16 episodes

Aleks Listens is an interview-based podcast hosted by me, Aleks. I aim to explore themes of identity, insecurity, otherness, racism, belonging, being and ethics. The podcast takes two forms, either me interviewing cool people, or me discussing things alone. To find out more, visit www.aleks.co. To get in to touch, email contact@aleks.co or message @alekslistens on instagram.

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Aleks Listens is an interview-based podcast hosted by me, Aleks. I aim to explore themes of identity, insecurity, otherness, racism, belonging, being and ethics. The podcast takes two forms, either me interviewing cool people, or me discussing things alone. To find out more, visit www.aleks.co. To get in to touch, email contact@aleks.co or message @alekslistens on instagram.

    #15 How to talk about the environment to people who don't care

    #15 How to talk about the environment to people who don't care

    Australia is burning and so should the consciences of so many (especially you, Scomo (Australian Prime Minister)). Today I had a conversation (with myself) about how to talk to people who want to eat meat because it tastes good, people who don't care about future generations, people who don't believe they can make a difference etc. I also talk about hedonism.I ask how we should engage with people who don't believe in things which (at this stage) should be irrefutable (e.g. climate change, animals being sentient). Share this episode with people who need to change their ways. All profits from this episode will go towards fighting fires and saving wildlife.Enjoying the podcast? Support it on Patreon or PayPal.I love you all. 

    • 49 min
    #14 On Being... Realistic

    #14 On Being... Realistic

    2019 is nearly gone. Nearly. Good riddance, no?All drama aside, in this episode I talk about how I think about the past, present, and future. How are we to think about 2020 in a way that doesn't crush us? Is that even possible? I don't really know. I talk about what it's like being a self-destructive-over-ambitious-self-sabotaging perfectionist who regularly feels crushed by the past, disengaged (dégagé) in the present, and fearful of the future. Despite my cynicism and sarcasm and pessimism, thanks for your displays of energy and support. 2019 has been challenging for me but this podcast has helped very much. Thank you.And hey, one last time in 2019 - thanks for listening.Love,AleksEnjoying the podcast? Think about supporting it via Patreon or Paypal.For extra resources, visit www.aleks.co 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    #13 Mina - Exoticism, Whiteness and Being Mixed Race

    #13 Mina - Exoticism, Whiteness and Being Mixed Race

    Well, well, well. Look who's come crawling back to The Universe's Favourite Podcast About Everything Important and Nothing At All.Enough of that - today I had a conversation with my friend Mina. Mina was raised in the Yorkshire and now lives in London. Like me, Mina is mixed race - she is half Thai // half English. Unlike me, Mina works for an advertising company and thus no longer possess a soul. We spoke about what it's like selling your soul to an advertising company. We also spoke about what it's like growing up mixed race in a world that clings to desperately to whiteness and gets confused when things aren't white. Mina and I have both had many experiences of being racially profiled, being asked 'where we're from... no... where we're really from'. This is a sad conversation about how f****** up the UK is going to be with the recent Tory (Conservative) victory, how f***** up it is when people assume we are fundamentally different to them because we have different skin or hair or eyes or a weird accent so you better f****** listen to this episode because it covers really important ground.Mina is awesome. Check her work out here. (Oh yeah, and the album artwork is by Mina! (and the hands are by me!))ANYWAY, if you're enjoying this podcast, you should support it through Patreon or PayPal. All my love,Aleks (Listens) x

