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VoK 437: The JFK Assassination (Part 1) – Dallas 11/22/63 and Lee Harvey Oswald


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Please join Bina (Bina007), Matt (Varley), Jock (MunroJock2) and Thomas (FTWard) as we begin discussing the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  We explore the context and events of Dallas November 22 1963, the short life of Lee Harvey Oswald, our own personal theories and say allegedly often while making air quotes.

As this is Part 1, we would very much welcome your feedback and participation in this ongoing discussion.

Edited by: FTWard

Photo – Handbill circulated by Robert Surrey, an aide to General Edwin A. Walker, in Dallas November 1963.

After Show begins at 1:41:00

Intro Audio – WFAA TV Dallas

Outro Music – “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” written by Andy Partridge
Performed by Crash Test Dummies featuring Ellen Reid

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[Zapruder] Zapruder film Zoomed in plus SUPER SLOW MOTION (HIGH QUALITY)

VoK 432: The O. J. Simpson Murder Case


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With slightly quixotic timing, Bina007 and Julia/NoTrueLady discuss their reactions to the 1995 criminal trial of OJ Simpson for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.  We also discuss the recent TV series American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson and the Oscar winning documentary OJ: Made In America.

Music credit – The People vs OJ Simpson

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VoK 427: Halloween Spooktacular


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*Some temporary sound issues at the start of the podcast*
Halloween, 3-hour, edition of VoK, crammed pack of many hosts, discussions and stories.

Part 1:

Hannah (Shadow_ baby) is joined by Glen (Dagos_Rivers), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Adam (DrownedSnow) and Jock (MunroJock2) to discuss Halloween memories, favourite movies, and favourite costumes.  Also included is a Scottish poem, read by Jock.

Part 2:
Krakencast contribute with their memories and opinions of the Halloween cultutre. Duncan (Valkyrist) , Sarah (Lady Weaver), Dana (taindana) and David (davidhhh)

Part 3:

Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Matt (Varley) and Brett (White Raven) join in for the roundtable of scary stories.

Credits:
Edited by Shadow_ baby

Duration:
03:20:57

References:
Theme from Psycho (1960)
Theme from Halloween (1978)
Theme from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Thriller – Michael Jackson
The Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
Grim Grinning Ghosts – Disneyland Park Soundtrack
A Nightmare on my Street – The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff

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VoK 419: Serial Killer Roundtable


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Warm up for Halloween with the Sicko Serial Killer aficionados Matt/Varley, Bina007, and Thomas/FTWard, as they discuss The Werewolf of Bedburg, George Chapman and The Somerton Man/Tamam Shud respectively. We apologise in advance for any inappropriate levity. We had a bunch of fun and we hope you do too!

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VoK 383: Anne with an E (CBC/Netflix series)


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Join the kindred spirits – Bina007, Nadia, Nymeria/Marie, Shadowbaby/Hannah and Ser Patrick The Tall – for a spoiler- and puffed-sleeve filled discussion of the new Netflix adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel Anne of Green Gables.

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VOK 380: The Vollop #2 – The U.S. Election of 1876


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Join the Vassals of Kingsgrave as they continue their homage to the awesome podcast “The Dollop” with the second installment of The Vollop!

Hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Bina (Bina007) & Casey (BlueEyedQueen) discuss the absurdity of the U.S. Presidential Election of 1876 as well as the parallels to the current state of American politics.

Edited by Greg.

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VoK 375: Harlots (ITV series) – Season 1


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Glen (Dagos_Rivers) is joined by Bina (Bina007) and new host Katie (Taindana) to discuss the highly rated, but little watched, drama ‘Harlots’ (ITV Encore).

Also discussed:
-Eurovision.
-Future podcasts.
-‘Keepers’ and their advantages.

Duration: 00:56:18

Edited by Dagos_Rivers

References (Courtesy of Katie):

A Study of Criminal Subcultures in Eighteenth-Century England by Rictor Norton

Some Thoughts on . . . The History of the Word “Prostitute”

    http://rictornorton.co.uk

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VoK 362: The World of Ice and Fire – Talking Targaryens (Part 3)


targcastlargerWelcome to the third instalment of our Talking Targaryens series and the reason why many of the participants have been sporting the same forum picture. The now actually annual podcast will cover the World of Ice and Fire book’s Targaryen section from Baelor first of his name to Daeron the second. Our cast is comprised of Patrick the Conqueror, Hannah the Blessed, Nadia the Cruel, Adam the Unworthy, Tanja the Good and Paul the Small.

