Join Alex as he peers a little closer at the predicaments of the modern day and age. With dry Kiwi humour he sheds light on the hard and not-so-hard hitting issues alike, as he pushes the boundaries of how little charisma you can have while still technically doing a podcast.
Advertising – what a predicament! Do ads inherently suck? Why are 99% of commercials boring and unentertaining? Is there a time and a place for a bad ad? And what does the future hold for advertising? Alex talks to award winning admen and media industry veterans to answer these questions and more in the inaugural episode of What A Predicament.
Don’t shoot the messenger - it’s the sound effect you can’t unhear! Alex talks to Brian Nimens, CEO of the largest library of sound effects in the world, in search of the origin of a particularly pervasive sound effect. What a predicament!
Who were Deja Voodoo and whom did they rock more than? Alex catches up with band members and behind-the-scenes Svengalis to find out what happened to New Zealand’s grunge rock media darlings.
Alex almost runs out of the creative steam required to write a description for this episode after using it up on such a brilliant title. What a predicament! This week he looks into the curious predicament of why the New Zealand Government has criminalised one particular plant used in the textile and medical industries.
Who really controls the media? Who is the proverbial “Man”?
From busy newsrooms to the halls of government Alex leaves no stone unturned in his search.
Faced with the predicament of some stiff podcasting competition, Alex talks to a Foley artist about how to spice things up sonically.
From grassy knolls to magic bullets, conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK have persisted since the day of the tragedy. But how has the humble pacific nation of New Zealand been implicated? Alex pokes around the half-century old murder mystery and discovers the truth might be closer to home than he had feared.
How hard Cannes it be?
What A Predicament is back! Following last season’s cliffhanger Alex continues to try and improve his podcast and grow his audience by jumping on the true crime bandwagon. He talks to some intellectual types about our fascination with murder and why we’re so entertained by something so gruesome, then tries his hand at hosting his own true crime podcast.
To just do it or not to just do it, that is the question Alex seeks to answer this episode. He presents an interesting marketing case study, even if he does say so himself.
Is the morning paper done for, or are rumours of it’s death greatly exaggerated? Are podcasts like What A Predicament to blame?
How did art go from beautiful to basic? This week on the podcast Alex tries to figure out what the big ideas are behind abstract art and asks an expert about how a few four sided shapes could change the world forever…
The cause of and solution to all of life's problems. In this all-star episode Alex and a couple of guinea pig guests discover drinking’s detrimental effect on the body, the community and the podcast. Parental guidance is advised.
Alex and his guest, filmmaker and artist William Keddell, tell the surprisingly little known tale of Aotearoa’s one and only suicide bombing. The Maintenance of Silence (1985): https://vimeo.com/49734077
Alex incites his fellow left-handers to revolt against their right-hand overlords and talks to Dr. Gillian Forrester about the science of handedness in an effort to get to the bottom of which hand is indeed the upper one. gillianforrester.com
Alex speaks to a stand-up comedian about stand-up comedy and a stand-up comedy club owner about his stand-up comedy club, then takes the stage at said stand-up comedy club to attempt stand-up comedy.
In his most desperate ploy for ratings yet Alex becomes the first podcaster to propose via podcast, but will all go according to plan? He asks a legal expert exactly what are you signing up for when you sign that nuptial agreement, then pops the question.
Moko was a beloved friendly dolphin too good for this world. To come to terms with what happened to Moko, Alex talks to a vet about the solitary dolphin predicament.
If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.
BOB SAGET’S HERE FOR YOU is a podcast that is like no other— For one, this podcast has guests who are friends of Bob’s, or just really interesting people who many of you know and love. Secondly, this podcast is unique because it goes inside Bob Saget’s mind, and then quickly filters out through his mouth. Bob has a way of calming people he has conversations with as well as being entertaining and often informative. Bob talks with his guests with genuine empathy and humor, while reaching his unusually diverse audience that he talks to as a friend, Bob is the dad with great advice, the irreverent funny guy who’s always there when you need a laugh, and the free-associative Bob who goes off on crazy tangents then returns to the subject at hand, as serious or as comedic as it may be, to wrap up each episode in a way only Bob can do. Because he really does believe, “He’s here for you."
Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.
According to the official story, on April 4th, 1968, a lone gunman assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. That man, James Earl Ray, pled guilty and for most people the case was closed. The MLK Tapes, a new true crime podcast from the creators of Atlanta Monster and Monster: DC Sniper, explores rare recordings of eye-witness testimony and new interviews with people who were there to reveal the true story of the plot to kill Dr. King.
This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.