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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 shares how inflated hospital costs created an unfair system, reckless antibiotic prescriptions make them worthless and whether a woman needs a mammogram.
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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 digs into the Panama Canal, where Teddy Roosevelt formed a new country to snag free land; one man fights to keep food from killing people; the Spanish Flu kills more Americans than all 20th-century wars combined.
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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 presents startling facts about George Washington, Paul Revere's overrated ride, and the tale of a slave who helped America win.
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Strangers with poisoned candy; the panic over Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast; mediums.
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Adam shares that it was against the rules for gladiators to kill opponents; the story of a Celtic woman who brought the Roman Empire to its knees; the brave 300 Spartans number closer to 7,000.
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The Pilgrims did not break bread with Native Americans, but did dig up their graves; no romance existed between Pocahontas and John Smith; cities in the New World rivaled London in scale before their discovery.
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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 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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Adam explores how purebred dogs are genetic monsters created by bored Victorians, and reveals how domestic cats are overpopulated lethal killing machines.
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Adam exposes the hidden truth behind Hollywood's glitz and glamour with help from actress Rachel Bloom and TV personality Ariana Madix.
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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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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 evicts our misconceptions by revealing how homes are terrible investments, why housing share programs hurt city dwellers and how trying help the homeless can make the problem worse.
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Adam illustrates that malls were created as tax loopholes for greedy developers, outlet stores are a scam selling low quality merchandise and nutrient supplements are often dangerously unregulated.
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After getting Emily out of prison, Adam and his sister Rhea take on the justice system; shining a spotlight on the infamous McDonalds hot coffee lawsuit; the substantial problems with the jury duty system.
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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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