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Adam Ruins Sleep

In this episode, Adam has a rude awakening for everything you thought you knew about sleep (or lack of it), from the mattress industry to supposedly lazy teens to sleep aids. Here are his sources.

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Adam Ruins Guns

In this episode, Adam takes aim at critics on both sides of the gun debate in America, from assault-weapons bans to racism to the Second Amendment. Here are his sources.

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Reanimated History: The Copernican Ruin-aissance

In this episode, Adam explains why our understanding of the Renaissance is off, including the story of Copernicus, the unsung figure who changed medical science forever and the country that created our most destructive economic forces. Here are his sourc...

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Reanimated History: 100 Years Ago Today

In this episode, Adam travels back to the turn of the century to clear up misconceptions about the Panama Canal, reveal the unsung hero who changed the way we eat and explain how the Spanish Flu was deadlier than any war. Here are his sources.

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Reanimated History: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Truth

Don’t tread on him, but in this episode, Adam sets the record straight on everything incomplete, outdated or even downright wrong about the American Revolution. Here are his sources.

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Reanimated History: An Ancient History of Violence

In this episode, Adam journeys back to the ancient world to uncover the truth about gladiators, the woman who took on the Roman Empire and the warriors of Sparta. Here are his sources.

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Reanimated History: Mutually Assured Ruination

In this episode, Adam drops a truth bomb on the history of the Cold War, and the only fallout is knowledge about the Cuban Missile Crisis, the overlooked hero of the McCarthy era and who’s really responsible for the Berlin Wall coming down. Here are his ...

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Reanimated History: The First Factsgiving

In this episode, Adam digs into misconceptions as old as pumpkin pie about Native Americans, including the truth about the first Thanksgiving, Pocahontas and John Smith and more. Here are his sources.

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Adam Ruins the Future

In this episode, Adam explains how unregulated food expiration dates leads to waste, why your 401(k) won’t be enough to support your retirement and how the future is unpredictable. Here are his sources.

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Adam Ruins Science

In this episode, Adam investigates the truth behind experiments on mice, reveals how scientific research is funded and talks about how many results can’t be replicated. Here are his sources.

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Adam Ruins Halloween

In this episode, Adam goes trick-or-treating for the truth behind myths and misconceptions like candy poisoned by strangers, the legendary War of the Worlds radio broadcast and psychics who claimed to communicate with the dead. Here are his frig...

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Adam Ruins Spa Day

Put on a comfy robe and settle in for some relaxing debunking of misconceptions. In this episode, Adam explains how its impossible to suck toxins out through your skin or sweat, why MSG is nothing to be afraid of and how the placebo effect is more powerf...

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Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories

In this episode, the truth is out there – really out there. Adam explains how to spot a conspiracy theory and takes a close look at myths about the moon landing and the Satanic sex abuse scare of the ‘80s. Here are his sources.

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Adam Ruins the Economy

In this episode, Adam investigates why American’s can’t do their taxes for free in just five minutes each year, questions whether the Dow Jones Industrial Average is still useful and explains the importance of manufacturing on economic growth.  Here...

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Adam Ruins the Suburbs

Adam gets out of the city to uncover the truth lurking in the suburbs, explaining why some homeowners are so obsessed with their lawns, revealing the high cost of suburban sprawl and excavating the racist history of the ‘burbs. Here are his sources.

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Adam Ruins His Vacation

Americans are really bad at relaxing, as Adam demonstrates when he hits the road to reveal the surprising history behind Mount Rushmore, explain how Las Vegas slot machines are deliberately engineered addictions and uncover the strange story of Hawaiian ...

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Emily Ruins Adam

On this special episode, Emily turns the tables on Adam to reveal how IQ tests don’t determine intelligence before looking back at mistakes the show has made and explaining the backfire effect of trying to convince someone they were wrong. Here are her s...

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Adam Ruins College

Class is in session as Adam explains why the chances of becoming a dropout billionaire are not in your favor, why selecting a top college is harder than you think and why the once groundbreaking student loan system has created trillions of dollars in deb...

