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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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The Socorro Incident: Project Blue Book's Best Case | MHP 09.27.22.
01:22:57

Friday, April 24, 1964. Lonnie Zamora, a police officer in Socorro, New Mexico, was chasing a speeding motorist when he heard a loud roaring noise, accompanied by what he described as a peculiar flame in the sky. As he watched the object descend, the officer veered off the highway onto a gravel road, and went to investigate. What happened next resulted in one of the most widely-discussed UAP incidents of all time. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we retrace the footsteps of Project Blue Book investigators as we reexamine what has since been called the Air Force's "best case", and the mystery surrounding two individuals Zamora observed outside the craft, a curious red "insignia" emblazoned on the object, and the theories about what, precisely, the object could have been. 

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Sep 28, 2022
Incident at Fort Monmouth: Radar UFOs in the Grudge Era | MHP 09.20.22.
01:23:54

In September 1951, a radar facility along the New Jersey coast began to detect fast moving, unidentified aircraft traveling at high altitudes. Less than a half hour later, a pair of military aircraft flying nearby observed an odd, disc-shaped object which, after they began chasing it, quickly evaded them and flew out to sea. 

The incident at Fort Monmouth was dismissed by the U.S. Air Force's Project Grudge, the immediate predecessor to Project Blue Book, as having been due to operator error on part of the staff at the radar facility, and a balloon observed by the two pilots. However, a deeper investigation reveals otherwise about a case that, ultimately, caused a "system reset" for the USAF's UFO investigations. We look at this controversial case, and its historical implications in UFO studies, on this episode of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Sep 20, 2022
Black Triangle UFOs: Phantom Giants of the Skies | MHP 09.13.22.
01:11:18

Within the broader range of UAP reports that have been collected over the last several decades are the so-called “flying triangle UFOs”, objects which are typically described as large, silent, slow-moving triangular objects which are dark enough in color to nearly blend in against the night sky, save only for lighted portions which are often reported at the corners, as well as the center of the base of the objects.

This week, we dive into the history of sightings involving black triangle UFOs, exploring the theories about their origin, and possible technologies behind them on this episode of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Sep 13, 2022
Jacques Vallee: Anatomy of a Phenomenon | MHP 09.07.22.
01:15:25

Unidentified aerial phenomena is a topic that has long perplexed scientists around the world, as well as militaries of various countries, and hosts of others who have had personal experiences with strange things in our skies. But what if the phenomenon in question were actually far more complex and strange than even the most well-informed experts who have studied it could imagine? What, precisely, is the anatomy of the phenomenon that we call UAP? 

Jacques Vallee is a scientist, author, and high-tech investor located in Silicon Valley. He has published several books and textbooks on computer networking and other topics, but is perhaps best known for his long-term interest in the curious “Wonders in the Sky” known as unidentified flying objects, or more recently, unidentified aerial phenomena. We dive into a wide-ranging discussion with Dr. Vallee this week about UAP, the Internet, history of the Atomic Age, and much more on this episode of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Sep 07, 2022
UAP at Nuclear Weapons Sites | MHP 08.31.22.
01:17:46

Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, a rash of unsettling incidents involving UAP at nuclear weapons sites were logged throughout the American northern tier states. These included events that occurred the morning of March 24, 1967, when ten intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) went offline at an underground launch control facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

This week, we examine the Malmstrom Air Force Base UAP incident, along with similar incidents that occurred at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and the possible implications of such concerning intrusions in this installment of The Micah Hanks Program

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Sep 01, 2022
Sasquatch and Government: Encounters, Investigations, and Official Files | MHP 08.23.22.
01:17:17

For centuries, stories have been shared about encounters with strange, humanlike "monsters" in the remote regions of the Pacific Northwest and other rugged areas of North America. Popularly known as "Sasquatch" or "Bigfoot", many relegate the existence of such creatures to the realm of fantasy, and consider any alleged encounters to be misperceptions or hoaxes.

What is less often discussed regarding Sasquatch is that a striking number of individuals working with United States Federal Government agencies have told stories of having encountered the creatures as well. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we examine testimony from several former government employees who share their experiences of having encountered these creatures while working in official capacities.

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Aug 23, 2022
Incident at Kecksburg: A Cold War UFO Cover-Up? | MHP 08.15.22.
01:17:17

On December 9, 1965, residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and several other states, as well as Canada, observed a strange ball of fire streaking through the afternoon sky. Various reports indicated locations where the object was believed to have fallen, with the majority of them centering in on the rural community of Kecksburg in southwestern Pennsylvania. But what was the object, and what actually happened later that night as the U.S. military went in search of it? 

This week, following news and an analysis of the long-lost Calvine UFO photograph from Scotland, we reopen the case files on the Kecksburg incident. Was there really an object recovered, and why did NASA lose its files on its investigation? Or is there another explanation for the event entirely? We explore all these questions and more this week on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Aug 16, 2022
Abduction: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Incident | MHP 08.10.22.
01:29:53

On the evening of September 19-20, 1961, New Hampshire residents Barney and Betty Hill were returning from a vacation in Canada when they noticed a strange light moving through the sky in the distance. Over the course of the next 45 minutes, their lives would forever change, as they became participants on one of history's best known--and most controversial--alleged UFO sightings.

