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Each SGU episode covers a variety of topics, from astronomy and evolution, to alternative medicine and the paranormal.

They also include regular features, such as interviews, guest rogues and live recordings.

You can browse episodes and segments by category by clicking on the links below

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Categories

198 transcripts have been categorized so far, 402 transcripts are waiting to be categorized.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of links in each category, including both episode and individual segment links.

Features:

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(34)

Guest Rogues

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(7)

Live Recording

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(78)

Interview

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(5)

Randi Speaks

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(13)

Skeptical Puzzle

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(22)

Amendments

Topics:

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(51)

Alternative
Medicine

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(11)

Alt med:
Energy Healing

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(11)

Alt med:
Homeopathy

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(107)

Astronomy &
Space Science

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(66)

Cons, Scams
& Hoaxes

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(24)

Conspiracy
Theories

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(50)

Entertainment

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(75)

General
Science

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(54)

History

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(22)

Humor

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(46)

Legal Issues
& Regulations

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(75)

Logic &
Philosophy

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(71)

Myths &
Misconceptions‏‎

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(136)

Nature &
Evolution

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(102)

Neuroscience
& Psychology

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(13)

New Age

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(55)

Paranormal

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(22)

Paranormal:
Cryptozoology

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(36)

Paranormal:
ESP

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(23)

Paranormal:
Ghosts & Demons

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(36)

Paranormal:
UFOs & Aliens

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(54)

Physics &
Mechanics‏‎

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(21)

Politics

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(16)

Prophecy

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(63)

Pseudoscience

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(70)

Religion
& Faith‏‎

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(60)

R&F: Creationism &
Intelligent Design

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(45)

Science &
Education

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(134)

Science
& Medicine

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(55)

Science &
the Media

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(24)

SGU

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(75)

Technology

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(15)

Other

SGU Transcripts

Below are links to all the SGU episodes with transcription pages.

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    Transcription in progress –  transcription in progress     Open for transcription  –  contains sections that need transcribing
    Automatic transcription –  first pass of transcription performed by Google Speech API


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5X5 Transcripts

This is a sortable table of all of the transcribed 5X5 episodes, the date they were released, what was covered, and the topic categories.

Episodes with a tick Transcript Verified as their status have been proof-read. Episodes marked with Transcription in progress are in progress, and those with Open for transcription need transcription.

