The Expressionists is a podcast by Helen Rydstrand and Olivia Rosenman that explores how idioms connect us with the past and to each other. Stay tuned.
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Bonus Episode – Blood Sweat and Tears

It’s not just teens who suffer from the lack of a toilet. Listen to Mark Balla tell a moving story about one primary school he visited without a toilet and why that meant a disruption to kids’ schooling once a month, every month.

Episode 12 – Potty mouths

You don't have to get up at sparrow's fart to make sure you don't piss your day away. Just celebrate World Toilet Day with us by listening to this loo-themed episode, featuring special guest Mark Balla from We Can't Wait, along with all the shits and giggles you could desire.

Episode 11 – Horsing around

The Melbourne Cup is famously "the race that stops the nation" so while everyone is paused we're here to talk about why there are so many horse-related idioms in the English language, and tell the stories of a few.  We really think you should listen, but we're well aware that you can lead a horse to water....

Season 2 – coming VERY soon

Set your alarm for sparrow's fart on Friday, November 3, when the first episode of our second season will be hot off the press! We'll be horsing around thanks to the race that stops the nation. Make sure you're subscribed so you can get it as soon as it drops!

Episode 10 – Mail order marriage

As ballots are arriving in mailboxes around the country, and Australians are going postal for marriage equality, we take a moment to talk about why everyone should have the right to tie the knot.

Episode 9 – Cats vs. dogs


We go to see a man about a dog... and a cat. Actually, there's no man, just four pet idioms. It gets a bit hairy. Why would you skin a cat and what does dog fur have to do with drinking anyway!? Listen in and all will be revealed.

Episode 8 – Considering caps and bees in bonnets

Do you have a bee in your bonnet? Perhaps you need to put your thinking cap on to get to the heart of the matter. This episode we take our hats off to idioms that feature headwear.

Episode 7 – All about the cock

Cocks feature in many English expressions and this week we consider three of them - cock and bull story, cock of the walk and to go off half cocked. One relates to to the remarkable history of domestic fowl, one to drunk coach drivers and one has nothing to do with birds at all.

Episode 6 – Why did the chicken cross the line?

You might know part of the story behind 'the sky is falling', but what about 'drawing a line in the sand'? This episode explores how idioms help us tap into our shared histories, both ancient and modern.

Episode 5 – Put this in your cake hole

Baked goods have a special place in English expressions. We find out if you can ever have your cake and eat it too, and ponder why we liken baby-making to bun-baking.

Episode 4 – And a bottle of rum

Do you know whether the sun is over the yard arm yet, or what it means to be three sheets to the wind? Join us as we cruise the high seas of nautical drinking idioms.

Episode 3 – Haters Gonna

We roast that old chestnut about the grandmother who sucks eggs. This episode features two well-worn phrases Olivia and Helen just hate.

Episode 2 – What a treat!

Here at the Expressionists we love eating and idioms just about equally. But what could 'putting your foot in it' and 'giving short shrift' possibly have to do with food? Listen in to find out!

Episode 1 – We come from a land downunder

Is there a roo loose in your top paddock or are you just flat out like a lizard drinking? We kick off with a special antipodean episode in which we dissect two Australian animal expressions.

The Expressionists Launch Party

To celebrate the launch of The Expressionists on 1 June 2017, we gathered at the Eveleigh Hotel in central Sydney for a few drinks, pub dinner and a piece of cake. We figured we should give the crowd a demo of what The Expressionists is all about, so we took a look into the well-worn […]

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