Stuff They Don't Want You To Know Audio

From UFOs to psychic powers and government conspiracies, history is riddled with unexplained events. You can turn back now or learn the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know, an audio podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

A Digital Cult? The Strange Story of Bentinho Massaro

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 cults continue to exist in the digital age, where the average smartphone user is only a few clicks away from learning almost anything they desire? What do these movements look like in the era of instantaneous communication? Join the guys as they delve into the strange concept of digital cults.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:00:03 -0400

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 the modern day. Join the guys as they delve into the story of the Catholic organization founded to fight possession: The International Association of Exorcists.
Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:00:02 -0500

The Modern Vampire: Longer Life Through Younger Blood

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 like the monsters of myth. Could transfusing blood from the young rejuvenate the bodies of the old? What ethical consequences could we encounter? How far has the research already gone?
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 11:00:02 -0500

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, the young Mohammad bin Salman became Crown Prince. Over the past few months since his ascension, Salman has spearheaded numerous reforms, routed many of the country’s billionaires, and signaled a fundamental change in the course of Saudi Arabian history. At least, to some, this appears to be the case. To others serious questions remain unanswered: What’s going on behind the scenes? What is the future of Saudi Arabia?
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

How The US Secretly Tracked UFOs with Jeremy Corbell

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. So what did the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program actually find? Join the guys as they interview returning guest and filmmaker Jeremy Corbell for a peek behind the curtain into the Pentagon's search for UFOs.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:00:04 -0500

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 the ruination of their careers (or worse). In 2017 this began to change. World famous producer Harvey Weinstein was outed as a serial sexual and physical abuser, prompting his exile from his film company and encouraging numerous other victims of abuse to speak out. As the world wrestles with these revelations, more and more questions surface: Who knew what, and when? How far does this system go? And what happens next?
Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

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 largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the fundamental building blocks of matter, and over the years it's become the subject of numerous rumors, allegations, concerns and conspiracy theories. Join the guys as they delve into the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding CERN and the Large Hadron Collider.
Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:00:04 -0500

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 over the years. But what if there was more to the story than missing couples and individuals? Is it possible that an entire civilization went missing in the canyon?
Fri, 26 Jan 2018 11:00:02 -0500

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 names, chances are there's a local version of this legend somewhere in your region. So what exactly are these things?
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500

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 as they delve into some of the strangest cases, attempting to separate fact from fiction … and cover stories from coverups.
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:00:02 -0500

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 medical information. To the supporters of smart pills, this is a life-saving breakthrough. To critics, however, the potential threats of this technology outweigh the benefits. Are smart pills a new way to keep patients healthy longer, or another step in the construction of a biomedical Big Brother?
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:00:01 -0500

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 to the song in full. Join the guys for a special end-of-the-year episode as they explore the story of the original recording -- where it came from, who wrote it, and, most disturbingly, why.
Fri, 29 Dec 2017 11:00:01 -0500

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 murky history of Disney World’s foundations, the story of how Walt Disney himself raised the Magic Kingdom above the law.
Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:02 -0500

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 longer, stranger saga. In the years following the murder, conspiracy theories concerning Manson, his followers, the US government, splinter religions, secret drugs and the occult all proliferated wildly throughout the American zeitgeist. So do any of these theories have a grain of truth? Join the guys as they separate fact from folklore in the conclusion of this two-part series.
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:02 -0500

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 infamous prisoners in U.S. history. So how exactly did he get started? What led him and his followers down their grisly path? Join the guys as they separate fact from folklore in part one of this two-part episode.
Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:00:02 -0500

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 world of militaries beneath the waves.
Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:00:03 -0500

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 struggle with internal conflicts? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview returning guest Joe McCormick about the strange theory of the bicameral mind.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:00:03 -0500

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, recently declassified documents may shed light on the story, either confirming or contradicting the official tale of Kennedy’s death. Or will they?
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:03 -0500

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 separate fact from fiction, they found themselves stonewalled, tangled within a web of rumor, speculation and conspiracy. So what really happened to Commander Crabb?
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:42:43 -0500

The Sordid, Secret World of Televangelists and Megachurches

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 Theology to find the facts, fiction, and the stuff Prosperian Theologists don't want you to know.
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:55:31 -0400

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 implants in his new film, Patient Seventen.
Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:15:51 -0400

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? Was this another tragic case of nepotism and bribery, or … something more? Was South Korea’s President the victim of a cult?
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:43:19 -0400

What is the Devil's Triangle?

