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
Presented by Jess Davis,
Claudia Long, Ashleigh McMillan and Rachael Dexter.
Music by Podington
Bear, Chris Zabriskie, and
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
May 3, 2015
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
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
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
Producers: Rachael Dexter and Ashleigh McMillan
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 Jungell, Anders 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
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.
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.
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
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.
July 6, 2014
This episode: a break up episode with Alexander Darling and Broede Carmody asking Melbournians about break ups, Rushani Epa and Broede Carmody helping you find a good spot to call it quits with someone, Alan Weedon talks about the end of a relationship, Ashleigh McMillan visits Charlie's Country, Rachael Dexter speaks to Chris Gooch about his comics, Matilda Edwards interviews Max Bishop about music festivals in Australia, Richard Ferguson and Broede Carmody do #palmgore and Sam Cucchiara 'hangs out' with some nudists.
Presented by Richard Ferguson & Rushani Epa.
June 22, 2014
This episode: Beth Gibson and Broede Carmody ask Melburnians when they knew they'd grown up, Ashleigh McMillan and Darcy Oliver take on Margaret & David with 'Also At The Movies', Matilda Edwards speaks to Maxwell Roberts from Velma Grove, Alan Weedon and Allison Worrall go on a very fancy first date and Zoe Blain joins us for readings.
Presented by Alan Weedon & Allison Worrall.