No. Date Status Contents Categories
113 May 9 2012 Transcript Verified What's the Harm? Myths & Misconceptions, Logic & Philosophy, Religion & Faith
112 May 2 2012 Transcript Verified Anecdotal Evidence Legal Issues & Regulations, Myths & Misconceptions, Neuroscience & Psychology
111 Apr 25 2012 Transcript Verified Facilitated Communication Pseudoscience, Myths & Misconceptions
110 Apr 11 2012 Transcript Verified Naturalistic Fallacy Logic & Philosophy
109 Apr 4 2012 Transcript Verified Celebrity Pseudoscience Pseudoscience, Entertainment
108 Mar 28 2012 Transcript Verified Cancer Cure Science & Medicine, Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience
107 Mar 21 2012 Transcript Verified Chilean UFO UFOs & Aliens
106 Mar 19 2012 Transcript Verified Availability Heuristic Logic & Philosophy
105 Mar 7 2012 Transcript Verified Representativeness Heuristic Logic & Philosophy
104 Feb 22 2012 Transcript Verified WiFi Myths & Misconceptions
103 Feb 15 2012 Transcript Verified Creationism Creationism & ID, Science & Education, Legal Issues & Regulations
102 Feb 8 2012 Transcript Verified Biofuels Technology, General Science
101 Jan 26 2011 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Slippery Slope/Post Hoc Logic & Philosophy
100 Jan 13 2011 Transcript Verified Testable General Science
99 Jan 5 2011 Transcript Verified Graphology History, Pseudoscience
98 Dec 30 2010 Transcript Verified Harry Houdini History, Paranormal, Ghosts & Demons
97 Dec 20 2010 Transcript Verified Repressed Memories Neuroscience & Psychology, Science & Medicine
96 Nov 9 2010 Transcript Verified Magnets General Science, Pseudoscience, Science & Medicine
95 Sep 21 2010 Transcript Verified Chelation Science & Medicine, Alternative Medicine
94 Sep 12 2010 Transcript Verified Nostradamus Prophecy, History
93 Aug 13 2010 Transcript Verified Chiropractic - Part 3 Alternative Medicine, Science & Medicine
92 Jul 28 2010 Transcript Verified Chiropractic - Part 2 Alternative Medicine, History, Legal Issues & Regulations
91 Jul 13 2010 Transcript Verified Chiropractic - Part 1 Alternative Medicine, History
90 Jun 29 2010 Transcript Verified The Unification Church Religion & Faith
89 Jun 14 2010 Transcript Verified Chemtrails Conspiracy Theories, Myths & Misconceptions
88 May 19 2010 Transcript Verified Psi - Part 2 ESP, Physics & Mechanics
87 Mar 31 2010 Transcript Verified Psi - The Ganzfeld Experiments ESP
86 Feb 21 2010 Transcript Verified Psi ESP
85 Feb 9 2010 Transcript Verified Prediction Prophecy, Pseudoscience, Paranormal
84 Jan 25 2010 Transcript Verified Bermuda Triangle Myths & Misconceptions, Paranormal, UFOs & Aliens
83 Dec 20 2009 Transcript Verified Irreducible Complexity Creationism & ID, Nature & Evolution
82 Dec 2 2009 Transcript Verified Psychic Surgery Alternative Medicine, Cons, Scams & Hoaxes, Science & Medicine
81 Nov 18 2009 Transcript Verified Naturopathy Alternative Medicine, Science & Medicine
80 Oct 28 2009 Transcript Verified Polygraphs Technology, Legal Issues & Regulations
79 Oct 14 2009 Transcript Verified The Lunar Effect Myths & Misconceptions, Physics & Mechanics
78 Sep 23 2009 Transcript Verified Crop Circles Cons, Scams & Hoaxes, Paranormal
77 Sep 9 2009 Transcript Verified The Double-Blind Protocol in Science General Science, Logic & Philosophy
76 Aug 18 2009 Transcript Verified The Argument from Design Logic & Philosophy
75 Aug 12 2009 Transcript Verified The Coriolis Effect Physics & Mechanics
74 Aug 4 2009 Transcript Verified Perpetual Motion Machines Pseudoscience, Cons, Scams & Hoaxes, Physics & Mechanics
73 Jul 22 2009 Transcript Verified The Age of the Earth Myths & Misconceptions, General Science
72 Jul 16 2009 Transcript Verified Randi Million Dollar Psychic Challenge and Connie Sonne Cons, Scams & Hoaxes, ESP
71 Jul 8 2009 Transcript Verified The Roswell UFO Mythology UFOs & Aliens, Myths & Misconceptions
70 Jun 30 2009 Transcript Verified New Element Discovered Physics & Mechanics
69 Jun 5 2009 Transcript Verified Einstein's Eclipse and General Relativity Physics & Mechanics, Astronomy & Space Science
68 May 22 2009 Transcript Verified Near-Death Experiences Myths & Misconceptions, Science & Medicine
67 Apr 30 2009 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Special Pleading Logic & Philosophy
66 Apr 22 2009 Transcript Verified Plausibility in Science General Science
65 Apr 16 2009 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Scientific Theory General Science
64 Apr 2 2009 Transcript Verified The Clever Hans Effect Cons, Scams & Hoaxes
63 Mar 25 2009 Transcript Verified Possession and Exorcism Ghosts & Demons, Alternative Medicine, Religion & Faith
62 Mar 19 2009 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - How to Argue Logic & Philosophy
61 Mar 13 2009 Transcript Verified Friday 13th Superstition Myths & Misconceptions
60 Mar 5 2009 Transcript Verified Cryptozoology Cryptozoology
59 Feb 25 2009 Transcript Verified Sprites and other atmospheric phenomena mistaken for UFOs UFOs & Aliens
58 Feb 17 2009 Transcript Verified The Self-Corrective Nature of Science General Science
57 Feb 10 2009 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Moving the Goalpost Logic & Philosophy
56 Feb 4 2009 Transcript Verified Probability General Science, Logic & Philosophy
55 Jan 28 2009 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Poisoning the Well Logic & Philosophy
54 Jan 21 2009 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - False Dichotomy Logic & Philosophy
53 Jan 13 2009 Transcript Verified Anecdotal Evidence Myths & Misconceptions, Logic & Philosophy, General Science
52 Jan 6 2009 Transcript Verified Atlantis Myths & Misconceptions, Logic & Philosophy
51 Dec 29 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Channeling ESP, Cons, Scams & Hoaxes, Ghosts & Demons
50 Dec 15 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - The Argument from Ignorance Logic & Philosophy
49 Dec 8 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Argument from Authority Logic & Philosophy
