Catch of the Week
IN POD WE TRUST: It’s that time of the year when “best-of” lists start appearing and if there’s one trend that everyone has noticed, it’s the rise and rise of podcasts. There are now some you even have to pay for, such as Bill Bryson’s Appliance of Science on Audible. True-crime podcasts are now so popular that we have our own – the latest is the NZ Herald’s Chasing Ghosts, an investigation into the disappearance of twoyear-old Amber-Lee Cruickshank in 1992: tinyurl. com/NZLGhosts. US podcast Serial, which started the trend, is still available at serialpodcast.org, as is S-Town, made by the same producers: stownpodcast. org. Our favourite for the year is The Guilty Feminist ( guiltyfeminist.com), presented by comedian Deborah Frances-White. Episode 71 features Kiwi comedian Cal Wilson: tinyurl.com/ NZLGuiltyFem.
RUSSIA!: It’s not all bad. We are reminded that the animator judged by other animators as the best of all time is Yuriy Norshteyn, whose slow, careful work makes you feel as if you’re in a beautiful dream. His most famous work, Tale of Tales, said AS Byatt, “works so deeply because it combines perfectly the way we define childhood memories every time we call them up, and the sense we have of the archetypes of myth”. The film is available on YouTube: tinyurl. com/NZLTales, as is the folk story Hedgehog in the Fog: tinyurl.com/NZLHedgehog.