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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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Last week, the search for extraterrestrial life got quite a boost after a team of researchers announced that they may have discovered signs of life on one of Earth’s nearest and least hospitable neighboring planets, Venus.  It would be ironic if we were to discover the likely presence of life on such an otherwise inhospitable world, especially since this had been the planet which figured heavily into the early claims of many of the so-called “contactees.” These individuals began coming forward in the middle 1950s with (often absurd) stories of having met benevolent space brothers, who frequently hailed from planets like Venus. This week, we revisit the tales of the contactee era, along with the bizarre story "Valiant Thor," a purported Venusian visitor that came to Earth and even spent several years in the Nation's Capital. 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 our show? 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: Here comes the first day of fall! The autumnal equinox is Tuesday Update on Arecibo Observatory Facility After Telescope Damage Astronomers Have Discovered a Surprise Asteroid Orbiting Closer to The Sun Than Venus UFO UPDATE: Former Defense Minister: If you see a UFO, take as many photos as possible Japan Defense Ministry to draft UFO protocols in response to U.S. footage Former Blink-182 Member Claims He Helped Set Up Briefings With Donald Trump About Aliens THE CONTACTEES: A Brief History of Contactee Claims The Bizarre Story of Valiant Thor Dunning on Stranges and Harley Andrew Byrd Huck Magazine Article on the Aetherius Society 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
On Monday, Oct 22, 1973, the Ohio Lancaster Eagle-Gazette carried a most unusual headline. “Helicopter Nearly Tangles With UFO” the story read, which recounted a harrowing tale of an Army Captain, Lawrence Coyne, and three other servicemen who had the fright of their lives a few days earlier, while flying back to Cleveland after a routine medical examination. 1973 was one of the most significant years in the history of UFO sightings, and what has become known as "The Coyne Encounter" was one of the many that occurred that year which caused it to be so memorable. This week, we explore this notable incident in-depth, as we look at the primary narrative, what additional witnesses say they saw, and how skeptics attempted to solve this lasting UFO mystery. Chapters in This Episode Intro     0:00 News     3:29 Life on Venus?     16:56 Forbidden Knowledge     24:07 I: The Coyne UFO Encounter     35:16 II: Background     49:22 Shades of Valentich     59:12 III: Comparisons: Craft Analysis     1:03:45 IV: Dubious Skepticism     1:24:37 V: Additional Witnesses     1:31:29 Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Protector of Brazil’s Indigenous Groups Fatally Shot With Arrow by Isolated Tribe Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington: Detroit, Oregon, looks like a bomb went off COVID-19 quarantine was lonely and isolating. Then Bigfoot stepped in. Is There a Way to Darken Satellites for Astronomers? NASA is hiring private contractors to retrieve moon dust Phosphine Detected In The Atmosphere of Venus - An Indicator of Possible Life? Army Helicopter's UFO Scare Still A Mystery, 40 Years Later 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
In 1958, a series of large, human-like footprints were discovered by employees at a California logging site. A casting of one of the prints was made by the man who discovered them, Jerry Crew, who took his unusual find to a local newspaper... and an American legend was born.  However, decades later it was revealed that one of the men overseeing the logging operation, Ray Wallace, had been involved in a hoax using large wooden carvings to create the huge footprints. Many skeptics argue, on account of this, that the origins of what came to be known as "Bigfoot" can be traced back to the 1950s, but is this entirely true?  This week we look at the history behind the famous Ray Wallace Bigfoot hoax of 1958, and the earlier American origins of the Sasquatch.  Chapters in This Episode Intro   0:00 News   5:52 Rocket Man   23:51 I. Why Do People Believe in Bigfoot?   36:07 Interlude   47:39 II. The Case for Relict Hominoids 48:55 III. Bigfoot Beginnings: 1958   53:39 IV. The Hoax Unravels   1:05:25 V. Misunderstanding Sasquatch   1:20:37 Conclusion   1:40:05 Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: CBS will celebrate 'Star Trek' Day 2020 with an epic Trek panel marathon Russia declassifies footage of 'Tsar Bomba' — the most powerful nuclear bomb in history  Massive mystery holes appear in Siberian tundra and could be linked to climate change  Mystery as "huge bang" shakes homes in Egham and Staines  Elon Musk warns that there’s a good chance the first settlers will die on Mars  UFO Spotting Has Replaced Bird Watching as Pandemic Obsession  ROCKET MAN: FBI investigating pilot report of 'guy in jetpack' flying 3,000 feet in air near LAX Jet-pack flight a mystery, as usual suspects deny culpability A jetpack at LAX? Maybe. Jetpacks are very real UPDATE: Mystery jetpack man at LAX may have been manikin on a drone San Antonio residents spot mysterious 'floating man' they believe was using a jet pack BIGFOOT: If Bigfoot Were Real Who Believes in Bigfoot? 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
