Coming up on Strange Frequencies Radio…


Join us Sunday at 3pm Eastern as we walk among the weird, skeptically examining reports of the paranormal, picking apart pop culture, crime, and other fascinations of those of us who stalk the strange. Show topics will include:

–Oklahoma City Bombing 20th anniversary
–Reaction to Rebecca Francis and “glamour photos” with dead animals
–Are police cameras a violation of privacy? Should red light cameras be banned?
–All this, and of course, much more!

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SFR 327: Back From Beyond

–We detail a host of technical difficulties that led to the show going live later than normal. Problems which may or may not be causing the funky sound quality you hear on the podcast this week.
–You want a baby update?  We’ll give you a baby update!  Robert Eugene Nelson IV was born in the early morning hours of Good Friday, and has more aliases than most criminals.
–Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill sparked a debate about whether it should be acceptable to deny service on the basis of sexuality. We propose an alternate suggestion.
–A police officer shoots a man in the back, lies about it to cover his tail, and a witness video uncovers the deception. Perhaps even more scary are the number of media outlets which reported the police department’s early statements as fact.
–Tweets sent by Trevor Noah cause many to demand he be fired before he even begins his stint hosting the Daily Show. Are we addicted to outrage? Aren’t there at least better things to be outraged by?
(Left) Bobby Nelson, (Middle) Kenny Biddle, (Right) Jason Korbus–Recommendations: Bobby and Jason co-recommend the new book by Peter Singer, “The Most Good You Can Do,” which opens up a discussion on utilitarian ethics, and how we feel about donating large portions of income to specific charities. Even better, we’re giving a copy away!
–Paranormal “researcher” David Rountree’s story of military heroics has fallen apart. A Freedom of Information Act request shows that he has repeatedly lied about his history and accomplishments.
–The world’s first human head transplant is set to take place in 2017, and we are very afraid of how this will turn out.
–An independent review of Rolling Stone’s “A Rape on Campus” article unveils a litany of avoidable journalistic errors. Rolling Stone personnel react as if it is no big deal.
–A report of a co-investigation between Anomalies Research Society and Military Veterans Paranormal into claims of the haunted history at Bobby Mackey’s Music World show that, not only do the claims not hold up to scrutiny, but that skeptics and paranormalists can, in fact, cooperate and produce good work.

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SFR 326: Fear the Prequel

–Baby update:  baby is coming this week.  Next week’s show will not air.
–Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson waxes moronic about atheism and immorality, as he frattinovampsverbally masturbates himself imagining what would happen if an atheist family were raped and murdered.
–Bob Jones III apologizes for his 1980 remarks saying that gay people should be killed. That’s…nice of him? I guess?
–Recommendations:  We jointly recommend a film which, at the time, had not aired yet:  “Going Clear,” the Scientology documentary on HBO.
–The Walking Dead prequel spinoff gets a title: “Fear the Walking Dead.
–Yet another D-list paranormal celebrity has serious credibility concerns, as skeptics uncover possible deceptions David Rountree has perpetuated about his academic and military career.

In hour 2, we spoke with graphic novelist and illustrator Andre Frattino about his upcoming book – the third part in his continuing series about the Flagler’s Few ghost hunting crew – and mercilessly tease him about his inability to tell Eastern from Central time zone, as well as a number of other things, just as any good big brothers should.

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SFR 325: Something Else

–Baby update: still no baby.
Pastor Dollar asks his flock, and other supporters, to fund his dream of buying a top of the line $60 million jet.
–Mexican wrestler Perro Aguayo Jr. dies after in-ring accident involving Rey Mysterio Jr. Jason says that while he knows people say wrestling is fake, it is times like this that he actually wishes that were true.
goofymugs–Bobby relates a story involving people trying to make him bad for doing the right thing. This touches off a conversation involving morality and piracy.
–Recommendations: Bobby has been amazed and entertained by the “Houdini” mini-series that aired on History, and is now streaming on Netflix. Jason thinks that the people who enjoyed HBO’s “The Jinx” will love Andrew Jarecki’s first film, “Capturing the Friedmans.”
–And speaking of The Jinx, did that true crime documentary series really help solve a murder? Ethical issues are certainly involved in Robert Durst’s arrest, and we do wonder if he will beat this case as well?
–We talk about dissociative identity disorder, and ask listeners to help us understand if those with this condition are not legally responsible for their crimes.
–Reminiscing about our days as ghost hunters, we talk about if it is ever acceptable for a team to label something as paranormal.
–Disturbing quotes from people on internet forums lead us to ask: what should be the purpose of education?

