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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Mark O’Connell. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Mark O’Connell, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Mark O’Connell. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Mark O’Connell, often where they are interviewed.

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With Mark O’Connell and Liz Nugent

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On this week's podcast Rick O'Shea hears about some of the 'perverse pilgrimages' embarked upon by Mark O'Connell in his search for how best to survive the apocalypse, Liz Nugent is quizzed by the Tuesday-Thursday Book Club in Tramore Library about her novel 'Skin Deep' and Stefanie Preissner has the week's news.
May 08 2020 · 26mins
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DAILY: Among the Apocalypse Addicts with author Mark O’Connell

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It’s the end of the world as we know it and… some people are quite into that, it seems. Why are so many people so keen on the end of everything? What do doomsday preppers, alt.right catastrophists and billionaire plutocrat antidemocrats like Peter Thiel have in common? And is the communal response to COVID proving their worst ambitions wrong? We talk to Mark O’Connell – author of new book Notes From An Apocalypse: A Personal Journey The End Of The World And Back – about the dark fantasy of the End Times.  

Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producer Jacob Archbold. Music by Kenny Dickinson. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production. 

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Apr 13 2020 · 28mins

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Ep. #350: Project Blue Book w/ Paul Hynek & Mark O’Connell

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Paul Hynek, son of Dr. J. Allen Hynek reflects on his father, Project Blue Book and the state of ufology. Biographer Mark O’Connell digs deeper into Hynek’s life story and case files.

Jan 19 2020 · 1hr 37mins
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Interac's Mark O’Connell On Modernizing Canada’s Payments System

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We sat down with Mark O’Connell, CEO of Interac — the backbone of Canada’s debit payment system. Mark recently scored a big win: a change in Interac’s corporate structure gives the company more freedom and resources to meet the evolving needs of the market in the digital era. We discussed how he is currently modernizing Interac — and, in doing so, making in impact on Canada’s payments system.

You can learn more about Interac https://www.interac.ca/

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Jun 04 2019 · 21mins

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238 – Swamp Gaslighting: Project Blue Book Smackdown with Mark O’Connell

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You might say that Mark O’Connell knows a little bit about Dr. J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who was in charge of the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book. There, Hynek was charged by the military to investigate UFO reports across America and then summarily disprove them. In fact, Mark O’Connell literally wrote the book on Dr. Hynek called The Close Encounters Man.

We’ve had Mark on the show several times before and it’s always a treat. He’s written for Star Trek, has a UFO blog, and he even joined us for a remembrance of Bill Paxton, because Mark had written a script that Bill wanted to direct in the late 90s but unfortunately it never came to fruition.

So you think when the “History” Channel decided to create a show called Project Blue Book where J. Allen Hynek is the lead character, they might contact Mark because they were look for true life stories for their show. Well, the answer to that one is a big fat no. They decided to go on a little more fantastical route.

Aiden Gillen as J. Allen Hynek talking to an alien in a water tank. Hynek biographer Mark O’Connell is not amused.

We kicked off the episode by discussing the trip Allison just got back from in Woodstock, Illinois before we started the recording. She was following the trail of a Mothman sighting she read about on The Singular Fortean because it sounded somewhat like the Flatwoods Monster story that actually forms the basis of the second episode of the new show. Allison also attended the Chicago premiere where the producers and Hynek’s son were in attendance.

But Hollywood history be damned, we talk about the real stories behind the man. J. Allen Hynek basically invented how we study UFOs, how you scientifically look at each report and take a look at each piece of evidence from the weather to the planets to the phase of the moon to the position of the stars, and you eliminate all the terrestrial explanations before you move into the extra-terrestrial. We also get into:

  • The real story of how Dr. Hynek first moved from the desk to the field investigating UFO cases for the Air Force
  • The cases that converted J. Allen Hynek from a skeptic into much more open minded about the reality of strange lights in the sky
  • How Hynek became UFOlogy’s Enemy #1 by suggesting some Michigan sightings might be just “swamp gas”
  • Mark’s favorite case from his own UFO investigations as a MUFON investigator (and what’s going wrong with some of the MUFON politics and investigative methods lately.)
The real guy and Littlefinger…

Hollywood loves to say things are “based on a true story” and then proceed to make them wildly inaccurate. Here, we understand that fiction is fun, but that often the best parts of even fantastical stories (like haunted houses, UFO sightings, etc…) are the parts that keep us grounded to the Earth. By fictionalizing the story to an X-Files extent, you’re doing disrespect to the actual man.

Hynek’s investigative techniques and open mind are what made him a legend in UFOlogy. He was dealing with a lot of things that couldn’t be proven and his mission to discredit UFO sightings is what made it all the more impactiful when he found cases where he could not find an answer. It was his rigorous scientific method of investigation that made the difference, not secret government informants or Werner von Braun.

For the song this week, we were taken by the fact that sometimes the media thinks we’re too dumb to think for ourselves. There is a language and shorthand to cinema that is meant to trigger our emotions quickly and too often producers think that they can exploit our beliefs with special effects and “dramatizations”, sacrificing quality for spectacle. Well, we’d rather hear the truth about Hynek and here is Sunspot with “Disinformation Nation”.

