The Paracast -- The Gold Standard of Paranormal Radio

Gene Steinberg

All episodes for 2022, 2023 and 2024 now feature better audio and fewer ads! The Paracast is a paranormal radio show that takes you on a journey to a world beyond science, where UFOs, poltergeists and strange phenomena of all kinds have been reported by millions. The Paracast seeks to shed light on the mysteries and complexities of our Universe and the secrets that surround us in our everyday lives. Join long-time paranormal writer and researcher Gene Steinberg, a team of knowledgeable guest cohosts, and a panel of special guest experts and experiencers, as they explore the realms of the known and unknown. Listen each week to the great stories about the amazing history of the paranormal field in the 20th and 21st centuries. When strange things occur that confound traditional scientific dogma, from strange objects speeding across our skies, to frightening creatures in remote areas of the world, and incredible reports of haunted houses, The Paracast will be there to separate the signal from the noise. NOTE: These episodes are the network versions with ads. If you want a commercial-free version of The Paracast, please subscribe to The Paracast+. Check https://www.theparacast.plus for details.

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Our Editor's Take

The Paracast - The Gold Standard of Paranormal Radio explores the unexplainable. This podcast features fascinating discussions about all things paranormal. Host Gene Steinberg examines UAPs, ghosts, and more. Joined by a rotating cast of hosts, he brings paranormal experts to the show.

On The Paracast, listeners hear from witnesses to and investigators of the paranormal. The show accepts the possibility that the supernatural is real. With every episode, listeners can suspend their skepticism. This show investigates remarkable claims in a measured way. Rather than blind acceptance, Gene asks guests for evidence. The researchers on the show bring stories of encounters and sightings.

Gene is a journalist and author with decades of experience. His career started in tech before he moved on to writing and broadcasting. In 2006, he created the radio show that would become this podcast. Fans of the show dubbed it "the gold standard of paranormal radio."

Opening the show and cohosting some episodes is announcer Bob Zanotti. A longtime friend of Gene, he brings over 30 years of experience as a radio journalist to the podcast. Cohost Tim Swartz is an award-winning TV producer and author of several books. Much of his career has focused on exploring theoretical science and the paranormal. Guest and cohost Curt Collins is a UFO investigator. He specializes in verifying and debunking UFO sightings. Together, the hosts explore everything on the fringes of traditional science.

The Paracast is a unique blend of paranormal topics. Gene's years of experience in broadcasting make him a skillful interviewer. His thoughtful questions elicit captivating responses from each week's guest. Guests on the show include Ron James and UFO researcher Chris Rutkowski.

The podcast aims to find the truth about aliens and other paranormal beings. These comprehensive discussions about the supernatural may challenge listeners' preconceptions. New episodes of The Paracast - The Gold Standard of Paranormal Radio come out every Sunday.

