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A safe space for dangerous conversations, from The Spectator Australia.
The Spectator is the world’s longest-running magazine of news, arts and ideas.
Hosted by Will Kingston.

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    • 4.9 • 126 Ratings

A safe space for dangerous conversations, from The Spectator Australia.
The Spectator is the world’s longest-running magazine of news, arts and ideas.
Hosted by Will Kingston.

    • video
    How the elites betrayed America's working class, with Batya Ungar-Sargon

    How the elites betrayed America's working class, with Batya Ungar-Sargon

    There has long been a curious sub-genre in liberal journalism. It can best be described as "examining working class Americans in their natural habitat." It goes something like this. Journalists from New York or California will bravely venture into a red state, observe the local inhabitants from afar, and come back with a series of superficial insights that reinforce the existing prejudices of coastal elites. 

    Partly as a result of this lack of journalistic curiosity, liberal America is no closer to truly understanding the underlying forces that swept Donald Trump into the White House, and may yet do so again.

    Batya Ungar-Sargon did something novel. She wanted to understand the American working class, so she actually spoke to them, all over the country, for over a year. Lessons learnt were captured in 'Second Class: How the Elites Betrayed America's Working Men and Women.' It is the best book to read if you want to understand the political and cultural forces at play in America in 2024.

    Follow Will Kingston and Fire at Will on social media here [https://linktr.ee/fireatwillpod].

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    • 55 min
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    Gay Shame, with Gareth Roberts

    Gay Shame, with Gareth Roberts

    The most peculiar aspect of 'Pride' is how it has lumped together the gay population, with the most extreme proponents of gender ideology, when the latter have arguably done more than any other group to harm the former. 

    Gareth Roberts has witnessed this firsthand. Gareth has fallen into commentary on gender ideology, but like previous guests of the show such as Graham Linehan and Helen Joyce, he was marvellously successful before wading into such treacherous waters. 

    Gareth is a screenwriter and novelist, best known for his work on the iconic British series Doctor Who. His latest book is titled 'Gay Shame: The Rise of Gender Ideology and the New Homophobia.'

    Follow Will Kingston and Fire at Will on social media here [https://linktr.ee/fireatwillpod].

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    • 50 min
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    Imagining nuclear armageddon, with Annie Jacobsen

    Imagining nuclear armageddon, with Annie Jacobsen

    The world could end before you finish listening to this podcast. That's the reality of a nuclear-armed world. If a sense of complacency had crept in about the threat of nuclear weapons, Annie Jacobsen's stunning new book is a wake up call. 

    'Nuclear War: A Scenario' imagines the 72 minutes after the 'button is pushed', and it doesn't end well. It's shockingly realistic, due to Annie's meticulous research, which reflects her status as a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author.

    Follow Will Kingston and Fire at Will on social media here [https://linktr.ee/fireatwillpod].

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    • 43 min
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    A heretical conversation with Andrew Gold

    A heretical conversation with Andrew Gold

    Heresy is defined as opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted. It has rarely been more dangerous to be a heretic, which is why it's rarely been more important to champion them.

    There is no bigger heretic than Andrew Gold. Andrew is a journalist, author, and TV presenter who produces documentaries on bizarre and controversial subcultures.

    He has battled an abusive exorcist, dueled with the Crazy Baby Lady, hunted UFOs, and spoken to a teen school captain, who also happened to be a pedophile. His podcast is appropriately titled, 'heretics'.

    Follow Will Kingston and Fire at Will on social media here [https://linktr.ee/fireatwillpod].

    Subscribe to The Spectator Australia here. [https://www.spectator.com.au/join/]

    Subscribe to Andrew's YouTube channel here [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3aiQJmnJ8wamobGcsBz6Ww].

    Buy 'The Psychology of Secrets' here [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psychology-Secrets-Adventures-Murderers-Influencers/dp/1035002590].

    • 57 min
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    The rebirth of the West, with Victor Davis Hanson

    The rebirth of the West, with Victor Davis Hanson

    Note: We had some minor sound issues in the first 10 minutes, but we couldn't bring ourselves to edit out anything that Victor said. Stick with it. It's worth it!

    In some respects, the West is exhibiting similar symptoms to past civilizations that decayed, declined, or were completely wiped off the map. At the same time, there are green shoots that may point to a rebirth of the United States, and Western civilization more broadly.

    To put our moment in a historical context, Will is joined by the inimitable Victor Davis Hanson. Victor's latest book is titled 'The End of Everything: How Wars Descend Into Annihilation.'

    Follow Will Kingston and Fire at Will on social media here [https://linktr.ee/fireatwillpod].

    Subscribe to The Spectator Australia here. [https://www.spectator.com.au/join/]

    Buy 'The End of Everything' here [https://www.amazon.com/End-Everything-Wars-Descend-Annihilation/dp/1541673522].

    • 57 min
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    The REAL reason for African poverty, with Magatte Wade

    The REAL reason for African poverty, with Magatte Wade

    Australiana is now Fire at Will - your safe space for dangerous conversations.

    Why is Africa poor? There's a series of trendy answers to that question, that are almost taken as read amongst the progressive elite that dominate our institutions. Racism, slavery, and colonialism. 

    Magatte Wade has called BS on this narrative, and she is uniquely qualified to do so, being widely regarded as the world's leading African prosperity activist. She is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author. Her latest book is titled 'The Heart of a Cheetah: How we have been lied to about African poverty, and what that means for human flourishing'.

    Follow Will Kingston and Fire at Will on social media here [https://linktr.ee/fireatwillpod].

    Subscribe to The Spectator Australia here. [https://www.spectator.com.au/join/]

    Follow Magatte here [https://www.magattewade.com/].

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

20ears ,

Well worth anyone’s time

Fair and balanced conversation with highly regarded scholars and experts. Listeners with a closed mind and full cup will not enjoy but free thinkers from all walks of life will surely enjoy such thoughtful discussions.

bob--C ,

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The one podcast I look forward to every week. Will is a terrific interviewer

Sopey suds ,

Excellent interviews Will

Will is a terrific interviewer - rarely talks about himself and asks thoughtful, probing questions of his guests. Australiana is rapidly becoming my favourite podcast

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