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‘RTJ4’ – A Timely Masterwork

Killer Mike’s impassioned address in Atlanta shone a more intense spotlight on the latest Run The Jewels album, but the timing of the incredible ‘RTJ4’ is an eye-opening coincidence.

How ‘Community’ perfected the Homage

Much-loved American sit-com Community is enjoying a successful new life on Netflix. Conor Crooks explores their use of homage and what makes it so effective.

PODCASTS

A Clear and Obvious is a football podcast hosted by two journalism students, Archie Corbett and Sam Cole. This dynamic duo discuss Italian and German football every Tuesday, followed by a full English each Thursday. Guest appearances on the show to date include international commentator and the voice of FIFA 20, Derek Rae.

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FOOTBALL RETURNS!! Borussia Munchen-Football’s-Back….

Archie and Sam go through the new rules, weird celebrations, terrible interviews and the trials and tribulations of football’s turbulent return.

EURO 96 England vs Scotland Review – The year Football almost came home

The boys are back and taking a look at England’s finest performance of EURO 96. We look back at *that* Gazza goal as well as the importance of England’s strong back line.

reviSITCOM is a podcast all about sitcoms, just in case the title didn’t give it away. That’s basically it.

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Stath Lets Flats – S1E5

On this instalment of reviSITCOM, Josh Coyne & Paddy McConway take on Episode 5 of British comedy Stath Lets Flats.

Stath Lets Flats – S1E4

On this instalment of reviSITCOM, Josh Coyne & Paddy McConway take on Episode 4 of British comedy Stath Lets Flats.

Established in 2012, Double Clutch has been discussing the ins-and-outs of the NBA for over half a decade. It is the UK’s longest-running NBA podcast.

Double Clutch has interviewed some big names in the basketball world, including OG Anunoby; Isabelle Harrison; Cheryl Reeve; Ben Golliver of The Washington Post; Jonathan Tjarks from The Ringer; Tas Melas of The Starters.

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Episode 335 – NBA Special | Kayce Kirihara

Fashion and kicks influencer Kayce Kirihara (@infamousKayce) talks about The Last Dance and how Michael Jordan revolutionized sneaker culture.

Episode 334 – NBA Special | Chris Vernon of The Ringer NBA Show

Tom Hall is joined by Chris Vernon (The Ringer NBA Show) to discuss what the return of the NBA might look like and much more.

Josh Coyne speaks to an array of guests about the live music experience and the memories that come with it.

Tell us about your first live show – handstamppod@gmail.com

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Episode 19 – Tiny Deaths

Josh Coyne speaks to Claire de Lune of American dream-pop duo Tiny Deaths.

Episode 18 – Abbie Gobeli

In the eighteenth episode of The Handstamp Podcast, Josh Coyne speaks to American DJ Abbie…

ARTICLES

Different Sport, Same Theatre

If you enjoyed The Last Dance, Anthony Gale is here to tell you about another behind the scenes look at a fractious sports team.

Imagining community in the era of COVID-19

Justin Quinn explores the complex development of ‘community’ in an age of worldwide upheaval.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, reminds us all of what cinema used to be – a world full of soul.

True to the period and the Patrick O’Brian novels upon which it is based, Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, has gone on to become a classic of modern cinema. Matthew Wellington looks at what makes Weir’s sea adventure so special.

White Denim have produced COVID-19’s first major musical triumph

Amidst the current circumstances, the American rock band have offered a rare beacon of joy for their ever-growing cult following.

Batting for its life

Traditionalist cricket fans have largely derided The Hundred, but could now need the new format to succeed.

Picture Me Bowlin’: Compton Cricket Club, Hip-Hop and Politics

Those behind the world-renowned Compton Cricket Club have been been fighting gang activity and homelessness for over two decades. Josh Coyne explored the state of the team in 2020, their relationship to Hip hop and some eventful exploits in international affairs.

It’s not me, it’s you – breaking up with the ‘beautiful game’

Paddy McConway isn’t sure if he ever needs football back. Referencing The Wire, Aston Villa and Merlin Sticker Albums, he explores his souring relationship with the sport that once meant so much more.

Drive or be driven: automotive autonomy and the world of ACES

What does the world of automotive autonomy look like in 2020 and beyond?

Sam Hills discusses autonomy, ACES, and the future of mobility.

Consoles: The Next Generation

Will Knox gives his opinion as Playstation and Xbox are about to go head to head in the battle for next gen supremacy.

The Greatest Bromance Ever Sold

Will Knox provides an immediate reaction to the Rob Gronkowski trade

Max Rushden: ‘Football doesn’t REALLY matter, but its what makes existing fun’

Josh Coyne speaks to The Guardian’s Max Rushden about producing content without live football, it’s eventual return and dealing with online negativity.

Left behind or central to the cause?

Joe Biden and Keir Starmer will be hoping to return their parties to power, but there are internal wounds to be healed first writes Anthony Gale.

World Wrestling Entertainment is back!

A lack of sports entertainment due to coronavirus has made Huw Hopkins turn the clock back 15 years, to when his Rock Bottom had nothing to do with sitting in his pants and drinking on a Tuesday morning, and everything to do with WWE.

VAR – A monster ruining the game or the scapegoat for poor refereeing?

VAR has one problem, and it isn’t VAR. For all the hate that the system…

Michael Fish killed Pop Culture

Poor Michael Fish. His name will forever be associated ineptitude.

How do you solve a problem like Italy?

Struggling for a win in the Six Nations, is this the end of Italy in the competition?