The Micah Hanks Program

Micah Hanks

The Micah Hanks Program is a weekly podcast that covers science and the mysteries of our universe. Taking a critically-minded approach to the study of our world, each week Micah presents commentary and discussions with guests on subjects that include mysteries of physics and astronomy, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), UFOs, myths and folklore, archaeology and ancient mysteries, artificial intelligence, futurism, cryptozoology, science fiction, and entertainment. Each week we journey to the boundaries of human knowledge, in search of the most unusual things our world has to offer.

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In recent days, we have learned of the establishment of a new UAP investigative group within the United States Department of Defense, called the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG). While the DoD move has been met with some controversy, it does signal that for the first time since the end of the USAF Project Blue Book in the 1960s, UFOs are being taken seriously enough to establish a government entity to investigate them.  However, in 1978 one man felt that the UFO issue deserved international attention, which led him to bring the issue before the United Nations. This week, we revisit the presentation of the UFO issue before the United Nations in 1978 with writer, reporter and broadcaster Lee Speigel, who played an integral role in the only UFO presentation brought before the UN to date... but will it be the last? We explore this and other questions this week on The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: DoD Announces the Establishment of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synch  FLASHBACK: Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Assessments AIR FORCE MAG: New DOD Group to 'Synchronize' Efforts to Track Unidentified Aerial Phenomena LEE SPEIGEL ONLINE: The Official Website of Lee Speigel X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Keep up with Micah and his work at micahhanks.com.

Nov 30

1 hr 57 min

Rancher Mac Brazel had no idea what a “flying saucer” was, nor had he heard any of the numerous reports of strange objects that were allegedly being seen in the skies over America when he rode into Corona, New Mexico on the night of Saturday, July 5th, 1947. The events that transpired over the next several days, while largely forgotten until the late 1970s, would eventually become known as the Roswell UFO incident. It was a case that stoked the fires of controversy within the UFO community, and eventually gave rise to one of the most widely discussed—and hotly contested—UFO conspiracy stories of all time. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look at the many variations of the Roswell story, the official USAF explanations, and the legacy of the most controversial story in the history of UFO studies. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Chinese hypersonic weapon fired a missile over South China Sea 'False fossils' littered across Mars may complicate the search for life on Red Planet   GILLIBRAND: ‘This is urgent’: Bipartisan proposal for UFO office pushes new boundaries  THE AOIMSG: DoD Announces New UAP Investigative Group ROSWELL: Report on the UFO Wave of 1947 The FBI’s file on Roswell The Infamous “Hottel Memo” and Crashed Flying Saucers BOOKS: The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell  The Roswell UFO Crash: What They Don’t Want You to Know X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Keep up with Micah and his work at micahhanks.com.

Nov 25

1 hr 48 min

A pilot has a harrowing near midair collision with an unidentified flying object... a group of fishermen encounters a strange object producing a beam of light under their boats near Pascagoula, Mississippi... and a former fighter pilot is pursued by a massive object over Alaska. What do all of these cases have in common? They all involve instances where unidentified aerial or submerged phenomena have had bizarre interactions with witnesses, and even displayed possible surveillance or pursuit of them. This week, in addition to news we explore odd and unsettling cases where UAP has had noticeable interactions with human observers on The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Man earns Ph.D., fulfills dream of being physicist — at 89 How SARS-CoV-2 in American deer could alter the course of the global pandemic   The Moon's Surface Has Enough Oxygen to Keep Billions Alive For 100,000 Years  Child genius is 'reborn Martian' sent to warn us of nuclear apocalypse  “We don't understand everything that we're seeing”: Group Convenes in Washington to Discuss Space, the Future, and Extraterrestrials X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Keep up with Micah and his work at micahhanks.com.

Nov 17

1 hr 37 min

Since Project Blue Book ended in the 1960s, there has been no official office of UAP investigations within the U.S. government... but events of recent days indicate that this could soon change. A proposed amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act recently called for the establishment of an "Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office" within the Department of Defense, in what is the most elaborately-worded proposed legislation regarding UAP ever written.  Joining us to discuss this is the man who broke the story, Douglas Dean Johnson, a volunteer researcher with the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies, who gives us a breakdown on "The Gillibrand Amendment." Then, we are also joined by foreign policy and national security reporter Tom Rogan, who has argued in recent days that the amendment deserves bipartisan support... we discuss all of this, and what it means for the future of UAP research on The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Deepest earthquake ever detected should have been impossible  Black Holes May Gain Mass From the Expansion of the Universe Itself  Space Force Detects Mystery Object in Orbit Alongside Chinese Satellite  Will Congress now boldly go where no Congress has gone before?   FROM THE DEBRIEF: New Senate Proposal Seeks to Establish "Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office" to Gather Intelligence on UAP  JOHNSON’S ANALYSIS: Will Congress now boldly go where no Congress has gone before?  DOUGLAS D. JOHNSON ON TWITTER: @ddeanjohnson ROGAN REPORTS: Why Kirsten Gillibrand's UFO amendment deserves bipartisan support  TOM ROGAN ON TWITTER: @TomRtweets X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Keep up with Micah and his work at micahhanks.com.

Nov 9

1 hr 18 min

A strange light moving through the sky... the word "STOP" scribbled across the side of a parked vehicle... and a young man discovered lying face down in the mud, unconscious. Having all the workings of a true-crime mystery, these were among the actual events which gave rise to the bizarre story of the disappearance of Gerry Irwin. A USAF volunteer, Irwin was on his way back to report for duties in Texas in February 1959 when he observed a UFO passing above him. Concerned, he parked and trudged off into the snowy mountains of Utah to determine whether the object he saw had been a plane crash... and the story only gets stranger from there. This week, we examine Irwin's strange sighting, the ensuing memory loss, and other effects that led some to consider his case a possible "abduction" incident, or even somehow involved with the CIA's MK ULTRA program prior to his own desertion from the military and eventual disappearance. The fact that Irwin resurfaced again decades later only makes his story all the more strange, as we explore this week on The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: 1 in 10 Americans have moved because they thought their house was haunted  ‘Astounding’ haul of Roman sculptures discovered under HS2 building site White House delays release of JFK assassination files "to protect against identifiable harm"  Defence won't follow Pentagon to launch an investigation into UFO sightings or UAP Tom DeLonge talks about UFO studies, movies, Angels & Airwaves tour  THE BOOK: No Return: The Gerry Irwin Story, UFO Abduction or Covert Operation? X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Keep up with Micah and his work at micahhanks.com.

Nov 2

1 hr 38 min

During the Second World War, Allied pilots began to log reports of encounters they had with unusual aerial phenomena during their flights over Europe. According to a once-secret memo from 1945, officials from XII Tactical Air Command intelligence staff wrote that “We have encountered a phenomenon which we cannot explain.”  Later dubbed "Foo Fighters," the reports of odd aerial encounters over Europe appear to represent predecessors to modern reports of unidentified flying objects that would appear in the years after the war. Joining us to discuss the Foo Fighter enigmas is researcher and historian Graeme Rendall, author of the book UFOs Before Roswell: European Foo-Fighters 1940-1945, whose work traces Foo Fighter sightings all the way back to the early days of the war.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Signs of first planet found outside our galaxy Alien hunters have an update on a mysterious signal from the nearest exoplanet   UAP: ​​'Scrambled' Formation of Flying Lights Baffles New Jersey Residents  Another sighting of unexplained lights fuels mystery in skies over Passaic County NASA: NASA Administrator Bill Nelson Discusses Asteroids and Pilot Encounters with UAP  THE BOOK: UFOs Before Roswell: European Foo-Fighters 1940-1945 The Foo Fighters: Today's Pilots Encounters with UAP Are Nothing New X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Keep up with Micah and his work at micahhanks.com.

