Richard MacLean Smith

Podcast Overview

Unexplained is a bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation. A show about the space between what we think of as real and what is not. Where the unknown and paranormal meets some of the most radical ideas in science today.

When something is inexplicable, that mystery in itself can become the story. In many ways, it is often the lure of the mystery that keeps us coming back for more...

And maybe, ultimately, some things are just better left unexplained…

More info at and on twitter @unexplainedpod

Podcast Episodes

S02 Episode 5: Roads to Knowhere

The A616 is a road in England running from the town of Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire to Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. In 1987 building began on a small stretch of the road that would later become known as the Stocksbridge Bypass, a stretch of road now generally regarded as one of the most haunted in the whole of the UK... Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 4 Extra: The Sound of Fear

For the last episode, When the Snow Melts, we took an in-depth look into the unsettling mystery often referred to as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. The incident details the mysterious deaths of nine hikers as they attempted a challenging trek through the Ural Mountains. In this Extra episode we look at one final theory that might go some way to explaining just what exactly happened on that fateful night of February 1st 1959. Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 4: When the Snow Melts pt.3

With five of the students' bodies now recovered from Kholat Syakhl mountain, rumours begin to circulate about just what exactly might have caused their deaths. Meanwhile, with four of the students still unaccounted for, lead investigator Lev Ivanov is under increasing pressure to bring the the case to a swift and uncontroversial end... Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 4: When the Snow Melts pt.2

It is February 25th 1959, and Igor Dyatlov and his team, due back in their home town of Sverdlosk on February 13th have not been seen since January 28th. When their last movements are traced to a mountain known as Kholat Syakhl, or Dead Mountain, a gruesome discovery is about to be made... Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 4: When the Snow Melts pt.1

On Friday January 23rd 1959, a story begins from out of the foothills of the Ural Mountains. A story that is perhaps the most extraordinary of all the stories featured on this show so far. A chilling and profound mystery that remains to this day Unexplained… Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 3 Extra: 6EQUJ5

In last week’s episode, The Final Flight, we looked at the tragic story of Australian Training Corp pilot Fred Valentich and his mysterious disappearance one evening in October 1978. In a famous last communication between Fred and Air Traffic Control it appeared that Fred was being tracked by a large UFO just prior to his disappearance. If, as some believe, Fred had in fact fabricated the event, it has been suggested that the Stephen Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind may have served as a possible source of inspiration. Yet, only 6 months previously something far more fantastical had occurred that would no doubt have been noted by Fred, a young man with a keen interest in UFOs and the hunt for Alien life... Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 3: The Last Flight

It has been calculated that the likelihood of the human race being the only sophisticated life form in the milky way is a one in sixty billion chance. The milky way is one of 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe. The following story is considered by many UFOlogists to be among the most compelling pieces of evidences of an alien visitation to our planet. Just what happened in the skies off the coast of Melbourne Australia in 1978 has never been fully accounted for. It is a mystery that remains to this day Unexplained. Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 2 Extra: My Name is John

In last week’s episode, Time Out of Joint, we looked at two incidences of a supposed time slip. In both stories we find ourselves questioning the validity of someone’s belief that they unwittingly stepped back into the past. But what, instead, if we were on the other side and it was us witnessing them arriving miraculously from the future. How could we possibly believe them? Find out more at and @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 2: Time Out of Joint

It has long been accepted that time as we know it, or at the very least in the sense that we experience it, is not what it seems. There are two accounts of alleged time-slips that took place in Britain in the 1950s. Writer and long time member of the society of psychical research Andrew MacKenzie, documented both the events, in his 1997 book Adventures in Time. For MacKenzie the accounts were nothing less than two of the most convincing accounts he had ever come across. More info at and on twitter @unexplainedpod

S02 Episode 1 Extra: Operation Cone of Power

In last week’s episode, Whispers in the Trees, we looked at the unsettling mystery of the skeleton found inside the hollowed-out trunk of an old Wych Elm tree. In 1945, Dr. Margaret Murray suggested a possible occult link to the crime. As fanciful as the suggestion might sound, it certainly wouldn’t have been the first time that an occult ritual had been conducted in England during the second world war... More info at and on twitter @unexplainedpod

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