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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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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.

    Criminalia, Trace, Tiny Leaps Big Changes

    Criminalia, Trace, Tiny Leaps Big Changes

    Did you have a good weekend? Ready for some new podcasts to pepper your week with? Well we got em. Liz looks at Shondaland’s venture into podcasting with Criminalia, Nick covers the ABC’s first foray into true crime podcasts with Trace. And Zane is still about changing the world in 2021 with Tiny Leaps Big Changes. Then it’s time for the Castologists to share their thoughts on last week’s offerings.


    Liz Recommends - Criminalia
    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-criminalia-69919305/
    With 'Criminalia,' Holly Frey and Maria Trimarchi Bring Humor to Historical True Crime Podcasts
    The co-hosts talk to Shondaland about the murderesses that inspire their show, and how they keep it light even when dealing with death.
    Similar to Frey’s award-winning podcast, Stuff You Missed in History Class, each episode of Criminalia unpacks a person from history — usually a woman — who has committed a murder via poison. Who was she? What circumstances led up to the crime? And did she actually do it? For those who prefer their top shelf storytelling with a sidecar, Frey also offers a thematic cocktail recipe. Because, well, why not?
    For Both: season 1 is on female poisoners so have at it.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/criminalia/id1503557247


    Nick Recommends - Trace
    ABC Australia's first True Crime podcast, Trace has so far covered the death of Maria Jones and the story Informer 3838. Both huge cases in the Australian crime world.
    For both: From the start or pick a season!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/trace/id1249219269


    Zane Recommends - Tiny Leaps, Big Changes
    Tiny Leaps, Big Changes is a personal development podcast focused on exploring the day-to-day behaviours we all engage in that determine the results we gain in our lives. Hosted by Gregg Clunis, the show shares simple strategies you can implement into your life to start moving the needle towards your biggest goals.
    For Both: Pick One
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/tiny-leaps-big-changes/id1071032154
     
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    • 25 min
    Popular Front, Case Closed: Old Time Radio, The Racist Sandwich

    Popular Front, Case Closed: Old Time Radio, The Racist Sandwich

    Oh hi, we didn’t expect you here so soon. KIDDING we totally did and we have podcasts for you. Zane is still on a crusade to change the world with Popular Front, Liz regresses back to a time when stuff was all gumshoes and gals with Case Closed! (Old Time Radio). And Nick rounds it off with a look at food through a racial, cultural, and political lens with The Racist Sandwich. Then we do that thing we do where we review the things from last week. You know the one. It’s the bit with the reviews.




    Liz Recommends - Case Closed: Old Time Radio
    https://www.relicradio.com/otr/show/caseclosed/
    From the folks at Relic Radio. Classic entertainment from radio’s golden age. Relic Radio features eight podcasts offering old-time radio from a number of genres.
    Case Closed is audio play stories from the golden age. Old Time Crime is filled with cops, robbers, and private investigators...Let’s reopen the cases and hear these great stories again!
    For both: I like the old Sherlock and Johnnie Dollar eps.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/case-closed-old-time-radio/id219708992


    Nick Recommends - The Racist Sandwich
    Racist Sandwich is an American food podcast hosted by Stephanie Kuo and Juan Diego Ramírez. The podcast was originally hosted by San Francisco Chronicle Food Critic Soleil Ho and journalist Zahir Janmohamed. The podcast focuses on race, gender, and class within the food industry in the United States and abroad.
    For both: take a pick!
    Link


    Zane Recommends - Popular Front
    https://www.popularfront.co/
    Popular Front is conflict journalism done differently. They report on the parts of war big media rarely acknowledges, and talk to people they'll never find. This is all independent, funded by members through subscriptions and sponsorship. Popular Front is detailed, niche, and for everyone. You don't need a PhD or an invite to a journo dinner party to be in on this.
    The podcast will forever be the backbone of Popular Front, but it has since grown to become a grassroots conflict journalism platform. They're doing documentaries, news dispatches, articles, print publications, training, and building a community. 
    For both: Pick One you think you can handle
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/popular-front/id1364539980?mt=2
     
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    • 27 min
    The Walkers Switch, Science Diction, Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

    The Walkers Switch, Science Diction, Smoke Screen: Fake Priest

    It’s a new year and we’ve got new podcasts for you to put in your ear holes! Liz looks at the most minor of true crime scandals with The Walkers Switch. Nick looks at actual serious true crime with Smoke Screen: Fake Priest. Then Zane gets his word nerd on with Science Diction.
    As always we follow that up with the reviews of last week’s recommendations.


