Imagine walking away from a high-paying, but soul-destroying job to travel the world as a writer. It's the greatest gamble and the ultimate dream. This episode brings you the remarkable story of 31 year old Kristin Addis. Five years ago, Kristin left her job as an investment banker in California with a packed bag and a one-way ticket to Thailand. Today she runs a successful business as a travel blogger and Instagram influencer under the name "Be My Trave Muse". Caspar and Kirstin got binge thinking her journey from banker to blogger, author and photographer and her passion to make women feel empowered to travel the world. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Have you ever wondered why some people work so hard but never see financial success? Are you confused about how an economy works? What industry will have the next big boom? And where will jobs be in the future? Binge Thinking returns for 2018 with 27 year old research economist David Murakami. Growing up in a working class family, David's interest in economics was shaped by seeing how his parents couldn't find financial success despite their best efforts. David shares his journey into academia, and his insights into the political economy in Australia and Japan (where he is currently based). The two also got binge thinking on Australia's mining and service industries, the future of the tech industry in Australia, and his struggle in balancing the burden of knowledge with finding happiness. David previously worked as a Policy Officer for the West Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was a National Parliamentary Fellow at the ANU in 2016. He currently lives in Tokyo, where he works at the Bank of Japan while completing his Masters research in Macroeonomics at Keio University. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with Music by Big Gigantic.
In this episode, Caspar speaks with 29 year old professional actor Jonathon Peck. Johnathan binge thinks the life of a working actor, the differences between acting for stage vs screen, and the challenges, sexism, and rejection of show business. Johnathan's CV includes work on Neighbours and the 2016 film Lion. He will be appearing in the Melbourne Shakespeare Company's Much Ado About Nothing in December 2017. Produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.
In this episode Caspar gets binge thinking with 31 year old sociologist, Amy MacMahon. Amy has spent the last four years completing her PhD on adaptation initiatives in Bangladesh rolled out by NGOs and governments to combat climate change. She investigates how these initiative impact women farmers specifically and perpetuate gender inequality.
But Amy has another side. She is also running as a Greens candidate for South Brisbane in the upcoming Queensland state elections. Caspar and Amy binge on her journey to politics through her research, navigating the difficult and insecure Australian labour market, her family and her personal life. You can follow Amy on Twitter and Facebook This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Are you afraid of heights? Have you ever wondered why some people love mountain climbing in extreme conditions? Caspar speaks to 29 year old Josh Worley about The Vertical Year: his mission to spend 12 months climbing mountains around the world while raising $100,000 for mental health and environmental charities. Josh explains how climbing helps him confront fear and anxiety and break the monotony of everyday life. He hopes he can share these benefits with others by using his climbing to raise money for Reach Out and The Climate Council. You can read Josh's regular column at Zen and the Art of Climbing, or follow his exploits (and donate) at the Vertical Year website, on Instagram or on Facebook. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Yeah so there are these solar panels that just take the sun's energy and turn it into electricity. Maybe you've got them on your roof? But have you ever wondered how this actually works? Samantha Hood is a 26 year old physicist who is pushing solar technology to brave new heights. Come binge thinking as she explains how solar technology is replicating natural systems in plant leaves, and how women have been left out of the scientific world for too long! Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a musical prodigy? To have shunned school for your passion? In this episode, Caspar speaks to Melbourne-based Gambian musician Amadou Suso. Amadou comes from a family of storytelling musicians, and is considered one of the world's greatest Kora players. He shares his journey from Gambia to Australia. He also tells us about his fusion of traditional Gambian music with jazz and rock through the Senegambian Jazz Band. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic.
Join Caspar as he binge thinks the complex nature of wars, conflict and peace building with 32 year old senior lecturer Jasmine Westendorf. Jasmine is an expert in the field of international relations, specialised in conflict resolution. Jasmine shares her journey from waitressing to running an entire degree program in one of Melbourne's “most radical” universities. She also binges on juggling the demands of academia, how her research has developed, and speaking with UN ambassadors. If this wasn’t enough, in her spare time she is also running Melbourne Free University to provide the community with equal access to education and knowledge. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Caspar gets binge thinking with 31 year old Melbourne artist Gerard Geer. Gerard first came to public prominence when the Victorian government ordered him to destroy all his artwork. Since then, he's made up with the state, started teaching skeletal articulation, and gone viral on Instagram. Listen in as we recount his crazy adventure. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic. Get into it.