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!

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Wednesday Jun 15, 2022

We recently switched podcast hosting platforms, and that may have caused some confusion for those of you who listen to our show with a manual RSS feed.  We're still publishing new episodes every week! Just plug this new RSS feed below into your podcatcher and you'll see all our new episodes you may have missed. New feed: https://rss.art19.com/its-probably-not-aliens You can also find the feed at our website ProbsNotAliens.com Apologies for the confusion! Now go catch up on our (probably) good alien content!

Tuesday May 17, 2022

In this special episode, we’re answering your questions about conspiracies, weird aliens, Star Trek, and the ethics of watching Ancient Aliens for fun. You can ask us more questions for future episodes at http://ProbsNotAliens.com Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday May 10, 2022

We're back with another grab bag episode of ancient astronaut theories featuring Mildred from Thought Slime and Scaredy Cats! Did the famed Baghdad Battery power ancient civilizations with electricity? What's with the weird bones archaeologists found hidden in Egypt? And most importantly, is our precious moon secretly hollow for some reason? Let's find out! Check out Thought Slime and also Scaredy Cats because they're great! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws SOURCES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baghdad_Batteryhttps://skeptoid.com/episodes/4640http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2804257.stmhttp://www.badarchaeology.com/out-of-place-artefacts/anomalously-old-technology/the-‘batteries-of-babylon’/https://lflank.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/the-baghdad-battery/http://www.theironskeptic.com/articles/battery/battery.htmhttps://web.archive.org/web/20131109074955/http://sites.matrix.msu.edu/pseudoarchaeology/2010/10/12/the-baghdad-battery-and-ancient-electricity/https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/02/10/1361589/-The-Baghdad-Battery-An-Updatehttp://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/archaeologists-revisit-iraq/https://www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk/11/07/27/transcript/

Tuesday May 03, 2022

Crop circles were all the rage decades ago, but the trend has died out in recent years. Why is that? Are the aliens not wanting to doodle for us anymore? Or did the human artists who made them just get better-paying jobs? We’ll never know! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Apr 26, 2022

In part 2 of our biography series on Erich von Däniken, we’re discussing the many books and authors that the daddy of fake history (allegedly) plagiarized ideas from. We also go on a big rant near the end about von Däniken’s legacy in the present day, and how it’s infuriating. Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Apr 19, 2022

It's about time we dove into a little biography of the man who started the whole Ancient Aliens trend, Erich von Däniken. Who was he? Who is he? Who hasn't he stolen from? All of these questions and less will be answered in this two-part series! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Apr 12, 2022

Today, we’re taking a nice long look at the many potential reasons why the Mayan Empire collapsed. All of them are interesting, but none of them involve space aliens. Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

Let’s welcome back special guest Dr. Andrew Mark Henry from the popular YouTube channel Religion For Breakfast to discuss the mythical Great Flood. Why do so many cultures and religions around the world have stories of a big flood wiping out civilization? Did such an event actually happen? Are aliens behind it? Let’s find out! Check out Religion For Breakfast: https://youtube.com/religionforbreakfast Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

Tuesday Mar 29, 2022

Mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphs were found in Australia in the 1970s, and scholars were baffled. Some believe this is proof that ancient Egypt had access to advanced technology like planes or space ships. Is that the case? We have mythology enthusiast and certified Australian Dael Kingsmill on the show to help us get to the bottom of it! Check out Dael's fantastic YouTube channel and watch the full Dusk playlist! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws                  

Tuesday Mar 22, 2022

WARNING: Please do not listen to this episode if you are not interested in hearing detailed descriptions of animals being killed and decomposing. Turns out, aliens can't get enough of earth cows. They love these little beauties! So much so that conspiracy theorists have long believed that aliens visit farms to steal, kill, and dissect our animals just for fun. But what could the real reasons be behind an alarming series of cattle mutilation starting in the 1970s? Let's find out! Subscribe to It's Probably (not) Aliens for weekly episodes about cool ancient history! And give us a 5-star review if you have the time. It would really help us out! Suggest topics for us to tackle: http://ProbsNotAliens.com Follow the show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ProbsNotAliens Tristan Johnson: https://StepBackHistory.com Scott Niswander: https://twitter.com/scottniswander Music by Rod Kim: https://RodKim.com Cover art by Skutch: https://twitter.com/Skutchdraws

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