The Bad Take

The Bad Take

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A conversational podcast on anything from politics and pop culture to the universe and the meaning of life.
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A conversational podcast on anything from politics and pop culture to the universe and the meaning of life.
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#17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando
We caught up with sports writer Andrew Fidel Fernando for a chat on his first book, the well received travelogue Upon a Sleepless Isle. Andrew is a prolific sports writer with a penchant for incisive analysis of all things cricket. He is also a historian and travel writer, and his new book Upon A Sleepless Isle has been well received both here and abroad. He is on Twitter at @afidelf Andrew's book, Upon a Sleepless Isle, is available in select bookstores, Takas.lk and Amazon. Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: thebadtake.com/episode17 Support us on Patreon and get exclusive extras: thebadtake.com/patreon Credits: Soundtrack -  Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw Background image - Ashwin on Instagram
1:10:13
November 22, 2019
#16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings
This edition of our At the Movies episodes is a somewhat belated discussion on Tarantino's latest outing and legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese's remarks on the MCU. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode16 --- Music used in this episode: Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On (© WMG on behalf of Atco) Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
36:21
November 3, 2019
#15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society
We're back after a while with another movie episode. This time we talk about the new Joker and the controversy surrounding it. Is it worth the hype? --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode15 --- Music used in this episode: Gary Glitter - Rock & Roll Part 2 ( © The Orchard Music, On behalf of: Snapper Music) | Hildur Guðnadóttir - Escape from the Train (Joker OST) | Frank Sinatra - That's Life (© Warner Music Group) Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
29:49
October 12, 2019
#14 Major Throwback - '90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka
From Doo Daruwo to Soora Pappa, from Rookantha to Bathiya & Santhush, the 1990s saw an unprecedented boom in popular entertainment in Sri Lanka that defined an entire generation. This is a look back at the glory days. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode14 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
1:24:14
June 26, 2019
#13 Catching up on Twitter
We're back after a bit of a hiatus. So much has happened since you last heard from us. Particularly on the online space. This is a brief look at what's been going down. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode13 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
31:31
June 11, 2019
#12 Cosmic Musings: Are we living in a simulation?
Are we living in a simulation? The idea is not a new one. It's been a sci-fi staple for years. But more and more scientists are taking it seriously. This is an attempt to understand the implications of this question. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-12-cosmic-musings-2-are-we-living-in-a-simulation-d43d41612865 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
33:30
April 20, 2019
#11 Cosmic Musings: Where are all our neighbors?
Given the sheer number of stars in the universe – over 200 billion in our galaxy alone, in a universe of two trillion galaxies – chances are, we are not alone. And yet, we have yet to see a shred of credible evidence for life outside our little cosmic corner, let alone intelligent life. The silence is deafening. Are we really alone? --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-11-cosmic-musings-1-where-are-all-our-neighbors-1b7534fd1405   --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
45:27
February 18, 2019
#10 Congested
"You're not stuck in traffic. You are traffic." So goes the adage. But is that always true? What explains the bumper to bumper traffic jams we find ourselves in almost every day, slowly driving us all insane? Is there a solution in sight? This is our attempt to answer some of these questions. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-10-congested-2844ac2023d9 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
45:06
January 29, 2019
#9 A Conversation with Ajay Kamalakaran
This week, we're joined by journalist turned author Ajay Kamalakaran based in Mumbai, India. He talks about, among other things, his latest work, a short story collection centred around a remote island in Russia. Ajay Kamalakaran is a writer and journalist based in Bombay, India. He is currently a columnist for the Malayala Manorama, one of the most widely read publications in India. A veteran on Russian affairs, he was the editor of Sakhalin Times in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from 2003 to 2007. He has also been a columnist and editor with Russia Beyond The Headlines, an international multimedia publication, based in Moscow. Ajay on Twitter: @AjayKamalakaran Ajay on Facebook: Ajay Kamalakaran Buy Ajay’s book, Globetrotting for Love and Other Stories from Sakhalin Island on Amazon, or contact us at thebadtake [at] gmail [dot] com (if you’re in Sri Lanka.) --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-9-a-conversation-with-ajay-kamalakaran-621a5b84042a --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
1:23:14
December 31, 2018
#8 Firing Squad (with Chav and Thimal Gajadeera)