In 1970, zoologist and popular author Ivan T. Sanderson wrote, "it may come as somewhat of a shock... to learn that, by actual count, over 50 percent of all so-called 'sightings' of UFOs have occurred over, coming from, going away over, or plunging into or coming out of water. That this fact is known to officialdom is manifest from their official publications, but they seem to have left this aquatic factor out of their statistical analyses."  This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we examine maritime incidents from over the years involving unidentified objects observed at sea, and the implications for such sightings in terms of broader studies of the UAP issue.  Chapters in This Episode Intro       0:00 News       8:34 O'Hare Incident Addendum       14:28 Segment: A.I. and Aliens       25:22 UFO Encounters at Sea       32:15 Part I: History       33:41 Part II: Wheels of Light       39:34 Interlude       47:04 Part III: Blue Book Reports of USOs       51:23        Part IV: NUFORC Calls About USOs       1:05:09 Part V: Russia's USO Files       1:20:15 Conclusion       1:30:32 Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Marijuana test for stressed-out Warsaw Zoo elephants Tests providing results in 20 seconds trialled at Heathrow Humans Take Step Closer to 'Flying Cars' Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Vehicles in Their Wake Artificial Intelligence Validates 50 Exoplanets in Kepler Data UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECTS April 17, 1995. Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf Robert Hendrickson, PhD. on Marine Light Wheels AUDIO: Hotline Reports National UFO Reporting Center Blue Book Reports by Ships at Sea: Report by A.F. Rullán Paul Stonehill’s notes on Russian UFOs around Water 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
In November 2006, something odd appeared in the late afternoon skies above one of the world’s busiest airports. More than a decade later, no simple explanation exists for what had been observed by a crew staff at O’Hare International Airport, which was described by those who saw it as a circular or disc-shaped object hovering over Gate C17. The story has become one of the most widely-discussed and often cited cases in modern times involving a multiple-witness observation of unidentified aerial phenomena and has been cited in countless books and articles on the UFO subject. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we reopen the case files on the Chicago O'Hare UFO Incident and look at its implications for aviation safety. Chapters in This Episode Intro   0:00 News   4:17 Incident at O'Hare Part I: Introduction   20:57 Part II: Hilkevitch Reports   39:30 Second Hour   46:27 Part III: The Witnesses   49:52 Part iV: The Investigation   1:05 Conclusion   1:32 Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Mystery of Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Gets Trickier FDA Authorizes Convalescent Plasma As Emergency Treatment For COVID-19 First ever double hurricane could hit the Gulf of Mexico The O’Hare UFO Incident PRELUDE: The Truth Is Out There: Peter Davenport takes UFO reports seriously ORIGINAL NUFORC REPORT: National UFO Reporting Center Entry for O’Hare Sighting HISTORY: Chicago O'Hare International Airport UFO sighting occurred on November 7, 2006 Chicago Tribune: In the sky! A bird? A plane? A ... UFO? FAA SKEPTICS: FAA skeptical of UFO report at O’Hare NARCAP INVESTIGATES: “Report of a UAP and its Safety Implications over Chicago O’Hare” WRAP: UFO Sightings Pose Danger to Aviation 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page  
This week on The Micah Hanks Program, after news and a segment that takes a deep look at what is currently known about the DoD's recent announcement about its UAP Task Force, we turn our attention to the efforts of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies, an organization comprised of scientists, former military, and others from various disciplines who are working to advance efforts toward the academic study of unidentified aerospace phenomena. Joining us to discuss the SCU is board member Rich Hoffman, who holds a BA in Organizational Communications from Wright State University. He is an Information Technology consultant and strategist. He has been a defense contractor for over 20 years working primarily for the Army Materiel Command HQ with a variety of companies. Rich has over 54 years of experience in Investigations and research into the UFO subject and has served as Director of Investigations, Star Team Manager, and Director of Strategic Projects as well as State Director in MUFON and other organizations. In our discussion, we explore the SCU's analysis of the Navy's UAP videos, as well as other prior existing videos of purported UAP. Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: California Sees Record Heat, Rolling Blackouts and a 'Firenado' 'Cyborg' technology could enable new diagnostics, merger of humans and AI The CIA Built a Nuclear Bird Drone to Spy on Communists. Now It's Declassified. Famous alien-hunting telescope slashed to pieces in mysterious midnight accident Pentagon launches task force to investigate UFO sightings Establishment of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 The Homepage of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies Rich Hoffman at the SCU Website 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
