Words To That Effect
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A research-based, storytelling podcast which wanders through the fields of fiction, popular culture, science, and history, drawing on the knowledge of a diverse cast of experts. Topics are wide-ranging but every episode is grounded in the same dedication to telling an engaging story about a less well-known aspect of history or culture.
||CleanWTTE 027 - Post-Apocalyptic Fiction||What would happen if humanity ceased to exist? Well, assuming, of course, that earth itself has not been destroyed in this hypothetical apocalypse, the world would continue quite happily without us. People have long speculated about what would ha.||10 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE 026 - Unwrapping the Egyptian Mummy||In the 19th century, a very popular form of entertainment was the mummy unwrapping party. Yes, you could go to a private or public event at which an ancient Egyptian mummy would be unrolled and examined. Bandages would be passed around, touched and sme.||28 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE 025 - Dinosaurs (Palaeontology to Pyjamas)||1n 1842 a Victorian anatomist looked at some unusual fossils and, noticing they had something in common, he decided we needed a word to describe these strange creatures. He called them dinosaurs. Cut to the present day and there are dinosaur films, .||14 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - Season 3 Preview||Words To That Effect is back! Season 3 kicks off next Monday, Jan 14th. In the meantime, have a listen to a preview of what's in store for the season. The music heard in this episode was "Polydrug" by Forrests. You can check out their music [here](htt.||10 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE 024 - Live at Liberty Hall||Words To That Effect is back! Episode 24 is a recording of September's live show for the Dublin Podcast Festival. This episode is a story about a long-forgotten nervous disease. But it’s also a story of science and culture, psychology and mental heal||31 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 023 - Adaptation (How Does a Book Become a Film?)||The book is always better than the film. Or so they say. But there are obviously quite a few problems with this, as there tends to be with any sweeping generalisation. For some, the book is always better than the film, because books are just bett.||30 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Announcements and an Update (July 2018)||No episode this week unfortunately, but I do have two exciting announcements. Have a listen and find out! More at wttepodcast.com||16 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 022 - Book Clubs: Revolution & Politics (and Wine & Cheese)||The Rick O'Shea Bookclub is Ireland's largest bookclub. It has 17,000 members and is growing fast. Book clubs have never been more popular. But where did they begin, and what role have they played in literary history? Quite a large role, it turns ou.||2 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 021 - The Invention of Time||Time, as we understand it today, was only really invented in the Victorian era. We take it for granted today that our phones and watches and other devices are accurate to the second. That time zones are clear and fixed – when it’s 3pm in Dubli||17 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 020 - Domestic Noir||Why Are There So Many Crime Thrillers With 'Girl' in the Title? Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, Luckiest Girl Alive, Final Girls... There's no shortage of crime novels with 'girl' in the title since the huge success of Gillian Flynn's 2012 thrille.||3 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 019 - Utopia, Pt2 (Climate Change Fiction)||This week's episode continues on from the last episode. So, if you haven't listened to that, head on over to Episode 18 first. From the history of utopia in the last episode, we move to the future of the planet and the climate change fiction that addre.||20 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 018 - What Is Utopia?||This is a story of three journeys, by three people, in three very different times. But each of the journeys ends in the same area in the west of Ireland. And each journey is founded on a search for a more perfect world, a search for utopia. Episode .||7 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 017 - The 10% Brain Myth (from Self-Help to Pulp Fiction to Hollywood)||Do we use only 10% of our brain capacity? (Hint: No) “It is estimated that most human beings only use 10% of the brain’s capacity. Imagine if we could access more of our cerebral capacity?" This is the central question of the 2014 Scarlett Johann||26 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 016 - Transhumanism, Fiction, and Immortality||This is an episode about who we are as humans. And, more importantly, where we are going. About a future in which technology and biology have merged in ways that are in equal part fascinating and terrifying. A future of unparalleled technological ingen.||12 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 015 - The Scarlet Pimpernel & Baroness Orczy||The Scarlet Pimpernel is a character now long disconnected from his origins in a 1903 novel. The Pimpernel is a mysterious Englishman who uses elaborate disguises to heroically rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine during the French Revolution..||25 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 014 - Weird Fiction & HP Lovecraft||The American writer H.P. Lovecraft wrote weird fiction. His work is both weird, in the conventional sense of the word, and Weird, in a more specific sense. His tales are not typical horror stories, but instead invoke a type of cosmic terror, a slow rea.