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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, November 18th – Guest Travis Walton

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Travis Walton

Driving home after a day of clearing underbrush in the Sitgreaves National Forest, seven loggers came upon a 40-foot wide shiny disc hovering on the crest of a ridge. As if spellbound, one of these loggers, Travis Walton, jumped from the passenger side of their work truck and ran toward the craft for a closer look. That decision on November 5, 1975 would change these men forever.

Travis’ story became a book and movie called, “Fire in the Sky” (1993). The Paramount Pictures feature film enhanced his “close encounter of the third kind,” (a term coined by ufologist J. Allen Hynek denoting human observations of actual aliens or “animate beings”).


Travis
: The True Story of Travis Walton, recounts the experiences of the work crew that day in the forest and the weeks that followed this incident. Travis and the rest of the crew struggled to make sense of the event, enduring humiliation and job losses. Travis has encountered lifelong ridicule regarding his experiences.

The Travis Walton UFO story remains one of the most well documented stories of its kind of all time.

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https://www.traviswalton.com/
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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, November 11th – Guest Mark Borchardt

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Mark Borchardt

Mark Borchardt is a writer and filmmaker residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Some of his films include “Coven,” “The Dundee Project” and the forthcoming “The More the Scarier VI.” He has written numerous plays, three of which were produced in various shorts festivals from Milwaukee to Los Angeles. He also wrote and produced radio dramas including the venerated “Nightrun.”

Catch him on Monday evenings 6 – 6:30 p.m. Central time for his show on the arts, “Cinema Tonight” on riverwestradio.com

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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, October 21st – Marco Visconti

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“You’ll not only lose your mind, you’ll lose your soul.” -Christopher Lee on
Black Magic and The Occult

In this mega-episode, suspend disbelief as we join Amy and her guest Marco Visconti as they discuss the practice of Magick, Thelema, and The Occult!

Touching on harmful conspiracy culture, they also talk about modern cults, Eastern vs Western Occultism, and social issues within modern secret sects.

They also discuss Helena Blavatsky, Buddhism, the television show Twin Peaks, lodges, synchronicity, Carl Jung, John Keel, Ultraterrestrials, Jack Parsons, hypersigils, mythology, Pan, high strangeness, psychological perspectives of ritual, archetypes of initiation, phenomenology of magick in consciousness, Phillip K Dick, thoughtforms, and “decoding” parts of the documentary series, Hellier.

Amy talks about the potential benefits derived by some people, of suspending disbelief on occasion, and her quest this year for something akin to spirituality as a skeptic and religious-non during the pandemic.

Marco reveals that he was Baptized by Pope John Paul II!

The two also talk about the birth of scientific thought before the European Enlightenment and its history alongside Sumerian exorcists, religion, alchemy, and the occult. Marco talks about the departure of the occult from The Church, putting forth Thelema, Gnosticism and the value of religious experience.

In spite of skepticism, Amy talks about why she believes it’s important to allow people to believe in weird things as a part of the human experience.

Amy talks about how she thinks transhumanist thought leaders got it wrong with the idea of a singularity led by a robot uprising (a-la Skynet and Terminator). She also talks about chaos theory, edge of chaos, and human-augmented algorithmic bias being at the core of our current technologically-driven social issues with social media. Marco talks about seeing Kurzweil talk at MIT about the singularity, and brings it back around to magick.

They also mention the Witches of Instagram and Tik Tok, gnosis, the concept of retrocausality in spacetime, Hammer Horror, and comparative occult magick in fiction with the story, The Devil Rides Out. Amy reveals some of her weird dreams and personal experiences.

Marco talks about why healthy skepticism is fundamental, “Do What Thou Wilt,” and, “being the best version of yourself.”

Amy questions why Crowley, an arguably terrible person, might be chosen to receive “divine” messages from such ascended masters or higher beings as his alleged Ultraterrestrials Aiwass and LAM, as he created Thelema. They compare Aiwass/LAM to modern portrayals of extraterrestrials, talk about the “Bad UFO Experience”, comparisons to fairies and airship sightings of lore, and problems with the idea of alleged UFO Disclosure, as well as monsters, and xenophobia.

Marco hopes to have an interview alongside fellow occultist and Secret Cypher of the UFOnauts author, Allen Greenfield. Amy doubts the existence of Terry Wriste as a real person in Greenfield’s books, citing the style in which it is written.

They also talk about the last Phenomenacon 2 virtual conference (where Marco was a presenter) with Greg and Dana Newkirk’s Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult.

