The Real Pod: We are officially warming up for Dancing With the Stars NZ

February 20, 2018

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

This week on The Real Pod, the team begin warming up for an all-new Dancing With the Stars NZ following the announcement Gilda the Queen and David the Seymour will be joining the cast. We put forward some of our own rumoured contenders, and find some pained delight in the extended number of DWTS hours per week.


The Real Pod: Is this the worst MAFS contestant in the history of ever?

February 13, 2018

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

This week on The Real Pod, the team dissect the horror of Troy on Married at First Sight Australia, potentially the worst ever tuna-monster in the history of reality television. We also learn that our local celebrities are a lot like us hoi polloi. Toni Street has an embarrassing changing room story, John Key shops at Countdown and Zac Franich and Erin Simpson went to the basketball just like Duncan did.


The Real Pod: Married at First Sight Australia is bonkers and we love it

February 8, 2018

The Real Pod assembles to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

It must be getting close to Valentine's Day, because romance is in the air on The Real Pod. We welcome back one of our favourite reality shows in Married at First Sight Australia, swoon over New Zealand's latest celebrity pairing in Erin Simpson and Zac Franich, and fall in love with the new fancy breakfast milk.

Stick around for a killer new Max Key Corner sting, our review of the new Seven Sharp and a serious investigation into the phantom pooper terrorizing the suburban spa pools of New Zealand.


The Real Pod: How did we not know Mike McRoberts was so ripped?

January 31, 2018

This week we arrive on a cloud fluffier than Mike Hosking and Kate Hawkesby's dog to talk about our favourite local news and celebs of the week.


The Real Pod is back for 2018 with shiny new segments galore!

January 23, 2018

Jane Yee, Alex Casey and Duncan Greive are back for another year with a new and improved Real Pod, featuring more new segments than you can shake a Shakti mat at. We look back at a bountiful summer in local celebrity news, including baby announcements, reality stars launching businesses and one very bad case of sunburn for Luke from Married at First Sight NZ.

Beyond that, we debut a plethora of new regular sections from ‘The Si-Nal Countdown’ to ‘Keep Up With the Hoskings’ to ‘You Look Like You Need a Nando’s’. How many days does Simon Barnett have left on More FM? What ridiculous skill does each of us have to master by the end of 2018? And what’s the funniest community notice board message of the week? You’ll have to listen to find out.


The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2017

December 19, 2017

To punish you all for being naughty this year, The Spinoff made an unholy mash-up of four of its podcasts.

Join Leonie Hayden, Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee, Ben Thomas, Duncan Greive, Alex Casey, Michele A’Court and Henry Oliver as they discuss the biggest events of 2017 (and Married At First Sight) in a grotesque rat-king of piping hot takes.


In which Matilda Rice drops by for Christmas

December 19, 2017

In the final Real Pod of the year, it’s only right that we are joined by Matilda Rice - reality TV queen, published author and certified lazy girl. Jane, Alex and Duncan sit down with Matootles and a huge pile of Nando’s to look back on the year that was, delve into her private life with Art and find out how her good old Dad Ken is going.

Beyond that, we get some certified scoops from her life in The Bachelor mansion and beyond. Who clogged up the toilet in the mansion? Which local celebrity would make the dream Bachelorette? What’s Heartbreak Island? And why did Matootles lie about buying a house with Art?

Pour yourself a cup of Peri Peri sauce and get stuck in, The Real Pod is going out with a very spicy bang in 2017.


Holy Si Barnett, Dancing With the Stars is back?!?

December 12, 2017

The Real Pod assembles in The Spinoff boardroom of dreams to dissect the week in New Zealand pop culture, thanks to Nando's. 

This week on The Real Pod, we are all on a come-down after an amazing pre-record with Queen Matootles, which will be our Christmas gift to you all next week. With Nando's firmly in both our hands and hearts, we discuss the bold return of Dancing With the Stars to Three next year. How are there any viable celebrities left? Should they just make it all MAFSNZ people? Why is Dai hosting and not Dom?

Beyond that, Alex recounts nearly crashing her car after seeing Shane Cortese in the wild, Duncan tells a bunch of drunken recollections and half-truths, and Jane wows us all with a Hilary Barry penis cake. It's The Real Pod, and it's about to get very real.


Praise the chicken gods, we finally got sponsored!

December 5, 2017

Call the police, call the midwife, call your parents: The Real Pod has now got a luxury sponsor in Nando's. And what a week for them to come on board, a week where the gang hit the New Zealand TV awards, Jordy Pordy dressed as a genie and Sam Wallace had an underwear problem.

What happened with Jane, Alex and Samantha Hayes in the toilets? Why does the entire New Zealand TV industry hate Duncan so much? And what's Zac Franich doing loitering around the foyer? All that and so much more, it's The Real Pod and it's here whether you like it or not.


An apology to Polly and Grant and a lament for the Champagne Lady

November 28, 2017

This week's #realpod starts, like all should, with an apology. To Polly, and to Grant. We implied that they were no longer surfing the airwaves. We were wrong – they are rockin' More FM in Wellington five days a week, as nature intended. That being out of the way, Jane, Alex and Duncan careen into the Champagne Lady, a pod icon who has unfortunately said two very unfortunate things lately. These are discussed and lamented, followed by analysis of the latest findings from the MAFS NZ experiment, a detour through Max Key corner and a quick run through of the post-reality TV tattoo scene.