Light-hearted political chat with Andrew P Street and Dom Knight along with a range of more eminent experts. Sadly, we haven't done one of these since 2017.
The Post Postal Survey Show (live with Antony Green and Sally Rugg)
On the evening when the ABS' postal survey postbox finally slammed closed, Sally Rugg (GetUp's marriage equality campaign director) and Antony Green (the ABC's election analyst) shared their impressions of a most unusual event within Australian politics, from the perspective of a campaigner and a psephologist respectively – and predicted what would happen next.
A Wake for the Citizenship Five
So, courtesy of the High Court, Malcolm Roberts is no longer a senator, because life is cruel, and schadenfreude is delicious. Recording in a pub, we commemorated his passing with beers and regrets that we've done so few podcasts recently that we've missed the chance to explore the details of his extraordinarily absurd legal defence. Joyce – well, he's not going anywhere, but for Nash, Ludlum, and Waters – will we ever see their likes again? Yes, yes we will.
Yes (live with Dee Jefferson and Brendan Maclean)
So much talk about same-sex marriage, so little of it from the people on whose lives it will actually impact. So we invited Brendan Maclean (actor/singer/general performance powerhouse) and Dee Jefferson (Time Out's Arts and Culture editor) to tell us what it means to them. Recorded live at Giant Dwarf in Redfern on Tuesday 5 September.
Polls, Plebiscites and This Postal Palaver (with Rebecca Huntley)
Essential Communications' Rebecca Huntley talks APS and Dom through the postal survey shenanigans from the perspective of a professional pollster – how meaningful will the numbers be, exactly? Plus, the slow-burn dual citizenship debacle - will Barnaby Joyce do to Malcolm Turnbull what he threatened to do to Pistol and Boo?
Don On The Fourth Of July (with Amanda Tattersall and David Smith)
A special US politics edition live at Giant Dwarf. On Independence Day, APS and Dom were joined on stage by Dr David Smith from Sydney Uni's US Studies Centre and Dr Amanda Tattersall, host of the Change Makers podcast and an expert in community organising. After just under six frenetic, disruptive months into the Trump administration, they looked at his record so far (or lack thereof), discussed some of the success community movements have had in responding, and explored just how close we are to Thunderdome.
Why Our Climate Policy Bights (with Peter Owen)
With the Coalition once again tying itself in knots over climate policy and renewable energy, we thought we'd talk to someone who wishes we'd just get on with it – Peter Owen, who's the Director of the Wilderness Society in South Australia. He makes the case for transitioning to 100% renewable energy, and in particular, stopping drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
Satire is still the only way to deal with today’s world. It’s like gallows humour. You laugh so that you do not cry. This is a gentle graze through today’s issues which helps you feel you are not alone.
Love this podcast
The hosts are well-informed and have great guests too. I particularly enjoyed the analysis of the US election result, but I found Andrew P Street's heavy breathing a tad disconcerting. It reminded me of the deranged prank caller we used to have. Perhaps position the mic a little differently next time? Otherwise, keep up the great work!