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.
Almost half of all Australians are either born overseas or have at least one parent from another country. That's a lot of people who have had to come to terms with their dual identity. For some of us, the difference between these cultures is minor, but for others a mixed background makes you an outsider wherever you go. This episode Caspar speaks with 28 year old Japanese-Australian Iori Forsythe. Iori grew up in both Australia and Japan, and always struggled to reconcile this dual identity. In her adult life she has championed cultural exchange. She works for the Queensland Government promoting high school education exchanges between Japan and Australia. Iori discusses her struggle to find her sense of belonging, her passion for bringing her two worlds together, and the cultural differences between Australia and Japan. This episode was edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
Ever heard of a digital artist? Among other things, it's the kind of job where you get to work on marvel films and helps builds giant robots. Sounds cool huh? In this episode, Caspar speaks to 29 year old digital artist Paul Fleer. Paul has a background in architecture, but decided to swap careers early on to escape the rigidity of the industry. As a digital artist he creates visual effects alongside animators and engineers. He’s worked on blockbuster Hollywood films like Dr Strange, Alien Covenant, Black Panther (gasp!) and even the LEGO movie spin offs! And Paul is now helping build giant dinosaurs and king king robots for stage shows and theme parks! Hear Paul Binge Thinking his life navigating a design mind, coding, being obsessed with efficiency but all the while dealing with anxiety about his future after falling into such a niche field of work. Of course, he also discussed what it's like being behind the scenes of some of the biggest films and visual art of our time! This episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic.
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.