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Like I'm A Six-Year-Old

Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in. It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.
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Now displaying: February, 2015
Feb 25, 2015

Quentin Kenihan is a movie star, a TV presenter and producer, friend to celebrities, disability advocate and enthusiastic Jewel fan.

Brought into the national spotlight as a 7-year-old boy with osteogenesis imperfecta (or "brittle bone syndrome"), the Q has experienced the dizzying heights (and lows) of fame, sex and drug use. As he brings his autobiographical show I'm 40...Now What? to the Adelaide Fringe, we chatted about everything from sex workers to inspiration to the late Stella Young to the death penalty to his own funeral. 

I even met his dog. 

@qkenihan

Frances Ryan on actors "cripping up"

Stella Young's TED Talk

Stella Young's memorial service

Quentin on the Osher Gunsberg podcast

Medium article on young paedophiles 

Cause of the Week: The Attitude Foundation (attitude.org.au)

 

Feb 17, 2015

Comedian, writer, TV & radio host and outspoken activist Nazeem Hussain escaped the watchful gaze of ASIO to join me in my house for a chat.

The creator and star of Legally Brown discussed comedy, the white media landscape and his intense martial arts training, as well as reflecting on his approach to Islam and his single mother's role in fostering his commitment to helping other people.

@nazeem_hussain

The Lupe Fiasco Alien Abduction Interview

Aamer Rahman on reverse racism

John Safran's article on Musa Cerantonio

My opinion piece on children in detention

Cause of the Week: RISE (riserefugee.org)

 

Feb 10, 2015

For an in-depth breakdown of what exactly is going on with Australia's immigration policy and exactly how many laws we're breaking, I talked to academic and advocate Senthorun Raj

Currently completing his PhD in law at Sydney University, Senthorun has worked extensively with the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Amnesty International, ACON Health and many other organisations. Hear us discuss how his Tamil family background (and a TV show) influenced his passion for human rights, our society's tendency to ignore certain kinds of violence and how Australia is complicit in state-sanctioned torture. 

@senthorun 

Senthorun's writings for The Guardian

Cause of the Week: Amnesty International (amnesty.org.au), The Pinnacle Foundation (thepinnaclefoundation.org)

 

Feb 3, 2015

You probably know Dicko best as that arsehole judge from Australian Idol, but there's a lot more to the old codger than that. He's been a window washer, a music journalist, a radio host and more, all the while retaining his trademark unflinching honesty.

Here we discuss his father's remarkable story, the political colouring of his youth, stories from his time working with everyone from Pearl Jam to Rage Against the Machine, political correctness and why he's found himself in hot water with Quentin and Paulini. 

Dicko's story about Quentin is on ABC iView

Cause of the Week: The Australian Children's Music Fund (acmf.com.au)

 

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