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.

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November 29, 2020 46 min

Author Sarah Scoles joins us to discuss her amazing book They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers.  It's a terrific ride through UFO culture and the fallout from the 2017 New York Times front-page article about the US Government Program to examine unidentified objects in the sky.

Links/Additional Reading/Terms:

AATIP - the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program - the pentagon program associated with L...

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Roll for initiative as Karen and Blake discuss the history of roleplaying games and the Monster Manual with Jon Peterson.

Jon Peterson (@docetist)  is the author of PLAYING AT THE WORLD A HISTORY OF SIMULATING WARS, PEOPLE, AND FANTASTIC ADVENTURES, FROM CHESS TO ROLE-PLAYING GAMES. He was also a contributor to the recent retrospective volume looking at the game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ART & ARCANA: A VISUAL HISTORY.

His lat...

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Join us for a very Halloween themed look at a book which was deeply influential on Karen and Blake.  Usborne's WORLD OF THE UNKNOWN: GHOSTS authored by our very special guest, Christopher Maynard

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October 22, 2020 1 min

Check out Karen's latest book - a linguist's look at the nature of offensive language. 

Use this Amazon affiliate link and a small portion of the sale will support MonsterTalk: 

http://bit.ly/OnTheOffensive


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October 19, 2020 71 min

Peter Bebergal returns (previously on episode #180 with his book Strange Frequencies)  to discuss magic, witchcraft, and the occult and how those things impacted the world of Rock & Roll music.  Check the attachment to this episode for a bunch of music links relevant to the show and Peter's book Season of the Witch.

 

Speaking of books - Karen has a new one and I made an easy to remember shortcut to it on Amazon:  http://bi...

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October 11, 2020 59 min

Author Colin Dickey is back with another fantastic book - this time it's taking a look at the culture of the weird including UFOs, doorways to Atlantis, cryptozoology, and jarring Fortean events.  The Unidentified is available in paper, and audio via audible.

Colin's previous episode was #149 and covered his fantastic book Ghostland.

Discussed in this episode: 

Mt. Shasta - the doorway to the hollow earth and Atlantis 

The ...

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October 2, 2020 11 min

Warning: If you're bothered by gore and dismemberment in your horror, this movie ain't for you.  But, if you want to watch the film (before or after listening to my coverage) you can find it "uncut" in two places that I was able to locate:

On YouTube (when I posted this) 

and

Streaming on Amazon Prime 

In this episode, I'm taking a look at perhaps the most controversial Bigfoot movie ever released to big screens...

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September 19, 2020 59 min

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Steven Johnson of the University of Florida about invasive species and specifically focus on the cane toad.  This incredibly robust and prolific toad excretes poison fluid from glands on its back and has been introduced from its native habitat into several locations around the world, most notably (and destructively) in Australia.

Mentioned in the episode 

There are two notable documentaries about t...

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September 2, 2020 60 min

We are joined by Ph.D. student Minwen Huang, who shares with us the history of the literary genre of Chinese Ghosts called Zhiguai, and how such beings (and literature) are viewed from ancient times to the present.

A wiki page about the character for "ghost":

Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period through the Song Dynasty - a collection of Chinese stories including the Zhiguai sto...

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MonsterTalk Classic interviews return with a look at robots and automata of the ancient classical world. Adrienne Mayor joins us to talk about her book Gods and Robots (book) (audiobook) and how the ancient world envisioned in myth (and reality) early conceptions of automated servants and robotic devices.

Mentioned in the episode:

Talos 

Shabti 

Daedalus 

Icarus 

The Antikythera Mechanism 

Mithradates 

The Sphinx 

Kali 

Buddha 

Jas...

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August 5, 2020 64 min

We were delighted to finally meet up with Dr. Kiki - aka Dr. Kirsten Sanford - a science communicator who makes amazing science outreach shows such as This Week in Science and Dr. Kiki's Science Hour.  Find all her stuff here.

Karen has known her for a while, but I've somehow evaded actually getting to talk to her until this episode. (Recorded May 24, 2020.).

You can watch this interview on video on YouTube on our MonsterT...

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Ashley Landrum joins us to discuss Conspiracy Theories and why people believe them. Her work has been discussed in The Guardian and The BBC. Karen and I got to meet Ashley last year at Texas Tech, thanks to the generous support of their College of Media and Communication.

That's not an advert - but we did have an amazing time there and I got to eat some amazing Mexican food and had the rare opportunity to hang out with Karen a...

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We got to sit down and talk with the mentalist, magician and skeptic Banachek. You may know him as the creator of Penn & Teller's famous "bullet catch" or as the expert behind the JREF's Million Dollar Challenge testing or from his amazing performances or even from his podcast (Banachek's Brain).

(You can watch this video interview on YouTube)

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Speak of the Devil! No, really!  Our May 3, 2020 interview with Joe Laycock and his spouse and co-conspirator Natasha Mikles is here for you. Talking about his book, Speak of the Devil.

Speak of the Devil is the first book-length study of The Satanic Temple. Joseph Laycock, a scholar of new religious movements, contends that the emergence of "political Satanism" marks a significant moment in American religious history that ...
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July 7, 2020 64 min

Once again we welcome Sara Head from ArchyFantasies on to talk about the strange television show The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch. Is it good? (Spoilers - not if you want anything to happen in your TV shows.) But it was fun to sit down with Sara and talk again.

Archaeological Fantasies Podcast (podcast link)

The Archy Fantasies Blog (blog link)

If you want to watch this episode on video - you can! (youtube link).  Be sure to Like a...

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June 23, 2020 70 min

We're joined by Jerry Drake to discuss "Black Eyed Kids" and some interesting timing that suggests a possible origin for the legends.

Archived post from Bethel - July 30, 1997 - discussing Chaos Magick and Bloody Mary.

Reposting of Bethel's original BEK post - but not the original post. His original posting was dated August 28, 1997.

Jerry points out that at this time The X-Files was in its 4th season. A recurring...

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June 2, 2020 56 min

We interview Dr. David Aveline about his new project studying people who see or experience ghosts.  He's just getting started, but it's a really interesting conversation about how one puts together research into such a strange and complicated topic.

Notes:
An article about Dr. Aveline's research 

 The Thomas Theorem (1928) by William Isaac Thomas and Dorothy Swaine Thomas
“If men define situations as real, they are real...

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In the March 29th episode, Karen and Blake hang out and take listener questions.

This video will be available on YouTube.

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May 15, 2020 60 min

Actor Douglas Tate joins us to talk about playing monsters in film.  Douglas has played Bigfoot more than any other actor. (YouTube of this interview)

 

(IMDB) Douglas Tait was born on December 17, 1978 in Tarzana, California, USA as Douglas J. Tait. He is known for his work on Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Hellboy (2019) and Legacies (2018).

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[EXPLICIT] Audio (podcast) feed from our MonsterTalk Live - this one with Dr. Brian Sharpless discussing the weird (real life) conditions behind lots of movies and myths.

Brian previously joined us for one of my favorite interviews to discuss Sleep Paralysis.

Find Brian's books and info here: http://briansharpless.com/index.html

Video of this Interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvlN8c-CcZo&t=131s

 

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