Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-Eight

December 5, 2017

#28 Break


This month hosts Frankie Reid and William Ton chat about the concept of break and how the meaning of the word can differ from person to person.

They interview artist Portia Sarris, who created the cover art for Catalyst Issue Five, Volume 73. They also talk to photographer Adam Hogan about his work featured on the back cover. Frankie and William also chat to the band Dayzed.

This is our last episode for the year.

Thank you for listening and we will be back in 2018 with more stories from RMIT students.


Presenters: Frankie Reid and William Ton

Contributors: Meg Sydes

Guests: Portia Sarris - @portiasnewplace, Adam Hogan - @melbourne.sympathy

Executive Producer: Jasmine Mee Lee

Music: Dayzed - How Far From Home


Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-Seven

September 25, 2017

#27 Changes 


This month hosts Claire Ciantar and Meg Sydes chat about how changes affect our lives and how the meaning of the word can differ from person to person.

They interview artist Isa Frezza, who created the cover art for Catalyst Issue Four. They also talk to George Coltman who is the magazine’s Creative Director and discuss the new version of Catalyst Magazine.

This episode explores how changes can mean a change in name, the evolving world of fashion and how stress can drastically change your life.


Presenters: Claire Ciantar & Meg Sydes

Contributors: Alex Linton, Frankie Reid & Tessa Randello

Executive Producer: Jasmine Mee Lee

Music: Dayzed - The Awakening


Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-Six

September 4, 2017



This month with hosts Jas Mee Lee and Rainer Curcio talk about how the concept of sustainability affects our lives and the battle of trying to maintain a sustainable life as a student.  

They interview artist Elisa McTaggart who created cover art Catalyst Issue Four. This episode also explores what sustainability means in different fields, whether it be art, AFL or fashion.


Presenters: Jasmine Mee Lee & Rainer Curcio

Contributors: Laura Thiele, Frankie Reid, Tessa Randello, Campbell Mowat, Meg Sydes & Alex Linton

Executive Producer: Jasmine Mee Lee

Assistant Producer: Rainer Curcio


Music by Approachable Members of Your Local Community:


Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-Five

May 10, 2017


This month, hosts Lily Lazzarotti and Nick Carr talk hometowns, picket fences and family dynamics for our third episode of 2017: SUBURBAN.

Feel all the nostalgic hometown feels in Letters to My Suburb by Nat Pitcher, explore an often overlooked facet of family life in Georgia Imfeld's feature, Jerry: My Father's Father, and find out where HBO's adaptation of Liane Moriarty's novel, Big Little Lies ranks on the specially-devised Cataclysm Rating Scale™.  

Presenters: Lily Lazzarotti and Nick Carr

Contributors: Alisi Falevai, Ben Madden, Georgia Imfeld & Maggie Coggan-Gartlan

Executive Producer: Nat Pitcher

Theme music thanks to Poddintgon Bear:

And a big thank you to the folks at Tasty Morsels for the backing music used in Letters to My Suburb:


Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-Four

March 24, 2017

#24 AFTER 

This month hosts Julia Sansone and Laura Thiele explore the many facets of 'after'. In Patrick Hills' feature, The Grave Truth, learn about the people who care for the bodies of the homeless after they pass, and dive into the aftermath of the imagined finacial ruin of the US with Nick Carr and Lily Lazzaroti in their review of Lionel Shriver's The Mandibles for the first Book Club of 2017. Investigate the mysterious placebo effect with Hamish Vallance, and get the lowdown on the month in politics in the lastest instalment of Politics on the Couch with Claudia Long and Tash Grivas. 

Presenters: Julia Sansone & Laura Thiele

Contributors: Patrick Hills, Nick Carr, Lily Lazzaroti, Hamish Vallance, Claudia Long & Tash Grivas

Executive Producer: Nat Pitcher

Hamish Vallance also has a show with our friends over at SYN - check out The First Bite (a food show about the burgers), weekly on Sundays from 4-5pm or listen here: 

Theme music thanks to Poddintgon Bear: 

Book Club music with thanks to R McCarthy & Tasty Morsels:  


Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-Three

February 21, 2017


Cataclysm's new producer Nat Pitcher is joined by co-host Nick Carr to kick off the first epsiode for 2017: SURREAL. 

