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After The Paracast — What You've Missed

Gene Steinberg

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January 22, 2023
UFO researcher/podcaster Peter William Shelley returns to explain to Gene and cohost Tim Swartz why he is skeptical of so-called abduction claims, giving some examples. In connection with the wide use of hypnosis in abduction research, Gene discusses his early experiments with hypnosis, revealing at least one partly-successful attempt with a post-hypnotic suggestion. The Pentagon UFO/UAP study is also explored as Shelley reveals his skepticism that it'll amount to anything positive in learning the UFO secret. He is host of "Shadowy Spectrums," which focuses on sightings in the rest of the world. So far, he has interviewed UFO and paranormal researchers from Sweden, Spain, Chile, Hungary, Japan and Argentina. Currently he resides in Bogota, Colombia, where he has lived for more than 10 years and works as an English teacher.

January 15, 2023
Author/folklorist/historian Mason Winfield returns to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about paranormal events in Western New York. Included is a description of some of the people Mason has encountered who are just faking it, organized religion's approach to the paranormal, reports of UFOs observed around nuclear installations, and psychiatrist Carl Jung's theories about the possible causes of such phenomena. He has written or edited twelve books, including "Ghosts of 1812," a study of the Niagara war and its folklore (Western New York Wares, 2009), and (with Michael Bastine) "Iroquois Supernatural," a study of the traditions of the Six Longhouse Nations (Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, 2011). His niche is the paranormal, a field with many components. Mason considers himself a paranormal generalist. He takes the field seriously, and he is taken seriously as a researcher.

January 8, 2023
Author/podcaster Heidi Hollis returns to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about the demonic nature of the Shadow People and Hat Man, and the dangers posed by the latter. She also reveals that some of her discoveries and evidence have been ripped off by Hollywood over the years. She is also host of Dark Becomes Light on the iHeartRadio and Coast to Coast AM Paranormal Podcast Network. In her civilian life, she was trained as an Occupational Therapist treating clients with psychological, cognitive, learning, and physical challenges to reach their fullest potential. But nowadays she spends most of her time exploring paranormal phenomena, and trying to understand the strange experiences her listeners have reported to her over the years.

January 1, 2023
Author Mark Gober returns to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about his “upside down” look at such topics as consciousness, the paranormal, UFOs and reported alien visitors. In connection with his 2022 book, “An End to Upside Down Contact — UFOs, Aliens, and Spirits—and Why Their Ongoing Interaction with Human Civilization Matters,” Gober discusses UFO disclosure, and what the authorities might know about the mystery. He has been named one of IAM’s Strategy 300: The World’s Leading Intellectual Property Strategists. Gober graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he wrote an award-winning thesis on Daniel Kahneman’s Nobel Prize–winning “Prospect Theory” and was elected a captain of Princeton’s Division I tennis team.

December 25, 2022
Folklorist John Kruse returns to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about the legends, myths and possible reality of fairies. The discussion covers fairy lore in other countries, whether these beings are all human-like, and other magical creatures. As well as "British Fairies," John writes two other blogs on Wordpress; these are broadcastbarnsley.wordpress.com, which discusses music and fashions of the 1970s and johnkruseblog.wordpress.com, which is a forum for his wider interests in the arts, history and the like. In his "civilian life," John worked in the field of social welfare law for over 30 years, specializing in civil enforcement (bailiffs' law). He gained considerable practical experience as an adviser, consultant and trainer and wrote numerous books and articles on current and historical enforcement law.

December 18, 2022
UFO author/investigator Philip Kinsella revisits Gene and cohost Tim Swartz continues the discussion of the events surrounding the various editions of the book “SKY CRASH – Throughout Time: A Continued Investigation into the Rendlesham UFO Mystery” which he co-authored with UFO investigator Brenda Butler. He also talks about the current Pentagon UFO/UAP investigator, how the government and the media treat UFO cases, which he regards as "a shambles reality." He asks why that book suffered through the onslaught of bad publicity by nameless, faceless bureaucrats? And why did the initial encounter with the military propel Brenda into a strange world where fate, it would seem, was to play its hand. Philip maintains that Rendlesham was no stranger to UFO activity, and the 1980 event was not the first of its kind. Incidents witnessed by locals had been occurring before and well after the initial encounter with many of the military troops stationed at the twin bases.

