David and Russell would like to welcome you to Old News! In each episode we'll be discussing news items from the past, sometimes recent past, sometimes much older. News items that might make people think “I wonder what happened about…?” We’re new to podcasting so constructive feedback is always welcome. Please get in touch with us by using the comments section, using our email oldnewspodcast@gmail.com or Tweet @oldnewspod


We'd like to thank: Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music Peter Kitson for the use of his voice.


Episode 15: BSE Mad Cow Disease

October 2, 2017 @ 7:40 pm

After Russell's trip to Canada Old News is back with another marathon about BSE, or Mad Cow Disease as you might know it.

We find out about how boring David's job sounds, which countries we're big in and we invent the Trudeau Scale of Canadian-ness.

We're still looking for "Old News" stings from our listeners. Record them on any device you like, in any format you like, and send them to us at oldnewspod@gmail.com

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Episode 14: The Boxing Day Tsunami

August 21, 2017 @ 6:00 am

A tired sounding Russell and David discuss the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (known in Britain as the Boxing Day tsunami), the events of the day, the reconstruction, the charity effort, and the unexpected outcomes.

David also reveals his yearning to own a fez as his podcasting hat and we invite our listeners to send us recordings of themselves saying "Old News" for us to use as links.

If you would like to send us an "Old News" record it in any way you like, in any file format, and e-mail it to us at oldnewspod@gmail.com

**This episode was recorded two weeks ago which is why there is no mention or condemnation of current events**

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Episode 13: The Channel Tunnel

August 6, 2017 @ 9:43 pm

and President

We're digginging ourselves into a big hole and doing and episode on the Channel Tunnel. Russell indulges his love of trains, David guesses some French, the Queen and President Mitterand do the business, and somehow we end up in Turkmenistan.

We also talk about shed erections, David still being stiffer than said shed, and pineapple cider.

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We’re Still Here!

July 22, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

Just a little announcement to say we're still here, we haven't dissapeared and we'll be back soon.

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Episode 12: Exxon Valdez

June 24, 2017 @ 6:30 am

The year is 1989 and one of the worst oil spils the world had ever seen occurs off the coast of Alaska.

In this episode we look at the impact the disaster had on the shipping industry, the environment and the economy.

We also mention Schrodinger's car, try to make money out of cheesy meat and David uses the word "splurge".

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Episode 11: Exoplanets, Kepler and Aliens

June 12, 2017 @ 8:43 pm

We're heading back into space this time to talk about the discovery of the first exoplanet. During the discussion of observation methods, signals and space telescopes we mange to include broken cars, the 57 varieties of hard left politics, ancient Rome and the East India Company.

This is the BBC Future article Russell mentions towards the end of the episode: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161215-if-we-made-contact-with-aliens-how-would-religions-react

ESA's CoRoT overview page: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/COROT_overview

NASA's Kepler page: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/main/index.html

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Episode 10: New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina

May 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am

We metaphorically cross the pond in this episode to investigate Hurricane Katrina, its effects on New Orleans and the aftermath. This leads us into the sensitive subjects of race, politics and equality.

While doing this of course we still manage to take a quick interlude, talk about banana shaped vegetable scrubbing brushes being used for the wrong thing and internet fu. All while drinking the ever-present beer of indeterminate strength.

Listen out for some more easter eggs after the end music!

This episode was brought to you by the numbers 4, 7 and The Last Tuesday Project podcast available wherever you find podcasts and their website www.lasttuesdayproject.com

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Episode 9: Breakup of Czechoslovakia

April 24, 2017 @ 8:42 pm

The story of how and why Czechoslovakia broke up into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. What has happened since and what the world can learn from it.

We also talk about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and two different types of spring.

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Episode 8: Digital Switchover

March 30, 2017 @ 3:53 pm

This time David and Russell look back at the UK's switch to digital TV and radio while drinking some actual real beer. Somehow noodle-like worms, French Canada, monkeys and good old John Logie Baird come into it.


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Episode 7: The Return of Hong Kong

March 12, 2017 @ 10:43 pm

In this episode, somewhere amongst the chat about Godzilla, echidnas, reindeer slippers and wooly mammoths we manage to talk about the 1997 return of Hong Kong to China.

We also revisit and update some of our old episodes - hence the mammoth.

There was no beer for this one, just some massive cups of tea, and listen out for David's wonderful singing!


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