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This week, we welcome back special guest & previous longest-episode record-holder Katie Kendall (Not Making Lemonade) to the pod, for an exhaustive rundown of a massive triple-episode week of The Bachelorette! We engage in some art criticism, discuss some interesting family dynamics, and eulogise some beloved fan faves. Plus, we rip into some prett…
 
This week, we're joined once again by Friend Of The Pod Abby Butler (triple j! social media superstar!) for a recap of a single-episode week, which, despite its lack of content, gave us quite a lot to chew on. A Mardi Gras At The SCG group date, a bewildering Paramount sponcon single date, and a couple of intruders (one small and very cold, one ver…
 
This week, pure good faces off against pure evil as Steve The Human Lie Detector returns to the show, wreaking chaos and leaving suffering in his wake. How is pure, innocent Kurt meant to react? Plus, the forthcoming sequel to a 40-year-old movie sponsors this show populated by 25-year-olds, and we dive deep into the discourse of queer identity, To…
 
This week, it's the thrilling finale of this chapter of Ancient Kisstory, and our excavation of The Bachelor US Season 1! What high-concept fantasy dates did the producers select for the apex of the season? Who did Alex pick to spend the rest of his life with - and how much of the rest of his life did he spend with her? What became of the happy cou…
 
This EEK on the Bachelor of Hearts podcast - it's our annual arbitrary Halloween special! We're joined by journalist & Bachie expert Matilda Boseley to discuss Week 2 of Brooke's season of The Bachelorette - which included a few pretty incredible milestones for representation of queer communities, a rare moment of passionate, slow-burning tendernes…
 
This week on Ancient Kisstory, we're looking back at the first ever Women Tell All special, to get all the behind-the-scenes gossip straight from the horses' mouths. But since nothing really happened on that episode, we're also presenting an exhaustively researched investigation into Where They Are Now. Was one of the women from this season in Spid…
 
It's a groundbreaking week for the Bachelor franchise - the first episodes starring the first bisexual and first Indigenous Australian lead in the franchise's history have just aired, and believe it or not - they were really good. We're joined by the great Nat Tencic (triple j, The Hook Up), who shares her perspective as a broadcaster who discusses…
 
This week on Ancient Kisstory, we do our best to reckon with the psychosexual gauntlet of The Bachelor's first ever 'Fantasy Suites'. That's right: it's Fuck Week for Alex Michel and his three finalists. How does the show convince us for the first time that this is Going To Be A Thing? How does Alex break it to three women that he's planning to fuc…
 
We are SO excited that Brooke Blurton's gamechanging season of The Bachelorette is about to begin! Mere hours after the contestants' profiles went live on 10play, we sat down to pull apart what we could glean from them: both the traditional interview questions and night 1 photos, and also from their linked Instagram pages. We make our predictions f…
 
On this episode of Ancient Kisstory, we're looking at the first ever Hometown Dates in Bachelor history. It's an opportunity to reflect on the institutions which run deep throughout the franchise's DNA - Christianity, the city of Dallas, and of course, suffering. It's a little bizarre to see Hometown Dates without the usual cookie-cutter drama: so …
 
Week 3 of The Bachelor US Season 1 broadens the Bachelor lexicon with the first utterances of "right reasons" and "not here to make friends" - plus the first 'Pretty Woman' date, the first drowned-out musical performance, and the first contestant carted away in an ambulance. A huge episode, in which the blueprint for decades of Bachie torment (or, …
 
Do you know someone that’s completely shut down and shut you out before?Maybe after a fight, they became super distant and cold.It’s something called stonewalling, and in this episode, we’ll find out why some people do it and how to deal. If you or someone you know needs support contact:1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732QLIFE: 1800 184 527…
 
Our deep-dive into the protozoic era of The Bachelor continues this week, as we recap an episode full of firsts: the first ever kiss, the first group date, and the first ever LOADED FIREARM... Plus, we look back at contemperanous reviews of the first season as it was airing (hint: people didn't love it!), Max gets to flex his "knowing the names of …
 
Welcome to the inaugural episode of our new series, Bachelor of Hearts: Ancient Kisstory, in which we take a look back into the ancient texts & historical records of The Bachelor franchise, to learn how the show has changed, and what the document reflects about our changing world. On this mini-series, we're covering the first ever season of The Bac…
 
A recent study showed that 40% of 18-29-year-olds surveyed had choked or been choked during sex. Breath play can be really dangerous, so why are so many people doing it?In this episode, why it’s becoming more of a thing, and whether it can ever be done without risking serious consequences.This episode talks about sexual assault, if you need support…
 
