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PODCASTS! People love them! And those who don’t? Well, they just haven’t been enlightened yet. But how in the heck do you figure out which ones are worth listening to? Castology, that’s how.

In each episode, our Castologists Brit, Harry, and Zane will review some of the best (and sometimes not-so-best) podcasts around. They’ll also do the hard work and trawl the RSS feeds to find the newest podcasts that should be on your radar. Will they always agree with each other’s picks? Probably not! But hey, you’re clever, you know that’s how reviews work.

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This week Zane has a secret... well, many secret in fact. His recommendation is The Secret Room and looks at the stories no one ever tells. Nick takes a look at the media taking a look at politics through a comedic lens with The Press Box. And then Liz brings a podcast not because she loves it but because she's not sure. Does she actually like Monster Presents: Insomniac or does she just really want to like it?

Liz Recommends - Monster Presents: Insomniac (or does she?)

For the first time ever, Liz is bringing a podcast she isn't actually sure if she likes or not. I mean, she wants to like it because it's an interesting twist on the true crime podcast but... she just isn't sure. GROUP CONSENSUS TIME!

“This podcast began with a simple, scary premise: to research the disturbing and horrific routines of lesser known serial killers. Host Scott Benjamin wanted to learn more about what made them tick, and why they did these terrible things. But, slowly, Benjamin’s research started to affect him, consuming him day and night. It followed him home at night and into his bed. The work turned him into an insomniac.”

See, Liz’s instinct would be to, um, STOP RESEARCHING KILLERS if her sleep was affected. But no, Scott has decided he needs to work through it to be able to put it to bed, so to speak. Is he actually becoming derranged himself? Listen to find out.

For both: Pick any one except the Genosee River Killer because goddamn that's a hard listen.

Nick Recommends - The Press Box

The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker catch you up on the biggest media stories, from sports to politics and everything in between.

For either: Take ya pick!

Zane Recommends - The Secret Room

What’s the one thing you’ve never told anybody? Ben Hamm explores the stories no one ever tells in The Secret Room. This is an interview podcast where the host, Ben Hamm, talks to people from all over the world about the secrets they have kept hidden away.

For Nick: Nindaddy's Secret

For Liz: Revenge

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Remember when Nick recommended the super-niche podcast Containers? You know, the one about containers of the shipping variety? Well Liz decided it was time for a niche podcast war and here we are with The Podcast For Laundry. Zane has a rather theatrical listener submission with The Irrationally Exuberant, and Nick goes to Hollywood with Scriptnotes. Then it's time to let you all know what we thought of last week's recommendations.

Liz Recommends - The Podcast For Laundry with Brett Davis

When Nick decided to bring the super-niche podcast Containers (about, you guessed it, fucking shipping containers), Liz knew she had to out-niche him as payback. And here we are with The Podcast For Laundry.

“When we brought comedian and laundry enthusiast Brett Davis to “talk suds with his buds” on our network, we could never have expected the seemingly affable host and innocuous topic (laundry) to result in this. Regrettably, we are contractually obligated to present The Podcast For Laundry, and apologize to the many guests dragged into Brett’s endless downward spiral. Listener discretion is advised.”

In every episode, Mr. Davis, or an obnoxious, inept version of himself, talks to a friend in a laundromat about washing clothes. Segments include “What’s Your Terge?” where guests discuss their preferred detergent, and “Bleach, Please,” where they talk about something that bothers them about laundry. Each episode is filled with banter gone horribly wrong.

For both: any Tom Scharpling ep, or the hilarious ep with Allie Goertz where Brett pitches his laundry-themed musical.

Nick Recommends - Scriptnotes

Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.

For either: Take ya pick!

Zane Recommends - The Irrationally Exuberant

Back with another listener submission, Zane has brought in The Irrationally Exuberant. Reid Messerschmidt delivers this podcast (which is also art) this constists of a stream-of-conciousness, scripted, absurdist take on history, pop culture, animals, religion, conspiracies, music, books, language, the paranormal, insects, Johnny Appleseed, The Harlem Globetrotters, McDonald's, Satan, God, humanity, crows, Reptilians, alternative medicine, bees, Eddie Vedder... and the list goes on. You really need to listen to this one to understand what it, in fact, is.

For Nick & Liz: Pick one that appeals!

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You need some podcast recommendations? Well, you’re in luck! We have three new podcast recommendations for you as well as our reviews of last week’s recommendations! Zane has another listener submission this week with the all-things-weird podcast None Dare Call it Ordinary!, Liz goes mythical with a Greek Mythology podcast with a feminist bent and Pat brings us a science-based drug podcast. And don't forget to stick around for our reviews of last weeks podcast at the end!

Liz Recommends - Let's Talk About Myths, Baby! A Greek and Roman Mythology Podcast

"Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! is a Greek and Roman mythology podcast.

But it’s not your average Greek and Roman mythology podcast, this one is told by a 30-something Millennial with a penchant for cursing and a feminist attitude. The stories are deeply researched, thoroughly told, and they don’t hold back the details that have been sugarcoated and treated with kid gloves over the millennia since they were originally told.

There’s violence, assault, and so, so many gods transforming into animals to have their way [with women and nymphs]. Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! is casual and fun but equally knowledgeable and will leave you with a deeper understanding of the myths and the people who told them those many, many years ago." Hosted by Liv Albert, this podcast is great because it's a nice chatty (even though there is only one person talking) podcast that makes history and myths super accessible.

For both: I like the Hercules/Heracles series because that guy was actually kind of a dick.

Pat Recommends - Say Why to Drugs

Dr Suzi Gage is a psychologist interested in understanding the relationship between drug use and mental health. Most are dedicated to a particular substance or type of substance, there's also live shows, special guest interviews and AMA's thrown into the mix. Episodes range from about 20-40 minutes.

For Zane & Liz: Just go ahead and pick your favorite drug

Zane Recommends - None Dare Call It Ordinary!

Another Listener submission! This one is an interesting artifact as it seems to combine a few common themes that Zane like to bring to his fellow castologists. Part true-crime, part history, part comedy, the hosts Dylan, Brent, and Forrest dig into the unusual, unorthodox, and downright unsettling beliefs found at the depths of the Internet and the heights of paranoia. They are kind of a podcast on the history of ideas, except the ideas come mainly from cranks, con artists, extremists, frauds, and other chronic failures. Whether they promote pseudoscience, alternative medicine, fringe religions, radical politics, or revisionist history.

For Pat: Any topic that you might be interested in

For Liz: Any topic that you might be interested in

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Wonder no more what podcasts you should listen to this week, our Castologists are on the case. Liz unearths an otherworldly immersive audio podcast with Murmurs; Zane also jumps on the anthology train travelling on the horror side of the tracks with Old Gods of Appalachia; and Nick forces the others to get their motor sports on with Beyond the Grid. Then as always, it’s on to last week’s reviews.

Liz Recommends - Murmurs

There’s a crack in reality and something’s breaking through. Ten mind-altering tales from some of the best new drama podcast writers.

Liz dives into another immersive audio podcast. Think Twilight Zone meets Twin Peaks meets... something else also awesome. From BBC Sounds. Get into it.

For both: Look technically it can be listened to out of order since it’s anthological but I think it benefits from being listened to from the start. Ep 9 was Liz’s fave.

Nick Recommends - Beyond the Grid

Nick does MOTORSPORT! Liz and Zane LOVE IT and they WILL LOVE IT. Well, probably not, but if you're in the mood to get some Formula1 goodness into ya ears then Beyond the Grid is the perfect starter. With infinite team and driver access, Beyond the Grid interviews and details the drivers and histories of Formula1

For both: Try the Daniel Ricciardo and/or the Alain Prost eps!

Zane Recommends - Old Gods of Appalachia

Old Gods of Appalachia is a horror-anthology podcast set in the shadows of an Alternate Appalachia, a place where digging too deep into the mines was just the first mistake. These horror stories are produced by Deep Nerd Media. Old Gods is set in an alternate or shadow Appalachia. An upside-down Appalachia, if you will.

