Episode 9 – Imelda Marcos on the Fast Lane

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/npbsg825bm9ry6d/ep009.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis week on the show we discuss “Life on the Fast Lane”, an episode that sees Homer buy a bowling ball for himself as a Birthday present and Marge tempted by Jacques, a suave bowling coach with a French-ish accent. For the history we tell the story of Imelda… Read More »

Episode 8 – The Telltale Nicaraguan Election

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/r2fh4a778ewabci/ep008.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis episode we talk about “The Telltale Head”, a Simpsons morality tale featuring bullying, stealing, terrible life advice and decapitation. For this history bit, we tell the story of the 1990 Nicaraguan election, the background of which contains revolution, counter revolution, hostage taking, dodgy CIA arms dealings, a highly… Read More »

Episode 7 – Call of the Restoration of Diplomatic Relations Between the UK and Argentina

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/3bg1rjwakq9zh6g/ep007.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis week on the show we discuss Call of the Simpsons, the one where Homer buys an RV and eventually gets mistaken for Bigfoot. The discussion ends up meandering into a rant about Mr Blobby, so look out for that! For the history we talk about the UK and… Read More »

Episode 6 – Moaning Mandela

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/zutrtibany1e4go/ep006.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis week Tom and Garreth talk about Tom’s favourite episode from Series 1 of the Simpsons, “Moaning Lisa”, an episode which deals with important topics such as video boxing and Lisa Simpson going through an existential crisis. It was first aired on the day Nelson Mandela was released from… Read More »

Episode 5 – Bart the First McDonald’s in Moscow

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/n29tw02xsvj1vmx/ep005.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJoin your hosts Tom and Garreth for another episode of Retrospecticus! On this show we talk about the episode “Bart the General” and discuss the opening of the first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union. Tom corrects himself on some Panamanian flagwrong from the previous episode, Garreth tells us about… Read More »

Episode 4 – There’s No Disgrace Like Manuel Noriega

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/jeyv3emao7hkm0e/ep004.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode of the show Garreth tackles the rather strange Simpsons episode “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”, the first to be penned by legendary Simpsons writers Al Jean and Mike Reiss. For the history, Tom tells the story of the roller coaster ride that was the life of… Read More »

Episode 3 – The Morris Worm’s Odyssey

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/ik5j7mh5l9j2sx9/ep003.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThings take a fairly dark turn this episode as we discuss Homer’s Odyssey, which begins with Homer Simpson tying a boulder around his waist and going to a river to commit suicide. Garreth tells us about the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man. Tom lightens the mood with… Read More »

Episode 2 – Bart the Storming of the Stasi HQ

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/k77mpjetq378sp9/ep002.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s our first episode with a special guest! We take a look at the Simpsons episode “Bart the Genius”. Tom has a revelation about the “Staphylococci virus”, Garreth tells us about all things banana related, and we are joined by Simon Singh, author of “The Simpsons and their Mathematical… Read More »

Episode 1 – Simpsons Roasting on a Romanian Revolution

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/qpgggf9ain0bqq6/ep001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the first proper episode of Retrospecticus, we take a look at “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, the first full episode of The Simpsons and the only one to be broadcast in the 1980’s. For the modern history, we tell the story of the Romanian Revolution that overthrew… Read More »

The Pilot Episode

https://media.blubrry.com/retrospecticus/p/dl.dropbox.com/s/vyz7b2nv8fv46wm/pilot.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWelcome to the very first episode of Retrospecticus, a Simpsons history podcast! In this pilot episode, your hosts Tom and Garreth give a taster of what to expect from the upcoming series. Garreth tells the story of how the Simpsons came into existence via the Tracey Ullman show, and… Read More »