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The Jolly Swagman Podcast
Conversations hosted by Joe Walker. As featured in The Australian Financial Review, ABC News, The Daily Telegraph, MacroBusiness, and Pedestrian.tv. (Formerly 'The Jolly Swagmen Podcast' hosted by Angus and Joe.)
Jul 21, 2020
#87: The Doyen Of Economics Podcasting On Death, Lockdown, And The Art Of Socratic Dialogue - Russ Roberts
Russ Roberts is an economist and the host of EconTalk. *Show notes* *_Selected links_* * Follow Russ Roberts: Website | Twitter * EconTalk * _Macroeconomic Patterns and Stories_, by Ed Leamer * _Fooled By Randomness_, by Nassim Taleb * Systemic Risk of Pandemic Via Novel Pathogens -- Coronavirus', paper by Joe Norman, Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Nassim Taleb * 'To philosophize is to learn how to die', essay by Montaigne * _How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life_, by Russ Roberts *_Topics discussed _* * When and how did EconTalk begin? 8:55 * Has interviewing over 750 people made Russ a better or more effective person? 13:59 * How to really understand an idea. 32:00 * What has Russ learned from Nassim Taleb? 35:43 * The Precautionary Principle. 42:03 * The lockdown dilemma. 48:38 * The Precautionary Principle again. 1:11:52 * Is Russ afraid of death? 1:18:49 * What has Russ done to improve his craft as an interviewer? 1:27:18 * Where was Russ born and what did his parents do? 1:48:21 * Why did Russ study economics? 1:49:52 * Narrative economics. 1:51:13 * Who are the most important economists for non-economists to know? 1:57:12 * How does Russ think about what he does? 2:02:31 * Vipassana meditation. 2:06:26 * When would Russ recommend economics as an undergraduate degree? 2:17:18 * Adam Smith's distinction between being loved and being lovely. 2:21:14
2 hr 24 min
Apr 23, 2020
#86: The Life and Times of a Thoroughly liberal Prime Minister - Malcolm Turnbull
Malcolm Turnbull was Australia's 29th Prime Minister. *Show notes* *_Selected links_* * Follow Malcolm Turnbull: Website | Twitter * _A Bigger Picture_, by Malcolm Turnbull * Malcolm's speech at the 2010 Deakin Lectures * Malcolm's speech at the 2010 BZE Stationary Energy Plan launch * 'Condolence on the Death of Robert Hughes', 2012 speech by Malcolm Turnbull * Malcolm's 2015 speech challenging Tony Abbott's leadership * _The Fiery Chariot_, by Lucille Iremonger * _Reflections on the Revolution in France_, by Edmund Burke * _The Case for Conservatism_, by Quintin Hogg * _The Reluctant Republic_, by Malcolm Turnbull * _Fighting For the Republic_, by Malcolm Turnbull * _Constitutional Advancement in a Frozen Continent: Essays in honour of George Winterton_ * 'An Alternative Republic Proposal', Anne Twomey's 2015 article in the _ALJ_ * _Skin in the Game_, by Nassim Taleb * _Antifragile_, by Nassim Taleb *_Topics discussed _* * Which of Malcolm's speeches is he most proud of? 9:52 * Malcolm's childhood. 12:51 * Burkean Conservatism. 20:20 * How do governments know when they're reforming too quickly or too slowly? 26:11 * Resolving the core tension in the Australian Republican Movement. 42:59 * Same-sex marriage. 48:48 * The Minority Rule. 52:19 * Is the Liberal Party philosophically tenable? 59:35 * How does Malcolm assess prospective tech investments? 1:04:24 * Malcolm's intellectual shift on China. 1:07:19 * Malcolm's struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. 1:11:42 * Antifragility. 1:15:48
1 hr 22 min
Apr 1, 2020
#85: How To Put The Economy Into A Coma - Chris Edmond & Steve Hamilton
