Time to Eat the Dogs

A Podcast About Science, History, and Exploration

Replay: The History of UFOs

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Whatever one thinks about UFOs — are they natural phenomena, military aircraft, mass hysteria, or alien visitors? — we can agree that they are freighted with a lot of meaning. Everyone has an opinion. 

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Greg Eghigian

How did this come to be? In 1946, Swedish and Finnish observers reported “ghost rockets” flying over Scandinavia. In the United States, they became known as “flying saucers.” This is the starting point for historian Greg Eghigian who discusses the science and culture of UFOs in the twentieth century. Eghigian is professor of history at Penn State University. He also holds the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (rebroadcast).

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Read Eghigian’s essay, When Did Alien Sightings Turn into Alien Abductions?

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