Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices

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.


Presenting Indian Asceticism to English-speakers in 1924 – PDT3K – Indian History

This bonus episode is the debut of our new segment called Public Domain Theater 3000, where we read public domain works because we can, and no one can sue us for it. Since there really isn't much more about the Ajivika in the literature to share than we already we have, we pulled a 1924 article where an Indian American attempts to explain Indian culture to an English-speaking audience. The author is none other than Dhan Gopal Mukerji, credited as the first Indian author ever to gain wide popularity in the English language. The article is enlightening, to say the least. By the way, don't forget to review us on iTunes to get your picture drawn! Become our patron on Patreon at Maps, pics, references, and more at Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff.


 2016-09-06  55m