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154. Objectivity

Couple of easy straightforward questions for us to chew on: 1. What is ‘objectivity’...

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153. In Character

Chinese is one of the oldest still-spoken languages in the world. But when technologies arrived...

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152. Asperger - music-free version

Hans Asperger would have been merely "a footnote in the history of autism", so why did he get to...

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152. Asperger

Hans Asperger would have been merely "a footnote in the history of autism", so why did he get to...

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151. The Bee's Knees

Bad hats, cat's pyjamas, banting, goops, creatures, and playing possum - what WERE people going...

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150. The Egg's Warning

"Warning: read and keep," says the piece of paper inside Kinder Surprise Eggs, in 34 languages;...

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149. Complex PTSD

Complex PTSD is different to PTSD, but there's not that much understanding of it as its own...

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148. Bonus 2021

I've been saving them up all year, and now it's time for the annual selection box of Bonus Bits!...

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147. Survival: Today, Tomorrow part 2

"It's really good if we can get the changes through here - that can be an inspiration for other...

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146. Survival: Today, Tomorrow part 1

The Icelandic language has remained so stable over the centuries, speakers can read manuscripts...

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Allusionist 145. Parents

When you're trans and pregnant, some of the vocabulary of pregnancy, birth and parenting might...

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Allusionist 144. Aro Ace

The word 'asexual' has been used by humans describing themselves for several decades; 'aromantic'...

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143. Hedge Rider

Today it's the etymologies you requested! And a few you didn't! We've got witches, wizards,...

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142. Zero

Did any number cause as much trouble as zero? It stranded ships; it scrambles the brains of...

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141. Food Quiz

Quiz time! Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway of Home Cooking podcast join to deliver questions...

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Allusionist 140. Num8er5

We use verbal numbers and we use numerals - why do we need both? Why do we have the ones we have?...

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Tranquillusionist: 282 Salads

This is the Tranquillusionist, in which I, Helen Zaltzman, read all the salads from the 1950...

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139 Ladybird Ladybug

They're not ladies and they're not birds; they're not even technically bugs! But that's not the...

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138. Mind My Mind

Crazy, insane, nuts, mad, bonkers, psycho, schizo, OCD - casual vocabulary is strewn with mental...

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137. Dude

Exclamation; sign of agreement OR disapproval; gendered, but circumstantially gender-neutral;...

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