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At The Drive (formerly known as The Egonomist); your premier source for rants, raves and arguments on topics from Politics to News to Social Trends, with a focus on New Zealand but with an eye to the world. Each week Dan and Dave will bring you new episodes. Sometimes deep and philosophical, sometimes filth and vitriol, we aim to be a voice of informed malcontent.
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Aug 2, 2016

Hey!

The DNC happened and Clinton is the democratic nominee.  Nobody died of surprise, but what does this mean for the contest of political ideas?  Also, the GOP and the fast food strategy.

Helen Clark is standing for the position of UN Sec Gen and it is not mandatory that you support her.  Kevin Rudd is not standing and it is mandatory that you laugh.

Housing is an issue, isn't it?

And a second Kevin is disappointed.

Bumper music:

CHVRCHES: Empty Threat
Massive Attack: Inertia Creeps
The Verve: Velvet Morning
Paula Cole: I Don't Want To Wait

Jul 22, 2016

Hey now!

The RNC is a grotesque parade, sure to be viewed by history as a simulation glitch, but what do Third Eye Blind think about it?

Millennials!  Is there a culture of narcissism, or is there a culture war? Read Giovanni Tiso's bit on first home buyers.

Dan's 2000 novel gets another reading - remember to let us know what you think it is titled.

Nuclear Free is good, but is a boat a boat?  Is racism only as bad as the most racist racist? 

And McDonalds faces customisable scandal.

Bumper music:
Bj√∂rk - Innocence. 
Third Eye Blind - Jumper. 
Pulley - Soberbeah 
Wesley Willis - Rock N Roll McDonald's 
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charged Life

Jul 12, 2016

Hey!

All sorts is going on, everywhere.

Rodney Hide clings to irrelevancy.  Pokemon Go is literally a game changer.  The bilious Left's hate-on for security personnel.  Dan gets free KFC.  Sugar vs local body politics.  Chilcot and the myth of hindsight.  If I stop recording around 9:30 it means I probably get to bed around 10:30 to 11.

Bumper music:

Nadia Rose - "Boom"
Primal Scream - "Rocks"
Aimee Mann - "Sugarcoated"
Sibelius - "Violin Concerto in D minor"

Jun 30, 2016

Hey!

We talk to Simon in the UK about the bloody events of the past week.  Yes; all of them.  And in the hour since we recorded this we've already been overtaken by evens so be kind, dammit.

But first another reading from Dan's juvenilia.  And when the going gets tough, the tough write their staff's own resignation letters; it's human particle fibre board Paul Foster Bell.

Bumper Music:

The Twilight Singers - There's Been An Accident
R.E.M. - Man on the Moon
Geist - Zu Laut
The Stone Roses - All for One

Jun 17, 2016

Hey!

First a short word on the incredibly sad events in Orlando, and also the death of Jo Cox.

Then; Dan got electrocuted.  Australian politics is full bananas. Paid Parental Leave is smited, Bennet's latest shittalk goes south, and the 90 Day Fire At Will Bill scientifically sucks butt.

But the main event is Dan found his novel, written at age ~21.  A couple of choice readings, plus a ?contest where you get to try and come up with the name. Let us know.

Bumper music:

Big Freedia: Where My Queens At?

Shimon and Andy C: Body Rock

Sneaker Pimps: Spin Spin Sugar

Darude: Sandstorm

UNKLE: Restless feat. Josh Homme

Jun 8, 2016

Hi!  Check this new format shit out.

Hillary Clinton is the first ever woman to nab the presidential candidacy of a major political party. This is a milestone and worth celebrating. It is also bad.  It is also good, anyway.  But still bad...

For Brits who are sad they can't vote Trump, there's always Brexit!  Postal voting is underway and the cretins appear to have a lead.

Staying with the Woke theme: meth.  Does your house smoke it?  Who to blame, who to pay?  Is there anything behind the growing demand for P testing of homes - not for manufacture, just for use - aside from panic?

Also; are you bad enough dude to kill the gorilla? EDM and YA Fiction.  Auckland's housing crisis and the help refuseniks - how government's shittalking came home to roost. Pun intended.

Bumper music:

Run the Jewels: Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck

Oasis: Fucking in the Bushes

Smash Mouth: All Star

Mark Lanegan Band: Methamphetamine Blues

Darude: Sandstorm

Balls podcast - desert island discs

May 30, 2016

Hey!

Round three with Jonny Potts, comedian and general dude.  We talk comedy, theatre, music, podcasting, justice, politics, misc!

And Dan plays a dangerous game...

May 25, 2016

Hey, we're BACK with part two of our sit down with comedian Jonny Potts.

MUSIC: This year has seen some big names check out, up to an including Prince.  Also a year in which big names checked out: the 90s.  We discuss it all.  Yes, even the Judgement Night soundtrack.

Also, and content warnings apply here as there's nothing funny: the hate crimes, whitewashing and erasure in LGTB history and pop culture.  

We discuss Jonny's podcast project, The Year of Reading Massively.  We continue to have beers.

