Gather Around Me
Ben Pobjie and Cam Smith help you make sense of the world.
The Rue McClanahan Hour: Week 1 Episode 1 in a Series of 5 Radio Shows!

But also Episode 12 in a series of 1000 podcasts.

Warning, may contain traces of:

  1. Payola scandal at Kids FM
  2. Feuding with other radio presenters
  3. Christmas Talk
  4. Jim Schembri, where is our prize?
  5. Decade Talk
  6. A Fight About Mean Girls
  7. New Years Resolutions

Every Monday in January 2010, 7pm on Triple R. 102.7. RRR.ORG.AU

Direct download: RueMcClanahanHour1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:03am EDT

Tamara Jaber The final Gather Around Me! Xmas Bonus - it's a song by that hip up-and-coming band Nation Of Slam, recorded all the way back in September 2008.

Personnel (at the time):

  1. Vox: Cam
  2. Ivories: Lucy
  3. Axe One: Ben
  4. Axe Two: Amanda
  5. Skins und Sticks: Sabine

This was written while watching Australian Idol with the sound down, it was a team effort. Go Team!

Direct download: Tamara_Jaber.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:17pm EDT

Episode 11: I hope you CHOKE on it Episode 11 in a Series of 1000 Fireside Chats.

Not really, but we are never going to get to a thousand if we don't cheat every now and then. This is the second Gather Around Me Xmas Bonus for 2009, baby. It's the least dated segment from the very first podcast that Ben and I ever recorded - all the way back in January - and it's never been published anywhere.


Direct download: gatheraroundme-xmasbonus.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

Zombies 'Tis the Season, SWAT Kats and Kittens! That's why this week we shall be bringing you Three Fantastic Gifts. No Frankenstein or Myrrh here, just good ol' fashioned Comedy Gold.

First cab off the rank is a track from Ben's upcoming album. It is about Zombies.

Direct download: 11_Zombies.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Episode 10: Merry Crassmas

Episode 10 in a Series of 1000 Podcasts on GatherAroundMe.

Warning! May Contain Traces Of:

  1. One Thousand Podcasts
  2. The Rue McClanahan Hour
  3. Someone Called Labna Hated On Ben In NewMatilda.Comments
  4. Skewering Jesus
  5. Happy Birthday Cam
  6. Mary MacKillop
  7. Xmas at the Pobjie House
  8. Why Is That Tree Upside Down?
  9. Obscene Phone Calls
  10. See You Next Year!

This one is a classic! A modern classic!

Direct download: gatheraroundme10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:13pm EDT

Episode 9: Lunch Episode 9 in a Series of 1000

Warning - May Contain Traces Of:

  1. What's wrong with the microphone?
  2. Being on time
  3. Chris Berg from the Institute of Public Affairs
  4. War wounds
  5. Easy listening music providing the soundtrack to kinky love
  6. Tiger Woods & The Race War
  7. Going out to get some lunch, and all that entails

Warning - This podcast gets INCREDIBLY REAL. You will feel like you are right there.

Direct download: gatheraroundme9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

Episode 8: No Business Like Radio Business Please find attached, for your approval, Episode 8 in a Series of 1000 podcasts.

Warning, may contain traces of:

  1. The Flu
  2. Radio Duos Who Met At University
  3. Radio Catchphrases
  4. Mystery Texts
  5. Why Isn't Triple M Calling???
  6. Cam, He's A Man Of Letters
  7. Minarets
  8. Kevin Rudd's Plane
  9. Daylight Savings
  10. Stickmen
  11. Sticker Admirers
  12. Restaurant Critics
Direct download: gatheraroundme8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

Leadership Troubles

You may have noticed there has been no podcast so far this week.

Some of us were too sick to record one. Sick of uncertainty within the upper echelons of the Liberal Party, that is.

Also, with the flu.

At any rate, here is an interview that Cam recorded with a secret Liberal Party source last Friday 27/11/09 for the SUWA show on 3CR 855 AM.


Direct download: corybernardi-interview.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56am EDT

Episode 7: Schoolies Week

Episode 7 in a Series of 1000

Warning! May Contain Traces Of:

  1. The Fonz
  2. Conjoined Twins
  3. Magneto Was Right
  4. Schoolies Week
  5. Vampires in MX
  6. Twitter in MX
  7. Twitter in The Punch
  8. Herpes in MX
  9. Bad Boys II in MX
  10. How Do We Get Out Of This?
  11. The End of MX
  12. The Second Last Page of MX
  13. The Fifth Last Page of MX
  14. The End

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Gather Around Me

Direct download: gatheraroundme7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

Episode 6: Love Is Like A Heatwave

Episode 6 in a Series of 1000 Fireside Chats for

May contain traces of:

  • Britney Spears
  • People At The Cinema
  • Happy Birthday Jack McCoy
  • We Take Some Calls
  • Heatwave!
  • Taking Some Obscene Phone Calls
  • Direct download: gatheraroundme6-1.mp3
    Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

    Episode 5: What if you could go back and change one mistake?

    Episode 5 in a series of 1000 podcasts c/o your friends at

    Warning! May Contain:

    1. Gay Marriages?
    2. Allergies
    3. Chicks With Guitars
    4. Bikies
    5. Soccer
    6. Olivia Newton-John
    7. Straight Marriages
    8. Lightbulbs
    9. Media 140
    10. Cam's Walkley Award
    11. Ben's Sister went to Vietnam.... BUT WHY?

    Direct download: gatheraroundme5-1.mp3
    Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:50pm EDT

    Episode 4: Off to the Racists

    Episode 4 of 1000 podcasts c/o

    Warning, may contain traces of:

    1. Sound Checking
    2. Vegetarians eating FISH!
    3. Keepin' Slaves
    4. Horse "Racing"
    5. Tony Delroy's Nightlife
    6. More Dubious Midget Commentary
    7. Safety Tips

    Direct download: gatheraroundme4.mp3
    Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:26am EDT

    Episode 3: The Joy of Parenthood
    1. R.I.P. Don Lane
    2. The Return Of The Variety Format
    3. Parenting
    4. David Hume
    5. The Nelwyn Defence League
    Direct download: gatheraroundme3.mp3
    Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:11am EDT

    Episode 2: Hey Hey, It's Murder!

    Episode 2 in a series of 1000 Fireside Chats c/o

    Warning, may contain traces of:


    1. Commentary on Televisual Programmes
    2. Telephone Poles
    3. Interesting Murder Techniques
    4. How Best To Hide A Body
    5. Sexy Makeouts
    6. More Televisual Commentaries

    Subscribe via iTunes, if you like.

    Direct download: gatheraroundme2.mp3
    Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33pm EDT

    The first of many Fireside Chats for the fantastically named website

    May contain traces of:
    1.  Introductory chit-chat
    2. Manifesto!
    3. The Future
    4. Spreadables
    5. Penguins
    6. Fin
    Direct download: gatheraroundme1.mp3
    Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT