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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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aired 19 days ago
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.
aired 19 days ago
Adam dispels the myth about getting pregnant after 35, delves into breastfeeding vs. formula and explores postpartum depression for women and men.
aired 20 days ago
Adam shares how inflated hospital costs created an unfair system, reckless antibiotic prescriptions make them worthless and whether a woman needs a mammogram.
aired 20 days ago
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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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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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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The twisted history of the Electoral College, explaining that the Founding Fathers did not want most Americans to vote.
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Adam reveals that the term "halitosis" was popularized in a 1920's ad campaign that used cruel ads to make people insecure about their breath, and explains why running water is one of the greatest miracles of modern times.
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Adam exposes the flaws of fingerprinting, hair strand matches and bite mark analysis, which often send innocent people to jail.
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Adam explains why tipping is a custom worth ditching, shows that experts can't tell the difference between wines, and reveals that mislabeled seafood is rampant in the industry.
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Adam exposes the surprising truths behind car dealerships, and the fact that the concept of "jaywalking" was created by auto manufacturers to blame pedestrians for car crashes.
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Adam exposes why shoe companies that give away free footwear do more harm than good, and explains why you should stop giving food pantries your leftover canned goods.
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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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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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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.
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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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Adam presents startling facts about George Washington, Paul Revere's overrated ride, and the tale of a slave who helped America win.
aired 30 days ago
Strangers with poisoned candy; the panic over Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast; mediums.

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