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I Heart Dead Things
37 minutes | Feb 12, 2018
22. Our Bloody Valentine's Day Episode
Love is in the air, candy is in the store, and death, as ever, is on our brains. In this installment of your favorite podcast, we investigate the origins of the beloved holiday (they're weird!), talk about the true definition of love (hint: it's not keeping their corpse around the house), and read some very graphic poetry (it's French, and only graphic if you take issue with maggots). Break out the blood-red wine, it's the disgustingly romantic Valentine's Day episode.
46 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
21. Introducing Swedish Death Cleaning
Move over, hygge! The new hot trend from Scandinavia is all about confronting your mortality through tidying up. In this episode, we chat about Margareta Magnusson's international bestseller The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and how to tackle the task on your own no matter your age. (Hint: Don't start with photos, do get rid of naughty things so your kids/friends don't have to deal with them.) As they say, you can't take that seventh toaster with you.
66 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
20. Deathcrush: Norwegian Black Metal
Music has a long history of flirting with the devil and embracing the subversive. In the '80s, though, a bunch of kids in Norway took that to a new extreme, linking metal with an obsession with death, Satan, and even murder. Why there? Why then? What's with the makeup? Let's discuss.
72 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
19. Death Salon with Nuri McBride
Nuri McBride is a writer, researcher, and speaker who is an expert in the relationship between death and scent. If you never thought of the connection, or if you have and think it's as cool as we do, you can't miss this conversation. We cover everything from using scent to meditate on death acceptance to the smell of a dead body to scent in mourning and religious rituals to a fascinating phenomenon called the Odour of Sanctity. Listen and smell along!
55 minutes | Jan 9, 2018
18. Female Serial Killers 101
Bundy. Dahmer. Kemper. Doss? Cotton? Eh? You might know a thing or two about Aileen Wuornos or even Countess Erzsébet Báthory, but what do you really know about female serial killers, their motives, and their means? In this episode, we take a look at some of latest research in this still-new field to try to understand these murderous women a bit better (and why we're so enthralled by serial killers in general).
65 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
17. The I Heart Dead Things Christmas Deathtacular
We have visions of grim reapers dancing in our heads! It's officially the holidays, mortal friends, and if you tend to get a little sick from all the sugar and spice and everything nice, we've got the cure for what ails ya. Christmas, in fact, has a long history of the dark, deep, and death-related. Listen for the scoop on Christmas ghost stories, Krampus, H.P. Lovecraft Christmas carols, The Nightmare Before Christmas, dead Finnish people coming to Christmas Eve dinner, and more — plus our death-friendly gift guide and heavy metal carol picks!
86 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
16. Death Salon with J.R. Pepper
It's the first interview of I Heart Dead Things! We hung out with photographer and researcher J.R. Pepper and were treated to some of her expertise on spirit photography, post-mortem photography, and lots more. In fact, we touched on so many death-centric topics that one could (and should) call the conversation a death salon. Vive le death talk and get to know J.R. Pepper!
37 minutes | Dec 4, 2017
15. Have You Danced With Your Dead Lately?
Madagascar's Malagasy people have a longstanding ritual called Famadihana, or turning of the bones. It's a beautiful custom that reunites the living with the dead and celebrates generations of ancestors — but this year, it's being blamed for a bigger-than-usual outbreak of the Bubonic plague. How do we find the compromise between allowing a people to continue their traditions and maintaining public health?
41 minutes | Nov 27, 2017
14: #deadbodypositivity The Sequel
Are you just dying to know what will become of your earthly remains? Well friend, you are in luck! #deadbodypositivity is back and we've got even more suggestions for making the most of your corpse. Whether you long to soar through space or explore the ocean's depths, all your wildest dreams can come true (when you're dead).
45 minutes | Nov 20, 2017
13. The Donner Party: Not So Happy Trails
Everyone knows about the Donner party — or thinks they do, anyway. The real story is more complex and tragic than the sensational cannibalism tales associated with this ill-fated group today. Join us as we dive into what really happened, how many other families were involved, and where the heck the Continental Divide is.
58 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
12. Sword, Scale, & Crossbones
What rights do corpses have? Can your living family overrule your post-life wishes? Is necrophilia a crime? The answer to all: You might be surprised. In this episode we unpack some of the thorny, confusing, and downright weird laws about death and dying. We'll also talk about a few headline-making cases that forced the courts to rethink, and even rewrite, the books.
44 minutes | Nov 6, 2017
11. The Other Walking Dead
Cotard's Syndrome is extremely rare, but cases have been reported from the 1800s to now. Symptoms range from thinking your appendages are not your own to believing you've died, and some of the causes and treatments are not what you'd expect.
56 minutes | Oct 30, 2017
10. It's the Halloween Episode, Y'All
But before you break out the costumes, spooky films, and candy, consider this: Do you actually know anything about the holiday? Hint: It's not all Hocus Pocus. In this episode we unveil Halloween's ancient and very dead origins, share some fun facts, and explore how cultures around the world celebrate their deceased (and their roaming spirits) throughout the year.
47 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
9. The Last English Hangman
Capital punishment is as old as civilization itself, but it was only in the twentieth century that we began to seriously question how humane this form of death was. This conversation was particularly fraught in post-WWII England. On one hand: Nazis. On the other: wrongfully accused men, mentally challenged teenagers, and abused women. In this episode, we meet the UK's last hangmen during the twilight of their profession.
41 minutes | Oct 15, 2017
8. Lather Up!
Strange but true: under the right climate conditions, corpses can undergo the same chemical reactions that create soap. In this totally wacky episode, we discuss how saponification happens, how it's preserved bodies for centuries, and why it's a major pain for cemeteries.
74 minutes | Oct 8, 2017
7. We Heart (Cultural) Dead Things
Since everybody dies, it's no wonder that death is one of the most common themes in music, books, TV, and film. From Blue Oyster Cult and Black Mirror to Monty Python and Discworld, we're highlighting just a few of our favorite death appearances (and sort of rating them).
63 minutes | Oct 2, 2017
6. Paul's Dead. Long Live Paul
What is it about music stars and death conspiracies? We spotlight some of the weirdest, from playing your records backward for clues about Paul McCartney to believing Tupac is still alive.
54 minutes | Sep 25, 2017
5. Who Wants to Live Forever?
Some people, apparently! Transhumanism is often described as a sort of "tech religion," and depending on who you ask, it just might be the secret to immortality. But, as we all know, there's no such thing as a free lunch. What happens when one of humanity's great shared experiences goes away? If it's possible to transcend death, are we even still human? We've got a lot of questions.
46 minutes | Sep 18, 2017
4. Don't Fear the Reaper
The grim reaper is one of the world's most recognizable symbols of death. How did this guy — or gal — creep into everything from poems to cartoons, and what's with the scythe, anyway?
46 minutes | Sep 18, 2017
There's never been a better time to die! Now more than ever before we have an incredible amount of control over what happens to our earthly remains. Not so interested in traditional burial? Bored by the idea of your ashes being scattered in some scenic locale? Don't worry, boo. You've got options, and now is a great time to start thinking about them.
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