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The Ouija Board Episode

We explore the origins as well as the social, psychological and philosophical implications of the popular American “boardgame”, The Ouija Board. There is more than a Midwestern connection here, the entire United States has experienced Ouija crazes throughout history. To find out why, we talk to researchers, skeptics and believers. Expect science, history and culture in this month’s conversation.

We would like to thank The Ouija Team from the University of British Columbia @UBC, Gene Orlando of the Museum of Talking Boards website, Lawrence Punky Chapman, and the Omaha Public Library. Thank you also to Michael Shermer @michaelshermer, as well as Michael and Casandra Beacom of Great Plain Supernatural Investigations.  

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More information on our interview guests can be found by following the links below:

Michael Shermer: or

UBC Visual Cognition Lab: or

Great Plains Supernatural Investigations:

Museum of Talking Boards:

If you would like citations for any of the research cited in this episode, please contact

Theme music by: Nathan Blake Lynn Sound design by: Ben Sollee

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