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October 18, 2019
MYS066: Famed aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific as she neared the end of her record-breaking, round-the-world flight in 1937. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss Earhart’s background and celebrity and then consider the theories for what caused Amelia and her navigator to vanish without a trace. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Elgen and Marie Long’s book “Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved” (Crash-and-Sink theory) * Ric Gillespie (TIGHAR)’s book “Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance” (Gardner Island theory) * Fred Goerner’s book “The Search for Amelia Earhart” (Japanese Capture theory) * Henri Keyzer-Andre’s book “Age of Heroes” (Japanese Shootdown theory) * Joe Klass’s book “Amelia Earhart Lives” (Irene Bolam theory) * Flight for Freedom 1943 movie * Wikipedia on Amelia Earhart * Fred Noonan * Irene Bolam * Info on the 2019 National Geographic expedition to Nikumororo Island * More info on the 2019 expedition * Unsolved Mysteries (Season 3, Episode 8) on Amelia Earhart (Japanese Capture theory) * Info on 2017 History Channel documentary (Japanese Capture theory) * Daily Beast article debunking History Channel photo theory * TIGHAR web site * Info on Coconut Crab theory * Coconut Crabs * A Coconut Crab with a Trash Can (for scale; “Kill It With Fire!”) * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the
October 13, 2019
MYS065: In the second of a two-part discussion of the Third Secret of Fatima, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine the theories about the secret, whether it was really released in full in 2000; what it really means; and whether it was fulfilled already. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Benedict XVI, Tarcisio Bertone, The Last Secret of Fatima * Martins & Fox, Documents on Fatima * Sr. Lucia, Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words * Sr. Lucia, Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words, vol. 2 * Sr. Lucia, Calls from the Message of Fatima * Sandra Zimdars-Swartz, Encountering Mary * Vatican document, “The Message of Fatima” * 1978 Vatican document on discerning private revelations * Jimmy Akin, “Getting Fatima Right” * Jimmy Akin, “Secret No More” (the Third Secret) * Jimmy Akin, “9 Things to Know and Share About Fatima” * Jimmy Akin, “9 Things to Know and Share About the Third Secret of Fatima” * Wikipedia on Fatima * Carlos Evaristo’s documentary on his interviews with Sr. Lucia * Article arguing that World War II actually began in 1936 * Article on the hijacking of Aer Lingus flight in 1981 * Information on the Akita, Japan apparition * Mehmet Ali Agca * Assassination attempt on John Paul II * Operation RYaN * 1983 Russian Nuclear War False Alarm
October 11, 2019
MYS064: In 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal, giving them a three-part secret. The third remained secret and speculation ran wild, until it was made public in 2000. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli talk about the history, the speculation, and the disputes. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Benedict XVI, Tarcisio Bertone, The Last Secret of Fatima * Martins & Fox, Documents on Fatima * Sr. Lucia, Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words * Sr. Lucia, Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words, vol. 2 * Sr. Lucia, Calls from the Message of Fatima * Sandra Zimdars-Swartz, Encountering Mary * Vatican document, “The Message of Fatima” * 1978 Vatican document on discerning private revelations * Jimmy Akin, “Getting Fatima Right” * Jimmy Akin, “Secret No More” (the Third Secret) * Jimmy Akin, “9 Things to Know and Share About Fatima” * Jimmy Akin, “9 Things to Know and Share About the Third Secret of Fatima” * Wikipedia on Fatima * Article on the hijacking of Aer Lingus flight in 1981 * Mehmet Ali Agca * Assassination attempt on John Paul II * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page.