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we present a historical analysis of the Hill case, and examine some of the finer details about the purported occupants aboard the craft the couple observed, as well as the bizarre claims of their abduction and medical examination on board a UFO.

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Aug 12, 2022
The Search for Non-Terrestrial Artifacts | MHP 08.01.22.
01:08:45

For decades, humans have sent probes into space to explore distant planets, and to go in search of evidence of things like life on other worlds. If humans engage in such activities, why wouldn't aliens do the same? Is it possible that Earth has ever been surveilled by extraterrestrial technologies, and that searches for non-terrestrial artifacts could reveal their presence close to Earth? 

Beatriz Villarroel is a postdoctoral researcher holding the position of Nordic Fellow with Stockholm University, Sweden. Among other positions she holds, she is Principal Investigator of the "Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations" project, otherwise known as the VASCO Network. This week, she joins us to discuss the scientific search for non-terrestrial artifacts on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Aug 02, 2022
Moon Anomalies: Lunar Phenomena and Mysterious Structures | MHP 07.25.22.
01:11:15

For centuries, astronomers have claimed to see strange lights and other phenomena on the Moon. Ranging from points of light, to mysterious colored bands, and even images since the dawn of the Space Age depicting curious structures, many have wondered if Earth's Moon could be far more mysterious than most would ever contend. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we examine sightings of mysterious transient lunar phenomena (TLP) observed in locations like the Aristarchus crater, as well as a mysterious set of structures or "spires" that have caused debate for decades. Could there be more to the Moon and its many secrets than conventional astronomical thinking has taught us? 

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Jul 26, 2022
SETI: Aliens, A.I., NASA, and UAP | MHP 07.18.22.
57:00

As the search for extraterrestrial intelligence from beyond Earth continues, many scientists are now wondering whether the eventual discovery of ET may come in the form of a technology--perhaps even artificial intelligence--that was created by aliens, rather than the actual biological lifeforms themselves. 

Joining us this week to discuss these possibilities is Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI institute. We dive into the potential existence of alien A.I, as well as NASA's forthcoming UAP study, and much more this week on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Jul 20, 2022
Ariel Phenomenon: The 1994 Ruwa UFO Incident | MHP 07.12.22.
01:20:21

On September 16, 1994, sixty-two students at Ariel School in Zimbabwe witnessed something incredible that has impacted many of their lives to this day. Today, their story remains one of the most striking incidents involving a landed UFO craft ever recorded, and yet many questions about the case still remain. 

Joining us this week is researcher and filmmaker Randall Nickerson, who traveled to Zimbabwe and other locations in order to fully document this incredible story in his film, Ariel Phenomenon. We discuss the famous 1994 incident, and the effect it had on the lives of the witnesses in this installment of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Jul 12, 2022
The Secret Space Age: Black Projects, NASA, and UAP | MHP 07.05.22.
01:28:19

Since the dawn of the Space Age, there have been questions about the development of experimental technologies, and whether some aerospace innovations may have been left out of the history books. Could some black program developments account for modern accounts of unidentified aerial phenomena, or are these craft really otherworldly in origin? 

Joining us this week on The Micah Hanks Program is researcher Olav Phillips, author of books like "The Secret Space Age" and others that discuss secret space programs, the concept of breakaway civilizations, Nazi UFOs, and much more. 

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Jul 05, 2022
Disintegration: The Cuban Jet UFO Incident | MHP 06.27.22.
01:15:48

In March 1967, Spanish-speaking intercept operators with the U.S. Air Force Security Service at Homestead AFB south of Miami, Florida, supposedly overheard Cuban transmissions involving a pair of MiG-21 jet fighters that were scrambled to investigate a mysterious intruder, resembling a large, metallic sphere with no wings or any sign of a propulsion system.

What happened next has become a legend in modern UFO lore... and one researcher's attempts to confirm details about the so-called Cuban jet UFO incident even resulted in a visit from two men in black suits. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we examine the infamous case, and why the story led to a multi-agency investigation of the UFO researchers who became involved. 

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Jun 28, 2022
Flying Saucers in '47: 75 Years of the UFO Mystery | MHP 06.22.22.
01:21:50

On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying over Mount Rainier Washington when he observed a group of unusual flying objects that he could not identify. Sharing news of his sighting when he landed shortly afterward, Arnold's account soon made it into American newspapers, and even came to the attention of the United States government. In short, the era of the "Flying Saucer" had begun, giving rise to one of the most controverisal topics in recent history: unidentified flying objects. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Arnold's sighting, we are joined by author and historian Charles Lear, whose new book, The Flying Saucer Investigators, chronicles the history of the researchers who went in search of answers to this enduring mystery of the space age. 

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Jun 22, 2022
Unclear Intent: Analyzing UAP Behavior and Intention | MHP 06.14.22.
01:27:40

Widespread interest in unidentified aerial phenomena, as well as their possible nature and origins, has surged since 2017. World governments, scientists, and civilian organizations have all begun to weigh in on the matter, with the latest effort being announced by NASA, which plans to conduct its own study of the phenomena beginning in late 2022. 

However, with the question over UAP and their origins also comes the question of intent: if some of these UAP are intelligently-controlled, technological devices, then what is their purpose, and what are the motives and intention of their operators? This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we explore these questions and analyze what UAP behavior in some of history's most well-documented cases might convey about their possible intent. 

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Jun 14, 2022
Path of the Skinwalker: Mysteries of the Uintah Basin | MHP 06.08.22.
01:19:49

The Uintah Basin is one of Utah's most diversely scenic regions. Nestled in the northeastern corner of the state, it is also the location of one of the most infamous alleged hotspots for UFO sightings, cattle mutilations, and other unexplained phenomena in the world: Skinwalker Ranch. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look at the history of the Uintah Basin dating back to prehistoric times, and survey the myth and mystery that support one of the modern hubs for the strange and unsettling. Why do locations like Skinwalker Ranch seem to be an "attractor" for the UFO mystery, and what can be learned from studying them there? 

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Jun 09, 2022
High Strangeness: UFOs Over the Keystone State | MHP 05.30.22.
01:23:50

Since the late 1940s, sightings of unidentified flying objects have made headlines across America and other parts of the world. While a seemingly global phenomenon, the collection of data on the UFO subject has benefited greatly from serious investigators who have narrowed the focus of their efforts to specific regions or areas of study. 

Pennsylvania's Stan Gordon is perhaps one of the best-known examples of the regional UFO researcher extraordinaire. He has chronicled sightings of UFOs, and occasional cases involving "high strangeness" in his home state for more than six decades, and joins us this week to discuss his work on The Micah Hanks Program

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Jun 01, 2022
The Congressional Hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena | MHP 05.23.22.
01:31:29

In recent days, a historic Congressional hearing was held before the House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee. The topic of interest: unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), and the Pentagon’s Airborne Object Identification Management and Synchronization Group (AOIMSG).

"UAPs are unexplained. It’s true, but they are real," said Representative Andre Carson during the recent House Panel hearing. "They need to be investigated and many threats they pose need to be mitigated." Featuring testimony from Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security Ronald S. Moultrie and Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence Scott W. Bray, the hearings have become one of the most talked-about developments in the recent debate over UAP, as well as the broader history of the UFO phenomenon. This week, we take a look at the hearings, and the wide range of responses to them on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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May 24, 2022
UAP Incident Aboard the USS Ronald Reagan | MHP 05.16.22.
01:16:31

In 2004, a high-profile UFO incident involving the USS Nimitz occurred off the California coast. It now represents one of the most widely recognized cases of its kind in the modern debate over unidentified aerial phenomena... but now we know it was not the only military UFO encounter to have occurred that year.

Returning to the program this week is filmmaker Dave Beaty, whose reporting for The Debrief recently brought to light another U.S. Navy encounter that occurred in 2004, involving the USS Ronald Reagan. We discuss Beaty's investigations into the UAP incident, and his interviews with firsthand witnesses, this week on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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May 17, 2022
Pursuing the Phenomenon: Dialogues on the State of Ufology | MHP 05.09.22.
01:24:14

Since 2017, many surprising developments have occurred within the study of UFOs, or what the U.S. government and many scientists now prefer to call UAP. But how much has really changed since the UFO mystery began decades ago, and what have we learned in recent years about the phenomenon? 

Joining us to discuss all this and more is journalist Alejandro Rojas, who shares his insights on the current state of science being applied toward aerial mysteries, as well as the government's ongoing involvement with UAP investigations... all this week on The Micah Hanks Program.

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May 11, 2022
UFO Disinformation: Spies, Saucers, and Counterintelligence | MHP 05.02.22.
01:23:52

During the 1980s, several members of the UFO research community were targeted as part of one or more disinformation campaigns that aimed to plant false information. Ranging from stories of UFO crashes and cattle mutilations, to underground bases at places like Dulce, New Mexico, and even an ongoing war with hostile extraterrestrials, several ideas were successfully presented to UFO researchers which have continued to proliferate through ufology into the present day. 

Joining us to discuss UFO disinformation and its influence over the decades is Adam Gorightly, author of the book Saucers, Spooks and Kooks: UFO Disinformation in the Age of Aquarius. Gorightly gives us a powerful overview of the ufological scene in the 80s and 90s, and reveals the origins of the infamous "Dulce Base" mythos this week on The Micah Hanks Program

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May 03, 2022
Secret History: Roswell, Black Projects, and 19th Century UFOs | MHP 04.26.22.
01:25:06

In the summer of 1947, news broke that a crashed flying saucer had been recovered by the U.S. Air Force on a remote ranch in New Mexico. Then, just one day later, the story was withdrawn, and the object was said to have merely been a weather balloon. Decades later the story would resurface, giving rise to one of the greatest controversies in the history of UFOs: the Roswell Incident. 

Joining us this week is Walter Bosley, a researcher whose father also recalled stories similar to the infamous Roswell Incident. Bosley shares his own investigations into his late father's memories, as well as speculations about early aerospace developments that might help to shed light on the modern UFO mystery in this installment of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Apr 26, 2022
The Mystery Drones: Unidentified Aircraft in U.S. Airspace | MHP 04.18.22.
01:15:36

Since the early 2000s, several high-profile incidents involving Navy and other military encounters with unidentified aircraft have occurred. While some of the strange objects seem very out of this world, others sound far more like drone or similar unmanned aircraft with possibly very down-to-earth origins... and yet the ultimate source of these "mystery drones" and other unusual aircraft remains unknown. 

