Our obsession with gut health, diet and well-being is far from new: the Victorians had very similar concerns.
We're pouring cold water on old ideas in this episode: from why the population of Easter Island really declined and what makes a good urban legend.
The reconviction rates of children put in institutions was lower than it is today, new research shows.
Have you heard the one about the Victorian sense of humour?
In this episode of the podcast, we take in the history of Victorian humour, why kids find poo so hilarious and whether academics should try and be funny.
Many have compared the UK's repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 with leaving the European Union.
Tales of levitation tend to belie stark inequalities and various forms of violence (often upon women).
The Victorians had some interesting solutions to the problem of telling children where our stuff comes from.
Psychiatrists in the 19th century began attributing self-harm to a desire to manipulate others.
We object to the vitriol in public discourse today, but 19th century commentators were equally up-in-arms over the abuse of a romantic institution.
Should we hold victims responsible for crimes committed due to their own carelessness? The Victorians said we should and they may have had a point.
Today, the causes of many phobias are as inscrutable as ever – but they were only 'invented' in the 19th century.
Q: If you were to kill a conversational goose, what vegetable would she allude to? A: Ah-spare-a-goose! Gettit?