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Affliction Fiction is a podcast for WNYU that ran from October 2017 to May 2019. It examines diseases and disorders that are created by writers and artists for their fictional works. What symptoms characterize these made-up maladies? What real-world medical conditions do they most closely resemble? What role does a fictional illness serve in a text, and why would a writer choose to invent one?

Latest Episodes

Affliction Fiction Ep. 40 [FINALE]: Imminent Death Syndrome

A permanent risk of death? In Affliction Fiction's series finale, James and Jaedon consider Imminent Death Syndrome fromMr. Show. I'll miss you... me.

15 MIN2019 MAY 15
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 40 [FINALE]: Imminent Death Syndrome

Affliction Fiction Ep. 39: Methuselah Syndrome

An accelerated aging process? Listen as Jaedon and James examine Methuselah Syndrome from Blade Runner. It's too bad she won't tune in. But then again, who does?

15 MIN2019 MAY 9
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 39: Methuselah Syndrome

Affliction Fiction Ep. 38: The Bug

A second mouth on the neck? In this episode, James and Jaedon explore "the bug" from Charles Burns's graphic novel, Black Hole. I felt like I was listening into the future... and the future sounded really messed up.

-1 s2019 MAY 2
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 38: The Bug

Affliction Fiction Ep. 37: Blorbs

A devastating inflation of the body? In this installment, Jaedon and James take a look at blorbs from Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. A winner is you!

-1 s2019 APR 25
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 37: Blorbs

Affliction Fiction Ep. 36: Climate Change Denial Disorder

An unwillingness to accept scientific evidence? This week, James and Jaedon analyze the titular disease from Funny or Die's "Climate Change Denial Disorder." Who listens to those nerds anyway?

-1 s2019 APR 17
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 36: Climate Change Denial Disorder

Affliction Fiction Ep. 35: Genie Flu

A vanishing act prompted by a sneeze? This week, James and Jennifer cover genie flu from Genie in the House. Use a little nous!

13 MIN2019 APR 11
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 35: Genie Flu

Affliction Fiction Ep. 34: Monkeynucleosis

A dreaded disease from a fellow primate? Listen as James and Jennifer discuss monkeynucleosis from Hey Arnold! Move it, football head!

14 MIN2019 APR 4
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 34: Monkeynucleosis

Affliction Fiction Ep. 33: Toxic Junk Food Syndrome

A pimple that physically resembles its host? Join Jennifer and James as they analyze toxic junk food syndrome from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

14 MIN2019 MAR 27
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 33: Toxic Junk Food Syndrome

Affliction Fiction Ep. 32: The Cheese Touch

A transmissible malady derived from dairy? In this episode, James and Jennifer tell all about The Cheese Touch from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I didn't really know what to expect from college radio, but when I walked into the station, the first thought I had was, 'I don't belong in here with these future criminals.'

14 MIN2019 MAR 26
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 32: The Cheese Touch

Affliction Fiction Ep. 31: Boneitis

An unfortunate sequence of skeletal contortions? Tune in as Jennifer and James explore boneitis from Futurama. Hey, who's been messing with my radio? This isn’t alternative rock, it’s college rock.

14 MIN2019 MAR 10
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 31: Boneitis

Latest Episodes

Affliction Fiction Ep. 40 [FINALE]: Imminent Death Syndrome

A permanent risk of death? In Affliction Fiction's series finale, James and Jaedon consider Imminent Death Syndrome fromMr. Show. I'll miss you... me.

15 MIN2019 MAY 15
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 40 [FINALE]: Imminent Death Syndrome

Affliction Fiction Ep. 39: Methuselah Syndrome

An accelerated aging process? Listen as Jaedon and James examine Methuselah Syndrome from Blade Runner. It's too bad she won't tune in. But then again, who does?

15 MIN2019 MAY 9
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 39: Methuselah Syndrome

Affliction Fiction Ep. 38: The Bug

A second mouth on the neck? In this episode, James and Jaedon explore "the bug" from Charles Burns's graphic novel, Black Hole. I felt like I was listening into the future... and the future sounded really messed up.

-1 s2019 MAY 2
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 38: The Bug

Affliction Fiction Ep. 37: Blorbs

A devastating inflation of the body? In this installment, Jaedon and James take a look at blorbs from Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. A winner is you!

-1 s2019 APR 25
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 37: Blorbs

Affliction Fiction Ep. 36: Climate Change Denial Disorder

An unwillingness to accept scientific evidence? This week, James and Jaedon analyze the titular disease from Funny or Die's "Climate Change Denial Disorder." Who listens to those nerds anyway?

-1 s2019 APR 17
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 36: Climate Change Denial Disorder

Affliction Fiction Ep. 35: Genie Flu

A vanishing act prompted by a sneeze? This week, James and Jennifer cover genie flu from Genie in the House. Use a little nous!

13 MIN2019 APR 11
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 35: Genie Flu

Affliction Fiction Ep. 34: Monkeynucleosis

A dreaded disease from a fellow primate? Listen as James and Jennifer discuss monkeynucleosis from Hey Arnold! Move it, football head!

14 MIN2019 APR 4
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 34: Monkeynucleosis

Affliction Fiction Ep. 33: Toxic Junk Food Syndrome

A pimple that physically resembles its host? Join Jennifer and James as they analyze toxic junk food syndrome from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

14 MIN2019 MAR 27
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 33: Toxic Junk Food Syndrome

Affliction Fiction Ep. 32: The Cheese Touch

A transmissible malady derived from dairy? In this episode, James and Jennifer tell all about The Cheese Touch from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I didn't really know what to expect from college radio, but when I walked into the station, the first thought I had was, 'I don't belong in here with these future criminals.'

14 MIN2019 MAR 26
Comments
Affliction Fiction Ep. 32: The Cheese Touch

Affliction Fiction Ep. 31: Boneitis

An unfortunate sequence of skeletal contortions? Tune in as Jennifer and James explore boneitis from Futurama. Hey, who's been messing with my radio? This isn’t alternative rock, it’s college rock.

14 MIN2019 MAR 10
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Affliction Fiction Ep. 31: Boneitis
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