Episode 28 Sources: Werewolf Folklore & Science with K.T. Katzmann

Werewolves (AKA lycanthropes) are typically described as a human with the ability to shapeshift into a vicious wolf. In this episode K.T. Katzmann (Twitter @IWriteMonsters), author of Murder with Monsters, joins us for a fun-filled discussion on the folklore and science behind werewolves. We cover everything from rabid dogs and clinical lycanthropy to the parallels between changes that occur during puberty and the werewolf transformation. You can listen to this episode on Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherGoogle PodcastsAmazon MusicPandora, or iHeartRadio.

Sources:

  1. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/bad-moon-rising-the-science-of-werewolves/
  2. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1018/1084230-the-science-of-werewolves/
  3. https://boingboing.net/2012/10/31/a-case-report-on-lycanthropy.html
  4. https://dnascience.plos.org/2012/12/27/the-curious-genetics-of-werewolves/
  5. https://theconversation.com/the-ancient-origins-of-werewolves-104775
  6. https://www.livescience.com/24412-werewolves.html
  7. https://twistedphysics.typepad.com/cocktail_party_physics/2009/11/bad-moon-rising.html
  8. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/real-life-werewolves-dog-bites-and-full-moons/
  9. https://dnascience.plos.org/2012/12/27/the-curious-genetics-of-werewolves/
  10. https://gizmodo.com/werewolf-science-do-dogs-really-bite-more-people-durin-1652449939
  11. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1018/1084230-the-science-of-werewolves/
  12. https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/werewolf.htm
  13. https://historydaily.org/werewolf-trials
  14. https://www.livescience.com/44875-werewolves-in-psychiatry.html

Werewolf Folklore & Science with K.T. Katzmann

Werewolves (AKA lycanthropes) are typically described as a human with the ability to shapeshift into a vicious wolf. In this episode K.T. Katzmann (Twitter @IWriteMonsters), author of Murder with Monsters, joins us for a fun-filled discussion on the folklore and science behind werewolves. We cover everything from rabid dogs and clinical lycanthropy to the parallels between changes that occur during puberty and the werewolf transformation.

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

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Episode 27: Short & Spooky Vol. 1 Sources

If you enjoyed the Short and Spooky segment at the end of our early episodes, this one’s for you! In our first Short and Spooky episode, we share four short, but creepy stories! We discuss the mysterious blue people of Kentucky, two 100-year-old ghost stories, and wrap up with Paige guessing animals that used to be considered cryptids! You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Pandora, or iHeartRadio.

Here are our sources for this episode:

Podcasts: Monster Talk, Episode 207, “The Guyra Ghost”

Websites/Articles:

  1. “Showers of Stones” by Karen Stollznow, January 2020 – Fortean Times
  2. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/the-science-behind-the-mysterious-blue-people-of-kentucky/?fbclid=IwAR1WKDdN-OiMlnaHqYyHCaf3N2ed9w8KV8WPjb0CZZ05F5VdjTiFykYea1o
  3. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/blue-skinned-people-kentucky-reveal-todays-genetic-lesson/story?id=15759819
  4. https://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/10/the_ghost_story_in_a_scientific_journal.html
  5. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-scientific-explanations-spooky-sensations-180973436/
  6. https://blogs.iu.edu/sciu/2020/12/12/seven-cryptids-species/?fbclid=IwAR3hS1nZ6YqjsdcicrWSuDeRcahjhxln6uUy-aKLutWoC9V8Xh6guzpchFE

Short & Spooky Vol. 1

If you enjoyed the Short and Spooky segment at the end of our early episodes, this one’s for you! In our first Short and Spooky episode, we share four short, but creepy, stories. We discuss the mysterious blue people of Kentucky, two 100-year-old ghost stories, and wrap up with Paige guessing animals that used to be considered cryptids! 

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

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Episode 26 Sources: Origins of Cryptozoology with Dr. Brian Regal

In this episode we are joined by professor of science history at Kean University and author, Dr. Brian Regal, to discuss the origins of cryptozoology. We chat about some of our favorite cryptids, and learn about how sea serpents and mating whales helped to create what we know today as the field of cryptozoology. You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

You can find out more about Brian, including the papers and books we discussed, on his website here: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/brian-regal-phd/ or by following him on Twitter @Tarbosaur!

Sources:

  1. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/is-cryptozoology-good-or-bad-for-science/
  2. https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/how-the-search-for-mythical-monsters-can-help-conservation-in-the-real-world
  3. https://cosmosmagazine.com/society/science-history-the-weird-world-of-cryptozoology/
  4. https://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2018-10-26/so-why-do-people-believe-bigfoot-anyway

Origins of Cryptozoology with Dr. Brian Regal

In this episode we are joined by professor of science history at Kean University and author, Dr. Brian Regal, to discuss the origins of cryptozoology. We chat about some of our favorite cryptids, and learn about how sea serpents and mating whales helped to create what we know today as the field of cryptozoology. 

You can find out more about Brian on his website here: https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/brian-regal-phd/ or by following him on Twitter @Tarbosaur!

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), TikTok (@SpookyScience), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

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Episode 25 Sources: Wendigos – This Time It’s Cannibalism!

Wendigos are said to be terrifying humanoid cannibals from the Great Lakes region of the Midwest and Canada. In this episode we discuss the origins of the wendigo myth, wendigo psychosis, and our theories on alleged wendigo sightings.  You can listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or Pandora.

Here are the sources we used for this episode:

Podcasts: Timesuck, Episode 196: “The Wendigo and Other American Indian Folklore Monsters”; Blurry Photos, Episode 135: “The Wendigo”; Lore, Episode 18: “Hunger Pains”

Wendigos: This Time It’s Cannibalism!

Wendigos are said to be terrifying humanoid cannibals from the Great Lakes region of the Midwest and Canada. In this episode we discuss the origins of the wendigo myth, wendigo psychosis, and our theories on alleged wendigo sightings. 

Promo at end of episode from 3 Spooked Girls!

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

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Origins of Pop Culture Vampires with Dr. Holly Walters

Edward Cullen and Dracula. Two vastly different characters that have one major thing in common – they vant to suck your blood. If you enjoyed our first episode about vampires, you will love this one! Dr. Holly Walters, cultural anthropologist, author, and knower of all things vampires, joins us to chat about the origins of the modern day vampire. What stories inspired the young, sexy, blood-sucking vampire that we know and love today? Are Meagan and Paige embarrassed by the poor taste in vampire fiction? Listen now to find out!

You can find Holly at her blog or on Twitter!

To see our sources for this episode, head to our website at spookysciencesisters.com. Hit subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@SpookySciPod), and Facebook (@SpookyScienceSisters) for even more spooky content! Help us grow by sharing with a friend and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. You can also support the show further by buying us a “spirit”!

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Episode 23 Links: A Ghost Hunting Chat with Karen Stollznow & Matt Baxter

Dr. Karen Stollznow from Monster Talk is back with her husband, Matthew Baxter, host of Ask a Paranormal Investigator, to talk about their experiences investigating the paranormal! We discuss some of their favorite investigations, hear some amazing spooky (true!) ghost hunting stories, and learn behind-the-scenes dirt on the production of paranormal TV shows.

You can find Karen on Twitter @karenstollznow or at her Amazon author page. Matt can also be found on Twitter @parabaxter, or on his YouTube series, Ask a Paranormal Investigator.