The rest of the country went to Level 2 this morning, but for poor old Aucklanders who are still at Level 4, RNZ podcast producer Justin Gregory has some podcast recommendations to keep you entertained.
Real Crime: Serial, Season One.
Look, I know you’ve probably heard this show before, but, surprisingly, there are people who haven’t. The first season of Serial An investigation into the murder of an 18-year-old high school student whose body was found in a park. It is the ancestor of every narrative podcast ever made, and as many producers as I know, steal freely from the invention and brilliant stealing techniques of Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder. For new listeners (and new podcast makers), listening to a season of the series is like training you in the basics. But more importantly, it’s a great piece of storytelling. Season two not so much.
Notable: Fishing. Destruction and murder (probably) in West Auckland. The best crime story you’ve ever heard. Full Disclosure: I helped make this series but it’s an amazing story and one of New Zealand’s most successful podcasts to date.
Politics: Slow Burn, Season One to Five.
This politics and history is a mirror of contemporary life. Season one. Covers the Watergate scandal and asks how the clearly crooked president still became so popular with his base? The second season is Clinton’s accusation and the ugly story of how badly everyone treated a young woman. For a change of pace, Season Three charts friendship, productivity and the killing of Topak and Buggy. Former Clansman and neo-Nazi David Duke seek treatment in Season Four as he turns angry, frustrated and forgotten voters into a major political force. And season five is about the fog of lies and twists and turns that convinced an unlikely coalition of conservatives and liberals to support an invasion of Iraq. And without mentioning his name, almost every season is not exactly about President Trump’s rise and rule.
“Kakami!” This is the most annoying word I’ve ever heard from any participant. New York Times Podcast Argument. It presents itself as a strong opinion and open minded debate and that is exactly what it is. The secret sauce host behind the success of the podcast is Jane Coston. She is not just a moderator (although she does it very well) but weighs in with her arguments and makes her position clear. Coston is usually fair and often smarter than most of her guests, but then she edits each episode. And the topics are not light. They discuss important race theory, vaccine mandates, and abortion rights. But what did one guest do that he called his opponent’s argument “kakami”? Whether we should try to contact foreigners or not.
Social Issues: What’s Wrong With You?
Three disabled women Great new podcast. About all the questions that bodybuilders ask, including: What’s wrong with you? You can’t help but think, “What’s wrong with us that we need to ask?” Most of the answers should cover topics such as a disability, travel, self-image, media representation and dating with a new worldview for people with disabilities. This is not a polite podcast. Instead, it’s a group of people talking to each other about what they want. The rest of us are invited to listen and hopefully understand a little better. And stop asking these questions!
Music: Your favorite band is useless.
This Podcast It does a lot of what it says on the ton. All the bands are overblown, both hosts argue, which is every music idiot you’ve ever met at a party but more entertaining – and more vicious. The pair are not as famous as they are small in size with great fame as they are cut into pieces and cut. I laughed when he proved that the songs that broke the Pumpkins were nothing more than 80’s hair metal. And the Poor Edge from U2 goes wild because of the lack of his chops (‘If at some point I refer to him as touching his guitar as “playing the guitar” it was unintentional)) They can go too far. I didn’t. I need four episodes to convince them that Christmas music is useless.
Notable: Hit parade. Real music journalism with more generosity.
He Kākanou Ahou
I will not apologize for including the podcast made for RNZ in this list because it is so good. He Kākanou Ahou Accepts the idea that being a Maori citizen means you are less connected to your culture. Host Kahu Kotia is not convinced that this is true and in the first season she meets a range of Maori in our cities to prove it by linking their stories to each other and their identities. The podcast jointly won and deserved a Voyager Media Award in 2020. good news; There are two seasons and the other focuses on the possible future of Aotearoa. If you haven’t already, you should listen to that Kākanou Ahou and feed your mind and your soul with your ears.