Join the guys as they dive headfirst into the conspiratorial lore surrounding vile vortices, as well as the fact -- and fiction -- surrounding the so-called Devil's Sea.
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:14:00 -0400

Titanic Conspiracies

Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they take a closer look at the true story of the Titanic.
Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:00:05 -0400

The Gulen Movement

What do private schools and revolution have in common? The answer may surprise you.
Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:26:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:58:53 -0400

Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?

Join the guys as they collaborate with Part-Time Genius to explore the ins and outs of your online identity.
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:37:51 -0400

Real-life Superpowers

Join the guys as they take a closer look at extraordinary beings across the planet. Is someone attempting to manufacture and control these abilities?
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:30:00 -0400

The Holy Grail with Tansy Baigent

Join the guys as they interview Tansy Baigent, the daughter of prolific Grail theorist and author Michael Baigent.
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:55:16 -0400

Inside America's Zone of Death

The guys explore a tiny part of the United States, tucked away in Yellowstone, where you can commit any crime you like and never go to trial.
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:47:16 -0400

It's Our Lucky Day, With Archer's Dr. Krieger

Join the guys as they interview Lucky Yates, the prolific actor and voice of Dr. Krieger of FX's Archer.
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:15:00 -0400

STDWYTK Presents: How May I Help You?

The guys have teamed up with their extended conspiracy family to present a unique tale of morality, of good and evil, and... fast food.
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:35:21 -0400

Top-secret Bunkers with Garrett Graff

Join the guys as they interview Garrett M. Graff, the author of Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die.
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:22:00 -0400

Utsuro Bune: Ancient Japanese UFOs?

Utsuro Bune is a tale that dates back centuries -- a bizarre, spherical ship washes ashore in Japan, containing a single passenger.
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:41:53 -0400

Missing 411 with David Paulides

Join the guys as they interview David Paulides, the author of the Missing 411 series, to learn more about his work and research into disappearances.
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:54:17 -0400

What about the other pyramids?

While the pyramids of Egypt may be the most well-known, they are far from the only example of these structures.
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:59:16 -0400

Moving to Mars with Marshall Brain

Ben, Matt and Noel talk to the smartest guy they know: Marshall Brain, the founder of HowStuffWorks and author of 'Imagining Elon Musk's Million-Person Mars Colony.'
Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:34:11 -0400

Is Money a Religion?

What if, instead of becoming less religious, the world has simply switched to another religion… the church of money?
Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:49:10 -0400

The Search For Bigfoot

Join the guys as they interview David Bakara, the creator of Expediton: Bigfoot, to learn more about his search for the creature and the inspiration behind his museum
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:00:00 -0400

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?
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:00:04 -0400

What was the Black Hand?

In the early 20th century, single assassination by an secret society launched Europe in all-out war. So what was the Black Hand?
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:36:00 -0400

Serial Killers on the Loose: Part 2

An unidentified killer goes on a murder spree and disappears in a clean getaway, taunting the cops before disappearing. Listen in to learn more about killers who (so far) vanished into thin air.
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:59:56 -0400

What is red mercury?

What exactly is red mercury -- and why can't anyone agreee about its chemical makeup, uses, or effects? Tune in and learn why there might be more to the story.
Fri, 26 May 2017 19:05:00 -0400

Unacknowledged: An Interview with Dr. Steven Greer

Join the guys as they interview the founder of CSETI and The Disclosure Project, Dr. Steven M. Greer, about the future of government secrets, UFOs and disclosure.
Fri, 19 May 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Facial Recognition with Jonathan Strickland

You've heard of facial recognition technology. Join the guys and special guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the disturbing facts.
Fri, 12 May 2017 03:00:00 -0400

The Collapse of Atlanta

In Atlanta, a section of I-85 collapsed days and then a sinkhole emerged in I-20. The city and media proposed several official explanations, but is there more to it?
Fri, 05 May 2017 03:00:00 -0400

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?
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0400

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 narrative -- so what actually happened to Adolf Hitler?
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0400

ConspiracyStuff LIVE: The Future of Surveillance

Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel explore bizarre buildings and the future of surveillance in this episode, recorded live in Brooklyn during NYCPodfest.
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Where are the world's most frequent UFO sightings?

