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Author: Sam Diamond

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Join our host Sam Diamond, as we cut through the BS. Episodes are all candid discussions with some of the most interesting and intelligent people in Australia, including Julian Burnside QC, Peter Singer and more.

26 Episodes
Jason Ball is an Australian LGBTI and mental health advocate and political candidate. He was also the first openly gay Australian Rules footballer. He is standing as the Australian Greens candidate in the House of Representatives seat of Higgins at the 2016 federal election. @greensjason
Anna is CEO of Step Back Think. SBT is a pioneering not-for-profit organisation focused on the prevention of social violence. SBT's mission to drive cultural change to end social violence is guided by our three pillars: Education, Awareness, and Partnerships & Advocacy. SBT takes a public health approach to the prevention of social violence by educating young people, raising awareness, and creating change at an institutional level.
Gypsy & The Cat is the moniker for Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers. The duo broke onto the scene in 2010 with their triumphant debut LP Gilgamesh, which sold upwards of 250 000 units across the globe, and followed this up with The Late Blue & later their most recent EP, Hearts A Gun. They’ve landed a hat trick of singles in the triple j Hottest 100, scoring a top 10 hit in Europe with their breakout single ‘Jona Vark’, played internationally acclaimed festivals like Summersonic (Japan), Big Day Out & Splendour in the Grass; and headlined tours across Australia, Europe, USA and more.
Mitch Ansell is the guitarist from NPH. Since forming in Melbourne Australia in 2010 (and being ‘Unearthed’ by triple j that same year), NPH have built a cult following thanks to their electrifying live shows, and songs combining the heady exhilaration of dance music with pop hooks and rock backbone. These five young guys have brought the party to stages ranging from the Falls and St Kilda festivals to national support slots for acts.
John Denton is Chief Executive of law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, chairman of the Australian group for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), governor of the Arts Centre, a board member of Teach for Australia, founding member of the Australia-China Chamber of CEO round table. He is a former diplomat, has a double degree in Arts and Law, and is a Harvard Business School alumnus.
Amy Castos is a communications expert from Melbourne. She is a performance and productivity coach focussing on non-verbal and verbal communication. Amy was a lawyer for 14 years and maintains a legal practicing certificate.
Jeff Chee is from the Brunswick Beer Collective. He has tried over 2,000 different beers from almost 40 different countries, trying on average over 2 new beers per day. Jeff is also the “Chief Beer Guy” for The City Lane where he reviews the best Melbourne food and drink recommendations. @thecitylane
Adam Bandt is an Australian politician, former industrial lawyer and former Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens. Bandt was elected for the seat of Melbourne in the House of Representatives in the Parliament of Australia at the 2010 federal election. He is the second member of the Australian Greens to be elected to the House of Representatives and the first to be elected at a general election. Bandt had previously contested the seat in 2007 and narrowly lost to Labor's Lindsay Tanner. Bandt retained the seat of Melbourne at the 2013 election.
Taryn and Sam discuss the quarter life crisis, isogenic pyramid schemes, and the challenges/benefits of working in broadcast. Taryn is a content creator, multi-platfrom reporter and digital producer. @tazelder
Melbourne's most recognised dating coach Chris Manak has been teaching men how to successfully meet women in boot-camps since 2007. Music: Foynes, Stand Alone (Feat. Henry Green)
Sam and Dean discuss the philosophies of life.
Jimmy Niggles is spreading the Beard Season love all around the world to raise awareness about skin cancer. He has enjoyed many different roles of employment as farm hand, ski instructor, fashion designer, installation artist, app developer and copywriter. He has an insatiable lust for life, creativity and good times which manifest themselves in everything he does. Often found on roof tops, yachts, horseback and in front of camera lenses. Jimmy Niggles exists to inspire everyone he meets (whether it be in person, on the internet or in the media) to enjoy life to the fullest - starting with a skin check.
Unharm is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity that campaigns for harm reduction and drug law reform. Since founding Unharm in 2014 Will has made regular media appearances calling for fair and pragmatic drug policy to reduce drug-related harm. He completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours and a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney before beginning a career as a research and evaluation consultant to Australian government departments and agencies.
Season 1: Episode 13, Diamond & Newelly by Sam Diamond
Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who practises principally in commercial litigation, trade practices and administrative law. He is also a human rights and refugee advocate, and author. Twitter: @JulianBurnside
Ricky Nixon is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL and a sports agent. His new tell-all biography "My Side" will be released shortly and is available from:
Season 1: Episode 10, Diamond & Browny by Sam Diamond
John Brumby is a former Victorian politician who was Premier of Victoria from 2007-2010. His new book is titled "The Long Hall- Lessons from a Public Life."
Lukas Grounds MovNat certified PT & wellness coach
Robert Richter QC is a prominent Australian barrister, based in Melbourne. Born in Kyrgyzstan c 1946, Richter's family arrived in Australia in 1959. Richter successfully defended Melbourne underworld crime figure Mick Gatto against the charge of murdering suspected underworld hitman Andrew Veniamin. He was called to the bar on 5 August 1971. A prominent critic of human rights violations and advocate for the rule of law, he often represents plaintiffs unpopular in public opinion, some of them high profile. He is an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University.
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