June 24, 2020
Black Tulsans record a rap album in a house that once belonged to a famous Klansman.
June 10, 2020
Is volunteering for pain an unnecessary cruelty? Or is it a fundamental part of being human?
May 27, 2020
New research suggests that Neanderthals did many of the things once thought to be exclusively “human.”
May 13, 2020
David Pearce wants to end all suffering.
April 29, 2020
Jacob Lemanski tries to write an unreadable book.
April 15, 2020
Amanda Provenzano says people are too afraid of death; that’s why she became a death doula.
April 8, 2020
A wonderful episode of a wonderful podcast: the CBC’s Love Me .  Subscribe on your favorite podcast app.
April 1, 2020
Jeff makes blackout poetry with cassette tapes.
March 18, 2020
Is your body more of a machine, or a garden?
March 4, 2020
If there’s a pill that makes people less racist, should cops be forced to take it?
February 19, 2020
The smell of gasoline imparts nausea and a heartfelt nostalgia on HBM producer Bethany Denton.
February 5, 2020
New York City’s defender of maligned animals enacts “pigilante” justice while dressed as a nun.
January 22, 2020
Legends of an underground people on a small Baltic island.
January 8, 2020
A childhood loss leads Colby Richardson to meet a man who teaches him to see his dead mother’s aura.
December 25, 2019
Would you trade a month of your life to give a decade to a stranger?  What if it were four strangers? Or thirty?
December 11, 2019
Most of the ocean floor has never been mapped in detail.  Some scientists are trying to change that, using sonar to see what satellites can’t.
November 27, 2019
How to make the president say what he never said.
November 13, 2019
A cancer researcher grows tired of euthanizing monkeys.
October 30, 2019
What moves the rods of a water dowser? Is it magic, science or imagination?
October 16, 2019
Producer Bethany Denton wants to know if her meat-eater’s guilt is justified.
October 2, 2019
Here Be Monsters host Jeff Emtman climbs a tree, stops believing in God.
September 23, 2019
Here Be Monsters is back!  Season 8 begins October 2nd, 2019.
June 5, 2019
Should you have the right to hasten your own execution?
May 22, 2019
An episode where Jeff finds little things on the forest floor and hands them to you...metaphorically speaking.
May 15, 2019
Lost Notes is a podcast that we love.  It’s about music. We think you should subscribe.
May 8, 2019
Meeting an ancient relative that’s no bigger than your thumb.
April 24, 2019
Can satellites help prevent genocide?
April 10, 2019
Do you think this is a good world?
March 27, 2019
A book bound in the skin of its author causes eye-rolls for its modern-day caretakers.
March 13, 2019
With your eyes closed in a dark room, a voice guides you through the process of dying from AIDS.
February 27, 2019
Two radio producers and a conservationist explore grief, loss, and caribou habitat on a snowy walk in the woods.
February 13, 2019
Jeff listens to the spaces inbetween words to see if the answers to his problems are buried there.
January 30, 2019
Bethany Denton wonders if her unborn children still watch her from the premortal existence.
January 16, 2019
Jeff explains why numbers are like telescopes.
January 2, 2019
HBM host Jeff Emtman attempts to capture the essence of NYC. Re-aired from the Bang and Bang and Olufsen podcast Sound Matters .
December 19, 2018
Sleeping in the forest as homage to Angeline Tubbs, aka. “The Witch of Saratoga.”
December 5, 2018
In theology school, Carlo Nakar asked, “Lord, what is the hardest thing you could possibly ask me to do?” He got a verbal answer.
November 21, 2018
Personal stories of animal death and the bodies they leave behind, as told by writer Kryssanne Adams. Part 2 of 2.
November 14, 2018
Nocturne is a podcast that we love. It’s about the night. We think you should subscribe.
November 7, 2018
Personal stories of animal death and the bodies they leave behind, as told by writer Kryssanne Adams. Part 1 of 2.
October 24, 2018
Max Turnquist is building a fusion reactor in his bedroom.
October 10, 2018
Reynaldo Gulin had a notebook full of warnings and advice that was supposed to keep his family from danger. But after he died, a second, unforeseen death shook his family’s faith in Santeria.
September 26, 2018
Free diver Archer Mayo searches for unusual treasures in the murky water of the Columbia River.
September 12, 2018
Jeff Emtman finds himself distracted by dragons and their ilk as he kayaks with one of the world’s hairiest people.
August 15, 2018
Our 7th season starts on September 12th, 2018.
June 6, 2018
Anna Klein worries that her fantasies of running away to the remote corners of the world may be a familial urge to isolate herself, the same way her father did...a tendency that ultimately contributed to his early death.
May 23, 2018
In this video episode of Here Be Monsters, Jeff shares his special spell of repulsion for astral energy vampires that are draining humans of their life force en masse.
May 9, 2018
There's the new colony of leaf cutter ants at the Victoria Bug Zoo with the potential to reach over more than a million ants.
April 25, 2018
The Icelandic government placed a bounty on each Arctic Fox killed (if you can provide its tail as proof).
