Roswell revisited: aliens, artists and anarchy in New Mexico's UFO capital

The latest episode of the Flightless Bird with David Farrier podcast is full of interviews with the residents of Roswell, New Mexico, a town known for an alleged 1947 UFO crash that made worldwide news. Roswell is home to many artists, space alien enthusiasts, and outcasts, some of whom are featured in the episode.

From the podcast description:

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to the town of Roswell, New Mexico – home of the 1947 UFO crash that ignited the imagination of the entire planet. After visiting the Roswell UFO Museum, Farrier sets out to see what makes Roswell, well, Roswell. He meets up with artist Michael Beitz who runs the Meow Cat Sanctuary, before getting some Mexican food with local cowboy "Spider Dailey", who fills Farrier in on the local military academy… and how to be an anarchist. He also goes to see Nancy Fleming who runs the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum, and stops by Roswell's UFO-themed McDonalds where he meets a man who's had a close encounter of his own.

My three favorite things I learned from this episode:

1. Roswell locals have varied beliefs in UFO lore and have creatively integrated this mythology into daily life into a blend of skepticism, entrepreneurship, and community spirit that makes the town of 48,000 people like no other place on earth.

2. Its Miniature Museum offers a contrast to the town's UFO-centric identity, with detailed and meticulously crafted miniatures that depict different historical periods and artistic styles.

3. The MEOWrefuge, run by local artist Michael Beitz, is a cat sanctuary that's a safe haven for stray, abandoned, or injured cats, providing them with shelter, medical care, and a chance for adoption into forever homes. (If you'd like to adopt a cat or donate to the organization, you can contact them through their Instagram or website, MEOWrefuge.)

See also: Roswell crash wristwatch