Don’t trust your eyes
and question what you see
They’ll tell you lies
the don’t care about history
A story to bewitch
that is designed to find your switch
you’ll never see it coming
when they activate your programming

Disinformation nation
Disinformation nation
How loud can you shout with a
a mouth inside a mouth
we’re just hardwired for manipulation
Disinformation nation.

You’ll see all things new
with a mind that’s clean
A brain tattoo
imprints and memes
A tale to push your trigger point
Finding the weakness at the joints
Looking for a crowd to whip
and you’ll jump when your sequence is tripped

Disinformation nation
Disinformation nation
How loud can you shout with a
a mouth inside a mouth
we’re just hardwired for manipulation
Disinformation nation.

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Mar 05 2019 · 1hr 15mins
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12: Mark O’Connell – The Close Encounters Man and Writing for Star Trek

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In this episode, Beth and Mark discuss:

  • What MUFON is and Mark’s years as a “certified” field investigator for MUFON.
  • Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Mark’s book The Close Encounters Man.
  • The 1966 Michigan Swamp Gas Case, how it affected Hynek, the UFO community, and Hynek’s career.
  • Close encounters of the first, second, and third kind.
  • IGY, the global tracking network, and Sputnik.

Key Takeaways:

  • Most people report their sightings because they want to know what it was and if anybody else has ever seen the same thing to connect with them.
  • There was no one moment where Dr. Hynek changed his mind about UFOs.
  • A good scientist just wants to find out more.
  • “Ridicule is not part of the scientific method, and the American public should not be taught that it is.” -Dr. J. Allen Hynek.

The great thing about writing for Star Trek, is Star Trek is forever.  — Mark O’Connell

Connect with Mark O’Connell:

Website: HighStrangenessUFO.com

Book: The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs

Blog: High Strangeness

Book Recommendation: The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry by J. Allen Hynek

About Beth Mund:

Beth’s love for space started as a Space Camp attendee at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she would return years later as an instructor.  After grad school, Beth worked as a journalist, a technical writer for Motorola, and then went on to serve as a Public Affairs Officer for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In addition, Beth worked to support the International Space Station program as a communication specialist. In Chicago, Beth worked as a corporate communication advisor to Fortune 50 companies including Allstate and United Airlines. She’s worked as a college instructor, a political advisor, and public relations manager for her hometown city. Beth recently founded Stellar Communications, LLC and travels the country as a keynote speaker- inspiring audiences with her lessons learned from our nation’s space program.  She’s the host of the Casual Space Podcast, and a self-proclaimed space geek.

Connect with Beth Mund:

Email: bethisbeth@me.com & askbeth@casualspacepodcast.com

Website: bethmund.com

Facebook: @BethMund

Show notes by show producer/podcastologist: Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

Dec 27 2018 · 1hr 26mins
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Episode #16 Mark O’Connell on Posthumanists and Preppers

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What is society going to look like if you have a certain number of people living forever?

Mark O’Connell is best known for his bestselling, prizewinnng To Be A Machine. In that book, he describes various fringe projects around the world dedicated to extending human life as much as possible.

In this interview, he connects that adventure among the posthumanists with his latest subject – people who are making serious preparations for the apocalypse.

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The posthumanists and the preppers offer plenty of comic potential, but they are all fired by an era-defining anxiety. The end times are coming. What is to be done?

The problems they tackle are big and small, sublime and ridiculous. What will people do when automation takes their jobs, what are the ethics of treating robots, what should you pack in your bug-out bag (your emergency rucksack)?

To Be A Machine, by Mark O’Connell

With serious money from people such as Peter Thiel behind this research, formerly fringe ideas are moving into the mainstream. What kind of politics comes with the belief that the greatest inequality on earth is between those who are living and those who are dead?

O’Connell’s journey into the heart of radical change brings him into unusual territory. As he spends time across the United States with highly individualistic libertarians and race-obsessed survivalists, he watches the small beginnings of Donald Trump’s bid for the US presidency.

It seems that the near future really does hold some unexpected surprises.

Maybe these people are on to something.

Related episodes from our archive:

Paul Ennis on Cryptocurrencies, Libertarianism and the Politics of Exit

Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies, on Internet Subcultures

The post Episode #16 Mark O’Connell on Posthumanists and Preppers appeared first on Field Day.

Dec 20 2018 · 51mins
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The Close Encounters Man: Dr. J. Allen Hynek — Mark O’Connell — #5

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Wisconsin author Mark O’Connell discusses his book “The Close Encounters Man,” a definitive biography of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a noted astronomer and public figure who popularized discussion of the UFO phenomenon.

Oct 23 2017 · 1hr 2mins
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Ep. #219: Mark O’Connell | Dr. Laurin Bellg

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Mark O’Connell, the official biographer of Dr. J Allen Hynek shares Hynek’s life story. Dr. Laurin Bellg talks about her work with patients who have had near-death experiences. Also the passing of Jim Marrs, a shock fireball video, NASA hiring a planetary protection officer and more.

Aug 06 2017 · 2hr 35mins
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Mark O’Connell on To Be a Machine

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We were joined by Mark O’Connell, a stunning new non-fiction voice to discuss the urgent question…what next for mankind?
May 04 2017 · 1hr 1min