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Fingers on Buzzers is brought to you by comedian and keen amateur quizzer Lucy Porter, alongside The Chase's very own Jenny Ryan. Whether you’re a Pointless armchair aficionado, nostalgic for the days of Going for Gold, or a bona fide Mastermind, this is the podcast for you. Jenny and Lucy speak to a host of people who work behind the scenes of our favourite TV quiz shows, including James Harkin (QI), Roger Tilling (the ‘Voice’ of University Challenge) and Jenny Hawker (Only Connect); plus w ...
 
The Ghost Breaker is a drama and haunted house horror complete with heroes, villains, and a Princess. The Ghost Breaker was originally a screenplay and would later be made a drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. (Summary by Linette Geisel)Cast:Narrator: Linette GeiselWarren; Ghost Breaker and Kentuckian hero: Bill MosleyMaria Theresa, Princess of Aragon: Amanda FridayRusty Snow; Warren's servant man: Phil ChenevertCarlos, Duke of Alva, cousin of Maria Theresa: Marty KrisColonel Jarvis of ...
 
The IN PLAIN SIGHT podcast empowers current and future leaders with inspiring stories of fellow abolitionists and actionable insights to implement in their own organizations. Hosted by David Trotter, episodes feature engaging interviews with noted leaders in the anti-trafficking movement - men and women committed to ending all forms of human trafficking in our world - sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and organ trafficking. Get more information at www.inplainsightfilm.com.
 
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Jenny and Lucy are back, with another dose of quizzing fun and joining them this week is actor, singer and quiz obsessive, Shaun Williamson! Shaun has literally written the book on quiz, as he tells our hosts all about 'A Matter of Facts: One Man's Journey into the Nation's Quiz Obsession' - an essential read for anyone with even a passing interest…
 
Communities all over the ancient world had a problem: their dead wouldn’t stay in the ground. They rose up as shambolic corpses, gusts of wind and evil spirits, draining human life force and devouring flesh and blood. The vampire myth is an ancient one, found on every continent. Join us as we explore the oldest vampire myths we could find from Sume…
 
Just in time for spooky season, we go hunting for bodies in King's novella (or is it a novel?), as well as Rob Reiner's seminal 80s film, which boasts an all-star cast of young male actors (RIP River Phoenix) Up for discussion: the meanness of Castle Rock and the tragic backstories (and future lives) of these protagonists; the purpose of that infam…
 
Lucy and Jenny are back to lavish you with another fun-filled episode of quiz. chat and frolics. Joining our trusty hosts today is comedian and musician Vikki Stone who pops-in to chat about being part of the ensemble of Richard Osman's House of Games, which also happens to be her very first TV quiz show and to be quizzed on her classical music kno…
 
Last time we covered vampires, we were struck by the haunting connection between vampire myths and real disease. Between that and the many vampire myths from around the world that we didn’t have time to cover, you might say we had unfinished business with vampires. This Halloween, Ancient History Fangirl teams up with Raven Forrest Fruscalzo from t…
 
On the advice of Max (and liberally stealing a page from Joe's friends' podcast - thanks Talk Movie To Me) we're putting the careers of Kevin Williamson and Judy Blume under the microscope to consider how and why they've made an impact in YA. Homework: Brenna: Lucky Penny by Anath Hirsch & Yuko Ota Giant Days by John Allison A History of My Brief B…
 
Welcome to this latest episode of Fingers on Buzzers and today Lucy and Jenny welcome comedian, James Acaster to the show! James is no stranger to a TV quiz, having appeared on the re-booted Blockbusters, deciding to leave learning the rules until he actually played the game, as you'll hear for yourself. We also go through James' appearance on Poin…
 
Someone has finally sunk some money into a new Indigenous YA adaptation and we couldn't be more excited! After attempting to tackle the sprawling, slow burn narrative of Robinson's book (don't call it magical realism), Brenna and Joe discuss why this tale needed to be adapted by an Indigenous creative. Expect lots of gushing praise for break out Jo…
 
Hello and welcome to today's episode of Fingers On Buzzers, which brings a wealth of animal knowledge, along with some 'killer' questions and that just goes to show that even quiz can be gruesome, so best keep this listen to adults only. The inspiration for the true crime theme is this week's star guest, comedian and podcaster Kiri Pritchard-McLean…
 
