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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Dan Carlin of Hardcore History: The Full Interview for the History of History Podcasting


Last time we delved into the History of History Podcasting, and now we are giving you the full interview with none other than the host of Hardcore History, Dan Carlin.

For the rest of the full interviews, check out our Patreon feed at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod.

Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff.


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The History of History Podcasting - featuring Dan Carlin, Bob Packett, Lars Brownworth, Cam Reilly, Lara Eakins, Robin Pierson, Jordan Harbour, Roifield Brown, Glen Gibbs, Travis Dow, and Liz Covart


This is it: the first ever attempt at a history of our genre. I've interviewed nearly a dozen podcasters and spoke to dozens more to bring you this story, which comes to you with our characteristic Dead Ideas quirk (would you expect anything less?). Today I present, nota dead idea but a live idea: history podcasting...


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Steampunk Rome VI: Rome Industrial - An Interview with Jordan Harbour of Twilight Histories - Roman History


Now that you know ancient Rome fell just shy of an industrial revolution, why not enjoy a world where Rome does industrialize? That's Jordan Harbour's Rome Industrial setting, which he is here to talk to us about today. Jordan is the host of Twilight Histories, an alternate history podcast you should listen to in the dark.

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Custom map of Rome by Adam McKithern. Music by Rachel Westhoff...


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Steampunk Rome V: A Pyrrhic Victory: The Death of Ancient Science - RPG, Pt 3 - Egyptian, Greek, and Roman History


Success is at hand for Andre's character Pyrrho. But it is a Pyrrhic victory, for after that we recount the history of the backward slide of science from the Roman conquest into the Middle Ages, until its final rebirth in the Renaissance and Enlightenment.

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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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 2019-01-20  1h9m
 
 

Steampunk IV: The Great Library of Alexandria - RPG, Pt 2 - Egyptian, Greek, and Roman History


Arriving at the Great Library of Alexandria, Andre's character Pyrrho of Pergamum searches for the secret plans for the floating statue. But in order to get his hands on them, he must first solve several science and engineering challenges. Along the way, we learn a great deal about the Library of Alexandria and its marvelous discoveries.

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Custom map of Rome by Adam McKithern...


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 2019-01-06  1h4m
 
 

Steampunk Rome III: Hellenistic Science, Hell Yeah - RPG, Pt 1 - Greek and Roman History


So Roman tech was pretty surprising, but still more surprising is that all that was developed centuries earlier in the Hellenistic period. What's up with that? Today we explore the development of Hellenistic science, then go deep into that world with a roleplay that will continue in the following episodes. Today we visit Pergamum and Rhodes, discovering all about Hellenistic learning along the way.

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 2018-12-23  1h34m
 
 

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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 2018-12-09  1h7m
 
 

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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 2018-11-25  1h5m
 
 

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