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Join Joshua Unruh, professional storyteller and superhero scholar, as he takes a trip back in time to the magical dawn of superheroes to discover just how bizarre and, frankly, off putting the earliest days of superhero comics could be. Every episode, $#!+ will get weird in a way that will leave you wondering WTF, Golden Age?
 
What does the word “meme” have to do with evolutionary biology? And why do we call it “Spanish flu” when it was never Spanish? Science Diction is a podcast about words—and the science stories within them. If you like your language with a side of science, Science Diction has you covered. Brought to you by Science Friday and WNYC Studios.
 
PODCASTS! People love them! And those who don’t? Well, they just haven’t been enlightened yet. But how in the heck do you figure out which ones are worth listening to? Castology, that’s how. Each episode our Castologists Liz, Nick and Zane will review some of the best (and sometimes not-so-best) podcasts around. They’ll also do the hard work and trawl the RSS feeds to find the newest podcasts that should be on your radar. Will they always agree with each other’s picks? Probably not! But hey, ...
 
Eugene Oneguine is a classic of Russian literature, and its eponymous protagonist has served as the model for a number of Russian literary heroes (so-called superfluous men). It was published in serial form between 1825 and 1832. The first complete edition was published in 1833, and the currently accepted version is based on the 1837 publication. Almost the entire work is made up of 389 stanzas of iambic tetrameter with the unusual rhyme scheme "AbAbCCddEffEgg", where the uppercase letters r ...
 
John Keats is perhaps the most talented poet of the English Romantic Period. Although his life was cut short by disease at the age of 25, he produced some of the most famous poems in world literature. Less erudite and philosophical than Shelley and not so technically versatile as Byron, he displayed a sure poetic instinct and an amazing ability to appeal powerfully to the senses and to the emotions by the brilliance of his diction. Thus his poetry is noted more for exquisite feeling than for ...
 
Food with a side of science and history. Every other week, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode exploring the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chile peppers, and from microbes to Malbec. We interview experts, visit labs, fields, and archaeological digs, and generally have lots of fun while discovering new ways to think about and understand the world t ...
 
For lovers of reading, writing, science and general communication. This podcast will aim at acknowledging the origins of metaphors/idioms and the importance of effective scientific communication. My ambition is to spread knowledge on how we articulate concepts and the creative aspect of diction. Most episodes will focus on the origins of expressions, words of high regard, and the meaning behind them. This can overall allow us to acknowledge that words have just as much power as actions.​ As ...
 
In the Seven Woods (1904) is Yeats's first twentieth-century poetry collection. Its fourteen poems show him moving steadily away from the decisively Romantic diction of his earlier work. Here we hear a poetic voice that is at once more individual, colloquial and dramatic than previously. In addition, several poems sound a note of bitter lamentation over the marriage in 1903 of Maud Gonne, Yeats's great love and muse, to John MacBride. (Summary by Kasper Nijsen)
 
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It’s a new year and we’ve got new podcasts for you to put in your ear holes! Liz looks at the most minor of true crime scandals with The Walkers Switch. Nick looks at actual serious true crime with Smoke Screen: Fake Priest. Then Zane gets his word nerd on with Science Diction. As always we follow that up with the reviews of last week’s recommendat…
 
Where Did The Word ‘Vaccine’ Come From? As we head into 2021, there’s one word on all of our minds: Vaccine. It may be in headlines right and left these days, but the word was actually coined more than a century ago. In the 1700s, smallpox seemed unbeatable. People tried all sorts of things to protect themselves, from taking herbal remedies to toss…
 
Orange Is The New Black—For Bats For a newly-described bat from West Africa, dubbed Myotis nimbaensis (mouse-eared bat from the Nimba Mountains), scientists are reaching for a different part of the color wheel. While Myotis does have some black on its body, the overwhelming majority of the bat’s fur is bright orange. A team of scientists from the A…
 
