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BAFTA Talk, Felix Taylor Speaks Cavern, Fant4stic and Adaptations, and Propaganda Films: The Popular Table - 08/02/2015

Hello! Welcome to this week's Popular Table.

In part 1 of this week's show, Victoria, Mike, Ibtisam, Felix, and David discuss the BAFTAs. Who do you want to see win?

Part 2 is an interview with the editor of Cavern: UoN Comics, Felix Taylor, followed by a discussion about adaptations - how much can something alter the source material while still remaining an adaptation?

In the final part of today's show, we look at American Sniper and how it can be perceived as a propaganda piece, and a discussion about propaganda in general.

And that's that! Previous shows can be heard at

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Clips used in this show are from the BAFTA announcements, The Interview trailer, the Fantastic Four teaser trailer, and the American Sniper trailer.

Special thanks to Dario for producing this week.

#NSM2015 - Notts Student Manifesto Launched!

On Thursday 5th February, we went down to the launch of the 2015 Notts Student Manifesto. The event saw the University of Nottingham Students Union, Nottingham Trent Students Union and New College Nottingham students come together to inform prospective MP's, and other local reprasentatives, about the issues that matter to them. You can read the full manifesto here.


At the event, Meg and Sam spoke to a number of those in representatives. One of the issues discussed at the launch was student finance, with Emma Pearce from our Money Special, giving a speech.

Emma told us that it was 'unique event to present these ideas to representatives', saying 'at the end of the day, if they want us to vote, and to vote for them, they have to do stuff for us'.

We put this idea to Labour MP, Lilian Greenwood who told us that 'hearing from young people is just as important as hearing from anyone else'.

Casting News, Ghostbusters, Superhero TV, Video Killed the Board Game Star, Dystopias: The Popular Table - 06/02/2015

Hello, and welcome to the podcast for the Popular Table 06/02/2015.

To make up for last Sunday's non-cast, we've re-recorded the material from that show for you to enjoy.

In part 1, Ibi, Emma, and David discuss the latest in casting news, and the recently announced female-led Ghostbusters reboot:

Part 2 involves our gang discussing the surge in superhero television, and video games vs. board games:

In the final part of this week's show, as a response to his previous segment, Ibi looks at the dystopian potential of superheroes:

And that's that! Previous shows can be heard at

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Clips and music used in this show are from Ghostbusters, the SNL skit "Soap Opera Reunion" (, The Flash, Agent Carter, a 1970s television commercial for the Atari 2600, and Watchmen (2009).

Thank you all very much for listening, see you Sunday at four!

Super Bowl review, Pearce sacked and relegation predictions

Simon was joined by Elliott, Nick and Joe this week to discuss the latest goings-on in the world of sport.

They kicked off by talking about the Super Bowl and its appeal (or lack of) to the European market.

The panel moved on to discuss Andy Murray's defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open, and Serena Williams's women's title win.

Following Sunday's news of Nottingham Forest sacking Stuart Pearce and bringing in Dougie Freedman as manager, the boys discussed Forest's string of unsuccessful managerial appointments and what the future holds for Pearce.

On the theme of managerial departures, Harry Redknapp's resignation from QPR was also up for debate.

Finally, as per tradition Simon asked the panel for their Premier League relegation predictions.

For more sports chat tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

National Voter Registration Day: Are You Registered to Vote?


Thursday was National Voter Registration Day, with people all around the country being encouraged to ensure they are registered to vote for this May's general election. Hannah went around campus, speaking to SU President Harry Copson and Ben Malone from the Politics Society, about why you should register, whilst also going around campus to see how many of you are registered to vote.

The team in the studio then discussed whether they had registered to vote, and whether in the light of possible fines for those who do not register if registration or even voting itself should be compulsory.

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