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Marco Visconti

Marco Visconti has been described as a modern-day renaissance man, cruising through a career as a professional musician touring the world many times over, and eventually settling down in London to work in the antiques and esoteric book trade. All while pursuing his lifelong call to Initiation according to the Law of Thelema, joining all the right Orders (and some of the wrong ones too), raising through Grades, Degrees, and Consecrations, finally coming to the conclusion that the time for hierarchical cults is over.

Now residing in Glastonbury, the mythical Isle of Avalon, he is currently running an online community focused on teaching Magick outside the bonds of sworn oaths, all while adding the finishing touches to his upcoming first book, Thelema After Tears.

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WEBSITE: marcovisconti.org
PATREON: patreon.com/marcovisconti
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/marcovisconti2393
TWITTER: twitter.com/azrael2393

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Join the Mystery!
Watch Hellier for Free on Youtube or on Amazon Prime

Join Amy and Marco in the discussion in the “Museum Group” on Facebook (“Friend of the Museum” level and higher) with Greg & Dana’s Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult

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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, October 14th – Aaron Gulyas – Origins of Modern Conspiracy Culture

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Aaron Gulyas

Since 2017, Aaron Gulyas has produced and hosted The Saucer Life, a podcast which explores the history, lore, and culture of flying saucer belief. He is the author of several books including Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist (“A significant contribution to the body of literature on the UFO phenomenon in general and the contactee movement in specific”- Journal of Popular Culture), Conspiracy Theories: The Roots, Themes, and Propagation of Paranoid Political and Cultural Narratives (“an updated and well researched genealogy of some of the most enduring tropes of conspiracy lore”- Nova Religio), and The Paranormal and the Paranoid: Conspiratorial Science Fiction Television (“a helpful volume, and one that should be appreciated by scholars”- The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts). He has also written or edited a vast number of articles and books on much more boring subjects. Gulyas teaches history in Michigan, where he lives with his very, very patient family.

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Podcast & Blog – SaucerLife.com

Aaron Gulyas on Amazon – Author & Book Links

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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, October 7th – Chris Semtner – Edgar Allan Poe

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Chris Semtner

The Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, Chris Semtner has written several books and chapters on topics including Edgar Allan Poe, visual art, crime fiction, and cryptography in addition to contributing articles to Biography.com, Resources for American Literary Studies, Crime Writers’ Chronicle, and The Edgar Allan Poe Review. He has curated critically acclaimed exhibits for museums and galleries across the country with his Library of Virginia exhibit Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster earning the praise of The New York Times.

As curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, his exhibits for the Poe Museum brought that institution recognition and honors from TIME Magazine, USA Today, and several others. Semtner has collaborated on Poe-inspired performances with groups including the Latin Ballet of Virginia, the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, and the Garth Newel Music Center. Semtner has been interviewed on BBC4, PBS, Travel Channel, Military History, NPR, CNN, and other networks and featured in The New York Times, American Road Magazine, Smithsonian.com and several other publications.

He regularly speaks about a variety of unusual, obscure, and macabre subjects to groups of all ages at a variety of venues around the United States, from the Steampunk World’s Fair to the Library of Congress, and as far away as Japan. Chris Semtner is an internationally exhibited fine artist whose paintings have entered numerous private and public collections including the Virginia Historical Society, the City of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland.  Chrissemtner.com

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ChrisSemtner.com

PoeMuseum.org

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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, September 30th – Matt Smith

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Matt Smith

Matt is the owner of Litchfield County Computer. Raised in Woodbury, CT he received his first computer when he was five years old and started writing simple programs in BASIC at age six. His interest in computers continued through high school graduation. He attended Western Connecticut State University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems with a computer security concentration. He prides himself in offering honest, reasonably priced, quality service.

Litchfield County Computer proudly serves Litchfield, Fairfield, and New Haven Counties including but not limited to the towns and cities of Woodbury, Southbury, Bethlehem, Middlebury, Roxbury, Newtown, Brookfield, and Danbury Connecticut.

He also serves the board for the Connecticut Council for Developmental Disabilities as their webmaster.

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Litchfield County Computer – Facebook

Litchfield County Computer – Website

Article – From Cerebral Palsy to Computers, Matt Smith Builds a Successful Business

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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, September 16th – David Grinspoon

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David Grinspoon

David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author. His newest book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, co-authored with Alan Stern was a Boston Globe “summer reading pick”. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, Adjunct Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado and Adjunct Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University.