    Liz Recommends - The Walkers Switch
    https://www.laurenandaugustine.com/the-walkers-switch
    “2 out of 3 people remember Walkers switching the colours of their Cheese and Onion and Salt and Vinegar crisp packets. But Walkers deny it ever happened. Are they lying? If so, why? The Walkers Switch investigates the greatest hoax in British crisp history.”
    This podcast from Lauren Peters and Augustine Cerf investigates the issue forensically. They believe you deserve to know the truth, so explore fan theories, a possible Tory plot and the Mandela Effect, whereby people create their own memories. It’s like Serial for crisps, with mysterious tinkly podcast music and the serious approach the issue deserves.
    The Walkers Switch is Serial, but for crisps. Esquire has named it one of the best podcasts of 2020, and one of The Guardian’s podcasts of the week.
    Limited series, 6 episodes between 15 and 40 mins long.
    For both: it’d a serial so start at the start.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-walkers-switch/id1504502482


    Nick Recommends - Smoke Screen: Fake Priest
    For 30 years, a man claimed to be a priest. He performed baptisms and took confession. Every time he ran into trouble, Father Ryan would move on to another small Midwestern town and start his scheme all over again. Followers who once worshipped him, now accuse him of exploitation, fraud and abuse. Multiple prosecutors have charged him, but he’s never been imprisoned for his crimes. Investigative reporter Alex Schuman, who hails from a small Iowa town himself, set out to find out how Father Ryan got away with it for so long and why on earth he did it.
    For both: from the start
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/smoke-screen-fake-priest/id1525807626


    Zane Recommends - Science Diction
    https://www.npr.org/podcasts/813012842/science-diction
    From the people who make Science Friday, we bring you Science Diction, a bite-sized podcast about words—and the science stories behind them. Hosted by SciFri producer and self-proclaimed word nerd Johanna Mayer, each episode of Science Diction digs into the origin of a single word or phrase, and, with the help of historians, authors, etymologists, and scientists, reveals a surprising science connection. Did you know the origin of the word meme has more to do with evolutionary biology than lolcats? Or that the element cobalt takes its name from a very cheeky goblin from German folklore? Fun, nosy, and nerdy, Science Diction takes a look at what we're really saying when we use everyday words. Science Diction is a show for information packrats who are constantly sniffing out knowledge—you can listen while making your coffee or brushing your teeth. Episodes will drop once a week in the Science Friday podcast feed for the show's four-episode first season. Continuing Science Friday's decades-long track record of making science accessible, Science Diction reveals the science in places we didn't even know it existed. Because science is everywhere—even in our words. Locked inside our language are etymologies and histories that often stretch back centuries. Crafted with an ear for literature and seamlessly blending science, history, language, and culture, Science Diction examines the world around us and shines a light on the hidden science tucked away in our everyday words.
    For Both: You WILL find something that piques your interest
    https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1500919715?mt=2&at=11l79Y&ct=nprdirectory
     
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    • 27 min
    Outback Stories, Ordineroli Speaking, The Red Nation

    Outback Stories, Ordineroli Speaking, The Red Nation

    It’s storytime this week on Castology! Liz uncovers the extraordinary lives of unsung bush heroes in Outback Stories. Nick takes a peek at the stories behind the sports stars with Ordineroli Speaking. And Zane showcases stories and discussions on Native American Indigenous History with The Red Nation.
    Then get ready for your post-Christmas reviews wrap-up.


    Liz Recommends - Outback Stories
    Extra Ordinary Outback Stories
    https://www.extraordinarymediaco.com/listen-to-podcast
    What makes an ordinary person extraordinary? Join regional journalists Lucy Samuels and Lucy Taylor as they fly across remote Australia, yarning to the unsung heroes of the bush. Walk alongside some of the unique characters that inhabit the backcountry, as we meet a world-renowned motocross rider turned goat chaser, a burns survivor with an unbreakable spirit, and a bush dressmaker that can make all of your wedding day dreams come true... plus so many more. Buckle in!
    Releases weekly with some bonus eps. 20-30 mins long. Called Outback Stories on search but the cover art says ExtraOrdinary Outback stories and the extraordinary is larger than the writing but anyway.
    For both: I really liked the Jamie Manning ep.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/outback-stories/id1531053254


    Nick Recommends - Ordineroli Speaking
    A show that speaks to Australia’s biggest sports stars about their careers but also the personal side of being at the peak of your game.
    For both; take a pick. Nat Medhurst ep is great
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/ordineroli-speaking/id1500848514


