This week, we had the distinct pleasure of welcoming a new friend to show. It isn’t very often that you come across someone with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering that is assessing Forteana through a sociological lens but Chris Cogswell, the host of the Mad Scientist Podcast, is just that. We had an amazing talk about the development and societal implications of folklore throughout history, the importance of recognizing the roles we play in that development and the possible effects of modern folklore on the future. Chris is an infectiously gregarious guy. Talking with him was an absolute pleasure. Get ready for a good time.  


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Hosts Ryan and Jordan deliver terrifying tales of the paranormal and break them down for your listening pleasure.