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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: December, 2020
Dec 21, 2020

It's the final ep for 2020! Thank heavens, etc. 

JR Hennessy is a Sydney-based writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Monthly and The Outline. He's the current editor for Business Insider Australia and he is smart and funny.

I wanted to take to James about his thoughts on the wonders of 2020 and what (if anything) we can take from it. We discuss it all: people who consider politicians and health experts their friends, winning fights on the computer, "experts", OnlyFans, "dropshipping", logging off, whether the Millennial socialism moment is over and finding some hope for the Left in a post-COVID world.

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/It's Over, everyone.

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I'm performing at the Corner Hotel tonight (Tuesday) alongside Dilruk Jayasinha and Lehmo

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@jrhennessy

JR's substack

jrhennessy.com

businessinsider.com.au

JR's writing at The Outline

JR's writing at The Monthly 

ARTICLE: Who the hell cares what old people think about climate change?

ARTICLE: World will be the same but worse after banal virus says Houellebecq

Cause of the Week: Foodbank (foodbank.org.au)

Dec 14, 2020

Simon Copland is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU) who is currently studying the online "manosphere" on Reddit. He's written for the BBC, The Guardian, Fairfax and News Corp. and he co-hosted the Queers podcast with Benjamin Riley.

Here Simon lays out what the "manosphere" is and why it exists. We discuss incel violence, male alienation, Jordan Peterson, the material conditions that leads to this stuff and the challenges of trying to understand it. Scrubbing the internet clean of these ideas clearly isn't working and neither is joking about killing all men; so what's the alternative? 

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I was on the "What's Left?" podcast with Aimee Terese & Oliver Bateman

I’m coming to Brunswick Heads for a bunch of shows with Sam Taunton & Nikki Britton in January

@SimonCopland

simoncopland.com

queerspodcast.com

ARTICLE: What are we talking about when we talk about a crisis in masculinity? by Simon Copland

Simon's review of the politics of Joker

Cause of the Week: MensLine Australia (mensline.org.au)

Dec 7, 2020

Ed Miller is the Economic Fairness Campaigns Director at the progressive activist group GetUp!.

I wanted to chat to Ed about where GetUp! is at these days; the attacks being made on it by the Murdoch media, its recent wins and failures and its more explicitly anti-capitalist campaigning that I've been noticing recently. We discuss the way GetUp! works, why conservatives hate it, the power of its members and why Australian politics' obsession with "debt and deficits" has limited our political imagination.

We also had a (quick) crack at discussing Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and why it matters.

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I'm performing at Melbourne's excellent Comedy Republic this Thursday and Friday

I'm coming to Brunswick Heads for a bunch of shows with Sam Taunton & Nikki Britton in January

My 100th episode with GetUp! director Paul Oosting from 2017

@EMHMiller

getup.org.au

The Australian editorial: Every dollar you donate to GetUp! is a waste of money

ARTICLE: GetUp!'s MMT push in Australia "fraught with danger"

ARTICLE: Captain GetUp: conservative group's satirical superhero debuts to ridicule 

A piece from MMT economists on inflation in the FT

A video explainer on the basics of MMT

Luke McGregor explains MMT

Ed's interview with MMT economist Stephanie Kelton for GetUp!'s Future to Fight For podcast 

Cause of the Week: Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network (seedmob.org.au)

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