Chris Edmond and Steve Hamilton are Australian economists. *Show notes* *_Selected links_* * Follow Chris Edmond: Website | Twitter * Follow Steve Hamilton: Website | Twitter * 'A Rush Back to 'Normal' Would Be the Blunder of the Century', WIRED's interview of Larry Summers * 'Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce COVID-19 mortality and healthcare demand', Imperial College London paper by Neil Ferguson et al * 'How the recession we have to have can be sharp but short', _The Australian Financial Review_ article by Steve Hamilton and Stan Veuger * 'Coronavirus: payroll subsidy will save the economy', _The Australian_ article by Chris Edmond and Bruce Preston *_Topics discussed _* * What happens to an economy when non-essential workers are told to stay home? 9:22 * The false choice between health and economic outcomes. 20:53 * How long do lockdowns need to last? 36:39 * Are Australia's lockdowns hard enough? 43:46 * What does pandemic-appropriate fiscal stimulus look like? 46:29 * Is this the end of surplus fetishism? 59:45 * JobKeeper. 1:06:44 * Will Australia see further rounds of stimulus? 1:19:21 * Is the financial economy healthy? 1:22:33 * Which one piece of advice would Steve and Chris give to the Australian Government? 1:26:26
1 hr 31 min
Mar 26, 2020
#84: The Price Of Uncertainty - Chris Joye
Chris Joye is Founder and Co-Chief Investments Officer at Coolabah Capital Investments. He is also a Contributing Editor with _The Australian Financial Review_.
2 hr 10 min
Mar 25, 2020
#83: How An Italian Town Conquered Coronavirus - Andrea Crisanti
Andrea Crisanti is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Padua. He is part of the research team that eradicated coronavirus in Vo, a town in northern Italy. *Show notes* *_Selected links_* * Follow Andrea: Website * Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus dashboard * Data on testing by country * Marc Lipsitch's 18 March _STAT_ article *_Topics discussed _* * The Italian crisis. 8:22 * Why has Lombardy become an epicentre of coronavirus? 9:50 * How does the situation in Veneto compare to that in Lombardy? 11:06 * How did Andrea become involved in the Vo experiment? 11:51 * What is the process for identifying infection people in Veneto? 17:20 * What is the R0 for asymptomatic people? 20:25 * What is the strategy employed at Vo? 24:32 * Is there still time for Australia and the US to implement the strategy used at Vo? 25:21 * Does the Vo strategy need to be implemented in full in order to be successful? 28:05 * Why have some Asian countries been better at controlling the virus than Western countries? 28:47 * Is the Vo strategy scalable? 29:43 * How should we think about the prospects of future waves of the virus? 30:34
Mar 18, 2020
#82: A (New) Darwinian Left - Peter Singer (Live in Melbourne)
Peter Singer is the world's most influential living philosopher.
2 hr 2 min
Mar 9, 2020
#81: In The Foothills Of A Pandemic - Yaneer Bar-Yam
Yaneer Bar-Yam is a physicist and the founding president of the New England Complex Systems Institute. *Show notes* *_Selected links_* * Follow Yaneer: Website | Twitter * Endcoronavirus.org * _Dynamics of Complex Systems_, by Yaneer Bar-Yam * _Making Things Work_, by Yaneer Bar-Yam * 'Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)', research by Max Roser and Hannah Ritchie * _Powers of Ten_ YouTube video * 'An Introduction to Complex Systems Science and Its Applications', 2019 paper by Alexander Siegenfeld and Yaneer Bar-Yam * 'The Architecture of Complexity', 1962 paper by Herbert Simon * 'Science and Complexity', 1948 paper by Warren Weaver * 'More is Different', 1972 paper by Phil Anderson * _Scale_, by Geoffrey West * Johns Hopkins University coronavirus interactive map * 'Systemic Risk of Pandemic via Novel Pathogens -- Coronavirus: Note', January 2020 note by Nassim Taleb, Yaneer Bar-Yam, and Joe Norman * _The Square And The Tower_, by Niall Ferguson * 'Long-range interaction and evolutionary stability in a predator-prey system', 2006 paper by Erik Rauch and Yaneer Bar-Yam * 'Transition to Extinction', 2016 article by Yaneer Bar-Yam * 'Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Implemented by US Cities During the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic', 2007 paper by Howard Markel et al * 'Strategies for mitigating an influenza pandemic', 2006 paper by Neil Ferguson et al * Join the fellowship of the doers: firstname.lastname@example.org *_Topics discussed _* * Yaneer's background and parents. 