It was the summer of 1967, and Jacques Vallee was feeling troubled. A young French computer scientist living in America, Vallee had been tasked with one of the most unusual jobs anyone could imagine: assisting astronomer J. Allen Hynek with the review of reports collected by the United States Air Force about unidentified flying objects. It was also the summer of 1967 that Vallee first uncovered a document that both fascinated, and greatly concerned him "because of the new light it throws on the key period of the Robertson Panel and of the classic Report#14," he would later write. "It is stamped in red ink ‘SECRET – Security Information.’ It is dated 9 January 1953. It is signed by a man I will call Pentacle.” What this secret memorandum appeared to detail was “the fact that prior to the top-level 1953 Robertson Panel meeting somebody had not only listed but analyzed thousands of UFO cases on behalf of the United States Government.” This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look at the strange history of this elusive and concerning the document, its eventual release, and the controversy that has surrounded it in the decades since it became publicly available.  Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Powerful 5.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Charlotte area, strongest in NC in 104 years Why are we having so many earthquakes? Mysterious 'fast radio burst' detected closer to Earth than ever before Mystery ancestor mated with ancient humans. And its 'nested' DNA was just found. Why Aren’t More Scientists Studying Unidentified Aerial Phenomena? History Gives Us the Answer. The "Pentacle Memorandum", Including Text of Correspondence from Dr. Jacques Vallee The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects by Edward J. Ruppelt The Wilbert Smith Memorandum Bad UFOs: Jacques Vallee, J. Allen Hynek, and the "Pentacle Memorandum" 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
During the 1960s, American author and UFO researcher John Keel had a problem: it involved reports of Men in Black, the mysterious strangers in dark suits said to appear after UFO sightings and intimidate witnesses. So who were these ominous observers of the UFO phenomenon? Could some of them have been government agents—possibly investigators with the U.S. Air Force during the years of Project Blue Book? Or are stories of “Men in Black” really just folklore that managed to build up around some of the unusual characters that ran in UFO circles throughout the 1960s? We explore these questions, along with recent news on this week's edition of 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: SpaceX Crew Dragon makes historic 1st splashdown to return NASA astronauts home Egypt tells Musk pyramids were not built by aliens Egyptian Public Figures React to Elon Musk's Comment on Pyramids Built by Aliens  Pentagon's secret, defunct UFO-hunting program may still exist Why Aren’t More Scientists Studying Unidentified Aerial Phenomena? History Gives Us the Answer. 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
"For more than a decade," reads the latest in a series of New York Times articles on UFOs that have appeared since late 2017, a shadowy Pentagon UFO program "has been conducting classified briefings for congressional committees, aerospace company executives and other government officials," according to officials and documents associated with the program.  That isn’t all the recent New York Times piece reported on, however; of far greater interest had been the mention of Senate briefings related to crashes of purported “off-world vehicles not made on this Earth.” The response to the piece wasn’t quite what it had been to previous New York Times articles covering UFOs over the last few years, and if anything, controversy ensued almost immediately. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we break down the story, and observe the public reaction that resulted in so many divided opinions. Then later in the program, we are joined with additional perspectives from writer, podcaster and UFO commentator Jason McClelland of Rogue Planet, who shares his take on what went wrong, and how reporting on the UFO subject can be managed better in the future.  Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Ghostly particles produced inside the sun just detected under a mountain in Italy Groundbreaking blood test can detect cancer years before symptoms appear Mystery Seeds Possibly From China Are Being Mailed to Virginia Residents UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space Investigators bewildered by death, mutilation of Oregon cow UFO sightings across Canada have spiked during the pandemic The Canadian UFO Survey Texas GOP Lawmaker Roasted For Saying Aliens Will Need To Find 'Salvation Through Jesus' ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,’ Better Known as UFOs, Deserve Scientific Investigation No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public Pentagon Has ‘Off-World Vehicles Not Made on This Earth’ Link to Harry Reid’s Follow-Up Tweet Responding to the New York Times NYT retracts 'off-world vehicles' recovered bit from its UFO article NYT Reporters Take Aim at Internet UFO “Frenzy”: Commentary from Bryce Zabel Jason McClelland at Rogue Planet 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
