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RoPeCast

by Dr Roger Charlton & Dr Peter Tischer · · · · 4 subscribers
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Roger is back interviewing his brother Neil in the wake of the British EU referendum. Today they're looking into the special case of Northern Ireland and the sneaky influence media have had in the British decision. [The Troubles](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles) A Wikipedia article on the background of the Northern Irish conflict, to ...
X10 - The day after June 24, 2016
Today Peter has a special guest to discuss the result of the British EU referendum. Neil Charlton, political scientist and British civil servant for many years joins this special episode to give us some highly up-to-date insights into what happened in Britain the other night. [How did UK end up ...
81\. That breax it June 14, 2016
Today, we'll have another look at the EU-referendum, which is going to take place next week in the United Kingdom (on June 23rd). Roger has invited Dan back into the show and the two are discussing facets of the general public opinion, and they'll look into the possible consequences of ...
Today, Roger has a guest over to discuss the upcoming referendum on the U.K.'s EU-membership. They talk about why the U.K. is going to take this decision now, and what the potential consequences might be. [The 2016 referendum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_European_Union_membership_referendum,_2016) Find more information about the upcoming referendum on Wikipedia. [The 1975 referendum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_European_Communities_membership_referendum,_1975) ...
X09 - Reloaded May 23, 2016
Finally it is done! And yes, this episode's title is quoting the second installment of the Matrix, but it is also meant literally: After LOADs of work in the last months we've managed to shift RoPeCast into a new era. We have RE- upLOADed all existing episodes to YouTube and ...
79\. Last Contact May 10, 2016
Ending our series on university austerity policy, we look into what really makes a difference to the success of a student. Is it what the Brits are discussing frequently these days, the so called 'contact hours' with a teacher? We'll let you know ...
Austerity policy at university is the continuing topic of this episode, and the two hosts are discussing its effects. This time they focus on the consequences of increasing class size at university in order to save money. Is this a good approach? - Listen in now ...
Austerity is a word that one encounters rather frequently in news and politics these days. In this episode Roger explains the meaning of this word, and both hosts discuss the effects that austerity policy can have on university in general and also how our university is affected by financial cuts ...
The thistle is a national symbol of Scotland and a thorny path might lay ahead for the Scots if they separated from the United Kingdom. Roger was somewhat hesistant to state his own opinion about the Scottish referendum at the end of our last episode. But Peter won't let him ...
A question that The Clash asked in their famous song, but also a question that the Scots are asking themselves when it comes to Scotland being a part of the United Kingdom. Before the 2014 referendum, Roger and Peter were discussing how the referendum came about in the first place ...
As an extension of our series on affirmative action in the U.S. and the 'women's quota' in Germany (episodes #068 and #069), Peter and his guest Carrie are looking into the linguistic remains of patriarchic structures, and into 'measures' being taken. [RoPeCast Ep 68 - Aaand ... action!](http://ropecast.podspot.de/post/68-aaand-action/) The first ...
Ending our series on British boarding life Christoph tells Peter about his own accomodation as an assistant teacher, which came with some luxury but also lacked certain possibilities.
Continuing our series on life in an exclusive British boarding school, we are now looking into questions such as "Rent a horse or bring your own?" or "Is my towel warm enough?" Hear about this and other pecularities of schools for rich people in this third episode of the series ...
Do you fill in or fill out a form? Do you do things again or over? Are you confused when it comes to adding prepositions to verbs? Well, don't worry - even native speakers argue about this.
70\. Prep. talk? Feb. 17, 2016
In this episode Roger and Peter discuss the difficulties of learning and teaching prepositions in English. They talk about the logic and concepts behind this - or the lack thereof. This episode is the last of our legacy episodes. Well, that's not completely correct. Episode #70 may be old but ...
69\. Exhausting quota Nov. 14, 2013
In Germany the quota is a much discussed solution to the problem field of women not being properly represented in some parts of the professional world. We’ll discuss why Americans did not opt for this type of solution, how other countries deal with it, and we’ll talk about the general, ...
68\. Aaand ... action! Oct. 31, 2013
No, this is not about the movies or Hollywood. Roger has invited a guest from the US for this episode to talk about a question that has been much debated in Germany lately. The two are going to discuss what the United States are doing to ensure women’s rights and ...
67\. Cheers, folks! July 15, 2013
No, we are not in the studio celebrating and drinking. Cheers is one of those words that have an entirely different meaning depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on. Or at least they used to have a different meaning… We are back with some more British vocabulary ...
Could James Bond be played by an American actor? Are there any red-haired Brits? Pecularities of the American and British variety of English are not as hard and fast as one generally assumes. In this episode we start reflecting on how American and British English are influencing one another – ...
A very short podcast on Christmas Eve to wish all our listeners a Merry Christmas and send you a little puzzling present. [Roger's Cryptic Christmas Crossword](http://www.szsb.uni- saarland.de/tl_files/szsb/usr/doc/en/RoPeCast/RoPeXmasXword.pdf) Roger compiled a cryptic crossword as a present to all you puzzling fans out there. Stay tuned for the solution that we'll publish ...