The Paracast -- The Gold Standard of Paranormal Radio
Summary: The Paracast explores a world beyond science, where UFOs, UFO, poltergeists and strange phenomena of all kinds have been reported by millions across the planet. The Paracast presents longtime researchers in the field, to shed light on the mysteries and complexities of our Universe and the secrets that surround us in our everyday lives. Join long-time paranormal researcher Gene Steinberg, co-host Christopher O’Brien, and their roster of special guest experts and experiencers, as they explore the realms of the known and unknown. Listen each week to the great stories of the history of the paranormal field in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Gene and Randall present author/screenwriter/producer for Bryce Zabel for a wide-ranging discussion that includes super heroes and his alternative history about what many regard as the best rock group of all time, "Once There Was a Way: What if The Beatles Stayed Together?" But the main topic is about the possibility of UFO disclosure. Nearly 10 years after the speculative fiction story he and Richard M. Dolan wrote about the subject, "A.D. After Disclosure: When the Government Finally Reveals the Truth About Alien Contact," Zabel talks about what he regards as the improved prospects for the secret of the UFOs — or UAPs — finally being revealed. But what about theories about demonic UFOs, or whether other countries might be poised to reveal the truth as to what they are before the U.S. finally gets around to it? Note: This interview continues on the February 16, 2020 episode of After The Paracast.
Gene and Randall welcome that ever-prolific author on all things paranormal, Nick Redfern. Here Nick begins the episode with a strange story about a newspaper reporter who died, perhaps under mysterious circumstances, while en route to cover a flying saucer convention in the California desert. It was the 1950s, with Cold War paranoia rampant, and the FBI was building dossiers on such contactees as George Adamski and George Van Tassel in order to seek evidence of possible communist influence. Indeed, was the original message of peace and brotherhood all a cover for efforts to convert loyal Americans to communism? Those were indeed curious times.
In a very special “Shop Talk” episode, Gene and Randall hang with David Stone (stonehart in the forums) an active forum participant and a paranormal theorist. The wide range of discussions include current issues in the UFO field and whether it makes any difference. And what about the skepticism about the credentials of Luis Elizondo, the reported head of the Pentagon’s Advance Aerospace Threat Identification Program? There are also forays into pop culture and a discussion about rock musicians that appear to be interested in UFOs by dint of their songs, and even a sighting or two.
Gene and Randall present a return appearance by journalist Leslie Kean, who co-authored a groundbreaking front page story for The New York Times about a previously secret Pentagon program studying UFOs. In 2010, her book "UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record" (Crown Publishing Group, 2010) was a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of "Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife." During this interview, Leslie talks of her inspirations for the book about life after death, which included regular consultations with two mediums, and possible communications with her dead brother, and even the late abduction researcher Budd Hopkins, with whom she had a close relationship.
With more incredible ghost stories, Gene and Randall present paranormal author/adventurer Jeff Belanger. On this episode, he shoots a thick arrow through the conventional wisdom that the legend of Robin Hood describes someone from England. You’ll also hear about America’s Stonehenge, the man-eating apple tree (yes, we’re serious!), psychic sleuths, who are reputed to solve crimes that remain unsolved, and even Glastonbury’s Glawackus (and say that five times fast!). And that’s just the beginning, since Jeff also brings more tales to the January 19, 2020 episode of After The Paracast, available for Paracast+ members. Jeff is the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series that debuted on PBS in October of 2013, and the weekly New England Legends Podcast.
Gene and Randall introduce Gary Voorhis Jr, a firsthand witness to part of the the U.S.S. Nimitz “tic-tac” UFO events during the week of the 14th of November 2004. He was a fire controlman and Aegis Computer/ CEC technician onboard the U.S.S. Princeton. When the unknown returns appeared on radar, Voorhis says he’d run up to the bridge and look through a pair of heavily magnified binoculars in the direction the returns were coming from. He says the objects were too far off to make out any distinguishing features, but he could clearly see something moving erratically in the distance. They’d just be hovering there, then all of a sudden, in an instant, they’d dart off to another direction and stop, behavior typical of a UFO. He also talks about those gun camera videos of these objects, and possible solutions to what was going on. Voorhis is now vice president of the UAP Expedition Group.
Gene and Randall present a thought-provoking discussion with ong time UFO author/researchers Jerome Clark and Chris Rutkowski. Jerry has written over a dozen books include the multivolume magnum opus, “The UFO Encyclopedia.” He’s also a songwriter whose music has been recorded or performed by musicians such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Tom T. Hall. Chris is a Canadian science writer and educator, with a background in astronomy but with a passion for teaching science concepts to children and adults. Since the mid-1970s, he also has been studying reports of UFOs and writing about his investigations and research.
