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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Two Announcements and an Update (July 2018)

7/16/2018
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No episode this week unfortunately, but I do have two exciting announcements. Have a listen and find out! More at wttepodcast.com

Duration:00:03:33

WTTE - 022 - Book Clubs: Revolution & Politics (and Wine & Cheese)

7/2/2018
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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 out: culturally, politically, and commercially. In this episode I talk to Rick O'Shea about the success of his bookclub, and to Prof DeNel Rehberg Sedo and Dr Amy Prendergast, two experts in the history of books clubs and reading groups. More at...

Duration:00:31:06

WTTE - 021 - The Invention of Time

6/18/2018
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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 Dublin, it’s also 3pm in London, and 4pm in Paris or 10am in New York. We don’t think twice about the fact that a train can be scheduled to leave at precisely 11.04 and, when it arrives, passengers will be clear as what time it is at their destination We...

Duration:00:20:08

WTTE - 020 - Domestic Noir

6/4/2018
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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 thriller Gone Girl. But what do these novels have in common, what explains their success, and why are classified as domestic noir? Domestic Noir is a term first applied to fiction of this type by the author Julia Crouch, and it has stuck. Crime novels...

Duration:00:26:37

WTTE - 019 - Utopia, Pt2 (Climate Change Fiction)

5/21/2018
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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 addresses it. “For me, utopianism is the creative attempt by a group of people to respond to the great challenges of any age and to do so in a way that’s visionary, it’s not limited, it’s not following a set recipe that has an end point, it’s an...

Duration:00:24:06

WTTE - 018 - What Is Utopia?

5/7/2018
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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 18 (part one of a two-part episode on utopian literature) explores the utopia in fiction and in reality, in the past, present, and future. What is a utopia exactly and why do we create them? Are they idle dreaming, pointless thought experiments,...

Duration:00:30:44

WTTE - 013 - The Ghost Stories of MR James - Words To That Effect

12/18/2017
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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 stories of MR James, followed by an audio-drama read more... The post Episode 13: The Ghost Stories of MR James appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:31:00

WTTE - 012 - The Horrifically Complicated History of Zombies - Words To That Effect

11/27/2017
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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 zombification. From the gruesome, cannibalistic monsters of read more... The post The Horrifically Complicated History of Zombies appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:23:02

WTTE - 011 - Cesare Lombroso & The Born Criminal - Words To That Effect

11/13/2017
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Turin in the 19th Century The northern Italian city of Turin is quite distinctive as Italian cities go. It’s still Italy, so of course it’s got its grand piazzas and ornate churches, and pasta and pizza and cappuccinos. But whereas in so many Italian cities it is the read more... The post Episode 11: Cesare Lombroso & The Born Criminal appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:18:32

WTTE - 010 - Robinson Crusoe to Survivor: The Robinsonade - Words To That Effect

10/30/2017
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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 translated into over 100 languages, adapted for stage and read more... The post From Robinson Crusoe to Survivor: The Robinsonade appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:19:52

WTTE - 009 - Imaginary Countries and the Ruritanian Romance - Words To That Effect

10/16/2017
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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. Livonia, Wallaria, Tazbekistan… They could be countries, right? But read more... The post Episode 9: Imaginary Countries and the Ruritanian Romance appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:15:42

WTTE - 008 - A Lawyer, an Author, and a Murderer - Words To That Effect

10/2/2017
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“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 the U.S. because it was read more... The post Episode 8: A Lawyer, an Author, and a Murderer – The Trial of William Edward Hickman appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:12:27

WTTE - 007 - Overpopulation from Malthus to Manila - Words To That Effect

9/18/2017
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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 world’s media were gathered in a read more... The post Episode 7: Overpopulation from Malthus to Manila appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:14:57

WTTE - 006 - Neurasthenia, Cowboys, and Feminists - Words To That Effect

9/4/2017
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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 “neurasthenia”, essentially what one might call nervous exhaustion. Beard didn’t coin the term but read more... The post Episode 6: Neurasthenia, Cowboys, and Feminists appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:17:18

WTTE - 005 - Canals on Mars - Words To That Effect

8/20/2017
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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 astronomers had charted the movements of read more... The post Episode 5: Canals on Mars appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:15:15

WTTE - 004 - Popular Literature - Words To That Effect

8/6/2017
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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 there really such a thing as “Literature” (with a capital “L”), read more... The post Episode 4: Popular Literature appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:14:45

WTTE - 003 - Irish Science Fiction - Words To That Effect

7/20/2017
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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 Dublin or Cork. But then, Read more about this episode and listen here The post Episode 3: Irish Science Fiction appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:16:48

WTTE - 002 - Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and Spiritualism - Words To That Effect

7/10/2017
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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 creator of Sherlock Holmes. In fact, his creation has long taken on Read more about this episode and listen here The post Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and Spiritualism appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:16:22

WTTE - 001 - Invasion Fiction, William Le Queux, and Fake News - Words To That Effect

6/25/2017
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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 Read more about this episode The post Episode 1: Invasion Fiction, William Le Queux, and Fake News appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:13:54

Episode 0: Introduction

6/22/2017
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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 Read more about this episode The post Episode 0: Introduction appeared first on Words To That Effect.

Duration:00:02:12