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05/30/2017Chris Mason talks to Emma Barnett about her interview with Jeremy Corbyn on Woman’s Hour.
With the UK's snap general election mere days away, we commend to you this useful daily show, in which a rotating cast of the BBC's best political brains debrief us on the latest election news. As the pace of the campaign picks up, the show is often recorded with journalists in or just out of the thick of the action, or even on the run (in a recent episode, a harried Emma Barnett of Woman's Hour signed off from a train platform: "I'll speak to you from Skegness!!"). In the process, it communicates the atmosphere of breathless anticipation and pure exhaustion that precedes a national election day, and at 10 to 15 minutes duration, each episode is the perfect length for covering headlines without wandering into the weeds.
05/30/2017Peter Fenton made a career out of crafting that con we’ve all fallen for: the con of fantasy, of alternative realities that are much more pleasant than the existing one. This week, we go inside the world of carnival game scams, why we fall for them even when we know the odds are against us. Later, Peter recounts his career as a tabloid fabulist. Peter Fenton is the essential grifter – he sells us the stories we most want to believe.
05/31/2017Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are in Sydney Australia for the first of two Australian live shows! They discuss the film Baywatch, The novel and tv series The Handmaid's Tale, and the state of arts criticism with pulitzer-winning critic Sebastian Smee. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Harrys. Get the close, comfortable shave you deserve. Sign up at Harrys.com/CULTURE, and you’ll receive their most popular Trial Set - a 13 dollar value - for FREE, you just cover the shipping. And by AT&T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&T. Don’t settle for any unlimited data plan. Only the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan comes with HBO included. Learn more at att.com/unlimited. After 22 gigabytes of data usage, AT&T may slow speeds. Credits for HBO start within two bills. Channels available subject to change.  Charges, other usage and restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimited for details. And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/CULTURE and using the promo code CULTURE
05/25/2017UKIP resume campaigning at a very noisy press conference for their manifesto launch. The terror attack in Manchester has undoubtedly changed the tone of the election campaign. Chris Mason, Laura Kuenssberg and James Landale reflect.
With the UK's snap general election mere days away, we commend to you this useful daily show, in which a rotating cast of the BBC's best political brains debrief us on the latest election news. As the pace of the campaign picks up, the show is often recorded with journalists in or just out of the thick of the action, or even on the run (in a recent episode, a harried Emma Barnett of Woman's Hour signed off from a train platform: "I'll speak to you from Skegness!!"). In the process, it communicates the atmosphere of breathless anticipation and pure exhaustion that precedes a national election day, and at 10 to 15 minutes duration, each episode is the perfect length for covering headlines without wandering into the weeds.
05/26/2017 Bernie Madoff, the man behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, confessed. He was never caught. In this episode, reporter Steve Fishman sets out to discover how a ragtag team, with 30 year-old technology, managed to fool private auditors and the United States government for decades.
05/16/2017Chris Mason chats to Iain Watson and Peter Barnes about the Labour manifesto they actually wanted us to read.
With the UK's snap general election mere days away, we commend to you this useful daily show, in which a rotating cast of the BBC's best political brains debrief us on the latest election news. As the pace of the campaign picks up, the show is often recorded with journalists in or just out of the thick of the action, or even on the run (in a recent episode, a harried Emma Barnett of Woman's Hour signed off from a train platform: "I'll speak to you from Skegness!!"). In the process, it communicates the atmosphere of breathless anticipation and pure exhaustion that precedes a national election day, and at 10 to 15 minutes duration, each episode is the perfect length for covering headlines without wandering into the weeds.
05/29/2017 There are so many creative ways to reduce food waste around the home.
05/23/2017Virginia Heffernan speaks with Daniel Drezner Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy about how Trump's blabbing tendencies are shifting geopolitics.
