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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: 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.

Location:

Kennesaw, GA

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

270 - Ghost Hunting in Deadwood

11/28/2022
We're joined by MonsterTalk family member Matt Baxter (Karen's husband and host of Ask a Paranormal Investigator) to talk about his investigation of an allegedly haunted hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota. Deadwood Series (Amazon Affiliate) Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickcock Seth Bullock The Bullock Hotel NERF Ballistic Balls (discontinued) This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/monstertalk and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more...

Duration:00:58:00

269 - Fun Ruiners

11/21/2022
In a departure from our normal format, Blake and Karen discuss how science ruins all the fun of some very popular Sci-Fi/Horror tropes. Alternate Realities and the Multiverse Some thoughts about multiverses from SciAm Chronicles of Amber by Zelazny (affiliate link) (apparently I said Avalon in the ep - totally different thing. Avalon is M.Z. Bradley's retelling of the Arthurian tales from a feminist/pagan framing.) Body Swapping Gilligan's Island Body Swapping Russian Dog Head Experiment...

Duration:00:42:28

268 - The Most Haunted City in America

11/14/2022
Karen and Blake discuss "the most haunted city in America," Savannah, Georgia. Links: Behind the Bird Girl Statue The Hamilton-Turner Inn The Haunted Pseudo-History of Bonaventure Cemetery (by Karen Stollznow) The Marshall House Hotel 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Restaurant The Kehoe House Moon River Brewing The Pirate's House From the intro - Nick Swardson on Everything in Savannah is Haunted This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/monstertalk and...

Duration:00:50:38

267: What the Dickens?

11/7/2022
You may know Charles Dickens used ghosts in A Christmas Carol - but did you know his work also included many other weird and quasi-paranormal elements? We discuss this lesser known aspect of the famous English author with Dr. Liz Savage. Seven Ghost Stories by Dickens that aren't A Christmas Carol. Spontaneous Human Combustion (Wikipedia) A fiery death: Murder or SHC? Investigating SHC Read more Dickens for free: Dickens on Project Gutenberg (free read) This episode is brought to you by...

Duration:00:50:53

Introducing MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark, and Mysterious Stories

11/3/2022
A hiker terrorized for days by two unknown figures… A man stalked through the woods while camping, who barely escaped with his life… two cops who quit their job at a local theater because of unexplained encounters with an alleged demon… These are just some of the unbelievable cases you’ll hear on the MrBallen Podcast on Amazon Music. Each week you’ll get new inexplicable encounters, shocking disappearances and other strange, dark and mysterious stories. Hey Prime Members, listen to the...

Duration:00:07:57

Introducing I HEAR FEAR

11/2/2022
Nothing is as terrifying as the sounds we hear in the dark. The slow creak of a door opening late at night... or a whisper in a room when you thought you were alone... or a distant scream in the wind. One noise at the wrong time or place can scare us for days. Each episode of I HEAR FEAR plunges the listener into a tale inspired by real events, from a deadly dance party to a cursed film set. Join host and two-time. Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan for six immersive stories designed to jangle...

Duration:00:06:21

266 - Fisher's Ghost (Part 2)

10/31/2022
We continue our look at the Australian legend of Fisher's Ghost, and how the community has responded to the story over the next two centuries. Official legend of Fisher's Ghost - from Campbelltown Government Site, Australia Indigenous Trackers (Australia) (Wikipedia) Ghost Riots (British Newspaper Archive) The Greenbrier Ghost (wiki) The Red Barn Murder (wiki) Indigenous Trackers in Australia Additional: Karen's latest story collection Fisher's Ghost and Other Stories. Laura Krantz's new...

Duration:00:37:13

Bonus >> Horrified: American Monsters

10/27/2022
I had the opportunity to talk with game designer Mike Mulvihill about his cryptid-focused version of the cooperative board-game HORRIFIED. (affiliate link) We get into discussions of gaming as a hobby, how this was designed, how the monsters were chosen, and much more. Thanks to Mike (and Ravensburger) for their generous allocation of time with MonsterTalk. Notes/Links: The Ozark Howler The Banshee of the Badlands See HORRIFIED on Board Game Geek page Mike Mulvihill American Monsters by...

Duration:01:18:46

265 - Fisher's Ghost (part 1)

10/24/2022
Karen takes us down under to discover the tale of FISHER'S GHOST. Murder, intrigue, and the supernatural await in part 1. Show Notes: Official legend of Fisher's Ghost - from Campbelltown Government Site, Australia Indigenous Trackers (Australia) (Wikipedia) Ghost Riots (British Newspaper Archive) The Greenbrier Ghost (wiki) The Red Barn Murder (wiki) Karen's latest story collection Fisher's Ghost and Other Stories. Laura Krantz's new children's book on Bigfoot and Critical Thinking:...

