The Ministry of Swooping: A Fake News Podcast

The Ministry of Swooping: A Fake News Podcast

By Al Galpin
About
A podcast taking a light hearted approach to fact checking unbelievable news stories and memes being shared online. We tell you what's true, what's bull and we have a little fun along the way.

And yes, we know, it is a stupid name. But then so is Tokyo Sexwale.

So why not join the Secretary of State for Nonsense and the team as they step up and do the research you can't be bothered to do for yourself in the battle against the real fake news.
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A podcast taking a light hearted approach to fact checking unbelievable news stories and memes being shared online. We tell you what's true, what's bull and we have a little fun along the way.

And yes, we know, it is a stupid name. But then so is Tokyo Sexwale.

So why not join the Secretary of State for Nonsense and the team as they step up and do the research you can't be bothered to do for yourself in the battle against the real fake news.

More places to listen

Irene Sendler / Extinction Rebellion / Super Mario Bros - with Tiernan Douieb
AKA: What is Batman's guilty pleasure? Shitting out a perfect Cumberland sausage. This week Al is joined by comedian and podcaster Tiernan Douieb. The pair discuss the possibility of food being cheaper post-brexit (which turns into a discussion about battery bees), the story of Irene Sendler and how she lost a Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore's "slide show on global warming", Extinction Rebellion's Diesel generator, making as much money as Jeff Bezos, Supreme Court judges EU stipends and the size of the Super Mario Bros cartridge. Plus Tiernan takes on the Fact Check Quiz and tells Al about how he almost fell asleep at a gig. ---------- You can find Tiernan on Twitter: @TiernanDouieb and @ParPolBro. For details of his upcoming stand-up gigs see tiernandouieb.co.uk and his podcast, the Partly Political Broadcast, is available wherever you get your podcasts. Want more details about the stories we've discussed on this episode? Read our show notes Google Doc. You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com. Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com.
59:55
October 17, 2019
NASA fake global warming / Rolex solves a murder / Plastic from Christmas Crackers
AKA: They said we were crazy. They said we couldn't put Anal Beads inside of Tories. They were wrong. Al is joined by Matt Lees and the two discuss two things Boris Johnson said, or supposedly said, how much plastic crap really comes from British Christmas Crackers, the alleged faking of global warming data by NASA, how a Rolex watch solved a murder and what activated charcoal in food does for your health. Plus Matt becomes the first person to play the Fact Check Game and not get 7 out of 10. But did he score higher or lower? As a special bonus for our Anchor listeners only you can hear a clip from "Maybe I'm Not Leavin'... But Baby, I'm Leavin' You" by the Matt Lees Band at the end of the show. Want more details about the stories we've discussed on this episode? Read our show notes Google Doc. You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com. Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. You can find Matt on Twitter: @LegendPodcast and check out his music on Spotify.
59:04
October 8, 2019
Common Misconception Special
AKA: What's there a ton of in Heaven? Balls. So it's #InternationalPodcastDay and we're doing something a bit different. Instead of the usual fake news and meme debunking Al's here flying solo doing a special episode looking at seven common misconceptions. So prepare to be schooled on Daddy Longlegs, George Washington's teeth, Sleepwalking, Napoleon, Twinkies, Duck Quacks and the origins of the word Fuck! Tune in next week for a much better episode. For now, courage.  You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com. Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com.
12:29
September 30, 2019
Climate Strike Rubbish / Area 51 Raid Deaths / Diane Abbott Balloon Headcase
AKA: Menstrual Rage, good to the last drop This week Al is joined by wife Kitty as they discuss rubbish left by climate change strikers,  Area 51 raid deaths, Nikola Tesla's mobile phone predictions, Robin Williams friendship with Christopher Reeve, Diane Abbott Balloon Headcase and the cost comparisons between Donald Trump's border wall and the Obamacare website. Plus can Kitty end the three-way tie at the top of the Fact Check Leaderboard? Want more details about the stories we've discussed on this episode? Read our show notes Google Doc. You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com. Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. You can find Kitty on Twitter: @kitty_galpin and find out more about the National Childbirth Trust at www.nct.org.uk.
47:55
September 24, 2019
Lisbon Treaty / Bottled Water / Admissions Scandal
AKA: Today on the Jeremy Kyle show: "Help, my son is inserting a Mason Jar into my anus!" This week Al is joined by Jack & Ada from the Totally Unprepared Politics Show as they discuss the Tory ad which was removed from Facebook, whether Boris Johnsons backers are really betting on a no deal Brexit, the truth behind the Lisbon Treaty,  the man who buried vodka on the site of a festival and dug it up on entry, bottled water from public supplies and a meme about the college admissions scandal. Plus can the pair topple Jim & Karin from the top of the Fact Check Leaderboard? Want more details about the stories we've discussed on this episode? Read our show notes Google Doc. You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com. Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. You can find Totally Unprepared Politics Show on Twitter: @TheTUPShow
1:09:40
September 18, 2019
Flag burning Remainers / Dominic Cummings / The Suicide Plant
