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PODCASTS! People love them! And those who don’t? Well, they just haven’t been enlightened yet. But how in the heck do you figure out which ones are worth listening to? Castology, that’s how. Each episode our Castologists Liz, Nick and Zane will review some of the best (and sometimes not-so-best) podcasts around. They’ll also do the hard work and trawl the RSS feeds to find the newest podcasts that should be on your radar. Will they always agree with each other’s picks? Probably not! But hey, you’re clever, you know that’s how reviews work.

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    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 129 Ratings

PODCASTS! People love them! And those who don’t? Well, they just haven’t been enlightened yet. But how in the heck do you figure out which ones are worth listening to? Castology, that’s how. Each episode our Castologists Liz, Nick and Zane will review some of the best (and sometimes not-so-best) podcasts around. They’ll also do the hard work and trawl the RSS feeds to find the newest podcasts that should be on your radar. Will they always agree with each other’s picks? Probably not! But hey, you’re clever, you know that’s how reviews work.

    I Understood That Reference, Back from Reality, and The Memory Distillery

    I Understood That Reference, Back from Reality, and The Memory Distillery

    Here at Castology, we love it when you help us help you. So we took your listener submissions, we listened to them, and in this episode we’re gonna tell people about ‘em. Liz recommends a pop culture podcast with pep: I Understood That Reference. Zane looks at movies through a nostalgic frame (with added booze) with The Memory Distillery. Then Nick gets in touch with his trashy reality TV side with Back To Reality. Then it’s on to the reviews from last week.


    Liz Recommends - I Understood That Reference
    https://capunderstands.com
    Brought to you by Rob & Ross, this podcast follows the conversations of two film, comic and video game enthusiasts as they discuss what’s trending in pop culture today. Pretty unique right? The main focus will be movies and comics and we’ll be uploading episodes routinely up here along with some other written pieces. This also marks the beginning of The Great Reference Game – Rob vs Ross in a winner takes all and loser takes a fall reference competition!
    For both: any ep you fancy. Recent ones have more... you know, recent stuff to talk about.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/i-understood-that-reference/id1453445365


    Nick Recommends - Back from Reality
    Back From Reality is a new weekly podcast in which host, Gabrielle Scawthorn, chats with a different guest each week from the world of reality television. Each conversation will cover the highs and lows of the reality TV experience, how their lives have changed as a result, and what it's like to come Back From Reality.
    For both: take a pick!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/back-from-reality/id1522142042


    Zane Recommends - The Memory Distillery
    Each week the memory distillery malt, mash, ferment, and distill our way through the spirits of our past in the form of long-loved movies.
    For Both: PIck a movie you like (Gremlins, Elf, The Addams Family)
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1459261391
     
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    • 35 min
    Evil Genius, Brainwashed, Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions

    Evil Genius, Brainwashed, Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions

    The Castologists are at it again, with podcast recommendations for your aural pleasure. Liz looks at whether historical figures were evil or genius with Evil Genius, Nick looks at some of the really bad experiments the CIA have been involved in with Brainwashed. And Zane looks at exactly what big questions billionaires can actually answer with Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions. Then we review last week’s submissions.
    https://www.climactic.com.au/
    www.podcastersdeclare.com


    Liz Recommends - Evil Genius
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0605sx6/episodes/downloads
    Award-winning comedian Russell Kane will be joined by a panel of non-experts each week, to delve into the lesser known sides of some of the world’s great geniuses to see who was the ‘most brilliant’ of all time.
    For both: pick a person you love (or hate!) and see if you still feel the same way after.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/evil-genius-with-russell-kane/id1356142765


    Nick Recommends - Brainwashed
    Brainwashed investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and the ripple effects on survivors, their families, and thousands of other people around the world. It also examines the cultural impact — how the CIA brought LSD to America and inadvertently created counterculture influencers such as author Ken Kesey and poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s an exploration of what happens in times of fear, when the military and medicine collide. And what happens when the survivors fight back.
    For both: from the start
    https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/brainwashed/id1530261634