His research focuses on climate evolution on Earth-like planets potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe, and the planetary scale impacts of human activities on Earth. He is involved with several interplanetary spacecraft missions for NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency. In 2013 he was appointed as the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress where he studied the human impact on Earth systems and organized a public symposium on the Longevity of Human Civilization.

He has given dozens of public lectures about climate change in the Solar System. His technical papers have been published in Nature, Science, and numerous other journals, and he has given invited keynote talks at conferences around the world. Grinspoon’s popular writing has appeared in Slate, Scientific American, Natural History, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and Sky & Telescope Magazine where he is a contributing editor and writes the quasi-monthly “Cosmic Relief” column.

His book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Science Book of 2016 by NPR’s Science Friday. His previous book Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Nonfiction.  Grinspoon has been recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society, and has been honored with the title “Alpha Geek” by Wired Magazine. He lectures widely, and appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio and podcasts, including as a frequent guest and host of StarTalk Radio. Also a musician, he currently leads the House Band of the Universe. He resides in Washington DC with his wife and dog.


SITE –  http://drfunkyspoon.com/

TWITTER – @drfunkyspoon

YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/user/dgrinspoon

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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, September 9th – Jeremy Puma (Liminal Earth)

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Jeremy Puma is the co-founder of Liminal Earth (http://liminal.earth), a crowdsourced map of the weird, wonderful, and paranormal. A resident of occupied Duwamish territory in Seattle, Washington, he spent his formative years in the strange pine scrubs and salt water marshes of North Florida.

After more than a decade immersed in the world of Gnostic studies, Jeremy began writing extensively on the philosophy of participatory ecology on the now-shuttered Invironment (https://medium.com/invironment), one of the premiere online environmental publications on Medium.com.

A certified Holistic Landscape Designer and foraging instructor, he is primarily interested in exploring the intersection between the anomalous and the natural world. 
SITE – Liminal.Earth

TWITTER – https://twitter.com/liminalearth
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/groups/liminalearth
PATREON – https://Patreon.com/liminalmaps
 
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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, September 2nd – Seth Shostak / Jack Brewer

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SETH SHOSTAK

Seth is the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, and holds degrees from Princeton University and the California Institute of Technology.  In addition to professional publications, he has penned over five hundred popular articles on astronomy, technology, film and television.  He chaired the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Study Group for a decade, and each week hosts the SETI Institute’s hour-long, science radio show, “Big Picture Science

Shostak has written, edited and contributed to a half dozen books, including a textbook on astrobiology and Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

WEBSITE – THE SETI INSTITUTE

 


 
 
 
 
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JACK BREWER
 

Jack Brewer has a lifelong interest in UFOs. His research and resulting perspectives have been featured on numerous websites and in multiple books. Brewer has written The UFO Trail for ten years, a popular blog dedicated to posting credible info on incredible topics. He documented ethics failures in ufology in his 2016 nonfiction book, “The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community“.

His current interests include social dynamics in the UFO subculture, and he uses such resources as the Freedom of Information Act to conduct research. Brewer encourages healthy skepticism balanced with keeping an open mind when it comes to UFOs and reported paranormal phenomena.

 
TWITTER – @THEUFOTRAIL
 
WEBSITE – THE UFO TRAIL
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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, August 26th – Kieran Begg (Eerie Earth)

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Kieran Begg is a writer and the host of the UK late night radio show, “Eerie Earth”. Investigating the paranormal since 2007, Kieran’s fright and fascination in the field spans for most of his life since childhood, as his father would regale him with tales of intrigue from his haunted drama studio, with the shenanigans of a pesky poltergeist.

Getting his start in the field in 2007 while studying in college for television production, as he wrote his first documentary script about ghost stories of Aberdeen, he was invited to join a local paranormal group where he spent two years investigating locations around Scotland.
After moving to Bristol, he started his own paranormal group, “Torchlight Paranormal,” investigating some of the most haunted locations around the South West of England, including the infamous Ancient Ram Inn.
From Ghosts and Spirits, to Ufology and Cryptozoology, Folklore and Dark Tales that plague some of the most haunted cities in the world, “Eerie Earth” takes you on a journey discussing everything in the field. Join us in examining this wonderful and fascinating “Eerie Earth”, Mondays at 8:30 PM Central/2:30 AM GMT on Midnight.FM
FOLLOW EERIE EARTH for an interactive experience with the show, as we examine the evidence and talk with the audience!
TWITTER – https://twitter.com/earth_eerie
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/Eerie-Earth-139299967528853
IG – https://www.instagram.com/eerieearthofficial/