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In 1971, Paul Hornung lost his Superbowl ring in a poker game in the section of the suburbs of New Orleans called Fat City. Three generations fight and struggle over its possession, paying the price for their greed. Fat City Blues, inspired by Richard Wagner's ring cycle, is the second in the Crescent City Heat series of novellas written and read by Charlie Brown, the writer of The French Quarter Hustle and Dragon Ash and the writer/director of the feature film Angels Die Slowly. More inform ...
 
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Looked at from the heat of combat, war can seem disorganized and chaotic. But overarching the conflict is typically some kind of thoughtful, well-ordered, even scientific strategy that is influencing when, where, how, and why dueling forces have met. My guest today will introduce us to a few of the military philosophers and tacticians who made the …
 
For Australia, the story of the 21st century so far has been a mix of huge events: the GFC, the mining boom, the growth of China, and the current recession. There’s also been and slower important changes, like the digital transformation of industries and the rise of the service sector. The Money turns the spotlight on the first two decades.Guests: …
 
This is a re-broadcast. The episode originally ran in October 2018. Do you have a teenage boy who struggles in school? Or do you have a younger son who you can imagine struggling in school as he gets older? He may be an otherwise capable young man, but seems apathetic and unmotivated, to the point you think he’s not excelling simply because he’s la…
 
Most men want to wake up in the morning knowing their body is ready to handle whatever opportunities and challenges come their way that day, from a real emergency to simply roughhousing with their kids. They want to be able to move without pain and explore the world with confidence. My guest today would say that what this desire is pointing to is t…
 
Class actions can provide justice and offer strength in numbers. They also generate huge fees for litigation funders. Why is Australia awash with class actions? Plus, the parcel pressures of Christmas and NSW takes the lead on stamp duty reform.Guests: Miranda Stewart, Director of Studies, International Tax and Tax, University of MelbourneProfessor…
 
When you think about serendipity, you likely think of strokes of good luck that happen entirely by chance. But my guest today says that we can play a role in harnessing more lightning strikes of fortune, and create the conditions to both experience a greater number of meaningful accidents, and make accidents more meaningful. His name is Christian B…
 
Over the past decade, there's been an emerging focus on the importance of sleep. Thousands of books and articles have been put out which drive home just how central sleep is in our mental and physical health. This emphasis on sleep has had the positive effect of motivating people to better prioritize it. But, there's been a downside to all this sle…
 
An alliance of Industry Super, unions and social welfare groups will offer capital solutions to government to try to increase Australian’s affordable and social housing. As China bans Victorian timber in the latest escalation of trade tensions, are we in a new era of punishment strategy? Plus, our pandemic purchasing patterns.Guests: Professor Jane…
 
When you think about ancient Greek tragedies, you probably think about people in togas spouting stilted, archaic language -- stories written by stuffy playwrights to be watched by snooty audiences. My guest today argues that this common conception of Greek tragedies misses the power of plays that were in fact created by warriors for warriors, and w…
 
When we think about finance, we typically think about numbers and math. My guest today, however, argues that doing well with money is less about what you can put on a spreadsheet and more about what goes on in your mind, and that if you want to master personal finance, you've got to understand how things like your own history, unique view of the wo…
 
Meet the Australian philanthropists pending their funds on projects to tackle climate change. They’re not interested in drip feeding donations for decades, they want bang for their buck and the legacy of helping to avoid catastrophic climate change. Plus, with the United States on edge, what will a Biden presidency mean for the US economy?Guests: N…
 
Humans like starting new things much more than taking care of older things. This is true on both an institutional and individual level: it's more exciting to build a new road than to maintain it; more exciting to lose weight than to keep it off. There's plenty of short-term pleasure and intrinsic motivation when it comes to pursuing something novel…
 
Anyone who's ever tried to lose weight, curb their temper, quit smoking, or alter any other habit in their lives knows that personal change is hard. Really hard. Most self-help books out there treat people like machines, blitzing past this difficulty and offering mechanical 5-step formulas for changing your life. My guest today says such simplified…
 
Rapid diagnostics company Ellume has begun shipments of its COVID-19 test to the United States. The company is scaling up its Brisbane manufacturing facilities as part of a US push to develop rapid testing technology. Plus, governments will have little choice but to spend more to deal with the challenges of our times. And what lies ahead in next we…
 
When we typically think about learning, we tend to think about being in a structured school, and doing it for some reason -- to get a grade, to get a degree, to get a certain job. But my guest today says that if we want to live a truly flourishing life, we ought to make time for study and thought long after we leave formal education behind, and emb…
 
When it comes to getting in shape, there are always a bunch of excuses to use as to why you can't get yourself in gear: you don't know what program to start, you don't have time, you don't have any equipment, etc., etc. My guest today cuts through those excuses and the unnecessary complications people often bring to health and fitness to show us ho…
 
