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 - 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||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 - 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||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 - Words To That Effect||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 - Words To That Effect||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 - 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. The trial was reported all across||1 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTTE - 007 - Overpopulation from Malthus to Manila - Words To That Effect||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 - 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||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 - Words To That Effect||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 - 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. Definitely not D||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? 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 - 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 explore||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, the guests||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.