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The Enigma Machine. The B2 stealth bomber. The poisoned-tipped umbrella. Napoleon’s Briefcase of Secrets. As long as there has been conflict, there have been spies, and as long as there have been spies, there have been incredible gadgets and iconic objects. These are the stories of the tools that power the world of espionage, hosted by Alice Loxton. Hit FOLLOW to get episodes every week. Get episodes early and ad-free with Spyscape+.
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Cursed Objects

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Imagine ‘show and tell’, but about how humanity has gone wrong. A podcast about big ideas, weird history - and tat. Join Dr Kasia Tee and Dan Hancox as they get drunk in the gift shop with the Angel of History. Find us also on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Curious Objects

The Magazine Antiques

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Through interviews with leading figures in the world of fine and decorative arts, Curious Objects—a podcast from The Magazine Antiques—explores the hidden histories, the little-known facts, the intricacies, and the idiosyncrasies that breathe life and energy into historical works of craft and art.
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Objects

Objects

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A Who Cares? Scotland podcast, Objects, where the host, Charlotte Armitage, dives into conversation with Care Experienced people. The discussions are focused on the moments in life that shape us, the relationships that give us strength and the challenges that we overcome. Each guest brings three objects to the conversation, representing their life before, during and after care.
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The Haunted Objects Podcast

Connor J. Randall, Greg Newkirk, Dana Newkirk

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Join full-time paranormal researchers Greg & Dana Newkirk (Amazon Prime's "Hellier", Discovery+'s "Kindred Spirits") as they dig into the history, folklore, and anomalous activity behind the world's most haunted objects. Tune in every other Monday to explore the mysteries behind UFO wreckage, cursed artifacts, psychic research, Bigfoot pheromones, and more!
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As it concerns the racial history of our country, are the objects in the mirror closer than they appear or not? Objects In The Mirror podcast asks this question as listeners hear firsthand accounts of those who lived during the segregation and early desegregation eras.
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Ad-Like Objects

Ad-Like Objects

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Hang out with advertising professionals Jerod Barlow (digital marketing expert) and Francis LaBelle (copywriter) in this conversational podcast. They'll discuss industry topics and trends — and try desperately to stay on topic.
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A two-count of British Smarks in North America who like to banter all things RAW, Smackdown, and 205Live in the WWE Universe. We don't pretend to know everything, but we always have a proper good laugh! #FOFM __________________________________________________ HOSTED BY Wade Gawler & Kieran Strange FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA • @ FOFMpodcast • @ Wadepool87 • @ KieranStrange INTRO MUSIC "Reckless" © Kieran Strange, 2015
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High Y'all, my name is Bianca and welcome to the blunt objects podcast! Blunt objects is a bi weekly podcast about true crime, mystery, and randomness. My guest and I will share our thoughts and theories about some of the darkest cases, strangest cults, random things we experience in our daily lives. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BluntObjectsPod for future episode updates, pictures of dogs, and mini sessions. So sit back, relax and free your mind and Join my guest and I as we ...
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Objects Out Loud