Oct 28

1 hr 21 min

Do UFOs represent exotic technology from another world? Will advances in the coming decades produce "warp drives" and other UFO-like technologies that will close the gap between the observed behavior of unidentified aerial phenomena and Earthly technologies? And what do aviation professionals worry about the most when it comes to reports of unidentified aircraft in our skies?  Joining us to discuss all of these issues is Christopher Plain, one of the main contributors to The Debrief, Micah's science and technology endeavor with colleagues Tim McMillan and MJ Banias, whose reporting at the site has covered everything from "Star Trek" technologies of tomorrow, to one of America's leading groups of Aviation professionals and their recent assessments of unidentified flying objects. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: ​​Oldest Drawing of Ghost Found in Babylonian Tomb Weak radio signals in depths of space could indicate existence of aliens Diplomats in Colombia Struck With Havana Syndrome Ahead of Blinken Visit Neil deGrasse Tyson Throws Cold Water on UFO Videos  Pilot UFO Sighting Over Florida  ARTICLES BY CHRIS PLAIN: Nasa Will Begin Looking Into the UFO Mystery Here Is What You Need to Know About UFOs According to the AIAA Aviation Conference  World's Largest Association of Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineers Joins Call for Scientific Inquiry of UFOs  Our Cosmic Neighbors: Is There Alien Technology in Our Solar System?  Respected Astrobiologist Says DoD Must Release UFO Data if They Want a Scientific Study X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Keep up with Micah and his work at micahhanks.com.

Oct 19

1 hr 33 min

On March 24, 1967, ten ICBMs at an underground launch control facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana became inoperable, while the security personnel aboveground observed a UFO hovering near the facility's gate.  Joining us to discuss the Malmstrom UFO incidents and similar events involving UFOs at nuclear sites is Robert Salas, who was the on-duty commander of the launch control facility that evening. For decades, Salas has campaigned for greater government transparency about "Faded Giant" incidents involving UFOs seen at nuclear facilities and joins us to discuss his latest efforts in Washington to raise awareness about the issue.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Ancient Documents Say Italian Sailors Knew of America 150 Years Before Columbus An explosion? Earthquake? Meteor? New England mystified by loud boom   What The Heck Was This Blue 'Luminous Event' Photographed From The Space Station?  Fermi Paradox: 71 years later, SETI may have solved the cosmic mystery Former USAF Officers to present evidence of UFOs Tampering with Nuclear Weapons News Conference: The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) and Nuclear Weapons – Witness Testimonies  ROBERT’S BOOK: Unidentified: The UFO Phenomenon: How World Governments Have Conspired to Conceal Humanity’s Biggest Secret   Faded Giant - By Robert Salas and Jim Klotz WATCH THE PRESS CLUB EVENT: Live Stream on October 19 X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Oct 13

1 hr 22 min

In the heart of Brazil's Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park exists one of the most biologically diverse regions anywhere in the world. However, along with the unique plants and animals found here are a prevalent interest in unidentified aerial phenomena, along with countless reports of Brazilian UFO sightings by local residents. During his recent travels to Brazil, Micah visited Alto Pariaso de Goias, a village whose many shops, restaurants, and hotels are decorated with imagery of aliens, flying saucers, and references to America's most famous secret installation: Area 51. In this edition of the podcast, Micah goes in search of answers to the Brazilian UFO mystery as he recounts his own investigations in the Chapada dos Veadeiros.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: 'Missing' Drunk Man Joins His Own Search Party in a Forest  After 3.5 million-year hiatus, the largest comet ever discovered is headed our way  The people who claim to hear the Northern Lights  UFO UPDATE: House Intelligence Committee Approves Bill to Mandate Intelligence Sharing in “Pursuit of Unexplained Aerial Phenomena” BRAZIL: Fires bear down on Brazil park that’s home to jaguars, maned wolves Mystics and marvels in a lost world; Brazil holidays UFOs and mysticism in Chapada dos Veadeiros 5 Curious legends and intriguing facts about CdV X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Oct 5

1 hr 19 min

For decades, many people who have claimed to observe UFOs have also said they saw the occupants of these crafts. Even more incredibly, some of these purported "experiencers"  have made extraordinary claims about their interactions with such beings, and even abductions where they were taken aboard UFO craft.  How reliable are these claims, the likes of which the late Harvard psychiatrist John Mack attempted to explore and understand until his untimely death? Joining us to discuss the cultural rise of the experiencers is Ralph Blumenthal, a former New York Times reporter and co-author of a 2017 article with Leslie Kean and Helene Cooper that reshaped the modern UFO narrative. Ralph discusses his new book about John Mack, The Believer, and his recent contributions to The Debrief this week on The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Official Sources Warn a Geomagnetic Storm Is Imminent, So Get Ready For Auroras SpaceX had a problem onboard the first all-tourist flight. It could have been much worse ABDUCTION: ‘What I saw that night was real’: is it time to take aliens more seriously?  The Experience; The Cultural Rise of Alien Abductions and Those Who Encounter Them  THE BOOK: The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack RALPH’S ARTICLES: Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Sep 28

1 hr 30 min

The Great Sphinx of Giza is among the most widely recognized monuments in the world, and arguably one of the most astounding testaments left to us by past cultures. Archaeology has revealed many details about the way of life in Egypt at the time of its construction, although a number of questions remain. Robert Schoch, Ph.D., is a Boston University geologist who has studied the Sphinx for decades. His work there beginning in the 1990s led him to believe that the age of the monument may be greater than historians generally believe, an idea that has fueled his search for further evidence of a "forgotten civilization" which may have existed earlier than is generally thought. We discuss all of this with Schoch, and his rationale for extending the age of Giza's Sphinx, on this edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Tourists return to Egypt's resorts after months of restrictions  ‘Mysteries of the Sphinx’ returns to antiquity’s favourite riddle Did Spacemen, or People with Ramps, Build the Pyramids? ROBERT SCHOCH: The Official Website of Robert M. Schoch Ph.D Forgotten Civilization and other books by Robert M. Schoch X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Sep 21

1 hr 40 min

In 2004, the U.S. Navy's Carrier Strike Group 11 was conducting training off the California coast when radar operators began to detect unusual aerial objects nearby. Over the next several days, the objects would be repeatedly observed, culminating in a close encounter between one of the objects and a pair of fighter pilots.  Known today as the "tic tac," the object described by the pilots during the 2004 USS Nimitz incident has become one of the most widely-recognized descriptions of a purported UFO in recent days. However, its appearance in 2004 was not the first time such an object has been described in UFO literature. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we go on the trail of the tic tac in a search through history for similar descriptions of aerial objects since the end of World War II.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: UFOs in New Mexico THE TIC TAC: ​​'Normalizing' UFOs - retired U.S. Navy pilot recalls Tic Tac encounter Underwood: Navy Pilot Who Took Pentagon UFO Video Doesn't Want Link to Aliens  HISTORIC CASES  Was an Unidentified Flying Object Similar to the USS Nimitz “Tic Tac” Seen in 1944?  Lonnie Zamora incident  1964: 'Flying Saucer' Sighting Reported By Eight Crosby School Students  ANALYSIS: Rare egg-shaped UFO sightings are no 'yolk'  X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Sep 14

1 hr 31 min

Many astronomers believe we are closing in on the hunt for proof of life on other worlds... but where will it be found, and how will we find it? Among the methods being used are searches for technosignatures, biosignatures, and even interstellar probes that might have been "delivered" to various parts of the galaxy by an alien intelligence.  In the search for alien life, how does UAP fit into the equation, and what are the perspectives of scientists on how it should be studied? Joining us this week is Jacob Haqq Misra, Ph.D., a senior research investigator at Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. His areas of focus include planetary habitability, extraterrestrial life, environmental ethics, and space settlement, and he joins us to discuss all of his research interests, and how science can be applied to the study of UFOs this week on The Micah Hanks Program. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: The Origin of Technosignatures  Technosignatures vs. Biosignatures: Which Will Succeed First?  The Official Website of Jacob Haqq-Misra X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Sep 7

