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The Bros 'n Brews Podcast

New Zealanders Matthew Staijen-Leach and James Ladanyi discuss acting, the creative industries, pop culture and the wide world of current events.

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New Zealanders Matthew Staijen-Leach and James Ladanyi discuss acting, the creative industries, pop culture and the wide world of current events.

S2 | Ep. 7: From Sea to Space & Now That's What WE Call Music

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This week; James accidentally goes swimming with sharks, (06.00) before Matt ponders space travel and the potential existence of extra-terrestrial lifeforms. (13.00) Then, the Bros rewind their CD's, taking a look at the 'Now That's What I Call Music' discography of the early 2000's. (30.00) Examining the 'NOW 10-19' albums, Matt and James offer their hot takes on the then-iconic hits, forgotten classics, and the songs that have cemented their place in pop lore, almost two decades later.

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Feb 28 2021

1hr 38mins

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S2 | Ep. 6: Sports

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This week; the Bros catch up on 7 days that featured a COVID lockdown, and a uniquely bizarre charity fun-run. (01.00) Then, James attempts to pinpoint Matt's 'vibe' via Buzzfeed and muffins. (12.00) Finally, the Bros take a deep dive into the topic of 'Sports'. (33.00) Tangents include, our favourite sports films, (35.00) the tricky task of defining what is, and isn't, a sport (45.00), cheating, doping, capitalism, toxic competition, tribalism, gender inequality, & the many other reasons to dislike sports, (52.00) and the intrinsic relationship between national identity & sports, in New Zealand. (1.22.00)

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Feb 22 2021

1hr 34mins

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S2 | Ep. 5: Valentines Day, Favourite Confectionary, & Why Gone Girl Works.

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This week; Matt and James chat Valentines Day (01.00), before discussing their go-to chocolate, lollies, & confectionary. (10.00) Then, the Bros take a close look at Gillian Flynn's masterpiece book-turned-film: 'Gone Girl'. (26.00) They examine why David Fincher's movie adaptation was so successful, investigating the difficult task of condensing novels for the big screen, & performing an extract from the screenplay. Finally, Matt shares some T.V & Film recommendations. (1.13.00)

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Feb 14 2021

1hr 28mins

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S2 | Ep. 4: Thieves & Breakdowns, Cereal vs. Toast, & The Evolution of Music Tech

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This week: the Bros swap stories, including James' tow-truck ride (03.00) and Matt's run-in with a thief. (08.00) Then, they debate the great breakfast feud: cereal vs. toast, (25.00) before Music Corner focuses on 'the evolution of music tech'. (35.00) The Bros stroll down memory lane, reminiscing about cassette tapes, CD's, mp3 players, iPods, and how consuming music has changed in their lifetime. Finally, James reviews 'Star Wars Episode 9', & Disney's 'Hercules'. (1.13.00)

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Feb 08 2021

1hr 30mins

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S2 | Ep3: Our Social Dilemma

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This week; Matt and James catch up on the past week, including Matt tailoring a wedding, and the ongoing Gamestop stock market saga. (06.00) The Bros introduce a new tri-weekly segment: Buzzfeed Quiz-tion Time, (14.00) and this week's deep-dive topic: Social Media, Technology, & The Social Dilemma. (37.00) The Bros discuss everything about the drug of social media, data collection, our app usage, Instagram TikTok & Reddit, consumers vs. creators, rediscovering 'life outside', & ideas for reducing addiction to technology.

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Feb 01 2021

1hr 52mins

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S2 | Ep. 2: Reality T.V, Shakespeare, & Soul.

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This week: Matt and James check-in on the last seven days, (01.00) before discussing which Reality T.V programmes they would be most suited for. (16.00) Then, the Bros do a nostalgic script-read from Shakespeare's 'Richard III', (36.00) as part of a wider conversation about studying 'The Bard', why actors continue to love Shakespeare, and how much of play analysis is just sifting through the B.S? Finally, James reviews the new Pixar animated film: 'Soul'. (1.22.00)

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Jan 25 2021

1hr 31mins

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S2 | Ep. 1: A New Year, Music Festivals, & Would You Rather ?

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This week: The Bros are BACK for 2021! Matt and James catch up after a month-long hiatus (01.00), before exploring a doozy of a 'Would You Rather?' (10.00). Then, the Bros discuss Music Festivals (32.00), including dream festival lineups, trips down memory lane, & New Zealand festi culture. Finally, James reviews his first watch of 'Twilight', (1.12.00) and Matt shares a very exciting life update. (1.25.00)

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Jan 18 2021

1hr 36mins

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Season 2: Trailer

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Season 2 of The Bros 'n Brews Podcast: COMING SOON! The Bros return for 2021 on the week of January 18th, with new ideas, new segments, & new conversations to be had. Come around, join us for brand-spanking-new season.

