Category Archives: History

VOK 612: LOTR ReRead Reunion – Counterfactual History


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Many of us are comfort-reading LOTR right now, so Bina007 decided to gather up the Vassals who hosted the LOTR re-read back in 2013 to discuss what would have happened if Faramir had attended the Council of Elrond rather than Boromir; if Sauron had never found the Ring; if Theoden hadn’t helped Gondor; what if Sauron won; and what if Saruman never went bad.

Thanks to Matt’s Air Con and Paul playing LOTR online this isn’t the cleanest of audio files but we thought The Listener would still like to hear OG Vassals Shellfish, Nadia and EastTexasDirewolf back on the airwaves.  Quotidian hosts include Matt/Varley, Bina, Brett/Whiteraven, Adam/Drownedsnow and Paul/SerDinnerRoll.

Spoilers for all things Tolkien duh.

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VoK 606: The Plot Against America (HBO miniseries)


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The Nerdywells discuss Philip Roth’s 2004 alt-history novel and the recent HBO series based on it. Spoilers for both within.

Topics:
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10 mins in – the romantic idealism of Herman Levin and the tragic cynicism of Alvin Levin
27 mins in – the strength of Bess Levin and vacuity of Evelyn Finkel
36 mins in – Interlude: what really happened at the end?
46 mins in – the assimilationist politics of Rabbi Bengelsdorf
58 mins in – Sandy, Philip, Seldon and Alt history as a genre
1 hr 11 mins in – the ending again! Seriously if any of you can explain this to us please write in.

Hosts: Bina007, Matt/Varley, Greg/ClaudiusTheFool, Adam/DrownedSnow, Abby/DarceyMormont and Jock/MunroJock2.

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VoK 602: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix miniseries)



While isolating at home the Vassals have been pulled into the vortex that is Netflix’s “Tiger King”. We examine what this miniseries showed us, what it didn’t show us, and if anyone involved will be profiting from this show for very long?

Hosts: Adam (drownedsnow), Kevin (creep nuncle keving), Hannah (Shadowbaby), Jock (Munrojock2), Saad (saad164), and Casey (blue-eyed-queen)

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VoK 599: COVID-19 Cast



Vassals from all around the world conduct a gathering of more than 10 people as we discuss how the global Coronavirus pandemic is affecting our countries, our cities, and our lives. Grab your drink of choice and stay safe with us for a couple of hours.

Hosts: Abby (Daceymormont), Adam (drownedsnow), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Dana (Taindana), David (davidhhh), Jock (Munrojock2), Marie (Nymeria), Michael (Khal Wadege), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Tanja (Scilens), and Michal (inkasrain)

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VoK 581: Video Game Roundtable – Best of 2010s Edition


The Vassals of Kingsgrave engage in a different sort of video game discussion this time around. Instead of evaluating the best games of 2019, they take a look at the entire catalog of games released over the past decade. Join Bing (Shoeshiner), Katie (Lady Griffin), Matt (Blu3arm0r), and Zach (Alias) as they share the games they each personally felt best defined the past 10 years in gaming for them.

This podcast contains spoilers for The Last of Us, Persona 5, the Batman Arkham series, and Gone Home.

9:50 – Telltale’s The Walking Dead
22:30 – Undertale
32:45 – The Last of Us
43:45 – Persona 5
58:15 – Gone Home
1:09:50 – The Witcher 3
1:20:20 – Batman Arkham Series
1:25:30 – Starcraft 2

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Music:
Witcher 3 – The Trail
Journey – Apotheosis

My Life of Starcraft by Day9

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VoK 574: A History of Horror Movies (public lecture)



Why are horror movies so popular? In this lecture, Valkyrist explores the arcane origins of horror cinema and speculates over the social and psychological reasons behind its appeal. Celebrate Halloween season by dissecting the power and meaning behind some of the most famous (and infamous) horror movies of all time.

