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The Stories That Make Us

The Stories That Make Us

By Abbi and Rory
A podcast all about fiction, storytelling, and narratives, and the way they change and shape us. Each episode we interview a fellow creative about three pieces of media that have inspired or influenced them personally or creatively. Hosted by Abbi Ruggles and Rory Doherty.

Contact us with questions on thestoriesthatmakeus@gmail.com, including inquiries about being a guest!
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Life on Mars, Tomb Raider 2, and Hunky Dory, with Daryl Baxter

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Final Fantasy 6, Whisper of the Heart, and The Adventure Zone, with Ben Ingham
Abbi & Rory are joined by video game journalist Ben Ingham to talk about the media that inspired him. We talk about Final Fantasy 6 and what about it made Ben fall in love with video game RPGs, Whisper of the Heart and why Rory needs to catch up on Studio Ghibli movies, and The Adventure Zone and what makes it such a compelling Dungeon & Dragons podcast.  You can find Ben on twitter @DukeOfBenIngham ***  *** You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
49:05
May 12, 2021
The Last of Us Part 2, Atlanta, and American Beauty, with Aaron Bayne
Abbi & Rory are joined by video game journalist Aaron Bayne to chat about the media that has inspired his career, from the emotional twists and turns of The Last of Us Part 2, the uniqueness of Atlanta, to American Beauty and if it's possible to separate the art from the artist, we cover a lot of ground!  Find Aaron on twitter @WatchTypePlay.  The episode of his documentary series where he talks about The Last of Us Part 2: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7yiy3i5XIvpCnlwQnapx32?si=P3Gh0o8ERiaCkrxDy65I2g And his BBC The Social gaming videos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08d57wl ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
57:48
April 28, 2021
Mary Poppins, The Secret History, and Game of Thrones with Daisy Treloar
Abbi & Rory are joined by freelance arts and culture writer Daisy Treloar to chat about growing up with Mary Poppins, reading The Secret History and Daisy's own experiences at university, and the different ways the Game of Thrones franchise inspired her love of fantasy books, TV, and video games! We also chat about guilty pleasures, player choice in video games, and our thoughts on the Game of Thrones ending.  You can find Daisy on twitter @daisytreloar and her Julie Andrews Pinterest board is here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/daisytreloar/and-snap-the-jobs-a-game/ ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
57:02
April 14, 2021
ET, Doctor Who, and The Boat That Rocked, with Alex Gilston
For our first episode of season 2, Abbi and Rory are joined by presenter and film critic Alex Gilston as we take a journey through the media that inspired his career ambitions. From his love of films that started with ET, to how Doctor Who made him want to work in television, and finishing with why The Boat That Rocked made him fall in love with the idea of radio. We also talk about celebrities we've met, jobs that probably aren't as cool as they seem on screen, and our feelings about different eras of Doctor Who.  You can find Alex on Twitter and Instagram @PresenterAlex  Alex's podcast The Rank List can be found here: https://linktr.ee/theranklist And you can listen to Alex's radio show every Sunday from 2pm-3pm here: https://www.boltonfm.com/shows/film-on-sunday *** You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
43:46
March 31, 2021
Life on Mars, Tomb Raider 2, and Hunky Dory, with Daryl Baxter
In episode 12 Abbi & Rory chat to editor, author, and podcaster Daryl Baxter! We cover the BBC classic Life on Mars, Tomb Raider 2, and Daryl's favourite Bowie album, Hunky Dory. Along the way we chat to Daryl about his journey with writing and games, the way nostalgia is affecting games and other media, and the joy of good music to keep us motivated.  Daryl is the acting editor of Stealth Optional which you can find here: www.stealthoptional.com His podcast PALKEYS can be found here: @palkeyspodcast And Daryl can be found on twitter here: @darylbaxter  ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
51:21
March 03, 2021
Dawn of the Dead, Uzumaki, and Silent Hill 2, with Olly Smith
In episode 11, Abbi & Rory chat to video game journalist and EIC of New Game+ Olly Smith! For an episode not about Tracy Beaker, we talk about Tracy Beaker a lot but also manage to cover Olly's three picks! This is one for fans of horror as we take a look at Dawn of the Dead and how it still holds up as a zombie movie today, the creepy, dread-inducing Uzumaki, and why Silent Hill 2 is still one of the great video games ever made.  You can find Olly on twitter: @OllyWrites You find New Game+ on twitter: @NewGamePlus_UK or their website www.newgameplus.co.uk ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
52:00
February 17, 2021
Lord of the Rings, High School Musical, and the Winter Olympics, with Olivia Rafferty
In episode 10 Abbi & Rory chat to singer-song writer Olivia Rafferty who brings an element of pure chaos to this week's episode! We hear about her love of Lord of the Rings and how it inspired her first attempt at writing a musical, why High School Musical was so important to her, and er... honestly? There's no way to explain Olivia's last choice, you'll just need to give it a listen. Along the way we also talk fanfiction, not being embarrassed about the things you love, and the way media finds its way into our relationships.  You can find Oliva on twitter: @_oliviarafferty on Instagram: @olivia_rafferty  You can listen to Olivia's single, When You Walk In here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II4VjxmmB-Y&ab_channel=oliviarafferty And lastly, read her blog post about her time in Canada here: http://atransatlanticdiary.blogspot.com/2013/12/why-canada-part-1.html ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
54:21
February 03, 2021
Phantom of the Opera, Sly Cooper, and Scorched with David Carcasole
In our first episode of the new year, we got to chat with the multi-talented David Carcasole about his work in video games journalism and his theatre experience. We cover the spectacle of Phantom of the Opera, the PS2 stealth platformer game Sly Cooper, and the hard-hitting play Scorched. In between we manage to squeeze in inviting ourselves to a wedding, pitching Rory's musical ideas, and googling a game called Mr Nutz.  You can find David on twitter @SlyBowser or watch his streams on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/slybowser ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
49:45
