Woj Pod - Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey
Daryl Morey would be near the top of the list of NBA GMs who would offer the best insight into running an NBA team as he's kept Houston relevant in a highly competitive NBA market. Morey breaks down the arrival of Chris Paul and offers plenty of insight into maintaining flexibility, enabling Houston to pounce when the very best players become available. There's also the interesting situation of the Rockets being sold, opening the door for discussion about the value of franchises in the modern era.
Under The Skin with Russell Brand – #023 Al Gore - Can We Protect The Planet When It's Not In The Interests Of The Powerful?
Good ol’ Brandy, always keeping it real. His new podcast is a few months into it now and is really hitting strides as the garrulous one absorbs all sorts of wisdom from his expert guests. There’s a lot to say for an interviewer who honestly wants to listen and learn and while Russell has that tendency to over-talk, the extended nature of the podcast allows for both. Plus, like, he’s funny. This one’s a bit different though. He only got half an hour with Al Gore, who’s promoting his new film, and that meant a streamlined, direct and focussed chat. Protect the planet, folks.
The Big Interview with Graham Hunter – Cricket
You wanna hear a bunch of English footballers talking about how much they love cricket? Yeah, same. Graham Hunter’s podcast is a brilliant collection of revealing interviews with footy players from the Premier League and beyond and it’s rare to hear folks like that really open up in a chat like Hunter is able to coax out of them. Every now and then there are these themed collection episodes too and when you can get Phil Neville and Matt Le Tissier waxing on about the gentleman’s game then bingo. It’s the competitive spirit of pro sportsmen… but with the joyfulness of pro fans combined.
Bill Simmons Podcast - The Sports Repodders (Bryan Curtis/Jason Gray)
A whirlwind podcast that takes you from some Mayweather vs McGregor hot-takes to exploring the world of sports media, things really get interesting from our perspective when these three lads start to get into the nitty gritty of athlete bargaining power and the future of sports media. Bill Simmons and Bryan Curtis are from The Ringer, with Jason Gray reppin' The Wall Street Journal, so they have a unique perspective from within the media matrix and as our Australiasian sporting leagues are a few years behind their counterparts in USA, there's fantastic insight into what the future of our sporting leagues could look like moving forward.
RNZ’s Black Sheep – Eugenics: the story of a really bad idea
Throwing it back here to a series that Radio New Zealand ran over last summer, in which William Ray strolled through a few of the baddies to have inhabited New Zealand culture over the years. The Eugenics episode was a particularly interesting one, examining how much deeper that whole movement spread into Aotearoa than you may realise, but all seven eps are essential. From the heartbroken waitress who murdered her fiancé on the streets of Napier to con man in Christchurch who set up his own church/cult to the property speculator who helped grease the wheels of war between the Maori and British for his own financial benefit. Seriously, this one’s a stunning listen.
Joe Rogan Experience x Tom Segura/Joey Diaz
For his 1,000th episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan brings on two of his comedic homies for a goofy ol' celebration podcast. There's not so much insight and interesting bits of information here, just plenty of stories and laughs to be had. These three go back and forth with some crazy yarns, which makes this the perfect episode to chuck on in the background as you contemplate a more mundane task.
The Watch - Critiquing 'Game of Thrones' and Previewing the Fall TV Season (Ep. 178)
As far as Game of Thrones takes go, your first port of call has to be The Niche Cache’s weekly observations but they do a decent job on The Watch too (as in: the folks from The Ringer who also do that After The Thrones thing). Chris and Andy always have that long-time-mates thing going and when they get churning it tends to be a worthy listen and this week’s episode definitely needed some unpacking. What, that raven flew all that way in like fifteen minutes? Come on. Oh and some upcoming telly picks too for when Thrones wraps itself up next week.