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The world has never been more connected. Yet never more divided. We yell at each other from inside our echo chambers. But change doesn’t happen inside an echo chamber. It’s time to get out, to stretch our legs, to step on some land mines. It's time to have an uncomfortable conversation with Josh Szeps. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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When a Muslim girl wears a burqini to the beach, is that religious freedom, or sexist oppression? Dr. Elham Manea is a Yemeni professor who lives in Switzerland. In this second instalment of 'Permission to Think', our collaboration with the University of Technology, Sydney, she makes a passionate case for the universality of human rights. This is o…
 
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of the world's most prominent activists for the rights of women in Islam. She and Josh discuss coronavirus, immigration, fatherless families, Justin Trudeau... and Dave Chappelle. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
You mightn't expect the founder of a billion-dollar asset management company to be a crypto nerd. But Mark Carnegie is one of the few big-time venture capitalists who actually understands Bitcoin. Most of what you hear about cryptocurrencies comes from evangelists who've drunk the kool-aid, or traditionalists who Just Don't Get It. Mark is neither.…
 
Before Ali G and Borat, John Safran blew up Australian TV as a troublemaker extraordinaire. His new book "Puff Piece: How Philip Morris set vaping alight (and burned down the English language)" is a gonzo glimpse into the bizarre future that tobacco companies are trying to build. He and Josh reflect on performative social justice, the gullibility o…
 
One of Australia's greatest novelists opens up about the pandemic, Twitter, and finding your voice amid the cacophony. Her new book is The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Peter recently quit his job as an assistant professor of philosophy, saying that universities have sacrificed ideas for ideology. The more he spoke out against illiberalism on campus, the more retaliation he faced. This is the first episode of the "Permission to Think" series, a collaboration between Uncomfortable Conversations and the Faculty of A…
 
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, where Josh is a Professional Fellow, is launching a series of conversations with world-class intellects. The mastermind behind the series, the Faculty’s Dean, explains why. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Professor Tim Flannery received Australia's highest honour, the Australian Of The Year award, for his work as an ecological historian, explorer and environmentalist. He and Josh discuss tree kangaroos, climate change, anti-vaxxers, and giant dinosaur sharks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Todd Sampson is an adventurer, advertiser, and award-winning documentary-maker whose new TV show, Mirror Mirror, looks at body image dissatisfaction. Oh, he also climbed Mt Everest before it was cool. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Americans have been going craycray over Austraystray. From Fox News to social media, images of Australia's lockdowns are being presented as a descent into totalitarianism. The concern-mongering came to a head with an article in The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf entitled "Australia Traded Away Too Much Liberty: How long can a democracy maintain eme…
 
As the Health Department Secretary, Dr Stephen Duckett was Australia's most senior health official. He now runs the health program at the think tank that helped shape Australia's hardline response to COVID-19. Josh is fed up with lockdowns, and wrestles with Stephen about the path back to life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat…
 
Oliver Burkeman describes himself is "unreasonably obsessed with the question of how people organise their days". He returns to the show for a chat about time, and how to use it. His new book is Four Thousand Weeks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Kat is an author and culture critic. She and Josh discuss feminism, sexual assault, Woody Allen, and whether it's okay for a fantasy writer to discriminate against wolf-men. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
In the culture wars, Jesse Singal is either the world's supervillain or its superhero, depending on your point of view. His original Atlantic article is at https://bit.ly/3zZ9Msq and Jonathan Kay's article about the smear campaign against him is at https://bit.ly/3dgcShO. Jesse's new book, in real-world printed form, is "The Quick Fix". See acast.c…
 
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