Colin Dickey is an American author, curator, and critic known for his new book The Unidentified.
Urban legends, UFOs, and conspiracy theories are all facets of our culture’s fascination with the unusual and inexplicable. And belief in fringe ideas has been rising in recent years. Cultural historian Colin Dickey joins us to discuss his new book, The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained.
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Sep 3rd, 1977
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1 hour, 6 minutes
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