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The Micah Hanks Program is a weekly podcast that covers science and the mysteries of our universe. Taking a critically-minded approach to the study of our world, each week Micah presents commentary and discussions with guests on subjects that include mysteries of physics and astronomy, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), UFOs, myths and folklore, archaeology and ancient mysteries, artificial intelligence, futurism, cryptozoology, science fiction, and entertainment. Each week we journey to the boundaries of human knowledge, in search of the most unusual things our world has to offer.

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The Micah Hanks Program is a weekly podcast that covers science and the mysteries of our universe. Taking a critically-minded approach to the study of our world, each week Micah presents commentary and discussions with guests on subjects that include mysteries of physics and astronomy, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), UFOs, myths and folklore, archaeology and ancient mysteries, artificial intelligence, futurism, cryptozoology, science fiction, and entertainment. Each week we journey to the boundaries of human knowledge, in search of the most unusual things our world has to offer.

    Disintegration: The Cuban Jet UFO Incident

    Disintegration: The Cuban Jet UFO Incident

    In March 1967, Spanish-speaking intercept operators with the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Homestead AFB south of Miami, Florida, supposedly overheard Cuban transmissions involving a pair of MiG-21 jet fighters that were scrambled to investigate a mysterious intruder, resembling a large, metallic sphere with no wings or any sign of a propulsion system.
    What happened next has become a legend in modern UFO lore... and one researcher's attempts to confirm details about the so-called Cuban jet UFO incident even resulted in a visit from two men in black suits. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we examine the infamous case, and why the story led to a multi-agency investigation of the UFO researchers who became involved. 
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    NEWS: Analysis of citizen scientist's observations in 2015 reveals atmospheric phenomena  Wow! Giant bacterium is largest ever discovered  Archaeologists detect hominin use of fire a million years ago in Israel Scientists apply genetic methods to linguistics to track human migration  Can we think without using language? THE CUBAN JET INCIDENT: Greenwood and Fawcett’s account of the 1967 Cuban Jet Incident NSA Documents Reveal NSA Snooping at MUFON Symposium: Jack Brewer’s The UFO Trail When The FBI Comes Knocking, Part One: The Cuban Jet UFO Incident When the FBI Comes Knocking, Part Two: Fear, Feds, and Phone Taps Have UFOs Ever Attacked Terrestrial Aircraft?   BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Flying Saucers in '47: 75 Years of the UFO Mystery

    Flying Saucers in '47: 75 Years of the UFO Mystery

    On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying over Mount Rainier Washington when he observed a group of unusual flying objects that he could not identify. Sharing news of his sighting when he landed shortly afterward, Arnold's account soon made it into American newspapers, and even came to the attention of the United States government. In short, the era of the "Flying Saucer" had begun, giving rise to one of the most controverisal topics in recent history: unidentified flying objects. 
    This week on The Micah Hanks Program, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Arnold's sighting, we are joined by author and historian Charles Lear, whose new book, The Flying Saucer Investigators, chronicles the history of the researchers who went in search of answers to this enduring mystery of the space age. 
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    NEWS: Dmitry Rogozin: Aliens Could Have Visited Earth, Russia Investigating UFOs  Researchers Are Figuring Out Why Some People Can 'Hear' Voices of The Dead I-Team: UFO scientist speaks publicly for the first time on decades of work Summer of the Saucers - Bryce Zabel, "Trail of the Saucers"    CHARLES LEAR: The Flying Saucer Investigators by Charles Lear BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Unclear Intent: Analyzing UAP Behavior and Intention

    Unclear Intent: Analyzing UAP Behavior and Intention

    Widespread interest in unidentified aerial phenomena, as well as their possible nature and origins, has surged since 2017. World governments, scientists, and civilian organizations have all begun to weigh in on the matter, with the latest effort being announced by NASA, which plans to conduct its own study of the phenomena beginning in late 2022. 
    However, with the question over UAP and their origins also comes the question of intent: if some of these UAP are intelligently-controlled, technological devices, then what is their purpose, and what are the motives and intention of their operators? This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we explore these questions and analyze what UAP behavior in some of history's most well-documented cases might convey about their possible intent. 
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    NEWS: Asteroid Ryugu contains material older than the planets, among the most primitive ever studied Gaia probe reveals stellar DNA and unexpected 'starquakes' Mysterious, ghost-like black hole may have been discovered by UC Berkeley researchers   Repeating fast radio bursts from space are mysterious. This one is even weirder
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Path of the Skinwalker: Mysteries of the Uintah Basin

