Jun 102013
 
A new special edition of MonsterTalk is now out! Blake Smith and I discuss my new monster-themed board game Undead Apocalypse, which launched on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com earlier this week, and also talk to artist Jeff Zornow, who did the art for the game, about zombies. Check it out HERE!
May 162013
 
It's about time to give everyone a glimpse of a top-secret project I've been working on: a monstery new board game called Undead Apocalypse! You can check out the spiffy site HERE, stay tuned for more details!  
Dec 102012
 
New MonsterTalk! Dr. Todd Disotell returns for the second time since his visit on the very first episode of MonsterTalk, discussing Bigfoot DNA, science by press release, and lots of other goodies. Check it out HERE!
Sep 052012
 
MonsterTalk, a podcast co-hosted by myself, Blake Smith and Karen Stollznow, won a Parsec, a national podcasting award. The Parsecs are annual awards created to recognize excellence in science fiction podcasts and podcast novels. MonsterTalk won in the “Best Fact Behind the Fiction” category, for podcasts that “explore the facts that influence the fictions—the science, history, culture, and mythology that inspire these stories.”   MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters, an audio podcast that critically examines the science (and sometimes folklore) behind legendary creatures such as Bigfoot, vampires, genies, werewolves, and chupacabras. MonsterTalk interviews scientists and investigators who shine a spotlight on the things that go bump in the night. The award was presented September 1, 2012, at Dragon*Con, the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia, over Labor Day weekend. Podcasts are episodic audio or video downloads similar to radio programs but are typically independently created and produced. MonsterTalk began in 2009 and has an archive of nearly 70 episodes. The MonsterTalk podcast is available free via iTunes; to listen to shows or for more information visit www.skeptic.com/podcasts/monstertalk.   Previous nominees and winners have include Brian Dunning’s Skeptoid podcast, the Geologic Podcast, Skepticality, The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, and the Astronomy Cast. For more information about the Parsec Awards, see www.parsecawards.com.
Aug 162012
 
FOR DECADES, legends of a giant sexually-assaulting bat-creature have trickled out of Zanzibar. In this episode of MonsterTalk Drs. Stollznow and Atlantis interview me about my investigation of the creature and the role that the monster called Popabawa has played in culture and politics in the United States.   You can read the show notes and listen to the episode HERE.  
Jul 122012
 
I will be appearing this weekend at TAM, the annual meeting of the James Randi Educational Foundation, in Las Vegas.  I will be participating in a workshop on conducting scientific paranormal investigation, along with my MonsterTalk podcast co-hosts Dr. Karen Stollznow and Blake Smith, as well as Ross and Carrie of the Oh No, Ross and Carrie! show. I will also be giving a short presentation Saturday 8 to 8:30 AM: Doomsdays and 2012 Mayan Prophecy The world was supposed to end last year, and a few years before that—and this year too. What’s going on, and why do some people think doomsday is once again upon us? Join me for an overview of doomsday predictions, focusing on the 2012 Mayan prophecy that some claim foretell our doom. You can register for TAM HERE.
Feb 242012
 
The latest episode of MonsterTalk is now out, including in-depth interviews. Did you see that popular Internet video that allegedly showed a mammoth crossing a river in Siberia? You probably figured it was a hoax—and we did too—but we decided to get to the bottom of the matter. Join us as we discuss the methods and motives for Internet hoax videos. This episode also includes interviews with documentary film maker Ludovic Petho and Alan Melikdjanian (aka Captain Disillusion). Was there really something fishy about that video? Listen HERE to see if you can bear the truth!
Feb 152012
 
In another recent cryptozoology story follow-up, I added more to my earlier report of a supposed river monster in Iceland. I dug up some new information, including a great analysis from a Monster Talk podcast listener, and gave my take on what it really was. You can read it HERE. 
Feb 012012
 
In the latest episode of MonsterTalk, Blake Smith and I interview witch Emily Carlin about her book Defense Against the Dark, on how to protect yourself from evil spirits. It's an interesting and respectful skeptic-versus-believer discussion; you can listen to it HERE.
Sep 302011
 
MonsterTalk #041 - The Big Bad Wolf - is now out. The first of a 2-part look at man eating wolves. Interview with author Jay Smith about The Beast of Gevaudan. A great interview with the author of a great book! Hear the podcast HERE.