May 022016
 

I recently got an e-mail from a person who read an article I wrote about crop circles and asked if I though they might be caused by vibrational frequencies such as those seen in a Youtube video. You can read my reply HERE.

 

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Apr 252016
 

I was recently a guest on the Atheist Nomads show, episode 141, in which I discussed lots of things, from my chupacabra research to Mormons to Scientology. You can listen HERE.

 

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Apr 232016
 

My book Mysterious New Mexico that was featured on the front page of Wikipedia for 12 hours last week received 1,950 page views. Most of those views were not from the skeptic community, so great outreach!

 

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Apr 202016
 

Join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of “unexplained mysteries” such as ghosts, Bigfoot, crop circles, and psychic powers. What does science say about the evidence for these topics? What is the nature of the “unexplained”? Many Americans believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof. Yet the issue is not one of belief but evidence: Either ghosts, Bigfoot, and psychic powers exist or they do not; if they exist, there should be scientific proof. How good is the scientific evidence for these claims? How does a science-based investigator approach these “unexplained” mysteries and separate fact from fiction? Join us to find out!

 

It’s April 20 8 to 9:30 PM PT; you can register for a nominal fee HERE. 

 

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Apr 182016
 

This Wednesday night (April 20) at 8 PM PT I’ll be presenting a 90-minute live Webinar titled “The Theory and Practice of Skeptical Investigation: An Introduction.” If you’re interested you can sign up HERE!

 

Join writer and scientific paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of “unexplained mysteries” such as ghosts, Bigfoot, crop circles, and psychic powers. What does science say about the evidence for these topics? What is the nature of the “unexplained”? Many Americans believe things for which there is little evidence and no definitive proof. Yet the issue is not one of belief but evidence: Either ghosts, Bigfoot, and psychic powers exist or they do not; if they exist, there should be scientific proof. How good is the scientific evidence for these claims? How does a science-based investigator approach these “unexplained” mysteries and separate fact from fiction? Join us to find out!

Apr 152016
 

I was recently a guest on The Wrecking Crew Comedy podcast, talking about investigation, bad clowns, and weird random stuff. Check it out HERE!

 

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Mar 182016
 

Recently a class at a middle school in Connecticut asked me for an interview about the Bermuda Triangle. I agreed to a short (15 minute) Skype session where I’d answer questions for the class, and it had a twist ending. You can read about it HERE. 

 

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Mar 182016
 

I was recently guest on The Edge of the Unknown Radio show with Joshua Gregory, talking about my various investigations and miscellaneous weirdness. Check it out HERE!

 

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Mar 152016
 

Last month a sensational “news story” about supposedly mysterious, alien “music” heard on the dark side of the moon on the Apollo 10 mission has gone viral. HERE is the real explanation that cuts through the myths and mystery mongering…

 

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Mar 122016
 

“The Border Regional Library Association presents this Southwest Book Award for Literary Excellence and Enrichment of the Cultural Heritage of the Southwest to Benjamin Radford for the book Mysterious New Mexico…”1929937_10207207120750608_6022241458554345498_n

Mar 082016
 

Legends from around the world tell of children raised by wild animals including wolves, bears, and apes. The feral child is common in myth and folklore, dating back at least to Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers of Roman mythology rescued from certain death and raised by a wolf. The feral child image evokes a strong romanticism for many people, and this was especially true at the turn of the last century. You can read my new CFI blog on the topic HERE. 

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Mar 052016
 

I was recently a guest on The Edge of the Unknown Radio show, talking about my various investigations, the basics of scientific paranormal investigationm and miscellaneous weirdness. Check it out HERE!

 

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Mar 032016
 

I was recently a guest on Strange Frequencies Radio, discussing my new book Bad Clowns! Check it out, you can listen to it HERE. 

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Mar 012016
 

A mysterious illness shut down 57 schools in Bangladesh last month, causing respiratory distress in hundreds of girls; as I note in my new Discovery News article, it’s likely a textbook case of mass hysteria… you can read it HERE.

 

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Feb 282016
 

For those who didn’t see it, I’m quoted in a new PBS piece on conspiracy theories: “Benjamin Radford, deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, said many conspiratorial beliefs have a ‘grain of truth’ to them, such as when the high-profile revelations from Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that the government lied to the public. ‘There’s this illicit transference of belief where people assume just because the government is capable of doing bad things and being careless,’ Radford said. It provides a ‘sheen of plausibility’ that leads people to assume officials take things another step too far.”

You can read it HERE! 

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Feb 252016
 

How did a photo of a dead eel turn into a viral sensation about a “lake monster” earlier this month? I explain it in my new article for Discovery News, you can read it HERE! 

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Feb 222016
 

I was recently a guest on the great Skepticality show!

“This episode Derek chats with Ben Radford, a Skepticality past guest, author, and investigator. Ben has just released his latest book, ‘Bad Clowns’. Clowns might not be your usual idea for a skeptical topic, but Ben thinks you might just change your mind once you delve into the history and stories in his new work. So, turn off the lights, snuggle your favorite creepy clown and join in for some Bad Clown fun.” You can listen HERE. 

