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

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
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Polari was a secret language in 1950s Britain that helped gay men connect, resist oppression, and feel empowered. Helen Zaltzman traces the ...Show More

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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
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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

27:12 | Jan 24th

Today’s episode is something a bit different to usual. A few months ago, I was a guest on the podcast Ologies, a terrific show where the very funny and delightful and curious Alie Ward interviews an o...Show More
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"People who confuse entomologists and etymologists bug me in ways I can't put into words."

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
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I think Titivillus is my astrological sign...

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