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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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Apr 18, 2019

Simon Holmes à Court is an energy transition expert. He's a Senior Advisor to at the Climate Energy College at Melbourne University, sits on the board of the Smart Energy Council and spends a lot of his time on twitter correcting the likes of Josh Frydenberg and Chris Uhlmann when they say silly wrong things about climate and energy issues issues.

In this conversation (recorded on an unseasonably warm April day), Simon talks me through the influence of fossil fuel money, the dumb culture war between coal and renewables, why he's a climate optimist and what the parties are offering in this climate election.

MAKE SURE YOU'RE ENROLLED TO VOTE BY 8PM TONIGHT PLEASE!!!

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH has just four shows left at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 

Plus I’m doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 2 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

@simonahac

Simon's writing at The Guardian

Simon's writing on medium

Article: No, Minister Canavan, coal will not be king for 20 more years

Article: Australia's energy policy is a tangled mess built on a foundation of lies 

Cause of the Week: Margo Kingston's #IndependentsDay for Climate Change Action on chuffed.org

Apr 9, 2019

Greg Larsen is one of the funniest people I've ever met in my whole bloody life. He and I worked together on Tonightly where we made some very silly and naughty comedy together before we were cruelly cancelled by the FASCIST LIBERAL GOVERNMENT.

In this chat I ask Greg to reflect on the Tonightly months, his political punk band The Feminazis, wokeness, debate and the pointlessness of protests.

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival right now! Hot dang!

Plus I’m doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 4 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

My spot at the 2019 Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala

@gregmlarsen

Greg's show Useful Idiot is at Melbourne Comedy Festival NOW

Greg's podcast The Grub

The infamous Tonightly sketch that sparked "Cuntgate"

And this sketch about Germans wanking is one of the funniest things I've ever been involved in

Cause of the Week: Donate to The Australian Greens (greens.org.au/donate

Apr 2, 2019

Sorry about the delayed episode, all! My bad. Comedy Festival is on and all that. Anyway.

Sally McManus has been the Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions since 2017. She's the public face of the trade union movement in Australia and she takes little to no shit whatsoever. 

We recorded this chat on the day the ACTU launched their call for the minimum wage to be raised to a living wage. I asked Sally to explain what that means, as well as her stances on democratic socialism, neoliberalism, privatisation, insecure work, just how hard it is to go on strike in Australia and how the ALP could become a helluva lot better.  

You can become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My show ENOUGH is on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival right now! Hot dang!

Plus I'm doing my play #KWANDA which is also good and funny! Just 6 shows left

ENOUGH is coming to Sydney Comedy Festival for 4 shows only 

@sallymcmanus

actu.org.au

On Fairness by Sally McManus, Melbourne University Publishing

ARTICLE: Is Sally McManus the woman the Coalition fears most? 

RALLY TO CHANGE THE RULES happening around the country on Wednesday April 10th

changetherules.org.au

Cause of the Week: JOIN YOUR FUCKING UNION PLEASE (australianunions.org.au)

Mar 20, 2019

Samah Sabawi is a playwright, poet and activist who is passionate about fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people. Just days after the horrific massacre in Christchurch, Samah explains to me why she was "disappointed but not shocked" by the horrific attack and how nearly two decades of poisonous Islamophobia has led us to this point. 

Samah also lays out what life is like for Palestinians in their own land, what the Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement is calling for and why it's important you #BoycottEurovision2019

Become a Patron of the show and help cover the basic costs of making this thing happen (please)

My stand-show ENOUGH is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival this week 

Then ENOUGH heads to the Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

@gazaheart

Donate to the families of the Christchurch victims

See Samah's play Them at La Mama Courthouse

ARTICLE: We told you the threat is white supremacy by Randa Abdel-Fattah

ARTICLE: 2,891 Murdoch Media Stories Trashing Islam In A Single Year, Study Reveals by Michael Brull

AustraliansForPalestine.com

Cause of the Week: The BDS petition to #BoycottEurovision2019

Mar 12, 2019

Melissa Davey is the Melbourne Bureau Chief for Guardian Australia. She’s done brilliant reporting about lots of different things over her career, but over the past few weeks has been diligently covering on the trial and conviction of George Pell.

As Pell receives his sentencing today and as we learn more about his case for appeal, Melissa explains what it’s been like following this massive story, the journalistic ethics at play, the judicial process and the reactions from the media and the Church to the guilty verdict.

WARNING: This conversation contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-show ENOUGH is on at the Brisbane Comedy Festival next week 

Then ENOUGH heads to the Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

The School Strike 4 Climate is on this Friday!

