The Micah Hanks Program

by Micah Hanks
The Micah Hanks Program is a weekly podcast that covers science and the mysteries of our universe. Taking a critically-minded approach to the study of our world, each week Micah presents commentary and discussions with guests on subjects that include mysteries of physics and astronomy, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), UFOs, myths and folklore, archaeology and ancient mysteries, artificial intelligence, futurism, cryptozoology, science fiction, and entertainment. Each week we journey to the boundaries of human knowledge, in search of the most unusual things our world has to offer.

Cold-Flyer: The DHS 'Rubber Duck' UAP: An Analysis

On November 23, 2019, a FLIR camera system onboard an RC-26B aircraft with the Air National Guard managed to film an unconventional flying object as it passed over Arizona. Displaying no visible means of propulsion or aerodynamic lift, the odd footage has been touted as one of several examples of Department of Homeland Security videos depicting unidentified aerial phenomena. This week, joining us to discuss his scientific analysis of what has since been dubbed the "Rubber Duck UAP" is Peter …

The ODNI Report: AARO and the DOD's UAP Problem

On October 31, 2022, the second installment of a series of reports involving the Department of Defense's ongoing evaluation of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) was scheduled for delivery, and after weeks of waiting, the ODNI report has finally been delivered... and with mixed reception from the UAP community. This week, we provide a complete breakdown and analysis of what the data in the report actually means, explain why it's significant, and what the mainstream media missed in its attempts at …

Disinformation Nation: Truth, Lies, and Flying Saucers |MHP 01.10.23.

For decades, rumors of an alleged film depicting the landing of a flying saucer at Holloman Air Force Base have persisted, following the depiction of a story based on the alleged incident in a 1970s documentary, UFOs: Past, Present, and Future, and in a book of the same title by Robert Emenegger. The story emerged after Emenegger was purportedly told he would be given the footage for his documentary, a promise his sources did not keep. Over the years, several …

Deception: UAP and the Military: Ours or Theirs?

In a recent series of Wall Street Journal opinion editorials, columnist Holman Jenkins Jr. has argued that military UAP encounters might be the result of a "secret military laser program", which he suggested might have been tested on active-duty pilots and that the Pentagon “may know exactly what [UAP] are.” His criticisms of the topic, and of military personnel who have had such encounters, recently evoked a response from former Navy fighter pilot Ryan Graves, who wrote in a rebuttal …

Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena: The Pentagon's 'X-Files'

As 2022 draws to a close, some have argued that the last twelve months were a "slow year" for developments regarding UFOs, or what the Department of Defense now even more broadly calls "unidentified anomalous phenomena." However, the reality is that this couldn't be further from the truth: 2022 may eventually be seen as a landmark year in terms of developments related to the Pentagon's ongoing investigations, as recent events make clear. This week we look at the DOD's real-life …

The Chrononauts: UAP and the Science of Time Travel

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena have received renewed attention in recent years, following the U.S. government's focus on resolving incidents with anomalous phenomena occurring in air, undersea, and space domains. However, the underlying source of these unusual objects remains undetermined. While one popular theory holds that they could represent extraterrestrial technologies, another interpretation of the phenomenon involves the potential that time travel could account for the presence of unusual aerial technologies encountered by our military. Could UFO occupants actually be "chrononauts" from …

Secrets of the Skies: Area 51 Black Jets & Skunk Works UFOs

Since the Cold War era, the United States has worked to build the world's most advanced stealth aircraft, which produced the famous U2 spyplane, the SR-71, the B2 bomber, and most recently, the Air Force's impressive B-21 Raider, the world's first sixth-generation-aircraft. However, for decades there have been rumors about other aircraft that have been designed at Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works facility. Did programs like the mysterious and long-rumored "Aurora" actually exist? And could Lockheed engineers like the famous Kelly …

Pilot Encounters With UAP: Aviation Safety and UFOs

In recent months, reports of sightings involving unidentified aerial phenomena by pilots have been making news, involving a variety of observations of unusual luminous displays by aviators over the United States. While some of the sightings appear to have been resolved, a number of the pilot reports continue to perplex experts, and more broadly, point to challenges that aviation professionals face. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look at several of the recent pilot encounters with UAP, along …

Terror of the Men in Black: Fear, Folklore, & Flying Saucers

Since the late 1940s, people who have claimed to be UFO witnesses have occasionally come forward with strange stories of visits from "men in black," giving rise to an odd and unsettling subfield in modern studies of the phenomenon. However, historical researchers point out that the idea of visits from mysterious, dark-suited individuals didn't begin with the modern UFO era, and in fact, may date back centuries. This week on The Micah Hanks Program, we look at the folklore surrounding …