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"Big Brain" A term to describe the most intellectual of individuals. This channel is dedicated to our podcasts where you'll learn something!

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"Big Brain" A term to describe the most intellectual of individuals. This channel is dedicated to our podcasts where you'll learn something!

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Big Brain Channel

Latest release on Nov 16, 2020

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"Big Brain" A term to describe the most intellectual of individuals. This channel is dedicated to our podcasts where you'll learn something!

“What Did the ’80s Bring Us?” (Coping with the Unexpected)

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There’s no getting around the fact that we live in strange and difficult times, from a global pandemic to a ‘Leader of the Free World’ who refuses to concede defeat ––  but, never fear, the Word Docs are here to provide their remedies! Join Amy, Alex and Sean as they unpack the ups and downs of creating new work and telling new stories in the midst of isolation and upheaval. For Sean, it’s about chocolate. For Alex, it’s about Moscato. For Amy, it’s about finding a room without a random relative in it. Every decade has its challenges, and its lessons...now is the perfect time to reflect on where we've been and plan ahead for the tales of tomorrow. 

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Nov 16 2020

31mins

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Blind Insights - How Should We Raise Children in Modern Society?

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Inspired by the birth of a new family member, Tim has been considering what it takes to raise a child that contributes to society in a meaningful way. David raises the challenges faced by modern parents and explains how spread out the responsibility is of raising children in western society. Neither David nor Tim are parents, but in continuing the discussion about making a good society, it is a logical step to ask what we all can do to contribute to the next generations.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Nov 16 2020

42mins

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'Kiss, Date, Marry' (Submitting Your Work) - Word Docs

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In this episode, we compare submitting your work to setting up a profile on Tinder. How far can we take this metaphor? Too far. Much, much too far. As a Tinder virgin (metaphorically speaking), Alex is grilling the pros (not a metaphor, although they do get paid for it) on how to submit your work to agents and publishers.  How do you find them? How do you talk to them? When are you being too pushy? Do you split the bill? The questions are endless. Don't fret, the Word Docs are here with the ultimate dating guide for writers seeking long-term love in the industry.

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Nov 09 2020

32mins

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Blind Insights - Contributing to Minority Issues in Civilised Democracy

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Responding to a question from Bill Richardson, Tim and David discuss whether civilians could contribute to a discussion about veterans, or a man could contribute to a debate about abortion. Shrouded in the complexity we describe as identity politics lies age-old questions of human knowledge and commonality of experience. This fascinating conversation serves as a toolkit for people participating in democracy to navigate some of the most controversial issues of our time.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Nov 03 2020

45mins

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Blind Insights - Should You Vote for a Monkey or a Muppet?

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The 2020 Presidential election in the United States of America is as emotionally charged as any election before it, and a lot seems to be at stake, but what are your options? On one side you have someone who is so emotionally directed that they seem unpredictable and rash (among other descriptions. On the other side, you have someone who seems to follow a mould, with their strings being pulled by an establishment. What is the right decision when you have to make a choice between two outcomes you might not like? What are the considerations when you compare possibly poisoning the water or more of the same? The greater point is whether you should vote at all...

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Oct 30 2020

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Blind Insights - Identifying Monkeys and Muppets

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Are you ever confronted by particularly obtuse or inept people in your life? Whether it be at work, in politic, or at the post office, sometimes you can use all of the swear words available to you to describe the frustrations of dealing with people and it still not encapsulate what they are. David has found some words to describe people and it profoundly explains a chunk of society. Though we're trying not to be rude, please know that anyone reading this, to our mind, is neither monkey nor muppet because you're clearly here to expand and learn. Can you think of anyone in the limelight at the moment you could call a muppet or a monkey? Perhaps the US election is worth a look.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Oct 30 2020

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Blind Insights - Catch 22 and the Problems with Bureaucracy (Special Guest Luke)

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Satirising war from a WWII Bombardier's perspective, Joseph Heller's most famous work Catch 22 is now synonymous with absurdity and bureaucracy. Like the main protagonist of the story, Joseph Heller served as a bombardier and had significant insight into war and the military which he satires, making the book all the more poignant. Like many works that precede this, Catch 22's "Tragicomdedy" narrative draws the reader in with relatable hilarity but leaves the reader on sour notes. Joining Tim and David to discuss this book in a mini-book club, is Luke, who found us through David's Appearance on The Unforgiving60 podcast. This discussion introduces listeners to Heller's writing with an introduction into the absurdity we accept from bureaucracy in our lives and by no means requires you to have read the book first, and in fact, could summarise the learnings.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Oct 28 2020

42mins

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“Settle Down, Tiger” (Juggling) - Word Docs

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In this episode we're talking about how we juggle multiple projects, completely unaided by clones (lazy bastards). This week the Word Docs cram the muse back in her box and adopt a pragmatic approach to this juggling thing. Anti-romantic to the core, we tackle how to be multiple people at once, how to be one person on multiple projects, how to have a life, and whether balance is possible. Just ignore the mental traffic jams and post-deadline crashes and the fact that none of us know who Betty is or why she hijacked the end of the pod. It turns out we have a few strategies for keeping all our balls in the air. If you have balls too then this is the episode for you!

