John Phipps

The funniest current affairs show since Brass Eye: Into the Grey Zone reviewed

Plus: Matthew Syed's Sideways is the best thing I’ve heard in months

Detail of the 31st-century BC Narmer Palette, which shows Pharaoh Narmer parading behind his beheaded enemies. Photo: Dea / A. Dagli Orti / De Agostini / Getty Images

It was something a friend said to me about The Revenant, Leonardo diCaprio’s bloody-minded and brutal Oscar vehicle: ‘The problem with the film is once you start laughing, you can’t stop. And for me, that moment was the second time he fell off a cliff.’

I thought about this a lot listening to Into the Grey Zone, a new podcast hoping to educate its audience about the new forms of constant pseudo-warfare that modern states engage in.

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