About This Show
Scott and Forrest have been called the 'Click and Clack of esoterica' by their listeners. Their mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who've had close encounters with the unexplained. They strive to bring you everything that's entertaining about those stories and remind you that it's ok to laugh at scary stories and respectfully, even the people that tell them. Put your headphones on, settle in for you commute and get ready to experience a show like nothing you've ever heard before. New shows every two weeks.
Most Recent Episode
The Count of St Germain (Part 1)
6 days ago
Who's the most interesting person you've ever met? Can they play a musical instrument? Do they speak a foreign language? Are they a fine art painter? Have they traveled the world? Are they descended from royalty? Sure, maybe only a couple of those. But what if they were a concert level violinist who could also compose music? What if they could speak ten languages or more? What if it seemed they could produce precious gemstones and on top of that, were a military tactician who brokered diplomacy between nations? Impossible you say, for all of these talents and accomplishments to be contained within one individual? And yet all of these are the qualities and accomplishments claimed to be witnessed by the contemporaries of the man known mostly as the Count of Saint Germain. He was known by many names and for his many remarkable feats, but perhaps his most astounding accomplishment, as more than a few would claim, was to remain alive for several generations from the 18th century or earlier, into the 19th century and maybe even to this day.
“He is a man who never dies, and who knows everything.”
— Voltaire, speaking about the Count of St Germain
We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners!
PDF of The Count of Saint Germain by Isabel Cooper-Oakley (beware of typos) http://bit.ly/2imh7OD
Finding Count St. Germain, a great blog by Jessie Desmond http://bit.ly/2j9GX5p
Writer and mystic Manley P. Hall http://bit.ly/2jGssW5
Sanctus Germanus http://bit.ly/2jOa6Gy
In Search Of episode, S2-E2 "The Man Who Would Not Die" http://bit.ly/1E4GzvT
Louis XV, Friend to the Count http://bit.ly/2jGxlhK
The Count of St Germain on Wikipedia (Decent Entry) http://bit.ly/2jtpbK6
Isabel Cooper-Oakley http://bit.ly/2jGnfNM
Madame Du Pompadour http://bit.ly/2jgVQ8L
The Great White Brotherhood (not rascist!) http://bit.ly/2jh3GPH
Ascended Masters http://bit.ly/2imoeXb
Chateau du Chambord http://bit.ly/1UNWiVv
Dreadcast - Hosted by our friend Shezhar Shah who guested on the show as Jude Law
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Rated 1 out of
Ugh Simply Ugh
Just So Bad
I enjoy many GOOD mystery themed podcasts, this is not one of those. It's hard to pin down a single thing wrong with this show but here are a few. The hosts use logically fallacious arguments and/or straw-man arguments They leave out well known information that point to prosaic reasons for the "mysteries" they present. Whether done intentionally or through shoddy research it's unforgivable to leave out pertinent information. The personalities of the hosts are also grating but that might be a side effect of their propensity to wander off topic regularly.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5 out of
One of my favs
I personally like the banter between the hosts. I appreciate how in-depth their research goes into the history of the subject. It gives the listener a more complete picture of the story. Many of these subjects I've heard covered in other podcasts, but Scott, Forrest and the ARC always come up with new details or backstory that I haven't heard previously. I appreciate them having "a take" at the end as well.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of
The Eastern Border
As the title says - astonishing.
I can only presume that when they picked the show's name, they were talking about themselves. Scott and Forrest are both astonishing and legends. Superbly researched, highly entertaining and extremely well produced - this show is everything you'd want form a mystery/supernatural/unexplained podcast, and then some.
Also, Zeitgeist. This show has lots of it.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of
LOVE this show
Two intelligent guys discuss legends and lore with extensive research. But they maintain a self-aware sense of "what if" that keeps the mysteries fascinating and the show very binge-able.
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 2 out of
Passion Project Turned Into Cash Cow
It took the hosts some time to hit their stride, but by the time they got to the Dylatov Pass episode, this podcast was great. Genuinely great. There was a delightful balance between humor, off-the-cuff banter, and thoughtful consideration and explanation of research. It was clear that the hosts were doing a lot of their own research, and that grunt work equipped them to discuss content with fluency and enthusiasm that only comes from showing off the findings of your own hard work.
But then the podcast started getting popular, they started adding more and more advertisements, and this podcast became the full-time gig for at least one host. And everything started falling apart then. It's not just the excessive ads -- and they ARE excessive. I listen to 12+ podcasts regularly, many of them started out small-time and are now careers for the hosts, but not a single one of the others has so many or such lengthy ad spots per episode. In fact, the latest episode, "Monsters Among Us" is literally 1:55:33 of an advertisement. It's all about an upcoming book by the same title, they interview the author, they plug and praise the book repeatedly, and they even read whole stories from the book. It's 2 hours of advertising. It's not even interesting advertising.
Annoying as they are, my biggest problem with recent episodes isn't the ads.
One major problem is the disorganization, lack of detail, and the sharp increase in fallacious, sloppy logic and analysis. I think a variety of poor choices on the part of the hosts has led to this. They have volunteers doing huge amounts of their research for them, and while this makes sense to a degree, the result is the hosts are very obviously less familiar with the content they present. It results in vague descriptions, disjointed analysis, and repeated statements and conclusions that are so silly, so obviously biased, and so far from skeptical or logical that I can't help but feel like Scott and Forrest no longer listen to themselves speak. One can't help but wonder if success has gone to their heads a bit. What made them great (at one time) was their effort. Now they seem to think they've made it and can rest on their laurels. They ramble. They contradict themselves. They are prone to excessive "or somethings" and "uhhh, yeah, I think so..." It's disappointing.
Another significant problem is the content being chosen lately. I think these two may have bitten off more than they can chew and are struggling to produce quality episodes quickly. It's to the point that 75% of the episodes feel like "filler" while you wait for an occasional interesting series on one event/phenomenon. The book promotion episode "Monsters Among Us" was the worst of these to date, but they've also botched what could've been great topics. The Mary Celeste, for example, was unnecessarily stretched over 3 episodes just to fit their new series format (3 episodes each week followed by an off week). I'm a college professor and couldn't shake the feeling I was watching a half-drunk freshman try to stretch a few paragraphs into a 3-page essay. It was annoying. It was boring. It's insulting as a listener who has financially supported this project previously.
My strong sense is that the hosts are increasingly disengaged from what was once a passion project and is now a cash cow. It's made a great podcast mediocre at best. Good things never last, I guess. I will no longer be listening.
Date published: 2016-10-08