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The Eclecticast is a podcast about the topics Ben and Steph are fascinated by, swapping back and forth each week to surprise each other with something new.

The Eclecticast is a podcast about the topics Ben and Steph are fascinated by, swapping back and forth each week to surprise each other with something new.
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The Eclecticast is a podcast about the topics Ben and Steph are fascinated by, swapping back and forth each week to surprise each other with something new.

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English


Episodes

38. Breaking The Lawsuit

5/17/2019
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This week Ben talks about lawsuits against Heavy Metal, how it was part of the panic about satanism and subliminal message in popular culture and how record came to be labeled in the United States. Trigger warnings for suicide and sexual assault. We also chat about the upcoming Australian federal election and clash over the Ted Bundy movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Finally we discuss the penultimate Game Of Thrones episode. f you have a topic you would like either of us...

Duration:01:36:50

37. (The Money Goes) All The Way To The Top

5/12/2019
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This week Steph tells us about Amway, a Multi Level Marketing company that is definitely not a pyramid scheme. Why you even ask that, the shape is a reverse funnel, didn't you do geometry in school? She informs us about the life destroying joys of becoming an "Independent Business Owner" and the politics of their cretinous founders. We also talk about the IPO of Uber in the shadow of labour protests and the deeply unsatisfying culture of the Marvel cinematic universe (skip from 15:15 to...

Duration:02:11:53

36. Ringo Starr Symbol Defence Systems

5/2/2019
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This week Ben talks about threats and attacks against The Beatles, including their tours of Japan, the Philippines and the United States, the knife attack on George Harrison and the shooting of John Lennon. We also chat about feminist banana art in Poland and where we rank on the banana scale. Finally, we discuss Game Of Thrones' biggest battle. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the subject,...

Duration:01:40:51

35. Who Dat Girl

4/26/2019
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This week Steph tells us about the arch-enemy of the art historian, The Mona Lisa, how it became famous and the speculation about the painting's meaning and subject. We also chat about previous topics, Marie Kondo and Colonel Sanders. Finally, we discuss the awkward episode of Game Of Thrones and speculate about who will die in the next episode. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the subject,...

Duration:01:43:35

34. The Smash Mouth Episode

4/23/2019
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This week Ben tackles a lighter topic, talking about the history of nostalgia band Smash Mouth, the movies featuring their hit song "All Star" and why they are a universally known band about whom people know very little. We also talk about the fire at Notre Dame, the Christian controversy over leggings and the passing of famous fraud Lorraine Warren. Finally, we chat about the first episode of Game Of Thrones, uselessly speculating about what the hell is going to happen. If you have a...

Duration:01:53:56

33. Killer Look

4/11/2019
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This week tells us about how fast fashion, it's destructive effects on the developing world and the environment and what to look for when you pick out your next outfit. We also chat belatedly about the Mueller report, the vegan protest in Melbourne and how Ben hates April Fools Day. Finally, we try to remember Game Of Thrones characters as we anticipate the final season and mention a few other over-saturated cultural products. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email...

Duration:01:47:34

32. Demo # 8 - Too May Suits Ruin The World

4/4/2019
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In this demo episode (the first ever recorded in the home studio) Ben talks about the theory of Ego Depletion, how it relates to the replication crisis and the general approach of science and psychology to study and test phenomena. We also stumble onto talking about the structure of society, naturally. Ben also goes on banaly about his new Twitter, we chat in general about the failings of social media in light of the Alex Jones ban and for some reason we talk a lot about race and...

Duration:01:42:58

31. Demo # 5 - Fake News, 1938 Style

3/28/2019
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In this demo episode, Steph tells us about the War Of The Worlds broadcast, the exaggerated legacy of it's impact and the don't-give-no-damns approach of Orson Welles. We also talk about Donald Trump's fake news awards, his deteriorating condition and pornography (not entirely sure why). If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the subject, or tweet at Ben (@SRHGBG) or Steph (@pheebanie).

Duration:01:02:32

30. Broken Arrow

3/21/2019
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This week Ben talks about incidents involving nuclear weapons, how a number have been lost since their creation in the 20th century and why on earth they still exist. We also talk about the shooting in New Zealand, remember that MySpace still exists and lament Google expanding yet again, this time into video games. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the subject, or tweet at Ben (@SRHGBG) or...

