Each week, Ellie and Jesse explore the supernatural and paranormal through interviews and personal experiences. Together, we invite listeners to join us on an adventure into the unknown.
Episode 32: The One about the Portal in the Pentagon (Part 2)
The much anticipated second part of our episode about the portal in the Pentagon is here! If you listened to episode one and were just as intrigued about the intersections about the end of the world, aliens, demons, and the US government--then part two is definitely for you! We do a deep dive into this particularly intense conspiracy theory to talk about the ways in which these very separate beliefs can all intersect.
Episode 31: The One about the Portal in the Pentagon (pt 1)
If you've ever wondered about the connection between UFOs, demons, the government, and witchcraft--have we got the episode for you. This week, we bring you part one of a two part episode, where Ellie and Jesse take a look at a portal that the US government opened up inside the Pentagon.
Episode 30: The One about Krampus
Alright, alright, we know you've been curious how we at Encounters were going to spook up your Christmas--well, with Krampus of course. We're pushing this episode out a little early in celebration of Bloomington's own Krampus parade (https://www.facebook.com/BloomingtonKrampus/). I mean, how often do you get to talk about Saint Nick's companions? Especially ones with cloven hooves and a pension for whipping children?
Episode 29: The One about the Mothman Festival
We recommend listening to Episode 28 before this one! Last episode, we had a series of unexplainable sounds on our audio. We think it's the result of recording in the doll room at our department--which is just as spooky as it sounds. We decided to re-record the second half of that episode so you all could actually hear us talk about one of our favorite December events--the Mothman Festival! We use this episode to think about the role of festival, commodification, and place-making.
The Spooky One about Cryptid Con
Well, after technical snafus galore, we bring you this week's episode(s) [we're actually posting two!]. This first episode is the original recording of the our coverage regarding the Cryptid Convention in Frankfort, KY. We originally recorded the second half of this episode about the Mothman Festival, too, BUT when we went to go upload the episode the sound was super messed up. Our sound producer, Ben, noticed all these horrible popping and clicking noises. The sound, too, was cutting in and out for no discernible reason. We think the issue may be that we recorded the episode in the Folklore & Ethnomusicology Department's doll room (which is a horrible thing that exists). We decided to go ahead and upload this episode (pops, clicks, and noise reduction included!) so that all you spooky people can enjoy the weirdness.
Episode 27: The Live One at ISCLR (Part 2)
PART TWO of our two part episode featuring a live storytelling session at the International Contemporary Legend Research Society. If you love live storytelling sessions, than this is the one for you. Most of the stories in this part of the session are centered around the Old Hag or the Mare--so listen to episode 26 for context first! This is from our first EVER live episode, so go easy on us!
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Boy, am I late to this party...
It was Ellie’s appearance on Small Town Monster’s On the Trail of UFOs that led me to the podcast. The rapport between Ellie and Jesse is terrific and it helps give the podcast a friendly and homey feel. It’s a shame that there are only thirty two episodes, but all of them are terrific and worth a listen.
Wish there were more!
While yes, it’s def an amateur production, but I loved every ep! I’m so much more interested in folklore after listening. I loved the academic approach and explanation mixed with personal accounts and feelings. Come back!!
Mothman, Portals, and Jeremy... Oh my!
My favorite part about this podcast is Ellie and Jesse's dedication to the legends and tales they explore. Unlike other podcasts about the supernatural, Ellie and Jesse are not committed to debunking these belief systems. Rather, they present each belief with respect, analyze the narratives in depth, and let the listener decide whether or not to adopt that particular narrative into their own belief system. I would DEFINITELY give this podcast a try if you haven't already.