October 7, 2019
MYS063: As a thanks to our Patrons, Jimmy and Dom every so often ask for their mysterious questions and Jimmy provides his answers on a variety of topics. This special episode was exclusive for patrons for a limited time and is now available to our general audience. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Info for and against John Lott’s book “More Guns, Less Crime” * NASA and Juan Diego’s tilma * Information on Juan Diego’s tilma * Holy House of Loreto * Haunted dolls * Spontaneous Human Combustion * Nazca Lines * Havana Syndrome * HAARP * Padre Pio and bilocation * Subliminal stimuli * Bermuda Triangle * Coming Ice Age? * Video about Supervolcano eruptions * Supervolcanos * Ark of the Covenant * Andrew Steinmann’s book “From Abraham to Paul” * Miracle of Hiroshima * Sodom and Gomorrah story * Jesuit conspiracy theories * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the
October 4, 2019
MYS062: Finishing their discussion of the first modern, well-known UFO abduction case, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli evaluate the evidence surrounding the Betty and Barney Hill incident and Jimmy reveals what he thinks really happened. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Karl Pflock’s 2007 book (about 2000 symposium), “Encounters at Indian Head: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Abduction Revisited” * Kathleen Marden & Stanton Friedman’s 2007 book, “Captured: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience” * John Fuller’s 1966 book, “The Interrupted Journey” * Kathleen Marden’s web site on Betty and Barney Hill * Wikipedia on Betty and Barney Hill * Betty’s original, hand-drawn star map * Marjorie Fish’s interpretation of the star map * Barney’s original, hand-drawn sketch of the alien leader (with cap) * Painting of the alien made with the Hills’ input * Kathleen Marden & Stanton Friedman’s 2007 book “Captured: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience” * The Outer Limits episode “The Bellero Shield” on Amazon Prime * The alien from “The Bellero Shield” * 1957 movie poster * Summary of James Macdonald’s analysis of things they could have seen in the local area * Full text of James Macdonald’s analysis * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback
September 27, 2019
MYS061: Fifty-eight years ago, a New England couple was driving home when they sighted something strange in the sky, an event which eventually made Betty and Barney Hill the first widely reported UFO abduction. In the first of two episodes, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli review the evidence regarding their experience. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Karl Pflock’s 2007 book (about 2000 symposium), “Encounters at Indian Head: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Abduction Revisited” * Kathleen Marden & Stanton Friedman’s 2007 book, “Captured: The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience” * John Fuller’s 1966 book, “The Interrupted Journey” * Kathleen Marden’s web site on Betty and Barney Hill * Wikipedia on Betty and Barney Hill * Betty’s original, hand-drawn star map * Marjorie Fish’s interpretation of the star map * Barney’s original, hand-drawn sketch of the alien leader (with cap) * Painting of the alien made with the Hills’ input * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Hacking Humans Is Next Cyber Threat * Skull Fragments May Belong to Amelia Earhart
September 20, 2019
MYS060: In 1846, two French children reported an apparition of the Virgin Mary, who gave them warnings for the world and secrets for the children. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at the approval of the apparition by the local bishop and the controversy that has continued to this day. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Bishop William Ullathorne’s book “The Holy Mountain of La Salette” * Sandra Zimdars-Swartz’s book “Encountering Mary” * The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1978 document on evaluating apparitions * Vatican document “The Message of Fatima” * Catholic Encyclopedia article on La Salette * Our Lady of La Salette * Melanie Calvat * Maximin Giraud * Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette * Missionaries of La Salette * The Original Secrets of La Salette * 1879 Modified Version of Melanie’s Secret * Jimmy Akin’s article “La Salette: Sorting Fact from Fiction” * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Mysterious Flare from the Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy
September 13, 2019
MYS059: Mind-control parasites have been a staple of science fiction for decades. But Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli reveal that not only do they exist in real life, they sometimes affect humans! Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Kathleen McAuliffe’s book “This Is Your Brain on Parasites” * Wikipedia on Symbiosis * Behavior-Altering Parasite * Lancet Liver Fluke (victim: ants) * Horsehair Worm (victim: crickets) * Leucochloridium Paradoxum (victim: snails) * Leucochloridium Pardoxum causing snail’s eyestalks to pulse * Jewel Wasp (victim: cockroaches) * Toxoplasma Gondii (victim: rats) * Dinocampus Coccinellae (victim: lady bugs) * Sacculina barnacles (victim: crabs) * Rabies * Red Queen Hypothesis * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * “Storm Area 51 Event” Now “Alienstock” Festival * Giant Post-Dinosaur Penguin Discovered
September 6, 2019
MYS058: In the midst of WWII, the people of Mattoon, Illinois, were terrorized by a madman using gas to disable his victims. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine this 75-year-old unsolved mystery and the theories about it, and then offer up a dramatic twist to the story you may not expect. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Loren Coleman’s book “Mysterious America”: Loren Coleman’s book “Mysterious America” * Scott Maruna’s book “The Mad Gasser of Mattoon: Dispelling the Hysteria” * Fortean Times article * The Mad Gasser of Mattoon * Original newspaper article * Second newspaper article * Third newspaper article * Mattoon, Illinois * A Flit Gun * Mad Gasser site at Eastern Illinois University * Chloroform * Ether * 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane * More on 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Ross Douthat/NYT Article on Jeffrey Epstein and Conspiracies * Robert Ballard’s Search for Amelia Earhart’s Plane ...
