Death in the Afternoon

17 EpisodesProduced by The Order of the Good Death

Welcome to your mortality, humans! It's a new podcast called Death in the Afternoon, from the team behind Ask a Mortician. The deathcast will dispel myths about death and dead bodies, dive into history and dark tales you've never heard before, and hopefully make you less afraid to talk about the in… read more

17 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Is That a Corpse in my Culture?

June 14th, 2019


Today we're talking corpses as entertainment. Not the idea of a corpse (sorry, horror fans) but real live – or should we say real dead– bodies. From …

What's In Your Head, Zombie?

May 23rd, 2019


Before zombies became the brain-eating pop culture phenomenon of the Walking (or Living) Dead, they represented something more complicated. From the …

Get Your Sh*t Together!

May 9th, 2019


Wills, advanced directives, emergency savings accounts – what's not to love?  Ok, we get it, facing your mortality through piles of bureaucracy is about the least inspiring task on your to-do list. But paradoxically, …

Maggots Holding High Carnival

April 25th, 2019

The American Civil War left roughly 700,000 men dead and an entire nation devastated. With millions of pounds of rotting human flesh on the battlefields, burying the dead was a daunting, sometimes insurmountable task …

Dude, Where's My Monument?

April 12th, 2019


We know who gets fancy monuments: politicians, military heroes, and so many men on horses. In cemeteries the playing field may be leveling, with …

The Least Worst Death

March 27th, 2019


Two Manhattan tragedies, two miles and ninety years apart, that changed government policy forever.  But the victims couldn't afford to step back and …

Fantastic Funerary Failures

March 14th, 2019


Cremation and burial are all well and good, but why aren't our dead bodies electroplated or cemented?  In our first episode of Death in the …

The Haunting of Hill House- Mortuary Madness!

December 19th, 2018


You asked for it, deathlings. A bonus episode on the mortuary and embalming scenes in Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House. Are they accurate? A hot mess? Is my job really filled with ghosts? All that and more in …

Ring RIng, Corpse Phone

December 5th, 2018


Ring ring. Hello? Who’s there? IT’S YOUR MORTALITY CALLING.   In life, phones make everything easier– just “reach out and touch someone.” But in death, reaching out can be a little more complicated. This week we talk …

Or Maybe It's a Ghost?

November 28th, 2018


A wisp of white. A voice in the dark. A lamp mysteriously turns on by itself. Few things capture our imagination like a good ghost story. But is there more to a spooky tale than thrills and chills? Perhaps we are less …

Embalmed Alive

November 21st, 2018


Embalming. It sounds like the stuff of horror movies: pump a dead body full of chemicals to make it look alive – ALIVE! Whose idea was this? Is …

It's OK to Not Decay

November 14th, 2018


Ah, to die, to decompose, to become one with the earth. Most of us accept this as our fate. But what happens when that whole “decomposition thing” …

Don't Drink the KoolAid!

November 7th, 2018


Being in a cult... doesn’t always end well. This week, we confront the questions: Why not drink the Kool-Aid? How many puppies does it take to …

Is That a Foot?

October 31st, 2018


Generally speaking, we like our limbs in context. “The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone.” But what about when we encounter limbs that aren’t connected to anybody? Just …

Crematory Whoopsies

October 24th, 2018


Mistakes happen. Cremations happen. But few things capture our morbid imagination like cremation mistakes happening. Whether it’s the horror of cremating your coworker, a misplaced corpse on the way to America’s first …

My Roommate, a Corpse

October 15th, 2018


In our first episode, we take you on a magical (ok, not always so magical) journey of living with the dead. From an adorable 91 year old lady with a …

Trailer: Season One

October 2nd, 2018


Welcome to your mortality, humans! It's a new podcast called Death in the Afternoon from the team that brings you Ask a Mortician. First episode is out on October 15th.

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