In December 1967, Maryellen Kelley felt an electric shock go through her body as she stood outside her home in Mohomet, Illinois, watching an orange UFO pass overhead. She was later stricken with a headache, and the skin on her hands, face, and legs reddened as if burned. In October 1973, trucker Eddie Webb was blinded for several days after a bright light struck him while driving along a stretch of highway in eastern Missouri late one night. In May 1967, prospector Stephan Michalak was blasted by hot air or gas as he approached a strange, landed aircraft, which suddenly shot into the sky.  In each of the UFO cases described here, witnesses claimed to have suffered strange physical effects in the aftermath of their encounters. However, there is perhaps no incident in the history of UFO research that involves physical effects suffered by witnesses more well known than the famous Cash Landrum affair, involving two Texas women who developed a number of odd symptoms following a nighttime encounter with a bright, hovering object outside of Dayton, Texas. But what to odd incidents like these help us learn about the unidentified aircraft described by such witnesses, and do they offer any clues about the technologies behind them? We explore these questions this week on 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Historic Moon Landing Footage Has Been Enhanced by AI, And The Results Are Incredible Don't miss Comet NEOWISE in the evening sky now. It won't be back for 6,800 years Weird country-size 'campfires' on the sun revealed in closest-ever photos Scientists Discover “Vantablack” Deep-Sea Creatures 'National security risk': Rubio seeks declassification of UFO secrets 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
It was shortly after 6 PM on January 8, 2008, when witnesses Mike Odom, Lance Jones, and Steve Allen first noticed a series of bright, flashing lights passing through the sky. The lights appeared to be at an estimated 3500 feet, spanning a distance of close to half a mile across the portion of the sky they covered. The “ship,” as the trio later referred to the spectacle, passed silently through the sky overhead, moving quickly in the direction of nearby Stephenville, Texas. At one point, the lights appeared to shift from two horizontal lines into an odd, vertical orientation. Shortly afterward, the men also saw a pair of F-16 fighter jets pursuing the object as it moved in the direction of then-president George W. Bush's texas residence. Days later, however, the U.S. Air Force would claim the unidentified lights had been their own jets conducting a routine training exercise.  However, there is compelling evidence that there might have been more going on over the town of Stephenville in January of that year. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we go in search of answers behind this odd incident, which remains one of the strangest and most compelling UFO events of the modern era.  Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Comet Streaking Past Earth, Providing Spectacular Show Navy Lab’s Future Is At Risk, Report Warns The new Concorde? Supersonic 1,700mph jet unveiled Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft Ringing of the Global Atmosphere Detected by Scientists Mysterious Lights Keep Locals Guessing MUFON releases report on UFO sighting in Stephenville 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
In July 1947, something crashed on a sprawling ranch outside the town of Roswell, New Mexico. The wreckage was discovered by the property owner, Mac Brazel, who reported it to the U.S. Army Air Force: shortly thereafter, newspapers ran the sensational headline "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region." The rest, as they say, is history.  However, the real history of alleged UFO crashes, and their later recovery by the military, goes much deeper than the famous Roswell UFO Incident. This week, we look at claims that a forthcoming New York Times article will explore the idea of UFO crash/retrievals, and whether the idea is purely legendary or has some basis in fact. We then revisit famous FBI memos that discuss alleged flying saucer wreckage, and how one UFO researcher traveled the country speaking with witnesses who claimed to have firsthand knowledge of military recovery of these alleged crashes.  Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Brain Eating Amoeba Infection Reported In Florida, Here Is What It Is World UFO Day: Official Site Navy videos spark renewed interest in UFOs from enthusiasts and Congress States with the Most UFO Sightings in 2020 Anatomy Of A UFO Crash Retrieval Story: What’s Taking The NYT So Long? The "Crashed Saucer Legend” 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
“The [Senate Intelligence] Committee supports the efforts of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force at the Office of Naval Intelligence to standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon, any links they have to adversarial foreign governments, and the threat they pose to U.S. military assets and installations.” This passage appeared in a recent Senate Intelligence Committee report on an appropriations bill initiated by Florida Senator and former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio. Although it isn't the first we have heard about a “multi-agency task force” in government that deals with UFOs, it is certainly the first time Senators have referred to it while calling for an unclassified report on unidentified aerial phenomena, drawing from multiple different branches of government to assess their possible implications and even threat potential. Joining us to discuss this is MJ Banias and Tim McMillan, who reported on the development for Motherboard, who will give us key details about the proposed bill, and whether the public will actually see an unclassified report on UAP in the coming months.  