August 30, 2019
MYS057: In months with five Fridays, we bring you a “Weird Questions” edition of Catholic Answers Live where Jimmy Akin gives shorter answers to all kinds of questions, including this time whether a virus has a soul; praying to John Wayne; video game morality; cloning unicorns; and the Mandela effect. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback
August 23, 2019
MYS056: As an order of warrior-monks, the Knights Templar defended Christians in the Holy Land. But for 700 years, all kinds of rumors and theories of shocking crimes and secrets have surrounded them. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss those theories and claims that the Knights are still among us. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Prof. Thomas Madden’s audio course “The Lost Warriors of God” * The Knights Templar * Al-Aqsa Mosque * The Knights Hospitallers * The Crusader States * Siege of Acre * Philip IV of France * Freemasonry * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Challenged on Media’s Overheated 12-Year Doomsday Warning * A Thoughtful Critique of Mindfulness
August 19, 2019
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August 16, 2019
MYS055: If intelligent life exists somewhere else in the universe and we encounter it, what would be the implications for the Christian faith? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore what religious views aliens might hold, whether we should evangelize them or if they’d need it, and whether they could even become Christians. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Guy Consolmagno, S.J. and Paul Mueller, S.J.’s book “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?”: * Info on Lucian of Samosata’s “A True Story” * Larry Niven’s Outsiders * Orson Scott Card’s Pequeninos or “Piggies” * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Elon Musk’s Neuralink Announcement * Protecting Historic Sites on the Moon
August 9, 2019
MYS054: 50 years ago, Charles Manson’s “family” committed the murders that made him infamous. Why did he do it? Greed? An insane plot to end the world? Or was there another more pedestrian reason? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the evil events and the theories surrounding them (without getting into the gruesome details.) Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Vincent Bugliosi’s book “Helter Skelter” * Susan Atkins’s book “The Myth of Helter Skelter” * Charles “Tex” Watson’s book “Manson’s Right-Hand Man Speaks Out” * Bobby Beausoleil interview (crude language) * Interview with Manson’s son Michael * “Helter Skelter” TV movie * Wikipedia on the Manson Family * Wikipedia on Charles Manson * Wikipedia on what a helter skelter actually is * Information on Bernard “Lotsapoppa” Crow * Information on Gary Hinman * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Alabama Crop-Circle Makers Caught & Charged with Criminal Mischief Felony * Whistleblowing “Time Traveler” Admits Hoax
August 2, 2019
MYS053: In 1974, the Betz family found a strange metal sphere in the woods near their home which exhibited numerous unusual behaviors. Jimmy and Dom look at the media reports, investigations, and sinister doings that followed before it disappeared from public view for nearly 50 years. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Overview of the Betz Sphere * Astonishing Legends on the Betz Sphere (part 1)—all 4 parts are a 10 hour odyssey * Navy X-Ray (1st x-ray) and Photos of the Betz Sphere * Original April 12, 1974 news story * April 15, 1974 news story (part 1) * April 15, 1974 news story (part 2) * Info on Stainless Steel Grade 431 * Skeptoid treatment of the sphere * Multipole Magnets * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Argument Voynich Manuscript is a Hoax * Why the Moon Landing Footage Would Have Been Impossible to Fake
July 26, 2019
MYS052: People have been fascinated by hypnosis for centuries and it’s claimed it can stop smoking, help you lose weight, and even surface memories of childhood trauma, past lives, and alien abductions. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at the claims to determine what’s true and what’s not. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Robert Baker’s book “They Call It Hypnosis” * Elizabeth Loftus’s book “The Myth of Repressed Memory” * Wikipedia on Hypnosis * Wikipedia on Placebo Effect * Penn & Teller’s Non-Hypnotic Levitation Trick * “Is Hypnosis Fake?” TED Talk * Elizabeth Loftus’s article “Creating False Memories” * False Memory Syndrome Foundation website * John F. Kihlstrom’s article “Hypnosis, Memory, and Amnesia” * Current APA Definition of Hypnosis * 2014 definition from Society of Psychological Hypnosis * Society of Psychological Hypnosis pamphlet “Hypnosis: What It Is and How It Can Help You Feel Better” * 1966 U.S. Intelligence document “Hypnosis in Intelligence” * Pius XII’s 1956 “Religious and Moral Implications of Analgesia” * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines *
July 19, 2019
MYS051: Every year in mid-July, a group of politicians, businessmen, and artists gather at a private campground in California. Critics claim they are a sinister conspiracy. Jimmy and Dom examine their origins, their practices, and their membership and discuss whether it’s sinister or just a party in the woods. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Jon Ronson’s book “Them: Adventures with Extremists” * Mark Dice’s book “Bohemian Grove: Fact vs. Fiction” * Wikipedia on the Bohemian Club * Wikipedia on Bohemian Grove * Wikipedia on the Cremation of Care * Wikipedia on the Grove Play * Video of the Cremation of Care ceremony * Bohemian Grove Action Network * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Sonoma Supervisors Not Happy About Providing Deputies to All-Male Bohemian Grove * President Trump Talks UFOs
July 12, 2019
