During the Survivor off-season, Rob creates a number of podcasts that discuss certain facets of the Survivor genre as a whole. This includes countdowns, drafts, and events/games involving Survivor alumni and members of the RHAP community.
Josh talks about his recently-published article on Vulture of what he believes are the "Top 10 Strategic Survivor Moves of All-Time". Rob and Josh then went on to cast a Survivor season with characters of Game of Thrones, simulating how the season would run.
In response to the top 20 players being revealed in the previous off-season podcast, Rob brings together Josh, Antonio, and Malory to each draft teams of "underrated" players who fall outside of the top 30. The listeners were then encouraged to vote for who they thought had the best drafted team at the end of the podcast.
Rob and Myles Nye, a former consultant for the challenge department, sat down to discuss the ins and outs of Survivor challenges, including some of Myles's favorite challenges, challenges where contestants outsmarted the game, and the different array of combat challenges that have come about.
Jason brings his findings from a summer-long Survivor research project, using statistical analysis to answer a number of questions, including: "Is the founder of an alliance more likely to get voted out than the other members?", "Are players who sit out during challenges at increased risk of being voted out?", and "Is the player who wins the game more likely to come from the first tribe to get fire?"
Tim Ahlin from "The Tribe" podcast (also known as "Shut Up, Tim," songwriter for RHAP) and Ryan Elder, professional composer and co-host on the "Snakes, Rats, and Goats" podcast (songwriter for RHAP) count down the most musical moments from Survivor on the fictional TRUQ 108 radio show.
Jason Somerville uses statistical analysis to once again answer thirteen questions about Survivor such as: "Does the opening sequence spoil how well Survivor players do?", "What careers have the highest probability of winning Survivor?", and "What is the optimal strategy concerning the Hidden Immunity Idol?"
In celebration of the finished release of The Evolution of Strategy, Curt reveals the season rankings from the first 30 Survivor seasons as tabulated from the RHAP audience. In addition, Rob revealed his own personal season rankings and how they compare.
In line with their other casting podcasts, Rob and Gordon cast a season of two-time players to fill a fictional "Third Time's a Charm" season, which was discussed heavily in coverage of Survivor: Cambodia.
David Lay, a sociology professor at the University of Mississippi, discusses the role of sociology on Survivor, including some of the things that players tell us about the way they see the world, what Survivor can tell us about society, and much more.
Rob welcomes back Mike for a countdown of Survivor’s most iconic 6-person tribes. They rank 15 tribes across 5 seasons with 3-tribe formats (with a brief mention of the 6-person tribes used in Survivor: Cambodia) using the following criteria:
Rob welcomes Matt Pavlovich to the studio to discuss the live Survivor games he has created. He most recently uploaded "Survivor: Brooklyn Season 4" which features Sophie Clarke and Andrea Boehlke as players and introduces us to one of the contestants who will be appearing on Survivor 33.
Matt discusses how he starting creating Survivor games to play with friends, the challenges that goes in to filming a Survivor season in a day and what we can expect to watching Andrea and Sophie play in the same season.
In every Survivor season, there comes a critical junction where the tribes become one and the game becomes individual. The first vote after the merge is typically a good predictor of which group will make it to the end of the game. Colin Stone from the Dom & Colin podcast joins Rob to discuss all the parts of the equation that lead a side to decide to make the decision on who to vote for.
Rob is joined by RHAP Historian, Megan Ziemianski to share her countdown of 25 sound clips made popular by "The Evolution of Strategy". These new clips will be added to the RHAP sound board for future use on the podcast.
Rob is joined by Wunderman CMO, Jamie Gutfreund to discuss the fundamental differences between Millennials and Gen X’ers, in anticipation for the premiere of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. In addition, Jamie will try to predict how this season of Survivor may unfold by discussing the ways millennials view the world and how millennials and Gen X’ers interact.
Mario Lanza, author of the Survivor Funny 115 and creator of the Survivor Historians podcast, talks to Rob about the release of third edition of the Funny 115, including the process for his choosing and creation of entries.
In preparation for the third edition of the "Survivor Think Tank," Rob re-posts the second edition, which he recorded with Stephen back in 2014, where they dissected more twist ideas for Survivor submitted by the listeners.
Trivia: This podcast was originally posted on September 6, 2014 and was previously an exclusive to patrons of Rob Has a Podcast.
In the first part of the podcast, Rob speaks with ET Canada's Erin Cebulla about her pre-game experience on the beach during the upcoming Survivor: Game Changers. In the second part, Rob talks with Gillian about her annual Reality Rally event in Temecula, CA from April 6-8.
In honor of the March Madness tournament, Rob has a special two-part podcast episode to determine the greatest Survivor winner of all-time. In part 1 of this podcast, he reveals the official Best Winner Tournament bracket compiled by Randy Knuppel, using the combined winner rankings he received from Rob, Akiva Wienerkur, and himself.
