Real Pod #9: In which we replace Duncan with Shaka Shari from The Bachelor

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 ...

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Real Pod #8: We make Bill English’s Pizza and cry for Nina + come party with the pod!

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.

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Real Pod #7: Alex is nearly dead, but the Bachelor has come back to life

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.

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Real Pod #6: Snake vs Plane, Gilda vs Adele and the latest on The Bachelor

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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?

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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.

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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.

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