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From the Genesis Communications Network: The Paracast is a paranormal radio show that takes you on a journey to a world beyond science, where UFOs, poltergeists and strange phenomena of all kinds have been reported by millions. The Paracast seeks to shed light on the mysteries and complexities of our Universe and the secrets that surround us in our everyday lives. Join long-time paranormal writer and researcher Gene Steinberg, a team of knowledgeable guest cohosts, and a panel of special gue ...
 
From the Genesis Communications Network: Meet the Night Owl himself, the incomparable Gene Steinberg, best-selling technology author and columnist. Get to know Gene, and discover his unique, thought-provoking viewpoints about the technology universe, from the always-fascinating happenings at Apple Inc. to consumer electronics, innovative products and overall trends in the tech industry. Each week, Gene speaks directly to the industry's movers and shakers, including corporate leaders, industr ...
 
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Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz explore the encounters of younger people with the world of the paranormal with Amanda Paulson, an investigator based out of Spokane, Washington. With a passion for paranormal-centered philosophical discussion and 14 years of experience, she now travels as a solo investigator and content creator for her blog, Pretty …
 
Erica Gies is a Bay Area native, a National Geographic Explorer, an independent environmental journalist, and the author, most recently, of "Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge." Gies details how we have over-engineered and mechanized water delivery in California. She explains how both our agriculture and our built environme…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present Texas-based cryptozoologist Michael Mayes, who has investigated sightings of both out-of-place known animals and those that may, or may not, exist for the past 15 years. The discussion will focus on such topics as the way pop cultural influences have made it more difficult to seriously study Big Foot. Mayes …
 
Diane Power Zimmerman's great grandfather bought the property that would become the Nut Tree. Her grandparents founded and ran the roadside oasis that opened in Vacaville in 1921. Turning to a lighter note this week, we look at what was once the iconic stop on car journeys from San Francisco to Sacramento and Tahoe. The Nut Tree, in its heyday, ref…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present a series of fascinating and wide-ranging views from paranormal researcher Joshua Cutchin. He is the author of five critically-acclaimed books: 2015’s “A Trojan Feast: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch” (translated into Spanish as Banquete Troyano); 2016’s “The Brimstone Deceit: A…
 
When L.A. Times reporter Gale Holland and videographer Claire Hanna Collins met Mckenzie Trahan in 2018, she was 22 years old, seven months pregnant, and living in a tent above the 101 Freeway. Their recently published reporting project on Trahan, who had been living on the streets of Hollywood since she was 13, reminds us that stories about the ho…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz are visited by paranormal researcher and author Michael Huntington, who has investigated the unusual since the late 70s and presents a number of wide-ranging viewpoints of such phenomena. He has traveled to hundreds of places in the U.S. with his family, documenting strange locations and lost lore — building a paran…
 
Journalist Jim Hinch tries to look objectively at what is and isn't working with respect to our state's policies surrounding the nexus of housing and drugs. In a recent story in Zocalo, Hinch notes the fact that 50% of America's unhoused population lives in just three states — California, Oregon, and Washington. In this week's podcast, he compares …
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present a combination of pop culture and the paranormal, how they influence each other, with author/researcher Paul Dale Roberts. Roberts became involved in reviewing comic books and interviewing comic book creators for Jazma Online! www.jazmaonline.com. He published one comic book entitled “The Legendary Dark Silho…
 
Gary Kamiya, a long-time San Francisco writer and journalist, in a recent article in the Atlantic, zeros in on the tectonic political shifts resulting from San Francisco's voters' recall of three school board members and the district attorney. While few cities have personified the progressive vision more than San Francisco, Kamiya says there seem t…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present UFO writer and publisher Rick Hilberg, an individual Gene has known for longer than either cares to admit. They first became acquainted when posting messages in the original Saucer Club News section of Ray Palmer’s Flying Saucers magazine. They became fast friends. Hilberg has been writing, publishing and in…
 
David Koepp, one of our most distinguished and prolific screenwriters, turns to the novel for his latest work, "Aurora." Springboarding from our fear of over-dependence on technology, he creates a story sure to scare PG&E, Southern California Edison, and utility companies everywhere. Soon to be a major motion picture from director Kathryn Bigelow, …
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present a UFO abduction update from researcher Kathleen Marden. She first became interested in UFOs in 1961, when her aunt and uncle, Betty and Barney Hill had a close encounter and subsequent abduction in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She spent 15 years in painstaking investigation of the Hill abduction case and…
 
​​Alexa Koenig is using Silicon Valley tech for the prosecution of war crimes. As the executive director of the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, she is proving how the device that each of us has in our pockets and which gives us the ability to bear witness to the world might be used to help secure international justice…
 
Gene and guest cohost Curt Collins present a UFO research update from Rich Hoffman, an Executive Board Officer for the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU). SCU is composed of 150+ scientists, engineers, former military, academia, and business professionals who work to solve the phenomena using scientific methodologies and leverage current te…
 
