Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#23 James Young

James Young is the co-owner of the iconic Melbourne rock venue Cherry Bar, and founder of the best annual alternative music festival in Australia - Cherry Rock.  In this episode we talk about the threat to venues from developers and councils, the live music scene's health and ongoing innovation, and whether Melbourne really does trump Sydney in the rock'n'roll stakes.  We also touch on how Melbourne manages to consistently produce such brilliant acts, with two bands in particular getting high praise from James: King of the North and Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene...





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Monday, July 21, 2014

#22 Matt Emery & Larry Boxshall

Matt Emery is a comic book artist and publisher, and Larry Boxshall is a writer, film maker, podcaster and all-round pervert.  Both of them join me at the Palace Hotel, South Melbourne, to discuss the hottest things going in Geekdom - film, comic books and more!  We figure out what is really 'cool', solve the problem of gender equity in cinema, and why Americans have the nasty habit of getting caught in huge sculptural German vaginas!


Check out the following links for more info:

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#21 Dr Adrian Brown

An interview with Dr Adrian Brown from NASA Ames and the SETI Institute.  We discuss NASA's current endeavours on Mars, the search for life in other parts of the Solar System and outside it, and how data from Mars' climate can help us better understand our own climate on Earth.  We also touch on science education, women in science, some of the other leaders in space science, and future NASA projects...


You can follow Adrian on twitter at his SETI Talks handle:




For more information on the Australian Space Prize, see:


See also the following websites for more information on the Mars Science Laboratory, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA Ames and SETI:



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#21 Dr Adrian Brown

An interview with Dr Adrian Brown from NASA Ames and the SETI Institute.  We discuss NASA's current endeavours on Mars, the real search for life in other parts of the Solar System and outside it, how data from Mars' climate can help us better understand our own climate on Earth, and the importance of women in science.  We also touch on science education, and other related efforts at studying Mars, and future NASA projects... 


More information on Dr Brown and his related projects can be found at:



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Sunday, June 8, 2014

#20 Craig Ising - World Cup Special

Craig Ising is a musician, writer, actor, father, man-about-town, and all-round bon vivant. He is an expatriate Australian living in Inverness, Scotland.


Craig and I talk up and analyse the upcoming FIFA World Cup. We look at the Socceroos' chances in the Group of Death, review each qualifiers' group, and discuss who is likely to progress through to the round of 16, and then on to the final.  We question whether or not England will fail again, can any African nation feature beyond the group stage, who exactly is going to take home the chocolates, and if there is a 'Group of Death', then must there also be a 'Group of Life'?  This is a must for anyone interested in world football!



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Monday, June 2, 2014

#19 Craig Fryers

Craig Fryers is a graphic artist, composer and musician.  He plays bass in Melbourne bands Mushroom Giant and El Colosso.  In this episode Craig and I pose the big questions on life, politics and religion - somehow we miss out on sex- and go a long way to solving the World's problems.  Christianity, Islam, atheism, Tony Abbott, morality, hypocrisy, racism, the legacy of slavery in the United States, Darwinian evolution, cosmology, the genocide of indigenous Australians - no topic was untouched or untouchable.  And all in an hour and a half!


Music in the podcast is from Mushroom Giant's brilliant new album, Painted Mantra.  Intro track is Event Loop, outro track is The Drake Equation.  Used with permission.







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Monday, May 12, 2014

#18 Matt Lockhart

Matt Lockhart is an articulated comic book art photographer and artiste.  We make a supreme effort to get drunk, get a little high, and talk about whatever the hell we want to talk about.  Recorded on location at Play in Bourke St, Melbourne, with many thanks to Rex for allowing us the free run of the basement - now known as Podcast Central.


Matt hates twitter, so you can connect with him via instagram:




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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#17 Dr Sian Mitchell

Dr Sian Mitchell is a lecturer and cinema/film acedemic.  We discuss the role of cinema in society, the portrayal of sex, violence and women in the artform, and what relevance it has in an age of digital technology and small-screen devices...