Joining us to discuss his reporting on several incidents involving mystery drones and other unusual military UAP encounters is Brett Tingley, whose reporting for sites like The Warzone has chronicled what may point to the existence of secretive aerial technologies in U.S. airspace, all of which we explore with him this week on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Apr 19, 2022
Origins of the Gods: UAP, Plasmas, and Ancient Enigmas | MHP 04.11.22.
01:34:45

Throughout human history, stories have been shared that involve unusual occurrences and meetings with other forms of intelligence. According to many ancient traditions, these beings are recognized by such names as angels, demons, deities, or gods; but what is the real source behind such supernatural beliefs? 

Joining us this week is Dr. Gregory L. Little, a longtime researcher into areas that include North American archaeology, and paranormal claims that include unidentified aerial phenomena, or UFOs. Little is the co-author of a new book with Andy Collins, Origins of the Gods, which explores such themes as natural plasma phenomena, and the origins of many supernatural belief systems around the world. We discuss the book, and Little's research into UFO phenomena throughout the decades this week on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Apr 12, 2022
Anomalous Archaeology: High Technology of the Ancient World | MHP 04.04.22.
01:24:00

It represents one of history and archaeology's greatest mysteries: how did the ancient Egyptians build the pyramids? While much is known about the construction of these impressive ancient monuments, lingering questions have led some researchers in esoteric directions while searching for clues about these wonders of the ancient world. 

This week, we go in pursuit of "anomalous archaeology", and the question of whether chemists in ancient Egypt might have played a role in novel construction techniques used to help build the pyramids. We also explore other uncanny evidence of "high technology" used in the ancient world, and whether archaeology supports the idea that several surprisingly advanced technological developments occurred before the present day. 

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Apr 05, 2022
UAP Confidential: The ODNI's Secret UFO Report, Revealed | MHP 03.28.22.
01:16:37

Last summer, just days before a controversial report on unidentified aerial phenomena appeared online at the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Congress received a classified briefing on some of the details that were not included in the public report. That version of the UAP Task Force's "Preliminary Assessment" remained unrevealed to the public... until now. 

John Greenewald Jr. of The Black Vault, an expert on the use of the Freedom of Information Act, joins us this week to discuss how he was able to use this legal process to appeal for the release of the classified version of the government report on UFOs... and succeeded. We talk with John about what the new version of the report does and does not reveal about the government's investigations into aerial mysteries this week on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Mar 29, 2022
Free Speech for Flying Saucers: UAP, Transparency, and Alt-Tech | MHP 03.21.22.
01:33:59

Since the late 1940s, unidentified aerial phenomena reported in our skies have remained an issue on the public mind, and an occasional focus of various government agencies. As significant as the UFO problem is, of equal concern to many is the transparency government agencies display about their involvement with the phenomenon and its study. 

This week, we begin with a report on UAP developments in Brazil, where the Brazilian Senate recently passed an official Requirement related to UAP transparency. Brazilian UFO researcher A.J. Gevaerd joins us to discuss this development, and then later in the program, Bill Ottman, CEO and co-founder of Minds, joins us to discuss his interest in the UAP subject, along with issues related to free speech, transparency, and alt-tech in this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Mar 22, 2022
The Sword in the Clay: A 2000-Year-Old Mystery | MHP 03.14.22.
01:21:01

During World War I, a Canadian soldier named Will Bird was serving in Europe when he recovered a remarkable artifact from a crater left by explosives that removed the earth at Amiens, France. The recovery of the mysterious weapon, dating back to the time of Julius Caesar, was only one of the mysterious occurrences that Bird would experience during the war. 

Joining us to discuss Bird's story, as well as other mysteries of the ancient past is author Scott Alan Roberts, who shares his insights into this Roman-era curiosity, as well as his travels to Egypt. We also get an update with Tim McMillan on whether Russia could be behind UAP sightings, and much more in this edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  

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Mar 16, 2022
The Humanoids: Credible Sightings of UFO Occupants | MHP 03.07.22.
01:37:13

Since the early years of the modern UFO enigma, sightings of strange aircraft of unknown origins have been reported in countries throughout the world. Less common than the sightings of UFO craft themselves are the reports of credible observations of the occupants of these strange machines, which throughout the range of collected reports often share one thing in common: the UFO occupants appear to be humanoids. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we go in search of the most credible incidents involving purported sightings of humanoids emerging from or operating near UFO craft, in an attempt to move toward a better understanding of the source (or sources) behind these mysterious aerial objects. Who are the UFO occupants, and what can a measured study of these controversial reports help us learn? 

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Mar 08, 2022
The Cash-Landrum Incident: Physical Effects from UFO Encounters | 02.28.22.
01:45:52

On the night of December 29, 1980, Betty Cash, her friend Vicky Landrum, and Vicky's grandson Colby were traveling home from dinner when they observed a bright light above the highway ahead of them in the distance. What happened over the course of the next half hour would forever change their lives, and remains one of the most widely-discussed UFO incidents of all time. 

