Episode 10: Whatsapp has transformed foreign reporting

British freelance journalist Jennifer O’Mahony is now based in West Africa – mostly in Dakar, Senegal – and her job would be much harder without Whatsapp.

Technology leapt from the analogue age to smartphones in the area she covers, so contacts prefer Whatsapping, speaking on the phone, or meeting in person. Businesses have Facebook pages rather than websites, rely on mobile money rather than bank accounts and email isn’t really the done thing.

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Episode 9: Bandersnatch interview with Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker

Now that Bandersnatch is safely out in the world, Charlie Brooker can talk about the making of it, the endings he likes and the secret hidden things we might never find, thanks to the editing process!

I sat down with him this week to write a profile for New Statesman. Here’s a taster:

“It’s like the world functions as a Black Mirror alert system for me,” he continues. “Where people just say, ‘Have you seen this? This is a bit Black Mirror isn’t it?’ Yeah. It is. I would say it’s slightly terrifying, but is it the worst thing China has to face at the moment? Probably not. I mean, there’s climate change…”

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Episode 8: Black Mirror Bandersnatch, mental health and technology

Sure, none of us have finished Bandersnatch yet, because none of us ever will. We’re just going to have to live with that.

One thing we’ll all have noticed is that the themes of mental illness, therapy and medication are central to every path that Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead) takes through the game-film.

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Episode 7: Inside Black Mirror interview with Charlie Brooker

Netflix has finally released the trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch!

But wait… what’s a Black Mirror Event?

Nobody knows, but looks like we’ll be finding out at about 8am GMT tomorrow… that trailer looks pretty darn analogue, so the 1980s nostalgia is going to be strong.

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Episode 6: Celebrating 30 years of the internet

I’ve known this episode’s guest a long time, since we were both undergraduates at Oxford back in the Noughties.

Oli went into making films, and he’s made an impressive number over the decade since graduating.

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Episode 5: Chaos with Ed Miliband!

Radio and podcast producer Emma Corsham pops onto this episode of the podcast, and I relentlessly ask her questions about former Labour leader Ed Miliband, who hosts one of the pods that she produces, Reasons to be Cheerful.

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Episode 4: Movies are the memories of our lifetime

This week’s guest is film critic Ryan Gilbey, who’s a self-confessed “creature of print,” as he started out on The Independent’s film desk 24 years ago, after winning a competition. He now writes for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and New Statesman.

We met back in 2006 when he was my tutor on a part-time Film Journalism course at the British Film Institute in London.

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