Uncomfortable Conversations with Josh Szeps
"The Fallout of #MeToo" with Kat Rosenfield
Season 1, Ep. 103
Kat is a feminist who takes no bullshit. She created a stir with her piece “Why I Keep Getting Mistaken for a Conservative”. She and Josh discuss the challenges faced by women and the fallout of the #metoo movement.
"Off The Rails?" with James Lindsay
Season 1, Ep. 102
James Lindsay is one of the most controversial figures on the American right. He was permanently banned from Twitter in August, until Elon reinstated him this week. He initially gained famed debunking the social-justice left. Since then, he has become notorious for increasingly dire warnings about an authoritarian leftist takeover of culture. Is he a crank, or a genius? Josh tries to figure him out.
"Is Everything A Hallucination?" with Anil Seth
Season 1, Ep. 101
When you see the colour blue, is it the same as when I see the colour blue? How does your brain create an image of the world... and of yourself? Dive into the wild world of the matrix with one of the world's leading neuroscientists, Anil Seth. His bestselling book is Being You: A New Science of Consciousness.
Josh's Soap Box: What I Got Wrong About Covid
Season 1, Ep. 100
Josh is being eviscerated on social media for spreading pro-vaccine misinformation. Did he? What did he, and we, get wrong about Covid?
"The People vs Democracy" with Yascha Mounk
Season 1, Ep. 99
How do you stitch together diverse immigrant societies into a common future? How do you avoid collapsing into quarrelling tribes? Yascha Mounk is an optimistic academic who understands how democracies thrive... and decay.
Josh’s Soap Box: Twitter & Antisemitism
Season 1, Ep. 98
Josh reflects on Elon Musk, Kanye, Israel, and the rise of online Jew-hate.
"Big Tech & Free Speech" with Jordan Guiao
Season 1, Ep. 97
What will Elon Musk do with Twitter? Who wants to live inside Mark Zuckerberg's Metaverse? Should Facebook censor hate speech? Jordan Guiao lived and worked in Silicon Valley and he knows big tech inside and out. We was formerly a digital strategist and the head of social media for the ABC and SBS respectively, and is currently a Research Fellow at The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology. His new book is Disconnect - Why We Get Pushed to Extremes Online and How to Stop It.
Josh’s Soap Box: Kanye, hijabs and Taylor Swift
Season 1, Ep. 96
Josh reflects on Kanye's antisemitic meltdown, Taylor Swift's supposed fat shaming video and activism in Iran.
"Maoism In The West" with Prof. David Martin Jones
Season 1, Ep. 95
David got his PhD in political thought from the London School of Economics and now teaches at King’s College London. He was a political science lecturer at the National University of Singapore and an associate editor of the University of Malaya’s South East Asian Studies journal. He explains the echoes he sees in the West of Mao's Cultural Revolution. A politics of rage. Intellectual conformism. Cancel culture. This episode is a collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney as part of its "Permission to Think" series.