Episode Summary: Ryan introduces us to a UFO sighting that occurred in 2004 in which the Mexican Air Force reported eleven UFOs during a routine patrol flight. Infrared cameras mounted on the plane were able to capture the UFOs. Radio transmissions and an official report given to the Mexican Secretary of Defense made this a very intriguing case that received very little attention in the United States.
The UFO topic is often seen through very western eyes within the United States. But many extraordinary cases have occurred both on the southwestern border and through the skies and grounds of Mexico. And one individual who has looked extensively into these cases is Ruben Uriarte. In this episode, he and Ryan discuss the strange case known as the Cisco Grove incident, in which a UFO witness spent an entire night fighting off an entire fleet of alien humanoids and a robot-looking being. Ruben also speaks of the 1975 Carlos de los Santos case in which a pilot encountered three saucer-shaped UFOs surrounding his plane. (Read Ryan's OMNI article on this case HERE) They end the conversation talking about a lesser known UFO crash over the town of Coyame in which a mid-air collision supposedly took place between a conventional plane and an unknown aircraft.
Guest Bio: Ruben Jose Uriarte graduated from Cal State University at Hayward/East Bay with a B.A. degree in Psychology and Latin American Studies. Ruben is a member of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) as a Field Investigator, State MUFON Director for Northern California and Deputy Director of Investigations/International Affairs. Ruben has been involved with a large network of research organizations and served as a California State Coordinator for Crop Circle Phenomena Research International. He was a former research director for Beyond Boundaries, a company specializing in taking tour groups to various UFO "hotspots" around the world. Ruben currently serves as a board member for OPUS (Organization for Paranormal and Support Understanding). He as authored a number of books, co-written with Texas UFO researcher Noe Torres, about major UFO crashes and other historical cases that have occurred along the Southwestern United States borders and Mexico. To learn more, visit: www.roswellbooks.com.
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Episode Summary: Ryan reads a very compelling listener email from Judy Thompson, a UFO witness, who in 1980 at the age of fourteen, watched in awe as a large triangular craft hovered over her vehicle near Man Lake in Alberta, Canada. As she stared upward, she felt as though whatever controlled the craft was also controlling her thoughts, knowing what she was feeling and thinking.
(Witness sketches by Judy Thompson. Click photos for full image.)
This notion of a psychic aspect to UFO sightings bleeds over into this week's discussion with guest, Susan Demeter-St. Clair. Ryan and Susan discuss several cases that she's researched where not only psychic and telepathic communications may have been involved, but that elements of high strangeness and the paranormal may in fact have more to do with the UFO question than we truly give it credit for. And how do these aspects affect the witness or experiencer during and after the event? It was a fascinating discussion about these often overlooked aspects of UFO reports that certainly raise new questions and possibly even reveal some answers.
Guest Bio: Susan Demeter-St. Clair is a professional research assistant, author, editor, and PSI experimenter. Her research interests include individual and institutional responses to anomalies and exceptional human experiences, and how they interact and enact change within groups and large institutions, such as the military. Her life took on the framework of UFO experience after an encounter in 1990, and she considers anomaly studies to be her true life’s work. She has established both ParaResearchers of Ontario, and Paranormal Studies and Inquiry Canada as online educational resources for those wishing to explore the subject of anomalous events. Susan has conducted field research on unusual light phenomena and lectured on this subject at the Ontario Institute for Studies & Education, University of Toronto. She is currently collaborating with Eric Ouellet, Ph.D. of the Canadian Forces College on new approaches to UFO studies through the lenses of scientific Parapsychology. At the time of this publication Susan is conducting a series of independent experiments based in part on the work of the late mathematician, Dr. A.R.G Owen and psychotherapist Dr. Joel Whitton that will be the focus of a book on UFOs, social PSI, and Magick. More info can be found through her website: www.susanstclair.com
Ryan then speaks with Greg Eghigian, Associate Professor of Modern History at Penn State University. They dive deep into a paper Greg has had published, titled, Making UFOs Make Sense: Ufology, Science, and the History of their Mutual Mistrust. The conversation moves to examining the historical and cultural impact the entire UFO phenomenon has had and the influence that sub-culture brings to the topic. They end the conversation detailing some exciting work Greg will be doing in Washington D.C. as the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History. While there, he'll be researching the history of UFOs and exchanging ideas with colleagues who work in aerospace history. It's a refreshing and hopeful interview for the past, present, and future of UFO research. Greg will also be giving several talks in London, UK, in early May. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
Episode Summary : Ryan talks about the mysterious disappearance of Bruno Borges, a young man in Brazil. Left behind in his bedroom is a conspiracy theorist's dream come true; cryptic messages, occult-like symbols, a series of self-published books completely in code and a large, hand-made statue of a 16th-century philosopher. This entire story is made all the more intriguing after learning the young man was obsessed with aliens, a hand-painted portrait left hanging on the wall showing him dressed as the late philosopher, and an alien being holding him on the shoulder. Is this story the mystery of the year? Or is it an intricate prank or performance piece set to fool the online community?
