Super squatchy podcasts

What do you enjoy?

Bigfoot?

Strange things?

The Internet?

Talking?

Fantastic!  Then it logically follows that you might also enjoy podcasts featuring people talking about Bigfoot and other strange things, all from the relative comfort of the World Wide Web.  An entire universe of Bigfoot and Bigfoot-related podcasts happens to exist, whether you knew it or not — but you know it now.

The Bigfoot Show

The Bigfoot Show is dead.  Long live The Bigfoot Show.

This is the first podcast I ever listened to on the subject and it does not fail to disappoint.   Tragically, there are no new episodes coming down the pike as far as I know.  Fortunately for the people of Earth, however, there is an episode backlog of Sasquatchian proportions.   Brian Brown of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy hosts the podcast, and it’s seriously fascinating to hear his tales of research in “Area X.”  The show also features Scott Herriott, filmmaker, sometime-Bigfooter and former comedian (read:  wackiness ensues), and a cast of interviewees including Lyle Blackburn, Bill Munns, Kathy Strain, Sharon Hill of Doubtful News, and Todd Disotell.  The guys are not shy about who they don’t like, however, so let this serve as a word of caution if you are a big fan of Dr. Melba Ketchum or the BFRO.

SasWhat

The only podcast I never miss. SasWhat is hosted by Seth Breedlove and Mark Matzke of the great state of Ohio, and if I have one complaint about their podcast, it’s that it is often just way too short.  (They seem to have corrected that problem, however, with recent episodes being around an hour in length.)  SasWhat takes the listener on a journey around the country and the world in search of Bigfoot sightings and lore.  Every time I hear that dramatic opening string music, I know I’m in for something good.

Breedlove is a documentary filmmaker known for Minerva Monster and the still-in-the-works Beast of Whitehall.  Matzke is a well-read monster enthusiast and their intelligent, funny commentary is so much fun to listen to.  They’re like your friends from college, sitting in the living room eating pizza and rapping about weird stuff.  And I’m not just saying that as a fellow Ohioan.

Monsterland Ohio

SasWhat co-host Mark Matzke’s second podcast, Monsterland Ohio features Matzke and his young son talking all things Monster.  From Godzilla to Bigfoot to classic monster movies and Mystery Science Theater 3000, these guys have got a corner on monsters in popular culture.  True, you might ask yourself, “Did I just spend over an hour listening to a couple of guys talking about their favorite episodes of MST3K?”  The answer, of course, is yes.  Yes you did.  But you’re glad you did, because they clearly have an absolute blast doing their podcast and it’s so much fun to listen.

OK Talk

OK Talk is relatively new on the scene and it’s awesome.  While not strictly Bigfoot or monster-related, hosts Clint and Matt discuss a host of weird happenings.  Ghosts, ESP, cryptids, hermits, and weirdos brandishing scythes are all fair game on OK Talk.  Clint is a fantastic storyteller and this podcast deserves to be far more popular than it seems to be.

MonsterTalk

Currently on hiatus, MonsterTalk is another podcast with an enormous backlog of episodes that will entertain you for days — if not weeks — on end.  Everything from lake monsters to Sasquatch, demons and zombies to Atlantis, if you have a craving for weird lore and legends, MonsterTalk has got you covered.  Plus it has a kick-butt theme song.

Sasquatch Chronicles

I can’t help myself.  I just had to include Sas-Chron.  Even though the podcast has been embroiled in controversy and some have questioned how truthful it is, these episodes are often super-creepy and simply serve as grade-A entertainment.  There are no sweet and fuzzy Bigfoot-sniffing-daisies-type stories on the Chronicles.  Sas-Chron’s Bigfoot is mad as hell and he’s a-gonna kill ya (or at least really, really mess with you).  Sas-Chron is the podcast equivalent of eating popcorn in your pajamas on the couch while having a personal “Saw” movie marathon.

Those are my nominees for best Bigfoot podcasts.  What are some of your favorites?

 

 

 

Skeptics, schmeptics

skep·tic
ˈskeptik/
noun
noun: sceptic; plural noun: sceptics; noun: skeptic; plural noun: skeptics
1. 1.
a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.
synonyms:
cynic, doubter
pessimist, prophet of doom
“skeptics said the marriage wouldn’t last”
a person who doubts the truth of Christianity and other religions; an atheist or agnostic.
synonyms:
agnostic, atheist, unbeliever, nonbeliever, disbeliever, doubting Thomas
“skeptics who have found faith”
2. 2.
Philosophy
an ancient or modern philosopher who denies the possibility of knowledge, or even rational belief, in some sphere.

(Thanks to Google for the definition)

Yesterday I listened to the most recent SasWhat podcast, entitled “Squatchy Skepticism.” I’ve enjoyed SasWhat for a while now, due to its rational, intelligent, and humorous commentary on the world of squatchery. This may be the best episode yet. (A direct link follows at the bottom of this post.)

See, I’ve read all those so-called “skeptical” books. I have issues with them.  The skeptical canon may be many things, but skeptical it tends to be in name only.  Let’s revisit the above definition and see how it applies to Bigfoot.

1. a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions

Note the word “all.” In the absence of hard evidence to the positive, a skeptic questions the existence of Bigfoot. Equally, in the absence of hard evidence to the negative, a skeptic will also question the non-existence of Bigfoot. The skeptic questions all.

It’s perfectly fine to question and doubt things – in fact, it is your responsibility as a sentient being on the planet Earth – but doubt does not equate to closed-mindedness. Let’s look at doubt, too.

doubt
dout/
noun
noun: doubt; plural noun: doubts

a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.
“some doubt has been cast upon the authenticity of this account”
synonyms:
uncertainty, unsureness, indecision, hesitation, dubiousness, suspicion, confusion

(Thanks again, Google)

Uncertainty. Lack of conviction. If I say (purely for the sake of argument), “I doubt Pierce Brosnan has ever made a good movie,” I’m leaving Pierce room to redeem himself. I am uncertain that Pierce Brosnan has ever been in a good movie, but I am allowing the possibility that he has. If I say, “All of Pierce Brosnan’s movies are absolute crap,” this is a strong and unequivocal statement. It is not uncertain.

Back to Bigfoot. So someone who says “Bigfoot does not exist” is not being skeptical. That person is not questioning, nor is he uncertain, nor does he lack conviction.  He’s making a statement.  That’s fine; just don’t tell me you’re a skeptic when you’re doing that.  The true skeptic would say, “I don’t know if Bigfoot exists or not.”  That uncertain, questioning, doubting old skeptic does not have the knowledge to comfortably make a definite statement.

It’s well and good to believe or disbelieve something. We all have beliefs, and we all have doubts. Let’s stop confusing the two.

And hey you, go listen to this SasWhat episode. For real. Episode 53: Squatchy Skepticism