It’s a brand built on telling tales of curiosities and oddities. Now, 100 years after the legacy began, Ripley's Believe It or Not! is continuing the quest for strange-but-true tales, launching a new weekly podcast. The Believe It or Notcast will feature experts, celebrities and authorities on subjects ranging the odd and truly weird to topics out of this world.
“While searching for artifacts to exhibit in our Believe It or Not! Odditoriums and stories to tell in Ripley books and online, our editors meet unbelievable experts with unique perspectives we are dying to share,” said Ripley's Creative Content Manager Sabrina Sieck. “The Believe It or Notcast is now home to those first-person interviews and peculiar tales that are incredibly hard to believe, but undeniably true.”
The interview format program, officially named Ripley's Believe It or Notcast, features ghost hunter Ryan Clark and journalist Brent Donaldson as its hosts. They’ll conduct a coast-to-coast exploration of cryptids — mythological creatures that are believed to exist by some but have not been recognized by the scientific community. Whether listeners believe in them or not, there are laws in place right now to protect cryptids. They’ll also meet a man in the Florida Everglades who has dedicated his life to bringing awareness to the existence of the elusive Skunk Ape. And they’ll travel to Skamania County, Washington, where biodiversity and seclusion make it the ideal home for Bigfoot, and where commissioners like Bob Hamlin have created laws to protect these creatures from being hunted. Other topics set for exploration are how conjoined twins Chang and Eng fathered 21 children and whether real-life exorcisms are like the movies.
"We try to give an homage to the past in every episode, but this is a podcast that's going to appeal to a lot of new listeners, too, not just folks who know about Ripley and his tales," Clark said. “These stories will leave you captivated, maybe even confounded. And the best part? They're all true. Believe them or not.”
Episode one launches June 11 with new shows published each Tuesday.