The Eclecticast
59. All Gooped Up

59. All Gooped Up

February 9, 2020

We are back! This week we are chatting all things goop, talking about their new Netflix show "the goop lab", perusing their elite website and running through the controversies.

We also chatted about another up and coming lifestyle brand, KonMarie which is now trying to sell you things, and the frazzled state of the US primary season.


BJ 5. Star Trek’s Voyager And Picard

BJ 5. Star Trek’s Voyager And Picard

January 29, 2020

This week I am joined by my brother to talk about the promise and disappointment of Star Trek Voyager and the potential and reservation of Star Trek: Picard.

BJ 4. Book: A History Of Celibacy

BJ 4. Book: A History Of Celibacy

January 10, 2020

This week Ben talks about the book A History Of Celibacy, bringing up some interesting facts, like the inversion in the perception of the female sexual drive, how female power has a strong connection to celibacy and the bizarre impetus to castrate young boys for their singing voices.

He also criticises the last chapter on modern celibacy for insufficiently interrogating the evangelical drive to commit young people to vows of chastity until marriage, blaming the perceived over-sexualisation of our culture on the sexual revolution rather than our capitalist society which feeds us gratifying images and isolates us by creating instability and insecurity, and the promotion of retreating into celibacy rather than attempting to alleviate the conditions that create the issues they see in the world.

BJ 3. It’s Only Getting Worse
BJ 2. The Gripes Of Skywalker

BJ 2. The Gripes Of Skywalker

December 27, 2019

This week I am joined by my brother to complain about Star Wars IX: The Rise Of Skywalker, obviously spoilers.

BJ 1. Alex Jones Returns

BJ 1. Alex Jones Returns

December 18, 2019

The Electicast is on hiatus for a little while, but in the meantime Ben (@SRHGBG) is doing an ill-thought solo show, The Benjamin Johncast. In this debut episode he goes through a recent article by an ex-InfoWars employee who recounts about how they were encouraged to lie and exaggerate, and Alex Jones' conflicting rage and desire to be loved.

If you are interested in hearing more about Alex Jones, check out our two part episodes on The Life And Times Of Alexander Emerick Jones.


Bonus - Ben And Steph On The Radio

Bonus - Ben And Steph On The Radio

November 10, 2019

Steph is out this week so we present to you Steph's first appearance on the radio with Ben. Ben used to host of a community radio station and one week had Steph and our mutual friend Caitlin in to talk music, and endure his tenuous rambling.

58. The Saints Must Be Horny

58. The Saints Must Be Horny

November 3, 2019

This week Ben tells us a spooky tales of saints battling demons. The true terror is the lack of understanding of mental illness though.

We also chat about time itself, Harvey Weinstein still existing and the reversal of progress made on smoking.

Finally we have our long foreshadowed chat about (The) Joker.

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57. Disappointing Lack Of Possession

57. Disappointing Lack Of Possession

October 27, 2019

In the first of our two spooky weeks, Steph tells us about the Ouija board, its journey from spiritualist tool to board game and how it became erroneously associated with demons (hint: it's that movie you think of).

We also chat about the loudest bird call, the troubling purchasing of land by Scientology and it's followers in Clearwater, Florida, consent laws in New South Wales and the deep dissatisfaction that is felt around the globe. 

Finally, we talk about talking about Joker.

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56. Teachers In Space

56. Teachers In Space

October 20, 2019

This week Ben tells us about the Teachers In Space Project, about tragedy and persistence, and about the strange strands of fate.

We also talk about the smaller ways climate change will affect privileged life, contemplate a future without unprofitable companies and discuss why committed journalism is so important in the fight against shitty media men.

Finally we talk about Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood.

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President Reagan Announces Teacher In Space Program April, 1984, Video

President Reagan's Remarks to the Finalists in the Teachers in Space Project on June 26, 1985, Video

Teacher In Space, Video

Announcement by George Bush of the First Teacher to be on the Space Shuttle on July 19, 1985, Video

Finalists Knew of Risks on 'the Frontier', Article, Education Week

Teachers in Space: The History, Article, Citizens In Space

Teacher In Space: Christa McAuliffe, Documentary

Christa McAuliffe: First NASA Teacher in Space Astronaut, Article, ThoughtCo

Christa McAuliffe, Biography,

Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Biography, NASA

Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Biography, Encyclopaedia Britannica

Teachernaut Plans TV Lessons From Aboard Shuttle, Article, Education Week

Archival: Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster | NBC Nightly News, Video

1986: CNN's coverage of the Challenger explosion, Video

STS-51L - Barbara Morgan Watches the Launch and Explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger, Video

Space Shuttle Challenger Accident Investigation (1986), Video

Challenger Explosion, Article, History

Challenger: The Shuttle Disaster That Changed NASA, Article,

7 myths about the Challenger shuttle disaster, Article, NBC News

President Reagan Address on the Challenger Disaster January 28, 1986, Video

President Reagan Memorial Speech for the Challenger Disaster January 30, 1986, Video

Journalist-in-Space Plan Postponed Indefinitely, Article, Los Angeles Times

Fate of Teacher-in-Space Program Remains A Question Mark, Article, Education Week

Christa’s Lost Lessons Brought to Life, Article, Challenger Center

Christa’s Lost Lessons – 1986, Playlist

Christa’s Lost Lessons, Playlist

Christa McAuliffe's lost Challenger lessons to be taught on space station, Article, Collect Space

Michelle Williams to Portray Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe in 'The Challenger', Article,

Bill creating coin honoring Concord's Christa McAuliffe signed by Trump, Article, Union Leader

Class in Session: Barbara Morgan Talks 2 Students (part I), Video

Class in Session: Barbara Morgan Talks 2 Students (part II), Video

The story of Barbara Morgan, the first teacher in space, Video, PBS

Barbara Morgan, Biography, Encyclopaedia Britannica

Teacher-Astronaut Outlines Her Role for Shuttle Operations, Article, Education Week

NASA Launches Educator-Astronaut Program, Article, Education Week

NASA’s Educator Astronaut Program, Article, NASA

Educator Astronaut Program Continues, Article, Education World

Joseph M. Acaba, Biography, NASA

Richard R. Arnold II, Biography, NASA

Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Biography, NASA