Posts Tagged ‘delusion’

Thursday Listening Party

October 8, 2015

On the Thursdays with no new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
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The other day I heard this very interesting episode of All In The Mind about the Truman Show Delusion, and it must be Truman Show Delusion Season, because lo, on this week’s This American Life, there it is. (And in the same episode, I was glad to hear this absolutely bonkers story again.)

There’s a new series afoot of Radio 4’s Digital Human, and listening to it is making me feel smarter, even though my brain is actually rapidly crumbling. I’ve also been happily blasting through FiveThirtyEight‘s podcast What’s The Point, which makes tech and stats and data stuff a lot more engaging and entertaining than you would expect from the words ‘tech’, ‘stats’ and ‘data stuff’.

We’ve been keeping ourselves busy as well: for Guardian Tech Weekly, Olly met the founder of Instagram to celebrate the app’s fifth birthday. Regarding things that are even younger than that, in the latest Allusionist I found out why we talk to babies like we, and they, are idiots.

PS I know I mentioned Adam Buxton‘s new podcast last time, but given how enthusiastic you were to hear him in AMT300 and Jon Ronson in AMT190, I thought you should know that the latest episode features Adam Buxton AND Jon Ronson ie is probably your ideal podcast.


EPISODE 190 – a Nuremberg Rally for pop music

September 1, 2011

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Look! Photographic evidence that journalist, writer, broadcaster and jolly nice chap Jon Ronson performed his special guestular duties! More importantly, here’s the audio evidence, namely Answer Me This! Episode 190:

This classic episode is available to BUY NOW for just 79p at the Answer Me This! Store, through a secure server, without DRM restriction. CLICK HERE to find out more and support our podcast. (This helps keep our most recent episodes free)

Things we learn from Jon:
i) that to be cast on reality telly, you only need to wave your Prozac prescription in front of the producers’ eyes;
ii) how he could have been Captain Birdseye – no, really!
iii) how the 21st-century KKK are getting rusty;
iv) how you have to speak up when you’re on Conan. We’ll remember that, as it’s bound to come in handy soon in our lives.

We also talk of:

psychopathy (unsurprisingly)
conspiracy theories (ditto)
Pleasurewood Hills
Disney character breakfast
Mr Blobby vs. Woody Bear
Noel Edmonds’s Winnebago vs. Les Dennis’s Winnebago
James Middleton’s arse vs. Pippa Middleton’s arse
George Galloway’s milky mortification
David Icke
the name ‘Beryl’
traffic cops
the Little Mermaid’s mobility issues

This week’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App (available on iPhone, iPad and Android) is Jon venting his wrath at his archenemy Yo! Sushi. If that whets your appetite for more Jon Ronson, do read his latest book The Psychopath Test, visit, follow @jonronson on Twitter, and buy the Guardian on Saturdays just in case he’s in it that week.

Next week’s episode is the last till October 13th, so get your QUESTIONS in: send voicemails to the Question Line (dial 0208 123 5877 or Skype answermethis) and emails to Harness your very finest question-composing abilities, so together we may endeavour to send off this series in style.

See you next Thursday,

Helen & Olly