Case Notes: S01E12 – Cursing and swearing

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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

Case Notes: S01E10 – The Yorkshire Ripper, part 4 of 5

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For half a decade, the Yorkshire Ripper terrorised northern England, attacking and murdering at least twenty women. In the fourth of this five-part miniseries, increasingly disillusioned with the investigation, one of the linguists speaks out, leading to a dramatic fall from grace. But was he right? 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: S01E09 – The Yorkshire Ripper, part 3 of 5

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For half a decade, the Yorkshire Ripper terrorised northern England, attacking and murdering at least twenty women. In the third of this five-part miniseries, the police turn to linguists for help. Can Stanley Ellis and Jack Windsor Lewis help the police catch a serial killer? 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: S01E08 – The Yorkshire Ripper, part 2 of 5

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For half a decade, the Yorkshire Ripper terrorised northern England, attacking and murdering at least twenty women. In the second of this five-part miniseries, embattled police receive letters and a tape claiming to be from the murderer. Is this the breakthrough they have been looking for? 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: S01E06 – The Pendle Witch Trials

CONTENT RATING: PG-16

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Between 1400-1750, at least 40,000 Europeans were executed for cursing, casting spells, and other forms of witchcraft. This episode looks in particular at the Pendle Witch Trials, and asks just how reliable the evidence and records used to convict the so-called witches really were. Below you will find data, audio credits, further reading, and a transcript of the podcast. Continue reading