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Australia's best comedic voices and experts savage the news in comedy podcast. It's fast. It's funny. It's like #qanda on crack.
🏆 Nominated for Best Comedy Podcast 2019 - Australian Podcast Awards 🏆
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A Rational Fear Dan Ilic

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    • 4.7, 50 Ratings

Australia's best comedic voices and experts savage the news in comedy podcast. It's fast. It's funny. It's like #qanda on crack.
🏆 Nominated for Best Comedy Podcast 2019 - Australian Podcast Awards 🏆
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    ENCORE: Journalism Is Dead LIVE SHOW - #StopThePress - 22nd May 2020

    ENCORE: Journalism Is Dead LIVE SHOW - #StopThePress - 22nd May 2020

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    Recorded at our homes over Zoom - pumped through the RØDECaster™ Pro - into your ears.

    Recorded August 2019.

    Recorded live, in front of a massive SOLD OUT crowd at Giant Dwarf ,some of Australia's best known journalists and a couple of Australia's least known comedians discuss the recent government crackdown on press freedom in Australia. (Waxed balls and All)

    Hear what happened to Ray Martin's interview with a top CIA contact. How Kate McClymont sends a death threat to bikie gangs. Ben Fordham gets his house AFP raid-ready and hides his embarrassing things. Alice Workman tell us what Peter Dutton really thinks about the potato comparisons. Dan Ilic breaches the espionage act live on stage. Lewis Hobba tells us why Seachange is good for democracy, and Greta Lee Jackson from the Australian Federal Police shuts the show down in breach of telling bad facts about the government.

    One important takeaway from this episode is that despite the attacks on newsrooms from the Government, journalists are more determined than ever to hold the government to account than ever before - and Kate McClymont identifies as a witch.

    Thanks to: DJ Dylan Behan, Greta Lee Jackson, Alison Piorowski, Sandra Sully, Network Ten, Killian David, David Bloustien, James Colley, Kate Holdsworth, Marcel Bracks, FBi Radio, Giant Dwarf, the MEAA, the Walkleys, Sleeping Giant, and GetUp!

    00:00 Opening.
    01:02 Introductions.
    07:13 Press Freedom Discussion.
    19:53 Sandra sully's approved news.
    21:20 Whistleblowers.
    25:30 Social media policy restrictions.
    27:59 Alice Workman vs Michaelia Cash.
    36:27 Ben Fordham auctions off his embarrassing shit.
    47:016 A Current Affair turn the cameras on the victims of press freedom.
    50:11 Kate McClymont and race fixing.
    58:50 ABC cuts having an effect already.
    1:00:01 Ray martin's missing CIA interview .
    1:08:58 The afp shutdown the show.
    1:10:40 AFP #QandA.
    1:15:18 Lewis Hobba and why enjoying SeaChange is okay.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    REPEAT: Climate Week Live Show - Dodo AIDS is making a comeback - #ClimateWeekQLD

    REPEAT: Climate Week Live Show - Dodo AIDS is making a comeback - #ClimateWeekQLD

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    Recorded at our homes over Zoom - pumped through the RØDECaster™ Pro - into your ears.


    #ClimateWeekQLD

    Hello Dan Ilic here -

    Thanks to the Queensland Government for inviting us to perform at Climate Week .
    The team of producers were incredible, and the production staff at the Brisbane Powerhouse were slick professional units.

    You may notice there is one word we're avoiding to say in the show. That word begins with A and ends in I, has Dan in between. We were told about 20 minutes before the show, so some minor tweaks had to happen on the fly. I'm sure you'll enjoy listening to that as we go.

    Bridie Connell and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd do some topical music for us. Tom Ballard tells us that it's all over and there's no hope left. The Queensland Government put a bid in for the 2038 Nuclear Winter Games. MICF Pinder Prize winner Steph Tisdell give insects the tick of approval, and goes on the hunt for true love with an entomologist. Mel Buttle hopes that foodies will go extinct. Alan Jones has some thoughts on climate change. Professor Hilary Bambrick scares us all to death with what the real health ramifications are for humans on a warming planet. Lewis Hobba thinks he has solutions to the climate crisis, but ends up just blaming Queenslanders for it all.

