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With everything going on in the news right now we thought it was a good time to talk about psychopaths. Here is a recording of our Science on Tap event held in October 2020 on The Neuroscience of Real Life Monsters: Psychopaths, CEOs, & Politicians with forensic psychiatrist Dr. Octavio Choi. Check out our YouTube channel for more Science on Tap ev…
 
Former Blackcaps' all-rounder and current White Ferns bowling coach Jacob Oram joins the show to chat about New Zealand's home summer, his playing days, the move to coaching and the Black Clash. In the first part of the show, Jacob talks about being back in the commentary box with Magic Talk, the Blackcaps' #1 Test ranking, what he finds most impre…
 
Binksy joins via Zoom but the Top Order are back again to review a fascinating week of cricket and look ahead to the final Australia v India Test in Brisbane. We start the show (0.40) with South Africa's 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka, before discussing the England squad and whether we expect them to follow suit in Galle. Baldy and Lippy then tak…
 
In this episode of the show, we welcome current international umpire and former Auckland, Cook Islands and East Coast Bays seamer, Chris Brown. Recorded before the start of the New Zealand's home summer, we talk umpiring logistics, the pathway to the top, what it feels like to get your decisions proved right - and wrong! - home vs neutral umpires, …
 
It’s a new year but same Top Order Podcast, as we recap the final week of 2020. Baldy starts the show (0:45) with a deep dive into the BBL table and a few players who’ve caught the eye so far in that tournament, including Ollie Davies and Tanveer Sangha, before a quick review of the first South Africa/Sri Lanka Test, where injuries played a big par…
 
This episode of the show finds us still struggling to get our heads around the Australia v India Test in Adelaide, so we call in one of the best cricket writers in the business to help us make sense of it all. Formerly with the Indian Express and now with CricBuzz, Bharat Sundaresan is also a Penguin Random House author, publishing The Dhoni Touch …
 
In this jam-packed episode of the Top Order Podcast, we take a look at the past week, updating the goings on in the Ford Trophy, BBL10, the England squad to Sri Lanka and the burgeoning international schedule. As we move to the Black Caps v West Indies series, we discuss Henry Nicholls’ big score and what that means for Will Young and Devon Conway …
 
There's a lot going on in the world of cricket right now, and the Top Order Podcast have a bumper episode to celebrate getting past the tricky 87. In our 88th episode of the show, the team cover: The cancellation of England's tour to South Africa, what that means for the Proteas, the impact for the BBL and whether the ICC needs to take charge. We t…
 
In this episode of the Top Order Podcast, we give a shout out to the Sydney Thunder for winning the WBBL, ponder the impact of Greg Barclay’s appointment as the ICC Chair, and encourage you all to check out NZC live streams of the Ford Trophy. We then dive into the international fixtures going on around the world, starting with the West Indies’ tou…
 
We start our This Week in Cricket by outlining the WBBL semi-finalists before Lippy wraps the first four rounds of the Plunket Shield, which sees Canterbury well on top at the halfway stage. Baldy and Raj explain the new BBL innovations - are they fun, or just confusing? - and Binksy runs the rule over Sam Billings' comment that the England limited…
 
In this episode of the show, we're joined by award-winning author and ESPN Cricinfo Assistant Editor Daniel Brettig to discuss the Australian summer of cricket and the upcoming India tour. Are India favourites for the white-ball fixtures? Will Cameron Green and Will Pucovski get their chance? How excited should we be about their futures? Who holds …
 
In this episode of the show, we speak with current Melbourne Stars coach David Hussey about his recent experiences with KKR in the IPL, his outstanding career as a player and look ahead to BBL 10. Reflecting on his time as the Chief Mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders, we talk T20 tactics, momentum, confidence, learning from the likes of Brendon M…
 
In this episode of the show we speak with Mumbai Indians bowling coach and Sydney Thunder coach Shane Bond. We take a look back at yet another championship season for Mumbai and the outstanding performances of the fast bowling unit, headlined by Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. Reflecting on what was surely the strangest IPL season to date, Shane ta…
 
In this episode of the show, we welcome back Dr. Jamie Barker, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University, to talk about the impact of bubbles and lockdown from a sporting perspective. Recorded at the beginning of the IPL, Jamie helps us deep-dive into the impacts of isolation and life in a bubble. How do players co…
 
It's finals time in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. Michael and Adam wrap up the last matches of the round-robin [0:55] as Delhi, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore book themselves a ticket to the playoffs. Then we turn our attention to the finals, as [4:31] Mumbai and Delhi square off for the right to go straig…
 
A huuuuuuuuge episode of the Top Order Cricket Podcast this week with plenty to talk about as the action ramps up all around the world. We begin by hitting as many topics as we can in This Week in Cricket. The board of Cricket South Africa steps down en masse just weeks before their summer international schedule kicks off - what does this mean for …
 
