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

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June 30th, 2019

We’re trying something new here on Dead Ideas. We have a sizeable back-catalog of episodes, many of which new listeners may never have heard, and which… Go to Episode

Gender in Game of Thrones: Its Legacy

May 19th, 2019

What will Game of Thrones be remembered for? I would argue it's not its supposed character realism, nor it's moral ambiguity. Rather, it will be its depiction… 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

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