1 hr 21 min

It is among the greatest questions humans have ever asked about life and our place in the cosmos: are we alone in the universe? While scientists believe they are closing in on answers to this long-standing question, many UFO proponents throughout the years have argued that the evidence for alien life can be found right here on Earth. On this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program, we wade into the debate over UFOs and the "extraterrestrial hypothesis," and why some scientists think that the idea could present challenges for the study of unidentified aerial phenomena going forward.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: ​​NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Completed Testing  Multiple Explosions Reported on Sun's Surface; Blasts of Energy Head Towards Earth: Watch for G1 Geomagnetic Storm Sunday/Monday THE ET HYPOTHESIS: The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis: In the Debate Over UAP Origins, Scientists Wrestle With Possibilities… and Biases X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Sep 1

1 hr 22 min

With all the attention put toward the U.S. government's recent interest in UFOs, the fact that similar incidents involving unidentified craft frequently occur in Canadian airspace is often left out of the equation.  Joining us to discuss the Canadian UFO situation is investigative reporter Daniel Otis, who in recent months has been chronicling aviation incidents and military responses from the Canadian government regarding UFOs. Otis joins us to explain why the bulk of UFO data remains inaccessible to Canadian citizens, and the striking encounters he has uncovered from Canada's aviation incident reporting database on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: ​​NASA Details Next Steps After Mars Rover's Attempt to Collect Rock Goes Awry  Interstellar comets like Borisov may not be all that rare World's Largest Association of Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineers Joins Call for Scientific Inquiry of UFOs  AIAA Forum on UFOs (The Knuth Kontroversy, Part 2)  OTIS: Canadian Military Documents UFO Sightings, Intelligence Report Reveals  Commercial Airline Pilots Keep Reporting UFOs Over Canada  The Truth Is Out There. But This Company Holding UFO Info Won't Share It  X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Aug 24

1 hr 27 min

Since 2017, the UFO debate has undergone an unprecedented renewal in interest. Following the publication of a landmark article in The New York Times, questions--and controversies--have surrounded the topic, as the debate over the origins of UFOs, and what level of involvement the U.S. government has had in collecting data about them, has continued.  With the recent release of a new Showtime series, UFO, which examines the debate and its controversies, more questions than answers arise with regard to what the modern UFO debate actually represents. This week, we examine the recent history of the phenomena, and the controversies surrounding the topic as discussed by some of the key individuals featured in the new series... all this, and more on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Two planes report 'bright green UFO' swooping through the clouds over Canada  The FAA Finally Admits it Documents Reports of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena  2001: UFO Believers Sighted Here! 2006: Group Calls for Disclosure of UFO Info ET’s flown home – chased off by the internet 2010: Robert Hastings: Ex-Air Force Personnel: UFOs Deactivated Nukes  The UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference 2013: Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, a Faux Hearing About Alien Encounters  2016: Why are people starting to believe in UFOs again? 2017: To The Stars Academy Of Arts & Science Launches Today  VIDEO: Press Conference Tom Delonge's To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science  NYT: Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program UFO on Showtime: UFO | Series Premiere | Full Episode (TV14) X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Aug 17

1 hr 29 min

Following the release of a June 2021 report by the Navy's UAP Task Force, many scientists have now felt compelled to pursue ways science can now be applied to the subject of UAP. Among them is Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb, who returns to The Micah Hanks Program to discuss The Galileo Project, an effort by Loeb and a team of astronomers to attempt to obtain high resolution imagery and other data about UAP.  According to the project's website, "the scientific community now needs the determination to systematically, scientifically and transparently look for potential evidence of extraterrestrial technological equipment. The impact of any discovery of extraterrestrial technology on science and on our entire worldview would be enormous." We discuss this with Dr. Loeb, and much more on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Leaders, activists alarmed, not surprised by climate report Even Minor Volcanic Eruptions Could Trigger Global Catastrophe, Scientists Warn New Carnivorous Plant Discovered in North America Mystery plane returns to Michigan airspace  UAP & SCIENCE: ​​O UFOs, Where Art Thou?  Civil Scientists Call For More Openness On UAP Research  To Understand UAP, We Need Megapixel Imagery   UAP STIGMAS: UFOs, UAPs—Whatever We Call Them, Why Do We Assume Mysterious Flying Objects Are Extraterrestrial? UFO stigma, alien conspiracy theories are relics of Cold War paranoia AVI LOEB: Announcing a New Plan for Solving the Mystery of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena  PROJECT GALLILEO: "Daring to Look Through New Telescopes" Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Aug 11

1 hr 27 min

Much of the modern discussion about UFOs revolves around the Pentagon’s AATIP program, which looked at aerospace threats and culminated in the Navy’s current UAP Task Force. But before any of this came along, several years ago the existence of a group called the Advanced Theoretical Physics Project was disclosed with far less fanfare. John Alexander, Ph.D., the group’s founder, has been a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons since he created renewed interest in the field starting in 1989. After retiring from the Army, Dr. Alexander joined Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was instrumental in developing the concept of Non-Lethal Defense. He has briefed White House Staff, National Security Council, Members of Congress, former Directors of Central Intelligence, and senior Defense officials on nonlethal weaponry, and also on unidentified aerial phenomena, as he recounts in his book UFOs: Myths Conspiracies, and Realities, and his new book, Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did. Dr. Alexander joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about UFOs on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: 890-million-year-old sponges may be oldest animal fossils Stone Age axe dating back 1.3 million years unearthed in Morocco Oregon Bootleg Fire: Evacuations as largest US fire burns 364,000 acres CA drought: Dozens of communities at risk of running out of water Sharks fleeing toxic red tide take refuge in Florida canal Jetpack sighting near LAX, pilot reports: 'Did you see the UFO?' Documents Indicate How Little Officials Knew About Mysterious Drones Last Year Galileo Project: scientists to search for signs of extraterrestrial technology JOHN ALEXANDER, Ph.D.: The Official Website of John B. Alexander, Ph.D. UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities Reality Denied: Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Aug 3

1 hr 30 min

With the recent release of a government report on UAP detailing the U.S. Navy's efforts in studying unidentified objects in U.S. airspace, questions remain about the nature and possible origins of the technologies being observed. What are they, where are they from, and how might science be applied toward resolving the questions that remain about them? One organization has continued to apply science toward answering these questions, and that is the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU). Among its founding members is Robert Powell, a longtime researcher of the historical and scientific aspects of UFO phenomena. Drawing from his background in UFO research, we have an in-depth discussion with Robert about UAP analysis and the mission of the SCU on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Is Jeff Bezos Really an Astronaut? Not Under New FAA Rules  Pollution turns Argentina lake bright pink Unusually large meteor lights up Norway Mammals Dream About World They're Entering Before Birth HAVANA SYNDROME: About 100 CIA officers and families report Havana syndrome symptoms SCU: The Website of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies Robert Powell: UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry The Truth About UFOs: A Scientific Perspective X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jul 27

