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EPISODE 349: cheddaring

April 6, 2017

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If you win a year’s supply of Weetabix, how much Weetabix do you actually get? And where will you keep it?

(And why would you want it?)

In Answer Me This! Episode 349, we speculate about that as well as:

deconstructed coffee
citizen’s arrest
The Shipping Forecast
catching Tony Blair red-handed
photos of babies vs portraits of babies
tree changes vs sea changes vs ski changes vs gear changes
the Bank of England
Wookey Hole
Eastcheap Monument
North Greenwich for the Millennium Dome O2 Arena
cheddar cheese vs Cheddar cheese
Olly’s bourgeois nightmare
the Richard Madeley Prevention Device
axolotl-sitting
and
a year’s supply of Weetabix.

If a year’s supply of Weetabix delivered to you is not a convenient enough way to consume Weetabix, glug down a bottle of the LIQUID FORM OF WEETABIX. We try to stomach the idea of this breakfast of lazy champions in today’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App – available for iPadPhones, Android and Windows devices.

Don’t forget: to receive one retro episode every month in your feed, subscribe to AMT on your podcatcher of choice! Or if you want more of them at the time of your choosing, they’re all available at answermethisstore.com, along with our special albums.

Oh, and have a free audiobook for your trouble at answermethispodcast.com/audible.

Behold our other audio projects: Olly hosts The Week Unwrapped and has returned with a new season of The Modern Mann; Helen’s Allusionist has more eponyms for your consumption; and Martin’s Song By Song.

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Send us your QUESTIONS: call the Question Line on 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis, and email answermethispodcast@googlemail.com. Be our interfriend at twitter.com/HelenAndOlly and facebook.com/answermethis.

We’ll be back with AMT350 on 4 May 2017, and with a Retro AMT on 20 April.

Helen & Olly

••• AMT349 Child-Friendly Rating: 58%. No grot, but several swears littered throughout. •••

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EPISODE 337: not to be sold separately

August 11, 2016
The last AMT recording in the show's birthplace and home (also Helen and Martin's home)

The last AMT recording in the show’s birthplace and home (also Helen and Martin’s home)

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Well, this is it: the final episode to be recorded at the Zaltzwick homestead, at the housewarming party of which Olly came up to Helen and asked her to do a podcast. You know what happened next…

If you DON’T know what happened next: a shitload of episodes. Including the latest, Answer Me This! Episode 337, in which we discuss:

tandems
Native American food
fingerprints
coconut oil
what to drink with your kebab
The Beef and Dairy Network
celebrity soap opera cameos breaking down the fourth wall
planting evidence
oil pulling
and
reading mum’s diary.

Plus: how The Archers affects Olly’s libido; how soup repels Helen more than a plateful of brains; how Martin the Sound Man ruins/elevates a future episode of Miss Marple.

Today’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App is a question from Kirsty from Edinburgh about The Casket and Sunnyside magazine, formerly the number 1 toilet read for the funeral industry. Get the app on your Apple, Android and Windows devices. For further audio, treat yourself to a free audiobook at answermethispodcast.com/audible.

We forgot to mention that today’s intermission is from AMT121; get it, or any of AMTs 1-200, from answermethisstore.com. You’ll find our albums there as well; the Olympic Times are also the AMT Sports Day Times, and Summer Holiday Times are also the Answer Me This! Holiday Times. But both of those albums still work if you shun the Olympics and/or holidays.

To send us questions for future episodes, email answermethispodcast@googlemail.com, call the Question Line on 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis, and leave us a voicemail by Skyping answermethis or calling 0208 123 5877. Did you recognise the songs in Thom from Pennsylvania’s supercut of the phone jingle? They were:

0 – Maneater by Hall and Oates
2 – Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
0 – Wake Up by Arcade Fire
8 – Too Late by Carole King
1 – One by Three Dog Night
2 – Just the Two of Us by Bill Withers
3 – Two Outta Three Ain’t Bad by Meatloaf
5 – 8675309 by Tommy Tutone
double – Double Trouble by Lynyrd Skynyrd
7 – Seven by Prince

Say hi at twitter.com/helenandolly and facebook.com/answermethis – and hang out with Helen in real life at the Allusionist live show during the London Podcast Festival. Get your tickets here.

