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Episode 81 - That Time When Conspiracy Theories Were More Fun

11 May 2019

Wes Brown is a fellow fan of the Monster Talk podcast. He comes on to make the point before 2016 conspiracy theories were just a kind of fun. They're not so fun anymore when people in power now base policy on them. We have a wide ranging discussion of conspiracy theories pre and post 2016 as well as we discuss Wes's semi sarcastic theory that MRA types are suffering from a kind of penis theft panic. Warning we do say "penis" quite a bit in this episode.

Episode 80 - High Strangeness with Eric Bickernicks

24 Mar 2019

What if The Demon-Haunted World was written as madcap comedy novel? Eric Bickernicks, along with his covivant Jan Brady, has written a book about UFOs, conspiracy theories, Bigfoot, and pretty much everything else from a skeptical POV... all in the form of a comedic narrative. It's a fun read, a great idea, and currently available for free download at high-strangeness.net.

Episode 79 - The Tagish Lake Fireball with James Scott Berdahl

3 Feb 2019

James Scott Berdahl is a geologist working in Vancouver and points between there and Whitehorse in the Yukon. While researching my eventual book on Canadian conspiracies, I ran across a 2008 MA thesis by Berdahl on a meteor that smacked into Canada's Yukon and some of the conspiracy thinking that emerged from the locals. I got Berdahl to dig back into his academic past and talk about the Tagish Lake Fireball on The Conspiracy Skeptic podcast.

Episode 78 - Archaeology Hides Everything with Jeb Card

27 Jan 2019

Jeb Card is cohost of an amazing podcast called Archeological Fantasies. This podcast will change the way you think. If you spend a lot of time watching Ancient Aliens and go "what the actual fuck?", Archeological Fantasies is the perfect podcast for you. Jeb comes on Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about the podcast, the origins of Qanon, how archeologists don't actually hide skeletons of giants in the basement of the Smithsonian, and just about everything else.

Episode 77 - Water and the Planned Destruction of Canada

2 Jul 2018

Back from the dead. Sort of. This is an early July 4 Conspiracy Skeptic podcast for my American friends about to hit the road or airline security line. I've been working on a book about Canadian conspiracy theories, written specifically for an American audience. This is a sample chapter. I'm about 3 chapters into a book that covers at least 20 chapters. So. Don't except this to hit the shelves of B. Dalton Books anytime soon. Glen Kealey, Shelley Ann Clark, Simon Reisman, Brian Mulroney, and a whole lot more all conspire in the mid-1990s to convince Canada the USA is out to take our water! Oh yeah, it never happened.

Episode 76 - Rigging the US Election with Nigel St. Whitehall

31 Oct 2016

Nigel St. Whitehall returns to lend his knowledge as a historian, loyal party member, and lawyer to discuss how hard it is to actually rig the US electoral system. He also reveals he's cohosting a new podcast.

Episode 75 - The Conspiracies of Australia with Dr. Karen Stollznow

22 Oct 2016

Dr. Karen Stollznow, host of Monster Talk and one of the greatest all around skeptic working today, joins the Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about some surprising conspiracies people of the Land Down Under have cooked up in the last few decades.

Episode 74 - The Black Dhalia Murder with Carrie Poppy

06 Jul 2016

Carrie Poppy from the Oh No Ross and Carrie podcast is on to talk about a supposed conspiracy of silence around the Black Dhalia Murder. As well we talk about her amazing podcast.

Episode 73 - Photojournalistic Icons, Conspiracies and False Histories with Dr. David D. Perlmutter

06 Apr 2016

Dr. David D. Perlmutter is a professor at and Dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. He's on Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about how images are used and misused in history and politics.

Episode 72 - Conversations with a Satanist with Wesley Bonetti

29 Feb 2016

Wesley Bonetti is co-host of the Atheist Nomads podcast. He's also a member of the Satanic Temple. He comes on the podcast to talk about what Satanists are really about. Spoiler: they're not kidnapping babies.

Episode 71 - Conspiracy Theorists Lie: The Movie with James K Lambert

09 Nov 2015

James K Lambert is a documentary film maker and he's recently released a documentary about JFK Conspiracy types call Conspiracy Theorists Lie. He stops in to this podcast to talk about his documentary, the JFK conspiracy theory, and ruminates on why conspiracy theorists think the way they think.

Episode 70- Mass shootings and mind control with Rich Orman

03 Oct 2015

Rich Orman, formerly of Dogma Free American and now host of Supreme Court Briefing podcast, comes on Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about his experience as a DA prosecuting the 2012 Colorado mass shooting and the despicable conspiracy theories that formed after the killing.

