We’ve all gazed up at the stars and wondered - what exactly is out there? The infiniteness of space is downright unfathomable. Then there’s those pesky black holes, believed to suck up everything in their path. And dark matter? Escape Velocity? Time dilation? What does it all mean man? As mere specks of flesh in the vast cosmos, we are no more than a metaphorical ant gazing up at a giant; unable to actually comprehend the significance of it all. On today’s show we do our best to figure it all out. Spoiler alert - we don’t. But exactly what are black holes? Are they a portals to other dimensions? How about the idea that you age slower in space than you do on earth? There are so many other cosmic questions we tackle as we sit down with the smartest man we know, Marc Ellis, who will knock your space boots off with his knowledge of the universe. Today’s show will educate. Check back next week for a deeper philosophical dive into what it all means. Sir Matthew joins us at (26:30).
Join us for our next installment of “Brewery Field Trip,” where Steve and Jason traverse the country in search of the best brews and taprooms around. Get an insider's look at the great folks and stories behind your favorite beers. On this edition we meet up with brewmaster and owners of St. Florian's Brewery in Windsor, California. An award-winning California Common calls this 100% family-owned, independent craft brewery home, but when you hear their story you’ll learn that they represent so much more than just great craft beer.
You can learn more about upcoming events, where to find their beer, and learn more about their story at http://www.stfloriansbrewery.com/.
There are regular skits. Then there are bonus skits. Take a listen to the skit we did just for fun on our last show, Foreign Accent Syndrome. Sometimes though, the uglier sister who didn't make the cut is way more fun, and not so ugly after all. Give a listen.
An accent is a completely normal part of humanity’s linguistics. We go about our day-to-day never thinking about how we sound. Well, imagine going to sleep with the accent you have now only to wake up with an entirely different one. Perhaps one from the other side of the globe from a country you’ve never visited or a dialect and vernacular you’ve never studied. It’s happened to hundreds of people and on today’s show, we’re going to examine why. Is it the result of a brain short-circuiting or could it be from something deeper? Something inexplicable? Something buried deep in humanity’s collective, created code? New guest Jason Reedy joins us to tackle this phenomena called Foreign Accent Syndrome. We also speak to a person who has personally experienced it and shares her story.
The theater had Shakespeare. The ocean depths had Jacques Cousteu. Math had Einstein. The world of discovery however, belongs to the 2017 Archipelago Archeologist of the year award winner, if this award actually existed, Dr. Adeline Eleanor Pinkerton. A throwback to the Edwardian Era, Dr. Pinkerton expects superior breeding, winning at all cost, and, well does not care for us much. On today’s show we sit down with the brazen archeologist as she guides us through some, well many, ok most, here’s the thing - all of our missteps on the show up to this point. But, you’ll be surprised how it ends. In addition we review all of the past and current “friends of the show” to re-calibrate listeners on who exactly is who on this epic, explorative narrative we call Grognostics. Confused on all these friends of the show that keep popping in on multiple episodes? So were we. So, we wrote a show about it. Here it goes. Everyone stops by. You should too. Jason Reedy guests. Beer from Kona Brewery.
We don’t care if your plasma-alcohol level is above the legal space limit. We say, hop aboard the Grog rocket ship for the next installment of our extraterrestrial duet. On today’s show we hear from two alien experiencers who regale us with real-life alien encounters, Sir Matthew calls in from a lake in the northwest known for its alien sightings, and we do our best to intoxicatingly dissect ancient art depicting UFOs (and Popes with oddly shaped hockey sticks but that’s neither here nor there).
When the Grognostic forefathers built this podcast it was created with adjectives that would encapsulate most topics- Esoteric. Paranormal. Unexplained.
For thousands of years, whether depicted on ancient scrolls, or the plot of a Hollywood film in modern times, humans have been obsessed with the idea that we may not be alone in the universe. So why is this exactly? Why the innate, open-mindedness to believe when no concrete evidence exists? We may not admit it, but each person on this planet, at a minimum, is open to the idea that intelligent life exists outside of our world. But none of us know the answer to the most important question - Why do we believe?
Strap on your space boots and join these aforementioned forefathers for a journey into the esoteric, the paranormal, the unexplained. You’ll hear exclusive interviews with first-hand alien experiencers, a handful of credible witness accounts, and a whole bunch of the usual hilarity. Amie guests. The Producer guests. We drink a brand new IPA from 101 North Brewery in Petaluma.