December 11, 2022
Paranormal researcher/author Brent Raynes, who has explored strange phenomena for years, talks with Gene and cohost Tim Swartzabout his ongoing research of UFO experiencers with the Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters (FREE). His work includes a chapter for their book “Beyond UFOs” (2018), and he also worked with the UFO Contact Center International. He also wrote “John A. Keel: The Man, The Myths, and the Ongoing Mysteries” (2019), about the legendary Fortean investigator. Raynes is also the editor of the online magazine Alternate Perceptions. He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops and has appeared on radio and podcasts such as The Paracast.

December 4, 2022
Brandon Thomas, creator, producer and host of Expanding Reality, returns to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about such topics as the reasons for his getting interested in paranormal encounters, the possibilities of ancient civilizations and whether we are living in a simulated reality. Brandon's His now impossible-to-ignore feeling that the picture of reality authoritative figures were painting, did not align with his observation of life around him. This has presented Brandon with an interesting set of lenses to view the world through. He shares his massive heart and love for all life with his wife on their ranch in north Texas. He had his first spiritual awakening ignited by the book "Conversations with God" and his introduction into Unity Consciousness.

November 27, 2022
Author, researcher, historian, lecture Brian Young returns to reveal to Gene and cohostTim Swartz about his personal ghost encounter, and whether there was any possible reality to it. And what about his UFO sighting? There’s also a pop culture discussion about the world of rock and roll, and the famous people Brian and Gene have met and interviewed over the years. Brian is what he calls an “open minded skeptic,” and is co-author of the critically acclaimed “The Wrestlers Wrestlers’ : Masters of the Craft of Professional Wrestling” (2021 ECW Press) and is co-host of Transatlantic History Ramblings, an international podcast hosted out of The United States and Wales UK.

November 20, 2022
More details on the UFO documentary, “Moment of Content,” about the 1996 UFO crash and creature sightings in Varginha, Brazil. Director James Fox tells Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about his ongoing attempts to gather more evidence about this sensational case. He also discusses his future plans, and his views about possible outreach efforts on UAPs by the U.S. government, and how much the authorities might really know. As a filmmaker, writer, director, and producer for more than two decades, Fox has focused his career on what he’s come to call the “parallel history“ of UFOs. Again and again, he has discovered that there’s far more to these unexplained sightings and encounters than most people realize.

November 13, 2022
Film producers Ron Meyer and Mark Reeder return to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about pop culture, the film industry and its excesses, and becoming involved in covering paranormal events. Ron has produced and directed feature films, including the first feature film for Discovery Communications, “Legend of the Spirit Dog." He is author of two novels with Mark Reeder, and two other novels, their latest being "Bigfoot Singularity." Ron leads flow workshops, is a 5th black belt in Aikido and a world-renowned fossil collector. In October 2021 his new science fiction novel “Aliens 2035: the End of Technology" was released. He recently completed a new five-part television series “The Paranormal Highway” scheduled for fall 2022.

November 6, 2022
Very prolific author Nick Redfern is back to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about his book, "Diary of Secrets: UFO Conspiracies & the Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe." Was the death of the famous actress in 1964 due to something other than suicide? What about the death of gossip columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, who explored both the JFK assassination and UFOs? There's also an extended discussion about flying saucers and disinformation, and whether such significant sightings as the 1980 Rendlesham Forest case in the UK have conventional explanations. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the United States. Redfern travels and lectures extensively around the world.

October 30, 2022
We are rejoined by author/filmmaker/casting director Craig Campobasso to present more UFO-related locations from his book, "The UFO Hotspot Compendium: All the Places to Visit Before You Die Or Are Abducted." In his visit with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz, he covers the basics of such cases as the Pascagoula, MS abduction, Travis Walton's abduction and the Phoenix Lights. The highlights you'll want to visit at each location are listed, and there's also a brief discussion on purported alien implants. Campobasso is also the author of such books as: "The Extraterrestrial Species Almanac," "The Autobiography of an Extraterrestrial Saga: Waking Thyron," and "The Silence of the Hams: A Pictorial Memoir of the Making of a Cult Classic."

October 23, 2022
Kevin D. Randle, the veteran Roswell researcher, returns to talk Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about the new edition of his 1998 book, "Project Moon Dust: Beyond Roswell." Did the Air Force continue a covert investigation of UFOs after shuttering Project Blue Book in 1969? Randle also explains why he does not expect the current Pentagon UAP project to help solve the mystery. There's also an extensive discussion about the problems getting UAP information from the government via Freedom of Information Act requests. Randle is an American military veteran, UFO expert and author. He is widely respected within the UFO community, particularly for his work on events at Roswell in 1947, and has written many books, both fiction and non-fiction, primarily on UFO, science fiction and military themes.