In his new book "Inspired," Matt Richtel gets to the heart of why so much of the future seems to happen in California. In this week's podcast, he discusses where creativity comes from and why it gives the state a competitive advantage. Like opposable thumbs, the ability to imagine the future is what makes us human. It is the source of our creativit…
 
Gene and guest cohost Curt Collins present Charles Lear, author of “The Flying Saucer Investigators.” The book is a whirl of history, about the people involved in the mystery of the flying saucers, mostly the investigators, but also the witnesses, some of whom were profoundly affected. The period covered is what has been called “The Golden Age of F…
 
Fernando Guerra, the founding director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, discusses the aftermath of the primary election and the power of the homeless issue to reshape L.A. and its politics. The nation turned its eyes to Los Angeles this past week, and Guerra helps us better understand the city.…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present paranormal researcher Trey Hudson, author of the book: “The Meadows Project: Explorations into the South’s Skinwalker Ranch.” There are several epicenters of such strangeness that have been ingrained into our collective consciousness over the decades, such as the Mysterious Valley of Colorado and New Mexico.…
 
Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times columnist and host of The Times podcast, provides a personal and provocative view of Los Angeles and Southern California politics. He talks of his ongoing feud with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the endless ads for mayoral candidate Rick Caruso, and the future of young Latino power brokers. With Cal…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present an evening with UFO researcher and publisher Philip Mantle, to discuss his book, “UFO Landings UK.” The book looks at UFO landing cases in the UK only (with the addition of the Republic of Ireland) beginning long before the modern era of UFOs began in 1947 right the way through to today. Case histories are s…
 
Filmmaker John Waters has long been a fixture in San Francisco. After a very rough week, a conversation with him gives us a few moments of levity courtesy of his sometimes twisted worldview. The 76-year-old writer, director, and curator of bad taste has made a career of showing us the weirdest of human behavior. In films including "Pink Flamingo," …
 
Gene and special cohost Tim Swartz present David Altman and Dave Mason, whose work is featured in A Tear in the Sky, an award-winning documentary, which takes you on an unprecedented journey into the UFO / UAP phenomenon. In the film, a team of military personnel, scientists and special guest William Shatner attempted to re-capture, in real time, t…
 
Carolyn Chen, a sociologist and professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, argues in her new book "Work Pray Code" that Silicon Valley has become a “techtopia” where workplaces and charismatic leaders now provide for employees' every need. The workplace has become their community, their place of worship, and resulted in the elimination of boundari…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present UFO researcher/author John E.L. Tenney, an investigator of UFO and Paranormal/Occult phenomena who will, as part of this interview, reveal some amazing personal experiences. John has been actively involved in the field of conspiratorial, occult and paranormal research for almost three decades. It is estimate…
 
Long-time tech journalist Tripp Mickle explains how Steve Jobs’s personality defined Apple. He was both a founder and a legend. But his successors, Tim Cook and Jonny Ive each had their own very different ideas about the company's future. Their battle was so fundamental that it deconstructed the company culture built under Jobs. Mickle tells the st…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present veteran UFO/Fortean investigator Stan Gordon to discuss his latest book, “Creepy Cryptids and Strange UFO Encounters in Pennsylvania: Bigfoot, Thunderbirds, Mysteries of the Chestnut Bridge, and more — Casebook Four.” A Fortean investigator who was trained as an electronics technician specializing in radio c…
 
Lettie Teaque, a longtime Wall Street Journal wine columnist, created a buzz recently with a column about how the Napa Valley may have jumped the shark with respect to pricing and gentrification. It's a look at $10,000 weekends, $1,700-a-night hotels, and $200 tastings that are becoming de rigueur. What might all this mean for our future perception…
 
Gene and guest cohost Curt Collins present Canadian UFO researcher/scientist Chris Rutkowski for a special update on his ongoing research, the latest developments in the UFO field, and the large role Canada has played in investigating the phenomenon. Chris is a Canadian science writer, educator, and consultant for the Winnipeg Paranormal Group. Sin…
 
At 3:15 pm on April 29, 1972, as the verdict came down in the Rodney King beating, Los Angeles exploded with another in a long history of race riots. Everyone knew what might happen, but nothing prepared the city for what came next. Ryan Gattis captured the horror and power of that in his 2015 fictional account "All Involved." The award-winning Los…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present a return visit from UFO researcher Erica Lukes, who will focus on her ongoing archival efforts to preserve the work of the late investigator Ann Druffel and others. During this episode, she’ll also explain why she regards the ongoing Skinwalker Ranch mystery, involving a location of regularly reported parano…
 