Hear a new perspective on the 'other side' in Claudia Long's peice, Mortuary, transcend the known-unknowns and the unknown-unknowns of the universe in Jack Connor's Searching for the Unknown, and catch up on all the happenings in Aussie politics during Politics on the Couch with Claudia Long and Tash Grivas.  

Presenters: Nick Carr & Nat Pitcher

Contributors: Claudia Long, Jack Connor & Tash Grivas

Executive Producer: Nat Pitcher

Music by Podington Bear:
Jack Connor SoundCloud: 

Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-Two

September 6, 2016


Max Stainkamph is joined by new producer Sophie Hezier, Jane McLoud and Al Najmeddine as we talk all things unknown.
We explore the depths of our world with Rochelle Kirkham, and the depths of space with Max. Bethan Wainman explores Fake Meat, and our reviewers look at The Martian and The Hobbit. 
Music, as always, is by Podington Bear:



Cataclysm: Episode Twenty-One

June 21, 2016

#21: FOOD

Alana Christensen and Alice Rennison join Max Stainkamph as the Cataclysm Crew explore all things food.

Alana and Alice get the party started by jamming with some donuts, we hear about marketing of food towards genders from Alana Beitz and Michael Serpell delves into how fast food is changing.

We also send our reviewers back to look over some childhood classics, and our Pavement Philosopher Nathan Brown looks into what foods you hate.

Hugo Hodge also has a gander at the Queen Vic market.

Our music, as always, is done by Podington Bear.


Cataclysm: Episode Twenty

March 15, 2016


Cataclysm returns for 2016 with the artificial episode. We explore artificiality in all it's glory - from fake stars to fake intelligence, all in preparation for when the robots take over. 

EP Max Stainkamph and mag editor Claudia Long kick date night off by listening to the soothing tones of Geoffrey Rush as he tells us how we'll be sucked into a black hole. Luke Michael also joins us for some quality banter.

Tristan Danino hits the streets and asks if we can ever truly create artificial intelligence as the Pavement Philosopher.

Evan Young and Alana Beitz find virtual art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and take us on a tour, while Dev Nicholl looks at how we can adopt artificial versions of ourselves while discussing 'synthetic to self'. 

Lauren Muscat reviews - or previews - a scary insight into our future in Ex Machina, while Sammi Taylor takes us down worn paths to review To Kill A Mockingbird in honour master storyteller Harper Lee. 


As always, our intro, and the intro to book club, is done by Podington Bear -

Cataclysm: Episode Nineteen

October 11, 2015


For the last episode of 2015, we return to our roots, spending some time thinking about our home state of Victoria. With enviable beaches, wild bush terrain and the so called sport/culture capital of Australia at our doorstep, is Victoria truly 'The Place to Be'?

After being battered down by Melbourne's weather, EP's Rachael and Ashleigh take their Date Night to new heights and cool off at a roof top bar. Pavement Philosopher Katie Coulthard hits the streets of Melbourne to ask exactly what Victorians love about their vibrant surrounds. 

Evan Young talks to us about the effects the Black Saturday Bushfires are still having upon the CFA volunteers who risked their lives.

Harriet Conron and Brendan Wrigley take Politics on the Couch to the people by roping in some hapless EP's for a quiz, Jade Bate thrills with a wrap of best films made in Victoria and Alexander Darling takes us on a journey through Melbourne's Indie Record Scene. 

And to round out the year, Alicia Barker takes us on a mysterious journey up the river for this episode's Bookclub, with Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. 

Presented by Finbar O'Mallon, Ashleigh McMillan and Rachael Dexter. 

Episode 18 Contributing Crew: Alicia Barker, Evan Young, Jade Bate, Katie Coulthard, Alexander Darling, Brendan Wrigley and Harriet Conron.

Music: Kevin MacLoud, Bensound and Poddington Bear. Music also used with permission from Hope Street Recordings, Spooky Records and Milk! Records. 

Executive Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan