Apes Among Us: Encounters

Today we are pleased to announce the release of the first episode or our new podcast series, Apes Among Us. It can be heard on the podcast's website or via the player below. It can also be subscribed to via iTunes and most popular podcasting apps (here's the show's RSS feed).

As explained by the show's co-host Brian Brown in the opening to the first episode, the NAWAC consulted with John Green prior to his death and prior to choosing the name of our production. John gave the group his blessing to use "Apes Among Us" which was, of course, the subtitle to his seminal work Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us. In many ways, the NAWAC has always felt inspired by John's work and perspective. The last chapter to The Apes Among Us, published all the way back in 1978, could almost have been something of a manifesto for the group and our approach to this subject. So much so, that in consultation with John, we previously published it in its entirety to our site. Our work on this podcast is both dedicated to John's memory and stands as a living tribute to his body of work.

Episode one of Apes Among Us, "Encounters," covers just a fraction of the wood ape encounters experienced or investigated by members of the NAWAC.

  • Co-host Brandon Lentz interviews one of the group's investigators concerning a visual encounter he had with two wood apes in the Ouachita Mountains. Sketches of the animals are found below.

  • Brandon and Brian discuss a joint visual encounter they had through a thermal imaging device. An image recreating the experience is also linked below.

  • In a recurring segment called "Encounter File," Brandon talks with NAWAC Investigator and board member Mike Mayes about how the group conducts its investigations as well as a discussion of a recent notable report sent in by a member of the public.

  • Alton Higgins, Daryl Colyer, Ken Helmer, and Paul Bowman have a "coffee house roundtable" of their various combined experiences investigating and researching wood ape behavior.

  • Finally, Brandon and Brian have a conversation with Alton Higgins and Daryl Colyer about the genesis and reception of the Ouachita Project Monograph.

Many thanks to all the NAWAC members who contributed to this show. As in all things we do, it was a team effort. If you like the show and want to hear more, please take a moment to rate and review the show in iTunes as it helps others find it and we want to hear what you think. Also, if you haven't already, take a moment to like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter in order to stay abreast of our future endeavors. 

Season One, Episode One "Encounters" show notes:

Report #01120043: Man out walking for exercise at local track has unexpected encounter with upright hair-covered subject

Ed's sketches (click to enlarge)

Brian's rendering of approximately what he saw through the thermal imager (click to enlarge)



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