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MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

Sep 19, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Steven Johnson of the University of Florida about invasive species and specifically focus on the cane toad.  This incredibly robust and prolific toad excretes poison fluid from glands on its back and has been introduced from its native habitat into several locations around the world,...


New BigFootage coming soon

Sep 7, 2020

Patrons will be getting a new episode of BigFootage soon. I've got it in the can but have to edit it.  The topic? 1970's Bigfoot.  Tag-line? It breeds with ANYTHING

(Spoiler: It most certainly does not.)

BigFootage is the sub-podcast for Patrons who support the show at any level wherein I watch Bigfoot-themed movies...


Sep 2, 2020

We are joined by Ph.D. student Minwen Huang, who shares with us the history of the literary genre of Chinese Ghosts called Zhiguai, and how such beings (and literature) are viewed from ancient times to the present.

A wiki page about the character for "ghost": ÚČ╝

Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings...


Creationists Review-Bombing "We Believe in Dinosaurs"

Aug 31, 2020

You may recall our recent episode on the documentary We Believe in Dinosaurs.  It was pointed out to me that the Amazon reviews for the movie are being 1-star review bombed by creationists who are angry about the film as a "hit piece."   Personally, I enjoyed the documentary and found it to be - if anything - more...


Aug 20, 2020

MonsterTalk Classic interviews return with a look at robots and automata of the ancient classical world. Adrienne Mayor joins us to talk about her book Gods and Robots (book) (audiobook) and how the ancient world envisioned in myth (and reality) early conceptions of automated servants and robotic devices.

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