Adam Ruins Having a Baby
Adam dispels the myth about getting pregnant after 35, delves into breastfeeding vs formula, and explores postpartum depression for women – and men.
Adam Ruins Weight Loss
Host Adam Conover illustrates all the reasons low-fat diets can actually make you fatter, and why counting calories is a waste of time.
Adam Ruins the Hospital
Adam Conover explains that inflated hospital costs have created a system that’s unaffordable and unfair. Plus, the reckless prescription of antibiotics is making them worthless, and you might not need a mammogram.
Adam Ruins Dating
Adam swipes right on knowledge by exposing the major flaws in dating sites. Plus, infamous alpha males - and the wolves that inspired them - don't really exist, and personality tests are a total failure.
Adam Ruins Art
Adam poses the question of what makes great art and shows why pieces visible to the masses are revered, regardless of artistic merit. He then exposes the masters as copycats and reveals that today’s art market is a moneymaking scheme.
Adam Ruins What We Learned in School
In his first animated episode, Adam teaches a crew of kids and their teacher 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.
Adam Ruins College
Adam explains why the odds of becoming a dropout billionaire are not in your favor, how manipulated school rankings have little to do with education quality and why the privatization of student loans created a massive debt crisis.
Emily Ruins Adam
Emily takes over to “ruin” Adam, pointing out where his facts fall short. She debunks the idea that IQ tests measure intelligence and points to information Adam has gotten wrong in the past. Plus, she explains the “backfire effect.”
Adam Ruins His Vacation
Adam Conover and his girlfriend take a journey across America, where he reveals that Mount Rushmore was built on stolen Native American land, Vegas slot machines are purposely designed to be addicting, and a whole lot more!
Adam Ruins the Suburbs
Adam explains how the idealized lawn is an unnatural monstrosity, and that the design of the suburbs is slowly killing you. Plus, the racist history of suburban planning led to today’s institutionalized segregation in schools.
Adam Ruins The Economy
Adam explains why lobbying makes filing your taxes so complicated, and why the economic numbers we focus on don’t provide the whole story. Plus, American manufacturing can’t come back because it was a fluke to begin with.
Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories
Adam Conover debunks the fake moon landing theory, discusses the Satanic Panic of the 1980s that ruined many innocent lives, and reveals how to tell the difference between a false theory and investigative reporting.
Adam Ruins Spa Day
Pricey “detoxifying” treatments cleanse you of cash (and may do more harm than good), while MSG’s scary reputation is undeserved. Plus, the placebo effect is way more powerful than you think!
Adam Ruins Halloween
Adam reveals why you have nothing to fear from strangers with candy and how the “panic” over Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast was the clickbait of the 1930s. And, mediums and séances have a long history – of being fake.
Adam Ruins Science
Testing mice means wasted resources because what works on them often fails on humans. Scarce funding stops scientists from seeking cures, and there’s no money in reproducing results, even though it’s essential in proving findings.
Adam Ruins the Future
Adam explains that unregulated food expiration dates lead to waste and that your 401(k) won’t be enough to support your retirement. Plus, Adam’s girlfriend Melinda proves that even with research, the future is unpredictable.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Truth
Reanimated History: Adam Conover undermines everything you thought you knew about the American Revolution with startling facts about George Washington, Paul Revere's overrated ride, and the tale of a slave who helped America win.
The First Factsgiving
Reanimated History: The Pilgrims didn't break bread with Native Americans, but did dig up their graves! There was no romance between Pocahontas and John Smith, and cities in the New World rivaled London in scale before their "discovery."
Mutually Assured Ruination
Reanimated History: Adam Conover reveals that the US kicked off the Cuban Missile Crisis, and that you’ve probably never heard of the lone female politician who stood up to McCarthy! Plus, a bureaucratic mistake brought down the Berlin Wall.
An Ancient History of Violence
Reanimated History: Adam shares that it was against the rules for gladiators to kill opponents, and tells the story of a Celtic woman who brought the Roman Empire to its knees. Plus, the brave “300” Spartans numbered closer to 7000.
The Copernican Ruin-aissance
Reanimated History: Adam sheds some light on Copernicus, who was actually supported (NOT persecuted) by the Catholic Church. Plus, a rogue dwarf revolutionized what we know about anatomy, and just wait until you hear about Tulip Mania!
100 Years Ago Today
Reanimated History: Adam digs into the Panama Canal, where Teddy Roosevelt formed a new country to snag free land. Plus, one man fought to keep food from killing us, while the Spanish Flu killed more Americans than all 20th century wars combined!
Adam Ruins Guns
Adam Conover is back to take aim at critics on both sides of the gun debate in America. He explains why an assault weapons ban would not be effective and demonstrates how the Second Amendment has been twisted to fit the NRA's agenda.
Adam Ruins Sleep
Adam Conover 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.
Adam Ruins Tech
Adam Conover downloads you on how the tech industry isn’t really as helpful as you think – or wants you to think.
Adam Ruins Flying
Adam causes turbulence when he reveals that reward miles drive up costs, and revisits the “golden age” of air travel to uncover smoky, sexist death traps in the sky. Plus, airline mergers are crippling smaller cities.
Adam Ruins a Plate of Nachos
Adam dishes out the facts on the avocado trade being ruled by drug cartels, and Big Pork making bacon a pop culture hit while covering up its huge health risks. Plus, America's food problems stem from corn.
Adam Ruins a Sitcom
Adam tackles classic television stereotypes, from the racism behind public pools, to the "model minority" myth of Asian Americans, to the on-screen toxic masculinity that's masking the problems young men face today.
Adam Ruins Games
Adam hits pause on the myth that connects video games to real-life violence, and reveals that Monopoly was a rip-off of an anti-capitalist teaching game. Plus, Olympic organizers get rich while athletes struggle to get by.
Adam Ruins Nature
Adam digs up the dirt on nature, revealing that Mount Everest is a frozen pile of poop, natural disasters are actually man-made, and there is no such thing as untouched wilderness.
Adam Ruins America
Adam lets his freedom flag fly by examining why America doesn’t have higher rates of social mobility. He then uncovers the flaws within our constitution and examines our country’s progression and regression.
Adam Ruins a Night Out
Adam and Emily prepare for a big night out by revealing the marketing ploy that led to women shaving and the fashion agendas that created pockets. Then, the two friends pour back the truth on alcohol consumption.
Adam Ruins Doing Good
Adam takes down the do-gooders and reveals how Teach For America is harmful to both students and teachers. He then uncovers the ineffectiveness of recycling and calls out the billionaires who create charities for tax breaks.
Adam Ruins a Murder
Adam shines a headlight on why drivers are rarely prosecuted for car accidents that result in death. He breaks down border patrol’s problematic search policies and examines the messed-up history of corpses and medical studies.
Adam Ruins Music
It’s time to face the music, as Adam reveals the racism behind rock & roll’s origins and the egregious fees of Live Nation’s monopoly. He then defends musicians who “sell out” to make a living in today’s digital landscape.
Adam Ruins Little Bugs
Don’t let Adam’s facts bug you as he uncovers the benefits of spiders, serves up knowledge on why we should be eating more bugs as a protein source, and illustrates the benefits of little bugs on your gut health.
Adam Ruins Cops
Adam polices the truth behind the overuse of SWAT Teams, illustrates how using school officers can create a pipeline for prisons, and examines the origins and intended purpose of police officers.
Adam Ruins Himself
In the season finale, Adam battles with his inner self-doubt over how biases affect the show. He then exposes the shortcomings of story-telling, and the influence (or lack thereof) of advertising on the series’ integrity.