Join us for the first-ever Grognostic Brewery Field Trip, where craft beer meets…well craft beer. On our inaugural episode, we sit down with the co-founder of 101 North Brewery in Petaluma, for an inside look on what it takes to operate a successful California brewery. Along the way we encounter a plethora of hilarity, savory brews and healthy helping of inappropriate humor as one would probably expect. Pour yourself a few cold ones as we embark on a new subset of the show to learn more about the craft beer scene.
For more information about 101 North, their beers and upcoming events, visit their website at http://www.101northbeer.com/
Taste for yourself at 101 North Brewery at 1304 Scott Street in Petaluma, California
Everyone has heard of the patron saint Patrick who chased menacing, reptilian beasts out of Ireland and into the sea. But few have heard of the not-even-close-to-patron saint, but all-around-awesome Irish beer-reviewer, Oisin. On today's show, to celebrate St. Paddy's Day Oisin graces us with some Irish folklore and sets up a difficult to pronounce Irish name game for us to botch. How exactly is Oisin pronounced? How about Caoimhe? Niamh? They're not how you're thinking that's for sure. Pour yourself a green pint and join us for some laughs as we get an early start on the biggest drinking holiday in America.
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Our daring, our brave, our nonsensical correspondent in the field is a man of mystery, exploring the depths of this planet most can only dream of. But behind his rugged, adventurous shell is a caring family man, uncle to an adoring niece, and philanthropist to all. But who is he really? Where did he come from? And why do the podcast hosts insist on sending him to his almost-certain-death on every show? Take a journey with us as we pay homage to our very own, Sir Matthew.
Anti-aging expert, biogenetic thought leader, and overall super human Ira Pastor is back to regale us with more tips on living forever. Stay a little while as we chat health advancements, biology and technology, then stay even longer on good ole’ planet earth equipped with your newfound immortal knowledge. In 2243 you’ll thank us. You’re welcome in advance.
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For a human living in 5,000 B.C. living to the ripe age of 60 may have felt like immortality. Today most expect to live into their 80’s. What happens in 2150? 2750? Will life extension continue? Could we someday, supported by humanity’s greatest advancements in biology, computers, and medicine become immortal?
On today’s show we’re joined by renowned, biogenetic expert Ira Pastor, CEO of the Philadelphia-based life sciences company, Bioquark Inc. His company takes a unique approach to age reversal, merging knowledge from various disciplines in regenerative biology, evolutionary genomics, and bio-cybernetics to directly aid in regeneration and repair of the body.
We’re searching for the fountain of youth. Why don’t you join us and stay a while - like for 60 minutes? Heck, join us eternally… Amie also guests, Oisin reviews a Trappist beer, and even Russ, the neighbor stops by for a pint.
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Imagine a city where the gaze of the citizens spanned the treetops. A place where 2,000 pound stones were moved with ease. A land known today as make-believe, coming alive only in children’s books. You are imagining a lost city of giants recently exhumed in Ethiopia. Was this ancient city folklore or were massive humans roaming the busy streets of this international trading hub as you and I would move about the streets of our cities today? Did giants exist in other parts of our history? Was this recent archeological discovery simply a marketing ploy set forth by the New York football Giants to sell more Eli Manning jerseys after their abysmal 2017 season? Join us on our journey to the land of giants but not before you grab yourself a nice cold pint. And make it a giant one.
To our listeners, our followers, our friends. The Grognostics staff is excited for the upcoming year. We've been busy back at our podcast shop crafting up new episodes with our shiny new sound mixer to bring you tantalizing intrigue in the new year. Listen to hear what we have cooking in the oven for the new year.
Exactly how much do you know about that jolly man who miraculously slithers his plump frame down your chimney every December 24th? Is he a figment of your imagination? A capitalistic ploy conjured up in a department store board room to sell more argyle Christmas sweaters? A 7th century philanthropian? Well yes, actually, all of those, yet so much more. Take a dive down the Grognostics Christmas chimney for some yule-tide exploration on the origins of Christmas, drink some holiday brews, visit the North Pole with our correspondent Sir Matthew (41:00), and get a look at Christmas through the eyes of an 11 year-old, comedically of course. (57:00) Happy Holidays and to all a good night.
Edward dreams of a fresh new life, free from the shackles of his past when he steps onto a boat headed for the new world in 1587. However, shortly after arrival when colonists start vanishing one by one, he and the rest of the settlement realize that their dream of a fresh new life, has become the most sinister of nightmares.
