VoK 658 Witcher – The Tower of the Swallow Pt 2


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Join Bing/Bing, David/DavidHHH, Marie/Nymeria and Kevin/Nuncle Kevin on an ice skating trip to a whole different kind of place. Monsters (human or otherwise) beware! The Witcher Vassals discuss the second half of Tower of the Swallow and all the adventures of Ciri, Geralt and Yen. 

Is that a maelstrom or…

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

Edited by Nuncle Kevin

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8 years!


Today marks 8 years since the very first VoK episode was published: a review of one of the Tuf Voyaging short stories (an earlier work by George R.R. Martin).

The podcast began as an idea suggested by Amin (host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire) in 2013 for listeners of APOIAF to create listener podcasts. A driving force for the podcast was Vikram (original curator ‘FortyTwo’) who setup the structure we still use today when publishing episodes.

Very quickly, additional curators and podcast contributors became involved and a staggering 106 podcasts were published by the first year anniversary.

Contributors / Hosts of the podcast have come and gone (and we really hope they return one day) and the pace of the podcasts have slowed down a bit since ‘Game of Thrones’ ended. However through our passion for literature, film, history, music and a song of ice and fire, we continue to produce over 50 episodes a year.

Thank you to everyone that has listened, continues to listen and especially for those that decided to join the discussion.

Some final stats: 657 episodes, over 100 hosts, 14 curators, 9152 YouTube Subscribers, Total YouTube video views: 2,237,671.

If you wish to listen to where it all began, below is a link to our first episode:

https://vokpodcast.com/2013/06/03/vok-episode-1-tufs-a-beast-for-norn/

VOK 657 – Soccercast – Euros 2021 Preview


Football’s coming home! Join Noah, Bing and Bina as they wrap up the European soccer season and then, at 27 minutes in, preview the Euros 2020/2021, making predictions for how each group will play out. Also watch out for new footie chants for Bing, Bina and Marie in the aftershow.

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VoK 656: The Movie Passport #1 – Scottish Cinema


Welcome to The Movie Passport, a new podcast series about world cinema. In this inaugral episode, Duncan (Valkyrist), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Jock (Munrojock2), and Bina (Bina007) travel to the country of Scotland to discuss the following films:

2:52 – Sunshine on Leith (Dexter Fletcher, 2013)
14:57 – Dog Soldiers (Neil Marshall, 2002)
22:24 – Red Road (Andrea Arnold, 2006)
37:37 – Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 655: Creature Chat – Werewolves



Absolute lunacy erupts as the Vassals come face to face with werewolves! Is the beauty of this beast more than skin-deep? Topics include the history of werewolf tales, possible inspirations, shapeshifters around the world, and general human-canine relations.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/daceymormont
Adam/drownedsnow
Matt/Varley
Kit/kgcanary
Jock/munrojock2

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VOK 654 – Soccercast – Superleague Edition


Join Noah, Bing and Bina as they discuss the shambolic short-lived European Superleague (and literally sing the praises of Varley).

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VoK 653: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)


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Join us as we discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s newest Disney+ series and how the MCU passes the shield on after the departure of Steve Rogers.

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), David (davidhhh), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Amber (amberrocks), and Kevin (Nuncle Kevin)

Credits:
Edited by Adam



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VoK 652: Creature Chat – Animal Beef and Phobia


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The Vassals confront their fears and air their grievances about animals! Topics include insects that infest and invade your home, the true meaning of beef, penguin prostitution, and more!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/TheLordBaron
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Abby/daceymormont
Amber/amberrocks
Marie/Nymeria
Adam/drownedsnow

Credits:
Edited by Peter



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VoK 651 – Klara and the Sun Book Review



Join Bina007 and Zach/Alias as they discuss the latest novel from Kazuo Ishiguro in a spoiler filled review.

Topics include: the notion of a sympathetic AI POV; the nature of religious faith; predicting remote learning and disrupted socalisation; lifting as a comment on helicopter parenting and the college admissions scandal; the future of work in a world of advanced AI and robotics; and the nature of love; the nature of service.


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VoK 650: LOTR Reread – Fellowship Part 4


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In this episode of the new reread of The Lord of the Rings, join Vassals Marie (Nymeria), Alix (Aiwendil), Zach (Alias), Matt (Varley) and Adam (drownedsnow) for chapters 6 through 10 of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2. We journey through Lothlorien and to the falls of Rauros, with many tangent discussions on Lembas, cherry tomatoes, and fantasy along the way.