    It is truly and excellent 90 minutes of climate change banter.

    00:00 - Pre Show: AFP Warning.
    01:25 - Start.
    02:15 - Introductions.
    05:33 - Bridie and Wyatt Introduction.
    16:25 - Fearsome Fears: Freedom Gas.
    21:15 - Fearsome Fears: Flygskam.
    25:00 - Fearsome Fears: The internet will be underwater.
    27:30 - Tom Ballard: We're all f***ed.
    37:48 - Queensland's Bid for 2038 Nuclear Winter Games.
    40:16 - Steph Tisdell: Care about insects.
    47:45 - Mel Buttle: Foodies must die.
    1:00:30- Alan Jones' Gloating.
    1:03:35- Prof. Hilary Bambrick: Health and Climate
    1:19:23- Lewis Hobba: Don't vote for the climate.
    1:28:50- Queenslanders Apologise to Australia.
    1:30:03- Bridie and Wyatt's Climate Love Song.
    1:33:33- Credits.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Team Tasmania Special - #TASMANIA - May 8th

    Team Tasmania Special - #TASMANIA - May 8th

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    Recorded at our homes over Zoom - pumped through the RØDECaster™ Pro - into your ears.

    We had planned a big Tasmania special feat. Anthony Morgan, but sadly Anthony's internet didn't hold up and we couldn't get a conversation going.

    But we were joined by Tassie comedian and actor Anna Kidd, and Jacqui Lambie media advisor Anna Bateman to talk about all things Tas. Also on the pod Yianni Agisilaou does a cracker set of stand up and Lewis and Dan keep the ball in the air.

    Thanks to Jacob Round on the mix, Rupert Degas for his ad voice, and Anthony Morgan for dressing up his video conference bunker despite his internet not quite holding out for a conversation.

    • 36 min
    Obama on Abbott. #COVID19 on democracy. World on Fire - Ben Rhodes (Pod Save The World) - April 30

    Obama on Abbott. #COVID19 on democracy. World on Fire - Ben Rhodes (Pod Save The World) - April 30

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    Recorded at our homes over Zoom - pumped through the RØDECaster™ Pro - into your ears.

    Ben Rhodes (former deputy National Security Advisor to Obama, Pod Save The World) shares with Lewis and I his thoughts on COVID19's threat to democracy around the world, how populations can still protest during lockdown, the climate crisis, and a great anecdote about how Obama became frustrated with Tony Abbott when seeking global consensus on

    Foreign policy politics can seem tricky to navigate and easy to dismiss as too hard, but Ben frames everything around a set of core values that brings clarity to foreign policy decisions.

    We're lucky to have him thinking about the world - and we're thrilled have him on A Rational Fear.

    THANKS TO:
    The Obama Foundation, Jacob Round and Ben Rhodes.

    00:00 - Introduction
    01:45 - Start Interview
    02:50 - Disinfectant
    03:50 - Emergency powers eroding democracy around the world
    05:20 - How are people still managing to protest in HK?
    06:50 - Who does crisis better liberal democracies or authoritarian regimes?
    11:30 - Oversight to powers
    15:25 - Trump's reaction to the corona crisis
    26:30 - Hope for the USA
    31:00 - Distracted from the Climate Crisis
    33:45 - Obama's thoughts on Tony Abbott
    37:45 - Joining Cameo like Sean Spicer & Scaramucci
    40:13 - Credits



    TRANSCRIPT BELOW BY A.I.

    Dan Ilic 0:31
    All right, a very special irrational fear event with Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security adviser to the Obama administration and co host of crooked media's pod save the world. Ben, thank you so much for joining us on A Rational Fear.

    Ben Rhodes 2:15
    Good to be here, Dan. What I'd rather be

    Dan Ilic 2:18
    other than talking to people all around the world from podcast den, I assume you have a podcast den.

    Ben Rhodes 2:25
    I do. I'm I have to build like a pillow fort. to tape. I'm actually doing a different podcast now too. That requires better audio. They tell me so I've just surround myself with pillows and comforters but I'm not doing that for you, dad. I'm sorry.

    Dan Ilic 2:42
    That's okay. You know, I'd rather see your face.

    Ben Rhodes 2:45
    Yeah.

