Allusionist 90. Dear Santa

Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker didn’t think too much of it when, every year, a a few letters were delivered to their New York apartment addressed to Santa.

But then one year, 400 letters arrived. And they decided they had to answer them.

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Allusionist 66. Open Me part I

From Me To You’s Alison Hitchcock and Brian Greenley didn’t know each other well. But when Brian was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Alison offered to write him letters. 100 letters later, their lives were changed.

 

One of the newest members of Radiotopia is Ear Hustle, a podcast made inside San Quentin by and about the men incarcerated there, in collaboration with Nigel Poor. In prison, a letter is a precious thing.

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Allusionist 16: Word Play

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Words are all over the place. So how do you turn them into fun games? Here to show the way is Leslie Scott, founder of Oxford Games and inventor of more than forty games - including word games such as Ex Libris, Anagram and Flummoxed, and the non-word game Jenga.

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I'll be back in a fortnight. Stay fun in the meantime.

- HZ

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Allusionist 13: Mixed Emojions

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Emoji allow communication without words. Could emoji be the universal language of the 21st century? Matt Gray and Tom Scott, founders of the emoji-only messaging platform emoj.li, talk through the pitfalls; and History Today's Dr Kate Wiles finds the 500- and 5,000-year-old precedents for emoji.

CONTENT WARNING: 
this episode contains one category B swear word, plus references to penises growing on trees.

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- HZ

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

Allusionist 9: The Space Between

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I know this is a show about words, but forget the words for a moment; look at the spaces between the words. 

Without the spaces, the words would be nigh incomprehensible. And yet, they're a relatively recent linguistic innovation. Dr Kate Wiles explains how English got its spaces.

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Hooray for spaces!

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Come back in a fortnight for the next episode, space cadets!

- HZ

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MUSIC:

'Allusionist Theme' - Martin Austwick
'The Spaces In Between' - Ben Christophers

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.