April 11, 2018
Here Be Monsters is almost 100 episodes old. It’s grown a lot since Jeff was a scared 22 year old learning audio editing in his basement. So as we approach the milestone, we take a look back, check in with some of our memorable guests, and take...
March 28, 2018
Not all migratory bats migrate. We don’t know why some choose to stay behind at their summer roosts. But according to the University of Washington’s Sharlene Santana, the bats that stay tend to die.
March 14, 2018
Susan has seen how humanity’s worst instincts become possible where cyclical poverty, incarceration, and drug addiction wreak havoc on communities.
February 28, 2018
In this episode Divya carries a recorder with her while as she slowly disassembles a deceased pet parrot: snipping joints, scooping brains, removing eyes, separating the skin from the body.
February 14, 2018
Robert Larson searches for missing people with his dog Captain Dexter as a K9 search and rescue volunteer. He’s not certified to do this work by any professional agency. He says that he has to work alone to do his best work, outside of the red...
January 31, 2018
Producer Bethany Denton found a box in her basement storage room with two old cassette tapes inside. It took her a moment to realize what they were.
January 17, 2018
Natural history museums are art galleries. Scientifically focussed art galleries, but art galleries nonetheless.
January 3, 2018
Sometimes, Tatianna Zichella asks people to make a wish, write it on a piece of paper, and staple it to a fleshy part of her body.
December 20, 2017
A riptide recently pulled Ariana into open water off the shore of Santa Monica.  She thinks it’s her closest brush with death thus far.  A lifeguard rescued her. The are different kinds of panics, some more helpful than others.
December 6, 2017
After dedicating thirty years to the Church of Jesus Christ, Ashley Fryer put down her beloved scriptures unsure what to do with relics of a religion she no longer believed in. This episode follows her journey of spiritual discovery.
November 29, 2017
HBM085: Ascended Fiction got us thinking about hidden knowledge, and whether it's moral to withhold information. So in this follow-up episode, we delve into that more, but this time with Christianity.
November 22, 2017
There's a full reconstruction of L. Ron Hubbard's office in every church of Scientology rumored to be more than a traditional way of honoring the memory of the founder. It might be needed by the author upon his alleged reincarnation and return to earth.
November 8, 2017
Chrissy was having trouble remembering who she was when she woke up.  First she thought it was early-onset dementia, then she thought it was schizophrenia.  She had recurring hallucinations about being stalked by a beast that would talk to her...
October 25, 2017
Ryan thinks the Clinton Cemetery's deep-rooted asparagus taste so good because of the natural quality of their fertilizer.
October 11, 2017
Shortwave enthusiast John Barner and his friends had found a number station believed to be a form of espionage where intelligence agencies broadcast encrypted messages to field operatives.
September 27, 2017
Boy Scout Leadership Camp was a bad fit for Jeff Emtman.
August 9, 2017
On a hot summer day in 2014, HBM host Jeff Emtman received a bit of amateur, backyard surgery from a fish biologist. It was for the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race. which is a one day radio contest now in its fifth year. The race gives contestants 24...
June 7, 2017
She's good at it, she makes good money, and she generally enjoys her clients’ company. And although her job rarely gives her sexual pleasure, Remi Dun enjoys her job. Please Note: This episode is about sex. And there’s swearing.
May 24, 2017
Devaan describes it as a pulsing, tingling feeling on the back of his neck. His preferred stimuli are whispers, shuffling cards, scissors, tapping noises, anything that makes a crisp enough sound to trigger his ASMR. These sounds make him feel...
May 10, 2017
Sagittarius has been good for the last year. That’s what he told us. He told us that the cage that Luna designed for him is working. She controls his money, his businesses, can read his email, can see his bank accounts, and can track the location...
April 26, 2017
Muhammad Tariq's small, gender-integrated school in Panjur had been anonymously receiving literature that scolded them for teaching girls. Tariq and the other teachers didn’t take it seriously until six men with guns showed up. After the...
April 12, 2017
Griff was on track when he started to babble around 12 months old. But, unlike other children, the babble never evolved to understandable sentences. In this episode, producer Luke Eldridge (Griff’s father) shares scenes from their home as his...
March 29, 2017
Since childhood, Anita Woodley dreamt the future, able to predict imminent murders in her neighborhood. The Rhine Research Center is America’s oldest parapsychology lab and going to the Rhine Center was her doctor’s suggestion. Her doctor said...
March 1, 2017
There is an unusual piece of carved grey stone in the hills of upstate New York. It depicts the boot of a notorious American villain who was shot in the leg during the Battle of Saratoga. Major General Benedict Arnold’s name is nowhere to be found...
February 15, 2017
For the last nine years, Ken Arnold and his wife Donna have operated an all-volunteer group called the Puget Sound Ghost Hunters. They put an ad up on their website and on their Facebook group inviting hunters to join their team. But before Ken...
February 1, 2017
Jacob is the owner of AntLife, a company that makes large ant farms. And during a cave-in, one of his ants became trapped in a small underground cavern, just inches from the surface. Despite his omniscience, he feels unequipped to deal with the...
