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Episode 7 – Are We Going Round the Twist?

While Iz spent her childhood spying on the neighbours, Ez was having paddy melon* wars and feeding the calves. Yep. Living the rural dream. Inspired by Emily Bitto’s The Strays, the friends reminisce about childhood antics, books and TV shows: Goosebumps, The Saddle Club and Round the Twist. Discussion ranges from Heather Rose, to The Handmaid’s Tale, to whether Gilead or Glebe is a suburb of Sydney (NB: they both are), to Julie and Julia, to movies that make you cringe (Trainwreck and Song to Song). And there’s a...

Episode 6 – Van Gogh’s Brother Tito

The friends delve into Heather Rose’s Museum of Modern Love. Ez reflects on the triumph and tribulation of walking the Great Wall of China for love, and discussion moves on to the value of art in a world often driven by consumerism. Iz has been reading The Barefoot Investor so there’s a smattering of money-talk, but fear not, the friends quickly return to art, the brilliance of Van Gogh, and whether his brother’s name was Tito or Titho (*it’s neither). Between fits...

Episode 5 – A Seriously Long Time Between Drinks

Hello! Iz and Ez apologise for their prolonged absence – a year between podcasts is a LONG time to wait. But the good news is that they’re BACK and keen to discuss all the books, TV shows, podcasts and films they’ve been enjoying. This episode is chock-a-block full of all the good things: Ez’s lack of internet at home, why the forbidden is fascinating, bad modern versions of Jane Austen classics, Stan Grant’s Talking to My Country and racism in...

Episode 4 – Tea and a Slice of Offspring

  Iz has been reading Magda Szubanski’s memoir on the train to Mildura and Ez has been on school holidays, which, for any good English teacher, equals reading. The girls saw a film together a few weeks and did NOT agree on its relative merits (or lack of). In Episode 4 Iz and Ez talk about education and creativity thinker Sir Ken Robinson’s book and get rather deep into the topic of what makes a good teacher and how school...

Episode 3 – Immense Troubles

After some technical difficulties, Iz and Ez are back, discussing marriage bureaus in India, death and life on Palm Island and the hilarity of Kimmy Schmidt. Iz has been reading Helen Garner’s new book, Everywhere I Look, and Ez reveals her obsession with Matthew McConaughey. They hope you enjoy!...

Episode 2 – Jerry Seinfeld’s Real Name

  It’s been a while! But the girls are back, with a discussion ranging from status anxiety and how we judge people according to their income, to whether or not Jerry Seinfeld’s real name is Jerry Seinfeld*. Being from a small country town, Ez can identify with The Dressmaker. Iz, not being from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin can not really identify with Making a Murderer, but she likes watching it anyway. All this and more in Episode 2 of Iz and...

Episode 1 – Keeping it Light

  In the first episode of the podcast, Iz and Ez try to keep it light: World War II, the suffragette movement and an incinerator belching filth in a Chinese village. But there is some Into the Woods in there too. And Tina Fey. And Growing Up Asian in Australia. So it’s not all doom and gloom....