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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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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.

    The Winchester Mystery House

    The Winchester Mystery House

    258 - The Winchester Mystery House
    258_Monstertalk_Patreon.mp3
    Karen and Blake are joined by Matthew Baxter to tell the true story of Sara Winchester and the sprawling mansion in San Jose. Legend says the estate was built to appease the spirits of the victims of the Winchester repeating rifle. But was it? No - but the story behind the story is fascinating. 
    Location: 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128
    Want to visit it? Tickets here - but get your facts elsewhere.
    Karen's book Haunting America 
    1948 was the 75th anniversary of the Winchester 73 repeating rifle.
    Captive of the Labyrinth - a biography of Sarah Winchester

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The First Ghosts

    The First Ghosts

    We are joined by the incomparable Dr. Irving Finkel to discuss the oldest recorded stories of ghosts in human history. 
    Pliny the Younger - Wikipedia 
    The tale of Athenodorus and the chained ghost
    How to write cuneiform (video with Dr. Finkel)
    By Dr. Irving Finkel:
    The First Ghosts
    The Ark Before Noah
    Dr. Finkel teaches how to play The Royal Game of Ur (youtube)
    PDF of UR rules
    A replica of the game of Ur 
    A quite expensive version of the game of Ur from the British Museum
    Can’t get enough of monsters?
    If you’ve enjoyed this episode and want to listen to more from MonsterTalk, click here!
    Want to talk about a monster we haven’t talked about before? Send us an email!

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    Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | TuneIn

    Follow MonsterTalk on Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Monsters of Wales

    Monsters of Wales

    Coll "C.C.J." Ellis joins us to talk about the monsters and folklore of Wales. Their book Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts will be out soon and is available for pre-order.
    Wales is on the western side of the island of Great Britain, and part of the United Kingdom. Despite its size, it survives on a diet mostly composed of krill. 
     
    Monsters in the book are varied, but include:
    Dragons, beasts, the fair folk, and spirits. There are many stories, and many gorgeous illustrations. 
    I didn't want to reproduce the book illustrations here, but you can find them on Coll's website by clicking here. 

    And if you came here looking for Cog-Mech-Cog... here ya go! (click to see it)
    (illustration by WilliamRLiberto via Fiverr)
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    • 57 min
    Tom Slick: Millionaire Monster Hunter

    Tom Slick: Millionaire Monster Hunter

    Brought to you by DRAGON BALL Z: KAKAROT!
    A look at the fascinating and adventurous life of millionaire Tom Slick. Inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, science enthusiast, paranormal investigator, and - of course - monster hunter!


    Southwest Research Institute (1947) - independent and nonprofit applied research and development (R&D) organization.


    Institute of Inventive Research (defunct) - an applied science and innovation incubator (in a barn at ESSAR) - closed in 57 -


    Mind Science Institute - (1957) research facility to conduct consciousness studies 


    Texas Biomedical Research Institute started in 41 - became current name in 52 - largest privately own bio-agents research facility, largest cluster of statistical gene research computing


    The Argyle Club - run by Tom's sister - was used as a fundraising mechanism for the science institutes including promoting the relatively new idea of memorializing donations instead of sending flows. (Now quite common, but new at the time) … as they say now "in lieu of flowers please donate…"


    Slick Airways - one of the first cargo transport companies, competed with other early companies and picked up a lot of gov't contracts including some OSS (now CIA) missions

    Pioneer in developing the Brangus breed of cattle which combined Indian Brahma and Scott Angus breeds for heartier, tastier, heat-resistant breed


    Books used in the research of this episode (Amazon Links)
    In Search of Tom Slick - new edition of Catherine Nixon Cooke's book
    Searching for Sasquatch - by Brian Regal
    Abominable Science - by Loxton & Prothero
    Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology  - by Loren Coleman

    The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas  (1957) Hammer Film
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Introducing The Cryptid Club

    Introducing The Cryptid Club

    Mike Brumm (author) and Jeff Mack (illustrator) bring young readers a new series about an intrepid gang of kid investigators dealing with the remarkably bizarre appearance of cryptids in their world.  Book one of the new series is subtitled Bigfoot Takes the Field and I'm joined by author Mike Brumm to discuss the book and its origin. 

    This is not some dry academic book about debunking bigfoot, nor is it a breathless account of hunting monsters.  Instead it's a delightful and silly fantasy world where smarts and chutzpah solves a mystery, and saves the day. 

    Check it out!  (This is not a paid advert for the book - but if you use the Amazon link our show does get a tiny bit of the sale.) 

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    • 19 min
    Introducing WIld Thing Season 3 with Laura Krantz

    Introducing WIld Thing Season 3 with Laura Krantz

    A conversation with Laura Krantz about season 3 of her show Wild Thing. It's not monsters, but it's science, history, and the topic has a ton of overlap with Blake's personal life history.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Er!c279 ,

Fun and informative

Karen and Blake have created a really great podcast. They provide a lot of skeptical information on a lot of paranormal topics in a fun way without bashing believers. The guests are often authors and researchers who bring expertise to the conversation. Oh and the puns are ever present.

Hoist Petard ,

Scary and Funny

Karen and Blake are the two best friends you would take with you to explore a haunted house.

ChemGuy42 ,

A Great blend of science and folklore.

Blake and Karen aren't out to debunk monsters. They explain how the folklore started and how it evolves. I especially enjoy the episodes when they have guests whether the guest specializes in one of the many fields of science that explains the natural world, folklorists who expain the monsters, or even the ocassional true believer. Their general enthusiasm makes for great listening.

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