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Episode 49 - Spencer Hall (TISM)( 0:52:31)       
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This week Spencer Hall from OAR FM Dunedin joins the pod to talk TISM! This Is Serious Mum (TISM) are an anonymous Australian band who kind of defy classification. They concealed their identities behind bizarre costumes and made music that mocked norms of good taste and decency as often as it mocked people they thought deserved it, all while being perversely listenable. Find Spencer's Oddities show at
Published: 5/08/2022 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 48 - Kane Power (Hardcore)( 0:48:16)       
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Hardcore is an aggressive style of rock music that emerged from punk in the late 70s and early 80s in the USA. Since its inception, it's evolved in all directions simultaneously and spawned dozens of subgenres, each with their own nuances of style and approach. On tonight's show I talk to Kane Power (Precision Podcasting, TeamSquad), hardcore fan and person who has actually studied the genre from an academic standpoint. Precision Podcasting:
Published: 8/07/2022 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 47 - Angus Dingwall (The online far right)( 1:14:36)       
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There's been a lot of talk in relation to the Parliament Occupation in New Zealand (and the Jan 6 riots in America, among others) about the involvement of the online far right ("internet Nazis") in organising and facilitating these events. This is met with some confusion by some participants, who don't see themselves as far right. In this episode I talk to my brother Angus about how the online far right works, what they want, and how that manifests in meat space.
Published: 24/06/2022 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 46 - Collin Bjork (Texas)( 0:48:31)       
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Texas is a big place, and contains multitudes. In many ways, the most American part of America, it contributes enormously to iconic US culture, food, and music, but also embodies many of America's worst trends and impulses. This episode I talk to Collin Bjork, academic, podcaster, and Texan, about the huge and complicated tangle that is Texas. Find all of Collin's many many things at
Published: 10/06/2022 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 45 - Joshua Marchant (Ren and Stimpy)( 0:57:20)       
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Despite running a mere two seasons in its original form and amassing only 52 episodes across its eventual 5 seasons, "Ren & Stimpy" is probably the single most influential of the early 90's "Nicktoons". It has an artistic legacy that persists even now, but was undone both practically and in terms of PR by the erratic (and eventually criminal) behaviour of its creator. Joshua Marchant of Mukpuddy Animation joins me to talk about the show, its influence, and its difficult legacy.
Published: 27/05/2022 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 44 - Victor (War and war stories)( 1:1:3)       
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As someone who generally opposes war, I've always had a tricky relationship with ANZAC Day and the way that it seems to uncritically repeat WWI propaganda about the rightness of the fight. On tonight's episode, I talk to my old friend Victor of the Rogue Insider Podcast ( about war, war stories, and geopolitical strategy. Victor's academic background is in strategic geopolitics, so this gets complicated and we resolve nothing - much like war itself.
Published: 22/04/2022 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 43 - Liam (TTRPGs)( 1:6:3)       
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I've talked about specific games and settings before (Glorantha/Runequest and the World of Darkness to be precise) but I've yet to take on the hobby as a whole. This ends today! On this episode I talk to Liam Stevens of Toa Tabletop ( about tabletop roleplaying as a hobby and an artform. We talk about our own tastes and histories with gaming, some long-standing controversies, and some newer innovations in play style and safety tools.
Published: 11/03/2022 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 42 - Nancy Howie (The Joe Boyd/John Wood-iverse)( 0:56:31)       
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In the UK in the 60s and 70s there was an explosion of musical creativity that started with roots in folk, and expanded to encompass rock, pop, folk, jazz, psychedelia, and World Music. At the core of this explosion was the production team of engineer John Wood and producer Joe Boyd. On this episode I talk to Nancy Howie (Fathom, Tweed ) about the extended Joe Boyd/John Wood-iverse. You can find all of Nancy's various things at
Published: 25/02/2022 9:00:00 p.m.

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