TMR 184 : Aaron Franz & Uncle : Uncle (the Podcast)

UncleAndAaron"Hello everyone it's Uncle what are you been thinking some"—Uncle

For this fortnight's programme we are privileged to be joined by the co-hosts of Uncle (the podcast)—"the number one uncle-themed podcast online today"—namely, Uncle John and his nephew-in-law Aaron Franz.

Would it be accurate to call Uncle (the podcast) a comedy show? Close, but not quite right. Perhaps it's more a podcast "happening"? Possibly, but still not quite satisfactory. Or maybe all such attempts at categorisation are doomed to failure. Perhaps Uncle (the Podcast) is just one of those things that you have to experience.

"Uncle is the star of the show. Originally from New York City, he has lived many places throughout the years and now resides in Orange, CA. This podcast is a fun way for Uncle to cut loose and talk about anything and everything. In addition to presenting an infinite amount of topics this podcast also features audio clips taken from Uncle's daily life. Get to know Uncle by listening today."

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TMR 182 : Alan "Howling Laud" Hope : The Official Monster Raving Loony Party

HowlingLaudHope"Vote for insanity! You know it makes sense."—OMRLP

We are joined by Alan "Howling Laud" Hope, the current leader of The Official Monster Raving Loony Party, for an entertaining—yet oddly illuminating—conversation on the history, aims and achievements of the UK's most well-known unconventional political party.

In 1999, following the death of the party's founder Screaming Lord Sutch—(who had led the party through its previous incarnations, such as "National Teenage Party" and "Go To Blazes Party")—OMRLP members voted for their new leader, choosing jointly a cat called Cat-Mandu and his owner Alan "Howling Laud" Hope. Although Cat-Mandu died in 2002 and now serves as one of the party's "spiritual leaders", "Howling Laud" proudly continues as the UK's longest-serving party leader.

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TMR 174 : Frank Johnson : Ancient Aliens - Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind

RobertJMarksIIWas God an astronaut? Is there evidence that ancient peoples were visited by technologically-advanced aliens? Or are such ideas the imaginings of "an over-caffeinated bumblebee"?

This week we are joined by our good friend Frank Johnson of the Ancient Aliens Debunked blog for a casual and light-hearted chat on the subject of the History Channel's Ancient Aliens series. Long-term listeners will recognise Frank from his photograph here, and will recall that he has joined us twice before as one of The Fireside Nephilim Boys for our TMR New Year celebrations of 2016 and 2017.

Frank Johnson has for several years researched and written for Chris White's Ancient Aliens Debunked blog, and was involved in researching for Chris's "debunkumentary" Ancient Aliens Debunked.

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TMR 172 : Graham ("FiveRedPears") : On Why Flat-Earth Theory Is Flat Wrong

ColourflamarionThis week we are joined by Graham of the excellent "FiveRedPears" YouTube channel, for a fascinating and entertaining discussion on contemporary Flat-Earth Theory.

We mostly discuss some of the more well-known flat-Earth proponets, such as Eric Dubay, Mark Sargent, jeranism and TheMorgile, and I ask Graham (a mathematics teacher by profession) to assess some of their key arguments, using the logic, observation and straightforward geometry so characteristic of his video presentations. Graham also explains why the standard, spherical Earth model is in every way to be preferred, and shares with us from his experience of interacting with people caught up in the flat-Earth scene.

The FiveRedPears channel—that "somehow ended up being mostly a flat-Earth debunking channel" but which (says Graham) may one day "disappear back into the festering, stagnant corner of social media that spawned it"—can be found here. (https://www.youtube.com/user/fiveredpears)

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TMR 170 : Campbell Adams : Yarndling - A Life in Chorns

CampbellAdams"The best news is, that we have safely found Our king and company; the next, our ship—Which, but three glasses since, we gave out split—Is as tightly yarndled and bravely rigg'd as when We first put out to sea."—The Tempest, William Shakespeare

This week we welcome the writer, educator and expert yarndler Campbell Adams, who joins us for an in-depth conversation on the ancient art of yarndling. (We are also grateful to the historian Dr. Chris Taverstock of New College, Cambridge for his invaluable contribution to this programme.) [This show was first published on April 1st, 2017.]

Campbell Adams was for many years President of the Ancient Order of Yarndlers in Walberswick, Suffolk, where he lives with his common-law wife and their twelve hairless cats. His books include Looking Through Binoculars at Yarndling (1987), Yarndlers in High Places (1995) and the controversial I Was Forced to Yarndle (2005). He has lectured on yarndling in schools and colleges across the UK and is researching his latest book, entitled Never Too Old to Sing the Yarndling Blues, an overview of yarndling folksongs from mediaeval times until 1967.

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TMR 162 : The Fireside Nephilim Boys Reloaded - Happy New Year !

FNBReloaded smWhat if the moon is really a hologram? How many memes can dance on the head of a pin? Why hasn't Frank Johnson been abducted by the Nephilim Fairies? How many thylacines does it take to change a light bulb?

To kick off 2017 here at TMR we welcome back high-ranking members of The Fireside Nephilim Boys, a semi-secret society and multinational think-tank affiliated to Like Flint Radio, for another friendly and entertaining New Year roundtable chat. Joining together from diverse regions of the globe we look back over the last year and discuss pretty much anything that managed to get our collective goats during 2016.

Join us—Garth Kennedy (Australia), Frank Johnson (US), Cliff Garner (US), Jeff Goldblum's Laugh (US) and Yours Truly (UK)—as we discuss these and many other subjects and put the world to rights in just under ninety minutes.

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TMR 130 : The Fireside Nephilim Boys on TMR - Happy New Year !

NephilimBoys360x240To kick off the New Year here at TMR we welcome The Fireside Nephilim Boys—a multinational think-tank affiliated to Like Flint Radio—who join us from diverse regions of the globe for a friendly, entertaining and sometimes controversial roundtable chat about... well, pretty much anything that managed to get under our collective skin during 2015.

Is NASA hiding the truth about all our washing machines? Do missing socks hold the key to Nephilim reproduction? Was Jade Helm secretly organised by Turkish President Erdoğan as a means of distracting the US people from the dangers of termite-generated global warming? Join us—Garth Kennedy (Australia), Frank Johnson (US), Crusy (South Africa), Cliff Garner (US) and Yours Truly (UK)—as we discuss these (well, perhaps not precisely these) and many other subjects and put the world to rights in just under two hours.

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TMR 095 : Truth Comedy (with Antony Rotunno & Julian Charles)

ATJCTo begin 2015 we welcome back Antony Rotunno for a relaxed and engaging discussion on the subject of "Truth Comedy". Why is comedy so powerful? Why is it able to open our minds to uncomfortable truths, both in the world around us and within our own minds? And what are its dangers? These and many other issues are explored as we discuss a wide variety of comedy and comedians, each aimed (in their various ways) at uncovering truth through the art of comedy.

Our discussion includes: the BBC comedy series Yes Minister, the 1970s movie Being There, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Andy Kaufman, Spike Milligan, and much, much more...

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TMR 093 : Pete Griffiths : Fall of the House of Xenu

PeteGriffithsWe welcome again Pete Griffiths of Ex-Scientologists Ireland who joins us for an informative, entertaining and surprisingly musical update on the current state of the so-called Church of Scientology.

Covering everything from Lord Xenu and his frozen alcohol and glycol, through Arpen Polo's first song 3 million years ago, to an improbable music album featuring John Travolta and L. Ron Hubbard, Pete Griffiths guides us through the bewildering world of Scientology and its founder, and shares with us from his experience as an activist working to alert people to the dangers of this fast-declining organisation.

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