With more than a decade in podcasting, writing and publishing, and the study of history and science, Micah Hanks has more than just a passion for knowledge. His study of world affairs, society, culture and philosophy over the years have helped shape his nonpartisan outlook on current events, and always with a nod to the lessons history can teach us. Micah has been producing podcasts since 2010, after several years working in radio. He is host of the popular current events and history podcast Middle Theory, as well as The Gralien Report, which focuses on science and the mysteries of our universe. He is also co-host of The Seven Ages Audio Journal, a podcast devoted to the study of history and archaeology.
As the coronavirus pandemic situation continues we look at “flattening the curve” and speak with people in affected areas like New York, and look at partisanship in Washington that could be harmful to Americans in need.   A NOTE TO MIDDLE THEORY LISTENERS: Wherever you are, and however your lives are being affected by the current coronavirus situation, we want to send our best wishes to all of you during these trying times. We’d also like to hear from you, and welcome thoughts and perspectives on issues like social distancing, preventative measures, and in particular, views from those with a perspective on health care and related industries. Remember, we are all in this together, and we all have a role to play in getting past this; but the good news is that we will get through this. Stay safe, healthy, and informed out there, and thank you for your support for the Middle Theory program.  As many Americans are still on lockdown, we get a check-in from the northeast and perspectives on the current situation from longtime cohost Christopher McCollum (aka McNONYMOUS), along with friend of the program Ryan Sprague who is currently based in New York, the American epicenter of the current pandemic. We also feature a few perspectives from an anonymous airport security employee who gives us their views on the situation from an aviation and health care perspective. Then shifting gears, as we watch how Americans and people all around the world have come together in these concerning times, is it any surprise that in Washington D.C. it’s chaos as per usual? We examine reports that Senate Intelligence Committee members may have sold off stocks after receiving briefings in advance of the panic, as well as Donald Trump’s current aspirations to have Americans back to work by Easter. Is this a good idea? The Editorial Board at the New York Times didn’t seem to think so… and nor do many health professionals who recognize that “flattening the curve” is about more than just keeping people healthy: it is about making sure that everyone–including those with mild or no symptoms–don’t inadvertently help the spread of the coronavirus, which could potentially overload healthcare system capacity. And although a stimulus plan has now finally been passed by the Senate to aid the millions of Americans affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus, it didn’t help that the usual partisan bickering impeded that process. Now more than ever, there is a need for bipartisanship and sensibility from our elected officials… and in fact, here it may just save lives. DOLLARS FOR DONUTS A special thank you to those who donated to the podcast this week: John Kaufman Joseph DeLeon Jen Massey  Jennie Vongvith Ali Buchan Jamie Craven Lauren Turinetti If you like Middle Theory and want to help support the show, you can donate to the program here: We also offer SUBSCRIPTION accounts for those who would like to make recurring monthly payments to Middle Theory. If you would prefer to SUBSCRIBE to the program, click here to visit our DONATES page, and scroll down below the primary DONATE button.  SHOW NOTES CONSPIRACY: China blames U.S. for coronavirus, Iran calls it “bioweapon” TIME TO DINE: C.D.C. Gives New Guidelines, New York to Close Restaurants (NYT) 10 OR LESS: Trump admits COVID-19 severity as White House tightens guidance 15 DAYS LATER: 15 Ways to Slow the Spread (White House) SOCIAL DISTANCING: “Information about Social Distancing” (University of Minnesota) Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine (Johns Hopkins University) As US fumbles COVID-19 testing, WHO warns social distancing is not enough PAPER: Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand JOIN US: REACH OUT TO MIDDLE THEORY To send us feedback, you can email us here. Also, follow Middle Theory on Twitter too… this is highly recommended, and may even be vital for some of you. Finally, as mentioned earlier, some may be further compelled to donate to the program, which helps keep ads for survival gear, water filters, male enhancement supplements, and do-it-yourself earthworm farming kits off the program.
