Jimmy Akin Podcast

During WWII, Rudolph Hess, a close aide to Hitler, made a secret flight to Scotland, where he was imprisoned. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss who Hess was, why he crossed enemy lines, and the allegations of conspiracies involving British and Nazi leaders.

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The 5th Doctor's last confrontation with the Black Guardian. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor's encounter with the Eternals, the ennui of immortality, and the true gift of enlightenment.

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The longest 17 seconds of your life! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest episode of Picard, including themes of fatherhood and family; good cop/bad cop Worf; and the return of an old foe in a new form.

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We regularly give Patrons the opportunity to ask Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli their mysterious questions and make them available exclusively to Patrons first and then later to the whole audience. We cover topics such as cryptoterrestrials, crop circles, demoniacs in the Gospels, and more.

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The 12th Doctor meets Santa at the North Pole! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Christmas special that reunites Clara and the Doctor in a dreamy, facehugger alien story that is by turns funny, endearing, and creepy.

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Is it just a reboot of Wrath of Khan? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the second episode of Picard, season 3, including the similarities to a particular Trek movie, scene-chewing villains, and the bigger than life return of another TNG favorite.

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After discussing the history and concept of dowsing with Dr. Paul Smith, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Dr. Smith talk about what the Christian faith has to say about it, what science studies have shown, and what we should make of it.

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The Doctor for Lord President! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 4th Doctor story of Time Lord politics, assassination, the Matrix, and the "decayed" Master.

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Mysterious feedback! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli answer your mysterious feedback on recent episodes, including the Lonnie Zamora UFO incident, the spiral staircase of Loreto; Lee Harvey Oswald's 1st assassination attempt, and more.

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Season 3 of Picard is here and Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss what's good and maybe not as good, including what makes this season different from the first two so far and what they expect from the rest of the season.

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The practice of dowsing has been used for hundreds of years, at least, to find water, gold, oil, and more. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli talk to an expert on dowsing to ask what it is, what we know about it, and how it works.

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The 3rd Doctor battles the Master in adventure that takes him to Atlantis. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss early 70s women's lib, his encounter with the Minotaur, and the Doctor's story of the worst day of his life.

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Moriarty is another familiar face in Picard, Season 2, so Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha revisit his last episode on TNG and consider the limits of AI and holograms and Sherlock Holmes' greatest foe.

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In the 20th century, scientists began to theorize what Christians have long held: that the universe had a definite beginning. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli ask what is the Big Bang, what evidence points toward it, and what are its implications.

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11 and 12 together! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Big Finish audio play that brings the 11th and 12th Doctors together to contemplate death, regeneration, and wallowing in loss.

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Data's brother, Lore, will play a role in Picard season 3, so Dom Bettinelli, Jimmy Akin, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss Lore's first appearance on TNG and the initial setup of his antagonism and personality.

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In 1901, two Englishwomen visiting the French palace of Versailles had a strange experience. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss their encounters with strangely dressed people in what has become known as a time-slip and what could explain it.

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Ferengi who? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Trek veteran-laden story that sees the Ferengi show up long before Farpoint in a Die Hard-style battle of wits with the Enterprise crew.

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Giants have been part of history and mythology all over the world. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss what giants are, how big humans can get, what's responsible for giants, and the report of giant people in legends and the Bible.

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How do you forgive someone who has something so evil? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this story that sees Neelix struggle with forgiveness for someone who has done much evil to him and in general and now appears repentant.

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In 1915, during a particularly bad drought, San Diego hired rainmaker Charles Hatfield, who gave them more than they bargained for. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli get to know Hatfield, how he tried to make it rain, and what happened in San Diego.

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Mysterious feedback! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli answer your mysterious feedback on recent episodes, including astrology, spoon bending, the secret Cuban missile crisis, and 7th Day Adventist prophet Ellen G. White, plus fan art and a poem.

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Humanizing the monster. Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this DS9 episode where Kira is confronted with a humanized view of Gul Dukat, a man who did unspeakable evil to her people and the idea of setting aside old wounds for a common good.

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Mummies have long been an object of fascination, but how they were made has been a mysterious trade secret of the "men of Anubis." Jimmy Akin continues his conversation with Dr. Bob Brier discuss what he's learned about mummies as one of the world's foremost experts.

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Prime directive! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this story of the advanced alien species being mistaken for gods. What are the ethics of the Prime Directive? Does Picard go too far in what he says about religious belief?

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The idea of the afterlife is universal in human history, ancient Egyptians incuded. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli welcome famed Egyptologist Dr. Bob Brier to discuss what the ancient Egyptians believed, including it was similar and different from Judeo-Christian beliefs.