Next, we hear from Ryan's guest, noted author and radio personality, Micah Hanks. They speak about a fascinating UFO sighting that Hank's personally researched and investigated, and then they dig deep into the famous Cash/Landrum UFO case and the mysterious Frederick Valentich disappearance. They round out the conversation looking at the work of Allan Hendry, an investigator for the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) throughout the late 1970s, whose work alongside J. Allen Hynek resulted in his book, The UFO Handbook: A Guide to Investigating, Evaluating and Reporting UFO Sightings. They also talk about completely reframing and re-classifying UFO reports. It was a wide-ranging and hopeful conversation to say the least.
For more on the Frederick Valentich incident mentioned above, click the following image.
Guest Bio: Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, podcaster, lecturer and radio personality whose work addresses a variety of areas, including history, politics, scientific theories and unexplained phenomena. Open minded, but skeptical in his approach, his research has examined a broad variety of subjects over the years, incorporating an interest in scientific anomalies, cultural studies, psychology, sci-fi and pop culture, government secrecy, and the prospects of our technological future as a species as influenced by science. He is the author of The Ghost Rockets, as well as his 2011 release Magic, Mysticism and the Molecule: The Search for Sentient Intelligence from Other Worlds, and his in-depth podcasting instructional handbook, The Complete Guide to Maverick Podcasting. In 2012, his book The UFO Singularity explored themes that incorporated futurism and technology–both speculatively, and at times skeptically–into an analysis of UFO phenomena. He also hosts the weekly radio show, The Gralien Report. In addition, he also has a news and current events podcast, Middle Theory.
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Episode Summary: On the premiere episode of SOMEWHERE IN THE SKIES, host, Ryan Sprague, introduces the listeners to the show and then speaks with historian and author, Richard Dolan, about the media and UFOs. They also discuss the possibility and forms of disclosure that may occur in a new American political era, and then they wrap things up by confronting the future of UFO studies. Dolan then puts forth a respectable challenge to the civilian-run UFO research organizations out there. It is a jam-packed first episode, with many more to come!
Guest Bio: Richard Dolan is the author of two volumes of history, UFOs and the National Security State, both ground-breaking works which together provide the most factually complete and accessible narrative of the UFO subject available anywhere. He also co-authored a speculative book about the future, A.D. After Disclosure, the first-ever analysis not only of how UFO secrecy might end, but of the all-important question: what happens next Richard’s latest work, UFOs for the 21st Century Mind, provides a fresh treatment of the entire subject. In it, he discusses the important sightings, the encounters, the politics, the cover-up, ancient aliens, the bizarre science, disclosure, and offers advice on being both critical and open-minded in today’s world. Like his previous three books, it asks fresh questions and offers new insights to further our understanding of the UFO mystery.
Richard hosts a weekly radio show, The Richard Dolan Show on KGRA Radio, is a frequent guest on Coast-to-Coast AM. He is currently featured on several television series' and documentaries, including Ancient Aliens, Hangar One: The UFO Files, Close Encounters, and UFOs: The Lost Evidence.
Prior to his interest in UFOs, Richard completed his graduate work at the University of Rochester, where he studied U.S. Cold War strategy, European history, and international diplomacy. Before that, he had studied at Alfred University and Oxford University, and had been a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship. In addition to his research, Richard’s company, Richard Dolan Press, actively publishes innovative books by authors from around the world. His website is www.richarddolanpress.com
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