In a follow-up to the previous podcast, Rob, Akiva, and Randy take a look at the results of each matchup, and the final statement on the greatest Survivor winner of all time.
Trivia: The Survivor Supreme Court to determine the winners of each match-up consisted of: Shirin Oskooi, Spencer Bledsoe, Dawn Meehan, Mike Bloom, Dom & Colin, Megan Ziemanksi, Aaron Robertson, Alli Giancola, and Christine Radice.
Rob talks with Lindsay Wilson, previously the Sarah Lacina correspondent for the Survivor: Game Changers pre-season, talks about her top 20 most awkward moments from the various Survivor reunion shows.
In an off-shoot of the "Hot Take Off" done on Akiva's "32 Fans" podcast, he, Rob, and Liana break down Survivor "hot takes" submitted by the listeners. They each scored the take on a scale from 1-10, and the person with the highest cumulative score would receive a podcast spot during the next season.
Josh, Rob's co-host on the Game of Thrones coverage on Post Show Recaps and Jon, host of the Nerdrotic podcast, cast their own season of "Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" with characters from the show, and simulate a season.
Rob is back together with Josh to recreate a new (and fake) Survivor season based on the stand outs from THE EVOLUTION OF STRATEGY in , Survivor: TEOS All-Stars. In this episode Rob and Josh will report on every vote through 39 days of this fake season simulation that was run on BrantSteele.net
Rob Cesternino is joined by one of the original Survivor castaways, Dr. Sean Kenniff. Rob talks with Dr. Sean about his experience getting on to the show, his time in that historic first season and some of his life lessons learned after the show.
Rob Cesternino is joined by Survivors Kellyn Bechtold & Bret Labelle along with Survivor fans Megan Ziemianski & Aaron Robertson to play the Survivor $100,000 PyRHAPmid. Myles Nye serves as judge and jury as the fans team up with the Survivor favorites
Longtime RHAP contributor, Ryan Pappola, takes a break from his work at WWE Digital to discuss his love of Hallmark Holiday films and specifically, “Karen Kingsbury’s: The Bridge”. “Karen Kingsbury’s: The Bridge” (Parts 1 & 2) stars Wyatt Nash (formerly Matt Elrod from Survivor: Redemption Island.
Rob and Ryan discuss Hallmark Holiday films as a genre, Wyatt Nash’s performance as the film’s lead and much more in a full recap of the 3-hours of adaptation of Karen Kingsbury’s work.
Rob is joined by Entertainment Weekly Survivor writer Dalton Ross to discuss his new 14,000 word essay on what he called the greatest Survivor moment ever: when Erik Reichenbach was fooled into giving up individual immunity at the final five of Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites, a moment that aired 11 years ago today.
Rob is joined by Survivor and Big Brother YouTuber Peridiam to talk about his latest and longest video series, entitled “The Most Ingenious Moves by Survivor Winners” where he goes through many of the greatest moves that led former players to win the game. Rob and Peridiam talk about his many videos in the series, discuss the moves, and much more..
Guests: Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick, Teresa "T-Bird" Cooper
As part of the "Talking with T-Bird" series, Rob and T-Bird catch up with Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick from Survivor: Palau, Guatemala, and Heroes vs. Villains about what her life has been like since her time on the island.
As part of the "Talking with T-Bird" series, Rob and T-Bird catch up with Sean Rector from Survivor: Marquesas about what his life has been like since his season and his thoughts on the franchise today.
Rob Cesternino is finally back with Josh Wigler and Mike Bloom to bring you another fake Survivor season simulation on BrantSteele. Since Josh and Mike are in the midst of their LOST re-watch podcast called LOST: Down the Hatch over on Post Show Recaps. The podcast follows a fake season of Survivor featuring characters from the first season of LOST.
Guests: Shii-Ann Huang, Natalie Bolton, Teresa "T-Bird" Cooper
As part of the "Talking with T-Bird" series, Rob and T-Bird catch up with Shii-Ann Huang from Survivor: Thailand and All-Stars and Natalie Bolton from Survivor: Micronesia about what their lives have been like since their seasons.
Rob Cesternino is back together with Mike Bloom to create a new fake Survivor season based around the cast of Survivor: Winners Not at War. We’ve got the 18 Survivor winners not chosen plus million dollar recipient Rupert Boneham and a Pearl Islands only edition of Sandra Diaz-Twine in SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT PEACE.
Two weeks before the premiere of Survivor: Winners at War, Rob Cesternino brings you a fun bonus podcast where they play a game of The Masked Singer, the hit FOX series, but with a twist. The big twist is that instead of singers, our contestants are all former Survivor players. To predict who is each of these masked Survivor players, Rob was joined by the co-host of “Rob and Akiva Need a Podcast” Akiva Wienerkur, Big Brother live feed updater and co-host of the Love Island RHAP-up Kirsten MacInnis, and Big Brother live feed updater and co-host of The Masked Singer RHAP-up Pooya Zand Vakili.