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.

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.




MonsterTalk end of year message - 2020

It's been a rough year but we've high hopes for 2021. Hope to see you there. Remember Karen's got short stories and books available on Amazon, including her latest On The Offensive. ----- Shop for MonsterTalk gear Connect with me on Linkedin


223 - The Loveland Frog

Ryan Haupt joins us to discuss the strange case of "the Loveland frog." Links: Hot Damn! It's the Loveland Frog! A musical based on the Loveland Frog Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) post-apocalyptic movie with Rowdy Roddy Piper Ryan Haupt podcast Science...Sort Of Skeptoid on Loveland Frog Wikipedia on Loveland Frog Full version: CUFOS doc on KY Goblins (includes Loveland Frog) Full version: CRIFO 1955 (Leonard Stringfield) Karen's Frog Boy research Excerpt from CUFOS...


Christmas Ghost Story #008 - The Upper Berth

Turn down the lights and settle in for a nautically themed classic ghost tale from Francis Marion Crawford. A dull dinner party gets quite lively when one of the guests shares the story of the time he had a ghostly encounter on a transatlantic crossing. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday!


Wild Thing 2: Space Invaders

Blake and Karen talk with Laura Krantz, host of the podcast Wild Thing, about season two of her show which deals with UFOs, SETI, and more and features interviews with scientists and researchers looking into these topics. Wild Thing at The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture (Amazon) Jason Colavito's Blog SETI METI StarTalk Radio Cosmos Previous episode with Laura Krantz (#176) Annihilation (There is some spoiler discussion about the film...


221 - They Are Already Here - with Sarah Scoles

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 Luis Elizondo. TTSA - To The Stars Academy - the...


220 - Monster Manual

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 latest book is the official D&D cookbook (for real and actual food) titled...


219 - The Usborne book of Ghosts - Christopher Maynard

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.


Introducing: On The Offensive

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218 - Season of the Witch

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: (The lettering case in that link does...


217 - The Unidentified

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 stabilized PGF film of Bigfoot The Kentucky Meat Shower Charles...


Sample: BigFootage - Night of the Demon

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. Here's a recipe for Night of the Demon: 1 lb of finely chopped 1980s slasher...


216 - Invasive Species

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 the cane toad: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988) -...


215 - Chinese Ghosts

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": 鬼 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 stories of Gan Bao. Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling - a...


214 - Talos Another Tale of Gods and Robots

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 Jason and the Argonauts (Harryhausen) Sinbad and the Eye of...


MTL - Dr. Kiki - Aliens and Monsters

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 MonsterTalk stream. We'd love it if you'd subscribe to us there. Karen and...


MTL - Conspiracy Theory with Ashley Landrum

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 and her husband Matt (and their son). You can watch this...


MonsterTalk Live - Banachek - 10 May 2020

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)


MonsterTalk Live - Speak of the Devil (Joe Laycock & Natasha Mikles)

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 DevilSpeak of the Devil You can snag it here: You can watch the video of this interview here:


MonsterTalk Live - Sara Head

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 and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!


MonsterTalk Live - Jerry Drake

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 image/concept in that show as "the black oil" virus, an alien mind-control...