Episode 69 - Pluto and beyond?

30 Aug 2015

Dr. Stu is back to talk about participating in the New Horizons mission to Pluto and various conspiracies.

Episode 68 - Talking Freely about Freemasonry with Blake Oates

19 Jun 2015

A real, live Freemason, Blake Oates, turns up to clear things up about Freemasonry.

Episode 67 - A Data Skeptic and the Bible Code with Kyle Polich

21 Aug 2014

Kyle Polich of the Data Skeptic Podcast comes on to talk about The Bible Code.

Episode 66 - Waco and the Skeptical Vegan with James Foley

11 Jun 2014 06:06:07 EDT

James Foley, the Skeptical Vegan, joins Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about the Waco Siege and its implications

Episode 65 - Blood Moon Means We're in for a Bloody Good Time

14 Apr 2014 06:06:07 EDT

Dr. Stuart Robbins, "Stu" to just me, is back to talk about another end of the world prophesy. Do bad things happen when there are four blood moons in a row that fall on Jewish holidays?

Episode 64 - Ye Olde Bitcoin Show with Neil Croll

28 Feb 2014 06:06:07 EDT

Elder Karl Mamer and Elder Neil Croll talk about bitcoin. Does it have legs? Is the government out to crush it? How much snow would we walk through to earn one bitcoin in 1987?

Episode 63 - Eight Men Out, Outted with Mike Bohler

21 Dec 2013

Mike Bohler returns to talk about the conspiracy to game the 1919 World Series. It's about baseball.

Episode 62 - WIFI WTF?

26 Sep 2013

Michael Kruse, from Huff Po and Bad Science Watch, gives us a round up on the Wifi Freak Out that's happening in Canada. Is a Canadian University professor right that wifi is a plan to make white suburban people infertile? Have Canadians all gone mad at once?

Episode 61 - The Squirrels of Mars

30 Jul 2013

Dr. Stuart Robbins, host of Exposing Pseudoastronomy, is back to talk about his TAM experience, his new World Net Daily Watch project, and whether or not a spaceship and squirrel were found on Mars. Hint: no.

Episode 60 - The Impossible Bomb with Jakob Thorin

23 May 2013

Jakob Thorin (his last name is not pronounced like you might think) comes on to talk about an odd duck who raged all over the JREF board about the impossibility of building a nuclear (fission and fusion) bomb. Just can't happen. Didn't work in 1945. Won't work today. It's just a money grab, folks.

Episode 59 - There are drugs in the water?

09 May 2013

James Funston is helping get Portlanders on-side with an initiative to fluoridate the water. He's had to take on the whole range of anti-fluoridation arguments and conspiracies.

Episode 58 - A pilot talks chemtrails

08 Apr 2013

There was something in the air that night. The contrails were too bright, Fernando. They were gassing you and me. For population control, Fernando.

Episode 57 - Where the D in D20 stands for The Devil

29 Mar 2013

Your 80s flashback: When we thought role players were baby killing Satanists. Hell, even Tipper Gore thought this.

Episode 56 - Year in Review with Mike Bohler

28 Jan 2013

Conspiracy skeptic podcaster Mike Bohler joins this Conspiracy Skeptic podcaster to talk about a year in Conspiracy and what to look forward to.

Episode 55 - Sovereign Citizens and Freemen

07 Nov 2012

SGU board member and slave to corporations Derek (aka "SkepticalEsquire: Derek-Albertan") comes on to talk about the freeman/sovereign citizen movements springing up in Canada and the USA.

Episode 54 - Ziggurat on the moon? Huh?

17 Sep 2012

Dr. Stuart Robbins returns to talk about Mike Barra's claim there's a Ziggurat on the moon and how all great scientific discoveries start on a zombie themed game board. Science, bitches!

Episode 53 - The Love Conspiracy

30 Aug 2012

Does love avoid you so much it seems like a conspiracy? Imagine being an atheist among Christians. Conspiracy Skeptic talks to Colorado Skeptic Rich Ludwig about finding a relationship in Christian America.

Episode 52 - Is Income Tax Unconstitutional?

31 Jul 2012

Your Conspiracy Skeptic Karl Mamer examines whether or not American and Canadian income tax is unconstitutional.

