EPISODE 340: the post-pre-Netflix world


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Listeners, how terribly remiss of us to make it through three quarters of 2016 without marking the fact that it has been designated by the UN as the International Year of Pulses. But thankfully there’s still three months of it in which to celebrate, starting with a pulverised pea party in Answer Me This! Episode 340. We also speak of:

VHS tapes
bear shit
whale shit
mushy peas
candy floss
Graham from Canada nostalgia
double beds
The Hays Code
bad advice from The Modern Man (NOT The Modern Mann)
marrowfat facts (marrowfacts?)

Plus: Olly finally unsubscribed from his ‘Paying for a gym is just as productive as attending a gym’ fitness plan; Helen advises on her specialist subject: avoiding social interaction; and Martin the Sound Man is all umami and no trousers.

In today’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App – available on iThings, Android and Windows devices – an anonymous questioneer has a dilemma about free wine. Well, it’s not really free. Someone always pays. Just, in this case, not him. (But possibly Martin, twice, because he is SUCH a good citizen.)

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We’ll be back on 6 October with AMT341,

Helen & Olly

••• AMT340 Child-Friendly Rating: 44%. Quite a few strong swears. References to sex. •••


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8 Responses to “EPISODE 340: the post-pre-Netflix world”

  1. Patrick Says:

    No more direct download button on your episode descriptions? That’s how I was rolling, downloading onto my computer and then transferring to my phone.
    I used to get it on Podcast Addict but about 1 ans a half years ago they just stopped updating.
    Any chance of getting that download button back?

    • Helen Zaltzman Says:

      We haven’t changed anything. There’s still the same MP3 button in the post above – would that work for you? No idea what’s going on with Podcast Addict, but tbh I’ve never used it.

      • Tardo Says:

        It might be n as blocker if it’s just not showing up for some people.

      • Patrick Says:

        Oh wow, the Helen Zaltzman. The mp3 button wants to play it on my computer rather than download it. I see that 342 has the download button on it for no particular reason. Isn’t it great how easy computers make everything

  2. Helen Says:

    Hi Just listening to your bit about recycling VHS. I was told recently that some children’s hospitals still use VHS as DVDs tend to get stolen. I haven’t looked into it but if you have loads to get rid of it might be worth calling your local hospital

    • Karl Says:

      Sounds like a situation where proprietary formats would be useful. E.g. if they had discs that could only be played on hospital systems, so if they did get away somehow, it would be obvious where they belonged.

      But rather than taking on the costs of developing that, they could play video files off of fixed storage units, in which case DRM free open source formats would be ideal, to make it easy to set up on a wide variety of systems.

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