Game of Thrones

George RR Martin’s epic tale of a Song of Fire and Ice has been turned into the hottest TV show (in every sense of that phrase) of the last decade. Jem loves it and thinks it’s not only a great story, an epic TV show but also hiding real history amongst the dragons and the bedrooms. Its fantasy, but it can teach us important lessons about real history, and not just the Wars of the Roses. Come with NEON on a journey to the world of Scottish medieval politics, European dynastic clashes and of course the Wall, what is and what it isn’t.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Orbital – Copenhagen

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Hip Hop

Is hip-hop the most socially aware form of modern music? Will Public Enemy or Ice-T in 100 years’ time be thought of a black America’s Chaucer or Dickens? Jem reminisces about being a white middle class boy growing up in suburban London listening to some of the most “dangerous” music coming out of America, and loving it. This NEON episode is a love letter to the best from a maligned genre and also makes an important point, that at its best hip-hop tells stories as dark and as honest as any of great literature from the past.

Written & Presented by Cool J-Dee

Produced by The DZA

Music: The Next Episode – Dr. Dre

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Minisode: Ready Player One

Steeped in 80’s pop culture, try tearing us away from giving NEON’s take on Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster!

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Jump – Van Halen

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Troy: Fall of a City

The oldest story from the West is unsurprisingly one of the most famous. Who hasn’t heard of the Trojan Wars, the Trojan horse and how Helen’s face launched a thousand ships? The BBC spent millions on the series Troy: Fall of a City, only to receive mixed reviews. NEON applauds its ambition and then looks at the myth versus the potential historical reality. There is an argument for historical accuracy, resignation that drama sometimes comes first and a debate about could it be that everything you know about that horse is wrong? And how long could a siege go on for?

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Gary Numan – Films

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Possibly the most perfect action movie of all time, a classic that even the sequels couldn’t better. NEON is not about to challenge the supremacy of such an iconic movie, but it does start some interesting conversations. Firstly is the Ark actually “lost”? The Ethiopians don’t think so, want to know why? NEON explains all. Then there’s the fight around the weird German airplane, NEON reveals that the aircraft in question may not be all that fictional. Add to that bonus information about another classic movie Das Boot and you have another must listen to episode.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Critical Mass – College

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Is it possible to create a medieval life simulator? If it is, does anybody want one? Warhorse studios decided to find out with their highly complex and inventive game this year. The comparison to Skyrim is inevitable and yet both games stand on their own as champions of the publisher’ vision. It also is a chance to look the game versus the reality of medieval life. NEON starts asking you morale questions not only about your actions in real life but how you may play video games in a way that isn’t quite cheating, but probably isn’t what the publishers had in mind either.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Beastie Boys – Piano Jam
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

One of the biggest hits, from the biggest movie franchise on the planet, and yet the Last Jedi is also very divisive. This doesn’t deter NEON as the deep dive reveals parallels with another sci-fi franchise Warhammer 40,000 and of course real history. Napoleon gets a look as do Ancient Rome. Perhaps the best scene in the movie involves Snoke and his Praetorian Guard and NEON compares the action of this fictional body guard to the real Roman one, who comes out of the comparison better? Add to that some dark facts about the Nazis and you have a truly epic episode.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: The Prodigy – Diesel Power
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Black Panther

One of the biggest movie hits of 2018 is about an African superhero. NEON starts with Wakanda and then shows parallels that stretch all the way back to the Middle Ages. It’s a great movie that full of fun and action, but also with an important message underlying all the bright colours and CGI. But NEON digs deeper, comparing the fictional country to a real, and fabulously wealthy, African Empire. Then showing how General Okoye had similar dilemmas to a knight living in the 12th and 13th centuries called William Marshal.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Tricky – Christiansands
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Trailer

In 1977 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune, excavating popular culture and extracting the DNA of history and producing a podcast like you’ve never heard. If need a podcast, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire … the N-Team.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle

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