Gene and Randall take a fascinating online journey exploring haunted houses with ghost hunter Jill Foote-Shelley, from St. Croix Paranormal. In addition to chasing ghosts, Jill will tell us about her purchase of the Boyd House, a dwelling with a history of paranormal activity. Jill says, “The more we go there the more the activity increases,” she says. St. Croix Paranormal investigates possible haunted places in the St. Croix Valley, which covers a wide area that includes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and surrounding areas. It was founded in 2010 by a group of volunteers who have the passion, knowledge and equipment to pursue the paranormal.
Gene and Randall present friendly skeptic Bryan Bonner from Colorado's Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society. He returns to talk about UFOs, theories, beliefs, and separating the real from the fakes. With extensive experience and training; using a collection of equipment and the most important tool, critical thinking, Bryan utilizes stage magic, mentalism and science to seek the evidence to solve the mysteries, and close the cases. His work has earned the respect of believers and skeptics alike; and earned the fear of fraudsters and charlatans. In some hilarious encounters, he outwits the con‐artists. He is an expert at exposing houses, pranks and scams, and creating some to prove a point.
Gene and Randall present Thiago Luiz Ticchetti, author of “UFO Contacts in Brazil.” Brazil is one of the countries with the highest UFO incidence in the world. The cases occurring in this country are among the most spectacular in Ufological literature and this book will bring the reader some of the most fascinating close encounter cases, many never published in English before, with many details, photos and illustrations. You learn about some of the most compelling cases during this episode. Ticchetti has been studying UFOs for more than two decades. He is co-editor and columnist for Brazil’s UFO Magazine, a columnist for UFO Truth magazine, and is the author of nine books on UFOs.
On this episode T Allen Greenfield, one of Gene's closest friends, brings his right-angle to the mainstream perspective to The Paracast. Allen the is a long-time student of esoteric spirituality and Gnosticism, a study he began in 1960. A past (elected) member of the British Society for Psychical Research, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) (from 1960), etc., he has twice been the recipient of the "UFOlogist of the Year Award" of the National UFO Conference (1972 and 1992), which ran continuously on an annual basis for 41 years. He is also a Borderland Science Research Associate (BSRA). Allen, Gene and other long-time researchers, including Rick Hilberg, were pioneers of the teen Ufology movement in the early 1960s.
Gene and Randall present that inimitable cutting-edge thinker Red Pill Junkie (Miguel Romero). On this episode, RPJ opines on cutting-edge UFO research, and the frontiers of science and consciousness. In his own words, RPJ is an "Agnostic gnostic, walking conundrum & metaphysical oxymoron (with emphasis in the 'moron' part), [who] lives a double life: He is an outspoken blogger on the paranormal and a regular contributor for The Daily Grail, Mysterious Universe, and the Intrepid Magazine blog. He also collaborates frequently with The Grimerica Show podcast and, of course, has appeared on The Paracast over the years.
Coming November 24 to The Paracast (www.theparacast.com): Gene and Randall, joined by forum regular Mark Jackson for a special roundtable, where a host of subjects are on the agenda. In addition to the state of UFO research, the trio moves on to cutting-edge research. In response to news that Google may have made a breakthrough in developing a quantum computer, there is an extended conversation about quantum mechanics, consciousness, whether we are all living in a simulation, and even a brief debate about using the acronym UAP instead of UFO. Randall explains why he regards UFO as more informative in defining the main goal of research into the phenomenon.
Gene and Randall present the irrepressible UFO researcher and conspiracy theorist Lorien Fenton, who became actively involved in the San Francisco Bay Area UFO Community after a near death experience in 2009. She is currently the MUFON Marin and Sonoma counties Section Director. Lorien’s nonprofit, Conscious Community Events, produces UFO CON, which is held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also produces the Super Soldier and Mind Control Summits that cover the topics of Targeted Individuals, Transhumanism, “Super Soldiers and Monarchs” and more. If that wasn’t enough, she hosts two weekly radio talk shows, The Fenton Perspective and The Fenton Files.
Gene and Randall present UFO researcher and podcaster Martin Willis. Martin has been fascinated with the subject of UFOs since his youth, yet he was on the fence about the subject until he experienced a personal sighting in 2006 in Carmel Valley, CA. Pondering what UFOs may be, or if they are possibly extraterrestrial, helped spark his interest to another level. Martin thinks we may never find out what people are really seeing, but in his opinion, it is a most important and exciting puzzle to solve. Whatever the answer will be, he doesn’t think it will be mundane. In his day job, Martin is a longtime antique and fine art appraiser.