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

Site R: The Raven Rock Mountain Complex | 326

March 22, 2023

Buckle up, tinfoil hat-wearers, this week we take you on a wild ride deep into the heart of the mysterious Raven Rock Mountain Complex, aka Site R! What's more intriguing than an underground city built to withstand a nuclear…

Scientific Paradoxes | 325

March 15, 2023

Science is full of all sorts of paradoxes: We can travel to the depths of space, but can't cure the common cold. We can split the atom, but can't figure out why time flies when you're having fun. We can map the human genome,…

Creepy Dolls | 324

March 8, 2023

Cavemen used to fashion dolls out of sticks and rocks. They would play with them for hours, pretending that they were going on epic hunting trips and fighting off saber-toothed tigers. Fast forward a few thousand years, and …

Ong's Hat: Eggheads, Gov't Shills, & The Internet's First Hoax | 323

Feb. 22, 2023

Ever start telling a story as a joke and it gets out of hand? People believe it no matter how much you swear you made it up and try to destroy your life? No, just Joseph Matheny? This week we tackle Ong’s Hat, the internets …

Death Walker w/ Nick Groff | 322

Feb. 15, 2023

This week the boys are joined by Nick Groff to talk his life in the world of the paranormal and his new show from FilmRise, Death Walker. In the series host Nick Groff theorizes and investigates the origins of some of Americ…

Blurry Hysteria: Icy Cobras | BONUS

Feb. 13, 2023

Half of ALL the snakebites in the world each year come from India... Half. Let that sink in (pun intended). Well, this week we have a change of fortune as a kid bites back! Also, ice news? All you gotta do is add some balls …

Recent Blog Posts

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! 

Hysteria 51 Podcast’s Co-host John Goforth is Stepping Down

Hysteria 51 Podcast’s Co-host John Goforth is Stepping Down David Flora, a veteran podcaster will be taking over the co-hosting duties Chicago, I…

About the Hosts

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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.

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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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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).