Is The Bachelor in trouble? At what feels like a pivot point for the franchise in Australia, we take a look around at what's working and what isn't, as well as what lessons can be learned from other shows in the dating/reality TV space, and suggest ways that The Bachelor can continue to engage its fans and find new ones into the future. Huge thanks…
 
Medical experts say high vaccination rates are the only way we can open up and live with this virus. But dealing with a partner who's anti-vax or vax-hesitant can cause a lot of tension and sometimes even lead to a break up.In this episode, we hear your stories and get some great advice on how to talk to your loved ones about the vaccine.…
 
This week, we've reached the endgame of Jimmy's season, and we're joined by two superstar returning guests to the podcast - musician & Twitch streamer Eilish Gilligan, and writer & Bachie recap veteran Patrick Lenton. Together, we look at everything that happened on and off the screen this week - the complex interplays of family and class, the mora…
 
This week, we're joined once again by the wonderful Janey Birks (Bachelor AU S4, Bachelor In Paradise AU S3, and School Captain of the Bachelor of Hearts podcast) for a spirited discussion of Hometown Week of Season 9. Jimmy and the women are drawing ever closer to the finish line, but this week thery made some important pit-stops for a cup of coff…
 
Another whopping week of Bachelor, and with no guest this week, we can really, really sink our teeth into it. Why are we meeting so many of Jimmy's family members? What attributes are these group dates actually testing for? Can you completely reinvent your reality TV character within the span of one season? What's so wrong about acknowledging you m…
 
This week, we welcome the wonderful April Rose Pengilly (Neighbours) back to the podcast; a suitably monumental guest to help us navigate through an avalanche of The Bachelor. The Powers That Be opted to air two episodes back-to-back on Thursday night, so we respond with a marathon-length episode pulling apart everything that happened - including a…
 
This week, we're lucky enough to be joined by singer/songwriter Imogen Clark, to discuss what The Bachelor branded as "Heart-Racing Week" - which included a few all-time great moments, but ironically slowed the character development to a crawl. We discuss Bachelor's obsession with vehicles and competence porn, the illness/injury group date strategy…
 
Are your partner's mates a bad influence on them?Maybe they encourage them to do drugs when they're trying to stay sober, or maybe they're manipulative and toxic and it's impacting your relationship.Here's how to navigate that shitty situation and chat to your partner about it. This podcast talks about mental health issues, if you need help call Li…
 
This week, we're joined by radio host, musician, podcaster and Olympic canoer Erica Mallett (Wait, You What?) for a spirited discussion of Week 2 - the two lowest-rated (and therefore most cool and exclusive) episodes of our beloved franchise ever. It's not for lack of trying though - there's a big splashy controversy about a very naughty word, the…
 
Pressure from social media is impacting how people feel about their bodies. But it's still a convo that's hard for a lot of guys to talk about. So in this episode, you'll hear the stories of three men and the journeys they've been on when it comes to their body image, dating and sex. Panel: Will Cook - Butterfly Foundation ambassador, Luke Currie-R…
 
It's Week 1 of Season 9 of The Bachelor, and a little bit of reality TV comfort food is almost (almost) enough to distract us from COVID lockdowns and the rising tide of anti-vax rhetoric in our Instagram stories. We relish the highlights - our first gamer girl Bachelorette, a puppy in the confessional room, and... whatever is going on with Belinda…
 
This episode we are joined by the fabulous Juliette Herrera from Season 8 of The Bachelor AU! We get caught up on Juliette's life post-Bachelor, get some more insight into the events of Locky's season, and most excitingly - Juliette helps us with our traditional first impressions of the incoming crop of contestants, based on what scant info we can …
 
This episode, we're joined by our first ever guest who chose to remain anonymous! (Frankly we're surprised no one else has thought of doing that yet). "Lucy" was kind enough to come on the podcast to share some of her experiences, thoughts, and predictions for the season, given the rare qualification that at one point, she went on a few dates with …
 
Imagine having spontaneous orgasms multiple times a day. It’s a real condition called Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder, that’s rarely spoken about by sufferers due to the shame and stigma attached. In this episode, we’re finding out what it’s like to live with PGAD, and whether there’s a potential cure.…
 
The Bachelor of Hearts podcast is BACK! In this episode, we go in DEEP on a couple of big social media posts from the last few weeks, and what they might mean for the future of the franchise as a whole. How do we respond to ex-contestants using their platforms to spread misinformation about the coronavirus? How does one flirty TikTok post from 2021…
 
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