Cataclysm: Episode Seventeen

August 23, 2015


This episode we are stripping off and laying bare the weird and wonderful things our bodies are capable of. From cyborgs to sex toys to mortuaries, this episode we’re appreciating our bod in all it’s different stages.

Serial pests Alicia, Rachael and Harriet debut the podcast’s first ever naked date night at a Japanese Onsen. Matilda asks some complete strangers to examine their bodies for pavement philosopher. Evan Young speaks to microchipped humans about our possible cyborg future.

Mark Latham went troppo this week; listen to Harriet and Brendan give a wrap-up for Politics on the Couch. Pod newbie Alana hangs out with RMIT students designing their own innovative sex toys (yep, it’s a thing!).

The body fixation continues as Claudia takes us inside the Mortuary at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine to meet the people who care for us after we shuffle of the mortal coil. 

In an unexpected twist, Alex gives a lesson in body appreciation- guitar bodies that is. He brings us sweet sounds from the Melbourne Guitar Show.

And bookclub does Albert Camus’ existential classic ‘The Stranger’; Alicia is joined by Nathan, Brendan and Finbar.  

Presented by Jennifer Zhao, Alicia Barker,  Ashleigh McMillan and Rachael Dexter. 

Episode 17 Contributing Crew: Harriet Conron, Brendan Wrigley, Alicia Barker, Matilda Edwards, Victoria Knauf, Evan Young, Nathan Brown, Finbar O’Mallon, Alex Darling, Alana Beitz, Claudia Long, Jennifer Zhao.

Music: Bensound, Poddington Bear

Executive Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan


Cataclysm: Episode Sixteen

August 2, 2015


No, not the acid rock band from the 1960's. We're talking metaphoric doors: moments in life when things changed tracks, a new opportunity opened up or when you said goodbye a to a time and place forever.

Wisened hosts Brendan and Matilda do a tour of 'I'm-too-old-for-this-place' pubs for their nostalgic datenight. Hugo Hodge brings listeners the modern day sounds and stories of the once devastated Hiroshima in recent trip to Japan. Back home in Melbourne, Pavement Philosopher Jess Davis asks the public about the moment when their life changed forever.

Our favourite student hacks Harriet and Brendan give a wrap up of the Bernadi v. Wong same-sex marriage debate for Politics on the Couch.
In keeping with our existential theme resident film 
aficionado Jade brings us the classic 'Being John Malkovich' while Victoria chats radical career changes with her accountant-turned-hairdresser.

Cataclysm’s regular bookclub finishes up the episode is style. Alicia is joined by Evan Young, Lauren Muscat and Victoria Knauf  who sink their  teeth into Miranda July's new release 'The First Bad Man'.

Presented by Matilda Edwards, Brendan Wrigley, Ashleigh McMillan and Rachael Dexter. 

Music by Podington Bear, BenSound and Kevin MacLeod

Episode 16 Contributing Crew: Hugo Hodge, Lauren Muscat, Jess Davis, Harriet Conron, Brendan Wrigley, Alicia Barker, Jade Bate, Matilda Edwards, Victoria Knauf, Evan Young, 

Executive Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan


Cataclysm: Episode Fifteen

May 24, 2015


“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus
- Stephen Hawking.

As many of us teeter on the edge of real adulthood, we’ve been thinking a lot about expectations. High expectations can be a driving force, but they can also often lead to total disappointment. This episode we stop and analyse what this strange thing –expectation- does to us.

Claudia and Ash have an ‘unexpected’ date-day at the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show while Jess interviews former Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste about expectations of foreign correspondancy. Rachael shakes up Pavement Philosopher and gets the voice of Catalyst and Cataclysm to pen a letter to their younger selves.

Politics on the Couch asks what we expect today of student politics after attending an underwhelming Higher Education reform protest. Harriet speaks to RMIT graduates six months after flying the coop to see if their expectations of adult life match reality and Ash interviews C. S Pacat about all things fan fiction and homo-erotica.

Cataclysm’s regular bookclub rounds up the line-up with an all time classic. Alicia is joined by Rachael and Jennifer to dust off Nathaniel Hawthorne’s magum opus: “The Scarlet Letter”.

Presented by Jess Davis, Claudia Long, Ashleigh McMillan and Rachael Dexter. 

Music by Podington Bear, Chris Zabriskie, and Kevin MacLeod

Episode 15 Contributing Crew: Lauren Muscat, Jess Davis, Harriet Conron, Brendan Wrigley, Alexander Darling, Alicia Barker, Claudia Long, Jennifer Zhao

Executive Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan


Cataclysm: Episode Fourteen

May 3, 2015

#14 HOME

Is home a physical place or a state of mind? Can we carry the feeling of home from one place to another? How do you build a new sense of belonging when you’ve left home behind?
This episode we reflect on how the notion of home fits in to a bustling, busy world.

Monica and Evan lovingly prepare a home-cooked meal for each other for datenight while Rachael follows volunteers cooking meals to combat loneliness. Pavement philosopher Jess gets deep and meaningful asking the public what and where home is for them.

Politics on the Couch takes us to the British election campaign as Harriet and Brendan muse over #milifandom. Jennifer asks how religious students find their sense of home at RMIT. Jade reviews the new reflective drama ‘The Clouds of Sils Maria’ and Alex profiles up and coming Melbourne band T.V.

We wrap up the episode with Cataclysm’s regular bookclub as Victoria Knauf and Lauren Muscat join Alicia Barker to discuss the new release ‘Springtime: A Ghost story’ by Michelle De Kretser.

