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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
    • 4.5 • 519 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.

    "Freedom For Girls" with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    "Freedom For Girls" with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of the world's most prominent activists for the rights of women in Islam. She and Josh discuss coronavirus, immigration, fatherless families, Justin Trudeau... and Dave Chappelle.
     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    "Will Bitcoin Fail?" with Mark Carnegie

    "Will Bitcoin Fail?" with Mark Carnegie

    You mightn't expect the founder of a billion-dollar asset management company to be a crypto nerd. But Mark Carnegie is one of the few big-time venture capitalists who actually understands Bitcoin. Most of what you hear about cryptocurrencies comes from evangelists who've drunk the kool-aid, or traditionalists who Just Don't Get It. Mark is neither. Enjoy this deep discussion of how -- and whether -- cryptocurrencies will revolutionise the world. 
     
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    "Corporations Go Woke" with John Safran

    "Corporations Go Woke" with John Safran

    Before Ali G and Borat, John Safran blew up Australian TV as a troublemaker extraordinaire. His new book "Puff Piece: How Philip Morris set vaping alight (and burned down the English language)" is a gonzo glimpse into the bizarre future that tobacco companies are trying to build. He and Josh reflect on performative social justice, the gullibility of the modern left in falling for corporate moralising, and why the Mississippi lynchings were originally pitched as "woke".
     
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    "What Is Creativity?" with Charlotte Wood

    "What Is Creativity?" with Charlotte Wood

    One of Australia's greatest novelists opens up about the pandemic, Twitter, and finding your voice amid the cacophony. Her new book is The Luminous Solution: Creativity, Resilience and the Inner Life.
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    "Do Universities Punish Free Thinkers?" with Peter Boghossian

    "Do Universities Punish Free Thinkers?" with Peter Boghossian

    Peter recently quit his job as an assistant professor of philosophy, saying that universities have sacrificed ideas for ideology. The more he spoke out against illiberalism on campus, the more retaliation he faced. This is the first episode of the "Permission to Think" series, a collaboration between Uncomfortable Conversations and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney.
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    "Permission to Think" with Prof. Alan Davison

    "Permission to Think" with Prof. Alan Davison

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, where Josh is a Professional Fellow, is launching a series of conversations with world-class intellects. The mastermind behind the series, the Faculty’s Dean, explains why.
     
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
519 Ratings

519 Ratings

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Fantastic

My favorite podcast

Tapioca1001 ,

Bravo

I just found this podcast last month which had made me obsessed for the few episodes that it took me to catch up...and now a bit saddened to see that it seems to be discontinued. Please bring this brilliance back Josh or I’ll be forced to make a hashtag 😜 #reabletheuncomfortable

Recent Unsubscriber ,

Yet Another Echo Chamber

When this podcast debuted, it was billed as a vehicle for genuinely difficult conversations exploring fundamental disagreements in a productive way. The host promised to book guests with whom he had deep and potentially unbridgeable differences of opinion, and the first few episodes did indeed achieve this. Since then, it has devolved into yet another place for thinkers in the “IDW/Quillette/Anti-Woke” sphere to come and congratulate each other and complain about ideological foes. (Or, as in the case of the gun control episode, for the host to literally just monologue for an hour - not even a “conversation” at all.) I had much higher hopes for this podcast, and am deeply disappointed by what it quickly became.

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