11:39 * _Powers of Ten_. 12:06 * Highlights from Yaneer's time as an MIT student. 15:29 * The role of chance in our lives. 21:28 * What is "complexity"? 25:42 * Complex systems. 30:23 * Emergence. 37:06 * Phase transitions. 44:26 * Self-organization. 49:48 * Universality. 55:12 * Applying complex systems science to the Arab Spring. 1:03:13 * Taking stock of the coronavirus epidemic. 1:12:47 * What is the current best estimate for the coronavirus' R0? 1:13:39 * Fat-tailedness and super-spreaders. 1:17:13 * What is the coronavirus' fatality rate? 1:21:45 * Will the coronavirus obey seasonality? 1:26:33 * Why are historical base rates -- for example of Spanish influenza -- of limited use in forecasting the spread and impact of coronavirus? 1:28:08 * The risks of increased global transportation. 1:28:56 * Which details should we focus on and which details should we ignore in the spread of the coronavirus? 1:36:58 * What approaches do governments need to take to stop the virus from spreading? 1:39:24 * Will western governments take the dramatic steps needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus? 1:48:15 * If our governments fail to prevent a pandemic, what steps do we need to take as individuals? 1:53:13 * How can people volunteer their efforts to stop the virus from spreading? 2:04:30
2 hr 10 min
Feb 20, 2020
#80: Coronavirus, Covert Influence, And Cold War II - Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd was Australia's 26th Prime Minister and is the President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. *Show notes* *_Selected links_* * Follow Kevin: Website | Twitter * Mike Pence's Hudson Institute Speech (October 4, 2018) * 'The Sources of Soviet Conduct', 1947 article by "X" (George Kennan) * Henry Kissinger's talk at Bloomberg's New Economy Forum (November 21, 2019) * 'Chinese Communist Party Influence at Australian Universities', lecture by Clive Hamilton * 'High Tide? Populism in Power, 1990 - 2020', report by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change * 'Going to Extremes: Politics after Financial Crises, 1870 - 2014', paper by Manuel Funke, Moritz Schularick, and Christoph Trebesch * 'The Complacent Country', article by Kevin Rudd *_Topics discussed _* * Wuhan. 3:56 * What has the coronavirus revealed about the limits of the CCP's competence? 4:30 * Is the CCP underreporting coronavirus figures, as it did for SARS figures in 2003? 6:57 * Are China and the US in a new cold war? 8:44 * Would a new cold war have any hidden upsides? 11:56 * Chinese influence in Australian universities. 13:51 * How should Australia deal with Chinese influence? 17:58 * Cross-cultural communication between China and the West. 23:40 * How does the Left reformulate itself in the face of electoral defeats around the world? 27:51
Feb 17, 2020
#79: The Evolution Of A Renegade - David Sloan Wilson
