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Award-winning journalist Trish Wood digs deep with guests and thinks critically about the world, COVID-19 policy, true crime, wrongful convictions, epic media fails, addiction, the gender wars and sometimes basketball. Trish’s acclaimed interview style, empathetic but tough and agenda-free, explodes convention and exposes raw truth. Trish Wood's guests include: Matt Taibbi, Scott Atlas, Naomi Wolf, Abigail Shrier, Michael Shermer, Meghan Daum and Nancy Rommelmann. Listeners of this show also ...
 
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Katie and Jesse follow up with just a bit more KidneyGate discussion, then talk about Netflix employees’ reactions to Dave Chappelle’s special. The second half is an in-depth look at an astonishingly bad scandal in the Loudoun County, Virginia public schools. This is the public version of the episode — if you’re a premium subscriber and want to com…
 
While science and medicine are failing a multitude of ethical challenges, hero navy corpsman (medic) Paul Rodriguez talks about his time in Iraq, what it was like practicing medicine under fire and how difficult it was for him to come all the way home from war. Also, an Iranian student is struggling in Canada, his adopted country, over mandates tha…
 
You mightn't expect the founder of a billion-dollar asset management company to be a crypto nerd. But Mark Carnegie is one of the few big-time venture capitalists who actually understands Bitcoin. Most of what you hear about cryptocurrencies comes from evangelists who've drunk the kool-aid, or traditionalists who Just Don't Get It. Mark is neither.…
 
Before Ali G and Borat, John Safran blew up Australian TV as a troublemaker extraordinaire. His new book "Puff Piece: How Philip Morris set vaping alight (and burned down the English language)" is a gonzo glimpse into the bizarre future that tobacco companies are trying to build. He and Josh reflect on performative social justice, the gullibility o…
 
Frederick Joseph is the unluckiest man in New York City: After dealing with a Satanic AirBnB host, a racist woman on the street, and racist editors and producers, he is the victim of the latest Central-Park-Karen-style incident. The hosts discuss his super real and honest stories. Then: Jesse interviews Kathryn Paige Harden, the author of The Genet…
 
(Apologies -- initially uploaded this with the wrong episode number/URL, so here's a corrected redo.) An update on Katie's face, Catie's Correction Corner, the world's only black nonbinary conservative, the bizarre newspeak pertaining to females being embraced by major liberal institutions, personals, and Ellen Pao's very strange New York Times op-…
 
Why does it seem western democracies are working against their citizens' interest? How did it happen that voters have less and less choice as political parties align themselves with each other while campaigning on being different? The so-called meritocracy at the top of our institutions seems to rule regardless of who wins elections and it is given…
 
Peter recently quit his job as an assistant professor of philosophy, saying that universities have sacrificed ideas for ideology. The more he spoke out against illiberalism on campus, the more retaliation he faced. This is the first episode of the "Permission to Think" series, a collaboration between Uncomfortable Conversations and the Faculty of A…
 
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, where Josh is a Professional Fellow, is launching a series of conversations with world-class intellects. The mastermind behind the series, the Faculty’s Dean, explains why. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
The Prudie fakester: https://www.gawker.com/media/dear-prudie-it-was-me-all-along Help! My Friend Thinks I Am Stealing Vaccines From African-American Grandmothers To Attend Sex Resorts: https://slate.com/human-interest/2021/03/dear-prudence-daughter-girlfriend-armed-robbery-murder.html Help! My Husband and I Can’t Agree On What To Name the Baby We …
 
Trish and writer Karen Hunt deep dive Joe Biden’s Big Daddy moment, menticide and mass psychosis at the hands of our governments, staying strong in a time of crazy and the Emperor’s News Clothes on display at the Met Gala. Karen is one of the most astute writers working and pushes the envelope through her important essays on Substack.…
 