Short, sweet and beautifully made, it’s bilingual. Series Stories about the stars in the Matariki cluster. Stacey and Scott Morrison and Rhonda Tuble are your storytellers and they gently guide you with their Tonga Puro and environmental voices. The format and production of this podcast is perfect, not only for their own sake but also because they deepen the listeners’ understanding and give context to the meaning and importance of the stars for people and space. Each story is only a few minutes long and is perfect for Tamariki as well as T Rio Maori students. I like this podcast.
Comedy: My year at Mensa.
Very fast, very funny, very badly edited and completely self-aware, this is the metapod casting of millennial comedian Jamie Loftus. As a drunken joke, Loftus takes the test to join Mensa, a high IQ club “for rich mattresses who think they are smarter than everyone else”. Of Series It’s not just about his devastating year among the Mansons and the five days he spent at the worst convention anyone could attend. It’s also about the piles of social media, social strangeness as a cover for aggression and debates against unnecessary divisions between elites and groups of people. Loft’s storytelling style is completely out of my experience, let alone my age group and unlike most podcasts, you have to listen actively because if you blink you’ll miss something. As Loftus says, ‘Go ahead, be careful’. But I liked my year at Mensa and laughed a lot, just like a fool.
Notable: The Bugle. RNZ podcaster William Ray is a huge fan of what he rightly calls “perhaps the most successful comedy podcast ever.” Host Andy Zeltman is also an amazing cricket writer and super fan. Cricket
Drama: 200 years old
I’m cheating a bit here because I haven’t finished this podcast yet. But 200 years old. I’m gripped and I’m looking for more opportunities to listen. The docodrama is set in 2218 and tells the story of a South African woman named Lesdy Nabazu who is about to turn 200 years old. It uses a mixture of fiction and current scientific research to describe a world that is very different from ours. What does money mean, how do you keep a marriage going for so long, how will family and society change? The podcast is a bit weird because it has the backing of a financial group called Sunlam, which is about future plans. Good relationship but you have to ask some questions about their goals. But most importantly, it sounds great, especially when you are checking your wealth portfolio.
Science: The Wild Thing.
Science, you say? Big foot and extraterrestrial life, right? Yes, I know, but. Wild thing There is a line between science and society and why we want to believe in the unexpected. Host Laura Krantz scrutinizes the evidence and their own hopes and beliefs, interacts with experts and the general public with extraordinary experiences, and deals with them all without compromise. He also has no problem rejecting unrealistic dreamers, or “wow”, as they are called. And podcasts are fun too. Season One has some real-world pants stories about Big Foot competitions, and Season Two gets as close to outdoor competitions as you can get involved without investigation. For extra fun, listen at home late at night without anyone else. Sweet dreams!
Date: Precautionary Stories with Tim Harford.
If you feel like you’ve ever been full, listen to it. Series And feel better about yourself. It’s not like many of us have rocked a big plane because we just couldn’t believe we misunderstood our bearings or hijacked a drunken plane and Insisted on flying to the other side of the world. But almost all of us made mistakes and refused to admit it or ignored the advice of people who know us better. And that’s the genius of this series. Each story contains a warning, a moral one, and its purpose is to teach us something we need to know. Host Tim Harford understands adult stories about the series, but you don’t have to worry about lecturing. Harford is a gentle, uncompromising leader and is here to help. Cautionary tales also tell us a lot about modern life. Watch episodes on eradicating the epidemic, or mini-episodes on the dangers of skepticism. You have been warned.
My favorite podcast: Bang!
I have no objection to admitting that I am professionally jealous of it. Podcast. Host Melody Thomas has a remarkable range of people to tell amazing stories about sex and relationships. Where did they find them? How did he talk to them? But it did, so if you want to hear real people (including Melody’s mom) talking about everything, bang! Gives you more for your money. There are three seasons of stories that cover everything from straight men to anonymous homosexuality, the challenge of lifelong monogamy, ending toxic masculinity, sexuality and sex in a rest home in your seventies. A special episode of Doing and Answering FAQ has recorded two live shows in front of an audience in Auckland and Christchurch. Bang! There is business and I hope there will be more seasons in the future. When they arrive, I’ll probably still be upset.