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The Mispronounced Item

Sarah and Nathan talk about the things they have seen, read, written and played every week.

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Episode 54: Hold Me, Steve

This week's big question is: if a tree falls in the woods, are you banging your own mum? But before that: Avengers Infinity War (whole bunch of spoilers, including a spoiler for which Avenger Nathan is in love with), and Netflix series The Rain.Infinity War trailer, if you haven't already seen itVanity Fair longread on Kevin Feige's reign over MarvelWatch The Rain on NetflixSarah's review of Natalie Hayne's novel Children of Jocasta (that's Jocasta in the right of the image)Where to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

41mins

10 May 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 53: An Army of Thatues

Sarah and Nathan saw Mary Stuart at the Theatre Royal in Bath, and Nathan saw a lot of films on a plane - some of which were good, some of which were not terrible, and some of which were made by Ridley Scott. Plus, Age of Answers! More about Mary StuartThat incredible Tonya Harding profileCaroline Criado Perez explains why she campaigned for a statue of a woman in Parliament SquareWhere to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

50mins

28 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 52: Ready Player Bum

Don't say we didn't warn you. Ready Player One is really, really bad, so it sucks to be Sarah who only got to see that this week. Better times for Nath who also saw Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark with live soundtrack, meaning that we can delve into the mysteries of good Spielberg vs poor Spielberg. There's no Age of Answers this week because there were, shockingly, NO QUESTIONS - make us happy and send us some!Seriously don't botherWhat Nathan sawMolly Ringwald's essayWhere to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

42mins

20 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 51: God of Woof

Why is the new Lara Croft movie like a plastic cup? Can a family annihilating demigod achieve character development? And just how should a person be? All these questions and more (including the ones you put to us in Age of Answers via the email below) WILL be answered in this amazing episode of The Mispronounced Item. The trailer for Tomb Raider if you mustbut tbh everything looks good at Cinerama so it doesn't matter that the movie is nonsenseMeet daddy Kratos in the God of War trailerStephen Bush on why Hermione Granger is obviously blackSheila Heti's website, you simply must read herHere is the Siri Hustvedt essay that Sarah utterly mangled in the descriptionThis is what the Muskehounds theme should sound likeWhere to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

52mins

12 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 50: Hoist By Our Own Wetard

We're back from Seattle, and here we are with the aural equivalent of your neighbours coming over with the slides from their holiday. This week: things we learned in Seattle (mostly about aircraft, please trust us that this is very interesting), Annihilation the book and the film, Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, and (of course) THE AGE OF ANSWERS.Seriously, the Museum of Flight is VERY VERY GOODThe Figuring History exhibition at the Seattle Art MuseumWatch an amazing retro-futuristic video about the World's Fair and the Space NeedleWatch Annihilation on NetflixBut first read the book (or maybe after, we didn't really decide)And definitely read The Left Hand of DarknessWhere to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

1hr 2mins

30 Mar 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 49: All Good Examples

We went to see Flight of the Conchords! It was great! We listened to loads of Britpop on the way! It was... variable! We watched Murder on the Orient Express! It was exactly what we hoped for! And Nathan has been playing Burnout Paradise Remastered! It has been consuming! Plus, we answer a long overdue question in the Age of Answers. No Mispronounced Item next as we're on holiday, so see you when we get back.Check out the Conchords website (there are some new dates on the UK tour so you can still grab tickets)Read Francis Wheen's magnificent article about crime writer Josephine TeyBurnout Paradise Remastered is out for Xbox One and PS4 nowWhere to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

1hr 5mins

16 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 48: Dog-Related Content

Apologies for being a day late on this due to Nath being ill. Still, we're here now with thoughts on Black Panther (MANY SPOILERS, you have been warned) and You Were Never Really Here (about which we try to say as little as humanly possible, leading to a pretty weird section TBH where we talk about Britpop for ages for some reason), plus The Age of Answers which is of course the best bit. Black Panther is in cinemas now (when you've watched it, here's the column on it we mentioned)...And so is You Were Never Really Here.Queer Eye is on Netflix and is 100% pure joy.Where to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

54mins

8 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 47: Better With Bean

We watched Mute. We thought it couldn't be as bad as people said, but it is if anything much, much worse. So bad that Sarah argues it should have been more like Mr Bean, and actually has a point. Maximum spoilers here so avoid if you want to watch Mute (but you don't want to watch Mute). Plus a quick rattle through a novel inspired by the life of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, and Nathan getting excited about The Swapper. Age of Answers includes some career advice and thoughts on Chuck Palahniuk, with special bonus atmospheric noises supplied by our newly adopted dog, Jessie.Mute is on Netflix. Leave it alone.Pre-order The Dictionary of Animal Languages by Heidi Sopinka (out April).Play The Swapper.Read "Guts" by Chuck Palahniuk but by God you better have a strong stomach.Where to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

49mins

28 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 46: Hold On to Your Hot Take Horses

Here's the Great Lost Episode from last year! And by "Great" we mean "Really Quite Long", but for EXCELLENT REASONS, mostly relating to the brilliance of Get Out, here discussed extensively (and with spoilers all the way). We originally recorded this in March 2017, but it's OK because we were right about basically everything. Some links: Get Out has been Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya); by God you should watch it.I Am Not Your Negro is on home release now, but also read Baldwin.Here's Sarah's review of the Charlotte Rampling memoir.The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy is compulsory reading.The Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Quote is from Between the World and Me.Aliens is just amazing, get it on Blu-ray already.Where to find us:iTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastNOT FUCKING SPOTIFYGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

1hr 19mins

21 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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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.The Cloverfield Paradox is on Netflix now (if you're avoiding spoilers, skip 00:03:00-00:22:00 of this podcast).Treat yourself to the Ghostwatch/Stone Tape DVD double bill.We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is available in this lush deluxe edition from Penguin.Not going to link to any creepypasta because good grief you can ruin your own brains if you must.This apparently trustworthy website says our advice on dogs and pasta is solid, so why not hit us up with further pet queries that we are in no way qualified to answer.Nathan's Kickings columns aren't online, but here's Sarah on Nadine Dorries.Where to find usiTunesStitcheriHeartRadioTuneInAcastGot a question for The Age of Answers, or just want to say hi? Email us!

49mins

14 Feb 2018

Rank #10