“Looking out at the podcast landscape, I didn’t see anything that I felt reflected in, so I wanted to create something that would provide that. I always learn so much whenever we go on hikes together. I feel like everyone could benefit from being able to listen in on those conversations.”
– Rae Johnston
Queens of the Drone Age offers accessible and conversational behind-the-scenes tech insights from four experts who also happen to be breathtakingly beautiful (which doesn’t translate to podcast form) and extremely funny (which does). Catch up with your friends in tech as they look at where tech has been, where it’s going, and how it impacts our everyday lives.
As seen on TV, Angharad “Rad” Yeo is an award winning television presenter, video game critic, and tech commentator who collects shiny new gadgets like a magpie. Most well known for hosting ABC ME’s Good Game Spawn Point, Rad has appeared as a tech and gaming expert on such as The Today Show, The Project, The Feed, and Download This Show.
Rad also hosted ABC Science’s web series Rad Experiments and Elevator Pitch, because she is a massive simp for science, and produced, presented, and edited ABC Listen’s How Games Play Us podcast on the intersection between video games and broader culture.
When not telling everyone within earshot about her latest tech toys, Angharad spends her time parenting Boatmeal the Border Collie (a massive sook who needs cuddles to live), and tending to the confronting number of plants in her apartment.
If the Queens of the Drone Age were Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rae Johnston would be their Leonardo. A leading figure in Australia’s tech scene, Rae is a multi-award-winning journalist and relentless trailblazer who pioneered the role of Science & Technology Editor for NITV at SBS.
She was also the first female editor of Gizmodo Australia and the first Indigenous editor of Junkee, because breaking ground is apparently a habit of hers. Rae has been bush-bashing her way through the industry for over a decade, regularly providing tech commentary across SBS, ABC and Network Ten, while producing and hosting podcasts such as Hear+Beyond and STEAM with Rae Johnston.
Born and raised on Dharug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney, Rae is a proud Wiradjuri woman who started out working minimum wage hospitality jobs. She is also the proud mother to a large adult son, who is only a few games away from ranking Radiant in Valorant.
Amanda Yeo came down with a severe case of Big Nerd in high school, and sadly never recovered. Now Mashable’s Australian reporter, Amanda writes on tech, games, and our rapidly boiling world in the hopes that screaming into the void will make the void finally get up and do something. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications such as Kotaku, Fandom, and Empire Magazine, and her fiction has been published in several books and performed by companies such as the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Amanda previously worked in refugee law assisting people seeking asylum in Australia, and holds degrees in both Communication and Laws. She would like to stress that she doesn’t currently practice, and nothing she says on Queens of the Drone Age should be taken as legal advice.
Global Reviews Editor at Finder and former Editor of Gizmodo Australia, Tegan Jones has developed a keen nose for when something’s suss in tech — and isn’t afraid to call it out.
With eight years’ experience as a tech and video game journalist, she is an authority on everything electronic, and has a particular passion for consumer tech and the social issues plaguing the industry.
Tegan is a regular tech commentator on ABC News, Sunrise, A Current Affair, The Project and Weekend Today. She has also frequently demonstrated her insightful expertise on Triple J, ABC Radio and Download This Show.
In 2020 she was a finalist for five IT Journalism Awards: best consumer technology journalist, best telecommunications journalist, best news journalist, best technical journalist and best reviewer.
She has been a finalist repeatedly across these categories since 2016.
She also ferments her own hot sauce and bakes rosemary and garlic sourdough, which has made for some of the fanciest hikes the Queens have been on.
Sponsors: Shure and Jands Australia.
Hosts and Producers: Angharad Yeo, Rae Johnston, Amanda Yeo and Tegan Jones.
Music and Editing: Angharad Yeo
Artwork: Teja Godson