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March 19, 2018

4.5/5 Back in the day, before I put out a solid $14.99 a month for Spotify, I was a huge SoundCloud fiend. Similar to the way that Bandcamp seems to champion a community fueled by dark and overly-misunderstood hipster projects, the SoundCloud community is equally niche.  That I can drop the term “SoundCloud rapper” in […]

March 12, 2018

Talking about relationships, particularly the romantic kind, is frequently understood to be a “feminine” activity; in other words, something only women do. And arguably because of this labelling as “feminine”, the discussion of emotions and relationships is  often framed as unimportant or self-indulgent. Esther Perel’s podcast Where Should We Begin is dedicated to breaking down […]

March 5, 2018

A significant number of the podcasts I talk and write about could be loosely classed as “guilty pleasures” (although I must admit, I feel no shame). However, RNZ’s Mediawatch is no such podcast. It is all pleasure, no guilt. Mediawatch is an RNZ programme presented by Colin Peacock that can be found both on the […]

February 26, 2018

Kia ora and welcome to the podcast section! This is a space to chat about all things podcast related. This may include reviews, interviews with hosts, or any general discussion of this wonderful medium. If you love podcasts and have something to say about that then please do not hesitate to email us at […]

October 16, 2017

At the beginning of the year I pitched this section because I loved podcasts, and because my friends were sick of me talking about my favourite shows incessantly. I’ve had a wonderful experience writing reviews and interviewing some of my favourite hosts. A special thank you goes out to Laura and Tim for accommodating the […]

October 9, 2017

It would be hard (almost a sin, maybe?) to write about podcasts and not mention Serial. Now three-years old, this true crime podcast is widely considered the catalyst of the “podcast resurgence.” It broke records by becoming the fastest podcast to reach five million downloads in the history of iTunes — the podcast equivalent of going viral. […]

October 2, 2017

This week Salient spoke to Hazel Osbourne, a journalism student at Massey University and the host and producer of Avocado on Toast, a podcast which shares the experiences of young people living in Wellington. So far, episodes have covered a diverse range of topics including student debt, flatting, disabilities, and mental illness.   First of […]

September 25, 2017

One of the most popular podcasts on the planet, My Favourite Murder, came to Auckland on September 6 for a one-night only live show, and two of my gal pals and I took a mid-week trip to attend. My Favourite Murder is hosted by comedian Karen Kilgariff and TV star Georgia Hardstark, and it is […]

September 18, 2017

The other day, a workmate remarked to me that after spending hours at work each day, the last thing he wanted to do when he got home was read up on politics and party policies.  I can understand this. Politics can often seem an incredibly dry and tedious topic; reading lengthy and in-depth analyses of […]