Podcast recommendations- Hamish & Andys Remembering Project

walk down memory lane!

Who can get enough of the boys? Especially when they’re on their yearly 3-month government mandated Summer break? And just in time for this yearly hiatus, Hamish & Andy has introduced their spin-off podcast called ‘Hamish & Andys Remembering Project, designed to help us fil that gap before they return on March eve.

The name of the pod already hints at what to expect, after 20 years on radio and podcasting (realistically it’s more like 14 years after taking away  all the breaks they take), Hamish & Andy are taking us on a journey down memory lane. Each show a random date is selected from the calendar and taking turns Hamish and Andy select a particular year and a particular talk break from a past  show of theirs- to be played back for our listening pleasure.

In most cases, what makes the 20-minute-long podcast interesting/funny, isn’t the actual 2-5 minutes of archive recording that they play back, but it’s the lead up to hitting play on the recorder which is funny. For example, Hamish might reminisce on an event around that date in mention, or a memory which he could recall from that date (but not that year) and the boys would giggle and laugh as they attempt to  fill in their collective gaps in their memories. And after taking us on a several minute journey down memory lane, then they would inevitably  go “but no, we’re not going to listen to that.” Or sometimes it just feels like they’re two old guys, just recounting stories for the much younger Podcast Mike’s benefit as he hadn’t been working with them back in the day, and we’re like just eves dropping in on three guys just chatting. BTW, it’s amazing what Podcast Mike can remember, being a super fan of the boys  who ends up working for his childhood idles.

And although I’ve haven’t been a super long fan of Hamish & Andy’s (probably only been following them for 5 years?), I’ve really enjoyed listening back to their earlier work, all of which has been refreshing as it’s all new for me. And what I’ve found myself doing, was that as they reflected back on a particular date and year, I too think back where I was back at that particular point in time of my life. And sometimes it has brought back smiles remembering to my uni days, or sometimes it was just nice to slow down and think back to another chapter of my life either good or bad.

So if you’re a fan of Hamish & Andy and just want to journey down memory lane with them, by all means, check out H&A’s Remembering Project. Or if you just want a stimulus to help you reflect back on your own life, thinking back when you were 20 years younger, the Remembering Project has been a great starter for that as well.

To check out Hamish & Andys Remembering Project, click HERE!

Podcast recommendations- The Property Couch

It’s never too early (or late) to start planning for your ever after!

A new year, a fresh start! And why not start planning for your future right now (if you haven’t already). and start looking towards your twilight years. Bryce Holloway and Ben Kingsley the hosts behind the podcast ‘The Property couch’ are the ideal financial role models to show you how you can retire with a passive income and how to make your money work harder for you (if you’re still making it).

The Property couch is an Australian podcast focusing on mum and dad property investors, developing money smarts, achieving personal development/growth, and leading their listeners/community to eventual financial freedom! It’s all about short-term sacrifices for the long-term gain!

Their podcasts drop weekly on Thursdays, and once a month Ben takes listeners through an in-depth financial run through on the state of our local and international financial markets- fantastic if you’re lazy like me and like your information spoon fed to you. Their podcasts are super easy to follow, you don’t need a finance background to grasp what they’re conveying. And they constantly invite guests to further educate their listeners on hot topics like proposed NSW Stamp duty changes, to impacts on Investment properties during Covid. However if their podcasts are too basic for you, they also have books and other resources which you can delve further into, to be more well versed with their concepts. And if you’re still at the early stages and trying to get a handle on your cash flow, they have a free portal called ‘Money Smarts’, which allows you to better track your daily household ins & outs, helping you better manage your money, helping you develop good spending/saving habits, so that over time you’re able to accumulate enough to buy your first home, or your 8th investment property or whatever your financial goals may be.

