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Ep 355: To tell a secret, and keep it too



To tell a secret, and keep it too

Part of communicating is trying to tell someone something without the wrong someone hearing it. We take a look at the history and practice of secret messages.

And here’s our latest attempt at Episode One.

Take 106 of Episode One: Don’t know where to begin
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Ep 354: By flame, drum and song



By flame, drum and song

How did people communicate over distance in the ancient world? We answer this question by examining signal fires, talking drums, and languages composed entirely of whistling.
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Ep 353: Ancient mail, and the oldest known library



Ancient mail, and the oldest known library

Once again, the title says it all. We look at mail in the ancient world, and take a look at the oldest known library.
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Ep 352: Numbers and letters



Numbers and letters

We pick it up from last time and finish the story of our alphabet, along with a look at where our numbers came from.

Check out our latest attempt at Phil’s show.

Part 2 of take 102 of Episode One
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Ep 351: How we learned to write right



How we learned to write right

This time we start from the very beginnings of writing, and move on to just before the invention of alphabets.

Here’s part one of our latest attempted at Episode One.

Positive thoughts, and shaven porcupines

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Ep 348: Animals, lies and language



Animals, lies and language

An honest signal is useful for the one sending and receiving it. But, dishonest signals tend to destabilize the ability to communicate. How did human language develop when words make it so easy to fib?
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Ep 346: Ah, those babbling bacteria



Ah, those babbling bacteria

We begin a new subseries this week on language and communication. For starters, let’s have a looksee at how single-celled organisms chat.
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