    Dan Ilic 2:47
    Ben, I know you're writing a book on authoritarianism right now. So kind of while the whole world is in enforced lockdown. I thought there's never been a better time to talk about the power and erosion of democratic norms. Lots of fun.

    Ben Rhodes 3:01
    Yeah, it's a great topic.

    Dan Ilic 3:03
    Now in this chat, I think we've covered quite a bit of territory in the half an hour we've got with you the risk that COVID-19 poses to democracy around the world how people in robust liberal democracies can not only protect their institutions, but also support those around the world who live under more authoritarian regimes, and how the USA can overcome its federal leadership vacuum. So these are big, big topics, big topics, you know, you're you're gonna big brain and that's why that's why you're here. That's why you do what you do.

    Ben Rhodes 3:30
    I'll try, I'll see. We'll see what your listeners think. Now, the

    Dan Ilic 3:35
    first question is when it comes to choosing a disinfectant to inject. What do you prefer, bleach or dental?

    Ben Rhodes 3:44
    Well, you know, the United States has tried for a very long time to best we can set a good example for the rest of the world and, and now I think we, you know, tried a new territory with this innovative treatment of inhaling deadly disinfectants. You know, I'm a Lysol wipes person myself. wipes are harder because you have to choose. But a less face to say for all your listeners don't take this as seriously as some of Donald Trump's followers tonight,

    Dan Ilic 4:13
    you're trying to believe what you're...

    • 41 min
    Jan Fran, Cathy Wilcox, Steve Keen, Prue Blake - Oils ain't oils - 24th April 2020

    Jan Fran, Cathy Wilcox, Steve Keen, Prue Blake - Oils ain't oils - 24th April 2020

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    Laughing in the face of COVID19 with our Fearmongers on this pod -
    Recorded at our homes over Zoom - pumped through the RØDECaster™ Pro - into your ears.

    FEARMONGERS:

    Jan Fran
    Cathy Wilcox
    Lewis Hobba
    and Dan Ilic

    INTERVIEW:

    Maverick economist Professor Steve Keen talks through the alternative thinking around how Coronavirus monetary policy may play out in the long run for global financial markets.

    STAND UP:

    Pru Blake brings us a twisted tale dating in the world of coronavirus.

    THANKS TO:
    Rupert Degas on the sponsor read, and Jacob Round for doing the dishes.

    • 41 min
    Tim Minchin, Alice Fraser, Rose Bishop - Plague Privacy - 17th April 2020

    Tim Minchin, Alice Fraser, Rose Bishop - Plague Privacy - 17th April 2020

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    Laughing in the face of COVID19 with our Fearmongers on this pod -
    Recorded at our homes over Zoom - pumped through the RØDECaster™ Pro - into your ears.

    FEARMONGERS:

    Tim Minchin
    Alice Fraser
    Lewis Hobba
    and Dan Ilic

    INTERVIEW:
    Corporations are sharing huge amounts of personal data with the Government in order to help track COVID19, and it's rumoured in a couple of weeks the Government will be asking us to down load an app to help track COVID19 cases. We chat with privacy expert Tim De Sousa about the trade offs required in order to get COVID19 under control.

    STANDUP:
    We have a great stand up set from comedian Rose Bishop




    - (00:00) Preamble, thank you to Patreon subscribers.
    - (01:00) Start.
    - (01:50) Introductions
    - (03:07) SPONSOR: IPA
    - (04:40) Wagga Wagga severed ties with it's Chinese sister city
    - (07:24) Pete Evans magic light machine
    - (16:40) Plague Privacy
    - (34:06) STAND UP: Rose Bishop
    - (39:50) Credits

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Josh Louder ,

Great for a laugh!

Keeping me sane during self-isolation. Dan and Lewis are hilarious and they have some very funny guests!

Laurenrenee777 ,

Not great

Came to listen for some humour and all I got was a very subjective view of Australian politics. Don’t think I will continue to listen. The guest list is good, but the hosts are just underwhelming in both humour and facts.

Daddy Dav Dav ,

Topical team

Love this podcast. It's relevant, topical, edgy. I think it might be going places. Well, all apart from Lewis 😂😘. Can’t wait to see them live.

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