Spooky Science Sisters

Spooky Science Sisters

We're two scientists and sisters (in-law) bringing you a podcast about the possible scientific explanations behind all things strange and unusual, from hauntings to extraterrestrials to demonic possession! So, put on your debunking caps and join us every other week for some creepy conversation and lots of laughter.

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June 15, 2021 79 min

Werewolves (AKA lycanthropes) are typically described as a human with the ability to shapeshift into a vicious wolf. In this episode K.T. Katzmann (Twitter @IWriteMonsters), author of Murder with Monsters, joins us for a fun-filled discussion on the folklore and science behind werewolves. We cover everything from rabid dogs and clinical lycanthropy to the parallels between changes that occur during puberty and the werewolf tran...

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If you enjoyed the Short and Spooky segment at the end of our early episodes, this one’s for you! In our first Short and Spooky episode, we share four short, but creepy, stories. We discuss the mysterious blue people of Kentucky, two 100-year-old ghost stories, and wrap up with Paige guessing animals that used to be considered cryptids! 

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In this episode we are joined by professor of science history at Kean University and author, Dr. Brian Regal, to discuss the origins of cryptozoology. We chat about some of our favorite cryptids, and learn about how sea serpents and mating whales helped to create what we know today as the field of cryptozoology. 

You can find out more about Brian on his website here: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/brian-regal-phd/ or by fol...

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Wendigos are said to be terrifying humanoid cannibals from the Great Lakes region of the Midwest and Canada. In this episode we discuss the origins of the wendigo myth, wendigo psychosis, and our theories on alleged wendigo sightings.?

Promo at end of episode from 3 Spooked Girls!

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Edward Cullen and Dracula. Two vastly different characters that have one major thing in common – they vant to suck your blood. If you enjoyed our first episode about vampires, you will love this one! Dr. Holly Walters, cultural anthropologist, author, and knower of all things vampires, joins us to chat about the origins of the modern day vampire. What stories inspired the young, sexy, blood-sucking vampire that we know and love tod...

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In this episode we revisit one of our favorite topics, ghost hunting! Host of Monster Talk, Dr. Karen Stollznow, and her husband, Matthew Baxter, join us to talk about their experiences as paranormal investigators. We discuss some of their favorite investigations, including their time working on the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, and learn some behind the scenes dirt on paranormal TV shows.

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This episode is the second half of our two-part series on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Most of us have heard of Amelia Earhart but as prominent as she is in the history books there is still a ton of uncertainty surrounding what happened to her. Last time, we focused on the details of the trip and the possibility that she and Noonan ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean. In this episode, we review some o...

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This episode is the first of a two part series on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. Most of us have heard of Amelia Earhart, but as prominent as she is in the history books, there is still a ton of uncertainty and speculation surrounding her 1937 disappearance. What actually happened to her and her navigator, Fred Noonan? Did they survive their plane crash? Did Earhart change her name to Irene Bolam? We will atte...

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In this episode, we’re joined by the chair of SkyHub’s science advisory board and host of the Mad Scientist Podcast, Dr. Chris Cogswell. SkyHub’s technology is used to analyze both identified and unidentified objects in the sky, including UFOs or UAPs. Check out this episode to learn what SkyHub is all about, how it works, and how you can get your very own tracker set up in your backyard! 

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Most people think that zombies of the brain-eating type that are commonly depicted in pop culture aren’t real, and we would have to agree with you, but we want to know if real-life zombies are possible! In this episode we are joined by bio-anthropologist Dr. Rebecca Gibson (@RGibsonGirl on Twitter) to discuss the origins of zombie stories and what might need to happen to actually zombify someone. 

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January 25, 2021 70 min

Have you or has somebody you know had an alien abduction experience? In this episode we will talk about Paige’s husband’s experience and discuss what could be behind your favorite alien abduction stories, from sleep paralysis to recovered memories from a surgery gone wrong. The only thing we know for sure is that your brain is a very weird place!

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Winter is here and since we’re hunkering down for a cold couple of months, we think there’s no better time to discuss the snowy mystery that occurred at Dyatlov Pass. In our first episode of 2021, we challenge some of the most popular theories surrounding the deaths of nine hikers on February 2, 1959. We cover a handful of possibilities, from avalanches and hypothermia to aliens and government conspiracies. If this story leaves you...

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December 21, 2020 86 min

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to talk about everybody’s favorite jolly old man. Santa may not be considered spooky by most, but he is technically a boogeyman, and we had questions about him that needed answers! In this episode, we discuss the effect of Santa (and similar holiday characters) on children’s cognitive development, the plausibility of Santa’s sleigh withstanding speeds many times faster ...

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, so it’s time to get Colonial! Eat some turkey and settle in for this jumbo-sized episode on the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. For this episode, we were joined by the amazing Sarah Head and Karen Stollznow from the Archaeological Fantasies and Monster Talk podcasts, respectively. We discuss all of the possibilities of what may have happened to these colonists, from the obvious — they joined up with...

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October 31, 2020 65 min

In our third Halloween special episode we are sharing and trying to debunk some of our listeners’ spookiest experiences. Listen and let us know if you agree with our interpretations. Thank you to everybody who submitted a story and Happy Halloween!

Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Hel...

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October 19, 2020 102 min

Why are black cats considered unlucky? Do we really have to worry about our children receiving poisoned candy? And what is the deal with Skeleton Lake? Find all of this out and more by listening to our second Halloween special episode. We explore the history of our favorite holiday, and some of the most popular Halloween superstitions and traditions. We discuss the many possible origins of trick-or-treating, tell you a spooky story...

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Kenny Biddle, science enthusiast, Skeptical Help Bar videocast host, writer for the “I Am Kenny Biddle” blog on Facebook and Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and owner of a backyard tiki bar,  joins us for a laugh-filled episode discussing the credibility of some of the most famous hauntings in America. We debunk photos from The Stanley Hotel (well-known as the inspiration for The Shining’s Overlook Hotel), review Meagan and Kenny’s en...

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September 21, 2020 73 min

Episode 11 is here! Listen as we take on Vampires. You will hear about some of your favorite fanged monsters, from Lord Ruthven to the Cullens to Count von Count. We discuss decomposition of the human body, and how a misunderstanding of medical disorders may have helped create what we now know as the vampire.

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In Episode 10, we take on the viral TikTok trend, Randonautica. We will tell you about some of our randonauting adventures and discuss how quantum physics plays a role in how the app works. Can your thoughts influence the coordinates the app generates, or are the things you witness while randonauting a complete coincidence? Listen to find out!

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August 24, 2020 50 min

In this special episode, we answer some fun questions to help you get to know us better! We also discuss a long-awaited follow up to our Skinwalker Ranch coverage. If you have not listened to episodes 4 & 5, you may want to go back and listen to those before starting this one. 

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