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Oct 30, 2023

The opening lines of David M. Eagleman's Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives inspires this week's episode, just in time for Halloween.

Eagleman's premise is that you aren't fully dead until your name is spoken for the last time. And although the thought of your name never being spoken again, never again being...

Oct 23, 2023

Every time Tiffany hears the word "money," she pictures geese on the Capitoline Hill. If you're curious why (and have an interest in word origins and ancient history) this episode is for you. You'll be surprised by the number of words that come to us direct from Ancient Rome.


Oct 16, 2023

It's the ingredients, stupid.

Ask anyone who knows Italian food and the'll tell you that what makes it so delicious and so universally beloved are the ingredients.

Viola Buitoni's new cookbook Italy By Ingredient: Artisanal Foods / Modern Recipes is a celebration of this concept. Italian-born, California-based cooking...

Oct 9, 2023

How often do actual Romans think about the Roman Empire?

You probably saw the recent Tik Tok trend, in which women from around the world asked their male partners how often they thought about the Roman Empire. The results were surprising, with a lot more ancient Roman contemplation than the askers expected.

We decided...

Oct 1, 2023

500 Episodes! Can you believe it? (We can't!)

(And by complete coincidence, we taped this episode on the 19th anniversary of Tiffany's arrival in Rome!)

Join us for this unbelievable milestone as we muse on what happens when we do something (a podcast, living abroad...) for a very, very long time. Longer than we could...