Real Pod #5: The Bachelor NZ is back and we’re absolutely amping

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.


Real Pod #4: Take one Elemeno P comeback and mix with disturbing chocolate water

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.


The Real Pod #3: New Lorde is good, new Sensing Murder sucks, new pies are nice

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).


The Real Pod #2: The Project arrives + a new Bachelor is coming

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?


Auckland Pride Festival Special: The state of this gender-diverse nation

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.


The Real Pod #1 - The #realpod team return to tackle New Zealand pop culture, weird news and reality TV… weekly?!

February 15, 2017

Episode one of Real Pod sees the gang reflect on a particularly stressful lunch with The Real Housewives of Sydney, unbox Max Key's edition of Woman's Day and laugh about Harry Warner's penis some more. On top of all of this, there's a shameless plea for PR people to send us stuff to review* and a humiliating segment where Jane grills us about our weekend Snapchats. It's real, it's a pod... it's #realpod.


End Of Year Special: The #realpod and #tfspod team look back on the year in TV that was

December 13, 2016

As 2016 starts to slip away like sand through the hour glass, our in-house television experts* reflect upon 2016 on the small screen in our fair country. What has Jordy Pordy been up to? What does the inside of Gilda's house look like? How good is a Roomba, really? Host Jane Yee is joined by Duncan Greive and Alex Casey to chew over the big questions, and talk a significant amount of cat food-related garbage.


PREVIEW: Dear Mamas with Emily Writes and Holly Walker

November 11, 2016

This is a taster of our latest podcast: Dear Mamas. It's a parenting podcasts and a pretty good one too, so we're pleased to have Emily and Holly on board and their sponsors Little Big Crate. Here's what Holly and Emily worte abotu this episode:


"This is Dear Mamas, a straight-talking parenting podcast with Holly Walker and Emily Writes.

We are very excited to announce that we are now officially part of The Spinoff family of podcasts. Check out the very excellent parenting section (edited by Emily).

We are also excited to announce that the podcast now has a sponsor - Little Big Crate. Little Big Crate delivers gorgeous threads for your little big person, right to your front door.

In this episode we explore the myriad of bewildering ECE options available for our children. Between us, we've just about tried them all, and we share our experiences good and bad. We're joined by an experienced ECE teacher, Jo, who also shares her own experiences and answers all our questions and sets us at ease about our insecurities."



PREVIEW: Pod On The Couch - our new music podcast

November 4, 2016

The Spinoff and Spark proudly present the first episode of Pod On The Couch, a weekly podcast exploring music and the people that make it.

Stepping in for Spinoff Music editor Henry Oliver, Spinoff editor and publisher Duncan Greive and Mana Magazine editor Leonie Hayden have just a good old chin-wag with musican and bloody full on living legend  Tigilau Ness and music writer Graham Reid. They're both involved in the just released, but potentially long over due, tribute album to Bob Marley called Stir It Up, Aotearoa's Tribute To Bob Marley. Other contributing artists include: Tiki Taane, Trinity Roots, Katchafire, House Of Shem and Aaradhna.

The foursome examine Bob Marley's importance to our music industry, Marley's historic and influential 1979 Western Springs concert and the twist and turns reggae in Aotearoa has taken over the decades since.


The Real Pod Of Housewives #10

October 18, 2016

In this week’s final episode of #realpod, Jane, Duncan and Alex discuss cats, pigeons, and what's next in a life without Real Housewives.

With Alex currently wearing face masks in Japan, the team assembled last week (whoah) to discuss episode ten of The Real Housewives of Auckland, a week that saw multiple cats being thrown amongst the pigeons and everyone letting loose with the sick burns.

Beyond that, the gang also ponders Anne as First Lady, best comebacks of the season, and Duncan admits to considering young Donald Trump attractive. Get your tissues (or hankies) out and settle in for the final Real Pod of 2016.

Disclaimer: This episode wasn't recorded in a church or large hall, their voices are simply echoing off the now empty chambers of every RHOAKL lover's heart.