For me personally, I’m still constantly amazed that Bryce and Ben invest so much of their own time each week to produce these weekly pods, all to help others to gain control over their finances and their lives. Allowing both me and you to set ourselves up for retirement. And most of their content and resources are free, and of course there are some payed services- but they never ram that down your throat or does the pod and their Money smarts portal seem like just an advertising platform for their paid products. They’re just two guys wanting to share with you their money smarts and create a community where we can learn and listen to others share about their journeys with money. Their Summer series is a great example, over the 12 weeks of Summer they interview a listener per week, sharing about their childhoods and what moulded their views on money, how they have gotten to where they’re currently at with their investing, and what are their long-term investment goals. So it’s real interesting to hear others share about money, as that’s one aspect of our lives which we rarely openly share with family or friends about. But around Community members, why not!

I have a habit of listening to The Property couch on Saturday mornings, I find that’s the ideal time to consume content like this. As I find on the weekends that’s when I tend to spend most of our money right? But since I’ve been listening, it has balanced my spending habits as I start the day already thinking about saving and short-term sacrifices for the long-term gain. And has helped me to better solidify in my mind in where I want to be, in terms of financial freedom by the time I’m 65. As in the end, you can only travel decisively through life, only if you know where you want to get to.

in this new year of 2021, where we’re all looking for a fresh start. And if one of your goals for this year is to get on top of your finances? Then you have to give ‘The Property Couch’ a go, they are proven financial principles, packaged in an easy to understand and absorb audio packet.

Podcast recommendations- NFL 2020

Football is back baby!

It has been the longest break between drinks for the National Football League (NFL), a full 220 days since the Chiefs lifted the Lombardi trophy! But the gladiators of the modern era are back baby, and here are 5 ways you can enjoy the 2020 season from Down under:

Podcast- Around the NFL   

These boys never stop, grinding all year round even during the quiet NFL off-season. But Dan, Gregg, Chris and Mark do their best work during Sept-Feb. For the complete round-up of every match-up in 2020- subscribe to Around the NFL! On Tuesday you’ll get all the breaking news for the upcoming week; on Thursday you’ll get analysis on each of the 16 upcoming match-ups; and on Sunday evening (Monday afternoon our time) you’ll get a concise re-cap of the suite of Sunday’s games. So if you only have time for one NFL program in your life? Go with ATN, as you won’t miss a beat with the Hero’s!

Podcast- NFL Live

If you prefer the more conventional ‘Sports’ news’ take on NFL, then subscribe to ESPN’s flagship NFL program- NFL Live! With more weekly shows than you probably have time for, the rotating panel of Analysts (made-up of both ex-players and Journalists) discuss, argue, and put forth their hot takes on what’s going on in football. The NFL Live program has gone through a recent make-over, bringing on a younger and diverse panel, so hopefully it’ll appeal to a wider audience now!

Podcast- the Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny  

And if you still haven’t gotten enough of football talk, then there is ‘The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenny’, a weekly pod where Mina chats with one of her many friends about football. It’s like eves dropping on two people just shooting-the-shit about their favourite sport. And although there are many so called ‘Football Analysts’ out there, creating content from their basements, but Mina’s show is by-far the best! And now that Mina is a part of the ESPN NFL Live panel, this has given her added gravitas. But it’s not like she needed it anyway, as her show was already a powerhouse, if the calibre of her guests were anything to go by. So for football talk and some laughs, check Mina out!

TV- 7Mate      

And when it comes to actually watching the games? If you’re able to wake-up early enough, you can watch 2 live free-to-air games every week on 7Mate! For viewers on the East coast, kick-off is at 3am, and oh…. 1am for West coast viewers. Ouch! But if you can’t wake-up that early on a Monday morning for the first match, there is always the second game which starts at a more reasonable time of 6.30am (soon to be even more reasonable after daylight savings ticks-over). And now that more of us are working from home, you might even be able to squeeze in a couple of quarters, or even watch the entire game before your first meeting of the day? Woohoo!

