How Notes: Richard Thieme, UFOs & the Government

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday September 20th at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST (GMT-4)

Alejandro Rojas with UFO Updates, then Greg Coolidge & Kirk Ward talk about their new pilot, Skyward,  

GUEST: Richard Thieme via phone. Richard was part of the UFO History Group which spent 5 years writing “UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry” on top of 50 years of research gathering documents from the government and elsewhere. The team , led by Michael Swords and Robert Powell, produced a work that is now in 65 university libraries and is recommended for all of them. The nearly 1000 footnotes in the book point to government documents and other primary sources, nothing speculative, so the data is bulletproof.

Bio: Richard Thieme ( is an author and professional speaker focused on the deeper implications of technology, religion, and science for twenty-first century life. He speaks professionally about the challenges posed by new technologies and the future, how to redesign ourselves to meet these challenges, and creativity in response to radical change. His speaking generally addresses “the human in the machine,” technology-related security and intelligence issues as they come home to our humanity.
Thieme has published hundreds of articles, dozens of short stories, five books with more coming, and has delivered hundreds of speeches. His pre-blog column, “Islands in the Clickstream,” was distributed to thousands of subscribers in sixty countries before collection as a book in 2004. When a friend at the NSA told him, “The only way you can tell the truth [that we discuss} is through fiction,” he returned to writing short stories, one result of which is “Mind Games,” a collection of nineteen stories about anomalies, infosec, professional intelligence and edgy realities. More edgy realities are illuminated in the recently published and critically extolled “UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry” to which he contributed, a 5-year research project using material from inside the military and intelligence communities to document government responses to the phenomena from WW2 to the present. It is in the collections of 65 university libraries.
Many speeches address creativity, shifts in identities, and technology-related security and intelligence issues. Richard keynoted the first two Black Hats and spoke in 2017 at Def Con for the 22nd year. He has keynoted conferences around the world and clients range from GE, Microsoft and Medtronic to the National Security Agency, the Pentagon, FBI, US Dept of the Treasury. Los Alamos National Lab, and the US Secret Service. His work has been taught at universities in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States, and he has guest lectured at numerous universities. He addressed the reinvention of “Europe” as a “cognitive artifact” for curators and artists at Museum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland, keynoted “The Real Truth: A World’s Fair” at Raven Row Gallery, London, and keynoted Code Blue in Tokyo with “Fiction is the Only Way to Tell the Truth: Life in the National Security State.” Read more

Show Notes: Ben Moss, The Elephant in the UFOlogists’ Living Room

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday August 30 at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST (GMT-4)

Alejandro Rojas is in Budapest, guest Ben Moss discussing the foibles of the UFO field and Martin joining in on a few topics. Warning, this show may be controversial!!

Bio: Mufon’s Chief Field Investigator in Virginia, and a member of the rapid deployment Star Team (Strike Team Area Research). He is a guest expert on The History Channel’s Hangar 1 TV show, and has written numerous articles for the Mufon Journal and various online web sites. He has appeared on Paranormal TV and The Paracast Radio show as well as numerous other broadcast.
Ben has been with Mufon since the early 90’s. He is a native of Richmond Virginia where he studied Psychology at the University of Richmond.

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Show Notes: Thiago Luiz Ticchetti

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday August 23rd at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST (GMT-4)

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Alejandro Rojas with the UFO Updates, Brazilian UFOLogist, Thiago Luiz Ticchetti talk about UFOs in Brazil and more.

Bio: Thiago Luiz Ticchetti was born on February 5, 1975 in Santa Cruz, State of Rio de Janeiro. As the son of Aeronautics aviator officer, he had the opportunity to live in Natal (RN), Santa Maria (RS) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ). After the death of his parents, he lived for a period of six months in the city of Addlestone, England, in 1994. On his return he moved to Brasilia where he lives today.
In 1997 he attended the First World Forum of Ufology, held in Brasilia, and was invited by Roberto Affonso Beck to join the Brazilian Entity for Extraterrestrial Studies (EBE-ET). For over 10 years he was an active part of the organization, becoming vice president. Read more

Show Notes: 264. MJ Banias

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday August 16th NOTE TIME CHANGE: 9:00PM to 11:00PM EST (GMT -4)

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MJ Banias is a writer, blogger, and theorist with a background in Critical Theory, History, and Cultural Studies who critically and philosophically examines the weird, the strange and the anomalous. He was a former field investigator with MUFON, has been featured on multiple podcasts, and contributes to Mysterious Universe and RoguePlanet. His work is also featured in a new book entitled UFOs: Reframing the Debate.

