A Day in My Life

Para­nor­male Ak­tiv­itäten zu un­ter­suchen – das ist einer der Haupt­fokusse des be­liebten Pod­cast­ers. Von TALITHA LINEHAN

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A pod­caster of the para­nor­mal

My name is Ross Blocher. I am 36, and I am

the co-host of the pod­cast Oh No, Ross and Car­rie! at ohnopod­cast.com. To­gether with my co-host, Car­rie Poppy, I in­ves­ti­gate claims of the para­nor­mal from a sci­en­tific stand­point by do­ing things like join­ing reli­gious groups, go­ing to spir­i­tual events, and un­der­go­ing al­ter­na­tive treat­ments. Then we re­port on our ex­pe­ri­ence of things like psy­chic surg­eries, telekine­sis, ec­to­plasm, and try­ing to achieve an outof-body state. We started the pod­cast in 2011 and now have tens of thou­sands of lis­ten­ers world­wide.

It’s not un­usual for me to spend all day Satur­day and Sun­day work­ing on the pod­cast. I al­most never set my alarm, but I tend to wake up around 6.30 a.m. Some­times, I’ll lie in bed and do some read­ing. I find that the more I read, the hap­pier I am in life. It’s a di­rect cor­re­la­tion. I read mostly books about pop­u­lar sci­ence, psy­chol­ogy, and things like that.

Then I go to the com­puter to check my e-mails, up­date Face­book posts, and do some au­dio edit­ing. I do that for two to three hours, un­til it’s time to get ready for the day.

Typ­i­cally on a Satur­day, Car­rie and I will have some­where to go for the pod­cast. It could be a con­fer­ence, a class, or a treat­ment. We tend to car­pool to save on the cost of gas. So I might drive from my place in Bur­bank to pick her up in Hol­ly­wood, which is about 16 miles (26 kilo­me­ters) away. The event or ex­pe­ri­ence could take two to four hours, or even longer. We try to go into it as blindly as pos­si­ble, and we don’t tell peo­ple that we are re­porters, so that we can be sure of hav­ing a more authen­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

We nor­mally eat out for lunch. Car­rie’s a ve­gan, and I’m a veg­e­tar­ian, so LA is a great place for us to be. After­wards, we drive to Car­rie’s place to do some record­ing. For an hour-long episode of the pod­cast, we prob­a­bly record an hour and a half of au­dio, of­ten more. We do take notes and use them while record­ing, but we don’t script or plan what we’re go­ing to say. We stop of­ten, ei­ther to look some­thing up or be­cause of noise, like a plane fly­ing over­head or Car­rie’s boyfriend com­ing or go­ing.

When we’re fin­ished, I do a ba­sic edit be­fore send­ing it to our ed­i­tor, who sends it back to me later for a fi­nal edit.

I nor­mally get home between eight and nine in the evening

and hang out with my wife and son for a few hours. We have a late din­ner and watch movies to­gether. Then, af­ter ev­ery­one else goes to bed, I go back to the com­puter.

Ev­ery day, lis­ten­ers send us ideas for fu­ture episodes, and I spend a lot of time re­spond­ing to them. I fol­low links and watch Youtube videos, and if it’s some­thing we haven’t heard of be­fore, I add it to this mas­sive Google Doc called “Mas­ter list of po­ten­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions.” The ideas are cat­e­go­rized, so there’s al­ter­na­tive medicine, fringe re­li­gion, fringe sci­ence, the spir­i­tual, the para­nor­mal — top­ics like that. I re­spond to around 10 lis­ten­ers a day, and that’s just enough for me never to keep up. But I try.

I also watch Youtube videos re­lat­ing to cur­rent in­ves­ti­ga­tions, usu­ally right af­ter we have gath­ered our first-hand ex­pe­ri­ences. And there are on­line classes that I’ve been vis­it­ing for years that we haven’t re­ported on yet. So if pos­si­ble, I’ll take the time to work on some of them.

Dur­ing the week, I work as an an­i­ma­tor, but the pod­cast is laced through my life, as I’m al­ways check­ing e-mails, go­ing on­line, and read­ing re­lated ma­te­rial. I don’t sleep too much, and that’s prob­a­bly a good thing — be­cause there’s al­ways so much to do.

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