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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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    • 4.8 • 142 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.

    Jeff Kripal & The Superhumanities

    Jeff Kripal & The Superhumanities

    Part 2 of a 2-part interview with Dr. Jeff Kripal of Rice University’s Religious Studies dept. He’s the author of several books that cover topics overlapping MonsterTalk’s bailiwick including:
    The Superhumanities
    The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge
    Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion
    The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained (co-authored with Whitley Streiber)
    and
    Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal
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    • 47 min
    Jeff Kripal & The Super Humanities

    Jeff Kripal & The Super Humanities

    Part 1 of a 2-part interview with Dr. Jeff Kripal of Rice University's Religious Studies dept. He's the author of several books that cover topics overlapping MonsterTalk's bailiwick including:
    The Superhumanities
    The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge
    Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion
    The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained (co-authored with Whitley Streiber)
    and
    Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal
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    • 37 min
    Beast Hunter Pat Spain

    Beast Hunter Pat Spain

    Pat Spain joins us to talk about his new book series.  Host of NatGeo's Beast Hunter series, Pat has collected gripping tales of travel, terror, and science into a 6-books series that just hit bookstores. 
    Explicit tag because once again we talk about monster genitalia.

    Pat Spain's BEAST HUNTER on Amazon (affiliate link)
    Pat Spain's new BOOK SERIES (affiliate link)
    First person to survive Rabies (that we know about)
    Update on survivor story (video)
    1955 Rabies Training/Education (disturbing)
    Louis Pasteur and Rabies
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    • 48 min
    Investigating Pop Psychology

    Investigating Pop Psychology

    An interview with Dr. Stephen Hupp, lead editor on the new volume Investigating Pop Psychology: Pseudoscience, Fringe Science, and Controversies co-edited with Dr. Richard Wiseman and featuring contributions from many well known authors including our own Dr. Karen Stollznow. 
    Welcome to 2023 folks!
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    • 43 min
    The Signal-Man

    The Signal-Man

    Apologies for my voice - but despite a nasty cold I've done my best to bring you a spooky Christmas Ghost Story - this time from the mind of Charles Dickens!

    You can read the tale yourself online for free.

    According to the Dickens Museum, this story was likely influenced by an actual train tragedy. You can read a bit about that on Wikipedia in the article about this story.
    From my family and Karen's, we wish you a very happy holiday and a very happy new year! 
    Check out episode #267 for more info on Charles Dickens and his supernatural tales.

    Blake Smith
    Dec 23, 2022
    Kennesaw, GA

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    • 36 min
    The Bloodsucking Catfish - Candiru (Explicit)

    The Bloodsucking Catfish - Candiru (Explicit)

    We're joined by ichthyologist Dr. Nathan K. Lujan to discuss the legendary vampire catfish of the Amazon, the candiru! Explicit Tag on this one for frank talk about vampire fish entering penises.
    Catfish attacks Dr. Lujan's hand for blood meal (not Candiru)
    Candiru: Life and Legend of the Bloodsucking Catfishes by Stephen Spotte (affiliate link)
    Candiru episode clip from River Monsters
    Stephen Fry duped by Candiru legend/joke
    The infamous Venture Bros. Candiru Speech

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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Gary_1969 ,

Monster Talk

I love this show! Blake and Karen are great. An absolute must listen for fans of the weird and wonderful. And puns!

MaryH1nge ,

Can be nice

Yes

Meh Oofy Meh ,

This stuff should be encouraged

This podcast is an amazing work of art and content like this should be encouraged. I really enjoy this! :)

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