The Survivor Historians

with Mario Lanza, Jay Fischer, Paul Asleson, and Mike Bloom

"The perfect podcast to mow and edge your lawn to."   
-Listener George Hanns

"I clean so much faster listening to it.  No idea why."  
-Listener Shifra Yehudis Stitzer

Superpole 2000.  We will never forget.

Available episodes:

Note:  These are all available for free on itunes. You can also listen to us on Podbean.

Episode #1 (our first test podcast) - Survivor 101
Episode #2 (Borneo) - Borneo and BJ's
Episode #3 (Australia) - Nick Brown and the Legends of the Outback
Episode #4 (Australia) - Rollerblading for Bessy
Episode #5 (Africa) - Old People Fall Down in Africa
Episode #6 (Africa) - Ethan Zorn Wins Africa, Declines Ham
Episode #7 (Marquesas) - Holes, Little Sausages, and Zoe
Episode #8 (Marquesas) - Mario Just Rambles On About Gabriel For 90 Minutes
Episode #9 (Marquesas) - Vee is for Victory.  Maine!
Episode #10 (Thailand) - Tales of Stephanie and Hermie
Episode #11 (Thailand) - Swimming. Lots of Swimming.
Episode #12 (Thailand) - Lord and Master Brian Heidik
Episode #13 (Amazon) - Hey, Maybe Christy Was The Problem
Episode #14 (Amazon) - Paul Has a Jeannecast
Episode #15 (Amazon) - So Was Rob Really That Close?
Episode #16 (Pearl Islands) - Lovin' Pearl Islands, In a Sexual Way
Episode #17 (Pearl Islands) - Outcasts, Jerks Dying, and Big Jon
Episode #18 (Pearl Islands) - Death and Rot. And Grandma.
Extra - The Listener Questions
Extra - Listener Questions #2
Our New Contest - The Historians Apprentice, Round 1
Our New Contest - The Historians Apprentice, Round 2
The Final Round of The Contest - The Historians Apprentice, Finale
Episode #19 (All Stars) - The One with Magellan
Episode #20 (All Stars) - The One with Bamboozling
Episode #21 (All Stars) - Oh my godddddd, I'm sooooooo good!
Episode #22 (Vanuatu) - Rebooting the Franchise, the Rory Way
Episode #23 (Vanuatu) - Lea Masters' European Vacation
Episode #24 (Vanuatu) - You Can't Shiznit a Shiznitter
Vanuatu Inside Perspective - The Chris Interview
Episode #25 (Palau) - How About You Just Stop Throwing Sticks in the Fire?
Episode #26 (Palau) - Pringles and Snot Rockets
Episode #27 (Palau) - Season's Over, Everyone Gets a Hug
Recap - Survivor after Ten Seasons
Episode #28 (Guatemala) - Gary Hawkins and the Ashby Line
Episode #29 (Guatemala) - Bobby Jon Gets So Gay
Episode #30 (Guatemala) - Sunroofs, Scumbags, and Mayan Slut Shaming
Episode #31 (Exile Island) - Smasher/Not a Smasher
Episode #32 (Exile Island) - Pooper/Not a Pooper
Episode #33 (Exile Island) - Innocent/Not That Innocent
Episode #34 (Cook Islands) - Here is a Cook Islands Podcast
Episode #35 (Cook Islands) - Here is Another Cook Islands Podcast
Episode #36 (Fiji) - The Orthogonal Bounty Hunter
Episode #37 (Fiji) - It's Over, Bro.  I.I.
Episode #38 (Fiji) - Get Outta My Dreamz, Get Into My Car
Episode #39 (China) - A Song of Rice and Firepit
Episode #40 (China) - Bad Boys, Bitches, and the Best One Ever
Episode #41 (China) - A Million Dollars and Some Horse
Extra - Listener Questions #3
Episode #42 (Micronesia) - So You Just Didn't Want to Be All Stars 2?
Episode #43 (Micronesia) - Puzzles, Popeye, and Poop Pants
Episode #44 (Micronesia) - Parvati Invents the Blindside
Episode #45 (Micronesia) - This is Why Montana Can't Have Nice Things
Our "Best of" Highlights Episode - Survivor Historians - The Five Year Anniversary Show
Episode #46 (Gabon) - We're Going Back Past Africa!
Episode #47 (Gabon) - Wah Wah Wah Wipeout
Episode #48 (Gabon) - I am Sugar, Hear Me Roar
Episode #49 (Tocantins) -  Hang On, Coach Has Been Practicing
Episode #50 (Tocantins) -  Bingo, Billings, and Butt Stuff
Episode #51 (Tocantins) -  Hey, Did You Hear Me Say Dragon Slayer?
Extra - The Thanksgiving Episode
Tocantins Inside Perspective - The Coach Interview
Episode #52 (Samoa) -  It's Called a Natalie Seed
Episode #53 (Samoa) -  Poultry, Passouts, and Puppet Regimes
Episode #54 (Samoa) -  Oh Mah Werd
Episode #55 (Heroes vs Villains) - The Good, The Bad, and The Subjective
Episode #56 (Heroes vs Villains) - MY TOE GOT BROKE!
Episode #57 (Heroes vs Villains) - Of Mice and Little Men
Episode #58 (Heroes vs Villains) - Love it. Loving it.
Episode #59 (Heroes vs Villains) - Evil Will Always Triumph, Because Good is Dumb
Episode #60 (Borneo) - The Burnett Witch Project
Episode #61 (Borneo) - Joel, Stop Hogging the Rat
Episode #62 (Borneo) - Blindsides, Balls, and My Buddy's Gone Bare-Ass
Episode #63 (Borneo) - Let's Just End This Thing
Episode #64 (Nicaragua) - Please, I Beg You, For The Love of God, Give Jimmy T Something To Do
Episode #65 (Nicaragua) - Does It Get Any Better Than This?
Episode #66 (Nicaragua) - DUUUUDE!
Episode #67 (Redemption Island) - Rob, Ralph, and Assorted Other R-Words
Episode #68 (Redemption Island) - Muncher/Not a Muncher
Episode #69 (Redemption Island) - Well, You Gotta Vote For One of Us

