47 episodes

Justin Smith is a writer and radio host in Melbourne, Australia. His column in The Herald Sun is read by hundreds of thousands of people each week. In this podcast he goes even deeper, speaking with the people he's written about, and the ones he wants to write about.

But it’s not just one man tapping out his opinion on the keyboard. Justin lets people tell their own stories in their own words. And while he lets them talk, he puts the smell of Melbourne in the nose of the listener and the reader — like the smell of coffee or the inside of a tram on a wet morning. 

Justin is a talker, a writer, a storyteller, a campaigner and a good listener. He is The Columnist. 

The Columnist is produced by Jay Mueller as part of the Bad Producer Podcast Network. 

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

Justin Smith is a writer and radio host in Melbourne, Australia. His column in The Herald Sun is read by hundreds of thousands of people each week. In this podcast he goes even deeper, speaking with the people he's written about, and the ones he wants to write about.

But it’s not just one man tapping out his opinion on the keyboard. Justin lets people tell their own stories in their own words. And while he lets them talk, he puts the smell of Melbourne in the nose of the listener and the reader — like the smell of coffee or the inside of a tram on a wet morning. 

Justin is a talker, a writer, a storyteller, a campaigner and a good listener. He is The Columnist. 

The Columnist is produced by Jay Mueller as part of the Bad Producer Podcast Network. 

    STOP! In the name of Melbourne

    STOP! In the name of Melbourne

    The trams of Melbourne are a beautiful thing, but they’re more dangerous than ever before. The Columnist has been writing about this risky icon. 

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    • 13 min
    The slavery bail out

    The slavery bail out

    In a Melbourne court, two modern day slave owners have been granted bail. The Columnist wrote about how the system buggered it up so badly.  


    Tell Justin your story at justinsmithwords@gmail.com.

    The Columnist is a podcast designed to help us understand what is happening in the world one conversation at a time. 

    Justin's debut novel Babies of the Rose is available now. 

    Produced by Jay Mueller as part of the Bad Producer Podcast Network. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 6 min
    One mother of a fight

    One mother of a fight

    After a long battle, there’s finally going to be a royal commission into the suicides of Australian veterans. The Columnist has been part of the fight, but he discovers that it’s from over. 

    Tell Justin your story at justinsmithwords@gmail.com.

    The Columnist is a podcast designed to help us understand what is happening in the world one conversation at a time. 

    Justin's debut novel Babies of the Rose is available now. 

    Produced by Jay Mueller as part of the Bad Producer Podcast Network. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 18 min
    Honourable Stuff Ups

    Honourable Stuff Ups

    The people who give out the Order of Australian honours have had a bad run, and The Columnist thinks they're only one stuff-up away from destruction.

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    • 14 min
    No Masterpiece

    No Masterpiece

    The Columnist is weary of the Prime Minister explaining what his job isn’t, rather than what it is. And hours after his column was published, the PM hosted one of the worst political press conferences in living memory. 

    Tell Justin your story at justinsmithwords@gmail.com.

    The Columnist is a podcast designed to help us understand what is happening in the world one conversation at a time. 

    Justin's debut novel Babies of the Rose is available now. 

    Produced by Jay Mueller as part of the Bad Producer Podcast Network. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 6 min
    March 4 Justice

    March 4 Justice

    The Columnist went to the March 4 Justice. Not to write and not to talk, just to listen. 

    WARNING: This episode contains discussion of rape and sexual assault. 

    Tell Justin your story at justinsmithwords@gmail.com.

    The Columnist is a podcast designed to help us understand what is happening in the world one conversation at a time. 

    Justin's debut novel Babies of the Rose is available now. 

    Produced by Jay Mueller as part of the Bad Producer Podcast Network. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Nett710 ,

Thanks for the s word highlight

A respectful way to deal with a difficult topic. Many thanks

Camseyebrow ,

Great work ”Smithy”

Look forward the each post cast. Like to listen the Justin, he has style and charisma.

rachskip ,

Love this!

Topics, guests and conversations that are interesting, passionate, thought provoking all wrapped up in the warm hug that is Justin’s voice!

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