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Hello. My name is James McMahon, I’m a journalist – I host 'The OCD Chronicles' podcast – and wanted to let you know about a new podcast that I’m launching on the Spoook Media network on August 3rd, 2021. It’s called ‘Shame’, and unsurprisingly it’s about that very thing. That negative self-eviscerating emotion that’s used to control us, crush us and keep us locked in misery. For reasons I’ll get into on the podcast, I’ve been obsessed with shame all my life, and so I’m on a quest to underst ...
 
New from the Spoook Media stable is 'Can We Not Knock It?', a podcast about the England football team at Euro 2020! 'Can We Not Knock It?' is a podcast for England football fans, by England football fans. It's not for INGERLAAAND fans. Oh no. There is, after all, a distinction. Join host James McMahon and a rotating gang of guests for analysis (but mostly fun) for as long as England remain in the tournament. And then...
 
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I’ve had people gossip about me. And I’m no saint, I’ve probably gossiped about other people too. Sometimes when I’m bored I’ll Google ‘professional wrestling gossip’ – I can’t believe I’m telling you that – so I’m as bound to the rewards of tittletattle and scuttlebutt as much as anyone. We all gossip. But what’s the appeal? And what’s it go to do…
 
Fourteen years ago – yesterday in fact, on November 1st, 2007 – British exchange student Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia, Italy. She was just 21 years old. The truth about what happened that night isn’t hard to source, despite the hash of misinformation, prejudice and sloppy policework that began being assembled the very moment police were…
 
On episode eight of Shame, I'm talking to the American author and journalist Kat Rosenfield about exactly why people shame – and what we can do about it. Kat’s got first hand experience of this – I invite you to listen to her interview on Episode 85 of Blocked & Reported, one of my very favourite podcasts – where she breaks down a disturbing incide…
 
On episode seven of Shame, I’m speaking to my fellow journalist Rachel Cunliffe, who serves as the Deputy Online Editor of the enduringly fascinating New Statesman. Rachel wrote an article a few weeks back under the headline, ‘Why New Age puritans are the enemies of progress’. Hmmm. I’m into that. This was the standfirst; ‘From sex to Covid to clim…
 
I guess it was only a matter of time before this podcast got to the subject of religion - and I’m sure it’ll revisit the subject further down the line - but I thought it might be nice to have a conversation with my fellow music journalist Jeremy Allen. Jeremy was a teenage evangelical preacher – all fire and brimstone and all that righteous, and pe…
 
On episode five of Shame, I’m talking to noted US TV producers Rob Rosen and Desma Simon, the creators of a podcast I’ve been gripped by these last few months. It’s called Cancelled and I think it, and the podcast you’re here to listen to, share a great deal in common. The reality of being cancelled is shame at the deep end. In my mind, it’s weapon…
 
On this bonus episode of Shame, James McMahon speaks to investigative journalist Naama Kates about the tragic events that took place in Plymouth, England, last week [12/08/21]. And about how understanding shame can perhaps help us better understand the Incel subculture that's so misrepresented within our culture - and help us avoid further tragedie…
 
On episode four of Shame, host James McMahon has a conversation with the British broadcaster Gail Porter. He's been watching Gail on the television since he was a teenager. He may even have had a poster of her on his wall during those formative years! And this conversation duly hangs around an incident that took place during the final months of the…
 
If you have any interest in the true crime genre, you will know the name Maura Murray. She's the internet's favourite missing person, and you probably think you have an idea of who she is - certainly who she was. These are the facts; Maura was an American woman who disappeared on the evening of February 9th, 2004, after a car crash on Route 112 nea…
 
This week, James McMahon is in conversation with Rob Manuel, who created and curates Twitter's dumping ground for shame, @Fesshole. Rob knows a lot about the internet. A fair bit about people too. The internet and the way we use it will be a recurring theme in this podcast series - and where better to begin that story within a story than by speakin…
 
Hello and welcome to episode one of Shame, a podcast about the wretched emotion that is… shame. I'm your host, James McMahon. I'm a journalist from London, via Yorkshire. This is a podcast about shame, yes, but it’s also a podcast about healing and learnings and psychology and grit. We’re kicking this series off with an interview with Megan J Renee…
 
Hello. My name is James McMahon, I’m a journalist – I host The OCD Chronicles podcast – and wanted to let you know about a new podcast that I’m launching on the Spoook Media network on August 3rd, 2021. It’s called Shame, and unsurprisingly it’s about that very thing. That negative self-eviscerating emotion that’s used to control us, crush us and k…
 
Hello. My name is James McMahon, I’m a journalist – I host The OCD Chronicles podcast, amongst many others – and wanted to let you know about a new podcast that I’m launching on the Spoook Media network on August 3rd, 2021. It’s called Shame, and unsurprisingly it’s about that very thing. That negative self-eviscerating emotion that’s used to contr…
 
