Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices

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We explore ideas and practices once believed to be true but no longer. Each dead idea is explored in all its glorious eccentricity.

For example, discover miasma, the theory that plague comes from stinky air. Or the medical diagnosis of hysteria, which holds that women's wombs wander around their bodies causing trouble.

Join us on a fun romp through the history of ideas that didn’t quite stand the test of time.

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Title: Serfdom V: Soviet Workfarm vs. Serf Commune: An Interview with Kristaps Andrejsons – Russian History

Serfdom V: Soviet Workfarm vs. Serf Commune: An Interview with Kristaps Andrejsons – Russian History

April 2nd, 2017

How did the Soviet kolkhoz, or collective farm, stack up against the serf commune? Here to help us understand is Kristaps Andrejsons from the podcast… Go to Episode

Titoism VI: Art, Pop, and Yugonostalgia: An Interview with Dr. Noah Charney and Srdjan Perisic – Balkan History

October 1st, 2017

Dr. Noah Charney of the University of Ljubljana joins us today to talk about artistic freedom under Tito. Former Yugoslav Srdjan Perisic also joins us… Go to Episode

Doomsday, 1000 AD: How Millenarianism Ushered in the Crusades, Feat. Neil Eckart – European History

March 31st, 2019

The end is nigh! Or so they've been saying since the year 1000 A.D. Today, Neil Eckart of the podcast War and Conquest tells us about millenarianism,… Go to Episode

What It’s Like to Make a Podcast: An Interview with Sam Hume of Pax Britannica

April 28th, 2019

What's it like to make a podcast? Sam Hume of the new show Pax Britannica talks with me about all the ups and downs of podcasting. Check out Sam's show.… Go to Episode