By Steev Bishop & Nicolas Papaconstantinou
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Unanswered is a podcast by Steev Bishop and Nicolas Papaconstantinou. Every episode is focused on a single topic. With barely any preparation, we will navigate the issue as best as we can and bring you the highlights. We cannot promise to offer expert insights or solve a thing. We can promise the topic will remain…unanswered.
||ExplicitUnanswered 26: The Cinema Experience||Steev and Nick discuss their experiences with the cinema and ask whether the magic of the place has been diminished by the way the industry has treated itself, or whether your hosts are just too jaded to take it on its own, rejigged terms. In a time whe||10 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 25: Money||In our twenty-fifth show we expand our horizons beyond amateur philosophy by also trying our hands at amateur history and amateur economics, to really drive home how little we know about the stuff we try to talk about. Gasp you will as we wonder how the||6 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 24: A conversation that should’ve been about Loneliness and Solitude||Communication breakdown on several fronts lead to this episode of Unanswered. The show was intended to be a discussion on the differences between loneliness and solitude, and the upsides to be found in the latter. Somehow the conversation stuck around a||11 7 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 23: Euro Vision Throng Context||Recorded in a month all about Europe, Steev and Nick freewheel into a conversation about the UK’s political climate, and in particular the debate around immigration. Captured before the European Parliament elections and released after the dust had set||4 6 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 22: When Is It OK To Be Naked?||Naked as the day you were born is the only true day you were naked as the day you were born. Before long, however, it’s clear we’ve got to cover up: first for warmth and to stop our untrained selves from defecating where we stand; and later, because||8 5 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 21: Empathy v. Sympathy||Empathy in a world of sympathy must feel like an apologist in a room full of outrage, whilst sympathy in a world of empathy must feel like a narcissist in a room without a reflective surface. It’s just as well the world is much larger than a four metr||2 4 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 20: Procrastination||It took Steev and Nick thirteen months to record their first podcast after deciding they would make one together. Twenty episodes of Unanswered later they get around to tackling procrastination as a topic. They are well suited to discuss it. Is procrast||5 3 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 19: Home||Returning from a month's hiatus turns out to be a tricky thing, thanks to the disruptive power of moving home. Steev’s moving moving experience is the starting point for a discussion on what home means to us. We look at the various places we call home||6 2 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 18: Happiness||We are all prone to bouts of wondering what it is we’re supposed to do with our lives, and it seems one of the most popular answers is to be happy. Our governments and corporations wish for us to be happy as much as our nearest and dearest do. Whilst||4 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 17: Spoilers||“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” so the infamous phrase goes, and whilst you often have it told to you before a job interview or going on a date, it also applies to a good book or this year’s must-watch box-set TV show.||6 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 16: Jobsworth!||Despite themselves and their often inflated sense of self-importance, humans do a relatively good job of all getting along. That is, unless one of their contemporaries is proving to be an obstacle purely by performing the duties their employer has besto||2 10 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 15: Privacy||Everybody’s business is their own until it becomes somebody else’s. The question is: who gets to decide to make it somebody else’s business? Steev and Nick address privacy: where it exists in real life, and how online life has eroded our boundarie||4 9 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 14: Changes||With only days to go before the birth of his first child, Nick is in the mood to talk about some of the big changes in life and how we come to make them. Specifically, we discuss the milestones we pass in our relationships, why the decision to pass them||7 8 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 13: Luck||The neighbourhood, let alone the world or the universe, is a pretty large place compared to a single solitary human being who would struggle to put a dent in anything most days. If we are so powerless to affect change wouldn’t it be more comforting to||3 7 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 12: Offence||When a person finds themselves offended it is described as them ‘taking offence’. We should be thankful for this grammatical distinction for offence, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder. This episode explores the modern malaise of militant||5 6 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 11: Being a Fan||When a like turns into a devotion and becomes a part of your emotional well-being, it’s possible you have become a fan. You enjoy, support and loyally follow an individual or group making something entertaining, or succeeding or failing in a sport. An||1 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 10: Notebooks and Romance||Nick has taken a look through his many swanky notebooks full of ideas, thoughts and observations. Starting along the path of youthful exuberance, and whilst the tenth episode started with the intention to be a bit of a round robin, we ended up focusing||3 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 9: Cities||Cities: Hulking great machines keeping its populace in sportswear and takeaway coffees, hiring people to sell sportswear and takeaway coffees. With our attention so divided between threats, opportunities and more bus stop ads than you could shake Adam S||6 3 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 8: Trolling||Once only residing in Nordic legend, trolls have rampantly multiplied and found new, fertile ground along the Information Superhighway. As the world started to connect, and as technologies and services grew to house it, the human race re-encountered beh||21 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 7: Llamas and Storytelling||Nick takes us back to his formative years to share a story about a llama, and relates it to the type of true stories told on The Moth podcast. This leads us to examine whether his tale could cut the mustard on the stage. We also ponder whether anecdotes||6 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 6: I Don’t Think That Means What You Think It Means||Sometimes we can be wrong without even knowing we’re wrong, because the meaning we thought we knew turns out not the be the meaning at all. Whilst this could lead to potentially disastrous effects, Nick and Steev instead prefer to focus mainly on song||23 1 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 5: Perception of Time||Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day, Nick and Steev are back; and this time it’s time to talk about time. Predictable chunks of time such as minutes, evenings and weeks can find a way of either running away from us or conversely wear out||9 1 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 4: Versions of Self||Who we are as a person can depend on where we are, both in time and location. While we are busy adapting to our ever-changing environment is it possible to ever really be our true self? We look at the times and places that influence us and try to discov||31 12 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 3: Christmas obligations||Christmas is coming and for those who choose to observe the seasonal celebrations, there’s a lot to do. There are lists to write, gifts to buy, cards to send, people to please and white lies to tell—so it’s just as well it happens but once a year.||12 12 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 2: Fear of Flying||Nick recalls his first experience flying on a small aeroplane, noting it can be quite different from long-haul journeys on much larger jets. This kicks off a conversation about the fear of flying or, more to the point, the myriad fears and issues captur||28 11 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 1: Opinions||In the debut episode, we tackle the slippery subject of opinions in a rip-roaring display of low self-awareness as if Unanswered is in any way qualified to define what opinions are and who gets permission to express them. Marvel at our abuse of science||21 11 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUnanswered 0: The Things You Own Own You||In our pilot episode we talk about how objects that are owned have a curious way of becoming far more than objects, representing and reflecting aspects of our personality, and digging in their hooks way beyond the point of their usefulness. Mugs, comic||15 11 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
I find this podcast both entertaining and thought provoking. It causes genuine laugh out loud moments for me on the train ride home, and it's so good I don't even mind the embaraasment of that! It has inspired me to write more than a couple of blog posts and sparked many conversations.
Worth a listen!
An excellent, thoughtful discussion show.
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes infuriating, always entertaining and thought provoking, and remarkably well edited. Well worth your time.
There are some topics that can't be solved. They are unanswerable. Steev and Nick don't try to get the answer, but they do try to get some answers. And all of the sudden you're in their world, whether it's Nick's childhood or the city they share or Steev's measured perspective. It's interesting, it's funny and it's worthy of a listen.