We’ll be back on 25 August with AMT338,

Helen & Olly

••• AMT337 Child-Friendly Rating: 70%. Are there any swears in this episode at all? There is a non-graphic question about sex, that may tip a child off to the fact that their parent may have had it. But they have to acknowledge this sooner or later. •••

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Thursday Listening Party

November 5, 2015

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Thursday Listening Party.
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Music!

Thanks to the delightful Pitch podcast alerting me to it, I’ve been bingeing on Switched On Pop. It’s very fun and educational, especially the episode examining Justin Bieber’s recent work via existential philosophers. Once I’ve polished off all the episodes, I will be moving on to Between the Liner Notes.

Because everyone is podcasting now, Alanis Morissette has a podcast. One of you, listen to it and report back.

I teamed up with Song Exploder to make this Allusionist episode about vocables – the words like la, dum, baba etc in songs. Warning: ‘Agadoo’.

NB, fans of Tom Waits/Martin the Sound Man: Song By Song is now song by songing through The Heart of Saturday Night.

Not music!

Olly’s new podcast is here! You can get The Modern Mann at modernmann.co.uk, as well as iTunes and Pocketcasts and whichever other places you get your podcasts.

After a hiatus, Martin’s Brain Train podcast is BACK! In the new episode, machines take over the world. Just to warn you.

I’ve been doing weekly Allusionists for the past month, because it’s Radiotopia‘s fundraising season. I’m TIRED! But excited! As well as the Vocables episode mentioned above, Criminal dropped by to talk about polygraphs and lying, and Roman Mars from 99% Invisible joined me to find out about eponyms – in this case Bic and Biro, which some of you have asked about before, so listen for the story. And if you fancy supporting the thirteen shows of Radiotopia, you can chip in a little at radiotopia.fm.

I was also on the charming BBC Radio 3 show The Verb, which is also available as a podcast. The day’s theme was ‘backwards’, and I found out there used to be a synonym ‘arsewards’. Due a revival.

Tune into BBC Radio 4 this Saturday morning at 10.30am for their new series In Pod We Trust: I’ll be talking to Miranda Sawyer about AMT and Allusionist and what I like about podcasts.

You like podcasts too, right? Tell us which ones have been delighting you this week.

PS Catch up on AMT326, in which we consider Gogglebox, Russian dolls and the haka, and try to find a cure for crying at inopportune times.

PPS Fun fact: In Pod We Trust was one of the rejected names for AMT off the 2006 List Of Shame.

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Thursday Listening Party

September 10, 2015

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There are still a few days left to hear the live-true-stories-hosted-by-me BBC Radio 4 show Truth Be Told. There are muggers! Flippers! Bladders! That’s human life for you, eh?

Right now my human life is tediously mired in podcast-tech fuckuppery, so I’m listening to Reply All goofing off as a temporary escape. What are you listening to?

The other day I met the founder of the Frekvens podcast network, which sounded like pretty cool collective. If you speak Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, check out their shows at radiofrekvens.com. Then translate them into English for me, thanks.

I also had chatted at length on Podcast Junkies, with Martin the Sound Man farting around in the background. A bit too literally for my liking, TBH.

Heard AMT322 yet? NO? Why are you depriving yourself of missing baristas, hair transplants and Desperate Dan?

PS The Guardian just posted an interview with me about AMT and the Allusionist, which you can read here.

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Thursday Listening Party

July 2, 2015

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I’m about to go on holiday* for a fortnight, and I want to pack a load of new-to-me podcasts; so this Thursday Listening Party, what I’d love to know is: which podcasts have you recently discovered?

Or, if you prefer to stick to your old favourites, let me know what’s in your regular rotation. Mine changes every few months: there are a few hundred shows stacked up in my podcast app, and many of the ones I like the best are released sporadically; but every week I listen to the latest 99% Invisible, Bullseye and Dinner Party Download.

*But still doing the usual amount of work, so there will be a new AMT in your podbucket next week.

Right now, here’s how I’ll be spending my eartime:
1. Tomorrow is final episode of the second season of StartUp: the stakes seem a lot higher than they did in season one. Good luck, Dating Ring! Also, I thought this article comparing StartUp to reality TV was an interesting perspective.
2. Hooray, Pitch has returned! The first episode of the new season is about cover songs. I am all for this.
3. Since we seem to be on the theme of firsts and lasts, try the new podcast First Time Last Time. What was it like the first time YOU robbed a bank, kids? (Don’t tell me; tell an officer of the law, please.)
4. In the latest installment of ‘things which might be a bit like Serial’ is BBC Radio 4’s Who Killed Elsie Frost?, a fifty-year-old cold case being reinvestigated by a team of journalists and the victim’s brother and sister. It’s available on the BBC website and as a podcast.