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Oct 19 2020

33mins

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Blind Insights - Living through Auschwitz to Flourish over 100 years (Special Guest Eddie Jaku and Aviva Wolff)

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Eddie Jaku is a German Jew who has lived a glorious 100 years and is still going strong. Born in 1920, by the time Eddie was 18, his homeland was a very different country than when he was born. On November 10th 1938 Eddie Jaku was arrested, beaten, and taken to a concentration camp before eventually being taken to Auschwitz, the deadliest camp of the Holocaust. By virtue of some miracles, Eddie managed to survive and escape, before getting married and moving to Australia where he has lived out many prosperous years with his family. Eddie has written a memoir titled "The Happiest Man on Earth", and with a book title like that, David and I knew we had to talk to him.

We are joined in the real and virtual studios by Jess Fruend and Luke from the Blind Insights Family.

If you wish to know more about the Holocaust and Jewish History in Australia, visit the Sydney Jewish Museum website or make the trip to see the extensive collection.

The Piano Piece in this clip is Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, a piece composed by Chopin and famously played by Polish Pianist Władysław Szpilman, as featured in the 2002 Polanski film The Pianist. Playing this piece to the audience of an SS officer, Captain Wilm Hosenfield, saved Szpilman's life in 1944, as Hosenfield not only let Szpilman go but provided him with food and warmth over several occassions.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Oct 15 2020

1hr 17mins

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Blind Insights - The Significance of the Arts (Special Guest Steve Davis)

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Why should you spend time going to the theatre, or listening to music when you could read a book or practice a physical discipline instead? Blind Insights has so far addressed how easy it is to get distracted from productive things by lounging with Netflix. While these habits are difficult to kick and we don't need any encouragement to relax with a movie, the cultural and personal significance of film, or music, or the broader arts is not to be scoffed at. Steve Davis the Arts Aficionado and official linguistic provocateur for Blind Insights joins David and Tim to explore the arts in all the guts and glory it takes the form in.

Steve Davis is a regular Host of Smart Arts on ABC Radio Adelaide, as well as host of School of Hard Knock Knocks and our favourite The Adelaide Show. The Adelaide Show is a fantastic podcast covering the fantastic culture, arts, food, and history of Adelaide, our home town! David's appearances on the podcast instigated Steve's appearance on ours.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Oct 13 2020

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Blind Insights - Rewiring our Resistance to Change (Special Guest Britt Andreatta)

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Our brains are complex systems, ones that we don't always have as much control over as we like. We're especially less adaptable than we'd like and there's a good explanation for why, and good work being done on how to combat it. Britt Andreatta is the author of Wired to Resist, and after David read the book we knew we had to talk to her. Between her portfolio with places like LinkedIn and her Ted Talk, Britt is a proven communicator and this conversation is yet another example of excellent ideas being communicated in an effective way. In this Episode David and Tim get a break down of why we resist change and how to implement change in our lives as professionals and everyday people, so that we can adapt to the changes chose to make, and the ones that come our way.

If you're interested in Britt's work with brains and human potential, you can access Wired to Resist here: http://bit.ly/WiredToResist

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Oct 08 2020

1hr 1min

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“Kevin Bacon's Shorts” (Guilty Pleasures) - Word Docs

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This week the Docs are exploring some of their guilty reading pleasures, although as usual they don't stick to the topic and other guilts are exposed, not least of them someone's fantasies about Kevin Bacon's shorts. Prepare for the over-caffeinated enthusiasm, as we learn who was the bane of their primary school librarians, who has a sadistic streak, and who is a secret sports buff. High art/ low art divide be damned, we're taking on the hegemonic elite and flying our freak flags. 

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Sep 28 2020

33mins

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Blind Insights - Making the Climate Better (Special guest Amelia Chaplin)

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We know that there’s an existential problem with climate change and an uptick in environmentalism hitting products and advertising, but can we even articulate what our actions do for the environment? It’s often too complicated and too detached from our everyday struggles to even justify trying to learn the massive literature out there, and climate activists shouting in the streets and in our online safe spaces might not be helping. Enter the Climate Communicator to ameliorate this situation.

Tim and David bring in Amelia Chaplin, a climate communicator and writer of the environment-blog, Ameli(a)orate. In Amelia’s efforts to make a better world, she has realised that effectively communicating the risks of climate change is our best bet to make the good choices easy and clear. Amelia brings her expertise to break down climate anxiety  David and Tim and together construct a scalable and adaptable ladder to climate justice and environmental accountability.

Read more at Amelia’s blog or check out the Ameli(a)roate Instagram.

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Sep 25 2020

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“Stimulating and Unnerving” (Teaching Online) - The Word Docs

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COVID-19 threw us headlong into online teaching at a moment's notice, requiring flexibility, agility and the fleet-footedness of a moscato-soaked gazelle. Well, it threw Alex and Sean into online teaching and moscato. Amy was on study leave. Now as Semester Two hits, Amy's joining them on the frontlines, but swapping out the moscato for a nice Clare riesling or a McLaren Vale grenache. What tips can the boys offer? How do you convert a curriculum from face-to-face Socratic teaching to the chat rooms and vids of the interwebs? What are the pitfalls? And what are the unexpected benefits? Pop a cork on your wine of choice and get ready for some truth bombs from three dedicated educators in the age of Zoom.

