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Paranormal Podcasts

A podcast that explores the unexplained and explains the unexplored, Blurry Photos seeks the facts behind the fiction of the world’s most fascinating, unbelievable, and chilling mysteries and legends. Focusing on lesser-known topics of Forteana, conspiracy, history, and folklore, Blurry Photos is driven by the desire for a better understanding of fringe subjects through research, storytelling, and rational thinking. Prepare your butts, because it’s time to learn something weird.

A podcast that explores the unexplained and explains the unexplored, Blurry Photos seeks the facts behind the fiction of the world’s most fascinating, unbelievable, and chilling mysteries and legends. Focusing on lesser-known topics of Forteana, conspiracy, history, and folklore, Blurry Photos is driven by the desire for a better understanding of fringe subjects through research, storytelling, and rational thinking. Prepare your butts, because it’s time to learn something weird.

Location:

Chicago, IL

Description:

A podcast that explores the unexplained and explains the unexplored, Blurry Photos seeks the facts behind the fiction of the world’s most fascinating, unbelievable, and chilling mysteries and legends. Focusing on lesser-known topics of Forteana, conspiracy, history, and folklore, Blurry Photos is driven by the desire for a better understanding of fringe subjects through research, storytelling, and rational thinking. Prepare your butts, because it’s time to learn something weird.

Language:

English


Episodes

BP Bonus: Willow Creek Roundtable

3/1/2021
The boys review the 2013 indie film Willow Creek with special guest Bryce Johnson! Lead actor of Willow Creek, Bryce Johnson is kind enough to stop by and discuss the making of the film and his views on Bigfoot. Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, the film is a good example of found footage done well. Flora and the guys ask Bryce questions about the filming, the environment, and working with Bobcat. Bryce is also a host of the Bigfoot Collectors Club Podcast, and has appeared on...

Duration:01:02:51

Ep 251: Anomalistic Psychology with Prof. Chris French

2/28/2021
Flora is joined by Professor Christopher French for an interview all about Anomalistic Psychology! Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, Prof. French discusses the ins and outs of his field of expertise. David asks what the definition of Anomalistic Psychology is, how people think about the paranormal, and what all goes into being a skeptic while keeping an open mind. To get a better understanding of why folks believe paranormal claims, David...

Duration:01:10:55

BP Bonus: Trollhunter Roundtable

1/29/2021
David is joined once again by Derek and Zenger to talk about the 2010 film Trollhunter! A dark fantasy/comedy film, Trollhunter follows a Norwegian government employee in a found footage mockumentary style. The boys engage in a game of 'what is there not to like.' Truly a good movie, Flora talks about some behind the scenes stories he heard while everyone shares favorite moments and monsters from it. It's a feel-good roundtable this time, quite contrary to the last one! Please vote for me...

Duration:01:09:50

Ep 250: Homeopathy

1/21/2021
Rumor Flies Podcast joins Blurry Photos to talk about the ins-and-outs of homeopathy! A method to treat disease by the principle of "like cures like," homeopathy is an often-misunderstood and controversial practice. Ryan, Josh, and Greg from the Rumor Flies Podcast stop by to help David with this interesting topic. The boys go over the history, claims, figures, and science behind it all. When did it start? How does it work? Does it really work? Listen and find out in this giant pill of an...

Duration:02:03:45

BP Bonus: Tesla

12/9/2020
The boys are back at the roundtable with Flora's pick for the month, the 2020 film Tesla! Starring Ethan Hawke, Tesla is an artistic take on the inventor's life and struggles, but does it do the man justice? Derek from Monsters Among Us and Justin from Zeng This! join David to discuss this odd selection. If you watch it, buckle up for a wild ride that might leave you wondering what else is coming. Did Hawke's performance impress or depress? How much ice cream is acceptable in a biopic? You...