The presentation includes video clips from the following movies:
Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922)
Frankenstein (James Wale, 1931)
Godzilla (Ishirō Honda, 1954)
Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968)
Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathon Demme, 1991)
Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music from John Carpenter and Disasterpiece

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VoK 568: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 1) – Totemism



VoK’s very own Dr Blood begins a series of academic examinations through a Song of Ice and Fire. To start, we take a look at Durkheim’s Elementary Forms of Religious Life–specifically the excerpts where he discusses totemism.*

In addition to sigils and house symbolism/identity, we touch on everything from ethical questions (e.g. the “wolves” and “lions’ ravaging the Riverlands) to tinfoil (just how close are the Targs to dragons??), as well as more character-centric considerations (Dany, her silver, and her eggs; the Starks and their direwolves, etc.)…and anything else we can come up with! What would have happened if the Starks had found another Direwolf for Theon? Is Victarion Greyjoy a Raiders fan? Isn’t the Flayed Man such a bad brand that it would have been changed at some point?

Hosts: Sara (DrBlood), Adam (drownedsnow), Wilson (The Wandering Prophet), and Michael (Khal Wadege).

*Totemism: A system of belief in which humans are said to have kinship or a mystical relationship with a spirit-being, such as an animal… (Britannica.com)

Here’s a link to the Durkheim selections we focus on:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wO5AfgU9rDYdkQ21kI6MvrLO-3g6PRMq

This might also be helpful, especially 4&5: http://durkheim.uchicago.edu/Summaries/forms.html

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Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

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VoK 557: RainbowCast – Pride Month


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Join QueenJames, Lady Griffin, and Davidhhh for a RainbowCast discussion on pride month. Lady Griffin brought us the story of the Upstairs Lounge Fire of 1973, QueenJames discusses the Stonewall Riots and Marth P. Johnson, and David shares some exciting stories from his activist days in ActUp.

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VoK 553: Chernobyl (HBO miniseries)


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The vassals discuss the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Chernobyl, depicting the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster.

Hosts – Bina007, Adam/Drownedsnow, Jock/MunroJock2, Thomas/FTWard, Steven/SJLee, and Matt/Varley.

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VoK 548: Deadwood (HBO series) – Season 2



Please join (most of the) The Ambulators (Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Dana (taindana), Dermot (tomred) and Thomas (FTWard) ) as we discuss the second season of the HBO series Deadwood.

Before going completely off the rails we do discuss gender, race, class, technology, politics and religion as well as other important topics like Anzac desserts, turkey fucking and how best to spend our tax refunds. (Spoiler – https://southamptonsagharborbooks.com)

Aftershow @ 1:35

Credits:
Edited by FTWard

Intro:
Calling All Angels
Performed By: k.d. lang and Jane Siberry
Written By: Jane Siberry

Outro:
Froggie Went a Courtin’
Performed By: Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band
Written By: Unknown

Audio clips thanks to http://deadwoodchronicles.com/

@sepinwall Uproxx Deadwood Reviews/Commentary

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VoK 516: Race/Ethnicity in ASOIAF (discussion)



Join hosts Kevin/Gaiden, Matt/blu3arm0r, Michael/Khal Wadege, and Dana/Taindana as they discuss Summer Islander History month. The vassals get into the various characters of color and their roles in the books as well as the show.

Aftershow starts at 1 hr 33 mins.

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VoK 515: Fire & Blood ReRead (Part 1)




Join the vassals Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Sara (DrBlood), Nadia, Michal (inkasrain), Matt (blu3arm0r), Kevin (creepy nuncle kevin), David (davidhhh), and Varley as they delve into the monstrous amount of info gleaned from George RR Martin’s newest book, Fire and Blood. Put on your tinfoil hats and prep for some crazy theories and dry historical discussion as they move on through.

Credits:
Edited by Paul (SerDinnerRoll)

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VoK 507: The Vollop #5 – Baroness Trumpington


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Join Bina007 as she vollops Michal, Casey, Amber, Matt and Jock about Baroness Trumpington – the posh girl who worked at Bletchley, ended up on the front bench of government, and is most famous for flicking a V-sign in the House of Lords.

Music credit – Noel Coward – Twentieth Century Blues and Calvin Harris – It Was Acceptable In The 80s.