An unfortunate incident involving a political argument that quickly escalated took Twitter by storm a few days ago. Tempers flared and one of the parties ended up losing their job as a result. Joining us today are Chav and Thimal Gajadeera to discuss the ethical and moral implications of this. Thimal Gajadeera describes himself as a perennial law student with an interest in politics and poetry. He is on Twitter at @ThimalG. Chav is a programming language pony by day and everything else by night. He’s on Twitter at @chav_. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-8-firing-squad-e84006aba667 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
45:12
December 25, 2018
#7 At the Movies: Talking Movies with Dilina Amaruwan
This week, we're joined by writer and pop culture connoisseur Dilina Amaruwan Pathirage. We pick his brain on what's hot (and not) at the movies and take a walk down memory lane on Sri Lankan cinema's golden years. Dilina Amaruwan Pathirage is a writer at Roar Media. He has a BA in Teaching English as a Second Language and has extensive experience in feature writing, content creation and writing for online media. He also been involved in video production during his stint at Yamu.lk, having being featured on a few videos of his own. Dilina is a self-confessed film buff and a pop culture enthusiast. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-7-at-the-movies-again-with-dilina-amaruwan-8ce79064cea7 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
1:02:10
December 14, 2018
Bonus Episode: Back from the Beaches
The Bad Take is back after a month's silence. On this episode we have a chat about Thamara's holiday in Indonesia. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/bonus-episode-b008426653d --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
35:28
December 1, 2018
#6 On Digital Demons
Social media is all around us, controlling so many aspects of our lives. For a lot of us, it's a useful way to stay connected, to stay up to date on what's going in the world. But like with all things, too much of it cannot be a good thing. This is a deep dive into the ills of social media. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-6-on-digital-demons-1e58056e75c5 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
1:22:59
October 26, 2018
#5 On "Radicals" & Social Justice
In the Sinhala-speaking corner of the internet, the word 'radical' has come to mean something negative, not unlike pejorative terms such as 'SJW'. This is an attempt to make sense of this politically loaded word as it applies to the Sri Lankan context. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-5-on-radicals-social-justice-826f9d40fe3b --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
19:42
October 8, 2018
#4 On Bus Music
It's cranky, it's raw, you know it when you hear it. And whether you like it or not, 'bus music' is here to stay. On this episode we explore the fundamental characteristics of the famed Lankan musical genre with connoisseur Indika de Silva. --- Indika de Silva is a lecturer in IT at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University in Suriyaweva, Hambantota. He has been a double bass player since 1995 and was a part of the Sri Lankan National Youth Orchestra a while ago. He's has a pronounced interest in Sri Lankan 'bus music' in general, and calls himself a fan. He is also a huge geek, and is the proud owner of an expansive library of comics, graphic novels, and other memorabilia. Indika can be found on Twitter at @saintgif. --- Show notes: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-4-on-bus-music-2b5032369dc8 --- Disclaimer: We don't own the copyrights to any of the songs played in this episode. They are played off YouTube, purely for reference purposes.
47:21
September 30, 2018
#3 At The Movies: Moviecrush
With no preparation at all, we sat down to have a chat about the movies we have enjoyed. The conversation flowed with great ease, and we veered a little towards books and TV shows, too, naturally. A fun exchange it was, so we decided to revisit the movie theater again soon. We hope you’d enjoy this first installment for now! --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-3-at-the-movies-62fb1dada3d7 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
1:20:07
September 23, 2018
Bonus Episode: Sound Check
So we got some new recording gear this week and we thought we'd just sit down and record an impromptu conversation just to test the equipment. This is what we ended up with: a rather long-winded meta chat about the podcast and a few other things that interest us personally. It's not the most exciting, so feel free to skip. Await Episode 3! --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/bonus-episode-sound-check-539c0a245464 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
47:31
September 20, 2018
#2 On Atheism
Religion is a touchy topic, to say the least. It's a subject many people like to steer clear of - with good reason. But lately, in Sri Lanka, there has been much conversation around religion, or more specifically, the absence of it. This is one such discussion. --- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-2-on-atheism-4e0e8afbf6d7 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
17:32
September 16, 2018
#1 On Censorship, Hate Speech & Tolerance
The word 'censorship' gets thrown around a lot these days, both locally and internationally. It's been an especially thorny topic of late, given the divisive political climate we're living in right now. But what exactly does it mean to censor someone? And who reserves the right to do it? Thamara and Himal, two random dudes on the internet, offer their half baked opinions on this important subject. --- Show notes to this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/episode-1-on-censorship-hate-speech-tolerance-71bea804fcd5 --- Soundtrack: Downtown Funk by Dj Quads @aka-dj-quads Music provided by Free Music for Vlogs youtu.be/UYBJQkvLTIw
29:16
September 9, 2018
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