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What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a rau ...
 
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Dove Cottage Grasmere is the heart of Romantic poetry and is hosting part of this year's Contains Strong Language festival. We'll be asking what the Romantics have to tell us now, with the poet Kate Clanchy who has adapted Samuel Taylor Coleridge's unfinished poem Christabel with a newly commissioned score by composer Katie Chatburn. Novelist, poet…
 
Summer of 2008 was massive and this flick is a big reason why. Jake + Mitch take the long overdue deep-dive into the arena of The Joker, The Caped Crusader, and Christopher Nolan. After all, what would Batman Month be without THE DARK KNIGHT? Along the way the guys hit a few questions: - Did we really need that much Two Face? - Is TDK a comic book …
 
Tyler and Sam are joined this week by winner of the MiLB’s Biggest Fan contest Jodi Compton. Jodi shares stories of her early connections to the game in Pawtucket and how she has passed on that love of baseball to her son on trips that have helped them see over 50 ballparks across the country. Also, Benjamin Hill is back to discuss Iowa’s tradition…
 
David McKee has just been named as the recipient of the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award 2020. Author and illustrator of the Elmer books which with vivid colour and humour make a case for inclusion and acceptance, and the creator of the magical Mr Benn, he also wrote and illustrated Not Now, Bernard, a funny and perceptive plea for children not…
 
Doctor Foster creator, Mike Bartlett, has come up with a new drama for BBC1. Set in Manchester, Life follows the stories of the residents of a large house divided into four flats, and explores love, loss, birth and death, and features some of the characters from Doctor Foster. Nick Ahad reviews.Channing Godfrey Peoples talks about writing and direc…
 
Steve Agee (The Suicide Squad 2, Superstore) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of what it was like being King Shark in the new Suicide Squad movie, Jesse's disappointing experience at a Harlem Globetrotters game in the past, and Jordan's brief run-in with Joan Osborne in his youth. The Bubble graphic novel is available for pre-order! Check wi…
 
Lead singer of Britpop band Skunk Anansie, Skin has headlined Glastonbury, sold millions of albums, and recently competed in The Masked Singer. As her memoir, Skin - It takes Blood and Guts, is published, we ask her about channelling rage into her performances and if she thinks her achievements as queer black woman have been overlooked.After a six-…
 
Announced by Theresa May in 2018 and quickly dubbed the “Festival of Brexit”, submissions are now being made for the UK government funded £120 million festival that will celebrate British creativity in 2022. Creative director Martin Green tells us what kind of projects and ideas he’s looking for.Succession creator Jesse Armstrong on winning the Emm…
 
In today's podcast I'm joined by my co-host from Ashes of the Imperium, Steve Foote! As anyone who knows or follows Steve will undoubtedly know, he's absolutely mad for narrative gaming! I ask him what it's like being a narrative gamer in a meta that's dominated by Matched Play events. We also talk about the different approaches to the game, how he…
 
The Los Angeles-based American artist Mark Bradford, who represented the USA at the Venice Biennale in 2017, discusses his new series of Quarantine Paintings. The three works – only available to view online – explore the nature of art in isolation and how he responded when his city was suddenly shut down unexpectedly.Nick Hornby, the writer who gav…
 
Rocks is the new feature film directed by Sarah Gavron with a screenplay by Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson. Writer Niellah Arboine reviews the film which is set in Hackney with an ensemble cast of largely non-professional actors, and it tells the story of a teenage Londoner nicknamed Rocks who takes responsibility for her little brother Emmanuel i…
 
Turn on the neon lights because we're headed into the Schumacher extended universe. Batman Month continues as Jake + Mitch dive head-first into the 90s-tastic pool of BATMAN FOREVER. Because sometimes nostalgia is so strong it throws all cinematic standards out the window. True to form, the guys ask the tough questions: - Why does Two-Face's acid n…
 
Twenty five years ago Bristol musician Tricky pioneered a new genre of downtempo hip-hop with his album Maxinquaye. As he releases his 14th studio album, Fall to Pieces, Tricky joins us from his Berlin studio. Live theatre returns to Northern Ireland this evening with the play Anything Can Happen: 1972 at The Playhouse in Londonderry, in which peop…
 
Nick Wiger (How Did This Get Played podcast, Doughboys podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the many different types of sexy Waluigi on the internet, Zelda Breath of the Wild blood moons, and the Pokemon ruse that Jesse is running on his son. Plus, Nick wrote on Earth to Ned with Jordan! Check it out on Disney+! And check out the pre…
 
Earlier today the shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction was announced. Two time winner Hilary Mantel has not made the list for the final part of her Cromwell series and four out of six of the books chosen are by debut authors. John speaks to Chair of Judges Margaret Busby and critics Sara Collins and Toby Lichtig give their verdict on the…
 
Nica Burns, owner of some of the biggest West End theatres, discusses her plan to re-open them in sequence from 22 October, starting with Adam Kay’s one man show This is Going to Hurt and, in November, the hit musical Six. But what about large-scale shows like Harry Potter or Everyone’s Talking About Jamie? Writer Dennis Kelly tells Samira about Th…
 