For millenia people across the planet have reported seeing bizarre objects in the sky.So what does the latest info tell us about UFO sightings? Where are they occur most frequently? The answer might surprise you.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Did Hallucinogens Create Religion?

How did the human species become the most self-aware, successful primate on the planet?
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Did the CIA invent counterculture?

Why do so many people think the CIA invented the counterculture of the 1960s?
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Die Glocke: The Legend of the Nazi Bell

Like most other militaries of the time, the Nazi army conducted extensive classified research into all aspects of warfare, from rocketry to drugs, tank improvements and so on. They also delved into more exotic realms, and their endeavors remain a subject of enduring fascination in the modern age. Perhaps the most famous of these legendary experiments is something known as Die Glocke, or the Nazi Bell. But what is it supposed to be, exactly? What does it do? And, if it is real, where did it end up?
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0500

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.
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0500

Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?

At the close of the Paris Peace Accords, the US and Vietnam agreed to return any POWs to their home country -- however, for decades after the close of the conflict, people in country reported seeing missing American soldiers, sometimes held by foreign officials, sometimes on their own in the jungle. So what happened to the hundreds of missing soldiers in the Vietnam War... and how much did the US government actually know about i99t?
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:00:00 -0500

Does China Have Psychic Child Soldiers?

Nowadays many people are familiar with the US government's bizarre psychic experiments -- but what about China's? Join the guys as they explore the strange phenomenon of China's psychic children.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:00:00 -0500

David Icke and the Rise of the Lizard People

It's one of the most outlandish conspiracy theories in history -- the idea that the world is secretly ruled by a shadowy cabal of half-human, half-alien reptilian creatures. And its most famous proponent has kept this idea in the public eye for decades. So who is David Icke?
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 03:00:00 -0500

What happened to Elisa Lam?

In 2013, Canadian college student Elisa Lam disappeared while on a solo trip through California. For weeks law enforcement was at a loss to explain the disappearance -- until, that is, a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel discovered her body in a water tank. And with that, what should have been the end of a tragic tale instead became the prologue to a mystery that, according to many, remains unsolved in the present day: What happened to Elisa Lam?
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 03:00:00 -0500

The NSA: Fact, Fiction and Fright

Since the 1950s, the National Security Agency has been responsible for collecting, analyzing and verifying a vast amount of signals intelligence, ostensibly to protect the people of the United States. Over the decades the agency has grown to become one of the world's premiere repositories of intelligence -- everything from internet search histories to phone calls and texts, as well. In the final days of President Obama's administration the NSA was quietly allowed to share this information with every other US intelligence agency. So what happens next?
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Grimoires: Fact and Fiction

From fictional works like the Necronomicon to the all-too-real Key of Solomon, humanity has long been obsessed with the idea of ancient tomes holding hidden, unholy and possibly dangerous secrets. But where do these grimoires come from? How many are hoaxes, and are there any legitimate works out there?
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:00:00 -0500

The Hemp Car Cover-up

Make no mistake: the United States is a car culture, and the extreme sprawl of the country means the vast majority of citizens can’t realistically live without their cars. This has inevitably led to enormous amounts of pollution and (some would argue) wars over the resources needed to keep the car culture going. So what if there was an alternative? Why would someone cover it up?
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:00:00 -0500

Listener Appreciation 2017: The Cattle Witcher Edition

Have you written to your favorite conspiracy show lately? If so, tune in: Your message just might be on the air! Join Matt and Noel as they explore the latest, greatest - and, at times, strangest - tweets, emails and messages from the best audience in the history of podcasts.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 03:00:00 -0500

Did Sheldon Gosline Discover a Lost Civilization?

