252 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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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.

    252 - Jim Casey

    252 - Jim Casey

    Jim Casey is a firefighting unionist, socialist and co-founder of the Australian Firefighters Climate Alliance. He is an anti-capitalist GREENS EXTREMIST who has twice run as a candidate against Anthony Albanese in the seat of Grayndler.  As he gears up to run for Greens preselection to be an upper-house candidate in the 2023 NSW state election, Jim took some time to talk to me about his time leading the Fire Brigade Employees Union,  the state of the Australian labour movement, his theories on why real political power lies outside of parliament and the controversies he ran into when taking on "Albo". 
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    ARTICLE: We've Never Seen Conditions As Bad As This by Jim Casey 
     ARTICLE: Anthony Albanese: Labor heavyweight's Greens rival Jim Casey defends "Trotskyist" speech
    Cause of the Week: Rachael Jacobs, Greens Candidate for Grayndler (support her here)

    • 1 hr
    251 - Georgia Steele

    251 - Georgia Steele

    Georgia Steele is a former corporate litigator and now independent candidate running in the NSW seat of Hughes at the upcoming federal election. (The seat's currently held by former Liberal MP, now United Australia Party TRUTH-TELLER Craig Kelly.)  In this conversation I discuss with Georgia Kelly's bizarro mind and political career, why she thinks the people of Hughes deserves better, the issues that she's campaigning on, her rejection of political ideology and her thoughts on why the two-party system is failing. 
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    I'm making a cool TV show in lutruwita with Kates McLennan & McCartney
    @Steele4Hughes
    georgiasteele.com.au
    ARTICLE: Ex-lawyer Georgia Steele to run as independent in Craig Kelly's seat during federal election
    LISTEN: Our Serious Danger episode on the "teal wave" of independents running in the upcoming election
    Cause of the Week: The Family Co (thefamilyco.org.au) 
     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    250 - David Shoebridge MLC

    250 - David Shoebridge MLC

    David Shoebridge MLC has served in the NSW upper house since 2010, and has been the Greens spokesperson for workers' rights, energy and Aboriginal justice.  In 2022 he's running to pick up another NSW Senate seat for the Greens (and it's actually possible!). 
    In this conversation I ask David about NSW politics' love of corruption, how he developed his radical politics, what the Greens could achieve in balance of power and whether Greens MPs should have anything to do with investment properties.  
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    The Greens' Balance of Power pitch 
    Cause of the Week: David Shoebridge's Senate campaign (nsw.greens.org.au) 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    249 - Palestine Justice Movement Sydney Forum: "Why We Are Boycotting The Sydney Festival"

    249 - Palestine Justice Movement Sydney Forum: "Why We Are Boycotting The Sydney Festival"

    This week I'm bringing you the audio of a panel I appeared on, discussing the reason behind and ideas around the recent boycott of the 2022 Sydney Festival. 
    I joined dozens of other artists in withdrawing from the Festival to protest its acceptance of $20k in sponsorship money from the Israeli embassy; a sponsorship which guaranteed Israel the honour of being a "star partner" of the festival. 
    Here I'm in conversation with academic Dr. Jumana Bayeh, the Executive Director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy Salem Barahmeh and my fellow boycotters Dr. Mohammed Ahmad (founding director of Western Sydney literacy outfit Sweatshop) and Maissa Alameddine (the Artist Director of the Ensemble Dandana, which is part of the Arab Theatre Studio).  
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    "Artists Against Apartheid Sydney Festival" petition 
    ARTICLE: Sydney Festival acts boycott over Israel by Farid Farid
    ARTICLE: Why I'm helping to organise a boycott of this year's Sydney Festival by Jennine Khalik 
    ARTICLE:Boycotts are an essential and necessary part of public life by Osman Faruqi
    ARTICLE: From Safsaf to Sydney: Palestinian resistance and the festival boycott by Jeanine Hourani, Rihab Charida & Matt Chun
    Cause of the Week: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions Australia bdsaustralia.net.au 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    248 - Johann Hari Returns (On "Stolen Focus")

    248 - Johann Hari Returns (On "Stolen Focus")

    Writer and journalist Johann Hari has returned to the show to discuss why our brains have melted.
    His new book is called Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention and it is a fascinating, depressing and insightful look at the "attention crisis" we're facing as a society. Johann tells me about just how bad this situation is, how much social media and technology is responsible for it, its social and political implications and what the fuck we can do about it - as individuals, and as a collective. 
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    Johann's first appearance on the show was back at Ep #73
    You can order Johann's latest book Stolen Focus here: stolenfocusbook.com
    Read an extract of the book here

    • 1 hr 16 min
    247 - Van Badham Returns (on #QAnon)

    247 - Van Badham Returns (on #QAnon)

    Van Badham is a playwright, author and activist, and she's returned to the show to discuss her latest book, QAnon: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults.
    Here Van lays out precisely what the QAnon conspiracy theory actually is, how it came into existence and how much it has shaped - and continues to shape - politics in the US and here in Australia. We discuss the most bonkers beliefs involved in all this and what the theory's success tells us about the internet and the failures of the modern Left, and we disagree about what happened to JFK.
    Merry Xmas everyone! See you in 2022, when everything will be fixed forever xx 
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    Van's book QAnon and On: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults
    Van's podcast is The Week on Wednesday
    ARTICLE: If your friends or family have fallen for an internet conspiracy cult, here's what you should do by Van Badham
    AN EDITED EXTRACT OF VAN'S BOOK: QAnon: how the far-right cult took Australians down a 'rabbit hole' of extremism
    Cause of the Week: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (asrc.org.au)

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
300 Ratings

300 Ratings

Dynamo Dianna ,

Why has it taken me so long?

To listen to Tom Ballard … such a void was created when he became another statistic in the purge against progressives at the ABC. I can listen to Tom interviewing intelligent, sparkling and sincere people about politics … and nary a whisper of rhetoric.

Thank Dog!

Hilarious game. ,

Slow day

Perhaps it’s because I’m more than 6 years old, but I tried this out and found both the humour and level of insight quite simplistic.

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Dumb and boring

Tom is somehow both unfunny and arrogant. He has nothing insightful to say — wouldn’t waste your time!

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