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Prodigy season 1 has ended and Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the season finale, where the next season might go, and their thoughts on Prodigy as a whole.

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It's the New Year, so Cy Kellett of Catholic Answers Live is asking Jimmy Akin weird questions from listeners, about topics like Capt. America; Johnny Cash; St. Patrick and snakes; did Mary have two spouses?; Jesus' wounds; and baby Jesus' umbilical cord.

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In a new Christmas tradition, Jimmy Akin welcomed everyone, especially those who might alone, to join him for a livestream festive gathering on Christmas day where he answered many questions for four hours. We're making the audio available as a special bonus.

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It's another bonus episode, this time of Jimmy Akin's guest appearance on The Catholic Talk Show to discuss the Book of Revelation, how to interpret, and what most people get wrong about it. Check out the The Catholic Talk Show podcast.

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With the penultimate episode of Prodigy's first season, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the story's willingness to leave no easy way out for the heroes and appreciate the deep cuts from Tek lore.

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It's Christmas, so Cy Kellett of Catholic Answers Live is asking Jimmy Akin Christmas weird questions from listeners, including was the Star of Bethlehem a UFO?; What's the deal with Krampus?; What is the morality of Santa Claus?; and more.

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Zoe arrives! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 2nd Doctor story that brings him back into conflict with the Cybermen; sees another autocratic leader go crazy; and introduces new Companion Zoe.

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Freaky Friday! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about this story which features the classic body swap trope and Kate Mulgrew's performance in essentially three roles in this story, plus how the writers have dealt with the twisted plot threads.

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The Loch Ness Monster has been a worldwide sensation for ages. After examining the history of the mystery, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli now analyze the theories of what it is, including the claim that a creature from the age of the dinosaurs is living in the loch.

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The 12th Doctor deals with the afterlife. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the concepts raised by the story; how the show deals with death; and what makes Missy so compelling as a character.

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Mysterious feedback! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli answer your mysterious feedback on recent episodes, including Shadow People, Patron questions, Spring-Heeled Jack, Edgar Cayce, God's Wife, weird questions, and more!

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Jimmy Akin has a special message as we approach the Christmas season. If you enjoy Mysterious World and want it to continue, it's very important that we hear from you this Advent and Christmas.

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What could have been a Star Trek trope becomes a compelling twist. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this holodeck episode that undermines our expectations and presents a conundrum for the crew, another layer of betrayal. Who can they trust?

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In 1933, the world turned its attention to Loch Ness, a long, thin lake in Scotland, where a monster was reported to be living. In the years since there have many more reports, photos, and even films. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at the monster sightings and the scientific surveys to see if the Loch Ness Monster really exists.

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Missy revealed! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this first of a two-part 12th Doctor season finale that begins with a startling death, which confronts our mortality and discusses our concept of the afterlife.

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Revealed! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest episode of Prodigy, which provides new backstories for Rok-Tahk, Zero, Jankom Pog, and the Diviner's race, plus what happened to Capt. Chakotay.

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We regularly give Patrons the opportunity to ask Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli their mysterious questions and make them available exclusively to Patrons first and then later to the whole audience.

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The 1st Doctor encounters an 11th-century monk who is more than he seems. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor's encounter with a time traveler and Vikings in 1066 England along with new companion Steven.

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Mysterious feedback! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli answer your mysterious feedback on recent episodes, including the Cuban missile crisis; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Urim and Thummim; Robert Righi; Kabbalah; Eucharistic Miracles; and more.

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Be yourself. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest episode of Prodigy, including its message of self-care and being happy with you are created to be, plus the surprise reveals about several characters and Okona's outrageous behavior.

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It's the day after Thanksgiving, so Cy Kellett of Catholic Answers Live is asking Jimmy Akin more weird questions from listeners, including lucid dreaming and morality; whether aliens would worship Jesus; would you die if you touched the Blessed Mother; time travel to the future and presumption; and more.

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The 4th Doctor is joined by his new Companion, Romana. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this heist caper that involves grifters, a deposed dictator, and a part of the Key of Time.

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Outrageous! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Protostar crew's much-anticipated encounter with Admiral Janeway and her crew that goes horribly wrong and their escape with the help of Thadium Okona, aka the Outrageous Okona.

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Lee Harvey Oswald is most famous for the official conclusion that he was the lone assassin of John F. Kennedy. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at the claim that Oswald may have made an earlier assassination attempt on a public figure, including who it was and why.

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The 8th Doctor in a story about aliens and preconceived notions. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss how effectively this audio story deals with darkness and blindness in a typical base under siege tale.

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Mysterious feedback! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli answer your mysterious feedback on recent episodes, including Art's Parts, Time Travel Prayer, Patron Questions, the Haunted House of Marin County, Harriet Tubman, Bilocation, and more.

