Hysteria 51

Hysteria 51 is a weekly podcast that takes an every-man approach to the World of the Weird - UFOs, Aliens, Mysteries, the Paranormal, the Unusual, and the Unexplained. Hosts Brent Hand, David Flora, and Conspiracy Bot (a cranky robot bent on world domination who also happens to be the show’s head researcher) examine a different topic each week and generally come to one conclusion…the truth is out there, but you won’t find it here.

Recent Episodes

Lagoon of Lost Souls: Poveglia's Haunting History | 336

Lagoon of Lost Souls: Poveglia's Haunting History | 336

June 7, 2023

Buckle up and clasp on your spectral seatbelts as we cruise on the SS Hysteria this week! We're embarking on an otherworldly journey across the goosebump-infused waters of the Venetian Lagoon to dock at Poveglia Island, the …

Blurry Hysteria: Unearthly Retrievals | BONUS

Blurry Hysteria: Unearthly Retrievals | BONUS

June 5, 2023

On Blurry Hysteria this week we grapple with revelation from the seemingly otherworldly. Our focus today is on a groundbreaking article that's swept the globe, "INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY U.S. HAS RETRIEVED CRAFT OF NON-HUMA…

Rock and Roll Extraterrestrials: The Dropa Stones Saga | 335

Rock and Roll Extraterrestrials: The Dropa Stones Saga | 335

May 31, 2023

This week we dive into the mysterious stone discs allegedly discovered in a cave in China. Are they ancient UFO records or just a 12,000-year-old DJ’s favorite playlist? Or, more likely, just B.S.? We won't leave any stone -…

Hoer Verde: The Ghost Town That Ghosted Us | 334

Hoer Verde: The Ghost Town That Ghosted Us | 334

May 23, 2023

It's "Hoer Verde" time, the Brazilian village that, like a magician's assistant or Conspiracy Bot after a paternity suit, disappeared without a trace! The villagers are said to have vanished, leaving behind only a cryptic me…

Blurry Hysteria: Moo-stery in Texas & Unveiling Thoughts: The AI Revolution | BONUS

Blurry Hysteria: Moo-stery in Texas & Unveiling Thoughts: The AI Revolution | BONUS

May 22, 2023

We're lassoing some 'out of this world' news from the Lone Star State, where a baffling cattle mystery has struck Texas ranchers once again. Six seemingly healthy cattle have met a bizarre end, all with one thing in common -…

The Red Ghost of Arizona: When Camels Go Rogue | 333

The Red Ghost of Arizona: When Camels Go Rogue | 333

May 17, 2023

This week the boys are galloping across the sandy vistas of Arizona to uncover the truth behind the legendary Red Ghost of the Wild West. It's a tale of a mysterious beast that left even the grittiest cowboys shivering in th…

Recent Blog Posts

Fun With ChatGPT-4

I decided to let ChatGPT take a crack and write a story about Conspiracy Bot. I told it the following:write me a funny story about a robot named Conspira…

Brent Hand and Hysteria 51 hit 300 episodes

A heartfelt thank you to all who have supported us on this journey

Doing Some Light Reading...

Ryan Sprague was kind enough to let us know we were in a magazine article this month. And Egon Spangler said print was dead! 

About the Hosts

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John Goforth

Former Host

John has been an audio nerd since birth. It is said he came out of the womb with earbuds on (ok, they were Walkman headphones). His passion for audio storytelling and the business side of the…business manifests in both his career and his hobbies. His day job is in the podcast world where he’s led podcast monetization strategy for major media companies, headed audience growth for some of the largest shows in the ecosystem, and even built and led sales teams. Currently he’s the Chief Revenue Officer at Magellan AI. His night job however, is where his creativity shines. He co-founded, and is the former co-host and co-writer of Hysteria 51 while concurrently working on other projects. His spare time is spent with his wife, Stacy, two kids (who really like the park and Korean food), rooting for the Detroit Lions (it’s a punishing hobby), boxing (less punishing than being a Lions fan), and writing (he’s penned 1 ½ books he swears will never see the light of day).

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David Flora


David Flora is a Kentucky-born, Colorado-based actor, director, narrator, and podcaster. He has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Music from Centre College in Danville, KY, and he also has a super-awesome and legit correspondence degree in Astrology/Parapsychology from Stratford Career Institute. He also hosts the Blurry Photos podcast, winner of the Chicago Reader’s 2017 Best Podcast of Chicago. On top of that, because spare time is for chumps, he co-hosts the Quiz Quiz Bang Bang trivia podcast.

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Brent Hand


Brent is an award-winning podcast producer, host, and speaker. He is passionate about taking people on a journey beyond their standard realm of knowledge. His love for the “world of the weird” has been described as contagious, entertaining and informative. He has a knack for presenting concepts related to aliens, conspiracies, and the paranormal in an amusing, often irresistible, and typically educational way to help people gain a better understanding of these topics why staying engaged. Outside of H51, Brent owns and runs ForthHand Podcast Studio in Hillside IL. There he has helped companies and major networks such as iHeartMedia, HowStuffWorks, Podbelly, Dark Myths, Radio Lost Angeles, Patreon, Infirmary Media, Magellan AI, and many more tell their stories more effectively through podcasting.