The Allusionist: 15. Step Away
July 31, 2015 6:16 AM - Subscribe

‘Step-‘, as in stepparents or stepchildren, originated in grief. Family structures have evolved, but are stepmothers now so tainted by fairytale associations with the word ‘wicked’ that we need new terminology? Lore’s Aaron Mahnke stops by to describe the lovelessness, literary tropes and life expectancy around ‘step-‘.

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No "Randomly Selected Word From The Dictionary" this week!
posted by jazon (1 comment total)
This was a great episode -- one of the best so far I think. I liked it's collage-y effect: Aaron Mahnke as the main guest and linking thread sewing together lots of collected clips.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 12:18 PM on August 10, 2015

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