    Path of the Skinwalker: Mysteries of the Uintah Basin

    The Uintah Basin is one of Utah's most diversely scenic regions. Nestled in the northeastern corner of the state, it is also the location of one of the most infamous alleged hotspots for UFO sightings, cattle mutilations, and other unexplained phenomena in the world: Skinwalker Ranch. 
    This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look at the history of the Uintah Basin dating back to prehistoric times, and survey the myth and mystery that support one of the modern hubs for the strange and unsettling. Why do locations like Skinwalker Ranch seem to be an "attractor" for the UFO mystery, and what can be learned from studying them there? 
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    NEWS: How a lost 3-year-old boy survived two days alone in rural Montana Gold and silver coins mark Roswell's 75th anniversary Scientists are studying whether Cold War-era photos of the night sky contain clues of alien life  NASA confirms it will join US govt's team to search for UFOs: Report - World News  It is now irresponsible not to talk about UFOs | The Hill  PATH OF THE SKINWALKER: How Skinwalker Ranch Became a Hotbed of Paranormal Activity The Utah UFO Display- Frank B. Salisbury and Junior Hicks  Ranch still studying cattle mutilations, unexplained sightings BFRO 12289: Possible early morning vocalizations in the Uinta mountains.  BFRO Report 10123: Night time road crossing northwest of Vernal, Utah. BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    High Strangeness: UFOs Over the Keystone State

    High Strangeness: UFOs Over the Keystone State

    Since the late 1940s, sightings of unidentified flying objects have made headlines across America and other parts of the world. While a seemingly global phenomenon, the collection of data on the UFO subject has benefited greatly from serious investigators who have narrowed the focus of their efforts to specific regions or areas of study. 
    Pennsylvania's Stan Gordon is perhaps one of the best-known examples of the regional UFO researcher extraordinaire. He has chronicled sightings of UFOs, and occasional cases involving "high strangeness" in his home state for more than six decades, and joins us this week to discuss his work on The Micah Hanks Program. 
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    NEWS: NASA's Voyager 1 Space Probe From the '70s Troubled by Mysterious Glitch Mysterious Hominin Left its Mark With 3.66-Million-Year-Old Footprint What the UFO Discussion Really Needs  STAN GORDON: UFO Observed and Photographed Over the Chestnut Ridge in Pennsylvania-May 14, 2022 The Government Needs To Be More Forthcoming About The Ongoing UFO Mystery: UFO Sightings Reported Yearly in Pennsylvania – Stan Gordon's UFO Anomalies Zone UFO Sightings Reported in Cambria And Allegheny Counties In Pennsylvania. Other UFO Incidents Continue As Well In The Keystone State. – Stan Gordon's UFO Anomalies Zone UFO Sightings In Pennsylvania On The Rise Since the Fall of 2021 and Continuing into 2022 – Stan Gordon's UFO Anomalies Zone 2021- Another Active Year for UFO sightings, Bigfoot, and Cryptid Encounters in Pennsylvania From: Researcher Stan Gordon – Stan Gordon's UFO Anomalies Zone BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Congressional Hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

    The Congressional Hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

    In recent days, a historic Congressional hearing was held before the House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee. The topic of interest: unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), and the Pentagon’s Airborne Object Identification Management and Synchronization Group (AOIMSG).
    "UAPs are unexplained. It’s true, but they are real," said Representative Andre Carson during the recent House Panel hearing. "They need to be investigated and many threats they pose need to be mitigated." Featuring testimony from Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security Ronald S. Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott W. Bray, the hearings have become one of the most talked-about developments in the recent debate over UAP, as well as the broader history of the UFO phenomenon. This week, we take a look at the hearings, and the wide range of responses to them on The Micah Hanks Program. 
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    THE HEARING: House Intelligence committee holds hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena RESPONSES: Statement from Senator Gillibrand’s Office NYT: At House Hearing, Videos of Unexplained Aerial Sightings and a Push for Answers WASH PO: Dana Milbank at the WashPo: “Good luck” POLITICO: 'A glowing red orb': Wild UFO theories move from the shadows to Congress THE HILL: UFO hearing: Pushing the frontiers of science with government data NBC NEWS: Congress is finally paying attention to UFOs. But it's still missing the point. BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS.
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    • 1 hr 31 min

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