Duration:00:52:28

Ep 249: Digital Folklore with Dr. Lynne McNeill

11/27/2020
David is joined by folklorist Dr. Lynne McNeill to discuss Digital Folklore! A topic that spans culture, anthropology, sociology, and modern legends, Digital Folklore is a growing and evolving phenomenon happening right in front of us. Dr. McNeill, professor at Utah State University, is an expert on folklore and folklore in an online context in particular. She discusses Internet legend origins, settings, proliferation and more. How do these things fit in a cultural perspective? What makes...

Duration:01:01:03

Ep 248: Ghost Stories 9

11/7/2020
Blurry Photober wraps up with the annual ghost stories episode! This year's ghost stories episode will be a bit different, as Flora has selected several poems of the spooky and silly variety to share. Some spooky, some silly, some philosophical, all poetry! It's a nice little after dinner mint, with the dinner being lots of heavy subjects this month. Cleanse your palette with a short but sweet culturally-charged episode! And stay tuned for more interviews and explorations on Blurry...

Duration:00:26:35

Ep 247: The Barnabet Axe Murders

10/31/2020
The horror continues in Blurry Photober with a mega episode about the Barnabet axe murders. Flora is joined by authors Alan Gauthreaux and Dr. Daryl Hippensteel as well as numerous Louisianans to explore the ghastly tale of the Barnabet axe murders. Southwestern Louisiana was terrorized in 1911-12 by brutal axe murders. One young woman was pinned with not only perpetrating them, but possibly masterminding more. Hoodoo and Voodoo were found to be involved, which the media picked up at the...

Duration:01:27:28

BP Bonus: The Serpent and the Rainbow

10/27/2020
Tackling a classic of Voodoo movie-dom, Derek, David, and Zenger took a look at The Serpent and the Rainbow for this roundtable. The boys are joined by the amazing and incredibly knowledgable Dr. Emily Zarka to discuss the Serpent and the Rainbow and other zombie lore! Dr. Zarka hosts Monstrum, a show about legends and lore on PBS. She shares insights on zombie folklore and discusses what she thinks worked in the film and what didn't. Make sure to check her show out and don't forget to give...

Duration:01:08:59

Ep 246: Vengeful Ghosts part 2

10/25/2020
Flora is back with the second part of Vengeful Ghosts! Blurry Photober keeps rolling with Vengeful Ghosts part 2 and several tales of spirits claiming revenge through law. Hear the story of Maria Marten and the Red Barn murder. Take an ear gander at a murder tale from old England. See what you think about Fisher's Ghost from Australia and Teresita Basa from Chicago. And learn about the odd circumstances surrounding the death of Zona Shue Heaster from West Virginia. David presents these cases...

Duration:00:52:19

Ep 246: Vengeful Ghosts part 1

10/13/2020
Kick off Blurry Photober with a 2-part episode all about vengeful ghosts! The souls of those wronged and/or murdered in life have a way of avenging their mistreatment as vengeful ghosts. Flora runs you through a short list of these types of spirits in the first of a 2-parter. Go continent hopping and learn some highlights from many different cultures. Learn some important lessons from the Churel, Ngozi, La Sayona, Chindi, and more. Keep that roving eye under control, and for goodness' sake...

Duration:00:46:17

BP Bonus: The Meg Roundtable

10/2/2020
The boys are back with another roundtable, this time on the 2018 film The Meg! Generously falling under the umbrella of ancient surviving cryptid, The Meg is a sci-fi action movie about terrible giant sharks. And the terror doesn't end there. David, Derek, and Justin all weigh in with thoughts and opinions on how this film measured up. One Justin's favorites, did D&D agree? Or did they find it rather fishy? Tune in to find out if the shark satisfied Flora's need for giant murder machines....

Duration:00:57:09

Ep 245: Campfire Ghost Stories 8

9/29/2020
Pack your granola bars, air mattress, and an extra set of pants, it's time to get back outdoors for another installment of Campfire Ghost Stories! Flora reads 4 tales of terror and a poem by a selection of famous authors for the 8th edition of Campfire Ghost Stories. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Guy de Maupassant, and Alfred Noyes are among the writers for an early 20th century flavor to this one. A ghostly kiss of death, a highwayman, an out of control car, and more await your ears! It's a fun...