The Hosts:
Paul (Ser Dinner Roll)
Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall)
Adam (drownedsnow)
Tanja (scilens)
Hannah (shadowbaby)
Nadia

Baelon the 1st : 0:02:56

Viserys 2nd : 0:48:17

Aegon the 4th: 1:16:41

Daeron 2nd: 1:47:52

Aftershow : 2:14:10

Patrick (The Tall) – Editor

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VoK 361: The Vollop #1


nintchdbpict0002833939701You’re listening to The Vollop – Vassals of Kingsgrave’s homage to The Dollop, in which Bina007 reads a true story to her friends ClaudiusTheFool/Greg and Matt/Varley who have no idea what the topic is going to be about.

Music credit: Billy Joel, We Didn’t Start The Fire

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VoK 352: The Crown (Netflix series) – Season 1


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Join the Vassals as they discuss the first series of Netflix’s big budget British historical drama The Crown.

Reigning monarch and editor: PetyrSlaylish15.
Hosts: Varley, Blue-Eyed Queen, Alias, Shadowbaby and Nymeria.
Random drunken podcrasher: Bina007.
Audio excerpt and photo courtesy of Netflix.

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VoK 327: Movie Roundtable (Vol.3) – War Edition


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War… what is it good for? The Vassals take up arms in defense of their favorite war movies. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Bina (Bina007), Zach (Alias), Thomas (FTWard), and Matt (Varley) as they grapple with the slippery definitions, prevailing themes, provocative images, and moral ambiguities of the war genre.

10:10 – Waterloo (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1970)
34:08 – The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
57:45 – Letters from Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood, 2007)
1:19:23 – First Blood (Ted Kotcheff, 1982)

Warning: Contains #SPOILERS# for all four films

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 282: War & Peace (BBC One miniseries)


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Bina007, Stuart (Firenzed) and Imogen.OB discuss, in various permutations, Tolstoy’s epic tale of love amidst the Russian aristocracy during the Napoleonic wars.

To start, Bina007 & Firenzed cover the major story arcs of the mini-series, the depiction of war and other adaptations of the novel. Then at 1hr 7mins, Bina007 & Imogen.OB get into an in-depth discussion of the novel and the mini-series. Finally, the aftershow begins at 1hr 58mins and includes:  Intro to Firenzed, ASOIAF and Chekhov Wildfire; plug for Cockneymoot on May 1st at Blenheim Palace; a lot of Sega/Creative Assembly Empire and Napoleonic Total War chat; our thoughts on Napoleon more generally.

Contains spoilers for the the novel, its adaptations, and Napoleonic history, if such a thing is possible, as well as occasional references to A Song of Ice and Fire.

Music: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This was also composed, like War and Peace, many decades after the battle of Borodino to commemorate Russia seeing of the perfidious French invasion.

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Sources mentioned in the podcast:
[BBC TV] The 2016 miniseries
[BBC Radio] The 2015 radio play/podcast
[Bondarchuk!] A clip from the 1967 4 hour Soviet film
[Audrey!] A clip from the 1956 Hollywood epic
[ReliveWaterloo] Real-time Waterloo timeline
[Napoleon The Great?] Debate on Napoleon’s legacy
[Napoleon’s Crimes?] Controversial French book

VoK 279: The Revenant [2016] (Review)


Revenant Movie.jpgThe vassals gather to discuss the film “The Revenant” as well as the life of Hugh Glass, who’s life and deeds inspired the book that inspired the film.

Hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Jack (It_Rhymes_With_Sleek), Amber (Amberrocks) & Matt (Varley) discuss the life of the mountain man, the ferocity of grizzly bear attacks as well as make way too many beaver references.

Contains spoilers for the novel “The Revenant” as well as the film.

Edited by Greg

Music: “Crawling Back” by Roy Orbison

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VoK 274: Dickensian (BBC One series)


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Dagos_Rivers (Glen), and Bina007 (Bina) review ‘Dickensian’: A murder mystery / drama set in Victorian England, with Charles Dickens’ most popular characters interacting with each other. This show commissioned by the BBC was a big rating hit over Christmas, in the U.K. but quickly lost over half it’s audience due to a chaotic schedule. We both hope other countries like Canada, U.S.A. and India will get a chance to watch it!

The hosts discuss major plotlines which form Origin stories for major characters in Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Bleak House.

We also discuss the following topics:
-The sex appeal of Aidan Turner (Poldark).
-Emerging costume dramas to ‘replace’ Downton Abbey.
-Other BBC Charles Dickens adaptations (e.g. Bleak House).
-Possibility of worldwide distribution, and a second series.
-Would you accept disinheritance from your parents as a ‘compliment’?
-Christmas TV schedules.

Running Time: 01:11:52
Credits: Edited by Dagos_Rivers

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VoK 272: The Black Dahlia (Part 2)


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In Part Two of this Podcast, Matt (Varley), Julia (No True Lady), Bina (Bina007) and Thomas (FTWard) discuss theories and suspects in the murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, 1947. We also briefly talk about how The Black Dahlia murder has been portrayed in the media.