For centuries self-assured academics believed Troy was a mythological city -- until, that is, the ruins were discovered. Over the span of history, the human species has lost people, cities and entire civilizations. Occasionally, governments don't want these lost empires to be found. So what happens when a controversial linguist claims to discover an ancient people spanning Iran to Southern C
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:00:00 -0500

The Mystery of the Cagots

For centuries communities in France and Spain practiced a brutal, widely-accepted system of discrimination against a group of families and individuals known as Cagots -- but who were these people? Where did they come from, and where are they now?
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 03:00:00 -0500

The Search For Noah's Ark

For centuries various groups claimed they'd discovered the remnants of Noah's Ark, the legendary wooden ship of Biblical fame. Despite controversy, skepticism and numerous dead ends, the search continues into the present day. And, what's more, several Ark hunters believe there's a conspiracy afoot -- the secular world knows the Ark is real, they argue, but work to suppress the truth. Why?
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 03:00:00 -0500

Is the Military On Drugs?

From the old stories of Viking Berserkers to the rise of the Assassins and more, humanity has spent millennia using drugs as a way to explore spirituality, repair the body -- and, sometimes, to gain an edge in combat. But how prevalent was this practice? How does it continue in the modern day?
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:00:00 -0500

News: The Fake vs. The Real

The internet, while amazing, has given rise to the dangerous proliferation of misleading - or, in some cases, entirely fictitious- stories masquerading as news. So how can we outsmart the conspiracy of disinformation?
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 -0500

What is Project Iceworm?

How many secret military bases exist around the world? How many of those are active, and how many abandoned? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore both the specific discovery of Project Iceworm and the larger practice of building top-secret bases around the globe.
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 03:00:00 -0500

Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?

After years of listener requests, Ben, Matt and Noel are finally exploring the mysterious story of the legendary Georgia Guidestones. Who built this monument, and why? Listen in to learn more.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:00:00 -0500

What's Happening at the Dakota Access Pipeline?

As of 2014, North Dakota has a population under 500,000 -- so you, like many others, may be wondering why over 1.6 million people used social media to check in to the state's Standing Rock reservation. Listen in to learn more about the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline, along with allegations of media suppression, state-sponsored violence and more.
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:00:00 -0500

Catholics, Children and Conspiracy: The Epidemic of Abuse

For decades various individuals and organizations with the Catholic Church were dogged by rumors of horrific abuse – and, eventually, it turned out that several of those rumors were true. But how far back does this abuse go, and how widespread is it? Listen in to learn more.
Fri, 04 Nov 2016 03:00:00 -0400

Election, Part II: Top Clinton Conspiracies

Mere days before the US election, it seems overwhelmingly likely that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States. Both candidates have been the source of great controversy, and in the second part of this series we explore the facts, fiction, controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding the Clinton campaign.
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 03:00:00 -0400

Election, Part I: Top Trump Conspiracies

Donald Trump has captured global attention in his campaign for the Presidency – and, like his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, no small amount of controversy. So is there any truth to the massive conspiracy theories surrounding Trump? Tune in to hear more about the facts and fiction of the Trump campaign, from the rumors of tax dodging to false flag candidates and more. (And don’t worry, folks, part II is all about the Clinton campaign.)
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:00:00 -0400

What’s the US National Radio Quiet Zone?

Tucked away in a stretch of rural land in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, the radio quiet zone is 13,000 square miles of near-total electronic silence. What’s going on in this area where cellphones don’t work and microwaves are illegal? Tune in to learn more.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:00:00 -0400

Skidoosh: The Listener Mail Episode

Have you sent the guys an email, tweet or FB message? If so, tune in – you might just be on the air in this special episode of listener mail.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 03:00:00 -0400

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 really happened?
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:00:00 -0400

The Hidden World of Psychopaths

How common are psychopaths? Is it possible that you've met one? Join the guys as they explore the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding one of the world's most widely misunderstood mental illnesses.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 -0400

How could the CIA have faked the moon landing?