October 16, 2022
Shop talk continues with Gene and cohosts Curt Collins and Tim Swartz. There's a discussion of possible alien artifacts and whether they'd be distinguishable from terrestrial objects. What about possible alien messages, and just how would extraterrestrials send them and, in fact, how would they react to our terrestrial transmissions? Consider the collection of news, comedies, drama, sci-fi and other formats? Would they understand the concept of "play acting"? The ongoing Pentagon UAP studies are also on the agenda. Curt Collins has written entries for such books as "American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore," "UFOs: Reframing the Debate," and "What’s Wrong with this Picture," examining the “Roswell Slides” fiasco.

October 9, 2022
Gene and cohost Tim Swartz are rejoined by author Shane Cashman, whose book, “Tales From the Inverted World: Close Contact with Ghosts, UFOs Serial Killers and Simulation Theory Volume 1,” was released in 2021. This episode focuses on such topics as our fascination with serial killers in the media, and whether the children of these murderous might inherit some of their vicious and gruesome traits. Cashman also talks about what he learned about life from his maternal grandmother, and their discussions of whether we might all live in a simulation. He is host of the paranormal podcast Tales From the Inverted World, which investigates the mysteries that lie beneath the surface of everyday life, and searches for answers concerning UFO encounters, cryptids, ghosts, inter-dimensional beings, secret government experiments — just to name a few topics.

October 2, 2022
Psychiatrist and author Bernard Beitman, MD returns to talk further with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about the definitions of coincidence. He touches on how he recognized his future, the work of Dr. John Mack on UFO abductions, the possible connections with near-death experiences, and even, yes, finding the best bagels when you live way outside of New York. Dr. Beitman is author of Meaningful Coincidences: How and Why Synchronicity and Serendipity Happen. He is reportedly the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to systematize the study of coincidences. A graduate of Yale Medical School, he did his psychiatric residency at Stanford University. The former chair of psychiatry of the University of Missouri-Columbia medical school for 17 years, he writes a blog for Psychology Today on coincidence and is the coauthor of the award-winning book, “Learning Psychotherapy.”

September 25, 2022
UFO author Jason Gleaves returns to talk with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz about his hopes for disclosure, which he says is already happening except for government revelations, his personal experiences with UFOs, pop culture and extraterrestrials, and the controversial claims of 1950’s flying saucer contactee George Adamski. Gleaves has contributed over the last ten years to numerous UFO reports with photographic and video-footage analysis on unidentified flying objects and associated anomalies for many ufologists within the community worldwide. His background includes service in the Royal Air Force, British Aerospace Airbus division, and received a BTEC National Diploma in computer-aided drafting in engineering for Shell Oil industry, and he has high expertise in modern civilian and military worldwide aircraft/armaments recognition and visualization.

September 18, 2022
Former Wright-Patterson Air Force Base engineer and UFO author Raymond Szymanski returns to explain to Gene and cohost Tim Swartz why this is expected to be his final radio interview As author of three books on the subject, he has appeared on a number of radio and TV shows in recent years. He talks about his misadventures while investigating classic cases, such as a possible disembodied voice he heard while visiting the site of the 1965 Exeter, NH sighting, and a possible Man in Black or intelligence agent that he saw when visiting the site of the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident. He also explains why he thinks the Pentagon UAP project has already made a difference. In 2011, before he began his UFO studies, he retired as a Senior Engineer/Scientist from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson.

September 11, 2022
Voice phenomena investigator Ron Yakovetti continues to explore the reality behind possible messages from beyond with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz . The discussion includes a focus on the background or source of such messages, and also people who claim they don’t believe in such things before they reveal their own mystifying personal experiences. There’s also hard-won advice for people who want to begin to explore the possibilities of voices from the afterlife. Ron’s afterlife research mainly focuses on an area known as ITC: Instrumental Trans-Communication. He is the author of the author of “Paranormally Speaking: Knowingly Talking to the Unknown” and “ITC Technomancy: The Magical World of Electronic Spirit Communication” and cohost of Entity Voices Paranormal, Evidence Podcast (UN-X Network).

September 4, 2022
Motivational speaker and student of Greek mythology Hercules Invictus joins Gene and cohost Tim Swartz to discuss more of the mysteries he has explored. He touches on abductions and contacts taking on a life of their own as cultural memes. What about such contactees as George Adamski. Also touched on, the strange cases of Ray Palmer and Richard Shaver and their influence in the world of the paranormal over the years. In a second segment, Gene and Tim talk about recent episodes of The Paracast, and some of the ideas — disputed — that were discussed. Invictus has dedicated his earthly sojourn to studying, sharing and applying the legacy and lessons of the Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology who reside on Mount Olympus.

