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From the makers of The Bugle, this is a weekly show that skips the news pages and takes a sideways glance at the nonsense contained within the culture, celebrity, tech, science and advice sections of the news.


Alice Fraser is joined every show by two great comics from across the globe, bringing 30 minutes of smart satire alongside juvenile nonsense!


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Siân Docksey and Tom Neenan join host Alice Fraser for episode 166 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.😂 Legislating LOLs💉 Enhanced Olympics🤖 Security robot🤳 Child labour👩‍❤️‍👩 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastWritten by Alice Fraser, Siân Docksey and Tom NeenanProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris SkinnerHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Introducing Trump's Shooting Upends 2024 from Pod Save America.Follow the show: Pod Save AmericaAfter surviving a horrifying assassination attempt, Donald Trump announces J.D. Vance as his VP pick and promises to shift the tone of the Republican convention. Jon, Lovett, Dan, and Tommy talk about the VP selection, whether it's possible to "lower the temperature" of our political discourse, and Joe Biden's testy interview with Lester Holt. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. DISCLAIMER: Please note, this is an independent podcast episode not affiliated with, endorsed by, or produced in conjunction with the host podcast feed or any of its media entities. The views and opinions expressed in this episode are solely those of the creators and guests. For any concerns, please reach out to team@podroll.fm.
Chloe Petts and Steve Bugeja join host Alice Fraser for episode 165 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.This week: Romance novel bookshops and emotional AI. Also, porridge, too hot or too cold?Watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastWritten by Alice Fraser, Chloe Petts and Steve BugejaProduced by Laura Turner and Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris SkinnerHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sami Shah and Nic Sampson join host Alice Fraser for episode 164 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.💊 Risky behaviour☄️ Space debris🖕 Elon Musk🤑 Martin Shkreli🏎 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://www.sciencealert.com/the-worlds-most-common-pain-relief-drug-may-induce-risky-behaviorStory 2: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jun/22/florida-family-sues-nasa-space-debrisStory 3: https://www.cnbc.com/2024/06/19/elon-musk-softens-go-f-yourself-comment-to-woo-advertisers.htmlStory 4: https://www.fastcompany.com/91144246/pharma-bro-martin-shkreli-claims-he-founded-djt-cryptocurrencyWritten by Alice Fraser, Sami Shah and Nic SampsonProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris SkinnerHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Dan Ilic and Joe Kent-Walters (aka Frankie Monroe) join host Alice Fraser for episode 163 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.🥵 Climate jobs🧖🏻‍♀️ Sauna sessions🖥 Cheat sues Apple🤳 Influencer fined🍴 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://www.businessinsider.com/gen-z-climate-jobs-skills-gap-linkedin-2024-6Story 2: https://www.404media.co/game-studios-job-requirement-non-negotiable-sauna-sessions/Story 3: https://uk.pcmag.com/ios/152837/man-sues-apple-after-wife-discovers-cheating-via-messages-synced-to-imacStory 4: https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jun/15/dubai-influencer-fined-for-trespassing-on-sardinia-pink-beach-spiaggia-rosaWritten by Alice Fraser, Dan Ilic and Joe Kent-WaltersProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris SkinnerHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
John-Luke Roberts and Katie Norris join host Alice Fraser for episode 162 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.🔫 3D printing🐧 Disney hacked👋 AI wave🤖 Robotic pets🐘 Elephant names📱 1-word texts🫃🏻 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://gizmodo.com/youtube-ghost-gun-content-3d-printer-instructions-1851527185Story 2: https://mashable.com/article/disney-hacked-club-penguinStory 3: https://futurism.com/the-byte/microsoft-layoffs-blaming-ai-waveStory 4: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/4000-additional-robotic-pets-seniors-new-york-combat/story?id=111067224Story 5: https://www.theguardian.com/science/article/2024/jun/10/elephant-names-study-aiStory 6: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/one-word-reply-communication-texting_l_6660cae1e4b06a0c0d1f9ba8Written by Alice Fraser, John-Luke Roberts and Katie NorrisProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris SkinnerHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Pierre Novellie and Tom Neenan join host Alice Fraser for episode 161 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.