• PODCASTS
    Podcasting Has Become the Last Refuge of Scoundrels

      Podcasting has officially replaced patriotism and prayer as being the last refuge of scoundrels. First, last year, Lance Armstrong launched The Forward, where he gets to hobnob with the kind of luminaries he probably hung out with all the time before doping (and lying about doping) got him expelled from polite society. Now, in […]

  • Peace, love and houseplants: podcasts of the week

    Tissues at the ready! Illustration: Rowan Slaney Welcome back to Hear Here! This week has been a bit of a downer for me (not including the most excellent Penguin Day). My cat died for one thing (RIP Bosley-Ann) and I’ve been working with people who struggle needlessly because of ideology; it’s all made me very […]

  • NEWS
    Facebook ‘observed propaganda efforts’ by governments

    Facebook has admitted that it observed attempts to spread propaganda on its site, apparently orchestrated by governments or organised parties. The firm has seen “false news, disinformation, or networks of fake accounts aimed at manipulating public opinion”, it revealed in a new report. “Several” such cases during the US presidential election last year required action, […]

  • NEWS
    Trump praises China’s Xi over handling of North Korea

    Donald Trump has praised China’s President Xi Jinping for his handling of North Korea, calling him “a very good man” who loves his country. The US president told Reuters he would like to solve the crisis diplomatically but that it was “difficult” and a “major, major conflict” was possible. He also said it had been […]

  • Genie Bouchard Rips Maria Sharapova, Says She Should Be Banned for Life

    Genie Bouchard told TRT World that she does not believe fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova should ever be allowed to play the sport professionally again (h/t TMZ Sports): She’s a cheater and so to me … I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again. It’s so unfair to […]