48 episodes

Welcome to The Zest Is History, a brand new podcast from Melissa Mason and Josie Rozenberg-Clarke (former hosts of All Aussie Mystery Hour). Each week, they will spin you a 100% legit and maybe 80% researched yarn from Australia's weird, wild and obviously zesty history.
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The Zest Is History Josephine Rozenberg-Clarke and Melissa Mason

    • History
    • 4.8 • 386 Ratings

Welcome to The Zest Is History, a brand new podcast from Melissa Mason and Josie Rozenberg-Clarke (former hosts of All Aussie Mystery Hour). Each week, they will spin you a 100% legit and maybe 80% researched yarn from Australia's weird, wild and obviously zesty history.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    S2E11: Nancy Wake AKA 'The White Mouse' - A Zesty WWII Hero Who Definitely Killed A Guy

    S2E11: Nancy Wake AKA 'The White Mouse' - A Zesty WWII Hero Who Definitely Killed A Guy

    This month, Josie (fresh from her trip to France) tells Mel about Nancy Wake - an Aussie living in the south of France who became a spy known as the White Mouse during WWII.
    This episode of The Zest Is History was produced by Josie Rozenberg-Clarke, with research by Caitlin Robson.
    Credits:
    Wikipedia, obvs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wake
    Timeline World History Documentaries, How Nancy Wake Saved Countless Lives | Enemy Of The Reich, July 18 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNXKovYM15A
    Variety, “Elizabeth Debicki to Star in World War II-Set Limited Series For Vendôme, Anonymous Content, August 27, 2020 https://variety.com/2020/tv/global/elizabeth-debicki-world-war-2-vendome-group-anonymous-content-ariel-lawhon-1234750738/
    Justine Clarke, “Nancy Wake — the girl who spied”, March 5, 2018
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/fierce-girls/nancy-wake-the-girl-who-spied/9485892
    Kim Willsher, “Farewell to Nancy Wake, the mouse who ran rings around the Nazis”, August 9, 2011 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/aug/08/nancy-wake-white-mouse-gestapo
    Australian War Memorial, “Nancy Grace Augusta Wake” https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P332
    As always, love us please:
    Become a TZIH Patreon supporter and watch us livestream record every episode at patreon.com/thezestishistory
    Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is History Podcast" on Facebook.
    Follow us on Instagram @thezestishistory and Twitter @ZestHistory.
    Follow Mel on Instagram @melissamason_ and Josie on Instagram @josieroze

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    S2E10: Bob Hawke - The PM With A Beer-Drinking World Record

    S2E10: Bob Hawke - The PM With A Beer-Drinking World Record

    This week, Mel tells Josie all about the life of Bob Hawke, one of Australia's greatest Prime Ministers who was also known for his wild sex life and penchant for downing a beer in record time.
    The Zest Is History was produced by Melissa Mason this week, with research by Caitlin Robson.
    As always, love us please:
    Become a TZIH Patreon supporter at patreon.com/thezestishistory
    Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is History Podcast" on Facebook.
    Follow us on Instagram @thezestishistory and Twitter @ZestHistory.
    Follow Mel on Instagram @melissamason_ and Josie on Instagram @josieroze

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    • 59 min
    S2E9: The Picasso Art Heist - Stealing Paintings Right Off The Gallery Walls

    S2E9: The Picasso Art Heist - Stealing Paintings Right Off The Gallery Walls

    This week, Josie tells Mel all about the Picasso Art Heist, where a very famous, VERY EXPENSIVE Picasso painting was literally taken straight off the wall of the National Gallery in Victoria.
    The Zest Is History was produced by Josie Rozenberg-Clarke this week, with research by Caitlin Robson.
    As always, love us please:
    Become a TZIH Patreon supporter at patreon.com/thezestishistory
    Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is History Podcast" on Facebook.
    Follow us on Instagram @thezestishistory and Twitter @ZestHistory.
    Follow Mel on Instagram @melissamason_ and Josie on Instagram @josieroze

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    • 59 min
    S2E8: Saltwater Crocodiles - Those Reptiley Pr*cks

    S2E8: Saltwater Crocodiles - Those Reptiley Pr*cks

    This week, Mel tells Josie about saltwater crocodiles - those terrifying, dinosaur creatures that inhabit pretty much any body of water you'd fine in the Top End of Australia. Cunning, smart and absolutely ginormous, they've terrorised Aussies forever - but they're pretty cool, if you forget about how they can swallow you whole.
    As always, love us please:
    Become a TZIH Patreon supporter at patreon.com/thezestishistory
    Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is History Podcast" on Facebook.
    Send us mail! The Zest Is History, PO Box 453, Rose Bay NSW 2029.
    Follow us on Instagram @thezestishistory and Twitter @ZestHistory.
    Follow Mel on Instagram @melissamason_ and Josie on Instagram @josieroze