MYS050: Joseph Smith reported receiving divine revelations in the early 1800s, and eventually became the founder of the Mormon religion and his prophecies now influence the lives of millions. Jimmy and Dom consider the evidence concerning Smith’s claims to be a prophet. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Further Resources: * Wikipedia on Joseph Smith * Wikipedia on the Standard Works * Wikipedia on the FAKE “Salamander Letter” * Robert Ritner’s book “The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition” * Michael Rhodes book “The Hor Book of Breathings: A Translation and Commentary” (Brigham Young University Press) * Fact-based, neutral analysis of the Book of Abraham From LDS.org: * “Joseph Smith—History” * “Seer Stones” * Account of the Lost 116 Pages * Testimony of the Three Witnesses * Testimony of the Eight Witnesses * Facsimile 3 from the Book of Abraham Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com or send a tweet with the hashtag of #mysteriousfeedback Mysterious Headlines * Claim Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Academy May Be Government Info Operation * What...
July 5, 2019
MYS049: On July 8, 1947, the Air Force announced a flying saucer crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, and then retracted the story. Was it an alien? Was it a weather balloon? Or was it something else? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine the claims and evidence for what happened in Roswell. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
July 1, 2019
MYS048: As a thanks to our Patrons, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli asked for their mysterious questions and Jimmy provided his answers on a variety of topics. This special episode was exclusive for patrons for a limited time and is now available to our general audience. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Long-delayed echoes * Bracewell probes * Epsilon Bootes mystery * MYS006: The Mystery of the Great Pyramids * Pyramid construction theories * * The green children of Woolpit * Chlorosis, or hyperchronic anemia * MYS003: Bigfoot * Patterson-Gimlin film * Stabilized version of the Patterson-Gimlin film * MYS026: The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa * * Levitation * MYS021: The Mystery of Weight Loss * * Polybius arcade game * Lucid dreaming * Adolf Hitler’s death * Conspiracy theories about Adolf Hitler’s death * Hockey stick controversy * Shroud of Turin * Relics associated with Jesus * * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the
June 28, 2019
MYS047: A group of international movers & shakers called the Bilderberg Group have been meeting every year since 1954. Many attendees won’t acknowledge they went or even know of it. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine the claims that accuse them of being a global conspiracy for a one-world government. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using Apple Podcasts | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
June 21, 2019
MYS046: On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold saw something odd in the skies of Washington state. When he landed, he touched off the modern era of UFO sightings. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the theories of what he saw and eliminate them all, until only one remains. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
June 14, 2019
MYS045: In 1912, a rare book written in an unknown alphabet containing bizarre illustrations was revealed by Wilfrid Voynich and despite decades of effort, it has never been deciphered. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the theories for what it is, including very recent claims made about the book. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
June 7, 2019
MYS044: A very religious man in Tennessee named John Hendrix made some remarkable prophecies in 1915 after experiencing tragedy and turning to God. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss Hendrix, his startling prophecies that concerned his hometown, the US, and the whole world, and how they apparently came true in some cases decades later. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
May 31, 2019
MYS043: In months with five Fridays, we bring you a “Weird Questions” edition of Catholic Answers Live where Jimmy Akin gives shorter answers to all kinds of questions, including this time whether the pope can bless an ocean, self-driving cars and the trolley problem, and Medieval UFO art. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher | Subscribe by Email Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
May 24, 2019
MYS042: King Tut is one of the most famous pharaohs of Egypt, but a mystery surrounds his death, including being wiped from history for 3,300 years. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss Tutankhamun’s life and death and power politics machinations that compare with the most complex Game of Thrones plot lines. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
May 17, 2019
MYS041: The US government began studying UFOs starting in 1947, but we thought those investigations ended in the 70s. Until we learned a new program began in 2007. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss AATIP and the remarkable admissions about just what they’re studying. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
May 10, 2019
MYS040: In May 1917, three children in Fatima, Portugal, reported being visited by the Virgin Mary and those visions occurred until October. They also said she gave them three secrets and would perform a great miracle. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss this mystery of Fatima. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
May 3, 2019
MYS039: Since Denver International Airport opened in 1994, numerous sinister conspiracy theories have popped up about mysterious goings-on. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine the conspiracies and the evidence cited to see if there’s more than just airplanes coming and going at DIA. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
