Writers: Sam Richards & Lauren Dinning
The ease of podcast production has given voice to hundreds of exciting minds – funny, sporty, culinary, business, piss-takey minds. You name it, SA has got em’ – we’re a talented bunch. Here’s a selection of some of our fave South Australian podcasts coming from our iced-coffee fuelled collective genius.
Listen to the Badcast, and you can be sure hosts Liam and Big Al will delve into the important issues, whether they are discussing the best (worst) pickup lines or Google’s incognito mode. Many of the laughs spout from the way the blokes interact, with the banter reaching astronomical heights, such as when Big Al attempts to drink six beers in a minute. It can sometimes seem like you’re catching up with a few mates down at the local, rather than sitting on your own with a set of headphones in. And do keep your headphones in, please – there is a tad too much crass language for Karen from accounts.
Their tagline ‘heaps good history’ sums up the name of the game for podcasters Dan and Tom, as they get together to share stories about a piece of SA. Whether it be history, a place, a celebrity, icon or event, their content is sure to make you LOL. The catch: neither truly know what the other is bringing to the podcast table each week, often resulting in discussions on the hilarity of South Australia’s past. With one born and bred local, and a the other bringing a touch of outsider perspective, the duo form the successful funny yet historical podcast – a tough gig to maintain. Kudos, lads.
3. Rooster Radio
This is one for the business up and comers, who can tune into entrepreneurs and pros across various fields (business, leadership, marketing, science, technology, health, and hospitality) who have made it in the big leagues. The team tell the stories of successful ventures, as well as the not-so-pretty failed ones, all with the goal of learning how to conduct oneself with success in mind. Tune in if you think your professional performance could do with a brush-up.
4. The Man Bits Podcast
This podcast gives it to you straight – husband and wife duo Paul and Pascale talk about the importance of men’s health. It’s not just bits for guys, either, with information on bits for everyone. With guests and interviews, the podcast delves deep into journeys of resilience, personal hardships and growth. Their ultimate goal is to reduce suicide among men globally without dancing around the subject – they get straight to the bits that count.
5. Adelaide Jerks
Adelaide Jerks is bound to make you laugh. Almost nothing is off limits. The podcast features examinations of failed Craigslist connections, letters from teenagers and subsequent drunken attempts to solve their life problems, and reading of overly enthusiastic reviews for ‘dangerous’ sex toys. Recently it held the Winter of Cruise, indulging its Tom Cruise obsession to an unprecedented level over the course of many, many podcasts. Wannabe scholars of Cruise, move aside. Adelaide Jerks has a fan in Fritz cover artist Donovan Christie – discover his picks here. Definitely not safe for work. You’ve been warned.
6. The Swapcast Podcast
In every episode of The Swapcast, hosts Paul, Lucy and Brendan delve into the weird and wonderful world of the body swap trope in an oversaturated genre in film locally and worldwide. Listen in as they stumble upon movie after movie featuring the ultimate “plot-twist” and ingredient for bad comedy – the body swap. Listen in as they try to grapple with the concept, try to comprehend filmmakers decisions and bring in to question some movie plot holes – like how does a stripper bring a comb to a lap dance? All these and more will be answered in the Swapcast.
7. The Adelaide Show
Each week this podcast team chats with a local South Australian who is pursuing their passion. With a casual and comfortable vibe, the hosts drink and review wine, act like the friends they are and chat about how different folk deal with different challenges. Previous episodes include clarifying how modern music is made (guitars are so 2000), discussing whether sex work in the state should be decriminalised and exploring the difficulties of ageing.
8. Head Of A Codfish
Firstly, the name. It’s a Portuguese idiom loosely translated as ‘something you know to be true without seeing it directly’. The host explains that a lot of people feel they aren’t juggling the responsibilities of work and children in the best way possible, but remain unsure of what the best way is. The goal of this podcast is to show people the codfish’s head, so to speak, by discussing the best ways to balance life’s major responsibilities. It’s perfect for those who are thinking about having children but don’t want to go in guns blazing, as well as for existing parents who are starting to feel guilty about grandma’s perpetual babysitting.
9. The Ugly Truth
Hosts George and Christina don’t hesitate when delving into controversial topics, covering a huge range of topics including health, money, society and current events. They interview experts on the topics they discuss and dig deep to bring you fascinating bits of information to enthrall your earbuds. This podcast is for the curious people of the world. Prepare to be puzzled, dazzled and wanting more.
10. Crow Crap
The podcast with a distinctive colour scheme: red, blue and yellow. Betts are, this is the best Adelaide Crows supporter podcast you can tune into. Listening to Crow Crap is the perfect way to recap the game you missed, or to hear a passionate breakdown of what the Crows aced and what they messed up in any given round. It’s not limited to the Crows either. Expect discussions of other teams, the humorous side of the game and a few sly digs at Port Adelaide. Have it on in your car, but not on the windscreen, thanks.
11. Movie Magoos
Movie addicts Rory and Curtis review and discuss the ins and outs of the latest releases, from action and comedy, to Disney Pixar films and everything in between. The best part? They’ll let you know which podcasts are SPOILER FREE, so you don’t hear something you don’t want to. Brush up on background knowledge before heading to the cinema without fear of overhearing the twist, turn, or shock ending.
12. Deviant Women
Join Alicia and Lauren as they discuss deviant women who bucked the trends and who flipped the system the bird. Whether these women are historical, fictional, mythological or contemporary – they are certainly badass. Sometimes the lives the hosts revisit are those of admirable Joan of Arc figures. Other times they explore less salubrious characters, such as Lizzy O’Dea, a Townsviller who casually shot her enemy in the 1920s. Listeners of any gender are bound to be entertained.
13. Publish, Perish or Podcast
Join a handful of researchers on their fortnightly forays into science. The podcast appears to have several goals. For one, it attempts to make science engaging by incorporating humour and doing away with overcomplicated jargon. At the same time, it explores the often unthought about behind the scenes of being a scientist, from the hilarious anecdotes to the necessity of networking to the bureaucratic barriers. Find out what the people handling the beakers are feeling. It’s pretty fascinating.
14. Vinyl Soul
This podcast describes itself as dedicated to the ‘soundtrack of our lives’. Smoothly produced, host Aiden G chats with big music names every episode, such as Hanson, Seth Sentry and Birds of Tokyo. Guided by thoughtful questions, bands and performers discuss their origins, new music, side projects, influences, touring anecdotes, and everything else behind the scenes. With samplings of music to keep things exciting, this blog is a must for anyone who finds themselves tapping their foot when a banger comes on.
15. Classical Converstations – Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
This one is for the music-lovers. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Conversations takes you behind the music and into the lives of artists around the country. Recorded live one hour before their Master Series Concerts, the podcasts take a look inside the journeys, achievements, setbacks and future aspirations for musicians local and Australia wide.
Did we miss a South Australian podcast that you love to listen to? Let us know in the comments, below.