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List of UFO Podcasts and radio shows MP3s
Summary: This page offers a hand-edited list of podcasts and radio shows that cover UFOs. Through the links below, there are over 10,000 episodes available for download as MP3 files (needless to say, the episodes worth listening to are far fewer than 10,000). If you are still relatively new to the UFO subject or are looking for a "short list" of UFO shows to listen to, you are welcome to check the section "My opinion" below, about the persons publicly speaking about UFOs.
Podcasts(Note: Most of these podcasts are NOT listed in iTunes, so you may want to bookmark this page):
Strange Days Indeed (SDI) with Errol Bruce-Knapp et al, aired weekly on CFRB talk-radio in Canada for 8 years, between 1999 and Jan-2007. Continued as podcast until 2009, for a total of 469 episodes.
Collection of UFO shows (MP3) @ checktheevidence.com mostly episodes of the very popular "Coast to Coast AM" radio show aired since late 1990s (note: this collection includes interviews with people who are generally considered unreliable e.g. Bill Knell, Jim Sparks, Michael Salla, David Sereda, John Lear, Stan Romanek etc - check section "My opinion" below)
The Paracastitunes with technology writer Gene Steinberg and Chris O'Brien. David Biedny co-founded the show in 2006 and left in Feb-2010.
Binnall of Americaitunes with Tim Binall. Each podcast includes a concise write up of the main points discussed. Tim's guest list includes Ufologists from outside north America
Dr Don C. Donderi, recently retired professor of Psychology at McGill university in Canada, has researched UFOs for four decades. He gave a 3-part presentation about UFOs at McGill in 2010, which are now availble on-line at McGill's podcast archive
My (warning: brutally honest) opinion: Since visitors to this page have asked me for podcast recommendations, I will say that my UFO interests are very specific to my own research (on possible UFO physics) and apparently different from all but a handful of other people around the world. I also happen to find it more efficient to read about UFOs (which allows me to do full-text searches for keywords and copy/paste stuff into custom databases), rather than listen to audio. Having said that, I have enjoyed listening to certain UFO researchers (e.g. Chris Styles about his investigation into the Shag Harbour UFO incident of 1967, or Carl Feindt who collects water-related incidents, or the 11-Apr-2001 clip of Grant Cameron asking Dick Cheney on live radio whether he had been officially briefed on the UFO subject, to which Cheney replied "Well, if I had been briefed on it, I'm sure it was probably classified and I couldn't talk about it"). I also like to listen to the UFO witnesses speaking directly in their own words, at various UFO audio archives like those by Wendy Connors (incl. the tapes from NUFORC hotline), Michel Deschamps and Brian Vike (in the future, I plan to convert those audios using speech-to-text software - functionality similar to Youtube's auto-captioning). My main criterion for these lists has been to ask if the person has contributed to UFO study something of actual and enduring substance. The podcast shows in the section titled "Recommended" below are worth listening to if you have the time, but if you think that all the answers to UFOs are available in them, then you will be disappointed.
Recommended: To relative newcomers to the UFO subject, I propose the following representative sample of podcasts with long-time Ufologists [sorted alphabetically, specialty in parentheses, podcast in brackets]: Jerome Clark (early UFO history, CUFOS, author of UFO encyclopedia) [SSE, SDI448], Peter Davenport (NUFORC UFO reporting hotline) [BOAA 12.9.9], Don Donderi (UFO history, witness perception) [MCGLL1, SDI241], Carl Feindt (water UFOs) [SDI411, BOAA 5.4.8], Larry Fawcett (FOIA docs, UFO history, co-author w/ Barry Greenwood of "Clear Intent") [DMR], Stanton Friedman (general, Roswell 1947, MJ12, Betty & Barnie Hill abduction, "Cosmic Watergate" UFO cover-up) [C2C 20040721 - debate Friedman (UFO) vs Shostak (SETI), C2C 20070801 - Friedman vs Shermer, C2C 20060926, SDI433, BOAA505],
Stan Gordon (Pennsylv. cases, Kecksburg 1965 case) [Leslie Kean and Stan Gordon @ JPPN-20031125, JPPN, KEY100909], Richard Haines (pilots & UFOs, NARCAP) [PCST090405], Rirchard H. Hall (UFO history, NICAP) [Hall @ SDI, SDI412, SDI434, DMR openP1P2, PCST090802],
Robert Hastings (UFOs and Nukes) [SDI402, C2C 20090217, PRNMLPDCST73], Antonio Huneeus (1990s L.Rockefeller initiative) [JPPN071111, PCST100516], Don Ledger (east Canada cases, airplane incidents) [SDI417/462], Bruce Maccabee (UFO history, photo analysis e.g. Trent OR 1950 & Gulf Breeze FL 1987), Ted Phillips (UFO physical trace cases) [SDI455, C2C 20080817], Kevin Randle (Roswell 1947, general) [SDI377], David Rudiak (Roswell 1947, general) [JPPN 20040528, SDI444/445], Chris Rutkowski (Canadian UFO survey) [SDI386], Don Schmitt (Roswell 1947) [CSC 20090602], Chris Styles (Shag Harbour 1967) [SDI467, BOAA228], Jacques Vallee (UFO history, France, exotic ideas) [C2C 20080212, PCST080309, BOAA 7.20.8] to name a few from North America.
