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Warped Zone

By Warped Zone
A podcast on Scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats.
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Episode 37: Julian Assange
Who is Julian Assange? Is he a Villain, A Hero, A Sex Addict or All of the Above? Find out in Warped Zone - featuring his cat Michi (played Tom Gillard - the Human). We discuss the following documentaries: ‘Sex, Lies and Julian Assange’ (2012), ‘We Steal Secrets: Wikileaks’ (2013), ‘Julian Assange: Hero or Villain’ (2019)  and ‘Mediastan’ (2013). Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:08:13
September 15, 2020
Episode 36: The Jesus Christians with Geraldine Smith, featuring Jon Ronson's 'Kindney's for Jesus' and documentary Tara's Story
This week we return to take a deep dive into the Jesus Christians with fellow academic Geraldine Smith. We cover the Jon Ronson documentary ‘Kidney’s for Jesus’, the Jesus Christian youtube channel Voice in the Desert’s documentary ‘Tara’s Story’ and the history of this small Christian sect. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:47:19
August 22, 2020
Episode 35: Scientology with Louis Theroux, Jon Ronson and Marty Rathburn
This week we get out the E-Meter and take a dive into Scientology. We focused this episode on Louis Theroux’ My Scientology Movie, Going Clear and the Prison of Belief, the VICE interview with Mark ‘Marty’ Rathburn and Jon Ronson’s For the Love of Scientology. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:39:25
August 11, 2020
Episode 34: We're not saying it was aliens... but it's aliens
This week we discuss the Midnight Gospel episode 5 and Louis Theroux Weird Weekends Episode on UFOs. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:02:55
July 28, 2020
Episode 33: The Midnight Gospel
This week we discuss the Midnight Gospel a new netflix animated series which Clancy (Duncan Trussell) interviews guests and has psychedelic space adventures. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
46:31
July 10, 2020
Episode 32: Ultra Orthodox Judaism, One of Us and Unorthodox
This week we discuss Ultra Orthodox Judaism focusing on the documentary One of Us and the new mini-series Unorthodox based on the book by Deborah Feldman. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Interview with Deborah Feldman: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/specialbroadcasts/deborah-feldman-in-conversation-with-sarah-kanowski/12308392?fbclid=IwAR3-vqPmj9yUoJc5dJZAdEtjoQ9yRFvJ5iAqG0RiIVMJNefS-G_3upeCZE0
1:06:27
June 28, 2020
Episode 31: Covid-19, Corona Virus Update From Australia
This week navigate our way through a world that has fundamentally changed. With the dramatic spread of Covid-19, the Corona Virus, we speak about the implications of the virus on our lives, the religious responses and the stages of our own isolation. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:21:29
March 27, 2020
Episode 30: Pokemon with Tom Gillard
This week we try to be the very best, like no one ever was! We discuss all that is the world of Pokemon with a special guest, Tom Gillard the bee man, partner of Tara and PhD candidate from the University of Sydney. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:05:26
February 24, 2020
Episode 29: TCG, India, and Floods
This week we catch up after our long break and talk about Benn's business new upgrade! We also speak about Tara's trip to India and the recent floods that affected both of us. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Gametraders Macarthur Square: www.thegamecenter.store
51:52
February 11, 2020
Episode 28: Another World
This week we review Another World, the theme to our podcast! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
42:18
January 21, 2020
Episode 27: Frank Herbert's Dune
This week we return to Tara's Honours topic, Frank Herbert's Dune while Benn speaks about the creation of Real Time Strategy games. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
58:18
January 14, 2020
Episode 26: The Australian Fires, Conferences and 2019 Year in Review
This week we review the 2019 year, speak about the Australian Fires and our presentation at the recent Australian Association for the Study of Religion conference in November. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:01:44
January 7, 2020
Episod 25: Raymond Radford
This week we're joined by fellow PhD Candidate of the University of Sydney Raymond Radford. We speak to Ray about his Honours and PhD topics, featuring the alt-right, incels, fascists and the dark web. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Religious Studies Project: http://religiousstudiesproject.com
48:04
January 1, 2020
Episode 24: Geraldine Smith and the Jesus Christians
This week we speak with Geraldine Smith our fellow PhD Candidate and now student of the University of Tasmania. We speak about her current studies in the interfaith movement and her previous work on the Jesus Christians, a controversial group that has a home here in Australia. We also share all our first ever memories! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:08:24
December 9, 2019
Episode 23: Horror and the Monkey’s Paw by W.W Jacobs
This week we continue our horror feature by reading the short story Monkey’s Paw by W.W Jacobs, we even have a hand at having a horror-able reading of the story! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Horror - The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs - http://www.lonestar.edu/departments/english/Jacob_Monkey.pdf
40:51
December 2, 2019
Episode 22: Julia Kristeva - Abjection, Horror and being shook!
