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Summary: Going beyond the basics… Interviews and discussions with UFO researchers, authors, witnesses, scientists, and others to talk in-depth about issues related to this very real phenomenon. We bring together some of the best minds from multiple disciplines so that we can put our heads together to try to gain insight into this enigmatic issue. Host Alejandro Rojas is a UFO & Paranormal researcher, journalist, lecturer and Huffington Post blogger. Alejandro is a field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network, the largest UFO investigative organization in the US, and is currently their Director of Public Relations and a state section director in Arizona. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies.
Astrobiologists and Ufologists are not typically seen together at the same BBQs. Why? Each argues that the other is not attending to the evidence. NASA's Astrobiological Roadmap asks three research questions: What is the origin of life? Is there a second genesis of life? How will life expand from Earth to elsewhere? SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life Institute) is listening for radio signals emitted from extra-solar civilizations. This is hard-nosed science. Yet, ufologists also believe they are employing scientific methods such as scrupulous investigation of sightings, hypnotic regression, statistical analysis, and such. Ufologists revere science. Why, then, is there tension if not outright hostility between the fields? Ted Peters is the author of UFOs—God's Chariots?, first published in 1977. Its penetrating cultural analysis of the UFO phenomenon remains definitive. He teaches systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He co-edits the journal, Theology and Science, at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has recently served as consultant to NASA and SETI on astro-ethics. He is the author of GOD—The World's Future (Fortress, rev. ed. 2000); Science, Theology and Ethics (Ashgate 2003); and co-author of A Theological and Scientific Commentary on Darwin's Origin of Species (Abingdon 2009). The Peters ETI Religious Crisis Survey can be found at Counterbalance on the web: http://www.counterbalance.org/etsurv/index-frame.html.
Kathleen Marden is a scientific ufologist whose interest in the topic started at a young age. Kathleen is the niece of Betty Hill who along with her husband Barney experienced the first widely publicized abduction. Along with her colleague Denise Stoner, Kathleen has put together a study on the commonalities between abduction experiencers. Their findings are very interesting and will be the topic of our discussion. Kathleen Marden earned her B.A. in Social Work at the University of New Hampshire in 1971. Thereafter, she entered into graduate studies in Education at the University of Cincinnati, and later, at U.N.H. She began her professional career as a social worker and eventually entered the field of education. She left her job in 1990, and decided to pursue a career as a UFO investigator, researcher and writer. She taught adult education classes on UFO and abduction history, and for 10 years volunteered as the Mutual UFO Networks Director of Field Investigator Training. She is currently a UFO & abduction writer and lecturer investigating some of the very substantial cases in the annals of UFO and abduction history. She was recently appointed as MUFONs Director of Abduction Studies. Visit Kathleen's website at: http://www.kathleen-marden.com
Paola Harris is a UFO researcher and auther from Italy. She spends a lot of time lecturing and researching UFO cases all around the world. We will find out what she has been up to and get her international perspective. We will also get an update on her Womens UFO conference and information about the next one. You can read more about her work at: http://www.paolaharris.com/
Nick Pope and I will be discussing the incredible case of UFO Hacker Gary McKinnon. This extraordinary case has erupted into an international relations event that has been discussed publicly by President Obama and Prime Minster Cameron, and has strained relations between these two powerful allies. We will ask Nick how badly this case has damaged relations between the two countries, what UFO secrets have been revealed and what more if any may be forthcoming. Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Governments UFO project at the Ministry of Defence. Initially skeptical, his research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon and access to classified government files on the subject soon convinced him that the phenomenon raised important defence and national security issues, especially when the witnesses were military pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar.
I have been too busy to do an interview in the last couple of weeks, but I want to get you all some UFO news and say Hi. So todays show will just be me and UFO news.
John Ventre is the Pennsylvania state director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). He has also written a couple of fiction books situated around the legends of 2012. More recently he has just finished a non-fiction book about UFO sightings and MUFON investigations in Pennsylvania. He also helps organize two UFO conferences in Pennsylvania, one in Pittsburgh and another in Philadelphia, with plans to start a third in Erie. We will talk to John about his conferences, a recent appearance on Anderson Cooper's new daytime talk show, and the cases presented in his new book. For more info about John visit: www.JohnVentre.com
Tracie Austin is a paranormal author and TV/Radio host. She hosts the show Let's Talk Paranormal. She was born in England where she had her first UFO sighting, and now lives in Las Vegas. Her first book is titled Haunted Las Vegas. We will be talking to her about her brand new book Alien Encounters in Western USA. It chronicles nine stories of alleged alien abduction, and includes the removal of mysterious implants, an apparent hybridization program, and interactions with multiple types of entities. Join us for a glimpse inside the frightful mystery known as alien abduction. For more on Tracie and her book visit: letstalkparanormal.com.