David Tennant talks to Front Row about new ITV drama DES, in which he plays one of the most infamous serial killers in UK history, Dennis Nilsen - a civil servant who went undetected as he murdered boys and young men he met on the streets of London from 1978 to 1983.2020 is the 15th anniversary of the BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge U…
 
Elisha is finally back! He's joined by Tanveer, Jason and Johan and they start by discussing the latest developments at the Constitutional Court including who is acting on the bench, whether DCJ Zondo is on leave, the type of matters the CC is hearing, and the apex court in the Zoom era.Then, a quick preview of the upcoming Sithole matter before re…
 
Behold the power of 90's animation! Batman Month continues as Jake + Mitch re-visit the iconic animated achievement, BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM. Because in many ways our childhoods were defined by this dark, surprising flick. The guys also tackle a few questions: - Is PHANTASM the best of the origin Bat flicks? - Where does Mark Hamill's Joker pe…
 
Padres Minor League manager Phillip Wellman joins this week’s episode to look back at Double-A Amarillo’s run to a Texas League title in 2019. He also discusses the many prospects from that club that have been traded to other organizations. Also on the show, Tyler and Sam break down what’s missed without a 2020 Minor League postseason, Benjamin Hil…
 
Diana Rigg has died aged 82. Her breakthrough role was as Mrs Emma Peel in The Avengers, going on to have a distinguished career across film, theatre and television with roles including as a Bond Girl in Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lady Macbeth at the National Theatre and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones. Charles Dance remembers the actress along…
 
Tonight the winner of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction is announced at a special virtual ceremony – the judgement delayed because of Covid 19. We talk to the winner live on air.How has the pandemic affected what viewers expect from the major arts broadcasters? We ask Director of Sky Arts Philip Edgar-Jones, whose channel becomes free to watch on …
 
Eliza Skinner (Earth to Ned on Disney+, Regarding My Lovers comedy special) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the pet sharks Eliza got from Walmart in college, how Jesse cooked an egg on his front porch this weekend, and the magical puppet moments that happened on the Jim Henson puppet talk show Eliza and Jordan worked on together. Check o…
 
Andrew Lloyd Webber told MPs today that the arts are at the "point of no return". Also speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee was Rebecca Kane Burton, chief exec of LW Theatres, who joins us to discuss the crisis, and Lucy Noble, chief exec of the Royal Albert Hall. Will performing venues be saved by the government's recently a…
 
The Venice Film Festival is currently underway, featuring films we’ll be seeing on our screens over the coming months. Jason Solomons is just back from the city and discusses the films to look out for and which to avoid!In light of some of the critical reaction to Christopher Nolan's new film Tenet, which found the film to be confusing and difficul…
 
The much-loved story of the Chinese warrior Mulan is the latest Disney animation to get a live-action remake. Its less a direct remake of the 1998 original and more a retelling of the Chinese folk legend of Hua Mulan with an all-Asian cast. There have been changes - no cute animated dragon or songs - are we going to love it as much? Find out with c…
 
Remember when Tim Burton made comic book movies? To kick-off Batman Month, Jake + Mitch re-visit the early 90s landmark, BATMAN RETURNS. Because there’s really no better way to dive into Gotham City than by relishing the collective talents of Keaton, Pfeiffer, DeVito, and Walken. Along the way, the guys hit a few questions: - Is BATMAN RETURNS a cu…
 
As major City firms and the likes of Facebook and Google allow their employees to work from home for the foreseeable future, does it herald the end of the office as we know it? And what does it mean for culture? From Working Girl to The Office, The Bell Jar to Joshua Ferris’s Then We Came To An End, the office has provided rich inspiration for the …
 
No. 23 Red Sox prospect Connor Seabold calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his August trade from the Phillies, what it’s like to move teams in the midst of COVID-19 protocols and how a strong Arizona Fall League helped his stock. Also, Tyler and Sam review the rest of the 2020 Trade Deadline, and Benjamin Hill talks about the Ne…
 
Bernardine Evaristo on Girl, Woman, Other - shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize For Fiction. As Front Row continues our interviews with writers on the shortlist, the author talks to us about her Booker prize winning novel which follows 12 characters, most of them black British women, on an entwined journey of discovery. Ginette Vincendeau review…
 
Rob Kutner (The Daily Show, Conan, and his new show Gander) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse’s new unlikely love for pluots, how Rob’s son’s Minecraft skills might be his ticket to a Lambo, and Jordan’s ethics quandary around joining a Punk Rock Dad Facebook Group. Plus, Rob has a new topical comedy show with big funny names in it, …
 
Gavin & Stacey writer and actor Ruth Jones joins us to discuss her new novel Us Three, which follows the tumultuous friendship of three women over four decades. She shares the inspiration behind the book, how her screenwriting has influenced her novel writing and whether Gavin & Stacey will return to our screens…As many theatres remain shuttered du…
 
