The Allusionist

The Allusionist is a podcast about language and etymology by Helen Zaltzman for Radiotopia from PRX. New episodes arrive fortnightly on Wednesdays.

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Helen Zaltzman has a degree in Old and Middle English, but in 2003 was rejected for her dream job as an etymologist at the Oxford English Dictionary, so had to become a podcaster instead. She makes shows from her living room in Crystal Palace, London. Since 2007 she has co-presented and produced the award-winning comedy show Answer Me This!, answering questions from listeners around the world. She also presented the Sound Women podcast, interviewing people who work in audio. She appears regularly on BBC 5 Live and BBC Scotland. She writes jokes for Radio 4 and various TV shows, and book reviews for the Observer. She handmade the world’s first (only?) giant inflatable Boggle set.

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