However, a number of troubling questions also remain about the case, which involved health problems the witnesses later suffered from, leading them to believe the unusual aerial object they observed had been the cause. This week, we examine the Cash-Landrum incident, and what scientists and medical professionals can offer about the issue of physical effects from UFO close encounters on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Mar 01, 2022
Trail of the Saucers: Presidents, UAP, and Disclosure with Bryce Zabel | MHP 02.21.22.
01:29:44

For more than 70 years, unidentified aerial phenomena have been observed over the United States, and since the end of World War II, several U.S. Presidents have publicly addressed the issue of these aerial mysteries, and how our military addresses the problem. 

Joining us on this President's Day edition of The Micah Hanks Program is Bryce Zabel, a past CNN correspondent and well-known television writer/producer for shows that include Dark Skies and many others. He co-hosts the popular new podcast Need to Know with Coulthart and Zabel, is co-author of the book A.D. (After Disclosure) 2012 with Richard Dolan, and writes at his very popular “Trail of the Saucers” page on Medium. Bryce joins us to discuss UAP, disclosure, and much more. 

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Feb 22, 2022
The Kinross Incident: The Disappearance of Felix Moncla | MHP 02.14.22.
01:27:59

In 1953, an unidentified flying object was spotted on radar as it passed over the Great Lakes. Lt. Felix Moncla and his radar observer were scrambled to investigate the mystery aircraft in an all-weather, twin-engine Northrop F-89 Scorpion... and vanished as they closed in on the UFO. Neither the pilot, his radar observer, nor their aircraft was ever located. 

The strange disappearance of Felix Moncla has remained a cold case in the history of UFO encounters, inspiring many researchers to go in search of answers. However, some claim that the U.S. Air Force may know more about the Kinross incident, which it says involved not a true UFO, but a Canadian aircraft flying over Lake Superior. Does the official explanation hold up, and are there other concerning incidents involving military aircraft that have disappeared in conjunction with UFO sightings from over the years? We explore all these questions in this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Feb 15, 2022
Chris Mellon: The Air Force's UAP Issue | MHP 02.08.22.
01:21:03

Since the end of Project Blue Book, the longest-running systematic government study of UFOs, the United States Air Force has kept the study of unidentified aerial phenomena at arm's length. However, as intelligence agencies and other branches of the military were asked to supply information to the UAP Task Force in advance of the June 2021 ODNI report, how much information - if any - was supplied by the Air Force? 

Joining us to discuss the Air Force and its role in the modern UAP debate is Christopher Mellon, who formerly served for nearly 20 years in the intelligence community. Since retiring from federal service, Mellon has appeared in the History Channel TV series UNIDENTIFIED, and in the movie “The Phenomenon." This week, we sit down with Chris Mellon for a discussion about his recent article for The Debrief entitled "Why is the Air Force AWOL on the UAP Issue" here on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Feb 08, 2022
Alienology: ET, UAP, and Ideas with Cristina Gomez | MHP 02.01.22.
01:21:39

In June 2021, a widely-anticipated report on unidentified aerial phenomena was delivered to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which resulted in widespread discussion about these unusual objects in our skies. What are they, where are they from, and what do intelligence officials know about them? 

Joining us this week to discuss all of these possibilities is Cristina Gomez, who hosts shows that include Paradigm Shifts and Mysteries with a History on YouTube, along with her news coverage for thedebrief.org. We explore ideas involving the current UAP debate, what intelligence officials aren't saying (especially when it comes to discussing the idea of extraterrestrials), and much more on this edition of The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Feb 01, 2022
Friend or Foe? The UAP Communication Problem | MHP 01.25.22.
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In 1951, a series of strange UFO sightings occurred over the United States where USAF pilots, radar operators, and others attempted to establish the identities of unidentified aircraft. Relying on what was at the time still classified Cold War-era technology, in one striking incident in the summer of that year a group of radar operators in Washington almost succeeded. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, after news and an update on strange signals being issued by Russia's infamous UVB-76, we shift our attention to the communication problem with UAP, and how the use of the command and control "identification friend or foe" (IFF) system has led to more questions than answers in a handful of strange UAP incidents from over the years. 

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Jan 25, 2022
UFOs: The Art of Misdirection | MHP 01.17.22.
01:32:37

In 1980, Paul Bennewitz was convinced that he was about to crack open the entire UFO mystery... and as his paranoia over what he believed were alien signals he had intercepted near Kirtland Air Force Base increased, his mental health continued to decline. 

The strange tale of Paul Bennewitz is only one of the areas that researcher Greg Bishop has explored in books like Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth. This week, Bishop joins us to share his insights on recent events in ufology and discusses the odd side of U.S. government involvement with research into these phenomena on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Jan 18, 2022
The Others: UFOs, Folklore, and Forteana | MHP 01.10.22.
01:41:09

Throughout history, accounts of people's encounters and interactions with "others" have been recorded in folklore from around the world. Do these narratives always convey pure mythology, or do some of these accounts suggest something deeper, which could in some ways even be related to phenomena like UAP? 

Joining us this week to discuss this concept is researcher Joshua Cutchin, author of books that include A Trojan Feast, The Brimstone Deceit, and several others that look at the crossover between folklore and Forteana. We also look at how this idea applies to modern UAP research, and a range of other topics on this edition of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Jan 11, 2022
UFO Encounter at Hopkinsville | MHP 01.06.22.
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On August 21, 1955, one of the most unusual events in early UFO history took place near the small town of Kelly outside Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Over the course of several hours that evening, families in the community claimed they were "attacked" by strange little men they believed to have come from a flying saucer they observed. 