In the fifth episode of our preview series shining a light on the NZ domestic circuit, we're joined by Wellington Firebirds fast bowler Hamish Bennett. Despite a challenging start to the Plunket Shield, good things are happening in the capital, and Hamish wasn't shy about giving us some of the best insights into his squad. From Frank the Tank's bod…
 
Lippy joins Baldy and Binksy on the IPL wrap show in episode 08 to cover matches 34 - 43 of IPL 2020. We covered some old ground from wrap show 7 in the first few minutes, but those super over games were too exciting not to talk about when we got together. In this episode, check out our quick fire summaries of each match, who the boys have missing …
 
What an absolute pleasure it was to be joined by Canterbury Magician and commentator Frankie Mackay for a wide-ranging chat about the women's game. We talk the White Ferns v Australia series to discuss what makes this Australian outfit so impressive, and the boys look for positives in defeat for the NZ side. This leads to a conversation about the w…
 
Learn about sharks, sawfish, and what it's like to be a marine biologist in this interview with Jasmin Graham. Also, find out more about Jasmin's work as the President and CEO of Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS). SkypeAScientist.com ******** Help support the podcast and live Science on Tap events! Make a one-time donation to Make You Think OR If…
 
As we continue our trip around the New Zealand domestic provinces, we speak with Auckland Aces captain Robert O'Donnell. Plenty to talk about with Rob, including who's the boss between the O'Donnell brothers, the ins and outs for the Aces this summer, and who to watch out for as key players push for Black Caps honours. There's also lots of laughs i…
 
Episode 7 of the IPL wrap show and the games just keep getting better and better. Baldy back in the diary hot seat to review another 5 games over the weekend, climaxing on Sunday night with a triple super over double-header. [01:46] Lockie Ferguson announces himself with a bang as KKR beat the Sunrisers in super over number one. [5:09] and if one s…
 
As we continue our trip around the New Zealand domestic provinces, we travel south to speak with Otago Cricket white-ball captain and NZ A seamer, Jacob Duffy. We talk about seeing the sights during preseason, get an update on the status of Dean Foxcroft and discuss Otago's desire to build on an encouraging 2019/20 season. A common theme emerges as…
 
Adam predicted an upset in the IPl this week, it just wasn't the one that we thought it would be! Baldy takes us through four games in this IPL wrap, quickfire style with 90 seconds on the clock to wrap up each match, and a bit of extra time to talk who's trending up and down in DreamXI fantasy cricket. [1:35] - RCB and AB flex big time in a huge w…
 
In this episode, we're back around the table as a group to discuss the White Ferns tour of Australia, South African cricket and the T20 Blast in a quickfire This Week in Cricket. We then take a look at the IPL as a whole as we approach the halfway line of that competition: Are finishers coming in too late? Should we lock in a Mumbai/Delhi final alr…
 
In the second instalment of our journey around the New Zealand domestic provinces we're joined by Canterbury Cricket captain and NZ A all-rounder, Cole McConchie. With Cole we look ahead to the Plunket Shield, Ford Trophy and Super Smash seasons. We discuss the return of Peter Fulton as a coach at Canterbury, the arrival of Daryl Mitchell, and a yo…
 
We've maxxed our overseas contingent today on the Top Order Podcast with both Binksy and Baldy teaming up to cover a huge week in the IPL. It was a week of teams starting to assert themselves on the competition: [01:40] - Mumbai topple Delhi in a top of the table clash [05:06] - RR bounce back against Sunrisers to keep the Royals in touch with the …
 
New Zealand's domestic and international schedules have been announced, and the Top Order is deep-diving into a player-driven preview of our home summer. First cab off the rank is Northern Districts batsman Dean Brownlie. We cover preseason, the challenges of being spread out over multiple districts, players to watch, expectations for the Plunket S…
 
Listen as we have a fun conversation about death with mortician and activist Caitlin Doughty about her book Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? that is now out in paperback! We discuss why it's important to talk to kids about death, what she thinks about Halloween decorations, and the worst thing about her work (hint: it has nothing to do with dead people…
 
We're back with another episode of the IPL wrap show. And what an incredible four days of IPL action we've seen: [1:30] Mumbai Indians and Rohit start to get the juggernaut rolling over the KingsXI. [4:27] Priyam Garg has a night out to as catching woes consign CSK to the bottom of the table. [7:34] We lean into the first of the double-headers as K…
 
In another attempt to strengthen our batting on the Top Order Podcast, we’re joined by recent CPL winner with the Trinbago Knight Riders, Colin Munro. We discuss that unbeaten campaign and the dynasty TKR are building with the likes of Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo and coach Brendon McCullum. We also take a wider look at T20 leagues ar…
 
Well what a difference a couple of days can make to the IPL! Baldy back in the Top Order IPL diary room to wrap up another couple of days of IPL action as both undefeated teams experience their first loss: [01:14] Sunrisers upset the Delhi Capitals and fantasy strategy hints [08:08] Another upset! KKR take down Rajasthan Royals…
 
