The Real Pod: In which the unruly tourists are spicing up our lives

January 16, 2019

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

With Duncan still basking somewhere on a desert island, Alex and Jane reconvene in The Spinoff studio to pick apart the past week in local weird news, pop culture and reality TV. We had a glittering evening at the premiere of Aladdin with every New Zealand celebrity ever, before the entire nation was thrown into disarray at the arrival of the unruly tourists onto our newsfeeds.

Beyond the Primo robbery, the Christmas tree robbery and the bloody Mission Bay rubbish, there's somehow still more news to talk about. What does season two of Heartbreak Island have in store? Why is Max Key playing coy on Celebrity Treasure Island NZ? And which podcast host sold their bra on TradeMe to a cornie?

OH, AND WE EAT SOME OF THE HOTTEST CHILLI CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD.

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The Real Pod: Basking in a summer of celebrity scandals

January 9, 2019

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

We're back for 2019! Well, Jane and Alex are. Join us for a sprawling chat about this summer in celebrity news, sightings and scandals. Sam and Tayler's MAFS journey has come to an end, press release and all. Mike Puru had a chicken burger nightmare, the Fiji Water girl is a sham and we've seen so many celebs over the holidays that we hardly know what to do with ourselves.

Beyond that, we look at some personal failures. Jane flubbed her wedding invites, Alex has been crying while Kondo-ing and Tina's phone died when she met Cardi B at Piha. There's also a small amount of reality TV news, including an extremely exciting Celebrity Treasure Island rumour and the mad return of The Bachelor US. 

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The Real Pod: Join us for the first annual Real Pod awards

January 2, 2019

The Real Pod assembles to dissect 2018 in New Zealand pop culture and real life, with special thanks to Nando’s.

Happy New Year! Before you get started on those resolutions, why not join us in looking back at 2018 in reality TV? It's time for the beloved* annual** Real Pod awards, where everything's made up and the categories don't necessarily matter.

Why will take out the gong for eyes of 2018 What was the best local reality show of the year? Best influencer? And, most crucially, who will win the coveted prize for best poo? You'll simply have to listen to find out.

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The Real Pod SPECIAL: Colin Mathura-Jeffree’s Christmas Cranny

December 24, 2018

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

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night, for The Real Pod has stumbled upon a Christmas miracle: a full-length podcast with the King of the Cranny himself, Colin Mathura-Jeffree. Joining Jane, Duncan and Alex for a Christmas extravaganza, Colin brings a swag of gifts and hot gossip about his life in television and on the influencer scene.

Who got the drunkest on the set of New Zealand's Next Top Model? How did he accidentally score the gig on New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker? And does he believe in aliens or ghosts or what?

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The Real Pod: Could there BE any more reality TV finales this week?

December 19, 2018

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

THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MAJOR REALITY TV SPOILERS, TAKE HEED

It's our last proper episode of The Real Pod for the year, nicely timed with the end of every reality TV show ever. Join us as we dissect the glorious finales of Project Runway NZ, The Great Kiwi Bake Off and House of Drag. Who takes home the almighty cake plate? Which reality TV contestant is the youngest baby ever to walk the Earth? And which shows do we think will return in 2019?

Beyond that, we've got all the Real News you could ever want. A goose is on the loose in Dunedin, Shania Twain's show was overrun with merch hawkers and all the potato chips have holes in them. We also drink a quart of hot sauce because why wouldn't you? It’s The Real Pod, and it's real as heck.

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The Real Pod: A star (baker) is born

December 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, we suck back an ice cold taurine fizz and tackle another week of reality television. Both Project Runway and Bake Off are in their semi-finals, MKRNZ has finally come to an end and House of Drag had a rap battle because who cares anymore.

Beyond that, we recount an extremely stacked week of celebrity sightings, bask in the glory of Baker's Delight, and check in with a very bad Insta-story from the boy they call Key. It's The Real Pod, and we're real tired.

To listen use the player below, jump over to Spotify or download this episode (right click and save). Feel free to subscribe via iTunes, RSS or via your favourite podcast client, and be sure to get involved on social media using #realpod

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The Real Pod: Bake Off loses an angel and a poonami strikes

December 6, 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 gang is back together to recap another thrilling week on reality TV and in real life. Duncan brings all the inside gossip from the Mediaworks launch, Jane provides lollies from Japan and Alex recounts a chilling encounter with a personal poonami.

Beyond that, we cover all our favourite local reality shows including The Great Kiwi Bake Off, Project Runway NZ, MKRNZ and House of Drag. There's also a huge influencer engagement announcement, Redemption Ducks and breaking Kate Hawkesby news that you simply do NOT want to miss.

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The Real Pod: Big cows, honest traders and a Bake Off angel

November 29, 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, Duncan phones in on the way to the Mediaworks launch, and delivers breaking news updates that are now definitely old news. There's a lot of hard-hitting news about big cows, tradie woes and Jim Hickey's new gig, as well as exciting live reveal of a new Real Pod Museum artefact.

Beyond that, we assess the week on Project Runway NZ, House of Drag, The Great Kiwi Bake Off and MKRNZ, as well as shining a light on our favourite Lightbox shows of the month. It’s The Real Pod, and it’s extremely real.

To listen use the player below, jump over to Spotify or download this episode (right click and save). Feel free to subscribe via iTunes, RSS or via your favourite podcast client, and be sure to get involved on social media using #realpod

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The Real Pod: Tarts and pies are great but so are proposal stories

November 21, 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, we power through a delicious week on Bake Off, a bridesmaids scuffle on Project Runway NZ and a huge showdown on House of Drag. Jane and Duncan share their hilarious proposal stories, and Alex eats a nice biscuit.

Beyond that, we asses Max Key's exciting new look, take a deep dive into Kate Hawkesby's anti-influencer stance and get an exciting update on The Hot Felon. It's The Real Pod, and it's extremely real.

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The Real Pod: On a Very Corny Christmas and Jeff’s huge Bake Off tune

November 15, 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 pod, we are still fizzing after our incredible first Real Pod meet-up, A Very Corny Christmas at Nando's St Lukes. Which notorious cornies showed up? Did anyone step 'in it''? And which reality TV stars braved cornucopia?

Beyond that, we recap the week in real news and reality TV including controversial onions, wombat poos and Jeff's incredible song on The Great Kiwi Bake Off. It’s The Real Pod, and it’s as real as it gets.

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