August 28, 2022
Underwater UFO investigator Debbie Ziegelmeyer rejoins Gene and cohost Tim Swartz to discuss such topics as the Pentagon's UFO research program, ignoring the lessons of history along with the possibilities of a secret space program. Ziegelmeyer also reveals that sometimes negative aspects of appearing in UFO and paranormal reality shows, where the producers routinely take "artistic license" in altering the details of a case. She is author of "The Alien Colonization of Earth’s Waterways: A Reference Guide to UFO/USO Water-related Activity" and, as the Director of the Underwater Research and Recovery Team for the Mutual UFO Network, a PADI Scuba Instructor, and an experienced UAP/USO investigator, Ziegelmeyer has studied the USO (Unidentified Submerged Objects) phenomenon for decades.

August 21, 2022
Paranormal explorer Bill Kousoulas rejoins Gene and cohost Tim Swartz to explore more of the mysteries of Point Pleasant, West Virginia and the mothman. Are there conventional explanations for mothman? What about the UFOs also reported in that area back in 1967? Could some or all of them be test aircraft? There’s also a discussion about the late Fortean researcher and best-selling book author, John Keel and his contributions to ongoing research into the mysteries he explored. In 2003, Bill was introduced to “The Mothman Prophecies” movie, and it truly changed his life. Since 2016, he and his wife Jaci have visited Point Pleasant, West Virginia regularly, and they have become friends with several area residents, including the late Carolin Harris, co-founder of the Mothman Festival.

August 14, 2022
Paranormal investigative team Tobias and Emily Wayland, founders of The Singular Fortean Society, return to speak with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz about their ongoing research into ghost phenomena. They were wed at a haunted mansion, and describe the appearance of a possible apparition in a live iPhone photo of the event, which contains several seconds of movie footage. They go on to reveal other sightings of possible apparitions over the years. Tobias and his wife Emily have been involved with the Lake Michigan Mothman investigation since its advent in the spring of 2017, and published a book chronicling the experience, “The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest.” His second book about unusual phenomena, “Strange Tales of the Impossible,” continues their work in investigating a variety of seemingly impossible events.

August 7, 2022
Paranormal investigator Amanda Paulson continues the story of her exploration of the strange and unknown with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz. She covers a variety of topics, including expanding her studies going forward, her research toolkit and why she usually focuses on research materials other than electronic devices. Have her experiences over the years been therapeutic? Amanda travels as a solo investigator and content creator for her blog, Pretty Fn Spooky and will be starring in the upcoming documentary, “Death is With Me.” In 2020, she became known for igniting paranormal centered philosophical discussion through her posts on social media. She leads and participates in investigations, but is also passionate about encouraging others to think deeply about paranormal phenomena and what that means for us as we live this life on Earth.

July 31. 2022
Investigator Michael Mayes returns to talk with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz about his research into cryptids. He talks of ongoing attempts to elicit sounds from the strange creatures in the woods, and the occasional successes. And what about reports that some of them have allegedly lusted after human females? Mayes has explored cases involving strange creatures — or out-of-place creatures — for over 15 years. He is one of the board members of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy, a key research source for ongoing Bigfoot studies. He has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio programs and on the television show “The Lowe Files” on the A&E network. Michael blogs at the Texas Cryptid Hunter and is author of the illustrated children’s book, “Patty: A Sasquatch Story,” “Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America,” and his most recent book: “Valley of the Apes: The Search for Sasquatch in Area X.”

July 24, 2022
Join paranormal researcher Joshua Cutchin as he covers a number of fascinating topics with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz. Beginning with pop culture, and how series fare is brought to a sometimes unacceptable conclusion, the discussion moves to UFOs as cultural means, and the best possible ways of disclosure, assuming the phenomenon involves physical craft from other worlds. Would it involve disclosure by the authorities, our visitors, or would humans simply wake up one day fully aware of what was going on? A working musician, Cutchin is author of five critically-acclaimed books on worlds of the strange and unknown that include his latest book, the two-part masterwork: “Ecology of Souls: A New Mythology of Death & the Paranormal.”

