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Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices

Author: B. T. Newberg and history nerd friends

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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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Did you know America spawned its very own homegrown fascist movement in the 1930s? Yup. The Silver Legion's William Dudley Pelley was the original Man in the High Castle. Or... at least he dreamed himself to be.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.
TRIGGER WARNING: Politics. Today we explore what characterized early 20th-century fascism, and then ask whether its fair to call Trump fascist.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.
It's here! It's finally here! After a full year of development, our new show the History of Sex is here. Cruise on over to The History of Sex on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get podcasts. Also, an announcement: next month, we will have more Dead Ideas!
It's another best of the best for you! This one has it all: romance, plunder, mimes - and it all ends in a bloodbath! This was our first mashup and it's still one of my favorite episodes. What are your faves? Let me know at deadideaspod@gmail.com or on Facebook at @deadideaspod.Also, an update on our upcoming show The History of Sex: we're looking at a release date in October! It's coming up fast!This episode features a rockin' soundtrack by Brooklyn band Twin Guns.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Maps, pics, references, and more at www.deadideas.net. Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Map by Adam McKithern.
We’re trying something new here on Dead Ideas. We have a sizeable back-catalog of episodes, many of which new listeners may never have heard, and which long-time listeners may have forgotten. So, we’re reprising classic episodes that are among the best of the best.One of my personal favorites is the finale episode from our cuneiform series. It’s a mash-up juxtaposing the story of the Sumerian hero Gilgamesh with the cyberpunk feel of the thriller Ghost in the Shell.See, one of the things I loved about studying the Sumerians, world’s oldest known city-building culture, is how surprisingly modern they feel. Thanks to the preservation of cuneiform tablets, we know more about them than, say, the Vikings or the Mongols. We even have their letters, giving us their most intimate thoughts and feelings, and that makes them feel strikingly recent – hence the futuristic cyberpunk elements. If you want more on the history of the Sumerians, by all means go back and listen to our full cuneiform series, which still stands as one of our best, but today’s episode stands on its own as a complete self-contained story. The oldest of the old meets the newest of the new in this Cyber-Sumerian retelling of the world’s most ancient epic. Enjoy.Featuring a haunting soundtrack by Belgian industrial band Militia.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Maps, pics, references, and more at www.deadideas.net. Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Map by Adam McKithern.
When was the last time you put a city to the sword? It's not something we do much anymore today. But there was a day and age when it was quite normal to slaughter every last man, woman, and child in a captured city. Neil Eckart of the podcast War and Conquest returns to the show today to talk about Julius Caesar's slaughter of the Gaulish city of Avericum.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.
What will Game of Thrones be remembered for? I would argue it's not its supposed character realism, nor it's moral ambiguity. Rather, it will be its depiction of unusual gender identities in fantasy. No other major fantasy show that I can think of does that. In the spirit of our upcoming show the History of Sex, let's talk about gender in Game of Thrones!Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.
What's it like to make a podcast? Sam Hume of the new show Pax Britannica talks with me about all the ups and downs of podcasting. Check out Sam's show.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.
The end is nigh! Or so they've been saying since the year 1000 A.D. Today, Neil Eckart of the podcast War and Conquest tells us about millenarianism, the medieval idea that the world was coming to crashing halt at the end of the millennium. So, how did medieval folks party like it was 999? They went crusading! Discover the connection with the crusades in today's episode.Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Maps, pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.
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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