(Note: The abovementioned UFO researchers are pro-anomaly, i.e. they have concluded that there is a core of authentic anomalous UFO events, however few agree with eachother on everything. I don't agree with each and every one of those cited above, notably Vallee).
Note: A distinction should be made between the "personalities" in the UFO subculture (people who appear regularly on late-night radio shows, give talks at UFO conventions, do the UFO lecture circuit, publish dozens of books etc) and the UFO researchers.
There are many diligent UFO researchers who AFAIK haven't given public interviews - a partial list of them is offered below. With a some effort, one can still find old interviews of high-profile UFO researchers of previous decades, like academics Drs James McDonald, J. Allen Hynek, James Harder, Aime Michel (French science writer), Maj USMC Donald Keyhoe (founder of NICAP), Walt Andrus and John F. Schuessler (former Directors of MUFON). If interested in the early history of the modern UFO era (1950s-1960s) you can listen to radio shows by Long John Nebel (very popular all-night radio host of the 1950s) and Frank Edwards. For a perspective on UFOs and the Media, check the work of journalists Terry Hansen (author of "Missing Times") [DMR, C2C 20050829], Patrick Huyghe [PRNMLPDCST135], Billy Cox [SDI452, JOINER 20090522], Leslie Kean [DUNN 20100826], George Knapp [BOAA405], Robert Emenegger ("UFOs: Past, Present and Future" 1972, Holloman AFB UFO landing story) [RadioMisterioso].
Finally, if interested in "popular Ufology" and the "personalities" in the USA UFO & conspiracy subculture, listen to Don Ecker interviewing George Knapp [DMR, BOAA405].
Mixed-bag (take with a grain of salt): Richard Dolan (author of "UFOs and the National Security State", UFO history w/ conspiratorial bend, secret space program, his "breakaway civilization" idea lost me) [C2C 20090823], Linda Moulton-Howe (owner of website Earthfiles.com, author "Alien Harvest", interesting work on animal mutilations in previous decades, but deterioration of critical faculties in recent years, promoting several highly dubious cases and hoaxes e.g. the "drones" in 2007) [C2C 20061124, BOAA 7.9.8],
Frank Feschino ("Shoot them down", Flatwoods "monster", "aerial battles" between UFOs and US military planes in 1950s, plane crashes) [SDI449, SDI460, C2C 20071206], Peter Robbins (worked with Larry Warren on his story wrt the Rendlesham UK 1980 incident; not-OK seminars on Orgone energy & Wilhelm Reich),
team of Robert M. Wood & Ryan Wood (Dr Wood helped publish Paul R. Hill's book "Unconventional Flying Objects"; SSE, website on MJ-12 docs, UFO crashes, link with JFK aka "Lancer" assassination; not-OK: endorsing docs which are almost certainly fake, e.g. SOM1-01) [C2C 20070429, C2C 20060119, C2C 20081107], Timothy Cooper (100+ ostensibly "leaked" TopSecret documents).
Timothy Good (some questionable sources, stories of contactees, claims shooting wars with some aliens to this day) [C2C 20071021, C2C 20061115], Paul Hellyer (former Minister of Defence of Canada, who might have been useful spokesperson for Ufology had he not hooked up with people generally regarded unreliable in Ufology and embraced the highly dubious LtCol Philip Corso's claims that various technologies such as fiber optics, microchips & night-vision are the result of back-engineered alien artifacts from the Roswell 1947 crash).