🛞 Leafy greens🥜 Death nuggets💦 Waterfall pipe🪹 Mean magpies🧘🏻‍♂️ ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://www.technologynetworks.com/applied-sciences/news/tire-wear-additives-found-in-leafy-green-vegetables-387567Story 2: https://www.theguardian.com/science/article/2024/may/31/men-and-other-mammals-live-longer-if-they-are-castrated-says-researcherStory 3: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cp99l9gpzwgoStory 4: https://phys.org/news/2024-06-magpies-tend-intelligent.htmlWritten by Alice Fraser, Pierre Novellie and Tom NeenanProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris SkinnerHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Josh Gondelman and Alison Spittle join host Alice Fraser for episode 160 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.👶🏻 Social media babies🥶 Cryonics client🤖 AI CEOs🐕 Poo drama💅🏻 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/29/us/social-media-children-influencers-cec/index.htmlStory 2: https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/australian-cryonics-firm-freezes-first-client-in-hopes-of-bringing-him-back-to-life-in-future-5764708Story 3: https://futurism.com/the-byte/ceos-easily-replaced-with-aiStory 4: https://www.iamexpat.de/lifestyle/lifestyle-news/berlin-play-dramatises-dog-poo-attack-dance-critic-2023Written by Alice Fraser, Josh Gondelman and Alison SpittleProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris SkinnerHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Cerys Bradley and AJ Lamarque join host Alice Fraser for episode 159 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.💎 Fast diamonds🔥 Mariachi turf war🧮 Counting crows🚬 Minaj drugs bust🚴 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/scientists-make-diamonds-from-scratch-in-only-15-minutes/Story 2: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexico-street-fire-breather-mariachis-video-b2549364.htmlStory 3: https://www.sciencealert.com/crows-can-actually-count-out-loud-amazing-new-study-showsStory 4: https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cqlly7dd7n1oWritten by Alice Fraser, Cerys Bradley and AJ LamarqueProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris Skinner.HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Siân Docksey and James Nokise join host Alice Fraser for episode 158 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.🛑 Driverless car prank✝️ Vatican phenomena🥖 Smelly stamps🥜 Testicle plastics🍍 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://carscoops.com/2024/05/t-shirt-with-stop-sign-on-it-fools-waymos-autonomous-vehicles/Story 2: https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/17/europe/vatican-guidance-supernatural-phenomena-scli-intl/Story 3: https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/article/2024/may/17/french-post-office-releases-scratch-and-sniff-baguette-stampStory 4: https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-confirm-microplastics-now-detected-in-human-testiclesWritten by Alice Fraser, Siân Docksey and James NokiseProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris Skinner.HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lewis Hobba and Craig Quartermaine join host Alice Fraser for episode 157 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.😵‍💫 Ayahuasca speech 🥙 Kebab prices🦟 Zombie cicadas🥛 Raw milk  🍝 ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://nypost.com/2024/05/09/us-news/osu-commencement-speaker-chris-pan-defends-viral-speech-he-wrote-on-ayahuasca/Story 2: https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/07/germans-grill-olaf-scholz-over-soaring-cost-of-doner-kebabsStory 3: https://thehill.com/homenews/nexstar_media_wire/4627259-zombie-like-fungus-could-turn-cicadas-into-saltshakers-of-death-this-summer-experts/Story 4: https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-05-12/raw-milk-enthusiasts-uncowed-by-bird-flu-risk-in-dairyWritten by Alice Fraser, Lewis Hobba and Craig QuartermaineProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris Skinner.HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Joz Norris and Alison Spittle join host Alice Fraser for episode 156 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.