April 26, 2019
MYS038: A year ago, police announced they’d caught the notorious Golden State Killer using an entirely new method. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the decades-long hunt for the killer and why the method used may make it harder for other criminals to get away with their crimes. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
April 19, 2019
MYS037: Easter is a holy day for billions of people where we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. But is belief in the resurrection just a matter of faith or is there evidence for it? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine the theories for what happened that first Easter. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
April 12, 2019
MYS036: A mysterious ranch in southeast Utah, where numerous unexplained weird phenomena have occurred that has scientist study them. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss Skinwalker Ranch, the incredible stories of bizarre events and what their source could be. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
April 5, 2019
Of all the Dead Sea Scrolls, one stands out because it’s made of copper and contains directions for finding a huge secret cache of treasure. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli talk about the origins of the scroll, what it says, and Jimmy’s own unique theory for why it exists. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
April 1, 2019
In 1977, a British science program provided claims of shocking government conspiracies, a secret space program, a hidden colony on Mars. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss this decades-old mystery and its astonishing revelations. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
March 29, 2019
We do four episodes of Mysterious World per month, but when there’s a fifth Friday, with the permission of Catholic Answers, we’ll bring you “Weird Questions” editions of Catholic Answers Live where Jimmy Akin gives shorter answers to all kinds of questions. This is Volume 1. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
March 22, 2019
The Russian woodpecker was a mysterious radio signal that began in 1976, originating in the Soviet Union and heard around the world. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss its purpose, its connection to Chernobyl, and why it suddenly stopped. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
March 15, 2019
Adolf Hitler may have been the most sinister figure of the 20th century. His ideology of war and racism led to millions of deaths. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine what Hitler’s views on religion were, including many claims about them, and whether his views played a role in his actions. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
March 8, 2019
On a March night in 1997, thousands of people saw a strange formation of lights over Arizona. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the theories, claims, and counter-claims to sort out what happened and perhaps to find a plausible explanation. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
March 1, 2019
Time travel is a staple of science fiction, but it is really possible? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the mystery of time travel, the theories, the objections, and what the Catholic faith has to say about it (and it does!). Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
February 22, 2019
Thirty-three centuries ago, Egypt was ruled by a strange, heretic pharaoh who upended Egyptian society. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the mysteries surrounding the pharaoh some call the first monotheist in history, Akhenaten. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at
February 15, 2019
Some people claim to have died and come back to life and report strange experiences of life after death. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at the claims, the scientific evidence, and the implications for faith of these near-death experiences. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * 2018 Talk by Dr. Sam Parnia * * * * * Kevin Malarkey retracts The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven * AWARE Results * AWARE Results and critique * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * No “Planet 9” After All? (Science Daily) * Giant Black Hole Aimed Straight At Us? (Mysterious Universe)
February 8, 2019
After more than than 40 years, the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa stills has a hold on the popular imagination. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine the mystery of the disappearance of this former Teamster boss and the purported confession of the man who claimed responsibility. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * Upcoming Martin Scorsese movie for Netflix (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci). * I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt * Jimmy Hoffa on Wikipedia * Frank Sheeran on Wikipedia * FBI Hoffex memo * Frank Sheeran confession news videos * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Astronomer Defends Claim Oumuamua Is Alien Probe * Flat Earth Cruise Announced for 2020
February 1, 2019
Do parallel universes exists and if they do what implications do they have for us, for God, and for the problem of evil? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli tackle this mystery and discuss some unusual theories about the multiverse. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Purchase the books and other material from this and other episodes at the Mysterious World Bookstore. * “What in the World Is the Multiverse,” by Jimmy Akin * The multiverse on Wikipedia * * “A Brief History of the Multiverse,” by Paul Davies (New York Times) * The Problem of Evil (DVD), by Jimmy Akin * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Steam-powered spacecraft (Popular Mechanics) * Circular ice sheet (Portland Press Herald)