Duration:00:50:48

BP Bonus: BullPhone with David

8/27/2020
Blurriever and patron David S becomes the show's first Tsoukalos Sound-level supporter and got to jump on a BullPhone call with Flora! David shares his personal experiences from a very haunted west coast town and Flora learns about some Santa Cruz history in this BullPhone. From shadowy figures and recurring spectres to hairless coneheads in the basement, David tells of many hauntings from the places he's called home. There's even a lady in black who stands in the surf on the beach! Don't...

Duration:01:17:43

Ep 244: Unexpected Consequences of Hoodoo

8/10/2020
Dr. Jeffrey Anderson returns with a handful of stories on unexpected consequences of hoodoo! That old adage, "be careful what you wish for," is in full effect in these real stories of unexpected consequences of hoodoo. Dr. Anderson tells several accounts of folk magic gone wrong. If you're familiar with the W. W. Jacobs short story The Monkey's Paw, you might recognize some of the traits inherent in these tales. Drawing from real life encounters and articles, Dr. Anderson discusses how folk...

Duration:01:00:22

Ep 243: EVPs with Ghostly Talk Podcast

7/12/2020
David welcomes Scott and Amberrose from the Ghostly Talk Podcast to the show! A conversational show about any and all weirdities, the Ghostly Talk Podcast joins Blurry Photos and shares some EVPs. Scott and Amber discuss their show, how they came to be involved in the paranormal, and then get into EVPs they collected in their investigations. The duo has been on numerous ghost hunts in and around Michigan and neighboring states. With many stories and a handful of audio examples, they discuss...

Duration:01:29:09

Ep 242: The Conspiracy Theory Handbook

6/28/2020
Flora invited the authors of The Conspiracy Theory Handbook, Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky and Dr. John Cook, on the podcast to discuss their recent work. A powerful little tool breaking down the ins and outs of conspiratorial thinking, The Conspiracy Theory Handbook seeks to inform on how to better engage in critical thinking. David has a large handful of questions for the gentlemen. It's a fascinating discussion into how conspiracies can be approached and how to engage theorists and those who...

Duration:01:13:27

BP Bonus: The Curse of La Llorona Roundtable

6/17/2020
The boys are back at the roundtable, this time taking a look at the 2019 film The Curse of La Llorona! A familiar bit of folklore to Blurry Photos, Flora and the guys see how well The Curse of La Llorona stacks up against the legends. The weeping woman might have a reason to cry after this portrayal. The film is a relatively lucrative addition to the Conjuring Universe franchise. Though it had some good success at the box office, does it live up to the hype? Derek from Monsters Among Us and...

Duration:01:01:13

Miss Cryptid 2020 Roundup

6/13/2020
The winner of Week 3 of the 2020 Miss Cryptid Contest is announced! This episode is a refresher of the weekly Miss Cryptid winners so you can vote on who should win the 2020 contest. If you haven't heard the 3 "regular competition" episodes yet and want to listen in order and discover who wins, don't listen to this one first. You can find the 3 episodes on the Blurry Photos Podcast page. If you have listened, this will serve as a reminder for each winner so you can vote for the champion...

Duration:00:42:12

Miss Cryptid 2020 Week 3

6/6/2020
With a resounding roar, the 2020 Miss Cryptid Contest regular competition draws to a close! The final three Miss Cryptid contestants hail from all over the globe and include the Nandi Bear, Rusalka, and Euroa Beast. Hope from Africa to Eastern Europe to Australia with this week's lively ladies! A couple of beasts bookend a beauty, and all are sure to fill hearts with fear. Who will fill you heart the most? A cryptid of Nandi lore? An enigmatic Slavic mermaid? Or a bunyip-like beastie? Make...

Duration:00:55:52