Robert Macfarlane walks into the mountains, along ancient paths and down into caves and potholes. He has written beautiful and popular books about these - Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways, Underland. He is concerned about the depletion of the natural world, and the language we use to speak of it. Landmarks is a lexicon of landscape and nature. W…
 
British artist Luke Jerram discusses his new work, In Memoriam, a large-scale outdoor installation designed specifically to be presented in large open and windy spaces, constructed from bed sheets flying from tall flagpoles arranged in a 36-metre wide circular formation. It was created as a temporary memorial to honour those we have lost during the…
 
One thing is certain ... we need more fandomes in our lives. Jake + Mitch sing the praises of the worldwide, online event, DC Fandome, as they deep-dive into the newly released trailers for THE BATMAN and WONDER WOMAN 1984. Because there is so much hype and takes to be had. - Is the Bat-Pat suit solid or cosplay gone wrong? - With Riddler, Penguin,…
 
British composer Errollyn Wallen has been putting the finishing touches to her new arrangement of the Hubert Parry hymn Jerusalem, to be performed as part of a very different Last Night of the Proms. After a public row about whether to drop the traditional favourites that make up the concert's programme, the Proms announced new versions for a small…
 
No. 61 overall prospect Matthew Liberatore joins The Show Before the Show to provide an update from the Cardinals' alternate site in Springfield and to give advice to any Minor Leaguer who could be traded before Aug. 31. Tyler and Sam also preview next week's Trade Deadline, and Benjamin Hill shares a story about one man's plan to tattoo his body w…
 
Amy Gledhill, Chris Cantrill, Sean Morley, Tom Burgess, Jain Edwards, Nicola Redman and Natasha Hodgson join in for this episode in which we catch up with Yvonne Sampson, mother of Talbot the megababy. Stock media provided by Setuniman/Pond5.com and Soundrangers/Pond5.comBy Sean Morley, Chris Cantrill, Jain Edwards, Tom Burgess, Nicola Redman, Natasha Hodgson, Amy Gledhill
 
Natalie Haynes on A Thousand Ships - shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize For Fiction. As Front Row continues our interviews with authors on the shortlist, Natalie Haynes talks to us about her novel which tells the stories of The Trojan War from the perspective of the female characters.Literary critic Alex Clark reviews the winner of the Internat…
 
Dave Schilling (Full Court Chat podcast, The New Yorker) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Los Angeles's newest billboard lawyer Sweet James (and his sex dungeon), how the main job of a WWE writer is to get fired, and some groundbreaking ideas for filling the stands at crowdless sporting events. Plus, Jordan has a Hunk Update. Read Dave's …
 
As her new drama I Hate Suzie launches, dramatist Lucy Prebble talks to Tom Sutcliffe about her writing career.Prebble is Co-Executive Producer and writer on the BAFTA, Golden Globe and EMMY award winning HBO drama Succession. She was the creator of the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. She wrote the political thriller A Very Expensive Poison …
 
Following the outcry at shool exam results downgraded by an algorithm and then revised to take into account human teachers expectations instead, we consider how algorithms perform versus humans in creativity in the arts – do they deserve an A* or a fail? What are algorithms used for in the arts? Can they be creative and make good work, or do we nee…
 
Next week finally sees the release of Tenet, the latest big-budget film by Christopher Nolan. For our Friday Review, film critic Ryan Gilbey and novelist and short story writer Irenosen Okojie give their response to the film, and consider the future of cinema in light of the pandemic. And they’ll be discussing their cultural picks – the TV series B…
 
Is it possible to create and launch an indie comic during a pandemic? You bet! Jake + Mitch welcome back friend of the pod Zack Quaintance to dish on his latest project, 'Next Door' a new neo-noir crime comic book. Because apparently when he's not busy running ComicsBookcase.com, Zack finds time to collaborate with talented folks to build a new ori…
 
The One and Only Ivan is a new Disney film about a 400-pound silverback gorilla called Ivan. He lives in a suburban shopping mall with other animals where they perform in a circus owned by Mack, played by Bryan Cranston. The film is a hybrid of live action and CGI and features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren a…
 
Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network and MLB.com joins this week's episode of The Show Before the Show to discuss the impact of top prospects on the MLB season, the upcoming Trade Deadline and more. Also, Benjamin Hill shares the joy of Minor League mystery boxes, and MiLB.com's Katie Woo talks about how the A's and Giants came together for Oakland's alt…
 
The Wives of Stanley Spencer are the subject of a new exhibition Love, Art, Loss at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham, Berkshire. Artist and illustrator Siân Pattenden reviews. The explosion in Beirut two weeks destroyed thousands of buildings in the Lebanese city, including many of the art galleries and museums. Sursock Museum Director Zeina …
 
Michelle Biloon (Permanent Hat comedy special) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Michelle's job as a ride operator at Camp Snoopy theme park in the Mall of America, how Gritty is the scrapple of mascots, and a new brilliant business idea to pair a grownup corn dog truck with the likeness of Walton Goggins. Listen to Michelle's new comedy s…
 
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