Ashmolean Museum

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From a magician who inspired Shakespeare, and poems woven into Japanese prints, to manuscripts illuminated with the ancient love story of Layla and Majnun, this new podcast series will delve into the poetry and literature hidden in the collections at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Join us each Friday, from 5 February, for a new audio adventure. Objects Out Loud is produced and presented by Lucie Dawkins.
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In a fast-changing city like Singapore, buildings and street scenes familiar to us may not last for long, but upon entering the homes of Singaporeans, you are likely to find personal objects that can evoke the sights and sounds of a bygone era. The Objects that Made Us is a mini podcast series produced by Amy Sim and Yap Seow Choong. In every episode, we will be inviting a guest to share a personal object and the story behind it. These stories will offer glimpses of Singapore's past, weaving ...
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The police just follow the law, right!? Our guest Melayna Lamb thinks we need to flip this thinking around - and see the police as a law unto themselves. Using the example of the very cursed ‘thin blue line’ police badge, Melayna challenges the police’s foundational idea that they are the ‘thin blue line between order and chaos’. What happens if - …
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In this special throwback episode, Benjamin Miller speaks with Ellery Foutch, assistant professor of American studies at Middlebury College, about a “relic Windsor chair” assembled by Henry Sheldon (founder of the Middlebury museum named in his honor) in 1884. This unique piece of furniture was built with fragments of wood salvaged from structures …
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Can you ever truly suppress a curious mind? If there was one aim of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, it was that. The lauded writer Jung Chang joins Alice Loxton to revisit a childhood characterized by surveillance and prohibition. But even in Communist China – at a time when pins bearing the face of the great leader were worn on every chest – cur…
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In this Curious Objects Bites episode, Benjamin Miller examines an 1830s manuscript tune book from rural Vermont. Bound crudely in leather, this book of sacred music was made by a farmer named Bernard Ward as a gift for his grandson, and many years later passed into the major collection of musical instruments, books, scores, and ephemera assembled …
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How do you like your eggs in the morning? Hopefully not wet?? It’s Easter, so in the spirit of bringing you some seasonal #content, Kasia and Dan explore what came to be known as ‘wet egg discourse’ via a Morrisons food-to-go container of six hard-boiled eggs. Is it ever appropriate to eat an egg on a train? Why are eggs eaten around the beginning …
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Where does a leader like Fidel Castro place his trust? The answer comes in the form of a box of romantic mementos, carried from Cuba to Russia. Print designer Manya Kullman tells Alice Loxton the story of her grandmother, Galina, a KGB spy who won the affections of a revolutionary leader at the height of the Cold War – and who kept his keepsakes cl…
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Rebecca Romney, co-founder of rare book dealer Type Punch Matrix and a frequent guest on Pawn Stars, returns to our podcast Curious Objects this week. She has with her a mid-nineteenth-century abecebestiary, or calligraphic treatment of the alphabet with animal motifs, made by Englishman Charles Eduard Stuart . . . except that wasn't really his nam…
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What would you need to go it alone behind enemy lines? For the agents of the notoriously brave Special Operations Executive in World War II, a select toolkit of spy gadgets represented the difference between life and death. Design Museum CEO Tim Marlow and host Alex Loxton discuss the groundbreaking folding motorcycle that accompanied SEO operative…
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Forget everything you thought you knew about the housing crisis! This week we have a very special guest, housing lawyer Nick Bano, with a hugely enlightening and at times shocking lesson in just how we got into this mess. Drawing on his searing new book Against Landlords, Nick argues that the YIMBY / NIMBY argument is distracting us from the real p…
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How does the old spy regard himself, when he’s left alone with his thoughts? The answer to this question can be found in the aborted memoir of one of the most notorious traitors in history: Kim Philby. Screenwriter Alexander Cary and host Alice Loxton unpick the inner workings of a complicated spy. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzz…
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This week Glenn Adamson returns to the pod to discuss an exhibition he co-curated at the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York. Worlds Within: The Art of Toshiko Takaezu focuses on the work of the Okinawan-American ceramicist, which bridges the gulf between art and craft. In this inaugural installment of Curious Objects Bites—bingeable conversations a…
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If Nijo Jinya’s walls could talk, what story would they tell? World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma joins host Alice Loxton to discuss a still-standing Kyoto guest house where, in Japan’s Edo era, power was bought and sold, and silent ninjas stalked the corridors in search of secrets. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. S…
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Kasia and Dan are earning their lunch. And it’s a big, steaming bowl of cuteness! They go to the Somerset House ‘Cute’ exhibition to unravel how this seemingly benign cultural phenomenon has come to infect our brains with adorable kittens and kawaii. Often seen as infantile and saccharine - can cuteness be emancipatory or is it an escape from the g…
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Taylor Thistlethwaite, proprietor of Thistlethwaite Americana in Middleburg, Virginia, returns to the pod to defend the merits of “brown furniture.” Whether it’s earthy, richly figured black walnut or the sometimes-overlooked black cherry, it’s important not to “think of wood as just something brown,” Taylor says. “There’s so much life in it. And i…
