Pratchat

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Pratchat
Pratchat - a Terry Pratchett book club
Presentation
Hosted byElizabeth Flux & Ben McKenzie
Production
Opening themePratchat opening theme
Ending themePratchat closing theme
Composed byDavid Ashton
Audio formatmp3
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes57 (so far)
Publication
Original release8 October 2017 – present
Cited forDitmar Award (nominated twice)
ProviderSplendid Chaps Productions
Related showsSplendid Chaps; Ook Club
Websitepratchatpodcast.com
Support pageKo-Fi
Twitter@PratchatPodcast

Publisher Description

Join writer Elizabeth Flux and comedian Ben McKenzie on their six[1] year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel[2], one a month, and discuss them with special guests, puns, listener questions and footnotes! Episodes are released on the 7Ath of each month (Australian Eastern time); the next book is listed at pratchatpodcast.com and announced at the end of each episode. Send in questions via Twitter or Facebook!

The explicit tag represents a fairly average Australian level of coarse language.

Further Information

Format

  • Most episodes begin with an excerpt from later in the discussion, played immediately before the theme music.
  • After a scripted intro, Liz and Ben discuss their guest's history with Terry Pratchett before reading the book's blurb to get into the discussion proper.
  • The bulk of each episode is a recap of the book's plot, branching into discussions about the content and style along the way.
  • After reaching the end of the book, space is given to read any favourite quotes or footnotes before continuing on to discuss listener questions.
  • During an episode, audio footnotes may appear adding extra context or jokes to the discussion.

Trivia

  • Regular monthly episodes of Pratchat are released on the 8th of the month at 8:08 AM, Australian Eastern Time, making it very unlucky for wizards.
  • Bonus episodes are usually released on the Glorious 25th of the month, putting them halfway between regular monthly episodes.
  • Though it didn't launch until November 2017, Pratchat was planned as early as October 2015, when the domain name and Twitter account for the podcast were created.

Hosts

  • Elizabeth Flux - a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Co-host of all episodes and a master of the pune, or play on words.
  • Ben McKenzie - a performer, writer and game designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Co-host for all episodes, and also the editor and producer for the podcast. Notable for groaning at Liz's puns.

Episodes

The table below indexes episodes of this podcast. They are listed by default in release order, and use the podcast's own numbering scheme.

