Encounters

Encounters

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Experiencing the supernatural and paranormal world around us, one episode at a time.
32: The One about the Portal in the Pentagon (Part 2)
Jan 15, 2018 • 45 min
The much anticipated second part of our episode about the portal in the Pentagon is here! If you listened to episode one and were just as intrigued about the intersections about the end of the world, aliens, demons, and the US government—then part two is…
31: The One about the Portal in the Pentagon (pt 1)
Dec 14, 2017 • 48 min
If you’ve ever wondered about the connection between UFOs, demons, the government, and witchcraft—have we got the episode for you. This week, we bring you part one of a two part episode, where Ellie and Jesse take a look at a portal that the US government…
30: The One about Krampus
Nov 27, 2017 • 26 min
Alright, alright, we know you’ve been curious how we at Encounters were going to spook up your Christmas—well, with Krampus of course. We’re pushing this episode out a little early in celebration of Bloomington’s own Krampus parade…
29: The One about the Mothman Festival
Nov 15, 2017 • 31 min
We recommend listening to Episode 28 before this one! Last episode, we had a series of unexplainable sounds on our audio. We think it’s the result of recording in the doll room at our department—which is just as spooky as it sounds. We decided to…
28: The Spooky One about Crypid Con
Nov 13, 2017
Well, after technical snafus galore, we bring you this week’s episode(s) [we’re actually posting two!]. This first episode is the original recording of the our coverage regarding the Cryptid Convention in Frankfort, KY. We originally recorded the second…
27: The Live One at ISCLR (Part 2)
Oct 16, 2017 • 53 min
PART TWO of our two part episode featuring a live storytelling session at the International Contemporary Legend Research Society. If you love live storytelling sessions, than this is the one for you. Most of the stories in this part of the session are…
REVIEW: The Invasion of Chestnut Ridge by Small Town Monsters
Oct 16, 2017 • 27 min
It’s here, it’s here! The long awaited Small Town Monster’s film The Invasion of Chestnut Ridge!! We’re so excited to have been given early access to this documentary and we’re excited to share our review with you here. We’re new to this kind of thing, so…
26: The One about the Mara
Oct 4, 2017 • 53 min
New changes to Encounters this week! We’ve brought in a new producer, Ben Danner. Ben is helping us with our sound, including making us our very own introduction! If you’ve ever woken up in the night unable to move with the feeling that there is something…
25: The Live one at ISCLR
Sep 6, 2017 • 49 min
This is a special TWO PART live episode from the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research Conference. Part one includes a diverse set of stories told by folklorists from all over! We apologize for the poor quality at times—it was our first…
24: The One about the Illumanti
Jul 6, 2017 • 49 min
A note at the top of the episode, after much debate we’ve decided to take a month long hiatus. Ellie is out of the country in Iceland and Jesse is visiting some friends in Florida, making our production very challenging to complete. We’ll be back in a…
23: The One about the Huldufolk (feat. Andrew Johnson)
Jun 29, 2017 • 23 min
If you’ve heard of Iceland, chances are good that you’ve heard of the huldufolk (yes, Ellie knows she made a goof ‘em up of the spelling in the episode). The huldufolk are a group of entities who inhabit the island and live alongside the people who live…
22: The One about a Lot of Stuff (feat. Lynne S. McNeill and Andrea Kitta)
Jun 22, 2017 • 66 min
We’re joined by folklorists Lynne S. McNeill and Andrea Kitta to discuss… a lot of stuff! We touch on the old hag, the role of fake news, folklorist cosplay, Slenderman, UFOs, /fiction—you name it, I bet we discuss it! Recorded at the ISCLR…
21: The One about MUFON
Jun 15, 2017 • 40 min
Last week we covered the US governmental agencies responsible for investigating UFOs, but what about the non-governmental ones? This week, we take a look at the most prominent one—MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). If you were curious about the history of MUFON,…
Twenty: The One about Project Blue Book
Jun 11, 2017 • 41 min
If you’re interested in the role of Project Blue Book in determining the study of UFOs of America—or if you’ve never heard of Project Blue Book—than this week’s episode is for you! We go into the history of UFOlogy (the study of UFOs) in the United States…
Nineteen: The One about “The Mothman of Point Pleasant” (feat. Seth Breedlove)
Jun 1, 2017 • 60 min
We’re back in Point Pleasant this week. This time, we made the journey across several state lines for the first screening of the film The Mothman of Point Pleasant and we were lucky enough to sit down with the filmmaker, Seth Breedlove. Seth is the brains…
Eighteen: The One about the Bell Witch (feat. Brandon Barker)
May 25, 2017 • 65 min
This week, we’re joined by guest Brandon Barker to discuss the Bell Witch—a famous entity from Adams, TN, who terrorized the Bell family in the 1800s. The Bell Witch is famous for the ambiguous nature of the legend (is it a ghost, witch, etc?) and for the…
Seventeen: The One about Betty and Barney Hill
May 17, 2017 • 49 min
Keeping with the theme of alien abductions, this week we look at one of the most frequently studied abduction cases—Betty and Barney Hill. Taken together in September 1961, the Hills are famous for the specific details of their case, particularly as they…
Sixteen: The One about Travis Walton (the Fire in the Sky abduction)
May 13, 2017 • 47 min
If you’ve ever seen the film Fire in the Sky (1993), you’re familiar with the abduction case of Travis Walton. It’s hailed as one of the most important abduction cases for it’s multiple witnesses and compelling story. This episode we take a deeper look at…
Fifteen: The One about Stigmatized Property (Part 2)
May 6, 2017 • 53 min
We’re back after a two week hiatus! Thank you for being patient with us as we go through finals week. We’re going to be resuming our regular schedule now. This episode we look at two of the most famous cases of stigmatized property—the Amityville Horror…
Bonus Episode 00: What even IS folklore??
