16 episodes

In Brains Trust Season 2, journalist and producer Chris Walker learns about today’s world with provocative, inspiring, meaningful, and funny discussions with a ‘Brains Trust’ of notable Australians (and one very captivating American).

Featuring Samantha Armytage, Tommy Little, Abbie Chatfield, Tony Armstrong, Jamila Rizvi, Charlie Pickering, and tech entrepreneur Rob Reid, the conversations are woven together so you can eavesdrop on the ultimate dinner party where the Brain Trust talk about all the topics you SHOULDN’T talk about at the dinner table.

Season 1 was a reflection on the year of 2020 with Hamish Blake, Dr Chris Brown, Annabel Crabb, Waleed Aly, Ronny Chieng, Adam Briggs, and Kitty Flanagan discussing COVID, Media, Politics, Family, The Planet, Science, Conspiracy Theories and more.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 107 Ratings

In Brains Trust Season 2, journalist and producer Chris Walker learns about today’s world with provocative, inspiring, meaningful, and funny discussions with a ‘Brains Trust’ of notable Australians (and one very captivating American).

Featuring Samantha Armytage, Tommy Little, Abbie Chatfield, Tony Armstrong, Jamila Rizvi, Charlie Pickering, and tech entrepreneur Rob Reid, the conversations are woven together so you can eavesdrop on the ultimate dinner party where the Brain Trust talk about all the topics you SHOULDN’T talk about at the dinner table.

Season 1 was a reflection on the year of 2020 with Hamish Blake, Dr Chris Brown, Annabel Crabb, Waleed Aly, Ronny Chieng, Adam Briggs, and Kitty Flanagan discussing COVID, Media, Politics, Family, The Planet, Science, Conspiracy Theories and more.

For more episodes download the free LiSTNR app.

    Fettle

    Fettle

    Join us for Season 2 of Brains Trust, as journalist and producer and tricky question asker Chris Walker has thought-provoking and funny conversations with notable Australians…all in the same episode!

    ** Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions of Mental Illness and Suicide. If that raises issues for you, maybe skip this one, or if you would like someone to talk to you can always call Lifeline on 13 11 14. **

    Episode 1: Fettle - Your health or condition.

    In today’s episode:

    Tommy Little’s plan to escape lockdown.

    Rob Reid puts the debate about vaccines to bed with cold hard stat.

    Charlie Pickering rails against the government’s pandemic response.

    Jamilia Rizvi opens up about the medications that keep her alive

    The dichotomy of Abbie Chatfield.

    Sam Armytage had her house vandalized six times whilst on Sunrise!
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    • 50 min
    Family

    Family

    Join us for Season 2 of Brains Trust, as journalist and producer and tricky question asker Chris Walker has thought-provoking and funny conversations with notable Australians…all in the same episode!

     

    Episode 2: Family

    In today’s episode:

     

    Tony Armstrong reflects on whether he hates the dad he never met. 

    Abbie Chatfield on what the men in her life have taken from her.

    Tommy Little debates if being funny full time is getting the way of starting a family.

    Charlie Pickering on living in the present and if booze gets in the way of family life.  

    Sam Armytage had both parents in hospital during lockdown.

    Jamila Rizvi has the best bit of advice for everyone. It’s so simple.
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    • 42 min
    Faith

    Faith

    Join us for Season 2 of Brains Trust, as journalist and producer and tricky question asker Chris Walker has thought-provoking and funny conversations with notable Australians…all in the same episode!

     

    Episode 3: Faith

    In today’s episode:

     

    Jamila Rizvi’s brain tumour has changed her feelings about death.

    Tommy Little believes that political correctness isn’t stopping him from saying what he thinks.

    Why Tony Armstrong believes his AFL career was a failure and how it made him stronger.

    Charlie Pickering’s lifelong struggle with a multitude of religions.

    Where is Sam Armytage going when she dies?

    Rob Reid confirms what we already knew – there’s no mention of vaccines in the Bible!

    Abbie Chatfield unpacks a huge family fight from last Christmas!
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    • 43 min
    Fairness

    Fairness

    Join us for Season 2 of Brains Trust, as journalist and producer and tricky question asker Chris Walker has thought-provoking and funny conversations with notable Australians…all in the same episode!

    ** Trigger Warning: This episode contains discussions of Sexual Assault. If that raises issues for you, maybe skip this one, or if you would like someone to talk to you can always call Lifeline on 13 11 14. **

     

    Episode 4: Fairness

    In today’s episode:

     

    Samantha Armytage wants women in media to embrace their feminine characteristics.

    Abbie Chatfield reveals she has been sexually assaulted, multiple times.

    How Charlie Pickering is teaching his 6-year-old about consent.

    Jamila Rizvi talks about her first-hand experience with sexual harassment in Parliament House.

    Tony Armstrong reflects on this year’s big story of racism in sport.

    Tommy Little hates confrontation…but explains why he steps in when he has to.   
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    • 51 min
    Fame

    Fame

    Join us for Season 2 of Brains Trust, as journalist and producer and tricky question asker Chris Walker has thought-provoking and funny conversations with notable Australians…all in the same episode!

    * Warning - This Episode contains Explicit Language and Sexual Themes *

     

    Episode 5: Fame

    In today’s episode:

     

    Sam Armytage talks about BECOMING the story.

    Abbie Chatfield talks *@*#, @#*! and @#@* (we can’t print it!)

    Charlie Pickering finds fame the least gratifying part of his job.

    Tommy Little concedes that fame has its benefits when it comes to cute girls!

    Tony Armstrong gets some wild, wild stuff sent to his DMs.

    Jamila Rizvi is thankful she grew up before ‘nudes’ were a thing.

    Rob Reid is surprised the trolls and haters haven’t come for him….yet!
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    • 29 min
    Fun

    Fun

    Join us for Season 2 of Brains Trust, as journalist and producer and tricky question asker Chris Walker has thought-provoking and funny conversations with notable Australians…all in the same episode!

    **Warning: This episode contains explicit language and sexual themes.**

     

    Episode 6: Fun!

    In today’s episode:

     

    Abbie Chatfield walks us through the product development of her vibrator.

    Does Tommy Little’s best memory make him a w****r?!

    Sam Armytage on working with old colleagues.

    Tony Armstrong’s haunting story of missing out on a Grand Final.

    Charlie Pickering’s best day ever.

    Jamila Rizvi on whether it's ok if Dustin Hoffman was in Rain Man.

     

     

    About the Brains:

    Hear comedian Tommy Little on The Carrie & Tommy Show weekdays from 3 – 6pm on the Hit Network

    You can catch comedian Charlie Pickering on The Weekly on ABC TV

    Tony Armstrong is a former AFL footballer and the sports presenter on ABC TV’s News Breakfast

    You can listen to Jamila on The Weekend Briefing podcast and buy her kids Covid book ‘I’m a Hero Too’.

    TV personality Abbie Chatfield hosts her own popular podcast series ‘It’s A Lot Pod’

    Former Sunrise host, Sam Armytage has a new podcast series “Something To Talk About with Samantha Armytage”

    Rob Reid is the host of ‘After On’ podcast, he is a US tech entrepreneur and Ted Talk-er.

     
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

skyebelle2010 ,

Love this!

Bunged this! Loved it! Please tell me Hughesy will be on season 3?!

pepnegamos ,

Excellent

So brilliant

amelia1/2/3 ,

Brilliant

One of the best podcasts out there. Do it!

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