1 hr 41 min

Why don't astronomers see UFOs? If there are indeed unidentified aerial phenomena in our skies, shouldn't the scientists tasked with watching the stars see them more often? In truth, some astronomers actually have seen UFOs... although many, if not most, are fairly dismissive of the idea that intelligently controlled objects of unknown origin are coasting around in our skies.  That's not the case with Chris Impey, a University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean of the College of Science at the University of Arizona. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and is also the author of the book Talking About Life, which explores what is arguably the greatest question of all: are we alone in the universe? However, this week Professor Impey joins us to talk about another topic: unidentified aerial phenomena, and why he believes more scientists should be studying this mystery, on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Blue Origin set for historic first human flight of its New Shepard system Hubble returns to science operations on backup payload computer   Curiosity rover discovers that evidence of past life on Mars may have been erased  Moon's 'wobble' could lead to higher flooding on coasts, NASA says  What would happen if the moon were twice as close to Earth? IMPEY: Why this astronomer says Pentagon UFO report was actually good for science  The Official Website of Professor Chris Impey Talking About Life: Conversations on Astrobiology by Chris Impey Chris Impey’s Online Courses at Coursera X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jul 21

1 hr 39 min

Answers to the question of whether we are alone in the universe are one of humankind's oldest pursuits. Many astronomers think that the discovery of intelligent life from other worlds may happen in the decades ahead, while UFO proponents believe the evidence of their existence could already be found closer to home. However, for centuries South American shamanic rituals have told of the unique properties of a ceremonial brew called ayahuasca, and how its potent effects appear to render effects that are strikingly similar to science fiction portrayals of alien contact. This week we explore the curiosities of ayahuasca, and what clinical studies in recent years tell us about it. We also look at the descriptions many experiencers offer about their perceived interactions with intelligent beings while using it... all on The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship ‘They said I don’t exist. But I am here’: one woman’s battle to prove she isn’t dead  NASA Is Quietly Funding a Hunt for Alien Megastructures  UFO NEWS: UFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly UFO Witnesses Aren't Buying Into Government Report   US government's UFO report stirs range of reactions  SIMPLE MINDS: What If the UAP (UFOs) Are Much Simpler Life Forms Than We Think?  AYAHUASCA: Ancient ayahuasca found in 1,000-year-old shamanic pouch Chemical evidence for the use of multiple psychotropic plants in a 1,000-year-old ritual bundle from South America  Richard Evans Schultes: Ayahuasca Studies in the Amazon  Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jul 14

1 hr 31 min

With the recent release of a U.S. government report on unidentified aerial phenomena, we are left with more questions than answers about the enduring mystery of UFOs. Where do we go from here, and how will the U.S. military proceed with its studies in the years ahead? This week, in addition to reviewing the United Kingdom's response to the UAP Task Force report, we look at what the future of UFO studies may entail, and what government agencies can--and should--do in the years ahead, in terms of managing its studies in ways that promote transparency, and a number of other considerations outlined on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: A Major X Class Solar Flare Just Slammed Into Earth  Civilian Space Race: Bezos to Beat Branson by 9 Days? World UFO Day 2021: All you need to know  On World UFO Day, man says nuclear fallout is why Idaho has so many sightings MUFON moves its Headquarters to Cincinnatti UAP: ​​Unidentified Flying Objects - Question: 30 Jun 2021: House of Lords debates  China military uses AI to track rapidly increasing UFOs  CCP 100: Xi warns China will not be 'oppressed' in anniversary speech  UFO report: What a renewed interest in the search for UFOs says about us  Scientists call for serious study of 'unidentified aerial phenomena' X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jul 6

1 hr 26 min

A widely anticipated U.S. government report on unidentified aerial phenomena has been delivered to Congress, representing one of the most significant assessments on unusual encounters logged by the American military in recent decades. Although the public version of the report, titled "Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena," comprises only nine pages, it offers a summary of the findings of the Navy's UAP Task Force after it analyzed 144 incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2021.  This week, Micah provides an extensive analysis of the report, its findings, the significant takeaways, and also the possible long-term implications of the study and responses to it. What does the UAP Task Force report tell us about the government's awareness of this phenomenon, and how future studies will be undertaken?  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Blistering heat wave demolishes all-time records in northwestern US, Canada  Birds are suddenly dying: What's causing mystery illness in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana? ‘Birds Aren’t Real’ rolling rally makes first stop in Missouri   CONGRESS: 'We've got to get an answer': UFOs catch Congress' interest  THE UAP REPORT: Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena dni.gov  THE DOD: Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Assessment NASA’S NEW FAQ: FAQ: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs/UFOs)  FROM FORBES: The FAA Does Not Track UFO Sightings By Commercial Airline Pilots—But Here's Who Does  THE DEBRIEF: Government Releases Highly Anticipated Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Pentagon Told to “Formalize” Its Investigation of UFOs, Possibly Expand UAP Task Force  A Detailed Analysis of the Government UAP Report   X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jun 29

1 hr 43 min

Last Wednesday, lawmakers on Capitol Hill received a classified briefing by the Navy and the FBI, which detailed some of the findings of a report on UFOs expected to be delivered this month. Some members of the House have even said that future Congressional hearings on UFOs might result from the report and the details it provides on unusual aerial encounters our military has reported.  However, this would not be the first time efforts to get Congress to look seriously at UFOs have been undertaken. On this week's podcast, we analyze the events of 1966 which almost led to public Congressional hearings on the UFO issue, how this period in history relates to the current climate regarding unusual aerial phenomena, and whether hearings on Capitol Hill could result in the days ahead. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Deadly Claudette strengthens, regains tropical storm status after 13 die in Alabama Famous Stephen Hawking theory about black holes confirmed Opinion: As a scientist, I want to believe in UFOs, but … CLASSIFIED BRIEFING: UFOs could threaten US security, pols say after Capitol Hill briefing Government UFO report is the product of years of military infighting over whether to take sightings seriously  U.S. congressman says ‘something’s going on that we can’t handle’ when asked about UFOs If UFOs are out there, feds want to know what they are, where they're from  GERALD FORD: Ford Press Releases - UFO, 1966  CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: The UFO Enigma X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jun 22

1 hr 34 min

Do some children possess the ability to recall memories that fall beyond their own living experience? If so, where do these memories come from, and could they be related to phenomena recognized by various cultures throughout history such as reincarnation, which involves the idea of the rebirth of a soul into a new body?  Joining us to discuss scientific efforts to evaluate such claims and understand their possible relationship to the enduring mysteries of the human mind and consciousness is Jim B. Tucker, Ph.D., a child psychologist with the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies, and author of the book Before: Children's Memories of Previous Lives. We examine the controversial notion that some children may have recollections about life events lived by others on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: UFOs: 'Truth embargo': UFOs are suddenly all the talk in Washington  BOSTON U: UFOs Aren’t Visitors from Space, Government Says. Can We be Sure?  SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: Experts Weigh In on Pentagon UFO Report  FREE WILL: Neuroscience doesn't undermine free will after all  BRAIN CHANGE: Neuroscientists Have Discovered a Phenomenon That They Can’t Explain CONSCIOUSNESS: What Is Consciousness? Is the Universe Conscious?  JIM B. TUCKER, Ph.D: Dr. Tucker’s Bio at the University of Virginia Website THE BOOK: Before: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jun 15