For nearly half a century people around the world have believed the moon landing was faked. If that were true, how could people possibly perpetrate such a massive hoax? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they interview Matt Johnson about his newest film Operation Avalanche.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:00:00 -0400

Sport Conspiracies, Part II

Could your favorite sports be fixed? Join Ben, Matt and Noel for their continuing interview with author Brian Tuohy as they explore the murky world behind the sports headlines - a world comprised of illegal gambling, extortion, blackmail and organized crime.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 03:00:00 -0400

Sports Conspiracies, Part I

Could it be possible that your favorite sports are fixed? Join the guys as they interview Brian Tuohy, author of The Fix is In, on the murky connections between sports, gambling, politics and organized crime in the first part of this two-episode series.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 03:00:00 -0400

Cannibalism: Fact and Fiction

Cannibalism is an ancient taboo, but how often has it actually occurred?
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:00:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:46:21 -0400

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 the concerns of Sesame Credit.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:32:42 -0400

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 conviction of 32 year-old Allen Showers. But what's the real story? Was this justice beyond the grave or beyond the law?
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:44:33 -0400

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, mosgt importantly, who hacked democracy?
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:13:18 -0400

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.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:29:00 -0400

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 the way to the international bank that aided them - and brought that bank down. Listen in as Mazur gives an eyewitness account of his harrowing experience, close calls, ultimate victory and more.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:02:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:22:49 -0400

Free Wifi: Gambling with Your Privacy

Public wifi can be an enormously convenient thing -- it helps people dodge data charges in coffeeshops, airports and other places around the globe. But how safe is it? Tune in to learn more.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:46:56 -0400

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 side to this technology that goes beyond gaming.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:23:39 -0400

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 surviving the operation. So where do the organs come from? Is there really any truth to the rumors of an illegal organ trade?
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:07:35 -0400

Are there secret space programs?

For millenia 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 in space have often been shrouded in secrecy, and the practice continues today.
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:12:21 -0400

Berenstein or Berenstain? The Mandela Effect

How permanent is the past? Could facts, times, and specifics of events somehow change after the fact? If so, why? Learn more about the tricky nature of memory and allegations of the multiverse in today’s episode.
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:21:39 -0400

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? Join the guys and special guest Jonathan Strickland as they explore the facts, fiction and controversy surrounding online ads.
Fri, 27 May 2016 16:02:46 -0400


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.
Fri, 20 May 2016 17:10:00 -0400

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?
Sat, 14 May 2016 12:14:19 -0400

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?
Sun, 08 May 2016 10:00:00 -0400

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?
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:32:26 -0400

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 into the strange story of smokeless fire, parallel worlds and hidden, sentient life.
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:54:56 -0400

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 nonbillionaires? What exactly did these Panama Papers reveal?
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:02:22 -0400

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 surrounding disappearances in national parks.
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:36:00 -0400

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 across the planet.
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 11:38:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:28:08 -0400

The Fermi Paradox: Where the heck are all the aliens?

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.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:00:00 -0400

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 and more.
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:17:14 -0500

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.
Fri, 04 Mar 2016 18:27:57 -0500

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 belief or a marketing ploy?
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:14:13 -0500

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?
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:24:44 -0500

Cattle Mutilation

Are nefarious forces really moving through ranches in the night, mutilating livestock? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they investigate the mystery of devoured and disfigured cattle around the world.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:47:03 -0500

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.
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:30:11 -0500

Political Conspiracies: 2016

Every election season conspiracy theories proliferate across the political spectrum -- and some may be less crazy than others.
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:25:14 -0500

What is Gnosticism?