After Flint’s Crisis, An Algorithm Helps Citizens Find Lead Pipes It’s been nearly seven years since the beginning of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, when high levels of lead from corroded lead pipes led to water shortages and health issues for city residents. Since then, many other cities around the country have had their own problems with lead. R…
 
The second entry of the Side Quest Series is here, and it's also the second entry of the Resident Evil franchise! It's 2002's Resident Evil! Oh yeah, we're going into the courtroom and putting sequel names on trial. But also, I'm going to find out what happened to Rebecca and Billy, just who the hell is Alpha team? And does Wesker finally get his c…
 
Did you have a good weekend? Ready for some new podcasts to pepper your week with? Well we got em. Liz looks at Shondaland’s venture into podcasting with Criminalia, Nick covers the ABC’s first foray into true crime podcasts with Trace. And Zane is still about changing the world in 2021 with Tiny Leaps Big Changes. Then it’s time for the Castologis…
 
How The West Is Battling COVID-19 And Valley Fever For the past year, the COVID-19 crisis has taken up much of our attention. But the pandemic can come with complications: Some states face an onslaught of pre-existing diseases. In the American West, doctors, scientists, and patients continue to battle valley fever, a respiratory illness caused by b…
 
How Did A Vaccine Get Developed In Less Than A Year? From the first discovery of a strange new respiratory virus in Wuhan, China, in January of 2020, it took less than a year to get a vaccine into the arms of frontline healthcare workers. More than two dozen vaccine candidates have made it from basic safety trials to Phase 3, where efficacy against…
 
Oh hi, we didn’t expect you here so soon. KIDDING we totally did and we have podcasts for you. Zane is still on a crusade to change the world with Popular Front, Liz regresses back to a time when stuff was all gumshoes and gals with Case Closed! (Old Time Radio). And Nick rounds it off with a look at food through a racial, cultural, and political l…
 
Fact Check My Feed: What’s Up With These COVID-19 Mutations? It’s a new year, and that means there’s a whole slew of new COVID-19 news to dive into, including an overwhelming amount of new information about vaccines and mutations. The U.S. has now administered roughly five million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, far behind the nation’s goal of vaccinat…
 
Finding New Particles On The Frontier of Physics As a theoretical physicist, Frank Wilczek has made a career out of dreaming up new ways to understand our physical universe—and he’s usually right. In the early 1980’s, he predicted the existence of a new quasiparticle, called the anyon—which was confirmed in experiments last summer. In 2004, Wilczek…
 
It is vengeance! It is the night! It is…An Animated Discussion! Join superhero scholar Joshua Unruh and film critic extraordinaire Caleb Masters as they fight a war on crime! Caleb and Joshua continue a rough series of New Batman Adventures episodes with Love is a Croc, an episode that somehow manages to take everything already wrong with Torch Son…
 
They Might Be Giants With A Timely Reminder: “Science Is Real” Fans of the band They Might Be Giants are likely to be familiar with the band’s version of the 1959 Tom Glazer song “Why Does The Sun Shine?” As they sing, “The sun is a mass / of incandescent gas / a gigantic nuclear furnace.” In their album “Here Comes Science,” the band revisits that…
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's the one and only time everyone can universally say, the year of Hell is slowly fading away, and there's light at the end of the tunnel! But was it all bad? In this years final episode of The Main Quest Podcast, I'm running through the biggest news stories that rocked the gaming industry. Later, I'll be deciding on what were my …
 
This is the audio release of an episode that was streamed live on Instagram. Well, at least 80% of it is. Keith is talking Tetris, and during the stream, was playing it and evaluating it along the way. Keith goes deep into the history and development of the game, and just how it ended up on American soil. Follow the show on Instagram https://www.in…
 
It’s storytime this week on Castology! Liz uncovers the extraordinary lives of unsung bush heroes in Outback Stories. Nick takes a peek at the stories behind the sports stars with Ordineroli Speaking. And Zane showcases stories and discussions on Native American Indigenous History with The Red Nation. Then get ready for your post-Christmas reviews …
 