1 hr 33 min

According to a recent bombshell New York Times article, the United States military has found "no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft," but adds that the Department of Defense "still cannot explain the unusual movements that have mystified scientists and the military," nor can it rule out the possibility that some unidentified aerial phenomena witnessed by members of the military might even be "alien spacecraft." This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we provide a complete breakdown of the NYT's surprise report on the efforts of the Navy's UAP Task Force, which gave us the clearest picture yet of what the forthcoming report will entail. We examine what details have been leaked, what they mean, and the variety of reactions to the new information from members of the military, as well as scientists who appear to remain skeptical about the Pentagon's UFO studies.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Two types of flu viruses may have gone extinct  The age of killer robots may have already begun  A New Finding Has Boosted the Chances of Finding Life on Europa  UAPTF: Government Report Finds No Evidence UFOs Were Alien Spacecraft  NPR: How UFO Sightings Went From Conspiracy Theory To A Serious Government Inquiry  CNN: US report unable to pin down UFO origins  REID: Ex-Senate majority leader Harry Reid on UFOs: ‘We’re at the infancy of it’  BASSET: New York Times Article from June 3, 2021  SHOSTAK: There will be no UFO disclosure in 2021 — at least, not from the government SHERMER & WEST: 'There is stuff': Enduring mysteries trail US report on UFOs OLUSEYI: Astrophysicist on UFO sightings: It looks terrestrial, not alien  RODEGHIER: Why 3 of the best cases for UFOs might not be in the Pentagon report X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jun 8

1 hr 33 min

For many decades, stories about large apelike creatures in the remote forested regions of America have persisted. Commonly known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot, many would rule out the possibility that a creature so large and similar to humans could have evaded detection by humans, let alone exist in the modern world at all. Is this prospect really so unlikely? While many are very accepting of the notion that UFOs exist and represent a credible pursuit for science, Sasquatch is far more often relegated to myth and folklore by academics. Joining us to discuss the necessity for the pursuit of Sasquatch and the application of science to the mystery is researcher Matt Pruitt, a member of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy. Matt joins us to present the case for the serious study of Sasquatch on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: UFO UPDATE: RADAR data confirms: USS Omaha was surrounded by UFO swarm   Pentagon Destroyed E-mails Of Former Intelligence Official Tied To UFO Investigation Claims The UFO Sightings Don't Impress This Physicist When Does the Pentagon UFO Report Come Out? What We Know MATT PRUITT: Bio at the Sasquatch Contact Initiative Page Matt Pruitt on Twitter Matt Pruitt on Instagram Matt's appearance on the SASQUATCH TRACKS podcast X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jun 2

1 hr 52 min

"What is true, and I'm actually being serious here, is that there are, there's footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don't know exactly what they are." These were the words of former U.S. President Barack Obama recently, when asked about UAP during an appearance on The Late Late Show. "We can't explain how they moved, their trajectory," he added. "They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so, you know, I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is." Joining us to discuss this, and much more in the broader culture of UFOs this week is podcaster Ryan Sprague, host of Somewhere in the Skies, who joins us to weigh in on UFO culture and much more on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Scientists track meteor shower to unusual comet seen every 4,000 years  Not All Theories Can Explain the Gargantuan Black Hole M87 Potential organic salt detection from Curiosity yields further evidence for past organics on Mars OBAMA: Obama discusses UFOs on The Late Late Show BIDEN: UFOs? Ask Obama, Biden quips when questioned about UAP REID: Harry Reid: What We Believe About UFOs  SHOSTAK: Pentagon's UFO footage and Obama's curiosity ratchet up expectations for a big reveal  RYAN SPRAGUE ONLINE: Official Website of SITS THE PODCAST: Somewhere in the Skies on Apple Podcasts THE BOOK: Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

May 25

1 hr 37 min

Since its first airing in 1968, 60 Minutes has been a television news magazine broadcast that looks at many of the most pertinent issues happening in the world. However, on Sunday it made history with the airing of a special segment that looked at one of the most perplexing mysteries of modern time: unidentified aerial phenomena.  “I'm not telling you that it doesn't sound wacky. What I'm telling you, it's real,” said former Special Agent Luis Elizondo during the broadcast, when asked about UAP, more commonly known as UFOs. “What is it? What are its intentions? What are its capabilities?” This week, we analyze the recent media coverage of the UAP topic, as well as the leak of new footage involving a US Navy incident and the Pentagon's confirmation of the video's authenticity. We are also joined by blogger Jazz Shaw, who joins us to discuss the UFO-related events of recent days, and much more on The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: 'Extinct Fossil Fish' Dating Back 420 Million Years Found Alive in Madagascar Sharks use Earth's magnetic field as a GPS, scientists say  Green, Violet, Oh My: NASA Rocket Launch Lights Up Eastern Skies  China successfully lands Zhurong rover on Mars  Tiangong: China May Gain Monopoly on Space Stations  HAVANA SYNDROME: US officials confirm 130 incidents of Havana syndrome brain injury  US investigates second suspected case of mystery 'syndrome' near White House Claims of Secret Microwave Weapons Causing 'Havana Syndrome' Don't Add Up Scientifically  60 MINUTES: Navy pilots describe encounters with UFOs Navy pilots recall "unsettling" 2004 UAP sighting  UFOs IN THE MEDIA: New Video of USS Omaha UAP Posted by Jeremy Corbell CORBELL: New UFO Video Shows ‘Spherical Craft’ Diving Into Ocean KNAPP: New video from USS Omaha shows unknown aerial sphere vanishing into ocean  HANKS: Pentagon Confirms Leaked Video Showing “Transmedium” UFO is Authentic KRAUSS: Mystery surrounds upcoming Pentagon report on UFOs KEAN: UFO studies and the possibility of alien origin  CLAPPER: “Logical for intel community to address UFOs”  RUBIO: UFO reports should be taken seriously, Rubio says  KLEIN: Even if You Think Discussing Aliens Is Ridiculous, Just Hear Me Out  RAUCH: Destigmatizing UFO Research Can Bring Needed Clarity to Americans X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

May 18

1 hr 30 min

In recent days, the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General has announced the launch of a formal evaluation into The Pentagon and its actions regarding “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAP. “We may revise the objective as the evaluation proceeds, and we will consider suggestions from management for additional or revised objectives," the memorandum states. Joining us to discuss this is Tim McMillan, who along with MJ Banias broke the story at The Debrief, a news site co-founded by Micah with this pair of UFO reporters. We discuss the Pentagon's UAP Problem, the significance of its forthcoming evaluation, and much more in the ongoing saga of the U.S. government's studies of UFOs this week on The Micah Hanks Program. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: 'Extraordinary Discovery': Archaeologists Find Neanderthal Remains In Cave Near Rome Hominins Originated in Africa from Ape Ancestors Unlike Any Living Species, Study Suggests   'Living Fossil' Thought Extinct For 273 Million Years Found Thriving on Ocean Floor China's out-of-control rocket lands on Earth NASA blasts China as out of control rocket crashes near Maldives China blames the US for hyping fears of uncontrolled rocket reentry as space race heats up  Pentagon watchdog opens new probe into military's handling of UFOs Inspector General Launching Evaluation into The Pentagon's Actions With UFOs The Intelligence Brief - The DoD and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena: A New Evaluation    The US Military Takes UFOs Seriously. Why doesn’t Silicon Valley or Academia? X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

May 11

1 hr 26 min

In September 1967, a 3-year-old Appaloosa named Snippy was found dead in the San Luis Valley. Although the incident involved a horse, it would mark the beginning of the cattle mutilation mystery that has endured for almost 50 years; but are all such incidents easily explained as natural deaths and the result of animal predation?  Joining us is Christopher O'Brien, author of books that include The Mysterious Valley and Stalking the Herd, who discusses cattle mutilations, his San Luis Valley UFO Project, and much more this week on The Micah Hanks Program. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Huge Chinese Rocket Could Fall to Earth Totally Uncontrolled 2 mysterious orbs of light caught on camera flying through Palm Coast yard   How the Pentagon Started Taking UFOs Seriously  UFO Fragments Are Likely In Possession Of Lockheed Martin, Says Ex-Sen. Harry Reid  US Navy ‘has discussed possibility UFOs are coming from underwater base’ The Mysterious Valley by Christopher O'Brien Stalking the Herd: Unraveling the Cattle Mutilation Mystery X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