If you’re working from home or you’ve been in lockdown, the local neighbourhood has become incredibly important. Could our increasingly local and digital lifestyle reshape our cities? Plus, the Crown Resorts AGM and governance failures. And will JobMaker really support 450,000 jobs?Guests: Professor Elizabeth Sheedy, risk expert, Macquarie Business…
 
If you grew up in the ‘80s like me, there's a good chance you really wanted to go to space camp and you really wanted to be an astronaut. You probably had a lot of questions about what it was like to live in space, and if those questions were never answered (or you've forgotten the answers), my guest today can tell you everything you ever wanted to…
 
If you call someone a dirtbag, you might be insulting them for being dishonest. Or, you might be describing their lifestyle -- their pursuit of an outdoor passion at the expense of more mainstream options and commitments. If you've ever dreamed of being a rock climber living in a van or becoming a rafting guide, thru-hiker, world traveler, or some …
 
Australia sells a lot of coal to China. Both kinds – the one for making electricity and the one for making steel. But it looks as if we won’t be selling any more this year. So what is going on? Plus, the evolving implications of so many of us working from home and today’s unemployment figures. Guests:Felicity Emmett, ANZ Senior Economist Ian Neil S…
 
The kitchen of a busy restaurant can be a chaotic, frenetic environment. But the best chefs create a kind of personal eye in this storm, from which they can efficiently craft meal after meal without ever moving their feet. The system they use to do this is called mise-en-place -- a French word that means "to put in place," and signifies an entire l…
 
We typically think of fear as a negative emotion. Something that feels terrible, and not only keeps us away from true danger, but also inhibits us from going after our life's goals and passions. Fear can indeed be an unwelcome hindrance, but, my guest today argues, it can also be a powerful propellant and a signpost towards success. His name is Pat…
 
When you think about bunkers, you might be apt to think of the 1950s and people building basement and backyard fallout shelters during the Cold War. But there's a second "Doom Boom" going on right now, and people aren't just burrowing into the earth to protect themselves from a nuclear bomb. My guest today traveled across four continents to explore…
 
In an age where endless streams of data, options, and information are available, it can feel like every choice -- from what TV show to watch to how to invest our money -- ought to be optimized, and yet making any choice, much less an ideal one, can seem completely overwhelming. How do we figure out what to do? Much of the time, we don't. Instead, w…
 
In this episode, we catch up with @mubix (Rob Fuller), a is red teamer turned purple teamer. He started his career in the United States Marine Corps working with explosives and has gone on to have a highly successful career in the security industry working at companies like Rapid7, GE, Uber, Cruise Automation and now Balck Hills Information Securit…
 
Maria Konnikova learnt to play poker to explore the interplay between luck and skill. How did she go from rank novice to accomplished player? Plus, a recession recovery wish list from two leading economists ahead of next week’s federal budget.Guests: Sarah Hunter, chief economist, BIS Oxford EconomicsAndrew Charlton, Economist. Co-founder of AlphaB…
 
What do you imagine when you imagine a terrorist being interrogated by an intelligence officer? The former getting roughed up? The latter yelling, banging his fists on the table, and demanding that the detainee talk? My guests today argue that using force in this way to get what you want isn't effective when you're dealing with a terrorist, or, for…
 
It's a thought that's crossed many a desk jockey's mind: "Man, I'd love to flee this office, get out from under this fluorescent-lighting, and do something more concrete with my hands. Like, maybe, build a cabin in the woods." My guests had these thoughts, and unlike most, actually pulled the trigger on their long-standing daydream. Their names are…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Michael Skelton (@Codingo) Global Head of Security Operations and Researcher Enablement at Bugcrowd. Codingo has a non-traditional career path and he shares his journey on how he got to where he is, including the challenges of breaking into the infosec industry. As someone who got to be a Top 20 bug hunter on Bugcr…
 
Income inequity across Australia has reduced as an unexpected outcome of government stimulus measures in response to COVID-19. Plus, as more and more people continue to dump private health insurance – what can be done to improve the sector and the overall efficiency of the health system?Guests:Professor Brenton Prosser, Director of the National Cen…
 
Losing stinks. Nobody wants to suffer defeat in a game, flunk a test, or get passed over for a promotion. Losses can feel like stinging humiliations, insurmountable setbacks, like the end of the world; they can even push us to quit pursuing something we love. And yet losses can be the most instructive and meaningful parts of our lives, and be centr…
 
