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.

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Steampunk Rome II: The Industrial Revolution That Didn't Happen (And Why Not) - Roman History


So why didn't Rome undergo an industrial revolution? Today, we take a look at some of the contributing factors for 18th-century Britain and see how Rome stacks up.

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Custom map of Rome by Adam McKithern. Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.




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Steampunk Rome I: An Ancient Industrial Revolution (Almost) - Roman History


For our final series, we're doing the steam technology of the ancient world that died and had to be resurrected in 18th-century Europe. How close was Rome to being able to construct a working steam locomotive? That may sound silly, but you won't think so after this episode!

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Custom map of Rome by Adam McKithern. Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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Canals of Mars


Is the surface of Mars criss-crossed by lines so long and straight they can only be constructions of an advanced alien civilization? Many astronomers in the late 19th and early 20th century thought so. Join us in this jaunt into the frailty of human perception.

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Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-11-11  1h11m
 
 

The Vamp: Theda Bara, Cinema's First Sex Symbol - Halloween Special - Women's History


In the early 20th century, the word "vampire" was used to mean something quite different: a female sexual predator. And no one struck more fear into the hearts of men than cinema's first sex symbol, silent film actress Theda Bara. Happy Halloween.

Featuring piano music by Kevin MacLeod, used by Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0.

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Theme music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff...


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 2018-10-31  53m
 
 

Court Eunuchs V: Sex in the City: Stories from Byzantium - Byzantine Roman History


What can the sex lives of Byzantines tell us about court eunuchs? Find out today in these sizzling chariot-cab confessions.

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Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-10-28  55m
 
 

Court Eunuchs IV: The Varangian Guard - An Interview with Robin Pierson - Byzantine Roman History, Viking History


Today, we're talking Vikings in Byzantium with special guest Robin Pierson of the History of Byzantium podcast. What were these big-bearded warriors doing standing next to beardless eunuchs? And why were both Vikings and eunuchs entrusted with such important positions?

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Music and graphics design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-10-12  45m
 
 

Court Eunuchs IV: The Varangian Guard - An Interview with Robin Pierson - Byzantine Roman History, Viking History


Today, we're talking Vikings in Byzantium with special guest Robin Pierson of the History of Byzantium podcast. What were these big-bearded warriors doing standing next to beardless eunuchs? And why were both Vikings and eunuchs entrusted with such important positions?

Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!

Music and graphics design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-10-12  45m
 
 

Court Eunuchs III: When In Rome: Narses in the Reconquest of Italy - Byzantine Roman History


How awkward is it for the Roman Empire to not control Rome? Uh, yeah, this cannot stand. Anna's back today to finish the story of eunuch general Narses, as he completes Justinian's reconquest of the Eternal City!

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Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-09-30  1h8m
 
 

Court Eunuchs II: Call of Duty: Narses in the Nika Riots and Beyond - Byzantine Roman History


Today, Anna takes the lead with the story of the eunuch general Narses! In this episode, we get an overview of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora, and then we see Narses make his first appearance in quelling the infamous Nika Riots. Finally, he heads to Italy to reconquer Rome.

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Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.


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 2018-09-16  1h5m
 
 

Top 5 Peeves of History Podcasting - Two-Year Anniversary Special


Happy anniversary! We're getting cranky today with our 5 biggest peeves of history podcasting - what we consistently get annoyingly wrong. We call out our fellow podcasters, with plenty of self-deprecating humor as well. Last, we talk a little more about our upcoming new show on the history of sex.

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Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff.


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 2018-09-09  47m