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MonsterTalk: The Science Show About Monsters is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves.

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243 - Basilisks are Over-Powered (Explicit)

Jan 10 • 01:13:54

242 - The Hairy Hands of Devon

Dec 27 • 01:16:03

(AKA - The Hairy Hands of Dartmoor, The Unseen Hands) The legend of the Hairy Hands is set in Postbridge, Dartmoor. The road is now known as the B3212. Since 1921, the road has been the locale of a legendary menace - a pair of powerful unseen hairy hands that occasionally drives people to their death. But where did this story come from? And is it true?  Blake discusses his...

In a Dim Room - Christmas Special 2021

Dec 27 • 15:01

241 - Monster Theory

Dec 13 • 01:02:17

240 - Frankenstein and Mermaids

Nov 29 • 01:11:25

In this episode of MonsterTalk Radio, Blake and Karen have David Farnell of Fukuoka University on the show to talk about Frankenstein and the novel’s—and the monster’s—impact on pop culture, as well as how the definition of what a monster is and how monsters are perceived have evolved through literature. David has published numerous papers on monsters and monsters in liter...

239 - Monsterology with Stephen Asma

Nov 15 • 01:02:46

When we think about monsters, the number one reaction most people will have is fear. Why is that and where does it come from? How do our brains process the concept of monsters, our gut reactions to them, and about where we stand with all of that? In this episode of MonsterTalk, Blake sits down with author, professor, and artist, Stephen Asma to delve into how monsters evol...

238 - The Grand Guignol

Nov 1 • 01:19:06

A look at the brief but influential "life" of the Grand Guignol theater, a Paris stage venue that specialized in gore and terror. We interview Professor Richard Hand, who has co-authored four volumes about this amazing little production company that for a brief while made much of true-crime and visceral nightmarish plots to present gore, horror and terror to Paris audience...

237 - Lord Dufferin's Ghost

Oct 18 • 01:09:51

236 - Carnivorous Plants

Oct 4 • 01:10:06

Here on MonsterTalk, we stretch the idea of what a monster might be in all sorts of interesting ways. In this episode, Blake and Karen dive into the world of monstrous plants, with Peter D’Amato as their guide. Having grown them for over 40 years, Peter D’Amato is the authority on carnivorous plants. He also authored the book, The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Pla...

235 - Hungarian Goulish: The Elizabeth Bathory Mystery

Sep 20 • 01:20:58

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