July 17, 2022
Paranormal researcher Michael Huntington returns to talk with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz on his theories about the causes of paranormal events. Are they due to what is called “co-creation,” in which we collectively imagine and create unusual events? What about other dimensions, an alternate reality? Huntington speaks at length about his views on the state of paranormal research. His writing and photography work can be found on all social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), the Strange Travels blog, the occasional print medium and in the soon-to-be-released Strange Travel Book series. As of the time of his appearance on the show, he was busy organizing the upcoming Midwest Conference on the Unknown in Cape Girardeau, MO, which will be taking place August 5-7 2022, and will be presenting there with other UFO notables such as Micah Hanks and Ryan Sprague.

July 10, 2022
Paranormal author/researcher Paul Dale Roberts returns to continue the discussion with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz about the intersection between pop culture and the paranormal. There’s also talk about incredible Lunar and Mars mysteries, and whether there’s something unusual about them. Roberts is a Fortean investigator and investigates ALL things paranormal from Mothman, Chupacabra, UFOs, Crop Circles, Ghosts, Poltergeists, Demons and more. He is the owner HPI (Hegelianism Paranormal Intelligence – International). Significant investigations by HPI include the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, looking for Natalee Holloway’s ghost in Aruba, UFOs and Bigfoot at Mount Shasta, UFOs and USOs at Monterey Bay, Area 51, Guatemala City – Guatemala. He also writes community stories and is a former columnist for the Sacramento Press, former columnist for Haunted Times Magazine, has written small blurbs for Newsweek, Time, National Geographic Traveler and People Magazine.

July 3, 2022
Veteran UFO researcher Rick Hilberg shares fascinating incidents from years ago with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz. Why for example, did NICAP’s office manager, Richard Hall, once order Gene to leave their offices? What about the time that Rick and his cohosts announced a UFO conference and soon thereafter got word that another organization, APRO, decided to plan a rival meeting that same night and refused to change their schedule? What about the ongoing pranks played by Jim Moseley and Gray Barker? Hilberg also talks about serious UFO research and all the work he's done in the field over the years. After catching the UFO bug in his early teens, Hilberg has been writing, publishing and investigating UFOs and related phenomena, and was one of the founding members of the original Conference of Scientific Ufologists, which later became the National UFO Conference.

June 26, 2022
Abduction researcher and experiencer Kathleen Marden returns to continue her discussions with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartzabout possible evidence of such experiences, such as implants. The discussion also includes the 1964 Socorro, NM case, a classic UFO encounter where the main witness, a police officer, saw two human-like beings near a landed craft. She also brings up the FBI report on notorious skeptic Philip Klass, his possibly suspicious behavior and the extreme tactics he employed to explain away sightings regardless of the evidence. Marden is a researcher, author, on-camera expert, conference presenter, experiencer advocate, hypnosis practitioner and support group facilitator. She is known as one of the leading UFO contact researchers of our time. Since 1990, she has researched the perplexing nature of UFOs and the non-human entities reportedly associated with highly advanced aerial vehicles via her own groundbreaking research, investigation, and experimentation.

June 19, 2022
We feature Rich Hoffman, from the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU), as he continues to discuss evidence for the phenomenon with Gene and guest cohost Curt Collins. What about people who mistake conventional objects or phenomena for UFOs? And what about the so-called "hitchhiker effect," where someone who spots a UFO brings home other possible paranormal encounters? The impact of cultural memes through the ages on descriptions of strange objects is also discussed. Hoffman grew up in Dayton, Ohio, not far from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and started his investigations into UFOs in 1964 and was in touch with Project Blue Book, Dr. J. Allen Hynek and other thought leaders within the UFO field. In late 1969, he joined the Midwest UFO Network, later known as MUFON. Hoffman a B.A. degree from Wright State University in Organizational Communication and an extensive career in leadership positions in numerous business sectors.

June 12, 2022
A very special episode in which Gene and author/historian Charles Lear talk with guest cohost Curt Collins about his recent article about the curious case of researcher Bill Moore and his impact on the field. Moore was one of the original Roswell authors, as coauthor of the book, “The Roswell Incident” with Charles Berlitz, and, years later, admitted to engaging in government UFO disinformation. Lear has lived most of his life in New York City, where he made his living as a union stagehand and was involved in other aspects of theatre as a playwright, producer, director and Shakespearean actor. He writes a UFO blog for Blog – Podcast UFO, and his book, “The Flying Saucer Investigators,” is a whirl of history, about the people involved in the mystery of the flying saucers in the early days starting in 1947, mostly the investigators, but also the witnesses, some of whom were profoundly affected.