Remember the last episode of Lost? Rubbish wasn't it. This - the final episode of Can We Not Knock It? - is nothing like that. It unites the boys for one last time. One last moan. Laugh. Cry. Turns out that we weren't dead all along! We're alive! And we're still dreaming! Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a record la…
 
55 years of hurt never stopped us dreaming... but we did get up a few times in the night to binge eat mashed potato and cry. But now - uncharted territory - a final! What next for this brilliant England side? The boys unite on this rough and ready episode to discuss! Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a record label, …
 
Forgive the lateness of this episode. After Saturday, it took some time to work out what to say! On this instalment, the OG's of the Can We Not Knock It? podcast unite once more to discuss a wonderful/weird/bonkers/thrilling/uncharted evening for the England football team. We're starting to believe. Are you? Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media p…
 
Big episode this. We receive proof that Ricky's German friend Large (sorry Large) is a real person! More post-last 16 debate! Quite a lot of chat about Everton Football Club! A dash of misplaced arrogance about tomorrow's Quarter-Final against the Ukraine! Not only that, but Ricky turns heel! Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spooo…
 
Forgive this later than intended episode. Yesterday got... well, y'know... To celebrate victory against Germany and a place in the quarter-final, James McMahon gave journalist and Norwich City fan Andrew Woods a shout. NB: this episode features Can We Not Knock It?'s first ever dog. You'd be barking to miss it (GET OUT). Can We Not Knock It? is a S…
 
On this episode, James McMahon gives his old NME mucker and QPR fan Paul Stokes (of music journalism bibles Q, Mojo and all sorts of other cool stuff fame) to preview the impending Euros 2020 knockout tie against Germany. What transpires is a conversation about the soul of football, in a sense. And the old Britpop band Gene, obviously. Can We Not K…
 
On this episode, James McMahon catches up with Wales fan and editor of two time FSF Award winning Popular STAND fanzine, Glen Wilson, for a conversation about where Wales find themselves in the tournament now; the summer recruitment spree taking place at their beloved Doncaster Rovers, why Euro 2020 has truly failed to ignite; and UFO's! Can We Not…
 
On this punchier than usual episode of Can We Not Knock It?, the boys sidestep the excitement that should accompany a win against the Czech Republic and the subsequent progress to the next round, and have a row about Harry Kane instead. Feisty stuff! Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a shop, a Substack - …
 
On this episode, NME alumni and design wizard Joe Frost joins James McMahon to preview the forthcoming England vs. Czech Republic game. They decide they're pretty worried. It's a far reaching conversation, and takes in the dip in form of Sterling, Kane, a too cautious Southgate, the Matthew Upson question, and the fortunes of Fulham Football Club. …
 
Looks like a whole lot of fun supporting Wales, doesn't it? On this episode, we catch up with journalists and Wales fans Rhys Thomas (Vice, Time Out, The Guardian) and Sean Griffiths (The Face, The Independent, Mixmag) on the eve of their side's Group A meeting with Italy to ask... can we have some of what you've got, please? Can We Not Knock It? i…
 
A disappointing/wretched/fascinating/fine performance for England in their second game - the boys can't agree with each other at all. Plenty to talk about though... Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a shop, a Substack - it's many things. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. And please do Like, Review and S…
 
And so we arrive at England vs. Scotland, then. And to this episode's special guest - NME alumni Rick Martin, he also does the very good Demo Tapes podcast - for a conversation that marks the meeting point between noughties indie and a love of the England football team! Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a…
 
After a dream start to Euro 2020, the boys assemble to discuss just what went right against Croatia, reflect on Christian Eriksen's on pitch collapse and the bravery and empathy of those around him - and even find the time to do a bit of Geography revision! Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a shop, a Subs…
 
Does anyone else feel a bit like it's Christmas? Weeeeee! On this episode the boys discuss who they each favour for tournament winners, the potential surprise packages, the genius of Phil Foden and spend quite a lot of time talking about England vs. Germany - a game that hasn't even happened yet... but it will... oh yes it will. Can We Not Knock It…
 
In the wake of the Romania friendly, the boys spend more time than they'd like to on the eve of a major football tournament, talking about booing taking the knee. But we couldn't not. Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a shop, a Substack - it's many things. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. And please do…
 
On this Season One finale of The Spoook Podcast, your host James McMahon talks cryptids with Derek Hayes from the fantastic Monsters Among Us podcast as well as with the extremely funny/wise/cool Alyssa Onofreo from Crypt TV. They're excellent chats, if we do say so ourselves. You'll never go into the woods in the same way again. You won't watch Di…
 
James McMahon speaks to journalist Robert Jackman about what can be taken away from last night's friendly against Austria. We raise a toast to Jack Grealish (and Gareth Southgate's sartorial style) and hope for the best for the crocked Trent Alexander-Arnold. This episode is... noisier than the usual episodes of Can We Not Knock It? Apologies, Robe…
 
The squad is out. And here's the boys to discuss! Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a shop, a Substack - it's many things. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. And please do Like, Review and Subscribe - it actually really helps people find our podcasts!By Can We Not Knock It?
 