Then for the remainder of the program we are joined by veteran aviation journalist Nick Cook, author of The Hunt for Zero Point. Cook is a Former Senior Aviation Editor of Jane's Defence Weekly. He is the recipient of four Journalism Awards from the Royal Aeronautical Society in the Defence, Business, Technology, and Propulsion categories, and he shares with us his stories about strange meetings, odd disappearances, and his pursuit for futuristic aerospace technologies over the years.  Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Doctors Without Borders: COVID 19 Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Sahara Dust storm highest level in more than 50 years Mystery Unmanned Craft Seen Off Florida May Be Secret SHARC Spy Vessel Scientists Have Demonstrated Quantum Entanglement on a Tiny Satellite Orbiting Earth NASA Says Hubble Observed a “Flapping Shadow” in Distant Space Scientists discover spider wearing 'Joker' makeup, name it after Joaquin Phoenix UAP TASK FORCE: Senate Intelligence Committee Confirms US Navy Has a UFO Task Force Chasing the Coyote’s Tail: The Official Blog of Lt. Tim McMillan Terra Obscura: MJ Banias Online Nick Cook: Author, Storyteller and Speaker (Official Site) The Hunt for Zero Point by Nick Cook 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page
What are UFOs, and what constitutes actual UFO study? While the term "UFOlogy" is commonly used for modern UFO research, there is very little science involved in the majority of the study of this once-taboo subject. Is there a path toward a more unified effort in studying and, perhaps, solving this mystery?  After Summer Solstice news and other headlines, we turn our attention to controversies surrounding a pair of "bombshell" leaked memos, one claiming to shed light on deep black special access UFO programs, and the other alleging that government crash retrievals might have occurred. Can these documents be believed? Not if one high-ranking military official mentioned in one of the documents is to be believed.  This brings us to some of the problems inherent to UFOs, and whether it is a subject that science can be applied to in a unified, constructive way. What is really at the heart of the mystery of UFOs? We explore these questions, and much more on this week's edition of 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: The New "Official" Micah Hanks Page on Facebook Stonehenge: Neolithic monument found near sacred site 'Ring of fire' solar eclipse of 2020 dazzles skywatchers across Africa and Asia Space X announces it is looking for beta testers for its Starlink low-earth orbit internet service. Mars: Green glow detected on the Red Planet 'It's not ours' : Government denies knowledge of strange 'UFO' over Japanese city MEMO MADNESS: Admiral Wilson Calls the Wilson Memo “Fiction” Read “The Wilson Memo” online Hal Puthoff’s “Crash Document” Revealed UFO Literature for the Serious Ufologist UFOs Won’t Go Away - Issues in Science and Technology 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
Recently, astronomers have begun to notice something odd about a long-standing space mystery: the curious fast radio bursts (or FRBs) that were first discovered back in 2007. In recent weeks, the FRBs appear to be firing off light pulses on a schedule... but what could that mean? This week, after news and the long-awaited announcement about an all-new supplemental podcast we have just launched, we turn our attention to what scientists have to say about the enduring mystery of fast radio bursts, and why some of them pulse strange signals on a clockwork-like schedule. Joining us to discuss this is science writer Becky Ferreira, a contributor to VICE/Motherboard, Wired, Popular Science, New Scientist, Bike Radar, and Sparknotes, among other publications. She gives us the latest on the FRB mystery, what their strange pulsations might mean, and a range of other questions this week on 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Quantum 'fifth state of matter' observed in space for first time Giant Crocodile Ancestor Walked Around on 2 Legs, Ancient Footprints Suggest Secret “Baby Dragons” Finally Go On Display In Slovenian Cave Newton's Recipe Toad Vomit For Plague Cure Now Up for Auction Starting at $65,000 SPACE: Pandemic shuts Earth's eyes on the skies Powerful X-ray flare detected from the protostar HOPS 383 The Official Website of Becky Ferreira Scientists Uncovered a Hidden Pattern in a Mysterious Signal from Space Something in Deep Space Is Sending Signals to Earth in Steady 16-Day Cycles Scientists Have Discovered Vast Unidentified Structures Deep Inside the Earth ALIENS? 36 alien civilisations could be communicating in our galaxy, new research claims 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
