55 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. 

The Columnist Bad Producer Productions

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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. 

    Death in the Kitchen

    Death in the Kitchen

    The Columnist writes about a new survey that shows most Australians can't cook, and talks to one of Australia’s best storytellers — Adam Shand — about why he can do most things but still can’t boil an egg.  

    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. 

     

     

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    • 17 min
    Bugger humility

    Bugger humility

    Shane Warne is dead. The Columnist writes about why Warnie meant so much to us, and he speaks with entertainment reporter Peter Ford about the thousands of messages he got from the spin king over the years. 

    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. 

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

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 19 min
    Just not free enough

    Just not free enough

    The first rule of Fight Club is never talk about fight club. The first rule of censorship is to make people afraid to speak. The Columnist writes about the Chinese government rewriting of a cult movie, and two examples of free speech getting trampled in Australia. Champion basketball player Andrew Bogut was one of the victims — he talks with the Columnist.  

    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. 

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

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min
    Is nothing sacred?

    Is nothing sacred?

    Following violent protests at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott supported the louts. The Columnist calls on him to resign his commission on the board of the Australian War Memorial. 

    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.

    • 22 min
    Praying for a prayer

    Praying for a prayer

    There’s a push to drop the compulsory prayer in parliament, and The Columnist writes about why it should go and picks a fight with someone who’s praying it stays. 

    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.

    • 28 min
    The KIIS of death

    The KIIS of death

    After a couple of embarrassing political radio interviews, there’s been a shift in power from the AM stations to the FM. And The Columnist wrote about what it might mean to politicians who just thought it was all a bit of fun. 

    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.

    • 8 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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