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The Malliard Report

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The Malliard Report is a podcast that deals primarily with subject matter from the fringe. Topics like the paranormal, offbeat theories and alternative perspectives that offer a different take on current events add up to a podcast that covers territory that wouldn’t register on the mainstream media’s radar.

As someone who takes an interest in the paranormal myself, I couldn’t help but be swept up by it. The first episode I listened to featured an interview with Preston Dennett, a UFO researcher and author who has written upwards to 19 books. Needless to say, when Malliard interviews an expert, he ensures that he enlists someone who has done their homework, and Preston Dennett knows as much as anybody who has been studying the subject of ufology for a great many years.

However, it was the episode immediately prior to Dennett’s that captivated me. John S. Weiss is a man who has experienced the Afterlife and written a book about his experience. Yes, he does recount the encounters with dead relatives in a welcoming light at the end of a tunnel that are common within near death experience narratives. However, Weiss’ store of knowledge and experience in that realm is deeper than the tunnel in which he found himself after a brief bout with death.

Granted, this is very exciting if you are open-minded. Most portrayals of the paranormal in mainstream media will be disputed by a skeptic, usually a haughty and pedantic one. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, of course, but there is always something very mean-spirited about these take-downs. One may insist that they should be afforded their own opportunity to express their contrarian point-of-view on Malliard’s podcast. This is a valid point, but is someone like John S. Weiss ever invited on a show with an atheist’s perspective on death to counter the non-believer’s point-of-view? Why should only one side allow wiggle room for critical thinking and not the other?

Malliard doesn’t claim to believe every word out of his guests’ mouths, either.  Still, he is open-minded enough to entertain the hypetheticals and indulge in imagination when reality disappoints. Jim Malliard is the gatekeeper to a wider understanding of the universe. This dovetails with his audience’s sense of wonder and awe as they contemplate the possibility that there may be truth within alternative theories and perspectives on the world and the nature of its reality. I know I was as riveted as Malliard as I listened to Weiss’ breakdown of the science of the soul. Malliard leaves the door open to possibilities, and possibilities are exciting.

The show is largely guest-driven, and Malliard is a generous host, allowing his guests to tell their stories without frequent interruptions to foist his point-of-view upon the narrative, like many personality-driven podcast hosts are wont to do. John S. Weiss’ experience with the Afterlife was riveting not only because of the anecdotes and data conveyed, but his momentum was never disrupted by the sound of narcissism embodied in a voice that is enraptured by its own sound. John S. Weiss is a practiced and highly -skilled storyteller and Jim Malliard gave him a wide berth to do what he does best, and nobody could have done it better.

If you are a believer in the paranormal and all other avenues of the unconsidered and the unexplained, this podcast is well worth a listen. The universe is deep, vast and mysterious. Solving mysteries is what intelligent and open-minded people do, and many of them listen to this podcast.

 

About Morgan Rector

I am a podcast critic. There are more enough music and film critics. This medium could use some kind of yardstick to indicate podcast greatness where it appears. I will write reviews of podcasts new and old on every conceivable subject (if I can get to them all). The following is a key to understanding my rating system of 1-5 Ms: M: If my ears could puke... MM: Wake me up when it's over. MMM: You've got something good there, kid. Keep it up. MMMM: Bravo! This is one fine podcast, one I would recommend and listen to with regularity. MMMMM: Podcast historians will remember this show fondly and will always name-drop it in future documentaries on the medium. How does it feel to be a genius?

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