Prof. Steven Fielding Interview, Binge-Watching, Spider-Man, and Neo-Colonialism in Sci-Fi: The Popular Table - 15/02/2015

Hello and welcome to URN's top pop blogcast!

On this week's Popular Table, Ibi, David, Mike, and Emma discuss interesting pop culture news they've encountered this week. Ibi and David then interview Professor Steven Fielding of the School of Politics and International Relations about his book 'A State of Play', his lecture on the same subject, the impact of social media on representative politics, and the growing apathy of younger generations to politics.

In part two, our intrepid broadcasters examine binge-watch culture, and if a recent study out of the University of Texas on the subject holds any real weight. Afterwards, they look at recent announcement that Sony and Marvel are teaming up to deliver Spider-Man to the MCU.

In the final part of this week's show, in Ibi's corner, we look at neo-colonialism in science fiction films. This segment was inspired by the first lecture in the Popular Culture Lecture Series titled 'It's a Trope!'

And that's all for this week, true believers! Previous shows can be heard at

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Six Nations, AP McCoy and pressure on Pearson

Simon was joined by Elliott, Joe and David for this week's show. They began by discussing the Six Nations, which kicked off at the weekend with victory for England at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

Also on the agenda was AP McCoy's retirement as a jockey.

The panel then moved on to talk football, and started with Tottenham's 2-1 win at home to Arsenal in the North London derby.

Having lost to Chelsea but ended their 659-minute goal drought, Aston Villa's troubles were also discussed.

And finally, the panel touched upon Leicester City and their boss Nigel Pearson, who is still in his job despite rumours of his sacking on Sunday night.

For more national and international sports discussion, tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

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!

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