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THE ALLUSIONIST

Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia

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THE ALLUSIONIST
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Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia

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Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman, TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

Latest Episodes

96. Trust

21 MINAUG 9
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96. Trust

92. To Err Is Human

20 MINAUG 11
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92. To Err Is Human

Imaginary Advice: S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.

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.L.D.’ from Ross Sutherland’s podcast Imaginary Advice. NB: the episode contains a couple of Strong Terms. Hear more Imaginary Advice episodes – some of my favourites … Continue reading Imaginary Advice: S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.

27 MINMAR 27
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Imaginary Advice: S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.

77. Survival part 1: Second Home

There are two main places in the world where the Welsh language is spoken: Wales, and the Chubut Province in Patagonia. How did this ancient language take root in rural Argentina, 12,000 miles away from its home base? Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/survival1. The Allusionist’s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch … Continue reading 77. Survival part 1: Second Home

27 MIN2018 MAY 2
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77. Survival part 1: Second Home

76. Across the Pond

26 MINAUG 11
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76. Across the Pond

76. Across the Pond

Pavement/sidewalk; football/soccer; bum bag/fanny pack: we know that the English language is different in the UK and the USA. But why? Linguist Lynne Murphy points out the geographical, cultural and social influences that separate the common language. Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/across-the-pond. The Allusionist’s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at … Continue reading 76. Across the Pond

25 MIN2018 APR 10
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76. Across the Pond

70. Bonus 2017

22 MINAUG 11
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70. Bonus 2017

70. Bonus 2017

It’s the annual bonus episode. Throughout the year, the people who appear on the show tell me a lot of interesting stuff, not all of which is relevant to the episode they initially appeared in, so I stash it away in preparation for this moment. This year, hear about the history of roller skates, zazzification, … Continue reading 70. Bonus 2017

21 MIN2017 DEC 27
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70. Bonus 2017

69. How the Dickens stole Christmas

Charles Dickens wrote about the plight of the impoverished and destitute members of British society. So how come his name is a synonym for rosy-cheeked, full-stomached, fattened-goose,hearty merry “God bless us every one” Christmas? Avery Trufelman and Katie Mingle of 99% Invisible report from the streets of Victorian London at the annual Dickens Christmas Fair … Continue reading 69. How the Dickens stole Christmas

30 MIN2017 DEC 22
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69. How the Dickens stole Christmas

68. Curse Soup

17 MINAUG 11
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68. Curse Soup

Latest Episodes

96. Trust

21 MINAUG 9
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96. Trust

92. To Err Is Human

20 MINAUG 11
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92. To Err Is Human

Imaginary Advice: S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.

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.L.D.’ from Ross Sutherland’s podcast Imaginary Advice. NB: the episode contains a couple of Strong Terms. Hear more Imaginary Advice episodes – some of my favourites … Continue reading Imaginary Advice: S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.

27 MINMAR 27
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Imaginary Advice: S.E.I.N.F.E.L.D.

77. Survival part 1: Second Home

There are two main places in the world where the Welsh language is spoken: Wales, and the Chubut Province in Patagonia. How did this ancient language take root in rural Argentina, 12,000 miles away from its home base? Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/survival1. The Allusionist’s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch … Continue reading 77. Survival part 1: Second Home

27 MIN2018 MAY 2
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77. Survival part 1: Second Home

76. Across the Pond

26 MINAUG 11
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76. Across the Pond

76. Across the Pond

Pavement/sidewalk; football/soccer; bum bag/fanny pack: we know that the English language is different in the UK and the USA. But why? Linguist Lynne Murphy points out the geographical, cultural and social influences that separate the common language. Find out more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/across-the-pond. The Allusionist’s online home is http://theallusionist.org. Stay in touch at … Continue reading 76. Across the Pond

25 MIN2018 APR 10
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76. Across the Pond

70. Bonus 2017

22 MINAUG 11
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70. Bonus 2017

70. Bonus 2017

It’s the annual bonus episode. Throughout the year, the people who appear on the show tell me a lot of interesting stuff, not all of which is relevant to the episode they initially appeared in, so I stash it away in preparation for this moment. This year, hear about the history of roller skates, zazzification, … Continue reading 70. Bonus 2017

21 MIN2017 DEC 27
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70. Bonus 2017

69. How the Dickens stole Christmas

Charles Dickens wrote about the plight of the impoverished and destitute members of British society. So how come his name is a synonym for rosy-cheeked, full-stomached, fattened-goose,hearty merry “God bless us every one” Christmas? Avery Trufelman and Katie Mingle of 99% Invisible report from the streets of Victorian London at the annual Dickens Christmas Fair … Continue reading 69. How the Dickens stole Christmas

30 MIN2017 DEC 22
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69. How the Dickens stole Christmas

68. Curse Soup

17 MINAUG 11
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68. Curse Soup