It‘s Probably (not) Aliens!

Was Earth really visited by mysterious extraterrestrial travelers thousands of years ago as many proponents of ”ancient astronaut theory” believe? What are the hidden secrets and mysteries behind ancient monuments and forgotten civilizations? Every week, historian Tristan Johnson and regular human person Scott Niswander dive through the archives to learn about the fascinating histories of ancient civilizations while also debunking the myths and straight-up lies presented in History Channel‘s massively popular tv show Ancient Aliens that has sparked a new generation of conspiracy theorists. We hope through this show, you can gain an appreciation for just how cool ancient societies were, and not simply credit their impressive advancements to alien visitors. NEW EPISODES EVERY WEEK! Follow the show so you don‘t miss an episode, and leave us a review! It really helps us out!

45:27 2021-11-23
The site of Pumapunku is home to some incredible, immaculate carved stones that are so precise that researchers are still today trying to find out how they were made. And, of course, whenever there’s a gap in knowledge, ancient astronaut theorists alway...
39:43 2021-11-16
FINALLY! We know we'll be coming back to these big Egyptian beauties in future episodes to discuss and debunk even more theories, but for now, we begin at the beginning. How were they built? For ages, archaeologists have been trying to figure out exactly...
38:01 2021-11-09
To celebrate 10 episodes of this podcast, we’re taking a page from Ancient Aliens and kicking it into overdrive as we rapidly debunk a handful of theories about ancient airplanes, airports, and flying carpets! These are theories that are so small and so...
39:41 2021-11-02
We say bad words right up front in this one because we're finally tackling That F*cking Bird™. The Saqqara Bird is a small wooden bird-shaped artifact that ancient astronaut theorists claim is a scale replica of definitely very real ancient Egyptian pla...
47:46 2021-10-26
MAPS! You’ve heard of them! But one map from history stands out as a bit odd. The Piri Reis map from 1513 seems to contain more cartographical information about our world than was thought to be known at the time, having drawn out Antarctica centuries be...
45:25 2021-10-19
We're tackling another famous relic from our own podcast logo and the only topic with its own emoji, the Moai! Did the Rapa Nui people "walk" these enormous statues to their places around the island with advanced anti-gravity technology given to them by a...
55:48 2021-10-12
Today we welcome on special guest Dr. Andrew Mark Henry from the popular YouTube channel Religion For Breakfast to talk about Ezekiel. Did this biblical prophet see visions of angels, or did he really see alien visitors in a flying saucer? More important...
49:39 2021-10-03
The Mayan King Pakal is dead. That's not the weird part. The weird part is the lid of his sarcophagus which has been carved with mysterious artwork that appears as if he's blasting off into space on an ancient Mayan spaceship. But is Pakal really a Palenq...
52:00 2021-10-03
If the Nazca Lines were ancient airports (and they weren't or else we'd have found evidence of ancient Cinnabons) then what were the aircraft that might have flown out of them? To Ancient Aliens theorists, the answer is Vimanas — mythological flying cha...
55:07 2021-10-03
We're FINALLY actually talking about the show Ancient Aliens today to discuss the Nazca Lines — massive geoglyphs located in the Peruvian coastal plain. Some are just lines, while some are in the intricate shapes of animals. But, you can only see these ...
22:05:26 2021-10-03
If you want there to be aliens out there in the universe, this is the episode for you! Tristan tells Scott all the reasons why we might not be alone in the universe. Were they here in the past? Did aliens continue to visit us in the present? Are ~we~ ali...
57:44 2021-10-02
Before we can debunk a bunch of Ancient Aliens theories, we first need to ask the big question... are aliens even out there? In part one of this question, Tristan discusses the Fermi Paradox and gives Scott all the theories about the human species might t...
01:30 2021-10-01
Was Earth really visited by mysterious extraterrestrial travelers thousands of years ago as many proponents of "ancient astronaut theory" believe? What are the hidden secrets and mysteries behind ancient monuments and forgotten civilizations? Every week,...