Ancient History Fangirl is taking a break. We'll be busy getting ready for Season 6--which we're really psyched about. Listen in as we discuss highlights of the previous season, our big plans for Season 6, and some other important developments. Get ad-free episodes here: https://www.patreon.com/ancienthistoryfangirl Learn more about your ad choices…
 
After a fortuitous series of social media connections, Meredith Russo joins us for a chat that encompasses a little bit of class politics, a little bit of video gaming and a little bit of punning. In addition to giving us an overview of her career, Meredith tells us about the ways that fiction is always already autobiography, how her work addresses…
 
This week's episode of is a riot of quiz, chat and a story which will turn the blood cold of anyone who has hosted an online quiz over lockdown. The former comes courtesy of listener Alex, who through sheer love of quiz has managed to get to work on some of TV's BIGGEST shows and the latter is provided by this week's celebrity guest; actor, comedia…
 
As requested by listeners, we're kicking off a new season of the pod with a book that combines manic pixie dream people with healthy doses of ableism! Strap yourselves in for a mixed episode from Brenna and a downright hostile episode from Joe, who finds both texts "baffling." Up for discussion: Haley's many blandly titled projects, Niven's confoun…
 
AND THEY'RE BACK! Yes, Lucy and Jenny return with series 4 of Fingers on Buzzers and what a bag of treats they have in store. This week alone we are treated to a chat with host of Radio 4's The News Quiz and Jenny Ryan doppelganger, Angela Barnes, who pits her wits against Jenny and Lucy in a news-based quiz set by friend of the show, Steve N Allen…
 
More than 1,800 years after Spartacus fought for his freedom, another rebel leader spearheaded the most successful slave revolt in history: the Haitian Revolution. That leader was a man named Toussaint L’Ouverture. This week, we invited Mike Duncan of The History of Rome and Revolutions to help us compare these two revolutionaries and discuss what …
 
We're finally getting around to a listener request. Poor Kadija requested Holes ages ago, but we're finally ready to tackle the story of poor Stanley Yelnats. Up for discussion: how femininity is used as a weapon, as well as the absence of mothers and maternal figures. We're very impressed at the readability of Sachar's book considering it's basica…
 
Crixus is dead. Spartacus has given up on crossing the Alps. And he has a new enemy: a man with endless money, endless resources, and a lot to prove. Nobody asked for more Crassus. Not Spartacus, not the Roman Senate, and not the hundred thousand people following Spartacus to a better life. But in this episode, that’s exactly what everyone is going…
 
Right off the top, we're super excited for Michelle Latimer's Trickster (click for the trailer), an adaptation of Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster. Brenna: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Exonerated Five (Sept 1) Charming as a Verb by Ben Phillipe (Sept 8) Thoughts and Prayers by Bryan Bliss (Sept 29) Honourable mentions: bookstor…
 
After hearing so much about what this book means to fans - particularly young girls - Brenna and Joe are surprised to discover that it has not aged with. Blame the current pandemic, but a story that prioritizes individuality above all else doesn't quite the same way in a society that refuses to even wear a mask for the greater good. There's also th…
 
After defeating Glaber on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, Spartacus and his rebels enjoyed a glorious Italian summer—taming wild ponies for their infantry, attracting new recruits, and raiding in the rich Italian farmlands. But all good summers come to an end. The Roman Senate continued to send more experienced generals against Spartacus--even as he st…
 
To celebrate the great Kirsten Dunst/Gabrielle Union showdown of 2000, Joe makes Brenna watch Bring It On ! While some of the racial politics and its approach to queerness haven't aged particularly well, we appreciate the white girls coming in second, a competitive approach to female rivalry and a bounty of sassy dialogue. Faring less well is direc…
 
When we said we wanted more female stories in YA, this isn't *exactly* what we meant. Sadly Gloeckner's autobiographical comic/memoir is a misfire for us from both a storytelling and content perspective. Heller's film is a stronger, more streamlined approach but it features a distractingly beautiful Alexander Skarsgård in what is meant to be a frum…
 
In our last episode, Spartacus and his compatriots broke out of the ludus and began their rebellion. Spurred on by the Dionysian prophecies of his lover, the Thracian Lady, Spartacus’ legend grew. But the Roman Senate was not going to let his army rampage unchecked—and soon Spartacus would face troubles without and tribal conflicts within. It all c…
 
