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Episode 3: Zombie apocalypse – Worthy of Survival

This episode of Pod Culture [Oz] looks at the perennially popular zombie trope. We go from the vintage film White Zombie, to the revival film Night of the Living Dead, to the modern dystopian 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead. And we mustn’t forget To The Lake

Our mighty trio face down the apocalypse – through movies, tv, and games – and examine the personal and the political of zombie dystopias. We break it down into what we are calling the Three Phases of Modern Zombie Storytelling (isn’t that a mouthful!). Then we take a look at the politics of zombie dystopias, which countries get zombies, and why Snow Plough Guy is the hero we all need.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:00 – Why Zombies?
  • 4.34 – Phase 1: Personal horror
  • 12:37 – Phase 2: Zombie Apocalypse
  • 23:23 – Phase 3: Zombie Dystopia
  • 37:20 – Are Zombie stories anti State?
  • 52:32 – Zombies – a uniquely American genre?
  • 1:03:29 – Why Snow Plough Guy is the hero we all need
  • 1:15:19 – Gamers vs Zombies
  • 1:32:26 – Zombies in societ
  • 1:38:43 – Wrap up and outro

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Thank you

Episode 2: Omega Point, sensates and space cannibals

This episode of Pod Culture [Oz] looks at the works of Jesuit Priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and his monumental work on the evolution of humanity, which he called the Omega Point.

Our gallant trio of hosts, along with special guest host Fred, examine the concept in different formats of fiction – books, tv, and games – and look at what it mean to be human and where evolution may take us. The primary texts examined are the Wachowski’s Netflix show Sense8, Julian May’s Saga of the Exiles and Galactic Milieu series, and anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, but we also visit many other works along the way.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Omega Point theory

Books we discuss

Movies & TV shows we discuss

Games we discuss

Other links:

  • Sense8: More than Human, AV Club, 26 June 2015. – The article Philippa mentioned that discusses the infamous Sense8 birthing scene.

Thank yous:

  • BookThingo – thanks to Kat, Rudi, Dr Jodie and all the gang. Thanks for encouragement, and for twitter discussions.
  • Wicked Wallflowers Club – huge thanks to Jenny and Sarah, especially for tips about theme music.
  • Fallout Lorecast – Tom (Robots) for excellent advice on podcast distribution and marketing.
  • Megan Wedge, Sound Engineer – fabulous Megan, thank you so much for everything you do, and for amazing advice on editing. All those extra umms and ahhs were removed because of you (but I left some in! Because you said to!).
  • Deconstructing Damsels – I didn’t mention you on the podcast, but your advice on recording podcasts and herding cats, and all round encouragement has been great.

Welcome to PodCulture [Oz]: Life in Lockdown

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Pod Culture [Oz], a new Australian Pop Culture podcast about genre fiction. Your show hosts Dave and Nick, together with co-host and producer Philippa, are inviting you to join them for some deep dives into themes and metanarratives that span literature, film, television and gaming.

In this inaugural episode, we discuss the challenges of Life in Lockdown – what we are reading, watching and playing when our usual outlets are restricted. At the time this was recorded Nick was in the extended Melbourne lockdown in Victoria. Dave and Philippa had experienced the 3-month lockdown in NSW and were still working from home. Welcome to the new world.

Below you will find a list of books, movies, tv shows and games that we discuss during this episode. Many of the titles touched on in this episode will be looked at in more depth in upcoming episodes.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Other links

The Vogue Adventuring Company: A selection of outfits from Red Dead Online (as mentioned in the podcast).

Philippa mentioned her fashion-inspired posse in Red Dead online. Here are some of her signature looks. Yes, she does like taking screenshots.