114 episodes

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.

Dead Ideas: The History of Extinct Thoughts and Practices Recorded History Podcast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2, 91 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

Garrettsmith4 ,

Fun conversation, but some bite sized episodes would be nice

There is good chemistry between the main host and his recurring series of co-hosts. It’s a fun conversation and they do a good job digging for details. The only thing I would want is for them to release the occasional shorter single part episodes - say 30-40 min inline with the Genghis Khan/Prester John episode at 44 minutes, for easier use during shorter commutes or jogs. The 3-7 part series are great, I love the depth and detail, but perfection would be a mix of the two.

ALC1287 ,

Love this pod

I love this quirky history podcast. Well researched and I enjoy the host too. I just found it and I’m looking forward to going through the archive!

Friendlygamesquid777 ,

Great concept, poor execution - a sad, silly waste

The host(s) typically manifest just enough information to be dangerous. Sloppy with facts, reckless with metaphors and terrifyingly free with unfounded supposition, suspicions and guesses. Sophomoric wisecracks and tiresome cynicism are what pass for wit. Downright icky at times. Bad history and worse entertainment. :(

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