To steal an iconic line from one of our favorite shows - Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?
Today's guest, author Stephen Hawley Martin, not only bathes us in this existential ponderance but floods our curious minds with where he believes humankind is headed. Stephen is a bestselling author who has interviewed dozens of near-death survivors, psychics, researchers into the paranormal, as well as quantum physicists and medical doctors and believes that humankind is on the cusp of a transition to a new understanding of the true nature of reality. So, what exactly does this rebirth mean for the world and you? Listen and you shall find out. Well, that and a whole lot more about the afterlife, paranormal, and our species as a whole.
Stephen he has written over a dozen books, is a former principal of the world-renowned ad firm that created the GEICO Gecko and “Virginia Is For Lovers,” The Martin Agency, and is currently the editor and publisher of The Oaklea Press. He is the only three-time winner of the Writer's Digest Book Award, having won first prize twice for fiction and once for nonfiction. He has also won First Prize for Visionary Fiction from Independent Publisher and First Prize for Nonfiction from USA Book News.
You can learn more about Stephen and his books on his website at https://www.shmartin.com/.
It doesn't matter if you're old, young, from different continents, what you look like, if you're male, female, etc. Anyone can have an NDE. Because then again, death doesn't forget anyone now does it? But what about death that leads to continued life? Enter stage left - Near-Death Experiences. Regardless of how you feel about the stories; hearing them is guaranteed to make you question your own reality and what actually lies beyond.
On today's show, we sit down with M.K. (Kathy) McDaniel who is a #1 Amazon best-selling author on the topic. Placed on a ventilator for lung failure in 1999, she fought for her life in a coma and it was during this time, she found herself in an inexplicably dangerous, foreign realm. And if you make the right decision to hit play on your podcast app, you might get just lucky enough to hear about it.
If you're learning about NDE's for the first time then Kathy's story is one that will change the way you view your life and existence. And, if you've heard many NDE stories before, Kathy's story will also change the way you view your life and existence because it's an NDE story I promise you've never heard before. She is a lovely human being and through nothing short of a miracle, a little grit, a lot of bravery, and a will to endure, she has defeated all odds to be able to share her story with us today.
Lucy Cooke aka "Sleeping Lucy" was a famous clairvoyant physician who would heal people while in trance. She is credited with healing hundreds of patients and also could recover lost items, and provide other mystical services. And on today's show she takes her skills to the best podcast in all the land - Serial Podcast. Kidding, she's on Grognostics! Well I mean not her personally -she's been dead for 120 years. We break down who she was, what she did and the controversy/intrigue around mystic healers in general. Each show starts out with a skit to put you in the shoes of the subject itself. Enjoy.
The lost city of Atlantis has intrigued historians, dreamers, and well... me. Truth is many are obsessed. One Atlantis theorist described his pursuit of the potentially mythical land as a gambling addiction. And, whether you realize it or not, you are obsessed with it too. It's ingrained in our DNA. So what's it all about? Where was Atlantis? Have we found it? Who were these futuristic humans? Join us for our latest show to find out. As usual, every show starts with a skit. To fully comprehend it you need to either be on some sort of psychedelic root or know that Plato is by far the most important character in this multi-Millenial tale. Sit back and soak it all in. Enjoy.
Face The Music is a collective of creative activists utilizing performances to inspire individual action. With over 70 social justice artists across the US & Canada, many with large national followings, our artists utilize calls to actions developed by partner organizations because the expertise on how to best make a positive impact comes from groups with expertise for the cause.
They are putting on a FREE streaming concert to celebrate Earth Day on Aprill 22nd! You can sign up for a ticket and learn more: Here
Former guest of Grognostics Evanne Jordan has a new philanthropic movement and is participating in the event.
our organizations are supporting the event with calls to actions: Music Declares Emergency (artists, music industry professionals and organisations standing together to declare a climate and ecological emergency), Outside the Box 925 (an education nonprofit focused on environmental issues), Neto Community Network (a northern CA nonprofit that leads people to act toward greater equity) and Field Team 6 (a voter registration organization).
Ye there lads. Top of the morning to ya. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Why aren’t you in an Irish pub throwing back a few of the black stuff? What’s that? There’s a pandemic? Oh. Well. Don’t worry. We’ve got you sorted. We’ve brought the pub to you. On today’s show we sit down with Tam and Oisin, who have just the right accents for today’s holiday to educate listeners on the beer scene across the pond. What’s the fascination with stouts in Ireland? Guinness? What’s the craft beer scene like in Ireland? And more importantly how many expletives can a few Irishmen use in one episode? 255 is the answer to that by the way.
Join us for another annual St. Patrick’s Day episode as Jason and Steve do blind tastings of six beers – (American Stouts from Highwater Brewing, Epic Brewing and Firestone as well as two types of Guinness and one beer we’d all like to forget). Give a listen and then go out and get yourself a cold one old St. Paddy himself would be proud of.
