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Cover art for episode 114 Satan's Glowup. Top row: Slovenia's Ana Soklic, Belgium's Hooverphonic, Cyprus's Elena Tsangrinou. Bottom row: Croatia's Albina, Sweden's Tusse, Norway's TIX.

114: Satan’s Glowup

Ned Raggett joins us to discuss the heaven and hell aspects of Eurovision Semi-Final 1. Who knew that 2021 would be Satan’s pop culture year?

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A version of the Oops All Berries cereal box, with the image of Cap'n Crunch replaced by the guy who is revealed to be made of cake in the video for Moldova's entry "Sugar"

110: Oops! All Songs!

Oops! Everyone looked at the calendar and realized Eurovision entries are due next week! We give a first listen to 25% of the 2021 field.

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Flag of Turkey

#98: Let’s Talk Turkey

Turkey was last at Eurovision in 2012. We take this opportunity to comb through its history and gobble up any information we can find.

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Six photos of Eurovision contestants surround the Eurowhat logo; Sunstroke Project (2010, UL), Valentina Monetta (2013, UR), Ovi and Paula Sellig (2014, ML), Laura and Koit Toome (2017, MR), Poli Genova (2016, LL), Sergey Lazarev (2019, LR)

#94: Double Trouble

Ben flies solo again with another audio essay, this time looking into performers who made double, triple, and even quadruple visits to the Eurovision stage.

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Twilight photo of the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

#93: Rotterdam, Ahoy! Take 2

Rotterdam gets to take a mulligan on 2020 as we look ahead to how preparations for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest begin to take shape.

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black and white photo of a boy working with radio equipment from the early 20th century

#91: A Brief History of the EBU

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) turns 70 this year! How did the EBU come into being? We dive into telecommunications history and evolution to find out.

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Video monitors display artists from the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in the Europe Shine a Light special

#86: Shine a Light

The 2020 Eurovision Season comes to an end with Europe: Shine a Light. @dudepoints joins us to reminisce and set the record straight on the Riga Beaver.

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Rein Alexander performs "One Last Time" at the NRK Melodi Grand Prix final

#77: Anarchy in the NRK

The Eurovision 2020 songlist has hit double digits after this past weekend as we encounter internal selections and national final results.

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Israel, Russia, Armenia, and Iceland have all raised the question: do flags run counter to Eurovision not being a political contest? (Screens: EBU)

#63: Flags on the Play

Who knew that flags—symbols of national identity—could have political implications at the Eurovision Song Contest? Drink!

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Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Australia, and Belgium will perform in the first semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (Photos: Eurovision.tv)

#45: Semi-Final 1 Part 2 – “Oof”

We finish the first half of the first Eurovision semi-final discussing Poland, Serbia, and Slovenia. Then Australia and Belgium kick off our second half coverage.

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