What A Predicament

What A Cat Productions

Join Alex as he peers into the predicaments of the modern day and age in What A Predicament. With dry Kiwi humour he strives to shed some light on the hard and not-so-hard hitting issues alike, while pushing the boundaries of how little charisma you can have while still technically doing a podcast.

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Advertising – what a predicament! Do ads inherently suck? Why are 99% of commercials boring and unentertaining? Is there a time and a place for a bad ad? And what does the future hold for advertising? Alex talks to award winning admen and media industry veterans to answer these questions and more in the inaugural episode of What A Predicament.

Jun 2016

24 min 3 sec

Don’t shoot the messenger - it’s the sound effect you can’t unhear! Alex talks to Brian Nimens, CEO of the largest library of sound effects in the world, in search of the origin of a particularly pervasive sound effect. What a predicament! sound-ideas.com

Jun 2016

17 min 20 sec

Who were Deja Voodoo and whom did they rock more than? Alex catches up with band members and behind-the-scenes Svengalis to find out what happened to New Zealand’s grunge rock media darlings.

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Jun 2016

31 min 54 sec

Alex almost runs out of the creative steam required to write a description for this episode after using it up on such a brilliant title. What a predicament! This week he looks into the curious predicament of why the New Zealand Government has criminalised one particular plant used in the textile and medical industries.

Jul 2016

29 min 41 sec

Who really controls the media? Who is the proverbial “Man”? From busy newsrooms to the halls of government Alex leaves no stone unturned in his search.

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Jul 2016

28 min 1 sec

Faced with the predicament of some stiff podcasting competition, Alex talks to a Foley artist about how to spice things up sonically.

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Jul 2016

23 min 39 sec

From grassy knolls to magic bullets, conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK have persisted since the day of the tragedy. But how has the humble pacific nation of New Zealand been implicated? Alex pokes around the half-century old murder mystery and discovers the truth might be closer to home than he had feared.

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Jul 2016

21 min 51 sec

From forearms to Pinterest pages — when did tattoos go mainstream? Alex puts tattoo culture under the gun and talks to a couple of tattooists to try to figure out how and when everything changed. Thanks to Capilli Tupou and Benjamin Raddatz.

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Aug 2016

18 min 49 sec

How hard Cannes it be?

Aug 2016

37 min 49 sec

Alex ponders the podcast revolution and approaches some podcast pros to learn some podcast pros and cons, but is it too little too late? Plus a big announcement! Thanks to guests Daniel J. Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast and Bill Conway from Edgeland and The Hard Times.

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Aug 2016

47 min

What A Predicament is back! Following last season’s cliffhanger Alex continues to try and improve his podcast and grow his audience by jumping on the true crime bandwagon. He talks to some intellectual types about our fascination with murder and why we’re so entertained by something so gruesome, then tries his hand at hosting his own true crime podcast.

May 2017

31 min 20 sec

To just do it or not to just do it, that is the question Alex seeks to answer this episode. He presents an interesting marketing case study, even if he does say so himself.

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Jun 2017

39 min 4 sec

Is the morning paper done for, or are rumours of it’s death greatly exaggerated? Are podcasts like What A Predicament to blame?

Jun 2017

27 min 31 sec

How did art go from beautiful to basic? This week on the podcast Alex tries to figure out what the big ideas are behind abstract art and asks an expert about how a few four sided shapes could change the world forever…

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Jul 2017

32 min 30 sec

The cause of and solution to all of life's problems. In this all-star episode Alex and a couple of guinea pig guests discover drinking’s detrimental effect on the body, the community and the podcast. Parental guidance is advised.

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Jul 2017

36 min 50 sec

Alex and his guest, filmmaker and artist William Keddell, tell the surprisingly little known tale of Aotearoa’s one and only suicide bombing. The Maintenance of Silence (1985): https://vimeo.com/49734077

Aug 2017

27 min 43 sec

Alex incites his fellow left-handers to revolt against their right-hand overlords and talks to Dr. Gillian Forrester about the science of handedness in an effort to get to the bottom of which hand is indeed the upper one. gillianforrester.com

Aug 2017

38 min 46 sec

Alex speaks to a stand-up comedian about stand-up comedy and a stand-up comedy club owner about his stand-up comedy club, then takes the stage at said stand-up comedy club to attempt stand-up comedy.

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Sep 2017

59 min 10 sec

In his most desperate ploy for ratings yet Alex becomes the first podcaster to propose via podcast, but will all go according to plan? He asks a legal expert exactly what are you signing up for when you sign that nuptial agreement, then pops the question.