 

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Feb 202016
 

Almost exactly a year ago I was interviewed on “The Humanist Hour” podcast about my research and investigations. In case you’re interested and you missed it, HERE it is!

 

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Feb 182016
 

I’ve gotten many positive reviews of my books over the years but this new one (for “Scientific Paranormal Investigation”) is a favorite because the reader not only learned from my book but used it and applied its methods and principles to his own local mysteries. Teaching a man to fish and all that…

 

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Feb 152016
 

A while ago I recorded a few short (90-second) segments for an NPR station on the chemtrail conspiracy. Four of them are now on YouTube; you can see them HERE. 

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Feb 122016
 

Nice short piece on the Pokemon phenomena, with a reference to my work solving the mystery of the famous seizure episode, check it out HERE. 

 

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Jan 272016
 

Late last year I recorded about a dozen short (1-2 minute) segments for a NPR station on various skeptical subjects. Here are five of the audio segments now available on YouTube, on the subject of the chupacabra. You can find them HERE.

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Jan 252016
 

Late last year I recorded about a dozen short (1-2 minute) segments for a NPR station on various skeptical subjects. Here are four of the audio segments now available on YouTube, on the subject of Chemtrail Conspiracies. You can find them HERE.

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Jan 222016
 

My brilliant zoologist friend Darren Naish wrote a retrospective piece for Scientific American about various interesting zoology-related news stories from last year–including a “monster mystery” I played a role in revealing. It’s a fun read, check it out, you can find it HERE.

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Jan 202016
 

The mystery of a Christmas tree in a vacant New Orleans building window has been solved–and provides lessons to skeptics on psychological priming, eyewitness expectations, and why people see things that aren’t there. You can read the story HERE.

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Jan 182016
 

A recent study published in the “American Journal of Public Health” examined the demographics of California school students who had requested and received exemptions from mandatory vaccinations for nonmedical reasons. My recent article for Discovery News examines why many anti-vaccination parents are better educated than those who endorse vaccines. You can read it HERE.

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Jan 152016
 

Haven’t got any hate mail or death threats so far this year, so here’s a nice one recently: “Hi! I am doing a semester project on the Rose Hall Plantation. I have looked at a total of eleven (11) sites to try and unmask the mystery surrounding Annie Palmer. I read your article debunking everything the legend stands for. The article was published to ‘centerforinquiry.net’. I just want to talk to someone who has such an understanding and history in the paranormal world. I am only a sophomore in high school, but I so badly want to learn. I know I have no standing or importance to you in your every day life, but I hope you take the time to educate a young woman from South Dakota in the paranormal myths and facts that surround Annie Palmer and the Rose Hall Plantation Great House. I look forward to hearing from you!”

I wrote back to her and gave her the info she was looking for, happy to help out!

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Jan 122016
 

My not-entirely-resume-building appearance on the Swedish-language show “Jimmy’s Sick World” discussing the chupacabra is now out, for those who are interested… you can find it HERE.

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Jan 102016
 

I was quoted about a month ago on the PBS Newshour about bringing science and investigation to claims about aliens and UFOs. You can read it HERE.

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Jan 052016
 

My new CFI blog is about a recent exchange I had with a woman who saw me on a TV show for my Rose Hall investigation and sought further information about ghosts there. It provides insight into flawed ghost hunting assumptions, and the practical difficulty of doing a thorough historical investigation into a specific question that ghost hunters often have… you can read it HERE.

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Jan 012016
 

For those who didn’t see it earlier, I wrote a recent piece for Discovery News explaining how news stories exaggerate risks of disease, and how to understand relative vs. absolute risk in journal findings… you can read it HERE. Hopefully it will help calm some people’s fears.

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Dec 282015
 

A BBC travel reporter writing a piece about Ecuador’s Sumaco biopark repeats a common myth as fact: Specifically that there is a palm tree that “walks” across the forest floor. I investigated this claim years ago, and wrote about it in both Skeptical Inquirer magazine and in a column for LiveScience.com (you can read it HERE). I politely suggested that the reporter or a BBC editor contact the “expert” quoted and ask for the source of his information (preferably a peer-reviewed botany study).12321610_10206770419833358_2213566468497522772_n

Dec 122015
 

In my column in the new issue of Skeptical Inquirer I investigate a report of a mysterious Costa Rican “Toucan Man” said to abduct children. Lots of interesting folklore in this one, check it out on newsstands now!

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Dec 102015
 

I was recently quoted on the PBS Newshour about bringing science and investigation to claims about aliens and UFOs. You can read it HERE.

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Dec 032015
 

I was interviewed for a HuffPo piece on ghost hunter Joshua Warren’s claim that he discovered an amazing photo of Abraham Lincoln in the White House: “Radford is surprised that anyone would consider what Warren calls “the world’s most credible and amazing ghost photo” to be serious evidence of the supernatural. “If this really is the best photographic evidence for ghosts — if a published expert on ghosts can’t tell the difference between an ordinary long exposure and a ghost — then the quality of ghost evidence is in far worse shape than I imagined,” Radford said.” You can read the piece HERE.

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