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The Micah Hanks Program

A weekly Society, Culture and Philosophy podcast featuring Micah Hanks
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Do UFOs represent exotic technology from another world? Will advances in the coming decades produce "warp drives" and other UFO-like technologies that will close the gap between the observed behavior of unidentified aerial phenomena and Earthly
On March 24, 1967, ten ICBMs at an underground launch control facility at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana became inoperable, while the security personnel aboveground observed a UFO hovering near the facility's gate.  Joining us to discuss t
In the heart of Brazil's Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park exists one of the most biologically diverse regions anywhere in the world. However, along with the unique plants and animals found here are a prevalent interest in unidentified aerial
For decades, many people who have claimed to observe UFOs have also said they saw the occupants of these crafts. Even more incredibly, some of these purported "experiencers"  have made extraordinary claims about their interactions with such bei
The Great Sphinx of Giza is among the most widely recognized monuments in the world, and arguably one of the most astounding testaments left to us by past cultures. Archaeology has revealed many details about the way of life in Egypt at the tim
In 2004, the U.S. Navy's Carrier Strike Group 11 was conducting training off the California coast when radar operators began to detect unusual aerial objects nearby. Over the next several days, the objects would be repeatedly observed, culminat
Many astronomers believe we are closing in on the hunt for proof of life on other worlds... but where will it be found, and how will we find it? Among the methods being used are searches for technosignatures, biosignatures, and even interstella
It is among the greatest questions humans have ever asked about life and our place in the cosmos: are we alone in the universe? While scientists believe they are closing in on answers to this long-standing question, many UFO proponents througho
With all the attention put toward the U.S. government's recent interest in UFOs, the fact that similar incidents involving unidentified craft frequently occur in Canadian airspace is often left out of the equation.  Joining us to discuss the Ca
Since 2017, the UFO debate has undergone an unprecedented renewal in interest. Following the publication of a landmark article in The New York Times, questions--and controversies--have surrounded the topic, as the debate over the origins of UFO
Following the release of a June 2021 report by the Navy's UAP Task Force, many scientists have now felt compelled to pursue ways science can now be applied to the subject of UAP. Among them is Harvard Astronomer Avi Loeb, who returns to The Mic
Much of the modern discussion about UFOs revolves around the Pentagon’s AATIP program, which looked at aerospace threats and culminated in the Navy’s current UAP Task Force. But before any of this came along, several years ago the existence of
With the recent release of a government report on UAP detailing the U.S. Navy's efforts in studying unidentified objects in U.S. airspace, questions remain about the nature and possible origins of the technologies being observed. What are they,
Why don't astronomers see UFOs? If there are indeed unidentified aerial phenomena in our skies, shouldn't the scientists tasked with watching the stars see them more often? In truth, some astronomers actually have seen UFOs... although many, if
Answers to the question of whether we are alone in the universe are one of humankind's oldest pursuits. Many astronomers think that the discovery of intelligent life from other worlds may happen in the decades ahead, while UFO proponents believ
With the recent release of a U.S. government report on unidentified aerial phenomena, we are left with more questions than answers about the enduring mystery of UFOs. Where do we go from here, and how will the U.S. military proceed with its stu
A widely anticipated U.S. government report on unidentified aerial phenomena has been delivered to Congress, representing one of the most significant assessments on unusual encounters logged by the American military in recent decades. Although
Last Wednesday, lawmakers on Capitol Hill received a classified briefing by the Navy and the FBI, which detailed some of the findings of a report on UFOs expected to be delivered this month. Some members of the House have even said that future
Do some children possess the ability to recall memories that fall beyond their own living experience? If so, where do these memories come from, and could they be related to phenomena recognized by various cultures throughout history such as rei
According to a recent bombshell New York Times article, the United States military has found "no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft," but adds that the Department of Defense "still canno
For many decades, stories about large apelike creatures in the remote forested regions of America have persisted. Commonly known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot, many would rule out the possibility that a creature so large and similar to humans could h
"What is true, and I'm actually being serious here, is that there are, there's footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don't know exactly what they are." These were the words of former U.S. President Barack Obama recently, when ask
Since its first airing in 1968, 60 Minutes has been a television news magazine broadcast that looks at many of the most pertinent issues happening in the world. However, on Sunday it made history with the airing of a special segment that looked
In recent days, the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General has announced the launch of a formal evaluation into The Pentagon and its actions regarding “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” or UAP. “We may revise the objective as the ev
In September 1967, a 3-year-old Appaloosa named Snippy was found dead in the San Luis Valley. Although the incident involved a horse, it would mark the beginning of the cattle mutilation mystery that has endured for almost 50 years; but are all
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