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What’s it like to be the child of a world-famous spy? Gary Powers Jr. takes his name and his inspiration from his father, Francis Gary Powers – the pilot of the U2 spy plane that was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, sparking a major Cold War crisis. Here, Powers and host Alice Loxton discuss the legendary U2, and the life of its most famous…
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If you ever start to feel like history is abstract, spend a little time with an object or two that were actually there. For instance, a silver bowl and a pair of candlesticks that once belonged to New York grandees Pieter and Elizabeth Delancey, which suddenly reappeared recently after being lost for three hundred years. In this special rerun of on…
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Who pays for all the King’s secrets? In between the lines of a tired old accounts ledger, a hidden history of espionage and scandal lies in wait. Antiquarian bookseller Tom Ayling and host Alice Loxton guide us through the secret affairs of King William III – with direct access to the payments that he kept away from prying eyes. From SPYSCAPE, the …
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This week, Dan and Kasia are getting into a submersible and heading into the dark blue depths, poking around the extremely cursed domain of Britain's unnatural party of government, THE CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST PARTY. The Tories. The true Blues. That lot. Specifically, we're talking Tory merch. Just what the hell is going on in the Tories' online s…
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Last month Benjamin Miller made a guest appearance on Art Slice, hosted by the podcasting power couple—and artists and art historians—Stephanie Dueñas and Russell Shoemaker, and now available here. The trio’s conversation focuses on a dazzling group of mixed-metal wares made by Tiffany and Company in the latter part of the nineteenth century, inclu…
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How dangerous is metadata? According to the artist and author Trevor Paglen, it can be deadly. Paglen joins host Alice Loxton to shine a light on Skynet – a network of all-seeing satellites – and the ominous AI algorithm that farms metadata and gets to decide who lives and who dies. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. S…
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How much should you spend? What kind of stone should you get? Is antique better than modern? These are just a few of the many questions that any courter must consider when ring-hunting. Here to share his ring lore on this special Valentine’s Day episode is a true jewelry expert, Matthew Imberman of Kentshire Galleries. First things first: don’t wor…
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Who keeps on moving the coffee pot? That innocent question plunges one East German woman into a dangerous world of deception and betrayal. Photographer and archivist Simon Menner joins Alice Loxton to unravel a Cold War domestic mystery centered around the most inconspicuous of objects. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle productio…
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We're baaaack! And we're feeling FIT, while also reassuring you that it's what's inside that counts. Kasia and Dan return with a new series, where today we're talking about the beauty industry, vanity and gender, and - following a Cursed Objects outing to the Wellcome Collection's new exhibition The Cult of Beauty - early modern German wife-prettyi…
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In 1909, Daisy Makeig-Jones was hired by the Wedgwood firm in Staffordshire, England, to decorate pottery. She would go on to develop the “Fairyland” luster pattern, which combined dazzling iridescent glazes with motifs from fairy tales and would serve to revitalize the Wedgwood brand. Bailey Tichenor, one half of the duo behind Artistoric gallery,…
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How did Napoleon keep a sprawling empire under his thumb? Ask Sheehan Quirke – who runs the popular history feed, The Cultural Tutor – and he’ll tell you that the great historical leader depended on a vast network of spies to keep him clued up. The fruits of their toil were delivered to him each morning in a leather briefcase. Here, Quirke and host…
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In what has become an annual tradition, Curious Objects host Benjamin Miller capped off January with a panel discussion at the Winter Show. This year’s edition was named “Catching the Bug: Enriching Your Life Through Collecting,” and featured three distinguished collectors and the objects they live by and through. The Hawkes bowl belonging to conse…
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What secrets are hiding under the bed? For the Portuguese artist and sculptor, Joana Vasconcelos, a troubling inheritance of deceit lay lurking in wait in her late grandparents’ apartment. Here, she and host Alice Loxton discuss the dark journey that her discovery sent her on – and the powerful work of art it inspired. From SPYSCAPE, the home of se…
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In the summer of 1966 the Beatles were in Japan, whirling through the first leg of what would be their final world tour. Hoping to forestall the dangerous excesses of Beatlemania, Japanese authorities confined the Fab Four to their hotel suite at Tokyo’s Hilton Hotel for almost the duration of their one-hundred-hour stay. Casting about for things t…
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How do you solve a problem like a Russian radar? That question lies at the heart of one of the most innovative and intricate planes ever to be made: the SR-71 Blackbird. Acclaimed industrial designer and artist Marc Newson and host Alice Loxton tell the story of an aircraft born out of an impossible brief. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup …
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In 1543 Andreas Vesalius published a seven-part book that would become the foundational text of modern anatomy: On the Fabric of the Human Body. With it, the Flemish anatomist overturned more than a millennium’s worth of medical dogma, many of his breakthroughs coming while dissecting human corpses—a method of study unavailable to physicians of cla…
