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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, 2021
Dec 23, 2021

Van Badham is a playwright, author and activist, and she's returned to the show to discuss her latest book, QAnon: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults.

Here Van lays out precisely what the QAnon conspiracy theory actually is, how it came into existence and how much it has shaped - and continues to shape - politics in the US and here in Australia. We discuss the most bonkers beliefs involved in all this and what the theory's success tells us about the internet and the failures of the modern Left, and we disagree about what happened to JFK.

Merry Xmas everyone! See you in 2022, when everything will be fixed forever xx 

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Catch me (and a crazy good line-up) performing at Just For Laughs Australia at the Malthouse Theatre in January

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Van's book QAnon and On: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults

Van's podcast is The Week on Wednesday

ARTICLE: If your friends or family have fallen for an internet conspiracy cult, here's what you should do by Van Badham

AN EDITED EXTRACT OF VAN'S BOOK: QAnon: how the far-right cult took Australians down a 'rabbit hole' of extremism

Cause of the Week: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au)

Dec 14, 2021

James Button is a freelance journalist, ALP member and former speechwriter for the former prime minister Kevin Rudd. He recently wrote a three-part, in-depth series for Nine/Fairfax on "cancel culture": what it is, why it exists and what it means for the Australian Left. 

In this conversation James and I go deep into his argument and the three pieces and try to clarify how this social phenomenon manifests itself when it comes to issues of race, gender, art and politics.  On some fronts we agree, on others I try to push back and challenge some of the common arguments that are wheeled out on this stuff. 

It's long, but (I hope) really worthwhile. TL:DR - class politics is GOOD and we need MORE OF IT PLEASE. 

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Read James' three-part series on cancel culture: 

ARTICLE: The Failure of Occupy is Almost Complete by Freddie deBoer

ARTICLE: Woke politics and power by Waleed Aly 

Cause(s) of the Week: Savannah Pride (savannahpride.com.au); Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation (marrinweejali.org.au)

Dec 6, 2021

Nyadol Nyuon is a former refugee, lawyer and passionate advocate for human rights and anti-racism.

This is her keynote address at the 2021 Refugee Legal "Not The Annual Dinner" (held via Zoom), which I MC'ed, followed by a Q&A session with Nyadol and Refugee Legal Executive Director David Manne.

It's a passionate address about why human rights are important to her (and why they should be important to you), the realities of race in this country and the ongoing legacy of the War on Terror on our society and politics. 

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I’m recording a stand up special at Chapel Off Chapel THIS WEEK! Two shows only

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Nyadol's address at the National Press Club, "Australia Reimagined" 

Cause of the Week: Please support Refugee Legal's work (refugeelegal.org.au

 

 

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