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The Allusionist
Adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman: A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at
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4.8 stars from 3,758 ratings
Not everyone gets to take a linguistics class, let alone, for fun! Well, Helen Zaltzman straps you in loosely and you gotta hang on for the ride on the English language roller coaster! No word or topic is too taboo! Episodes always make me laugh AND think, and their brevity, relative to other...Read full review »
Geofreelance via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/26/20
wittiest podcast out there
I never fail to learn something new from this show. Went to see a live show a few years ago. It was so good to see it vaudeville style. Unforgettable and now when I listen, I know who to picture!
NinaSchw via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/23/20
Language is beautiful and weird and one of the finest human creations. Even if you aren’t a linguist (I’m not), you will fall in love with The Allusionist and its host Helen Zalzman. I recommend this to all speakers of language.
yellow_larches via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/11/20
Recent Episodes
Today’s episode is something a bit different to usual. A few months ago, I was a guest on the podcast Ologies, a terrific show where the very funny and delightful and curious Alie Ward interviews an ologist of some kind - bisonologist (ologist of bisons), ludologist (video games), corvid...
Published 01/24/20
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Published 12/24/19
To celebrate Radiotopia’s fundraiser, here’s a special episode about the word that brought us all together… aaand a lot of you hate it. This piece was recorded in front of a live audience at PodCon in Seattle. If you love podcasts, or more specifically this podcast, or slightly less...
Published 12/16/19
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