Aaron and Samantha travel back to the nineteenth century to explore the mystery airships that were spotted throughout the country in 1896/97. What started as a trio of lights above Sacramento, California, grew to reported sightings of actual ships that moved from the west coast to the Great Plains and into the Great Lakes States. Samantha and Aaron look at various sightings, possible explanations, and touch on the history of aviation. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s a wild ride.
The Gilded Age- 1:10
Midway Break- 22:08
Lanark, Illinois- 39:10
Aurora, Texas- 49:42
The History of Aviation- 53:30
Wrap-Up and Outro- 56:30
Samantha and Aaron got wrapped up in the bustle of December and showed up to record without any material. Luckily, Aaron recorded the first Great Lakes Lore Holiday Party where the pair shared stories about interesting monster sightings and legends from around the Great Lakes. Tune in and have a happy holiday season!
The Monroe Monster- 6:08
The Ogre of Seney- 14:02
Oscar the Beast of Busco- 20:48
Legend or Lie- 29:13
Michigan Merman- 31:14
Floating Humanoid- 39:35
The Loveland Frogman- 42:44
Maritime disasters, adolescent fascination with the paranormal, the importance of citations, regional variations in precipitation terms, and more! Join Samantha and Aaron as they respond to listener comments on The Witches’ Castle of Utica.
Audio version (which also goes out in the regular podcast feed) below!
In this episode, Samantha and Aaron take listeners on a wild ride from the middle ages to the 1990s, trying to get to the bottom of the legend behind the stone ruins along the Ohio River in Utica, Indiana. In the end, Samantha and Aaron come up with their own theory about the Witches’ Castle of Utica.
In this week’s episode Samantha and Aaron dive into the legend and various sightings of Michigan’s Dogman. This state’s canid creature warrants treatment outside apart from other dog creature sightings, thanks to the song from a local DJ and the Gable film. Tune in as they discuss these things, as well as things the dogman is not and the importance of thorough research methods. Tune in and enjoy the discussion.
“The Song”- 5:19
What Dogman Isn’t- 08:20
Legend or Lie- 26:58
More Sightings- 31:30
North American Dogman Project- 41:05
The Gable Film- 51:22
Final Thoughts- 57:34
The legends of Dogmen and wolf beings loom large in the worlds of cryptozoology and the paranormal. In this episode, as a prelude to an exploration of the Dogman mythos, Samantha and Aaron dive into the historical lore of wolves, comparing European and Native American perceptions of wolves, manifestations of wolves in popular culture, and discussing why they are a good subject for supernatural tales.
Samantha and Aaron are celebrating by answering a whole bunch of YOUR questions about Halloween and general spooky stuff! Thanks to everyone who sent in questions and be sure to come back tomorrow for the first part of our exploration of Dogman lore.
The Bobby Pickett Monster Mash video Sam refers to is below the episode audio!
Today, we address listener questions and comments from our recent episode, The Paranormal is Personal. Next week, it’s the beginning of our exploration of the “Dogman” mythos. And be sure to catch our special Halloween Question and Answer session on October 31! If you just need audio, it’s embedded below!
In this episode, Samantha and Aaron step back from examining actual pieces of lore in order to share their own personal paranormal experiences. They examine the reasons why eye-witness testimonies of supernatural phenomena need to be handled with care, the ways their own experiences influence the way they interpret those from others, and how their training as historians has prepared them to analyze sources.
Time Stamps History of Paranormal Research- 2:20 Analyzing Sources- 13:46 Personal Stories- 15:55 Legend or Lie- 39:47 Interpreting the Paranormal- 44:06 The Desire to Have an Encounter- 54:07
Sources For this episode we relied on a lot of articles to help us explain some of the thoughts we had about why people believe in the paranormal, what can influence that belief, and the power of biases. In case you’d like to look at these, we’ve divided them into helpful categories.