Episode 22: The Vertical Year with Josh Worley

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

Caspar and Josh post binge

Caspar and Josh post binge

Episode 21: Physics of Solar Power with Samantha Hood

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

Meet Samantha Hood, quantum physicist and all round boss millennial, tackling solar energy technology and women in science 

Meet Samantha Hood, quantum physicist and all round boss millennial, tackling solar energy technology and women in science 

Episode 20: Senegambian Jazz with Amadou Suso

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.

Caspar and Amadou chilling out after a special intimate performance on the Kora

Caspar and Amadou chilling out after a special intimate performance on the Kora

Episode 19: War and Peacekeeping with Jasmine Westendorf

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 and Jasmine Westendorf binging the big questions on world politics, what happened in Syria, and why we need to get better training for peacekeepers and their accountability

Caspar and Jasmine Westendorf binging the big questions on world politics, what happened in Syria, and why we need to get better training for peacekeepers and their accountability

Episode 18: Skeletal Articulation with Gerard Geer

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.

"But Gerard, who is going to cut my hair now?" Old friends Caspar and Gerard Geer catching up on Gerard's new life as a self sustained independent artist and expert in Skeletal Articulation

"But Gerard, who is going to cut my hair now?" Old friends Caspar and Gerard Geer catching up on Gerard's new life as a self sustained independent artist and expert in Skeletal Articulation

Episode 17: The Beauty Industry with Rachael Hofer

Lets get real folks. A huge amount of people care about their skin. Whether its from a cosmetic perspective or for medical reasons, humans are both vain and concerned about their external physical imperfections. Join Caspar as he binge thinks his way through unchartered territory with guest, Rachael Hofer. Rachael works as a skin specialist in the beauty therapy industry, and shares her unique experience in an industry embroiled with misconceptions, under appreciation, and stereotypes about vanity. Rachael binges on why her work is an important service to society, and how some aspects of beauty therapy are far more medical than cosmetic…You may also learn a trick or two for dealing with your own skin problems! This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Caspar and Rachael Hofer doing some serious bingeing in Caspar's natural bingeing habitat - the kitchen. 

Caspar and Rachael Hofer doing some serious bingeing in Caspar's natural bingeing habitat - the kitchen. 

Episode 16: Living on a Bicycle with Alex Litherland

Caspar speaks to 32 year old Alex Litherland about his journey from working in the arts to becoming a teacher. Alex is about to embark on a crazy bicycle touring adventure around the US to raise money for two local charities trying to cope under the Trump Administration - the ACLU  and the NRDC. Alex's campaign Unite the States  is also a learning experience for his students, creating an example of hope for young people in a world filled with problems. You can donate to Alex’s epic mission and follow his journey through his website. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Alex in his touring gear, preparing for another adventure to educate and raise money for charity

Alex in his touring gear, preparing for another adventure to educate and raise money for charity

Episode 15: Great Barrier Grief with Jessie Hildebrand

In this episode, Binge Thinking brings you marine scientist, turtle rescuer and mother of joeys Jessie Hildebrand. Jessie shares her unique experiences at the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. She also schools Caspar in the pollution from Tasmanian fish farming, ethical meat consumption, and riffs on the Great Barrier Reef in crisis. What is coral bleaching anyway? And how much has it REKT the Reef? What does a cow’s ‘moo’ really say? Hear the struggle of a young graduate in a country in denial. An epic failing for conservation, sustainability and renewable energy.  This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic. 

Marine Biologist and 'professional turtle rescuer' Jessie Hildebrand explains coral bleaching and why it's wrecking the Great Barrier Reef.

Marine Biologist and 'professional turtle rescuer' Jessie Hildebrand explains coral bleaching and why it's wrecking the Great Barrier Reef.

Episode 14: Immortality with Cathal O'Connell

Scientist and writer Cathal O'Connor joins Caspar to discuss his piece 'A Modern Epic: The Gilgamesh Quest'. In this final Binge Thinking collaboration with Griffith Review, Cathal explores humankind's pursuit of immortality, the science of ageing, and the tech philosophers that thinks they can crack eternal life. When he isn't writing, Cathal works in Australia on 3D printing stem cells. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with music by Big Gigantic

Scientist and writer Cathal O'Connell gets Binge Thinking the science and folly of immortality in discussing his piece 'A modern epic: The Gilgamesh quest', published by Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. 

Scientist and writer Cathal O'Connell gets Binge Thinking the science and folly of immortality in discussing his piece 'A modern epic: The Gilgamesh quest', published by Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. 

 

This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.

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Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

Episode 13: Countering Violent Extremism with Kavita Bedford

Binge Thinking is back with our third episode in collaboration with the Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back. Kavita Bedford joins Caspar in the binge tank to discuss her piece ‘The Spectator: Something distant called war’. Kavita also binged on her work countering violent extremism in Western Sydney with the Mapping Frictions, and as editor of The Point Magazine. Join Caspar and Kavita as they go on a deep dive, remembering where they were that fateful day, when the war of our generation began. Produced by Nina Roxburgh with Music by Big Gigantic.

Kavita Bedford joins Caspar on an interstate binge discussing her piece ‘The Spectator: Something distant called war’ featured in the Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back

Kavita Bedford joins Caspar on an interstate binge discussing her piece ‘The Spectator: Something distant called war’ featured in the Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back

This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.

Griffith Review on Twitter: @GriffithReview

Griffith Review on Facebook

Griffith Review Website

Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back