Gnosticism may be one of the oldest conspiracy theories in human civilization - but what is it, exactly?
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:13:17 -0500

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.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:47:28 -0500

Militias, Uncle Sam and Occupation: The Oregon Protest

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?
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:01:12 -0500

Prophecy, Predictions and Prescience

Nostradamus. Edgar Cayce. Baba Vanga. Have any of history's alleged psychics successfully predicted the future? Learn more as we look at humanity's efforts to predict the future, from ancient oracles to the bleeding edge of science.
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 10:58:08 -0500

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.
Fri, 25 Dec 2015 10:25:32 -0500

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.
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:04:03 -0500

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?"
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:27:28 -0500

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). Why? Is there any possible explanation for the purported appearance of ghosts?
Sat, 05 Dec 2015 14:25:17 -0500

Congress 101

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 you to know?
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:04:58 -0500


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 fiction behind the EPA.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:10:04 -0500

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 fact?
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:18:16 -0500

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 guys explore the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis.
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:00:00 -0500


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.
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:52:44 -0400

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 killers in the second episode of their series on true crime.
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:22:24 -0400

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 killer hunting ground.
Sat, 17 Oct 2015 21:13:13 -0400

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.
Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:11:47 -0400

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 look at Jade Helm 15.
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:28:29 -0400

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 and more.
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:02:00 -0400

Celebrities, Death and Conspiracy

Is Elvis still 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.
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:28:51 -0400

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 Bin Laden actually die?
Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:44:58 -0400

Petrodollar 101

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 petrodollar.
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:09:59 -0400

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.
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:28:39 -0400

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?
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:59:33 -0400

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?
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:20:05 -0400

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.
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:12:44 -0400

Capital Conspiracies: Washington, DC

It's no secret that DC is home to numerous conspiracy theories -- but how many are true?
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:34:11 -0400

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.
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:08:00 -0400

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?
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:46:03 -0400

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?
Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:00:00 -0400

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?
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:45:20 -0400

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.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:22:45 -0400

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.
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:29:22 -0400

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.
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:35:13 -0400

Who killed Robert Kennedy?

Originally found guilty of Robert Kennedy's murder, Sirhan Sirhan has spent years in prison - but some people believe he was a scapegoat. Listen in to learn why some of RFK's friends believe there's more to the story behind his assassination.
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:49:00 -0400

The Deep Web With Alex Winter

Filmmaker Alex Winter joins Matt and Ben to talk about his new documentary "Deep Web".
Fri, 29 May 2015 01:06:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 22 May 2015 21:02:24 -0400

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.
Fri, 15 May 2015 18:14:13 -0400

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.
Fri, 08 May 2015 17:02:54 -0400

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 moral panic, censorship and collusion that led to the rise of the comics code.
Fri, 01 May 2015 00:21:04 -0400

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 the others of a conspiracy?
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:58:25 -0400

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.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:29:40 -0400

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.
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:58:42 -0400

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?
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 19:15:43 -0400

Operation Gladio: Invisible Armies and The Secret War

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 importantly - did they ever stop?
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:13:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:03:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:23:21 -0400

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.
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:14:35 -0500

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?
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:43:21 -0500

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 this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:57:50 -0500

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?
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:43:38 -0500

Will Yellowstone erupt?

A large part of North America is sitting on a geological timebomb. Could it explode in your lifetime?
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:00:00 -0500

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.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:26:09 -0500

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?
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:47:53 -0500

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.
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:52:37 -0500

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 onto the show for a discussion of the recent Sony hacks.
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 16:43:28 -0500

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 Sony hacks.
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:28:08 -0500

Is clairvoyance real?

Are psychic powers actually possible? Join Ben and Matt as they investigate the truth about clairvoyance.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:41:45 -0500

Big Oil: Conspiracies and You

We always hear stories about Big Oil and other conspiracies, but are any of these true? Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt.
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:36:15 -0500

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?
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:40:03 -0500

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?
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:44:24 -0500

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.
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:13:28 -0500

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?
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:42:42 -0500

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?
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:48:52 -0500


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.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400

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 to the People's Temple and more? Tune in to learn more.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:22:24 -0400

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?
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400

Could robots really run the world?

Is it possible that one day all the world's decisions will be made by an artificial intelligence?
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:19:06 -0400

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?
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:36:54 -0400

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?
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400

Are NGOs the tools of foreign agents?

They're supposed to help people across the planet -- so why doesn't everyone trust NGOs?
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:00:00 -0400

Are people really murdering scientists?

