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MonsterTalk #054 - Qu'est Que C'est?
« Reply #420 on: May 03, 2012, 01:51:24 AM »
Holy crap, two episodes within a week... I think this is one of the signs of the end times.


New Episode - Qu'est Que C'est?

Remorseless killers are the stuff of countless films. Sadly, the real world has even more of them. Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, H. H. Holmes, John Wayne Gacy—these remorseless psychopaths filled graveyards with corpses and sleeping minds with nightmares. But these aren’t monsters—they’re real people who have a brain that developed differently than most peoples. Author Jon Ronson joins us on this episode of MonsterTalk to discuss the condition of psychopathy—and to share with us his journey into the world of these dangerous people.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #421 on: May 04, 2012, 07:33:31 AM »
I've recently read The Psychopath Test and highly recommend it to everyone. It's a quick read, I got through it in a day. Though to be fair, that was a day of me sat in an airport and plane, so had lots of free time.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #422 on: May 04, 2012, 08:23:02 AM »
It's a quick read, I got through it in a day.

Yeah, Jon Ronson's books I tend to find are like that... I picked up Them to flip through at a bookstore once and ended up reading 2/3 of it before left the store :P Just something about his style that makes everything feel light and easy to read. Same with the podcast, actually... turning talking about psychopaths into sounding like a cheerful chat, at least to my ears.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #423 on: May 25, 2012, 10:14:51 AM »
Ronson is always a delight to listen to.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #424 on: May 25, 2012, 11:33:21 PM »
And I agree. See Badlands. If only for 1) the sound track 2) what movies were like before CGI and everyone had a cell phone.



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MonsterTalk #56 - Assault & Giant Battery
« Reply #425 on: August 08, 2012, 05:54:14 AM »
New Episode - Assault & Giant Battery

For decades, legends of a giant sexually-assaulting bat-creature have trickled out of Zanzibar. In this episode of MonsterTalk we interview Ben Radford about his investigation of the creature and the role that the monster called Popabawa has played in culture and politics in the United States.

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Hooray. Been a while since the last one... I guess this Ben Radford bloke is a hard guy to line up an interview with.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #426 on: August 11, 2012, 07:54:09 AM »
Thanks guys, it was a lot of fun to listen too.

In thinking about monsters as a stand in for cultural fears, I wonder what are the cultural fears that bring about the Popabawa? I would assume that fear of damnation and loss of group status, but I really don't know their culture.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #427 on: August 11, 2012, 07:53:21 PM »
Loved the podcast but I do think you underplayed the covering for other things angle. Like, I really think the succubus myth was many times invoked to paper over  sexual encounter with a prostitute or perhaps a traveller (and the to-women equivalent still had to invoke rape, similar to this monster in fact). The fact that Muslims are so stridently homophobic doesn't make the idea that someone might invoke a folktale to paper over a homosexual encounter less likely, if yo. Know what I mean.
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MonsterTalk #57 - The Blair Fish Project
« Reply #428 on: August 22, 2012, 06:53:35 AM »
Holy crap, another one already! I do remember them saying they wanted to get a mermaids one out in time after the Animal Planet episode made a lot of news...


New Episode - The Blair Fish Project

FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, people who made their living by working the sea have reported creatures that appeared to be half-human and half-fish. Some of these stories are legends and fairy tales, but more recent sightings are reported as real animals. Confounding things even more are mummified mermaids brought to Europe from sailors coming back from Asia. A recent Animal Planet “documentary” claimed that mermaids are real and the US government is hiding the truth. This week on MonsterTalk, we interview museum curator (and mermaid-model expert) Paolo Viscardi.

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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #429 on: August 23, 2012, 07:53:02 PM »
Great Episode. It felt like a giant puntastic rant!!
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MonsterTalk - Satanic Panic / Dungeons and Dragons
« Reply #430 on: March 06, 2015, 02:46:51 PM »
I thought I would resurrect this thread

The latest episode is really good getting into Satanic Panic and Dungeons and Dragons
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #431 on: March 06, 2015, 02:56:49 PM »
A topic I'm pretty well versed in myself - checking it out.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #432 on: March 06, 2015, 03:05:20 PM »
A topic I'm pretty well versed in myself - checking it out.

I had my stepfather destroy all my books as a teenager because of one of those satanic panic "documentaries"
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #433 on: March 06, 2015, 03:17:55 PM »
I got in to the hobby late enough (1990) that I missed experiencing the brunt of it myself, but it was a pet topic later on for me.
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Re: MonsterTalk - Skeptical Cryptozoology Podcast
« Reply #434 on: March 06, 2015, 03:21:51 PM »
I got in to the hobby late enough (1990) that I missed experiencing the brunt of it myself, but it was a pet topic later on for me.

I got into the game because of the movie "Mazes and Monsters" because it made the game sound good  >:D
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