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Lilly Sullivan talks with former science reporter, Kelsey Padget, who’s on a mission to disabuse the world of its incorrect assumptions about an allegedly murderous creature: the black widow spider. (10 minutes)
Kelsey Padgett will be hosting an upcoming weekly podcast about big history rivalries and gossipy petty feuds. Dr. Catherine Scott, who helped with research for this story, has a blog called Spider Bytes about black widow behavior and misinformation.
David Kestenbaum desperately wants to set the record straight for everybody about whether aliens regularly visit earth. They don’t, he says. David looks for help from the U.S. Congress. (18 minutes)
Mick West’s website, looking into UFO’s and other phenomena is metabunk.org.