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SFR 324: Haunted By Stupidity

–Bobby baby update:  there is no baby yet.
–With Friday the 13th being this past weekend, we talk about how we celebrated by reminiscing about the Friday the 13th game for Nintendo, as well as watching our favorite Friday the 13th movies at home.
–While many of us can agree that the racist ditty sung by the Oklahoma frat was stupid, some are conflicted over the idea that their expulsion may well be a violation of their First Amendment rights.
–Rescuers hear a mysterious voice calling for help from an overturned car in the water, but find the only adult who would have been able to say anything dead inside. What could possibly explain this event that paranormalists are considering proof of the paranormal, guardian angels, etc?
wolfpig–Over the last week we have seen a video of toddler falling down that parents are blaming on ghosts, as well as a picture of a family swimming that they believe shows a demonic child in the water with them.
–Recommendations:  With Easter fast approaching, and more nonsensical religious specials to come, Jason recommends Joe Nickell’s book, “Inquest on the Shroud of Turin” for a more balanced skeptical view of this particular religious relic.
–The devious Akron Pooper remains at large, despite recently being photographed in the act of poopitrating his unique brand of crime.
–Zak Bagans has purchased a cauldron said to have belonged to Ed Gein. He intends to use his “expertise” to “help the spirits” attached to it.
–Sony intends to franchise the Ghostbusters project, with even more upcoming films, television series, and merchandise involved. Not unlike Star Wars, really.
–Barry Sonnenfeld has signed on to direct a feature film about Project Alpha, the infamous hoax involving James Randi and two young magicians, which fooled a scientific laboratory into believing they had genuine psychic abilities.

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SFR 323: Just In Case A Baby Shows Up

–Bobby recounts an odd experience he had recently where a co-worker asked for his help in contacting the spirit of a dead loved one.
–Oh, and by the way, any day now Bobby’s wife will be giving birth to the next member of the Nelson clan. In fact, it could happen at any moment!
jasonbobby–A proposal for womens-only hours at a university gym in Canada causes heated reaction, both for religious reasons, and otherwise.
–A Michigan woman has her gym membership at Total Fitness revoked after she complained about a transgender woman who “looked like a man” that came into the woman’s locker room.
–UC Irvine student leadership panel votes to remove American flag, as well as others, from campus lobby in order to make the area “more inclusive.”
–Recommendations:  In order to help combat Bobby’s recent obsession with Ancient Aliens, we recommend the Philip J Klass UFO skeptic collection.
–If you could put an end to all pain and suffering by sacrificing your free will, would you do it?
–Together, we review the first episode of CNN’s docu-series, “Finding Jesus,” which was about the Shroud of Turin.

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SFR 322: Live Long and Prosper

–We begin the show with a short tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who passed away recently at the age of 83.
–Last week’s Oscars was perhaps the most politically charged in its history, and many were upset that the ceremony wasn’t focused on the films. But this isn’t really new. The Oscars have long prompted political statements, both from its winner, and directly from the films themselves.
Leonard-Nimoy–The color of a dress sent the online world into a tizzy, with friends and family arguing over the right answer. The website Practical Skepticism warns us to ‘Beware of Those Who Say They “Know” What They Saw.
–Recommendations: Jason is reading an interesting book about violent faith called, “Under the Banner of Heaven,” by Jon Krakauer.
–Climate change denier James Inhofe seems to think that bringing a snowball onto the floor of the Senate has debunked climate science.
–The US Federal Trade Commission laid the smack down on two deceptive products recently; one a mobile app which was claimed to detect melanoma, and the other wristbands said to ward off mosquitos.
–Our pals Kenny Biddle and Mitch Silverstein publish the results of their Ghost Box experiment which show, once more, that the results people get are highly subjective, and shouldn’t be used as evidence of the paranormal.
–What is the responsibility of a journalist or travel writer when discussing a paranormal legend?

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