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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 A…
 
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Professor Tim Flannery received Australia's highest honour, the Australian Of The Year award, for his work as an ecological historian, explorer and environmentalist. He and Josh discuss tree kangaroos, climate change, anti-vaxxers, and giant dinosaur sharks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Americans have been going craycray over Austraystray. From Fox News to social media, images of Australia's lockdowns are being presented as a descent into totalitarianism. The concern-mongering came to a head with an article in The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf entitled "Australia Traded Away Too Much Liberty: How long can a democracy maintain eme…
 
As the Health Department Secretary, Dr Stephen Duckett was Australia's most senior health official. He now runs the health program at the think tank that helped shape Australia's hardline response to COVID-19. Josh is fed up with lockdowns, and wrestles with Stephen about the path back to life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat…
 
Oliver Burkeman describes himself is "unreasonably obsessed with the question of how people organise their days". He returns to the show for a chat about time, and how to use it. His new book is Four Thousand Weeks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
In the culture wars, Jesse Singal is either the world's supervillain or its superhero, depending on your point of view. His original Atlantic article is at https://bit.ly/3zZ9Msq and Jonathan Kay's article about the smear campaign against him is at https://bit.ly/3dgcShO. Jesse's new book, in real-world printed form, is "The Quick Fix". See acast.c…
 
A giant of Australian media, Andrew Denton is a producer, writer and former television and radio star who now spends much of his time advocating for Voluntary Assisted Dying laws through his organisation Go Gentle Australia and his podcast Better Off Dead. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Do lockdowns work? Will we reach herd immunity? Will Australia ever re-open to the world? As Melbourne endures another lockdown, Josh grills Australia's leading epidemiologist, the World Health Organisation advisor Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, about how we might return to "normal". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Just before Joe Biden's election, Josh sat down with the ferocious critic David Roth to discuss what Trump taught us about populism and power. Did wokeness help create a climate in which Trumpism could grow? And might it again? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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