This world feels eerily similar to the hills and hollers we’ve grown up with. But there are some tell-tale differences. The names of towns and counties will be changed. Historical events will slide forward or backward in time. The stories pass through hundreds of years of this Appalachia’s history. To link our story to actual Appalachia, the nexus these first stories are based on actual disasters that occurred in the region, but these real events will also be changed, reshaped and altered on this side of the veil.

No real names will be used for individuals who may have been connected to the real life inspirations for our stories. Any resemblance to actual persons is purely coincidental or the will of darker forces that we do not understand.

For Both: Start from the beginning

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Is it really bright out? No, those are just the STARS IN OUR EYES because it's our celebrity-hosted themed week! (Liz is not sorry for her sparkling wit on that intro). Liz proves she's no superman with the Scrubs throwback Fake Doctors Real Friends with Zach and Donald; Zane asks WTF with Marc Maron; and Nick gets chummy with talk show wit with Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend. Then the team chat through last week's recommendations in the review section. Because that's how we roll. (Seriously, we do it the same way every week, you should know this by now.)

Liz Recommends - Fake Doctors Real Friends with Zach and Donald

"You know what's long, tedious and boring? Surgery. You know what isn't? This new podcast! Join Scrubs co-stars and real-life best

friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison for a weekly comedy podcast where they relive the hit TV show, one episode at a time. Each week,

these BFFs will discuss an episode of Scrubs, sharing behind-the-scenes stories and reminiscing on some of their favourite memories from filming. They’ll also connect with Scrubs super fans and feature beloved show cast members for exclusive interviews."

For both: whichever guest you wanna catch up with or ep you wanna recap.

Nick Recommends - Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend

After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that. Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.

For both: Take a pick!

Zane Recommends - WTF with Marc Maron

Zane has brought some BIG podcast titles in the past, but this one is definitely in competition for the biggest. This podcast has been the biggest in the world several times over the years it has been releasing, and today, who can even tell? But there are over 1000 episodes for you to track down and try out.

For over twenty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy. In September 2009, Marc changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron, featuring Marc's revelatory conversations with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels and President Barack Obama. It became a worldwide phenomenon, with more than six-million downloads each month and 250 million lifetime downloads within its first 6 years.

For Nick: Barack Obama + The President Was Here [613+614]

For Liz: Terry Crews [1092]

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Podcasts podcasts podcasts, because that's what we do. This week Liz looks into a disease some doctor's don't believe in with Patient Zero, Nick goes behind the scenes with famous musicians with The Road Taken and Zane looks into whether the CIA interfered with an 80s megahit power ballad with Wind of Change. Then it's review time. Will the Castologists come to blows this week? Stay tuned to find out!

Liz Recommends - Patient Zero

New Hampshire Public Radio takes a look at what happens when society confronts the limits of scientific knowledge, through one of the most enigmatic diseases of the 21st Century: Lyme disease.

Patient Zero is a multipart podcast series from NHPR. The project – in development for more than a year - continues the tradition of in-depth, audio-rich podcast storytelling from NHPR, including such prior productions as Outside/In, Civics 101, Bear Brook and Supervision.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease a year: more new cases than measles, acute hepatitis, and mumps. That growth also makes Lyme disease more common than whooping cough, tuberculosis, and spotted fever. In New Hampshire, the prevalence of Lyme disease infections led the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to create a statewide prevention plan, to give guidance on how best to reduce the risk of tick-borne disease.

Patient Zero host Taylor Quimby knows what it’s like to experience the disease. In the summer of 2017, Quimby had his own bout with Lyme disease, an experience that sent him searching for answers as he turned from reporter to disease detective.

For both: start at the start.

Nick Recommends - The Road Taken with CT and Baio

Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson and Chris Baio take an honest look at the life of a touring musician through conversations with their peers, idols, and rivals. The truth lies somewhere between the penthouse suite and a sleeping bag on the floor, between a private jet and a 2004 Honda Odyssey, between a sold-out Madison Square Garden and 10 paid attendees at Rubber Gloves in Denton, Texas.

For both: Take a pick!

Zane Recommends - Wind of Change

Zane isn't usually about spies, but today, he has brought a spy podcast!

It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall has just come down. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. A heavy metal band from West Germany, the Scorpions, releases a power ballad, “Wind of Change.” The song becomes the soundtrack to the peaceful revolution sweeping Europe — and one of the biggest rock singles ever. According to some fans, it’s the song that ended the Cold War.

Decades later, New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe hears a rumor from a source: the Scorpions didn’t actually write “Wind of Change.” The CIA did.

This is Patrick’s journey to find the truth. Among former operatives and leather-clad rockers, from Moscow to Kiev to a GI Joe convention in Ohio, it’s a story about spies doing the unthinkable...

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It is time for more podcasts! Comedy gameshows? Economic scandals? Book reports? This week we have them all as Liz Brings the comedy with Dump Him (the Game Show, Nick Harks back to simpler and financially confusing days with Boom/Bust: HQ Trivia, and Zane bring in a podcast on one of his favourite topics, books! Then come the reviews of last weeks’ recommendations, so brace yourselves!

Liz Recommends - Dump Him (The Game Show)

Grab the pinot, pop on your track pants and get ready to call your ex. Dump Him! The Game Show is a fierce, fast-paced and hilarious game show that takes on relationships, sex, breakups and all of the yummy bits in between. Hosted by the vivacious Anna Piper Scott, each week she will take two teams through the hellish landscape of modern dating. Featuring regular team captains, the bisexual bombshells, Patrick Collins and Alice Tovey, this is the podcast for anyone who has ever fallen in love, fallen in bed, or fallen for filth.

Nick Recommends - Boom/Bust: HQ Trivia

The live trivia app 'HQ Trivia' was once the obsession of the internet, garnering millions of players and an international spotlight. But then it all went wrong. From 'The Ringer' Podcast Network, ‘Boom/Bust: HQ Trivia’ is an exploration of the spectacular rise and fall of the massively popular app

For both: From the start

Zane Recommends - Overdue

BOOKS! You have been safe until now from one of Zane's oldest and deepest obsessions, books. But no longer! Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy children’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.

For Both; pick one that appeals!

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Hello and welcome to our podcast obsession. This week Liz recommends a podcast full of dad jokes to make people smile with I Just Called To Tell You A Joke, Nick brings his only two dudes talking about nothing podcast with Tiny Meat Gang, and Zane gets in touch with his inner child with Story Pirates. Then: REVIEW TIME.

Liz Recommends - I Just Called to Tell You a Joke

Every day, host Josie Steele calls someone she loves to tell them a joke. That’s it.

For both: I bet you can't stop at one ep.

Nick Recommends - Tiny Meat Gang

A podcast from Youtubers and Comedians Noel Miller and Cody Ko, Tiny Meat Gang is an absurd show that sees the two discussing internet beefs, their lives, and everything in between.

For both: Take a pick!

Zane Recommends - Story Pirates

Something that has been underrepresented on this podcast so far is podcasts for kids! So Zane has brought one to the table this week! Created by Gimlet Media and winner of the 2020 iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, The Story Pirates Podcast is one of the top three kids and family podcasts in the world. Downloaded over 20 million times and featuring songs and sketches based on stories written by kids, special guests include top talent like Kristen Bell, Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dax Shepard, Bowen Yang, Paul Scheer, Claire Danes, John Oliver, David Schwimmer, and Lake Bell.

For Both: Any

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We have more podcasts for your ear holes this week. Liz decided she needs to get more comfy with managing her cash, so she's recommending She's On The Money. Nick gets his comic book nerd on with Marvel's foray into the podcast universe, Wolverine. And Zane takes a look at all the times people buggered things up in the past with The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong. Then it's review time, featuring our recommendations from last week.

Liz Recommends - She’s on the Money

Note there are two She’s on the Money podcasts, we are talking about the Australian podcast featuring Victoria Devine, financial advisor and co-host Georgia King. They have an AMAZING FB community which is great to join for advice and group consensus. They usually reference the group on the pod to chat about their money wins and tips for saving etc.

“We empower women to make smart money decisions.

