Episode 45: There Are Dozens of Us!


"It's the intellectual equivalent of separate beds!" says Nathan, meaning he's watched a film that Sarah hasn't and Sarah has read a book he hasn't this week. Cloverfield, Shirley Jackson, and dietary advice for dogs, let's go.

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Episode 44: Philip K Dicks


Where does Napoleon keep his immortal disembodied soul? Up his sleevies! That's a joke that's only explicable if you've been watching Altered Carbon like Nathan has, but remains terrible either way. Luckily it's not in the actual podcast, but chat about Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 and Dear Esther live is. Plus: the Age of Answers is back! Email your questions to

Episode 43: Raging Sex Blobs


Somehow we manage not to wang on further about Hamilton this week though that may change due to popular demand (i.e. if someone asks, which they already have, thank you Deya on Twitter). This week! Walking sims are great, humanity is terrible, and comedians are chatty.

Episode 41: Deutschemordzeitgehen


The fun twist this week is that we've been doing completely different things, making for some classic repartee along the lines of "what are you talking about?" and "I don't understand".

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Episode 40: Two Idiots In An Office, Bath

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Well it's been ages, hasn't it? Let's try to make this thing more regular.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is on general release now. Watch the trailer here
  • The Shining is obviously still in print and you should buy it from your favourite book shop. 
  • Read the amazing story of Antony Burgess's pettiness at The Wrap.
  • The games books Nathan read are Significant Zero: Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games by Walt Williams and Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier.

Episode 39: Open That Drawer

What's in the drawer? It's the mystery of whether Nathan's sexuality was formed by a Two Ronnies sketch! Open if you dare. 

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Episode 38: Begins and Ends With Mogwai

Last week's good intentions to focus on the positive come awry as Sarah and Nathan talk about war (it's bad), Sherlock (pretty bad also), and why Sarah is biased against American fiction.

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Episode 37: The Essex Chicken

2016 is gone but we are back! With a new theme tune! And we've put together a list of everything worth redeeming from the smoking trashpile of last year. Sarah picks books by Sarah Perry (above left) and Susan Faludi, and albums by Carly Rae Jepsen and Angel Olsen; Nathan takes on film and games, with props for Hunt for the Wilderpeople (above centre) and Dishonored 2 (above right). See, it's not all completely apocalyptic. Just mostly.

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Episode 36: Red Jez Detention

Things have taken a turn for the really quite bad, haven't they? Join us in our search for ten reasons not to worry even though everything is terrible. Nathan's been revisiting Red Dead Redemption, Sarah's been reviewing Susan Faludi's memoir of her father's life and gender transition, and there are some superb new stings to feed your misery. "Seamus I'm not sure this supercut of D:Ream and George Galloway is a great idea either." TOO LATE SEAMUS WE'VE DONE IT ANYWAY.

Episode 35: Jetlag Radio Future

You know how much fun hearing about other people's holidays is? Well listen to us talk about our holiday for a whole hour. Los Angeles! Disneyland! Yosemite! San Francisco! All the things we did and you didn't! Plus, Sarah on why The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry might be the novel of the year, and Nath's amazing behind-the-scenes revelations about Chatham Historic Dockyards.

Episode 34: Phasers on Glum

Strap yourself in for NO FUN AT ALL in this edition of The Mispronounced Item where we talk about male violence, male violence, and fire. We've watched claustrophobic Oscar contender Room (spoilers ahoy), Sarah reminisces about the horrible time she tried to read all the Red Riding books in one go, and Nathan's been playing new PS4 game Firewatch. Plus, we answer your questions in that feature at the end which we always forget to do! 

Episode 33: The Revelsant or Bumming Roley

This is a farrago. We try to have a serious chat about Netflix series Making a Murderer and the rise and rise of the true crime genre (mentions to this excellent critical response from the New Yorker, this NYT portrait of a special victims unit, and Leslie Jamison's essay on the West Memphis Three compiled in The Empathy Exams). But it starts to go off the rails when Nathan turns out to have really no opinions at all about The Revenant; and somehow, terribly, the section where we meant to pay tribute to David Bowie turns into a chat about the awful awful Krays film Legend, which turns into something basically unforgivable. Sorry!

Episode 32: The Unauthorised Menace

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Join us this week as Nathan talks seemingly endlessly about Star Wars - no, not even the new one, but about the prequel trilogy, digital effects, and the curse of the 1990s. Sarah has been reading Jonathan Bate's biography of Ted Hughes, a very sharp look at a titanic talent and an utter bastard, and Sarah has also reviewed Samantha Hunt's new novel Mr Splitfoot and did not like it, which leads to a discussion about how critics feel when they need to be mean about things (poor us!) and, inexplicably, a blow-by-blow summary of several episodes of Adam Buxton's new podcast. Sorry.

Episode 31: We're Making a Listicle

Let's just pick up where we left off and pretend we haven't ghosted you for months, yeah? We've assidiously rated THE WHOLE OF 2015 so we can talk at you about the actual best bits. We've got the best games, the best books, and the best films. (Not to give anything away on that last one, but there are a lot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers from 00:51:40 to 01:18:12. Like, we-will-ruin-your-viewing-pleasure spoilers. Consider yourself warned.) And remember: we're not content creators, we're entertainers!

Episode 30: Thunderwank, or: Edging For Lepers

OH MY GOD WHERE HAVE WE BEEN? HOW HAVE YOU COPED WITHOUT US? Top domestic chat this week about Nathan's sunglasses, which he has lost. While we've been away, Nath's been writing about YouTuber KSI: is he the worst thing that has ever happened or quite good? Sarah has been writing about new novella Grief is the Thing with Feathers, inspired by Ted Hughes: is he the worst thing that has ever happened, or quite good? And finally, Nath read a boring book about a leper and wants to tell you all about it even though Sarah does her best to distract him with a fascinating story about dead crows. Enjoy!

Episode 29: My Uncle is a Hunkle

What did we do on our holiday? Well we went all gooey about Henry Cavill in The Man from Uncle, we  thrilled to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and we didn't do any writing (because we were on holiday, duh) but Sarah's review of new Bond novel Trigger Mortis has just been published and she wrote about Anthony Horowitz's much-criticised comments on whether Idris Elba should play 007 – so you get some talk about all that. And at the 39 minute mark, genuinely the worst conversation we've ever had. 

Episode 27: Blue Balls of the Heart

Sorry we're late, Nath had to drive to Paignton and Paignton waits for no pod. Up this week: Sarah has watched brilliant coming of age drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl; Nath boldly decides to be the only human alive with a good thing to say about Vince Vaughn in True Detective season 2; some talk on art, appreciation and rap-rock as Sarah has reviewed Leon Neyfakh's The Next Next Level, about being the number one fan of Juiceboxxx; and of course, THE AGE OF ANSWERS. Till next time!

Episode 26: On the National

There was a moment when this podcast was going to be called Oryx and Lakes, because Sarah and Nath have been on holiday to Cumbria and Nath read Margaret Atwood while they were there. But then Sarah pointed out that, as she's read all the Oryx and Crake books, she would probably spoil them by accident if we talked about them. So instead you get a whole lot of talk about the National Trust properties of the Windermere region, a scamper through the unconscious with new Pixar movie Inside Out, a discussion of Matt Dillon's face and its work in Wayward Pines, and a bit at the end where we both start singing the word "MONEY" at each other because Sarah has listened to Dark Side of the Moon for the estimable RAM Album Club.