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Join Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia John Anderson in conversation with some of the world's foremost thought leaders, to examine in detail the social, cultural and political landscape we live in today.

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Join Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia John Anderson in conversation with some of the world's foremost thought leaders, to examine in detail the social, cultural and political landscape we live in today.

    Konstantin Kisin, Comedian, Podcaster and Writer

    Konstantin Kisin, Comedian, Podcaster and Writer

    Konstantin Kisin returns to discuss his recent tour in America and analysis of the UK election: the decline of the Conservative Party, the rise of the Reform Party, and the structural challenges in Britain that now face the Labour Party.



    Reflecting on broader geopolitical issues, Kisin also shares his views on the Ukraine conflict and the need for decisive leadership. Drawing on his experiences touring with Jordan Peterson, Kisin highlights the public's hunger for messages of personal responsibility and the importance of maintaining cultural values, commending Australia's resilience in the broader Western world.

    Peter Hitchens, Journalist and Author

    Peter Hitchens, Journalist and Author

    Join John Anderson as he interviews Peter Hitchens after the recent defeat of the Tories and the ascension of Keir Starmer. Hitchens offers a critical perspective on the Conservative Party and their gradual embrace of Tony Blair’s New Labour policies. He and John also explore the impact of public disengagement, the influence of public relations & advertising on politics, and the decline of traditional institutions like education, the family and local government.



    Hitchens also discusses the complexities of international relations, including Britain's alliance with the US and the situation in Israel. The discussion concludes with Hitchens' reflections on the diminishing role of Christianity in the West and the importance of a return to its moral principles in statecraft.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Conversations: Andrew Kern, Author and Proponent of Classical Education

    Conversations: Andrew Kern, Author and Proponent of Classical Education

    In this interview, John is joined by classical education advocate Andrew Kern. They explore the transformative potential of classical education, highlighting its respect for humility, heritage, and the importance it places on cultivating wisdom and virtue.



    Kern addresses the challenges posed by modern technology, and the increasing trend of homeschooling, promoting the integration of Christian values with classical education principles to create coherent and harmonious learning environments.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Direct: Iain McGilchrist, Psychiatrist, Philosopher, Researcher and Literary Scholar

    Direct: Iain McGilchrist, Psychiatrist, Philosopher, Researcher and Literary Scholar

    In this interview, John speaks with Iain McGilchrist about the differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and their impact on our perception and interaction with the world. Iain explains that the left hemisphere focuses on details and immediate tasks, while the right hemisphere maintains a broad, vigilant awareness of the environment. He discusses how modern society overemphasizes the left hemisphere's functions, leading to a loss of meaning, beauty, and wisdom.

    • 55 min
    Conversations: Peter Court and Walter Purio, Experts in Maritime Security

    Conversations: Peter Court and Walter Purio, Experts in Maritime Security

    In this interview, John Anderson speaks with Peter Court and Walter Purio, experts in maritime security, about Australia's vulnerabilities in shipping logistics and maritime defence.



    They highlight Australia's lack of domestically registered international trading ships, leaving the country heavily reliant on foreign vessels. They also examine the economic and strategic risks posed by this dependency, especially during crises.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Direct: Alexander Downer AC, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia

    Direct: Alexander Downer AC, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia

    In this conversation, John joins Alexander Downer to explore the significant geopolitical challenges of today, drawing comparisons to the dangerous period of the 1930s.



    Alexander warns of potential large-scale conflicts stemming from entanglements in Ukraine, the Middle East, and the South China Sea, emphasizing the need for a strong, principled approach to foreign policy.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
560 Ratings

560 Ratings

tynan_aw ,

Incredible leader and podcast

I’m forwarding these conversations onto all my friends (in my late 20s) because these are the ideals I don’t want the younger generation to lose sight of. Incredibly thankful for your work John!

Nemesis_74 ,

Cleese and Anderson

Two great minds having an enjoyable discussion woven with pearls of wisdom

Stephen 9532 ,

Outstanding

A complex issue very cleaner explained

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