January 18, 2017
Growing up Mormon in Montana, Bethany Denton had a phrase drilled into her mind from an early age: “modest is hottest.” But by the time Bethany moved to Washington State for college, she had rejected the church and that’s when she met Helen....
January 4, 2017
There are about 10,000 files in the Here Be Monsters sound library. On this interstitial episode, Jeff plays back some of these heavily-used sounds and asks whether they occur because of an inherent goodness, a force of habit, or some kind of weird...
December 21, 2016
The Way The Blood Flows is a short story written and read by Evan Williamson, who currently makes videos and music with his wife Sidra as they travel the world.
December 7, 2016
Ariadne, Jacqueline, North, and others unnamed are all part of the same system. They share a single body. They take turns “fronting” the body, controlling it. And when they’re not fronting, the system members are free to roam an infinite...
November 23, 2016
When Dylan Wright placed his first Craigslist ad back in 2006, he called himself a “nice and genuine person with waking up problems.”  He was looking for someone to help him in the mornings.  First it was phone calls, but those didn’t work,...
November 9, 2016
Feeling anxiety about the American presidential election, HBM host Jeff Emtman took a trip to a place he hoped to be insulated from politics: PestWorld 2016, the largest American gathering of pest management professionals.
October 26, 2016
In his freshman year of high school, Jacob was feeling helpless against his gay attractions. Exasperated, he asked aloud for a demon to come into his body. He figured he was already evil, so he might as well “get something out of it”.
October 12, 2016
Preparing an animal’s skeleton for display is incredibly labor intensive for human hands.  So curators have turned to a family of beetles with millenia of experience.
September 28, 2016
Erin was fat as a kid. Since middle school, she tried all different methods to lose weight. From a young age she developed the idea that the most important thing she could do with her life was lose weight.
September 14, 2016
Presumably, any given mystic falls into one of two groups: true believers and scam artists. But it's near impossible to know which they are unless they tell you outright.
August 31, 2016
When he was twelve, Eric Alexander started writing songs as a way to make sense of the confusing world around him. Faced with the prospect of an early death later in his life, he ignored the doctors’ orders fearing the surgery would affect his...
August 17, 2016
Jeff Emtman left home in the summer of 2011 to hitchhike the United States, to see if strangers would chop him up and put him in their trunks, if he gave them the option to.
August 8, 2016
We're coming back! We're producing another 20 episodes of Here Be Monsters next year. Season 5 starts Wednesday, August 17.
April 20, 2016
McNeil Island sits in Washington State's Puget Sound, just three miles northwest of Steilacoom. For the last 150-odd years, McNeil Island has been a place to house society's undesirables. Eventually the island prison closed, but by then McNeil...
April 13, 2016
This is a preview of our 60th episode and season 4 finale. In this preview, a defense lawyer asks a man to recall the last time he remembers being free.
March 23, 2016
The most notable monster created by Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a massive tentacled being omnipotent, yet completely uncaring that sleeps in the depths of the ocean. Cthulhu, Lovecraft called it --a creature that will one day rise again from its...
March 2, 2016
It was early in the morning of New Years Day and Kelly had just bought a purse-load of psychedelic mushrooms from Laramie Wyoming's local "druggist." Kelly handed them out to the assembled company and took some himself. He felt a bit apathetic about...
February 17, 2016
Growing up in small-town Montana, Bethany Denton's parents and teachers told her what she knew already: she was brilliant. Bethany couldn't help but feel destined for something big, even though she often skipped her school readings and phoned it in....
February 3, 2016
When Lina Misitzis was a teenager, she told people she was dying. She wasn't. But, an entire genre of "dying girl gets the guy" movies taught her that landing a boyfriend required a certain brevity on this planet. She only lied to men, men she...
January 20, 2016
All is fair in love and war... even mind games. The United States military employs psychological warfare in nearly every war it's part of. The US Military calls these tactics "Psychological Operations", or "PSYOP".
January 6, 2016
Patti Negri is a witch who lives in a house buried deep in the Hollywood Hills. Here Be Monsters producer Jeff Emtman and performance artist Lenae Day went to visit her one day in October 2015, audio recorder in-hand, in an attempt to better...
December 23, 2015
In 2014, Jeff Emtman mailed tape recorders to people around the world. He asked them to keep the recorders by their beds and flip them on early in the morning as their dreams were still fresh in their minds. Once the tape was full, they mailed it...
December 9, 2015
Christian prayer hotlines are common in the United States. Less common are prayer hotlines for the other guy. Since 2012 the Satanic Missionary Society in Olympia, Washington manages a Satanic prayer line on their blog and receive prayer requests...
November 25, 2015
Bethany Denton was about five years old when she learned that she was a Mormon. When she was eight, she learned that she was an eternal spirit destined for an eternal afterlife. The idea of eternity terrified her, and made her afraid to stargaze...
November 11, 2015
In this episode of Here Be Monsters, Jeff Emtman joins "The Scientist," an unnamed cancer researcher, for an after-hours trip to his lab, where they visit the hundreds of lab mice that he tends to. The Scientist's job is to inject his mice with...
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