2020: The Year In Science, With Wendy Zukerman It’s the end of the year, and time to reflect. While there’s no doubt the coronavirus and efforts to combat it led the science pages this year, there was more to this year than masks and hand sanitizer. Wendy Zukerman, host and executive producer of the Gimlet podcast Science Vs, joins Ira to talk abou…
 
Nature’s Own Holiday Light Show The spectacular glowing green of the Northern Lights is caused by charged particles from the solar wind interacting with gas molecules, atoms, and ions in the atmosphere. Protons and electrons streaming from the sun follow the Earth’s magnetic field lines, accelerating down towards the poles. The aurora process is si…
 
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas podcasts! Ho, ho, ho fellow podcast lovers, it’s time to look under the tree and see what festive podcasts your Castologists have wrapped up for you this year. Nick goes behind the music with Tinsel Tunes; Liz combines her two favorite things (narrative podcasts and swear words) with Saint Nick and the Bi…
 
What Would Happen If You Fell Into A Black Hole? A new book, Black Hole Survival Guide, explores different theories of what would happen if you jumped into a black hole. Most of them are grizzly. As the reader traverses one of the great mysteries of the universe, they meet different fates. Author Janna Levin, a physics and astronomy professor at Ba…
 
How The Past Hints About Our Climate’s Future Ask a climate scientist how much the earth will warm as a result of the carbon dioxide we’re emitting right now, and the answer will be a range of temperatures: likely anywhere from 1 to 5 degrees Celsius. But all the models we have to predict the future are based on data from the past, most of it colle…
 
Today on the show, the curtain gets pulled back and you get to see just how American Keith is. **Freedom Noises** Who knew talking could be so difficult? Surely the most admirable developers and programmers deserve better than this?!? Follow the show on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/the_main_quest/ Write in to the show! Mainquestpod@gmail.com…
 
Yes, it’s An Animated Discussion, strange podcast from another planet! Join superhero scholar Joshua Unruh and film critic extraordinaire Caleb Masters as they fight a never-ending battle for Truth and Justice! It’s a race between Caleb and Joshua to decide who enjoyed this episode more. Joshua talks about different Flashes and which one might be b…
 
The Legend of Zelda is an important franchise to new and old fans. No matter the age, you ask anybody and they're going to have an attachment to one of the games in this 35 year old series. Today Paul from Potation Rotation joins Keith to help deconstruct the inaugural 1986 title. Leave the jacket at home, because this episode is filled with toasty…
 
The Castologists are here to wade through the oceans of offerings and fish out the best pods for your ear holes. This week Zane looks at inspirational stories with added Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney in Homo Sapiens. Liz gets historical with added Aussie flair in Bloody Classic. And Nick gets his NASA on with added Apollo mission intrigue wi…
 
Trump Administration Rushes To Sell Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Land For Drilling In a last-minute push, the Trump administration announced Thursday that it plans to auction off drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in just over a month, setting up a final showdown with opponents before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. T…
 
COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin In The U.K. This week, the U.K. began its vaccination effort against COVID-19 with Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old woman from Coventry, becoming the first U.K. resident to receive the shot. She received a first dose of the vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, and will require a second dose in several weeks to achieve the …
 
It's Thursday, so it's time for Side Questing! But instead of covering a game, I'm actually doing something different with the format (for once) and dedicating an entire episode to answering questions and other correspondence I've gathered throughout the length of the show! I answer questions about Battletoads, streaming and condoms? I guess I get …
 
Although not considered a heavy hitter, it is in its own rights. We're talking about the sequel in the mega-hit franchise, Super Mario Bros. 2! Often cited as one of the weirdest entries in the series, as was the habit of Nintendo at the time. But is it really as strange now that 32 years have passed? Keith and Paul break it all down today on the M…
 
Providing a quick update on life and Season 3 of Metaphorigins coming in February 2021. I also wanted to share that I participated in the annual Canadian Science Grand Slam, and in this floating episode I perform the new poetry piece titled, “This ain’t no nursery rhyme”. Check out the references and transcript to this episode here: https://www.kjb…
 
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