50. Odd Ball, “Who is Gerri?”
As odd bits of conspiracy-adjacent ephemera have found new life in the podcast world, few have gotten the thoughtful treatment that WJCT host Lindsey Kilbride gives to the legendary Betz Sphere. A mysterious metallic ball whose origins and behavior have confounded skeptics and experts alike, the Sphere becomes just one of the many key players in a decade-spanning quest for the truth. Along the way, one of the most valuable things that “Odd Ball” does is approach various individuals in the ongoing Betz saga with a healthy dose of perspective. Rather than paint people like this episode’s primary subject Gerri Betz as a simple attention-seeker or a dishonest perpetuator of a longstanding myth, the show considers the toll that prolonged media attention can have on someone’s life and the difficulties of maintaining privacy in an era of increased connection and curiosity.
Listen to the episode here.