John Keel (self-described demonologist, probably best known for his 1975 book "The Mothman Prophecies" which was later made into a film starring Richard Gere; focused on the theory that 'ultraterrestrials' are hoaxing us; I am not too fond of his work, but he was influential in creating neo-mythologies which contaminate the UFO folklore to this day) [J.Keel interview by D.Ecker of DMR, Keel remembered / obituary @ PCST090712].
James W. Moseley (editor of Saucer Smear, UFO hoaxer, chronicler of the social subculture of Ufology, the "class clown" of Ufology, author of "Shockingly Close to the Truth : Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist"), Karl T. Pflock (guilt by association - former CIA, believed that some UFOs were alien vehicles, arriving in the early to mid-1940s, but had stopped visiting Earth in the early 1970s, believed the Barney and Betty Hill abduction story, but was a skeptic of Roswell 1947 and Aztec 1948 alleged UFO crashes), William Moore and Jaime Shandera [DMR], Roger Leir (alien implants removal).
James Carrion (former Director of MUFON - OK: "Project Pandora" digitization of MUFON case files & journal, not-OK: believes UFO phenomenon is a deception by intelligence agencies; setting up Arturo Robles Gil for "UFOs over Earth: Mass sightings in México" TV show by secretly launching balloons), Chuck Zukowski (cattle mutes, not-OK: endorses Stan Romanek).
Alien abduction phenomenon proponents: John Mack, Budd Hopkins & David Jacobs (early involvement in UFO history, his PhD dissertation "The Controversy over Unidentified Flying Objects in America: 1896-1973"; alien-human "hybrids") [SDI446, C2C 20030927], John Velez (abductee) [SDI406, SDI412, SDI414, SDI417, SDI420]. Alien abduction skeptics: Susan A. Clancy & Richard McNally (false memory researchers), Susan Blackmore. Scott Corrales, Sgt Robert Dean (Top Secret NATO docs about ET races), Sgt Clifford E. Stone (OK: FOIA Project Moon Dust & Operation Blue Fly; not-OK: 57 different species of aliens), James Deardorff ("leaky embargo" hypothesis, Talmud of Jmmanuel, UFO-biblical connections, embraces Billy Meier contactee story), Bruce Cornet (Pine Bush NY instr. monitoring; timed exposure photos; black manta-ray UFO videos; UFOs "giving a show" e.g. appearing as a solid black Boeing 707 without the engines criss-crossing the highway ahead of him; symbolic meaning in UFO activity; abduction) [JPPN], Jaime Maussan (popular Mexican journalist and host of TV Show "Third Millennium", promoted hoaxers like "Dr" Reed, several questionable photo/video cases, but also publicized some really puzzling UFO videos), Tony Bragalia (investigation Roswell "memory metal", highly dubious scenario for Socorro case as a student prank), Nick Cook (aviation journalist, author "The Hunt for Zero Point"; helped fuel "Nazi UFO" neo-mythology, bogus anti-gravity stuff in his TV documentaries). Most European UFO "sceptics" / "pelicanists" (e.g. most Magonians, David Clarke) some of whom however have contributed positively in certain ways in Ufology, unlike their US counterparts, who are simply nay-sayers.
Gerald K. Haines (CIA historian, claimed most UFO sightings of the 1950s-1960s were due to U2 and SR71), Curtis Peebles (author of "Watch the Skies", aviation historian at Smithsonian, UFOs are a psycho-social phenomenon, i.e. pilots see things that aren't really there due to the "power of suggestion"). Kentaro Mori.
Hardline skeptics/debunkers from USA: Philip J. Klass, Robert Sheaffer, James Oberg, Tim Printy (as long as you understand that what you will be reading to be highly prejudiced material that it is).
