April 25, 2017
Welcome to a landmark episode of The Real Pod, where Jane and Alex are joined LIVE and IN PERSON by Jordan Mauger of The Bachelor NZ 2016. Despite his resistance to watching "trash TV", they somehow manage to discuss this week on The Bachelor NZ, before Jordan answers your hard-hitting questions about his time in the mansion.
Why were his shoes so disgusting? Did he write the date cards? Why did he even go on the show? Has he worked on his Sméagol impression? How did he cope with us slamming him every week? All that answered, plus a bombshell in the last two minutes that left us literally gasping.
April 18, 2017
With Duncan rocking a flower crown with the best of them at Coachella, Alex and Jane are joined by Shari Flavall of The Bachelor NZ season two on The Real Pod this week. Over Easter eggs and rosé they deconstruct the latest episode of The Bachelor NZ which included Karena’s Dom Bowden bombshell, mystical rice planting and brown water rafting.
Shari also answers all your burning questions from behind Bachelor doors. How stir crazy do they get? Why did she do it? Who cooks the food? And what’s Naz really like? You’ll have to listen to find out ...
April 11, 2017
The Bachelor took a giant emotional dump on us this week, via the tearful elimination of Nina, the show's everywoman heart. Jane, Alex and Duncan picked themselves up off the floor to bring you this week's podcast, featuring a short cameo from Robyn, Duncan's seven year old daughter, analysing Max Key's vlog and giving her definitive take on the intruders. We also made and ate Bill English's 'not pizza' and in a Real Pod first; announced an incredibly exciting opportunity to go to the party with the #realpod and Anne the Champagne Lady.
April 3, 2017
This week's episode is notable for Alex emerging from a flu coma to valiantly attempt to record a podcast. Jane and Duncan are operating on about five hours' sleep between them so it had all the makings of a disaster. Luckily the Bachelor woke up from its sleepwalk and is now looking like a classic season. We talk a bit about Lorde impersonators and No Lights No Lycra (a movement Alex is apparently a part of?!) and Max Key corner is on. But this week, it was all about the Bach.
March 27, 2017
This week on The Real Pod, Alex, Jane and Duncan open with a disastrous Tim Tam slam before diving right into the latest in reality television and real life in New Zealand. Obviously, week two on The Bachelor NZ saw Zac stand awkwardly next to an outdoor shower, Dom Bowden say "namaste" and Taylar wear a huge comedy jacket.
In other pop culture news, we talk about Richard Branson's random visit to Godzone, Adele taking Mount Smart by storm (literally) and the snake that flew here to see it all go down. It's been a bad week for Gilda Kirkpatrick, a worse one for Matty McLean and a great one for Max Key corner. Also, we review The Scott Base Pinot Project wines and talk so much more. Too much more.
March 21, 2017
This week on The Real Pod, Alex, Jane and Duncan dive straight into a record off the back of week one of The Bachelor NZ season three. What do we make of Zac Franich? Who did we get in the sweepstakes? Why are there so many elaborate back tattoos?
In other pop culture news, we talk about Jono Pryor’s emotional plea on Jono and Ben, Bieber and his past encounters with Jane, Pete and Manu being lame to Alex, and Duncan getting drunk with Angela Stone's ex. Featuring a bonus Moaning Myrtle impression from Alex.
March 13, 2017
This week on The Real Pod, Alex, Jane and Duncan meet over some lukewarm chocolate-flavoured water to discuss what's been going on in popular culture and life. In the space of just one week, Lorde went on Saturday Night Live, Duncan got his eyes sliced open and Jane went out two nights in a row. What a blinder.
Max Key Corner continues to hum away, a mysterious rose in The Bachelor NZ emerges and we visit some MKRNZ contestants who have made good out of their instant restaurants. All this plus an exciting scientific exploration into 'muffin throat' and just so much more. Too much more.
March 3, 2017
It’s a massive week on The Real Pod as Alex, Jane and Duncan discuss the one-two punch of Lorde’s new single and the nation’s new Bachelor. After a ten year hiatus Sensing Murder makes a not-at-all-awaited return to our screens this week and, equally exciting, our #realpod hosts cook and eat free ribs and pies.
The Real Housewives of Sydney fly first class into our living rooms, the soon to be infamous Max Key Corner segment is born and Harry Warner’s dickpic goes global - something Jane is taking full credit for. All this plus Ali Mau’s horrific alcoholic milk related injury, Elemeno P’s return to the stage, Duncan’s epic 12 hours as a MediaWorks personality, and Emily Writes’ amazing new book that we haven’t been able to read yet because it’s all sold out (that’s how good it is btw).
February 24, 2017
Jane Yee, Duncan Greive and Alex Casey gather to the oval table and talk about the latest happenings in New Zealand television and real life in New Zealand.
The dorks return for episode two, with a whole lot of new television to discuss. This starts with the impressive debut of The Project NZ, and Duncan's terrified reflections on what auditioning for the role did to him. Next it's a meditation on how the near bottomless talent pool which surrounds Jono and Ben struggles to make a coherent show, followed by Alex and Jane wondering what on earth has happened to the US Bachelor. The sadness at its failure is countered by extreme excitement about its New Zealand version's imminent return – the Bachelor is revealed live on The Project NZ tonight. The trio finish up recounting their different but also thematically near-identical bad Valentine's Day experiences, and Jane reviews the temporary Air New Zealand lounge at Melbourne Airport. The stories which matter, ya know?
February 22, 2017
In this special one-off podcast marking Auckland Pride Festival and brought to you by AUT, Sam Orchard talks to Emmy Rākete and Dr Pani Parvid about gender noncomformity, trans rights and challenging binaries.
Today's panelists are Sam Orchard, trans man, comic book artist, designer and trans activist; Emmy Rākete, Māori trans woman and No Pride in Prisons activist; and Dr Pani Farvid, cis gender woman and AUT social psychologist and gender researcher. Watch Dr Farvid's recent TEDx Auckland talk 'Saying goodbye to gender binary' here.