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Episodes

May 12, 2024 — Gareth Rees with Tim Swartz
May 12 2024
May 12, 2024 — Gareth Rees with Tim Swartz
This episode features better audio and fewer ads: Take an exciting trip through modern folklore, strange experiences and the legends and myths of advanced ancient civilizations with special guest Gareth Rees. Speaking with Gene and cohost Tim Swartz you’ll discover how modern myths and folklore of place have always driven Gareth’s writing and he has contributed weird fiction and horror stories to numerous anthologies. His new book is “Sunken Lands: a Journey Through Lost Kingdoms and Flooded Worlds,” published by Elliott & Thompson. It’s an exploration of lost worlds, starting in the UK, then going out to the Bay of Naples and the Louisiana wetlands. It is about how folklore and mythology cling to places and carry messages from the deep past in a time of climate change. Gareth’s first book was “Marshland,” about a deep map of a semi-rural former industrial edgeland in the middle of London, blending factual writing with weird fiction. His second book, “The Stone Tide,” is an autobiographical work about Hastings on the East Sussex coast, where he wrote about the mavericks who have gravitated there: Aleister Crowley, John Logie Baird, Alex Sanders, Teilhard De Chardin. “Car Park Life,” his third book, is about parking lots, where he explores the boring spaces around chain stores, superstores, retail parks. Even though there’s nothing really paranormal in it, the process of extracting meaning from the mundane could be described as magical.
April 28, 2024 — Philip Kinsella with Tim Swartz
Apr 28 2024
April 28, 2024 — Philip Kinsella with Tim Swartz
This episode features better audio and fewer ads: Gene and cohost Tim Swartz present a return visit from Philip Kinsella, author of several UFO and spiritual books who has written countless articles surrounding UFOs, consciousness and the afterlife. He began his investigations after an alien abduction he’d experienced back in the winter of 1989 and has spent the rest of his years exploring alternate theories surrounding both UFOs and alien contact, as well as psychic phenomena. In 1996, he published an article in Alien Encounters magazine, which had been considered within its theoretical application, entitled "Spirits in a Material World," which created some controversy with regards to his theoretical assumptions surrounding what a certain faction of the Greys may represent. Philip has lectured on the subject and has appeared on national television. He also co-hosts a radio program ran by the Paranormal UK Radio Network called "Twin Souls." In this episode, Philip discusses one of his books, "Terrestrial Trespassers." It covers such topics as: What are the Greys? Why are they here, and furthermore, what are their intentions? Why is it that after decades of alien abduction and UFO research we are no nearer in truly establishing what we may be up against regarding this omnipresent force which seemingly operates beyond our level of reality and hides within the shadows like phantoms in the night? Philip takes a candid look at the phenomenon, along with other areas of high strangeness in his search for the clues which may answer some truly extraordinary claims.
April 21, 2024 — Paul Schatzkin with Tim Swartz
Apr 21 2024
April 21, 2024 — Paul Schatzkin with Tim Swartz
This episode features better audio and fewer ads: Gene and cohost Tim Swartz introduce Paul Schatzkin, a biographer of obscure 20th century scientists. He has been described variously as a visionary, gadfly, serial entrepreneur, Internet pioneer, staunch McLuhanist, author, occasional bomb-thrower, guitarist and songwriter. His two books are: “The Boy Who Invented Television” about Philo T. Farnsworth and “The Man Who Mastered Gravity” about T. Townsend Brown. As to Farnsworth, he invented a thing called “the television” — which over the course of his lifetime (1906-1971) became the most ubiquitous appliance in the history of human civilization. Every video screen on the planet — including the one you are looking at now – can trace its origins to a sketch that 14-year-old Philo drew for his high school science teacher in 1922. Schatzkin’s second book — exploring the mysterious life of T. Townsend Brown (1895-1985) — is “the biography of a man whose story cannot be told.” “The Man Who Mastered Gravity” is a tale that lives in the Venn diagram between science, science fiction and pseudo science, with elements of world history, international espionage, and cross-generational romance. He was also involved in the early creation of a UFO research organization, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), which was later placed under the direction of UFO field pioneer and disclosure advocate Major Donald E. Keyhoe.
April 7, 2024 — Dr. Simon Young with Tim Swartz
Apr 7 2024
April 7, 2024 — Dr. Simon Young with Tim Swartz
