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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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 1h5m. Bisher sind 167 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 18 hours 15 minutes

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 2018-10-31  n/a
 
 

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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 2018-10-31  53m
 
 
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 2018-10-28  n/a
 
 

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: Sex in the City: Stories from Byzantium – Byzantine Roman History


Today, we're talking Vikings in Byzantium with special guest Robin…


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 2018-10-12  n/a
 
 

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
 
 
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 2018-09-30  n/a
 
 

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
 
 
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 2018-09-16  n/a