FYI THIS IS NOT THE SHOW FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T ENJOY THE USE OF FOUR-LETTER WORDS…
Miraculously bees know which flowers to land on to pollinate. Jellyfish are able to live essentially forever by constantly multiplying. Bears go to bed and know exactly when to wake up after months of slumber. And Jason? Well, Jason can drink a beer while standing on one leg. I mean, not all of mother nature's gifts are spectacular. Bears for example. Not that impressive. So if all these species of insects and animals possess magical superpowers why can't humans? Why can't we harness the ability to smell dangerous gases or toxic chemicals or sense the magnetic fields other species can? How about seeing or feeling radiation? Everything we need to thrive is here on this earth. We just have to find it. Today, you've found the best podcast on the planet. Thank you for that mother nature.
President's Day - a day to reflect on the leader's of our nation's past, or a day to stretch a drinking binge weekend into a fourth day of monumental debauchery.
Our country has been led by natural-born leaders, by individuals thrust into a leader role without warning or those who have thrusted their way into scandal. And everything in between. On today's show we treat them all equally breaking down each of the 45 past presidents in one minute or less. Some information you may already know, while some, such as which presidents were fond of reptile intercourse for example you didn't. Or did you? You little...
As we educate we do this Drunk History style with a shot of beer for each president described. It gets silly. It gets unruly. It gets just perfectly divine.
Do try this at home.
Join us for another beer session show as we navigate down the historical trail of craft beer's latest craze - the Hazy Ipa.
When it comes to ancient discoveries centered around the core principles of humanity's story, no one is more apt to uncovering lost enigmas than our very own Sir Matthew. From taming savage turkeys in Roanoke to uncovering secret elixirs in vampire lairs to the unveiling of Santa's whereabouts in the North Pole, Sir Matthew's marveled exploits have fallen nothing short of prodigious in the advancement of our species. On his latest quest, he travels to North Africa to unearth the ancient secrets of the Boink-Oink Lapooodha Tribe in hopes of changing humanity forever. Along the way, he encounters a collection of snafus, tallyho, and I'll be the queen's uncles as usual.
2020 has seen deadly viruses, rioting, unemployment, general unrest and well the return of McDonald's McRib. So let's be honest with ourselves. Was it really that bad? It got us thinking; we all feel 2020 has been the worst year of our lifetimes but where does it rank in the history of worst years? Famine, war, disease, nuclear fallout, massive natural disasters have plagued humanity since the rise of our existence. So what was the actual worst year. Was it 2020? In the spirit of the New Year and in the negative spirit of the past year we teamed with our friends at Unearthing Paranormalcy to count down the 5 worst years of humanity's history and then because c'mon now, we're not all doom and gloom (mostly are) we also counted down the 5 best years. The best year we are positive will surprise you. Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays from Grognostics. As usual we take a page out of the Grognostic Storybook for an original tale about a winter time character. Give a listen. The story might surprise you. Or scare you. One of the two.
New shows, new shows and new shows. All coming out soon...
On today's show we continue on in our quest to determine whether ancient builders had just mad building skills, help from aliens or if we're missing it entirely. Newsflash: We're missing it entirely. Something at least. Enjoy.
The Great Pyramid of Giza stands 481 feet high, and was built thousands of years ago when only primitive building and engineering methods existed...we think. Ancient structures are scattered all over Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, and even Australia and Antarctica that are quite unexplainable. Since we're the most advanced humans in our species' timeline how did these ancient civilizations manage such feats? I mean, these inferior cultures barely had pots to pee in right? We're the top of the chain are we not? Well...newsflash, we might be wrong. These ancient civilizations - exactly how did they move 20-ton rocks and place them exactly where they wanted hundreds of feet up? How did they have tools enabling them to cut massive, thick stones all the same? It can be explained right? Nope, not really.
On this episode, we examine ancient structures from all over the globe to discuss just how these ancient feats were done while drinking some great beer along the way. Don't judge.
A Grognostics Halloween short. Written and recorded by Grognostics. Bonus Halloween show courtesy of Unearthing Paranormalcy Podcast.
Closed in 1971, Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary is considered by many to be one of the most haunted places in the country. It’s been featured on multiple television shows and is visited by dozens of paranormal researchers each year. There are multiple stories of paranormal-like experiences corroborated by visitors, inmates, guards, and workers for decades.
On today’s show, we’re joined by former prison tour guide, and author Dr. Paul Kahan to take us through the history of the prison and its propensity for eerie occurrences. He’s the author of a number of books, including Eastern State Penitentiary: A History and The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Temple University and is currently working on a narrative history of Philadelphia due out in 2022. Find out more about Dr. Kahan and his work at www.paulkahan.com.
Known to many as one of the country's most haunted houses, the Winchester Mystery house holds just as many peculiarities in the physical world as it does in the spirit. What started as a modest farmhouse was turned into the most unorthodox house ever built over three decades of continuous construction. With a staircase that leads to a ceiling, doors that lead to nowhere and over 160 total rooms, 40 of which are bedrooms, one has to ponder the very same question - how on earth would I ever find my iPhone charger? It was plugged in just right there so I could watch TV and charge at same time! I swear. Or wait, was it in bathroom so I could charge while getting ready, or... Darnit I forget! Where is it? Why me?!
