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Episode 44 - Australia Votes with Adam Pulford

We begin season 3, the only way we possibly could, politically. Most listeners will be aware that Australia is currently in the midst of an federal election. Here at binge thinking, we wanted to speak with youth representatives of each the parties to find out what they think the issues are, and why they feel they are best placed to look after your interests. Fundamentally, we wanted to know what makes a young person see the a bright future with a particular political party? So we approached the offices of the Young LiberalsYoung Labor and Victorian Young Greens, along with some of their millennial candidates. And while the Liberal and Labor parties did not respond to our requests for an interview, one millennial Greens candidate did. 

Adam Pulford is a 29 year old social activist running as the Greens candidate for the electorate of Wills, which stretches from Melbourne's Inner north of Brunswick through to Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Fawkner and Glenroy. The seat is currently held by Labor's Peter Khalil by 4.9% and is considered in play for the Greens who won 31% of the primary vote in the last election. So how did Adam, a 29 year old (originally from the Northern Territory) who grew up socially conservative and first voted Liberal in 2007, end up becoming a Greens political candidate with an actual chance of winning? Adam and Caspar sat down to discuss this, along with his life working as a social activist, his work with Greens MP Adam Bandt, his views on leadership, how he came to terms with his homosexuality, and going public about his mental health. As always, this episode was produced and edited by the incredibly talented and hard working Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Adam and Caspar enjoying the first binge of 2019!

Adam and Caspar enjoying the first binge of 2019!

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 8: Disability Support with Adie Volich

Welcome back Bingers! This episode of Binge Thinking saw Caspar sitting down with Disability Support Worker, Adie Volich. Adie has worked face-to-face with people living with disabilities at the Melbourne-based Milparinka organisation for the last eight years. They binged on the physical and social barriers that people with disabilities face in Australia. Adie shared her views on the misconceptions about what kind of life a person with physical or mental disabilities can have.

Caspar and Adie also got bingeing on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the policy game-changer for people in Australia living with disabilities, currently being rolled out. Do you know someone with a disability? Maybe you have one yourself? Are you afraid of people with disabilities or are you just not sure how to behave around them? Let yourself be challenged by Adie’s expert perspective and get on our level.

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

Happy Bingeing! 

Disability support worker Adie Volich challenges our views of people living with disability and the rollout of the NDIS

Disability support worker Adie Volich challenges our views of people living with disability and the rollout of the NDIS

Episode 5: Music Production with Nick Herrera

Binge Thinking has moved. And in quintessential Melbourne style, Caspar spoke with musical genius Nick Herrera. Aside from running his own production studio (Nick Herrera Production) he also performs vocals for the band Kalacoma. Nick binged on working within the northside scene of Melbourne (including with Hiatus Kaiyote), running his own business, his passion for creativity, and challenges in the music industry. This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic (intro) and Kalacoma (outro).

You can watch Kalacoma's amazing music videos on YouTube and listen/download their music on Soundcloud or BandCamp

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Nick Hererra Binge Thinking on his life's work and passion as a creative in the music industry

Nick Hererra Binge Thinking on his life's work and passion as a creative in the music industry

Caspar soaking in Nick Herrera's Binge Thinking in his own studio

Caspar soaking in Nick Herrera's Binge Thinking in his own studio