    • 1 hr 17 min
    #12 On Being... Depressed

    #12 On Being... Depressed

    One hour and fifteen minutes of me talking about my experience as someone who was diagnosed and has struggled with a Depressive Disorder a while ago. I am someone who has been challenged and crippled by serious episodes of depression for most of my adult-post-pubescent life.I don't want to feel ashamed for feeling the way I do. I don't want to have to hide it from people (but hey, I don't want to throw it at people either). I want to feel comfortable talking about it when I need to. That's why I made this episode. I want discussion and dialogue and discourse on the topic of mental health to be normalised. I want more conversation about Mental Health. I don't want any more stigmatisation. This episode was hard to record. It was hard to edit. It brought back unwanted thoughts and feelings. I'm sure it'll be challenging to listen to. This episode explores upsetting themes include mental health, trauma and suicide.If you are having a hard time yourself or know someone who is, these organisations will listen and help:Australia: 1300 22 4636 - https://www.beyondblue.org.auUnited Kingdom: 116 123 - https://www.samaritans.org Thanks for listening.Love,AleksEnjoying the podcast? Think about supporting it via Patreon or Paypal.For extra resources, visit www.aleks.co 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #11 Dr. Jonathan Gingerich - Spontaneity

    #11 Dr. Jonathan Gingerich - Spontaneity

    If you have ever felt like you aren't able to make a big lifestyle change because it isn't within your power, this podcast will do wonderful things for you.Today I spoke with a really cool guy. His name is Dr. Jonathan Gingerich. He has studied at pretty much every elite University ever (Harvard, UCLA, Georgetown etc). Now, you might be thinking: sure, those are some good Universities, but why should I listen to this podcast?Well, Jonathan wrote his PhD on spontaneity. Jonathan and I spoke about the reasons why spontaneity is so important. One claim that Jonathan makes is that moments of human brilliance (e.g. Music, Art, Whatever), seem to arise out of instances where an individual can be spontaneous. There is also a degree of peacefulness and stillness that I feel when I realise that I can, within the boundaries of the confines of my universe (social, legal and economic boundaries), do whatever I want whenever I want to.Interested? I thought so. If you're enjoying the podcast, support it through Patreon or PayPal. All my love,Aleks 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #10 How (NOT) to talk about Colonialism and Race

    #10 How (NOT) to talk about Colonialism and Race

    This is the most challenging and important episode that I've done so far.What is unique about this episode is the way it deals with conflict. Sometimes, among my friends, there is a tendency to 'cancel' people for crossing boundaries.The person who I interviewed, Ralph, crossed a very sensitive boundary in the interview; I was made to feel silenced on the topics of Colonialism and Race. However, instead of this becoming a point of tension between us, we explored its nuances with the help of a close friend of ours called Oliver (who was present for the interview). Together, in light of a resounding example of how NOT to talk about Colonialism and Race the three of us searched for the safest and most respectful avenue to discuss these heavy topics. This episode is structured to capture the journey from upset and discomfort to acknowledgement of wrongdoing and collective support. Here's how it's structured:In the first part of the interview, you will hear the challenging and upsetting final few minutes of the original conversation with Ralph. Ralph is my housemate. He is also a close, supportive and honest friend of mine. The conversation took an uncomfortable turn and we ended up having a very uncomfortable and one-sided conversation about Colonialism. I was very upset and ended the interview early. In the second part of the interview, you will hear a discussion of what went wrong, why I felt the way I did, and how 'Colonisers' and the 'Colonised' can have safe and respectful conversations about Colonialism and Race. Oliver, who also lives in the same house as Ralph and I, was present for the first interview and will contribute to the second part of the episode. He provided a unique perspective on how Ralph's behaviour may have been harmful, and helped me articulate how I want to be listened to on such delicate and poignant topics.Thank you for continuing to show interest in this podcast. This episode was extremely difficult for me to record and edit.Conversations like these can re-open inherited wounds.Conversations like these can also promote reconciliation, respect and harmony.In terms of a trigger warning, this episode deals with themes of racism, trauma and loss.Please take care of those around you. Please listen to your friends. Please create space for those around you to speak. Protect the voices of the marginalised. Listen before you share. Today, my heart beats for my family, my friends and those are who are willing to respectfully engage in dialogue about matters.If you would like to talk to be about anything related to this episode or anything in general, send an email to contact@aleks.co or message me on instagram @alekslistens.Share this podcast with people who need to hear it.If you want to support the podcast, you can do so here. All my love,Aleks 

    • 1 hr 33 min

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