Duration:00:36:44

264 - Ghost Tourism

10/17/2022
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Duration:00:46:44

263 - Tarot (Part 2)

10/10/2022
S02E02 - We continue our discussion of Tarot with some (hopefully interesting) digressions into Kabbalah and more. This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/monstertalk and get on your way to being your best self. Show Notes: The "egg trick" - article by Joe Nickell The Sefirot "explained" - video (there are many of these and I don't know which are most accurate) Ultima IV (from the intro) The lovely art of the Rider Waite Smith deck (from...

Duration:00:40:19

262 - Tarot (part 1)

10/3/2022
MonsterTalk begins its second season and its weekly release schedule with a look at the surprisingly mundane origin of the Tarot deck and how the practice of divination emerged in the late 1700s steeped in pseudo-antiquity. This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/monstertalk and get on your way to being your best self. Show Notes: Trick-Taking Games - card games where each round has a winner, usually seeking most points over the duration of...

Duration:00:41:03

261 - Bernard's Beasts with Darren Naish

9/19/2022
Darren Naish joins us to catch us up on his latest project - a series of dawings and descriptions based on the cryptids of Bernard Heuvelmans! (Patreon Link) The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep (Affiliate Link) Les Félins Encore Inconnus d’Afrique (Affiliate Link - French Edition) The Blue Tiger (Affiliate Link - leatherbound edition) Prehistoric Planet (Apple TV) Darren recently wrote a long piece on the present state of Cryptozoology -...

Duration:01:02:46

260 - Giant Turtles and Protofestivals

9/5/2022
We're joined by folklorist and anthropologist Dr. John Gutowski, a professor at Saint Xavier, to discuss the Beast of Busco and the festivals such creatures often inspire. Paper on giant turtle of Charbusco. Author of The Beast of Busco (currently out of print) Additional: The White River Monster - episode #204 (Joe Nickell) Our coverage of Mothman (several episodes) Arkansas policy on White River Monster Fisher's Ghost (Australia) has a festival The Mothman Festival Boggy Creek (Fouke...

Duration:01:09:17

259 - The Battle Over America's Origin Story

8/22/2022
Dr. Brian Regal joins us again (actually his 6th appearance!) to discuss his latest work, The Battle Over America's Origin Story. We know Columbus didn't "discover" America, yet there are so many competing narratives that seek to topple Columbus yet still not acknowledge the clear and obvious indigenous people who were already here when all of these explorers allegedly arrived. Regal's latest book looks at a broad swath of these fringe historian theories and gives them context in the bigger...

Duration:01:10:27

258 - The Winchester Mystery House

8/8/2022
258 - The Winchester Mystery House 258_Monstertalk_Patreon.mp3 Karen and Blake are joined by Matthew Baxter to tell the true story of Sara Winchester and the sprawling mansion in San Jose. Legend says the estate was built to appease the spirits of the victims of the Winchester repeating rifle. But was it? No - but the story behind the story is fascinating. Location: 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128 Want to visit it? Tickets here - but get your facts elsewhere. Karen's book Haunting...

Duration:01:10:53

257 - The First Ghosts

7/25/2022
We are joined by the incomparable Dr. Irving Finkel to discuss the oldest recorded stories of ghosts in human history. Pliny the Younger - Wikipedia The tale of Athenodorus and the chained ghost How to write cuneiform (video with Dr. Finkel) By Dr. Irving Finkel: The First Ghosts The Ark Before Noah Dr. Finkel teaches how to play The Royal Game of Ur (youtube) PDF of UR rules A replica of the game of Ur A quite expensive version of the game of Ur from the British Museum Can’t get enough of...

Duration:01:25:44

256 - Monsters of Wales

7/11/2022
Coll "C.C.J." Ellis joins us to talk about the monsters and folklore of Wales. Their book Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts will be out soon and is available for pre-order. Wales is on the western side of the island of Great Britain, and part of the United Kingdom. Despite its size, it survives on a diet mostly composed of krill. Monsters in the book are varied, but include: Dragons, beasts, the fair folk, and spirits. There are many stories, and many gorgeous illustrations. I didn't want to...

Duration:00:57:21

255 - Tom Slick: Millionaire Monster Hunter

6/27/2022
Brought to you by DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT! A look at the fascinating and adventurous life of millionaire Tom Slick. Inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, science enthusiast, paranormal investigator, and - of course - monster hunter! Southwest Research Institute (1947) - independent and nonprofit applied research and development (R&D) organization. Institute of Inventive Research (defunct) - an applied science and innovation incubator (in a barn at ESSAR) - closed in 57 - Mind Science...

Duration:01:15:52

Introducing The Cryptid Club

6/22/2022
Mike Brumm (author) and Jeff Mack (illustrator) bring young readers a new series about an intrepid gang of kid investigators dealing with the remarkably bizarre appearance of cryptids in their world. Book one of the new series is subtitled Bigfoot Takes the Field and I'm joined by author Mike Brumm to discuss the book and its origin. This is not some dry academic book about debunking bigfoot, nor is it a breathless account of hunting monsters. Instead it's a delightful and silly fantasy...

Duration:00:19:03