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The unicorn show

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When we think of unicorns, many of us picture idyllic white horses with a single horn, surrounded by rainbows. But that’s not how unicorns have always been depicted.

This hour, a look at the history of unicorns and their enduring popularity.


  • Martha Bayless - The Director of Folklore and Public Culture and a professor of English at the University of Oregon
  • Adam Gidwitz - Author of The Unicorn Rescue Society series, among other books, and the creator of the podcast Grimm, Grimmer and Grimmest
  • Sarah Laskow - Author of The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns and senior editor for science at The Atlantic

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, Cat Pastor, and Catie Talarski contributed to this show, which originally aired July 15, 2021.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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