Stuff They Don't Want You To Know

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know

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From UFOs to psychic powers and government conspiracies, history is riddled with unexplained events. This week, get a closer look at the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know about the mob in this video podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.

Episodes

Why are people protesting in North Dakota?  

You may have heard a bit about the North Dakota Access Pipeline in the news -- but probably not much. What's happening at the site of one the largest Native American protests in recent history, so why isn't it more widely reported in the US?

Children, Catholicism and Conspiracy: An Epidemic of Abuse  

For decades rumors of child abuse in the Catholic Church were treated as just that: rumors. However, in recent years, evidence has emerged proving, beyond any reasonable doubt, that this abuse didn't just occur -- the authorities knew, and conspired to cover it up for years. But how prevalent is this? How deep does the conspiracy go?

Clinton Conspiracies: 2016 Presidential Election  

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.

Trump Conspiracies: 2016 Presidential Election  

Donald Trump, like his rival Hillary Clinton, has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. But why? Tune in for a look at the allegations surrounding his campaign for president. (And stay tuned for next week’s episode on the Clinton campaign.)

What’s in the National Quiet Zone?  

Across 1300 square miles in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland a strange electronic silence looms heavily in the air. Cell phones don’t work, there’s only one radio station and government officials patrol the streets searching for illegal wifi. Why?

The Battle of Los Angeles  

In the early hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across Los Angeles, California. The military fired roughly 1500 anti-aircraft machine gun rounds and artillery shells at some unknown object in the sky. So what really happened?

Have you met a psychopath?  

An estimated 1% of the global population is fundamentally different, incapable of empathy, unable to feel remorse, and charming enough to deceive everyone around them. But how many psychopaths actually exist? Are they more common than studies would have you believe? Is it possible you've met one without knowing it?

Did NASA fake the moon landings?  

For nearly 50 years a vocal group of people around the world have remained convinced that NASA faked the moon landings, and no human being has actually set foot upon the lunar surface. But if that's the case, why? What would the motivations for a hoax be, and how on Earth could it remain a secret for so long?

Professional Sports and Match Fixing  

It's no secret that sports are a billion-dollar industry, but how honest are these games? Both FIFA and the IOC have been dogged by rumors of corruption but, according to some, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

5 Types of Cannibalism  

Cannibalism, also known as anthropophagy, is an ancient practice. But there are multiple types and they are not all created equally.

MIT, Cereal, and Human Experimentation  

In the 1940s Quaker Oats and MIT joined forces to study the absorption of vitamins and minerals. They recruited disadvantaged kids at the Fernald State School to join the “Science Club” and fed them radioactive iron and calcium without their knowledge.

Sesame Credit: Turning Obedience Into a Game  

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.

The Strange Case of Teresita Basa  

When firefighters found the body of 47 year-old Teresita Basa murdered and disfigured in her Chicago apartment, the case seemed set to remain unsolved. Until, that is, one of her former coworkers began falling into trances, speaking as if she were Teresita, seeking justice from beyond the grave.

Freemasons: 3 Weird Things About The House of The Temple  

In this episode, Ben and Matt travel to DC for a closer look at the famous House of the Temple. Tune in to learn more about the odd history of this iconic temple.

Banks, Cartels and Money Laundering  

How do criminals turn dirty cash into clean money? Who helps them? And more importantly, what happens when the launderers are caught?

Religion and Crime: The Narco Saints  

Although the Catholic church officially opposes them, the folk saints of Latin America are enormously important to the lives of hundreds of thousands of their followers. Criminals, from cartels to thieves and more, have also adopted the practice of praying to entities like Santa Muerte for forgiveness, protection and aid. But why? Learn more about the intersection of religion and crime.

What would happen if the world's debt disappeared?  

It’s often said that money makes the world go round – so what would happen if there was no money left? Would it be a paradise or pandemonium?

Is public WiFi dangerous?  

Public wifi can be an enormously convenient thing -- it helps people dodge data charges in coffee shops, airports and other places around the globe. But how safe is it? Tune in to learn more.

What is the Red Market?  

You've heard of the Black Market -- a catch-all term for the various underground criminal markets selling everything from drugs and guns to people and endangered animals -- but what about the Red Market? Watch to learn about the secret world of the illegal human organ trade.

5 Secret Space Programs  

For millennia humankind has dreamed of reaching the heavens, and in recent decades several countries have begun turning these dreams into reality. Yet the path to the stars isn't all altruism and noble scientific advancement -- in fact, human activities in space have often been shrouded in secrecy, and the practice continues today.

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