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The Miss Fisher Philes Podcast

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Discussing All Things Miss Fisher

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Discussing All Things Miss Fisher

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More than just recaps

By JoeyJoJoJrZabadu - Jan 26 2020
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I love learning new things along with the reviews they provide with each episode

A Must Listen for Miss Fisher Fans

By EveryoneIsEntitled - Feb 01 2018
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Very delightful! Love these two ladies. I’ve been looking for a fan cast for Miss Fisher and this one doesn't disappoint! I especially enjoy all of Chandler’s insights into period costumes and decor!

iTunes Ratings

49 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
1
4
2
0

More than just recaps

By JoeyJoJoJrZabadu - Jan 26 2020
Read more
I love learning new things along with the reviews they provide with each episode

A Must Listen for Miss Fisher Fans

By EveryoneIsEntitled - Feb 01 2018
Read more
Very delightful! Love these two ladies. I’ve been looking for a fan cast for Miss Fisher and this one doesn't disappoint! I especially enjoy all of Chandler’s insights into period costumes and decor!
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The Miss Fisher Philes Podcast

Latest release on Dec 24, 2019

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Rank #1: 2.11 — Dead Air

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The Miss Fisher Philes are headed to Australia!!!

We’re making the journey to Oz in July of 2018 to be extras in Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, and we are beyond excited! We’ll be reporting on our adventures on both this podcast and our new travel podcast, Miss Adventure. (If you haven’t checked it out yet, give it a listen!)

Do you live in the Melbourne area? Will you also be traveling to Oz in July? We want to hear from you! We’re hoping to organize some kind of meet up while we’re there. We’d also love to hear any tips you have for places we should visit—attractions, restaurants, etc.—while we’re in Melbourne, so please drop us a line!

And now, let’s head over to Studio 3JH.

Today we are joined by The Tailor, Chandler’s oft-mentioned husband, who describes the origins of the radio industry and the Golden Age of Radio. We discuss Dot and Hugh’s situation and how society would have viewed a married woman working in the ’20s. There is much drooling over the vintage props, and our costume talk is especially animated with three opinions rather than our usual two. 

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Nov 15 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #2: 2.1—Murder Most Scandalous

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Welcome to Season Two! A whole new season of characters, costumes and Phrack to obsess over. And to start things off with a bang, we invited the delightful JoJo Stiletto to join us on the show. JoJo is a burlesque performer and producer, and her specialty is creating burlesque shows that blend feminism and pop culture, such as the Burl-X-Files, a show she produced in 2013. She reveals the exciting project she’s currently producing—one that we know you will ALL be interested in!

Please note: We recorded this episode earlier in the fall, so some of this news will be a little out of date. Specifically, Chandler’s Dead Feminists book launch has already taken place, tickets for JoJo’s Miss Fishnet’s Murder Mysteries burlesque show in January sold out immediately (but dates may be extended so still check it out), and Mary’s prayer to the Universe for there to be a Miss Fisher Con was heard! IT’S HAPPENING!!!

Some rabbit holes you may want to dive down:

“Kid Stakes” — the movie that Mrs. Blunt went to see that fateful night

Sally Rand at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

Faith Bacon in “A Lady With Fans”

Dot’s amazing plans for “Miss Fisher’s Fans”

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Nov 18 2016

1hr 36mins

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Rank #3: 1.12/1.13 — Season One Finale Extravaganza!

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Pull up a chair and get comfy, folks, because this is a long one!

Rather than try to separate the two-part season finale (“Murder in the Dark” and “King Memses Curse”), we combined them into one mega-episode. And, as you would expect, we go down some serious rabbit holes in this one (Egyptology, Agatha Christie, international trade and how it affected fashion, milk tops, etc.) and also geek out over the costumes, period details, and Phrack. You know, the usual.

Mentioned in the show:

Downton Abbey promotional java jacket:

Jessica’s dad’s pog collection:

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Nov 01 2016

1hr 46mins

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Rank #4: 3.1 — Death Defying Feats

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Welcome to Season 3! The fabulous Jo Jo Stiletto joins us once again to discuss the new season, Jealous Jack, polyamory, strong feelings about fonts, the creepy art at SeaTac airport (see image below) and the origin of her “look” for the Con, which can be summed up with this equation: Carrie Bradshaw + Fraggle Bag Lady + Phryne Fisher = Phryne Fraggle Bradshaw.

We also have an important announcement regarding our upcoming Australian adventure!

A couple images that we mention:

“High Wire” by Michael Fajans

Holding Emmys!