Grab a cold beverage, summon your imaginative side, and give a listen to the first-ever Grognostic fictional short - A Roanoke Story.
430 years ago, 88 men 17 women and 11 children left the only life they’d ever known in England to forge a new one in the new world. They were promised bounties, riches and a place in history. They got one, sort of. Soon after arrival, a colonist is murdered by natives so with food dwindling they send a colonist back to England for more supplies. When he returns, he discovers what no archeologist, historian or ballywhacker podcasters have been able to explain for centuries. On this Thanksgiving episode these turkey-like show hosts investigate the oldest mystery in American history along with the help of Sir Matthew (35:00) and a familiar friend.
None of the usual. All of the necessary.
Grognostics says thank you to our Veterans.
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Take a spooky journey with the MoJo sisters, a white witch and the two most haunted places in America. The lads throw it all in the cauldron, rattle the skeletons, and give a goodnight kiss to the ghouls, goblins, and spiders crawling on microphones on this third and final show in the series. Beer review with Ely Alexander.
Take another journey down the creepy rabbit hole with us on part 2/3 of our Halloween Special. We count down more of the top 10 Haunted Places in America, visit a local haunted eatery, Sir Matthew corresponds in the field (36 min) and have beer review by Oisin O'Reilly.
Welcome to Spookgnostics - a special trilogy of episodes brewed with horror, spooky knowledge and hair-raising hilarity. The lads will count down the Top 10 Haunted Places in America. There are ghost stories told first-hand by guests. Sir Matthew is on-site at a haunted mansion in California. There are even on-site interviews at local haunted establishments. Grab a beer, make out with a deer and/or zombie vampire skeleton and get ready to laugh and get spooked at the same time. Grognostics welcomes guest Megan Bledsoe for this scary expedition.
The Virtual Reality craze is taking off. VR is no longer just about teleporting yourself inside a video game to battle ferocious monsters and diabolic villains. In the not-so-distant future you might be able to take vacations, walk a day inside someone else’s shoes, viewing the world as they world, or share an intimate experience as you would in person – all from the comfort of your own home. Literally everything you do today could ultimately be inside a VR experience. But…what does that mean for humanity as people get more used to experiencing the world from their VR chair in their basement? What happens to the tangible world as we know it? Real human connections? Reproduction? Basic human needs? Life itself? Could this be the beginning of the end?
Debut appearance from field correspondent Sir Matthew. Beer review from Ely Alexander and Oisin O’Reilly. Amie stops by.
On this show the lads drift down a path of historical, social, and absolute inappropriateness. Believe it or not humans have been sick, twisted, and ripe with odd sexual proclivities since the beginning of time - you just don’t hear about it on the Discovery Channel. The gloves, pants and roller sandals come off as they go deep into sex in the ancient world. What were the first vibrators like? How was infidelity viewed? Why exactly were reptile fetishes acted upon? Journey into the sexual world of the Aztecs, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Hindu, and Egyptians. You’ll learn things you never could’ve imagined (nor would you have ever wanted to without a good therapist on speed dial). Us humans, we’re some sort of freaks.
Beer reviews by new beer correspondents Oisin O’Reilly and Ely Alexander. Gabriela Jasso guest appears.
At the same moment on October 14th, one out of every fifty people on Earth vanished. Shockingly plucked by death’s talons, all depart without a trace. This is the premise of HBO’s fictional hit show, “The Leftovers” which recently finished its third and final season. Those remaining were left to ponder the inexplicability of their own mortality and navigate through a world filled with loss and confusion. On this episode, Grognostics asks the question - what if this happened in real life? What would be the plausible causes? Would it be geological, spiritual, multi-dimensional or induced by a lone ravenous, prognosticating, Mesozoic reptile? And most importantly, how would the size of Christopher Columbus’s manhood play a part? Luciano Muselli, Jevon Mattiassi, Ely Alexander, and Karen Starr guest to examine how and why 2% of the world’s population would meet their demise. Sobering, yes, but as usual there’s plenty of humor peppered in along the way.
Woven out of a precocious cloth of militaristic acclaim, Matt possessed a combat blueprint very few humans did. That in itself wasn't the intrigue. Many decorated militants have achieved mastery in specific battles. There was, however, one small difference between him and the others - he was just five years of age.
In an appendix to Episode 12, the lads sit down with a close friend of the show to enjoy his fascinating story of first-hand reincarnation. Listen as the idea of reincarnation blurs from spiritual fiction to absolute certainty.