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Origin Story
Origin Story

What are the real stories behind the most misunderstood and abused ideas in politics? From Conspiracy Theory to Woke to Centrism and... more

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The Illuminati – Top of the Plots

• Join Ian and Dorian for Origin Story Live in London on Tue 7 May. They’ll be looking at how the... more

17 Apr 2024 · 39 minutes
Apocalypse How? Dorian on the birth of end of the world fiction

For 1800 years, Western conceptions of the end of the world were dominated by the Book of Revelation: Armageddon, the... more

11 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
Effective Altruism: Morality by numbers

In the last episode of season four, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey discuss effective altruism. Last month the US entrepreneur... more

11 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Eugenics Part Two: The Murderous Science

In part two of the history of eugenics, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey explain how the pseudo-science of “racial hygiene”... more

04 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Eugenics Part One: Gene Genies

This week, Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey get started on the history of eugenics, the idea of finding biological solutions... more

27 Nov 2023 · 1 hour,
Night of the Living Allegory: The Politics of Zombies

Born in Haitian folklore and inadvertently reinvented by director George A. Romero, the zombie is the most flexible metaphor in... more

20 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
John Maynard Keynes Part Two: We’re all Keynesians now

In Part Two of John Maynard Keynes, Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt reconnect with Keynes in the 1930s, as he... more

13 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
John Maynard Keynes Part One: The Establishment Radical

Ian Dunt and Dorian Lynskey discuss perhaps the most extraordinary individual they have encountered so far: John Maynard Keynes. The... more

06 Nov 2023 · 58 minutes
Boomers: You never had it so good

This week, Dorian Lynskey and Ian Dunt look at the most powerful and divisive generational cohort of them all: boomers.... more

30 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Jordan B Peterson Part Two: The Unravelling

This week, it’s part two of the riddle of Jordan B Peterson, the bestselling author and culture warrior. Ian Dunt... more

23 Oct 2023 · 59 minutes
Origin Story
The Illuminati – Top of the Plots
Origin Story