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Jan 12 2021

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Ep. 30: How To: Cooking

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In this week's episode; Matt and James get into the festive mood by discussing Christmas films, including their all-time favourites, overrated & underrated classics, and debating whether Die Hard is really is an Xmas movie. (08.00) Then, the Bros dive into this week's main topic: a 'How-To' on Cooking. (26.00) James shares an eclectic range of tips on how to become a better cook: developing balance, (33.00) properly utilising spices & herbs, (36.30) leftovers you might be wasting, (43.00) properly understanding heat (54.00), & gems to have in your pantry & fridge. (58.00) Ft. Music by Sleepers.

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Dec 14 2020

1hr 19mins

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Ep. 29: Cancel Culture

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In this week's episode, Matt and James kick things off by sharing the juicy details of their individual 'Spotify Wrapped' music recaps for 2020. (9.00) Then, the Bros dive into this week's main topic: Cancel Culture. (24.00) The conversation begins by focussing on assault cases, including the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard domestic-abuse lawsuits, (27.30) Harvey Weinstein, & the '#MeToo' movement, (37.00), before looking into celebrities who've been cancelled for inappropriate comments, past views, and out-dated humour, (51.00) including Kevin Hart, James Gunn, & J.K. Rowling.

Ultimately we ponder the question: can we separate artists from their art?

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Dec 08 2020

1hr 17mins

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Ep. 28: How To: Gaming

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In this week's episode; Matt and James kick things off by wrapping up Movember (1.00), recent TV recommendations (10.00), and debating our go-to pizza orders. (19.00) Then, the Bros dive into this week's main topic: the world of Gaming. (27.00) Matt shares his love for video games, talking everything from consoles to childhood escapism, deciding what games to play (37.00), the gaming community, (43.00), E-Sports & professional gaming (47.00), the issue of parenting gamer children (53.00), and how gaming can inspire and develop creativity. (57.00)

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Dec 01 2020

1hr 19mins

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Ep. 27: Mental Health: Getting Fresh Perspective

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In this week's episode; Matt and James are joined by two very special guests: Thabi Sibanda & Kiidotcom, of 'Cozy Corner Podcast' and 'Unpack Podcast'. To round out this month's focus on Mental Health, the Bros spend some time listening, as Thabi Kii dish up some gems on: silver linings of 2020, (3.00) creative outlets during the pandemic, (12.00) the negative impacts of social media, (22.30) and activities that positively impact their mental health. (48.00) Finally, Thabi & Kii share some wisdom on Confidence, Passion, Doubt, & Tension, (1.06.00) before we reflect on Movember & Mental Health this year. (1.16.00)

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Nov 25 2020

1hr 33mins

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Ep. 26: Mental Health: The Male Aesthetic

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In this week's episode; Matt and James kick things off by celebrating Matt being in Wellington, (00.30) before reviewing 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' (4.30). Then, the Bros discuss what aesthetic 'look' they have always wanted to try (14.30), before diving into this week's main topic: Mental Health: The Male Aesthetic. (19.30) They chat about the origins of the 'Mo for Movember', and growing facial hair (23.00), before discussing their contrasting relationship towards clothes & fashion. (32.00) Finally, the Bros reflect on positive body image. (47.00)

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Nov 18 2020

1hr 6mins

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Ep. 25: Mental Health: We Open Up

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In this week's episode; Matt and James kick things off by reacting to the US Presidential Election (1.30), similarities to the Netflix show 'House of Cards', and pondering the question 'what's next for America? (9.00) Then, the Bros continue Movember month, by diving into this week's main topic: Mental Health: Us Opening Up. (19.00) Matt begins by opening up about his incredibly difficult 2020, and the developments in his personal life that have affected his mental health, (22.30) before James opens up about experiencing the impact of suicide in his teenage years. (43.00) Finally, the Bros speak to the power of checking-in with friends. (55.00)


DISCLAIMER: This week's discussion contains heavy themes, including reference to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

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Nov 09 2020

1hr 8mins

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Ep. 24: Mental Health: In The Arts