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Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

In his first animated episode, Adam teaches us that Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America, King Tut was a dud, and the rules of grammar are not as ironclad as you’d think. Here are his sources. Study up!

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Adam Ruins Art

In this episode, Adam asks what makes art great by illustrating why certain pieces are considered classics (regardless of merit), exposing the masters as clever copycats and revealing how today’s fine art market is primarily a tax dodge for the super-ric...

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Adam Ruins Dating

In this episode, Adam swipes right on knowledge to expose the flaws in dating sites, reveal why alpha males don’t really exist and explain how personality tests are a total failure. Fall in love with his sources.

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Adam Ruins the Hospital

Not feeling well? In this episode, Adam diagnoses how arbitrarily inflated hospital costs have created a system that’s entirely unaffordable and unfair, reveals why antibiotics are worthless and explains why mammograms might not be as helpful as we think...

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Adam Ruins Weight Loss

Buckle up as Adam goes on a dieting roller coaster ride to illustrate how low-fat diets can actually make you fatter, why counting calories is a waste of time and why you shouldn’t necessarily trust extreme reality shows that promote sustained weight los...

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Adam Ruins Hollywood
From the glitzy red carpet to behind the scenes at the biggest awards to the sets of not-so-real reality shows, Adam flips the script on the entertainment biz. Here are his sources. Rated JWA... just as weird and arbitrary as the motion picture ratings system.
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Adam Ruins Giving

In the series premiere, Adam tackled the secret history of diamond engagement rings, explained why you should stop giving food pantries your leftover canned goods and much more. Below is the bibliography for the sources he used to dispel your miscon...

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Adam Ruins Security

In this episode, Adam exposes the security theater of the TSA, tamper-resistant medicine seals, signatures on credit-card receipts and much more. Below is the bibliography for the sources he used.

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Adam Ruins Having a Baby

In this episode, Adam enlists the help of top experts to shatter misconceptions about getting pregnant after age 35, uncover the truth about breastfeeding vs formula-feeding and explore what you didn’t know about postpartum depression. Here are his...

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Adam Ruins Going Green
In this episode, Adam turns our world upside down as he reveals why the famous "Crying Indian" PSA wasn't quite what we thought, explores the surprising history behind the concept of "litterbugs" and examines why electric cars and green produces don't make the positive impact they're supposed to. Below are his sources, along with an important and timely message.
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Adam Ruins Christmas
Ho, ho… huh?! In this instant holiday classic, Adam reveals the creepy origins of kindly old Saint Nick, explains why gift-giving is actually bad for the economy and exposes the truth behind beloved holiday traditions. Here are his sources.
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Adam Ruins Housing
In this episode, 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. Here are his sources, rent-free.
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Adam Ruins Justice
In this episode, Adam takes on the justice system, demonstrating why juries simply can't be impartial and explaining why the prosecution is always better and more well-funded than court-appointed defense lawyers. Here are his sources.
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Adam Ruins the Internet
Log on to a magical technological journey as Adam shows how smartphones aren't really society-killers and much more.
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Adam Ruins the Wild West
Saddle up for a wild ride through history as Adam reveals how prostitutes actually helped settle the West, why the all-American cowboy is a myth and who (or what) was the real hero of the West.
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Adam Ruins Prison
Adam goes behind bars to reveal how corporations make money off of inmates, expose the myth of jail rehabilitation and illustrate why solitary confinement is akin to torture. Here are his sources.
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Adam Ruins Drugs
In this episode, 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 Ruins the Election
In this special episode filmed in front of a live audience, Adam brought historical perspective to the 2016 presidential race.
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Adam Ruins Immigration
Adam breaks through the wall of election year rhetoric to illustrate how a border wall wouldn't keep out illegal immigrants who overstay their visas, how racist mass deportations have historically led to disaster and why immigration courts are a huge mess.
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Adam Ruins Malls
Join Adam Conover for a shopping spree of knowledge through malls created as tax loopholes for greedy developers to pick up the truth about outlet stores, nutrient supplements and eyeglasses manufacturers. Here are his sources.
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Adam Ruins Animals
In this episode, Adam reveals how purebred dogs are genetic monsters, domesticated cats are overpopulated killing machines and wild animal trophy hunting can actually help endangered species. Here are his sources.
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Adam Ruins Weddings
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to watch Adam pull back the veil on how the wedding industry overcharges couples, why soul-mates are statistically impossible and why divorce is actually good for society. Any objections? Here are his sources.
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Adam Ruins Football
Adam hits the gridiron – hard – to tackle why playoffs almost never determine which team is best, how myths about hydration are putting kids at risk and why the game must change due to football-related brain injuries. Instead of a playbook, here are his sources.
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Adam Ruins Work