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Beware the Gallow! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest episode of Prodigy, in which a primitive society has structured itself around its garbled knowledge of the James T. Kirk's Enterprise and the Protostar crew has to help them.

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A group of nuns in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late 1800s needed a special staircase built for their chapel, so they prayed a novena and a mysterious workman came and built it. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss what makes the spiral staircase special, who built it, and whether it could have been St. Joseph himself.

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At the end of the 13th Doctor era, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha assess the Doctor, the Companions, the stories, and showrunner Chris Chibnall and then look forward to what's next.

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Resistance is NOT futile. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest episode of Prodigy, in which the crew encounters a Borg cube and hope it offers a solution to their problem without making a worse, new one.

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In 1964, when Officer Lonnie Zamora heard an explosion outside Soccoro, NM, what he found was an egg-shaped craft that took off into the sky. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore what the police officer saw that day and why this is one of the most intriguing UFO cases of the 1960s.

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Prodigy is back! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the the return of Prodigy and the crew of the Protostar, including the emphasis on action and the return of biological Janeway in addition to her holographic counterpart.

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California vs. Texas! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the season finale of Lower Decks, season 3; it's slightly more serious tone, the state rivalry mined for comedic effect, and the maturation of some of the characters.

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Seventh-day Adventist founder Ellen White reported receiving more then 2,000 visions from God and that her writing were divinely inspired. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli ask whether Ellen was a genuine prophetess and if her visions were really from God.

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The 13th Doctor regenerates! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss all the classic Who Easter eggs; the Master's evil plot; and the surprising result of the Doctor's regeneration and what it could mean for the future.

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Lower Decks tells us not to trust the media. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha also discuss the story's subtext of a parent having to change how she sees her child, plus the great callback to a TNG episode and a set up for the season finale.

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Ellen G. White was co-founder and prophetess of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at the life of this woman and what her visions disclosed and then ask whether she was a genuine prophetess.

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Missy and River together! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Big Finish audio story that brings together the Doctor's two women in his life who gave him a run for his money ... without the Doctor present.

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Boimler's holomovie gets derailed by a search for the meaning of life. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha all the Easter eggs and references to nearly every star Trek movie as well as the existential angst over the meaning of life when can seem meaningless.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 is well-known, but as Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss it was followed in November by a second, secret Cuban missile crisis that the Soviets hid from the world.

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After the Night at the Museum, the trees! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss this 12th Doctor story, which has a completely implausible premise and sees the Doctor completely give up. In fact, is this a Raiders of the Lost Ark story in which nothing our heroes do matter not at all?

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When a rogue exocomp stumbles on a primitive world, it can find redemption with Starfleet. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha look at the funny situation that brings up Castaway and Moana, and a multi-layered scheme that's mathematically perfect.

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In the 1970s and 80s, spoon bending and metal bending using your mind became a sensation. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss how the phenomenon began and search for the truth. Is it really mind over matter or is it a hoax?

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Viking, Soviets, and sea monsters! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 7th Doctor story that sees this Doctor at his sneakiest and includes a vicar going through a crisis of faith, all set during World War II.

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In this mysterious bonus episode, Jimmy Akin and Cy Kellett discuss the origins of astrology, what it is and isn't, and whether it's permissible for Catholics to follow astrology.

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Back to Bajor! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss Lower Decks' return to Deep Space 9, including appearances by Kira and Quark. They also discuss why this episode appeals to Trek fans so much and the many Easter eggs found in it.

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It's a fifth Friday so Cy Kellett of Catholic Answers Live is asking Jimmy Akin more weird questions from listeners, including secret societies; binding demons; reenacting Catholic history; killing vampire-human hybrids; Neanderthals in the afterlife; and more.

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We're 300! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha celebrate reaching the 300 episode milestone by discussing all the many Companions the Doctor has had over 6 decades and giving them tier rankings. Plus, who qualifies as a Companion?

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Do AI have a soul? In this mysterious bonus episode, Jimmy Akin and Cy Kellett discuss recent claims about artificial intelligence programs, including one at Google, that have a soul.

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In a mirror, funny. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the humorous variation on a Trek mirror episode, but this one has bigger series implications. Who is the sinister power behind it all. Plus, Starfleet recruiting booth!

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Continuing their discussion of Edgar Cayce, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli talk about his startling claims to have genuine psychic abilities and what the evidence says about the famed "Sleeping Prophet."

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Dimensions! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 12th Doctor story which imagines a unique species that exists in only two dimensions and sucks dimensionality out of the Tardis.