May 4

1 hr 27 min

What is the "Deep State," and does an unelected, bureaucratic element exist in government that has actively worked to suppress information collected about UFOs?  Joining us this week to discuss this is Kevin Randle, author of more than 120 books, including his latest offering, UFOs and the Deep State: A History of the Military and Shadow Government's War Against the Truth. Randle, one of the most prolific authors alive to have examined the famous purported UFO incident at Roswell, New Mexico, joins us to discuss the history of the government's collection of UFO data, and why he thinks there is evidence that a Deep State element has been controlling the management of the UFO issue since World War II. Randle discusses this, and much more this week on The Micah Hanks Program. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: A 2021 SpaceX Odyssey: Dragon aces third astronaut launch, docks with space station See amazing video of Mars helicopter Ingenuity's boundary-stretching 3rd flight SpaceX Starlink Satellites Could Make Earth Visible to Aliens  Celebrate 'Alien' Day 2021 with a rare Xenomorph costumes and other props up for auction  ‘Aliens’ Is The Perfect Movie For Mother’s Day  SEGMENT: ALIENS  'Ancient Aliens' Dr. Kaku Says New UFOs a Sign of Highly Advanced Aliens, Possibly  The Science of Aliens, Part I: Would They Be Friendly, or Threatening? GUEST: KEVIN RANDLE Kevin Randle’s Official Blog A Different Perspective: Kevin Randle’s Radio Show THE BOOK: UFOs and the Deep State:  A History of the Military and Shadow Government's War Against the Truth X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Apr 27

1 hr 30 min

In the early 1950s, the Office of Scientific Intelligence at the CIA almost recommended that the UFO issue be elevated to the National Security Council and be tasked as an Intelligence Priority. However, the effort was aborted with the convening of the CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel in 1952… but why? Joining us to discuss this is Larry Hancock, a graduate of the University of New Mexico who earned his BA with honors, majoring in history, cultural anthropology, and education. Following service in the United States Air Force, his career in computer/communications and technology marketing allowed him the opportunity to become involved in and consult on strategic analysis and planning studies. Larry is now a member of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU), and author of the book Unidentified: The National Intelligence Problem of UFOs. “Following the collection of tens of thousands of sightings, investigation, and vetting of a core of truly anomalous unknown object reports, extensive statistical analysis, and physical science analysis,” Hancock says, “we are left with the simple likelihood that in a number of instances experienced and credible observers have indeed observed something very real. Real aerial devices which demonstrate capabilities (especially in the areas of propulsion, acceleration, and maneuvering) that are totally beyond existing technology.” We discuss the implications of Hancock’s extensive review of UFO data and documents on this week’s edition of The Micah Hanks Program. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at Gumball to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is click the link below to get started: Gumball: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Photo shows bear acting very human in eastern North Carolina  How a mass fossil site in southern Utah may have proved emerging theory about tyrannosaurs  NASA Mars helicopter takes flight NASA's New Horizons reaches a rare space milestone Cracking the case: New study sheds more light on the “Brazil nut effect”  LARRY HANCOCK: Bio at the SCU Website Homepage of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies THE BOOK: Unidentified: The National Intelligence Problem of UFOs X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Apr 20

1 hr 45 min

In the summer of 2019, several incidents occurred off the southern California coast involving Navy destroyers that were approached repeatedly by unusual, triangular-shaped drones which hovered over the ships. Recent investigations by a number of researchers have revealed new details about the incidents, and what the government response to them had been at the time. This week, in addition to the unfolding story of the ongoing U.S. Navy incidents involving UAP, we examine other stories in the news this week that include newly leaked UFO photos and much more.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Prince Phillip Dies at 99 NASA delays Ingenuity helicopter's historic first flight on Mars A small, car-sized asteroid just gave Earth a close shave The imminent discovery of new forces of nature could change physics as we know it The Autodidactic Universe  UFO NEWS: UFO seen over River Valley sky likely SpaceX satellite UFO sighting at Skinwalker Ranch: Brandon Fugal’s Eyewitness account (Jessop’s Journal) LET’S TALK ABOUT UFOs: We need to talk about UFOs again They Are Not Alone: U.F.O. Reports Surged in the Pandemic DRONES & DESTROYERS: Mystery drones hovered over Navy destroyers off California Multiple Destroyers Swarmed By Mysterious 'Drones' Off California Over Numerous Nights ACORNS & AERIAL OBJECTS: Mystery Objects Remain Unidentified The Us Navy Filmed Pyramid Shaped UFOs Pentagon CONFIRMS Recent UAP / UFO Leaks as Genuine Pentagon Confirms Leaked UFO Images Are Authentic X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Apr 13

1 hr 15 min

In 1965, astronauts with the Gemini IV mission orbiting Earth spotted something unusual in one of the planet's hottest and most arid regions. The mysterious "Eye of the Sahara" is but one of many anomalies that have been spotted on Earth from space, and in recent decades, satellites have brought the general public into the search for such curiosities.  However, if archaeological mysteries and other anomalous features on Earth can be detected with satellites, can these technologies also aid in the search for UFOs? In our discussion of satellite anomalies on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program, we look at how space probes in orbit around the Moon and Mars may also help us in the search for evidence of life on other worlds, and possibly even novel forms of life here on Earth.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Archaeologists Use AI for Modern Analysis of Rock Art NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first freezing night on Mars NASA Perseverance Mars rover investigates 'odd' rock, zaps it with a laser Spooky 'spiders on Mars' finally explained after two decades Mysterious rumblings from inside of Mars detected by NASA lander Unmasking the Face on Mars | Science Mission Directorate The "Face" on Mars - evidence of alien intelligence? Evidence in Support of the Hypothesis that Certain Objects on Mars are Artificial in Origin On the likelihood of non-terrestrial artifacts in the Solar System X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Apr 7

1 hr 25 min

In 1956, one of the most widely-regarded UFO incidents in history occurred over airbases in the eastern UK, where unusual objects were both tracked on radar and also pursued by pilots. Even the famous Condon Committee's investigators appeared to be perplexed by the incident, which depicted one of the most widely-discussed cases involving UFOs on radar... but is there cause for reconsidering the case, and the facts about it that are commonly reported?  Joining us is Dr. David Clarke, Associate Professor in the Department of Media Arts and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Dr. Clarke's new article in the Fortean Times, "Angels and Echoes: UFOs on Radar" casts a skeptical eye at some of the more popular radar visual incidents from over the years, and asks some necessary hard questions about the broader UAP topic. We discuss this with him, as well as more modern radar visual encounters, on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: New images of black hole obtained by scientists A remnant of a protoplanet may be hiding inside Earth Alien Languages May Not Be Entirely Alien to Us The Official Website of Dr. David Clarke Dr. Clarke’s Page on Radar and UAPs How UFOs Conquered the World: The History of a Modern Myth X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Mar 30

1 hr 26 min

On a Sunday afternoon over Greene County, New York in 2015, a pilot encountered something unlike anything he had ever seen before in the sky, or anywhere else. The object, which appeared to be a bright, shimmering dome under which protruded a pair of antennae, sped toward his aircraft at incredible speed, nearly colliding with his plane before ascending toward a cloud bank and joining a pair of similar objects.  Such pilot encounters have been logged for years by NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System, although little is done with incidents involving pilot UFO encounters. The same cannot be said of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Aerial Phenomena (NARCAP), whose director of research Ted Roe had collected and analyzed reports of pilot encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena for decades. Roe joins us to discuss these investigations, what trends the data may show us about pilot UFO encounters, and whether they represent a hazard to aviation... all on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: No threat to Earth as huge asteroid zooms past Bacteria Strains Recovered From ISS Are New to Science, Study Says Former DNI Ratcliffe speaks to Maria Bartoromo on UAP US Military Has "A Lot More" on UFOs Ex-Intelligence Director Confirms  Newly Uncovered NASA Reports Reveal Pilot Encounters with UFOs NARCAP - National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena Technical Reports — National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Mar 23