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Sep 21 2020

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Blind Insights - A Guide to Global Prosperity (Special Guest Fadhel Kaboub)

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Trade economics is something we begrudgingly hear on the news as usually constraining or disrupting global relationships, where people win and lose and agreements are made and dismantled in the name of fairness. But the current paradigm is hardly fair. As it stands, $2 Trillion a year is extracted from the poorest countries and funnelled into the richest, and we don't know how to deal with that under the neoliberal agenda.

Luckily, we have Fadhel Kaboub, who is a world-leading MMT economist with a bent for Trade and globalised economies. David and Tim were lucky enough to speak to Fadhel to discuss the inadequacies of current attitudes toward trade and aid, tying it into the everyday experiences of the average citizen in America, Australia, or neighbouring regions.

You can catch more of Fadhel's work in this presentation.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Sep 19 2020

1hr 20mins

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“I Am Norman Bates!” (What Are We Doing?) - The Word Docs

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What have we been doing this year? Other than teaching through lockdown, eating too much chocolate, drinking moscato, and yapping away on this podcast... In this episode we get to catch up on the Word Docs' latest projects, which involve a theatre/film project which is not a porno (but does feature a dominatrix), music made in the Hall of Possibility, and more pseudonyms for the woman who has everything. What other writers do you know who can get kidnapped by pirates on their way to a writing gig? Like, for real. Not in their imaginations. And what other academics do you know who are willing to dish the dirt on what it's really like to be a working writer? Fine, lots of them. But how many of them also make ambient music? One. Sean. Well done, Sean. He's reason enough to listen to this podcast - especially if you're smart enough to listen all the way to the end.

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Sep 14 2020

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Blind Insights - A Happy Death and more absurdity from Albert Camus (Special guest Luke)

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Albert Camus is a French 20th-century writer who has influenced much of existential philosophy, despite disliking being called a philosopher. One of his earliest works, titles "A Happy Death" was published post-humously and went on to heavily influence David's unfinished Ph.D. Joining Tim and David to discuss this book in a mini-book club, is Luke, who found us through David's Appearance on The Unforgiving60 podcast. This discussion introduces listeners to Camus' writing, and by no means requires you to have read the book first, and in fact, could summarise the learnings.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Sep 12 2020

38mins

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Blind Insights - Creating is a Matter of Passion, Not Time (Special Guests Patrick murray & Lucas Day)

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Also titled Blind Drunk - Celts, Creatives, and Chords, this special episode which started with some fine drinks supplied by Pirate Life and Bridge Road Brewery at the Oxford Hotel, gave some fantastic insights into the processes and lifestyles of creating.

Joined by the talented Lucas Day (Liz and Lucas) & the skilful Pat Murray (Tig Junkie), David and Tim discover the inner workings of the creative mind, the process, the struggles, the good, and the bad of passions people can make a living from. But what stands true is that everyone is creative, so how do you express and balance your creativity in a 'busy' world? For those who make a living from their passion, where does the line sit between work and hobby? Join us with a pint of Pirate Life Cashmere, and another pint of Bridge Road Celtic Red Ale and sit back for this fascinating discussion about creativity.
This podcast is also graced by a very special performance (and exclusive first listen!) to one of Lucas's new tracks "Without It" played live (42:00-48:00) on the podcast in one take, accompanied by Pat's improv. on the harp.

Make sure to check out Tig Junkie's Instagram or listen to more of Lucas Day on Apple Music or Spotify.

If you have any thoughts, questions, If you have any drink suggestions or have a great idea for a spirited conversation, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Sep 08 2020

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“The Book of Sean” (The 10.5 Commandments) - The Word Docs

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In which Sean comes down from the mount, stomps out the burning bush and hands down the ten (and a half - don't forget the half) commandments of writing. After a healthy dose of heckling, his disciples agree they're pretty good. No 'thou shalt not covet thy neighbours ass' kind of good, but 'don't be a dick' is definitely a keeper. 

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Sep 07 2020

36mins

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Blind Insights - Breathing Can Kill You; Here's How to Stop it (Special guest James Nestor)

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In this episode of Blind Insights, David and Tim are joined by James Nestor, author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.

Joining the podcast for a second time, James Nestor brings his new research and insights after expanding his understanding of breathing in freediving to examining the fields of anthropology and archaeology. James has done fascinating work involving many experts and some obscure studies to weave together a holistic narrative of human evolution and the significance of breathing properly. This episode is bound to make you acutely, and perhaps infuriatingly, aware of your breathing habits and the health of everyone around you. There is much we are not told by our doctors to consider with breathing and it is because modern medicine is yet to draw on the eclectic research that James has distilled into his book. Stop, breathe in, listen to this episode of Blind Insights, and breathe out.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or want to present your argument, contact us and send us an audio clip at timwhiffen@auscastnetwork.com

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Sep 01 2020

39mins

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