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#094: Josh Szeps – How to make debate healthy again

By Jordan Michaelides

Josh Szeps ( @joshzepps ) is a TV and Radio Broadcaster, Political Satirist, Podcast Host of #WeThePeople LIVE, and Host of the ABC Radio National show, The People Vs. He also strangely finds dolphins smug, and according to Twitter Trolls, he is both an alt-right propagandist and Social Justice Warrior at the very same time.

From being the voice behind the 2000 Sydney Olympics’ mascot Olly the Kookaburra, becoming a founding host for HuffPost LIVE, and to listening to him on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast; what I’ve loved about learning from and listening to Josh, is his ability to condense an idea – take all of his skills from comedy to broadcasting – and articulate it in a way that the audience can completely understand or relate to.

He said it himself in our interview, that one of the greatest lessons he’s learnt is to listen. In his words: “Listen when the other person’s talking. It’s a really hard thing to do when you’re in the thick of it. Actually listen to what they’re saying and listen for opportunities to relate to them”. I think that’s undoubtedly his greatest attribute and a tool that everyone should learn in our current media climate.

This is a juicy episode where we covered:

  • Having his nipples pinched by Russell Brand
  • The HuffPost LIVE days
  • The “Non-playable character” meme
  • Jordan Peterson and the patriarchy
  • Early years and what made him famous
  • Biggest lesson learnt in his career
  • Being a polymath
  • Where he stands on politics
  • The Intellectual Dark Web
  • #WeThePeople LIVE and its future

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SHOW NOTES:

01:22 – Introduction
04:38 – Having his nipples pinched by Russell Brand
05:45 – The HuffPostLive days
10:52 – The “Non-playable character” meme
12:55 – Jordan Peterson and the patriarchy
17:54 – Lessons learnt from his parents, rationality
22:13 – Early years and what made him famous
31:33 – Moving to New York because of improv
33:09 – Biggest lesson learnt in his career
34:20 – Being a polymath, bull-shit free
37:17 – Where he stands on politics
50:32 – The political scene now, Trump, China
01:03:30 – The Intellectual Dark Web
01:06:53 – #WeThePeople LIVE and its future
01:11:16 – The process of interview research
01:12:53 – Morning routine & evening routines
01:13:55 – Shows he’s watching
01:14:30 – Best purchase under $200
01:15:15 – If he could have a billboard anywhere
01:15:31 – Most influential book he would gift someone

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