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Stanton Friedman

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Serving as the perfect companion to egg nog and gingerbread cookies, it's the yuletide tradition like no other: the 7th Annual BoA:Audio Holiday Special featuring the iconic Stanton Friedman. In this jam-packed conversation, we'll get an update on Stan's international travels of the past year as well as his take on the recent spate of disclosure petitions circulating within Ufology, the Skeptical Inquirer's debunking of the Exeter case, the 'malaise' of Ufology in recent years, and the ignorance of academia when it comes to the UFO phenomenon.

Then, we'll turn the program over to BoA:Audio listeners for our traditional "Ask Stanton Friedman" mailbag. This year's installment features a whopping 23 questions from listeners and covers such diverse topics as the world economic crisis, the Kepler findings, the Bentwaters Incident, Bob Lazar, Zeta Reticuli, the Fukushima meltdown, Ball Lightning, the Betty and Barney Hill case, and the Higgs-Boson particle. Plus, of course, tons and tons more.

It's one of our most anticipated and beloved episodes of the year as we, once again, welcome the "Father of Modern Day Ufology" Stanton Friedman and celebrate the holiday season in style.

Full Preview: We kick things off with Stan looking back over his travels of the past year, which saw him speaking in Saudi Arabia, Poland, Brazil and all over the United States. Looking at his visit to Saudi Arabia, Stan talks about the focus of his presentation at the conference as well as the reaction from the heavy hitters who were in attendance at the event. He also theorizes on why Saudi Arabia would feature a UFO presentation at its conference as well as his perspective on being a Jewish speaker in an Arab country. Stan also reflects on the three distinctly different UFO events he spoke at in New Hampshire this past year.

We get Stan's perspective on the recent spate of petitions to the White House for UFO disclosure. He first explains that, even though he did not support the first petition which the White House responded to, he has serious and vehement objections to the official response, which claimed that "no information was being hidden from the public." Stan detailed how it is quite clear that the US government is holding back UFO information, since there are official documents which instruct pilots on how to report UFOs and those reports from pilots have never been released to the public. Stan then talks about the new White House petition, how the standards for response have been changed, and why he supports this second petition.

The conversation then turns to the 'UFO malaise' that we've been discussing on the program for the last few years and get Stan's perspective on where Ufology is today and where it needs to go to be successful in solving the enigma once and for all. Stan also talks about how much of academia is still deeply ignorant about the UFO subject and shares a story about being featured in the University of Chicago alumni magazine this Summer and the truly disheartening responses from alumni who read and disputed the article. This leads to Stan talking about the Skeptical Inquirer's recent 'solution' to the Exeter UFO event, which Stan proceeds to systematically dissect and destroy. Giving another example of the depths that skeptics will sink to when trying to debunk a UFO event, Stan talks about how he corrected a skeptic's take on Roswell only to see the same incorrect reasoning get the cover story for Skeptical Inquirer a few years later.

We then dive in to our massive list of questions that were submitted by BoA:Audio listeners for our 'Ask Stanton Friedman' holiday tradition. We begin with a question from Sagacious, who asks what Stan thinks the government really knows about UFOs and if they've ever communicated with ETs. Following that, Veil asks if Stan think the UFOs could be refueling their craft by drawing energy from the Earth's minerals or water. Next, MysteryMan asks for Stan's take on the current world economic crisis and how to fix it.

Hillbilly asks Stan if he could ask one person, alive today, about the UFO phenomenon and be guaranteed an honest answer, who would he question and what would he ask. Lox asks for Stan to spell out the differences and similarities between himself and Kevin Randle as well as whether or not Stan would join Randle's Roswell 'Dream Team.' Ichbinauberdischen asks Stan if he could change one thing about Ufology, aside from getting UFO disclosure, what would it be. Ethel wants Stan's opinion on what happened in Rendlesham Forest in 1980/81 and if he's met any of the protagonists from the case.

Mark from Sheffield, England asks if Stan sees any difference in the reception he receives from audiences when he gives lectures in various foreign countries. Binnall also asks the follow up question about the media coverage of these foreign appearances. Jeff Finn, creator of the film Strange Septembers, asks Stan what it is like to be the "Elvis of Ufology." Next, Kevin asks if Stan still does not believe the Bob Lazar story. Lobo wants to know why, after all these years, we are still no closer to knowing the origins of the UFOs.

Next, Bruce Priddy, BoA's resident skeptic, asks Stan why he uses a courtroom analogy in UFO debates, since it is analogous to science. Following that, Steve asks how bad the Fukashima meltdown really is for people and how much radiation we may really be receiving from the event. William asks if Stan feels trapped by the extraterrestrial hypothesis and forced to fit the phenomenon into that paradigm. Nelson asks Stan if he's ever considered that the UFO phenomenon might be symbolic or mystical. Badexample then asks Stan for his take on 'ball lightning.'

Ralph then asks Stan if he wonders why the Kepler radar has not been pointed at Zeta Reticuli yet. Next, Sammy asks if Stan is concerned that Roswell is fading into obscurity as time goes on. Robert asks if Stan recalls any info about his investigation into the newspaper that leaked the Betty and Barney Hill story back in the 1960's. Redsonsuperman asks about Robert Willingham and if Stan gives this witness any credence to the MJ-12 and Del Rio UFO crash. One2Believe asks about the change in perspective of the ETs, from friendly 'space brothers' to sinister abductors.

Heading towards the close, we briefly break from listeners' questions to get Stan's take on the passing of Budd Hopkins and the current state of abduction research. In the penultimate question, Vamp Elvis inquires as to whether Stan thinks UFO TV shows helps or hinders research into the phenomenon. And, finally, Joyce asks Stan what he thinks will happen if/when the Higgs Boson particle is discovered at CERN. Nearing the end, we get Stan's take on the 2012 craze as we see the new year emerging over the horizon. Wrapping things up, we find out what's next for Stan Friedman in 2012 and beyond as well as the status of a potential memoir from the "Father of Modern Day Ufology."

Stanton Friedman Bio

Stanton T. Friedman received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1956. He was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas on such advanced, classified, eventually cancelled, projects as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and nuclear powerplants for space.

He has provided written testimony to Congressional Hearings, appeared twice at the UN, and been a pioneer in many aspects of Ufology including Roswell, Majestic 12, the Betty Hill-Marjorie Fish star map work; analysis of the Delphos, Kansas, physical trace case; crashed saucers, flying saucer technology and challenges to the S.E.T.I. (Silly Effort to Investigate) cultists.

He is the author of the books TOP SECRET/MAJIC and Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident, and his "magnum opus," Flying Saucers and Science. Additionally, he is the co-author Captured, about the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case, as well as his latest book, also co-authored with Kathleen Marden, titled Science was Wrong.

His website is stantonfriedman.com

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