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Show Notes 263: Mark O’Connell

YouTube Live Stream Wednesday, August 2nd at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST


Mick West from discusses the debunking of the “Nazca Three-Fingered Alien” and Mark O’Connell talks about his recent book on J. Allen Hynek, The Close Encounters Man.

Bio: Mark O’Connell broke into the television business writing several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His DS9 episode “Who Mourns For Morn?” was named by Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer Charlie Jane Anders as #72 on the list of the Top 100 Star Trek episodes of all time. Mark has had feature film projects optioned and/or in development with Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Barcelona Films, Endless Entertainment Group and Al Ruddy Productions.

Looking for a way to explore new media markets and experiences, Mark started the UFO blog “High Strangeness” ( Taking an off-center approach to the phenomenon, High Strangeness dared to embrace the weirdness and brought a new, often comedic sensibility to the rather self-serious field of UFOlogy. He made his reality TV debut in 2015 in “Mysteries at the Monument” on The Travel Channel, discussing the ties between Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, the Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the UFO work of Dr. Hynek. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Monica, and teaches screenwriting at DePaul University in Chicago. He is available for media.

Show Notes 262: Kevin Goodman

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday July 26th at 1:00PM to 3:00PM EST (5:00PM to 7:00PM GMT)

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Alejandro Rojas with UFO Updates, guest Kevin Goodman discusses Warminster UFOs, as well as other UK UFO sightings and encounters.

Bio: Kevin Goodman was born at the dawn of the space age. In his preteen years, he began to become interested in the golden era of what has become known as “The space race.” He also began to question the accepted teachings of his catholic upbringing, regarding our origins and what he later called “Brainwashing” and enforced belief by the church that Earth contained the only life in the universe.
At the cusp of his teen years, he was exposed to the writings of Erich Von Daniken, and “Chariots of the Gods?” was the first book he read on the paranormal subject.
In the early to mid 1970s, a plethora of books, mainly reprints from the 1960s were released. Such luminaries as George Adamski, Donald Keyhoe, Brad Steiger and Brinsley Le Poer Trench, thanks to the cheaper paperback format reached a larger audience, aided by such sensationalist titles as Flying saucers are hostile, Operation Earth and Secrets of the ages fuelled Kevin’s enquiring mind.
In 1973, Kevin read The Warminster Mystery by Arthur Shuttlewood. This was to change his life forever, as he recalls: “Up until then, I had assumed that the majority of the UFO/Flying Saucer Phenomenon was mainly connected to America. Suddenly, I learnt that there was a major event that had been here, in Britain. So, I was determined to go there as soon as possible to experience what all the fuss was about…” Read more

Show Notes: 261. Peter Robbins

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday July 19th at 1:00PM to 3:00PM EST (5:00PM to 7:00PM GMT)

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Alejandro Rojas with UFO Updates, guest Peter Robbins discusses Voronezh (воронеж): A Reevaluation of Russia’s Best Known Close Encounter Incident, UFO deception: Origins of the UFO Ridicule Factor and much more. Note: Peter will not be discussing anything to do with RAF Bentwaters or people involved with the incident. NOTE: Please check out Peter’s article on the Veronezh Incident at the end of his bio.


Peter Robbins is an investigative writer, author and lecturer best known for his books, columns, articles, radio commentaries, interviews and conference talks He has appeared as a guest on and been consultant to numerous television programs and documentaries.