Today, a special episode as we kick off our first IPL show for 2020. We wrap up the first 2020 edition of the IPL as:[01:20] CSK break their drought against the Mumbai Indians[06:04] Delhi Capitals and the Kings XI Punjab thrill us with a controversial super over[10:04 ] Sunrisers Hyderabad suffer an epic collapse in going down to Kings XI[13:10] S…
 
In this episode of the Top Order Podcast, we start by discussing the England/Australia T20 and ODI series, before an overview of the women's game at the international level (8.40), crowds but not as we know them to watch the White Ferns tour of Australia (14.30), bat handles and bubble chat (17.40) in This Week in Cricket. In the second half of the…
 
In this episode we talk with Dr. Nicole Michel, Senior Quantitative Ecologist with the National Audubon Society and find out a little bit about what it's like to study birds. Also check out eBird and help do science in your neighborhood! Watch Nicole's Science on Tap talk on Hope Is The Thing With Feathers: Finding Joy in Birds recorded on April 23…
 
This episode starts as it often does, with This Week In Cricket, where we congratulate the Trinbago Knight Riders on their unbeaten season, talk more turmoil in the ranks at Cricket South Africa, the value of a TV deal in Australia and the England/Australia limited-overs series. In the second half of the podcast (22.40), we turn our attention to an…
 
In the second part of our IPL 2020 preview, we put the remaining four teams under the microscope. After discussing the Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad, we get off the fence and each select a tournament winner. Did we get it right? You be the judge! If you missed Part 1, you can find it in our ba…
 
This week on the show, we touch quickly on Gary Stead's contract extension, the unbeaten run of Raj's Trinbago Knight Riders, the first Australia v England T20 and Ian Bell's retirement. Then we talk all things IPL with Baldy running us through the logistics before we take a close look at the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and…
 
You've probably heard of Jack Daniel's whiskey, but did you know that brand wouldn't exist if it weren't for Nearest Green, the first Black master distiller on record? In this episode we talk to Sailor Guevara, brand ambassador for Uncle Nearest Whiskey all about the science and history of whiskey. It’s also a story of slavery, emancipation, family…
 
In this episode of the show, we speak with Australian Cricket legend and current CSK batting coach Mike Hussey. Mike takes us from his early days battling against David in the backyard, right through his outstanding career as a player and now coach and commentator. He takes us on an amazing journey: from being dropped by WA to winning the Ashes, th…
 
In this episode of the Top Order Podcast, we talk Test Championship, Caribbean Premier League, NZ's home summer and Binksy compares Raj to MS Dhoni in This Week in Cricket (15.00). We then deep dive into the recently concluded England v Pakistan Test series, including tributes to Jimmy Anderson's 600th Test wicket, Jos Buttler's plus/minus, Mohamma…
 
In this episode we get another chance to talk to Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, materials scientist and author of the book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. We learn more about her background, what a materials scientist does, and why she calls herself a "science evangelist." Here are some suggestions on how to buy the book (th…
 
In this episode, we speak with Black Caps speedster, Lockie Ferguson. We talk about Machineroad, the app he's developing with his brother that's designed to help aspiring cricketers as well as 'weekend wounders' measure their speeds and generate pitch maps. Then we move to Lockie's own career to discuss fast bowling, taking it easy on tailenders, i…
 
In this episode we have a long and fascinating conversation with epidemiologist Dr. Frank Franklin about the current pandemic, racism, poverty, public health, the Black Lives Matter protests, and what it's like to navigate the world as an African American scientist. Dr. Franklin is the Principal Epidemiologist & Director of the Epidemiology, Analyt…
 
This week on the show we get some clarity on the scheduling of the Men's ICC T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022, as well as the Women's 50-over World Cup. We discuss Ireland's win against England in the 3rd ODI, before unpacking the first England v Pakistan Test (12.10), which saw England sneak home courtesy of an outstanding partnership between Jos B…
 
The cricket calendar is filling up again and in this episode the panel discuss potential T20 league clashes for both the women and the men, the impact of Covid on the CPL and IPL, plus the first two England/Ireland ODIs in This Week in Cricket. We then wrap up the England/West Indies Test series (16.20) before looking forward to the Pakistan tour (…
 
With no guest this week, it's back to the banter, and finally there's plenty to talk about. We discuss the BBL, the IPL and the prospect of T20 cricket leagues all summer long. We ask what cricket has been like without fans, address reports about 'healthy conflict' between Gary Stead and Kane Williamson, Jofra Archer's bubble mistake and touch on a…
 
In this episode we have a conversation with Dr. Eseosa Ighodaro, MD, PhD, a neurologist and a neuroscientist. Find out about what inspired her to study brains, what it's like to get an MD and a PhD at the same time, about her interest in studying the medical effects of racism on People of Color, and how she's teaching people about neuroscience. Fin…
 
In this episode, we welcome another international spinner to the show, Canterbury Cricket’s leading wicket-taker and Black Cap in all formats of the game, Todd Astle. Todd speaks openly about his early days as an opening batsman, the U-19 World Cup, his emergence as a spinner, the challenges and highlights of his international career to date, break…
 
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