This week on The Gralien Report, it is with heavy hearts that we take to the air in the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, involving a terrible shooting at a country music concert. With the negativity we so often hear about in the news, The Graliens take a moment to try and bring cheer with a recognition of a few things we all have to be thankful for, including the associations we all share with others in our lives. We also take time to say “Happy 350,000th Birthday” to Homo Sapiens, in addition to the discussion of a mysterious stone structure that appeared after the terrible Blitz of 1940 over England. Finally, a number of colorful reports from our listeners are highlighted, covering a range of unusual phenomena they have observed.

Then in hour two, we are joined by Mark O’Connell, author of the new book The Close Encounters Man How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs. Mark is a screenwriter, teacher, and blogger, who also wrote episodes for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and has developed feature film projects with major studios, including Walt Disney and DreamWorks Animation. Mark has covered UFOs for years already at his blog, High Strangeness, which led to his authoring The Close Encounters Man, a biography of J.Allen Hynek, who was arguably one of the most well regarded scientists of the 20th century to ever look deeply at the UFO phenomenon.

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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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