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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.

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    • 4.7 • 122 Ratings

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.

    Scary Query: Cassowary

    Scary Query: Cassowary

    The US Library of Congress says the Cassowary is the world's "Most Dangerous Bird!?" But is it? We talked with biologist Steven Portugal to find out.
    Steven Portugal's search for the Cassowary trip
    Cassowary (Wiki)
    Darren Naish on the 2023 Cassowary Florida Relocation Event
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    • 50 min
    Werewolf Research V

    Werewolf Research V

    Blake and Karen discuss some recent werewolf projects, and what to do with all this research material accrued since this project started in 2011. 

    Wolf-related MonsterTalk (previous episodes) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4



    Jay Smith’s historical research on hyenas and French wolf attacks. (Behind a paywall, but you may be able to get free access at your local public or university libraries. Be sure and check with a librarian.)


    Scott Lilienfeld (et al) book on Psychology Myths mentioned regarding full moon

    The Werewolf of Livonia

    Blake's Werewolf Bibliography


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    • 37 min
    Remembering Ray Garton

    Remembering Ray Garton

    Friend of the show Ray Garton, author of many horror books including In a Dark Place, passed away April 21, 2024 of lung cancer.
    This show is largely a rebroadcast of episode #039 from 2011.
    Ray was one of the first and most prominent people who worked with Ed and Lorraine Warren who then went on to call them out for their duplicity. He wouldn't be the only one either, as we covered in The Warren Omission a few years later.
    Content Warning: Many of the alleged events that Ray wrote about for the Warrens involved sexual and physical trauma, and this episode needs the explicit tag due to discussion of that content.
    Ray Garton's Amazon Author page (affiliate link)
    Ray's Obituary
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    • 55 min
    Ghostwatch

    Ghostwatch

    We take a look at the 1992 BBC Halloween tv special, Ghostwatch.
    Ghostwatch (streaming Affiliate Link)
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    • 38 min
    British Lions and Tasmanian Tigers

    British Lions and Tasmanian Tigers

    This week we take a look at some recent news stories that fall within our bailiwick. We've got big cats, big-not-really-cats, and some UFO data to discuss. (with Matt Baxter.)
    Note - check out the articles for images of the "Thylacine", especially the Reddit thread and Galante's video.
    Tasmanian Tiger:
    Forrest Galante's YT Video
    Coverage in Newsweek
    Reddit readers have a go at the photos
    Alien Big Cat in UK
    BBC says DNA confirms big cat in UK
    Local news coverage
    2023 article with similar findings
    UFO Hotspot Analysis
    Axios story about the analysis
    NUFORC's website
    Data Analyst considers this data
    Cool - NUFORC uses an old missile silo as HQ??
    About NUFORC (Wiki)
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    • 37 min
    Behind The Science of Monsters

    Behind The Science of Monsters

    This week we're going to take a quick peek behind the curtains as to how THE SCIENCE OF MONSTERS came to be published by MonsterHouse, and what you can find inside. Sales of the book directly help the show, and all of that is explained during our MonsterTalking.
    The Science of Monsters - paperback & kindle
    The many lives of Joe Nickell
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

Mikecules ,

Excellent coverage of the paranormal topic

They do a great job of approaching content with a critical lens. Unlike many “stereotypical” skeptics you can tell that these folks have a general love of this vast topic and as most true skeptics would love to eventually find game changing incontrovertible evidence of the paranormal. Highly recommended!

Green Shirt ,

Really enjoyable podcast

Great mix of facts and fantasy. I eagerly await each new episode.

Ryan Salmon ,

Fantastic

Thank you for this Podcast
I love that you break down
Fantasy and explain the science of it I particularly love the episode on Giants

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