June 5, 2022
Paranormal researcher Trey Hudson, author of “The Meadows Project: Explorations into the South’s Skinwalker Ranch,” rejoins Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz to discuss more amazing encounters. Hudson tells the strange tale of a mysterious woman, clad in business clothing, who engaged in strange and outrageous behavior. A “woman-in-black” perhaps? The discussion also covers methods to travel from one reality to another, and an incident in which Hudson briefly found himself in a “different place” while walking along the “Meadow” in search of paranormal phenomena. In his “civilian life,” he has worked more than 30 years as a U.S. government Security Specialist specializing in security of sensitive assets, anti-terrorism, security of WMD, emergency management and other specialties. He investigates strange phenomena as Director of the Oxford Paranormal Society and its Anomalous Studies and Observation Group (ASOG).

May 29, 2022
UFO researcher/publisher/author Philip Mantle returns to discuss sci-fi pop culture with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz. The inventions depicted in the various Star Trek TV shows and movies over the years that have come to pass, or are close to coming to pass, are explored. Mantle also tells the story of how he founded his publishing company, Flying Disk Press, and some of its recent books, such as Calvin Parker's "Pascagoula — The Closest Encounter: My Story" and "Pascagoula — The Story Continues: New Evidence & New Witnesses." Mantle also reveals details about upcoming books. He began his active involvement in Ufology in the UK in 1980 when he joined the newly formed Yorkshire UFO Society. One of the first UFO cases that he investigated was that of a landing case in the West Yorkshire town of Normanton in England. This incident took place only a few miles from where he lived.

May 22, 2022
We are rejoined by David Altman and Dave Mason, whose work is featured in the award-winning UFO documentary, A Tear in the Sky, which features a team of military personnel, scientists and special guest William Shatner. Speaking with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz, the pair focus again on reverse technology of possible crash UFOs as Gene presents his reality check on the 1948 Aztec, NM UFO crash. The discussion turns to pop culture, the origins of the original Star Trek sci-fi TV show, and the newest entrant in the franchise, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.” Returning to the topic of reverse engineering, Mason offers some common sense talk about the impact of patenting new inventions. Altman, a Hollywood veteran, currently does consultant and development work for different networks and production companies on the topics of UFOs and other amazing topics. At age 17, Mason wanted to detect unknown objects, and he designed a sensitive optical sensing circuit and installed it into binoculars which enabled listening to pulsing light.

May 15, 2022
Paranormal researcher John E.L. Tenney rejoins Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz. He responds to the question of whether he has ever been hoaxed, and talks about famous fakes and reality. He also discusses the time he visited a satanic temple, and observed bevavior that was decidedly not religious. There’s also a pop culture discussion about the newest Star Trek TV fare, including “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.” The author of over a dozen books, Mr. Tenney has also been interviewed extensively on radio and television. John’s columns and articles have been printed in magazines and newspapers world-wide, and he has lectured to numerous public and private schools, and organizations. He has also acted as a consultant for numerous companies including, NBC, A&E, Fox, SyFy, The Detroit Free Press and Huffington Post, Men’s Health and The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.

May 8, 2022
Fortean investigator Stan Gordon talks to Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz about his many decades of research. He speculates on what the government might have discovered in its ongoing UAP projects, and describes UFO sightings in recent years, including the early part of 2022. His latest book on the subject is “Creepy Cryptids and Strange UFO Encounters in Pennsylvania: Bigfoot, Thunderbirds, Mysteries of the Chestnut Bridge, and more — Casebook Four.” Stan has been taking calls on UFO sightings and other strange reports from the public since 1969, and he continues to receive unusual reports on a regular basis. He has given illustrated lectures both locally and nationally on the topics of UFOs, Bigfoot, Cryptids, and strange encounters since the late 1960s. He was listed in the 2005 FATE Magazine special, as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Ufology Today.

May 1, 2022
More cutting-edge conversation with Canadian UFO researcher/scientist Chris Rutkowski, as he talks with Gene and guest cohost Curt Collins about ongoing developments in the field. He covers the ongoing Canadian UFO Survey, where you report UFO sightings, and previews his upcoming book, Canada’s UFOs: Declassified. Among his many pursuits, Chris is consultant for the Winnipeg Paranormal Group. Since the mid-1970s, he’s written about his investigations and research on UFOs, for which he is best known. However, he has been involved in many other writing and media projects for more than 30 years, including TV specials (The Monster of Lake Manitoba, 1996), planetarium shows (Moonlight Serenade, 1983, and Amateur Nights, 1989) and newspaper columns ( Strange Tales, in the Northern Times, Thompson, Manitoba, 1984 to 1985).

