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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.

    Tom Slick: Millionaire Monster Hunter

    Tom Slick: Millionaire Monster Hunter

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    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.) 

    https://amzn.to/3xLZ5ZP

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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
    Piranha!

    Piranha!

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    We're excited to talk with paleontologist Matthew Kolmann about a fish whose legendary ferocity ranks with the shark and the barracuda - the piranha! Are they capable of turning an animal into a skeleton in minutes? No. But they're still wicked cool. And don't worry - we manage to throw in some cryptid stories too!  
    Content Warning: We do talk a bit about testicles being bitten off by fish.
    Teddy Roosevelt's book about his trip to South America, Through the Brazilian Rainforest. Then there's the weird back-story about his seeing a cow eaten by the fish, apparently part of a staged event.
    The legend of the Swedish pacu fish that eats testicles came from a 2013 article that was referencing a less reputable paper that was, in turn, reprinting an urban legend. Pacu don't eat people's testicles, although they do eat nuts.
    The Piranha film series has done little to further our cultural understanding of these fascinating fish.
    I slightly messed up the title of the film about Mokele Mbembe. It's Baby - Secret of the Lost Legend (1985).
    Boto Encantado - the magical shape-changing river dolphin
    Were-Jaguars are quite common in legends of South & Central America. Here's an academic paper on the topic, specifically referencing the shape changing Kanaima.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Yeti Stories You've Never Heard Before - with Eric Mortensen

    Yeti Stories You've Never Heard Before - with Eric Mortensen

    You've probably heard lots of yeti stories but often the ones that make it through the filter of newspapers, documentaries, and books shave off the weirdest (and sometimes most important) aspects of these tales. Can you really understand the Yeti if you don't even get the full story? We're joined by Eric Mortensen who relates some stories he's collected first-hand in his research and they will likely surprise you. From invisible cities to magic armpit stones, this isn't the yeti from MonsterQuest. 

    I wasn't sure how to write out some of the names Eric uses and here's some guidance he sent:
    "The creature's name, in Tibetan, is: nags myi rgod (Chinese: yeren). The local pronunciation (in Gyalthang) is close to: na nay gö. I hesitate to offer an "English" rendering (other than, perhaps, "wild people"), but if one had to phoneticize it, it might be something akin to: na-nay-gu (na nay gö is better). It is the same thing some folks render as: migö."
    and as for the Flying Yeti?
    Something like "Shershang dudu."

    Read more about Eric's work (and there's even a chapter by me!) in this volume:

    Eric D. Mortensen. "Of Monsters and Invisible Villages: Nags myi rgod Tales of the Tibetans of Gyalthang," in Natasha L. Mikles & Joseph P. Laycock, eds. Religion, Culture, and the Monstrous: Of Gods and Monsters. New York: Lexington Books. 2021. pp. 97-115.
    Loxton and Prothero's Abominable Science warrants another mention!
    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer  
    The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas (1957) 

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Intimate Alien with David Halperin

    Intimate Alien with David Halperin

    UFOs don't seem to be real - yet they're observed and experienced and have become integrated into cultures around the world. Author David Halperin's book Intimate Alien gives a deep and thoughtful survey of this weird topic and integrates it with biographical elements to tell a story of meaning and mystery.

    Links for further reading:
    David's website: http://www.davidhalperin.net/
    David's Book (Publisher site)
    David's Book - Amazon Affiliate Link


    Additional Links:
    The Shaver Mysteries (From the MT Archives Part 1, Part 2)
    The Men In Black
    Betty & Barney Hill
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

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.

Maajic ,

Fun Show

Interesting topics with great guests. Learn about Monsters and skepticism.

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