Credits:
Edited by Marie

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VoK 649: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 3) – Monsters


In the third installment of A Seminar of Ice and Fire—the VoK series that examines A Song of Ice and Fire through various theoretical texts—the Vassals take on Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s essay “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).”

We talk about what makes a monster, what monsters we see (or don’t see) in a Song of Ice and Fire, and what particular types of monsters might suggest about the culture that created them.

Hosts:
Sara/DrBlood
Ben/KingJucio
Varley
Peter/Shellfish
Wilson/The Wandering Prophet
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

A PDF of the Cohen reading is available here. For more reading on some of the other topics mentioned in the episode, you can start with Bauman, Zygmunt, Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World (2000); and Tajfel, H., “The achievement of inter-group differentiation” (1978).

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VoK 648 Witcher – The Tower of the Swallow Pt 1


Join the Vassals as we meander along with some beekeepers and avoid assassins sent by dangerous sorcerers…a normal day for a Witcher. 
Discussion brought by Adam/Drowned Snow; Bing/Shoeshiner; David/Davidhhh; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin; Marie/Nymeria

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, Adam/Drowned Snow, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

Edited by: Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 647: Creature Chat — Vampires


Creature chat discusses vampires!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/The Lord Baron
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Abby/daceymormont
Matt/Varley
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Content Warning: This episode contains discussion and descriptions of sex and sexuality, bodily fluids, decaying corpses, murder, torture, animal distress, and very bad vampire impressions.

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

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VoK 646: Fevre Dream (by George R. R. Martin)



The Vassals (and Bastards) review Martin’s second published novel, the  steamboat horror story Fevre Dream. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist) and Zach (aka Alias) as they sail down the vampire-infested waters of the Mississipi.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist and Amin

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VoK 645: Witcher – Baptism of Fire


The Vassal Witchers go on a wild romp around the continent and pick up new members of our company along the way in true Baptism of Fire style. Join as we discuss the 3rd novel of the Witcher Saga by Andrej Sapkowski. 

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, Adam/Drowned Snow, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin and Katie/Lady Griffin

Edited by: Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 644: WandaVision (2021)



Join us as we discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first fully integrated television/streaming series, WandaVision!

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), David (davidhhh), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Amber (amberrocks), and Jock (Munrojock2)

Credits:
Edited by Adam

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VoK 643: It’s A Sin (Russell T. Davies)


Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Marie (Nymeria), David (davidhhh) and Jock (MunroJock2) discuss the hit show ‘It’s A Sin’ which spans a 10 year period between 1981 and 1991 about a group of five friends as they live through the AIDS crisis. #ItsASin

Credits:
Edited by Glen

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VoK 642: A GameShow of Thrones #3 (VOKathon Edition)



During their 24-hour VOKathon, the Vassals face off in another thrilling round of A Song of Ice and Fire trivia. Join quizmaster Duncan (Valkyrist), scorekeeper Matt (Varley), reigning champion Michal (inkasrain), and challengers Abdullah (Quaith from Asshai), Peter (Shellfish), Abby (DaceyMormont), Sara (DrBlood), Zach (Alias), Ben (King Jucio), Matt (mattdaze13), Michael (Khal Wadege) David (davidhhh), Hannah (thewingedshadow), Patrick (TheTall), and Kevin (nuncle kevin).

Who will claim the crown? Who will spit the dummy? There’s only one way to find out!

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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Links
A GameShow of Thrones #2
A GameShow of Thrones #1

VoK 641: LOTR Reread – Fellowship Part 3



In this episode of the new reread of The Lord of the Rings, join Vassals Marie (Nymeria), Alix (Aiwendil), Zach (Alias), and Adam (drownedsnow) for chapters 1 through 5 of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2. We convene for the Council of Elrond and head into Moria as the journey to destroy the Ring begins.


Credits:
Edited by Zach

Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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VoK 640: The Hunger Games – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes


Recorded 9 months ago, fresh reaction to the latest installment in The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins. Tributes Abby (DaceyMormont), Adam (drownedsnow), Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Katie (Lady Griffin), Brett (White Raven), Kevin (Nuncle Kevin), and Zach (Alias) provide a review and discuss each of the three parts of the Book.

Credits:
Edited by Glen and Abby.

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