David Sloan Wilson is an evolutionary biologist. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Freelancer.com and by Blinkist. You can find the Blinkist deal exclusive to listeners of this podcast at www.blinkist.com/swagman. *Show notes* *_Selected links_* * Follow David: Website | Twitter * _The Selfish Gene_, by Richard Dawkins * _River Out Of Eden_, by Richard Dawkins * _The Descent Of Man_, by Charles Darwin * _Animal Dispersion In Relation To Social Behavior_, by Vero Wynne-Edwards * _Adaptation And Natural Selection_, by George C Williams * 'Reintroducing Group Selection to the Human Behavioral Sciences', 1994 paper by David Sloan Wilson & Eliot Sober * _The Meaning Of Human Existence_, by E O Wilson * 'Gender and Politics Among Anthropologists in the Units of Selection Debate', 2014 survey by Yaworsky, Horowitz & Kickham * _The Man In The Grey Flannel Suit_, by Sloan Wilson * _Sociobiology_, by E O Wilson * _Governing The Commons_, by Elinor Ostrom * _Animal Species And Evolution_, by Ernst Mayr * Simpson's paradox * 'The False Allure of Group Selection', Steven Pinker's Edge.org article * 'Understanding and Sharing Intentions: The Origins of Cultural Cognition', 2005 article by Mike Tomasello et al * Dave's conversation with Jonathan Birch * _Darwin's Cathedral_, by David Sloan Wilson * _This View of Life_, by David Sloan Wilson * 'Social Baseline Theory: The Social Regulation of Risk and Effort', 2015 paper by James Coan & David Sbarra * Prosocial.world *_Topics discussed _* * Does Dave actually enjoy his father's books? 15:21 * How did Dave's father's fame affect Dave as a child? 17:50 * Dave's relationship with his mother. 21:17 * Is Dave an atheist? 23:10 * The benefits of boarding school. 23:53 * Where did Dave first encounter the theory of evolution by natural selection? 29:16 * The three ingredients for natural selection. 32:32 * Are _natural selection_ and _evolution_ synonymous? 33:33 * Life-changing books Dave read while at college. 38:30 * What Dave learned from studying zooplankton. 39:36 * A crash course in group selection. 42:46 * Why did group selection fall out of favour? 1:03:16 * Dave's crusade to revive group selection. 1:19:23 * What is altruism? 1:27:14 * How does _selfish gene theory_ explain altruism? 1:34:05 * How does Dave define groups? 1:50:57 * The averaging fallacy. 1:55:10 * Are groups "replicators" or "vehicles"? 1:57:50 * Is "shared intentionality" evidence for group selection? 2:03:24 * What accounts for Richard Dawkins' outsized influence? 2:09:18 * What is religion? 2:13:48 * Why do religions exist? 2:14:57 * Richard Dawkins' and Bret Weinstein's different takes on the evolution of religion. 2:19:48 * How did the Jewish community survive persecution by developing a belief in the afterlife? 2:37:38 * Dave's shift to reforming communities in the real world. 2:42:20 * Elinor Ostrom's core design principles, and how public policy can benefit from evolutionary thinking. 2:52:57 * Social Baseline Theory. 2:56:40
3 hr 4 min
Jan 30, 2020
#78: The Intellectual Wild South - Eric Weinstein
Eric Weinstein is a mathematician and the Managing Director of Thiel Capital.
2 hr 56 min
Jan 15, 2020
#77: The Silent Hero Of The Australian Economy - Ian Macfarlane
Ian Macfarlane was Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1996 to 2006. He is the author of The Search For Stability and Ten Remarkable Australians.
1 hr 39 min
Dec 31, 2019
Thank you Swagmen and Swagettes for making 2019 the best year since 2018.
Dec 19, 2019
#76: The Modern Empiricist Proving Old Wisdom On Household Debt And Recession - Amir Sufi
Amir Sufi is the Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
1 hr 5 min
Nov 17, 2019
#75: How To Build A Future More Like Star Trek Than Terminator - Andrew Leigh
Dr Andrew Leigh MP is a member of the Australian federal parliament. He is currently Labor's Shadow Assistant...
Nov 4, 2019
#74: The Untold Tale Of How One Ruthless Company Subjugated A Subcontinent - William Dalrymple
William Dalrymple is an acclaimed historian and travel writer. He lives nine months of the year on a...
1 hr 13 min
Oct 16, 2019
#73: On Radical Uncertainty, "Phantastic Objects", And Blowing Bubbles - David Tuckett
David Tuckett is a psychoanalyst, Professor, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty at...
