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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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    • 4.8, 57 Ratings

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.

    "Loom" with Antony Johnston

    "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
    "Ringo Starr" with Andy Ihnatko

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

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

    "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
    "Pluto" with Marcos Huerta

    "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
    "Predator 2" with Ed Brisson

    "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

4.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Cyberradc ,

Unique Critique

I've found my favorite new podcast. A fresh look at movies, TV and music that was never liked by the majority. A smart and entertaining discussion on the merits panned and maligned pop culture content.

BDASPNY ,

Drop the politics and it would be vastly improved.

Good podcast, if the feminism and liberal aspects were left out it would be 100% better. A lot of us listen to podcasts like this to get away from that garbage.

Nick Tapalansky ,

Everything Bad is Good Again

I can't even begin to list the number of amazing things I've discovered thanks to Antony and his guests. Whether because of poor word of mouth or just having missed them entirely, tons of music and movies have been filling my queue for months thanks to this show. Hell, even the cricket episode was enlightening (and fun). Nerds of all shapes, sizes, and fandoms owe it to themselves to subscribe and enjoy.

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