Book recommendations – Coming Up Trumps by Jean Trumpington and The Romanoffs by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Aftershow begins at 44m.

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VoK 502: Deadwood (HBO series) – Season 1


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Please join The Ambulators (Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Matt (blu3arm0r), Dana (taindana), Dermot (tomred) and Thomas (FTWard) ) as we meander through the muddy streets of Deadwood.
Along the way we discuss and debate US Geography, the impact of S.C.U.B.A. diving on Western culture, what we should call “Kristen Bell”, why Bina is our Cornland expert and the proper technique for Tanker Wanking.
One cocksucker said “It’s been a super fun conversation but it’s going to be a shitty podcast to listen to…” but eventually we do manage to mention Season One of the HBO series Deadwood.

After Show; 1:35:00

Music –

Intro
“The Farmer and the Cowman”
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Performed by: taindana

Outro
“Not Dark Yet”
Songwriter: Bob Dylan
Performed by: Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

Credits:
Edited by FTWard

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VoK 498: The Vollop #4 – Operation Pimlico


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Join Bina007 as she vollops Varley and It Rhymes With Sleek / Jack about the most successful Soviet spy ever to work for the West – Oleg Gordievsky. Active in the 1970s and 1980s, Oleg was simultaneously briefing Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev and may have prevented all-out war during Abel Archer 83.  Best of all, he was the subject of a thrilling exfiltration from Soviet Russia.  The after show begins at 1hr 20m.

Music credit – Alpine Universe & Paul McCartney

Picture credit – as shown

Book recommendation – The Traitor and the Spy by Ben McIntyre

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VoK 493: Mindhunter (Netflix series) – Season 1


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Join the psycho sickos Thomas, Dana, Bina, Hannah, and Varley as they do a deep dive into the first season of the Netflix series Mindhunter. This podcast reviews the series and takes a deeper look into the killers featured in it. The sickos will discuss dark and disturbing issues that may not be suitable for everyone. With that in mind enjoy the long awaited, poorly edited (by Varley) podcast as an early Halloween gift.

Music credit – Mindhunter theme by Jason Hill.

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VoK 453: Movie Roundtable (Vol.4) – Australian Edition



The Vassals venture from the Outback to the dancefloor to the suburban sprawl in search of the cinematic heart of Australia. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Dana (Taindana), and David (davidhhh) as they discuss some of their favourite Australian films and mull over the state of the industry.

01:24 – Australian Cinema
22:19 – Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)
55:20 – The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Stephan Elliott, 1994)
1:25:26 – Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992)
1:44:17 – The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all four films

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by NLT Productions, PolyGram, M&A Productions and Causeway Films

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VoK 449: The Vollop #3 – Andrew Cunanan


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Join the Vassals of Kingsgrave as they continue their homage to the awesome podcast “The Dollop” with the third installment of The Vollop! Bina007 tells Varley mo Varley and podcast lurker Munrojock2 the sorry tale of Andrew Cunanan and the killing spree that culminated in the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace in 1997.

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VoK 443: Wormwood (Netflix miniseries)


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Join Bina007, Matt/Varley, Thomas/FTward and Jock/MunroJock2 as they have a spoiler-filled discussion of Netflix’s docu-drama series Wormwood, released in December 2017. Directed by Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris, the series investigates the apparent suicide of the bacteriologist Frank Olson in 1953, and posits the theory that the CIA assassinated him because he was a security risk.

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VoK 441: The Crown (Netflix series) – Season 2




The Vassals of Kingsgrave gather for their first podcast of 2018, covering the second season of Netflix’s The Crown, created by Peter Morgan and starring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, and Vanessa Kirby.

Join Peter (petyrslaylish15), Marie (Nymeria), Jock (munrojock2), Zach (Alias), and Matt (Varley) as they talk favorite characters, moments, and do their best to try to suss out all the historical parallels in this spanning series. Tune in at 1:12:00 where Bina (Bina007) shares her thoughts on season 2.

This podcast will contain spoilers for The Crown Season 1 and 2.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

The Crown Opening by Hans Zimmer
We Shall Go To War by Rupert Gregson-Williams & Lorne Balfe

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