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God had a wife? In this mysterious bonus episode, Jimmy Akin and Cy Kellett discuss recent claims by some on social media that God originally had a wife, but that she was eventually removed from the Bible.

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It's an old-fashioned room lottery! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the latest episode of Lower Decks in which our crew faces off with more rivals in a slapstick adventure reminiscent of Galaxy Quest and the captain forces the engineers to take a spa retreat.

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In the mid-20th century, Edgar Cayce became known as the Sleeping Prophet for the psychic readings he gave while in hypnotic trances. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss Cayce, called the most famous pyshic of the 20th century and father of alternative medicine and of the New Age movement.

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Farewell Sarah Jane. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 4th Doctor story that sees the departure of popular companion, Sarah Jane Smith; and talk about this story that deals with nuclear power and rock-based super aliens.

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When you think you've got a bad reputation, but it's the opposite! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest Easter eggs and self-referential nods in Lower Decks, including what the crew thinks is a reputation for being screw-ups.

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In 19th century London, residents reported a ghostly figure in outrageous costumes would accost them, sometimes bellowing blue flame in their faces, and then vanish in the night. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli ask who was Spring-Heeled Jack and did he really exist.

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Throw the mummy from the train! Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the 12th Doctor's turn in an Agatha Christie-like story as he contemplates the nature of certain impending death and how to make choices when all you have are bad ones.

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Mysterious feedback! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli answer your mysterious feedback on recent episodes, including the Green Children of Woolpit, Blue Panic Orbs, animal afterlife, Isdal Woman, How We Found the Universe, UFO/UAP Hearings, and more.

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Boimler is the least dangerous game. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest episode of Lower Decks that has Mariner trying to prove she isn't insubordinate all the time and Boimler that he's willing to take risks.

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We regularly give Patrons the opportunity to ask Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli their mysterious questions and make them available exclusively to Patrons first and then later to the whole audience.

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The 3rd Doctor is in a story that addresses the 1970s' concerns about the end of colonization and empire. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this unique story that's also about metamorphosis and transformation.

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Lower Decks is back for season 3. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this follow-on to the season 2 cliffhanger that includes plenty of Easter eggs and side trips to familiar locales from other Trek series, plus some fun cameos.

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Ever thought you saw a shadowy figure out of the corner of your eye? Or the shadowy silhouette of a person directly in front of you? Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the Shadow People, what they are, and where they come from.

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River, the Doctor, and the Quantum Vatican! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Big Finish story featuring the 10th Doctor and River and their flirty second date through time on their way to rob the Apocalypse vault.

Direct download: WHO295.mp3
Category:Secrets of Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Was this the inspiration for Star Trek V? Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Animated Series story that posits a human-friendly Lucifer alien at the center of the galaxy whose race puts the Enterprise crew in the Salem witch trials.

Direct download: SST222.mp3
Category:Secrets of Star Trek -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

People have reported witnessing miracles involving the Holy Eucharist for centuries, including the Eucharist appearing to turn into visible flesh and blood. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli examine the truth of these reports and what we should make of them. Do they represent genuine miracles?

Direct download: MYS220.mp3
Category:Jimmy Akin's Mysterious World -- posted at: 7:30am PDT

Victoria's final journey! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss this 2nd Doctor story that exists only in animation now and features a tense base-under-siege story of sentient seaweed attacking gas drilling rigs.

Direct download: WHO294.mp3
Category:Secrets of Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

The Gorn! Dom Bettinelli and Jimmy Akin discuss the Original Series episode that introduced the Gorn, including Kirk's nearly fatal assumptions and whether you really could build a cannon from the materials he found.

Direct download: SST221.mp3
Category:Secrets of Star Trek -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT

Kabbalism is a school of Jewish mysticism that's made a celebrity splash. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli continue a conversation Dr. Justin Sledge about the controversial millennia-old teachings about God, the creation of the world, the origin of evil, and the afterlife.

Direct download: MYS219.mp3
Category:Jimmy Akin's Mysterious World -- posted at: 7:30am PDT

Return to the Moon Egg! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha revisit this 12th Doctor story that presents a more implausible and less scientific than usual plot contrivance to create dramatic tension between the Doctor and Clara. Our commentary may be more entertaining the episode itself.

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Category:Secrets of Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Jimmy has been contacted by the Vatican's Dicastery for Communications and was asked to ask for your help with a brief survey.

https://mysterious.fm/vatican

Direct download: MYS218a.mp3
Category:Jimmy Akin's Mysterious World -- posted at: 4:38pm PDT

Hunting bad! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Enterprise episode, including the morality and ethics of hunting, including semi-sentient creatures, and the science of rogue planets.

Direct download: SST220.mp3
Category:Secrets of Star Trek -- posted at: 4:00pm PDT