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Like I'm A Six-Year-Old

Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with politicians, activists, thinkers and comedians to try to talk, laugh, cry and argue about politics. You will learn things and get fired up and hear some swearing. Enjoy.
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Sep 25, 2019

Latika Bourke is an award-winning journalist and since 2016 has been the London correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times.

Here Latika reflects on covering British politics as the country has tried to deal with the fallout of the Brexit referendum and its ensuing chaos. She tells me about covering the Labour Conference in Brighton over the weekend and the state of the party, Brexit fatigue, the rise of the Liberal Democrats, what might happen next and what covering UK politics has taught her about the Australian political class.

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Latika's articles for the SMH

Latika's book From India With Love

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Cause of the Week: Pet Rescue (www.petrescue.com.au)

Sep 17, 2019

CONTENT WARNING: This episode involves discussion of sexual assault

Aditi Mittal is a stand up comedian with a massive following in her native India. She's outspoken and hilarious about her politics and the plight of women under patriarchy.

In this conversation Aditi tells me why for her "breathing is a political act", the repression in Indian society, how the caste system works, the country's recent rightward shift under the leadership of Narendra Modi and what it's like to live in a country of MORE THAN ONE BILLION PEOPLE. 

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ARTICLE: Five years after the gang-rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, what has changed for women in India? 

ARTICLE: Hindutva on the March

Cause of the Week: Good Samaritans Mumbai (samaritansmumbai.com)

 

Sep 10, 2019

Michael Walker is the host of TyskySour on Novara Media, an independent media organisation dedicated to covering British politics from the Left. 

After a big fat crazy week in British politics - Boris Johnson proroguing parliament, MPs defecting to other parties all over the place, general elections being proposed and voted down - Michael joined me in my London flat's kitchen to chat about what this moment means. He explains why he moved away from anarchism and why he now identifies as a "class war social democrat", how the Brexit and the Corbyn moments have affected each other and how he thinks Labour can win the next general election (if it's actually called this year). We also cover the Podemos example, the anti-Semitism row that Labour has faced and the challenges a Corbyn government might face from those within its own ranks.   

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ARTICLE: Hazara asylum seeker in detention uses art to 'build bridges' and 'unite humanity'  

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@novaramedia

Michael's show TyskySour on YouTube

TyskySour the podcast

Cause of the Week: Novara Media (novaramedia.com)

 

Sep 4, 2019

Dr. Matt Winning (yes! Actual name!) is a climate policy researcher, environmental economist and stand up comedian.

I got to see Matt's show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, It's The End of the World As We Know It, and it make me laugh and also made me sad. Here we discuss the depressing reality we're faced with when it comes to the climate crisis, what is to be done about it (as individuals and collectively), approaching tipping points, apocalyptic predictions, what that IPCC report really means and where to find some hope. 

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Watch Matt's 2018 show Climate Strange - Part One & Part Two 

Matt's podcast Operation Earth

ARTICLE: New Report Suggests 'High Likelihood of Human Civilisation Coming To An End' Starting in 2050

What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward A New Psychology of Climate Action by Per Espen Stoknes 

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall 

My episode with climate strikers Emma & Anthony 

ARTICLE: Yes, Socialism is Infinity Pools for Everyone by Aaron Bastani

Cause of the Week: 10:10 Climate Action (1010uk.org)

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