Wide Atlantic Weird

The Many Faces of Fawcett 2: Not Your Father’s Fawcett

It’s ‘Not Your Father’s Fawcett!’ The journey continues with our dive into the first part of EXPLORATION FAWCETT, the 1953 book of Colonel Percy Fawcett’s own notes and journals, as tidied up, illustrated and edited by his son Brian Fawcett. Featuring: -my visit to a Fawcett-related address in London -the infamous giant snake sighting! -Fawcett’s…

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The Fictional Life Of Hulk Hogan Part 3 (with Dr Dónal Gill)

In which we’re asked to audition for Metallica, endorse the George Foreman grill, and wrestle over 365 days in a year. We also cover: -Hogan’s years at WCW -the infamous Monday Night Wars between WWF and WCW -the meta writing of Vince Russo -Hogan’s comeback match against the Rock Buy Me A Coffee, Brother! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/wideatlantic…

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Beliefs In The Early Medieval Period (with Dr Eoghan Aherne)

Dr Eoghan Aherne visits the cabin to talk about the early medieval period, and some things we might believe about it that might not be true! Topics include: -modern myths about the medieval period -were medieval people particularly credulous? -a medieval flat Earth? -classical ideas during the medieval period: the four elements -the scientific revolution…

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Return to the Lost World: Origins and Illustrations (with Dr Richard Fallon)

Arthur Conan Doyle and Professor Challenger make a welcome return to the show, as we turn once again to the worlds of Edwardian fantastic Imperial fiction, and the history of still-living dinosaurs in literature. Dr Richard Fallon joins us to talk all things LOST WORLD, in particular the vision Conan Doyle had for a subtle,…

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Flying Saucer Cinema: Day The Earth Stood Still vs Thing From Another World (with Dr Edward Guimont)

Cian welcomes Dr Edward Guimont back to the cabin for a chat about two seminal 1951 flying saucer movies. There’ll be saucers skipping across water (whyever would you do that?), McCarthyism, and pulp-era sci-fi authors acting like jerks. Topics include: -our history with both movies -the short story ‘Farewell To The Master’ and 1930s pulp…

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The Many Faces of Fawcett: Lost City Of Z

Cian returns to the cabin to tackle a subject that he should have tackled long ago: the life and mysterious disappearance of Percy Harrison Fawcett. First part (fingers crossed) of a series attempting to contrast the various books about Fawcett that are out there. Featuring: -extended thank yous to all the nice folks who’ve sent…

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Megalodon and Other Prehistoric Cryptids (with Tyler Greenfield)

Tyler Greenfield visits the cabin to chat about sightings of supposed living extinct creatures. We discuss early 20th century origins of living Megalodon stories, the French Pterodactyl trapped in rock, the bizarre ‘Triassic Kraken,’ and how the mysterious Cadborosaurus got its type specimen. (Episode picture thanks to Tyler! It’s a full-size replica of our titular…

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The Man Who Studied Ghouls: TC Lethbridge and Weird Archaeology

Ancient chalk figures, Arctic exploration, pendulums, and emotions ‘recorded’ onto the landscape: TC Lethbridge dabbled in them all, and remains an important figure in mid-20th century alternative thinking. Lisa from the Beer Ladies Podcast joins us at the cabin to talk about Lethbridge. We cover: -Lethbridge’s early archaeological career -Lethbridge as an institution figure vs…

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Paranormal, People, & Politics with the Workers Cauldron

Cian is joined at the cabin by David & Mercedas from the Worker’s Cauldron to talk about a variety of paranormal topics and their cultural/political influences. Subjects include: -evolution of Wicca -social context and the paranormal -alien abduction in the 90s -creating episodes -David’s trip to Bluff Creek -colonial literature’s influence on Forteana -Demonic possession…

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Ley Lines and Spooky Geology (with Sharon Hill)

Sharon Hill joins us to speak about Spooky Geology and Ley Lines! We discuss the origins of the lines before they became associated with mystical ideas, leys as a way to connect with landscape, how they’re thought of in the paranormal community today, connections to UFOs (of course!), a little bit of Stone Tape Theory,…

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