In this episode, Adam revealed how the 40-hour work week not only exhausts employees and but actually harms businesses; demonstrated that if you are working as a freelancer or an intern, your workplace is probably illegally taking advantage of you; and s...

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Adam Ruins Sports

Is there a real difference between winning and losing? Why do athletes sometimes bite their medals? Why are sports so popular anyway? Go for the gold in knowledge with the facts behind the Adam Ruins Everything "Adam Ruins Sports" marathon that ...

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Adam Ruins Americana

Here's something to talk about at your July 4th cookout: the facts behind everything we take for granted on Independence Day, as presented during the Adam Ruins Everything "Adam Ruins Americana" marathon that aired on truTV on June 28.

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Adam's Truth Bombs
Adam Conover's been ruining everything from national holidays to delicious snacks with his truth bombs during truTV's biggest shows throughout the spring and summer. Now you can drop some knowledge yourself with all of the facts behind his surprising appearances.
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Adam Ruins Summer

Don't let summer vacation make you dumber! Here are the sources behind all of the surprising new facts presented during the Adam Ruins Everything "Adam Ruins Summer" marathon that aired on truTV on May 24.

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Adam Ruins Death

In this episode, Adam explained that death is inevitable and that that reality must be accepted, showed why immortality is nothing but a fantasy, revealed that the American funeral industry is a racket that exploits mourner's grief and fear of death and ...

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Adam Ruins Nutrition

In this episode, Adam explained why vitamin supplements don't make us healthier and showed us the weird history behind the idea that they do, revealed that the balanced breakfast that advertisers push down our throats is anything but balanced and told us...

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Adam Ruins Sex

In this episode, Adam explained that circumcision was popularized by a bunch of 19th-century prudes in an effort to curb masturbation, that no one should worry about whether or not they have herpes and why the term "pop your cherry" is a whole bunch of n...

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Adam Ruins Summer Fun

In this episode, Adam revealed that summer vacation makes you dumber, everyone's favorite animated rodent has altered our copyright rules for the worse and the only reason we think of videogames as being for boys is because of decades of marketing. Here ...

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Adam Ruins Voting

In this episode, Adam explored the twisted history of the Electoral College, explained why the Founding Fathers didn't want most Americans to vote, revealed the undemocratic nature of felony disenfranchisement and gerrymandering and suggested how to...

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Adam Ruins Hygiene

In this episode, Adam exposed the dirty secrets lurking in our bathrooms, including how ad campaigns made us insecure about our breath, why flushable wipes aren't really flushable, how running water is a miracle of the modern age and much more. These are...

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Adam Ruins Restaurants

In this episode, Adam uncovered the hidden truths of dining out, including why tipping is a custom we should ditch, the fact that experts can't tell the difference between cheap and expensive wine and why seafood fraud is rampant in the restaurant indust...

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Adam Ruins Forensic Science

In this episode, Adam investigated the truth about lie detectors, fingerprint analysis, eyewitness testimony and much more. Here are the sources he used.

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Adam Ruins Cars

In this episode, Adam revealed the surprising truths behind car dealerships, unearthed the dirty little secrets of car ownership, explained how auto manufacturers turned "jaywalking" into a crime and much more. Here are his sources. Read More