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Looking for a new sort of talk radio? Radio designed for people who don't need to be told how to think. Balls Radio gives you a chance to hear and discuss what's going on, with humour and intelligence.

Looking for a new sort of talk radio? Radio designed for people who don't need to be told how to think. Balls Radio gives you a chance to hear and discuss what's going on, with humour and intelligence.
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Looking for a new sort of talk radio? Radio designed for people who don't need to be told how to think. Balls Radio gives you a chance to hear and discuss what's going on, with humour and intelligence.




The folly of full employment

The Bank of England is set to lift interest rates in the UK this week, pushing up the cost of your mortgage. The rationale is that high employment levels will push wages up and they need to control inflation. Yet wages are actually sliding and have been for some time. Isn’t it a leap of faith to expect that is going to change anytime soon?

Duration: 00:09:40

Europe doesn’t need us. They’ll stick us with a Hard Brexit.

There’s a spurious argument – spread by Farage, Lawson and the like - that Europe needs us more than we need them. They don’t. We’re a fraction of their export market and most of what we sell is substitutable by products made on the continent. Then there’s the strange notion that the UK will do better at securing free trade deals than the EU, even though their economy is almost five times the size. Make no mistake, Britain will hurt and at some point the majority of people and politicians...

Duration: 00:09:49

Detail completely avoided in Brexit process

Phil Dobbie says now is the time for ordinary people to look into the detail of how Brexit will work. Whilst the Prime Minister spent 40 minutes committing to nothing in Florence last week, the clock is ticking before masses of laws and regulations are passed for amendment to unelected representatives in Whitehall. At least in Europe we had a vote on legislation, even if one of our MEP’s, a Mr Nigel Farage, how the lowest voting turnout. The irony of a man who is fighting for democracy,...

Duration: 00:08:24

Has Trump unleashed the xenophobe genie?

In today’s Balls Radio Phil Dobbie asks whether President Trump is simply capitalising on a tide of xenophobia that was already entrenched in parts of the US psyche. For example, a Washington Post poll this week showed that 9 percent of the country thought it was acceptable to harbor white supremacy and neo Nazi views. He asks Richard Kazimer, Balls’ man in the US, whether the President has simply unleashed a genie that had been trapped for some time.

Duration: 00:23:18

Fighting the war with a river of pigs blood

The West’s answer to Islamic terrorism is to ignore the root cause and put a sticking plaster on a gaping wound. Firing bullets dipped in pigs blood and making it more difficult to hire vans are just the latest examples. Phil Dobbie explores just how ludicrous these ideas are – and most other short-term fixes against the violence from ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Duration: 00:09:12

Britain, United In our Confusion

Our approach to Brexit is showing the world what it means to be British – as one great nation of disorganised, divided people marching haphazardly towards an undefined destination, with no game plan and only an inefficient, crumbling bureaucracy to guide us.

Duration: 00:07:06

Will Trump go the distance?

He astounded everyone when he won the election, but will he last. His popularity is on the wane, world leaders are finding it hard to hide their contempt, he’s being investigated over voting influence from Russia and he is failing to get any significant legislation through. So, will he last the term. Phil Dobbie asks Balls Radio’s US correspondent Richard Kazimer who admits, yes, he will, and he’ll probably be re-elected. Does that mean America will ever be great again?

Duration: 00:22:12

Australians with a stamp get to vote on gay marriage

It seems Aussies will soon be able to vote on whether people of the same gender can get married. The problem is lots of religious types are opposed to the idea. As Phil Dobbie discusses, the problem is those people have been reading books that promote the obliteration of homosexuality through fire and fury like the world has never seen. At least since Sodom and Gomorrah.

Duration: 00:10:00

The EU has nothing to do with our housing shortage

Many people seem to think that they are getting priced out of the housing market because there are too many foreigners from the EU. Phil Dobbie suggests they’ve got the wrong end of the stick. Don’t blame the Europeans, blame the banks, the Oligarchs and local councils.

Duration: 00:07:14

BBC Biased Towards the Truth

The Daily Mail is having a customary dig at the BBC, claiming they are providing bias coverage about Brexit whereas, obviously, their newspaper is the single source of truth on the subject. Is there no end to their hypocrisy?

Duration: 00:10:04

How to Fix Broxit

Balls Radio is back, with a new home, somewhere in the Surrey countryside. Shorter episodes, more often, but with the same quirkiness and lack of attention to detail. In this one-off before Christmas (we’re back good and proper I the New Year) we provide an answer to the Brexit problem – and we can look to Australia and New Zealand for our inspiration.