2 hr 20 min
Sep 30, 2019
#72: Lifting The Veil On Sydney's Crime And Skulduggery - Kate McClymont
Kate McClymont is Australia's most awarded journalist. An investigative reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald, she is famous...
1 hr 13 min
Sep 7, 2019
#71: Markets And The Madness Of Crowds - Robert Shiller
Robert J. Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and one of the 2013 recipients of...
2 hr 18 min
Aug 9, 2019
#70: The Dogged Journalist Who (May Have) Pricked A Property Bubble - Adele Ferguson
Adele Ferguson is an award-winning investigative journalist best known for her work exposing misconduct and fraud in the...
1 hr 2 min
Jul 10, 2019
Classic Episode Rerun: The Legendary, Fraud-Sniffing Short Seller - Marc Cohodes
This is a rerun of a conversation I recorded in May 2018 with legendary short seller Marc Cohodes....
2 hr 50 min
Jul 8, 2019
#69: The World According To A Maverick, Beach-Biding Stock Picker - John Hempton
John Hempton is a renowned short seller and the Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Australian-based hedge fund...
2 hr 52 min
Jun 14, 2019
#68: Xi Loves Us, Xi Loves Us Not? - Kevin Rudd
This is an episode about a rising superpower (China) and its ruler (Xi Jinping). It's also a conversation...
1 hr 28 min
Jun 8, 2019
#67: The Good Society Hidden In Our Genes - Nicholas Christakis
Nicholas Christakis is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale, where he directs the Human...
1 hr 1 min
May 29, 2019
#66: The Leader Of The Free World Is A Malignant Narcissist With Pre-Dementia - John Gartner
Richard Nixon once said, "I can go into my office and pick up the telephone and in twenty-five...
May 22, 2019
Housing Bubble Week Finale: It's The Housing Cycle, Stupid! - Ed Leamer
This episode is about why housing busts cause recessions. Few understand their nexus better than Ed Leamer. Ed...
May 20, 2019
Housing Bubble Week: Getting Things Done In Western Sydney - John Hempton
The logic is inevitable: credit is as much a feature of housing bubbles as the moon is of...
May 18, 2019
Housing Bubble Week: A Philosophy Of Bubbles - Timo Henckel
Bubbles are everywhere today — or so we're told. But what are they really? I speak with behavioural...
1 hr 11 min
May 16, 2019
Housing Bubble Week: Speculation And Unchartered Waters - Chris Joye
Chris Joye manages $3 billion as the Co-Chief Investment Officer at Australian fixed-income manager Coolabah Capital Investments, and...
1 hr 15 min
May 15, 2019
Housing Bubble Week: Housing Bubbles As Availability Cascades - Timur Kuran
Timur Kuran is a Turkish American economist, Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor in...
May 14, 2019
Housing Bubble Week: Lessons From Amsterdam's 'Gentlemen's Canal' - Piet Eichholtz
We all know that real estate is the best long-term investment for capital gains, and property investors should...
1 hr 5 min
May 13, 2019
Housing Bubble Week: Can We Predict Housing Bubbles? - Dean Baker
I speak with Dean Baker, US economist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research based...
May 12, 2019
#65: 'Housing Bubble Week' & Joe's Speech To Mensa
I announce 'Housing Bubble Week' and share a speech I gave in Sydney in September 2018. Show notes...
Apr 30, 2019
#64: Doing Good Better - Will MacAskill
Will MacAskill is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is also one of...
Apr 2, 2019
#63: The Evolution Of Bret Weinstein
Bret Weinstein came to public prominence as the professor at the centre of the 2017 Evergreen State College...
2 hr 3 min
Apr 1, 2019
An Update From The Lads
Sadly, Angus is stepping down as co-host, to focus on bigger and better things. Joe, your regular host...
Feb 15, 2019
#62: Some Highlights - 2018
Signature moments from some of our crazy conversations in the year sandwiched between 2017 and 2019. Guests Leonard...