Mysterious sounds of unexplained origin have been documented in places all around the world. Such noises are often likened to thunder-like “booms” or explosions, and although a number of suggestions have been made as to what their causes may be, no conclusive determinations have been made. What are the "mystery booms," and what kinds of phenomena--natural or otherwise--might account for their occurrence?  On this edition of The Micah Hanks Program, we after news and updates on the discovery of the famous Forrest Fenn treasure (as well as several similar instances of "lost" treasures from over the years), we go in pursuit of answers to the mystery boom phenomenon. While many of the booms have conventional explanations, there may also be instances where natural phenomena can result in loud booms late in the evening or early morning hours. More tantalizing, however, is the idea that some of the booms might be related to unidentified hypersonic aircraft, for which there is a surprising amount of evidence. We look at that, and much more on this week's episode of 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: An Italian village might resurface soon after being submerged underwater for 25 years Spacex Mars City: Elon Musk Confirms He's Sticking To Ambitious Launch Date Revolutionary microscopy technique sees individual atoms for first time Unexplained Phenomena Keep Suggesting the Universe Isn’t What We Thought Forrest Fenn treasure chest hidden in Rocky Mountains finally found Swarm of earthquakes rattle area near Yellowstone National Park, USGS says MYSTERY BOOMS: Supersonic Aircraft and Mystery Booms What Is Supersonic Flight? (NASA) “Concorde Booms and the Mysterious East Coast Noises” - Acoustics Today 2017: Lockheed Martin Claims Responsibility for Mysterious Boom in Parker County 2019: Boeing testing aircraft at time of mysterious boom 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
What are UFOs? Is there more than one answer to this question, and does new information forthcoming on the subject in recent years, which includes videos of unidentified objects or aircraft obtained by the Navy, change the fact that the UFO subject bears qualities of "mythic" proportions?  After news about the exciting achievements of SpaceX and their successful launch of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on Saturday, we turn our attention to the "Myth and Mystery of UFOs," which became the title of a book by our guest, Thomas E. Bullard, Ph.D. Bullard's doctoral research included searching numerous newspapers for accounts of the 1896-97 airships and other pre-1947 sightings. In 1987, Bullard completed a study titled, "UFO Abductions-The Measure of a Mystery," a comparative study on UFO abduction claims. Bullard followed this study with articles published in the Journal of American Folklore, Journal of UFO Studies, IUR, the MUFON UFO Journal, and the 1999 MUFON UFO Symposium. He contributed several articles to the Abduction Study Conference held at MIT in 1992m and in 2010 authored the book, The Myth and Mystery of UFOs, published by the University Press of Kansas. We dig into this weighty topic with Dr. Bullard, and get his perspectives as a folklorist on the enduring mystery of UFOs on this edition of 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: Orbital human spaceflight has come back to American soil. Strange, 'Never-Before-Seen' Asteroid Turns Out to Be Something Much More Common Scientists made a mouse embryo that's 4% human The Myth and Mystery of UFOs by Thomas E. Bullard, Ph.D. Thomas Bullard’s page at the Center for UFO Studies 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
Most historians of the UFO subject would recognize its beginning in 1947 with Kenneth Arnold's sighting of mysterious flying "saucers" over Mount Ranier, Washington. However, similar descriptions of unusual aerial phenomena have persisted throughout history. Many--if not most--of these incidents represent natural phenomena observed by people in prescientific times, although their study today may be helpful in understanding the broader idea of UFOs and human attitudes toward them.  This week on The Micah Hanks Program, after a look at the news we turn our attention toward what scientists over the years have had to say about aerial phenomena from classical antiquity that some compare to modern UFO reports, as well as extraterrestrial life, and even whether space explorers might have ever visited Earth in the ancient past. "What may surprise the serious student of the subject," wrote the late NASA scholar Richard B. Stothers in 2007, "is that, despite the numerous articles and books published by scientists on UFOs over the past six decades, almost no scholarly studies of the very early history of the phenomenon have appeared." While some classical reports of aerial phenomena are indeed worthy of further study, even the famed astronomer Carl Sagan had once argued the statistical likelihood that Earth might have been visited in the ancient past by interstellar explorers... an idea he became increasingly wary of with the popularization of more dubious "ancient astronaut" theories. We look at how scientists have studied the question of Earth visitation and aerial phenomena in ancient times on this edition of 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Millions of periodical cicadas to emerge in parts of US Here's The Real Truth Behind That Viral 'NASA Finds Parallel Universe' Story Scratching the surface: drones cast new light on mystery of Nazca Lines The Building Blocks of Life Are Left-Handed, And The Reason Could Come From Deep Space SPACE: SpaceX & NASA are ready to launch astronauts into space Colonizing Mars may require humanity to tweak its DNA PALEO SETI: SCIENCE AND THE SEARCH FOR ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS Micah's Telepath Column: "Paleo-SETI: Should Science Rethink the Idea of "Ancient Astronauts"? American Indian Oral Traditions and their Relation to the Paleo-SETI Community NASA: “Unidentified Flying Objects in Classical Antiquity” Carl Sagan’s “Direct Contact Among Galactic Civilizations by Relativistic Interstellar Spaceflight” Show artwork used for this week's episode appears courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech. 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