We’ve made a few sounds this week: Olly helms the brand new episode of the Guardian’s Tech Weekly, and a fresh Media Podcast will appear tomorrow. In the new Allusionist, I learn about how words can become your worst enemy and how psychotherapy can put them back in their place. Listen at theallusionist.org/behave.

Catch up with AMT316 to hear about the peace symbol, bridegrooms and Greggs the Baker, and rejoin us next Thursday for AMT318.

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Thursday Listening Party

June 18, 2015

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We’ve been busy, churning out noises:

Olly has just laid a hot fresh episode of the Guardian’s Tech Weekly, in which he debates the future of your ear-tertainment what with Apple Music and Beats 1 entering the fray. Hear it here, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more Mann on The Media Podcast and his LBC show.

I make a tiny cameo on the new 99% Invisible, all about Sigmund Freud’s couch. And at MaxFunCon last weekend, I was a panellist in a particularly raucous edition of International Waters: under the jurisdiction of Dave Holmes, Nadia Kamil and I took on Paul F. Tompkins and his wife Janie Haddad Tompkins, and let me tell you, when you’re playing for Britain on American soil, they do NOT want you to win.

Almost certainly less raucous, but still fun and funny, is Radio 4’s News Quiz: I’ll be on it tomorrow night, 6.30pm.

In the new episode of the Allusionist, I reluctantly learn about emoji, and discover a world of misbehaving medieval nuns. Hear it at theallusionist.org/emoji.

Catch up with AMT316 to hear about dirty knickers, banana thrift and the undead Mike Oldfield, and rejoin us next Thursday for AMT317.

What have you been listening to, dear audiophiles? Tell me in the comments!

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Thursday Listening Party

June 4, 2015

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I was on the News Quiz last week! If you hurry, it’ll still be a tiny bit topical. It’s on the BBC website (there’s a redux version as well somewhere apparently) and the Friday Night Comedy podcast feed on iTunes etc. So do I still sound just like Sandi Toksvig? (Or Rebecca Front, Jeremy Hardy and Francis Wheen?)

In the latest Allusionist, I found out how the word ‘pride’ was chosen in 1970 for LGBT civil rights events. It was fascinating, especially to discover what the Quakers and Black Power had to do with the movement. Listen at theallusionist.org/pride or here:

Olly Mann has been busy this week – as well as hosting Guardian Tech Weekly and The Media Podcast and his LBC shows, he’s set up his own Facebook page, so like facebook.com/ollymann to express your affection.

What have you been listening to this week? Share your recent favourite noises in the comments.


The ‘Britney’ episode of Mystery Show
was such fun. Starlee Kine’s investigations are full of surprises, but perhaps the biggest one in this was her conversation with a beleaguered-sounding man in a call centre.

This was a really interesting and entertaining episode of Song Exploder featuring Tune-yards (I can’t with their official upper/lower case salad, sorry Tune-yards) talking about what went into their song ‘Water Fountain’.

The Radiotopisiblings have been on terrific form, as ever: I particularly loved ‘How to be a Princess’ from The Heart and the ‘Art de Vivre’ two-parter from Theory of Everything.

Altogether, it has been a good week for my ears, and I hope for yours too.

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Thursday Listening Party

May 21, 2015

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On the Thursdays with no new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
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Friends, this evening I’m on a new Radio 4 panel show, Best Behaviour. It’s hosted by (AMT jingle alum) Holly Walsh and is all about manners. Hear it on R4 at 6.30pm, or afterwards on the BBC website. And you might as well remain tuned in to Radio 4 for eight days, because on Friday 29th I’ll be on the News Quiz! Finally we can test whether I really can convincingly pass as a Sandi Toksvig soundalike…

I’m also on the latest episode of the bicontinental gameshow International Waters, hosted by Dave Holmes. Arnab Chanda and I were pitted against Paul Provenza and Brigid Ryan. We recorded pretty soon after the election, so were in an emotionally weakened state rather than 100% combat ready.