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What official secrets hide inside that battered red leather box? Popular historian Dan Snow and host Alice Loxton peer inside a Victorian Prime Minister’s despatch box, and speculate on the world-changing intelligence that such a storied case once contained. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series produced by Alex Bu…
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In this week’s episode, interior designer Tara McCauley gives listeners an inside look at her practice, which she likens, curiously, to a travel agency. She says: “I like to think of myself like I’ve gone into the market and I’ve done the research and I’ve talked to the experts and the locals and I’m bringing you the best kind of experience you’re …
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What did George Orwell and the CIA have in common? Perhaps more than the great socialist writer would have cared to admit. The groundbreaking visual artist Daniel Arsham and host Alice Loxton bring us inside the CIA-sponsored production of Animal Farm. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series produced by Alex Burnard,…
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Over the past couple weeks we’ve been fielding and compiling questions that listeners have put to host Benjamin Miller. A taste: “Has any object ever truly baffled you?” “What’s the best town for antiquing?” and “Will Curious Objects ever do an adults-only episode?” This week’s episode represents a taste of his own medicine for Ben, usually the int…
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To whom do retired spies turn after the collapse of their mission? Los Angeles’ Wende Museum holds one of the most impressive Cold War collections in the world – and has become something of an amnesty box for old agents seeking to preserve a piece of their former lives. The Wende’s director Justin Jampol and host Alice Loxton explore highlights fro…
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In this episode of The Objects that Made Us, the story starts with a brass steamer used to make idli, an Indian steamed cake. Secondary school teacher Tharmendra’s mother came to Singapore in 1966 from South India. She came from a poor family and the only dowry they could afford was the brass steamer. After Tharmendra’s father passed away from illn…
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Sarongs once worn by her mother, imbued with memories of childhood – familial objects like that informs one’s sense of identity, and are reminders of what one can be proud of. The most valuable objects found in the home of Cynthia Wee-Hoefer, who has vast experience working in publishing and news, are two century-old batik sarongs. Despite some wea…
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For help with cooking three meals a day to feed her family, a Malay woman sat by the radio, pen and paper in hand, over decades, carefully jotting down recipes shared on radio programmes. The lines of words conscientiously jotted down helped fill her family’s stomachs, and also capture the memories left on their taste buds. In this episode of The O…
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There’s a special place in the heart of educator Nurai’sha Bte Hassan for the red Malaysian-made Proton Saga that has been by her side through many life events. As a child, Nurai’sha had seen her cousin driving the same model, as she grew into a new generation of independent and confident Muslim woman. On passing her driving test in adulthood, Nura…
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Local pop music was heavily informed by Western pop in the 1960s. Many Malay youths in Singapore were crazy about rock ’n roll, and back then, almost all of them wanted to join a band in their kampong, which they saw as a step towards the ultimate dream of becoming a rock star. Theatre practitioner and educator Aidli Mosbit’s father was one such ka…
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Copies of unwanted old tabloids chronicle the ebb and flow of bygone eras. For his study of local culture and entertainment, pop culture researcher Su Zhangkai amassed – and pored through – an extensive collection of newspapers and magazines from the 1950s and 60s. The vibrant Chinese tabloids of the 1950s reflected the lives and interests of ordin…
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A top-tier orchestra might well have tens of millions of dollars–worth of instruments on stage. Many of them are antiques. And there are few people who know these instruments more intimately than Paul Becker. He’s the fifth-generation owner and director of Carl Becker and Son, a 150-year-old luthier business in Chicago. He and his family have resto…
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What does it take to betray your country? Less than you might think. Dr. Elizabeth Bruton and host, Alice Loxton, break down the surprisingly humble tool kit of one of the most destructive espionage networks in British history – the Portland Spy Ring. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series produced by Alex Burnard, …
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Wrestling Champion and TikTok star, David McCallum, commonly known as Ravie Davie, joins Charlotte for a chat in this episode. Following his mum's death, David was taken into the care of his Nana when he was 6 years old. He spent the following years getting into bother and eventually was taken into secure care. Wanting to make his nana proud he dec…
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“Conservative” by the standards of its day, the three-piece suit worn by American statesman and bon vivant Lewis Littlepage (1762–1802) at the court of Catherine the Great is sewn of silk and embroidered with sprays of blue, white, and grey flowers. Neal Hurst, curator of textiles and historic dress at Colonial Williamsburg, comes on our Curious Ob…
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How many secrets weigh 1500 lbs, cost $100 million, and travel at 600 mph? Only one that we can think of. Acclaimed actor Jason Isaacs and host Alice Loxton take us inside the cockpit of Northrop Grumman’s legendary B-2 Spirit – the iconic stealth bomber that epitomized late Cold War ingenuity. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle p…
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