    Zane Recommends - The Red Nation
    https://therednation.org/
    The Red Nation Podcast features discussions on (mainly) North American Indigenous history, politics, and culture from a left perspective. Hosted by Nick Estes with help from a friend and comrade Sina.
    For Both: The Savage US Constitution
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-red-nation-podcast/id1482834485
     
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    • 25 min
    Tinsel Tunes, Saint Nick and the Big F*ck Up, Advent Calendar House

    Tinsel Tunes, Saint Nick and the Big F*ck Up, Advent Calendar House

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas podcasts! Ho, ho, ho fellow podcast lovers, it’s time to look under the tree and see what festive podcasts your Castologists have wrapped up for you this year. Nick goes behind the music with Tinsel Tunes; Liz combines her two favorite things (narrative podcasts and swear words) with Saint Nick and the Big F*ck Up, and Zane looks at the holiday season through a TV camera lens with Advent Calendar House. Then it’s reviews time.


    Liz Recommends - Saint Nick and the Big F*ck Up
    https://www.saintnickandthebigeffup.com/
    “Saint” Nick and the Big F*ck Up is written by Phil Rickaby. Initially intended to be performed as a solo play, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 put the kibosh on those plans. Since it may be a long while before theatres reopen and audiences are comfortable returning to the theatre, Phil decided to record this play as an audio drama, and release it for the Holiday season, 2020. Perhaps in the future, Phil will be able to perform some version of this play for a live audience.
    Phil is a storyteller, creator, and performer. You may have seen him as Gormless Joe in Keystone Theatre’s The Belle of Winnipeg, The Last Man on Earth, and Gold Fever. His solo play The Commandment has played to rave reviews at Fringe Festivals across Canada.
    He is the host of the Canadian theatre podcast, Stageworthy; and co-host of The Introvert’s Guide To, a podcast about introverts.
    “Saint” Nick and the Big F*ck Up is Phil’s first experiment in audio drama.
    Each ep is about 10 mins and it’s a six-part series so it’s a very easy listen.
    For both: serial so start from the start.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/saint-nick-and-the-big-f-ck-up/id1537335229


    Nick Recommends - Tinsel Tunes
    Tinsel Tunes podcast goes into great detail about Christmas Tunes. Full of fun and interesting facts, it will get you into the Christmas Spirit. ​ ​Hear about your favorite classics or modern songs. Learn about those songs that you dislike. The stories behind these are just as interesting. ​
    For both: take a pick!
    https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/tinsel-tunes-podcast/id1420985193


    Zane Recommends - Advent Calendar House
    Every TV show HAS to have a Christmas special it seems, and this is the podcast about those specials! It is a salute to all TV holiday specials, but mostly the Christmas ones. Episodes are released all year round, but it is great to binge over the holiday period!
    For Both: A Christmas Toy
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/advent-calendar-house/id1319727649


    HONORABLE MENTION: Christmas Old Time Radio, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/christmas-old-time-radio/id344546010
     
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    • 23 min
    Homo Sapiens, Bloody Classic, 13 Minutes To The Moon

    Homo Sapiens, Bloody Classic, 13 Minutes To The Moon

    The Castologists are here to wade through the oceans of offerings and fish out the best pods for your ear holes. This week Zane looks at inspirational stories with added Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney in Homo Sapiens. Liz gets historical with added Aussie flair in Bloody Classic. And Nick gets his NASA on with added Apollo mission intrigue with 13 Minutes To The Moon. Then it’s review time as always.


    Liz Recommends - Bloody Classic
    Bloody Classic is an Aussie podcast that shares stories from history, mythology and folklore. Each episode Liz & Mattie take turns telling a new story designed to teach the other a little something something, and see what sort of whacked out response comes out. Join them on your morning commute or on a lazy Sunday afternoon as they weave tales that will (hopefully) aid your next round of trivia. They promise not to take up too much of your time.
    Eps are usually about 20 mins, but they havent released since May. The curse of 2020 strikes again.
    For both: pick an ep that interests you.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bloody-classic/id1265609037


    Nick Recommends - 13 Minutes to the Moon
    The story of the first moon landing, told by the people who made it happen.
    For both: Pick a mission!
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/13-minutes-to-the-moon/id1459657136


    Zane Recommends - Homo Sapiens
    https://homosapienspodcast.com/
    Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney talk to inspirational people over tea and biscuits. Each week they'll bring you intelligent, informative, and fun conversations that represent the interests of LGBTQ+ people around the world.
    For Both: Pick one that appeals
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/homo-sapiens/id1257514825
     
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    • 27 min

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