1 hr 14 min
Dec 13, 2018
#61: The Three Big Lies Poisoning Young Minds - Jonathan Haidt
This is a conversation with renowned moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt about his new book The Coddling of The...
1 hr 4 min
Dec 6, 2018
#60: On Recessions - Andrew Charlton
Andrew Charlton is a Rhodes Scholar, economist, and author. From 2008-10, in his late twenties, he was senior...
Dec 3, 2018
#59: Elephants In The Room - Jonathan Tepper
Which US and Australian industries are the most concentrated? How did Standard Oil inspire the Nazis? Why are...
Oct 25, 2018
#58: When The Sky Fell In - Kevin Rudd
Joe speaks with the 26th Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd. Kevin led Australia from December 2007 to...
Jul 26, 2018
#57: The Man Who Defied Europe - Yanis Varoufakis
Joe speaks with former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, the man who defied Europe to save Greece -...
1 hr 26 min
Jul 26, 2018
#56: Ignore The Bond Market At Your Peril - Nicholas Bishop
Picture a Giant Anaconda, sitting in the corner of the room. Very still, observing everything - after a...
1 hr 12 min
Jul 9, 2018
#55: Skype's Cofounder On The Threat Of AI - Jaan Tallinn
How many people do you know who have created a verb? We 'google' things, we 'uber' to places,...
1 hr 16 min
Jun 19, 2018
#54: The Patriarch Of 'Silicon Alley' - David Rose
David Rose is the most infamous Angel Investor in America. He is a serial entrepreneur, avid investor and...
1 hr 30 min
Jun 14, 2018
#53: Where Venture Capital Meets Social Purpose - May Samali
Critical technological and societal changes of the last century have been spearheaded by entrepreneurs and the investors who...
1 hr 17 min
Jun 7, 2018
#52: A Short Story Of Everything - David Christian
The universe is 13.8 billion years old and humans have existed for only 200,000 years. If that time...
1 hr 29 min
Jun 2, 2018
#51: The Art/Science Of A High Impact Career - Rob Wiblin
Most people want to help others with their career, but what's the best way to do that? Become...
1 hr 33 min
May 29, 2018
#50: The Brave Cookie Monster - Brendan Eich
1 hr 26 min
May 24, 2018
#49: The Legendary, Fraud-Sniffing Short Seller - Marc Cohodes
For thirty-seven years, Marc Cohodes has bet big money against bad companies. Due to his success, he is...
3 hr 2 min
May 17, 2018
#48: My Friend Richard, And Theories Of The Universe - Leonard Susskind
Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch professor of Theoretical physics at Stanford University. He is widely regarded as...
1 hr 6 min
May 14, 2018
#47: The Shape Of Probability - Harry Crane
Harry Crane is a scholar who specialises in statistics and probability. He is currently a professor of statistics...
1 hr 43 min
May 3, 2018
#46: How Peter Thiel Destroyed Gawker - Ryan Holiday
In 2016, a Florida court delivered an astounding $140 million verdict against Gawker media for publishing a sex...
Apr 26, 2018
#45: AI And Existential Risk - Huw Price
What are human existential risks and why does Artificial Intelligence rank as one of the most menacing? At...
Apr 18, 2018
#44: Electricity Shared - Jemma Green
Dr Jemma Green is the Co-founder and Chair of Power Ledger. Dr Green began her career as an...
Apr 11, 2018
#43: The Number That Rules Humanity - Robin Dunbar
You only have 150 friends. How do we know that? Because that is Dunbar's number. Robin Dunbar is...
Apr 4, 2018
#42: Going Paleo - Pete Evans
Pete Evans is a world-renowned chef, restauranteur and co-host of hit TV show, My Kitchen Rules - he...
1 hr 29 min
Mar 31, 2018
#41: Did The Cold War Ever End? - Kim Beazley
The Hon Kim Beazley AC is a former Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the...
Mar 22, 2018
#40: Running Australia's Busiest Emergency Department - Gordian Fulde
Dr Gordian Fulde AO is Australia's leading emergency medicine specialist. He founded the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine...