January 20, 2021
The Christmas Stories That Make Us
It's the holiday season, so in this special christmas episode Abbi and Rory take a look at some christmas films and TV specials that have been important to them. Rory has some strong opinions about what counts as a christmas movie, Abbi makes fun of her Mum (Sorry Mum!), they rank the hotness of actors who have played The Doctor in Doctor Who, and finish with a chat about the best christmas movie ever made.  Thank you to everyone who's listened this year, however you celebrate the holidays we hope you have a lovely time!  ***  Listen to Rory's cousin and Mum explain what they think happens in Die Hard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acifnqzx78U&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=RoryDoherty Rory's Jingle All The Way article: https://jumpcutonline.co.uk/2020/12/14/wheres-your-christmas-spirit-finding-the-heart-of-jingle-all-the-way/ ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
42:42
December 23, 2020
Harry Potter, Buffy, and Mad Max: Fury Road, with Katey Stoetzel
On the show this week Abbi & Rory talk to film and TV critic Katey Stoetzel! We talk about Harry Potter and how we engage with problematic art, the classic Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode 'Hush', and the how Mad Max: Fury Road explores themes of hope.  You can find Katey on twitter @kateypretzel  Katey hosts two podcasts: The Slayed Podcast for more Buffy chat, and if you want to hear more about the episode Hush they've got you covered: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/getslayed/id/11830106  Katey's other podcast is the I'll Be Back Podcast where they discuss original films and their remakes! They will have an episode about Fury Road up soon: https://bebackpodcast.libsyn.com/ The article Katey mentioned in the show about Fury Road five years on and what it says about surviving together can be found here: https://www.theyoungfolks.com/film/143331/mad-max-fury-road-five-years-later/  ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
48:36
December 16, 2020
Psycho, Marriage Story, and BoJack Horseman, with Amy Smith
This week Abbi & Rory chat to film critic Amy Smith! We cover Hitchcock's Psycho, Baumbach's Marriage Story, and the Netflix hit Bojack Horseman. There's also lots of talk about Amy's journey into film criticism and running her own website, the pros and cons of streaming services, and the possibility that ghosts MIGHT be writing reviews for a national newspaper...  You can find Amy on twitter @filmswithamy and make sure to check out her website Film For Thought and her podcast! ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
43:12
December 02, 2020
Looper, The Last Jedi, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, with Gavin Spoors
This week Abbi & Rory chat to freelance writer and screenwriter, Gavin Spoors! We have a Rian Johnson double bill so we chat about why he's one of our favourite directors at the moment, we start a campaign to get everyone's Mums to send Abbi some Star Wars merch, and we chat about the making of Senua's Sacrifice and mental health representation!  You can find Gavin on Twitter @GavinSpoors94 You can find his work at Flip Screen and Filmhounds Magazine, and his short Film Amygdala here: https://vimeo.com/287090485 ***  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
46:40
November 18, 2020
The City & The City, Perfect Blue, and Sekiro, with Jack Cameron
This week Abbi and Rory talk to writer and actor, Jack Cameron! We cover what weirdness means in writing, the intense experience of watching Perfect Blue, and we try and explain another video game to Rory - this time, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, as well as chatting about how video games can evoke visceral reactions from their players.  *** You can find Jack on twitter at @JackCam86118967 for his film writing, or @cackjameron for his acting!  If you're interested in more of Jack's opinions on Asian Cinema, you can read some of his writing about it by clicking the links below:  'Burning' and the Elusive Truth - https://www.thefilmagazine.com/burning-movie-elusive-truth/   A retrospective on director Takashi Miike - https://oneroomwithaview.com/2020/05/12/why-takashi-miikes-films-offer-more-than-shock-and-controversy/   And a look at Christopher Nolan, comparing some of his work to the films of Chang-Dong Lee https://oneroomwithaview.com/2020/08/19/christopher-nolan-the-problem-with-the-good-lie/ *** You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on twitter @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com *** The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
45:30
November 04, 2020
How to Train Your Dragon, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Halloween, with Alex Dewing
In episode three, Abbi and Rory interview entertainment writer and editor Alex Dewing! We chat about not being embarrassed about the movies you love, female characters in video games, and how important soundtracks are.  You can find Alex on twitter at @alex_dewing Her discord server for freelance writers can be found here: https://discord.gg/3qjAWj  Alex's piece on Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn can be found here: https://newgameplus.co.uk/2020/06/01/horizon-zero-dawn-aloy/  Her Halloween (2018) review can be found here: https://www.thedigitalfix.com/film/film-review/halloween/ And lastly, her piece on cute horror in video games is here: https://newgameplus.co.uk/2020/10/19/cute-horror/ You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on twitter @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
43:08
October 19, 2020
A Series of Unfortunate Events and Mass Effect
In this second introductory episode, Rory interviews Abbi about A Series of Unfortunate Events and Mass Effect. We talk about our childhood diaries, the influence a good story can have on you as a kid, and the power of telling a story through a video game.   You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on twitter @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
45:37
October 19, 2020
Coherence and Arrival
In the first ever episode of The Stories that Make Us, Abbi talks to fellow host Rory about two movies that have had a big impact on him; Coherence (2013) and Arrival (2016). We talk about how they inspired the kind of stories he wants to write, how movies have helped his mental health, and we throw some hot takes about Christoper Nolan's films out there.  You can find Rory on twitter @roryhasopinions You can find Abbi on twitter @abbiruggles And you can find the podcast on twitter @thestoriescast or email us at thestoriesthatmakesus@gmail.com The music for the show is composed and played by Ben Ruggles. Thanks for listening!
39:37
October 19, 2020