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Coast To Coast AM July 15 2012 Reporting on the Paranormal

November 12, 2012

Coast To Coast AM July 15 2012 Reporting on the Paranormal

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Coast to Coast AM is a North American (U.S. and Canada) late-night radio talk
show that deals with a variety of topics, but most frequently ones that relate to either the paranormal or conspiracy theories. The program currently airs seven nights a week 1:05 a.m. — 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:05 p.m. — 2:00 a.m. Pacific Time).

Originally created and hosted by Art Bell, as of 2012 the program is hosted on most nights by George Noory. According to estimates by Talkers Magazine, Coast to Coast AM draws approximately 3 million listeners, making it the most listened-to program in its time slot

Format and subject matter

The Coast to Coast AM format consists of a combination of live callers and long format interviews. The subject matter covers unusual topics and is full of personal stories related to callers. While program content is often focused on paranormal and fringe subjects, sometimes world class scientists such as Michio Kaku and Brian Greene are featured in long format interviews. Topics discussed include the Near-death experience, climate change, cosmology, quantum physics, remote viewing, hauntings, contact with extraterrestrials, psychic reading, metaphysics, conspiracy theories, Area 51, crop circles, cryptozoology, Bigfoot, the Hollow Earth hypothesis, and science fiction literature, among others. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, the events of that day (as well as alternate theories surrounding them) and current U.S. counter-terrorism strategy have also become frequent themes. George Noory, the main host since Art Bell retired, also takes interest in the 2012 phenomenon and believes something will happen.

Hosts

George Noory hosts the show on weeknights and the first Sunday of every month, while John B. Wells hosts the show on Saturday nights, and Ian Punnett hosts the show on the second Sunday of every month. Las Vegas-based investigative journalist George Knapp hosts the 3rd and 4th Sunday of each month, and when there is a 5th Sunday, Rob Simone, Whitley Strieber or a fill-in will host the show. On some 3rd and 4th Sundays, Simone fills in for George Knapp.

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Date: 07-15-12
Host: George Knapp
Guests: Steve Volk, Jorge Martin

Reporter Steve Volk joined George Knapp to talk about his journalistic journey down various paranormal avenues. As a child, he grew up in a home that was haunted by strange inexplicable pounding noises. His sisters had blankets ripped off of them in their bedroom and saw an old woman appear. Eventually, his parents sought out a priest who came to their house and conducted prayers and holy water rituals. That night, though, things got worse than ever, with the banging noises growing much louder, and then coming down the stairs one step at a time. “When it hit the bottom step, it did so with a terrifically huge thud– everything shook, and that was it. We actually never heard it again,” he recounted. Interestingly, Volk went back to the house to interview the current owners and they didn’t wish to speak about it– believing that you give these things power if you talk about them.

Volk discussed the difference between the paranormal (explainable) and the supernatural (unexplainable), and how the two sometimes become conflated. He was critical of the “skeptics” movement exemplified by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (csicop.org), suggesting that they don’t approach investigations with an open mind. In particular, he singled out James Randi for misrepresenting his $1 million challenge, and conducting his own concerns with hypocrisy.

Volk reviewed his research into the late Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, known for her groundbreaking work on how we treat the terminally ill. She had uncovered many accounts of near-death experiences such as people seeing the ‘tunnel,’ but withheld a planned chapter on the topic from her book On Death and Dying, because she felt it would damage the credibility of her message. He also spoke about his look at the Stephenville UFO case, in which he found numerous locals that didn’t want to talk about what they saw, as well as eyewitness Ricky Sorrells who said he was harassed by the military and told to keep quiet. For more, view Volk’s blog on ‘Fringe-ology.’
Castro, the Pope, & UFOs

First hour guest, Puerto Rico-based UFO researcher Jorge Martin, discussed a meeting he learned of between Fidel Castro and Pope John Paul II, in which they reportedly discussed the existence of life beyond Earth, and the Pope confirmed that it was probable. Martin also detailed how Castro had an interest in UFOs (a Cuban MiG was said to be shot down by a UFO), and was allegedly shown by Soviet authorities a captured alien spacecraft and the corpse of its pilot, during a visit to Russia.

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