@MelissaLDavey

Melissa's writing at Guardian Australia

ARTICLE: Cardinal Pell's Conviction: The Questions That Remain

ARTICLE: Andrew Bolt, Please Stop Implying That You Know All The Facts About George Pell by Clare Linane

ARTICLE: Five Times Guilty: How George Pell's Child-Abusing Past Caught Up With Him in Courtroom 

ARTICLE: The inconsistencies of George Pell's defenders just displays their power by Richard Cooke

Cause of the Week: Dementia Australia (dementia-australia.org

Mar 6, 2019

Emma is in Year 11, Anthony has just started uni and together they're involved in organising the second School Strike 4 Climate on Friday March 15th. It's a nation-wide, non-partisan, student-led protest demanding our political leaders take some GODDAMN REAL ACTION on climate change for once please. 

It was an honour to sit down with these two passionate, funny, committed young people to discuss their motivations for organising the march, their hopes for what it might achieve and their thoughts on the very dumb criticism it's received from right-wing dumbos. 

Trust me: listening to this will fill your heart with hope. 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

Unite For The Night @ The Metro, Thursday March 7th

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

@StrikeClimate

schoolstrike4climate.com 

The Swedish 15-year-old who's cutting class to fight the climate crisis

Cause of the Week: SUPPORT THE STRIKE ON FRIDAY MARCH 15TH! SEE YOU THERE! THANKS! 

Feb 26, 2019

Giordano Nanni is a historian and satirist and the driving force behind The Juice Media.

He was the co-creator of the hugely successful Rap News series which has tallied millions of views and featured cameos from the likes of Noam Chomsky and Julian Assange and since 2016 he's been collaborating in his lounge room with his partner Lucy and actors Ellen and Zoe to make the very-funny-and-extremely-on-point Honest Government Ads series. The series has tackled everything from net neutrality to East Timor to the arms trade to Australia Day and they make me laugh and they make me angry. 

Here Giordano and I have a bloody lovely chat about the story of The Juice, how history forms his politics, working with Assange and Chomsky and how doing satire could potentially see him sent to prison for five years. Funny stuff! 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you’ll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

Unite For The Night @ The Metro, Thursday March 7th 

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

BDS Australia's petition calling on SBS to boycott Eurovision 2019

@thejuicemedia

thejuicemedia.com

on Patreon

on YouTube

"2012 with Noam Chomsky & Anonymous [RAP NEWS X]" 

"Aussie Election: A Game of Polls - feat. Julian Assange [RAP NEWS 20]"

Honest Government Ad | Visit Timor-Leste!

Honest Government Ad | The ABC

Honest Government Ad | Australia Day

Honest Government Ad | A Message For People Smugglers

Cause of the Week: East Timor Women Australia (etwa.org.au)

 

Feb 19, 2019

Aimee Terese is a law student, podcaster and socialist.

Until this week she was the co-host of the Dead Pundits Society podcast in which she picked apart US politics from a Leftist perspective, filling my brain with a bunch of smart insights and funny jokes. She doesn't suffer contradictions or bullshit and I loved getting to pick her brain during this conversation about the origins of her politics, electoralism, "lesser evil voting", Jordan B. Peterson and Bernie Sanders. 

Become a Patron of the show and rest in peace knowing you'll go to heaven

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It’s funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

This Sunday I’m performing in Trevor Ashley’s MARDI GALA at the Sydney Opera House

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

@aimeeterese

The Dead Pundits Society podcast (@DeadPundits, on soundcloud)

Aimee on the Revolutionary Left podcast deconstructing liberal intellectuals Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris and Steven Pinker

Cause of the Week: The NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service (alsnswact.org.au)

Feb 18, 2019

I'M BACK, BABY.

It's a new year and I'm unemployed so what better time to restart this podcast. This is just a cheeky little tease ep, but a brand new episode with a fascinating guest will be out this Wednesday. Hurrah. 

I have set up a Patreon for the show, not to become a billionaire but to try to cover the basic costs associated with making this thing (transport/time/snacks). 

I really appreciate anything you can give (if you can afford it). PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO REWARDS FOR BECOMING A PATRON. YOU GET JACK SHIT, OK? SORRY. 

You can become a Patron here if you like.

It's nice to be back. Talk soon.  

My stand-up show ENOUGH is coming to the Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney Comedy Festivals. It's funny! Please come!

My play #KWANDA will be on at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 8 shows only

This Sunday I'm performing in Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA at the Sydney Opera House

Luke McGregor and I are coming to Nelson Bay and Belmont in March

Learn more about Victorian Socialists

School students are striking for climate action again on March 15th

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