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.


Fascism I: What Is Fascism, and Is Trump It? – Modern History

TRIGGER WARNING: Politics. Today we explore what characterized early 20th-century fascism, and then ask whether its fair to call Trump fascist. Be sure to support the show at to get your portrait drawn! Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at


 2019-11-04  n/a