Case S02E02 – Codetalkers

CONTENT RATING: Universal

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When you have codebreakers like Alan Turing to contend with, how do you come up with a code that even the smartest people alive can’t break? This episode tells the story of the Native American codetalkers, starting with the Choctaw codetalkers in WWI. en clair is a podcast about forensic linguistics, literary detection, and language mysteries from past to present. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast. Continue reading

Case S02E01 – The Iceland Confessions

CONTENT RATING: PG-13

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Can you make a person confess to a crime they haven’t committed? To a crime as serious as murder? What about a whole group of people? This episode tells the story of the disappearances of two men and the series of confessions spun out of thin air afterwards. en clair is a podcast about forensic linguistics, literary detection, and language mysteries from past to present. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast. Continue reading

Voice only episodes

A quick update: whilst some (many?!) of you like the dramatic music and, well, ambience (which I actually use to disguise lots of terrible audio-engineering hacks) I know that some listeners find the non-voice audio tracks really distracting. I have therefore uploaded the whole of Season 01 again in a Voice Only format, which I will never be able to bring myself to listen to.

Apologies to anyone who saw episodes ping up on their phones and thought new stuff had landed. It’s just the same old stuff, but in a supremely minimalist format.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas!

Case S01E15 – Enigma, part 3 of 3

CONTENT RATING: PG-13 (themes: war, death)

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Enigma was one of the most advanced mechanical ciphers of its time. In this final episode, as war consumes Europe, Alan Turing and Bletchley Park take on the ultimate version of the Enigma mechanical cipher – the naval Triton M4. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast.

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Case S01E14 – Enigma, part 2 of 3

CONTENT RATING: PG-13 (themes: sex)

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Enigma was one of the most advanced mechanical ciphers of its time. In this first episode, we look back at the history of cryptology to see the ashes from which this cryptographic titan rose. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast.

Did you like this podcast miniseries? Would you have changed anything? Want something different? More of the same? This Festival of Social Science event was supported by the ESRC and they’d love to know your views on it, so if you have a moment, please fill in this quick survey to let them know your thoughts. Continue reading

Case S01E13 – Enigma, part 1 of 3

CONTENT RATING: PG-13 (themes: torture, death)

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Enigma was one of the most advanced mechanical ciphers of its time. In this first episode, we look back at the history of cryptology to see the ashes from which this cryptographic titan rose. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast.

Did you like this podcast miniseries? Would you have changed anything? Want something different? More of the same? This Festival of Social Science event was supported by the ESRC and they’d love to know your views on it, so if you have a moment, please fill in this quick survey to let them know your thoughts. Continue reading

Tiny Enigma – the solution

As a warm-up to our ESRC Festival of Social Science mini-series on Enigma, I posed a small series of cryptological challenges – a Tiny Enigma. Within the challenge is a sprinkling of clues, and in this post, I present the solutions to each stage, as well as a little insight into what the various clues meant.

This post is a walk-through of the solution to the Tiny Enigma challenge posted on the en clair Twitter account from the 08th of October 2019 onwards. If you’re coming to this some time in October 2019 and you’re still trying to solve the puzzle, this contains ALL THE SPOILERS. If you’re coming to this weeks or months after November 2019, the original content has probably been removed so many links won’t work any more. To keep the integrity, where possible I’ve copied, pasted, and included original images and whatnot. Continue reading

Case Notes: S01E12 – Cursing and swearing

CONTENT RATING: PG-16

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Should you be prosecuted for barking? Or asking about a horse’s sexuality? What about using a racist slur? This episode looks at the turbulent history of §5 of the Public Order Act 1986, and its chaotic journey from the dreaming spires of Oxford to the inner-city streets of Newcastle. en clair is a podcast about forensic linguistics, literary detection, and language mysteries from past to present. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast. Continue reading

Case Notes: S01E11 – The Yorkshire Ripper, part 5 of 5

CONTENT RATING: PG-18

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For half a decade, the Yorkshire Ripper terrorised northern England, attacking and murdering at least twenty women. In the final part of this five-episode miniseries, now that the killer is caught, there is a chance to see whether the linguists were right all along. Will there be regret, redemption, or both? En clair is a podcast about forensic linguistics, literary detection, and language mysteries from past to present. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast. Continue reading