Sep 2017

26 min 50 sec

Moko was a beloved friendly dolphin too good for this world. To come to terms with what happened to Moko, Alex talks to a vet about the solitary dolphin predicament.

Oct 2017

33 min 30 sec

What A Predicament returns for a third season not with a bang, but with a whisper. Wondering why the provocative videos beloved by so many ASMRn’t working for him, Alex recruits a trial co-host to discuss the ASMR phenomenon and talks to a man of fancy book learnin’ about the science behind the shivers. Links: fastASMR https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHiof82PvgZrXFF-BRMvGDg Tinting ASMR https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClqNSqnWeOOUVkzcJFj4rBw No Sunrise https://nosunrise.bandcamp.com What A Cat Productions http://www.whatacat.co.nz Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatacatproductions

Oct 2018

46 min 40 sec

Alex tries a new co-host on for size and spoiler alert it’s Dan Wood from The Good The Bad and the LP. The eccentricity in the air is palpable as they examine some of history’s most notorious eccentrics, from Bavarian kings to the late great Prince by way of Beefheart, Dali, Starburns, The Gonz and more. Links: The Good, The Bad and The LP https://goodbadlpcast.podbean.com Skater's Favorite Skater: Brian Anderson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLqFCrPQsPY What A Cat Productions http://www.whatacat.co.nz Instagram https://www.instagram.com/whatacatproductions

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Oct 2018

1 hr

Copywriter Scott Armstrong returns to ponder the predicament of puns and why they make us groan more often than giggle. Alex also gets some inside info from comedian Lauren Mabbett, and talks Pun Battles with Hugo Grrrl. Links: Lauren Mabbett https://twitter.com/LaurenMabbett Hugo Grrrl https://www.facebook.com/hugogrrrldragking What A Cat Productions WhatACat.co.nz Instagram instagram.com/whatacatproductions

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Nov 2018

37 min 19 sec

Any New Zealander worth the salt on their fush and chups grows up knowing they’re blessed with Kiwi Ingenuity. But what are the true origins of the no. 8 wire mentality, and is Aotearoa really any more ingenious than anywhere else? Links: No. 8 Recharged no8recharged.kiwi What A Cat Productions whatacat.co.nz What A Facebook Page facebook.com/whatapredicament What An Instagram instagram.com/whatacatproductions

Nov 2018

51 min 5 sec

Life is pain. With this in mind, a couple of working musicians share their thoughts on why people are drawn to sad songs, and give a little insight into how certain sounds can sound sadder than others. Links: Chelsea Prastiti https://skilaa.bandcamp.com Tim Law https://nosunrise.bandcamp.com/ José González Hand On Your Heart What A Cat Productions whatacat.co.nz What An Instagram instagram.com/whatacatproductions

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Dec 2018

48 min 17 sec

Alex Bain and guest co-host Gerald “The General” Stewart talk about the appeal of the anti-social. From the great gangster flicks, to hotel room trashing rockstars, to Grand Theft Auto, comic book villains and more, what is the draw of such deviancy? Links: YNW Melly – Murder On My Mind Tha Monastery - 2 Gangsta What A Cat Productions - Home of The Bad Boy of Podcasting™ WhatACat.co.nz What A Facebook Page facebook.com/whatapredicament What An Instagram instagram.com/whatacatproductions

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Jul 2019

40 min 47 sec

Worried his podcast will end up in the infamous 27 Club, Alex comes face to face with the greatest predicament of all… Death! He and a new trial co-host stare into the abyss, with input from a real life nurse and a post life person. Links: Seto Kaiba Bandcamp Whatever Works Trailer The Wilson Quarterly What's the Best Way to Die? What A Cat Productions whatacat.co.nz What A Facebook Page facebook.com/whatapredicament What An Instagram @whatacatproductions

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Aug 2019

51 min 32 sec

Is hitchhiking a utopian dream come true, or sure-fire way to get serial killed? Links: What An Event Non-stop Adventures blog Hitchwiki What A Youtube Channel What A Facebook Page What A Instagram

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Dec 2019

33 min 23 sec

Alex’s quest for the co-host with the co-most reaches its zenith as he pulls in some of New Zealand radio’s top co-hosts (and one of Australia’s top station programmers) for a chat about sharing the spotlight. Links: The Good, The Bad and The LP Coast Drive with Mel + JT What A Youtube Channel What A Facebook Page What A Instagram

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Dec 2019

34 min 43 sec

In a shameless attempt to phone in a season three finale, Alex phones up a pair of pro improvisers to ask about the art of making it all up on the spot. Links: Ellie Oak - The Farmer Ploughs On The Court Jesters What A Website What A YouTube Channel  What A Facebook Page What A Instagram

Jul 2020

41 min 18 sec