iTunes Best of 2016, over 23 million downloads, #2 in US, UK and CAN Apple Podcasts chart.

"Is Unexplained the world's spookiest podcast?" - The Guardian

"A grisly treat..." - The Financial Times

Unexplained is a haunting and unsettling bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation.

A story-based show mixing spoken-word narrative, history and ideas - often to terrifying effect - that explores the space between what we think of as real and what is not; where sometimes belief can be as concrete as ‘reality,’ whatever that is…

We humans cling desperately to a sense of purpose. We have an almost pathological need to know and understand the why and wherefores. And nothing irks us more than a story with no end, a joke without a punchline, a jigsaw with a missing piece.

Perhaps we demand this meaning as a way of staving off our greatest fear - that maybe there isn't a why, or even worse, that the truth would just be too dull...

But sometimes, when something is inexplicable, that mystery in itself can become the story.  In many ways, it is often the lure of the mystery that keeps us coming back for more. And sometimes, it is when confronted with the unknown that our imaginations are at their most fertile.

Maybe, ultimately, some things are just better left unexplained…

New episodes released every Friday, listen here:


Listen to music from the show written by Richard MacLean Smith here


Part Scottish, part English and a proud Citizen of Nowhere, Richard is a podcaster and writer developing a number of TV drama projects that may or may not ever live to see the light of day.

A lover of the Twilight Zone as a kid, not to mention Round the Twist, the X-Files and Eerie Indiana, he can trace his fascination with the strange and mysterious directly back to the night his mum let him stay up to watch the pilot episode of Twin Peaks.

Not that he only watches TV, although that is what he seems to have spent most of his childhood doing…

He lives in Walthamstow with his beautiful partner and a cat called Boo. 

Visiting the Callanish Stones in Lewis, Scotland. © Donna Mackay