Radio- Free Sports Radio

And the best option of all in my opinion at least, is to listen to the games live! There’s nothing like hearing radio announcers call every snap and describe every tackle, to a non-viewing audience. And I find hearing the American adverts a bit of a novelty as well! I think ‘Free Sports Radio’ is still in its infancy, as week 1 was a bit of a disaster as the radio stations they provided links to, weren’t actually broadcasting the games. Oh, fail! But week 2, they seemed to have ironed out the bugs, so I was able to listen to an entire game live, and absolutely free! In your face Tunein radio! So if you want choice! Free Sports Radio is the best! With more than a handful of stations to choose from, all broadcasting the same game- so you can choose to listen to the calls from either team’s perspective. And although they don’t have an app yet, however listening to games on their browser is a synch, both on a laptop or smart phone.

I hope you’ll make the most of these 5 FREE methods to keep up with your favourite sport, hit us up in the feedback section below if you’ve found these suggestions helpful? Yeah?

Podcast Recommendations- Twenty Thousand Hertz

Because you’re fascinated by sound!

 

Sound is literally everywhere! With sight, you can still block it out by merely shutting your eyes! But sound, it’s almost impossible to completely block-out. At night when you’re trying to sleep, it’s not actually quiet. Yeah? You especially notice it if you can’t sleep e.g. hearing the ticking of an analogue clock, the hum of a street lamp, the hiss of a nearby ventilation system, and when you try to cover your ears in frustration with the blanket and pillo- then you’ll  realise you can hear your pulse in your ears! Ah! And when someone says “Guess what happened in last night’s episode?” And you quickly cover your ears, stopping yourself from hearing them spoil a show that you have DVR and hadn’t had a chance to watch? Well, clamping your hands over your ears only stops you from hearing their voice, but you still hear that seashell ocean affect in your ears. So it’s almost impossible to block out sound from your life.

 

Thus, no matter what you find fascinating in life, shouldn’t we all be fascinated by sound? Because it’s literally all around us?

 

And here steps in the boys and girls at Defacto Sound who are the creators behind the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz! They fill this sound void in the podcast-a-sphere, filling the lack of interest in producing a pod only about sound! **Note: I think they’re the only ones who produce a pod similar to what they have created.

 

Host Dallas Taylor takes you and your ears on an  audible journey through sound, not only is their mode of delivery in an audio only format, but their entire program is centred on the most interesting and recognisable sounds! Like podcasts who go into the history of food, or to the back story and making of your favourite films? But Twenty Thousand Hertz dives deep into the history and back story of iconic sounds- sounds which are totally recognisable but perhaps you hadn’t paid it much heed, but you’ll be so much more aware of after listening to an episode all about It.?

 

In the very first episode of 20KHZ Dallas interviewed an actress who has one of the most well-known voices, but we most likely don’t know her name? Yes, the voice we know as SIRI- did you know that Siri was a real person? Who had recorded thousands and thousands of words for Apple, but why the voice sounds a bit robotic is because the audio recordings had the pitch adjusted upwards ultimately making her sound more digital than analogue. But when she is asked to put on the SIRI voice, it is unmistakingly her!

 

Or one of the first episodes which I listened to when I first stumbled upon the pod was a deep dive into what we popularly refer to as ‘Muzak’, that jazzy non-offensive (while equally uninspiring) music we hear coming out of the tinny speakers of elevators.

 

And the most recent episode I listened to, it was an investigation into the Whoopee Cushion, yes that pink rubber bladder which makes fart noises when someone sits on it!

 

Twenty Thousand Hertz is both informative and whimsical, enlightening and entertaining! So if there has been a sound which you’ve always wondered, ‘how did that come about?’ Dig through their archive, as they’ve probably covered it in a past episode (they have content dating back to 2016). And if you can’t find it there, you can email them about your ear-worm, and they’ll be more than happy to investigate and produce a future show based on your audio dilemma. Or if you’re one of those people who just enjoys the ‘Secret sound’ segment on radio, test your sound memory with their per-episode mystery sound! I thought I was good at recognising sounds, but I haven’t gotten one correct yet.

