A Touch of Musk, A Ton of Macron

This week James and Toby discuss the news of Elon Musk’s apparently imminent takeover of Twitter and what that means for fans of free speech. We look back at Sunday’s big story, the re-election of Emmanuel Macron, muse over the integrity of the French Presidential election and whether Marine Le Pen’s 42% share of the vote means France is more racist than Britain and at home, what’s the future of Boris Johnson.

In Culture Corner, Slow Horses, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (BritBox), Moon Knight (Disney+) and The Northman (Focus Features/Universal).

This week’s opening sound is Emmanuel Macron declaring victory in the late French presidential election.

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  1. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    I had the same reaction Toby did when James — continuing his metamorphosis into the “Lord Haw-Haw” of the 21st century — told his absurd story about rabidly pro-Russian Ukrainian refugees.

    What kind of idiots would they have to be, to insult the very people who are giving them a place to stay and feeding them!

    Another point that Toby failed to make was, if they are pro-Russian, why did they flee all the way to England, instead of to Russia, just next door?

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  2. Jim Kearney Contributor
    Jim Kearney
    @JimKearney

    A brief recommendation for Slow Horses, the excellent new Gary Oldman spy drama on the otherwise disappointing Apple+, comes at 37:15.

    I do wish podcasts of more than 5 minutes in length were fully annotated by time code .

    Example:

    37:15 – A kind word for Slow Horses, but no mention of the hilarious fart jokes.

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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Jim Kearney: I do wish podcasts of more than 5 minutes in length were fully annotated by time code .

    I barely get the show turned around now! It’s an interesting idea, but my job is to make you listen to as much of the show as possible. (I used to make the same argument about the Fox Box on sports. Boy, did I lose that argument.)

    Honestly, I edit the show, edit the video promo, write the post and link all the trailers for Culture Corner in around two hours. Because two thirds of our audience is in the UK posting before 2200 UTC is very important.

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  4. Jim Kearney Contributor
    Jim Kearney
    @JimKearney

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Jim Kearney: I do wish podcasts of more than 5 minutes in length were fully annotated by time code .

    I barely get the show turned around now! It’s an interesting idea, but my job is to make you listen to as much of the show as possible. (I used to make the same argument about the Fox Box on sports. Boy, did I lose that argument.)

    Honestly, I edit the show, edit the video promo, write the post and link all the trailers for Culture Corner in around two hours. Because two thirds of our audience is in the UK posting before 2200 UTC is very important.

    Interesting. It’s more a task for fandom than busy staff. YouTube volunteers often post time code listings for the shows they watch, especially musical selections. For talk, transcripts will be automated in few years, maybe timed? Until then, I’d think the reach to listeners curious about a single topic would offset the lost minutes among skiparounders.

    This comes from a non-podcast-literate, ex-radio guy. I’ve been drawn to two podcasts, Rob’s short Martini Shots when they turn up, and Entering Stage Right, a weekly Substack hour co-starring a top TV comedy director with conservative views about politics. For the latter, there are 1.5-2x fast-speed listening options similar to Audible, and a 30-second advance button which also speeds things up. 

    Haven’t studied the economics of the business, how the addition of video is changing it for the large audience shows, or much else. As you know, audience measurement for TV has changed quite a bit. Now, even small YouTube channels can get enough click data to reveal which segments are most popular etc., and where audiences get bored. So for example, if the Culture Corner element in London Calling is the most popular, a spin-off might work.

     

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  5. Leslie Watkins Member
    Leslie Watkins
    @LeslieWatkins

    Honestly, James. Seeing no reason to question the churchgoer’s post, while castigating Toby for adhering to his own line of thinking (totally plausible, well presented, and consistent over time), is so disappointing. . . . Is there no way to have some fun with it anymore?

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  6. Brian Clendinen Member
    Brian Clendinen
    @BrianClendinen

    Surveys that ask about someone’s religion instead of race don’t prove racism (aka Muslims). It just proves you think religion actually matters.

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