Millennial women are smart, savvy and independent. We grew up listening to Destiny’s Child, so it’s only natural, right? Yet, when it comes to money stuff, we can feel overwhelmed, unsure where to invest or stuck in a relentless cycle of “money in and money out”, never making ground or reaching our goals. She’s on the Money is here to help solve those problems. We believe that being good with money doesn’t mean you have to hibernate and live on a diet of two minute noodles and cheap wine. We believe you can have it all; the house deposit, the Pilates membership, the share portfolio, the Santorini trip and, of course, the brunch dates.

We’re here to change your relationship with money through relatable finance and money hacks you can implement today.”

For both: whatever topic takes your fancy.

Nick Recommends - Marvel's Wolverine

INJECT that adamantium into your veins! Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye

For both: From the start

Zane Recommends - The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong

Back to the status quo for Zane this week as he recommends and SCIENCE & HISTORY podcast. The Constant is a science and history podcast about getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.

Each season of The Constant runs 8 episodes, released weekly on Tuesdays.

Episodes vary in length, with the shortest running 10 minutes and the longest nearly 1 hour, but on average most stories tend to range between 20-25 minutes.

The Constant is currently on hiatus, with plans to return for a special abbreviated kickstarter season in October.

For Both: Pick one that appeals

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Oi you. Yes you. It's time to find your newest podcast to listen to, via our Castologists. This week Nick gets on the true crime bandwagon with Ronan Farrow's The Catch and Kill; Liz goes with not-so-true crime with the Audible Original podcast (that's technically an audiobook) Cut and Run; and Zane gets his feminst on with a podcast on female entrepreneurship, Second Life. Then, stay tuned for all the reviews you can handle from last week's recommendations.

Liz Recommends - Cut and Run

Welcome to a tale of love, adventure, and organ theft.

In this charming, scripted audio crime comedy, Samantha Dugan (D’Arcy Carden) and Abe Lally (Sam Richardson) are best friends and partners in crime. They steal kidneys. Like all jobs, it’s complicated. Despite being Robin Hoods of organ thievery, Abe and Samantha are just the sweetest people.

Samantha, a professional con artist, uses her charms to steal kidneys from bad people and get them to good ones. Abe, Sam’s surgeon-in-crime on their illicit kidney theft operation, is using unfettered access to the human body to advance his research to cure diabetes. This gig is hell on their social lives.

This hilarious and twisted Audible Original tale features just about everything you could hope for: crime, punishment, law, order, love, romance, air travel, Ed Begley Jr., and a quinceañera.

Cut and Run, a star-studded scripted audio performance, boasts the talents of Meg Ryan (You’ve Got Mail) as The Narrator; Sam Richardson (VEEP) as Abe Lally; and D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place) as Samantha Dugan—plus the aforementioned Ed Begley, Jr. (Arrested Development) as Gordon Grimbsy, the amiable crime boss; Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Katie Reynolds, Abe’s girlfriend and best selling children’s book author; and Thomas Lennon (Reno 911) as Jeff Calvert, an FBI agent and unwitting organ donor. This Audible Original also features Eugene Cordero, Baron Vaughn, Carlos Alazraqui, Arturo del Puerto, Dustin Ybarra, Aaron Abrams, Ginger Gonzaga, Greg Santos, Oscar Montoya, Roberta Valderrama, and Shulie Cowen.

Cut and Run was written and co-produced by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, the inventors of the first narrative fiction podcast, The Thrilling Adventure Hour.

For both: It's a serial, start from the start.

Nick Recommends - The Catch and Kill

For the past two years, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow has been following a trail of clues from his investigation of Harvey Weinstein to other blockbuster stories about the systems that protect powerful men accused of terrible crimes in Hollywood, Washington, and beyond. But he didn’t bring that information to light on his own. A compelling cast of sources—from brave whistleblowers to shadowy undercover operatives—decided the fate of these investigations, sometimes risking everything in the process. The Catch and Kill Podcast brings you their stories, in their own words, for the first time.

For both: It's a serial, start from the start.

Zane Recommends - Second Life

Zane has brought some a little different for him in this episode with...

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