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The Bad Take

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A conversational podcast on anything from politics and pop culture to the universe and the meaning of life.


#20 A Matter of Words (with Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero)
Feb 29 • 63 min
On this episode, we’re joined by linguist Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero based in Granada, Spain. She was in Sri Lanka for some months last year, studying extreme speech online. She has also studied graffiti and “wall art” in Spanish and other European cities.…
#19 Planet Hunting (with Mahesh Herath)
Jan 31 • 76 min
On this episode, we’re joined by Sri Lankan astronomer Mahesh Herath who made headlines last year when he discovered not one but two exoplanets - no big deal - in a remote corner of our galaxy. We talked about his rigorous research process and the future…
#18 Demystifying AI (with Nisansa de Silva)
Dec 30, 2019 • 88 min
Joined by subject expert Nisansa de Silva, we bust some myths about AI and its applications, while exploring the challenges in AI development and the inevitable social, economic and political implications it poses. Nisansa de Silva is a doctoral candidate…
#17 Fidel off the Field - In conversation with Andrew Fidel Fernando
Nov 22, 2019 • 70 min
We caught up with sports writer Andrew Fidel Fernando for a chat on his first book, the well received travelogue Upon a Sleepless Isle. Andrew is a prolific sports writer with a penchant for incisive analysis of all things cricket. He is also a historian…
#16 At The Movies: Hollywood Ramblings
Nov 3, 2019 • 36 min
This edition of our At the Movies episodes is a somewhat belated discussion on Tarantino’s latest outing and legendary filmmaker Martin Scorcese’s remarks on the MCU. —- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned:…
#15 At The Movies: We Live In A Society
Oct 12, 2019 • 29 min
We’re back after a while with another movie episode. This time we talk about the new Joker and the controversy surrounding it. Is it worth the hype? —- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://thebadtake.com/episode15…
#14 Major Throwback - ’90s Pop Culture in Sri Lanka
Jun 26, 2019 • 84 min
From Doo Daruwo to Soora Pappa, from Rookantha to Bathiya & Santhush, the 1990s saw an unprecedented boom in popular entertainment in Sri Lanka that defined an entire generation. This is a look back at the glory days. —- Show notes for this episode,…
#13 Catching up on Twitter
Jun 10, 2019 • 31 min
We’re back after a bit of a hiatus. So much has happened since you last heard from us. Particularly on the online space. This is a brief look at what’s been going down. —- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned:…
#12 Cosmic Musings: Are we living in a simulation?
Apr 20, 2019 • 33 min
Are we living in a simulation? The idea is not a new one. It’s been a sci-fi staple for years. But more and more scientists are taking it seriously. This is an attempt to understand the implications of this question. —- Show notes for this episode,…
#11 Cosmic Musings: Where are all our neighbors?
Feb 18, 2019 • 45 min
Given the sheer number of stars in the universe – over 200 billion in our galaxy alone, in a universe of two trillion galaxies – chances are, we are not alone. And yet, we have yet to see a shred of credible evidence for life outside our little cosmic…
#10 Congested
Jan 28, 2019 • 45 min
“You’re not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.” So goes the adage. But is that always true? What explains the bumper to bumper traffic jams we find ourselves in almost every day, slowly driving us all insane? Is there a solution in sight? This is our…
#9 A Conversation with Ajay Kamalakaran
Dec 31, 2018 • 83 min
This week, we’re joined by journalist turned author Ajay Kamalakaran based in Mumbai, India. He talks about, among other things, his latest work, a short story collection centred around a remote island in Russia. Ajay Kamalakaran is a writer and…
#8 Firing Squad (with Chav and Thimal Gajadeera)
Dec 25, 2018 • 45 min
An unfortunate incident involving a political argument that quickly escalated took Twitter by storm a few days ago. Tempers flared and one of the parties ended up losing their job as a result. Joining us today are Chav and Thimal Gajadeera to discuss the…
#7 At the Movies: Talking Movies with Dilina Amaruwan
Dec 14, 2018 • 62 min
This week, we’re joined by writer and pop culture connoisseur Dilina Amaruwan Pathirage. We pick his brain on what’s hot (and not) at the movies and take a walk down memory lane on Sri Lankan cinema’s golden years. Dilina Amaruwan Pathirage is a writer at…
Bonus Episode: Back from the Beaches
Dec 1, 2018 • 35 min
The Bad Take is back after a month’s silence. On this episode we have a chat about Thamara’s holiday in Indonesia. —- Show notes for this episode, including links to everything mentioned: https://medium.com/the-bad-take/bonus-episode-b008426653d —-…
#6 On Digital Demons
Oct 26, 2018 • 82 min
Social media is all around us, controlling so many aspects of our lives. For a lot of us, it’s a useful way to stay connected, to stay up to date on what’s going in the world. But like with all things, too much of it cannot be a good thing. This is a deep…
#5 On “Radicals” & Social Justice
Oct 8, 2018 • 19 min
In the Sinhala-speaking corner of the internet, the word ‘radical’ has come to mean something negative, not unlike pejorative terms such as ‘SJW’. This is an attempt to make sense of this politically loaded word as it applies to the Sri Lankan context. —-…
#4 On Bus Music
Sep 30, 2018 • 47 min
It’s cranky, it’s raw, you know it when you hear it. And whether you like it or not, ‘bus music’ is here to stay. On this episode we explore the fundamental characteristics of the famed Lankan musical genre with connoisseur Indika de Silva. —- Indika de…
#3 At The Movies: Moviecrush
Sep 23, 2018 • 80 min
With no preparation at all, we sat down to have a chat about the movies we have enjoyed. The conversation flowed with great ease, and we veered a little towards books and TV shows, too, naturally. A fun exchange it was, so we decided to revisit the movie…
Bonus Episode: Sound Check
Sep 20, 2018 • 47 min
So we got some new recording gear this week and we thought we’d just sit down and record an impromptu conversation just to test the equipment. This is what we ended up with: a rather long-winded meta chat about the podcast and a few other things that…
#2 On Atheism
Sep 16, 2018 • 17 min
Religion is a touchy topic, to say the least. It’s a subject many people like to steer clear of - with good reason. But lately, in Sri Lanka, there has been much conversation around religion, or more specifically, the absence of it. This is one such…
#1 On Censorship, Hate Speech & Tolerance
Sep 9, 2018 • 29 min
The word ‘censorship’ gets thrown around a lot these days, both locally and internationally. It’s been an especially thorny topic of late, given the divisive political climate we’re living in right now. But what exactly does it mean to censor someone? And…