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#16 Jayne Lewis

Jayne Lewis is head brewer at Two Birds Brewing, a Melbourne-based craft beer producer.  Jayne is a scientist, an artist, and avid lover of fine brews, and her passion for her product shines through in our conversation!


We discuss trends in brewing, the rise and rise of craft beer, dreaming up (literally) new products, and being a Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada) fangirl!






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Sunday, April 20, 2014

#15 Lindsay Webb

Lindsay Webb is an Australian comedian performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in his show, "Who Are You?  What Do You Do?".


Lindsay has toured around Australia, and internationally, performing at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Indianapolis Fringe Festival, MICF, and many others.



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Friday, March 28, 2014

Koops on Pizza Beer Revolution

This week i am one of the featured guests on the excellent Pizza Beer Revolution podcast!  I speak with the hosts of PBR Mike Pullano, Chris Ippolito and Joe Maffei, about Aussie beer, kangaroos and that sonofabitch Chris Christie...


Check out PBR at their website:


or iTunes:


and also on Youtube!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

#14 Ed Wyatt

A conversation with sports journalist, commentator, writer, producer - Jesus!  Is there nothing Ed Wyatt DOESN'T do? 


Recorded at the Palace Hotel in South Melbourne, with some of the sounds of the Australian Grand Prix in the background, my conversation with Ed spans his growing up in Portland, cutting his teeth on comedy in Seattle, and his journey to Australia.  Currently working with SEN Sports Radio in Melbourne, Ed is also known for his hosting Superbowls on Channel 10, and is the voice of football (the round version) for home Victory and Heart games in the so-called "Sporting Capital of the World"...

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

#13 Tha Mike Pilot

Tha Mike Pilot is the co-host of The Mediocre Show (America's longest running independent podcast), is also the co-creator, host and producer of the comedy/science podcast Obviously Oblivious, and co-host of the greatest Star Wars podcast in the galaxy:  Full of Sith.

Take my word for it - Mike is a stand-out kind of guy, and this conversation was a real serious pleasure.  Be sure to check out the links below for more info!



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Monday, February 3, 2014

#12 The Music

Starting from the 1970s, and weaving through all the way to my current tastes and influences, I take a look at the music that has shaped me and worked deep into my psyche.  This is about as general a summary possible - in this program I barely touch on my interest in classical music, and make only passing reference to the musicals my mother listened to that I too so loved.  There was always music playing in my house when I was a young boy, and even now, with three young children of my own, I love nothing more than when my kids ask about the music I play, or make requests of their own.

Pop a bottle, slip on some headphones and enjoy.

*I've tried to keep the bit-rate as high as possible in the compression process, to better serve and honour the original music included herein...


Friday, January 24, 2014

#11 Mike Pullano

In this episode I chat with Mike Pullano, one of the co-hosts of my favourite podcast Pizza Beer Revolution. Mike is a teacher, with a background in TV production, as well as being involved in one of his great passions - ice hockey - as host of the New York Rangers' Blueshirt Buzz. I first connected to Mike via social media, as an unashamed fanboy of the brilliant PBR podcast. The thing that really hit me about his show was how much it was like listening to my own friends - such similar interests and sense of humour! Frightening! Maybe it's a New Jersey thing, but it's wonderful to hear so much irony and self-deprecating humour in the American vernacular - PBR goes a long way towards dispelling the myth that Americans 'don't get' irony.

 So, you know what to do. Grab a couple of bottles of your favourite beer, kick back, and crank that smartphone to 11!

Who wants to play 'Top or Bottom'?



Sunday, January 5, 2014

When a new government comes to power brandishing mandates like a machete, few consider the effect a slash in foreign aid can have. With no immediate – or at least easily identifiable – fiscal return to the nation’s economy, foreign aid makes for an easy target. In this conversation with Lisa Renkin, an International Health Specialist and Fellow with the Burnet Institute, we look at the efforts being undertaken by this Australian NGO in the fight against HIV in China, and explore some of the benefits that come with such working relationships.