MonsterTalk

MonsterTalk

MonsterTalk: The Science Show About Monsters 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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March 30, 2020 59 min

Today Karen and Blake discuss "Screaming Skulls" - a surprisingly common yet particularly English kind of haunting. Karen has a new short story based on this legend.

Multiple Examples:

  • Bettiscombe manor, Bettiscome, Dorset
  • Dickie – Tunstead Farm, Tunstead Milton, Derbyshire 
  • Skull of St Ambrose BarlowWardley Hall, Manchester (1641) - Catholic relic 
  • Skull of (Katherine) Anne GriffithBurton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire (1620) ...
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    March 28, 2020 2 min

    We're doing a live video-chat with guest Brian Sharpless.
    Sunday night March 29, 2020
    9 pm EST  

    The show is free - but it's being streamed via Facebook so you'll need to join the MonsterTalk Facebook Group to participate.  

    We plan to switch to streaming via YouTube soon - but this worked well in our small trial run last week.  Hopefully, you'll enjoy hanging out with some other listeners and talking monsters.

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    It's Blake here! I made a little cameo over at Hayley Stevens' podcast The Spooktator, joining Jeb Card (In ReSearch Of) to talk about the paranormal series HELLIER (Amazon, YouTube).  If you're not familiar with that show, it's an independent paranormal show that combines pretty much every kind of paranormal topic you can think of into a strange narrative about... you know what? 

    Just check out our coverage.  

    (And...

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    Discussing COVID19 with virology expert Vincent Racaniello.

    Best place to get Covid19 Information: 

    WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) sites for the latest factual information on this pandemic. 

    Non-Profit Vaccine Effort: https://cepi.net/

    Tony Fauci - NHI health advisor to US

    Master site for Vincent's network: 

    http://www.microbe.tv/

    Shows from the Microbe.TV network: 

    IMMUNE *

    TWiEVO: This We...


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    March 10, 2020 49 min

    We are joined by author Kathryn Hulick, author of the new book Strange but True: 10 of the World's Greatest Mysteries Explained. The book introduces 10 weird topics covering everything from Atlantis to Zombies and meshes it all with skepticism and critical thinking. It's a great way to introduce a curious teen to the strange and unusual while arming them with the right tools to examine the questions critically. 

    Topics incl...

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    March 2, 2020 11 min

    The world can be a pretty mysterious place and we at Live Science love to ask and answer questions about mysteries big and small: about ancient civilizations, our planet and our solar system, the plants and animals that live alongside us, our bodies and how they work, and the technologies that we use every day. Join us on this exciting voyage of discovery and downright weirdness as we solve… Life’s Little Mysteries.

    Find Life's...

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    February 22, 2020 74 min

    We welcome Dr. James Mueller, associate dean of Journalism at the University of North Texas.  

    He's the author of three books (with a fourth on the way) and they are: 

    Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn

    Tag Teaming the Press 

    Towel Snapping the Press.

    He's also a member of the American Journalism Historians Association, and he joins us to talk about the history of newspapers and jour...

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    January 31, 2020 63 min

    Karen tells us about her research into the strange 1921 case known as "The Guyra Ghost."  Rocks thrown, windows broken, strange knockings, spiritualists, and more!  Her write up of this investigation appears in the January 2020 issue of Fortean Times.

    Discussed in this episode:

    The Guyra Ghost Mystery (1921) - lost contemporary comedy film shot on location

    Minnie Bowen, the center of the alleged haunting:

    Photograph of win...


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    January 22, 2020 81 min

    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.


    Discussed in this episode:

    Gerald Gardner, father of Wicca 

    Doreen Valiente 

    Margaret Murray, an anthropologist whose The Witch-Cult in Western Europe was very influential on both Wicca and H. P. Lovecraft & R. ...

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    December 23, 2019 16 min
     

    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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    December 18, 2019 74 min

    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:

    Gloucester Sea Serpent 

    Arkansas White River Monster 

    Kraken: Monster of the Deep 

    Also mentioned: Karen has some new short stories on Amazon!

     

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    December 12, 2019 1 min

    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 96 min

    [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 of glowing monstrous and bizarre lucent phenomena.  Joining us for the discussion is researcher, Jerry Drake.  We discuss some quite peculiar case details and Jerry has sent me some photos that I've attached here in the show notes....

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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. 

    But don't think it's just for kids. This book has lots of cool, disgusting, crunchy science morsels in it plus gorgeous art that make ...

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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. 

    Discussion is on serial killers, their motivations, their methodologies and how to balance fascination with the macabre with keeping the victims rather than the killers foremost in mind.  The ...



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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.

    This is the pilot episode of In reSearch Of, the show where we watch the original TV show IN SEARCH OF… and consider some of the explanations that the producers chose not to present.

    In our in...

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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.

    Along with archaeologist Jeb Card, I'm launching a new show called In Research Of... which will revisit this original series and add some explanations the producers chose not to include. (Link to show on iTunes.)

    In Search Of... ha...

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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 Michael Faraday & Spiritualism  
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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.

    During our interview, we talked about the term for the sculptures on a church bench. Some of these are called Bench Ends, and others are called ...

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