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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.

Nov 29, 2020

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 entertainment/media company set up by BLINK-182 frontman Tom Delonge and storied paranormal researcher Harold Puthoff

UAP - Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon - the new terminology used by the military to discuss unknown flying objects while trying to avoid all the connotations of UFOs.

UFO - Unidentified Flying Objects - a perfectly reasonable term for unknown flying things in the sky (coined in 1953), except for the wacky cultural baggage it immediately picked up. Honestly, the term UFO attracts "wacky" like a piece of half-chewed bubble gum dropped in a dog bed attracts hairs.  

Robert Bigelow - Hotelier, sugar-daddy to weirdness, and also space entrepreneur. 

The New York Times story that broke the AATIP program publicly. 

The follow-up story from two of the authors (Kean & Blumenthal)

The incredibly long-running joke Paul Rudd has been doing on the Conan show