Ben McGee is the Founder and Principal Research Scientist of Astrowright Spaceflight Consulting LLC and the resident scientist on the National Geographic Channel's reality series, Chasing UFOs. He has served for several years as adjunct faculty in the Physical Science Department of the College of Southern Nevada, and in 2011 he successfully completed FAA-certified suborbital-scientist astronaut training at the National Aerospace Training and Research Center. McGee is currently engaged in research exploring alternative temporal implications of Special Relativity, documenting the industrial archaeology of the NASA-AEC Nuclear Rocket Development Station, and developing guidelines for xenoarchaeology, a speculative form of archaeology assessing possible alien life and culture. We'll talk about science and UFOs, commercial spaceflight and xenoarcheology. http://www.astrowright.com - http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/chasing-ufos/
Lee Speigel is a staff writer for the Huffington Post. His main focus is late breaking UFO news. We will be talking about recent UFO news stories including the British Civil Aviation Authoritys UFO investigations, possible upcoming secrets being revealed by Air Force insiders, and much more. Writer, reporter, and paranormal expert Lee Speigel is the former host of NBC Radios "The Edge of Reality." Hes hosted nearly 1,500 programs on unexplained phenomena, and previously worked at Westwood One Radio and ABCNews.com. He is the only person to produce a presentation at the United Nations on the subject of UFOs. You can read Lees stories at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lee-speigel/
The new TV program Unsealed: Alien Files uses the formerly secret alien documents now being released by 40 countries to learn more about mass UFO sightings, personal abductions, government cover-ups and breaking alien news. Episodes will look at alien messages, UFOs and Los Angeles, alien plagues and technology and secret knowledge of extraterrestrial life by the Vatican. Producer Vince Rotonda is an experienced Writer/Director/Producer with over twenty years of experience in Hollywood. In 2004 Vince was the Supervising Producer for the first season of the ABC hit series “Supernanny”, which won the Peoples Choice Award for Best Reality (Non-Competition) show. Over the years, he has produced several long running TV hits including Giuliana and Bill, The Denise Richards Show, and The Mole. We will talk to Vince about his latest project, Unsealed, and some of the great cases they will be featuring. For more information visit: http://unsealedfiles.com/
Frank Feschino Jr has spent many years investigating one of the most perplexing UFO and ET encounter stories on the books, the Flatwoods Monster. Late in 1952, a year full of sightings across the US, witnesses in Braxton County, West Virginia report seeing lights in theirs skies and in the forests of Flatwoods. Locals who investigated the forest came face to face with something they could not explain. Frank has talked to those witnesses and gotten an accurate account of the story that without his efforts may have been lost to obscurity. He wrote about his research in a book published in 2004, but the publisher had unfortunately changed his text and got a lot of his work wrong and left out other important parts of the story. He is now rereleasing the book as it should have been with more discoveries he has made in the last few years. We will talk about this incredible case and his new book. For more on Frank visit: http://www.flatwoodsmonster.com/
Scott Roberts is an author, magazine publisher, graphic designer and much more. His digital magazine, Intrepid, explores a variety of paranormal topics and he has authored several books two of which are titled, The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim, and The Secret History of the Reptilians. We will talk to Scott about his journey from a bible student in seminary to his secular study of the bible, identifying that bible mythologies, like other ancient folklore, tell of godlike people who came from the heavens to interact with humans. Learn more about Scott and his books at his website: http://www.scottalanroberts.com/.
Don is a commercial airline pilot and CSETI member. He helped Dr. Steven Greer with his Disclosure Project. We will talk to Don about pilots and UFO sightings. We will also talk about the interesting events at a large presentation in Boulder, CO to the public after the famous Washington D.C. press conference in 2001.
Dr. Robert Piccioni has a B.S. in physics from Caltech and a Ph.D. in high energy physics from Stanford University. He was a faculty member at Harvard University and did research at both the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the Fermi National Accelerator Lab. He is a public speaker, educator and expert on cosmology and Einsteins theories. Physicists have been searching for the God Particle, (Higgs Boson), for over 40 years. They even persuaded governments to spend over $10 billion building a huge atom smasher, ( Large Hadron Collider), near Geneva, Switzerland, to find the Higgs Boson. Robert will explain to us what the Higgs Boson is. We will also talk about Roberts book Can Life Really be an Accident? Read more about Robert at his website: http://www.guidetothecosmos.com
Robbie is a doctoral candidate at the University of Bristol for a PhD examining Hollywood's historical representations of UFOs and potential extraterrestrial life. A writer and lecture, Robbies work emphasises the industrial, cultural and political processes by which Hollywood's UFO movie content is shaped, as well the impact of these movies on popular perceptions of the UFO phenomenon. Robbie has been following the work of CIA Entertainment Laison Chase Brandond for several years, before Brandon made his astonishing announcent claiming to have seen something in the CIA archives confirming to him the Roswell crash was of ET origin. We will also talk about how Robbie was able to get the University of Britol to allow him to pursue his doctoral work. Read more about Robbie at his website: http://silverscreensaucers.blogspot.com/