The new Allusionist tackles one of the most pressing questions of our time: what IS brunch? I’m joined by Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast, who champions something called ‘the porklift’. Racy! There’s more information and different ways to hear the show at theallusionist.org/brunch.

Sustain your ears over this weekend with Olly on the forthcoming Media Podcast and on LBC in the evenings.

My book club-style Podcast Club met again last week. The winners this time were this very intimate (NSFW) episode of The Heart and a Pitch episode about bands using backing tracks on live performances. I can thoroughly recommend this exercise – it’s proving to be very fun and interesting to meet with friends in the pub and argue about podcasts all evening.

What have you enjoyed listening to this week? Let us know in the comments! I’ve just started on Nocturne, which is really beautifully made audio essays about the night; and I’m catching up on ARRVLS before their second series begins next month. The Norjak episode will appeal to any of you who were into the DB Cooper theory of Mad Men. Backed the wrong horse, didn’t you? Maybe it’ll happen in one of the DVD extras.

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Thursday Listening Party

April 23, 2015

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What have you been listening to this week, dears? Please share choice shows in the comments!

The Radio 4 series The Reunion is very often a kick, and I can barely wait to listen to this episode about the glory days of the Hit Factory, reuniting Pete Waterman, Jason Donovan and Sinitta.

I was pretty tickled by the My Old Address Book episode of Wiretap. It’s a pretty ticklish show all round.

One Bad Mother is a really fun show whether you’re a parent or not, and they just made it past the 100 episodes landmark! Well done, Mothers!

There’s some very good stuff on Everything Is Stories. I was particularly struck by the ‘Everything Can’t Be Something’ episode, combining the headiness of 60s Hollywood and the headfuckness of religious communes.

This weekend, you can hear Olly on the new Media Podcast episode, and on LBC. A new episode of The Allusionist has landed, in which I learn all about space. Hear it at theallusionist.org/spaces or below:

In AMT312, we advise questioneers on how to get a job in Antarctica, how to wipe their bums on gold, and how to spell yogurt/yoghurt/yoghourt (OK, we’re not 100% certain on that point). Catch up, and rejoin us next Thursday for AMT313.

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Thursday Listening Party

April 9, 2015

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On the Thursdays we don’t release a new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
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What have you been listening to this week? Here’s what I have been feeding my ears:

Cheese fans, chew on this episode of Gastropod, which is a very interesting tour through the history and science of cheese (a rather more thorough one than ours). Cheese begat written language! What a magnificent substance it is.

Similarly detailed is Song Exploder, on which musicians dissect their own songs to show how they were composed and produced. It’s fascinating stuff. I was particularly tickled by the National‘s tale of harmonica versus a perforated eardrum.

In Out of Date, each week Dave Cribb and Pete Allison go on dates then do post-match analysis. Is it wrong that I kind of hope they don’t find love so they have to keep making the show? (Of course it is wrong. I know that. Shut up.)

What we’ve been up to:

You can hear Olly on his new LBC show 8-10pm Fridays and 6.30-10pm Saturdays, and on The Media Podcast, a new episode of which will appear by the end of this week.

On Monday, I was on Woman’s Hour‘s craft special, teaching Jane Garvey how to make a kimono out of charity shop scarves. She took to sewing like a duck to snooker. A triumph! Anyway, if you want to make your own and the audio is not a fully instructive tutorial, click here. It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

In the new Allusionist, I spoke to crossword-setter (and AMT listener!) John Feetenby about how he creates those dastardly cryptic clues. He even managed to come up with one for ‘Zaltzman’! That’s a career high. Visit theallusionist.org/crosswords for more.

In AMT311, we discussed the Starbucks logo, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and avoiding being eaten by rats while you’re having sex. Catch up, then return next Thursday for AMT312.

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Thursday Listening Party

November 20, 2014

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On the Thursdays we don’t release a new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
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From the AMT camp:

Here’s Martin the Sound Man playing some pretty songs on MJ Hibbert’s Totally Acoustic podcast.

In this month’s Sound Women podcast, I spoke to the owner of the quintessential radio voice, Charlotte Green. She talks about the poetry of the Shipping Forecast, the hideousness of 28 years of getting up at 3am for the Today Programme, and that on-air crack-up.

From the away camp:

Pitch is a newish podcast about the minutiae of music and other noises, and it’s very good indeed. Hear Pitch at hearpitch.org.

