193 episodes

Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in.

It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.

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    • 4.8, 251 Ratings

Comedian Tom Ballard sits down with interesting and passionate people to find out what they do and what they believe in.

It's kind of like Kitchen Cabinet except Tom can't cook.

    194 - Sophie Payten (Gordi)

    194 - Sophie Payten (Gordi)

    Sophie Payten records and performs as Gordi. She makes powerful, sweeping, personal indie-pop and last week released her sophomore album, Our Two Skins. I am a fan and it is good. 
    I wanted to talk to Sophie about her other job (she's a qualified doctor and has been on standby during the pandemic) and explore the political ideas surrounding her recent discovery of her queer identity and the loss of her beloved grandma. We reflect on the 2017 marriage equality plebiscite, the political stasis that Millennials are trapped and having difficult conversations with people who have different politics. 
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    I'll be on Josh Earl's Don't You Know Who I Am? podcast this Saturday: you can buy tickets and stream it here 
    Please check out the new comedy venue from my mates Alex Dyson, Kyran Wheatley and Alex Dyson, Comedy Republic
    @GordiMusic
    gordimusic.com
    You can buy Our Two Skins here
    Watch Unready here
    Gordi's supporting Bon Iver on their 2021 tour
    ARTICLE: Singer-songwriter Gordi by Nick Buckley (Saturday Paper)
    ARTICLE: Australian singer Gordi releases song to raise funds for the RFS 
    Cause of the Week: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (naaja.org.au)

    • 54 min
    193 - Dr. Chelsea Bond

    193 - Dr. Chelsea Bond

    Dr. Chelsea Bond is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman and a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. She's worked and researched extensively in the area of Aboriginal health and regularly writes and speaks about race and racism in Australia today.
    In this conversation, Chelsea reflects on how the recent Black Lives Matter uprising has played out in Australia, her personal experiences with the police, the fierceness of Black women in this struggle and the intersection of racial power structures and class.
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    @drcbond
    Chelsea's radio show Wild Black Women on Brisbane's 989FM 
    ARTICLE: In Australia, black lives do matter by Aaron Patrick [$]
    ARTICLE: Dr. Chelsea Bond delivers a masterclass in Indigenous excellence by Nat Cromb & Luke Pearson
    ARTICLE: How to learn from Indigenous people about the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia by Tahnee Jash
    ARTICLE: 'Anger has the hour': How long must Indigenous Australia wait for change by Stan Grant
    ARTICLE: White skin, black squares by Sam Kriss 
    ARTICLE: Class is the new black: The dangers of an obsession with the 'Aboriginal middle class' by Dr. Chelsea Bond
    ARTICLE: If Black men could talk: why we need an accurate portrayal of urban Indigenous masculinity by Dr. Chelsea Bond
    Cause of the Week: Inala Wangarra (inalawangarra.com.au)

    • 1 hr 23 min
    192 - Andy Zaltzman

    192 - Andy Zaltzman

    Andy Zaltzman is a British comedian, the co-host of the hugely popular satirical podcast The Bugle and (sadly) a fanatical cricket fan. 
    I've been lucky enough to become friends and work with Andy over the past five or so years and have been meaning to have him on as a guest for quite a while now, to laugh about everything in the world and ask him some (mildly) serious questions about his political outlook. Here discuss sport, statues, Fawlty Towers, the failures of the Corbyn moments, his "radical centrism" and the future of Brexit Britain. 
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    This Saturday is World Refugee Day: please support the ASRC's Telethon
    Or you can join me and the likes of Najeeba Wazefadost and Craig Foster for the ARAN Online Forum "Imagining a More Welcoming Australia"
    @ZaltzCricket
    thebuglepodcast.com
    andyzaltzman.co.uk
    The latest episode of The Bugle with Nish Kumar & Nato Green, Statuesque
    Cause of the Week: The Sick Children's Trust (sickchildrenstrust.org) 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    191 - Gavin Stanbrook

