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Episodes

  • Do intelligence agencies run cults?

    Oct 24, 2014 | 37 min
    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.
  • Is the middle class going extinct?

    Oct 17, 2014 | 32 min
    It's no secret that inequality is rising in countries around the world, but what does this mean for the future? What is the middle class, exactly -- and why do some people believe it's going extinct?
  • Could robots really run the world?

    Oct 10, 2014 | 37 min
    Is it possible that one day all the world's decisions will be made by an artificial intelligence?
  • Can people purposefully collapse the stock market?

    Oct 3, 2014 | 37 min
    Is it possible that someone has been playing both sides of the financial fence, seeking to destabilize markets for their own purposes?
  • The Jesuits: Fact and Fiction

    Sep 26, 2014 | 40 min
    The ascendance of Pope Francis has led to a revival of Jesuit conspiracy theories. But why? Who are the Jesuits, exactly?
  • Fire in the Sky: Tunguska

    Sep 19, 2014 | 42 min
    What triggered the massive explosion over Tunguska in 1908? Join Matt, Ben, and special guest Joe McCormick as they take a closer look at one of the most mysterious catastrophes in history.
  • Are NGOs the tools of foreign agents?

    Sep 12, 2014 | 24 min
    They're supposed to help people across the planet -- so why doesn't everyone trust NGOs?
  • Are people really murdering scientists?

    Sep 5, 2014 | 46 min
    From Iran to London, it seems that being a scientist has become an increasingly dangerous occupation.
  • Can you really be anonymous on the internet?

    Aug 29, 2014 | 40 min
    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.
  • A Ghost Story

    Aug 15, 2014 | 14 min
    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.
  • Discovering Gabon's Ancient Nuclear Reactor

    Aug 8, 2014 | 21 min
    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.
  • Banned Books of the Bible

    Aug 1, 2014 | 32 min
    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.
  • Did you write to us? Listener Mail, Part II

    Jul 25, 2014 | 39 min
    Did you write to the guys yet? Ben and Matt are finally getting back to the fantastic Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and email suggestions from around the world. Tune in to hear more about upcoming episodes, strange stories, and all the other Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
  • Nazi Magic

    Jul 18, 2014 | 37 min
    Did Nazis really have a department for paranormal investigations? Tune in to learn more.
  • The Future of Drones

    Jul 11, 2014 | 19 min
    Will your future online purchases, delivery food and more be delivered by drones? Will law enforcement fly them continuously over your city, town or neighborhood? Tune in to learn more about the possible future of drones.
  • What are you actually eating?

    Jul 4, 2014 | 33 min
    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?
  • When The Police Become Your Army

    Jun 27, 2014 | 42 min
    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.
  • Was Thomas Henry Moray the Next Nikola Tesla?

    Jun 20, 2014 | 38 min
    You've probably heard about Nikola Tesla, but what about Thomas Henry Moray? Listen in to learn why some people believe this little-known electrical engineer may have discovered a revolutionary zero-point energy device.
  • The World Beneath Our Feet

    Jun 13, 2014 | 39 min
    From hidden catacombs to wild rumors about a hollow earth, the world is full of subterranean stories. But which are total bunk, and which have the ring of truth? Tune in to learn more.
  • Alternative History and You

    Jun 6, 2014 | 38 min
    Why do some people believe the Middle Ages never happened? Can we really trust our calendars? Do current world powers have a compelling interest in suppressing our knowledge of the past? Listen in and learn more with Matt and Ben.
  • Can human beings create disaster?

    May 30, 2014 | 33 min
    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.
  • How could aliens contact us?

    May 23, 2014 | 41 min
    Could alien life forms really contact human beings? How would they do it? Is it possible that other humans could intercept the message -- and keep it secret? Listen in to learn more.
  • The Listener Mail Edition

    May 16, 2014 | 43 min
    Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in this special listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
  • What was the Octopus?

    May 9, 2014 | 36 min
    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.
  • The Future of Death

    May 2, 2014 | 60 min
    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.
  • Is taxation legal?

    Apr 25, 2014 | 38 min
    Every year tax activists of one sort or another try to avoid paying federal or state levies -- but why? Tune in to learn more about taxation conspiracy theories.
  • Were there really 'lost races' of man?

    Apr 18, 2014 | 49 min
    We've all heard about Neanderthals -- but what else was out there? Join the guys as they take a closer look at the facts behind the folklore, digging deeper to see if there's any grain of truth to the legends of giants, gnomes and more.
  • What was the Great Game?

    Apr 11, 2014 | 44 min
    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.
  • Neuromarketing: Science or Science Fiction?

    Apr 4, 2014 | 37 min
    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?
  • Deep Underground Military Bases

    Mar 28, 2014 | 39 min
    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.
  • Cults (You've Never Heard Of)

    Mar 21, 2014 | 49 min
    What's the difference between a cult and a religion? What are some of history's strangest cults? Are there any secret cults in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.
  • Behind the Curtain: Russia and Crimea

    Mar 14, 2014 | 28 min
    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.
  • Pineal Gland: A Third Eye?

    Mar 7, 2014 | 41 min
    What does the pineal gland do? Some people believe it represents the mystical "third eye" from ancient teachings. Could it possibly be used to see beyond our physical world?
  • Of Wolves and Men

    Feb 28, 2014 | 31 min
    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?
  • Banker Suicides

    Feb 21, 2014 | 29 min
    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.
  • Exorcisms: An Introduction

    Feb 14, 2014 | 38 min
    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.
  • COINTELPRO

    Feb 7, 2014 | 43 min
    What was COINTELPRO? What made it controversial? Do government agencies continue to infiltrate activist organizations in the modern day? Tune in to learn more.