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    • 58 min
    S2E7: The Nutbush - Why The Hell Are Aussies The Only Ones Who Do This Bloody Dance

    S2E7: The Nutbush - Why The Hell Are Aussies The Only Ones Who Do This Bloody Dance

    In this long-awaited, much-delayed by illness and (technological) misadventure episode, Josie talks Mel through the mysterious origin story of Australia's national dance - The Nutbush. We recorded this as a livestream for our Patreon supporters so if you want to watch us record the next ep, get involved here for just $5 a month: patreon.com/thezestishistory
    Video of the Nutbush for any non-Aussie listeners! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_heNiNHqmnY
    Credits:
    Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutbush_City_Limits
    SMH article from 2018 by Mary Ward
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/schoolhouse-outhouse-the-mysterious-history-of-the-nutbush-20181115-p50g9n.html
    The Music article from 2019 by Lauren Baxter
    https://themusic.com.au/news/wtf-australia-turns-out-we-are-the-only-country-that-does-the-nutbush-dance/KiA2PD8-ISA/01-02-19/
    A 2017 post from the Tina Turner Blog: https://tinaturnerblog.com/2017/06/03/the-nutbush-dance/ 
    Herald Sun article 2021 by Cameron Adams and Holly Byrnes
    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/tina-turner-documentary-reveals-music-stars-harrowing-personal-story-and-why-shes-retiring/news-story/4aa591185102df4a11defc5534a789f4 
    Reddit post by Hank Sparrow in 2016 https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/49765n/im_trying_to_trace_the_nutbush_dance_back_to_its/ 
    Buzzfeed by Clare Aston 2021
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/clareaston/the-world-doesnt-know-about-nutbush-in-oz 
    North West Star by Derek Barry 2021
    https://www.northweststar.com.au/story/7336149/new-nutbush-record-on-last-day-of-the-big-red-bash/
    As always, love us please:
    Become a TZIH Patreon supporter at patreon.com/thezestishistory
    Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is History Podcast" on Facebook.
    Send us mail! The Zest Is History, PO Box 453, Rose Bay NSW 2029.
    Follow us on Instagram @thezestishistory and Twitter @ZestHistory.
    Follow Mel on Instagram @melissamason_ and Josie on Instagram @josieroze

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    • 50 min
    S2E6: The Button Man - Victoria's Mysterious High Country Resident

    S2E6: The Button Man - Victoria's Mysterious High Country Resident

    We're back! We're doing mysteries! It's like All Aussie Mystery Hour except it's not! This episode, Mel takes Josie through The Button Man, a mysterious guy who lives in the Victorian High Country area for periods each year. The thing is, there have also been several eerie disappearances in the same area over the last few years. Cue media suspicion of The Button Man - but is he just a prankster freaking out bushwalkers?
    References
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-button-man-could-be-key-to-mounting-mountain-mystery-20200521-p54v4p.html
    The Age, John Silvester, May 22 2020.
    https://www.triplem.com.au/story/crime-writer-andrew-rule-gives-some-details-on-the-mystery-button-man-in-the-victorian-high-country-161688
    Triple M, Hot Breakfast interview with Andrew Rule
    https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/australian-button-man
    Strange Outdoors
    As always, love us please:
    Become a TZIH Patreon supporter at patreon.com/thezestishistory
    Join The Zest Is History Podcast group on FB by searching for "The Zest Is History Podcast" on Facebook.
    Send us mail! The Zest Is History, PO Box 453, Rose Bay NSW 2029.
    Follow us on Instagram @thezestishistory and Twitter @ZestHistory.
    Follow Mel on Instagram @melissamason_ and Josie on Instagram @josieroze


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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
386 Ratings

386 Ratings

bambirose94 ,

Always left wanting more! My fave PD 10/10

These chicks have the formula down pat.
Funny, relatable, anecdotes and great storytelling/ information and insight.
Love!

emma_c-c ,

Too much rambling and poorly researched

Found this podcast after some googling to find a new podcast to listen to. I love podcasts that retell events/history etc. Scrolled down to the beginning and found one that sounded good about the mining accident in beaconsfield. It was 1:11 long so I was like, awesome!! It took 36 minutes before they even got to the story! I don’t mind a bit of chit chat but it was way too long I had to keep skipping. Also, they kept referencing Wikipedia as what seemed like their only source for this podcast. If I wanted to read a the Wikipedia page on the event I would. Also the host who was retelling the story kept saying ‘I think?’ after claiming something. It seemed very poorly researched. This episode was from mid 2020 so I’m not sure if it’s become better researched since then but I don’t really want to waste my time finding out.

x_Kit_x ,

Perfect blend of zest and history 👌🏼

Love it, it’s an awesome balance between relatable millennial chit chat and interesting stories. Can’t get enough!

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