Radiolab: Death Mask

How much do I love the guys at Radiolab?

A lot.

Their newest episode is a short about “L’Inconnue de la Seine,” the (alleged) suicide by drowning whose face was immortalized in a surprising way. 

Near the end of the 19th century, a mysterious young woman with a beguiling smile turned up in Paris. She became a huge sensation. She also happened to be dead. You’d probably recognize her face yourself. You might have even touched it.

Even if you’re already familiar with the story, have a listen.


chocolateoatmilk said: Hi, I'm always on the lookout for new podcasts and am therefore wondering whether you have any other recommendations than the one from Freakonomics? Anything else within 'the ossuary'-theme you'd feel comfortable to share? (: Other than that I'd like to say that I'm a conservation student, and I really enjoy your tumblr!

Thank you for your kind words, and: why, yes! I do have some podcast recommendations. However, they generally don’t satisfy my morbid urges, just my general curiosity and nerdiness. Here are some lists.

Informative and/or Entertaining (many of these are simply NPR shows that are available in podcast format):

As I mentioned above, Stuff You Should Know has a number of death-related episodes. Here’s a list of those, along with their dates so that you can find them more easily on iTunes:

  • Cryonics, 8/30/11
  • How Shrunken Heads Work, 6/23/11
  • Do You Stay Conscious After Being Decapitated?, 4/26/11
  • How Mummies Work, 3/15/11
  • How Crime Scene Photography Works, 2/17/11
  • How Blood Pattern Analysis Works, 2/15/11
  • How the Black Death Worked, 2/10/11
  • How Crime Scene Clean-Up Works, 9/7/10
  • How Cremation Works, 8/31/10
  • How Near Death Experiences Work, 12/3/09
  • How Jack the Ripper Worked, 10/29/09
  • Do Zombies Really Exist?, 9/24/09
  • What Is a Body Farm?, 7/16/09
  • Is Spontaneous Human Combustion Real?, 5/28/09
  • What Causes Rigor Mortis?, 5/12/09
  • Bizarre Ways to Die, 4/2/09
  • Are There Dead Bodies on Mount Everest?, 3/26/09
  • Can People Really Die of Fright?, 2/24/09
  • What Can Be Done with a Dead Body, 12/18/08

And, finally, here are some music podcasts I like:

I’m a big listener of podcasts when driving around town or at the gym, and this weekend I scored a winner (and so can you!) with the newest edition of Freakonomics Radio: “The Suicide Paradox,” an hour-long look at suicide. Check it out. You can stream it from their site, or download it for free.
Image: NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Death of Socrates (Jacques-Louis David, 1787) by wallyg on Flickr. (Via Freakonomics Radio.)

I’m a big listener of podcasts when driving around town or at the gym, and this weekend I scored a winner (and so can you!) with the newest edition of Freakonomics Radio: “The Suicide Paradox,” an hour-long look at suicide. Check it out. You can stream it from their site, or download it for free.

Image: NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Death of Socrates (Jacques-Louis David, 1787) by wallyg on Flickr. (Via Freakonomics Radio.)

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