You can catch Jonny MC'ing the Blacklight Comedy Club, usually every last Thursday of the month and definitely this Thursday, e.g. tomorrow at time of release, at Moon bar in Newtown.

May 22, 2016

Hey!

In this episode, protest and politeness in godzone.  Is there a housing crisis?  Drinking in parks.  Music from days gone by what came on CDs. And a mysterious stranger...

May 8, 2016

Hey!

We're back from holiday with tales of the United States.  Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Obama - they're all here, man, drop on by.

And this will almost certainly be out of date by the time you listen to it, but we discuss the Panama Papers' effect on the image of NZ so far.

Apr 18, 2016

Hi!

The world was rocked by the Panama Papers, a who's who of who'd rather not be who's who'd.  This rot goes all the way to the top - is that the point?

Also; all you can eat pizza hut, class war, and the re-re-reanimation of political corpse Don Brash, this time with bonus racist conspiracy theories.

Apr 11, 2016

Hello, and welcome to our Five Hundredth Episode!

In the news; we discuss people out on the streets scrounging for change and attention: wannabe mayoral candidates.  Will banning begging work or ahahahahahahaha. Here's that Wellingtonista article.

Health and safety changes, Kiwibank dissolves, Helen Clark makes a move and Coleman eats slops and loves it.

Apr 4, 2016

Hi!

The flag referendum has happened.  Are we a nation of know-nothing, culturally-cringey hayseeds who can't see past our noses? Or are we cool?

Also; Fast food! The celebration of dysfunction in alternative music hero building! Hip hop!

Mar 30, 2016

Hi!

Bernie Sanders made a friend.  Hillary Clinton loses momentum - is that all?  The Republican garbage fire burns on.  Real life romcoms are as creepy as you remember from the 90s.

Mar 20, 2016

Hey!

Freedom campers - too much poop for civilisation to bear?

Brexit - is Britain calling time on its casual relationship of convenience with the continent?  Will base populist politics trump hard-learned lessons from history, as almost always happens?

America keeps happening (feat. crack cocaine conspiracies).

Mar 16, 2016

Hi!

Worker's rights, immigrants, building supplies - oh my.

Also, the Flag Debate Debate still rages - we conduct a very scientific poll on Dave.

Mar 5, 2016

Hi!

Flag referendum kicks off and by gum, what a to do.  Present wisdom holds that voters can be shamed by their stupidity into voting for change (this doesn't work, btw).  Let the pathologisation of your enemies commence.

Bill English is in a cat and mouse game with budgetary surplus, in which no stone is left unturned, no concept left unsullied.

And, ACT are the new Green party.

Feb 29, 2016

Hey! New Zealander of the Year was announced, did you win?

The FBI and Apple are head to head in a game of cat and mouse.

The Oscars happened.

We bought a beach.

Dan went swimming (unrelated)

Feb 21, 2016

Hello!

Subway return from the brink of brand collapse to talk about talking about sandwiches.  And Chief Justice Scalia died recently.  

Already the rhetoric around his replacement has a lot to tell us about how quickly the worship of proper process evaporates when it suits your opponent.  The US is proper bananas at politics, what else is new.

Feb 17, 2016

Hey!

Sorry about the wait.  Today we talk online etiquette, dildos to the face, Kanye West, the Grammies, Christchurch and third-term-terminal-toryism.

Feb 3, 2016

Hello!

In this episode; the TPPA is a thing that will almost certainly happen very soon.  Are the political costs of fronting a secret deal you didn't do too well negotiating something you should have to wear as the government in charge of this kind of thing?  Is this a loaded question?

Also; RoK are bad and suck and idiots.  Their stated anti-female ideology is simply a threat, and threatening.  Please read Stephanie's piece on them here, and if you can show up to an event near you to counter them. (Wgtn, Akl)

Jan 27, 2016

Hello!

TVNZ unveil plans to launch a new male-focused television channel. Ha ha ha.

Corbyn; much like a sober analysis of the middle east, remains unpalatable to the mainstream.

And the flag.

Jan 23, 2016

Hi!

Mike Hosking had a reckon about Waitangi.  Cripes.

Also in the news; farting on airplanes.  Is this rude, or mandatory.

And David Bowie has died which is a surprisingly big deal.

Jan 10, 2016

Hey!

Late antiquity had the Attila the Hun, the middle ages had Genghis Khan, and Boomers have Kids These Days.  Can the violent scourge be stopped and civilisation saved?

In Australia, Peter Dutton sent a text.

And John Campbell's latest podcast episode on refugees and migration in New Zealand asks a stark question - are we a more open, accepting and compassionate society, or just lucky?

Jan 6, 2016

Hey!

It's a new year. In the news media wasteland that is the holidays we have had a surprising number of armed insurrections.  Is this Oregon's final form?

A boy ate a huge melon.

Star Wars happened to everybody, especially the poor men.

And there was a 5.9-on-the-richter-scale disturbance in the force in North Korea.

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