We don't really have a theme but the names of our recommendations do sound very disaster-y this week. Zane recommends The Alarmist, a podcast for everyone who loves to catastrophise. Liz shares her favourite stories of survival with How I Survived (and we all know how much Liz loves a good survival story). And then Nick jumps over to Audible for the exclusive podcast It Burns, which isn't about his personal hygiene, but rather about the mad world of competitive chilli growing. Then it's reviews time from last week.
Liz Recommends - How I Survived
Each fortnight, How I Survived brings you the shocking true story of a person who’s survived against the odds, told in their own words. Hosted by that's life! writer Beth Young, these stories are terrifying, inspiring and ultimately prove the power of the human will to live.
Liz finds it hard to listen to the self-inflicted accidents (sliced face off with a chainsaw? NO THANK YOU.) But she loves the ones where people have weird encounters, or triumph over evil motherf***ers.
For both: Bourke Street Massacre: My Brother The Killer
I Was Swallowed by A Hippo
Kelly Went For A Run - attacked while running
Nick Recommends - It Burns
It Burns is the story of a 10-year scandal-plagued international competition that will take listeners from the Australian Coast to South Carolina (via an Indian Research Facility).
It’s a war filled with larger than life characters. There will be sledging, accusations of cheating, theft and performance enhancing drugs. And allegations that Australia was cheated out of a Guinness World Record. In the process of charting the scandal-plagued race to breed the world’s hottest chilli, the audio documentary lifts the lid on the subculture of ‘Chilli-heads’, hardcore chilli fans spread across the globe who compete in chilli eating and breeding competitions.
The internet is filled with videos of grown men being reduced to tears by a square millimetre of chilli. The docu-series asks: what motivates someone to breed and eat a demonic nugget that is so hot it no longer has flavour? At what point does this stop being cuisine and start being an endurance sport?
This humorous series shows that all this has never really been about chilli. It’s been about how people use pain to shape themselves, define themselves and make themselves feel alive.
For both: All of it!
Zane Recommends - The Alarmist
A new discovery for Zane is The Alarmist! Writer/performer Rebecca Delgado-Smith (The Good Place) and guests scrutinize history’s greatest disasters to figure out what went wrong, and most importantly, who’s to blame.
For both: Take your pick!
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