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Episode 1581

Your Imaginary Boyfriend

We use the term Milky Way for that glowing arc across the sky. But how people picture it varies from culture to culture. In Sweden, that starry band goes by a name that means “Winter Street,” and in Hawaii, a term for the Milky Way...

Podunk, America

Where is Podunk? Grant explains that a columnist in the 1800s used the name for his series called “Life in the Small Town of Podunk,” referring to a generic backwoods American town. This is part of a complete episode.

brown town

brown town  n.— «Colchester has been labelled “brown town” by local addicts because of how easy it is to get hold of heroin.» —“ Heroin ‘cheaper than a night out’” by Richard Martin, Jessica Creighton BBC...