WTF with Marc Maron – Episode 844 – Lorde
It’s just New Zealand’s premier pop export dropping by one of the most famous podcasts on the planet here is all. And Lorde is a remarkably engaging conversationalist, funny and insightful and always entertaining. The Artist Formerly Known As Ella gets chatting passionately about music with old mate Maron while also getting into some stuff about her creative process and the career this far. Plus, as always, she’s never not repping Aotearoa as she does. Got to forgive her for her egregious Phil Collins worship though.
The Lowe Post – Sam Walker, Wall Street Journal
Zach Lowe is perhaps the most popular NBA journo on the damn planet and this hour spent with the Grantland alum is especially worthwhile as he brings on his buddy Sam Walker to chat about his new book. Entitled ‘The Captain Class’, the book is an examination into some of the great sports dynasties of all time… including a couple All Blacks teams. It’s a fascinating insight into what it takes to be the best, from the culture of winning to the leaders who make it happen.
NPR’s Fresh Air - Spy Novelist (And Former Spy) John Le Carré
There are those among us whose lives have been so incredible that you’d have thought they could only exist in the pages of a novel. Well, the legendary John Le Carré’s life has done both. The 85 year old writer joins Terry Gross for a proper yarn about his new book and the life that it’s born of. From comparisons of his famous spy novels to the espionage which both he and his father engaged in once upon a time (and the moral dilemmas therein) to some thought-provoking ideas about the state of the political world in 2017.
The Bill Simmons Podcast - Willie McGinest on USC Celebrity, Snoop's Days in Long Beach, and His Best Career Win (Ep. 253)
It’s often a fine line when the Sports Guy gets talking about his favourite teams but when one of the best linebackers of his generation is sitting opposite him that’s not such a concern. And McGinest has some incredible stories to tell – from a locker room perspective of the dawn of the Bill Belichick era to some 90s hip hop insider info. Great player, great dude, great interview.
Test Match Special - The Spirit of Cricket Award and Brian Lara's Cowdrey Lecture
It’s the annual Cowdrey Lecture and Brian Lara follows in the recent footsteps of the likes of Brendan McCullum and Kumar Sangakarra, each of whose speeches were essential listening for the cricket crazies (in which The Niche Cache is most definitely included). This year’s speaker was only the man with the top score in test cricket history, which oughta be enough of a pitch already.