Long Time Silicon Valley journalist John Markoff unearths the roots of a tree, whose branches include, among others, Ken Kesey, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk. Markoff's new book, "Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand,” examines a Zelig-like character in both California's 1960s counterculture and the ethos of Silicon Valley. Brand’s Whole Earth …
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present the return of author/researcher/podcaster Micah Hanks. Micah is Editor-in-Chief of The Debrief, which he co-founded with journalists Tim McMillan and MJ Banias. A news site and media enterprise which examines science and disruptive technology, The Debrief has closely followed developments related to the U.S.…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present Lon Strickler, a Fortean researcher, author, and publisher of the syndicated “Phantoms and Monsters” blog. He began the blog in 2005, which has steadily grown in popularity and is read daily by tens of thousands of paranormal enthusiasts, investigators. His research and reports have been featured on hundreds…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz are joined by UFO author/researcher Preston Dennett to discuss his newest book, “Symmetry: A True UFO Adventure,” which tells the story of a UFO experiencer named Dolly Safran, who is also present to relate her experiences. Her journey, she says, began when she was just 10 months old, and has continued through her l…
 
Thomas Walsh and Karen Maness are the co-curators of "Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: Cinema's Creative Legacy," an exhibit opening at Boca Raton Museum of Art on April 20. It showcases a collection of monumental scenic backdrop paintings that were an essential part of the filmmaking era that included movies such as "North by Northwest," "The Sound …
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present Mark Olly, author of “Crystal Skulls & Human Heads: The Mystical History of Glass and the Extinction of the World.” In this book, Olly seamlessly combines the disciplines of archaeology, geology, science, and human studies, to push the boundaries of human existence wider in both directions and increase our a…
 
Vanessa Hua, a Bay Area native and graduate of Stanford and U.C. Riverside, has focused her extensive writing on issues of immigration, identity, diversity, and parenting. Moving seamlessly between short stories, novels, journalism, and her San Francisco Chronicle column, she offers important insights into the Asian American experience. The author …
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz introduce James McClenon Ph.D., a sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker. He is author of these books: Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology, Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief, Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution, and the Origin of Religion, and The Entity Letters: A So…
 
Susan Sorrells has been called the “Queen of the Desert” and among a "shortlist of the most interesting people in California.” The Smith College graduate spent time in Liberia with the Peace Corps, worked for California Sen. Thomas Kuchel in Washington, D.C., and lived for four months in the Soviet Union during the Cold War while considering a care…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present Michael Schratt, author of an illustrated book, “Dark Files: A Pictorial History of Lost Forgotten and Obscure UFO Encounters.” The book presents 61 fully illustrated UFO encounters from around the world. These cases were obtained from real world “boots on the ground” research by gaining access to university…
 
Libby Schaaf is about to complete her second and final term as mayor of Oakland. Unlike a lot of other political jobs, as Willie Brown once said, mayors are judged by results. When Schaaf took office in 2014, Barack Obama was still president. Today, she presides over a very different city. Homelessness, a new baseball stadium, the creation of a who…
 
Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present award-winning photojournalist Shannon Taggart. Her book is: “SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm.” Taggart says that she first became aware of Spiritualism as a teenager, after her cousin received a message from a medium who revealed a startling detail about her grandfather’s death that …
 
Frances Dinkelspiel is working hard to counter the decline of local reporting. The co-founder of Berkeleyside, Oaklandside, and their parent organization Cityside believes it is more important for us to know what's going on in our neighborhoods than what’s happening 6,000 miles away. The longtime Bay Area author and journalist shares her journey an…
 
Gene and special guest cohost Curt Collins present David Marler, who has had a lifelong interest in the UFO subject and has actively investigated and researched the subject for 32 years. He joined The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1990 as a Field Investigator Trainee. Since then, he has served as Field Investigator, State Section Director, as well …
 
Peter Hartlaub and the San Francisco Chronicle are inseparable. Peter delivered the Chronicle as a paperboy in the 1980s, went to work there as a journalist in 2000, and 22 years later, continues to put his imprimatur on the paper and the institution. Currently the culture critic, Hartlaub has helped bring the Chronicle into the multimedia age, has…
 
A very special episode as Gene and guest cohost Tim Swartz present former New York Times reporter Ralph Blumenthal, co-author of the recent series of groundbreaking Times articles. coauthored with Helene Cooper and Leslie Kean, that revealed a secret Pentagon program to investigate UFOs and spurred serious discussions about the phenomenon by politi…
 
The work of Sebastian Mallaby, a financial journalist and author of the new book "The Power Law," shines a light on how Silicon Valley really operates. The names you know — Zuckerberg, Jobs, Dorsey, Brin & Page — are not really the gatekeepers of the future, he argues. The future of technology rests in the hands of people you’ve probably never hear…
 
Gene and special guest cohost Tim Swartz present Paul Blake Smith, author of “President Eisenhower’s Close Encounters.” This is a controversial one listeners, but the main focus of the book is President Dwight Eisenhower’s alleged February 1954 meeting with extraterrestrials, initially kept secret from the public. When and how did that story first …
 
Erich Schwartzel has covered Hollywood for the Wall Street Journal for almost a decade. This week, the author of "Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy" joins the California Sun Podcast to talk about how two big stories — Hollywood and the Oscars, and our eyes on China — may have more in common than we thought. …
 
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