April 24, 2022
UFO researcher Erica Lukes rejoins Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz to discuss her ongoing work on UFO research archives, including the efforts she's made to get ahold of additional documents. She also talks about the state of UFO research, and it's not always pretty. Erica has also visited universities to study their holdings of early UFO researchers and "phenomenologists" like those of the late Dr. Frank Salisbury of the Department of Plant Science at Utah State University. Salisbury contributed important work on UFO reports in Utah with the help of "Junior" Hicks, a well-known UFO investigator. A singer and voiceover artist, she was approached to perform media broadcasting work. This, coupled with her long-term interest in strange phenomena of nature, led her to take her first steps into radio in 2014 by developing her own programming and interview techniques of known figures in this topic.

April 17, 2022
Fortean author/researcher/podcast Micah Hanks, Editor-in-Chief of The Debrief, returns to continue the discussion first begun on the main episode. Micah tells Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz about his ongoing study of historical UFO cases, including the airships from the late 1890s, and the "ghost rockets" of World War II. How do they stack up with current cases? Micah’s other interests include space studies, zoological mysteries and unusual phenomena in nature. In 2016, he began working closely with the archaeological community in the Southeastern United States, in an effort to understand relationships between early North Americans and their environment at the end of the last ice age. This led to the cofounding of the Seven Ages Research Associates, and in 2018 he and the team produced a short documentary on the controversial Topper archaeological site in Allendale County, South Carolina.

April 10, 2022
Fortean investigator and experiencer Lon Strickler rejoins Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz to discuss his own abductions and the possible motives of ET in contacting humans. Is it possible they are creating human/alien hybrids to help their species recover something they lost in their own genetic makeup? What about their souls or lack of souls? He also talks about the frightening experience of one abductee who suddenly disappeared without a trace. Strickler is the publisher of the syndicated "Phantoms and Monsters" blog. He began the blog in 2005, which has steadily grown in popularity and is read daily by tens of thousands of paranormal enthusiasts and investigators. Strickler has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and online broadcasts. He was also featured on Destination America's "Monsters and Mysteries in America" television show for "The Sykesville Monster" episode.

April 3, 2022
UFO contactee Dolly Safran and author Preston Dennett join Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz to discuss the book of which she is the subject: “Symmetry: A True UFO Adventure.” During this episode, Preston explains why he believes Dolly’s claims of a lifetime of contact with ET, and what he did to verify them. Safran talks further about her evidence, which she says include eyewitnesses to some of her flying saucer encounters. And if you can handle it, there’s also a description of the restrooms she used when she visited another planet in a distant star system. Preston is a field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), a ghost hunter, a paranormal researcher, and the author of more than 24 books and more than 100 articles about UFOs and the paranormal.

March 27, 2022
Author/archeologist Mark Olly, author of “Crystal Skulls & Human Heads: The Mystical History of Glass and the Extinction of the World” returns. He discusses end-of-the-word predictions with Gene and special guest cohost Tim Swartz . Olly also talks about the use of the skulls in connection with death, even by animals, and his ongoing research into crystal skull lore. He also reveals details of a new book that contains the results of decades of research into the legends of King Arthur, Merlin and related topics. Olly combines the disciplines of archaeology, geology, science, and human studies, to push the boundaries of human existence wider in both directions and increase our appreciation of just exactly what the human race could potentially be capable of achieving.

March 20, 2022
Gene and special guest cohost Tim Swartz welcome James McClenon Ph.D. for a return visit. During this episode, Dr. McClenon talks about such topics as precognition, near-death experiences and their relation to possible UFO abductions, and psychological symptoms related to paranormal encounters. His main focus, as with the main show, was his book, The Entity Letters, which details a group of individuals, the SORRAT sitter group (Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis). He began his own investigations into the world of the unknown in 1981, faithfully documenting his experiences with the group from the viewpoint of a sociologist. Originally from Maryland, he has lived in Ecuador, China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia and North Carolina, and travels extensively.

March 13, 2022
A return visit by Michael Schratt, author of the illustrated book "Dark Files: A Pictorial History of Lost Forgotten and Obscure UFO Encounters.” In a discussion with Gene and special guest cohost Tim Swartz, Schratt delivers his impressions about what's behind the UFOs. Spaceships? Interdimensional visitors? Time travelers? And what about all those sightings of USOs (unidentified submerged objects), and why aren't they getting more attention? Is there a UFO secret that the powers-thats-be have kept from us over the decades? Michael is a military aerospace historian and has lectured across the country on the unique subject of “Mystery Aircraft” and classified propulsion systems buried deep within the military industrial complex.

