The Big Issue : Edition 452
THEBIGISSUE21FEB--6MAR2014 43 PHOTOGRAPH BY FREDERICK M BROWN/ GETTY IMAGES make up the bulk of Tripodi's guests (he is one, too), but he's also reached out to musicians and broadcasters. But it is Tripodi's pie-making history that makes his story and podcast unique. Four years ago, Tripodi's mother died unexpectedly. Relatives and friends began dropping off copious amounts of food for the family. Over the following period, Tripodi began binge watching the American TV series Pushing Daisies, which followed a pie maker with the ability to bring the dead back to life with a simple touch of his fnger. Deciding that he was going to make some food for himself, something he really wanted to eat, Tripodi began making pies. Running with the theme, and for once fulflling a New Year’s resolution, the podcast was born. He records the podcast in living rooms, pubs and even brain while your defences are down, never to leave again. If you do fnd yourself at home during the day, there's one format that can crash through this white noise: the talk show. I know. We're grasping at straws. But say it's a choice between the mop heads being explained to you again and another episode of chiselled blokes and furious women having whispered arguments in sub- par restaurants. Have a look at Oprah (via Foxtel). Have a look at The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Channel 9). Explicitly commercial, annoyingly upbeat, and totally consumable. You can tell the people behind the scenes work hard fnding people whose 'stories' are considered, by the show's rabid fans, worth watching. Remarkable, troubled and/or extraordinary people turn up on Oprah. She introduces them kindly and then promptly unpeels them like a banana, revealing all that lies ANYBODY COUCH-BOUND with an injury, infant or hangover will tell you: daytime TV renders even the most intelligent person insensible in a matter of hours. Infomercials hosted by odiously happy people will hit the part of your brain that stores information. Days later you will still recall the three amazing functions of that multifunction mop head the happy person insists will "revolutionise your home". Daytime soaps even have their own prefx, as though the term ‘soaps’ wasn't derogatory enough. Again, accidental exposure will cause you to retain information like a camel retaining water. Mere seconds in front of one while searching manically for the remote will have you confdently answering soap-related questions at trivia nights months later. "SAMI BRADY" you will shout as though possessed, and you will be right. You won't be able to remember your PIN, but daytime TV will drift through your MEDIA TELEVISION ELLEN A HANDBASKET PODCASTING THE PIECAST beneath and responding with a face so full of empathy that even those of us with the most Oprah-resistant lenses can't help but admit she is pretty good at what she does. Interviews on The Ellen DeGeneres Show tend to reveal 'stories' that both feed off the internet and enjoy a virtual life after the show has aired. Ellen sees something she likes on Twitter (a kid! Who does magic tricks!) and a day later her interview is on all the 'news' feeds. In both instances, it's the responses of the person in the big chair that we're watching, but it's the producers behind the scenes we have to thank for introducing us briefy to these people, whose lives are manipulated into bite- sized chunks for our viewing pleasure. It won't win you a trivia question, or them a Pulitzer, but it's so much more interesting than a mop head. by Lorin Clarke (@Lorinimus) MOST OF WHAT I listen to these days while I type away on my ageing laptop are podcasts. Some are local, some from overseas, some are funny, some serious, some a seemingly endless stream of information. Some I wish could be radio shows so the hosts could make a fortune; some are radio shows where the hosts are making a fortune. Marc Maron's WTF podcast is probably one of the best known for using the medium as therapy, as a form of healing (although more for the host than the guest). Another local addition is The Piecast, fronted by Mark Tripodi. Born and raised in Adelaide, the 23-year-old bakes a pie for his weekly guests and, between mouthfuls, has a wide-ranging discussion. Comedians the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. He makes the pies at home; his favourite creations are blueberry and a mud pie because, in Tripodi's words, "everyone loves a blueberry pie [and] a mud pie is quick and easy". The same can't be said for his attempt at a white-chocolate version, which tasted like "a sandpit flled with catnip”. Every person has a story and the relatively new medium of podcasting is sharing those stories around the globe. It's no longer only the loudest and shiniest that get noticed; people seem to want something deeper. And if there's a chance of some pie, all the better. The Piecast can be found at thepiecast. podbean.com and, in the interest of full disclosure, I recently appeared on an episode. The gluten-free, meat pie Tripodi baked for me was delicious. by Michael Chamberlin (@ChamberlinM) SAMI BRADY!