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Episode 49 – Mechanical Engineering and Illustration with Aileen Ng

What is mechanical engineering and why do we need it in our lives? According to our guest, 28 year old Aileen Ng, mechanical engineering enters most facets of our lives, from our train system and bridges, to our toasters, our renewable energy and more.

Aileen has spent the last 8 years or so studying and working as a mechanical engineer and industrial designer. But, like many people out there, she soon realised that while she was passionate about design, she did not enjoy working as an engineer.

Aileen now works as a graphic designer and illustrator for the magazine Why Not?. In this episode, we discuss her journey training in engineering, her experience working in overhead wire engineering for train lines, how she found the male-dominated STEM workforce and why she decided to bow out of the field in pursuit of creativity through art. 

This episode of Binge Thinking was hosted and produced by Nina Roxburgh, was recorded at Youthworx studio in Melbourne, was co-edited by Nina and Charlotte Morton, and features music by Big Gigantic

Aileen and Nina at Youthworx, Brunswick.

Aileen and Nina at Youthworx, Brunswick.

Episode 48 – Press Freedom with Gary Dickson

Press freedom is not a new issue, but many listeners in Australia, and even some overseas may have noticed that it has come into the spotlight again, with the recent AFP raids on ABC journalists.

Of course, many places in the world are still fighting hard to get proper press freedom, but now there seems to be a growing number of places that have well-established traditions of a free press, but are struggling to maintain it.

The heads of Australia’s media companies, rarely seen together in public, are now calling openly for new laws that protect press freedom and have criticised how the term “national security” is being used as a cover to strip away democratic debate.

In this episode, Caspar speaks with 30-year-old journalism teacher and researcher Gary Dickson. Gary teaches media law at Monash University and is currently completing his second masters researching the history of press freedom and the journalist labour movement globally.

Gary also founded and runs freepress.watch, a public record of violations of press freedom in Australia.

Gary and Caspar discussed his background studying history, and how this led him to find his passion in journalism. He provides a summary of which Australian laws he thinks are the most damaging to press freedom, and why we should be concerned. Plus much more.

This episode of Binge Thinking was produced by Nina Roxburgh, recorded at Youthworx studio in Melbourne, and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar feeling relieved that Gary will protect our press freedom for the rest of time!

Caspar feeling relieved that Gary will protect our press freedom for the rest of time!

Gary’s reading list:

If you’re keen to follow up on the reading list Gary mentioned in the episode here it is:

'‘The death of Fairfax and the end of newspapers’

https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2013/july/1372600800/eric-beecher/death-fairfax-and-end-newspapers

'It's not just Trump: US media freedom fraying at the edges'

https://www.indexoncensorship.org/not-just-trump-us-media-freedom-fraying-edges/

Defending press freedom is not the same as celebrating great journalism
https://www.cjr.org/analysis/press-freedom-defend.php

WIN or lose for rural viewers?

https://insidestory.org.au/win-or-lose-for-rural-viewers/

Why the raid on Australian media present a clear threat to democracy

https://theconversation.com/why-the-raids-on-australian-media-present-a-clear-threat-to-democracy-118334

Episode 47 - Youth and Diversity with Alex McLean

One in three young people (26 and under) are either unemployed or underemployed in Australia. Our youth rate for unemployment is at its highest in 40 years, and the Newstart allowance for young job seekers has not increased in over 25 years, even though our cost of living has gone up. To top it all off, a recent study found there are only two rental properties currently on the market that a person on income allowance from the government can afford. At the same time, internship programs that are funded by the tax payer are leading to vulnerable young people being paid an abysmal $4 an hour while big business like Hungry Jacks use these programs to fill what would otherwise be actual paid job vacancies.

How’s a young person to catch a break if they don’t have the privilege of living with their parents, volunteering and interning for months or years to gain experience for the workplace and not needing to worry about meeting basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter? In this episode, Caspar speaks with 26 year old, Co-Executive Officer of the National Youth Commission Australia (NYC), Alex McLean who is working to uncover and solve some of these big challenges for young people in Australia.

Alex is a passionate advocate of youth rights and development, as well as diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also has a love of science with a background in epidemiology, the study of infectious diseases.

Caspar and Alex binge on all things youth development in Australia, the issues coming out of the NYC’s current inquiry into youth employment, and what drives Alex in all her work.

This episode was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh, recorded at Youthworx, and features music by Big Gigantic.

Alex McLean and Caspar excited to go eat some smashed avo now they’ve finished the biggest binge ever. At Youthworx Studios, Brunswick.

Alex McLean and Caspar excited to go eat some smashed avo now they’ve finished the biggest binge ever. At Youthworx Studios, Brunswick.

Episode 46 - Health Equality in an Unequal World with Jay Stiles

Have you ever wondered how we make decisions in Australia about health? Who came up with the anti-smoking laws and why? How should we approach childcare, high blood pressure, diabetes and or even just how many days we should work in the week? These are all issues that 30 year old Jay Stiles seeks to understand and influence as a Health Economist and Podiatrist.

Caspar and Jay caught up to chat all things how we as a country should prioritise our competing health issues and possible solutions to create equity in health outcomes. They journey through Jay’s career working on the frontline as a podiatrist in the western suburbs, within diverse and ageing communities, moving through to research into politician’s life expectancy and more. Fundamentally, Jay tries to understand how to use our limited health resources for the most benefit and to make Australians as healthy as possible.

This episode was hosted by Caspar Roxburgh, produced by Nina Roxburgh, edited by Charlotte Morton and features music by Big Gigantic.

Jay Stiles and Caspar at Lupine Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Jay Stiles and Caspar at Lupine Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Episode 45 - Mind and Body with Jess Daly

Caspar speaks with 33 year old ‘alternative’ personal trainer Jess Daly about how she went from travelling the world as a professional dancer to becoming a fired-up physical and mental coach working with Melbourne’s queer, female and alternative clients. Jess shares her experience falling in love with the meditation of technical weight lifting, why she first went into a gym, her initial reluctance to become a trainer, her views on diet and different training techniques, and why she’s all about helping people become who they want to be. Check out Jess’s amazing instagram account @thejessdaly, and her youtube channel where she has training videos to try at home.

This episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh, was edited by Lakshay Kukreja and features music by Big Gigantic.

Fitness trainer and general badass Jess Daly shows Caspar how to flex!

Fitness trainer and general badass Jess Daly shows Caspar how to flex!

Episode 43 - Life and Death with Grace Wetherall

In our final episode for season 2, Caspar speaks with 32-year-old registered nurse Grace Wetherall. Grace works in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) where she looks after patients in critical conditions with acute injuries often leading to death. Grace explains how people are more likely than ever to die in a hospital instead of in their own home. She outlines the difference between end of life care in ICUs versus palliative care, how hospitals can almost always keep us 'breathing' and how this differs from a 'meaningful recovery'. The two discuss the merits of voluntary euthanasia and the challenges of working in the medical field. As always, this podcast was produced and edited by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic

Caspar and Grace bingeing through the Brisbane air!

Caspar and Grace bingeing through the Brisbane air!

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 30: Law and Order with Chris Orchard

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. 

Chris Orchard binges on Sundays in his sweater

Chris Orchard binges on Sundays in his sweater

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.