Once upon a time people believed the world was populated with terrible monsters and fabulous mythical beasts. They thought if they just searched long enough and hard enough, they’d find them. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the mythical beasts of folktale and legend, and the modern researchers who are still hunting for them. Tales of sea serpents, lake monsters, and abominable snowmen.
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Here there by monsters is what it used to say on the edges of maps, and it describes the show pretty well. We start cartoonist Lynda Barry, who reminisces about her favorite monsters. Then we continue with Justin Cronin, whose novel "The Passage" has been described as "an engrossingly horrirfic account of a post-apocalyptic America." He tells Jim Fleming the idea came out of a discussion with his nine-year-old daughter.
Stephen Asma teaches philosophy at Columbia College in Chicago. He talks to Anne Strainchamps about his book "On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears." Joshua Blu Buhs is an independent scholar and the author of "Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend." But he tells Steve Paulson he doesn’t really think the creature exists.
Richard Holmes is fascinated by what he calls "The Age of Wonder." The subtitle of his book is "how the romantic generation discovered the beauty and the terror of science," and he tells Steve Paulson about how Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" came directly out of the scientific climate of the time.
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In Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter, underwater researcher Ellen Prager describes some of the craziest activities that help ocean creatures stay alive, fight predators, find food and reproduce.
In this episode of Endurance Planet, we get to know triathlon legend Joe Bonness who’s won his AG in Kona multiple times, and it doesn’t end there.