48 Dec 1 2008 Transcript Verified The 10% Brain Myth Myths & Misconceptions, Neuroscience & Psychology
47 Nov 24 2008 Transcript Verified Remote Viewing ESP, Paranormal
46 Nov 18 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Correlation and Causation Logic & Philosophy, General Science
45 Nov 11 2008 Transcript Verified Chi and other forms of vitalism Energy Healing
44 Nov 4 2008 Transcript Verified Homunculus-based Medical Pseudoscience Alternative Medicine, Pseudoscience
43 Oct 29 2008 Transcript Verified Holocaust Denial Myths & Misconceptions, History
42 Oct 22 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Confirmation Bias Neuroscience & Psychology
41 Oct 15 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Logical Fallacies: Straw Man Argument Logic & Philosophy
40 Oct 8 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence Logic & Philosophy
39 Aug 1 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - The Ideomotor Effect Neuroscience & Psychology, Paranormal, Pseudoscience
38 Sep 24 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Pareidolia Nature & Evolution, Neuroscience & Psychology, Paranormal
37 Sep 17 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - The Scientific Method General Science, Logic & Philosophy
36 Sep 10 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Cold Reading Paranormal, Neuroscience & Psychology, Cons, Scams & Hoaxes
35 Sep 3 2008 Transcript Verified No sunspots in August - will this lead to a period of solar cooling? Astronomy & Space Science
34 Aug 27 2008 Transcript Verified Woman claims wires grow out of her body Paranormal, Cons, Scams & Hoaxes
33 Aug 20 2008 Transcript Verified The Shroud of Turin - Shroud scientists try to resurrect the controversy Myths & Misconceptions, Religion & Faith
32 Aug 11 2008 Transcript Verified Skepticism 101 - Occam's Razor Logic & Philosophy
31 Aug 4 2008 Transcript Verified Digital Homeopathy 20 years after Benveniste Homeopathy, Pseudoscience, Cons, Scams & Hoaxes
30 Jul 29 2008 Transcript Verified Evaluation of a UCONN study of therapeutic touch on bone cells in culture Alternative Medicine, New Age, Science & Medicine
29 Jul 20 2008 Transcript Verified The SGU celebrates the 39th anniversary of Apollo 11 by debunking some moon landing hoax myths, and they are joined by Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer Astronomy & Space Science, Conspiracy Theories, History
28 Jul 13 2008 Transcript Verified Exposing the logical fallacy of equating faith healing with medical care Logic & Philosophy, Pseudoscience, Science & Medicine
27 Jul 6 2008 Transcript Verified Cracking the Dogu Code - Ancient Astronauts Myths & Misconceptions, UFOs & Aliens, Pseudoscience
26 Jun 29 2008 Transcript Verified New study sheds light on genetic vs environmental contributions to sexuality Science & Medicine, Nature & Evolution
25 Jun 22 2008 Transcript Verified NASA Plans Probe to the Sun Astronomy & Space Science, Technology
24 Jun 15 2008 Transcript Verified New strategy for SETI - The Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence Astronomy & Space Science, Technology, UFOs & Aliens
23 Jun 8 2008 Transcript Verified Lame car design analogy to intelligent design from the Discovery Institute Creationism & ID, Logic & Philosophy, Nature & Evolution
22 Jun 1 2008 Transcript Verified Researchers allow monkey to control robotic arm with its mind Technology, Neuroscience & Psychology, Science & Medicine
21 May 25 2008 Transcript Verified Family claims women miraculously brought back to life after rigor mortis Science & Medicine, Science & the Media
20 May 18 2008 Transcript Verified SPAM Chainletter e-mails do not spread as virally as thought Technology, Cons, Scams & Hoaxes
19 May 11 2008 Transcript Verified The Science of Science Fiction Movies Entertainment, General Science
18 May 4 2008 Transcript Verified Man Regenerates Finger - Bad Science News Reporting Science & the Media, Science & Medicine
17 Apr 27 2008 Transcript Verified T-Rex proteins closely related to chickens Nature & Evolution
16 Apr 20 2008 Transcript Verified Surgery under hypnosis Science & Medicine
15 Apr 13 2008 Transcript Verified Examining a fossilized snake - with legs Nature & Evolution, Creationism & ID, General Science
14 Apr 6 2008 Transcript Verified Nomophobia - the fear of being out of cell phone range Science & Medicine, Technology
13 Mar 30 2008 Transcript Verified Man convicted of molestation claims he was raped by Bigfoot Cryptozoology, Legal Issues & Regulations
12 Mar 23 2008 Transcript Verified Faith-healing cult leads to child death from medical neglect Alternative Medicine, Energy Healing, Religion & Faith
11 Mar 16 2008 Transcript Verified Art project to give the city of Portland, Oregon acupuncture Alternative Medicine, Energy Healing, Entertainment
10 Mar 9 2008 Transcript Verified Steven Spielberg to create new paranormal online community Paranormal, Entertainment
9 Mar 2 2008 Transcript Verified An Emmy award winning actress and her 911 conspiracy theory Conspiracy Theories, Entertainment
8 Feb 23 2008 Transcript Verified Cryptozoology - Hunting for the Thunderbird Cryptozoology
7 Feb 17 2008 Transcript Verified Proposed center for exorcism in Poland Ghosts & Demons, Religion & Faith
6 Feb 11 2008 Transcript Verified Dr. Harris's Pain Relief Snake Oil Infomercial Cons, Scams & Hoaxes, Alternative Medicine
5 Feb 3 2008 Transcript Verified Pope Benedict XVI takes on science Religion & Faith
4 Jan 28 2008 Transcript Verified Do celebrity deaths come in threes? The rogues take on numerology Myths & Misconceptions, Paranormal
3 Jan 21 2008 Transcript Verified Multilevel Marketing and Pyramid Schemes Cons, Scams & Hoaxes
2 Jan 13 2008 Transcript Verified Ghost Photographs Paranormal, Ghosts & Demons
1 Jan 6 2008 Transcript Verified The National Health Service of the UK plans to regulate alternative medicine Alternative Medicine, Pseudoscience