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Bunny Trails: A Word History Podcast

Tagline: A whimsical adventure of idioms and other turns of phrase. 
Quick Description: Each week we take an idiom or other turn of phrase and try to tell the story from its entry into the English language, to how it’s used today.
Bunny Trails launched its first 6 episodes on April 25, 2018 and, with one extended break during COVID, has been airing consistently ever since.
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We are hosted by Libsyn since December 2018.
Schedule: Bunny Trails releases episodes weekly to the public on Wednesdays. Episodes are released on Tuesday on a private RSS feed on Patreon.
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The Inspiration
Shauna Harrison and Dan Pugh are both writers with varied backgrounds. Shauna guest-hosted on one of Dan's podcast and had so much fun she wanted to start her own podcast. She asked Dan to join her because they both have a love of words and where those words come from. Shauna and Dan have known each other since they were kids and have a long history which helps the banter and conversational tone of the show.
The name "Bunny Trails" comes from the idiom 'down the rabbit trail' meaning to get stray from the point of the story. Shauna felt this was a clever name, since it's a show about idioms. Both her and Dan have a tendency to get lost down bunny trails during conversations.
The Team
Bunny Trails is written by Shauna Harrison and Dan Pugh. It is produced by Readiness Corner, LLC a small business based in the Wichita, Kansas area.
The show is hosted by Shauna Harrison and Dan Pugh.
Editing is done by Dan Pugh.
Show notes are created by Shauna Harrison and Dan Pugh.
Bunny Trails is recorded in the Wichita, Kansas metro area, USA.
The Art
All cover art was created by Shauna Harrison unless otherwise stated. 
The theme music was composed and recorded by Dan Pugh.
Our current show artwork since June 2019. Shauna created this artwork for pride month (June) of 2019. We liked it so much that we decided to not switch back and it has been our artwork ever since.

Original Artwork: April 2018 - January 2019

We quickly realized in early 2019 that did not tell anyone what the podcast was, and it was updated to the second iteration: January 2019 - May 2019

For Pride month in 2019, we created the rainbow colored logo that we both liked way more and just stuck with it.


At Bunny Trails, we love digging down into multiple sources to find a well-rounded history for your favorite idioms and other turns of phrase. Sources are available in the show notes that are posted with every episode for free on the Bunny Trails Podcast website. A pdf version is available on our Patreon page starting at the $3 a month tier.
While our sources will vary each week, there are some "go to" places we use to either get information, or help guide us in a research direction. If we find a new book or site that we frequently use, we'll post it here so you can use it, too. Think of this page as a "running list".
Oxford English Dictionary: - The Oxford English Dictionary is considered by many in the linguistics community to be the foremost dictionary of the English language. This site requires a subscription. Check with your local library to see if they already have a subscription.
Library of Congress: Chronicling America: - This is a free website operated by the Library of Congress. It digitizes newspapers from the United States and territories that would later join the USA. It has records from 1789 to 1963.
The British Newspaper Archive: - The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast to digitize the British Library's vast collection of newspapers. This site requires a subscription.
Google Books: -  Google Books Search is a free site and works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books or on When you find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, they link to it in your search results. 
Internet Archive: - Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. This site is free, but some things do require a free log-in account. -™ is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 954 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 25,800+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond. This site requires a subscription. - NewspaperArchive has content from 16,149 publications and over 3,465 cities from all over the world—big cities, small towns, and everything in between—but we focus on staying close to home with newspaper publications from small towns. This site requires a subscription.

Mailing Address

Bunny Trails Podcast
PO Box 1359
Derby, KS 67037

About the Hosts

Shauna Harrison

Shauna is an anthropology student, a freelance photographer, a researcher, and a writer with a background in marketing and communications. In her full-time gig she spends most her time framing and telling people’s stories.

Shauna is a Bibliophile, Math geek, Nerdfighter, and Ravenclaw.

Shauna has guest-hosted on other podcasts including "Your Brain On Facts" and "The Beige and the Bold".

Dan Pugh

Dan spent the first 20+ years of his career in public safety holding positions as a firefighter, paramedic, emergency manager, and disaster responder. He earned lots of letters after his name, which just make his business cards really long and obnoxious. After what seemed like a lifetime, Dan left his cushy 90 hour a week Director level government job to start his own consulting business focused on preparedness and public outreach.

Throughout Dan's career, he always had a hand in public outreach. This left Dan writing scores of education materials, business documents, and short stories to help people connect to preparedness efforts. Now, Dan writes fun research - and still some preparedness outreach stuff.

Dan previously co-hosted "The Readiness Corner" podcast. He has guest-hosted on many other podcasts, some of which are even still airing.

Dan is a fan of Nerdfighteria, Discworld, Star Trek, and Stargate.