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Critical Poll - Podcast
67 minutes | May 21, 2021
Episode 17: Labour LRP, Zero, and The Underground Railroad
In this weeks episode - You wake up and you're the leader of the Labour party. What do you do? - Zero, the new Superhero series on Netflix, set in the poor neighbourhoods of Milan, in Italian. - The Underground Railroad. Less a review, and more a debate on how much of a masterpiece it is.
53 minutes | May 7, 2021
Episode 16: Julia James, Shadow and Bone, and Early Access
We discuss: Julia James: The differences in coverage between similar cases, and the use of deaths for a political cause Shadow and Bone: More YA stuff from Netflix. Will we like it better than Irregulars? Early Access: Games are getting released in a state of complete unreadiness. How tolerant should we be?
66 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Episde 15: Scotland,Them, Flatgate
In this episode Scottish Independence, links to Brexit, and why does Scottish nationalism get regarded as "nice nationalism?" Them: A review new uncompromising horror from Amazon Flatgate: 800 quid wallpaper, corruption and Boris Johnson.
67 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Episode 13: Right to Protest, The Terror, Sarah Everard
In this episode we discuss 1. The right to protest, and the danger or not represented by the recent Government bill 2. The Terror. What do you do when you're stuck in pack-ice and everything wants to kill you? 3. Sarah Everard, the impact, and the ramifications.
64 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Episode 12: After the Monarchy, Greenland, and Author Self Censorship
In this weeks show, we discuss: - Where does the UK go next, if you make the asumption that the monarchy will be abolished? - Greenland - The Amazon hosted world ending movie. A raging comet or a damp squib? - Author self censorship: Discussing Kazuo Ishiguro's concerns that new authors are not taking risks due to fear of controversy.
72 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Episode 11: Free Speech, Behind Her Eyes, BBC Bias?
In this weeks Podcast we discuss - Free speech on Campus. The UK Government wants to attempt to regulate this. But free speech is a tricky beast to pin down... - Behind Her Eyes: The latest Netflix sensation, but should you just skip to that end? - BBC Bias. Seemingly everyone has a view on this, and they appear to be incompatible. We try to get to the bottom of it in 20 minutes.
65 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Episode 10, The Return of Big Government, Space Sweepers, Film vs Series
In this weeks podcast, we discuss - Is big government back in vogue in the UK, and what does it mean? - Space Sweepers, the new Korean space opera from Netflix. - The old debate, newly re-ignited by the pandemic. Is a TV series a better way of telling a story than a film?
64 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Biden, Sorry to Bother You, and Tory LRP
In this episode we talk about... Biden's first weeks. The ultimate elderly centrist is in charge, what is he doing? Sorry to Bother You. A black comedy in every stretch of the word, is this biting satire on Netflix worth your time? Tory LRP. You're suddenly the leader of the Conservative Party, and by extension the country. What do you do next?
64 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Episode 8: Just Another 48 Hours?, Lupin, and Problematic Old Works
We discuss - The leak of the proposal to reverse the Working Time Directive embedded into UK law now the UK has exited the transition period. - Lupin - The new French series on Netflix right now. - Old problematic works. How do we engage, and should we engage?
73 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Episode 7: Food Parcels, Sweet Home, and Censorship on Social Media
In this episode we discuss the following Food Parcels: Or why does the UK government keep making the same mistakes? Sweet Home: Monsters? Korea? No clue as to what on earth is going on? Sweet Home is for you on Netflix! Social Media and Censorship: With Trump banned, what are the implications of tech companies owning the platforms for media distributions?
48 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
6.5 Bonus Episode - The Capitol Riot/Insurection - part 2
In this bonus episode - by listener demand, we discuss in more depth some of the implications, both towards the US and the UK, and even taking a brief segway into the historical.
65 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Episode 6: Insurectionists, Star Trek Discovery, and yet another Lockdown
In this episode we discuss The events at the Capitol on the 06/01/2021, and the riot/attempted insurection. Star Trek Discovery - which has a new season about to complete. Views from a newbie through to seasoned Trekies. Lockdown III in the UK. How did we even get here? Is it sustainable?
53 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Episode 5: Christmas Special 2020!
This week on Critical Poll, we proceed to abandon politics for a bit and just talk nerdery. Favourite and most hated Christmas movies abound! Also, you all get to listen to why Dave is only allowed one drink in the course of our normal episodes.
66 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Episode 4: Fish, Crunch, and the House of Mouse
Subjects this week: - Fishing, gunboats, and the actual relevance to the EU-UK Trade deal. . - Cyberpunk 2077- and the liberal use of "Crunch" by software houses and others (No spoilers - none of us have played it yet) - Disney. The House of Mouse, and the Franchise that owns pretty much all the nerdery. Is is good to have so much sitting so centralised for Genre?
58 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Episode 3: Vaccines, Romance in Video Games and the Future of Cinema
We talk firstly about the upcoming Vaccine regime in the UK, and how much the State should render the taking of it compulsory in the face of the anti-vax movement. Secondly about romance in video games, and the difficulties that result in so many appalling depictions, and lastly about how much of a future cinema has when faced with Covid and streaming services.
65 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Episode 2: Corruption, The Alienist, and (We're sorry) Brexit
In this episode, we discuss the politics of percieved corruption around PPE in the UK, review the Netflix show the Alienist, and all give predictions of various degrees of confidence and fatigue about how we think Brexit is going to pan out over different time frames.
56 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Critical Poll: Episode 1: "Bullies, Paranormal, and a Merryish Christmas"
This is Critical Poll, a podcast which tries to mix nerdery with politics. Like jamming oil and water into a cocktail shaker, but less messy, and more insightful. In this episode, we discuss Bullying - In politics, it can be a stressful game. Why does bullying occur so often, and why has it suddenly become a media worthy issue now? Paranormal - A spoiler free discussion of the new Egyptian Netflix show Christmas lockdown - Enforcable? Desireable? What is the best thing to try and do?
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