Last month I mentioned Robin Ince‘s excellent series Heal Thyself, and he has since presented the similarly top-notch Radio 4 documentary Tears of a Clown, about the link between comedy and mental health.

If like me you’re a fan of Death, Sex & Money (the podcast of that name, not necessarily those things in combination), you may enjoy this interview with host Anna Sale on After The Jump, the podcast from Design*Sponge‘s Grace Bonney.

And for all of you whose Serial fever is growing worse by the episode – and to help you through next week because they’re taking Thanksgiving off – your equivalent of nicotine gum is Slate’s Serial Spoiler Specials, the AV Club’s new Serial Serial, these weekly conversations with Rabia Chaudry who brought the case to Sarah Koenig in the first place, the parodies… To be honest, I’m enjoying the fervid commentary around the show more than the show itself.

For more true crime stories, do check out the ever-absorbing Criminal (my new Radiotopia sibling!), and I’ve been told I must listen to Sword and Scale, so I’m off to do that right now. What else would you recommend I hear, dears?

Our usual gigs:

Catch up on AMT302 and the episodes preceding it.
AMT episodes 1-170 and the special AMT albums are all available at answermethisstore.com, and if you buy any of them you’re bankrolling the podcast, for which we are extremely grateful. It’s around the time when busting out the AMT Christmas doesn’t seem too unseasonal, does it? Make Christmas come early and treat yourself to it.
Olly’s on LBC every weekday 1am-4am. Go nocturnal to hear him.
I host the monthly Sound Women podcast.
Martin the Sound Man makes numerous other podcasts, including Brain Train about clever things, The Global Lab about cities and stuff, and The Sound of the Ladies music podcast.

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Thursday Listening Party

November 6, 2014

On the Thursdays we don’t release a new AMT, we crank up the spoken word audio and have a Thursday Listening Party.
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Thanks so much to all of you who contributed to Radiotopia’s Kickstarter and thus enabled me to make my new podcast! That’ll be out in January. But if you haven’t donated, please do: they need 20,000 backers to secure an extra $25,000 from Hover, so it’s a big help even if you give just $1. Their new goal is $500,000, which will mean MORE Radio Diaries (hurrah!), MORE Strangers (calloo callay!), MORE Theory of Everything (rejoice!), and MORE Fugitive Waves (which is jolly good news if their recent episode featuring a young, surprisingly sugary-voiced Patti Smith is anything to go by). MORE excellent, well-made, classy podcasts – we can all get behind that notion, yes? As well as their plans for a paid internship, so that a new generation can enter the podcasting ‘profession’. Because if it’s good enough for Sylvester Stallone…

YES, Sylvester Stallone is a podcaster. Repeat: SYLVESTER STALLONE IS A PODCASTER.

Sort of.

Good luck with it, Sly!

Here’s a little thing for all you rabid fans of Serial: parodies! The Mailchimp plug at the beginning is my favourite.

Now, if you’re interested in the science of food, hightail to this recent Food Programme interview with Harold McGee, author of the seminal food science tome On Food and Cooking which fired the molecular gastronomy neurones in Heston Blumenthal’s brain. And what inspired McGee to write the thing? Blazing Saddles. O…kay.

If you’re hungry for more food for your ears, here’s a show all about the history of the noodle; and more generally, guzzle The Sporkful and Gastropod podcasts.

Finally: if you pick up a copy of the Guardian this Saturday (8th November 2014), peruse the Do Something supplement, wherein you’ll find the AMT guide to starting a podcast plus photos of us looking like twats in our home studio. (I assume. I haven’t seen the pictures yet, but we usually look like twats every time somebody points a camera at us, so it’s a safe bet.)

Gimme more stuff to listen to: recommend shows in the comments, please!

Tune in to our various other gigs:

Catch up on AMT301 and the episodes preceding it.
Olly’s on LBC every weekday 1am-4am. Chug several espressos and stay awake with him.
I host the monthly Sound Women podcast. This month, I met the owner of the quintessential radio voice – and enacter of the greatest on-air giggle-fit in recent yearsCharlotte Green.
Martin the Sound Man makes numerous other podcasts, including Brain Train about clever things, The Global Lab about cities and stuff, and The Sound of the Ladies music podcast.
AMT episodes 1-170 and the special AMT albums are all available for a piddling little price at answermethisstore.com, and if you buy any of them you’re bankrolling the podcast, for which we are extremely grateful.

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