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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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Oct 8, 2015

Hello - right before you get stuck into this I think you aught to be aware that the top of this discussion spends some time on sexual violence, in particular violence against trans women being held in male correctional facilities.

Please read http://noprideinprisons.org.nz

A note from Dave: in this I misspoke and said "it could have been anyone" when discussing the sexual violence experienced by a trans women incarcerated in a male prison.  What I meant to convey by that is that the double-bunking of prisoners is a catalyst and multiplier of violence and risk for all incarcerated people.  However this particular violence experienced by this trans women could not have happened to anybody - it is a violence faced exclusively by incarcerated trans women as a result of a confluence of shitty policies and inaction.  Hopefully the wider point is made in the rest of the discussion around it but that line I used has been bugging me since I said it - it is incorrect.

In more a more light-hearted, light-headed vein: Dan went to the gym and you'll never guess what happened next.

Oct 5, 2015

Hey!

Serious and horrific goings on in the middle east theatre of war.  Is history repeating as Cold War players line up for a rematch?  The history of the nuclear deterrent and the horrid little mistakes which got us here.

The TPPA, at time of recording, has yet to be finalised.  What will it look like?  Are we all going to be paying $700 a pill while pouring milk out into the sink?

Sep 26, 2015

Hey how's it going?

Today, sex stories.  Wait; a funny one, at least.

Also, what's up in music today, and the entertaining results of producing your own biopic.

Sep 23, 2015

You know what this is about.

David Hameron gets a hammerin' in the press.  You've read about. We've all read about it. You know what this is about.

Also; the shady shark-like forces hovering just below the surface of social media. Are they real? And local body politics gets even less engaging by tackling issues which don't exist.

Sep 15, 2015

Hello!  It's a bumper feature-length single episode as we are overdue.

Scout NZ launched, ha ha.  Corbyn won the leadership of the UK Labour Party - does second place win two leaderships of the UK Labour Party?  Ha ha.  The flag debate, process, or whatever you want to call it.  Klaxons sound as Tony Abbott is the one millionth sitting Australian prime minister to be rolled from office.  And the horrifying images of the horrifying reality of our horrifying world - the west's refugee narative is thrown into schreeching discord with the suddenly obvious and unignorable needs of humans undergoing tradgety.

Sep 3, 2015

Hello.

Tattoos, getting chucked from bars and human rights!  A wizard makes the apes go bananas!  Burgers!  Washing your car!  It's a mouthbreather comment bonanza episode.

Also the absolute capitulation on the government's duty of care which is the confused, incomplete and failed health and safety legislation.

A note: This was recorded August 30th.  Had it been recorded a few days later we would not have been so flippant about human rights issues at the top of this episode given the stories currently in the headlines.

Aug 30, 2015

Hey, how's it going!?

Sorry if we were a bit late in getting this to you, it's been a busy month.  By way of compromise you can check out Dave talking on Wellington Access Radio's NZ Music show (link to 24mb MP3) about his group You Barbarians, and their new release.

In the news: the stockmarkets took everybody on a screaming roller coaster of headlines.  And Jeremy Corbyn is here so that other people can tell you it's stupid to vote for what you want.  The anglosphere Left all moved to the centre over the past couple of decades - is the concentional wisdom that this is how you do things able to explain itself this time around?

Aug 16, 2015

Hi!  There's a ton of new music out at the moment, not to mention the new ways to listen to music also.  Apple Music is here - is it dece?

This was recorded prior to the TPPA marches this weekend, but it was a topic at the forefront of our minds.  Is the PR mission being lost?  In related news; our dairy industry takes another lonely step towards the wall with prices hovering at or below the break-even point for NZ farmers, all while details emerge of the legnths to which our government will go to in order to help out a single sheep farm on the other side of the world.

Is it Key's time to go anyway?  Your mates in the boardroom (might) reckon.  Over the pond Abbott finally kinda deals with Bishop, and the right wing stand up and fight for your right to a beer during the rugby world cup.

And hey, Dave's band You Barbarians is releasing its debut EP this Friday the 21st.  Check it out, come have a drink upstairs at JJ Murphy's on the 21st from 8pm and say "hey, Dave, congrats on taking two years to finish a five-song record. Can I purchase a copy please paying cash right here? My mother doesn't let me purchase items off the internet with a credit card" and I will say "Thanks, sure, I've got download cards and also beautiful hand-foiled digipak CD versions available.  Which would you like?".  Alternatively you can pre-order online, mate.  It'll be a good time.

Aug 13, 2015

Hey how's it going?

Today we delve deep into the national psyche via the mixed paradigms of opinions on journalism, the man drought, and the pervasive miscellenous suburban feeling that everything is just fine, shut up and go away.

Also! The breathalyser she couldn't refuse! The Barenstæin Bæars freakout, and Dave's band has its freaken debut EP coming out NEXT WEEK.

Jul 30, 2015

Hey!

