by John Quiett
Host: Ross Blotcher and Carrie Poppy
Category: Skeptic examination of Fringe Scientific and Paranormal stories
Runtime: About an hour, but it varies.
Have you ever wondered what touring a haunted ship would be like? Or What it means to be a practitioner of the Christian Science religion? How about that age old question of “Does a voice polygraph work?” And what role does goat seamen play in any of this? Continue reading to find out!
So, that last bit about goat seamen, that was what we, in the Internet age,call ‘link baiting’. A practice of putting compelling links and tags in the opening of an article to get you to click the link and keep reading. It drives up our numbers and makes the site owners look better, but often times has nothing to do with the what you hoped the link would show you. In this instance that is pretty much true. But (and there is always a ‘but’) this time it has a little bit to do with the reason you clicked the link I hope.
Goat semen is a reference made by the hosts of Oh No, Ross and Carrie in nearly every episode they put out. It is used as part of the extreme end of one of the scales they use to illustrate the plausibility of some sort of claim made by fringe science, religious or paranormal “authorities”. Making sense? No, well let me start at the beginning…
Ross Blotcher and Carry Poppy are two journalists who live in Las Angeles and they have made it their mission to investigate pseudo scientific claims and paranormal occurrences and beliefs so that we, the average Internet Age podcast listener don’t have to. Their approach is always one of the skeptical observer but they always attempt to go into an investigation with an open mind. They also employ the scientific method whenever possible. I would compare their antics as a ranging between X-Files characters Scully and Mulder, that is ‘scientifically skeptic’ to ‘wanting to believe’ but with the added bonus of being able to laugh and have a good time as they investigate.
The audio and quality of production are top notch. The only issues I’ve noticed come up when they attempt to do secret recordings or talk with someone outside the studio. Then occasionally they run into technology issues they just can’t get around. But it never amounts to anything more than audio interference on a phone line or a quiet speaker in a large room. The actual important discussion elements have thus far been top notch.
The biggest criticisms I can level on this show are the infrequency of shows. Now I understand it is the nature of this style of investigation. It takes time to find a topic worthy of talking about. Getting to the heart of the matter and seeing it from the insider’s perspective is important. But I sometimes forget about this show in the slew of other shows I listen to and the new ones get skipped while I listen to my more regular. The other thing I should mention about this show is that it the hosts can come across as mocking of some of the religious beliefs and practices they investigate. Not always, but sometimes. I feel like if you were a believer in whatever topic Ross and Carry are looking into, you may come away feeling a little bit insulted, but the hosts never mean to.
All in all it is a very good show that I would recommend everyone check out. There has to be some topic they have covered that you find interesting.
4.5 out of 5