Allusionist 34: Continental

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I'm not usually one to yearn for the past, but today, trying to find a clear definition for what a continent is, I find myself thinking, "Pangaea. One single continent. That was a simpler time."

Plus: more 'please'. Following the previous episode, listeners from several continents have contributed their local experience of 'please' usage, in what eventually will surely be considered the definitive global study of human niceties. Also, Lynne Murphy and Rachele De Felice return to explain how 'thank you' is not necessarily an expression of gratitude.  

TL;DR: trust nothing.

READING MATTER:

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MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
rowel

CREDITS:

- HZ

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Allusionist 11: Brunchtime

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Brunch. What does it actually mean?

Yeah yeah, it's breakfast + lunch, but in function or in form? And what does it have to do with Lewis Carroll?

I chewed this over during brunch with Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast The Sporkful and author of Eat More Better. Fall down the rabbit hole of brunch semantics with us.

SIDE ORDERS:

MAILCHIMP'S RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
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Next episode will appear in a fortnight. Don't stay awake the whole time until then just to game the word 'breakfast'. You'll only be spiting yourself.

- HZ

CREDITS

Me and Dan in the Square Diner, post-porklift.

Me and Dan in the Square Diner, post-porklift.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.