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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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English


Episodes

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