1 hr 27 min

It was once the nexus of culture and knowledge in the ancient world… a center of the arts and intellectual development unlike any seen before the Hellenistic age. Though arguably, there is nothing that the ancient city ever boasted that quite rivals the mystique of one of its most famous destinations, and one of history’s greatest lost treasures: the fabled Library of Alexandria. While the stories of the library's destruction and the lost records it contained have taken on near-mythical status, history and archaeology show that other ancient collections have existed over time... but have all of them been recovered? This week, go in search of the lost records of the ancient world, and whether secret archives containing knowledge about ancient history might still exist in locations like Egypt's Giza Plateau. Some proponents of the idea point to one of Egypt's most famous monuments - the enigmatic Sphinx - as being the source of speculations about a lost "Hall of Records"... but what does archaeology have to say about this possibility? We look at the science, as well as the speculation, as we go in search of the lost records of the ancient world on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Ancient leaves preserved under a mile of Greenland's ice – and lost in a freezer for years Scientists unlock mysteries of world's oldest 'computer'  Scientists Step Closer to Understanding Full Capabilities of Antikythera Mechanism “Alexandria: Library of Dreams” “The Great Library of Alexandria?” Geophysical Exploration at The Giza Plateau, Egypt A Ten-Year Odyssey Origins of the Sphinx by Robert M. Schoch and Robert Bauval X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Mar 16

1 hr 19 min

During the summer of 1946, one year before "flying saucers" began making headlines in America, a wave of sightings of strange "ghost rockets" were reported over Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. The reports resulted in an official inquiry by the Swedish military, and the cause behind the sightings remains unsolved to this day.  Joining us to discuss the ghost rockets mystery and UFO research in Sweden is Clas Svahn, a journalist and contributor to numerous publications around the world related to the history of UFOs. Svahn shares some of the most unusual ghost rockets incidents, which included their strange appearances - and disappearances - as multiple witnesses observed the objects crashing into lakes.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Neanderthals Vanished From Europe Thousands of Years Earlier Than We Thought  Scientists detect radio blast coming from further away in space than ever before Super-Earth Has Temperatures of 800°F, Glowing Lava Rivers  Hayley Arceneaux, 29-Year-Old Cancer Survivor, To Be The Youngest American Woman In Space Apple is discontinuing the iMac Pro Apple's Long-Rumored Mixed Reality Headset To Launch In 2022: Analyst Clas Svahn’s Ghost Rockets Research Page on Facebook X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Mar 9

1 hr 25 min

In the summer of 1947, "flying saucers" became all the rage in the United States... but unexplained encounters with strange, unidentified aerial phenomena were nothing new in other parts of the world; especially in the United Kingdom. Years before his wartime service as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill had taken interest in reports of unusual "Scareships" appearing in British skies, representing what might have been the British government's earliest involvement with UFO investigations.  Joining us this week for a deep-dive into the history of the British government's involvement with UFOs is Nick Pope, who worked the UFO desk at the Ministry of Defence for several years. He has since continued to advocate for the study of mysterious aerial phenomena, and efforts toward determining their possible origins and any risks they might present to National Security. Nick Pope shares his own historical research into Britain's involvement with the UFO question, which includes Foo Fighter investigations, Britain's "Flying Saucer Working Party," and his own investigations during his time at the MoD.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Apex Predator T-Rex May Be Reason Why Middle-Sized Dinosaurs Disappeared Newly-discovered Oldest Known Primate Fossil Suggests Our First Ancestor Saw Dinosaurs  FBI Says It's 'Aware' of UFO Sighting Reported by American Airlines Pilot The Clovis Enigma - Seven Ages Audio Journal Nick Pope’s Official Website X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Mar 3

1 hr 34 min

North Carolina legends tell that for decades - and perhaps centuries - residents around the vicinity of Morganton and nearby Appalachian mountain communities have observed strange lights hovering over the mountains. Known as the Brown Mountain Lights and named after the long, flat ridgeline made famous by their appearances, many have sought answers to their strange, almost ghostly appearance.  This week, we go in search of what answers history can tell us about these long-mysterious mountain lights, as we commemorate the life of one researcher who spent countless answers in pursuit of spotting and photographing them. Could an explanation for the famous Brown Mountain Lights be on the horizon? We explore answers to the mystery this week on The Micah Hanks Program.  This episode of the podcast is dedicated to the memory of Robert Ashmore, who put in many hours over the years in search of these mysterious atmospheric lights; he will be greatly missed.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: China Discovers “Unusual” Shard on Far Side Of The Moon  Master of the World by Jules Verne Experiments On Brown Mountain 2016 Article on Caton’s footage of possible BMLs Link to 2019 footage obtained by Caton on YouTube X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Feb 23

1 hr 30 min

It is the long-sought prize of every serious UFO investigator: physical evidence left behind by a UFO. For decades, reports involving physical substances produced by various kinds of aerial phenomena have existed, and yet no verifiable traces of UFO physical evidence have ever been recovered from observations or alleged landing sites that might offer conclusive proof of their existence.  With recent headlines claiming that the U.S. government "admits" it has tested UFO crash materials, we cast a skeptical eye toward the claims, and examine other instances where UFO physical evidence and other materials might have been produced in association with incidents from over the years.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NASA rover faces 'seven minutes of terror' before landing on Mars Pentagon admits it has been testing wreckage from UFO crashes & findings may ‘change our lives forever,’ expert says Anthony Bragalia’s blog post on the FOIA release Bragalia’s original FOIA letter The FOIA documents released to Bragalia What is nitinol and where is it used? Murky Waters Drowning “UFO Debris” Claims - John Greenewald, The Black Vault X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Feb 17

1 hr 32 min

On April 26, 1890, an Arizona newspaper called the Tombstone Epitaph carried a very unusual headline. "Found in the Desert: A Strange Winged Monster Found and Killed on the Huachuca Desert" had been the sensational headline, which introduced the story of a group of cowboys who shot and killed something monstrous in rural Arizona.  Or so the legend goes, at least. For years, researchers have looked in vain for the newspaper article, as well as an alleged photograph which was said to have accompanied it that actually depicted the monster nailed to a barn. While some skeptics concluded that the alleged story had never appeared in the Epitaph, this week we explore the work of one late chronicler of the unusual, Mark Chorvinski, who decided to determine the story's origins once and for all... and attempt to track down the fabled "lost Thunderbird photo."  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Astronomers Think They've Found Another Trojan Asteroid Lurking in Earth's Orbit Reports of a tiger on the loose in Southwest San Antonio 'Smallest reptile on earth' discovered in Madagascar    In Memoriam: Mark Chorvinsky (1954-2005) Cowboys & Dragons: Mark Chorvinsky’s search for the fabled Thunderbird photograph Tombstone Epitaph, April 26, 1890, Featuring “Thunderbird” Story (Chronicling America, LoC) X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Feb 10

1 hr 30 min

For decades, many scientists and laymen alike have sought answers to the longstanding mystery of UFOs. While much headway has been made, scientific investigation of this phenomenon has yet to gain mainstream acceptance; but what does the data from collected reports say about the legitimacy of UFOs, and whether there is merit to their study? Joining us to discuss this are Mark Rodeghier, Ph.D. and David Marler. Rodeghier is President and Scientific Director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies. He has a B.S. in astrophysics from Indiana University, which he obtained in 1975, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in sociology. David Marler is an independent UFO researcher best known for his investigations regarding large triangle aircraft seen over the years. Marler and Rodeghier join us to discuss a new UFO data digitization project they are undertaking, in addition to their many investigations from over the years. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Sorry Folks: Signal From Nearest Star Not Alien Civilization, Scientists Say Martian mineral, rare on Earth, found locked in Antarctic ice The J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies Mark Rodeghier - CUFOS The Official Website of David Marler Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Feb 3

