Oh hi there. Castology this week is coming at you with lots of angry-making podcasts. Nick looks at the companies taking over the world (specifically Amazon this week) and what that will cost us with Land of the Giants. Liz submits two podcasts on the same topic for you to compare and contrast. The topic: disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The podcasts: The Mysterious Mr Epstein and Broken. Then Zane fires shots in the niche podcast showdown by recommending Stone Clearing With Richard Herring. Then as always, it's review time for last week's offerings!
Liz Recommends - The Mysterious Mr Epstein and Broken: Jeffrey Epstein
Mysterious Mr Epstein. This is a Wondry podcast detailing the story of how a wealthy financier who was apparently able to elude justice for financial and sexual crimes from his first days as a young man on Wall Street, until the very end. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.
"We now know that Jeffrey Epstein was a sexual predator. He was also accused of fraud, embezzlement, coercion and more. But for most of his life, he was a mystery to the public, and to many of the people who knew him. In this six part series, we peel back the layers of Epstein’s life to detail his financial and sexual crimes, and his network of enablers, with original reporting and interviews. From humble beginnings, Epstein came to amass significant wealth which he used to buy sex, social status, silence, even justice —until money wasn’t enough. From Wondery (“Dirty John”, “The Shrink Next Door”), and hosted by Lindsay Graham (“American Scandal”)."
Broken: Jeffrey Epstein is a Three Uncanny Four production, with a team that includes Adam McKay, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind The Big Short and Vice. "Jeffrey Epstein described himself as “radioactive”, and then he died in prison. But right before that, he was a friend and confidant of many of America’s most powerful politicians, billionaires, and entertainers, some of whom apparently shared a common interest: trafficking underage girls. In "BROKEN: JEFFREY EPSTEIN" host Ariel Levy (The New Yorker) and Special Correspondent and Executive Producer Julie K. Brown (The Miami Herald) tell the full story of Epstein, his accomplices, and the broken systems that enabled his crimes."
For both: I would suggest starting with Mysterious Mr Epstein and then going to Broken because the details in Broken matter more when you know the man behind them.
Nick Recommends - Land of the Giants
Facebook. Apple. Amazon. Netflix. Google. These five tech giants have changed the world. But how? And at what cost? Recode’s Jason Del Rey starts with The Rise of Amazon. Over two decades, an online marketplace for books became the world’s most valuable company. We examine how it got its power, what it’s doing with it, and what might happen to it in the future. Produced by the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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Zane Recommends - Stone Clearing with Richard Herring
Nick and Liz should never have started a "most-niche" podcast competition, because it was always going to be Zane that won. Stone Clearing with Richard Herring is the world's first podcast dedicated to the ancient art of Stone Clearing (removing stones from a field and using them for better purpose) which will serve as an introduction to the industry for the newcomer, but hopefully provide tips for the many other stone clearers around the world, as well of being of interest to people who like to hear poor quality audios of an unfit man walking round a field, moving stones and talking to himself, whilst trying to pretend to other dog walkers that he isn't doing that. Along the way we will learn much about life, death, the futility of existence and how sometimes when you attempt the impossible you can succeed. Though most times you won't. RIchard Herring is a comedian, writer, and blogger when he is not clearing stones. Remember this effort is a secret. Please do not tell anyone what Richard is doing.
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