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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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Unregulated food expiration dates; 401(k) and retirement; the unpredictable future.
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Strangers with poisoned candy; the panic over Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast; mediums.
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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 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 reveals that the United States kicked off the Cuban Missile Crisis; a lone female politician stands up to Joseph McCarthy; a bureaucratic mistake brings down the Berlin Wall.
aired 13 days ago
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."
aired 17 days ago
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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Adam sheds some light on Copernicus; a rogue dwarf revolutionizes what people know about the human body; tulip mania.
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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.
aired 18 days ago
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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Adam shares the truth behind testing mice, scarce funding and reproducing results.
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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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The twisted history of the Electoral College, explaining that the Founding Fathers did not want most Americans to vote.
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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 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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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 explains that the story of the real St. Nick is a lot creepier than most think, while modern Santa was created by commercialism only a century ago; why gift-giving actually hurts the economy; exposing truth behind holiday traditions.
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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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