    Zane Recommends - Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions
    https://www.gatesnotes.com/podcast?utm_source=listennotes.com&utm_campaign=Listen+Notes&utm_medium=website
    Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions pairs Bill Gates with actress and writer Rashida Jones to tackle some of the biggest questions facing us today: Is it too late to solve climate change? Does everybody lie? Is inequality inevitable? Join them for deep dives into these questions and even a few answers.
    For Both: As much as you can stand from the start, or Episode 2: Is inequality inevitable
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1538630420
     
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    • 36 min
    Inherited, Nice White Parents, Story Club

    Inherited, Nice White Parents, Story Club

    You want to know which podcasts to listen to, and we wanna tell you which podcasts to listen to! Handy, huh? This week Zane looks at the climate crisis with Inherited, Nick looks at how messed up the US school system is with Nice White Parents, and Liz puts her fingers in her ears and pretends it’s all not happening by listening to other people’s stories with Story Club. Then, review time!


    Liz Recommends - Story Club
    https://giantdwarf.com.au/media/story-club-podcast/
    Each week features new guests telling stories live from the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney Australia. Past guests have included Jordan Raskopoulos (who I initially misgendered in this episode, apologies Jordan!), Josh Lawson, Bridie Jabor, Richard Glover, Rob Carlton and many more.
    For Nick: The Meat Oracle
    For Zane: Grey Wolf, I Did Not Scream
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/story-club/id1014873303


    Nick Recommends - Nice White Parents
    If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public schools, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in shaping them: white parents. A five-part series from Serial Productions, a New York Times Company.
    For both: From the start
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-white-parents/id1524080195


    Zane Recommends - Inherited
    https://www.criticalfrequency.org/inherited
    We don't choose the world we inherit. But we do choose what we do with it.
    Stories from, for, and by the youth climate movement.
    Produced by Georgia Wright and Julianna Bradley.
    For Both: The Green New Dream
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inherited/id1508946017
     
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    • 28 min
    Bloodsport, Bad Faith, Phoebe Reads a Mystery

    Bloodsport, Bad Faith, Phoebe Reads a Mystery

    Bit of a mixed bag from our Castologists this week! Nick looks at the doping and the Olympics with Bloodsport, Zane takes a look at a panel show that’s part politics part pop culture and part world changing with Bad Faith. Then Liz settles down by the metaphorical fireplace for a mystery novel or two read by Phoebe Judge with Phoebe Reads a Mystery. Then it’s on to the reviews!


    Liz Recommends - Phoebe Reads a Mystery
    https://thisiscriminal.com/mystery/
    In what is probably the shortest episode description Liz has chosen yet, Phoebe Judge (Criminal) reads a chapter a day from a classic mystery novel.
    For both: whatever book takes your fancy.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/phoebe-reads-a-mystery/id1503921457


    Nick Recommends - Bloodsport
    The story of the systematic doping of the 2012 and 2014 Olympics by the Russian state set against the ongoing attempts to catch the cheats.
    For both: From the start
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/bloodsport/id1522052223


    Zane Recommends - Bad Faith
    https://www.patreon.com/badfaithpodcast
    Bad Faith is two shows in one: it's a panel show about politics and pop culture with a rotating cast of performers and politicians, artists and activists, writers and radicals; and it's a two-way podcast where two people from two very different parts of the left make the case for one less terrible world.
    With civilization for the most part collapsing, the task of building a united left is more than urgent than ever. A panel show might not do that, but it will be good for some cheap kicks, and maybe it will explain something along the way.
    Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) is a former attorney, National Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders campaign, co-host of campaign podcast Hear The Bern, and a journalist who is early enough in her political career that she remains (tragically) sanguine.
    Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas) is an internet user and co-host of Chapo Trap House.
    Together, they'll help you through... all of this.
    For Both: The Red Green
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bad-faith/id1531192509
     
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    • 31 min
    Extremities, Wooden Overcoats, From Now

    Extremities, Wooden Overcoats, From Now

    You know when everything is crap and you wanna getaway? Yeah us too, so this week we are talking Escapism podcasts! Liz brings the popular comedy fiction Wooden Overcoats, Zane takes escapism literally with Extremities, and Nick goes out of this world with From Now. Then it’s review time for last week’s pods.


