A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

December 30, 2021

We’re All Mad Here: The History of Asylums (100th Episode Extravaganza!)

It’s the MFFI 100th episode extravaganza!! Announcements, podcast Q&As, plus a supersized topic: the History of Asylums. Support the show by becoming a Midnight Minion, Menace, or Maniac, and unlock exclusive bonus content over at PATREON


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In this episode:  

  • The Moonstruck Etymology of "Lunatic"
  • The 21st-Century Language Act of 2012
  • Mental Healthcare Pre-Asylums
  • Bedlam: The Bethlehem Royal Hospital
  • The Mad Doctors Munro
  • Alienists
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Rotational Therapy
  • Blistering 
  • Evacuation
  •  Venesection 
  • Scarification
  • Mercuric Chloride
  • James Norris and Edward Wakefield
  • The Quakers
  • William Tuke & Hannah Mills
  • The York Retreat
  •  Public Institutions 
  • County Asylums Act
  • The Lunacy Act of 1845
  • Utica State Hospital
  • Thomas Story Kirkbride
  • The Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason
  • Friends Hospital
  • Dorothea Dix
  • Nellie Bly, Redux
  • Henry Cotton
  • Julius Wagner-Jauregg
  • Malaria Injections
  • Insulin Coma Therapy
  • Lobotomies, Redux
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy, ECT
  • Ugo Cerletti
  • Straight Jackets
  • The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
  • Domestic Trouble
  • Sterilization
  • The Rise of Antidepressants and Antipsychotics


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