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Survivor Historians - The Backstory:

Hello. My name is Mario Lanza and I have been a Survivor writer since August of 2001. In fact, at one point during the show's peak (between 2001-2004), I was probably the most widely read Survivor writer in the entire world. 

The reason I put together the Survivor Historians podcast is because it seemed to me like a great deal of Survivor history has been lost in recent years. There are so many new fans of the show these days, and so few original Borneo fans remaining, that practically the entire history of Survivor has been rewritten to only include things that have happened from season 13 (Cook Islands) on. And as much as I like the post Cook Islands seasons, I just didn't think that was fair. I didn't think it was right that a show with so much history and so much significance had a fanbase that knew so little about its most formative years.

And so, well, here we are. I put together the Survivor Historians podcast in March of 2012. And I did so by gathering together three of the sharpest and most knowledgeable Survivor fans I have ever known. I got Paul Asleson from The Tribe (who will destroy anyone on the face of the Earth in a Survivor trivia contest, trust me on this). I got Beatles from Survivor Sucks (who is pretty much the most knowledgeable Survivor fan on the face of the Earth, and has been for years). And I got Jay Fischer, who is one of the smartest and funniest guys I know, and who is also an old school episode one fan just like the rest of us. And then of course the fourth podcaster is me. Most people know me (Mario Lanza) from when I was the head writer (2001-2004) at a website called Survivor-Central. Either that or they know me from my project counting down the funniest moments in Survivor history called the Funny 115.

In any case, I hope you like the Survivor Historians podcast. I can't guarantee we'll do a lot of them, but if you like them just drop me an email and maybe we'll do more.

And I hope you enjoy your brief foray into Survivor history.

-Mario Lanza  -  March 31, 2012

The very first vote in Survivor history. The infamous "Souna" vote.

Related Links:

Buy Mario's Survivor Book - When It Was Worth Playing For
(highly recommended! It's very similar to Historians)

Mario's Survivor Writing Archives

The Funny 115

Mario's Facebook Page

Email Mario