Words To That Effect

26 EpisodesProduced by HeadStuff

A research-based, storytelling podcast which wanders through the fields of fiction, popular culture, science, and history, drawing on the knowledge of a diverse cast of experts. Topics are wide-ranging but every episode is grounded in the same dedication to telling an engaging story about a less wel… read more

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WTTE - 023 - Adaptation (How Does a Book Become a Film?)

July 30th, 2018


The book is always better than the film.

Or so they say.

But there are obviously quite a few problems with this, as there tends to be with any sweeping generalisation. For some, the book is always better than the …

Two Announcements and an Update (July 2018)

July 16th, 2018


No episode this week unfortunately, but I do have two exciting announcements. Have a listen and find out!

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WTTE - 022 - Book Clubs: Revolution & Politics (and Wine & Cheese)

July 2nd, 2018


The Rick O'Shea Bookclub is Ireland's largest bookclub. It has 17,000 members and is growing fast. Book clubs have never been more popular. But where …

WTTE - 021 - The Invention of Time

June 18th, 2018


Time, as we understand it today, was only really invented in the Victorian era.

We take it for granted today that our phones and watches and other devices are accurate to the second.

That time zones are clear and …

WTTE - 020 - Domestic Noir

June 4th, 2018


Why Are There So Many Crime Thrillers With 'Girl' in the Title?

Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, Luckiest Girl Alive, Final Girls... There's no shortage of crime novels with 'girl' in the title since the huge …

WTTE - 019 - Utopia, Pt2 (Climate Change Fiction)

May 21st, 2018


This week's episode continues on from the last episode. So, if you haven't listened to that, head on over to Episode 18 first. From the history of utopia in the last episode, we move to the future of the planet and the …

WTTE - 018 - What Is Utopia?

May 7th, 2018


This is a story of three journeys, by three people, in three very different times. But each of the journeys ends in the same area in the west of Ireland. And each journey is founded on a search for a more perfect world, …

WTTE - 017 - The 10% Brain Myth (from Self-Help to Pulp Fiction to Hollywood)

March 26th, 2018


Do we use only 10% of our brain capacity? (Hint: No)

“It is estimated that most human beings only use 10% of the brain’s capacity. Imagine if we …

WTTE - 016 - Transhumanism, Fiction, and Immortality

March 12th, 2018


This is an episode about who we are as humans. And, more importantly, where we are going. About a future in which technology and biology have merged …

WTTE - 015 - The Scarlet Pimpernel & Baroness Orczy

February 26th, 2018


The Scarlet Pimpernel is a character now long disconnected from his origins in a 1903 novel. The Pimpernel is a mysterious Englishman who uses elaborate disguises to heroically rescue French aristocrats from the …

WTTE - Season 2 Preview

February 6th, 2018


A preview of what's to come on Season 2 of Words To That Effect. There will be utopias, immortality, secret superhero identities, weird fiction and …

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