Fraggle Shrugged

Fraggle Shrugged

2019 | English, Podcast, Video

In Fraggle Shrugged, Henrik Viking and Sigfred Nielsen read through Atlas Shrugged, the classic and very long libertarian mystery novel from 1957 by Ayn Rand. They also watch Fraggle Rock, a Jim Henson Muppet TV show from the 80s.

Chapter by chapter, and episode by episode, they delve into the two works to unspool the weird and interesting details and discover the deep, hidden connections between the two that they are absolutely convinced are there. Which of the two will end up providing the more insightful and coherent philosophical musings? (Spoiler: not Atlas Shrugged…)

So follow along on this strange and amusing journey into endless descriptions of wooden characters maniacally discussing railroad infrastructure, and cheerful muppets gleefully dancing around the agony of existence. And don’t worry – reading the 1000+ pages novel is not required…

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Fraggle Shrugged

0 – Kicking Off the Podcast

In this introductory episode of Fraggle Shrugged, the two hosts Henrik and Sigfred present the concept for the podcast: They will read through Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand's very long libertarian mystery novel from 1957. For each chapter, they will also watch an episode of Fraggle Rock, a Jim Henson Muppet TV show from the 80s.

They will then analyze and compare the two, to discover the hidden connections. Will Atlas Shrugged turn out be as silly as the Fraggles? And will Fraggle Rock have anything to say about economic philosophy? Follow along on this mad journey to find out.

But before the descend into madness truly kicks off in Episode 1, we take a moment to introduce ourselves and the project in this Episode 0. It's going to be some loose and hopefully entertaining discussions, from two baffled Danes. Let's get into it!

Fraggle Shrugged is produced by Månegal Media. Visit maanegal.dk/english to learn more about us

Fraggle Shrugged

1 – When I See Things, I See Them

After fumbling their way through an introductory episode, Henrik and Sigfred embark on their mad journey for real. In this episode, they read the first chapter of Atlas Shrugged, called "The Theme", and watch the first episode of Fraggle Rock, called "The Beginning".

Along the way, they try to make sense of the two strange worlds, and discover some compelling evidence that it might actually be the same world. They also do their first sexy libertarian reading in the segment "Fifty Shades of Galt", and hand out awards to some noteworthy phrases and characters.

We hope you will read and watch along — it's not required, but it sure would make us feel better about our questionable life decisions. If you want to share something with us, feel free to holler at us at fraggleshrugged@maanegal.dk or @maanegal in the Twittersphere.

Fraggle Shrugged is produced by Månegal Media. Visit maanegal.dk/english to learn more about us

Fraggle Shrugged

2 – The Savagely Overabundant Vitality of a Brass Meatball

Hope you like metal (and not the genre of music), because it's about to get so metally up in here. When Ayn Rand likes something, she's not shy about it, and be warned – she really loves metal. Henrik and Sigfred read through chapter 2 of her 1000+ pages capitalist fever dream of a novel Atlas Shrugged, which is titled “The Chain” (no relation to the Fleetwood Mac song, sadly). To maintain their sanity, they also watch episode 2 of Fraggle Rock, titled “Wembley and the Gorgs”.

Turns out the two have a theme in common. On this light and humorous podcast episode, we end up having to talk about the morality of slavery (it’s bad. That’s our official stance on that) and other fun stuff. And then it gets steamy in here on a special Metal Edition of Fifty Shades of Galt.

If you want to share something with us, feel free to holler at us at fraggleshrugged@maanegal.dk or @maanegal in the Twittersphere.

Fraggle Shrugged is produced by Månegal Media. Visit maanegal.dk/english to learn more about us.

Fraggle Shrugged

3 – Almighty Moisture, Nothing Happened!

Things are getting moist as hell in both Atlas Shrugged and Fraggle Rock. Henrik and Sigfred read the chapter "The Top and the Bottom" and watch the episode "I Can Do It On My Own", and they discover some similarities between Dagny Taggart and Red Fraggle. They also try out a stressful method for summarizing that may not return. With less than 1000 pages left to go in the book, the worst must surely be behind us now…

If you want to share something with us, feel free to holler at us at fraggleshrugged@maanegal.dk or @maanegal in the Twittersphere.

Fraggle Shrugged is produced by Månegal Media. Visit maanegal.dk/english to learn more about us.

Fraggle Shrugged

4 – Dirty Doozers & Moist Moochers

This episode goes all in on the Fifty Shades of Galt reading – the steaming hot capitalism of Atlas Shrugged simply demands it. In addition to a long and moist reading from chapter 4, "The Immovable Movers", Henrik and Sigfred watch episode 4 of Fraggle Rock, "You Can't Do That Without A Hat". Here, the fraggles learn a lesson that is completely besides the point of the story, and Doc indulges in some light animal abuse.

If you want to skip the extended reading from the book, it ends at around 41:30. But really, you should just give yourself over to the moistness. Since reading this much copyrighted material from the God of libertarians will most likely get us sued into oblivion, why not go out with a wet bang!

Feel free to write to us or send stuff to fraggleshrugged@maanegal.dk or @maanegal in the Twitterverse.

Fraggle Shrugged is produced by Månegal Media. Visit maanegal.dk/english to learn more about us

Fraggle Shrugged

5 – Not A Romance, But An International Industrial Cartel Of Some Kind

Buckle up for some #RealTalk about gender and sexuality on this episode of the podcast. Because Ayn Rand tries to be romantic and erotic, and it does NOT go well. Prepare your safe spaces and emotional support animals, cuz you gon’ need ’em.

Needless to say, chapter 5 of the book (“The Climax of the D'Anconias”) weighs heavy on our minds, so its problematic aspects take up a large part of the discussion. Meanwhile in the 5th episode of Fraggle Rock (“The Thirty-Minute Work Week”), we learn that the Fraggles not only have jobs, but actually LIKE working. Since that is the case, they might like a little book called Atlas Shrugged…

Feel free to write to us or send stuff to fraggleshrugged@maanegal.dk or @maanegal in the Twitterverse.

Fraggle Shrugged is produced by Månegal Media. Visit maanegal.dk/english to learn more about us