Ep 79: The Strange Case Of…

The monsters will get you, if you don’t watch out. They’re all around. They’re just waiting for their chance to come out. Or are you waiting for yours? Join us this week for a series of strange cases as we learn that the worst place for monsters to hide, is inside.

 

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Prog-Watch 420 – The Rosfest 2017 Special

This week’s program is a Rosfest 2017 Special, with music from many of the bands that appeared at this year’s festival! We’ll hear from Kyros, Moon Safari, The Aaron Clift Experiment, Unified Past, The Neal Morse Band, The Fierce & The Dead, Evership, and Änglagård! Plus, we will check in with Dr. Rob Fisher for another great Progressive Discoveries feature on a unique U.K. act called the Beatrix Players!

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Ep 78: Illegitimate Concerns: Phantom Social Workers

What’s more frightening than the idea of your own child being kidnapped or harmed? Nothing. Right. Now that we’ve established that, let’s look at the legend of the phantom social worker with fresh eyes. This story is not a boogeyman tale for children, it’s a boogeyman story for their parents. This week we will explore the world of parental paranoia and the realities that fuel those fears. From Irish orphanages’ hidden burial ground; to the Angel Maker, Amelia Dyer; to ninos rabados in Spain, we will find there is much to fear when you’re trying to keep your babies safe. We’ll conclude with an in depth look at the forgotten history of midcentury American maternity homes and the marks they left on our cultural landscape.

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Prog-Watch Special – 101 Dimensions (May 2017)

My turn again on 101 Dimensions! Here’s what’s on tap:

1. Erik Norlander – The Dark Water (from the album The Galactic Collective, 2010)
2. Synergy – Legacy; Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, and Synergy (from the album Electronic Realizations For Rock Orchestra, 1975)
3. Ashra – Morgana Da Capo; Pas De Trois; and Phantasus (from the album Correlations, 1979)
4. David Arkenstone – Border Journey; Trail Of Tears; Chosen Voices; and Winds Of Change (from the album Return Of The Guardians, 1996)
5. Pinhas & Merzbow – Rhizome 1; and Rhizome 2 (from the album Rhizome, 2011)
6. Brian Eno – Lanzarote (from the album The Shutov Assembly, 2006)

I hope you enjoy!

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Ep 77: Burns, Burns, Burns; The Ring of Fire

For years, decades, even centuries; the rumors of human beings bursting into flames of their own accord has been a rumor that no one can seem to put out.  The phenomenon known as Spontaneous Human Combustion, or SHC, as we in the biz call it, has been the subject of debate and gossip for quite some time, but what is it, exactly? Join us this week as we ask this question and attempt to answer it and others like: is it possible? If not, then how do you explain the mysterious (and well documented) cases thoughout history? And what’s up with the Wicked Witch of the East feet left behind?

 

Guest Story Teller:   Clips from Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious Universe  

 

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Ep 76: Taily Po’ White Trash

The folk story Taily Po lurks in Appalachia righting what has been put wrong. He is a vengeful beast, but he might be more than just a monster. He may be a symbol of America’s tradition of ‘forgotten men and women’ or ‘the invisible class’. Maybe he is a symbol of their dismissal and detestation by the ruling class. Maybe he can help us all understand the wounds of class warfare in America, and the rise of the cult of the everyman in politics and in the American imagination. Join us this week as we explore the origins of Taily Po and the history of poor white trash. 

 

Guest Story Teller:  Jesse Hall @wastedarkcell 

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Prog-Watch 417 – Variety

This week’s program​ is another fabulous variety show, with lots of mostly new music! Hear from Trans-Siberian Orchestra​, The Bob Lazar Story​, Lonely Robot​, Drifting Sun​, Lifesigns​, Stewart Bell​, White Willow​, Nova Collective​, The Fierce & The Dead, and Projekt Gemineye! Plus, another great edition of Progressive Discoveries with our friend, Dr. Rob Fisher​, centering on the classic, first solo album by Tony Banks​!

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Ep 75: Phantasms of the Living: Messages from the Dead

From the dawn of time there have been reports about loved ones returning from the dead for one reason or another. They come to comfort us, or seek revenge, or keep a promise. In some cases these newly spectral friends or family members, may themselves … Read More …