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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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Now displaying: June, 2020
Jun 30, 2020

Sophie Payten records and performs as Gordi. She makes powerful, sweeping, personal indie-pop and last week released her sophomore album, Our Two Skins. I am a fan and it is good. 

I wanted to talk to Sophie about her other job (she's a qualified doctor and has been on standby during the pandemic) and explore the political ideas surrounding her recent discovery of her queer identity and the loss of her beloved grandma. We reflect on the 2017 marriage equality plebiscite, the political stasis that Millennials are trapped and having difficult conversations with people who have different politics. 

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I'll be on Josh Earl's Don't You Know Who I Am? podcast this Saturday: you can buy tickets and stream it here 

Please check out the new comedy venue from my mates Alex Dyson, Kyran Wheatley and Alex Dyson, Comedy Republic

@GordiMusic

gordimusic.com

You can buy Our Two Skins here

Watch Unready here

Gordi's supporting Bon Iver on their 2021 tour

ARTICLE: Singer-songwriter Gordi by Nick Buckley (Saturday Paper)

ARTICLE: Australian singer Gordi releases song to raise funds for the RFS 

Cause of the Week: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (naaja.org.au)

Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Chelsea Bond is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman and a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. She's worked and researched extensively in the area of Aboriginal health and regularly writes and speaks about race and racism in Australia today.

In this conversation, Chelsea reflects on how the recent Black Lives Matter uprising has played out in Australia, her personal experiences with the police, the fierceness of Black women in this struggle and the intersection of racial power structures and class.

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I’m performing at Easey Comedy this Thursday night, you can stream it via Zoom

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Chelsea's radio show Wild Black Women on Brisbane's 989FM 

ARTICLE: In Australia, black lives do matter by Aaron Patrick [$]

ARTICLE: Dr. Chelsea Bond delivers a masterclass in Indigenous excellence by Nat Cromb & Luke Pearson

ARTICLE: How to learn from Indigenous people about the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia by Tahnee Jash

ARTICLE: 'Anger has the hour': How long must Indigenous Australia wait for change by Stan Grant

ARTICLE: White skin, black squares by Sam Kriss 

ARTICLE: Class is the new black: The dangers of an obsession with the 'Aboriginal middle class' by Dr. Chelsea Bond

ARTICLE: If Black men could talk: why we need an accurate portrayal of urban Indigenous masculinity by Dr. Chelsea Bond

Cause of the Week: Inala Wangarra (inalawangarra.com.au)

Jun 17, 2020

Andy Zaltzman is a British comedian, the co-host of the hugely popular satirical podcast The Bugle and (sadly) a fanatical cricket fan. 

I've been lucky enough to become friends and work with Andy over the past five or so years and have been meaning to have him on as a guest for quite a while now, to laugh about everything in the world and ask him some (mildly) serious questions about his political outlook. Here discuss sport, statues, Fawlty Towers, the failures of the Corbyn moments, his "radical centrism" and the future of Brexit Britain. 

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I'm performing at Easey Comedy next week, you can stream it via Zoom

This Saturday is World Refugee Day: please support the ASRC's Telethon

Or you can join me and the likes of Najeeba Wazefadost and Craig Foster for the ARAN Online Forum "Imagining a More Welcoming Australia"

@ZaltzCricket

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andyzaltzman.co.uk

The latest episode of The Bugle with Nish Kumar & Nato Green, Statuesque

Cause of the Week: The Sick Children's Trust (sickchildrenstrust.org

Jun 9, 2020

Gavin Stanbrook is a revolutionary socialist who hails from Gumbanyggir country on the NSW mid-north coast. He's a member of Socialist Alternative who's been campaigning for justice for Aboriginal families for years and who helped organise last week's #BlackLivesMatter protest in Sydney. 

In this conversation Gavin tells me how about tearing down statues, the revolutionary potential of this moment, police violence, the tragic cases of Aboriginal deaths in custody, his personal involvement in the #JusticeForBowraville campaign and why he thinks the police should be abolished. 

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I was on the latest episode of The Bugle podcast with Andy Zaltzman and Hari Kondabolu

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Gavin's speech at the 2018 Invasion Day Rally in Redfern

ARTICLE: We can transform society in our interests if we unite to smash the system by Gavin Stanbrook

ARTICLE: There cannot be 432 victims and no perpetrators by Amy McQuire

ARTICLE: Aboriginal deaths in custody: Black Lives Matter protests referred to our count of 432 deaths. It's now 437 by Lorena Allam, Calla Wahlquist & Nick Evershed

ARTICLE: Justice for Bowraville! by Gavin Stanbrook

ARTICLE: Tear down Australia's racist statues by Rebecca Barrigos

ARTICLE: Our cops are killers too by Jasmine Duff

ARTICLE: Democrats are already trying to coopt the movement. Drive them out by Daniel Taylor

Cause of the Week: The Justice for David Dungay Jnr. GoFundMe

Jun 4, 2020

Oliver Twist is a very funny and intelligent up-and-coming Australian comedian. He was born in Rwanda, grew up in a refugee camp in Malawi and has lived in Australia since 2014.

I was planning on taking a week off the podcast this week, but in the midst of everything that's happening right now, Oliver reached out and we decided to record this honest conversation about his relationship to the police, race, class, Black Lives Matter and what meaningful action looks like.

There are even a few laffs in there too. 

CAUSE OF THE WEEK: blacklivesmatter.caard.co

Here are practical ways you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter

@oliveretwist

Oliver's instagram

ARTICLE: Australia must stop turning a blind eye to our own black deaths

ARTICLE: Victoria Police denounces 'inappropriate' memes posted to social account by officer accused of making white power gesture

ARTICLE: How did #BlackOut Tuesday Go So Wrong So Fast? 

ARTICLE: Why the media are to blame for racialising Melbourne's African gang problem

VIDEO: Trevor Noah's reflections on the riots in the US and the breakdown of the social contract

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