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Sep 2, 2020

Who would have guessed that Scooby Doo would have us go deeper than Loch Ness itself? Was the Loch Ness Monster just a marketing scheme? And what, exactly, is the definition of cryptid? We’re gonna answer these questions, without terrible Scottish accents. 

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Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of drug use, drowning, animal/monster attacks, hoaxes in the press, animal remains, Covid-19, and cultural appropriation. 



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Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, an independent podcast collective and production studio. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.