January 25, 2019
One of the most frequently requested topics has been the mystery of Dyatlov Pass. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss what happened on the cold Siberian night in 1959 when 10 highly experienced Russian hikers died under mysterious circumstances. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Dyatlov Pass Incident on Wikipedia * , by Donnie Eichar * Good YouTube video on the tent fire theory * Hypothermia (including Paradoxical Undressing) on Wikipedia * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * The Nevada Triangle * Russian Giant Combat Walker
January 18, 2019
Humans have always looked up and wondered what effect the stars have on our lives. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at astrology and the claims that the heavens influence our lives and provide glimpses of the future and discuss what Christians have believed about astrology historically. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Astrology at Wikipedia * Christian views on Astrology at Wikipedia * Jewish views on Astrology at Wikipedia * Astrology in the Catholic Encyclopedia * Summa Theologiae, Question 115 * Summa Theologiae, Question 95 * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Second Alien Megastructures Star Found? * Plan for creating the U.S. Space Force * 50 Mile Wide Frozen Martian Lake Discovered
January 11, 2019
In 1989, Bob Lazar claimed he was employed at Area 51 to reverse-engineer UFO engines. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss Lazar’s claims, including a new documentary in which Lazar says the government is still trying to silence him. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Bob Lazar on Wikipedia * Bob Lazar’s home page * Jeremy Corbell’s Wikipedia page * New Documentary on Bob Lazar * Edward Teller and Bob Lazar * 5 Things Bob Lazar Knew * Stanton Friedman on Bob Lazar * Friedman on Lazar (brief video) * A physicist critiques Lazar’s scientific claims * Wikipedia on Element 115 (Muscovium) * Lazar as a Disinformation Patsy * Lazar and Souls * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * MKULTRA Documents * MKULTRA Mind-Controlled Dogs * Amoeba computers
January 4, 2019
What’s so mysterious about weight loss? Given the American obsession with dieting even as we’re more obese than ever, evidently plenty. Jimmy Akin shares his own story and the science behind the way our bodies are designed to lose weight, rather than the way we’ve been doing it. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * , by Jason Fung and Jimmy More * , by Jason Fung * , by Gary Taubes * , by Gary Taubes * * How USDA recommendations have changed over time * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Eye-scanning lie detector * NASA scientist argues UFOs should be taken seriously * Time Travel solution announced
December 28, 2018
Did you know about the lost planet Vulcan? Not Mr. Spock’s planet nor the exoplanet around the star 40 Eridani, but one right here in our solar system. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the claims that such a planet exists between Mercury and the Sun and the evidence for and against. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Planet Vulcan (Wikipedia) * * How Mercury Fooled Us into Believing There Was Planet Vulcan (YouTube) * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Astronomers Have Found Vulcan * “Mysterious Waves Rippled Around the Earth, and Nobody Knows Why”
December 21, 2018
Christmas is December 25, but was that the actual date Jesus was born? Some claim evidence from the Bible and temple rituals. Other say evidence from the Bible show it isn’t or that it was just a co-opting of a pagan festival. Does it even matter? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at the claims and counter-claims about what we can and can’t prove about when Jesus was born. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Jimmy’s article on December 25 * * Chronology of 354 * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Scientist Explains Why Genetically Engineered Chinese Babies Are More Shocking Than You Might Realize (Science Alert) * Shouting Match Erupts Over Whether Oumuamua Is an Alien Spacecraft (Salon) * Oumuamua Is Not Aliens (PBS Space Time)
December 14, 2018
Who was the mysterious doctor in the 1960s who dosed celebrities and even a president with his outlandish concoctions? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the story of Max Jacobson, Dr. Feelgood, and how he affected the JFK presidency. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Max Jacobson on Wikipedia * The Secret Service Gave Him the Code Name “Dr. Feelgood” * What Jackie Kennedy Didn’t Say—and Didn’t Know * Dr. Feelgood by Richard Lertzman and William Birnes * The Original Dr. Feelgood — “Everybody Went to Max” * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Life-Size Reconstruction of Noah’s Ark Set to Sail (Daily Star) * ISS Robot (CIMON) Throws Tantrum, Accuses Crew of Being Mean (Gizmodo)
December 7, 2018
Some serious people think we could be part of gigantic Matrix-style computer simulations. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss whether it’s philosophically or scientifically possible and, if it were true, would it matter to us on a practical or theological level? Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Jimmy Akin: Would It Matter If We’re Living in a Simulation? * Simulation Hypothesis (Wikipedia) * Elon Musk (and Others) on the Simulation Hypothesis * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * 2,000-Year Old Pilate Ring Discovered (Times of Israel) * Test Pilot of First USAF Jet Fighter Dressed as Gorilla to Mess with Other Pilots (We Are The Mighty)
