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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 22, 2020

We welcome Dr. James Mueller, associate dean of Journalism at the University of North Texas.  

He's the author of three books (with a fourth on the way) and they are: 

Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud: Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn

Tag Teaming the Press 

Towel Snapping the Press.

He's also a member of the American Journalism Historians Association, and he joins us to talk about the history of newspapers and journalism and how to contextualize weird stories in the news.

Discussed in this episode:

Newspaper Rock - Petroglyph news

New York Sun - Great Moon Hoax

Gilbert Gottfried Incident after 9/11.  (His take on it.)

Jacko the Canadian "Gorilla" hoax

Tombstone "Thunderbird" hoax

The Great Airship Mystery (wiki, book by Dan Cohen)

Historically Black Newspapers archived (Blog-post

Stanley &  Livingston story 

History of photos being used in newspapers (1870s - 1880s)

Saudi involvement in the Sudan civil war (mentioned during the interview) However, Dr. Mueller corrected this via email and said he meant to say YEMEN not SUDAN.