Strange Arrivals

A History, Society and Culture podcast
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On a September night in 1961, in the mountains of New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill encountered something they could not explain. What really happened that autumn night? Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball will unravel one of history's most famous cases of alien abduction. Learn more at

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This is a great history lesson about the rise of alien abduction lore in the 20th century. I thought the material was handled very fairly. Highly recommended.
It started out really intriguing but I lost interest pretty fast. Too many episodes maybe?
What a huge disappointment. In a dry and affectless tone, Toby Ball (from the excellent show Crime Writers On) recites the story of Betty and Barney Hill, two people who claimed to be abducted by aliens. On CWO, Ball brings a keen incite and critical analysis to the podcasts and shows they review. There is none of that here, no cultural context or analysis, no questioning of the narrative given by the Hills, no reporting on the case, just a straight retelling of a tired story that has been told over an over again. You've seen it on the Discovery Channel, The X-Files, Time-Life books and in many other places including podcasts. I was hoping to find some kind of dissection on the HIll's story and perhaps UFO encounters and our collective fascination with the phenomenon in general, but instead I was given the same old thing in a "produced" package.
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iHeartRadio and Grim & Mild
Podcast Status
Mar 23rd, 2020
Latest Episode
Sep 1st, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes
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