Presented by Helen Zaltzman and Martin Austwick
Award-winning British podcast The Allusionist is a logophile’s dream. Ever heard of Toki Pona (said to be ‘the smallest language in the world’) or indefinite hyperbolic numerals (‘zillions, jillions or squillions’)? Have you questioned Western yogic deployments of ‘namaste’, opening lines on dating apps, or dating systems of the BC, AD and BCE kind? Producer and host Helen Zaltzman is here for you.
A veteran podcaster with the long-running, hugely popular indie podcast Answer Me This! in 2007 – Zaltzman started making The Allusionist in 2015. In each episode, she rumbles with language with infectious verve and a generous helping of pop culture. In 2019, Zaltzman returns with a show about taking gender out of language through the power of infotainment - with musical support from Martin Austwick. Join her for a fascinating and irreverent adventure into the world we make with words.
Smartest Podcast Award - British Podcast Awards 2018
Best Education Show - Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2017
Apple Podcasts' Best New Podcast 2015
"My new favourite is The Allusionist, about words and the English language. Episodes are under 20 minutes, and I haven't hit a dud yet" - The New York Times
"Zaltzman's enthusiasm for the topics and her guests is what is so appealing about this podcast" - Buzzfeed
"Any podcast involving Helen Zaltzman will always be worth a listen" - The UK Observer
"The show is filled with good humour and a great deal of levity to make one of the funniest and most educational podcasts around" - The Guardian
Helen Zaltzman is a multiple award-winning podcast host and producer. Her linguistics podcast The Allusionist was the first show created especially for the prestigious Radiotopia network. Answer Me This, the comedy show she co-founded with Olly Mann in 2007, is one of Britain's most successful independent podcasts.
Martin Austwick is a podcaster, musician and singer-songwriter, and has released albums as Pale Bird, and songs about science as Dr Martin Austwick. He has performed music live for The Allusionist, 99% Invisible, The Bugle, and the Third Coast International Audio Awards, and contributed music for a number of podcasts. His podcast about every Tom Waits song is called Song by Song.
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Season: 27 June 2019
Duration: 70 mins
General Admission: $21.70
Group (6+): $18.20
34 Holden Street
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