 

So if you find sound as fascinating as I do, check out Twenty Thousand Hertz, click HERE to begin listening!

Podcast Recommendations- Decoder Ring

When you just need something less heavy to listen to.

It’s a very strange time in our world’s history ATM, pivotal events which are changing the fabric of our society as we speak. And only time will tell if the will of the people can force a positive change in our society. However as a result of this, everywhere you turn to, there are some heavy intense topics out there- resulting in most of my favourite news and worthwhile journalistic pods all reporting on the same weighty topics.

But if you need a break from all of this, even for a half hour or so (while not wanting to sacrifice on quality)- I have a perfect recommendation for you!

Decoder Ring by Slate podcasts.

Decoder Ring is hosted by Willa Paskin, where she ‘Cracks cultural mysteries’ wide open! In approx. 30 minutes time, she lays-down the foundation of the cultural phenomena their looking to crack; include interviews with primary sources to get deep into said topic; then the team uses their investigative journalistic skills to untangle fact from fiction; before explaining the cultural relevance of this obscure topic to our present day existence.

I’ve only listened to a handful of episodes, and in that small sample size I’ve been exposed to Unicorn poop and  rubber duckies;  influenced to listen to ‘Friday’ every Friday afternoon, and now I’m dying to watch the 90s romcom ‘You’ve got mail’.

Sure, if you don’t end up listening to Decoder Ring, your life will still go on as normal, but if you did listen to Decoder Ring- I guarantee that for a half hour at least you’ll have a smile on your face and you’ll be that little bit more clued in  to the weird world around us.

Episodes don’t drop all that often (around one per month) so it’s all about quality over quantity, however there’s a 26 episode archive you can binge-listen to! So why not give it a go, your sanity will thank you for it! *nods*.

To start listening to the Decoder Ring now! Click HERE!    

Podcast Recommendations- Coronavirus Global Update

When you care about the welfare of the world!

Granted, news on the Coronavirus pandemic should not become a form of entertainment for us- which podcasts and TV shows ought to be. However when you just want to know more about what is going on around the world, in a quick, no fuss, no effort manner- BBC World Services’ Coronavirus Global Update is maybe what you’re looking for?

The BBC’s latest podcast is a twice daily feed, lasting for no more than 6-8 minutes at-a-time. Delivered as a handful of short reports, updating you on the latest global Coronavirus breaking news in the past 12 hours.

Yes, admittedly at the moment we’re already being bombarded with news on the deadly outbreak each time we turn on our socials or TV, however in most cases the chatter that we hear are highly localised or only focused on the major countries with the highest number of infections. But what about all the other 200 odd countries around the world?

Sure, you can pick a country and Google the heck out of it, learning what is going on in that region of the world to find out how they’re handling the contagion- but isn’t it easier if it could be spoon-fed to you via a twice daily podcast which automatically drops into your podcast player?

From the Coronavirus Global Update, I’ve  learnt of the impact of the virus on India and its people when a lockdown was announced only 24 hours ahead of time – leaving thousands stranded away from home; or the impact of the virus on Kenyans, where the government and military enforce ‘social distancing’ measures – resulting in beatings, shootings and deaths; or the impact of the virus spreading on a US naval aircraft carrier – leading to the captain of the ship pleading for help as ‘it isn’t war time, there is no need for young men to be dying at this time’; or the impact of the virus on the people of Panama as ‘social distancing’ measures separate the genders by forcing men and women to leave their homes on alternative days – bringing a swift end to developing romance for unmarried couples…… All of which are interesting topics to know, which would never find its way onto our main stream news cycles- as we’re too caught up on our own domestic issues.

So if you still want to keep yourself outward focused during these unusual times, check out the Coronavirus Global Update, click HERE to start listening.