🤖 Humans v bots 📱 Candy Crush priest🤑 Money dysmorphia🐭 Disney remote work🏃🏻‍♂️ ReviewsWatch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/@BuglePodcastStory 1: https://www.independent.co.uk/tech/dead-internet-web-bots-humans-b2530324.htmlStory 2: https://www.pcgamer.com/games/priest-accused-by-cops-of-spending-over-dollar40000-of-church-funds-on-candy-crush-and-pokemon-go-says-it-might-have-happened-because-hes-not-a-details-guy/Story 3: https://www.wsj.com/tech/personal-tech/how-tiktok-is-wiring-gen-zs-money-brain-fc43ba6cStory 4: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/disney-world-adult-visitors-increasingly-mix-remote-work-play-rcna149882Written by Alice Fraser, Joz Norris and Alison SpittleProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris Skinner.HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tiff Stevenson and John-Luke Roberts join host Alice Fraser for episode 155 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.🌕 New moon🦑 Squid mating🐝 Bedroom monsters🔥 Fire-spitting robo-dog🍔 Reviews🧑🏻‍🌾 D'Ancey LaGuarde!Story 1: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2024/04/27/earths-new-second-moon-is-as-big-as-the-statue-of-liberty-and-we-now-know-its-origin/?sh=5871120c2ecbStory 2: https://www.sciencealert.com/this-squids-birth-month-dictates-his-mating-strategy-for-lifeStory 3: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68924955Story 4: https://www.theregister.com/2024/04/25/flamethrower_robot_dog/Written by Alice Fraser, Tiff Stevenson and John-Luke RobertsProduced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris Skinner.HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Athena Kugblenu and Tom Neenan join host Alice Fraser for episode 154 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics. Paintball security Salt crystal clouds Wayne bosses Internet sleuths ReviewsStory 1: https://newatlas.com/technology/paintball-security-paintcam-eve/Story 2: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-secretive-experiment-released-salt-crystals-over-san-francisco-bay-could-it-help-curb-warming-180984099/Story 3: https://www.404media.co/bad-amazon-bosses-wayne/Story 4: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/04/09/online-sleuths-track-down-british-man-left-american-wife/Written by Alice Fraser, Athena Kugblenu and Tom NeenanProduced by Ped Hunter and Laura Turner, with executive production from Chris Skinner.HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Pierre Novellie and John Robertson join host Alice Fraser for episode 153 of The Gargle. All of the news, with none of the politics.⚡️ Tesla layoffs 😵‍💫 Titanic PCP🐕 Robo dogs😤 Anger venting 🍫 ReviewsStory 1: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-68818113Story 2: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/titanic-film-crew-drugged-in-1996-halifax-police-told-to-release-more-details-1.6844997Story 3: https://news.gatech.edu/news/2024/04/03/good-dog-lassie-spirit-learns-walk-moonStory 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/reel/video/p0hqff54/feeling-angry-venting-doesn-t-actually-helpWritten by Alice Fraser, Pierre Novellie and John Robertson.Produced by Ped Hunter, with executive production from Chris Skinner.HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Comedy duo Egg (Anna Leong Brophy and Emily Lloyd-Saini) join host Alice Fraser for episode 152 of The Gargle - the sonic glossy magazine to The Bugle, with one rule: no politics!✈️ Cartel king reviews🧫 Tardigrade humans🐟 Salmon truck crash🐁 Mouse genitals leg📱 ReviewsStory 1: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2024/04/06/cartel-king-kinahans-google-reviews-expose-travel-partnersStory 2: https://futurism.com/neoscope/scientists-splice-tardigrade-human-cellsStory 3: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/05/thousands-young-salmon-survive-oregon-truck-crashStory 4: https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-accidentally-made-a-mouse-grow-legs-in-place-of-genitalsHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Eleanor Morton and brand-new guest editor Andy Matthews join host Alice Fraser for episode 151 of The Gargle - the sonic glossy magazine to The Bugle, with one rule: no politics!