From Iran to London, it seems that being a scientist has become an increasingly dangerous occupation.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:10:27 -0400

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.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400

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 episode of listener mail. Tune in and check it out.
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:47:37 -0400

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? Tune in and learn more.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:56:33 -0400

Nazis, Lost Civilizations and Ancient Man: The Ahnenerbe

Did Nazis really have a department for paranormal investigations? Tune in to learn more.
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:34:17 -0400

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.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:11:53 -0400

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? Are they dangerous?
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400

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 concerned advocates, this is a worldwide trend -- and it shows no signs of slowing. Listen in to learn more.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0400

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.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:22:38 -0400

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.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:08:19 -0400

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.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:23:54 -0400

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 than ever before. Why? Could someone really create a natural disaster -- and use it as a weapon? Learn more with Ben and Matt.
Fri, 30 May 2014 15:01:38 -0400

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.
Fri, 23 May 2014 18:54:20 -0400

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.
Fri, 16 May 2014 14:44:01 -0400

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 Danny Casolaro.
Fri, 09 May 2014 14:10:50 -0400

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? Listen in to learn more.
Fri, 02 May 2014 17:30:25 -0400

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.
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:27:07 -0400

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.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:51:49 -0400

What was the Great Game?

Over 200 years ago the British and Russian empires waged a largely silent war across Eurasia, vying for influence, power and access to resources. In what became known as "The Great Game" British and Russian forces would ultimately leave indelible marks on the face of the modern world. And, according to some, The Great Game never ended. Tune in to learn more.
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0400

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 this mean for the future?
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:41:55 -0400

Do you live near a D.U.M.B.?

Is the world really littered with underground military bases? How many are active today? Is it possible to find them on your own? Tune in to learn more.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:27:27 -0400

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.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:22:02 -0400

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.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:54:06 -0400

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?
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500

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?
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:43:58 -0500

A Suicide Epidemic in the Banking World?

A recent spate of suicides by high-level banking officials has shaken the financial world. But are they simple coincidences or is there something more sinister at work? Join Matt and Ben as they break down these mysterious events and dig for a deeper understanding of the Stuff They Don't Want You to Know.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:46:41 -0500

Exorcisms: An Introduction

You're probably familiar with the horror film version of exorcisms: a righteous priest reciting holy verses as a demon-possessed person writhes and exhibits unholy powers. But what are exorcisms, really? How do they function across cultures? Is there any proof that they're real? Join Ben and Matt to find out.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:32:22 -0500


What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:45:47 -0500

Ghosts 101

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 see? Join Ben and Matt as they explore ghosts and the afterlife.
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:37:15 -0500

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 frightening reality. Join Matt and Ben as they explore the likelihood of a solar apocalypse.
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:19:00 -0500

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 what actually happened.
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:18:00 -0500

Soviet Psychotronics

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.
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:38:00 -0500

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 cult. Is there any way it could be true? Tune in to learn more about the Hand of Death, Four Pi and other alleged serial killer cults.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:52:00 -0500

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.
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:07:32 -0500

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?
Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:16:33 -0500

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.
Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:26:16 -0500

Listener Mail Review

Things get weird as Matt and Ben sift through a backlog of listener requests, questions and conspiracies.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:39:09 -0500

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
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:11:55 -0500

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.
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0500

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.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:46:50 -0500

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.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 11:27:05 -0500

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.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0500

The Illuminati

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.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0500

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 humans may continue in the modern day. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0500

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.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:00:00 -0500

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 whistleblower and someone who steals state secrets for other reasons? Learn more with Ben and Matt.
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:30:00 -0500

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 aircraft and rocketry. But how far did the Nazis get? Did they really invent aircraft that could explain the old stories about UFOs? Join Ben and Matt as they delve into the secrets of Nazi aircraft research.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0500

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 JFK case and why conspiracy theories about the murder remain so prevalent in the modern day.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:25:11 -0500


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.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0500


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.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:02:25 -0500

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 watch him at work? Tune in to learn more.
Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:16:41 -0500

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 neuroscience in this episode.
Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0400

Edward Bernays: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of

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 his start? And how does his work affect you today?
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:09:00 -0400