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The Big Picture - Wednesday 28 January

The panel talked with Sebastian Soar, who is an independent candidate for Nottingham East parliamentary seat. We discussed his manifesto, experiences and campaign.

In the second part of the show, we talked about Sebastian's candidacy as an independent candidate and what it would mean for him if he was elected. We also discussed whether we need political parties.

Lastly, the panel discussed the outcome of general election in Greece and the rise of a radical leftist party Syriza. We also talked about the possibilities of writing off a part of Greece's debt.

Does Nostalgia Hinder Criticism? Are Reboots/Remakes Necessary? And Utopianism in Superheroes: The Popular Table - 25/01/2015

Good evening, true believers! Welcome to another edition of The Popular Table: URN's top pop culture show.

Today our panel of Ibtisam, Mike, Victoria, David, and Dario ask 'does nostalgia blind our critical eye?':

Following immediately on from this, in the wake of Marvel's recent announcement, our talkative geeks ponder the necessity of remakes and reboots:

In the final segment of today's show, in Ibi's corner, the gang look at the utopian potential of superheroes:

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Clips and music used in this show are from FRIENDS, X-Men: The Animated Series, Animaniacs, Batman (1989), The Mask: The Animated Series, Super Mario Bros. (1985 video game), Brian Michael Bendis' interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Superman (1978).

Special thanks to Dario for producing the show this week.

And that's that. Thank you all very much for listening to us, we hope see you again next week.

Council reject new sports centre plans

posted 22.01.15 at 10:33pm by URN Sport

The proposed new sports village has been refused planning permissionThe proposed new sports village has been refused planning permission

The University of Nottingham has blasted Nottingham City Council after the planning committee rejected its planning application for a new £40 million sports centre on University Park campus on Wednesday.

The plans were thrown out by seven votes to six amid councillors' concerns over the felling of three ancient oak trees to make way for the facilities.

But in a fiery statement, university registar Dr Paul Greatrix has accused the council of hypocrisy. The authority recently felled at least 40 trees on University Boulevard for tram and ring road improvements.


Sports Editor Patrick Hildred spoke to Cllr Sally Longford, who voted against the plans, to find out the reasons for her decision. He put the university's accusation of hypocrisy to the Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey representative, and asked why the ancient trees were judged to outweigh the benefits of the new sports centre.

Australian Open, Super Bowl and gooner gloating

posted 22.01.15 at 9:50pm by URN Sport

Nick and David joined Simon on Tuesday's URN Sport to cast their eyes over the latest news and talking points from the world of sport.

First on the agenda was the Australian Open. The boys discussed Andy Murray's progression from the first round, and Simon asked whether anybody other than Serena Williams could win the women's event.

Next up the team discussed the England cricket team, who are also in Australia at the moment.

The panel covered the ball deflation scandal ahead of this year's Super Bowl.

Lastly, Arsenal fan David took a rare opportunity to gloat about an Arsenal win in a big game, following the Gunners' 2-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday.

For more chat about national and international sport, tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

Doctor Who Christmas Special Review, Superhero Flicks and Social Issues at the Awards: The Popular Table - 18/01/2015

Hello and happy new year! Welcome to the first Popular Table of the year.

This week, Sam, Victoria, Ibtisam, and David discuss what they got for Christmas (spoiler alert: Sam got socks), and review the Doctor Who Christmas Special:

They then move on to ask, 'are superhero and popcorn films overlooked at awards ceremonies?':

Continuing with the theme of awards ceremonies, Ibtisam looks at how certain awards ceremonies can be used as a platform to raise awareness of social issues. This is the first in what will be a regular segment:

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Clips in this show are from the Doctor Who Christmas special, the new Age of Ultron trailer, the Birdman trailer, and the Golden Globes 2015.

Special thanks to Emma for producing the show this week.