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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: May, 2015
May 26, 2015

Jarrod McKenna is one of those "cool Christians" you've heard about, except he actually is genuinely cool.

Jarrod is many things: a pastor, a protestor, the National Advisor for Youth, Faith and Activism for World Vision Australia, founder of the Love Makes A Way campaign and the First Home Project, theologian, husband, dad and drealocked d00d. He subscribes to the whacky idea that Christianity should look like Jesus and that compels him to do good, important things.  

In this conversation (recorded in the communal kitchen of the First Home Project) we covered a lot: the problematic nature of ANZAC Day, his journey to faith, living Jesus’ love, being the Christian kid at school, non-violent protest and how he turned a further meth lab in the Perth suburb of Midland into a home for people who are trying to build a new life for themselves.   

My upcoming dates on the MICF Roadshow

@jarrodmckenna

Jarrod on Facebook

Love Makes A Way on Facebook

The First Home Project campaign video

The First Home Project on Facebook

Causes of the Week: The Coalition for Asylym Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (carad.org.au), the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au), SOS Blak Australia (sosblakaustralia.com)

 

 

May 19, 2015

Super-dooper brainy (and very funny) comedian Sara Pascoe was in Australia for a bunch of festivals and kindly gave me some of her time to talk about sperm and hymen in a hotel lobby. Her work is whip-smart and politically active and has recently focussed on the fascinating world of sexual biology and its implications.

Here we cover her early political awakening, the difficulty of being a good person, kamikaze sperm, pornography, incest, hymens, paedophilia - you know, all the good stuff.

Prepare to do a lot of LEARNING.

Article: Scott McIntyre sues SBS for discrimination over "political" sacking for ANZAC Day tweets

@sarapascoe

sarapascoe.com

Sara on Live At The Apollo

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Article: Should I tell my fiancee that I'm bisexual and I used to have sex with her dad?

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Article: The hymen remains an evolutionary mystery - and the focus of the oppression of women's sexuality

What's Left? by Nick Cohen

Nancy Friday on wikipedia

The Great Porn Experiment: A TED Talk by Gary Wilson

The No More Page 3 Campaign

Cause of the Week: Eaves For Women (eavesforwomen.org.uk)

 

May 12, 2015

After my little rant about this nonsense, sit back and enjoy my wide-ranging discussion with Melbourne's one-and-only "larrikin priest", dear Father Bob Maguire

A humanitarian, broadcaster, philosopher and community leader who makes me laugh and think, Bob was an absolute joy a to talk to. We discussed his history with the Vietnam War, ideology, the problems in the Middle East, the idea of heaven, "doctrinal constipation", his "wife" and much more besides.  

At one point he exclaimed "Bugger Rome!" and that made me laugh quite a bit. 

@fatherbob

Sunday Night Safran

Peter Greste on ABC's Q&A

Article: What ISIS Really Wants 

In Bob We Trust - a documentary 

My show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at the Perth Comedy Festival

My show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at the Edinburgh Fringe

Cause of the Week: The Father Bob Maguire Foundation (fatherbobsfoundation.com.au)

 

May 7, 2015

Here's a special little treat because I love youse so much: my piece for Fan Fiction Comedy at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

Based on this actual news story about the federal government spending $4 million on a telemovie designed to deter asylum seekers to come to Australia by boatDeathboat - Bloody Borders is a gritty, action-packed drama that is sure to be a ratings winner. 

Episode 4 - Senthorun Raj

Episode 9 - The Welcome Centre 

My show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at the Perth International Comedy Festival

 

May 5, 2015

My chat with Helen Razer continues and by now she’s really in her groove.  

Here we cover our obsession with gestures as opposed to real action, why we should tear down the catwalk, the evils of iPhones, the overuse of personal anecdotes, how “the world is just fucked” and much more.

Listen to Part One here

@helenrazer

badhostess.com

A Short History of Stupid by Helen Razer & Bernard Keane

Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard

My show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at the Perth Comedy Festival

Tommy Dassalo’s Cutie Pie at the Sydney Comedy Festival 

Cause of the Week: The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au), the Indigenous Marathon Project (imp.org.au)

 

 

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