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Where do urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives’ tales originate, and are any of them true? Have you heard the one about Walt Disney's frozen body? Does Coca-Cola own Santa Claus? Do alligators live in NYC sewers? More than just a collection of folklore, PHANTOM HITCHHIKERS & OTHER URBAN LEGENDS is also a detective story, exploring the real events behind modern myths, proving that truth is often stranger than fiction. English writer and historian Albert Jack became a publishing phenomenon in 2004 when his first book Red Herrings and White Elephants, which explored the origins of well-known phrases in the English language, became a huge international best-seller, staying in the top ten of the UK Sunday Times best-seller list for sixteen months.
His follow up book Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep was also a best seller and has sold over 150,000 copies since publication in October 2005. It became Penguin Book's Christmas best-seller - he has now published 12 books in the U.S.
Fascinated by discovering the truth behind the world's great stories, Jack has become an expert in explaining the unexplained. The success of his books has a lot to do with Albert's invention of what he calls the "ten minute read," enabling readers to open his books at any point and be fully entertained for ten minutes at a time before "going off to do something more productive with their time."
Currently hosting a series of Writer's Workshops in England and South Africa, Albert has plans for another ten hard backs that look set to continue his success for many years to come.
Greetings, PZ Heads! We're back with another round of wicked debouchery with the Master and Mistress of ceremonies of the FANtastic Horror Film Festival, Mike and JoAnn Thomas! On their last show with us they annouced the nominations for the FHFF, and we were on the edge of our seats waiting to hear who got chosen and how this all got started in the first place! Now they're back to tell us more about the fest and what we can expect over their All Hallows Eve weekend of wicked wonderous wacky events! From film "screamings" , and awards being given, from "undead" music and celebrations in the heart of San Diego going on the whole weekend, this festival is sure to be shock full of frighteningly awesome moments you won't wanna miss! And of corpse we're DYING to see who gets what they deserve! ;) With all kinds of Halloween inspired music playing throughout the show, you'll wanna tune in and turn up the volume for sure! And maybe leave the lights on...
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Described as a hot and hilarious romp of a scifi-horror comedy feature that chronicles what happens when an alien predator invades a remote desert bordello, forcing the Working Girls and their Johns to fight for their lives...and humanity's survival, this indie gem is directed by Phil Condit and has one hell of a cast! Maria Olsen, Victoria De Mare, & Dawna Lee Heising all play outragous characters that you have to see to believe! With a crazy science fiction vibe, we'll be playing music that will set the tone for this alien erotic horror adventure while the cast of the film joins us to tell the twisted tale of what a Happy Ending really means! ;)
Hockey nerds unite! We're sick of media coverage blatantly oozing over teams that we care not to hear about and insulting ones that should be praised. We get it, Crosby and Ovechkin are great players, but there are great things happening in this hockey world that we wish to bring to light. Questions like who is Nikita Kucherov? Why have the Dallas Stars angered our expectations? And really? The Calgary Flames are relevant?
The NHL league wide is fine and good for a nice debate, but our home is in the only actual Metropolitan area in the Metropolitan division. Expect names like Brock Nelson and Anthony Duclair to come up constantly as a Ranger and Islander fan discuss the best storylines in New York hockey. You won't get this from the ignorance from big Mike or the ultra bias from #7. If you want intelligent, fun, insightful discussions about the game, the Wavecrest Warriors are ready to slay that dragon.
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This episode features the return of psychotherapist and novelist Dennis Palumbo as he talks about creative timing and how to improve your odds of creative success.
Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author of Writing From the Inside Out (John Wiley & Sons). As a fiction writer, his short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand, Written By and elsewhere, and are collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). He's also the author of the acclaimed Daniel Rinaldi series of mysteries. The debut novel was Mirror Image, followed by Fever Dream and Night Terrors. His latest,Phantom Limb, is on sale now. All from Poisoned Pen Press. For more info, please visit www.dennispalumbo.com
Congress should have more partisanship about ideas and less about the legislative process - but of course, Harry (G)Reid won't; Not that anyone’s paying attention, or believes Jim Geraghty's misplaced optimism, but the thinks GOP House candidates are set for a great cycle; Taking the Senate would give the GOP control of the legislative process, and that would mean very little, given that their first order of business would be to restore full minority party rights; And if even it did, remember who has the veto pen in addition to his pile of Imperial Executive decrees.
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It's been over 1 year since Butch Patrick joined Cloverleaf Radio (The man behind Eddie Munster on The Munsters, He's also worked on "Bonanza" "Gunsmoke" "My Three Sons" "The Simpsons" "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" "Lidsville" and "The Phantom Tollbooth" among others! JOIN US for one of the nicest men I've ever interviewed, and a true LEGEND of Television!
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You’ll also be able to watch a short video on how you can reprogram your habits of thinking for happiness and success.
Inspiration of the Day
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
13th Century Sufi Poet
So Now What?
You may have read Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy books. In the first novel, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42.
Deep Thought points out that the answer seems meaningless because the beings who instructed it never actually knew what the Question was.
Maybe before we look for any more answers we should make sure we really know what the questions are.
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Conversation with the Executive Director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Blair Cohn. We cover the development of First Fridays and the Expo Arts Center.
Hosted by Liza Simone founder of Phantom Galleries LA, PhantomGalleriesLA.com
Albert Taylor PhD (Did not Call In but you can learn about him below)
Former NASA aeronautical engineer and space researcher
For the first 20 years of his career worked on projects such as the F-117A Stealth Fighter and the International Space Station. He also evaluated satellite system designs in support of former President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or Star Wars. In the late 1980′s Taylor taught Logistics Engineering at Cerritos College and also developed prototype computers.
After a lifelong series of paranormal events, Albert left NASA and decided to publish a book titled “Soul Traveler” about these out-of-body experiences.
He subsequently left NASA to focus on understanding these experiences and other paranormal events. Today Albert is the director of operations with Paranormal Research Investigations and uses robots such as the Scientific Investigative Robotic Vehicle Observer (SIRVO II) in his business.
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We're Baaaaaccck! And ready to rock the graveyard with our 100th podcast!! And what better way than to have Mike and JoAnn Thomas on the show to annouce the nominations for the FANtastic Horror Film Festival! We're at the edge of our seats waiting to hear who got chosen and how this all got started in the first place! :P So many amazing films to talk about and you know we love us some good old fashioned horror flicks! What a fright night this is gonna be!
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