We start out by getting Steve's take on the resurgence of interest in the UFO phenomenon, since his last appearance on the show in January of 2006, and what that means for Exopolitics. Steve segues from this to explaining the difference between Ufology and Exopolitics.

We move on from there to look at the 2008 Presidential election from an Exopolitical perspective. First, Steve gives us a rundown on how media coverage of the UFO phenomenon has changed rapidly in the last few years. He then explains the UFO connection for each of the three remaining candidates, John McCain and his role in investigating the Phoenix Lights, Barack Obama's campaign advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski's connection to the Carter Administration's UFO inquiries, and Hilary Clinton's ties to the Rockefeller Initiative for UFO information release.

From there, we look back at the Kucinich UFO debate question and the subsequent media fallout and Steve reassures binnall that it was a good thing and explains why it seemed like the "giggle factor" had been turned up after being relatively subdued during the bulk of '07's media coverage of UFOs.

We find out why Steve thinks Spring of 2009 is the next window of opportunity for a UFO disclosure event. He explains how the international situation is changing rapidly with regards to maintaining the UFO "truth embargo." We discuss how extensive the pre-planning would have to be for a disclosure type event and if Steve had heard any rumblings in that direction. Next we get Steve's take on the recent story of an alleged UN meeting about UFO disclosure.

Going back to look at the rise in media coverage of the UFO issue, we find out if Steve has noticed a difference in attitude from the media, based on his frequent mainstream TV and radio appearances. Steve responds to the concept that whomever is controlling the UFO secret is keeping the media from discussing it and he explains why that may not be the case in 2008.

Steve gives us his take on the Symington / Phoenix Lights story from last year and why it is a "microcosm of what's happening" in the Exopolitical scene. Next, we get Steve's response to the Exopolitics "haters" out there and he details why this tension is not surprising. This segues into a discussion on the long-standing concern that UFO disclosure would see the mainstream diminish the accomplishments of Ufologists who studied the phenomena for decades.

Getting some on-the-ground perspective, Steve tells us about the mood at the International UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada, where he is calling from. We also find out how the youth turnout is for the conference and Steve shares his candid perspective on the problem of the lack of young people interested in the UFO phenomenon.

Steve Bassett is a political activist, founder of Paradigm Research Group, Executive Director of the Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee (X-PPAC, pronounced expack), author of the Paradigm Clock website, and a political columnist, commentator and former Independent candidate for Congress. He is the executive producer of the X-Conference.

Presently he is the only registered lobbyist in the United States representing extraterrestrial related phenomena research/activist organizations, and X-PPAC is the first political action committee to target the political implications of extraterrestrial related phenomena. Between April 19 and November 5 of 2002 he conducted an independent candidacy in the 2002 congressional campaign in the 8th District of Maryland. It was the first instance in which a candidate on the November ballot in a federal election openly addressed the matter of an extraterrestrial presence and the government imposed truth embargo.

Since 1996 Bassett has assisted a number of organizations and initiatives, which have been making the case for 1) an end to the government embargo on the truth surrounding an extraterrestrial presence and 2) open congressional hearings to take the testimony of former military and agency employees witness to extraterrestrial related events and evidence. He has spoken to millions of Americans about the likelihood and implications of a formal disclosure event.

His website is www.paradigmresearchgroup.org

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