Although Project Blue Book never officially investigated the case, what became known as the Hopkinsville-Kelly UFO Encounter eventually drew attention from UFO investigators like J. Allen Hynek. But what did Kelly residents really see that evening in 1955? This week, we weigh the opinions and go in search of possible answers about one of history's strangest UFO cases on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Jan 07, 2022
A Year of UAP: 2021 in Review | MHP 12.27.21.
01:29:38

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, as the James Webb Space Telescope makes its way toward the next phase of its mission following a successful Christmas Day launch, we turn our attention toward developments in space, science, and unidentified aerial phenomena in the last twelve months for our final program of 2021. 

Joining us this week are Jason McClellan of Rogue Planet and Ryan Sprague of Somewhere in the Skies for a roundtable discussion looking back on the main events of the last year, which include the U.S. government's involvement in UAP investigations and much more. 

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Dec 28, 2021
The Pyramid Question: Riddle of the Ancient Engineers | MHP 12.20.21.
01:14:03

They represent one of the greatest architectural wonders of all time... and are among the most enduring mysteries of the ancient world. The pyramids at Giza were an engineering marvel when they were erected thousands of years ago, and even today scholars and laymen alike continue to ask questions about these enigmatic ancient monuments and their construction. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program we explore the mysteries of the Giza pyramids, from the earliest ancient accounts to modern attempts at replicating their construction methods. We examine both the "alternative" speculations about their design and purpose, as well as archaeological views and the efforts of modern engineers toward unraveling the mysteries of the most famous monuments the world has ever known. 

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Dec 21, 2021
The Uncanny Reality of John Keel | MHP 12.13.21.
01:18:55

In 1966, as UFO sightings were occurring across the United States, one man became determined to solve the riddle of these mysterious aerial objects... and in doing so, found his way into the heart of one of the most curious episodes in modern American folklore. 

This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look at the adventurous life of Fortean researcher John A. Keel. From his pursuit of answers to the UFO mystery to his research into claims of a "Mothman" seen by West Virginia residents in the 1960s, we examine how his experiences shaped his unconventional theories about UFOs and the unexplained.

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Dec 14, 2021
The Debrief: A Year of Rebellious Curiosity | MHP 12.06.21.
01:27:22

This week, as members of Congress continue to weigh in on the Department of Defense's decision to launch its new effort to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena, Micah is joined by his cofounders and team at The Debrief, which has brought in-depth coverage to the ongoing UAP investigations by the U.S. government, and a range of other issues in science and technology. 

Along with guests Tim McMillan, MJ Banias, Chrissy Newton, Cristina Gomez, and Christopher Plain, Micah and the team celebrates its anniversary as it looks back on the last year in UAP news and other topics covered by The Debrief on this week's installment of The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Dec 07, 2021
UFOs at the United Nations | MHP 11.29.21.
01:57:33

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. 

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Nov 30, 2021
The Roswell Paradox | MHP 11.23.21.
01:48:12

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.

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Nov 25, 2021
The Observers: Surveillance and Interactions by UAP | MHP 11.15.21.
01:37:51

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. 

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Nov 17, 2021
The Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office: A Modest Proposal | MHP 11.08.21.
01:18:42

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. 

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Nov 09, 2021
Vanishing Act: The Disappearance of Gerry Irwin | MHP 11.01.21.
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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. 

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Nov 02, 2021
The Foo Fighters: UFOs During World War II | MHP 10.27.21.
01:21:08

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. 

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Oct 28, 2021
Unidentified in Earth's Airspace: UFOs, Sci-Fi, and Future Tech | MHP 10.19.21.
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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.

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Oct 19, 2021
Faded Giant: UFO Incident at Malmstrom AFB | MHP 10.12.21.
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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. 

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Oct 13, 2021
Phenomenon: The Brazilian UFO Mystery | MHP 10.04.21.
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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. 

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Oct 05, 2021
The Experiencers: UFOs, Government, and Claims of Alien Contact | MHP 09.27.21.
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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. 

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Sep 28, 2021
Mysteries of the Sphinx: Search for the Forgotten Civilization | MHP 09.21.21.
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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. 

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Sep 21, 2021
On the Trail of the Tic Tac | MHP 09.13.21.
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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. 

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Sep 14, 2021
The Hunt For Alien Intelligence: UAP, Probes, and Alien Signals | MHP 09.06.21.
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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.

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Sep 07, 2021
The Extraterrestrial Controversy: UFOs and the Debate Over Earth Visitation | MHP 08.30.21.
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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. 

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Sep 01, 2021
UFOs Over Canada: Aviation Incidents and the Military | MHP 08.23.21.
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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. 

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Aug 24, 2021
UFOs: Truth, Lies, and Conspiracies | MHP 08.16.21.
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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. 

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Aug 17, 2021
The Galileo Project: The Astronomers Who Hunt For UAP | MHP 08.09.21.
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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. 

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Aug 11, 2021
The Men Who Stare at UFOs: John Alexander on the Record | MHP 08.02.21.
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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. 