Professor Tim Flannery received Australia's highest honour, the Australian Of The Year award, for his work as an ecological historian, explorer and environmentalist. He and Josh discuss tree kangaroos, climate change, anti-vaxxers, and giant dinosaur sharks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Show notes/Links: Jesse's review of Trans: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/07/books/review/trans-helen-joyce.html Wi spa incident: https://nypost.com/2021/09/02/charges-filed-against-sex-offender-in-wi-spa-casecharges-filed-against-sex-offender-in-notorious-wi-spa-incident/ Max Read on Gawker: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2016/08/did-i-kill-gawk…
 
What happens when an ethics professor decides vaccine mandates are unethical and says so to the college where she has taught for twenty years? In a heartbreaking video, Professor Julie Ponesse describes her position and the reaction to it that could end her career. And a small town Canadian mayor stands her ground against passports that would divid…
 
Americans have been going craycray over Austraystray. From Fox News to social media, images of Australia's lockdowns are being presented as a descent into totalitarianism. The concern-mongering came to a head with an article in The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf entitled "Australia Traded Away Too Much Liberty: How long can a democracy maintain eme…
 
He is a vaccine advocate, but Dr. Hooman Noorchashm says vaccine rollouts represent a mistake as serious as the intelligence failures before Pearl Harbour. He is brutal in his assessment: governments and their public health departments have done just about everything wrong. If the game is immunity from C-19, why are they ignoring natural immunity f…
 
An urgent investigation. Show notes/Links: Ben Burgis: “He’s one the most consistently and maliciously dishonest writers alive.”: https://twitter.com/BenBurgis/status/1431686876541325314 More from Burgis: https://benburgis.medium.com/noah-berlatskys-critique-of-class-first-leftism-c9a738caf77a Old version of Freddie deBoer's Planet of Cops essay, w…
 
Oliver and Aimee are joined by the great Glenn Greenwald (and his dog) to discuss COVID-19, civil liberties, being of the object of online hatred, Trump's impact on the left, the politics of recognition and inclusion, and why movements become more militant as they become mainstream.To listen to the full episode, become a patron at patreon.com/whats…
 
A new documentary about Anthony Bourdain, whose suicide in 2018 shocked the world, is unpacked by Trish and her son Thomas. For both of them, long in recovery, Bourdain's death seemed almost inevitable as he spiralled from unchecked addictions that were part of his lucrative brand. It’s a look inside three lives — Bourdain’s as well as those of a m…
 
As the Health Department Secretary, Dr Stephen Duckett was Australia's most senior health official. He now runs the health program at the think tank that helped shape Australia's hardline response to COVID-19. Josh is fed up with lockdowns, and wrestles with Stephen about the path back to life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat…
 
We explore public health’s ethical problem caused by a singular C-19 focus on the “greater good”, a stance that can lead to authoritarian thinking and contravenes the doctor-patient relationship. Trish also explores evidence suggesting the Kabul debacle is the direct result of Joe Biden’s cognitive impairment and wonders why doctors aren’t speaking…
 
After Katie and Jesse follow up on some stuff from last week, the hosts discuss a video game controversy involving anthropomorphic weapons, and Katie interviews Meghan Murphy, who has been banned from major platforms for saying things like "men cannot become women." Show notes/Links: Jesse on the Junot Diaz situation: https://reason.com/2018/07/09/…
 
After Katie tells Jesse about her extremely traumatic 'vacation,' the hosts discuss a journalistically half-baked article about the Broadway star Alice Ripley and Jesse interviews Ethan Strauss on how the Great Awokening has washed over sports, producing some questionable journalism and cringeworthy ads. (Apologies to patrons that we couldn't get t…
 
A talented lawyer, dedicated to fighting vaccine coercion, explains why she caved and got the jab. She’ll continue her battle for others through the courts, despite her own decision. Also, Apocalypse Again — Trish on the debacle that is the fall of Kabul. What must the soldiers think? How the country has always been a moral abyss.…
 
Hey guys -- it's me. Jesse. (Singal.) I think I instigated some confusion this week. My thought process was Well, this isn't a new episode to patrons, so I'm not going to drop it in the premium feed. Then a lot of people were confused as to why they weren't seeing a new episode this week, and I couldn't tell whether there was a genuine technical is…
 
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