We would like to warn listeners that the subject matter we discuss is extremely graphic and disturbing. This is not suitable listening for minors and those of a sensitive disposition should consider whether to continue. We also want to emphasise that we have great sympathy and respect for Elizabeth Short, the victim. When we discuss details of her murder it is to better understand the mindset of the murderer. We also discuss details of Miss Short’s life, but in no way agree with the sensationalist contemporary media coverage of her. Rather, the fact that this took place is an interesting aspect of the social history of the time and worthy of investigation in itself.

After Show Starts At: 2:11

Edited by: FTWard

Photo: Santa Barbara Police 1943 Photographer Unknown

Music:
“In California” – by Neko Case & Lisa Marr
Performed by Tawnee Kendall & Jacob Wolkenhauer
@TawneeKendall

“Hotel California” – by Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Performed by Gabriella Quevedo
@GabyQuevedo

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Further reading & listening:
[Southampton Books] Ships to the USA & internationally
[FBI Archive] The Black Dahlia Files
[Étant Donnés] Marcel Duchamp’s Tableaux
[Principled Uncertainty] A podcast interview with Steve Hodel
[Principled Uncertainty] The second part of the Hodel interview
[The Dollop] Episode on the early history of the LAPD
[You Must Remember This] Podcast about the early history of Hollywood

VoK 269: The Black Dahlia (Part 1)


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Thomas (FTWard), Julia (No True Lady) and Bina007 discuss the social context and discovery of the horrific murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles, 1947 as well as recapping what we know of the victim’s life. The next episode will discuss the suspects in the murder then and now.

We would like to warn listeners that the subject matter we discuss is extremely graphic and disturbing. This is not suitable listening for minors and those of a sensitive disposition should consider whether to continue. We also want to emphasise that we have great sympathy and respect for Elizabeth Short, the victim. When we discuss details of her murder it is to better understand the mindset of the murderer. We also discuss details of Miss Short’s life, but in no way agree with the sensationalist contemporary media coverage of her. Rather, the fact that this took place is an interesting aspect of the social history of the time and worthy of investigation in itself.

Music credit: the original soundtrack of the film The Black Dahlia by Mark Isham.

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VoK 265: The World of Ice and Fire – Talking Targaryens (Part 2)


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Welcome back to a Podcast that is never Late, but arrives exactly when it means to. The unintentionally annual Targaryen Cast will this time cover the the willfully negligent Viserys to the willfully stupid Daeron.

Viserys 2:25
Aegon 24:43
Aegon 3rd 41:48
Daeron 1:01:25
Total Length 1:24:21

Warning! There are a spoiler to A Dance of Dragons in the First few seconds, so if you haven’t read the book then just start listening 35 seconds in.

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VoK 262: Brideshead Revisited (by Evelyn Waugh)


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Join Bina007 and Amanda (Middlecyclone) as they discuss Evelyn Waugh’s iconic novel of early twentieth century aristocratic tragic love and faith. We will also touch on the much-loved ITV miniseries and the more recent feature film as well as occasionally referring to works by Nancy Mitford, TE Lawrence, DH Lawrence, Christopher Isherwood….

Music credits: Geoffrey Burgon’s superlative soundtrack for the ITV miniseries is available on iTunes and other stores and streaming services.

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VoK 256: H. H. Holmes


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Join Matt (Varley), Thomas (FTWard) and Bina007 as they discuss the infamous nineteenth century fraudster, bigamist and serial killer, H. H. Holmes. Music credit:  The Flaming Lips, Bad Days.

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VoK 254: The World of Ice and Fire – The Bones and Beyond


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In their third and final foray into the lands beyond the Sunset Kingdom, the Vassals scale the daunting Bone Mountains to explore the fabled kingdoms of Eastern Essos.

Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), Augustine (linecom1), Michael (Khal Wadege), and lurker extraordinaire Amber (Amberrocks) as they ponder zorse morphology, colour-coded emperors, spiteful gods, necromancy diets, and how to get those stubborn grease stains out of your black stone monolith.

With the help of Maester Yandel, they also speculate (wildly) on the future events of the novels, and the various real-world historical allusions scattered throughout the compendium.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

11:00 – The Bone Mountains
31:42 – The Plains of the Jogos Nhai
46:38 – Yi Ti
1:20:46 – Leng
1:28:41 – Asshai and Beyond!
1:52:46 – Lomas Longstrider’s Wonders
1:57:45 – Martin and Orientalism
2:07:56 – Aftershow

This podcast is part of series of in-depth discussions covering all of the various sections of The World of Ice and Fire (by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia & Linda Antonsson). Stay tuned to VOK for lots more installments!

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music owned by MGM

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Links:
VoK 175: The World of Ice and Fire – The Free Cities
VoK 186: The World of Ice and Fire – Sothoryos & Central Essos
The World of Ice and Fire (Amazon page)
The Lands of Ice and Fire (hi-res map)