Episode 51 - Joseph Steinberg on the Roanoke Colony Collapse

31 May 2012

Joseph formerly worked in US Army intelligence and now teaches English in Busan, South Korea. He comes on Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about Roanoke Colony, adding some considerable detail to Brian Dunning's Skeptoid episode on the same topic. Sadly, Joseph died a few years after this episode aired.

Episode 50 - Abbie Smith on the case of XMRV

30 Apr 2012

Abbie Smith, HIV/retrovirus researcher, returns to talk about a bizarre conspiracy involving scientists that should know better. Or why Big Pharma this time around DOESN'T want to sell you expensive drugs.

Episode 49 - Cures They Don't Want You to Know About

13 Mar 2012

Tom and Cecil from the Cognitive Dissonance Podcast stop in to talk about their podcast and the "cures they don't want you to know about".

Episode 48 - The Aetherius Society

27 Feb 2012

Does the UFO religion Aetherius Society really have irrefutable evidence? Karl examines their claims.

Episode 47 - A year in conspiracy

20 Jan 2012

Fellow Invisible Sky Monster guest host Michael Bohler and I go over a year in conspiracies.

Episode 46 - African Americans fought for the Confederacy?

22 Nov 2011

Andrew Philips is a historian and works at a civil war museum. He keeps encountering this over blown claim that slaves and freed men willingly took up arms in defense of the confederacy and their way of life. This knowledge has been suppressed by a vast Yankie Conspiracy.

Episode 45 - The Assassination of Pope John Paul I with Nigel St. Whitehall and Lady St. Whitehall

29 Sep 2011

Nigel St. Whitehall (and Lady St. Whitehall), master of the

Episode 44 - Doc Stuart Robbins and 2012 in 2011

19 Aug 2011

Stuart Robbins is now a newly minted Doctor. Herr Doctor Stuart Robbins returns to Conspiracy Skeptic to fill us in on more 2012 foolishness, Mars foolishness, Billy Meier woo woo, and more.

Episode 43 - The Gay Agenda with Jeff Syke

26 Jun 2011

Listener Jeff Syke outlines the religious right's claims about a homosexual agenda and differentiates it from an actual gay agenda.

Episode 42 - Is Magic a Conspiracy?

26 May 2011

Jacob Jax is a young up 'n' coming magician/juggler in Vegas. He's a TAM veteran. Jacob stops in on The Conspiracy Skeptic podcast to talk about magic, how to get started in what seems like a secret organization, and we tell war stories about punching above our weight in Vegas.

Episode 41 - The Necronomicon with JoelWhy

14 Apr 2011

JoelWhy is the SGU board's nicest fan of Conspiracy Skeptic. He comes on Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about H.P. Lovecraft and how some people refuse to accept The Necronomicon is not a real book.

Episode 40 - The Georgia Guidestones with Blake Smith

16 Mar 2011

The Georgia Guidestones have been standing in a weird plot of land since the early 1980s. They've increasingly become an irritant to New World Order conspiracy nuts. Monster Talker Blake Smith is here to talk about his own visit to the Georgia Guidestones.

Episode 39 - Secret New Years Track - Zen for the Hot and Bothered

31 Dec 2010

Zen for the Hot and Bothered. A reading from the Book of the Browbeaten. The Book of Revelation. A skit from my campus radio show days, circa 1989. See people were doing skeptical comedy 20+ years ago! Oddly I predict the death of CDs and the rise of MP3 players near the end of this skit.
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Episode 38 - Secret Christmas Track - Zen for the Hot and Bothered

24 Dec 2010

Zen for the Hot and Bothered. A reading from the Book of the Browbeaten. Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Troop jacket. A skit from my campus radio show days, circa 1988.
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Episode 37 - Ancient Aliens

22 Dec 2010

Skeptics' Guide board user Gurmukh Mongia (aka Parrot) has a blog called The Dumbasses Guide To Knowledge. He's slowly working through the truly horrible History Channel series Ancient Aliens and blogging and podcasting about the crap science found on that show. Parrot comes on Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about Ancient Aliens and the claim this knowledge is being suppressed.

Episode 36 - The Face on Mars

21 Nov 2010

Astronomy doctoral student Stuart Robbins is back to talk about Richard C. Hoagland and his various NASA conspiracies. This is Stuart's last appearance before I have to call him Dr. Robbins. Or maybe Dr. Stu. *tears* I remember him when he was knee-high to a Viking lander!