1 hr 14 min
Mar 15, 2018
#39: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World - Andrew Leigh
Dr Andrew Leigh MP is a federal Labor politician with a brilliant background. A promising lawyer and associate...
Mar 7, 2018
#38: Everything Is Negotiable - Herb Cohen
If you're interested in improving your negotiation, whether that's to buy a used car or bump up your...
1 hr 12 min
Feb 21, 2018
#37: Blockchain Is Not The Answer - Paul Madsen
Hashgraph is a new distributed ledger technology which many experts believe will supersede the blockchain itself. Founded by...
Feb 7, 2018
#36: Doing The Most Good - Peter Singer
Peter Singer is widely regarded as the world's most influential living moral philosopher. From kickstarting the animal rights...
Jan 23, 2018
#35: The End Of Money?
Will cryptocurrency replace the financial system as we know it? What if that is only the start? In...
Jan 4, 2018
#34: Our Fragile Economy - Matt Barrie
We feel ourselves lucky. Twenty-six years of continuous economic growth breeds a certain complacency. But our prosperity belies...
Dec 27, 2017
#33: Two Economists Walk Into A Bar (LIVE!) - Luigi Zingales & Richard Holden
Former guests and F.O.T.P*, Luigi ZIngales (#24) and Richard Holden (#26), joined us at the inaugural Jolly Swagmen Christmas...
Dec 20, 2017
#32: Will The Real Stoicism Please Stand Up - Margaret Graver
Stoicism, an ancient philosophy invented by the Greeks and developed by the Romans, is back in fashion. From...
Dec 13, 2017
#31: Discovering The 'Sonic Crisp' - Charles Spence
Charles Spence is the world's leading expert in 'Gastrophysics' - the science of food and how our senses...
Dec 6, 2017
#30: The Man Behind The Mic - Alan Jones
Alan Belford Jones has dominated Sydney's airwaves for more than 30 years. Australia's most popular radio broadcaster, he...
Nov 22, 2017
#29: China's Secret Campaign - James Leibold
James Leibold is a deep expert in Chinese history and society. Educated in the US, he is now...
Nov 15, 2017
#28: Liar Loans - Peter White
Welcome to Part 4 of our Property Special. Fraud is a hallmark of bubbles, as mania turns to...
Nov 8, 2017
#27: Not If, When - Jonathan Tepper
In Part 3 of our Property Series we consult the 'housing bubble whisperer', Jonathan Tepper (@jtepper2). He is the founder of research house Variant...
Nov 1, 2017
#26: What's In A Bubble? - Professor Richard Holden
Welcome to part 2 of our Property Series! The term "bubble" gets bandied about a lot these days,...
Oct 25, 2017
#25: Safe As Houses - John Flavell
Welcome to episode 1 of our 4-part series on the Australian property market. In this episode, Mortgage Choice...
Oct 19, 2017
#24: Saving Capitalism - Luigi Zingales
Trump. Cronyism. Inequality. Monopolies. Weren't we promised better than this? What happened to a "new nation, conceived in...
Oct 12, 2017
#23: "Small-l Liberal, Big-L Lesbian" - Christine Forster
Christine Forster is currently the only Liberal party member of the City of Sydney Council, having left a...
Oct 4, 2017
#22: Bittersweet: How To Make Money On A Housing Market Crash - Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker is an INCREDIBLY successful self-taught investor based in Sydney. During the day he specialises in building...
Sep 27, 2017
#21: Beating My Ice Addiction - Dave Oliver
Dave Oliver is Australia's first openly gay premiership rugby coach. Throughout his school and sporting career spanning the...
Sep 20, 2017
#20: Changing The Constitution Is As Easy As - Anne Twomey
Professor Anne Twomey is one of Australia's leading constitutional law experts. She has practiced as a solicitor at...
