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William J. “Bill” Birnes, PhD, and Nancy Hayfield Birnes of the Future Theater show addressed the questionable research practices of David M. Jacobs, PhD, of Temple University, recently retired, and the problems in “alien abduction research”, in several shows.

Birnes has both a PhD and a law degree, and was the consulting producer and lead host of the television show UFO Hunters. He has written and produced shows for Lifetime television, A&E, and the History Channel. Prior to that, he taught linguistics at Trenton State College, and has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, the DEA, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hayfield Birnes has been a reporter since the 11th grade in high school. She graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and has won awards for writing, including the Samuel Shellabarger Award for Creative Writing.

Birnes and Hayfield Birnes host the Future Theater show. They set up the Shadow Lawn Press book production company, and have produced, written, and edited books on a wide variety of topics. For many years they published and edited UFO Magazine (American edition).  Keep up with them through the Future Theater show.

Future Theater Shows

Future Theater # 18: Jeff Ritzmann, Jeremy Vaeni

“Jeremy and Jeff have been investigating the Emma Woods allegations against Professor David Jacobs of Temple University. In this in-depth conversation, Jeff and Jeremy talk about hypnosis in general and hypnosis used for abductee research in particular. It’s important to note that both Jeff and Jeremy have their own personal alien encounter experiences, so they are not debunkers. Far from it … listen and enjoy.”

Future Theater # 45: Carol Rainey

“On Saturday we will be speaking with Carol Rainey, who is in the process of making a documentary about abduction, her work with Budd Hopkins, and in a sneak preview, her work with the very famous Linda Cortile case. … [Rainey] has been making award-winning documentaries for PBS, cable, and commercial distribution for over two decades. Although in the past she has focused mainly on scientific and medical subjects, Rainey is currently working on a feature-length documentary about a subculture of people who steadfastly report paranormal experiences that fly in the face of mainstream science. … [Rainey] tells a story of discovery, of looking behind the veil of alien-abduction research.”

Future Theater # 63: Emma Woods

“Tonight we speak with the very gentle, very interesting Emma Woods. This is, of course, not her real name. She put a very intimate part of her life online a few years ago, and as a result the UFO petrie dish has become fertilized with a whole new meme: the myth of hypnotic retrieval.

“We will talk about the after-effects and how she is coping today. We’ll also address the enigmatic baby in the bathwater … are aliens real, and did they ever make contact with Emma?”

Future Theater # 186: Carol Rainey

“Carol Rainey makes a return visit to Future Theater, and this time she brings with her an explosive video … .”

Future Theater # 189: Jack Brewer

“Tonight we invite you to meet Jack Brewer. One of our topics tonight is going to be the ongoing censorship that folks in the UFO field experience, especially if the topic is abduction.

“Jack Brewer’s interest in the paranormal and subsequent navigation of the UFO community led him to become convinced reasonable skepticism was often sorely lacking. His interests include alleged alien abduction and what he has found to be the exploitation of self-described experiencers, topics he explores at his blog, The UFO Trail.”

Future Theater # 228: Emma Woods, Jeremy Vaeni, Alfred Lehmberg, Jack Brewer

“Tonight we have a very exciting show planned for you, and it will be jam-packed with important information for anyone interested in the current state of abduction research. In addition, we will be talking to Jeremy Vaeni about the new Project Core in the first half-hour.

“If you aren’t familiar with the story of Emma Woods, the story is here. In addition, we will be speaking to Jack Brewer and wishing Al Lehmberg the happiest of birthdays!”

Future Theater # 268: Emma Woods 2.5

“Now that David Jacobs has published a new book of alien hybrid tales and enjoyed a round of controversy-free publicity, it’s time to talk about what is really going on behind Jacobs’s hypnotic telephone voice. It’s a compelling story, and one that can be verified. …

“Joining us tonight to discuss this difficult topic will be Jack Brewer and Alfred Lehmberg.”