Peter was born in Queens New York and studied art, design and theater at the University of Bridgeport in Connectucut. He received his BFA (painting, film history) from New York City’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) where he also taught painting for a dozen years. He was a member of the art faculties of St. Anns School in Brooklyn Heights, and an Oklahoma Council on the Arts summer program. Following his graduation from SVA, Peter worked on a freighter, then traveled the world for a year. He was studio assistant for the legendary Abstract Expressionist painter Adolph Gotlieb, studio assistant to American primitive painter William Cply (correct spelling), and general assistant to pioneer kinetic light sculptor Stanley Landsman. He also worked as a carpenter, art gallery assistant, punk band manager, copywriter, editor, website director (, 1998-2004), and throughout most of the Eighties was House Manager for New York City’s noted Mirror Repertory Company. For eight years he served as a crisis intervention volunteer and shift supervisor with Samaritans International New York office. Robbins is an experienced New York City walking touring guide and an accomplished photographer. He is co-author of the British bestseller, Left at East Gate: A First-Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-Up and Investigation, and author of Deliberate Deception: A Case of Disinformation in the UFO Research Community, and Halt In Woodbridge: An Air Force Colonel’s Thirty-Year Fight to Silence an Authentic UFO Whistle-Blower.

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Show 260. Notes: Clas Svahn

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday July 12th at 1:00PM to 3:00PM EST (5:00PM to 7:00PM GMT)

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Alejandro Rojas joins us live, Clas Svahn discusses Sweden’s Archives for UFO Research, current UFO reports in Sweden along with historical cases, Ghost Rockets , military cases and more.

Clas Svahn is journalist, also vice president and international coordinator (International Director) of the National Organization UFO-Sweden since the organization’s national conference in Halmstad 4 May 2013 , when he chose to leave the presidency and Anders Berglund at the annual meeting was elected the new chairman.

Svahn started his interest in UFOs in the early 1970’s and founded a local UFO group in 1974, 16 years of age. He was then an avid amateur astronomer, an interest he still maintains.

Between 1978 and 1983 he was working at the local newspaper Mariestads-Tidningen and 1983–1990 at the regional paper Norrbottens-Kuriren. from 1990 and up until now he is a journalist with the national newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
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259. Show Notes: Stan Friedman

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday July 5th at 1:00PM to 3:00PM EST

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Alejandro Rojas live, Stan Friedman will discuss UFO related documents, plus Roswell’s 70th and what lies ahead.

Nuclear Physicist-Lecturer Stanton T. Friedman received his BSc. and MSc. Degrees in physics from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1956. He was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist by such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas working in such highly advanced, classified, eventually cancelled programs as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and various compact nuclear powerplants for space and terrestrial applications.

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258. Show Notes: Philip Mantle

YouTube Live Streamed Wednesday June 28th at 1:00PM to 3:00PM EST

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Alejandro Rojas live with UFO Updates and guest, Philip Mantle discusses recent book releases that he has published and what in the world the British tabloids are doing with the UFO topic and much more!

Philip Mantle is a highly regarded and active British author/co-author, publicist, lecturer, broadcaster and researcher of Unidentified Flying Objects. He has achieved many milestones since his interest in UFO research began in 1979 when he joined the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA), and Yorkshire UFO Society (YUFOS). He was nominated “Investigator of the Year” by YUFOS in 1985.

In 1987, he was appointed to the Council of Management of BUFORA. He subsequently acted as Press Officer, Conference Organizer, and Secretary to the National Investigations Committee.

Philip was appointed the Mutual UFO Network’s (MUFON’s) United Kingdom Representative in 1988.

In 1992, he was awarded honorary membership in the Research Institute on Anomalous Phenomena (RIAP), a science based UFO-study group based in the Ukraine. And in 1993, he was appointed Director of Investigations with BUFORA.

Among his U.K. television and lecture credits are appearances on BBC radio network and TV programs such as Kilroy, Pebble Mill at One, TV-AM, GMTV,Central Weekend, Fantastic Facts, Wire TV, Schofield’s Quest, Motormouth, The Disney Club, Cool Cube, Good Morning with Anne and Nick, This Morning.

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Show Notes: Linda Zimmerman, More UFOs over Hudson Valley

YouTube Live Streamed MONDAY JUNE 12th at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST

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Linda Zimmermann is a research chemist turned award-winning author of over 30 books on science, history, the paranormal, and fiction. She has lectured across the country, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. Linda starred in the documentary, In the Night Sky: I Recall a UFO, which was based on her research into sightings in the Hudson Valley of New York. The film won the 2013 People’s Choice Award at the EBE Film Festival at the International UFO Congress in Arizona. Her three UFO books are: In the Night Sky, Hudson Valley UFOs, and More Hudson Valley UFOs.

Show Notes: John DeSouza

YouTube Live Stream Wednesday, May 17th at 8:00PM to 10:00PM EST

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