On this edition of The Micah Hanks Program, after news and listener emails pertaining to strange things in our skies, we have an odd question about pandemics in mind: how are outbreaks like UFO flaps, and why do some similarities exist between the two? To look at these questions, and how science applies to both scenarios, we are joined by retired epidemiologist Thomas Glass, Ph.D., an expert on outbreaks whose Ph.D. in medical sociology was obtained at Duke University. Over the last three decades, Glass has held faculty positions in epidemiology at Yale, Harvard and Johns Hopkins. Dr. Glass joins us both to share his interest in the building current interest in the UFO topic, as well as to lend his expertise with regard to the current coronavirus pandemic situation. With so much news building on public concerns about the coronavirus, Dr. Glass brings an informed message of hope--not hype--that presents both an engaging and interesting discussion of the current global pandemic situation.  When an outbreak occurs, how do viruses spread, and what kinds of factors do epidemiologists watch for as the situation unfolds? And why are there similarities between how an epidemiologist investigates and outbreak, and how UFO researchers investigate some sightings reports? We look at all of these questions, and more on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: The Fragment of an Ancient Lost Continent Has Been Discovered Off The Coast of Canada Astronauts Share Insightful Tips On Self-Isolation During Coronavirus Pandemic Thomas Glass, Ph.D. An epidemiologist’s perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic More from Thomas Glass: Recommended Steps for Preparation Top 10 Everyday Precautions to Reduce Risk of Infection Are You in a Higher-Risk Group? The Household Go-Kit A Handy Glossary of COVID-19 Terms and Definitions BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
As the 2020 COVI-19 pandemic continues, we look at human psychology in response to the spread of the coronavirus and “social distancing.”  Have you been to the store yet this week? If so, then you too are probably experiencing what some are calling “The Great Toilet Paper Panic of 2020,” and that’s not to make light of the situation. However, it is to say, “where are our priorities?” Experiencing an actual pandemic that warrants some emergency preparedness is revealing some interesting things about crowd mentality, and the phenomenon known as “panic buying.” Meanwhile, the United States and other countries around the world are instituting emergency preparedness policies, which include economic stimulus as the global market sees unprecedented volatility, as well as limited travel bans, health advisories, and recommendations about “social distancing.” What does all of this mean, and what will the long term effects be in a post-pandemic world? DOLLARS FOR DONUTS A special thank you to those who donated to the podcast this week: RUNE John Haskins Shelly Orlandini Sacha Neubauer Jessica Riley If you like Middle Theory and want to help support the show, you can donate to the program here: We also offer SUBSCRIPTION accounts for those who would like to make recurring monthly payments to Middle Theory. If you would prefer to SUBSCRIBE to the program, click here to visit our DONATES page, and scroll down below the primary DONATE button.  SHOW NOTES CONSPIRACY: China blames U.S. for coronavirus, Iran calls it “bioweapon” TIME TO DINE: C.D.C. Gives New Guidelines, New York to Close Restaurants (NYT) 10 OR LESS: Trump admits COVID-19 severity as White House tightens guidance 15 DAYS LATER: 15 Ways to Slow the Spread (White House) SOCIAL DISTANCING: “Information about Social Distancing” (University of Minnesota) Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine (Johns Hopkins University) As US fumbles COVID-19 testing, WHO warns social distancing is not enough PAPER: Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand JOIN US: REACH OUT TO MIDDLE THEORY To send us feedback, you can email us here. Also, follow Middle Theory on Twitter too… this is highly recommended, and may even be vital for some of you. Finally, as mentioned earlier, some may be further compelled to donate to the program, which helps keep ads for survival gear, water filters, male enhancement supplements, and do-it-yourself earthworm farming kits off the program.
For centuries, there have been stories about large, manlike animals in the Pacific Northwest and other remote parts of America. The creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot has long been searched for, but meager physical evidence has left its existence in question. Hence, many skeptics and advocates alike have proposed that only one thing will ever settle the debate: a body. After catching up on news, we feature an update on the coronavirus this week, looking at its origins, and what scientists know about it as concerns about the virus spread. Then after getting caught up on listener emails, we turn our attention to the controversial question of killing Sasquatch. Many would dismiss the idea entirely based on the presumption that the creature is only a myth, but concerns over would-be Sasquatch hunters have resulted in legislation being passed in places like Skamania County, Washington, as a public safety measure. Even those who don't believe in Sasquatch can see how laws "protecting" the creature may be a good idea... but in the unlikely event that a body was ever discovered, what would that mean for science, and how would state and local government respond? Even more unusual is the question over whether bodies of unidentified, manlike creatures actually have been recovered in the past, and lost. Claims of Sasquatch killings have been made for years, and yet no physical remains have been recovered. Is it time to close the book on hopes for the creature's existence, or is the merit to the idea of continuing the search... and even killing one, if it's necessary to prove they're out there? We weigh all of these questions on this week's edition of The Micah Hanks Program.  Enjoy The Micah Hanks Program? Check out Micah's other podcasts here.  Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode: NEWS: Something strange is going on with the North Star Paleontologists from Argentina present a “South American Yeti” of more than 10,000 years ago Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of the Bible are forgeries, investigators say Dead Sea Scroll Conference Has Been Postponed COVID-19: Chinese foreign ministry spokesman pushes coronavirus conspiracy theory Inside China’s campaign to blame the U.S. for the coronavirus pandemic Scientists ‘strongly condemn’ rumors and conspiracy theories about origin of coronavirus Why Coronavirus Is Turning People Into Hoarders: A Q&A on the Psychology of Pandemics SASQUATCH: To Kill or to Capture Bigfoot: The Great Cryptozoological Debate If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him? Is It Legal to Shoot Bigfoot? Killing Sasquatch: The Debate Between Law, Science, and Conservation Darren Naish on the Strange Case of the Minnesota Iceman BECOME AN X SUBSCRIBER AND GET EVEN MORE GREAT PODCASTS AND MONTHLY SPECIALS FROM MICAH HANKS. Sign up today and get access to the entire back catalog of The Micah Hanks Program, as well as “classic” episodes of The Gralien Report Podcast, weekly “additional editions” of the subscriber-only X Podcast, the monthly Enigmas specials, and much more. Like us on Facebook Follow @MicahHanks on Twitter Follow Micah on Instagram Visit Micah's Website and check out Our Podcast Page Music featured on The Micah Hanks Program includes songs composed by Caleb Hanks (The Clerk Chronicles), Decepticons (Dreamland, Start the Machine) and Micah Hanks. All songs are either in the public domain, Royalty Free, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, or are used with permission of the creators. Please note that some links to books and other items on this page may feature Amazon Associate links.
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Appalachia, VA, USA
Episode Count
681
Podcast Count
7
Total Airtime
1 month, 2 weeks