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jun 28 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #5: 1.3—The Green Mill Murder

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Jazz, blackmail, mugshots, and gratin. We talk about our love/hate relationship with flappers, that amazing dress, themes of “otherness,” the adorableness of Dot and Hugh, and the growing partnership between Phryne and Jack.

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jun 17 2016

44mins

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Rank #6: 2.8 — The Blood of Juana the Mad

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The Awkward Episode. We’ve decided this is also the AU (Alternate Universe) episode. Phryne and Jack are not quite themselves, and everything’s just a little off. Plus, the plot is extra ridiculous—which is saying something!

What is the point of the Book of Hours in this show? WE HAVE NO IDEA. But Chandler explains their original function in ecclesiastical life, Mary reminisces about the role PBS kids’ shows played in her lifelong love of mysteries, and Chandler swoons over a folding step ladder and vents about a lampshade.

Stuff that comes up:

Square One TV theme song

The Archimedes song from Square One

More on Books of Hours and Illuminated Manuscripts

Personification of Death at the beginning of the Office of the Dead, from an Italian Book of Hours, c. 1470-1480, Hart 20966, f. 106v

About The Black Hours

Sketches from Chandler’s notes

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jun 07 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #7: 1.5—Raisins and Almonds

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Hurray! We’re happy to be back to (slightly) happier times with “Raisins and Almonds.” Join us as we talk about kitchen items useful for writing secret messages, the importance of pockets in our clothing, the enigmatic Miss Lee, and Jack’s revelation about his private life. And learn what the heck a Turnaround Alice is!

A couple things we mentioned in the show that you may want to check out:

On Benedict Arnold’s use of invisible ink:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict_Arnold

http://clements.umich.edu/exhibits/online/spies/stories-arnold-1.html

On pettipockets:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/history-of-pockets/

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jul 01 2016

50mins

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Rank #8: 1.10—Death by Miss Adventure

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We finally get some quality Mac time in this episode! It’s off to the factory we go to investigate the gruesome death of Mac’s lover, Daisy. Phryne misses some very obvious clues that her best friend is distraught. Hugh loses his lunch. Dot goes undercover. Aunt P gets served a nice big piece of Humble Pie. And Murdoch Foyle rears his ugly head (but beautiful penmanship) once again.

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Sep 08 2016

57mins

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Rank #9: 2.12 — Unnatural Habits

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Welcome to the #metoo episode. This one’s a toughie, chock-a-block with emotional triggers. But it’s sooooo good.

We talk about how deftly this episode handles difficult subject matter—Magdalene Laundries, rape, human trafficking—while also doing a good job of fleshing out each character a bit more. Did we know Mr. Butler owned an arsenal? Nope. Have we seen Jack wrestle with his conscience to this degree? Nope. Did we know that Phryne “once knew” a Portuguese sailor? Well, ok—that wasn’t exactly a shock.

There’s a lot of hard material to talk about, but we’re so glad the show tackled these topics. And we found this little tidbit from an interview with Kerry Greenwood for Inside History Magazine, with which we could empathize:

IHM. Q. Which stories affected you the most in your research?

  • Kerry: The miserable cruel lives of the women in the Magdalen Laundry. Reduced me to pulp, and I had to keep on reading.

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Feb 27 2018

53mins

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Rank #10: 1.9—Queen of the Flowers

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Lots to talk about in this episode, including the seeming pointlessness of proper etiquette for these young women, historic bathing huts, the duplicity of men, the situation with Jane’s mother. And the Judo scene. How we love the Judo scene! (“Maneuver 1! Groin! Maneuver 2! Throat!”) If there was a Phryne Fisher School of Deportment and Self Defense, we would be the first two in line.

A couple things we mentioned in the show that you may want to check out:

“The Wander-Light,” by D. H. Lawson

http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/lawson-henry/the-wander-light-0108021

The MFMM classroom guides Chandler found

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/phrynefisher/classroom/MissFisher_English_Themes.pdf

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Aug 29 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: 2.5 — Murder a la Mode

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It’s here!!! Chandler’s favorite episode!!! We had SO MUCH FUN with this one (as you can tell by the length). We talk haute couture vs. pret a porter, commiserate with Dot’s clothing battles, discuss belly buzzers, the trials of adolescence, sad irons, and geek out over the costumes (as usual).

Other stuff that comes up:

#thedress: is it blue and black or white and gold?

The period kit at Target

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Mar 28 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #12: 2.7 — Blood at the Wheel

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The car race episode! We see the depth of Jack’s feelings for Phryne right off the bat, and we cringe the rest of the episode as they are completely out of sync. Dot goes undercover, and Phryne takes the wheel to save the day. Also—that last scene. Ded.

