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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

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    • 4.6 • 219 Ratings

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

    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 hr 7 min
    S04E05 - Immortal Sharks

    S04E05 - Immortal Sharks

    We're going to need a bigger boat!  Jeb and Blake head to Australia to investigate the idea that Great White sharks are immortal!
    1977 San Diego article about Sea World's shark exhibit
    Article about weird things allegedly found inside sharks.
    Henri Bource - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Bource
    Groo the Wanderer
    NFA - on the beach!

    Sharks are famous for their teeth - and Nimoy's have improved since season one as well.

    Nimoy just walking on the beach manages to attract a diver's audience.

    Diving pioneer and explorer, Hugh Edwards.

    Ray Keys at Sea World has lots of great shark information.

    And don't forget researcher Dr. William Gladstone! (You can find him on twitter at @DrBillGladstone)


    • 1 hr 35 min
    UFO Australia

    UFO Australia

    Jeb and Blake have a look at the Season 4 episode UFO AUSTRALIA which covers the Kaikoura UFO Sighting and the disappearance of Frederich Valentich. 
    Retrospective of the Kaikoura UFO sighting Better version of the video than what is in the episode Westall UFO case (Blake mentioned - but is not in ep) Skeptical Inquirer (McGaha & Nickell) Transcript of the Valentich air traffic discussion Psychic Hippie Lawyer article Nimoy Fashion Alert shot on location at the San Fernando Aerospace Solar Observatory. 

    • 2 hr 4 min
    S04E03 - The Amityville Horror

    S04E03 - The Amityville Horror

    Jeb, Blake and Alex French go in research of The Amityville Horror!
    Typewriters 101 site
    History vs Hollywood: Amityville
    History of the House
    The Warren Omission
    The Calamityville Horror
    The Dictionnaire Infernal
    Nimoy gives us the calm and rational look in the midst of so much weirdness!

    So many faceless re-enactors in this one!

    Horror writer Jay Anson and his trusty typewriter!

    And this episode is quite notable for giving us a look at Father Mancuso from the book. Aka Father Ralph Pecoraro. Aka Father Delaney.  Aka "Jimmy the Shadow" .

    The Lutz couple at the table.

    The two versions of Jodie the Pig:

    And we gotta include the super creepy ISO doll.  Kudos to the prop dept. 


    • 2 hr 33 min
    S04E02 - Carlos, The Most Wanted Man in the World

    S04E02 - Carlos, The Most Wanted Man in the World

    Jeb and Blake look back at the ISO team's coverage of the global manhunt for the terrorist known as "Carlos."

    This episode gets an Explicit tag because of language.
    Nimoy Fashion Alert:

    Dr. Frederick Hacker (Obit) 
    Carlos - aka The Jackal  (Wiki)
    Raid on Entebbe (Wiki)
    Carnaby Street, England (Wiki)
    Friendship University, Russia (Wiki)
    News story about how Carlos got his name
    Nydia Toban (Obit) 
    Carlos's Lawyer/"wife" 

    • 2 hr 13 min
    S04E01 - Tidal Waves

    S04E01 - Tidal Waves

    Additional background material on this episode is available for Patrons.
    Jeb and Blake wade into the first episode of season 4 of In Search Of... to learn a thing or two about tsunamis. (Yes, the producers actually said that they called it "tidal waves" because if they'd used "tsunami" Americans wouldn't have bothered to find out what it was about.  I remember being taught the "new" term during my basic education. -B)

    Lots of good footage, interviews, reenactments, and science in this one!  
    Nimoy Fashion - Henley Shirt (we assume he's wearing pants below the cut?)

    To me, it looked like an AARP-style drug ad.

    The J.K.K. Look Laboratory (in honor of Mr. James K. K. Look - who's death in pursuit of scientific data is honored in the naming)
    There is shockingly little about Mr. Look on the net and he certainly seems like he deserves at least a Wikipedia page.  
    Hokusai's famous "wave" - and yes, he really did pioneer "tentacle porn," but I'm not linking to it - nor judging. 


    This is only a simulation. If this had been an actual podcast, this guy would have tried to sell you some Bombas Socks or a subscription to Wondrium.

    NOAA monitoring lab

    Ed Bernard 

    Steven Froehlich

    • 1 hr 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
219 Ratings

219 Ratings

UpstateInkedLady ,

Worth the wait

IRO isn’t updated as regularly/often as some of my other favorite podcasts, but oh man, is it worth the wait. Jeb and Blake play off each other very well and both are such amazing researchers. If you’re a paranormal nerd or a fan of In Search Of, you need these two geeks and their wonderful podcast in your life.

TrafficGuru270 ,

So awesome!

I’m 50 years old and remember watching this program on A&E and later on The History Channel. I now have it on dvd which is great. This podcast is so entertaining, knowledgeable and informative. I really enjoy the fact that the podcasters take into consideration the fact of when these episodes were filmed and how much has changed in 40-45 years since. Looking forward to season four which is my favorite season of In Search Of…

It's alright; I'm a doctor. ,

Needs audio tweak

The start of each person speaking is often missing the first syllable or word. To fix this, turn off the automatic noise gate.

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