1 hr 55 min

If alien life were ever to visit our planet, or even just our solar system, what might it look like? What form would it take, and what would be their reasons for coming here? More importantly, would we even recognize them, or realize they had been here at all? According to NASA, “The first known interstellar object to visit our solar system, 1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua, was discovered Oct. 19, 2017 by the University of Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS1 telescope." Although the mysterious object was originally thought to be a comet, "observations revealed no signs of cometary activity after it slingshotted past the Sun on Sept. 9, 2017 at a blistering speed of 196,000 miles per hour."  Most astronomers still believe that Oumuamua was either an asteroid, a comet, or some similar space object… albeit a strange one. However, a few scientists have been willing to come forward with more exotic ideas. Joining us to discuss this possibility is Avi Loeb, a Harvard University astronomer and author of the new book Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Indonesia: Archaeologists find world's oldest animal cave painting Bootprints and other human artifacts on Moon officially protected by new US law Space station detectors spot the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning The 'coronasomnia' phenomenon keeping you from getting sleep Microsoft patents chatbot that could imitate deceased loved ones OUMUAMUA: In Depth | Oumuamua – NASA Solar System Exploration AVI LOEB: Professor Abraham (Avi) Loeb - Harvard CfA Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jan 26

1 hr 28 min

What are the origins of life on Earth? Did the building blocks for life originate here, or did they travel to our planet in the distant past from someplace further out in the cosmos?  On this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program, we explore the idea of panspermia or "cosmic ancestry," which supposes that for life to exist on a planet like ours may rely on extraterrestrial factors. We also look at ideas about whether aliens might already recognize that we exist but choose not to communicate with us, or even whether alien life may already exist right here on Earth. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: NASA’s Mega Rocket to the Moon Faces Setback After Test Psychedelic Schools for ‘Shamans’ Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms A Man Injected Magic Mushroom 'Tea' Into His Veins.. And Fungus Grew Inside Him PANSPERMIA: Building blocks of life found in famous Mars meteorite Scientists theorize that space aliens may already be here, but we can’t see them Earthlings' message to aliens: Do not 'contaminate' our planet Alien life could be weirder than our Earthling brains can ever imagine Are Humans the Real Ancient Aliens? Is Earthly Life Premature from a Cosmic Perspective? How an ancient cataclysm may have jump-started life on Earth Could Life on Earth Have Come from Another Star System? Did the Seeds of Life Come from Space?  Life Among the Stars? Tiny Interstellar Probes May Test 'Panspermia' Idea 'Zoo hypothesis' may explain why we haven't seen any space aliens A direct communication proposal to test the Zoo Hypothesis Are the aliens us? UFOs may be piloted by time-traveling humans, book argues X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jan 19

1 hr 33 min

For centuries, stories have persisted about lost civilizations, mysterious islands, and ancient peoples whose innovations have been forgotten by time. Arguably, the most famous example involves the fabled Atlantis, which has remained a curious footnote in history since the philosopher Plato first discussed it in a pair of incomplete manuscripts, Timaeus and Critias.  While these legends persist, what do history and modern science tell us about such legends of forgotten lands, and why the myth of the lost continent persists? We explore these questions on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: FM radio signal coming from Jupiter’s moon Ganymede Gorillas at San Diego Zoo test positive for Covid-19, in the first known cases among great apes FORGOTTEN LANDS: What caused the end of the ice age? First evidence of farming in Mideast 23,000 years ago Timaeus by Plato, Translated by Benjamin Jowett Lost Continents by L. Sprague DeCamp Carthaginian Coins on Corvo: A Phoenician Fable X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jan 13

1 hr 23 min

It is a question that has long haunted humankind: are we alone in the universe? Since early times, humans have wondered about "others," and mythology from around the world has passed down tales of strange, alien visitors and their wonderful - and at times frightening - technologies, which are often seen as being more akin to magic. Today, scientists continue the search that ancient cave artists and philosophers once embarked upon: the quest to understand whether alien life from another world might exist, whether humans can locate it, and perhaps the greatest question of all: whether Earth has already been visited. We explore all of these questions about the search for alien life on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Police, FAA Notified After Sightings of 'UFO' Over Hawaii NASA Archives: Who's Out There (1975) The Original 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast by Orson Welles NASA's Search For Another Earth Carl Sagan on Alien Civilizations Sagan: Why Aliens Aren’t Visiting The UFO Encyclopedia by Jerome Clark X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Jan 6

1 hr 37 min

2020 was a significant year, and in more ways than one. As the world fought the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, there were nonetheless many advances in science, as well as notable historical events that included the Pentagon's authorized release of Navy videos purporting to show unidentified aerial phenomena or UFOs.  As we look back on the last twelve months in this final 2020 edition of the program, Micah is joined by Lauran Ellis, who helps produce this program as well as the Fist Full of Dirt podcast, and his fellow Seven Ages co-hosts Jason Pentrail and James Waldo for a roundtable discussion looking at some of the biggest stories of the year. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon Japan is developing wooden satellites to send into orbit by 2023 to cut down on space junk Statement by the Department of Defense on the Release of Historical Navy Videos Paleontologists Unearth Fossils Of Spinosaurus, The First-Known Aquatic Dinosaur Reassessing the Age of Clovis 2020: The Year in a Geological Review   X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Dec 2020

1 hr 13 min

By January 1953, dramatic events had brought the CIA and UFOs - a topic the agency had little desire to commit to having involvement with - to a gridlock. Following widespread sightings around the country, and even over Washington, D.C., the intelligence community was beginning to look seriously at what UFOs might represent and whether they might present a threat, directly or indirectly. What followed was a CIA-sponsored scientific committee known as The Robertson Panel, in response to sightings of UFOs that peaked in the summer of 1952, setting the tone for how the agency would deal with the subject for decades to come. In more recent days, former CIA Director John Brennan was asked about the UFO subject, where he raised some interesting points on what the phenomena might represent. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, in addition to analyzing Brennan's statements on UFOs, we take a look at declassified documents that detail the history of the CIA's involvement with the subject, and how that has helped foster belief in a cover-up by the intelligence community over the years. The story doesn't end here... become an X Subscriber and get access to even more weekly content and monthly specials. Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  This week's episode is brought to you by our sponsors at BetterHelp. Supporting our sponsors is one way you can support this show. Join over 1 million people who have taken charge of their mental health, and check out our sponsors at BetterHelp today by clicking here. Want to advertise/sponsor The Micah Hanks Program? We have partnered with the fine folks at AdvertiseCast to handle our advertising/sponsorship requests. If you would like to advertise with The Micah Hanks Program, all you have to do is email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: AdvertiseCast: Advertise with The Micah Hanks Program Coronavirus Charities If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit our Coronavirus Charities Page to learn more. Show Notes Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Monday night’s ‘Christmas Star’ Convergence Alien hunters detect mystery signal coming from the closest star system Space Force Celebrates its Anniversary, Announces ‘The Guardians’ Bryan Sykes, human geneticist who looked for the Yeti, has died THE CIA & UFOs: Former CIA Director John Brennan on UFOs Transcript: John O. Brennan on UFOs Are UFOs Real? Senior Government Officials Keep Saying Yes UFOs: Fact or Fiction? (CIA.gov) Former CIA Agent Mike Baker Responds to Pentagon UFO Reports X Subscriber Sign-Up BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter

Dec 2020

1 hr 27 min