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In this week's episode; Matt and James kick things off with a check-in, this week's TV recommendations (06.00), introducing Movember Month on the BnB Pod, (14.00) and answering the question: ''what are your pet peeves?'' (21.00) Then, the Bros dive into this week's main topic: Mental Health in the Arts. (29.30) They debate the expression 'Theatre isn't Therapy' (34.30), before discussing the inherent mental struggles of a career in the Arts. (40.30) Finally, the Bros ponder the negative impacts of fame, public perception, and the loss of identity, for celebrities in the entertainment and arts industries. (47.30)


DISCLAIMER: This week discussion contains heavy themes, including reference to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

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Nov 02 2020

1hr 4mins

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Ep. 23: Casting & Representation

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In this week's episode; Matt and James begin by reflecting on NZ's post-Covid Arts scene, in contrast to the UK government's ree anti-arts campaign- 'Rethink. Reskill. Rebuild.' (3.30) Then, the Bros compare which existing screen character they would most like to adapt, (10.30) before diving into this week's primary topic: Representation in the Arts. (19.30) Matt speaks about the history and influence of Shakespeare on cross-casting roles & the 2018 Pop-up Globe casting controversy, (22.30) before James ponders the ethical questions from his recent experience playing a disabled character. (35.30) Finally, the Bros discuss how representation is changing in film vs. theatre, pondering the broad landscape of gender, sexuality, race and identity in casting. (40.30)

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Oct 26 2020

1hr 4mins

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Ep. 22: Election Reaction

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In this week's episode; Matt and James begin with some TV & Film recommendations (3.30), before answering the question: 'What percentage chance is there that you one day become a politician?' (15.00) Then, the Bros dive into this week's main topic: Reaction to the 2020 New Zealand General Election. (23.00) The Bros share their election night experiences, general reaction to the Labour Party's dominant result, Electorate Seats of note, and Matt being an Auckland Central voter. Next, the discussion turns towards 'what happens next?', in the formation of our next government (46.00). Finally, James shares his thoughts on MMP, the need for further electoral reform, and New Zealand's obsession with the 'wasted vote' fallacy. (50.30)

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Oct 19 2020

1hr 7mins

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Ep. 21: Cultural Identity

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In this week's episode; Matt and James begin by touching on early-voter turnout in the NZ general election (3.00), sharing what TV they are currently watching, (8.00) and updates on their recent move to the That's Not Canon podcast network (17.30). Then, the Bros dive into this week's main topic: Cultural Identity. (23.30) Matt looks into the complexity and nuance of the word 'identity', before reflecting on his 'half-Maori' cultural identity. (25.00) Later, James talks about his relationship to Maori culture as a pākehā, multiculturalism in New Zealand, Tall-Poppy syndrome, and recognising the role that privilege plays in shaping identity. (35.30)

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Oct 13 2020

1hr 9mins

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Ep. 20: TWENTY20: Past, Present & Future.

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In this week's episode; Matt and James begin by sharing some very, VERY exciting news: The Bros 'n Brews Podcast is signing on with a podcast network!! (04.30) The Bros discuss the process of trying to grow their podcast brand, making the decision to take a step-up professionally, and their future collaboration with TNC Productions. Then, Matt and James each share three of their favourite episodes so far, (16.30) before revisiting the first twenty weeks, to cover a weird and wonderful range of talking points, changed opinions, and forgotten titbits. (28.30)

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Oct 08 2020

1hr 15mins

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Ep. 19: Toxic Masculinity

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In this week's episode; Matt and James kick things off by chatting about Daylight savings, the mental-health benefits of light, and debating where they would rather live: in a place of extreme cold, or extreme heat. (09.00) Then, the Bros dive into this week's main topic: Toxic Masculinity (19.30). They discuss the differences between 'active' and 'inactive' toxic masculinity (23.00), and the feminine aspects of their personalities. Matt reflects on New Zealand's particular masculine ideals and the "she'll be right" mantra, (30.00) before James ponders how the first year of university often breeds toxic masculinity, and the importance of male-to-male dialogue. (34.00) Finally, Matt speaks about 'town culture', and standing up against unwanted sexual attention. (42.30)

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Sep 28 2020

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Lovely gentlemen! Delightful accents!

By L.A. Campbell - May 27 2020
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If you’re a young artist during these Covid times, definitely subscribe. James and Matthew are two budding NZ actors who’ve decided to use this moment in history to expand their horizons through podcasting. Their relaxed conversations make for easy listening, which is a refreshing change from the majority of stressful Covid-related content being released right now. These bros cover everything from their personal lives, to the state of the entertainment industry, to what it’s like being a young person in 2020. The loose format of the podcast means they’ll probably talk about a variety of topics from week to week. I’m excited to see what the podcast evolves into in future episodes!