Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Questions and Comments for Case Files Episode 9?

If you have a question or comment for API or for Antonio or Marsha, post it here in the comments for this post, and we'll answer it on the air. Anything!

Please give us some guidance on how to pronounce your name, or if you prefer to remain anonymous.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Episode 8 - Improving the UFO Database

Released: 22 November 2015
Duration: 53 minutes, 38 seconds

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This is the 8th episode of API Case Files - the podcast by and for UAP Investigators. In this episode, Marsha Barnhart reports on a small-airplane-sized, orb-like sphere case in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Paul Carr talks with Podcast UFO host Martin Willis. (This is an excerpt from his full interview with Martin Willis, showcased in API's newest podcast offering API Conversations.) Antonio Paris, Paul Carr and Marsha Barnhart discuss the need to collate well-investigated UFO cases to narrow down information into a solid, useable database. And they talk about the propensity of videos on YouTube that are hoaxed or poorly vetted by people just interested in making money off the UFO side-show.

  • Intro
  • Marsha Barnhart's report on Case 15-041: Winston-Salem, North Carolina 2-Witness sighting.
  • Excerpt from Paul Carr's API Conversations interview with Podcast UFO host Martin Wills.
  • Antonio Paris, Paul Carr and Marsha Barnhart discuss the need for a well-documented UFO database, and lament the hoaxers making money on YouTube.
  • Outro/Closing (DJ Spooky, Check Your Math) 



Host and Producer: Marsha Barnhart
Music: Broke for Free, DJ Spooky, Totality Music
Postproduction: Auphonic.com
Hosting: Libsyn.com

Friday, November 13, 2015

The entire conversation from Episodes 3 and 4

The entire conversation between myself and "Eric the Red" that was split between epsiodes 3 and 4 is available in a single .mp3 file. Your comments are welcome, as always.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The science of false memories

As I discussed in Unidentified Science #3, we have to be very careful when we are using human memories as evidence for anything. Some corroborating evidence is always needed. This isn't just because we forget details or get the sequence of events wrong. One of the worst things that can happen is that we can remember things that simply never happened. This is made worse still by so-called "therapists," who not only might inadvertently induce false memories in their clients, but actively encourage their development. In the past, this has led to to horrific and demonstrably spurious accusations of abuse that have destroyed families, all based upon false memories. This is well summarized in Aronson and Tavris' book, Mistakes Were Made, but not by Me.

This article in The Conversation caught my eye (h/t to @otherworldNE), since it lays out the typical process by which false memories are induced by unethical therapists and paranormal investigators. Hypnosis is a common technique, as is guided imagery or dream interpretation. The clients accepts the authority of the therapist, and is guided down a path to "recover" memories that may well be completely confabulated. Sound familiar? This is why at API ( as we discussed in Episode 2 of API Case Files), we will never recommend hypnotic regression to a witness, no matter how desperate they are to understand their experiences,. We think that looking hard for corroborating evidence, coupled with embracing uncertainty and an acceptance that we may never know everything about what happened will best help the client make peace with their memories. We don't offer easy answers, but we can help people ask better questions.

Are we wrong about that? What do you think?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Conversation 1 - Martin Willis of Podcast UFO

Recorded: 19 October 2015
Released: 24 October 2015
Duration:66 minutes, 14 seconds

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Paul Carr in conversation with host and producer of Podcast UFO, Martin Willis.

About our Guest, Martin Willis:
Martin Willis
The subject of UFOs has fascinated Martin since his youth, yet he was on the fence about the subject. He experienced a sighting in 2006 in Carmel Valley, CA, that solidified his beliefs that UFOs really do exist. Since this time, Martin has paid attention to what others have to say about the phenomenon with an open mind. Pondering what UFOs may be, or if they are possibly extraterrestrial helped spark his interest to another level. In the last number of years, Martin has become interested in astronomy and always maintained a strong scientific fascination of our vast universe. Martin feels certain that we are not alone and thinks it is possible that some small part of our government knows that and keeps it from us. As an armchair UFOlogist, Martin created Podcast UFO in November, 2011. Martin’s mission is to provide a place where anyone could interact and be heard who had a UFO experience or insight on the subject. Martin is an artist as well as a longtime antique & fine art appraiser.


Podcast UFO
Podcast UFO Episode 114 with Paul Carr
Podcast UFO Episode 160 with Ray Stanford


Host and Producer: Paul Carr
Music: DJ Spooky
Software: Skype, Soundflower, LineIn, Reaper, OS X Yosemite
Postprocessing: Auphonic.com
Hosting: Libsyn.com

Friday, October 23, 2015

Coming Soon to the API Case Files Feed - API Conversations

At API Case Files we record more interview material than we can use in the episodes. We would like to put out the full, minimally edited interview in months in which we don't publish a new API Case Files episode. Sometimes key excerpts from the interview will be in a Case Files episode as well, but this is your chance to hear the entire, relaxed conversation. The Conversations will appear on the same feed as the regular episodes, but will be numbered sequentially from one and will have a different, looser format.

This is not premium content - just like the regular episodes, Conversations are free of charge and there are no commercials to wade through.

Each Conversation will have a blog entry at this site with more information, and you can comment on the interview at that entry. As with the regular episodes, there will be an audio player so it is easy to listen right here, or you can just subscribe with your favorite podcast app or it iTunes.

We hope you enjoy this additional content, and we look forward to hearing what you think.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Welcome to the New Blog for API Case Files

API Case Files is the official podcast of Aerial Phenomena Investigations.

Until now (22 October 2015) we have used Libsyn's basic web page as a repository for our show notes. This is our new blog, which will start with Episode 8. Please check back here for information about future episodes, guests, and features in API Case Files. When a new episode is released, the show notes will be posted here within minutes.

Here are links to all the previous episodes. When you arrive at the target page, you can just click on the "play" arrow to listen to the episode, or you can download the .mp3 to listen to later. You can also subscribe using the URL of our RSS feed: http://apicasefiles.libsyn.com/rss, or simply by searching for us in iTunes or your favorite podcast app.