Episode 35 - Laurel Canyon, mind control, and the Hippies

05 Nov 2010

Amira is a hyper cool Canadian chef who travels the world doing her chef thing. The Skeptical Review will soon have an update on what she does and what makes her so damn cool but for now I need to respect her news embargo. So let's just say she's damn cool. Besides being damn cool, she has a damn cool "kitchen sink" conspiracy about the musicians of the hippie generation and how guys like Frank Zappa and David Crosby were CIA stooges in an MKULTRA mind-control op.

Episode 34 - Jack the Ripper with Charles Smith

14 Oct 2010

Listener Charles Smith made a compelling argument to stretch the "conspiracies of the not too distant past" constraint and do a show about the conspiracy theory around Jack the Ripper. You'll find Smith's show a ripping good time! And if you see him at the next Skeptics in a Pub. Buy him a beer! And the cheese plate.

Episode 33 - ZOG

19 Aug 2010

Neil Croll is a listener and former Canadian neo-nazi skinhead. He's on to talk about his transition to a non-racist middle-aged skeptic and the ZOG conspiracy.

Episode 32 - Crop Circles

28 Jul 2010

Trystan Swale is the host of the UK's Righteous Indignation Podcast. He's been following the whole crop circle thing for a while now. Swale is on to talk about crop circles, croppies, and the wild eyed conspiracy accusations that swirl around croppies and people that actually make them for giggles.

Episode 31 - David Icke

03 Jul 2010

Paul Ganssle, Conspiracy Skeptic Listener and skeptic about town, stops in to talk about David Icke and the Reptilian Conspiracy.

Episode 30 - Conspiracy Con X

23 Jun 2010

Journalist Carolyn Shuck and her friend from the Eastern Establishment came on Conspiracy Skeptic to talk about their experiences at a conspiracy convention. Audio is a bit wonky.

Episode 29 - The Sinking of the HMS Invincible with Nigel St. Whitehall

19 May 2010

Nigel St. Whitehall, blog master of The Skeptical Review, returns with a Falklands War era conspiracy. Claims the Argentinean air force sunk a British aircraft carrier.

Episode 28 - The Protocols of Zion and the Kosher Tax with Jonathan Abrams

13 Apr 2010

Jonathan Abrams is the host of Canada's SGU "Reality Check", a weekly Skeptical podcast produced by the cracker-jack Ottawa Skeptics crew.

Episode 27 - North Korean Conspiracies with Stafford Lumsdem

02 Mar 2010

Stafford Lumnsden of the Seoul Podcast talks about North Korea, Kim Jong-Il, and the $100 super note conspiracy. Plus fan death.

Episode 26 - Satanic Panic with Listener Ryan Davis

18 Feb 2010

Listener Ryan Davis stops in to talk about the Satanic panic of the 1980s and early 1990s.

Episode 25 - Stuart Robbins and the Strange Case of Michael Horn/Billy Meier

26 Jan 2010

Stuart Robbins makes yet another appearance to talk about a claim that Billy Meier predicted Apophis.

Episode 24 - Stuart Robbins Update

12 Jan 2010

Stuart Robbins is back to update us on 2012, a supposed killer asteroid the Russians were yammering about, and a possible supernova neighbor.

Episode 23 - The Family with Steven Cleghorn

7 Dec 2009

Steven is a long time listener of both my previous podcast Seoul Survivors and the Conspiracy Skeptic. He emailed me about this The Family organization many months before the story broke in podcast land. I wanted to have him on for a chat between two regular Joes about The Family, whether it's an example of a real conspiracy, and the implications. If you don't know much about The Family, I'd suggest first checking out D.J. Grothe's interview with the author himself before tackling my podcast.

Episode 22 - Hayley Stevens on the Princess Di Assassination

6 Nov 2009

Hayley Stevens is co-host of a funny and thought provoking skeptical podcast produced in the UK. In her spare time she's also a skeptical ghost hunter. On Conspiracy Skeptic we talk about the claims Princess Diana was murdered or even faked her own death.

Episode 21 - Nigel St. Whitehall on the JFK assassination

5 Oct 2009

Nigel St. Whitehall (a pseudonym) is a mild mannered lawyer from Hershey, PA, creator of the Skeptical Review blog, and a knowledgeable skeptic of claims that Oswald did not act alone.

Episode 20 - Brett Spurr, Money, and China

25 Sep 2009

Brett Spurr returns to shoot the breeze about some economic ideas held tightly by conspiracy types: can/would China wipe out the economy tomorrow by dumping dollars? Is the gold standard the only real form of money? When we import goods, do foreign countries just make the money we send them disappear and it never comes back?

