A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes feature an unexplained event or story from a historical time period. Whether a ghostly occurrence, vampire conspiracy, or supposed extra-terrestrial visit, listeners receive insight into the daily lives, struggles, and cultures of societies dating back centuries with each story. Episodes detail lesser known, unexplained events that shaped a community at the time. It's up to the listener to decide what they believe really happened. Sometimes, the host even pulls in expert opinions from professors and others experienced with the historical incident of the episode.
Encourages listeners to use their imaginations and nurture their curiosity about fascinating occurrences in history. Some episodes have a more somber, deadly ending that is unjust to the victims in the story.
Positive Role Models
The host, Richard MacLean Smith, provides an excellent example for listeners to keep their curiosity going even into adulthood. His passion is apparent with the attention to detail and research he puts into each episode, which could be inspiring for listeners with historical and paranormal interests looking to expand on their curious passions. Not all individuals detailed in the stories themselves are good role models, though. Some commit crimes and other immoral acts without facing consequences.
Stories told in Unexplained date back centuries and may detail diverse cultures across the world, where listeners learn some unique aspects of those cultures relevant to the story. Many episodes detail stories from Western or Westernized counties and diverse social identities are rarely discussed.
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Violence & Scariness
Many episodes detail gruesome stories of violence, murder, and even suicide resulting from unexplained events. Spooky topics such as ghosts, vampires, and aliens are also discussed, which could be unsettling for some listeners. Some episodes detail minimal violence and focus more on the unexplained nature of events, but most have aspects of gore and violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Minimal references of romance, only when relevant to the story.
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Products & Purchases
Most episodes begin advertising additional podcasts or sponsored services. Stories are not interrupted with ads. Ads usually detail other spooky or mystery related podcasts that listeners may enjoy if they also enjoy Unexplained.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Minimal references of drinking, drugs, or smoking, only when relevant to the story background.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unexplained is a well-organized, researched podcast detailing mysterious and often spooky occurrences throughout history. Curiosity is encouraged with each episode as not only do the episodes explain fascinating events, but also push listeners to form their own opinions and conclusions about what they believe really happened. Most episodes feature graphic descriptions of scary situations and gore, including vampires, witches, satan, and ghosts. Some episodes mention suicide and murder. There are also episodes with minimal graphic details focusing more on mysterious events that may be suitable for younger audiences. Adults may want to look through episode descriptions to determine what episodes may be better suited for younger audiences. Host Richard MacLean Smith speaks in a slow, calm voice that soothes most listeners, making these spooky episodes perfect for a car ride home or a bedtime story. Violent, gory, and spooky themes present in Unexplained may be too graphic and scary for younger teens, tweens, and children.
Is It Any Good?
Stories are told in a calm, soothing way making them easy and fun to listen to for teens and adults at any time of the day. Listeners will appreciate the carefully crafted ways Unexplained tells spooky stories to keep them engaged and intrigued. Unexplained is a delightful yet haunting listen perfect for anyone looking for darker, more unknown stories of the world.
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