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.
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