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Stanton Friedman

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It's time, once again, for our celebration of the season as BoA:Audio proudly presents our 8th Annual Holiday Special featuring the legendary Stanton Friedman. This year's festivities include Stan's thoughts on a new abduction book coming out, silly statements made by steadfast saucers skeptics, and a deconstruction of some of the debunkers' most frequently used arguments against UFOs. Additionally, the traditional listener-submitted questions yield numerous insights from Stan on topics including his interest in other pararnormal phenomena, life after death, the potential for secretly discovered antigravity technology, the possibility of interdimensional aliens, Bob Lazar, the new Mars Rover, what may fuel UFOs, the death of Frank Edwards, and much, much more.

Altogether it is another jam-packed edition of the program where we welcome back one of the cornerstones of BoA:Audio and wish you all a very Happy Holidays with the iconic Stanton Friedman.

Full Preview: We kick things off by finding out what Stan has been up to since last year's holiday festivities and he tells us about the foreword to a new abduction book, written by Kathleen Marden and Denise Stoner, which he is particularly excited about. He explains how the new book relies on some interesting survey data that the authors have collected about abductions. This segues into some talk about debunkers and Stan shares a pair of examples of his encounters with the infamous 'nasty noise negativists.'

We get Stan's take on whether or not he's surprised that mainstream science still has not honestly investigated UFOs and that the 'next James E. MacDonald' has yet to emerge from the mainstream. Stan uses this to talk about Martin Rees, the British Royal Astronomer, saying that only 'kooks' see UFOs and, later, that society needs to be worried about 'ravaging electronic beings.' Stan then recounts his debates with debunkers and highlights how they simply refuse to read any UFO literature, even after all these years.

Following that, we find out Stan's opinion on the massive influx of hand-held technology in the last few years. This leads to Stan's reflecting on the oft-repeated idea that the government would, theoretically, turn to academia to understand UFOs rather than private industry or within government labs. He also deconstructs the 'you can't get here from there' argument put forward by many anti-UFO talking heads.

Next we dive in to the BoA:Audio listener submitted questions for Stan, beginning with Veil asking for Stan's take on Ufology in 2012 and where he'd like to see improvements in the field. This leads to Stan sharing some tricks he uses in lectures to stump 'know it all' academics. Our second question comes from 'radish,' who asks if Stan has interest in any other paranormal phenomena beyond Ufology. Then, 'MysteryMan' asks if Stan believes in life after death and/or God.

'Hillbilly' then asks Stan if he thinks any government agency or group has unlocked the secret to antigravity and is suppressing it in order to maintain the status quo. Next, 'one2believe' want to know if NASA will announce life on other planets (even if they are just microbes) within the next few years. This leads to some talk about Project Blue Book and how the 'real' UFO reports never ended up going there in the first place. That line of discussion segues into getting Stan's thoughts on the 'ancient aliens' concept.

After that, we have our annual Bob Lazar question, this time from Robert C., who asks for Stan's definitive opinion on the credibility of the infamous Area 51 whistle blower. Jim V. then asks if Stan foresees a peaceful and trusted disclosure scenario by the government. Next, Roger V. asks Stan if he allows for the possibility that ETs are interdimensional interlopers rather than aliens. Binnall then segues from that question into asking Stan if this interdimensional hypothesis is a relatively new thesis in Ufology or if it is a new development.

Bobtimus Prime is up next and he asks for the things in the paranormal that have caught Stan's interest in the last five years. David G. then asks if Stan foresees a time when he'll bow out of Ufology and write a "real book about real topics." Thomas C. wants to know Stan's thoughts on the Mars Rover program, the state of NASA in general, and the emerging private space industry. We also ponder if the private space industry will or should embrace the nuclear propulsion concepts which Stan worked on in the past.

Our next question comes from James C., who asks if it is true that there was a Harvard-led archaeological expedition to Roswell around the time of the Roswell crash. Mark L. presents the next question for Stan and asks, if Roswell really happened and did provide technology to the military, then why are we surprised that they can turn of our weapons system? After that Scott C. asks if Stan has theories on the fuel source for UFOs.

Cory T. then asks about pop culture possibly influencing the testimony of Betty and Barney Hill. Carl D. asks Stan about UFO trace cases, why they aren't as covered as often as the 'classic' cases, and what it will take for the skeptics to be convinced about the reality of UFOs. Scott C. wants to know if Stan thinks that the proliferation of UFO materials in recent years has resulted in the public becoming 'sterile' to the sensational nature of the subject.

Marco breaks the rules and submits two questions, but we allow it, since they are pretty good ones. First, he asks if Stan has heard anything about the rumors that famed UFO researcher Frank Edwards was assassinated. Marco also asks about a book that was going to be written by Betty Hill and what became of it. Mark L. ponders how aliens appear to be able to breath air on Earth, which seems like an impossibility, and asks Stan's take on that. The final question comes from Dan F., who asks if there are any government agencies investigating UFOs and how Stanton knows this.

Wrapping up this year's holiday special, we finish with a couple of additional questions from Binnall for Stanton, beginning with why he ended up becoming a public UFO researcher all those years ago. We also find out if, after 50 years of studying the UFO mystery, he's surprised it still remains such an enduring enigma and has yet to be solved. Closing out the program, we learn what's next for Stanton Friedman, the possibility of the long-requested memoir, and wish everyone a very happy holiday season.

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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