Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices
About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Berserkers I: Shield-biting Badasses of the Viking Age - Viking History
They were the howling, shield-biting badasses of the Viking Age! Who were these frightening fighters? What were they really like? We’re exploring all that and more in our new epic series on Viking berserkers!Be sure to support the show at www.patreon.com/deadideaspod to get your portrait drawn!Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Custom map by Adam McKithern. Pics, references and more at www.deadideas.net.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rated 4 out of
Entertaining podcasting is imperative
I stumbled across it via The Age of Napoleon and the Recorded History Network and got hooked quite instantly.
It may be a bit less informative or educational than a more regular history podcast, but the hosts play very well off of each other and present super entertaining shows. And I did learn quite a bit about the individual topics (Technocracy and Moism is as far as I have come up till now).
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of
A podcast in accordance with the divine mandate
Surely this podcast will never be overthrown and will continue to command loyalty as long as it continues, as the way of the heavens dictates, to uphold the sacred duty that the podcaster owes to the podcasted.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of
My first podcast ever. I love it.
This is my first EVER podcast. After the first episode that I listened to, I immediately liked them on Facebook.
I came in on Mohism, my boyfriend said this exact quote: "Thought I'd try a new history podcast, picked this episode, loved it!" and then linked me to the podcast, so I knew I had to listen to it. I was astonished, devoted my time to listen to it and it was kick-ss. If there's a script, it's written really well and spoken well. The guests that come on are funny as well. The RPG aspect is helpful in understanding it and I can tell that B.T. Newberg is enthusiastic about the topics (also his wife's cool intro music, lol)
Right now I'm listening to Technocracy and enjoying it more than music as I work.
Great stuff, I highly recommend listening to just one episode. You'll be hooked.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of
A nerdy history podcast with a unique twist!
This show is fantastic. I call it a very nerdy podcast as it combines aspects of mythology, rpgs, cooking, interviews and personal contributions. The hook is that each series focuses on an idea that humanity used to accept, but then died out to the waves of history drowning it. B. T. Newberg is a very funny host and his friends are all enjoyable.
All in all, a really fun podcast. :)
Date published: 2018-04-24