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Bigfoot: the Origin Story

Ep. 58

Our second episode examining the very real history of Bigfoot. This time we're looking at ancient Native American rock art and meeting the extinct (or is it?) giant ape Gigantopithecus.


Our returning guest is the wonderful Dan Schreiber - host of We Can Be Weirdos and co-host of No Such Thing As a Fish.


Produced by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.


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