Thanks, but no thanks: Stan Romanek, Bob Lazar, Philip J. Imbrogno, Michael Horn (promoter of Swiss "contactee" Billy Meier in the USA), David Sereda, Dan Aykroyd (he supposedly cares about Ufology, yet he didn't do the subject any favors when he appeared on the 30-Apr-2010 show of CNN Larry King Live panel "Are Aliens a Threat?" with Hawking, Kaku, Shostak & Brin and stated that there are 23 different alien species, cited specific articles of US law the aliens violate when they abduct humans, even managed to add 9/11 to the mix; works with David Sereda), Michael Schratt (self-styled aviation historian, who on HistoryChannel's UFO Hunters S3E5 linked the "hieroglyphics" on the Kecksburg acorn with the fictional "Nazi Bell" and also in a Jan-2010 Camelot interview linked B-2 with electrogravitics antigravity & overunity), Stan Deyo, Tom Bearden, Thomas Valone. Kenn Thomas, Michael Cohen (allnewsweb.com aka ANW), Paola Harris, Jeff Peckman,
Steven Greer (CSETI, "Father of the ET and Free Energy Disclosure movements"; note: the Disclosure Project's May-2001 Press Conference did include several good witnesses), LtCol Philip Corso (author "The Day After Roswell" 1997, story about reverse engineering of alien artifacts), LtCol Wendelle Stevens (USAF monitoring UFOs over Alaska in the 1950s, large collection of alleged UFO photos ufophotoarchives.org, publisher of several highly dubious "contactee" tales e.g. UMMO, Billy Meier / Pleiades, Andromeda, Venus etc), Sgt Richard Doty & Cpt Robert Collins (USAF Intelligence, authors of "Exempt from Disclosure"), Mark Pilkington (author "Mirage Men"), Annie Jacobsen (author "Area 51"), Dan Sherman (author "Above black"), Michael Salla ("Exopolitics", note: not to be confused with Robert Salas, former USAF Captain and Minuteman ICBM launch officer, who investigates UFOs and Nukes), Richard Boylan, Bob Oechsler ("Guardian" video), Alex Collier, Carlos Diaz (Ships of Light), Jordan Maxwell, Joseph P. Farrell, Nick Redfern, David Hatcher Childress, Billy Meier (Swiss "contactee", Pleiadians), Jose Escamilla (film-maker "Rods", "Interstellar"), Ray Palmer (US 1950s), Gray Barker (hoaxer, writer of UFO books, initiated the "men in black" lore), George Adamski (US 1950s "contactee"), George King (UK "contactee"), Jim Sparks.
Bill Knell, Sigmund "Butch" Witkowski Jr, Jonathan Bradley Rutter a.k.a "Dr" Jonathan Reed ("Alien in freezer" - story about encountering reptilian alien in the woods of the Cascade Mountains in Oct-1996, alien attacked his dog, he killed the alien and put it in freezer - story promoted by C2C's Art Bell), Dan "Walter Mitty" Burisch (J-Rod alien), Sean David Morton, Urandir Fernandes de Oliveira (Brazil), Ed Dames, Clark McClelland ("9ft tall alien in the Space Shuttle Loading Bay"), Ray Santilli ("Roswell alien autopsy" 1995 movie hoax). Milton William "Bill" Cooper ("Behold a Pale Horse"), Philip Schneider (the man that killed 2 grey aliens), John Lear, David Icke (shape-shifting reptilians). Kal K. Korff. James McGaha, Joe Nickell, Kendrick Frazier, Seth Shostak & Jill Tarter, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michael Shermer, Christopher C. French, Benjamin Radford.
Practically everyone interviewed by the "Project Camelot" (it's become a "litmus test" i.e. if a person is there, he is almost certainly not worth bothering with; it is however sad to see such a waste of resources on spreading the ideas of mostly deluded folks).
Note: Since "moderate" Ufologists tend to stick to the facts and most are average storytellers, listeners without a real interest in the UFO subject might find their interviews rather unexciting or even boring. In contrast, the most popular "colorful" paranormal radio guests talk breathlessly about subjects ranging from secret space program, to FEMA camps, to hollow Earth, to mind control. Some nationally syndicated radio shows in the US have even had known liars/hoaxers like Bill Knell, Jonathan Reed and Sean David Morton as repeat guests. It's understandable that some nightly shows have a ton of air-time to fill and factor-in the guest's charisma, but apparently their producers either do no due diligence whatsoever on their guests, or adhere to the premise "any story is valid if it soaks up ratings".
In addition to the UFO researchers listed in the "Recommended" section above, there are in fact dozens of individuals who have done years of actual getting-your-hands-dirty UFO investigations and published their work, the sung and unsung heroes of Ufology.
