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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: July, 2015
Jul 28, 2015

Van Badham exudes passion for political action. She’s a playwright, novelist, columnist for The Guardian, proud union member and vocal activist who’s appeared on Q&A, The Drum and Radio National.

Van outlined the case against the federal government’s approach to arts funding and spoke to me about the importance of the arts to a society’s understanding of itself, our lazy attitude to democracy, politicians’ failure to listen to the people, asylum seekers, education, taxes, why the marriage equality debate gives her hope and tackling trolls.

Wil Anderson & I talking about roasting Jimmy Carr on FOFOP

My show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at Phoenix FringeEdinburgh Festival Fringe and the Soho Theatre

@vanbadham

vanbadham.blogspot

Van’s pieces for Guardian Australia

Article: Extremist groups wilt under public scrutiny by Van Badham

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Dirty Hands (Le Mains sans)

Richard Marles on Q&A, July 6th

Causes of the Week: Yes2Renewables (yes2renewables.org), Sisters & Brothers NT Launch Pozible campaign

 

 

Jul 21, 2015

Rod Quantock recently received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his 45+ years of being an outspoken comedian/environmentalist activist/shit-stirrer. He is a living legend of Australian comedy who has relentlessly used his work to explain, dissect and call out political issues that really piss him off.

In this wide-ranging chat, Rod told me about his thoughts on music, his political radicalisation, the origins of his groundbreaking shows Tram and Bus, the community campaigns he’s been involved with, being physically beaten at a protest at the 2000 World Economic Forum, his plans to close down the Murdoch press, how he keeps faith in the political system (or doesn’t) and how the realities of climate change colour his view of the future.

My show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at Phoenix Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Soho Theatre

quantock.com.au

Catch CO2: A TedX Talk by Rod Quantock 

What Happened Miss Simone? trailer

combatwombat.com.au

The Last Tim Tam pozible campaign

Save The Planet political party

Cause of the Week: Quit Coal (quitcoal.org.au)

 

Jul 14, 2015

Tim Wilson is a former policy director at the Institute of Public Affairs, Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, public commentator and tea-drinker. He describes himself as a economic and social liberal and a cultural and institutional conservative. He's passionate about his principles and isn't afraid to wade into whatever controversy those principles might him lead to.

Together we discussed the criticisms he's faced since taking on his role at the AHRC, asylum seeker policy, what it's really like at the IPA, his opposition to plain packaging cigarettes, the balance of marriage equality and religious freedoms, anti-discrimination legislation and his thoughts on the recent Q&A controversy. 

My show Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at Phoenix Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Soho Theatre

Tim on The Fifth Estate podcast with Sally Warhaft

@timwilsoncomau

timwilson.com.au

The Australian Human Rights Commission

The Forgotten Children Report

The Resilient Individuals Report

Article: Tony Abbott's human rights man Tim Wilson racks up $77000 in expenses

Culture War Two: conservatives get high on their own supply by Jason Wilson

Tim Wilson: Freedom Fighter by Tim Elliott 

Religious freedom and same-sex marriage need not be incompatible by Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson on Q&A episode Radicalisation, Religion & Recognition

Cause of the Week: The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (aief.com.au)

 

Jul 7, 2015

Vegan lawyer Shatha Hamade is a former prosecutor for the RSPCA and is now the Head of Investigations for Animals Australia. She's passionate about advocating for animal rights and challenging social conditioning when it comes to the way we treat our fellow earthlings.

In this chat (recorded in the AA offices, where DOGS JUST RUN AROUND FREELY IT IS SO COOL) we discuss her "wake-up" moment, the kind of godawful abuses she's witnessed, the law's approach to animals accoridng to their "use", inherited thinking, the links between animal cruelty and a myriad of other social problems, the live export and live baiting investigations and the non-humans right movement. 

A warning: animal cruelty is described in explicit detail here, some listeners may find it disturbing. 

The Wanda Sykes Gala at Just For Laughs 2015

Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred at London's Soho Theatre in September

My opinion piece: Eric Abetz is confused about marriage equality

Article: Pets at work policies proving beneficial for both humans and dogs

@AnimalAus

The RSPCA

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer  

Article: How Lyn White rewrote the rules on animal welfare

The "zombie steak"

The Yulin dog-eating festival

The Conquest: A Cane Toad Documentary

Video: Restore your faith in humanity - humans saving animals

TED Talk: Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights by Steven Wise

The Non-Human Rights Project

Cause of the Week: Animals Australia (animalsaustralia.org)

 

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