Words To That Effect
By 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 - 013 - The Ghost Stories of MR James - Words To That Effect||A Christmas Special and a collaboration with the disturbingly good horror podcast, Down Below The Reservoir. The result is exploration of the ghost stories of MR James, followed by an audio drama production of "Lost Hearts", one of James' classic tales.||17 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 012 - The Horrifically Complicated History of Zombies - Words To That Effect||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 - Words To That Effect||The Italian scientist Cesare Lombroso believed that criminality was inherited, that there were “born criminals”. He was wrong but his ideas were incredibly influential.||12 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 010 - Robinson Crusoe to Survivor: The Robinsonade - Words To That Effect||Daniel Defoe’s classic novel, 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 translated into over 100 languages,||29 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 009 - Imaginary Countries and the Ruritanian Romance - Words To That Effect||Writers make up imaginary countries all the time, and for a variety of reasons. But there's one name in particular which stands out. It is the imaginary country, and the inspiration for an entire subgenre. This is the country of Ruritania.||16 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 008 - A Lawyer, an Author, and a Murderer - Words To That Effect||“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.||1 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 007 - Overpopulation from Malthus to Manila - Words To That Effect||Overpopulation on earth may seem like a relatively modern concern, but it can actually be traced back to one person: Thomas Malthus. This episode discusses misery and vice, Charles Dickens and Dan Brown, London and the world.||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 006 - Neurasthenia, Cowboys, and Feminists - Words To That Effect||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 - Words To That Effect||In the early 20th century intelligent life was discovered on Mars. Or at least that’s what it seemed to the influential American astronomer Percival Lowell. This episode explores life on Mars and its depiction in science and fiction.||20 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 004 - Popular Literature - Words To That Effect||From Q.D. Leavis' "Fiction and the Reading Public" to Gillian Flynn's bestselling "Gone Girl", from superheroes to "genrification", this episode explores the contradictions and complications of popular literature and culture. Special guest,||6 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 003 - Irish Science Fiction - Words To That Effect||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.||20 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 002 - Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and Spiritualism - Words To That Effect||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?||10 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 001 - Invasion Fiction, William Le Queux, and Fake News - Words To That Effect||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 explores t||25 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0: Introduction - Words To That Effect||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,||22 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic podcast. Engaging, interesting and just the right length. A perfect bit of intellectual stimulation on my morning commute.
Best Irish literary podcast
This is the best show about Irish literature that I've ever heard! Love it. Thanks 👍
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.