🏚 Hot property🍆 AI penis scan🌎 Fast spinning Earth🍄 Gen Z hallucinogens🐬 ReviewsStory 1: https://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/i-just-threw-them-there-real-estate-agent-accidentally-burned-down-house-ahead-of-open-house/news-story/a6b8e579fd87a4027ed8020bb1cccdbdStory 2: https://www.calmara.ai/Story 3: https://apnews.com/article/leap-second-subtract-melting-ice-clocks-74eaac47b9c429910723a604897032a4Story 4: https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/62279/1/why-are-so-many-young-people-taking-hallucinogensHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Guest editors John Luke Roberts and Tom Neenan join host Alice Fraser for episode 150 of The Gargle - the sonic glossy magazine to The Bugle, with one rule: no politics!🛒 Grocery prices🐀 Marijuana rats👉 Facebook poke💊 Exercise pill🔤 ReviewsStory 1: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/large-grocery-chains-took-advantage-220559321.htmlStory 2: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/rats-are-high-marijuana-stored-infested-new-orleans-police-evidence-ro-rcna143249Story 3: https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-poke-feature-gen-z-2024-3Story 4: https://futurism.com/neoscope/exercise-pill-updatesHOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Guest editors Alison Spittle and James Colley join host Alice Fraser for episode 149 of The Gargle - the sonic glossy magazine to The Bugle, with one rule: no politics!👩🏻‍💻 Work inequality💦 P0rnhub ban😴 Pilot naps🖼 Student art🍕 ReviewsStory 1: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2024/mar/05/no-equality-for-working-women-in-any-country-in-the-world-study-reveals-world-bank-gender-gapStory 2: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/03/15/pornhub-texas-age-verification-law/Story 3: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pilots-fall-asleep-mid-flight-150-on-board-batik-air-indonesia/Story 4: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/parents-fuming-after-montreal-area-teacher-allegedly-lists-students-art-for-sale-online-1.6761489HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Join host Alice Fraser and guest editors James Nokise and Laura Davis for episode 148 of The Gargle - the sonic glossy magazine to The Bugle, with one rule: no politics!🍔 Meat growth👩🏻‍⚕️ NHS abuse👨🏻‍🏫 AI teachers🪫 Power drain😫 ReviewsStory 1: https://scitechdaily.com/breakthrough-could-reduce-cultivated-meat-production-costs-by-up-to-90/Story 2: https://news.sky.com/story/nhs-england-staff-faced-more-than-84-000-cases-of-unwanted-sexual-behaviour-last-year-major-survey-finds-13089240Story 3: https://www.axios.com/2024/03/06/ai-tools-teachers-chatgpt-writableStory 4: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2024/03/07/ai-data-centers-power/HOW TO SUPPORT THE GARGLE- Keep The Gargle alive and well by joining Team Bugle with a one-off payment, or become a Team Bugler or Super Bugler to receive extra bonus treats!https://www.thebuglepodcast.com/donate Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Comments (9)

Helen L

The spiderweb thing - In 1995, NASA funded research that tested the various toxicity levels of various drugs — including marijuana, caffeine, and sedatives — to determine what effects they have on spiders spinning webs. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/webs-spun-by-lsd-tripping-spiders/

May 18th
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Antonio Fernandes

these guests are a boring prequel to the end of a great podcast

Jun 24th
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Steven Duhon

Obviously no one here has heard of my childhood hero, Darkwing Duck.

May 8th
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Rod SS

OMG! This is a hilarious episode - especially Alison Spittle's battery in the mouth review! Sides aching.

Apr 2nd
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Rich B

Has anyone dubbed Mr Hunter "the Peditor"? If not, why not? I'm out of the loop.

Sep 29th
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Marie Pindstrup Linde

To quote Fluttershy from My Little Pony: it is a tortoise!

May 12th
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Rich B

I am definitely stealing the T-shirt joke, that's just bleeping hilarious 😂

Apr 27th
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Rich B

What a fantastic companion to the Bugle! Much easier on the psyche than Zaltor the Merciful on a pun-run. 😌 *sigh*

Mar 16th
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Ursa Major

I would love to share my thoughts but because I have so few thoughts, I cannot bear to part with them.

Feb 17th
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