People like Walter N. Webb, David F. Webb (HUMCAT), Jennie Zeidman (CUFOS, Coyne UH-1 incident), Willy Smith (UNICAT Project, UFO sighting files), Ted Bloecher & Isabel Davis (HUMCAT, CSI-NY), Coral and Jim Lorenzen (APRO), Matt Graeber (UFORIC), Ray Stanford (author of "Soccoro saucer in a Pentagon pantry" 1976 about the Zamora/Soccoro NM 1964, which however Richard H. Hall raised some serious objections in MUFON Journal Jul-1976; Project Starlight P.S.I. instrumental monitoring), Paul R. Hill (NASA engineer, author "Unconventional Flying Objects"), Bruce Maccabee (U.S. Navy optical physicist and author of "The UFO/FBI Connection"), Marc D' Antonio (astronomer, MUFON chief photo analyst), Barry Greenwood & Larry Fawcett (FOIA docs, UFO history, archival research, authors of "Clear Intent"), Raymond E. Fowler, Bob Pratt (reporter 30+ years, author "UFO DANGER ZONE" & "Night Siege"), Mark Cashman (MUFON CT, temporaldoorway), Keith Rowell (Oregon MUFON), Walt Andrus (MUFON director), John F. Schuessler (MUFON director), Robert Powell (MUFON), Harley Rutledge, Stuart Appelle (alien abductions, JUFOS editor), Jack Kasher, Michael D. Swords (history, CUFOS), Jan Aldrich (early history of UFOs, Sign Historical Group, Project 1947, archival research), Jim Klotz (CUFON sysop, Sign Oral History Project), Brad Sparks (RB47 case, UFO history, Bluebook unknowns), Thomas Tulien (Minot AFB ND 1968 case, Sign History Project), Keith Chester (UFO history, author of "Strange company" about UFOs in WWII aka foo-fighters), Kenny Young [SDI419], Francis Ridge (new NICAP Web portal), Leonard Stringfield (collected UFO crash retrieval stories 1970s), Allan Hendry (CUFOS chief investigator in 1970s, personally investigated over 1300 UFO reports), Joseph "Junior" Hicks (Utah cases), Roderick B. Dyke (AUFOR, UFONS), Lou Farish (UFONS), Frank B. Salisbury (author "Utah UFO Display" 1974), Mark Rodeghier (CUFOS director), Barry Downing (author "Flying Saucers and the Bible"), Patrick Cooke (bibleufo.com), Don Berliner (author). UFO sighting report databases: Donald Johnson and Saunders (UFOCAT), Larry Hatch (*U* UFO Database), Chris Rutkowski and Geoff Dittman (Canadian UFO Survey), Martin Jasek (UFO*BC, Yukon 1996 UFO case). To-check: Ivan Sanderson, James McCampbell, Leonard Cramp, Ann Druffel, Paul Norman, Phyllis A. Bundinger (chemist).
Royce J. Myers III (ufowatchdog.com, who investigated and exposed several hoaxers, incl. "Dr" Reed)
UFO researchers outside North America include: Illobrand von Ludviger & Rolf-Dieter Klein (MUFON-CES Germany), Patrick Gross (portal ufologie.net, CE3 db, archival research, old French cases), Jean Jacques Vélasco (SEPRA 1983-2004), Claude Poher, Jacques Patenet (head of GEIPAN - Groupe d’Etudes et d’Information des Phénomènes Aérospatiaux Non identifiés - official body in France for UFO Investigation), Dominique F. Weinstein (AIRPANC catalogue of pilot sightings, France), Gildas Bourdais (French Ufology) [BOAA319], Jenny Randles (northern Britain, NUFON, BUFORA director of investigations 1983-1994), Georgina Bruni (Rendlesham), Martin Shough, Gary Heseltine (British policemen UFO db), Clas Svahn (Archives for UFO Research AFU, UFO Sweden, skeptic), Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos (FOTOCAT, Anomaly Foundation Spain, skeptic), Ole Jonny Braenne (UFO Norway), Olavo T. Fontes (Brazil), Ubirajara Rodrigues (Brazil, author "The Varginha Case"), A.J. Gevaerd (Brazilian UFO files declassification), Marco Antonio Petit de Castro (Brazil), Bill Chalker (Australian and Chinese Ufology), Keith Basterfield (Australia, former APRO and MUFON), Antonio Huneeus (Chile/US, Rockefeller initiative), Auguste Meessen (Belgium), Massimo Teodorani (Italy), Maurizio Verga. Belgium: Michel Bougard, Lucien Clerebaut, Patrick Ferryn, Dr. Leo Brenig.
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