05/29/2017 Why did Tony blink? Has Bella earned a promotion? What will Belinda do next? Get all the answers (or none of them) to these questions as Jamie, Alice and James open Rocky's third book to continue the 'Belinda Blinked' saga... mydadwroteaporno.com
05/24/2017 The new season of Bachelorette has begun! In today's episode, we discuss Rachel's fateful meeting with 31 eligible bachelors, a few of whom are just absolute bridge trolls. The same cannot be said for A.J., who is the light of our lives, the sun in our sky and the light unto our path. Let's go! Additional Reading: http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a27304/the-bachelorette-2017-premiere-recap/ http://www.npr.org/2017/05/23/529705257/the-bachelorette-may-have-a-black-star-but-its-still-set-in-a-white-world http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-it-matters-that-white-people-are-watching-a-black-bachelorette_us_59232998e4b03b485cb3d554  
05/31/2017In 2009, Hey Hey It's Saturday aired a blackface performance by a group called the Jackson Jive. Guest judge Harry Connick Jr gave the performance a score of zero, but it wouldn't be the last time blackface made the news in Australia.
We've mentioned this before, but Australians do not find it easy to talk about race (case in point: a recent, crushingly awkward Sydney Writers Festival conversation between Books & Arts presenter Michael Cathcart and author Paul Beatty). On the one hand, we imagine ourselves to be a chilled-out melting-pot, a place where even the most white-bread Aussie loves a hot bowl of pho and thinks Cathy Freeman is a legend. On the other hand: our media, our politics and our cultural institutions are blindingly whitewashed, the violence of our colonial past is elided, and the voices of Indigenous people are sidelined or erased. But this new podcast from the ABC tackles questions of race in Australia with refreshing and urgent directness (ironically, it's hosted by a Canadian, Beverley Wang). Two episodes into this series, we have covered the phenomenon of people actually, for some reason, doing blackface in the 21st century, and learned about a problematic Australian film, the first to star Indigenous actors in leading roles. In sum: thoughtfully constructed and very important stuff. Get on it.
05/05/2017 Reporter Steve Fishman tells the story of how he convinced Bernie Madoff to call him from prison. Along the way, Steve learns about Madoff’s life in prison from Bernie’s new associates: the other criminals serving time in Butner, NC.
International listeners who looked for this Audible series when they heard it teased on Radiolab back in February might well have found themselves disappointed; even on Channels, the series wasn't available in our territory. We're pleased to report it is available now, presumably globally, through all your regular audio providers. It documents the efforts of NY Magazine reporter Steve Fishman to bring us the inside story of Wall Street crook Bernie Madoff. Following a long pursuit, Madoff agrees to speak to Fishman from prison, and these interviews, along with contributions from other key players in his elaborate Ponzi scheme, enable Fishman to begin piecing together a picture of the man. Two episodes in, Madoff remains an enigma, having not yet shed his money-man habits of obfuscation and self-preservation (note also: in prison, he has cornered the market on hot chocolate). New instalments Fridays.
04/21/2015Part one of two! (no time for whimsy) Download Episode
We long ago revealed our hand when it comes to our penchant for Harry Potter completism (see also The Chapter Titles Were So Good, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text) and this Canadian offering makes a welcome contribution to the field. Our two hosts, self-described "lady scholars", are terrific company - razor-sharp but not self-serious - funny, even - and they reach for academic and pop culture references with equal ease during these passionate deep-dives into the seven texts that defined a generation. Around 30 consecutive episodes break down Books 1 - 7, with subsequent, more occasional instalments turning to new extensions in the Potterverse[TM], like Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts. Good, thoughtful fun.
05/05/2017 Skidmore, Missouri is a very small town. In the '70s, there was only one bar, one grocery store, and one bully. Ken McElroy was so ruthless and intimidating that even law enforcement looked the other way. He terrorized the town for decades, until they finally fought back.    We spoke with Harry MacLean, author of In Broad Daylight.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Special thanks to Chelsea Korynta. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.    
05/12/2017Today, a hidden power that is either the cornerstone of our democracy or a trapdoor to anarchy.