27 episodes

Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball unravels history's most famous cases of extraterrestrial encounters. In season two, we explore how folklore, media representation and institutional propaganda have shaped our understanding of UFOs, beginning with the Rendlesham Forest incident, a case known as Britain’s Roswell.

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Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball unravels history's most famous cases of extraterrestrial encounters. In season two, we explore how folklore, media representation and institutional propaganda have shaped our understanding of UFOs, beginning with the Rendlesham Forest incident, a case known as Britain’s Roswell.

    Quicksand

    Quicksand

    J. Allen Hynek joins the Air Force’s UFO investigation effort in its earliest stages. He finds most cases easy to explain, but become increasingly troubled by the ones that he can’t. During the Spring of 1966 in Michigan a series of UFO sightings, including by police and almost 100 students at a local college, seems to have the potential to spark the mass panic that the Robertson Panel feared.
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    • 28 min
    Seagulls

    Seagulls

    In 1964, a patrolman on a desert stretch of highway hears an explosion. Investigating, he sees two beings standing outside an egg-shaped vehicle. As he watches in terror, the vehicle takes off with a great noise and recedes across the landscape. To find answers, the Air Force sends Project Blue Book personnel to determine what has happened. With them is consultant J. Allen Hynek, who becomes a key figure in the development of how we view UFOs.
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    • 46 min
    Eyes of Your Eyes

    Eyes of Your Eyes

    The three main witnesses to the Rendlesham Forest encounters agree about the basic events that happened over the three nights. But there are parts where they don’t agree, and that's where things get even stranger. And what, exactly, did they encounter during those 72 hours? They don’t agree on that, either.
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    • 50 min
    The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    The British tabloids get wind of the Rendlesham encounter and it becomes public in 1983. The news prompts a closer look at the Rendlesham narratives, and researchers put forward alternative explanations that don’t involve unknown craft entering the air space above RAF Bentwaters. Twenty years after the encounter, the UK Ministry of Defense releases its Rendlesham file. What’s inside is not what researchers were expecting.
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    • 42 min
    This is Unreal

    This is Unreal

    Two nights after the first encounter, strange lights are once again seen above RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. The US Air Force dispatches a group into Rendlesham Forest to investigate. The leader of the group makes an audio recording of the hours-long incident that follows, involving multiple unidentified lights that seem to invade the airspace above facilities where nuclear weapons are stored.
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    • 32 min
    Boxing Day, 1980

    Boxing Day, 1980

    On Christmas night, 1980, a light is observed descending into a forest just outside RAF Bentwaters, a British military air base on the eastern coast of England. Three American servicemen leave the base and follow the light into Rendlesham Forest. What they see marks the beginning of a three-night incident known as Britain’s Roswell.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
670 Ratings

670 Ratings

cat kid38528 ,

Young and new

After following these topics for dozens of years, I very much appreciate the fresh approach to these stories. I really enjoyed the inclusion of historical context and multiple sources within one story. In the episode “eyes f your eyes” a point was made that the question of why the “code within a code” was given rather than a blatantly obvious explanation of info. I intuitively heard this from my mother/teacher’s ears and heard myself in the rationale. If one gives the info simply in an fully translated form then you can not be sure that the information will be perceived through the lense it needs to be viewed through for full (Er) comprehension. If the person given the info can then extrapolate the next steps then it shows a deeper understanding and readiness to move on to the next steps. This may be why the binary code was given as it was... Give this team time and they will be on the cutting edge of discussing the genre and these topics for the next generation as well as giving the old views a fresh vantage point.
Keep up the great work. I’ll keep recommending.

Bobsacamano1738 ,

Desperate to debunk

Can’t believe they dragged bud Hopkins, he was very careful to not influence people’s memories. This podcast seems to have been written by someone who definitely got fingered by aliens, with how desperate they are to discredit anyone who studies the phenomena. Also the host is incredibly monotone and it was hard to listen to.

livingfree603 ,

Great show!

Definitely worth the listen. The only change I would make would be to drop all the episodes at once. This show definitely lends itself to that delivery method.

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