Come binge thinking with 29-year-old Tiny Homes enthusiast Molly Bryson. With a burning interest in design, fuelled by an unsustainable housing market and several YouTube sessions led Molly to build a Tiny Home with her partner. The only challenge? She had no carpentry skills. A wide ranging and, at times philosophical conversation covering sustainability, design, architecture, housing affordability gender stereotypes, the fear of getting things wrong, social media and appearances and the do-it-yourself experience. This episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh, with music by Big Gigantic. Get On Board!
In this podcast, we bring you Caspar's conversation with 27 year old comedy writer, satirist and podcaster James Colley. James is a standup comedian, a writer on several well-known Australian comedy TV shows including 'Tonightly', 'Gruen', and 'The Weekly with Charlie Pickering'. He co-hosts the podcast 'Stop the Posts' and is creator of the podcast 'Nailed It'. He is the author of "Too Right: Politically incorrect opinions too dangerous to be published except that they were" and co-authored the recent sports memoir "Tries, lies and meat pies: The Sam Thaiday Story".
James talks to us about his journey from starting out by training in from the blue mountains for 5 mins of open mic stand up when he was 15, his choice to study physics at Sydney University, and to discovering political comedy and eventually writing for some of the country's most well-known comedians. He explains why he is more passionate about writing comedy than doing stand up, though he provides tips on how to do both. James gives us his take on comedy today, how it is being challenged when it comes to topics like freedom of speech, and the experiences he's had when getting it wrong.
Other than that, we spoke about class, the recent #libspill and what he thinks needs to change about the world and comedy. As always, this episode was produced and edited by the ever-talented Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar gets binge thinking mental health with 30-year-old psychologist Vicki Smith. Join them as they talk about the different types of psychologists, therapists and counsellors and where you might look for advice or help. Vicki describes the differences between psychosis, bipolar disorder, mania and schizophrenia, the line between hope and madness, and why people feel shame for seeking mental health services. Vicki is also host of her own podcast, Insane Ramblings.
Listeners who need support with mental health personally or for their family, friends or partners can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue on 1300 22 3646, and should call 000 (in Australia) in an emergency. This episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh, and features music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar speaks to 33 year old lawyer and social pioneer Dion McCurdy about NewVote, an online direct democracy platform. The two discuss Dion's faith in ordinary people's ability to solve difficult political problems, the case for direct democracy in Australia, and how these systems work in other countries like Switzerland, Spain and even the United States. Dion also explains the value of citizen juries, and shares his passion for reforming politics to make the world a better place. You can support NewVote at their Patreon page here, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. This episode was edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
In this episode, Caspar speaks with 25 year old community leader Bee Shrestha. Bee is the founder of a social enterprise called Guilty Pleasures, that teaches work skills and provides independent livelihood to trafficked women in Nepal. Bee also runs her own international development company and is an avid public speaker. She hosts public 'Talk Shows' in Nepal and Thailand that aim to break down taboos in social discourse, such as mental health, sex, gender and rape. Produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar binges with his good friend Jamie Wood on life and work as a physiotherapist, small business owner, DJ, and avid bike tourer. After training in industrial design, Jamie shares his story in figuring out his passion in relieving pain and bringing joy to both people and for himself. He uses the four key pillars of his life to create this effect, whether its through rehabilitating children to walk again, getting the dance floor pumping at Splendour in the Grass, or through his personal joy in jumping on his bike and peddling into the distance – Jamie is fascinated with the efficiency of our bodies and the use of momentum. He discusses starting his business, Walk With Me, and how the experience of having two grandmothers with dementia has shaped his view on the world and his work. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar binge thinks his way through the global fashion industry with designer and small business owner, Kate Mackay. After over a decade in the biz, Kate launched her own fashion label – Flared Fashion - in the last 2 years and has been met with great success in the Australian retro festival market. She makes custom pieces, designs and creates her own prints and uses her label to promote accessible and ethical fashion for self expression, with a tilt towards men’s fashion. Breaking down barriers on what men should and shouldn’t wear and the challenges with sustainability and trend culture, listen to Kate share her story on why she loves what she does. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you lived on a boat? What about if you spent your life working toward the idealistic goal of world peace? In this episode, we bring you Caspar's conversation with activist-interpreter Daniel Read. Dan lives in Japan, but travels the world working as an interpreter for a non-governmental organisation called Peace Boat - a cruise ship that blends education, tourism and activism together as a vehicle for change. Dan and Caspar discuss his work as an interpreter in international dialogue and his passion for educating people about differences in the world. Dan also shares his struggle with NGO work and the challenge in affecting real change on complex issues. Produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh and featuring music by Big Gigantic.
Join Caspar in Episode 31 of Binge Thinking where he explores the journey of creative writer, filmmaker and social entrepreneur, Domini Marshall. The two binge on Domini’s passion for story telling, her struggle with work life suffering from bad managers, her mission to address women’s representation in the media, how her own experience with sexual assault led to the creation of her social enterprise, Her Words, and why she thinks empathy is the key to addressing our social and political problems. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Have you read Australia's constitution? Did you know that our political system is different to the British even though we inherited their laws? Why do you think the high court of Australia supported the government to conduct a postal survey for Marriage Equality and was that legal? Join Caspar as he binges with lawyer and life long political activist, Chris Orchard. Chris shares his journey growing up working class in Australia, finding political causes throughout his early twenties and deep passion for the study of class and capitalism, and later solidifying his interests in a career in law. Caspar and Chris binge on his struggles of feeling like an impostor in middle-upper class of Australian society, and why he thinks the law is the best way to impact society and to hold those who have power accountable. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.