The Good Stuff with Henry Fraser
#13 A conversation with Joseph Solomon

#13 A conversation with Joseph Solomon

July 21, 2020

Today's episode is a conversation with Joseph Solomon. Joseph is a senior public servant who took two and a half years out from his career to care for his three children. He has a lot of wisdom about fatherhood and parenting, and I'm delighted to share it with you.

TGS #4 - A Conversation with JP Messina

TGS #4 - A Conversation with JP Messina

June 4, 2020

In today's episode I talk to professor of philosophy, Dr J.P. Messina. We talk about philosophy's usefulness for understanding and assessing norms and decisions, especially in times of crisis. The launching point for the conversation was a discussion of how Immanuel Kant's moral philosophy could help us to respond to government messaging around Covid-19 and isolation. Early in the pandemic, NZ Prime Minister, Jacinta Ardern told New Zealnders to "Act as if you have Covid-19". Other leaders, including Boris Johnson, took up this formula. It was undoubtedly an effective piece of political communciation. But how does it measure up as a categorial rule for conduct?

#12 - Ten years as a man mum

#12 - Ten years as a man mum

April 19, 2020

Today’s episode is a conversation with Nick Tarr, another (much more experienced) man mum. Nick gives a really thoughtful account of why he chose to do what he’s doing and how he goes about it.

TGS #3  - Physiotherapy with Maree Hohaia

TGS #3 - Physiotherapy with Maree Hohaia

March 27, 2020

In today's episode of The Good Stuff, I talk to the very talented and accomplished physiotherapist Maree Hohaia of HEALINGHANZ. We talk about what physiotherapy is; why it makes the world a better place; what it's like to have a profession that is a science, an art and a craft all at the same time; why it's better to see a physio than a doctor if you have a biomechanical injury; access to healthcare; the fascinating world of human movement; and much more.

#11 - Another teacast

#11 - Another teacast

March 26, 2020

Today's episode is another follow-on from a Tea With Alice episode. We ask the question: if you espouse a consequentialist ethic (we should do what we can to enhance net human wellbeing), how does being a full time parent measure up? We muse about the utility of being a full time parent vs using your talents to pursue other ends.

#10 - Tea with Alice twincast

#10 - Tea with Alice twincast

February 19, 2020

This is the second half of a conversation from the Tea with Alice podcast.

We talk about freedom of expression on the internet and why I don’t want to talk about it; the need for our social and political concerns to encompass the recognition and preservation of stuff that works as well as the finding and solving of problems; the sci fi world where it’s normal to send your babies away at 3 months; and woke children’s books.

TGS #2 - Biotech with Andreas Kisling Harris

TGS #2 - Biotech with Andreas Kisling Harris

February 17, 2020

In today’s episode I speak with my friend, Dr Andreas Kisling Harris. I loved this conversation and hope you do too. He’s a scientist who started out as a theoretical physicist and worked his way into the field of bacterial genetic engineering. He’s working on a technology that would harness the 'chemical warfare' that goes on between bacteria, in order to extract new antibiotics and industrial chemicals. We talk about his fascinating path to what he’s doing; the advantages of a scientific education; cross-disciplinary study; the problems and strengths of scientific institutions; the things that allow him to do what he's doing; the amazing - mostly untapped - potential of bacteria to provide us with useful chemicals; and much more. 

TGS #1 - Teaching classics with Sam Hitchings

TGS #1 - Teaching classics with Sam Hitchings

February 3, 2020

In today’s episode I talk with Sam Hitchings, a high school classics teacher. In the course of our discussion about Classics, we discuss literacy and numeracy, self development, value frameworks and how to learn from cultures whose values are now out of date, favours and co operation, ethics, children’s open-mindedness, the value of variety in learning, and the funding of private schools. 

#9 - Power and status

#9 - Power and status

February 1, 2020

In this episode I make an exciting announcement, then turn to a couple of wrinkles in my relationship, as a man mum, with power and status.

#8 - A love-filled life

#8 - A love-filled life

December 13, 2019

In today’s episode I talk about what is best about being a man mum; and how the worst and best things are often closely connected.

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