November 30, 2018
In the first century, Jesus’ most famous prophecy—other than his own death and resurrection—was that the Jewish temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. And it was. But was the prophecy fulfilled? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the claims and counter-claims about the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? Links for this episode: * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Josephus on Wikipedia * Josephus on the signs of destruction * The Jewish War, by Josephus * Redating the New Testament, by John A. T. Robinson * Before Jerusalem Fell, by Kenneth Gentry * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Red Heifer Born * Dawn of the Borg? Three-person brain network created
November 16, 2018
Was there more than one gunman? Didn’t two different government commissions come to different conclusions? What do we really know about the JFK assassination? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli take a high-level look at the JFK assassination, the mysteries and conspiracy theories, and the evidence to conclude either that Oswald acted alone or there were others involved. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Jimmy’s study of the assassination * John F. Kennedy at Wikipedia * Lee Harvey Oswald at Wikipedia * J.D. Tippit at Wikipedia * Jack Ruby at Wikipedia * Assassination of John F. Kennedy at Wikipedia * Timeline of the assassination * Conspiracy theories of the assassination * Warren Commission * House Select Committee on Assassinations * Case Closed, by Gerald Posner * Reclaiming History, by Vincent Bugliosi * Last Word, by Mark Lane * Crossfire, by Jim Marrs * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Dinosaur extinction debate * Mysterious radio signals from space
November 9, 2018
The nation of Israel originally had 12 tribes, but at a certain point 10 were taken into captivity and became “lost.” Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the claims and counterclaims about what happened to them, then look at the evidence from both Jewish and Christian traditions as well as historical records and DNA evidence. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Lost Tribes on Wikipedia * NOVA transcript * Gospel Women, by Richard Bauckham * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Glowing rocks found in Michigan * Capturing space junk with a net
November 2, 2018
Separating fact from science fiction, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss cloning, what it is and isn’t, its surprisingly long history, the moral implications, and future prospects. Get all new episodes automatically and for free: Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Cloning, on Wikipedia * Human Cloning, on Wikipedia * Ethics of Cloning, on Wikipedia * Christian views on cloning, on Wikipedia * Geneticist James Watson on cloning humans * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Physicists may rename law of physics after Catholic astronomer priest * Astronomers have found “Vulcan”
October 26, 2018
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union considered and even built doomsday systems that could launch nuclear strikes even if their leaders were dead. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the theoretical and actual doomsday devices as well as their practicality and morality. Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * The Dead Hand by David Hoffman * The Doomsday Men by Peter D. Smith * Pope St. John Paul II’s speech on deterrence * Leo Szilard on Wikipedia * Article on Perimeter on WIRED * Brief video on the Soviet tanker device * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Prehistoric girl had parents belonging to different human species * Why haven’t we found aliens yet? * Why I Want To Put a Kindle in Space
October 19, 2018
What or who is the Antichrist? Is he alive today, was he an historical figure, or perhaps he’s yet to be born? Does he signal the end of the world? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli tackle the mystery of the Antichrist, what the Bible says, and what the Church says. Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help us continue to offer Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World. Won’t you make a pledge at SQPN.com/give today? * Please spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * The following Biblical passages and entries from the Catechism of the Catholic Church were referenced in this episode: * CCC 675, 676 * 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 13:18; 1 John 2:18, 199, 22; 1 John 4:3; 2 John 1:7 * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Two Doctors Figured Out How To Treat A Centaur Having a Heart Attack * It’s Now Possible To Telepathically Communicate with a Drone Swarm * New York expo on conspiracy theories aims to capture zeitgeist
October 12, 2018
Across billions of stars and billions of years, logic says there’d be at least one alien species advanced enough to be noticed. Hence Enrico Fermi’s famous paradox: Where are the aliens? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the mystery of a universe in which we’re seemingly alone. Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * If the Universe is Teeming with Aliens… Where Is Everybody?, by Steven Webb * Fermi paradox on Wikipedia * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Starkey’s AI Transforms Hearing Aids Into Smart Wearables * Scientists ‘can’t rule out’ alien life on Jupiter after shocking discovery
October 5, 2018
