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iHeartRadio & HowStuffWorks presents
Stuff They Don't Want You To Know
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 iHeartRadio.
July 26, 2021
Strange News: The Pegasus Leak, AI and Bourdain, India Proposes Population Control
Documentarian Morgan Neville stirs controversy with the decision to use computer-generated audio. In India, locals raise objections over Uttar Pradesh's proposed bill to lower population growth. A massive leak implicates Israeli tech company NSO Group in troubling cases of state-level surveillance (and possibly assassinations) via their hacking software, Pegasus. All this and more in this week's Strange News.
July 23, 2021
NASA Was In Bed With The CIA (And Everyone Else)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for some of the most profound breakthroughs in the history of space exploration. Since NASA's creation in 1958, the organization has been touted as an explicitly civilian organization. Yet there's more to the story -- the history of space exploration, as it turns out, is literally the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know.
July 22, 2021
Listener Mail: Oakville Blob, Dark Side of Twitch, and the Mystery of the Bosnian Pyramids
What exactly were those blobs of gunk that fell in Oakville, Washington in 1994? Does the streaming platform Twitch have a dark side? Is Bosnia really home to an ancient set of gargantuan pyramids with bizarre physical properties? All this and more in this week's listener mail.
July 21, 2021
The Mystery of Forgotten Religions
The concept of religion predates civilization and the written word -- from its earliest days, the human species looked to religion to explain the ineffable. Religion has been the inspiration for some of humanity's noblest acts (and the rationalization for some of its most horrific crimes). Some have been enormously successful, spreading across the globe... but what happened to the rest? How many religions have been forgotten, or purposely destroyed?
July 20, 2021
CLASSIC: Is clairvoyance real?
Are psychic powers actually possible? Join Ben and Matt as they investigate the truth about clairvoyance in this classic episode.
July 19, 2021
Strange News: Haiti's President Assassinated, One Billion Sea Animals Cooked Alive, COVID-19 Scams in India
Who ordered the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse? What does one billion sea animals being cooked alive by a heat wave in Western North America mean for the future of humanity? Why are Indian medical professionals conspiring to swindle people with fake vaccines? All this and more (including Ben's obsession with radioactive Fukushima boar-pig hybrids) in this week's Strange News.
July 18, 2021
Introducing: Murder in Illinois
Hi, STDWYK fans! We know you value great podcasts and think you'll also enjoy Murder in Illinois - a brand-new true-crime podcast from iHeartMedia and hosted by Lauren Bright Pacheco. Show description: In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 14 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s conviction, as well as the forensic evidence his supporters believe proves his innocence-in attempt to answer one question: Who killed the Vaughn family? Listen to Murder in Illinois on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!
July 16, 2021
The Life and Death of John McAfee
John McAfee lived a life of extremes, from working as a tech entrepreneur to becoming an international fugitive, Presidential candidate and more. As time went on, he became increasingly paranoid, certain that powerful forces were out to get him. And on June 23rd, he was found dead in a Spanish jail cell. The authorities concluded he committed suicide. Numerous people disagree with this conclusion -- including John McAfee himself, who warned people numerous times that he would never take his own life.
July 15, 2021
Listener Mail: Exxon Lobbyist Goes Full Supervillain on Camera, Ray Gricar and Jerry Sandusky, an Unsolved Murder in Oregon
An Exxon lobbyist is caught on camera explaining the villainous logic he used to move members of Congress toward his company's side. Ray Gricar and Jerry Sandusky produce an endless, disturbing rabbit hole. A mysterious murder remains unsolved in Oregon. All this and more in this week's listener mail.
July 14, 2021
Interview with Jeff Keating: Pee Wee Gaskins Was Not My Friend
Born in 1933, Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins Jr was a prolific serial killer and rapist in South Carolina. Authorities still aren't sure how many people he may have murdered. In this episode, the guys join Jeff Keating, the host of Pee Wee Gaskins Was Not My Friend, to learn more about the this murderer's early life, his crimes, and how he eventually got caught.
July 13, 2021
CLASSIC: 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 tech expert Jonathan Strickland for the second part of their series on the Sony hacks.
July 12, 2021
Strange News: Ads in Your Dreams, Magic Mushrooms Physically Repair Your Brain, and the FaZe Clan's Crypto Scandal
Companies are increasingly interested in infiltrating your dreams, science proves magic mushrooms physically repair parts of the brain, and a cryptocurrency scandal rocks the world of gaming. All this and more in this week's Strange News.
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: Why is the Navy worried about releasing the secret UFO documents?
After years of rumors, recent releases have confirmed the US government knew much more about UFOs than they'd originally let on. And, despite the recent waves of revelations and classifications, Uncle Sam is still refusing to release everything. When pressed on the issue, the government stated that disclosing certain files would pose "an extraordinarily grave threat to national security" -- so what exactly is on these files? Tune in to learn more.
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: Project 1794 - A Real-life Flying Saucer
Flying saucers are perhaps the most iconic genre of UFO -- since the 1940s they've become the mainstay vehicles for extraterrestrials in all sorts of fictional stories. But, according to declassified files, the US Government was intensely interested in building some flying saucers of its own. So far did they get?
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: How can you become a ufologist?
UFO researchers, also known as ufologists, make frequent appearances in pop culture, and many are professional, full-time experts in their field. But how exactly does one become a ufologist? Join the guys as they dive into this question, searching for the most (and least) credible paths to becoming a genuine ufologist.
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: Did Buzz Aldrin see a UFO?
Over the course of his career with NASA, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin changed the course of human history. From his groundbreaking work with EVA techniques to his walk on the moon with Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin has seen and done astonishing things. In 2018, news outlets claimed Buzz Aldrin had one more astonishing achievement under his belt, an event kept secret until the modern day: Apparently, he had seen a UFO in space.
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: 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.
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: What are the Phoenix lights?
On March 13th, 1997, thousands of people in Nevada, Arizona and Mexico reported seeing bizarre lights in the evening sky -- today, more than two decades later, the Phoenix Lights are still considered to be one of the most significant UFO sightings in recent history. But what exactly were they? What really happened that night in March? Tune in to learn more.
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: 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?
July 10, 2021
UFO Files: Betty and Barney Hill: The UFO Case that Changed Everything, with Toby Ball
In September of 1961, on an empty country road in rural New Hampshire, Barney and Betty Hill experienced the most profound, bizarre night of their lives in what would become the first widely-publicized account of an alien abduction in US history -- the case that would go on to influence hundreds, if not thousands, of abduction cases to follow. But what exactly happened that September night? Join the guys as they sit down with author Toby Ball, host of the Strange Arrivals podcast, to explore the facts, the claims, and the questions that remain unanswered in the modern day.