89 episodes

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 • 640 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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    "When Whitefellas Talk With Blackfellas" with Tyson Yunkaporta

    "When Whitefellas Talk With Blackfellas" with Tyson Yunkaporta

    Tyson is a researcher, writer, and traditional wood carver. He works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges and is the founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University. His podcast, "The Other Others", discusses how Indigenous knowledge can solve the world’s problems -- which is also the topic of his book, Sand Talk. He and Josh debate the far right, the woke left, structural racism, acknowledgments-of-country, and conspiracy thinking in Aboriginal communities. 
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    "Are Aussies Sexist?" with Sarah Wilson

    "Are Aussies Sexist?" with Sarah Wilson

    What's wrong with Australian men? What expectations do single, middle-aged women face? What happened to the Left? Sarah Wilson is a global phenomenon -- an activist, journalist, speaker, writer, podcaster and host. She joins Josh on this special crossover episode to wrestle with the biggest questions in our lives. 
    Notes
    Sarah mentions the following study during the show. Details here:
    A 2019 Harvard University study that looked at global economies and innovation found that Australia, paradoxically, was both one of the richest nations and the least innovative . . . and that the former led to the latter. Follow the links for more details.
    https://atlas.cid.harvard.edu
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/australia-is-rich-dumb-and-getting-dumber-20191007-p52y8i

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    "What Is Gender?" with Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek)

    "What Is Gender?" with Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek)

    What is a man? What is a woman? What is transgenderism? What is drag? When are we acting out gender stereotypes, and when are we just being ourselves? Shane is the man behind Australia’s most popular drag queen, Courtney Act. Josh and Shane debate gender, sex, and the imminent death of heterosexuality (maybe). 
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    "The Scott Morrison Fiasco" with Peter van Onselen

    "The Scott Morrison Fiasco" with Peter van Onselen

    During the pandemic, did the Australian prime minister subvert democracy? One of Australia’s leading political commentators takes Josh deep into the bizarro world of Morrison’s multiple ministries.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    "Would 'The Satanic Verses' Be Published Today?" with Sami Shah

    "Would 'The Satanic Verses' Be Published Today?" with Sami Shah

    As Salman Rushdie recuperates, Josh debates Islamophobia, blasphemy and cancel culture with the Pakistani-Australian writer and comic Sami Shah.
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    "Why We Keep Secrets" with Michael Slepian

    "Why We Keep Secrets" with Michael Slepian

    Michael Slepian is an Author and Associate Professor of leadership and ethics at Columbia University. His new book is called The Secret Life Of Secrets - How Our Inner Worlds Shape Well-being, Relationships, and Who We Are.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
640 Ratings

640 Ratings

Rememberist ,

Josh Szeps is not of this Earth.

I’ve been listening to Uncomfortable Conversations for quite some time now, and it’s become uncomfortably obvious that Josh Szeps is probably not a real human boy. He regularly shows observational and rhetorical skills that are obviously not usually available to most of the human cattle that inhabit this planet. His eagerness to engage with a wide variety of people simply in order to understand them is somewhat frightening. I recommend that you never listen to this horrible man ever again. Or just follow your heart, silly human.

missdino001 ,

Not as open minded as he claims

I heard him on as a guest on the Psychology Podcast and was highly impressed. First episode and he’s fast insulting the right within 10 minutes of the episode. He’s no different and just contributes to the decisiveness being pushed by both sides. This is exactly what so many of us who are open minded and inquisitive are looking to escape.

kearena ,

Entertaining but...

Found this podcast thanks to Josh Barro whose two current podcasts are phenomenal. This Josh talks a lot but has interesting if not always particularly knowledgeable guests. He thinks he knows more about US than he actually does: vis-à-vis politics, history and how Americans think; it’s really hard to believe he lived in NYC ever because he knows little about it. Also, Australia is NOT more diverse than US, period. He hasn’t a clue what homeopathic is and doesn’t comprehend that “woke” does not mean cancel culture or people you disagree with. “Woke” merely means ‘alert to injustice’, particularly but not exclusively racial injustice; he shouldn’t let his guests say otherwise even if it’s “uncomfortable”. This latter is a growing problem in media - allowing terms to be morphed into incorrect meanings.
Nevertheless, I’ve now listened to most of the back episodes and the podcast is entertaining. The topics are mostly current. And it’s nice hearing different perspectives, even if they’re not all well-informed. And he does push back on guests occasionally, which is refreshing.

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