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Aug 03, 2021
UAP Analysis: Studying Anomalous Aerial Vehicles | MHP 07.26.21.
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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. 

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Jul 27, 2021
UFOs and Science: An Astronomer's Perspective | 07.19.21.
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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. 

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Jul 21, 2021
Ayahuasca: Alien Intelligence & Inner Paths to Other Realms | MHP 07.12.21.
01:31:57

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. 

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Jul 14, 2021
The Future of UAP Studies: An Assessment | MHP 07.05.21.
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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. 

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Jul 06, 2021
The Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena: A Complete Analysis | MHP 06.28.21.
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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? 

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Jun 29, 2021
UFOs on Capitol Hill: Classified Briefings & Congressional Hearings | MHP 06.21.21.
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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.

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Jun 22, 2021
Life Before: Children Who Remember Past Lives | MHP 06.14.21.
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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.

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Jun 15, 2021
The UAP Report: Leaked Details and Analysis | MHP 06.07.21.
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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. 

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Jun 08, 2021
Sasquatch: Science and the Apes Among Us | MHP 06.01.21.
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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. 

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Jun 02, 2021
UAP in the USA: Presidents on Record and UFO Culture | MHP 05.24.21.
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"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. 

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May 25, 2021
UAP: 60 Minutes, Leaked Footage and Media Analysis | MHP 05.15.21.
01:30:43

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. 

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May 18, 2021
Evaluation: The Pentagon's UAP Problem | MHP 05.10.21.
01:26:22

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.

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May 11, 2021
Stalking the Herd: Cattle Mutilation and UFOs in the San Luis Valley | MHP 05.03.21.
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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.

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May 04, 2021
UFOs and the Deep State | MHP 04.26.21.
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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.

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Apr 27, 2021
UFOs: The National Intelligence Problem | MHP 04.19.21.
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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.

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Apr 20, 2021
Drones and Destroyers: Military UAP Encounters | MHP 04.12.21.
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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. 

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Apr 13, 2021
Satellite Anomalies: UFOs and Space Archaeology | MHP 04.06.21.
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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. 

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Apr 07, 2021
UFOs on Radar: Echoes, Angels, and UAP | MHP 03.29.21.
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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. 

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Mar 30, 2021
Pilot UFO Encounters: UAP and Aviation Safety | MHP 03.22.21.
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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. 

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Mar 23, 2021
Lost Records of the Ancients | MHP 03.15.21.
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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. 

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Mar 16, 2021
The Ghost Rockets: Sweden's UFO Files | MHP 03.08.21.
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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. 

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Mar 09, 2021
UAP in the UK: The MoD's UFO Files
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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. 

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Mar 03, 2021
The Brown Mountain Lights: A Historical Inquiry | MHP 02.22.21.
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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. 

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Feb 23, 2021
UFO Physical Evidence: Angel Hair and Mystery Metals | MHP 02.15.21.
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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. 

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Feb 17, 2021
Cowboys and Monsters: The Lost Thunderbird Photo Mystery | MHP 02.08.21.
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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." 

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Feb 10, 2021
The UFO Data: Marler and Rodeghier on the Record | MHP 02.01.21.
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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.

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Feb 03, 2021
Extraterrestrial: Avi Loeb on Oumuamua and Alien Life | MHP 01.26.21.
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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

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Jan 26, 2021
Cosmic Ancestry: Panspermia and the Origins of Life | MHP 01.18.21.
01:33:29

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.

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Jan 19, 2021
Forgotten Lands: The Lost Continent Mythos | MHP 01.11.21.
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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. 

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Jan 13, 2021
Alien: Life From Another World | MHP 01.05.21.
01:37:39

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. 

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Jan 06, 2021
2020 Year in Review: UFOs and Ancient Mysteries | MHP 12.29.20.
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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.

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Dec 30, 2020
The CIA and UFOs: History Declassified | MHP 12.22.20
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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.

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Dec 22, 2020
UFOs in the Atomic Age | MHP 12.14.20.
01:30:52

On the morning of July 16, 1945, the world changed forever. On a remote test site in the New Mexico desert, a group of scientists gathered and watched the first atomic explosion, and humankind's entry into the Atomic Age. 

It has long been argued that the beginning of the UFO phenomenon coincides with the arrival of nuclear weapons at the end of the Second World War. But despite the fact that many--if not most--historical books on the UFO subject begin in or around 1947, shortly after the first nuclear tests of the Atomic Age, do the mysterious flying objects in our skies have deeper roots than this? This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look back at pre-1947 reports that present a strong case for the idea that UFOs have been with us far longer than most historians recognize, and certainly well in advance of the arrival of the Atomic Age.

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Dec 15, 2020
Strategic Doubt: UAP Theory with Dr. Adam Kehoe | MHP 12.07.20
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Dec 08, 2020
Disclosure: An Estimate of the Situation | MHP 12.01.20
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In 1948, a TOP SECRET document was produced by the U.S. Air Force which made surprising conclusions about the possible origins of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. Because of this, all copies were ordered to be declassified and destroyed, leaving none in existence today. It is but one among many long-sought documents produced by the United States government which chronicle the history of its involvement with the UFO subject, and which advocates of official disclosure of UFO information have pursued. 

