Cooking the books - podcast. Featuring Nick Crawford.


Nick featured on the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's ‘Cooking the Books’ podcast last week talking to Frances Cook about avoiding some of the financial and emotional pitfalls of Sudden Money. 

You can listen to the interview here.

Over the last few months it seems everyone is talking about Podcasts.  For those who don’t know what they are, read on…

What is a podcast?

A podcast is an audio show, often spread across a series of episodes, which can be downloaded from the Internet and listened to either on a smartphone, tablet or computer.  The term, which was coined in 2004, is portmanteau of ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’.  Over recent years podcasting has grown significantly and is now a mainstream medium.

Who makes them?

Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can make and freely distribute podcasts, making it a democratic and vibrant medium.  In the early days of podcasting, it was largely an amateur concern but in the last few years dozens of major broadcasters, magazines and news organisations have rolled out large-scale podcast operations of their own. 

Are they free?

Yes, almost entirely.

How can I find them?

If you've got a smartphone or tablet, the easiest way to find and listen to podcasts is through a dedicated podcasting app.  Dozens are available.  If you're unsure where to start, I recommend Overcast which is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.  Apple iPhones come pre-loaded with a Podcasts app.

On a computer, the most popular way to find and listen to podcasts is through Apple’s iTunes software, which has a dedicated podcast section listing thousands of different episodes and programme strands, as well as a built in system for downloading episodes.

Podcasts are also widely available on the Web.  Typically, a podcast creator will upload their content to a website, such as the BBC’s podcast website, where users can either listen online or manually download the files.

What subject matter do podcasts cover?

There are thousands of podcasts to enjoy.  So whether you like sports, comedy, history, science, film, politics, business or literally anything in between, there is likely to be a podcast out there for you!

If you enjoyed Nick’s Sudden Money podcast there are over 100 other “Cooking the Books” episodes for you to download and listen to.


Kind regards,

Nick & Laetitia