Sep 13, 2017
#19: Columbia MBA Professor Teaches You How To Find Strategic Insight In Any Scenario - William Duggan
Would you like the ability to reliably experience those "breakthrough moments"? We've found your guru. William Duggan teaches...
Sep 5, 2017
#18: Why I Was Really Fired By Google - James Damore
Former Google Senior Software Engineer now martyr to political correctness and hero of the alt-right, James Damore is...
Aug 30, 2017
#17: The Two Reasons Why Gays Shouldn't Marry (According To The Coalition For Marriage) - Monica Doumit
Australia is in the midst of debating whether to legalise same-sex marriage, with a national postal vote underway....
Aug 23, 2017
#16: Procrastination, Perfectionism, And Diagnosing Donald Trump - John Tsilimparis
John Tsilimparis MFT is a celebrity psychologist based in LA, where he runs his own private clinic in...
Aug 16, 2017
#15: Can We Avoid Nuclear Catastrophe? - Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans AC, QC was Australia's greatest ever Foreign Minister. Holding that position from 1988-96, he also held...
1 hr 11 min
Aug 8, 2017
#14: When Will Australia Become An Independent Nation? - Peter Fitzsimons
Peter Fitzsimons is the current Chair of the Australian Republican Movement (ARM) - fighting to move Australia from...
Jul 31, 2017
#13: Cocaine, Ritalin And The Finance Industry - Peter Luc Bossaerts
Peter Luc Bossaerts is the world's leading expert in experimental finance and pioneered the field of "neuroeconomics". He...
Jul 25, 2017
#12: Why You Shouldn't Eat, Two Days A Week - Dr Michael Mosley
#1 New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, presenter or producer of over 25 BBC documentaries, and self-confessed "human guinea...
1 hr 7 min
Jul 19, 2017
#11: 'London Bridge Is Down' - Sam Knight
Queen Elizabeth II has ruled as Britain's monarch for 65 years. At the age of 91, her reign...
1 hr 3 min
Jul 12, 2017
#10: Fearlessness, Founding Companies, And Full-time Adventuring - Patrick Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney is making a career as an adventurer and fear guru. Whether it's cycling the seven summits...
Jul 5, 2017
#9: A Soldier's Guide To Survival In Afghanistan - Charlie Thompson
Charlie Thompson served in Canada's elite Close Protection Unit, completing two tours of Afghanistan in 2006 and 2008....
Jun 28, 2017
#8: Not Drinking (Alcohol) For A Year - Chris Raine
Chris Raine is CEO and Founder of Hello Sunday Morning, a charity that challenges people to give up...
Jun 21, 2017
#7: Life's A Pitch - Ian Elliot
Ian Elliot is Australia's advertising guru. Former CEO and Chairman of George Patterson, he worked his way from...
1 hr 10 min
Jun 15, 2017
#6: Really Bad Memes - Dart Sultan
Dart Sultan: enigma, humourist, meme king. An anonymous Melbourne man on the rise, having amassed 185,000 Facebook followers...
Jun 7, 2017
#5: A Crash In Two Years - Steve Keen
Few people saw the Global Financial Crisis coming. Steve Keen was one of them. He is a ferocious...
Jun 1, 2017
#4: Building A Restaurant Empire - Matt Moran
Matt Moran is well known on the Australian restaurant scene. Raised on a dairy farm in Sydney's West,...
May 26, 2017
#3: Summiting And Surviving Mount Everest - Ben And Laura Darlington
Outside of their day jobs, Australian couple Ben and Laura Darlington are irrepressible adventurers. Ben, who runs his...
1 hr 29 min
May 18, 2017
#2: The Art And Ethics Of Political Speechwriting, Part 2 - Don Watson
Don Watson was Prime Minister Paul Keating's speechwriter from 1992-1996. Don's work included the Unknown Soldier Speech, and...
May 14, 2017
#1: The Art And Ethics Of Political Speechwriting, Part 1 - Bob Lehrman
Bob Lehrman was Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore from 1993-95. An accomplished author and novelist, he...