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MonsterTalk

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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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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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Favorite evening treat

By Cwmdyli Ed - Sep 09 2019
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I always look forward to each new episode and re-listen to the old episodes at the end of the day. A great combination of lore and logic presented by presenters who appreciate both.

Compelling

By The_Anomaly - Aug 27 2019
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I don’t typically leave reviews but seeing as this show occasionally collects a few bad ones for nothing more than offending a believer here and there I think it deserves a 5 star review. 😛 The hosts and guests are all extremely thoughtful and this show combines two of my favorite things: skepticism and fantastic mystery. These folks bring with them a compelling toolkit you can use to challenge your own experiences with. One of the best applications of critical thinking with an entertaining and non-condescending spin.

iTunes Ratings

849 Ratings
Average Ratings
693
79
25
22
30

Favorite evening treat

By Cwmdyli Ed - Sep 09 2019
Read more
I always look forward to each new episode and re-listen to the old episodes at the end of the day. A great combination of lore and logic presented by presenters who appreciate both.

Compelling

By The_Anomaly - Aug 27 2019
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I don’t typically leave reviews but seeing as this show occasionally collects a few bad ones for nothing more than offending a believer here and there I think it deserves a 5 star review. 😛 The hosts and guests are all extremely thoughtful and this show combines two of my favorite things: skepticism and fantastic mystery. These folks bring with them a compelling toolkit you can use to challenge your own experiences with. One of the best applications of critical thinking with an entertaining and non-condescending spin.
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MonsterTalk

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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.

Rank #1: Skinwalker Ranch Dressing

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This is Patreon Bonus content edited slightly for the regular MonsterTalk feed. (Expect more of this content thanks to the generous support of our Patrons.) This episode is a deep dive into the Skinwalker Ranch mystery and a discussion of the new documentary, Hunt for the Skinwalker. Dr. Jeb Card (Spooky Archaeology) joins me for the discussion.

Jan 30 2019
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #2: Slenderman and Tulpas

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They say Slenderman was created for a contest on a website. But the thin, faceless character has gone viral appearing in numerous art, stories, videos and even games. Some claim that all that combined focus has turned him real — a process known by ancient Tibetan Buddhists as forming a Tulpa. In this episode of MonsterTalk, Blake Smith interviews professor of religious studies Joe Laycock and doctoral student of Tibetan studies Natalia Mikels to discover the truth about Tulpas.

Since the creation of Slenderman the character has “gone viral” and spun off numerous art and fiction stories. And some fans of the Slenderman believe that he is real — either existing already from time immemorial, or that he exists now, brought to life by the combined belief of millions of humans in the form of a living creature known as a Tulpa.

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Jul 30 2014
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #3: Cthulhu Rises

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In this special literary edition, MonsterTalk ventures into a dark domain that can be confidently called fiction: the monstrous, genre-defining oeuvre of horror writer Howard Philips Lovecraft. Joined by noted Lovecraft scholar Robert M. Price and biologist PZ Myers, the MonsterTalk hosts discuss Lovecraft’s life and works, and dare to confront his most famous creation: the vast alien monstrosity Cthulhu. Can the hosts gaze into the shrieking outer darkness and return with their sanity intact? Find out on this episode of MonsterTalk!

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Jun 16 2010
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #4: Ancient Alien Astronauts: Interview with Ken Feder

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Did ancient humans gain their technological achievements through the assistance of creatures from other planets? This week on MonsterTalk, Dr. Feder, an archaeology professor who has taught a course on the topic, shares his thoughts. Feder is the author of Frauds, Myths and Mysteries—a book with more good scientific content on the cover than most TV shows have in an entire season.

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Jul 27 2011
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #5: Hitler’s Monsters

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In MonsterTalk episode # 187, we talk about the role of the supernatural and occult in Nazi Germany. Our guest is author Dr. Eric Kurlander, author of the book Hitler’s Monsters, which chronicles the rise of the Nazis and their strange relationship with the occult including fringe theories, Border Science, astrology, homeopathy, and even Nostradamus.

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Apr 03 2019
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #6: The Meg

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Does a giant prehistoric shark lurk deep in the waters of the ocean, surviving against all odds to surprise us by occasionally biting a giant whale in half? No. But these animals did once exist and we don’t need to pretend they’re still alive to be blown away by their stunning biological features. We talk with Dr. Craig McClain about the amazing animal we call Megalodon.

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Jun 27 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #7: The Shaver Mysteries (Part 1)

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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 has more threads than a fancy bedsheet set!

