THE MONTAGE is the companion podcast to MONTAG.WTF.
It’s where MONTAG writers Joe, Kathryn and Thom get under the skin of the topics explored in the magazine, and expand on some of the bigger questions raised by the articles.
It's all lovingly recorded in the Grover recording studios (OK, a very warm cupboard) in Berlin, and is the perfect accompaniment to your morning commute, a luxurious bath, or a long dark sleepless night worrying about the future of humankind.
EPISODE 6: Eating Panda meat and getting filthy rich off your own data
SIX APPEAL - In Episode 6:
• Cruelty-free beef: You can now go to restaurants and buy a burger that costs $13 and is made of real beef that has not come from a cow. Will eating meat that has never been alive become normal? And how does this affect vegans?
• How much is your personal data worth?: Companies are buying up swathes of data that we have produced - often without us realising. So are we missing out on a payday bonanza? Kathryn finds out.
• Kathryn's Katchiest Kwiz Yet: Kathryn poses Thom and Joe questions about "Forbidden Foods" - can Joe possibly catch Thom, who is leading 4-1? (No.)
EPISODE 5: Talking in emoji and Arthur C. Clarke's The City And The Stars
THE FIFTH ELEMENT - In Episode 5:
• Talking in emoji: Is emoji a language unto itself? Why is the poop emoji so poopular? How is emoji a lot more nuanced than you think? Kathryn explains all.
• The City And The Stars: Thom re-reads Arthur C. Clarke's classic Sci-Fi novel and finds out that it's seemingly far-fetched story (humans becoming mind-readers) is not too different to today...
• Kathryn's Kontroversially Komplicated Kwiz traps Thom and Joe again as they guess which proposed emoji are Korrect and which are Koncocted.
EPISODE 4: How to disappear completely from the internet, and making rude drawings in VR
FOUR HEAVEN'S SAKE: In Episode 4:
• Disappear completely from the internet: Kathryn explains how it's harder than you think, is not quite as beneficial as you might assume;
• Tap into a wild new world of creativity, as Joe tries to explain how amazing using Google's Tilt Brush VR-painting tech is without hyperventilating;
• Be Kaptivated by Kathryn's Kriminally Komplicated Kwiz, and mutter darkly at how bad Thom and Joe are at getting Korrect answers.
EPISODE 3: Is 2017 basically "The Handmaid's Tale"? Would you keep a dead relative alive in VR?
TRIPLE TROUBLE! In Episode Three:
• Kathryn explains how, even though 2017 is terrible, we're still not completely in the dystopian world of The Handmaid's Tale (but are still pretty close.)
• Joe tries to justify how recording your loved ones as a VR object and re-animating them after they die is actually a great idea (and Kathryn spots an opportunity for fiendishness)
• Thom proves frighteningly adept at guessing the answers to Kwizmaster Kathryn's quiz on how Victorians used flowers to throw some old-time shade.
EPISODE 2: Are we really alive? Can you be friends with your device? PLUS: Robot philosophy!
Quiver with fear, as it's EPISODE TWO of the MONTAGE podcast!
And in episode two, get ready to clutch your robo-pearls, as:
• Thom digs a comically deep philosophical hole on the topic of "reality" and then adroitly climbs out of it again as he asks, "Are we alive - and does it even matter?"
• Kathryn explores the world beyond the Internet of Things when we form relationships with our devices and interact with the Internet of Friends
• Joe and Thom Kompete for Kwizmaster Kathryn as she tests whether they can tell the difference between genuine philosophical quotes and ones made up by bots.
Episode 1: SexTech, Food in a bottle, and UFO sightings vs Marijuana consumption
IN EPISODE ONE, grasp your wearables and swig your meal replacement fodder, as:
- Joe probes the world of SexTech - the industry of wearables that are rather more invigorating than fitness trackers
- Kathryn explains the unexpected impact on her social life when she shunned food's taste, texture, joy, and sense of wellbeing and gulped down Soylent instead
- Thom does some #bluesky #brand #strategising around meal replacement powders, fake foodstuffs and teledildonics.
BONUS FEATURETTE: Kathryn investigates the data around reported UFO sightings in the USA.