Episode 19 - Charles Morrison and the White Salamander Letter

30 Aug 2009

Charles Morrison stops in to talk about a conspiracy involving the Mormon church.

Episode 18 - Denver Airport Conspiracy with Rich Orman

20 Aug 2009

Rich Orman from the Dogma Free America podcast stops in to talk about one of the greatest high kookin' conspiracy theories ever: the new Denver airport is Reptoid Base Alpha.

Episode 17 - HIV Denial with Abbie Smith

21 Jul 2009

Abbie Smith is a virologist who goes by the moniker ERV. She comes on to talk about HIV denial.

Episode 16 - Moon Hoax and Stuart Robbins Revisited

8 Jul 2009

Stuart Robbins who talked about 2012 on Episode 2 is back to talk about the Moon Landing Hoax in the run up to the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the current LRO mission. And yes I know I pronounce Hare Krishna wrong.

Episode 15 - Roswell

18 May 2009

Brett Spurr of the Long Run Blog (a blog about skepticism and finance) talks about the supposed Roswell cover up.

Episode 14 - The Vaccine Conspiracy

5 Apr 2009

Michael Goudeau stops in to talk about vaccine hysteria, autism, his possible appearance at TAM 7, Penn and Teller's Bullshit, how you (or your boss) can actually hire him to entertain your corporate troops, and a whole lot more.

Episode 13 - 2012 and Planet X

10 Mar 2009

Stuart is a young, gifted astronomy grad student who takes on creationism and pseudoscience in his blog. In this episode, Stuart discusses some of the attempts by pseudo scientists to explain why the universe is going to try and kill us on December 21, 2012 and why that is so much pure crap.

Episode 12 - The Illuminati

10 Feb 2009

Guest host Brian Thompson of the Amateur Scientist Podcast. Still working on the sound quality. I have my mike up a wee bit too high and you can hear my sniffling.

Episode 11 - Holocaust Denial

01 Jan 2009

In an effort to keep Conspiracy Skeptic going and turning out shows on a more regular basis, I'm creating a new format where I interview a skeptical podcaster or blogger. I'm borrowing an idea from the now defunct Reason Driven podcast. The RDP would get a guest to read a chapter from a book called "The Reason Driven Life" and then talk about it. My plan is to get a skeptical podcaster/blogger to come up with his/her favorite conspiracy, research it for a week or two, and then have the skeptic on my podcast to discuss the conspiracy. My former Seoul Survivors podcast cohost Jennifer Booker Young was kind enough to help me do a beta edition to test out the format. The sound quality is pretty crappy on my end. Meh. Still trying to figure out audio on Vista and Skype. Hopefully the Grand Opening podcast with Brian Thompson of Amateur Scientist will have better sound (I bought a USB mike for that one). Anyway, this is a long winded way to say sorry about the crap quality and things will get better. I hope you'll all hang in there with me.

Episode 10 - Canadian Conspiracies

27 Oct 2008

Conspiracy theories in Canada. The Avro Arrow conspiracy and the planned destruction of Canada.>

Episode 9 - The HIV Conspiracy

31 Jul 2008

HIV does not cause AIDS? HIV does cause AIDS but it's a bio weapon? HIV does not exist? WTF is wrong with these people?>

Episode 8 - The Free Energy Conspiracy

03 May 2008

Is there a massive conspiracy to suppress too-cheap-to-meter energy?

Episode 7 - The Big Science Conspiracy

27 Mar 2008

Is there a Big Science conspiracy? Or is Expelled and Michael Cremo fulla crap?

Episode 6b - The Fed is Alright

20 Feb 2008

Is the Federal Reserve system crooked? Comments on the flash film Money, Banking, and the Federal Reserve.

Episode 6 - The Fed is Alright

23 Jan 2008

Is the Federal Reserve system crooked? Comments on the flash film Money is Debt.

Episode 5 - The Moon Landing Hoax

01 Jan 2008

The moon landing hoax. The Phil Plait/Joe Rogan debate revisited.

Episode 4 - Alex Jones and Endgame

04 Dec 2007

Alex Jones, Endgame, the New World Order, and North American Union.

Episode 3 - The Great Cancer Conspiracy

13 Nov 2007

The great cancer conspiracy.

Episode 2 - Conspiracy Primer II

01 Nov 2007

Part II of the conspiracy primer.

Episode 1 - Conspiracy Primer I

22 Oct 2007

Part I of the conspiracy primer.