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The Allusionist

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Adventures in language: TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.


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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

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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Like the best of the Allusionist this episode shows us how language shapes our lives in the most unexpected ways.

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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!

26:32 | Jun 26th, 2019

Oysters, fragrances, canoeing, space stations, God, hats, and of course people - the word ‘bisexual’ has described a great deal of different things, with different meanings, in its fairly short existe...Show More

12:53 | Oct 3rd, 2016

What is your beautiful brain up to as you comprehend language? Cognitive psychologist Jenni Rodd takes a peek. Visit http://theallusionist.org/brain for more information about this topic. Find me at h...Show More
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