Duration:01:21:44

29. Ghost Farts And Body Parts

3/16/2019
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This week Steph finishes off her discussion of body parts, and then gets into the supposedly haunted Aradale Mental Hospital, its horrific history and the varying experiences of ghost hunters who have visited. We also talk about Kylie Jenner being declared a billionaire, how data and science are still biased against women and how AI is misleadingly used in startups. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben...

Duration:01:32:47

28. The History Of Not Mary-ing

3/9/2019
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This week Ben talks about Mary Magdalene in the New Testament, how we came to think of her as a repentant prostitute and why she is a hero of Gnostic writings. We also talk about Scott Morrison's very revealing comments on International Women's Day, follow up on how Marie Kondo is not anti-consumerist and read out some spam emails we have received. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the...

Duration:00:42:39

27. Solving Steph's Anatomy Ignorance

3/3/2019
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This week Steph informs us what's up with our hair, lips and ears. No, seriously, and we are going to talk about other body parts next week. We also chat about have a bearably short tale from the Kardashianverse, talk about the Oscars with Ben having not seen a single movie and get angry about Muffin Break attempting to steal labour for their profits. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the...

Duration:01:29:09

26. The Inversion

2/21/2019
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This week Ben guides us through the terrible plague of the internet, spreading out from the internet's fakeness, how it is controlled by a few terrible companies and the plague of social media. We also manage to chat about why Steph doesn't like money. We also talk about Kim and Kanye's house, Goop coming to Netflix and the confusing, dissapointing Jussie Smollets saga. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or...

Duration:01:41:35

25. KonMari Your Soul

2/19/2019
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In this very first followup episode, we both discuss Marie Kondo's new TV series, Tidying Up, and and return to the book. We talk about how her philosophy can be unrealistic and one size fits all, we argue about consumerism while basically agreeing and discuss what a better philosophy of happiness at home might look like. We also talk about Lovesync, a new startup to help you communicate, or not communicate, in the bedroom. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email...

Duration:01:17:13

24. Demo # 9 - O.G. KonMari

2/8/2019
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In this demo episode (recorded BEFORE the TV show was released) Steph tells us the preoccupation with tidying, Marie Kondo's special brand of the Japanese art and why we need to look beyond just being tidying and question our consumption habits. This is going to form the first part in a two-part series, where next week we will be talking about the TV series and the minor cultural moment it has had. We also chat about the leadership spill crisis that was unfolding at the time and why we...

Duration:01:11:15

23. Lord Of The Tunnel

1/31/2019
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This week Steph tells us about the "tunnel people" in New York, how their lives were documented and the tragedy of homelessness. We also talk at length about the new Theodore Bundy movie and documentary, the perverse fandom that surrounds some serial killers and how this relates to true crime media. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the subject, or tweet at Ben (@SRHGBG) or Steph (@pheebanie).

Duration:01:33:04

22. Happy Australia Day

1/26/2019
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This week Ben talks about Australia's shameful history of massacres of its indigenous populations, how the History Wars have worked to obscure the truth about colonisation and what are the alternatives to having Australia Day on January 26th. Needless to say, if you are sensitive to this topic take a break from us this week. We also finally talk about that Gilette ad and the demonstration of its necessity by those MAGA teenagers, provide an update on Karen Pence and Elon Mask, and talk...

Duration:01:28:33

21. The Millennial Condition

1/17/2019
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This week Steph talks about Millennial Burnout, how this generation came to be so disillusioned and what we can do about it. We also chat about Chris Pratt's new diet, Karen Pence's new school and the big president's food at the White House. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the subject, or tweet at Ben (@SRHGBG) or message Steph on Instagram (badgalpheephee).

Duration:01:34:31

20. Spinning To The End

1/13/2019
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This week Ben talks about the gasoline pills, liquids and powders, the numerous frauds who tried it and the worrying related story of suppression on the Falun Gong in China. We also talk about older women, their bodies and the impending Bezos divorce. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either "Steph topic" or "Ben topic" in the subject, or tweet at Ben (@SRHGBG) or message Steph on Instagram (badgalpheephee).

Duration:01:26:24

19. Killer Santa

1/5/2019
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This week Steph brings us a belated Christmas story about a man who tried to kill his ex-wife's entire family, his history of being an terrible person and the fears of getting into a relationship where they'll eventually try to murder you. We also talk about other shitty men, how YouTube radicalises young men and the attempts by tech bros to undermine the benefits of public infrastructure. If you have a topic you would like either of us to cover, email theeclecticast@gmail.com with either...

Duration:01:20:28