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Episode 39: Tiny Homes with Molly Bryson

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!

You can find out more about starting your own Tiny Home project by visiting Brunswick Tool Library or signing up for a Hammertime workshop.

 Caspar and Molly on the front porch of the Tiny Home!

Caspar and Molly on the front porch of the Tiny Home!

 Introducing, Molly’s Tiny Home!

Introducing, Molly’s Tiny Home!

 Early days, Molly and Milos using recycled materials for their Tiny Home

Early days, Molly and Milos using recycled materials for their Tiny Home

 Dream Tiny House Team!

Dream Tiny House Team!

Episode 38: Writing for Comedy with James Colley

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

You can follow James' work on his Twitter or Facebook page and if you live in Sydney, you can attend 'Nailed It!' live shows at Giant Dwarf Theatre.

 James and Caspar post #libspill binge... so real

James and Caspar post #libspill binge... so real

Episode 35: Community Development in Nepal with Bee Shrestha

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 and Bee bingeing on social justice and getting it done! 

Caspar and Bee bingeing on social justice and getting it done! 

Episode 32: Interpreting and International Activism with Daniel Read

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.

 Caspar and Dan in post binge session in Japan 

Caspar and Dan in post binge session in Japan 

Episode 26: Economic Booms and Busts with David Murakami

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.

 Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Join David and Caspar as they Binge Think their way through the booms and busts of the Australian economy and looking forward to the future. 

Episode 24: No Business like Show Business with Johnathan Peck

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.

 Old friends Caspar and John reminiscing on their misadventures in their younger days

Old friends Caspar and John reminiscing on their misadventures in their younger days

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 10: Love and Patriarchy with Sophie Allan

Exciting news Binge Thinkers!

We are launching our collaboration with the Griffith Review: Millennials Strike Back. Our first special guest is writer Sophie Allan. Caspar and Sophie sat down and got Binge Thinking on Sophie's memoir 'Under the Skin: Home, history and love in patriarchy'. The two discuss the complex gender rules and roles developed in the schoolyard and home. When she isn't writing, Sophie is the founding editor-in-chief of the Melbourne based Chart Collective - a not-for-profit publisher that explores the way our stories are woven into the Australian environment. This episode was edited and produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.

Get on our level and start Striking Back!

 Sophie Allan, founding editor of Chart Collective and writer, talks memoir, relationships, patriarchy, and navigating her life. Her piece 'Under the Skin: Home, history and love in patriarchy' is published in the  Griffith Review 56:  Millennials Strike Back  .

Sophie Allan, founding editor of Chart Collective and writer, talks memoir, relationships, patriarchy, and navigating her life. Her piece 'Under the Skin: Home, history and love in patriarchy' is published in the 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