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The world has never been more connected. Yet never more divided. We yell at each other from inside our echo chambers. But change doesn't happen inside an echo chamber. It's time to get out, to stretch our legs, to step on some land mines. It's time to have an uncomfortable conversation with Josh Szeps.

Uncomfortable Conversations with Josh Szeps Acast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 151 Ratings

The world has never been more connected. Yet never more divided. We yell at each other from inside our echo chambers. But change doesn't happen inside an echo chamber. It's time to get out, to stretch our legs, to step on some land mines. It's time to have an uncomfortable conversation with Josh Szeps.

    "Will The Virus Win?" with virologist Peter Kolchinsky

    "Will The Virus Win?" with virologist Peter Kolchinsky

    Peter Kolchinsky is a scientist and biotechnology investor, with a deep understanding of how viruses outsmart us. His company, RA Capital Management, builds and invests in biotech companies.

    • 1 hr 54 min
    "Is Free Thought Dead?" with Claire Lehmann

    "Is Free Thought Dead?" with Claire Lehmann

    Claire is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Quillette, the magazine for dangerous ideas.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    "Ignore the News!" with Oliver Burkeman

    "Ignore the News!" with Oliver Burkeman

    Would we all be better off if we knew less about the world? If we took less, not more, responsibility for fixing distant problems? If we focused a bit more on our own practical concerns? It's an uncomfortable idea, but one that the Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman called for in his seminal article "How the news took over reality". Oliver's book is "The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking". He joins Josh, mid-pandemic, from New York.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    "Am I Racist?" with Stan Grant

    "Am I Racist?" with Stan Grant

    Josh doesn't think he's racist. But maybe that's the surest proof that he is. Should he be cancelled? Should statues be torn down? Are race protests a victory for anti-racism, or a descent into mob rule? Stan Grant is arguably the world's most influential Indigenous Australian. The son of a Wiradjuri elder, he's an insightful analyst and intrepid former CNN reporter.

    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

Paul the Greyhound ,

The Australian heterodox thinker

Josh Szeps is a great unorthodox thinker, and a great interviewer for tackling touchy and interesting subjects. Highly recommended if you enjoy Sam Harris, Eric Weinstein, Quillette Magazine or any of the other heterodox thinkers of the US and elsewhere. Even more if you like an Australian voice and perspective.

Triso2095 ,

Important pod in these times

In the age of unthinking tribalism this podcast makes a refreshing change. It explores the nuance of topics. It’s uplifting. It gives me hope that Australia is not headed for American style division and hate

navbeans ,

Interesting content

Switched on guy talking with switched on people

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