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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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Christmas Special 2019 Dec. 24, 2019
The Night Wire
Joe Nickell takes on Three Historic Sea Monster Cases
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#203 - Will O' The Wisp Nov. 15, 2019
Ghost Lights, Ball Lightning, and Other Glowing Oddities
Monstrous: The Lore, Gore and Science Behind Your Favorite Monsters
#201 - Serial Killers Oct. 23, 2019
Listener Discretion Advised
Check out the kick-off to Monster House's new show: In reSearch Of...
200 - In Search Of... Oct. 5, 2019
A nostalgic look back at the influential mystery-themed TV show
Is the Ouija Board a tool for talking to the dead? Or is it just a game from Hasbro? We dig into the history of Talking Boards with Robert ! LINKS: The (Est. 2013)
#198 - The Grotesque 10 Sept. 1, 2019
In a follow-up to our episode on Gargoyles, photographer and author Mathew M. Duman has produced a new book visiting ten American campuses with gothic architectural and artistic features to document them for your edification and delight. Check out his...
The Frighteners Aug. 11, 2019
A chat with author Peter Laws
What Makes US Tick Aug. 9, 2019
There are a lot of weird Tick stories in the news lately. From stories of in North Carolina, to and as delivery vehicles for disease, it seems everybody's trying to latch onto tick and tick-borne disease stories. Acarologist ...
If you thought Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter was fun - wait till you hear the shocking true story of Thomas Jefferson, Monster Hunter! We're joined by Justin Mullis who presented his paper on Jefferson's work in Cryptozoology at the ...
We've officially hit a decade of MonsterTalk. In this episode we get "old school" and talk about the legendary , and how cryptozoologists have tried to explain the folklore of this massive South American animal by claiming it to be a kind of Bigfoot...
In part two of our Shaver Mystery coverage, we look at the influence of Ray Palmer and Richard Shaver on Science Fiction, UFOlogy, and the cultural fringe. (Part two of our Shaver Mystery coverage featuring Drs. and ).
In this episode of MonsterTalk, we get a brief overview of the history of Hollow Earth theories and start our deep dive into the topic of The Shaver Mystery with repeat guests and . Weird-Science, lost civilizations, UFOs, and Nazis — this story...
The Zana Problem May 28, 2019
MonsterTalk revisits the story of Zana, the alleged Almasti wild woman of Abkhazia who was the subject of Bryan Sykes DNA research in his book . A legendary forest spirit of the Balkans may have some relevance to the story of Zana and her descendants.
Dragons May 27, 2019
Where do Dragons come from — and why do so many cultures have them? Learn about the origins of Dragon legends with Eric Mortensen of Guilford College. Our conversation also touches on Fairies and Yeti — and we will doubtless be revisiting both...
An interview with White House historian Lindsay Chervinsky (of the ) about the ghostly legends of the White House.