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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 • 737 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.

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    Peter Helliar: The Craft of Comedy

    Peter Helliar: The Craft of Comedy

    Peter Helliar is one of Australia's biggest stand-up comedians. He was on TV every night for eight years as a panellist on The Project. He had his own network sitcom, How to Stay Married. He's a rockstar of the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He was nominated for Australia's biggest TV award, a Gold Logie. Last year, he was a contestant on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! When we sat down with him recently, he was playing the narrator in a live production of The Rocky Horror Show.

    This interview was recorded shortly after another comedian, Arj Barker, asked a breastfeeding mother to leave his Melbourne Comedy Festival show when the baby was making too much noise, sparking a cultural debate about discrimination against mums versus the craft of comedy. Peter is hugely insightful as a performer. Enjoy.

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    • 56 min
    Osher Günsberg: Being a Man

    Osher Günsberg: Being a Man

    Andrew Tate. Jordan Peterson. Joe Rogan. From where are young males getting their models of masculinity? What does it even mean to Be A Man in the 21st century?

    Osher Günsberg is the biggest TV host Down Under. For the past 21 years, he has been a mainstay of the country’s biggest shows as the host of Australian Idol, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and The Masked Singer, which were recently cancelled. He’s the narrator of Bondi Rescue, and his podcast, Better Than Yesterday, is one of the country’s biggest shows. In it, he discusses his mental health journey with high-profile guests.

    Osher, like Josh, is the father of a boy. Here, he and Josh wrestle with male violence, women's safety, masculinity, mental health, and being a dad.

    This conversation is a great listen in its own right, but the whole thing is even better. To hear the final section, get your own personalised premium ad-free feed by jumping over to https://uncomfortableconversations.substack.com/subscribe

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Helen Lewis: The State of Britain

    Helen Lewis: The State of Britain

    As the U.K. prepares for a sudden national election in four weeks, Helen Lewis and Josh wrestle with the issues that dominate all around the English-speaking world. Anger about rising prices – check. Anxiety about immigration – check. Dislocation due to globalisation – check. A culture war about wokeness – check.

    Helen is arguably Britain's most insightful and entertaining journalist. Her interview with Jordan Peterson for GQ has nearly 70 million views on YouTube. She's done several terrific radio series and podcasts: The Spark, Great Wives, and The New Gurus; and she co-hosts The Private Eye Podcast. Her book, Difficult Women, was an instant classic. She’s a frequent panellist on the smash hit BBC TV panel show Have I Got News for You. And her columns in The Atlantic, where she is a staff writer, are a must-read.

    If you believe the polls (and who could possibly doubt them these days?), the Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, is about to sweep away fourteen years of conservative rule. There’s no one better to explain why than the unmissable Helen Lewis.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    JUST JOSH: On Resilience

    JUST JOSH: On Resilience

    Josh had a rough week. He shares his advice about how to live a resilient, productive life -- to himself as much as to you. 

    This is a preview of a longer monologue for paid subscribers. We hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening.

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    • 22 min
    “What's Become of the Left?” with Prof. Clive Hamilton

    “What's Become of the Left?” with Prof. Clive Hamilton

    Does being "left-wing" mean giving everyone equal opportunities? Or does it mean elevating historically excluded groups like gays, trans folks and people of colour? Professor Clive Hamilton is a professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University. He was active in the civil rights movements of the 1970s and he founded the country's most important left-wing think tank, the Australia Institute, thirty years ago.

    In additon to his many books about the threat from China and from climate change, he penned an article: "Wake up, lefties, and reject wokeness".

    This episode is part of Permission to Think, a collaboration with the University of Technology, Sydney, where Josh is a visiting fellow. Thanks to the university’s dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Alan Davison, for making it possible.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    TALKBACK: How Josh Keeps His Poise… and Are Christians Under Attack?

    TALKBACK: How Josh Keeps His Poise… and Are Christians Under Attack?

    We opened up the webcams for a live Zoom talkback episode. We discuss fascinating news stories, Josh shares a private essay he wrote to his friends who are having a dispute over Joe Rogan, and you’ll learn how he keeps his cool during testy conversations.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
737 Ratings

737 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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