    191 - Gavin Stanbrook

    Gavin Stanbrook is a revolutionary socialist who hails from Gumbanyggir country on the NSW mid-north coast. He's a member of Socialist Alternative who's been campaigning for justice for Aboriginal families for years and who helped organise last week's #BlackLivesMatter protest in Sydney. 
    In this conversation Gavin tells me how about tearing down statues, the revolutionary potential of this moment, police violence, the tragic cases of Aboriginal deaths in custody, his personal involvement in the #JusticeForBowraville campaign and why he thinks the police should be abolished. 
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    @StanbrookG 
    Gavin's speech at the 2018 Invasion Day Rally in Redfern
    ARTICLE: We can transform society in our interests if we unite to smash the system by Gavin Stanbrook
    ARTICLE: There cannot be 432 victims and no perpetrators by Amy McQuire
    ARTICLE: Aboriginal deaths in custody: Black Lives Matter protests referred to our count of 432 deaths. It's now 437 by Lorena Allam, Calla Wahlquist & Nick Evershed
    ARTICLE: Justice for Bowraville! by Gavin Stanbrook
    ARTICLE: Tear down Australia's racist statues by Rebecca Barrigos
    ARTICLE: Our cops are killers too by Jasmine Duff
    ARTICLE: Democrats are already trying to coopt the movement. Drive them out by Daniel Taylor
    Cause of the Week: The Justice for David Dungay Jnr. GoFundMe

    • 1 hr 12 min
    190 - Oliver Twist

    190 - Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist is a very funny and intelligent up-and-coming Australian comedian. He was born in Rwanda, grew up in a refugee camp in Malawi and has lived in Australia since 2014.
    I was planning on taking a week off the podcast this week, but in the midst of everything that's happening right now, Oliver reached out and we decided to record this honest conversation about his relationship to the police, race, class, Black Lives Matter and what meaningful action looks like.
    There are even a few laffs in there too. 
    CAUSE OF THE WEEK: blacklivesmatter.caard.co
    Here are practical ways you can support Aboriginal Lives Matter
    @oliveretwist
    Oliver's instagram
    ARTICLE: Australia must stop turning a blind eye to our own black deaths
    ARTICLE: Victoria Police denounces 'inappropriate' memes posted to social account by officer accused of making white power gesture
    ARTICLE: How did #BlackOut Tuesday Go So Wrong So Fast? 
    ARTICLE: Why the media are to blame for racialising Melbourne's African gang problem
    VIDEO: Trevor Noah's reflections on the riots in the US and the breakdown of the social contract

    • 1 hr 1 min
    189 - Mark Seymour

    189 - Mark Seymour

    Mark Seymour is one of the best singer-songwriters Australia has ever produced. He's the former frontman of Hunters & Collectors and now writes and performs with Mark Seymour & The Undertow. The new Undertow record is called Slow Dawn and comes out today. 
    Mark has regularly been outspoken about his politics through his music and public appearances, particularly when it comes to Australia's refugee policies. Here he tells me about how he approaches tackling social issues in his music (without being sanctimonious), why he's left-wing, wearing an "Asylum Seeker" t-shirt at the AFL Grand Final, his experiences in South Africa and how the tides of history weigh on us all today. 
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    @_MarkSeymour
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    Mark on Facebook
    Slow Dawn on Apple Music
    Hunters & Collectors at the 2013 AFL Grand Final
    Cause of the Week: The Frankston Life Church (frankston.life)
     

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
251 Ratings

251 Ratings

abbieaustralia ,

Mix it up

Love this podcast Tom.
Would be keen to hear from some more guests who don’t identify as cis gendered male.
I’d also love for you to catch up with Nayuka Gorrie again for her thoughts on the BLM protests and all the changes in her life since you last talked for example.
Thanks for all your work on this thought provoking podcast.

Jarrod Fitz ,

Tom is king

Great spectrum of political perspective delivered in a way that everyone can understand. Love this podcast, Tom is a legend 🤙

wpr33d ,

Celeste

What a great discussion Tom. Wonderful to hear such views expressed so well. Thank goodness for the Guardian and your podcast. Judy would be so impressed too. Kind regards and best wishes to you at this strange time of isolation.
Peter Reed Warrnambool.

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