Dr. Matthew Julius, biologist from St. Cloud State University, joins Prof. Awesome to talk about Francis Bacon, the philosophy of science, and how being wrong is the only way to be right.
Professor Awesome wishes a happy Father’s Day to Shakespeare’s King Lear, a tale about a less-than-ideal father, offers gift ideas for British monarchs, reads excerpts from essays for sale online, and looks at one-star reviews for King Lear on GoodReads.
Professor Awesome is joined by Venomous Girl to talk about the Canterbury Tales, and Venomous Girl gets conspiratorial about the “mysterious deaths” of the Wife of Bath’s many husbands, as well as Harry Potter connections and nerd love.
Professor Awesome is joined by the Fruit Ninja to talk about the monsters of Beowulf and torture devices.
The Swain himself, Dr. Larry Swain, joins Professor Awesome to talk about “Caedmon’s Hymn,” “The Dream of the Rood,” “Judith,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament.”
Professor Awesome and Peter Konieczny of Medievalists.net and Medieval Warfare magazine talk about weird and fun deaths of the Middle Ages.
The origin and early citations of ‘Betwattled’.
From the Fates to Macbeth to the uncanny valley: a history of “Weird”.
Practical jokes, hoaxes, and April Fool’s Day — and how they all connect to the classic drink, the Tom Collins.
Erasmus Darwin: doctor, scientist, inventor, poet, linguistic innovator, science communicator.