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Jun 18 2019
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #8: Bad UFOs

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Have you learned most of your UFO stories from The History
Channel and motion pictures? Chances are these glossy presentations
of aliens and mysterious craft have hidden from you some of the
shocking and silly history of this fascinating field. Join us as we
interview UFO researcher Robert Sheaffer about Bad UFOs.

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May 04 2016
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #9: Shame on the Lizard People

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Is the world secretly being controlled by a dark, shadowy cabal? Are many of the world’s leaders actually blood-drinking, child-abusing lizard people? No, they aren’t. But in this episode of MonsterTalk we talk with Jon Ronson about his experiences with conspiracy theorist David Icke.

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Apr 15 2015
39 mins
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Rank #10: Doctor Atlantis

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You’ve heard the legend of Atlantis. But have you ever heard the facts behind the legend? Dr. Kenny Feder returns to talk about the true story of Atlantis and it isn’t what most people think.

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May 20 2015
57 mins
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Rank #11: Here Come The PERSONS In Black

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Karen and Blake discuss the early history of Men in Black lore going back to some primary sources. Stories of mysterious strangers questioning and intimidating (and confounding) UFO investigators have a strange, continuously evolving history.

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Jul 31 2018
59 mins
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Rank #12: The Warren Omission

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Was the story of The Conjuring the true story of how Ed and Lorraine Warren fought demonic forces in Rhode Island? In this special episode of MonsterTalk, we hear a different side to the story of America’s first family of ghost hunting. Features interviews with investigators Joe Nickell and Steven Novella.

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Oct 16 2013
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #13: El D20ablo — The Satanic Panic & Role-Playing Games

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The late 1970s and 1980s saw the rise of a new kind of game. Dungeons & Dragons and its many competitors captivated many high-school and college students, but many parents and authority figures feared that these new games were a gateway to Satanic ritual and perhaps even murder. Author Joseph Laycock returns to discuss his new book: Dangerous Games.

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Mar 04 2015
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #14: Bringing Light to a Moth

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In this episode, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP) investigator Joe Nickell joins the MonsterTalk crew for a look into the West Virginian legend of Mothman — allegedly a human-sized creature with wings and glowing red eyes. Nickell discusses the ways monsters evolve following a community’s initial reports, and the cyclical nature of spates of sightings.

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May 26 2010
46 mins
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Rank #15: The Enfield Poltergeist

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In this episode of MonsterTalk we present an interview with Guy Lyon Playfair, one of the original investigators into perhaps the most famous British poltergeist case in modern times.

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Mar 08 2017
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #16: What the Fouke? The Beast of Boggy Creek

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Lyle Blackburn is a musician, actor, and cryptid researcher who explores the US in search of creatures in swamplands and backwoods. He is the author of The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster and Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster. Lyle is a staff writer for the horror magazine Rue Morgue, he has been featured on Coast to Coast AM, and on numerous TV shows on Discovery, Animal Planet and more. Lyle joins us to discuss the history and impact of “the Boggy Creek Monster” on the small town of Fouke, Arkansas.

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Jun 08 2016
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #17: American Goblins — Part 1

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In August of 1955, a farm family in Kentucky found their home under attack by strange goblin-like monsters. In the years since the attack, the case has retained a perplexing endurance. What happened that night in Kentucky? Were aliens to blame? Underworld monsters? Misidentified natural causes? This is part one of our discussion of what has become known as The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter.

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Oct 04 2017
28 mins
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Rank #18: The Iceman Goeth

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Late in the 1960s, in the era which gave us the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film, fairgoers in Minnesota were confronted with a marvel: a hairy, primitive-looking humanoid frozen in a block of ice. Was it an anthropological relic? Was it a sasquatch?

As investigators from the Smithsonian Institute and cryptozoological researchers studied the frozen creature, they came to very different conclusions as to what it represented. The MonsterTalk hosts interview Bigfoot researcher and former side-show performer Matt Crowley — and try to crack the case of The Minnesota Iceman.

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Dec 01 2010
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #19: The Blair Fish Project

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For thousands of years, people who made their living by working the sea have reported creatures that appeared to be half-human and half-fish. Some of these stories are legends and fairy tales, but more recent sightings are reported as real animals. Confounding things even more are mummified mermaids brought to Europe from sailors coming back from Asia. A recent Animal Planet “documentary” claimed that mermaids are real and the US government is hiding the truth. This week on MonsterTalk, we interview museum curator (and mermaid-model expert) Paolo Viscardi.

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Aug 22 2012
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #20: Appalachian Monsters

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Asher Elbein and Tiffany Turrill join us to talk about monsters and folklore of Appalachia. Their new project about fictional witch Anna O’Brien draws heavily from authentic folklore of this storied region of the United States.

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Nov 12 2018
1 hour 14 mins
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