This week we start our two week horror special kicking off with Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection. Benn and Tara talk about their greatest fears and how Kristeva took the concept of the Ego and Id from Sigmund Freud, mixed it with the mirror experience of Jacques Lecan and provided insight of the shocking experiences we may have in regard to the mundane objects of the world. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
45:34
November 26, 2019
Episode 21: Brexit and the future of Britain
This week is a special episode on Brexit! Benn and Tara discuss the history of the British independence movement and the impact the outcome of this election will have on Scotland and Northern Ireland. Covering the battles being waged for the ballots by the Conservatives led by Boris Johnson, the search for a position by Jeremy Corbyn the leader of the Labour Party, Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) reaction to Brexit after the failed bid for Scottish Independence, Northern Ireland's pro-British party the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the new voice of remain Jo Swinson of the Liberal Democrats and of course the strongest voice for a hard Brexit leader of UKIP Nigel Farage. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
53:14
November 18, 2019
Episode 20: The Holocaust and The Female Face of God in Auschwitz by Melissa Raphael
This week we read the The Female Face of God in Auschwitz - Melissa Raphael Chapter 3 Feminist intimations of the holy in Auschwitz. We explore the engagement with the Other, and the contrasts Melissa Raphael with the thoughts of Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas as well as the engagement with Orthodox Judaism through the Holocaust. Benn talks about theft in the store and Tara talks about honey and the opening of a new Cao Dai Temple in Carramar! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Female Face of God in Auschwitz - Melissa Raphael: https://www.amazon.com/Female-Face-God-Auschwitz-Holocaust/dp/0415236649
1:06:53
November 12, 2019
Episode 19: Emmanuel Levinas - Totality and Infinity
This week we read the first section of Emmanuel Levinas - Totality and Infinity, An Essay on Exteriority. We explore the engagement with the other and the contrasts of Levinas with Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl in the Existentialist Philosophical tradition. Benn talks about Terminator and Tara talks about more cats! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Emmanuel Levinas - Totality and Infinity, An Essay on Exteriority: https://www.amazon.com.au/Levinas-Totality-Infinity-Readers-Guide/dp/1472529952/
59:42
November 5, 2019
Episode 18: Martin Buber - I and Thou
This week we talk about Martin Buber’s I and Thou. We explore the engagement with the other and the contrasts of Buber with Søren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl in the Existentialist Philosophical tradition. We also discuss his Judaism and his engagement with Torah. Benn talks about having to go to the pool and Tara talks about loud talkers. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Martin Buber - I and Thou: https://www.amazon.com.au/I-Thou-Martin-Buber/dp/1578989973
55:35
October 29, 2019
Episode 17: Walter M, Miller’s You Triflin Skunk
This week we talk about Walter M, Miller’s You Triflin Skunk, featuring a woman, an alien and no skunks. Benn talks about being tired and power outages, Tara talks about cats (again) and sniffer bees. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Walter M, Miller’s You Triflin Skunk: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Walter-M-Miller-Jr/dp/0671833049
52:03
October 22, 2019
Episode 16: HONK! Untitled Goose Game
This week we talk about the Untitled Goose game by the Melbourne based game developer House House. Benn talks about the childbirth scene in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Tara talks about her recent market exploits and the Greek film festival. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Untitled Goose Game: https://goose.game
44:32
October 15, 2019
Episode 15: War of the Worlds
This week we talk about H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, the Musical by Jeff Wayne and the radio broadcast by Orson Welles. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Recording of the stage musical production of "The War Of The Worlds" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6ckXQoBw2M
58:34
October 8, 2019
Episode 14: Ray Bradbury's Apocalyptic Home
This week we talk about Ray Bradbury, There Will Come Soft Rains a short story about the AI of a home that continues to function, Benn talks about moving things from one place to another and Tara about being locked in a room. Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Ray Bradbury, There Will Come Soft Rains https://www.btboces.org/Downloads/7_There%20Will%20Come%20Soft%20Rains%20by%20Ray%20Bradbury.pdf
56:29
October 1, 2019
Episode 13: Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer
This week we talk about Naomi Kritzer’s short story Cat Pictures Please about a benevolent AI that requires cat pictures, Benn talks about the Albert Camus existentialism yet again and Tara about her new endeavours in creative writing! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. PODCAST IS FREE, DON’T SEND MONEY PAYMENT IS IN CAT PICTURES Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Naomi Kritzer, Cat Pictures Please http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/kritzer_01_15/
53:46
September 24, 2019
Episode 12: The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus and the Existentialists
This week we talk about Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus and how he sits with other existentialists and thinkers such as Martin Heidegger, Jean Paul Sartre, Michel de Montaigne, Friedrich Nietzsche and Søren Kierkegaard. Meanwhile, Benn talks about the Classic Tetris Australian Championship and Tara speaks about the Sydney University Book Fair! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus: https://www.bookdepository.com/Myth-Sisyphus-Albert-Camus/9780141023991
1:09:21
September 17, 2019
Episode 11: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula Le Guinn
This week we talk about the speculative fiction The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula Le Guinn, the concept of using a scapegoat and living on the backs of the poor. We also discuss how the story relates to the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Rene Girard and Albert Camus. Meanwhile, Tara discusses the Science Fiction Film Festival and cat trapping while Benn talks about cooking Vasilopita in September! Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcSMxKn66G4
1:05:25
