Earth rendered as a flat disk floating in space.

In this episode of Life’s Little Mysteries, we’ll explore an idea that originated thousands of years ago, and despite plenty of scientific evidence to the contrary, it mysteriously persists today — the notion that the world is flat.

What proof do we have that tells us the Earth is round? How do Flat-Earthers explain lunar eclipses and equinoxes, and why we don’t fall off the planet? What would happen if the Earth really flat? Listen to Life’s Little Mysteries 9: Mysterious Flat-Earthers, to find out! 

We’ll also hear about the late “Mad” Mike Hughes and his attempts to self-launch a rocket to see Earth’s curve, and a psychology professor explains the factors that shape persistent belief in a flat Earth (and in other conspiracy theories).

Co-hosts: Jeanna Bryner and Mindy Weisberger

Guests: Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Associate Professor in Social and Organizational Psychology at Vrije University, Amsterdam; Brandon Specktor, senior writer at Live Science

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