After bringing this bizarre oddity to our attention, we invite returning guest Lucia Lorenzi to chat with us about just what creators Keetgi Kogan and David H. Steinberg are trying to do with the series (spoiler: they think they're making ground breaking television). Nothing about this makes sense, and yet the series is compulsively watchable thank…
 
Perhaps the second time is the charm? After a *not great* experience with Yoon's first book Everything, Everything (see previous episode), Brenna and Joe tackle her most recent text, which balances a timely discussion and racism, immigration and deportation with a falling-in-love-in-one-day perfect date. Brenna is much more in favour of the book, e…
 
The story of Spartacus is the story of the Roman Republic at a crossroads. In the 70s BC, the city of Rome was a powderkeg, the peninsula was wracked with starvation and violence, the Mediterranean was crawling with pirates, and two major wars raged overseas. This was the state of affairs when Spartacus rebelled. Join us as we explore the volatile …
 
In addition to checking out the New YA film, which apparently has no idea how universities work, Brenna forgets our most covered actress Theresa Palmer, but did read a German poem (all 14 stanzas). In other news, we address some more reader mail, address our plans to include an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement (coming in two weeks) and review some h…
 
Are you a Claudia, a Kristy, a Mary Anne, a Stacey, or a Dawn? Brenna certainly has her dream answer (and her reality) as we nostalgically revisit one of the most enduring YA series of the 90s. As a novice to the series, Brenna walks Joe through the format of each book, why these characters played such a significant role in her life and why Logan i…
 
Join us as we travel back in time to the amphitheatre of Capua—mainland Italy's largest amphitheatre in its day—and experience a day at the gladiatorial games during the time of Spartacus. This episode was sponsored by Oneshi Press. Sound sculpting by Lens Group Media. Get ad-free episodes here. Mr. Guy Lens Group Media Learn more about your ad cho…
 
Thanks to Covid, the typically hopping summer book release schedule has shifted to September, but we've still come up with some great picks to occupy your time. After some feedback on racial stereotypes in Never Have I Ever, we tackle Indigenous and lesbian book recommendations: Indigenous: Rhymes for Young Ghouls (dir: Jeff Barnaby, 2013) #NotYour…
 
In a freewheeling discussion that can't help but address J.K. Rowling's recent transphobic comments, we also tackle the need for critical fandom, as well as Chamber of Secrets’ fat phobia and obsession with blood purity. Also on the table: Why Gilderoy Lockhart is an obvious villain in the Rowling tradition and speculation about his real reason for…
 
What did it take to be a gladiator? Who ended up in the arena, and why? And how did the gladiatorial games—one of the bloodiest sporting events known in the ancient world—come to be? From the ancient roots of Etruscan funeral games to the height of Roman spectacle, we examine the history of gladiatorial combat—and explore what life was like for gla…
 
Brenna and Joe - with special returning guest star Terry Mesnard (of Gayly Dreadful) - check out the first season of Disney+...er...Hulu's Love, Victor. We're primarily discussing the first five episodes (with helpful hints from Brenna, who watched the whole series) which follows new transfer student Victor (cutie Michael Cimino) who immediately fa…
 
We're thrilled to announce we'll both be participating in Intelligent Speech 2020 this year! This year, the conference will be held entirely online, from 10 AM to 6 PM on June 27. Tickets are $10 (early) and $15 (starting June 19). We had the pleasure of sitting down to talk podcasting, history, and our upcoming presentation with Roifield Brown, pr…
 
We invited the Partial Historians onto our show to discuss one of their favorite topics and ours: Spartacus in film and pop culture. Join us in a no-holds-barred conversation in which Dr. Rad unleashes the beast, Dr. G stages a rebellion-within-the-rebellion, and Dr. Rad's cat has a LOT to say. Get ad-free episodes here: https://www.patreon.com/anc…
 
At the behest of critics (and a few listeners), we dive into Never Have I Ever, which has a great lead performance by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as a grief-stricken teen who directs her energy into becoming popular and having sex. We discuss the cultural comedy, the show's nuanced treatment of female agency, and debate the mother/daughter relationship. …
 
We're so ready to discuss the most flattering pair of shared jeans you've ever owned! After a few weeks in the arena, a gentle realist YA is just what we need, so let's dive into the shared adventures of Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bee. Up for discussion: Joe's flip flop appreciation for two stories in the book and the other two in the film, the antiqu…
 
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