The Allusionist

Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia

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12:54 | Dec 16th, 2019

To celebrate Radiotopia’s fundraiser, here’s a special episode about the word that brought us all together… aaand a lot of you hate it. This piece was recorded in front of a live audience at PodCon i...Show More

drmunro recommended:

Just discovered this podcast today--I think I've finally found what I want to be when I grow up!

17:54 | Nov 30th, 2018

Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker didn’t think too much of it when, every year, a few letters were delivered to their New York apartment addressed to Santa. But then one year, 400 letters arrived. And they ...Show More

mm recommended:

This is a beautiful episode about a couple and their 'elves' who answer all the hundreds letters to Santa that somehow finds their way to th...Show More

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20:39 | Sep 15th, 2019

Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically possessed. Ian Chillag from Everything is Alive podcast introduces us to Titivillus, the typo demon. Find out mo...Show More

drmunro recommended:

I think Titivillus is my astrological sign...

31:29 | May 12th, 2019

When there were no safe spaces to be gay, Polari allowed gay men to identify and communicate with each other, and to keep things secret from outsiders. Professor Paul Baker, author of the Polari dicti...Show More

drmunro recommended:

Fantabulosa! Do yourself a bona, my dears, and give this an Aunt Nell. Then go varda the Polari scene from "Velvet Goldmine"!

26:59 | Jun 29th, 2018

Hello! I’m currently in hospital so am having to take a little time off work. Therefore, instead of a new Allusionist episode today, here’s my favourite audio piece I’ve heard this year: ‘S.E.I.N.F.E....Show More
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