Evil Genius, Brainwashed, Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions

The Castologists are at it again, with podcast recommendations for your aural pleasure. Liz looks at whether historical figures were evil or genius with Evil Genius, Nick looks at some of the really bad experiments the CIA have been involved in with Brainwashed. And Zane looks at exactly what big questions billionaires can actually answer with Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions. Then we review last week’s submissions.



Liz Recommends - Evil Genius


Award-winning comedian Russell Kane will be joined by a panel of non-experts each week, to delve into the lesser known sides of some of the world’s great geniuses to see who was the ‘most brilliant’ of all time.

For both: pick a person you love (or hate!) and see if you still feel the same way after.


Nick Recommends - Brainwashed

Brainwashed investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and the ripple effects on survivors, their families, and thousands of other people around the world. It also examines the cultural impact — how the CIA brought LSD to America and inadvertently created counterculture influencers such as author Ken Kesey and poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s an exploration of what happens in times of fear, when the military and medicine collide. And what happens when the survivors fight back.

For both: from the start


Zane Recommends - Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions


Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions pairs Bill Gates with actress and writer Rashida Jones to tackle some of the biggest questions facing us today: Is it too late to solve climate change? Does everybody lie? Is inequality inevitable? Join them for deep dives into these questions and even a few answers.

For Both: As much as you can stand from the start, or Episode 2: Is inequality inevitable


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