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Comic Adam Conover, a cast member and writer at the popular comedy website CollegeHumor, brings his original online series to TV, expanding upon his efforts to poke fun at everyday things that people accept or assume without question. In the half-hour investigative comedy, Conover uses a not-quite-deadly combination of comedy, history and science to debunk widespread misconceptions about topics and ideas that are routinely taken for granted.

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Adam explains how the idealized lawn is an unnatural monstrosity, and that the design of the suburbs slowly kills; how the racist history of suburban planning led to today's institutionalized segregation in schools.
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Adam Conover and his girlfriend take a journey across America, where he reveals that Mount Rushmore was built on stolen Native American land, Vegas slot machines are purposely designed to be addicting and more.
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Emily debunks IQ tests and points out information Adam has gotten wrong in the past; an explanation of the "backfire effect."
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Adam shares why becoming a dropout billionaire is unlikely, how school rankings have little to do with education quality, and student loans.
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Prostitutes actually helped settle the West; explaining the myth of the "All-American Cowboy"; revealing the real hero of the west: not a person, but air conditioning.
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Adam and Emily shed light on jail rehabilitation, solitary confinement and the fact that corporations make money off of prison inmates.
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Adam weeds through the myths of marijuana, exposes the blunt truth about the War on Drugs, and explains how prescription pills are the true gateway drug.
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Adam illustrates the big problem a border wall wouldn't address, explores the history of racist deportations, and explains how immigration courts are a huge mess.
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Unregulated food expiration dates; 401(k) and retirement; the unpredictable future.
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Adam shares the truth behind testing mice, scarce funding and reproducing results.
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Pricey detoxifying treatments cleanse you of cash and may do more harm than good; MSG's scary reputation is undeserved; the placebo effect is way more powerful than you think.
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Adam Conover debunks the fake moon landing theory, discusses the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and reveals how to spot a false theory.
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Adam explains why lobbying makes filing taxes so complicated, and why the economic numbers that are focused on do not provide the whole story; the possibility of a return of American manufacturing.
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Adam tackles classic television stereotypes, from the racism behind public pools, to the model minority myth of Asian Americans, to the on-screen toxic masculinity that's masking the problems young men face today.
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After meeting a young dad on a mission to save the planet, Adam shows why electric cars and green products don't make the impact they promise.
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Adam reveals that an extended holiday makes you dumber, and that iconic rodent Mickey Mouse has made a mess of our copyright laws.
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Adam interrupts a canoodling couple to explain that circumcision was popularized by a bunch of 19th century prudes.
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Adam shows why immortality is a fantasy and reveals that the American funeral industry is a racket that exploits mourners' grief and fear of dying.
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Adam poses the question of what makes great art and shows why pieces visible to the masses are revered, regardless of artistic merit; He exposes the masters as copycats and reveals that today's art market is a moneymaking scheme.
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Adam swipes right on knowledge by exposing the flaws in dating sites; the existence of alpha males (and wolves); personality tests.
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Adam Conover illustrates all the reasons low-fat diets make people fatter and why counting calories is a waste of time.

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