Episode 115: Cosmic Watergate: The Roswell Incident

When looking back to the Roswell Incident, it isn’t hard to imagine a cowboy with a thousand yard stare sitting next to his old friend with wraparound eyes surveying a southwestern scene, and saying, ‘So, this is where it all started.’. You see, once upon a time, in the lonely New Mexico desert all those years ago back in 1947, a flying saucer crash landed on a ranch. At least that is what the ARMY press release stated. It’s easy to see the how a UFO incident outed by the military would stick in the popular imagination. But was Roswell always the legend that we know today? Well, that’s kind of a funny story. Join us this week as we explore the way that the events in Roswell, New Mexico transformed from the death-knell for the ‘Flying Disc Craze’ to the lynchpin for all those who want to believe. ??



Stanton Friedman discussing his discovery of the Roswell UFO Crash


Area 51 ‘Uncensored’: Was It UFOs Or The USSR? – Fresh Air

Wreckage in the Desert Was Odd but Not Alien – NYTs

Report of Air Force Research Regarding the “Roswell Incident” – NSA

In 1947, A High-Altitude Balloon Crash Landed in Roswell. The Aliens Never Left

Bob Lazar: The Man Behind Area 51- Las Vegas Now

Developing the U2 – NSA

Roswell – History Channel

Area 51 uncovered

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) – Popmatters

The Reality Behind ‘Earth vs. the Flying Saucers’ – Mysterious Universe

1950’s Sci-Fi Movies – Time

The Real Story Behind The Myth of Area 51 – Popular Mechanics

Why are people starting to believe in UFOs again? – The Conversation

The Roswell Files


Earth Vs The Flying Saucers TCM

Donald Keyhoe – Tellers of Weird Tales

Project 1947

THE FLYING SAUCERS ARE REAL by Donald Keyhoe – TRUE Magazine

New Headstone for Aurora, Texas UFO Crash Space Alien Grave

Ned – The Aurora Alien

Nearly 120 Years After Alleged UFO Crash, Small Texas Town Is All About Aliens – KERA

Close Encounters Of The Earliest Kind – American Heritage

Once Upon a Time in Aurora – Fortean Times

CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90

The Roswell Incident and Project Mogul

Report on Project Mogul Synopsis of Balloon Research Findings

Scholarly Commentary on LIFE article of April 7, 1952 – NICAP

Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies By Christopher Hodapp, Alice Von Kannon

The Roswell Report – Case Closed – US Air Force

The Roswell Report – Fact vs Fiction in the NM Desert – Air Force

It Came From Outer Toronto – The Guardian

50 Years Ago, Unidentified Flying Objects From Way Beyond the Beltway Seized the Capital’s Imagination – WaPo

Horten Ho 229 V3 – Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

The government admits it studies UFOs. So about those Area 51 conspiracy theories …WaPo

Report of Air Force Research Regarding the “Roswell Incident”

The Government Now Admits There’s an ‘Area 51’ – The Atlantic

The long, strange history of John Podesta’s space alien obsession – WaPo




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