On the subject of "disclosure," on this edition of The Micah Hanks Program we lead off with news, and a big announcement about a brand new media endeavor, The Debrief, which Micah and his colleagues Tim McMillan and MJ Banias have just launched, which looks at science and technology, as well as the UFO issue, and how the government is handling it. Tim also shares a few details with us on his widely anticipated forthcoming article we'll be publishing, which deals with the UAP Task Force.

We then turn our attention toward the controversial idea of UFO disclosure, its history and origins, and what the involvement of intelligence agencies over the decades really says about what the government may have in its possession related to UFOs. Is disclosure imminent, or is it even a realistic possibility? We look at all of this, and more in this edition of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Dec 01, 2020
Event Horizon: UAP, AI and the Unidentified | MHP 11.25.20.
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Many futurists believe that we will go on to create technologies far more the likes of science fiction than what we recognize today as science fact... perhaps even resembling what we call UAP or UFOs. Within the next century, possible innovations in artificial intelligence may reshape the world as we know it, and eventually, humans could even develop spacecraft that can carry us to the stars. But if other intelligent civilizations exist in our universe, would they have followed the same path of technological progress? 

This week, Micah's brother Caleb joins us in-studio to discuss these ideas, and how they relate to the study of UAP. We look at the controversy surrounding the "Tictac" shaped object observed during the 2004 USS Nimitz incident, and also where claims of encounters with occupants of UAP craft are suggestive of technologies that blur the lines between man and machine. 

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Nov 25, 2020
Origin: Language, Consciousness, and Alien Life | MHP 11.16.20.
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For centuries, humans have wondered whether alien life exists on other worlds. Today, astronomers agree that in the coming decades--perhaps within some of our lifetimes--we will discover alien life in some form. But if it ends up being intelligent, will humankind be capable of communicating with them? To know the answer to this begs further questions about the origins of language, and how that relates to the development of consciousness. 

Joining us for a deep discussion about this is Samuel Zinner Ph.D., a multidisciplinary scholar of languages and history who has lectured in the recent past on the origins of language. Zinner, also a lover of science fiction, muses about how understanding language and its relationship to consciousness might also aid us in understanding how alien life--and even intelligent extraterrestrials--might develop, and if discovered, how we might be able to successfully interact with them. We discuss everything from how communication with aliens might occur, to how language and myth are related to the subject of unidentified aerial phenomena on this edition of The Micah Hanks Program.

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Nov 17, 2020
Star Gate: Remote Viewing the UFO Phenomenon | MHP 11.09.20.
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During the Cold War, U.S. Intelligence agencies learned that the Soviet Union was funneling large amounts of funding toward unlocking mysteries of the human mind. This prompted similar efforts on part of the United States, eventually culminating in the CIA's Star Gate remote viewing program. 

Could psychic phenomena really be used to gain intelligence about the enemy, and if so, what else could be learned with the help of techniques like remote viewing? Could knowledge even be obtained about phenomena like UFOs in this way, and if so, how reliable would it be? Our guest this week is Paul H. Smith, Ph.D. (Major, U.S. Army, Ret.), who not only wrote the handbook used in the Star Gate remote viewing program, but who continues to teach the art of seeking targets with the mind to this day. He is the author of The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing, and he joins us for an in-depth discussion about the government's remote viewing program, unidentified aerial phenomena, and much more on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Nov 11, 2020
The UFO Hackers: In Search of Suppressed Technology | MHP 11.02.20.
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It was the most high-profile case involving a hacker in the history of Britain, and at the time the story broke, one of the biggest stories in the UK, if not the world. Gary McKinnon, a Glasgow-born computer programmer, was arrested at his apartment flat in Wood Green, north London. The charge: hacking United States military computer systems within just weeks of the September 2001 terror attacks.

McKinnon was dubbed “the 911 hacker,” although his reasons for hacking really had nothing to do with the terror attacks. But the most incredible part of McKinnon’s story hadn’t been the fact that he, a UK hacker with a dial-up modem, had accessed numerous U.S. government computer networks. It had been what he was looking for... and claimed to have eventually succeeded in finding: evidence of Unidentified Flying Objects, and efforts by the government to cover them up.

This week, we dive into McKinnon's story, as well as other claims from over the years about alleged suppression of secret advanced technologies on The Micah Hanks Program. 

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Nov 04, 2020
A Magician Among the Spirits: Houdini, Doyle, and the Occult | MHP 10.26.20.
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Some of the most famous minds of the 19th century became swept up in the allure of Spiritualism and mediumship. No less among these had been Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who became one of the staunchest defenders of Spiritualism, even authoring a two-volume history of the religion. However, his friend Harry Houdini, while initially open to the possibility of mediumship as an avenue toward making contact with those who had crossed over, soon became convinced that it was a sham. In addition to placing strains on his friendship with Doyle, the experience pushed Houdini toward the pursuit of exposing all mediumship and paranormal claims as nonsense. 

However, following Houdini's death on Halloween in 1926, even the world's greatest magician would become the target of attempts with reaching the dead through seances and mediumship. On this special Halloween edition of the program, we explore Houdini and Doyles relationship with the occult, and how even in death they each remained highly influential on the world of the occult.

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Oct 27, 2020