# Episode Title Date Book/Subject Guest(s) External links S#[3]
0 "And the Winner Is..." 2017-10-08 Introduction "Hex" Episode
1 "Boots Theory" 2017-11-08 Men at Arms Cal Wilson Episode; Notes 15
2 "Murdering a Curry" 2017-12-08 Mort Stephanie Convery Episode; Notes 4
3 "You're a Wizzard, Rincewind" 2018-01-08 Sourcery Cal Wilson Episode; Notes 5
4 "Enter Three Wytches" 2018-02-08 Wyrd Sisters Elly Squire Episode; Notes 6
5 "Ten Points to Viper House" 2018-03-08 Pyramids Richard McKenzie Episode; Notes 7
6 "A Load of Old Tosh" 2018-04-08 Dodger David Astle Episode; Notes
7 "All the Fingle Ladies" 2018-05-08 Eric Georgina Chadderton Episode; Notes 9
7A "The Curious Incident of the Dragon and the Night Watch" 2018-06-08 Guards! Guards! Aimee Nichols Episode; Notes 8
9 "Upscalator to Heaven" 2018-07-08 Truckers Amie Kaufman Episode; Notes B1
10 "We're Gonna Need a Bigger Broomstick" 2018-08-08 Moving Pictures Dan Golding Episode; Notes 10
11 "At Bill's Door" 2018-09-08 Reaper Man Sarah Pearson Episode; Notes 11
12 "Brooms, Boats and Pumpkinmobiles" 2018-10-08 Witches Abroad Jackie Tang Episode; Notes 12
13 "Don’t Quarry Be Happy" 2018-11-08 Diggers Marlee Jane Ward Episode; Notes B2
14 "City-State Lampoon’s Disc-wide Vacation" 2018-12-08 The Colour of Magic Joel Martin Episode; Notes 1
15 "It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And We Feel Nice and Accurate)" 2019-01-08 Good Omens Jennifer Beckett, Amy Gray Episode; Notes
16 "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Vorbis" 2019-02-08 Small Gods Avril Hannah-Jones Episode; Notes 13
17 "Midsummer (Elf) Murders" 2019-03-08 Lords and Ladies Nadia Bailey Episode; Notes 14
18 "Sundog Gazillionaire" 2019-04-08 The Dark Side of the Sun Will Kostakis Episode; Notes
19 "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got Rocks In" 2019-05-08 Soul Music Fury Episode; Notes 16
20 "The Thing Beneath My Wings" 2019-06-08 Wings Lili Wilkinson Episode; Notes B3
- "A Troll New World" 2019-06-23 "Troll Bridge" Tansy Rayner-Roberts Episode; Notes
21 "Memoirs of Agatea" 2019-07-08 Interesting Times David Ryding Episode; Notes 17
22 "The Cat in the Prat" 2019-08-08 The Unadulterated Cat Asimov (the cat) Episode; Notes
23 "The Music of the Nitt" 2019-09-08 Maskerade Myf Coghill Episode; Notes 18
24 "Arsenic and Old Clays" 2019-10-08 Feet of Clay Nate Byrne Episode; Notes 19
25 "Eskist Attitudes" 2019-11-08 Equal Rites Claire Coleman Episode; Notes 3
- "A Pratchatter's Guide to the ''Night Terrace''" 2019-11-18 Night Terrace Episode
26 "The Long Dark Mr Teatime of the Soul" 2019-12-08 Hogfather Michael Williams Episode; Notes 20
27 "Leshp Miserablés" 2020-01-08 Jingo Craig Hildebrand-Burke Episode; Notes 21
28 "All Our Base Are Belong to You" 2020-02-08 Only You Can Save Mankind Steve Lamattina Episode; Notes J1
29 "Great Rimward Land" 2020-03-08 The Last Continent Fury Episode; Notes 22
30 "Looking Widdershins" 2020-04-08 Reflection Episode; Notes
31 "It’s Just a Step to the West" 2020-05-08 The Long Earth Joel Martin Episode; Notes L1
32 "Meet the Feegles" 2020-06-08 The Wee Free Men Meaghan Dew Episode; Notes 30
33 "Cat, Rats and Two Meddling Kids" 2020-07-08 The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents Michelle Law Episode; Notes 28
34 "Only You Can Save Deadkind" 2020-08-08 Johnny and the Dead Oliver Phommavanh Episode; Notes J2
35 "Great Balls of Physics" 2020-09-08 The Science of Discworld Anna Ahveninen Episode; Notes S1
36 "Home Alone, But Vampires" 2020-10-08 Carpe Jugulum Gillian Cosgriff Episode; Notes 23
37 "The Shopping Trolley Problem" 2020-11-08 Johnny and the Bomb Will Kostakis Episode; Notes J3
38 "Moisten to Steal" 2020-12-08 Going Postal Nicholas J Johnston & Lawrence Leung Episode; Notes 33
39 "All the Fun of the...Fish?" 2021-01-08 "The Sea and Little Fishes" Marc Burrows Episode; Notes
40 "The King and the Hole of the King" 2021-02-08 The Fifth Elephant Richard McKenzie Episode; Notes 24
41 "The Adventures of Crab Boy and Trouser Girl" 2021-03-08 Nation Charlotte Pezaro Episode; Notes
42 "Truth, the Printing Press and Every -ing" 2021-04-08 The Truth Stephanie Convery Episode; Notes 25
43 "Wee Big Hag: Far Fra' Home" 2021-05-08 A Hat Full of Sky Sally Evans Episode; Notes 32
- "Eeek Club 2021" 2021-05-25 Topics chosen by subscribers Episode; Notes
44 "Cosmic Turtle Soup" 2021-06-08 The Light Fantastic Joel Martin Episode; Notes 2
45 "Hogswatch in Grune" 2021-07-08 "Twenty Pence With Envelope and Seasonal Greeting" Penelope Love Episode; Notes
- "Twice as Alive" 2021-07-25 Men at Arms Episode; Notes 15
46 "The Helen Green Preservation Society" 2021-08-08 The Long War Deanne Sheldon-Collins Episode; Notes L2
47 "A Finite Number of Shakespeares" 2021-09-08 The Science of Discworld II: The Globe Alanta Colley Episode; Notes S2
48 "Lu-Tze in the Sky with Lobsang" 2021-10-08 Thief of Time Ben Reilly Episode; Notes 26
49 "Once More, With Future" 2021-11-08 "Once and Future" Richard Watts Episode; Notes
50 "Salt Rat Arsenic Heat" 2021-12-08 Nanny Ogg's Cookbook Cal Wilson Episode; Notes
- "Oggswatch Feast 2021" 2021-12-25 Nanny Ogg's Cookbook Elly Squire
Liam Pieper
Nadia Bailey
Manning and Liz (Wyrd Sisters)
Joanna and Francine (The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret)
Aaron and Ana (The Compleat Discography)
Anna Ahveninen
Episode; Notes
51 "Boffoing the Winter Slayer" 2022-01-08 Wintersmith Garth Nix Episode; Notes 35
52 "A Near-Watch Experience" 2022-02-08 The Watch Patrick Lenton, Fury Episode; Notes
53 "A (Very) Few Words by Hner Ner Hner" 2022-03-08 "The Ankh-Morpork National Anthem"
"Medical Notes"
"A Few Words from Lord Havelock Vetinari"
Episode; Notes
54 "The Land Before Vimes" 2022-04-08 Night Watch Nadia Bailey Episode; Notes 29
55 "Mr Doodle, the Man on the Moon" 2022-05-08 The Last Hero Georgina Chadderton Episode; Notes 27
- "Eeek Club 2022" 2022-05-25 Topics chosen by subscribers Episode; Notes
56 "do { Podcast(); } while (unreadPratchetts > 0);" 2022-06-08 "#ifdefDEBUG + 'world/enough' + 'time'" Sean Williams Episode; Notes
- "Daniel Superbaboon" 2022-07-08 "The High Meggas" Episode; Notes L0[4]
58 "The Barbarian Switch" 2022-08-08 "Final Reward" Penelope Love Episode; Notes
57 "Get Your Dad to Mars!" 2022-08-25 The Long Mars Joel Martin Episode; Notes L3
59 "Charlie and the Whale Factory" 2022-09-08 The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch Dr Kat Day Episode; Notes S3

Footnotes

  1. ...ish.
  2. Not just the Discworld ones!
  3. Sort by this column to get episodes in series publication order. Discworld books have just a number. Other series have a letter prefix: "B" for the Bromeliad, "J" for Johnny Maxwell, "S" for the Science of Discworld and "L" for the Long Earth.
  4. While this isn't technically part of the Long Earth series, as the precursor story that was first published in the early edition of the first book, it seems right to include it.