AKA: What don't you want to find in your Kung Pao chicken? Emma Watson. This week Al is joined by Karin Robinson from the Primarily 2020 podcast as they discuss flag burning remainers, Dominic Cummings beliefs on the poor, the women who sued an amusement park after they broke in and injured themselves, a plant that causes so much pain you want to kill yourself, taxes in Scotland and how much Oxygen is created by the Amazon. Want more details about the stories we've discussed on this episode? Read our show notes Google Doc. You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com. Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. You can find Karin on Twitter: @karinjr
1:05:38
September 10, 2019
EU Regulations on Cabbages / Paracetamol on the NHS / MP's on Brexit
AKA: In her latest feature-length film, Tracy Beaker struggles with Land mines for the first time. This week Al is joined by Jim Cliff from the Fallacious Trump podcast as they discuss 9 things women couldn't do in 1971, the EU regulations on Cabbages, the money spent on the Amazon wildfires compared with the film Venom, Wall Street's historical "border wall" to keep out the English, the NHS spend on paracetamol and everyone's favourite topic... Brexit! Plus find out which recent fact the podcast got wrong and see how Jim does on the new Fact Check leaderboard! Want more details about the stories we've discussed on this episode? Read our show notes Google Doc.  You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com. Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. You can find @FallaciousTrump on Twitter.
1:01:17
September 4, 2019
EasyJet Backless Seats / Nicola Sturgeon / Russian Explosion
AKA: A Mopey Zoo Lion This week Al has dragged his wife Kitty back onto the show, and they're joined by Andy Harland from the Dredgeland Podcast Spectacular. The trio answer such questions as: did a woman really sat on an airline seat with no back? Is Nicola Sturgeon really unhappy at being photographed with Boris Johnson and the Union Flag? Was there really a nuclear explosion in Russia? Did cops really spray themselves with fake blood? Do Facebook really own your content unless you post a specific message? Was a billion seconds ago really 1988? Plus find out which room Kitty cleaned this week, who kicked Andy and what colour Hippo milk is. Yes, top quality entertainment right here! As a special bonus just for Anchor listeners we end this episode with a clip from "Idiots Run the World" by John Dredge and the Plinths, which is from The Plinthsmania EP as mentioned on the show by Andy. Available now on Bandcamp. You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com.  Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. You can find @Dredgeland on Twitter and listen to them live on Riverside Radio (Thursdays at 7pm UK time) with a podcast version thereafter.
58:52
August 20, 2019
Ministry of Swooping Trailer
A little teaser from our first three episodes.
01:55
August 8, 2019
Win Vegas Holidays / El Paso Shooter / Killer Seagulls
AKA Why am I sticky? Surprise sex! This week Al is joined by former colleague and podcast virgin Nik Chapple and former school buddy Lloyd Collins. They discuss winning Vegas holidays on Facebook, a woman who defecated on her bosses desk, Steve Jobs' last words, bullet resistant backpacks, seagulls that kidnap dogs and did the El Paso shooter really post a gun homage to Donald Trump? If that isn't enough nonsense for you; find out what arcade game Al is useless at, Lloyd tells us what wild animal you're legally allowed to kill in the UK and Nik explains why his toilet looks like a frog.  You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com.  Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com.
52:56
August 6, 2019
Eating Prime Ministers / Zombie Chicken / Mr Rogers
AKA: Airport security guidelines now prohibit full frontal nudity. This week your Secretary of State for Nonsense, Al Galpin, is once again joined by the most reluctant podcaster Kitty Galpin; and podcaster extraordinaire Matt Lees. The trio tackle some questionable news stories and memes from the past week as they seek out the truth. Did the Dutch really eat a Prime Minister in 1672? Is that really a video of a Zombie Chicken? And did the Teletubbies sun baby really have a baby? Plus it's the rematch of the century as Kitty tries to avenge last weeks defeat in the Fact Penalty Shootout! As a special bonus for our Anchor listeners only you can hear a clip from "Remind Yourself" by the Matt Lees Band at the end of the show.  You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com.  Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. Find Matt's podcasts, Legend in My Sparetime and Matt Lees Gets Creative, on Twitter. 
48:45
July 30, 2019
FaceApp / Area 51 Raid / Center Parcs
AKA: I get by with a little help from bioengineered assault turtles with acid breath It's the first ever episode of the Ministry of Swooping, the podcast taking a tongue-in-cheek look at fake news and untrustworthy memes. Joining the Secretary of State for Nonsense, Al Galpin, are this weeks under-secretaries; "The worlds most reluctant podcaster" Kitty Galpin and "Your favourite podcasters favourite podcaster" Matt Lees.  The MoS seeks out the truth and the fiction in stories about FaceApp, the Area 51 raid, Center Parcs and more. Plus find out how Matt embarrassed himself, why Kitty went "full mum" in a cinema and hear which of the under-secretaries is best at spotting fake facts. You can now buy Ministry of Swooping Merch, check out moswooping.teemil.com.  Come like our Facebook Page, join our Facebook Group, follow us on Twitter and Instagram,  or email moswooping@gmail.com. Find Matt's podcasts, Legend in My Sparetime and Matt Lees Gets Creative, on Twitter. 
52:42
July 25, 2019
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