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MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

Feb 1, 2020

Karen tells us about her research into the strange 1921 case known as "The Guyra Ghost."  Rocks thrown, windows broken, strange knockings, spiritualists, and more!  Her write up of this investigation appears in the January 2020 issue of Fortean Times.

Discussed in this episode:

The Guyra Ghost Mystery (1921) - lost...

Jan 22, 2020

We are joined by Rebecca Fox, who has been both a witch and a science & skepticism advocate, to discuss the history of modern witchcraft. 

RIP Terry Jones (of Monty Python) who passed away on Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020.

Discussed in this episode:

Gerald Gardner, father of Wicca 

Doreen Valiente 

Margaret Murray,...

Dec 24, 2019


A reading of The Night Wire by H. F. Arnold.  Karen and I wish you all a safe and happy holiday.  Oh - and if you're doing any traveling for the season I suggest you steer clear of Xebico.

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Dec 19, 2019

We're joined by veteran monster investigator Joe Nickell (of CSI) to discuss three historic sea monster cases he thinks he's solved. Classic monsters and science in this one.

Case Files discussed in this episode:

Gloucester Sea Serpent 

Arkansas White River Monster 

Kraken: Monster of the Deep 

Also mentioned: Karen has...