27 episodes

A podcast for the culturally curious that turns a critical eye on some of the most-hyped plays, books, films and music in recent years and asks where they came from and what they tell us about culture today. Zoe Strimpel is a historian of gender and intimacy, Sunday Telegraph columnist and sincere contrarian. Tom Stammers is a fair-minded historian of 19th century France and a lecturer in European history at Durham University - who nonetheless knows how to turn the screw when necessary. They've been yammering about culture together since university.

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    • 3.7 • 3 Ratings

A podcast for the culturally curious that turns a critical eye on some of the most-hyped plays, books, films and music in recent years and asks where they came from and what they tell us about culture today. Zoe Strimpel is a historian of gender and intimacy, Sunday Telegraph columnist and sincere contrarian. Tom Stammers is a fair-minded historian of 19th century France and a lecturer in European history at Durham University - who nonetheless knows how to turn the screw when necessary. They've been yammering about culture together since university.

    Women's Euros

    Women's Euros

    Zoe and Tom do NOT, as a rule, watch football. In fact, until three weeks ago, neither of them even knew that the Women's European Championships were under way. Flash forward to the mesmerising final on 31 July, and a win of national, indeed international, importance. Join Tom and Zoe as they discuss what this means for women, the women's game... and their own feelings about the beautiful game. 

    • 22 min
    EUROVISION 2022

    EUROVISION 2022

    Zoe and Tom discuss the latest and most intensely political outing in recent memory of the campest competition in the world. May 2022 was a spectacle of European unity, in which Britain, the runner up and winner of the jury vote, was shown surprising quantities of love. Join us as we talk post-sexual absurdity, the unpopularity of male crooners, and Eurovision in historical context. 

    • 30 min
    The House of Maxwell - Ghislaine, Robert and the BBC Doc

    The House of Maxwell - Ghislaine, Robert and the BBC Doc

    Zoe and Tom consider the Maxwell story as told in the BBC documentary – and beyond – with particular consideration of Maxwell's Jewish background 

    • 28 min
    Roundup! Death on the Nile, Westside Story, Wuthering Heights, Souvenir II

    Roundup! Death on the Nile, Westside Story, Wuthering Heights, Souvenir II

    Zoe and Tom have seen a few things recently, and decided to take a kitchen-sink approach to discussing them. Much of what is under review here was pretty disappointing, with the exception, in Tom's view, of the West Side Story remake - find out why.  Three out of four of the things under review are remakes, and one is a sequel, prompting the duo to talk about genre, and why we're feeling... so let down by it at the moment.

    • 36 min
    A State of Fear by Laura Dodsworth

    A State of Fear by Laura Dodsworth

    Did the government manipulate us through fear to shore up its power during Covid? Are we dupes of a mass conspiracy between media, state and private enterprise? Was the threat of Covid amped up just to make us compliant because...well, why? Here Zoe and Tom pick apart Dodsworth's scary and silly Sunday Times bestseller, worth our time mainly as it encapsulates quite a big vein of anti-lockdown sentiment and Covid suspicion. We talk about her use of stats, her own manipulation of fear, and the way she lumps things together, from the War on Terror to the closure of nonessential businesses in the height of Covid uncertainty. 

    • 34 min
    Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre, London

    Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre, London

    Tickets were not to be had for love nor money - not even for Tom and Zoe. So they watched it via remote streaming link from Tom's sofa, beadily looking out for what made this the most-hyped Shakespeare in years. Here they discuss where the magic and the weaknesses lay, and how much of both came down to the starry leading cast: Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Little Women, etc etc) and James McArdle (Mare of Easttown). They also discuss the odd status of Macbeth in the pantheon of Shakespeare tragedies, and whether having stars on the stage is a good or bad thing. 

    • 24 min

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