Astonishing Legends

Good day, my fellow podcast-craving friends!
Today’s post is about a podcast that very recently gave me nightmares and made me a zombie at work the following day, so I thought it was more than worthy of being mentioned here amongst my favorites. I’m talking about Astonishing Legends, a podcast where hosts Scott Philbrook and Forrest Burgess discuss all things strange, unexplained and downright terrifying.
What’s different about this podcast, is that Scott and Forrest will pick some kind of strange event or encounter and spend 3 or 4  episodes on in-depth, entertaining discussion about a topic that can be mysterious, dark and frightening or just fun and enjoyable .
Episodes are any where between 1 to 3 hours in length, and the amount of research and effort that goes into their show comes out in a detailed explanation of history, interviews, different theories and their own opinions on the matter.
There are definitely positives and negatives with this kind of format, but I promise you, it’s mostly positive. For example, if it is a topic you’re not really interested in, then you have three or four weeks of that content where you either listen to it and learn a thing or two, or you don’t and just have to wait it out.
I generally fall into the camp of listening to almost everything because I enjoy the banter between the hosts, and often times I find myself laughing with them. The plus side of this format of course, is that you get 3 or 4 weeks of the most detailed and extensive research on something that fascinates you, that you likely won’t find anywhere else unless you do all of that work yourself.
Something that I really enjoy is that episodes start with a quote from one of their sources and these really get you hooked to hear more of the story. Some of my favorite topics have been Skinwalker Ranch, The Devil & Anneliese Michel, and Shadow People.
The topic I’ve been dying to hear about and my new number one favorite is Blackeyed Kids, otherwise known as one of my worst nightmares, hence the sleepless night earlier this week.I definitely enjoy their running jokes (where are you from Forrest!?) and at this point I think it could be a drinking game for the number of times Amelia Earhart or Mothman is mentioned in many of the mostly unrelated topics, but it makes me laugh and declare DRINK! so I find that I really don’t mind the tangents.
So venture forth, scroll through their episodes and try something that peaks your interest! You will not be disappointed by Astonishing Legends, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself binge-listening from the very beginning.
Happy listening!
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The Black Tapes

Hey there podcast world!

As October steadily creeps by and Halloween lies in wait, I thought I would continue down the dark foreboding path of spooky podcasts to get us into the spirit of the upcoming day of costumes, candy and the urge to visit anything potentially haunted. For these reasons, I decided to go back and re-listen to the first two seasons of The Black Tapes podcast to get the story fresh in my head for the new season.

For those of you who have been living under a rock (like I was just over a year ago) and don’t know what The Black Tapes is, I’ve got you . It’s a docudrama from Pacific Northwest Stories and Minnow Beats Whale hosted by Alex Reagen, a journalist who immerses herself in the task of unraveling the truth.

She is joined by critical thinker and major skeptic, Dr. Richard Strand. He is the president and founder of the Strand Institute, an organization offering a prize of 1 million dollars to anyone who can provide proof of the paranormal. This has led to a rather large collection of what Alex refers to as The Black Tapes, which is video footage sent from people all around the world either trying to claim the prize money, or from people searching for an explanation and help.

This podcast was my introduction into the world of digital audio. My sister had suggested it for one of our road trips back home, and I was immediately hooked and blew through the first season the next couple days at work. It was right up my alley, and had everything I was always been interested in hearing about. Ghosts, demons, mystery, intrigue and a (more than) healthy dose of skepticism.

When the third season finally came out and the notification popped up in my feed, I literally squealed with excitement. It was pretty embarrassing considering I was surrounded by my science colleagues, but I recovered my calm and politely suggested that anyone who interrupted me for the next 40 minutes would receive death glares and exasperated sighs.

There are some particularly hair raising episodes that have disturbing paranormal happenings, and if you’re looking for something to really keep you up at night, I strongly recommend the Halloween episode from season 2. It is seriously nightmarish, and will certainly have you double checking the shadows in your room at night. I cannot wait to hear what they will come out with this year!
If you’re a fan of The Black Tapes and need to fill the dark void it leaves when you have to wait 2 weeks for the next episode, then you’ll also enjoy Tanis (Pacific Northwest Stories, Minnow Beats Whale and the Public Radio Alliance) and Rabbits (Public Radio Alliance). These podcasts are of a similar style as The Black Tapes, and often times you’ll hear some of your favorite familiar voices.
So, until next time podcast world, take care and keep listening!
Have a podcast suggestion for me? Email me at podcastmind@gmail.com and send me your top picks!