March 6, 2022
Award-winning photojournalist Shannon Taggart rejoins Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz to discuss more details of her long journey to examine spiritualism and seances. In addition to seances, Shannon and Tim talk about reports involving video and smoke EVPs, where strange images appear. And is it true that President Lincoln and his wife participated in seances? Shannon is author of SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm." The book features an introduction by actor/comedian Dan Ackroyd, and a new edition was scheduled for later in 2022. Her work has been recognized by Nikon, Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, American Photography, the International Photography Awards, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace.

Special Feature Exclusive! Bob Zanotti Interviews Billy Meier
In the UFO field, few will need to be told about the Swiss contactee, Billy Meier, one of the most controversial contactees in the field.

Born in the Zurich suburb of Bülach in 1937, Eduard “Billy” Meier claims that he has been seeing flying saucers since 1942. Over the years, he also claims to have had regular personal contacts with UFOs and extraterrestrials who have visited him at short notice.

Billy Meier is a controversial figure in Ufology, with supporters and detractors equally convinced of their position. By and large, his alleged evidence, which includes easily-duplicated flying saucer photos, has been shown to lack credibility. In the early days of The Paracast, we interviewed his "U.S. representative” — who shall not be named — and we found his statements equally suspect. Indeed, one of the most contentious threads in the history of our forum resulted from those two episodes and its aftermath.

Paracast announcer and guest co-host, Bob Zanotti, was able to get Billy Meier to agree to an exclusive and very rare interview in English back in 1982, when Bob was a journalist with Switzerland's international broadcaster, Swiss Radio International. The interview took place on Billy Meier’s farm near Turbental. Bob spent considerable time preparing Billy Meier for the interview in Meier's native language, Swiss-German. Although the interview required a great deal of editing to cut out translation and coaching remarks made during this 52-minute-long recording, Billy Meier’s story and message are completely intact. We know of no other interview with Billy Meier in English of this length and depth.

Believe it or not, and we don’t believe it, you will find this interview truly fascinating. Kudos to Bob for performing a great service in putting this interview together and allowing us to post it for subscribers to The Paracast+.

February 27, 2022
Long-time UFO researcher and archivist David Marler joins Gene and guest cohost Curt Collins to present more details on his efforts to digitize old audio and video files containing UFO evidence. Marler talks about his views about the possible truth behind UFOs and its implications, and the type of case he'd like to be brought to academics and courts. He also reveals some details about the FBI's dossier of the controversial military officer, Philip J. Corso, whose 1997 book, "The Day After Roswell," made the unsupported claim that we have reversed alien technology from the flying saucer that reportedly crashed at Roswell, NM in 1947. David has one of the largest personal libraries of UFO books, journals, magazines, newspapers, microfilms, audio recordings, and case files from around the world that covers the last 75+ years. With this he has been examining the detailed history of UFO sighting reports and related patterns.

February 20, 2022
Former New York Times reporter Ralph Blumenthal rejoins Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz. Blumenthal is a co-author of the series of groundbreaking Times articles that revealed a secret Pentagon program to investigate UFOs. He talks about whether the new UFO probe will bring any breakthroughs in understanding the phenomenon, and also brings up his pet peeve about so-called skeptics that try to debunk sightings without doing any research. For more than 45 years, Blumenthal led an extensive and illustrious career at TheNew York Times as Texas correspondent and Southwest Bureau Chief (2003-8); arts and culture news reporter (1994-2003); investigative and crime reporter (1971-1994); foreign correspondent (West Germany, South Vietnam, Cambodia, 1968-1971); and metro and Westchester correspondent (1964-1968).

February 13, 2022
UFO researcher Paul Blake Smith returns to discuss, with Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz, his theories about the interactions of U.S. Presidents with the UFO mystery. This episode focuses on an alleged meeting between President Nixon and entertainer Jackie Gleason in which they allegedly saw the bodies of dead aliens. You'll also hear about Nixon's efforts to spy on John Lennon, a witness to a UFO, and force the ex-Beatle out of the country. The discussion covers the interest of other rock stars in UFOs, including David Bowie, Tommy James and Reg Presley (Troggs); the latter wrote a UFO/crop circle book, "Wild Things They Don't Tell Us." A fan of history, sports, and the paranormal, Paul spends his days polishing his very latest nonfiction books on the strange and the unknown.