Today, it's hard to go very long without hearing about special operations forces like the Army's Green Berets and the Navy's SEALs. But before special operators became an ingrained part of the military's strategy and established a prominent presence in the public eye, they existed as experimental, now largely forgotten units that were launched duri…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Chloé Messdaghi, VP of Strategy at Point3 Security. Chloé is a humanitarian Advocate in the Cybersecurity space. She started her career in marketing but got the opportunity to move into infosec in 2017. Chloé shares some of the experiences that led her to nearly quit the industry but instead has gone on to become a…
 
How the middle class got screwed by globalism and will be on the hook for the COVID recovery bill. Several Australian superfunds have pledged to reach net zero by 2050 across their portfolios as the commercial, physical and legal risks of global warming ramp up. Plus, a snap shot of the COVID downturn on the construction sector. Guests: Jeff Rubin,…
 
95% of people say that they're self-aware. But only 10-15% of people actually are. As my guest today says, that means "on a good day, 80% of us are lying to ourselves about how much we're lying to ourselves" and this blind spot can have big repercussions for our success and happiness. Her name is Tasha Eurich, and she's an organizational psychologi…
 
Studying philosophy can be a metaphorical journey into wisdom. My guest today experienced it as not only that, but as a very literal journey as well. His name is Eric Weiner and he traveled thousands of miles around the world to visit the haunts of numerous philosophers as he sought to better understand their insights and how he might apply them to…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Baptiste Robert, who goes by the handle @fs0c131y. Baptiste is a Security Researcher based in France with a big focus on android. We walk through his journey from graduating with a network and telecommunication to finding vulnerabilities and creating a large following. We also cover how has a security researcher, B…
 
Melbourne's CBD economy is forecast to contract by $110 billion over the next five years, and 79,000 jobs could be lost across the city over the same period. What are the plans to avoid this worse case scenario and help the city recover?How important are those delivery apps to restaurants and cafe owners? Plus, the 'Netflix' of electric vehicles - …
 
When it comes to living their best life and building substantial wealth, many young men's first thoughts turn to developing a new app or starting a popular YouTube channel. They don't think about digging ditches. But that's how my guest today became a millionaire, and he thinks more folks should consider seeking not only financial success, but true…
 
This is a re-broadcast. The episode originally ran in October 2018. Do your days seem like a continuous blur of busyness, and yet you don’t seem to get much done, nor remember much about how you spent your time? As a former employee of Google, my guest today worked on the very apps and technology that can often suck away our time. Today, he’s dedic…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Shubs (Shubham Shah, @infosec_au, @notnaffy), CTO of Assetnote. A passion for hacking grew early in Shubs' life. He was demonstrating good skills in hacking but faced with a tough decision at an early age. Follow his parents wishes and attend university or his own path and get a job. We talk through Shubs's incredi…
 
As parts of the private sector struggle to survive the downturn, governments at all levels could do more to provide work and learning opportunities - especially for young people. An alliance of civil society leaders has some ideas for the Federal Government to help Australians get jobs. Plus, the economic fall-out of trade tensions with China. And …
 
From guiding the Allies to victory in World War II as supreme commander, to steering the ship of state for eight years as one of the country's least partisan and most popular presidents, few leaders in history have had to make as varied and consequential decisions as Dwight D. Eisenhower. My guest today possesses insights into how he made the many …
 
When people start on a self-development journey, they'll sometimes create a bucket list -- all the things, all the typically exciting and pleasurable things, they hope to do before they die. My guest started his own self-improvement journey very differently, by creating an anti-bucket list consisting of things he didn't want to do, and embarking on…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Brendan Seerup, or sometimes better known as SparkleOps. Brendan is currently a Senior Security Advisor at REA Group, but less than 5 years ago he was working as a Quality Assurance Manager. Brendan talks about how he always saw security as part of QA, hardware hacking and how he went from not presenting to speakin…
 
For three decades many Australians have bought houses for capital gain and rental returns. In the decade up to 2019, Sydney houses earned the equivalent of the average wage. Will high prices continue after the pandemic? New research on how working from home might reshape housing demand. And RBA research has found that most household debt is held by…
 
For thousands of years, the study of rhetoric was a fundamental part of a man's education. Though it ceased to be commonly taught in the 19th century, my guest today argues that it's an art well worth reviving in the modern day. His name is Jay Heinrichs, and he's an expert in language and persuasion and the author of Thank You for Arguing: What Ar…
 
When we think about improving our health, we typically think about altering our diet, trying to exercise more, and taking vitamins and supplements. But my guest today argues that none of that stuff really matters if we haven't improved something even more foundational: our breathing. His name is James Nestor and his latest book is Breath: The New S…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Mike Monnik, CTO of DroneSec, offensive security professional and Co-organiser of SecTalks Melbourne. Mike was advised early in his career to pick up a specialist area. That area turned out to be drones, and a passion was formed. Starting as a side hustle and whilst working as a penetration tester, Mike started bui…
 
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