105 – John Safran

John Safran is one of the most interesting writers/comedians/filmmakers/broadcasters/provocateurs/social commentators Australia has ever produced. He’s fascinated by issues surrounding religion and race and the Illuminati and he’s very funny when exploring them.

John’s latest book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist, sees him hanging out with far right extremists like the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia, Islamic fundamentalists and far left anarchists. It’s brilliant, challenging and very relevant to the INTENSE political moment we’re living through. Here John and I talk about patriotism, extremism, Australia’s reluctance to accept radicalism in any form and geese and ganders.

Please help out Refugee Legal because Peter Dutton is being awful again

Listen To Love is on Audible

Problematic is coming to Edinburgh Fringe 2017

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Depends What You Mean By Extremist is out now

Article: John Safran – ‘In Australia we don’t get religion’ 

Cause of the Week: The Make A Wish Foundation (makeawish.org.au)

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104 – Wil Anderson

One of the biggest and best comedians in Australia, Wil Anderson is super funny, super smart and super nice. Wil is a world-renowned stand up, the host of the ABC hit Gruen, former host of weekly satire show The Glass House and serial podcaster. He’s been thinking and telling jokes about the news for a long time and he’s pretty bloody good at it.

This chat covers a lot of ground, from Wil’s thoughts on the size of government to the state of journalism and the ABC to his approach to political comedy. We also eat some cheese and laugh about Mark Latham.

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia  

Gay and Bi men are being persecuted in Chechnya – you can help:

Sign this Amnesty petition

Sign this AllOut petition

Buy William Elm’s song “One”; all proceeds going to the Russia LGBT Network

Find out more in this New York Times article

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My episode with Chris Berg

Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent

My chat with Wil on his show Wilosophy

You Can’t Ask That

Article: Is The World A Laughing Matter? One Night Stan Comics on Why Comedy Has A Vital Role

Cause of the week: UNHCR (unrefugees.org.au), support independent media please

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103 – Sara Saleh

Sara Saleh is a self-identifying “radical” poet and human rights activist. She works in refugee resettlement, is a GetUp! board member, co-founded the Dubai Poetry Slam and has worked with organisations like Amnesty International and WestWORDS.

At a time of heightened Islamophobic debate raging in the public sphere in Australia, Sara and I talk about what it’s like to have your faith and community constantly being scrutinised and demonised by politicians and commentators. From the plight of Yassmin Abdel-Magied to Palestine to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the intersection of Islam and feminism, this is a really enlightening discussion about uncomfortable things.

Problematic is coming to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Pleasance Courtyard

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Wasting The Milk In Summer on Facebook

Article: Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

Sara and Maajid Nawaz on ABC’s The Drum

Article: Why are fighting Islamophobia at the expense of Indigenous Australians? by Sara Saleh

Article: How did Maajid Nawaz end up on a list of ‘Anti-Muslim Extremists’? 

Article: “You are not our ally” – Video campaigned launched as Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels Australian tour

Article: Getup! Director backs Israeli boycott

Article: Fighting Hislam: Susan Carland on what it means to be a Muslim feminist

Cause of the Week: GetUp! (getup.org.au)

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102 – Chris Berg

Chris Berg is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs and a Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT. He’s passionate about civil liberties, defending freedom, shrinking the size of government and general libertarian good times.

Here Chris and I cover a lot: “ideology” not being a dirty word, the pitfalls of politics, the role of the State, prosecuting radical ideas, human flourishing, adapting to (rather than taxing) climate change, the Nanny State, partying in Amsterdam and why the Commonwealth Games are a rort.

Problematic is on at the Sydney Comedy Festival this week for 4 shows only

Problematic is coming to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Pleasance Courtyard

Listen to Alice Fraser and me on The Bugle live at the Melbourne Comedy Festival

Sam Wallman’s piece on the minimum wage

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Chris’ writing on ABC’s The Drum

Chris’ writing on The IPA

Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia

25 More Ideas For Tony Abbott

Chris’ speech at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas on the “Nanny State”

The Libertarian Alternative published by MUP

Cause of the Week: The Human Capital Project (humancapitalproject.com.au)

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101 – Tim Lo Surdo

This guy is a gun. At just 22 years old, Tim Lo Surdo has advised federal senators and worked at everywhere from the Oaktree Foundation to the Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition to UN Youth to the United Voice union.

He’s now set up an advocacy group called Democracy in Colour: an advocacy group dedicated to combating racism in Australian politics. It’s a fascinating project, and here Tim outlines his personal experiences of racism, the realities of racism and the politics of fear in Australia today, the Left’s failures to combat such racism and how white allies can help (in the right way).

Problematic is coming to Sydney for 4 shows only at the Sydney Comedy Festival

And it’s now on sale for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017

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Article: This Young Australian Is Starting An Organisation To Fight Pauline Hanson And Cory Bernardi by Osman Faruqi

Cause of the Week: Democracy In Colour (on Facebook@democracycolour)

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The Bugle

‘Twas an honour to co-host The Bugle alongside David O’Doherty. Listen to us laugh about the apocalypse here: