This week on The Gralien Report, we return on the heels of the Fourth of July holiday, with reports of lights in the skies (that’s right, fireworks), but also looking back we recall unusual lights World War II pilots used to describe seeing, otherwise known as “Foo Fighters,” and the possible meteorological explanations for them.

We also take some time to look at the idea that Russian scientists recently proposed, which had to do with whether mutated microorganisms could successfully travel to space, and then return again to Earth. Recent studies show that simple lifeforms from Earth can indeed survive for uncertain periods while in space; does this also mean that life from elsewhere (if it exists) might be able to travel here too? We also look at the latest claims about the possible identity of famed skyjacker D.B. Cooper, and whether a historical artifact associated with the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke could be real after all, after long being supposed as a mere fake.

Then in the second hour, Greg Bishop joins us for a discussion, where we touch on his history in pirate radio broadcasting, publishing “The Excluded Middle” magazine for a number of years, and meeting with thinkers the likes of Robert Anton Wilson. Bishop talks about the profound effect that some of his interactions with Wilson had on his life, and how this influenced his own later thought and writings. For more information on Greg Bishop, visit the site for his radio program and podcast Radio Misteriosoand you can find his books on

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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