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

May 04 2017

49mins

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Rank #13: 1.4—Death at Victoria Dock

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We’re not going to lie—this one was tough. War flashbacks, Latvian anarchists, the dockworkers’ strike, a missing young woman, dubious methods for getting Phryne’s attention—just UGH. Thank goodness for names that begin with the letter “A.”

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jun 24 2016

28mins

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Rank #14: 2.2—Death Comes Knocking

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Soooo, yeah. It’s been a while. Sorry about that. We recorded this about 10 days after the punch-to-the-gut that was the U.S. election. Things were still pretty fresh and there was no way we could avoid the topic. So fair warning—the first part of this podcast is very political. If you don’t want to hear our political talk, I would suggest you skip forward to 19:00 where the show recap actually starts.

As for the actual recap, we get into a lot of World War I stuff, costumes, Mrs. Bulwhatsit, Victorian Spiritualism, Jack’s reaction to the whole “sanctity of the boudoir” scene. You know, the usual stuff.

Other stuff that comes up:

Jezebel article about Netflix reviews

Info on puzzle boxes

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jan 04 2017

1hr 24mins

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Rank #15: 3.3 — Murder and Mozzarella

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No more dour anarchists. This time we’re thrust into the world of Italian families in Melbourne who have been rivals for generations. We talk about the influx of Italian immigrants to Australia, the increased tension between Phryne and Jack now that Concetta has entered the scene, and why it’s only fair that Phryne gets her Bond Girl.

Mentioned in this episode:

The Mozzarella Murders,” a mystery written by Mary’s husband Erik Hanberg.

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

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Nov 05 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: 2.9 — Framed for Murder

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It’s the Movie Making episode, where Phryne is suddenly a film investor. There’s precious little banter, the American accents are a little dubious, but we do enjoy the exploration of filmmaking in the ’20s. Chandler talks about the origins of the “talkie,” Mary questions the singular use of the b-word, we applaud Phryne’s ability to win over a film crew, and we lament The Scene at the End.

Stuff that comes up:

Butterick Pattern 6433

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Aug 12 2017

47mins

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Rank #17: 2.3 — Dead Man’s Chest

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Pack your bags! It’s off to the seashore for us as we head to Queenscliff for a bit of R&R. You will definitely want to pack your flask for this one because we hear the McNaster bar cart is sadly lacking. But don’t worry—the banter will keep you warm

As usual, we talk costumes, characters, and themes in the show. But also as usual, there is plenty of off-topic discussion, such as how animals get high, Waffle Cone Hate Mail, how our town recycles poop, and why Chandler’s husband takes a lighter to the fabric store.

And just so you remember what the heck we’re talking about, here’s a picture of that jacket. And Gerald. Who is orange.

Photo via the Courier Mail

Other stuff that comes up:

The Feed Sacks book by Linzee Kull McCray

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jan 12 2017

1hr 36mins

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Rank #18: Lunch with Kerry Greenwood!

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What a treat it was to lunch with Kerry Greenwood! She had great tales to share, including why she created Phryne and how Phryne helped her avoid calamity. Her lovely partner David was with us as well and proved to be a “darling man,” as Kerry puts it. It was such an honor to speak with the woman who created the Phryne Universe, and we are very grateful to Kerry and David for taking the time to sit down with us. They are wonderful people, indeed!

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste
Jo Jo Stiletto

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Dec 21 2018

39mins

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Rank #19: 1.8—Away with the Fairies

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Poor, poor Miss Lavender. According to Phryne, she was “cold as a halibut on ice”—and that’s when she was still alive! We talk about cyanotypes, the hidden agenda in women’s magazines in the ’20s, Phryne as employer, and the awesomeness of Camellia, Lin’s Communist revolutionary fighter bride.

A couple things we mentioned in the show that you may want to check out:

Info on Anna Atkins (cyanotypes of British algae):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Atkins

Book recommendation:

“Murder Must Advertise” by Dorothy Sayers

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Aug 05 2016

59mins

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Rank #20: 2.13 — Murder Under the Mistletoe

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Merry Christmas—in June! Chandler is so excited to finally get to talk about the Christmas special! Joining us is Erik Hanberg, special friend of the show: In addition to being Mary’s husband (and the main reason she started podcasting), he is also the author of several mysteries and enjoys talking plot. Speaking of—this episode has a bizarre one! We talk about those oddities, the truly creeptastic parts of the show, the fantastic setting and costumes, and also talk about other Christmas-related episodes and the movies we like to watch during the holidays.

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Chandler O’Leary
Mary Holste

Jun 11 2018

55mins

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