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Words To That Effect: Stories of the Fiction that Shapes Popular Culture. WTTE is a narrative storytelling show, hosted and produced by Conor Reid, that explores the intriguing places where fiction, history, science, and popular culture intersect and inspire. From the Victorian past to utopian futures, dinosaurs to detectives, zombies to mummies, how does literature shape our understanding of popular culture? Find out more at https://wttepodcast.com. WTTE is a part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. Support the show and get bonus episodes and more by joining HeadStuff+ (https://headstuffpodcasts.com/show/words-to-that-effect) .

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

Words To That Effect: Stories of the Fiction that Shapes Popular Culture. WTTE is a narrative storytelling show, hosted and produced by Conor Reid, that explores the intriguing places where fiction, history, science, and popular culture intersect and inspire. From the Victorian past to utopian futures, dinosaurs to detectives, zombies to mummies, how does literature shape our understanding of popular culture? Find out more at https://wttepodcast.com. WTTE is a part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. Support the show and get bonus episodes and more by joining HeadStuff+ (https://headstuffpodcasts.com/show/words-to-that-effect) .

    WTTE Season 6 Update

    WTTE Season 6 Update

    Unfortunately there aren't going to be any new episodes for a little while but have a listen to this short update letting you know what's going on at WTTE and where things are heading next. 
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    • 3 min
    Dungeons & Dragons

    Dungeons & Dragons

    Dungeons & Dragons plays a huge part in fiction and popular culture more generally, but it is often overlooked or misunderstood. In this episode I gather together an experienced Dungeon Master and some complete novices (including myself) to play D&D for the first time. Joining me to explore this new world is academic, and life-time D&D fan, Professor Curt Carbonell, who has recently published a book on the subject.

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    For full transcripts, links, references, and more the home of the podcast is wttepodcast.com




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    • 28 min
    Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    From medieval ballads to the poetry of John Keats, stage productions to children’s songs, novels to comic books, silent movies to glorious technicolour, Disney classics to Kevin Costner blockbusters to Mel Brooks parodies to gritty reimaginings and lots, lots more, Robin Hood is certainly one of the most recognisable characters in all of western popular culture.

    Joining me to explore the legendary outlaw is Prof Valerie Johnson, from the University of Montevallo, Alabama.

    WTTE is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. You can support the show and get bonus content and more by becoming a member of HeadStuff+. Go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com

    For full transcripts, links, references, and more the home of the podcast is wttepodcast.com



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    • 32 min
    The Origins of the Gothic

    The Origins of the Gothic

    What does the word "Gothic" mean to you? Gothic cathedrals and castles? Gothic fiction? Teenage goths dressed in black? Horror and the supernatural? This episode explores the origins of the gothic and one man's lasting influence on this most important of genres.

    Joining me as my gothic guide is Prof Dale Townshend, Professor of Gothic Literature
    at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    WTTE is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. You can support the show and get bonus content and more by becoming a member of HeadStuff+. Go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com

    For full transcripts, links, references, and more the home of the podcast is wttepodcast.com

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    • 27 min
    A Word To That Effect: Serendipity (Bonus Ep)

    A Word To That Effect: Serendipity (Bonus Ep)

     A Word To That Effect is a new series of bonus mini-episodes about a single word or phrase with a distinctly literary origin. This week: serendipity.

    WTTE is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. You can support the show and get bonus content and more by becoming a member of HeadStuff+. Go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com

    For full transcripts, links, references, and more the home of the podcast is wttepodcast.com

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    • 8 min
    A Word To That Effect: Cliffhanger (Bonus Ep)

    A Word To That Effect: Cliffhanger (Bonus Ep)

    A Word To That Effect is a new series of bonus mini-episodes about a single word or phrase with a distinctly literary origin. This week: cliffhanger!

    WTTE is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. You can support the show and get bonus content and more by becoming a member of HeadStuff+. Go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com

    For full transcripts, links, references, and more the home of the podcast is wttepodcast.com

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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

purekatearama ,

Perfect bitesized fascinations!

I had never listened to a podcast before so I downloaded a few different recommendations to listen to on a flight and Words To That Effect was definitely my favourite. Excellently researched, written and edited, no rambling ego trips into the microphone. Each episode deals with fascinating ideas in areas I would never have thought to look.

MuroCee ,

Love It

Keep up the Good work!

dr. con ,

Great podcast

Great podcast! Really informative and the perfect length.

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