Podsauce host Dax is fascinated with UFO podcasts, so he was thrilled that “Somewhere in the Skies” host Ryan Sprague joined a recent episode. Alesha hopes Dax gets to be a future guest on Ryan’s podcast covering extraterrestrials, sharing firsthand stories, and questioning if life exists elsewhere. With “Somewhere in the Skies,” Ryan is exploring his lifelong UFO obsession with guests who have their own intriguing supernatural experiences and close encounters.
Ryan told Podsauce about a pivotal moment in his life as a kid. Growing up, Ryan and his family vacationed in Central New York. When Ryan was 12 in 1995, he was listening to Green Day on a portable CD player while fishing on a dock. As it was getting dark and he began reeling in his line, he saw lights reflecting in the St. Lawrence River. Ryan looked up, saw an equilateral triangle formation hovering with lights, and called his dad to check it out. They were both floored by what they saw, and this event catalyzed Ryan’s obsession with UFOs. He began researching topics like extraterrestrials, ghosts, vampires, Bigfoot, and more, and he eventually honed his interests into a podcast.
Dax listened to the “Abductions of Elise Stoner” episode, a fascinating listen for anyone who wants to hear firsthand from someone who uncovered memories of a possible alien abduction. This person claims she has been abducted many times since she was younger, and she recalled these encounters under hypnosis.
Over the years, Ryan has gone around the world interviewing claimed abductees and sources from all walks of life, like Elise. He says they’re everyday people who aren’t “crazy or fantasy-prone” and truly believe these events happened to them.
Some of Ryan’s favorite episodes are the “Witness Accounts,” where he accepts callers and they share their UFO stories in their own words. Each episode shares approximately 10 stories, and they’ve released over 20 volumes so far. Ryan shared that UFOs are more mainstream than ever, since the U.S. Pentagon released documentation, a stunning revelation that provokes millions of questions.
Later in the episode, Alesha and Dax shared their podcast picks. This week’s Hollypod pick is “Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera,” a 6-episode investigative series about an early 2000s reality TV show starring a trans woman and how revealing her identity was exploited on screen to create drama.
Dax’s pick this week is ID’s “Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry?” This audio-only version of the TV series shares shocking realizations from people who once believed they were happily married.
Lastly, MSNBC’s “American Radical” is this week’s bingeable Done in a Day pick, a 5-part series about the internet’s hand in radicalization and shares Rosanne Boyland’s story – an individual who participated in and died at the January 6th Capitol riot.