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15 Credibility Street #30: Bear with us, yeti again

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 3:53pm
This episode has two cryptozoologically-themed topics. We have a follow-up on the Bigfoot-naming show from last episode and there is a new paper about Yeti DNA just out that is not making cryptozoologists too happy. See the comments on this post about the new proposed name for Bigfoot and why it’s bad science and not…
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15 Credibility Street #29: Amateur Hour

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 4:55pm
Trump nominates Brett Talley, an unqualified lawyer and former paranormal investigator, for Federal Court in Alabama. Being a former ghost hunter is the least of his problems. Bigfoot gets another “official” name: Kryptopithecus gimlinpattersonorum. What does this all mean? Can you name a species from a photo? Yes. A classic case of taxonomic vandalism: Raymond…
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Alternative healer proposes legitimate species name for Bigfoot

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:09pm
An alternative healer with a PhD and background in entomology (study of insects) has exploited an opportunity to officially name Bigfoot as a new species. The being portrayed in a famous film that some believe depicts an actual Bigfoot has been designated the type specimen for the as-yet non-corporeal animal. Dr. Erich Hunter, who specializes…
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15 Credibility Street #28: Defense against the dark art of scare-mongering

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 3:11pm
It was just Halloween, the media is out to scare you into believing dumb things. Don’t. Tricks in treats? Not-too-deep-thinking about marijuana-laced candy warnings will bring quick realization this hazard is not worth worrying about. One incident in New Brunswick, Canada may have been nailed down but who would eat that anyway? The condition called…
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15 Credibility Street #27: It’s not right, it’s surrealism

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 5:49pm
Jumping right into news of the same dumb TV schtick being sold to audiences, what paranormal beliefs are popular with American’s today, two former rock stars now exist at the fringes, and DNA test failed a psychic who thought she was the offspring of a famous painter. Caution: Some people might find the sounds a…
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15 Credibility Street #26: Stand me up at the gates of Hell

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 5:16pm
We delve right into a discussion about the latest mass shooting in the U.S. – what we know and what we don’t know and why. Many people have an ideological basis for their points of view. And, sadly, they hold invalid and illogical views perhaps until they are faced with the truth right in front…
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15 Credibility Street #25: A spray a day keeps monsters away

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 6:03pm
In this jam-packed episode, we run through updates on still active news stories, discuss some current cool and not so cool things from the last two weeks, and check out a hyped anomaly that probably wasn’t as described. Closing out the episode is a great conversation about what transpired at Cryptid Con 2017 – a…
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15 Credibility Street #24: Feeling out of this world

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:56pm
This shorter episode is heavy on the theme of “people really believe this stuff” and why that’s not something to scoff at. I (Sharon) am off to attend a cryptozoology event this weekend that might prove to be a bit weird. I also express some thoughts about the years worth of content on Doubtful News…
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15 Credibility Street #23: The sound and the fury

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 9:32am
This episode, Sharon and Torkel discuss several recent news events and how they reflect on social views of science and credible sources. First, an eclipse recap: Nothing bad happened and we were not overwhelmed by alien or occult forces. The Hopkinsville aliens did not reappear. New Age spiritualism at a Mt. Shasta festival The media…
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