Duration: 00:11:26

So Long and Thanks For All The Fish

The last edition of Balls Radio from Australia. The last chance to dissect the week's news - and find out what's coming next. RUNNING ORDER O0:00 Introduction 01:56 The last episode – where next? 06:50 Hooligans – almost certainly Brexiteers 14:49 The Queen – a monarch republicans seem to love 21:33 The dark side of British imperialism 27:13 China bans interracial marriage … not 31:10 Trump capitalises on America’s worst shooting 35:07 Clinton and Warren: Two women to run America 41:15 Is...

Duration: 01:43:55

The End Is Nigh

Will Britain leave the EU? Will Abbott replace Turnbull? Will Trump kill us all? Who knows. But we know Balls is readying to leave Australia. Email: RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 02:15 Stormageddon 06:53 The EU poll stuff-up 16:09 BHS, gone for good 20:31 Brexit’s weakest link 24:35 Muhammad Ali – a real legend 30:35 Not good for Donald 37:26 Rush Limbaugh confused over apes 41:30 We’re all fed up with experts apparently 44:09 Right Royal Kiwis 48:37 Winston Peters...

Duration: 01:53:16

Towards Political Armageddon

A Britain isolated. A US ridiculed. An Australia divided. Politics is taking the world to a very ugly place. Still, lots for Balls Radio to make fun of. RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 01:57 Lies about UK’s exponential migration 10:11 That £350million figure and other lies 22:14 Ross Gittins on the money on government spending 26:00 Trump’s big win – towards the apocalypse 36:59 Obama could be sued under US toilet fixation 40:34 Australian election rebate – more painful than constipation...

Duration: 01:53:52

Lose an election, lose your house, lose your leg

As Trump prepares to lose an election, Aussies should get ready to lose their house, as a Kiwi migrant loses a leg. That and more on this week's Balls Radio. RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 02:00 The economy's new normal 08:23 EU referendum is turning nasty 13:43 Labour's racist deja-vu 16:02 Trump's imaginery invite 18:03 The Sun's minor apology 20:52 Why Spotify won't reign supreme 23:43 US elections high on negativity 34:07 Peter Dutton anti-immigration minister 36:52 NZ's Rugby 7s...

Duration: 01:39:18

Eruptions, Eurovision, Trump and Other Disasters

The migrant who won second place at Eurovision and the latest from the man who (hopefully) will come second in the US elections. And so much more! RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 01:28 Devine & the heartless right wing commentators 10:04 Trump’s debt write off 18:45 Trump’s control of the press 23:05 Cameron and the Queen – talking out of turn 32:17 New rules on taking kids out of school 37:50 The world is getting hotter – let’s do something about it 39:55 Dami Im - making Australia proud...

Duration: 01:32:44

Democracy - everyone's at it!

Britain's just done it, Australia's about to do it and the US spends their lifetime devoted to it. Democracy. But does it work? RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 01:56 Australian elections – we want both of them or neither 10:29 The UK elections wrap up 25:15 Transitioning to a knitting economy 29:35 Feedback on creationism 32:08 Trump’s one horse race 44:02 Did Prince die of a drug overdose – who knows 49:31 The Lu Klux Klan and Suicide 54:38 What’s the Big Idea – Moving home 1:07:27...

Duration: 02:01:05

Submarines, Landlords, Hillsborough, Trump & Jews

What’s the definition of antisemitism, Murdoch’s war on Merseyside, the continued rise of Trump and Turnbull’s strange theory on real estate values – plus loads more. RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 02:47 Some facts on negative gearing 09:37 Was Livingstone really anti-semitic? 19:28 Hillsborough - Murdoch versus Liverpool 28:26 The return of Noah's Ark - this July 33:54 Could Trump really be President? 45:49 New Zealand tourism - lost ramblers & desparate housewives 50:56 French PM returns...

Duration: 01:41:35

Queens, Princes and ANZACs

Prince is dead. So is Shakespeare (yes), Percy Sledge, Victoria Wood and several thousand ANZACs. But the Queen lives on. Balls Radio examines who is next to go. RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 01:40 Lest we forget Prince 05:27 Obama backs Brexit 11:31 Brexit - lies, damn lies and embezzling 17:40 Balls listeners are everywhere 19:08 ANZACs, not as big over there 27:28 Aussie drivers hate Aussie drivers 30:54 New Yorkers vote for Trump, out of lethargy 36:50 Can the US charge the Saudis...

Duration: 01:25:45

Tax, pasta, genetics and the fall of Bronwyn

UK politicians race to reveal their tax returns, New Zealanders race to the Pastafarian altar, whilst an Aussie newspaper columnist puts education down to genetics and Bronwyn Bishop flies off into the sunset. RUNNING ORDER 00:00 Introduction 01:32 Cameron and the Inheritance Tax 07:00 Bronwyn Bishop for Q 11:35 US Primaries – an update 22:19 The growing gender gap 26:57 McDonalds – higher wages happier staff 31:18 Cash can’t beat genetics – no excuse 38:28 The race to reveal tax returns...

Duration: 01:39:46

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