Sam Newman is a former AFL player for the Geelong Football Club and has been a controversial figure in the Australian media for decades. He's best known for his work on The Footy Show, which he appeared on from 1994 until 2018.
I find Sam's political positions to be ill-informed and incorrect (I'm pretty sure he feels the same about mine), but I know there are plenty of people out there who agree with him and think he talks a lot of sense when it to comes to political correctness, immigration, Donald Trump and climate change. He also considered running for Lord Mayor of Melbourne last year and received some support in some corners.
In this very wide-ranging, frustrating but civil conversation, I try to get a sense of his thinking and push back where I could. I hope you get something out of it.
Part two will be out next week.
Cause of the Week: The Les Twentyman Foundation (ltfoundation.com.au)
Luke Buckmaster is a renowned film critic who has recently found himself hitting the streets as a climate protestor.
Here Luke tells me about his emotional reaction to the climate crisis, what inspired him to get involved with the recent week of Extinction Rebellion protests, what he saw that inspired and moved him at those protests and the philosophy and ethics of civil disobedience.
Oh also we touched on Marvel movies and Joker.
Extinction Rebellion Australia >> ausrebellion.earth
Cause of the Week: Climate Change Protests (climatechangeprotests.net.au)
Maddison Connaughton is the editor of The Saturday Paper. She's written for Vice News, SBS, The Australian, The Age and others and has been twice-nominated for the Walkley Award for Young Australian of the Year.
Here Maddison discusses why she became a journalist, her thoughts on her role as an editor and the ideological position of her paper, Ita Buttrose's comments on the loss of "larrikins" and political correctness and the dearth of new ideas in Australian political discourse.
The 7am podcast (7ampodcast.com.au)
Cause of the Week: Give Well (givewell.org)