever been found? How many species exist on Earth today? The answer might surprise you. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt.
Edward Snowden and the Whistleblower Debate
As Edward Snowden lives a life of exile in Russia, his leaked revelations about the reach of NSA surveillance have shocked the world. But what's next for Snowden? And how should the world handle whistleblowers? Is there a real difference between a whistle
Did Nazis really make "UFOs"?
After the fall of the Nazi regime, the dirty secrets of WWII-era Germany slowly came to public light. Amid the horrors of the Holocaust and bizarre proof of some official's occult aspirations, researchers discovered a wealth of groundbreaking research on
Fifty Years Later: The JFK Assassination
JFK was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, and fifty years later the majority of the American public doesn't believe the official story from the Warren Commission. But why? Join Ben and Matt as they talk about the lingering questions they found in the J
DARPA, Part II
Could shooting electricity through your brain give your superhuman powers of thought? Is it possible to build a real-life matrix? Join Ben and Matt for the second part of their series on DARPA.
It's true: the United States really does have something like a real-life mad science department. But what is DARPA? What do they do, exactly, and what role have they played in pioneering top-secret science? Learn more with Matt and Ben.
Edward Leedskalnin's Coral Castle
After being jilted a day before his wedding and narrowly surviving tuberculosis, Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin spent almost 30 years building Coral Castle out of huge blocks of stone. But how did he make it, and why wouldn't he allow anyone to watc
The Deceptive Brain
Do warm drinks make you more likely to favorably regard a stranger? How do emotions affect your decision-making process? Can you trust your own brain? Don't be so sure. Join Ben and Matt as they explore the bizarre, at times deceptive, side of neuroscienc
Edward Bernays: The Most Famous Man You've Neve...
Nowadays Edward Bernays remains a relatively obscure historical 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. But who was this man, and how did he get h