Refugees

Episode 42 - Refugees and Seeking Asylum with Hedayat Osyan

Caspar speaks with 26 year old Afghani refugee and social entrepreneur Hedayat Osyan. A former refugee from Afghanistan's Hazara ethnic minority, Hedayat came to Australia by boat when he was 17 after fleeing persecution by the Taliban. He now runs a small business and social enterprise called Nick Tiling Services. Hedayat started the business to provide decent work for refugees experiencing exploitation in the construction industry. Aside from secure ongoing work, they provide mentoring, english lessons, and support navigating the legal system in Australia. 

Hedayat discusses his journey from Afghanistan to Australia, and explains how he came to start Nick Tiles after getting his education in politics. He shares his view on the war in Afghanistan and how we can better integrate refugees into our society (and why this matters to all of us). 

As always, this episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

 Caspar and Hedayat binge in Melbourne

Caspar and Hedayat binge in Melbourne

Episode 23: Queensland Politics with Amy MacMahon

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

 Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare. 

Caspar and Amy post binge on life, politics, environment, and welfare. 

Episode 11: Progressive Dreams with André Dao

He lawyers. He writes. He’s deputy editor of the New Philosopher magazineand is one of the pioneers of Behind the Wire… and he’s just had a baby! André Dao works tirelessly to document lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia’s harsh detention system. His group Behind the Wire has just released a podcast (The Messenger), a book (They Cannot Take the Sky)and curated an exhibition at Australia’s Immigration Museum. Caspar sits down with the formidable Dao, a millennial to take note of. The two talk about André’s insightful piece ‘Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism’ published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. In it, André writes about the constraints of coal-face progressive policy workers versus the hack-tastic attitude of the modern techno-dreamer. Can we solve the world’s problems with an app? Do millennial progressives need to dream big before they lose the future? And what can we all learn from Milton Friedman? Caspar and André binge big dreams and their hurdles. This episode was edited and produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic. 

 André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", 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