Between 2013 and 2019, several incidents involving unidentified "rogue" aircraft encountered by Navy pilots occurred in military airspace off the East Coast of the United States. The incidents, detailed in newly released "hazard reports" obtained via Freedom of Information Act request by The Warzone and other outlets, are shedding new light on the ongoing saga of the Navy's UFO encounters... but what do the new reports really tell us?  This week on The Micah Hanks Program, after giving a breakdown of the media's coverage of these new developments, we are joined in studio by writer Brett Tingley, a reporter for The Warzone--the publication that broke this story--and US Air Force veteran Jeff Smith, a retired C-130 navigator with close to 3000 hours in flight, who help us wade through the details of these hazard reports and what they mean. Are "unidentified" objects really the main concern, or should be more worried about technologies that are much closer to home? We'll ask these, and other questions about mysterious "rogue aircraft" on this week's edition of 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: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Earthquake strikes near Area 51, felt from Utah to California Doctor Recalls Hallucinations, ‘deceased loved ones’ While Battling COVID-19 Trump unveils U.S. Space Force official flag NASA Just Released The Artemis Accords Thousands of New Satellites Are Scheduled to Enter Orbit, And Astronomers Are Worried NAVY UFO UPDATE: Navy Reports Describe Encounters With Unexplained Flying Objects Will the New York Times Ever Stop Reporting on UFOs? THE WARZONE: Here Are The Navy Pilot Reports From Encounters With Mysterious Aircraft Off The East Coast Brett Tingley and Jeff Smith Supplemental Articles: May 12, 2020: "Here Are The Navy Pilot Reports From Encounters With Mysterious Aircraft Off The East Coast” Ty Rogoway, The Warzone May 14, 2020: “Protecting Against Rogue Drones” report is released by the Congressional Research Service (coincidence?)  June 2016: "The Alarming Case of the USAF’s Mysteriously Missing Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles” Ty Rogoway, The Warzone February 2020: "Internal Air Force Emails Show Confusion And Concern Over Colorado's Mystery Drones” Brett Tingley, The Warzone March 2020: "Drones Have Been "Raining" Small Bombs On American Troops Guarding Oil Sites In Syria” Joe Trevethick, The Warzone SpaceX Starlink constellation: "The Air Force And SpaceX Are Teaming Up For A 'Massive' Live Fire Exercise” X37-B Space Plane: "X-37B Space Plane's Microwave Power Beam Experiment Is A Way Bigger Deal Than It Seems” "Here Is What The Pentagon Is Not Answering About The Air Force And Recent UFO Encounters" 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
What does the government really know about UFOs? Does our military possess information about unexplained aerial phenomena that remains unknown to the general public, and what are their attitudes toward it? For several years now, we have slowly been getting a clearer picture of what the U.S. government does—and does not—know about UFOs. As shown by the recent “official” release by the Department of Defense of three UFO videos previously made available online in 2017, the government certainly has been keeping some information about the subject. However, they also admit that they still can’t identify the objects in the videos. Yet with all of the attention the Navy, Air Force, and other branches are getting these days with relation to UFOs, when it comes to asking what the “government” really knows, there is one agency that seems to attract a lot less attention: NASA. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we delve into what the U.S. space agency has to say about unexplained aerial phenomena, as we go in search of NASA's "secret" UFO files, tucked away within a little-known aviation safety reporting database.  Coronavirus Charities: If you are able, please consider supporting the following charities that are offering relief for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic: CDC Foundation Coronavirus Relief No Kid Hungry Responds to Coronavirus Direct Relief: Coronavirus Pandemic American Red Cross: Give Blood Feeding America Meals on Wheels Homeless Shelter Directory Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: The mysterious X-37B space plane is going back into orbit — here's what it'll be doing up there Salmon Respond to Earth's Magnetic Field, And We Might Finally Know How UFO Sightings | Solar System Exploration Research Identifying UFOs - Night Sky Network - NASA “Unidentified flying objects in classical antiquity,” NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies ASRS - Aviation Safety Reporting System The Ghost Rockets: Mystery Missiles and Phantom Projectiles in Our Skies FarAim.org Entry for “Unidentified Flying Object Reports” NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance Planetary Protection Page “Assessment of the Report of NASA’s Planetary Protection Independent Review Board” 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 Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
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Bryan Thompson

