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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.

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Uncomfortable Conversations with Josh Szeps Josh Szeps

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 735 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.

A DM Podcast

    THE PANEL: Taxpayer-Funded Prostitutes, Elon vs Australia, and Snakes in a Car with Claire Lehmann and Peter van Onselen

    THE PANEL: Taxpayer-Funded Prostitutes, Elon vs Australia, and Snakes in a Car with Claire Lehmann and Peter van Onselen

    Why is the Australian government in a court battle with Elon Musk? Should taxpayers be paying for disabled Australians to hire hookers? Should campus protestors be as upset about the plight of the Uighurs as of Palestinians? And why has a lady been driving around with a deadly snake stowed in her car for months?

    Josh breaks down the most intriguing stories of the week with two scintillating commentators: Claire Lehmann, the founder and editor of Quillette and a columnist for The Australian newspaper, and Peter van Onselen, the political editor of the Daily Mail Australia and a politics professor at the University of Western Australia.

    This is a taste of a longer episode for premium subscribers. If you'd like to hear the whole thing, pop over to the Substack page at https://uncomfortableconversations.substack.com/subscribe

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    • 25 min
    Simon Holmes à Court: Beyond Political Parties

    Simon Holmes à Court: Beyond Political Parties

    Could independent politicians kill off the two-party system and make politics more accountable?

    At the last Australian election, a decade of conservative government rule was brought to an end thanks largely to a wave of so-called "teal independents" supported by Simon Holmes à Court’s organisation. 

    The son of Australia’s first billionaire and the heir to generations of influential politicians and businessmen, Simon Holmes à Court has become one of the most significant figures in Australian politics. His political revolution has challenged the status quo of the two major political parties and allowed communities to wrestle back power from institutions that don't represent them. This is a fascinating, wide ranging chat with a brilliant mind.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    JUST JOSH: The Problem with the Conversation About Male Violence

    JUST JOSH: The Problem with the Conversation About Male Violence

    Australia is in the grip of a national reckoning about male violence against women. Last month, 11 women died at the hands of men, almost half of whom were killed in the Bondi stabbing. Countless news reports describe an epidemic of men killing women. Rallies all over the country emphasise the central message: Men Need To Do Better. But what do the facts say? How can we best fix the problem? And is Josh merely being a defensive, toxic male when he says it’s “not all men”? Josh seeks to bring reason to an emotional conversation.

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    • 54 min
    Meshel Laurie: Comedy, Cancellation, and Male Violence

    Meshel Laurie: Comedy, Cancellation, and Male Violence

    A legend of Australian comedy, Meshel Laurie has endured her share of woke social media pile-ons. The top-rating radio host, comedian and TV performer is invariably described as “divisive”. Why? Because she’s a woman? Because she’s uncensored? 

    Meshel’s podcasts are Australian True Crime and Can We Be Real. Here, she and Josh reflect on social media, alcohol, drugs, comedy, stardom, Buddhism, the pandemic, and how to discuss male violence without alienating men.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    TALKBACK: Nuclear Energy, Men’s Violence & Gaza Protests

    TALKBACK: Nuclear Energy, Men’s Violence & Gaza Protests

    We opened up the phones to field questions from the listeners for our first-ever live talkback episode. We discussed fascinating news stori s as well as the hard-hitting topics the mainstream media refuses to touch, like why it's okay to eat dog.

    Keep an eye out for more live ask-me-anything sessions in the future, and make sure you’re signed up to uncomfortableconversations.substack.com to get involved.

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    • 53 min
    Steven Rinella, The MeatEater

    Steven Rinella, The MeatEater

    He’s the man who introduced Joe Rogan to hunting.

    Steven Rinella hosts the long-running TV show and podcast MeatEater. He’s an outdoorsman, conservationist, writer and TV star who's written ten books about wildlife, hunting, fishing, and wild game cooking. But best of all, he’s a generous and wise thinker about ecology and animal suffering.

    Josh has never shot an animal in his life. Enjoy.

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    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
735 Ratings

735 Ratings

MtnMamaL ,

Entertaining and Enlightening

One of my favorite podcasts. In a sea of outrage media, UC is a welcome vessel to help navigate the thorny issues facing the world. Josh is highly intelligent and witty, and although he certainly has a healthy ego, it manifests in confidence not boorishness. He will deftly feign ignorance on a subject to encourage his guest to explain. I finish 95% of his interviews or monologues with important things to ponder, challenging my prior assumptions. The premium subscription is well worth it.

elioalv ,

Was optimistic for this last convo

Host seemed to enter it with an open mind but hardly let the guest get a word in

Andiobe ,

Clear and honest

I just discovered Josh’s podcast, and I love his concise, honest and deep thinking on the issues. Bravo!

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