    Liz Recommends - Wooden Overcoats
    https://www.woodenovercoats.com/
    RUDYARD FUNN RUNS A FUNERAL HOME ON THE ISLAND OF PIFFLING.
    It used to be the only one. It isn't anymore.
    Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone run their family’s failing funeral parlor, where they get the body in the coffin in the ground on time. But one day they find everyone enjoying themselves at the funerals of a new competitor – the impossibly perfect Eric Chapman! With their dogsbody Georgie, and a mouse called Madeleine, the Funns are taking drastic steps to stay in business…
    British Podcasts Award Winner
    For both: serial so from start.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/wooden-overcoats/id1039662268


    Nick Recommends - From Now
    A famed lost spaceship, the USS HOPE, returns to Earth after vanishing thirty-five years prior. The lone survivor disembarks mysteriously​ looking the exact same age as when he left​. Following the ensuing media chaos, he finally reunites with his formerly identical twin brother (now an old man) for a one-on-one meeting. But what starts as a joyful reconciliation soon leads to dark revelations that threaten their relationship -- and the future of humanity.
    For both: serial so from the start
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/from-now/id1544239486


    Zane Recommends - Extremities
    https://www.wendoverproductions.com/
    In a typical "Zane" move Zane has brought a History and Science podcast (with a garnish of Geography and Social Sciences thrown in)! Extremities examines the why, and how, people live in Earth's most isolated and extreme settlements. Typically one location per season, the podcast has covered Pitcairn, Svalbard, and St Helena. The podcast has not run since early 2020, but there are still hours of escapist content to enjoy.
    For Both: Pick Any
    https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/extremities-wendover-productions-2i3VLedRp5x/#
     
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    • 30 min
    You’re Dead To Me, Something Rhymes with Purple, Sway

    You’re Dead To Me, Something Rhymes with Purple, Sway

    You know why you’re here. We’ve got podcasts, you want podcasts. It’s how this relationship works. This week Liz looks to the past in a comedic fashion with the history podcast You’re Dead To Me. Zane brings an etymology podcast that couldn’t be more British if it tried with Something Rhymes with Purple. And then Nick brings an interviewer that asks the hard questions in the sassiest way with Sway. Then it’s time for reviewing all the pods we brought last week.


    Liz Recommends - You’re Dead To Me
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07mdbhg/episodes/downloads
    Hosted by Greg Jenner: Public historian and “chief nerd in horrible histories”.
    This is the history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.
    Every ep sees him with a comedian and a historian to talk things history. Then they quiz the comedian on what they’ve learned in the episode.
    For Both: Whatever eps take your fancy.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/youre-dead-to-me/id1479973402


    Nick Recommends - Sway
    Power, unpacked. “Sway” is a new interview show hosted by Kara Swisher, “Silicon Valley’s most feared and well-liked journalist.” Now taking on Washington, Hollywood and the world, Kara investigates power: who has it, who’s been denied it, and who dares to defy it.
    For both: take a pick
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sway/id1528594034


    Zane Recommends - Something Rhymes with Purple
    https://somethinelse.com/projects/something-rhymes-with-purple
    What are the origins, meanings, and insights into how and why we use the words we do? Something Rhymes with Purple is a podcast about words and language where we find out. It’s hosted by Susie Dent, the star of dictionary corner on 8/10 Cats Does Countdown, and author, broadcaster, and ex-MP Gyles Brandreth. Each week they delve into a topic around language, offer some words of the week, and pepper it with fascinating insights, facts, and quirky anecdotes.
    For Both: Pick one
    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/something-rhymes-with-purple/id1456772823?mt=2
     
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

Jhon begar ,

Great podcast

I listen every episode.

Jon M.D. ,

The birthday cake of podcasts

This podcast is a useful and reliable resource for vetting podcasts and discovering crazy new stuff. Well done Castologists!

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Sliced Bread

So you know how they invented bread and then someone invented slice, well someone invented Podcasts (Adam Curry) and then they (Castology) invented the slice bread of podcasts.

An ingenious show that helps listeners to find array of hidden gems within the 1 millions show currently available. Each week the trio headed by Liz Best, who has such a sexy voice you want to date her (oh yeah, also Zane and Nick).

Each recommends podcasts which they internally peer review with each other. The discussions also contain witty banter, insightful comments and their love’s, hates for each show they have listened to. Castology not only slices but butters it for you.

Love this show!!

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