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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Review, Julie Bindel's Feminism, and Adult Themes in Cartoons: The Popular Table - 23/11/2014

Hello hello! Another week, another podcast!

This week, David and Emma are joined by new panellists Sam and Mike, and to quote the world's favourite nanny, they discuss "a few of their favourite things." They also review Mockingjay Part 1, and their favourite adaptations, all in an action-packed first segment.

In segment 2, they look at Julie Bindel's recent Guardian article about feminism, and how it may relate to social justice movements on platforms like twitter, tumblr, etc.

In the final segment of this week's show, our panellists discuss adult themes and humour in children's programming, and look at some of their favourite comedies in the process.

As always, if you want to contribute to the discussion, you can find us on, or

Previous shows can be heard at

Clips used in this show are from the Mockingjay trailer, Defined Lines, Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series, and Adventure Time.

Music is by Scott Bradlee and the Postmodern Jukebox, Arctic Lake, and Ordinary Boys.

Thank you for listening!

The Big Picture - Wednesday 19th November

posted 23.11.14 at 2:34pm by The Big Picture

Quick overview of the best of this week show

Firstly, our panel discussed whether the Green Party should be included in party leaders' TV debates in the run up to the General Election.

Secondly, following a debate organise by Voice Your Rights Projects, we discussed secularism. President of Agnostic, Secularist and Humanist society came along as a guest speaker.

Lastly, after some reports suggested that a current tuition fees system is unsustainable and tuition fees should be lowered we evaluated the current and discussed possible changes to the system.

Hockey club's anti-homophobia video

posted 21.11.14 at 1:23pm by URN Sport


This week a video of the University of Nottingham men's hockey club stripping off to help campaign against homophobia in sport went viral.

Sam Boyle reports:

On Thursday's URN Sport, Sam Barker was joined by Calum, Elliott and James to discuss the story and the wider issue of homophobia in sport and how it can be addressed.

Elliott said that tackling homophobia in sport has to come from the top. The panel also discussed the Play with Pride match between the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham.

Sam asked the panel whether they thought the Voice Your Rights group's attempts to have a zero tolerance to homophobia clause written into the manifesto of university sports clubs would be effective.

Tweet your views to @URNSport on whether enough is being done to tackle homophobia in university sport, and how you think the issue can be best tackled. You can view the hockey club's video here.

Tennis season review and Pointless: Three lions edition

On this week's show Simon was joined by David, Bradley and Adam. They began with the ATP World Tour Finals, which Novak Djokovic won by default on Sunday after Roger Federer had to withdraw from the final through injury.

The boys also previewed the finale to the F1 season in Abu Dhabi.

The panel also looked at another successful Qatari bid to host a sporting event, with the news that the country has been selected to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Finally, after it emerged that quiz show Pointless Celebrities attracted higher average ratings than England's Euros qualifier against Slovenia, the team decided to combine the England national football team with the BBC programme.

For more debate about the biggest sports stories of the week, tune into URN Sport from 6-7pm every Tuesday.

HealthyU Week on Campus

posted 19.11.14 at 4:13pm by The Pulse

On Monday, the Pulse teamed discussed the HealthyU events taking place on campus this week. Our conversation began with a short interview with Chloe Averill, SU Equal Opportunities and Welfare officer:

Chloe told us about many events that are going on this week on University Park and Jubilee Campuses, and next week on Sutton Bonnington.

We then discussed our own health issues and concerns in the studio, and how HealthyU week could benefit us.

The team in the URN studio came to the conclusion that the HealthyU fair and other events occurring this week will be of great benefit to us, especially as students, to help us learn more about keeping ourselves well and fit to continue our studies.

The Pulse brings you the news that matters to you, every day of the week between 5 and 6pm.

If you would like to tell us about your health experiences, or make any comments about HealthyU week, leave a comment below or tweet us @URNPulse.