MonsterTalk

MonsterTalk

Presented by SKEPTIC magazine, MonsterTalk is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves.... Show More

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We are joined by Rebecca Fox, who has been both a witch and a science & skepticism advocate, to discuss the history of modern witchcraft. 

RIP Terry Jones (of Monty Python) who passed away on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020.


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December 23, 2019

 

A reading of The Night Wire by H. F. Arnold.  Karen and I wish you all a safe and happy holiday.  Oh - and if you're doing any traveling for the season I suggest you steer clear of Xebico.

Some background on Mr. Arnold.

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We're joined by veteran monster investigator Joe Nickell (of CSI) to discuss three historic sea monster cases he thinks he's solved. Classic monsters and science in this one.

Case Files discussed in this episode:

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Snag some merchandise based on our new artwork at http://bit.ly/shopmonstertalk - 30% off sale going on right now.

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November 14, 2019

[Correction inserted Nov 15, 9:30 AM regarding the gas in the Cameroon lake incident being CO2, not Methane.]

This episode we look at Will O' The Wisp, Ghost Lights, Ball Lightning and all manner... Read more

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October 28, 2019 64 min

Carlyn Beccia has written a new book for kids that combines Monsters and Science!  Monstrous: The Lore, Gore and Science Behind Your Favorite Monsters is an ooey-gooey romp through the world of monsters and the many fascinating things you can learn when you apply science to their premises. 

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October 22, 2019 111 min

We're joined by Stacy Sharp, friend of the show and former USN law enforcement with Blake back in his Navy days in Bahrain. Stacy has spent much of his post-Navy career working in law enforcement, victims rights and the judicial system. 

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October 5, 2019 115 min

This is a sample episode of our new show In reSearch Of, which I'm co-hosting with Jeb Card.  I hope you'll consider subscribing.  I'm planning to keep the regular IRO episodes free, but offer bonus content for Patreon supporters.

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October 5, 2019 77 min

A look back at the highly influential television show In Search Of... which was hosted by Leonard Nimoy.  Features remembrances from Steven Novella, Lyle Blackburn, Matthew Baxter, and Brian Dunning.

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September 4, 2019 76 min

Is the Ouija Board a tool for talking to the dead? Or is it just a game from Hasbro? We dig into the history of Talking Boards with Robert Murch!   LINKS: The Talking Board Historical Society (Est. 2013) Helen Peter Nosworthy <... Read more

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August 31, 2019 52 min

In a follow-up to our episode on Gargoyles, photographer and author Mathew M. Duman has produced a new book visiting ten American campuses with gothic architectural and artistic features to document them for your edification and delight. Check out his book, The Grotesque 10 at his website.

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August 11, 2019 72 min

Check out our Audible deal, where you can select Peter Law's book The Frighteners or any of the amazing titles from the Audible collection.

 

What is it like to be an ordained minister who loves the macabre? And is there a value to the morbid, horrif... Read more

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August 9, 2019 61 min

 

There are a lot of weird Tick stories in the news lately.  From stories of exsanguinated cows in North Carolina, to Read more

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July 29, 2019 76 min

If you thought Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter was fun - wait till you hear the shocking true story of Thomas Jefferson, Monster Hunter!  We're joined by Justin Mullis who presented his paper on Jefferson's work in Cryptozoology at the Of Gods and Monsters conference at Texas State in San... Read more

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July 14, 2019 67 min

We've officially hit a decade of MonsterTalk. In this episode we get "old school" and talk about the legendary Mapinguari, and how cryptozoologists have tried to explain the folklore of this massive South American animal by claiming it to be a kind of Bigfoot creature, or even a Giant Ground Sloth. We take a deep dive into what Paleontology can tell... Read more

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June 27, 2019 103 min

In part two of our Shaver Mystery coverage, we look at the influence of Ray Palmer and Richard Shaver on Science Fiction, UFOlogy, and the cultural fringe. (Part two of our Shaver Mystery coverage featuring Drs. Jerry Drake and Jeb Card).

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June 18, 2019 70 min

In this episode of MonsterTalk, we get a brief overview of the history of Hollow Earth theories and start our deep dive into the topic of The Shaver Mystery with repeat guests Dr. Jerry Drake and Dr. Jeb Card. Weird-Science, lost civilizations, UFOs, and Nazis — this story ... Read more

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May 28, 2019 30 min

MonsterTalk revisits the story of Zana, the alleged Almasti wild woman of Abkhazia who was the subject of Bryan Sykes DNA research in his book The Nature of the Beast. A legendary forest spirit of the Balkans may have some relevance to the story of Zana and her descendants.

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May 27, 2019 73 min

Where do Dragons come from — and why do so many cultures have them? Learn about the origins of Dragon legends with Eric Mortensen of Guilford College. Our conversation also touches on Fairies and Yeti — and we will doubtless be revisiting both Eric and the topic of Dragons in future episodes.

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