On the last episode, you probably heard the boys talking about how there hadn't been a good musical release for England on the eve of a football tournament in some time. Good pop songs are, at least, something England do very well! So... we wrote one. On this episode you can hear it. It's called 'Let's Score A Goal (I've Got An Idea)'. It's not our…
 
The boys discuss Gareth's 33 man provisional squad. Isn't that just making it harder for himself? And they get hella emotional about Gazza... Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a shop, a Substack - it's many things. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. And please do Like, Review and Subscribe - it actually …
 
The 2021 news agenda is dominated by talk of UFO's - or UAP's to use a term which is receiving more and more currency. What's different now, as opposed to years gone by, is that this conversation isn't punctuated by laugher. It feels like something is happening. Something big. Something important. On this episode of The Spoook Podcast, your host Ja…
 
To kick things off, the boys discuss who has made their respective 26 man squads. There's disagreement, debate and an awful lot of talk about Chris Smalling. Can We Not Knock It? is a Spoook Media production. Spoook is also a promoter, a shop, a Substack - it's many things. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter. And please do Like, Review and Subscrib…
 
When Jeff Wayne released Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds in 1978 - an adaptation of H. G. Wells' 1898 novel The War Of The Worlds - a record was produced that has been synonymous with all of Spoook host James McMahon's life. This week he meets his musical hero, and asks the questions he's wanted to ask ever since he was a smal…
 
Can We Not Knock It? is a podcast about the England Football Team at Euro 2020. It's brought to you by the people behind The Spoook Podcast and The OCD Chronicles. Tell you what... why not subscribe now, and never miss an episode!By Can We Not Knock It?
 
Can We Not Knock It? is a podcast about the England Football Team at Euro 2020. It's brought to you by Spoook Mediargh, the people behind The Spoook Podcast and The OCD Chronicles. If you like either of those, maybe you'll like this too! Tell you what... why not subscribe now, and never miss an episode!…
 
Anyone with an interest in true crime knows who Sarah Turney is. Whether it's the enduring fight for answers surrounding the disappearance of her older sister Alissa in 2001 - which I (James McMahon) wrote about for MEL magazine some time ago. Or via her excellent podcast Voices For Justice. Sarah is an advocate with great empathy - most likely as …
 
This weeks episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon meet French metal titans Gojira for a deep dive on their environmental work, while we catch up with Covey about the monsters that make up his brilliant forthcoming album, Class Of Cardinal Sin - oh, and there's a spoooky interview with Spencer Charnas from Ice Nine Kills. Spoook is a …
 
This special episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon in conversation with Dr. Jules from the Riddle Me That! podcast, in a deep diving conversation about the bias of true crime reporting. Topics covered include Maura Murray, Claudia Lawrence, the Noida double murders, Madeleine McCann, Amanda Knox, Andrew Gosden, Jill Dando, Keith War…
 
This weeks episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon talk Galician weirdness with Bala - one of his very favourite bands - and the end of the world with the brilliant Chicago born singer songwriter, Trevor Sensor. There's also a conversation with author and former Deputy Coroner Donna Francart about what working with death has taught he…
 
This weeks episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon meet legendary British pop culture journalist and now author Kate Hodges. A conversation about weird London and the occult ensues. There's also a conversation about weird Chicago - ghosts, UFO's and haunted trees - that takes place with the brilliant indie rock troupe Beach Bunny, and…
 
What a treat we have for you this week. This episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon meet Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen) and Joey Holman, who comprise the excellent new indie rock band Man On Man. We talk about Trump, growing up gay and Christian, the splendour of love... and sasquatch. Their self-titled debut is out now.…
 
This special episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon meet paranormal investigator Hayley Stevens. You can investigate - pun intended - more of Hayley's work at https://hayleyisaghost.co.uk. We talk ghosts, Bigfoot, UFO's and ask whether our traditional approach to death in The West isn't especially helpful. Spoook is a magazine radio …
 
This weeks episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon meet journalist Andrew Gold. We talk about the evil of exorcisms - and Andrew's excellent documentary. Not only that, but there's a conversation with indie rock legend Lou Barlow - !!! - and a chat with the very funny Dan St. Germain about paranormal wrestling. Spoook is a magazine ra…
 
This weeks episode of The Spoook Podcast sees host James McMahon meet journalist Kevin Fagan who tells us the strange story of The Doodler - when you're done with us, go check out his podcast. It's remarkable work! We also catch up with friends of Spoook We Are Scientists and have a fun - if unsettling - conversation with British culture journalist…
 
Enjoyed Episode 0.5? Well, The Spoook Podcast now arrives proper, with interviews with death metal titans Cannibal Corpse, British horror movie genius Jed Shepherd (HOST) and Danny Robins, the brains behind the hit BBC podcast, The Battersea Poltergeist. Yikes. Spoook is a magazine radio show. It's also a promoter, a shop, a Substack - it's many th…
 
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