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A pop culture show about the sometimes strange things we love, that other people… don’t. Each episode, comics and games writer Antony Johnston asks a new guest to explain why that thing you hate is actually really great. Follow us on Twitter at @UMPfm.

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A pop culture show about the sometimes strange things we love, that other people… don’t. Each episode, comics and games writer Antony Johnston asks a new guest to explain why that thing you hate is actually really great. Follow us on Twitter at @UMPfm.

    87: "Loom" with Antony Johnston

    87: "Loom" with Antony Johnston

    Ask him about it! Yes, it’s time to turn the tables again, and for his birthday this year, Antony hands the reins to Tony Sindelar. Together they weave an appreciation for the videogame so good, it made Antony want to write them for a living — the classic 1990 Lucasarts adventure “Loom”....

    • 1 hr 10 min
    86: "Ringo Starr" with Andy Ihnatko

    86: "Ringo Starr" with Andy Ihnatko

    Is Ringo the best drummer in the world? Ho ho, he’s not even the best drummer in… no, let’s not go there (Lennon never actually said it anyway). Instead, Andy Ihnatko joins Antony to bang a drum for Ringo Starr’s innovation, charisma, and — yes — talent on the skins....

    • 1 hr 4 min
    85: "Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)" with Eddy Webb

    85: "Sherlock Holmes (2009 movie)" with Eddy Webb

    Was making Sherlock Holmes cool really a good idea? Is Robert Downey Jr simply playing himself? And shouldn’t Watson be a bumbling lapdog? Devoted Sherlockian Eddy Webb joins Antony to discuss all this and more in Guy Ritchie’s 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” movie....

    • 1 hr 7 min
    84: "The Fast & The Furious (Franchise)" with Jessica Sliwinski

    84: "The Fast & The Furious (Franchise)" with Jessica Sliwinski

    Fast cars, impossibly skilled drivers, champagne groupies, loud explosions, and a complete disregard for the laws of physics. Sounds like hell? Jessica Sliwinski once thought so, but now she joins Antony to shift her appreciation for the “Fast & Furious” movies up a gear....

    • 1 hr 13 min
    83: "Pluto" with Marcos Huerta

    83: "Pluto" with Marcos Huerta

    When is a planet not a planet? When it gets downgraded after 75 years, apparently. But was Pluto’s fate a mistake by the IAU, or an example of science in action? Marcos Huerta joins Antony to talk Kuiper belt objects, the New Horizons probe, and arbitrary astronomical definitions....

    • 1 hr
    82: "Predator 2" with Ed Brisson

    82: "Predator 2" with Ed Brisson

    After the success of its gung-ho predecessor, “Predator 2” — which expanded the mythology of the alien hunters, like “Aliens” did for its predecessor — felt like a sure thing, not the flop it turned out to be. Ed Brisson joins Antony to explain why second chances are his specialty....

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

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Points of view

Fun podcast sharing people’s love for things against the orthodoxy , entertaining host

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Top stuff

It's made me dig out a few bits and peices I'd written off.
Nothing however will get me to watch Voyager again though. :D

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Consistently Interesting

I’ve listened to all of this podcast’s episodes because it’s consistently interesting - half the time I’m not familiar with the source material, but host Antony and the interviewees manage to engagingly describe the misunderstood appeal of whatever topic is under discussion and riff on that into all sorts of other areas. The Popeye episode in particular was revelatory.

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