Apr 26, 2017 • 23 min
We’ve decided to begin a bonus content series all about folklore! If you think of folk tales or old wives tales when you hear the word “folklore,” you’re not wrong—but there’s so much more! In this episode, we offer a brief overview of what we think of…
Fourteen: The One about Stigmatized Property (part 1)
Apr 26, 2017 • 48 min
Do you have a house on your street that just won’t sell? An apartment that won’t rent? Maybe it has a spooky store attached to it, or it just looks like it could be haunted. Well, we folklorists have a term for that—stigmatized property. This episode, we…
Thirteen: The One about Bunnyman
Apr 15, 2017 • 55 min
In preparation for Easter, Ellie and Jesse decided it would be fun to look at an urban legend—the Bunnyman. Even though this legend has very little to do with Easter, it does feature one of the most prominent icons of the holiday: the bunny rabbit. The…
Twelve: The One with Clowns (feat. Robby Dobler)
Apr 6, 2017 • 56 min
We’re joined this week by guest Robby Dobler, a lecturer in the Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department at IU. Last fall, Robby began to research clowns in reaction to the rash of clown sightings at schools across the US. While we make think of it as an…
Eleven: The One about Ghost Investigations and Tools (feat. Kristina Downs)
Mar 30, 2017 • 64 min
Jesse has temporarily abandoned the podcast for the purposes of academia, so this week, Ellie is joined by Kristina Downs. Kristina was previously on the podcast for episode seven, where she spoke about fairy abductions and unexplained murder cases. We’re…
Ten: The One about Mothman (feat. Ashley Wamsley-Watts)
Mar 26, 2017 • 51 min
We’ve hit the road! This week, we take you inside the Mothman Museum. We’re joined by Ashley Wamsley-Watts, the Marketing Director of the Museum and the Mothman Festival. For those of you unfamiliar with Mothman, it’s one of the most fascinating cases of…
Nine: The One about ZoZo in the Media (Part 2)
Mar 16, 2017 • 29 min
This follow-up episode to last week’s episode on ZoZo discusses some of the ways that ZoZo is portrayed online and in popular culture. Drawing on films, YouTube videos, and twitter, Ellie and Jesse discuss how online audiences are interacting with this…
Eight: The One about ZoZo (Part 1)
Mar 9, 2017 • 58 min
This week, we tackle our fears to talk about one of the most frightening demons people encounter through the Ouija board—ZoZo. Those who use a Ouija and make contact with ZoZo find themselves plagued by the entity, including cases of demonic possession.…
Seven: The One about Fairy Abductions (feat. Kristina Downs)
Mar 3, 2017 • 58 min
This week, Ellie and Jesse are joined by fellow folklorist Kristina Downs. Kristina has an interest in unsolved murders and mysterious disappearances. After talking with Jesse about some of these cases, they both realized the similarities with stories…
Six: The One about Doris Bither
Feb 23, 2017 • 51 min
This week, Ellie and Jesse provide an in-depth look at one of the most disturbing cases of paranormal activity ever recorded. The basis for the film The Entity (1983), Doris Bither’s 20 years of paranormal attacks have been the subject of great scrutiny.…
Five: The One about Valentine’s Day
Feb 16, 2017 • 55 min
Love is in the air! Valentine’s day is all about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and—apparently—murder. This episode, Ellie and Jesse look at three murders (ranging from gross to spooky) that were committed on Valentine’s Day. They also discuss a recent…
Four: The One with a Death Tunnel
Feb 10, 2017 • 57 min
Ellie grew up in Louisville, Ky, and has long since been fascinated with Waverly Hills Sanatorium, long hailed as one of the most haunted places in America. This week, Ellie and Jesse discuss the history of Waverly, the previous conceptions of…
Three: The One with Lady Gregory
Feb 1, 2017 • 36 min
In this episode, Ellie and Jesse discuss a couple early 20th-century accounts of the supernatural collected by Lady Gregory. Lady Gregory was an influential Irish folklorist and dramatist of the late 19th and early 20th century, who published several…
Encounters Two: The One with the Organized Lights (feat. Barb McGinness)
Jan 25, 2017 • 29 min
This week, Ellie and Jesse speak with friend and classmate Barb McGinness about her encounter with an unidentified flying object. Not only is Barb a fantastic storyteller, but her experience is one of a kind. Prior to the interview, Ellie and Jesse speak…
Encounters One: The One about Haunted Houses
Jan 18, 2017 • 42 min
In this episode Ellie and Jesse discuss their experiences in haunted houses. These stories range from a possible haunted house in Northern Ireland that they experienced together, to their individual experiences of living in haunted apartments in college.…