Presented by Monica Ireland, Evan Young, Ashleigh McMillan and Rachael Dexter. 

Music by Podington Bear, Georg Friedrich Händel (via MusOpen), T.V. (live performance)

Episode 14 Contributing Crew: Lauren Muscat, Jess Davis, Harriet Conron, Brendan Wrigley, Alexander Darling, Monica Ireland, Evan Young, Alicia Barker, Jade Bate, Victoria Knauf, Jennifer Zhao

Executive Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan


Cataclysm: Episode Thirteen

April 12, 2015


We all have secrets- things we choose to hide from others, ourselves and the world. This episode Cataclysm exploring all things hidden, mysterious and elusive.

Our hosts Victoria and Brendan spend their datenight solving puzzles inside a dark escape room. Alex and Jess convince random strangers on the street to divulge their biggest secrets for Pavement Philosopher. Evan Young pinpoints the secret to festival success filing straight from Byron Bay's Bluesfest. Jade Bate reviews a new film about the master of elusion; the infamous Banksy.

Alex joins dozens of early birds at a morning rave party at RMIT. Harriet and Brendan try to make sense of the #ReclaimAustralia protests for Politics on the Couch. Jess investigates the greasy underworld of mass bike theft in Melbourne and Alicia, Rachael and Monica bring you the cult classic novel 'Slaughterhouse 5' for this episode's Book Club.

Presented by Victoria Knauf, Brendan Wrigley and Rachael Dexter.
(With interjections from Finbar O'Mallon and Harriet Conron)

Music by Podington Bear, Magnus Ringblom, Joel JungellAnders Bothén (via Epidemic Sound)

Episode 13 Contributing Crew: Jess Davis, Harriet Conron, Brendan Wrigley, Alexander Darling, Monica Ireland, Evan Young, Alicia Barker, Jade Bate, Finbar O'Mallon, Victoria Knauf

Executive Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan


Cataclysm: Episode Twelve

March 22, 2015
This episode we are remembering a time past. Our generation is probably the last that remember a glimpse of the pre-digital world, and this episode we are both celebrating and reminiscing that. 

Alicia and Rachael head to 'Alchemists Refuge' for a board-gamed fueled date night. Brendan also heads underground to explore the secretive Urban Explorer scene. Jess debuts our new 'Pavement Philosopher' segment, talking early memories with the good people of Melbourne. 
Harriet and Brendan banter over higher education reforms as our new resident 'Politics on the Couch'-ers. Alexander chats with former RMIT student turned comedian Anthony Jeannot about his upcoming show in the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Lauren delves into the world of high fashion, reviewing the new film 'Dior and I'.

This episode the official Cataclysm Book Club reviews 'We were liars' by E. Lockhart.

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

Music by Podington Bear

Episode 1 Contributing Crew: Jess Davis, Harriet Conron, Brendan Wrigley, Alexander Darling, Jennifer Zhao, Finbar O'Mallon, Chelsea Hickman, Alicia Barker and Lauren Muscat.

Executive Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan


Cataclysm: Episode Eleven

September 22, 2014

The last episode where Alicia Barker speaks to Cameron David May about his work in the upcoming Catalyst, Rachael Dexter considers living in tiny houses, Broede Carmody & Richard Ferguson with the last Politics on the Couch, Finbar O'Mallon speaks to a speed dating coach, Beth Gibson brings us a preview of her art project on homelessness in Melbourne and Alexander Darling looks at the push for a monument to the dim sim in Melbourne's CBD.

Presented by Ashleigh McMillan, Rachael Dexter, Richard Ferguson & Finbar O'Mallon.


Cataclysm: Episode Ten

September 7, 2014

This episode: the rockstar of scuba diving John Garvin speaks with Ashleigh McMillan, Rachael Dexter hangs outside the State Library of Victoria, Darcy Oliver takes a look at Tom Hardy's latest flick, Alexander Darling fails to buy Alicia Barker a drink for their date night at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Jack Callil speaks with Catalyst's featured photographer Lani Holmberg and Richard Ferguson says Broede Carmody needs to be a lifter and not a leaner in Politics on the Couch.

Presented by Alexander Darling, Alicia Barker and Ashleigh McMillan.


Cataclysm: Episode Nine

August 17, 2014

This (huge) episode: VHS and film with Ashleigh McMillan joining us in the studio to talk MIFF, Jessica Sheffield revisits the video store, Darcy Oliver brings his latest reviews, Rachael Dexter and Harriet Conron go for a date night at the Coburg Drive-In, Ashleigh McMillan speaks with the makers of The Animal Condition, artist Ernesto Rios speaks with Jessica Lukjanow, Finbar O'Mallon attends a VHS swapmeet, Alicia Barker remembers your favourite 90s TV shows and Alexander Darling looks at film piracy.

Presented by Rachael Dexter & Jessica Lukjanow with Ashleigh McMillan

With music by Kevin MacLeod


Cataclysm: Episode Eight

August 3, 2014

This episode: noise. Rachael Dexter investigates the supposed health hazard behind the subsonic noises coming out of wind turbines, Jessica Lukjanow talks to RMIT students about their embarrassing sex noise stories, Alicia Barker speaks to Henry Law about his work, Jack Callil asks Paul Miller about his poetry, Richard Ferguson & Broede Carmody take a look at Glasgow and stolen dictaphones and Yara Murray-Atfield brings you the sounds of Timor-Leste.

Presented Broede Carmody & Allison Worrall.