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The Allusionist
Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman: TheAllusionist.org. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 3,421 ratings
Entertaining and Informative
If you are looking for a podcast to help your vocabulary while entertaining you, this is it.
Smores7 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/16/19
Beyond good entertainment.
The world is confusing and disturbing. This podcast makes sense of things. It’s cheesy, but knowing why certain things are the way they are eases my anxiety. Helen Zaltzman is wonderful. Her voice is perfect, her humor is delightful, and the way she parses language... well I guess that’s the...Read full review »
Atothebberry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/15/19
One of my go-to podcasts
I’ve been listening to this show for a few years now and it still remains one of my go-to podcasts. Whether you’re really into language, just like finding out about interesting stuff or hearing stories from interesting people, Helen always brings something fun, informative and/or thought...Read full review »
LauraDrummer via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/02/19
Recent Episodes
Ever misspelled a word or committed a typo? It wasn’t your fault; you were demonically possessed. Ian Chillag from Everything is Alive podcast introduces us to Titivillus, the typo demon. Find out more about this episode at theallusionist.org/typo-demon. The Allusionist's online home is...
Published 09/15/19
When is cheese not cheese, or crab not crab? When it’s spelled cheez or krab or even ch’eese or cra’b… Novelty spellings for foods-that-aren’t-made-out-of-the-thing-they-sound-like-they’re-made-out-of go back a pretty long way - ‘cheez’ was THE cheese-like substance of the 1920s - but right now,...
Published 09/03/19
It’s Food Season at the Allusionist. Last episode we learned all about compiling recipes, turning food into words. This time, we meet someone who turns words into food - no, she doesn’t make Alphabetti Spaghetti. When Kate Young of the Little Library Cafe spots a foodstuff or a feast in a novel,...
Published 08/17/19
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