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Sep 3rd
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Just an Opinion...

This is a textbook example of pseudoscientific gooble-gook. Mr. Hanks speaks in a rapid fire manner for the purpose of overwhelming the listener with scientific-sounding information but when you take it apart one statement at a time, there's nothing there.

Aug 12th
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Bill Nagy

a comment a question ok i have one. a lot of people have heard strange sounds coming from the sky.  we are flying through space. at incredible speed. the earth is flying spinning through space.  Is it maybe the earth flying through space.  not unlike a Wiffle ball when you throw it. you hear a little vibration noise. I know there's no are in space so no noise. but there is air on earth so are we hearing the earth sounds coming from the earth itself flying through space

Jun 17th
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Thomas George

Exciting approach to UFOs and the abduction phenomenon, fascinating guest, great host.

May 29th
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Mark Addison

Great Podcast Micah!

Mar 27th
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Just an Opinion...

Micah Hanks "graduated" from a non-existence University that is straight out of H.P. Lovecraft. He went to Enka high school but doesn't state if he graduated. I've researched the people who are involved in the paranormal and this is extremely common. Nick Redfern is an engaging man but also a high school drop out. It's important to know what kind of people are pushing and profiting from this kind of stuff.

Feb 26th
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Just an Opinion...

Does Mr. Hanks actually believe in anything? He claims to be in the "radical center", apparently because he assumes the listener doesn't know that the center is the opposite of radical. Talking your way through a subject doesn't make you an intellectual any more than using scientific word salads doesn't make you Einstein.

Dec 24th
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Ralph Holtom

What's gone wrong? Fist the level was so high it nearly blew my headphones off then there's an irritating squeeky jump ruining the recording.

Oct 8th
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Just an Opinion...

For Hanks to claim that he's skeptical is either absurd or reveals a complete lack of understanding of the word.

Oct 6th
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Just an Opinion...

Another podcast? How many does this guy have now, 6? Smells like a media blitz to gain dominance of the paranormal genre. If Hanks thinks he's going to get the Coast to Coast gig when Noory retires he's sadly mistaken, because he's not very likable.

Oct 2nd
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Becky Anglin

bbn

Sep 16th
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Just an Opinion...

If Hanks is a skeptic, I can't tell. More proof that the paranormal makes intelligent people sound like fools.

Sep 5th
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Just an Opinion...

The problem in Micah's argument is that we discover new things by the process of building on the laws we know. No new discovery has negated what we know, it only confirms it. Therefore, no aliens traveling to earth. The point has never been that it's impossible for them to travel, the point is that any advanced race that is capable would be so far away that it's impossible for them to get HERE.

Aug 25th
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Hondo Brisbin

Jul 23rd
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Joe Holtz

site isn't working anymore

Jul 19th
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Chad Becker

Where are you located? I too am located near the trail.

May 16th
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Chad Becker

There are cougars in Western NY. I've seen them and many hunters here see them as well. A man in Olean trapped one in his garage a few years ago too. It's documented.

May 16th
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Chad Becker

There are Mountain Lions/Cougars here in Western NY and in PA in the Kinzua Damn area. Us locals are used to seeing them on rare occasions when they decide to be seen. They're only visible to us if they want to be seen. They are so stealthy and around here they love trout * whitetail deer.

Apr 15th
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Steve Lenhard

I'm not saying it was bears, but...it was bears

Mar 8th
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Chad Becker

Any reports of wildlife in the area being discovered with the same trauma? curious.

Dec 13th
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