The National Party had its conference this past weekend.  Just what's still in the tank 7 years into government?

Fast food news: most everything in the world has changed and requires reevaluating.  Secrets, lies, noodles, rice.

Special report: do you love science, or do you love living science? Yes you.

And either sport or beer came next, can't remember!

Jul 26, 2015

Hi, how's it going?

In less serious news; Len Brown parked an electric car for a minute over a unoperational cycle lane, and will pay the price.

In more serious news, serious issues are coming to light with the management of for-profit privately run Mt Eden prison.  The company in question, Serco, is no stranger to controversy and has a history of mismanagement in an industry where that carries a real human cost.

Jul 15, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey, how’s it going! In Fast Food News: new escalation in the breakfast wars with some chicken thing Dan likes coz of course he would.  Another oral history on smoking – this time the roll-your-own-revolution. And in News News: how does the government persistently quote expert advice which is directly contradicted by those experts?  Easy! … Continue reading Episode 464: Chuffin and Puffin’

Jul 12, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey, how’s it going!? The Labour Party team up with the Herald for a race-baiting remix of a song you’ve heard before.  Also at the Herald, damage control protocols swing into action in response to response to Pebbles Hooper’s response to tragedy.

Jun 30, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey!  Giovanni Tiso is with us again for round two.  Check his writings at his blog or at Overland.  Check the Doctors call for legal MDMA – how has drug liberalisation worked around the world?  What can be done in an internationalised drug market?  Greenpeace hit the roof!  Nick Smith is on a roll, becoming … Continue reading Episode 462: The Agony And The Ecstasy

Jun 26, 2015

Hey! Giovanni Tiso visits us to drop knowledge on power, race and class, post-dirty politics journalism and the worldwide state of the Left.  Italy is a flashpoint of diverse political movements and regional social forces set against the backdrop of the european economic union and the growing mediterranean refugee humanitarian crisis.  New Zealand has an opaque, cosy political reporting culture … Continue reading Episode 461: Mamma Media

Jun 16, 2015

Download | iTunes New programming is afoot at 7pm.  Is it the death of intellectual public culture as we know it?  Is that something we’re going to say about television? Also; to pick a National MP scandal out of the air, McCully trades sheep for… what exactly?  Why does our culture rely on sheep sex … Continue reading Episode 460: Come Opine With Me

Jun 12, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey! Intergenerational warfare erupts as the case for Gen X/Y to have somewhere to live gets put to the people who own everything.  Nick Smith helps alleviate the situation by stealing land, and Robin Grieve has reckons about how we might all yet live.

Jun 8, 2015

Download | iTunes Meat is rotting, seals are invading, James Shaw won the Greens co-leadership and the Queen is not dead.  It’s all go here, mates. In other, other news – Dan guested on equally amazing podcast the Year of Reading Massively.  Check out his episode here or the iTunes link is this link here.

Jun 5, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey!  How’s it going?  Thanks for coming to our party!  See you next year. In the news: the news!  Campbell Live went off the air to emotional scenes.  What does the demise of all that’s holy at 7pm mean for the future of journalism? Also; are you a car dealer who can’t find … Continue reading Episode 457: Campbell In The Wind

May 19, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey, how’s it going?  PUMPED FOR OUR PARTY?  Saturday 23 May at the Irish Society – see Facies for deets.  Pick your own toons on our collaborative spotify playlist! To business: Students & Technology! Kanye & the Kardashians! The UK Election! State housing! A Walkway!  It’s a works burger of garbage tonight.

May 15, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey!  Should we change the flag?  Make up your damn mind! Also, Wellington has had some weather.  And Wellington might have to decide whether or not to allow smoking on the waterfront. How are we expected to make decisions when the stakes are so low?

May 9, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey! Old news now, but we’re running at a kind of deficit: A burger dude flipped out. Are there lessons to be learned from the infamous Ekim Burgers Facebook rant? Should you have to sit a license exam before dining out?  You must be this snide to ride? Mentioned within this episode is this … Continue reading Episode 454: Battle of the Burg

May 5, 2015

Download | iTunes Hi! Bill English is about to unveil his new budget, with all the flourish of a magician who’s realised he’s stuffed up the trick and hopes you’ve forgotten what your card was.  Meanwhile Key is still talked about as a hairpulling asshole – how has this new title affected his recent business overseas? As always; … Continue reading Episode 453: The Never Spending Tory

Apr 27, 2015

Download | iTunes Hey! It’s Monday 27th, and so today we commemorate ANZAC day just as Labour intended.  The centenary of the Gallipoli landings has seen the most publicised and popular commemoration in years, but are we still soberly reflecting on the horrors and waste of war, or is this a party? Also, Facebook users … Continue reading Episode 452: ANZAC

Apr 24, 2015

Download | iTunes First of all: COME TO OUR PARTY!  May 23rd, Wellington. Check it the hell out. In the news, only really one thing to talk about really, so let’s get on with it.

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