christmas

Baby Jesus and the Homunculus

We’ve all marveled at the grotesque, oddly-proportioned old man babies in medieval art -- but why did artists of the period pain such creatures? In this special Christmas episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the convergence of the homunculus theory of human reproduction, the nativity and the infants of medieval and renaissance art.

Art Spotlight: The Medieval Christ Child

Robert Lamb shares a number of medieval paintings referenced in the podcast episode 'Baby Jesus and the Homunculus.'

Adam C. English Reveals the Historic Saint Nick

Robert Lamb chats with Adam C. English, Chair of the Department of Christian Studies at Campbell University and author of 'The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.'

Holiday Monsters & Listener Mail

Christmas is here again, so join Robert, Joe and Christian as they discuss a few holiday monsters and tend to your listener mail.

Give the Gift of a Mystery Box

Why are mystery packages so appealing? How do they improve our mental faculties and fuel our creativity? In this classic episode, Robert and Julie share tales of sealed envelopes, quantum thought experiments, virginity boxes and things Pandora should never have opened. You might even score a gift idea or two.

Scrooge: Post-traumatic Embitterment Disorder

Was Scrooge's bitterness an actual mental disorder? And was his visitation by the ghosts of the past, present and future his subconscious mind's attempt at DIY psychotherapy? Or did he merely spike his pot of gruel with a little mind-altering something-something?

Deconstructing the Grinch

Find out why the Grinch had the personality of a toadstool sandwich, with arsenic sauce. Robert and Julie explore the physiology of the Green One, not to mention his self-imposed social isolation, which may have contributed to the woefully diminutive size of his heart.

Monster of the Week: The Krampus

Monster of the Week: Of Grinch and Grendel

Monster of the Week: Gryla & Other Holiday Horrors

Robert blogs about Grýla, the Grither and other Holiday monsters.