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The Hurt Take - Episode VIII

Two weeks made two UFC cards with significant implications. After the madness of UFC 210, UFC Fight Night: Kansas City was steady, solid, sane and awesome. Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson tied the UFC record for title defences and reputation as the Pound-for-pound king (ten exclamation points and counting...), Robert Whitaker put himself firmly in the title conversation at middleweight, and Rose Namajunas does the same at women's strawweight. Plus, drama, drama, everywhere! Cormier, Jones, Cyborg!

The Hurt Take - Episode VI

It's UFC 210 this weekend! Headlined by a huge Lightweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, there is a lot at stake near the top of a card which also features a crossroads fight between Chris Weidman, and Gegard Mousasi. Mitch and Rhys also discuss Cody Garbrandt's goal of three titles, GSP's probably more thought-out plan for three titles, and the end of Rampage Jackson.

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The Hurt Take - Episode IV

London wasn't calling Rhys and Mitch this weekend - but it turned into a pretty entertaining card, albeit, a heartbreaking one near the top. We review UFC Fight Night: London from Jimi Manuwa's walk-off knockout to Brad Pickett going out on his shield. We take a look at whether ladies MMA prospect McKenzie Dern is the next Ronda Rousey while checking the Q-rating of the current biggest women's MMA star, Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

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The Hurt Take - Episode III

One international Night of Fights (or, Fight Night, as the UFC likes to call it) gives way to another international Fights in a Night. What do the results from Brazil mean? What can we expect from London? Why do Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather do so much talking about fighting but not so much signing for fighting? How could a poster make Daniel Cormier so antsy? Why do we ask so many questions? Listen to find out.

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The Hurt Take - Episode I

This is The Hurt Take! Your new, trusty source for the wheelin' and dealin' in the world of mixed martial arts. In our very first episode, Rhys and Mitch take on headlines from the past week, check in on what fighters' Q-rating is going up or down (re. who's making themselves look real dumb or look real purty), and preview UFC 209.

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Do Androids Dream Of Moving Pictures? - The Academy Awards

It's Oscar time! With the golden statues being dished out this weekend, Rhys called in a few favors to get two very informed, knowledgeable guests to make him sound good when talking everything Oscars. He is joined by filmmaker Thomas Robert Lee, the filmmaker behind Empyrean, and Allan Stringer of @guygonger film reviews. They discuss all the big categorizes and throw in a few hot takes for good measure.

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Not The Public Podcast - Episode 29

On this episode of NPP, it's all about playoffs! With the NFL playoffs set to go and the first round of the College Football Playoff in the books, everything is on the line on the football field. Meanwhile, to cap the episode, the Dowbboy asks Rhys, 'Wha happen?' to Ronda Rousey at UFC 207.

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Sound and Groove - Elvis Costello: Left Out of the Essentials, Part II

The debate raged on about whether Elvis Costello was punk or simply just pub rock or even power pop. But Costello embarked on a career where he tackled just about every genre under the sun and proved himself an intelligent, subversive singer-songwriter along the way.

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Sound and Groove - Al Green: Left Out of the Essentials

By 1973, there was no bigger soul star than Al Green. Just when the Memphis-based soul scene looked played out and all but spent as a commercial force as the 70's dawned, green emerged from a little known record label called hi records to revive the sound. With Willie Mitchell as a writing and production guide, a string of smash hit singles and LP's resulted over the next 7 years- though the hot streak wavered by the end with the advent of disco.

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Not The Public Podcast - Episode 26

After a lengthy hiatus, the podcast returns in force! The Dowbboy and Rhys recap the flurry of moves in the first days of NBA free agency - most notably Kevin Durant's move to Golden State, the return of the CFL, and what's gone down over the Atlantic during the Euros.

Sound and Groove - It'll Be Forever Royal, Part II


Whether it be kings, queens, dukes, duchesses, kingdoms/empires- anything feudal, absolutist and/or medieval; all of it fits the criteria. Could just be the allusion or metaphor the song is built upon or the actual subject matter of the lyrics. This is the 2nd of 2 episodes that collect some of my favourites from a variety of artists. Yep, it was only a matter of time before I got onto the monarchy what with all this hoopla over Prince's death.

Track Listing:

Intro- "It's Gonna Be Lonely" by Prince (1979)

1. Stepping Out Queen- Van Morrison (1979)
2. Wheat Kings- The Tragically Hip (1992)
3. Prince Of Darkness- The Mekons (1987)
4. King Of Ska- Desmond Dekker & The Specials (1993)
5. My Flower Princess- John Lennon (1980)
6. Duke Of Earl- Gene Chandler (1962)
7. The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown- Judee Sill (1971) 
8. Fake Empire- The National (2007)
9. Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder (1976)

Outro- "Rapsberry Beret" by Prince (1985)