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William J. Birnes

Biography:

William (Bill) Birnes is a New York Times best-selling author, a magazine publisher, and a New York literary publishing agent who has written and edited over twenty-five books and encyclopedias in the fields of human behavior, true crime, current affairs, history, psychology, business, computing, and the paranormal.

As publisher of the nationally distributed UFO Magazine, editor of The UFO Encyclopedia published by Pocket Books, and co-author, with the nation's top radio talk-show host, George Noory, of A Worker In The Light, Dr. Birnes has added to his list of publications in the UFO/Paranormal field, which include: The Day After Roswell, Unsolved UFO Mysteries, and The Haunting of the Presidents.

William Birnes received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1974 while he was an Instructor of English at Trenton State College in New Jersey where he taught structural linguistics and historical linguistics as well as literature and writing. Professor Birnes was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, a Lily Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, and a grants award judge for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Past Shows:

'The Other' / Esoteric America

In the first half of the program, George Knapp welcomed legendary paranormal writer, Brad Steiger, who reflected on his prodigious career researching the unexplained and shared his thoughts on what may be behind encounters with otherworldly beings. In the latter half, author Bill Birnes discussed the often unspoken esoteric history of the United States as well as how the government secretly studied psychic phenomena and mind control techniques. ... More »

Host: George Knapp

Voodoo/ UFO Hunters

In the first half of the program, George Knapp was joined by Dr. John Alexander, who discussed his recent trips to West Africa and Mongolia where he met shamans and observed voodoo rituals. In the latter half, author Bill Birnes talked about his role on the defunct TV series UFO Hunters and what it's like to investigate the compelling and sometimes chilling evidence of UFO phenomena. ... More »

Host: George Knapp

Las Vegas/ 'Dr. Feelgood'

In the first half of the program, George Knapp was joined by popular former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, who discussed his career as a mob attorney, representing everyone from Meyer Lansky to Lefty Rosenthal, as well as how this led to him becoming the mayor of Las Vegas. In the second half, author Bill Birnes talked about Dr. Max Jacobson, who developed a unique "energy formula" that altered the paths of some of the twentieth century‚Äôs most iconic figures, including President and Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis. ... More »

Host: George Knapp

20th Century Paranormal

Authors William J. Birnes and Joel Martin discussed a variety paranormal events, subjects, and personalities of twentieth century America and their unexpected influences. Martin characterized three different categories of the paranormal. First hour guest, astrologer Mark Lerner offered a look at the future via his interpretation of planetary movements. ... More »

Host: George Noory

UFO Sightings & Investigations

Author, magazine publisher, and host of the History Channel's UFO Hunters, William J. Birnes discussed recent and classic UFO cases, researchers, and the field of ufology itself. For his newest book, Aliens in America, a kind of travel guide to UFO hotspots, he chose cases that met four different criteria-- multiple, credible witnesses, physical trace evidence, government documentation, and government attempts at debunking/disinformation. First hour guest, Richard C. Hoagland talked about several space topics. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Journey to the Light

Author William J. Birnes spoke with George Noory about their new work Journey to the Light, which presents evidence that human psychic potential is real, and a number of the contributors to the book joined the show to tell their story. Last hour guest, paranormal investigator Joshua P. Warren presented his controversial report: Who Lives on the Moon? ... More »

Host: George Noory

America's Paranormal History

Co-authors of the The Haunting of America, Joel Martin and Bill Birnes detailed how paranormal events have influenced politics, law, psychology, and other areas, from the Salem Witch trials to the present. Last hour guest, author and metaphysician Stuart Wilde shared some of his visions. ... More »

Host: George Noory

UFO Events & Issues

George Knapp talked with Needles object witness Frank Costigan (KLAS TV report) in the first hour. Following that, retired Air Force Capt. Robert Collins talked about UFO disinformation during the second hour. Then, author William Birnes discussed a number of issues related to the field of Ufology for the remainder of the program. ... More »

Host: George Knapp

UFO Year in Review

In a 4-hour special, George Knapp welcomed Alejandro Rojas and James Carrion, both of MUFON to review UFO sightings and events of 2008... ... More »

Host: George Knapp

Egypt & The Grand Canyon

Author and archeologist David Hatcher Childress discussed his research into artifacts found in the Grand Canyon that suggest Egyptians may have visited North America thousands of years ago. He also talked about his investigation of the Olmecs and amazing technologies possessed by people of ancient times. "The more and more I've looked into it over the years, what I've concluded is that, yes there is something to it," Childress said of the famous story, from 1909, of a Smithsonian-sponsored expedition into the Grand Canyon to find Egyptian artifacts. He shared one possible piece of evidence: a Southwestern roadside attraction, dubbed "The Thing." This odd mummy of a woman and child together was "privately purchased in 1910" according to his sources. Childress theorized that it "may well be one of the artifacts from the caves." Speculating on why this information has been shrouded in secrecy, Childress said "today, history is politically correct, not what happened, but ... More »

Host: George Noory

2012 & Parallel Realities

Lecturer and researcher David Wilcock returned, sharing his perceptions about 2012 and parallel realities. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Corso & UFOs

Best-selling author William J. Birnes joined George Noory to announce the release of their new book, Worker in the Light. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Future Lives & Time Travel

Author and hypnotic regressionist Dr. Bruce Goldberg offered details about future life progression, time travel, soul mates, Atlantis and aliens. In his accessing of the Akashic Records, he revealed two of George Noory's future lives. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Cayce's Reincarnation?

Author Wynn Free was joined by intuitive David Wilcock, whom he believes is the reincarnation of "the sleeping prophet," Edgar Cayce. ... More »

Host: George Noory

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