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Episode 68 - Catherine McNamara (Harry Potter)( 1:1:22)       
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In the wake of JK Rowling's general personal awfulness, it's become fashionable to say that no part of the Harry Potter franchise ecosystem was ever good. But does any piece of genuinely unmitigated garbage get as big as Harry Potter did, and stay that big for as long? I read the books as they came out, and my assessment at the time was that the worst of them was "fine". This episode I talk to Catherine McNamara, a much deeper Potterhead than I ever was, to talk about the books, the fandom, the movies, and the challenges of reckoning with art made by a person who just keeps on getting worse and worse in real time.
Published: 15/03/2024 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 67 - Mira (Warhammer 40K)( 0:58:24)       
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In the grim darkness of the future, there is only war.... This episode I talk to Mira ( about the deep and convoluted lore and enduring appeal of the massive and endlessly complicated Warhammer 40,000. We talk chaos gods, a potted history of the Empire of Humanity, and how to deal with a hobby that attracts a disproportionate number of actual unironic Nazis. Find Mira's games at:
Published: 8/03/2024 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 66 - John Cecil (The Misfits)( 0:59:18)       
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John Cecil (Zombie Beach) joins the show to discuss The Misfits, a band who answer the question "what if the Ramones were fronted by Elvis and sang almost exclusively about pulp horror?" We dig into the band's music and career, the creative and personal tensions at their core, and the continuing artistic career of their frontman Glen Danzig. Find out more about Zombie Beach here:
Published: 16/02/2024 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 65 - Angus Dingwall (Spec Ops: The Line)( 1:19:38)       
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A show about great trash, problematic faves, and difficult art hosted by Hugh Dingwall. Produced by Manawatū People's Radio with the support of New Zealand On Air. This episode I talk to my brother Angus about the (at the time) controversial game Spec Ops: The Line, which used a franchise reboot of an existing tactical shooter series to attempt a series of powerful critiques of the modern military shooter genre, player culpability in videogame violence, and war in general. Did it succeed? In a word, mostly. CW for discussions of graphic violence and spoilers for a videogame from 2012.
Published: 9/02/2024 9:00:00 p.m.

Everyone has something they love, but wouldn't feel comfortable recommending to the general public. This is a weekly series of fascinating chats about problematic faves, great trash, and our complicated relationships with art and culture.

Host: MPR - Manawatu People's Radio

Produced By: Manawatū People's Radio

Language: English

Category: Society and Culture

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