September 9, 2019
Episode 10: Howl by Allen Ginsberg
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. This week we talk about the controversial Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg and his poem Howl. We focus on his depiction of women, homosexuality and sexual restrictions; as well as what the Beat Generation stood for and what it means today. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Howl by Allen Ginsberg: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49303/howl
1:20:53
September 2, 2019
Episode 9: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. This week we talk about AM the Allied Mastercomputer of ‘I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’ the short story by Harlan Ellison. We grapple with the author’s depiction of females, artificial intelligence, post apocalyptic worlds and point and click adventure games. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: https://wjccschools.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/01/I-Have-No-Mouth-But-I-Must-Scream-by-Harlan-Ellison.pdf I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream Video Game: https://steamcommunity.com/app/245390
1:09:25
August 27, 2019
Episode 8: Looking for the Cat God in Red Dwarf
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. This week we go where it is cold outside and there is no kind of atmosphere and we discuss the cult classic first series of Red Dwarf. We also discussed Tara's adventure to a First Communion and Benn's experience at the inaugural Australian Arcade Classic event in Brisbane. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Red Dwarf: http://www.reddwarf.co.uk
1:06:05
August 20, 2019
Episode 7: Walter Day
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. This week we have a special recorded interview with the former owner of Twin Galaxies, Walter Day! We unpack just a small part of what was discussed regarding transcendental meditation, human nature, Billy Mitchell, Donkey Kong and what we can know about video gamers. This interview is a joint production between Warped Zone and the Game The System podcast. To listen to Benn speak to Marc and Matt about the interview head over to their podcast: http://gamethesystem.podbean.com Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Game The System can be found at their website: http://gamethesystem.co Our Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon
1:41:36
August 13, 2019
Episode 6: Funky Aliens
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. This week we speak about funky aliens ToeJam and Earl, the original on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis and the sequels including ToeJam and Earl Back in the Groove! Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our new Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Other mentions from the show: ToeJam and Earl: https://www.tjebackinthegroove.com
1:04:20
August 6, 2019
Episode 5: Morality and Transgressions
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. This week we speak about A Boy and His Dog by Harlan Ellison, the Sydney Classic Gaming Club and the start of semester one! Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Our new Discord chat: https://discord.gg/jyXyBzk Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Other mentions from the show: A Boy and His Dog by Harlan Ellison: http://scifilit.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/62606011/a%20boy%20and%20his%20dog.pdf A Boy and His Dog (1975 film): https://archive.org/details/ABoyAndHisDog1975 Wilfred (Australian Series Episode 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cESCpSix1Js
1:14:26
July 30, 2019
Episode 4: Cthulhu goes on a Journey
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. This week it’s all about journeys and the unknown. On episode 4 we speak about Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft and Journey the video game by thatgamecompany. We also speak about our expectations for Semester 2, the storming of Area 51 and the postponed Classic Tetris World Championship Australia. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Other mentions from the show: The Adventures of Lil Cthulhu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kQuMVffbWA Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/cc.aspx H.P. Lovecraft Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jQtkGJMtH0 Journey by thatgamecompany: http://thatgamecompany.com/journey
1:23:34
July 23, 2019
Episode 3: Me, Myself and the Axolotl
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. On episode 3 we speak about TempleOS, a computer Operating System solely developed by Terry A. Davis and the short story ‘Axolotl’ by Julio Cortázar. We also speak of engaging with others through the lens of the philosophers Martin Buber, Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. Tara finds a bird, Benn and his worst and best day ever, plus we try to understand the Incel movement. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Other mentions from the show: Julio Cortázar by Axolotl: https://southerncrossreview.org/73/axolotl.html TempleOS: Down the Rabbit Hole documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCgoxQCf5Jg Inside The Secret World of Incels - BBC Documentary 2019: https://youtu.be/nZ5Jlx8MTp8
1:21:52
July 16, 2019
Episode 2: Dystopian Futures
Warped Zone is a podcast on scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. On episode 2 we talk about Shtetl Days by Harry Turtledove, a dystopian alternate history which explores the themes of the Holocaust and Judaism. We also speak about Papers Please, another dystopian alternate story from the eyes of a border crossing official. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Other mentions from the show: Shtetl Days by Harry Turtledove: https://www.tor.com/2011/04/14/shtetl-days/ Papers Please: https://papersplea.se Papers Please the short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFHHGETsxkE
1:04:25
July 10, 2019
Episode 1: Introductions
Warped Zone is a podcast on Scifi, philosophy, religion, politics, gaming and anything else taboo. Run by Benn Banasik and Tara BM Smith, two PhD studies of religion candidates with a shared love of good coffee and cats. On episode 1 we talk about our backgrounds, families, politics and our PhD topics. We also talk about veganism, our cats, the Nebula 2019 conference and the 2019 Battle of the Arcades. Warped Zone can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warpedzonepodcast Benn Banasik can be contacted on twitter: www.twitter.com/bennbanasik Tara BM Smith can be contact on twitter: www.twitter.com/tarabluemoon Other mentions from the show: Game the System Podcast: http://gamethesystem.co 1989 Bar: http://1989.com.au
1:17:44
July 2, 2019