||12 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - Season 2 Preview||A preview of what's to come on Season 2 of Words To That Effect. There will be utopias, immortality, secret superhero identities, weird fiction and lots more... For a full description and all the links, head to the [Words To That Effect website](htt.||6 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 013 - The Ghost Stories of MR James||Words To That Effect + Down Below The Reservoir This week’s episode, the end of Season 1, is a Christmas Special. It’s a collaboration with the disturbingly good horror podcast, Down Below The Reservoir. The result is an episode about the ghost stor||17 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 012 - The Horrifically Complicated History of Zombies||The History of Zombies from Haiti to Hollywood Whether we like it or not, the zombies are coming for us all. Films, books, computer games, comics and TV shows. From historical and mythical zombies to claims to have proven the scientific truth behind zo.||26 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 011 - Cesare Lombroso & The Born Criminal||Turin in the 19th Century The northern Italian city of Turin is quite distinctive as Italian cities go. It is still Italy, so of course it has its grand piazzas and ornate churches, and pasta and pizza and cappuccinos. But whereas in so many Itali||12 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 010 - Robinson Crusoe to Survivor: The Robinsonade||Daniel Defoe’s classic novel, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, is without doubt one of the most recognizable stories in our culture. It is a book which has had hundreds, if not thousands, of editions. It has been translat||29 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 009 - Imaginary Countries and the Ruritanian Romance||Imaginary Countries Writers make up imaginary countries all the time, and for a variety of reasons. It’s relatively straightforward to slip in a familiar-sounding name into a part of the world your reader or viewer may not be too familiar with. Livoni||16 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 008 - A Lawyer, an Author, and a Murderer||“The most horrible crime of the 1920s” The case of William Edward Hickman went to trial in Los Angeles in 1928. The accused was charged with the gruesome murder of a 12-year-old girl, and he faced the death penalty. The trial was reported all across||1 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 007 - Overpopulation from Malthus to Manila||7 Billion People A baby girl was born in a hospital in the Philippines, on 30th October, 2011. However, unlike all the other children born that day, the arrival of Danica May Camacho was witnessed by a crowd of photographers and journalists. The worl||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 006 - Neurasthenia, Cowboys, and Feminists||Neurasthenia: The “National Disease of America” In 1881 an American neurologist named George Miller Beard published a hugely influential book: American Nervousness. In it, he laid out the symptoms, cures, and implications of what he called “neuras||4 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 005 - Canals on Mars||Percival Lowell, Science Fiction, and the Canals on Mars (c) ESO / M. Kornmesser Artist’s impression of Mars about four billion years ago. For as long as humans have been looking at the night sky, the planet Mars has fascinated us. But while astron||20 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 004 - Popular Literature||What is popular literature? Walk into most bookshops and you will find fiction categories like “Crime”, “Science Fiction”, and “Horror”. You will also tend to find a section called “Literature”. But how does a book get placed here? Is th||6 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 003 - Irish Science Fiction||What is Irish Science Fiction? Ireland is not, it is fair to say, the first country that springs to mind when you think “science fiction”. When aliens land on Earth, we tend to assume they’ll land in New York, or London, or Tokyo. Definitely not D||20 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 002 - Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and Spiritualism||Sherlock Holmes is the most rational and scientific detective of them all. So why did his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, passionately believe in ghosts, fairies, and telepathy? Arthur Conan Doyle Arthur Conan Doyle is now best remembered as the creato||10 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 001 - Invasion Fiction, William Le Queux, and Fake News||What is invasion fiction? Who was the mysterious William Le Queux? Why did a group of famous British authors secretly meet at the outbreak of World War I? And what did “fake news” look like a century ago? Episode 1 of Words To That Effect explore||25 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 000 - Introduction||An Introduction and a Preview Welcome to Words To That Effect, a new podcast of the intriguing, the curious, and the unexplored. This is Episode 0 – really just a short introduction to the podcast, telling you a little bit about the format, the guests||22 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Bite-size chunks of smart, original, and excellently produced content. Really worth clicking subscribe for the delight when it pops up in your feed every two weeks. Great stuff.
Fantastic podcast. Engaging, interesting and just the right length. A perfect bit of intellectual stimulation on my morning commute.
Fascinating show on genre fiction, history and more. Always insightful. Good length at 15 mins too. Definitely recommend!