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The show where we watch the 1970s TV show "In Search Of..." and look at possible explanations the producers didn't consider.

In Research Of William Blake Smith

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

The show where we watch the 1970s TV show "In Search Of..." and look at possible explanations the producers didn't consider.

    S04E10 - Pompeii (Explicit)

    S04E10 - Pompeii (Explicit)

    Jeb and Blake join Leonard Nimoy's search for Pompeii!  (Well - is it really about finding Pompeii?  Or is it about finding a possibly Christian cross in Pompeii?  Tune in and find out!)
    Depictions of the crucifixion in Medieval Art
    People debating the cross at Pompeii
    Christian graffiti at Pompeii
    House of the Faun - Pompeii
    About that "lost Legion" thing
    Discovery and rediscovery of Pompeii
    Giuseppe Fiorelli 
    Terentius Neo
    Villa of Mysteries
    Dinosyian Mysteries
    Greco-Roman Mysteries
    Nimoy Fashion Alert!

    Hey - it's NOT a Jumpsuit.

    We complain but there really is WAY too much red-shift in the majority of this episode:

    You need pumice? WE GOT BUCKETS OF PUMICE!


    • 2 hrs 14 min
    S04E09 - The Abominable Snowman

    S04E09 - The Abominable Snowman

    Jeb and Blake track the last cryptozoology episode of the original In Search Of… as we join the late Peter C. Byrne in a search for "The Abominable Snowman."
    Imagining the Wild Man: Yeti Sightings in Folktales and Newspapers of the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills
    More on Tom Slick - MonsterTalk
    Monty Python "abattoir" sketch
    Searching for Sasquatch (affiliate link)
    Article about Byrne still "hunting" in his 90s.
    The Eternal Return
    Bigfoot Map
    Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds (YouTube)
    Horror in the Heights - Kolchak Episode with Rakshasha
    NFA - "Proof of Life" 

    Crevasse photo we mention from the episode.

    • 2 hrs 19 min
    S04E08 - Mexican Pyramids

    S04E08 - Mexican Pyramids

    Jeb is right at home as we go In Search Of... Mexican Pyramids!

    Links from research
    Sacrifice City
    Great Pyramid of Cholula
    Templo Mayor
    Ruz' Palenque Dissertation
    The Christmas Robbery of the Century
    Secrets of the Maya Temple (1958)
    Museo (2018) movie about the robbery - affiliate link
    Mystery of the Meridas Ciudad Maya nightclub
    Music/Art film tied to the nightclub site
    Operation PBSuccess - CIA and Guatemala 
    Mystery film we think MAY have sourced part of this episode.
    Director Jean Chartier 
    Pyramid Comparison visual tool (wikipedia)
    Nimoy Fashion Alert!  Jungle Cotton Blend edition:

    There are actually subtle stripes on that shirt!

    This episode has some amazing models - so cool:

    And - of course - it wouldn't be ISO without some reenactments...


    • 2 hrs 31 min
    Bonus: Joe Nickell on The Shroud of Turin

    Bonus: Joe Nickell on The Shroud of Turin

    Dr. Joe Nickell recalls his experiences working on the Season 4 episode of In Search Of… dealing with The Shroud of Turin.

    note: This interview will be cross-posted to MonsterTalk. The interview contents will be identical, but the framing intro/outro will be unique to the respective shows. 
    In Research Of… (Patreon)
    In Research Of (free feed)
    In Search Of… The Shroud of Turin (YouTube)
    Joe Nickell covered by The Daily Mail
    That's Incredible! segment on THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. (YouTube)
    Joe Nickell's website
    Joe's Amazon Author's Page (affiliate link)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    S04E07 - The Shroud of Turin

    S04E07 - The Shroud of Turin

    Jeb and Blake unwrap the mystery of the shroud of Turin! (Which might, it turns out, be neither a shroud, nor from Turin - talk amongst yourselves!)

    Link to ISO on YouTube: While it lasts!
    The bucket brigade saves the shroud in re-creation...

    NFA - A return to "the Night Gallery?"

    Young Joe Nickell at work in Alan Landsburg's NYC apartment:

    The Rev. Francis Filas (1931 - 1985 - NYT OBIT)

    Prescriptive Linguistics
    Descriptive Linguistics
    Overview of use of Christ in Medieval Art
    Secondo Pia, photographer who discovered the "negative effect" on Shroud.
    (also, dead ringer for Seth Myers)
    Just saying...

    Modern research suggests "blood on shroud" was applied artistically, not organically.
    More on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry 
    Dr. Harry Gove (Obit)

    The Shroud of Turin Research Project 
    Recent book that confirms Nickell's findings 

    • 2 hrs 50 min
    S04E06 - The Lost Colony of Roanoke

    S04E06 - The Lost Colony of Roanoke

    S04E06 - The Lost Colony of Roanoke

    The ISO team take us back to Colonial Virginia to investigate the cold-case of the lost colony of Roanoke. Jeb and Blake learn about armadas, plays, and rock diaries.
    Beach Action Nimoy Fashion Alert!

    The Money Shot...

    Blake thinks the ISO actor is giving off Keenan Wynn vibes.
    And we've already discussed the ties between Rod Serling, Leonard Nimoy, Night Gallery, and more, so the visual similarities to this scene and Planet of the Apes might not be 100% coincidence.

    The famous "Dare Stones" preserved with all the decor and pomp appropriate their historical significance:

    Links for this episode:
    History Channel's reboot of ISO covered this.
    Play Sid Meiers Colonization 
    Book by David Stick on topic
    Park Ranger Phil Evans  
    The full text of the Dare Stones 

    • 2 hrs 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

WhatDoYouMeanThisNamesTaken??? ,

One of the best of any genre out there

Whether or not you like your weird stuff, the content, insight and conversation are first class. A strong scientific narrative runs throughout, alongside some seriously quick punage, which means the shows have a value as educational episodes not just kitsch 70s nostalgia. I strongly recommend.

Gary_1969 ,

In Research of: Martians

I’ve listened to and enjoyed Monster Talk for a couple of years now and this new series is of the same high standard. Highly entertaining as well as educational. I don’t think the original In Search of series was shown in the UK, which is a pity, as I’m sure my 7-yr-old self would have been glued to every episode. I recall the legendary Sir David Attenborough did some tv shows about mysterious beasts - which may have included Sasquatch - and we also had Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World. I think it was those shows, plus the Six-Million-Dollar Man’s encounter with Bigfoot, which sparked my lifelong and wholly sceptical fascination with the world of the weird. If you like those things then you’ll love Blake and Jeb’s latest offering. Keep up the good work fellas.

Fusilier21 ,


Not sure we ever got to see "In Search Of" in the UK, so I've been catching up on Youtube. Excellent podcast which provides a critical take on some of the programme's more outlandish claims. It also provides a clear warning of the dangers of 1970s clothing and facial hairstyles.

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