On today's show, we sit down with Winchester House expert Chris Garcia who has been passionately intrigued with the house for most of his life. Through his research, his local knowledge, and countless visits to the home, he has inside knowledge you won't hear anywhere else. What I'm saying is that he will leave no oddity or spooky twist and turn left ...unturned (um, not sure that totally makes sense). What I'm trying to say is Chris is really awesome ok? Join us on our Halloween train of scary and comedic and check back each of the following Thursdays in October for a new Halloween-esque episode.
More info about the guest Chris Garcia:
His podcasts are Zodiac Speaking which is a true crime podcast and can be found anywhere you get your podcasts and Short Story, Short Podcast which can be found here or on Spotify.
He also writes a zine on the Winchester House which you can find at http://siligonevalley.weebly.com/wide-unclaspd.html
Check him out!
Science can generally disprove most supernatural to an extent. But there is one that is closer to all of us than one might think.
Written by Grognostics.
Many of you have tried a porter, typically sweet and laden with that feisty maiden called alcohol. You've probably even enjoyed one or two. But have you ever tried a porter? A porter. You know a person employed to carry luggage and other loads, especially in a railroad station, airport, or hotel? Well I have, and let me tell you - it hurts when they don't call you after a first date. It hurts a lot. Awkward... On today's continuing beer sessions segment we teach you about the history and profile of a beer that is mostly looking in from outside the craft beer scene wondering why not me? Why aren't I inside that craft brewery or taproom? I'm sweet. I'm malty. A special guest drops by and we might even try one or two.
We’ve all had that feeling that we should be or should not be doing something whether we have a gut feeling the result will be good or it will end up bad. So what is that? Is THAT intuition? But the question is, how do we know when to follow what our intuition is telling us and when it’s simply a manifestation cooked up by our fleeting, often fearful minds? Or…let’s think larger. What if intuition is a slight peak into a superpower humans have harnessed in the past and possibly could again? Think Oracles. Prognosticators. Did they have a secret power that was nothing more than enhanced intuition? And when the rubber meets the conclude nothing explore everything road- What is your intuition telling you right now about clicking play on your podcast app and listening to this podcast? What’s that? It’s telling you not to? Oh. We did not know that. This is awkward.
Sunil Godse has made it a mission to show others how to sharpen their intuition and today he’ll show you how to sharpen yours. He might even help us reflect on some of the aforementioned ponderances.
He’s an author, a public speaker, podcast host, a coach and founder of The Intuitionology Project. He’s been featured on podcasts, radio interviews, TV shows and conducted seminars on how to implement intuitive solutions for both individuals and companies. He’s written two critically acclaimed books, Fail Fast. Succeed Faster. and GUT!
His Podcast The Intuitionology Podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify
Grognostics is a podcast where we encourage you to learn, and expand your mind when it comes to the world, yourself, past, present and future. Most of our shows are based around the premise that by listening it will encourage deep thought, reflection and trigger curiosity for more. But then there are the shows that, well don't. This is one of those shows. This is one that sparks one's funny bone and one's sudden urge to stay away from all legal and illegal drugs of any kind. You're welcome. Our favorite correspondent in the field is back for a bonus episode that is neither a show topic nor a craft beer episode. We're not too worried about it. We promise you will enjoy. This is also Sir Matthew's maiden script as this is written and acted by Sir Matthew.
Hypnosis is a human condition involving focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion according to Wikipedia at least. But what do they know? Not more than your ole' Grognostics crew, am I right? Well, not really but luckily, on today's show we sit down with real-life Hypnotist Joshua Strongin to see what this intrigue we may have seen at parties or gatherings is all about. Is it real? An act? Is there more going on inside the human brain we simply don't know how to harness and this is a glimpse into a world beyond? Guess you'll have to listen to find out. Or not. Suit yourself. Ok please listen. Pretty please?
Joshua Strongin is a hypnotist and illusionist that also goes by the name Jace who specializes in gatherings as well as using hypnosis for healing.
You can find him here:
@hypnosisforchange on Instagram
Thanks for hopping back onto the plane with us to examine what really happened to missing airliner MH370.
Sure, maybe you, along with your fancy, snifter glass can swirl around a blackberry cream sour, dry-hopped, wet-hopped, hip-hopped ale, take a deep inhale, have a swig and tell your chums the name of the brewery, the type of barley, and how many brewers lost part of their beard into the wort during the production. But only Grognostics can tell you which adjunct lagers, or American Lagers are which in a blind taste test. Or well, I mean, they can tell you some. I think. Not too sure actually. Join us for the un-craft of beer shows as we step away from the craft beer scene and live a little as our former beer-drinking selves in an American beer way.