Where do the Dead Sea Scrolls come from and do they contain secret knowledge about Jesus? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the claims about the ancient scrolls and what we know about them, as well as their personal experiences. Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * The Mystery of the Dead Scrolls, by Jimmy Akin * The Great Courses has an excellent course by OT scholar Gary Rendsburg * The Modern Scholar also has an excellent course by Rabbi Lawrence Schiffman * The Dead Sea Scrolls Today by James VanderKam * Dead Sea Scrolls digital library * Dead Sea Scrolls on Wikipedia * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Cave 12: New Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered * Is Transhumanism a sham? * Petrus Gonsalvus And The Real Beauty And The Beast Story
September 28, 2018
Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the mystery surrounding the 1908 Tunguska incident in Siberia. What flattened 770 square miles of forest without leaving a crater? Aliens, meteor, a mini-black hole? Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * The Tunguska incident on Wikipedia * NASA’s First Asteroid Deflection Mission Enters Next Design Phase * Asteroid Impact Avoidance on Wikipedia * NASA’s Sentry Impact Monitoring System * Meteor Crater in Arizona * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the Starquest Facebook page and the Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines * Ancient Egyptians have been making mummies longer than anyone thought * Top 6 Dinosaur Myths
September 21, 2018
Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli tackle the political mystery of Watergate, including the first question: What did Nixon know and when did he know it? Also, who was really behind the break-in and what were they after and did Woodward and Bernstein really bring down the president? Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Watergate scandal on Wikipedia * Frontline series on Watergate (YouTube) * Watergate in 7 Minutes (YouTube) * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the
September 14, 2018
Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the mysteries of the Pyramids of Egypt, including the claims of mystical energies, extraterrestrial building help, and prophecies encoded in them. But what do history, reason, and faith have to say? Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Egyptomania, by Bob Brier * “Pyramidology” on Wikipedia * “Pyramid Power” on Wikipedia * Results of MythBusters episode dealing with “pyramid power” * “A Short History of Pyramidology” by the BBC * Answers in Action on the Great Pyramid * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the SQPN Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com Mysterious Headlines of the Week * Pyramids can focus electromagnetic energy * Undiscovered chamber in the Great Pyramid
September 7, 2018
Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the claims and counter-claims about the so-called Lost Gospels from both the faith and reason perspectives. Do they tell a suppressed or untold story about Jesus Christ, are they the ravings of lunatics, or something in between? Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * List of the Gospels at Wikipedia * “The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’ Wife” in The Atlantic * The Gospel Hoax: Morton Smith’s Invention of Secret Mark, by Stephen Carlson * The Missing Gospels, by Darrell Bock * Jesus and the Eyewitness, by Richard Bauckham * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the SQPN Facebook page. * Send your feedback or comments to mysterious@sqpn.com
August 31, 2018
Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the mystery surrounding Area 51, the claims that the government is hiding alien spacecraft there, the earthly secret programs to develop specialized aircraft, and the secrecy surrounding the existence of the facility itself. Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Area 51 on Wikipedia * Janet Airlines on Wikipedia * Area 51, by Annie Jacobsen * Area 51 Book Anonymous Source Exposed * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the SQPN Facebook page. Photo: X51/Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA-3.0.
August 24, 2018
Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the claims and counter-claims about Bigfoot, the mysterious tall, hairy biped supposedly indigenous to North America. Could there be an undiscovered species of primate out in the woods? Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * Bigfoot * Gigantopithecus * Patterson-Gimlin Film * Raymond Wallace * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the SQPN Facebook page.
August 17, 2018
Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the mysteries of Transhumanism, both its promises and dangers, including what the Church says about this effort to perfect humanity through science. Links for this episode: * Help spread the word about the podcast. Leave us a review on iTunes! * The Challenge of Transhumanism by Jimmy Akin * The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurtzweil * The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis * Dignitatis Personae * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the SQPN Facebook page.
August 7, 2018
Subscribe using the RSS feed | Subscribe using iTunes | Subscribe using Google Play | Subscribe using Stitcher Every week, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the weird, the strange, and the unusual from the perspectives of faith and reason. In this first episode, Jimmy and Dom talk about ghosts, what they could be, how they fit in a Catholic understanding of the world, and what a rational mind says about them. Links for this episode: * Leave us a review on iTunes! * Bible verses mentioned in the episode: Matthew 14:26; Mark 6:49; Luke 24:37-43; Acts 23:9 * Ghosts on Wikipedia * Spiritism in the Catholic Encyclopedia * The Witch of Endor * The Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC2116, on occultism * Check out Jimmy Akin’s blog and Dom Bettinelli’s blog. * Join the conversation at the SQPN Facebook page.
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