This episode features better audio and fewer ads: Gene and cohost Tim Swartz present Dr. Simon Young, a British folklore historian based in Italy. He has written extensively on the nineteenth-century supernatural. His book Magical Folk: British & Irish Fairies, came out in 2017.The Boggart (from Exeter University Press) and The Nail in the Skull and Other Victorian Urban Legends (from Mississippi University Press) came out in 2022. Dr. Young has undertaken the biggest folklore survey of its kind, on behalf of the Fairy Investigation Society and released in 2024 The Fairy Census 2: 2017-2023. His earlier collection, The Fairy Census 1, came out in 2017. The census, revived more than 60 years from the last one, gathered details of as many fairy sightings from the 20th and 21st century as possible, and to measure contemporary attitudes to fairies. He is also the editor of Exeter New Approaches to Legends, Folklore and Popular Legends, which provides a venue for growing scholarly interest in folklore narratives, supernatural belief systems and the communities that sustain them. As well, Dr. Young teaches history at University of Virginia's Siena Campus (CET). Over the years he has run courses on the History of Christianity, Italian Food History, Italian Media History, Contemporary Italian History, WW2 in Italy and Italian Renaissance History. For more information about the Fairy Census, visit its website at: www.fairyist.com. His blog can be found at: www.strangehistory.net
March 31, 2024 — Linda C. Powell with Tim Swartz
Mar 31 2024
March 31, 2024 — Linda C. Powell with Tim Swartz
This episode features better audio and fewer ads: Gene and cohost Tim Swartz remember one of the key figures of the early UFO field, as we interview Linda C. Powell, news editor for The Anomalist. She is the author of “Against the Odds: Major Donald E. Keyhoe and His Battle to End UFO Secrecy: A Biography.” In UFO lore, one man is largely responsible for the twin pillars of current belief: that UFOs represent extraterrestrial technology and that the government is hiding this truth from us. His name is Donald E. Keyhoe. He was a 51-year-old retired Marine Major when his own investigation of a famous 1948 flying saucer case led him to believe that the US Air Force and the CIA knew the Earth was under surveillance by beings from other worlds and were keeping it secret from the public. For the next 21 years, he devoted himself, at great personal cost, to exposing the official cover-up of what he believed was an alien visitation. Thanks to his highly-placed contacts in the military and secret informants in the Pentagon, Keyhoe became the first major figure to truly challenge the official view that UFO reports belonged in the domain of “kooks and fuzzy thinkers.” He eventually led what became the world’s most powerful civilian UFO organization for its time, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). You’ll also learn all about Gene’s early encounters with Keyhoe between 1965 and 1975, and some of the controversies that arose over Keyhoe’s attempts to run NICAP as a lobbying arm for UFO disclosure.
March 3, 2024 — Peter Robbins with Tim Swartz
Mar 3 2024
March 3, 2024 — Peter Robbins with Tim Swartz
This episode features better audio and fewer ads: As The Paracast begins its 19th year, Gene and cohost Tim Swartz present Peter Robbins, an investigative writer, author and lecturer best known for his books, columns, articles, radio commentaries, interviews and conference talks about UFOs. He has appeared as a guest on and been consultant to numerous television programs and documentaries. Robbins’ longtime interest in and research into the life and scientific discoveries of Dr. Wilhelm Reich have led to series of published papers and conference talks in the US and the UK, and presentations at for the International Conference on the Scientific Discoveries of Wilhelm Reich, Nice France; the American College of Orgonomy’s conferences in New York City and Princeton New Jersey, and For the Orgone Biophysical Research Laboratory conferences held near Ashland Oregon. His professional credits include, Editorial Assistant on United Nations’ Secretary General’s (requested) report “for the establishment of a UN-UFO Department,” and Editorial Assistant for Member of Parliament, the Honorable Brinsley Le Poer Trench, Earl of Clancarty’s (requested) paper for The House of Lords 1980 Debate on UFOs. Robbins was also a founding member of Budd Hopkins’ Intruders Foundation, member of its Advisory Board, and Executive Assistant to Mr. Hopkins. He was Event Coordinator for the SCI FI Channel’s "Alien Abduction Phenomenon: A Symposium," organized to promote the release of the Steven Spielberg miniseries "Taken," and writer, planner and commentator for the “Ultimate UFO” and “Ultimate Crop Circle” DVD sets. You can check out his weekly show, "Meanwhile, Here On Earth LIVE" on Mondays at 7:00 PM EST by going to www.unxnetwork.com and clicking on "X-Stream / Listen or Watch" at the top of the page.