2001: A Space Odyssey

2001 A Space Odyssey asked the big questions and took the cinema goer on a million year journey of the fate of humanity. NEON responds to this challenge, rolls it’s sleeves up and shows how accurately this sci-fi movie portrays ancient hominid behaviour as well as influencing pop culture and even NASA to this day.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Deodato – Also Sprach Zarathustra

Be awesome, support us on Patreon
Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter

AKIRA

Akira introduced the world to the best of Japanese Anime 30 years ago. NEON goes beyond the fabulous animation and reveals how this cyberpunk dystopia explores fundamental fears in Japanese society as well as it being a natural evolution of 2,000 years of Japanese culture.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Kaneda’s Theme – Tsutomu Ōhashi

Be awesome, support us on Patreon
Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter

Fortnite

fortnite

Fortnite has taken the video game market by storm. It is the very latest in freemium games. But while it’s at the cutting edge of technology, the way it works as a business model takes us back over 100 years ago to a specific type of economics. And as to why people play the game? For that you need to look even further back to ancient Rome. Allow NEON to take you on a journey to show you that Fortnite is a game 2,000 years in the making.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu
Produced by Dan Morelle
Music: Imagine Dragons – Believer
Be awesome, support us on Patreon

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter

The A-Team

The A Team was one of the most beloved series of the 1980s (and a fairly average 2010 movie). It made a star of Mr. T and reminded the world of George Peppard, creating an unlikely behind the scenes rivalry. However the question has always been what kind of army unit would ever have this group and rank of people …including a pilot?

NEON rolls it’s sleeves up and does it’s job, stripping away the 80s glitter to reveal the real history. The discussion turns from 80s frivolity to the Vietnam War, and then onto America’s complex relationship with the men who served there.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: John Swihart – A-Team Theme

Be awesome, support us on Patreon

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter

Assassin’s Creed

The video game is over 10 years old now but it started a hugely successful series that is still massively popular today. This episode looks at the game that kicked everything off. The game itself is set during the 3rd crusade it allows NEON to look at these religiously motivated campaigns. Jem explores what they were and what they weren’t and that why everything after 9/11 has been tainted by that event leading to all kinds of misconceptions about the crusades.  This episode features the real assassins, rampaging Mongols, violent pagans and the Pope comparing the attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth I with a crusade. 

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Black Sheep – Counting Sheep

Be awesome, support us on Patreon

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter

The Handmaid’s Tale & The Running Man

Again you get two for the price of one in an episode. Arnie’s 80’s action fest and the modern thoughtful TV series about women’s rights are eerie echoes of each other. While there can be little doubt as to which is more morally complex, better shot and acted, that may not mean that it is pulling from history as effectively. Because these are dark stories, the history is equally brutal, from Nazi breeding programmes to the rise of fascist regimes this is a horrifying but fascinating episode. NEON walks a tight rope with this one, trying to entertain but also enlighten about some of the worst moment from human history.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: Sunset Lover – Petit Biscuit

Be awesome, support us on Patreon

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter

World Cup 2018

Football nearly came home, but “the boys did us proud”. When the World Cup coms around, other forms of entertainment run and hide. The sense of togetherness, the millions spent on advertising, the prestige of hosting the games. All of this is part of the concept of “soft power”. NEON delves deep looking at past historical examples of how money and marriages can sometimes get you more than an army ever could. As well as the current battle for hearts and minds carried out by the two giants of soft power in the world today, America and China.

Written & Presented by Jem Duducu

Produced by Dan Morelle

Music: House of Pain – On Point (Beatminerz Instrumental)

Be awesome, support us on Patreon

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter