Aleks Listens

Aleks Listens

Aleks Listens is a podcast about philosophy, politics, race and mental health.

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Moktar is an Egyptian / Australian producer based in Naarm / Melbourne. Moktar’s recent EP “Silk” is a  meditation on Arabness, otherness,  and self-discovery. “Silk” represents a shift in  Moktar’s sound which echoes his identity as a Middle-Easterner, an Egyptian, and an Arab. Moktar and I discussed our experiences as Arabs in Australia, the changes in Moktar's sound, and what it takes to get in touch with one's history. Follow Moktar on Instagram, and listen to his EP "Silk" here ~ Follow @alekslistens on Instagram and @alekslistens on TikTok Support Aleks Listens via Patreon or PayPal  Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course See more of my work on my website

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Nov 24

1 hr 7 min

Becoming a social media influencer is a very strange phenomenon. You have incredible control over the priorities and beliefs or your audience. But, at what cost? Have you ever thought about what it actually means to represent yourself online? How personally impactful is it when we develop an online personality? Is there a way to ethically influence people? ~ Follow @alekslistens on Instagram and @alekslistens on TikTok Support Aleks Listens via Patreon or PayPal  Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course See more of my work on my website

Nov 18

14 min 42 sec

Why is the West fanatical with productivity? Why are we always pushing to become more, to make more, to produce more? Today I consider a simple question: are we losing our sense of self by over-identifying with the things we make? ~ Follow @alekslistens on Instagram and @alekslistens on TikTok Watch this episode on YouTube  Support Aleks Listens via Patreon or PayPal  Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course See more of my work on my website

Nov 10

11 min 2 sec

After 6 months off Antidepressants, I'm back on them. In this episode, I reflect on what the past 6 months have been like, and what it's been like returning to antidepressants. Love, Aleks x ~ You are not alone: Lifeline (24hrs): 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au Kids' Helpline (24hrs): 1800 55 1800 - www.kidshelp.com.au BeyondBlue (24hrs): 1300 22 4636 - www.beyondblue.org.au  ~ Watch this episode on YouTube  Support Aleks Listens via Patreon or PayPal  Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course Follow @alekslistens on Instagram, or @alekslistens on TikTok See more of my work on my website

Nov 3

18 min 39 sec

Jess Zanoni is a musician and writer living in Naarm. Jess is the singer and bassist of alt-rock band Arbes, and is currently working on a solo project called Za Noon. Jess and I spoke about work, time, the infinite quest of establishing a routine, being creative (Jess does loads of creative stuff), escapism, distractions, and music.  Thanks for listening. Love, Aleks x ~ Support Aleks Listens via Patreon or PayPal  Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course Follow @alekslistens for updates See more of my work on my website

Aug 1

1 hr 15 min

I reflect on the changes to my life since coming off antidepressants. One of the biggest changes has been the blurred lines between my depression before, during, and after antidepressant use. It will be helpful (but not essential) for you to listen to Parts 1 and 2 before listening to this episode.  ~ Support Aleks Listens via PayPal or Patreon. Follow Aleks Listens on Instagram Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course See more of my work on my website  

Jul 24

25 min 23 sec

Gregor is a progressive pop musician based in Naarm (Melbourne).  We spoke about the changing nature of Gregor's music, music as a form of therapy, perfectionism and validation, as well as multiculturalism and the creative scene in Naarm. You can listen to Gregor's music on Spotify or Bandcamp. ~ Support Aleks Listens via PayPal or Patreon. Follow Aleks Listens on Instagram Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course See more of my work on my website

Jul 18

1 hr 5 min

Berislav Marušić is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at The University of Edinburgh. We discussed Beri's work on grief, love, and existentialism. I also asked Beri about the limits of neuroscience, the uniqueness of the human experience, and what it's like being a philosopher.  ~ To support Aleks Listens, visit PayPal or Patreon. Follow Aleks Listens on Instagram Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course

Jun 20

1 hr 11 min

Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, clinical neuroscientist, poet, novelist, and retired medical physician.   We spoke about free will, identity, the goal of philosophy, the limits of science and philosophy, and how our relationship to our goals/values change over time. ~ To support Aleks Listens, visit PayPal or Patreon. Follow Aleks Listens on Instagram Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course

Jun 15

1 hr 26 min

You asked me a bunch of questions and I answered them through the lens of philosophy. The two questions I responded to in this episode are: 1) Is Instagram a tool for meaningful change? 2) What is our purpose in life? If you'd like to submit a question for the next episode of Aleks Answers, please send me a message on Instagram or send me an email. You can also watch this episode on YouTube.   ~ To support Aleks Listens, visit PayPal or Patreon. Follow Aleks Listens on Instagram Enrol in my Beginners Philosophy Course

Jun 9

22 min 2 sec

It's been 6 weeks since I came off antidepressants. In this episode, I explore some of the twists and turns of life without antidepressants.  Support Aleks Listens via Patreon or PayPal Follow me on Instagram @alekslistens or visit www.aleks.co/podcast ~~ You are not alone: Lifeline (24hrs): 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au Kids' Helpline (24hrs): 1800 55 1800 - www.kidshelp.com.au BeyondBlue (24hrs): 1300 22 4636 - www.beyondblue.org.au 

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Jun 6

19 min 22 sec

How, if at all, can we conceptualise cancel culture to clearly promote social justice? To support Aleks Listens, visit PayPal or Patreon. Follow Aleks Listens on Instagram

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May 22

38 min 39 sec

I discuss my experience after, beyond, and without antidepressants. For more 👉 follow @alekslistens or visit www.aleks.co/podcast Support Aleks Listens via Patreon or PayPal ~~ You are not alone: Lifeline (24hrs): 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au Kids' Helpline (24hrs): 1800 55 1800 - www.kidshelp.com.au BeyondBlue (24hrs): 1300 22 4636 - www.beyondblue.org.au 

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May 17

25 min 19 sec

A discussion of perfectionism, how it manifests, how it feels, and how it can impact one's life.   *Content Warning: this episode covers potentially distressing and upsetting topics. Themes include mental illness, depression, and anxiety*   For more, visit www.aleks.co/ Follow me on instagram @alekslistens 

Apr 28

31 min 5 sec

I discuss some helpful (and some less helpful) ways of thinking about the questions 'what is meaning?' and 'what is meaningful?' I also talk about how depression stifles experiences of meaningfulness. For more, visit www.aleks.co/ or check out my instagram @alekslistens

Mar 17

25 min 2 sec

I explore the nature of grief, why we grieve, whether we can rationalise grief, and if we can reasonably say that grief serves a particular purpose. 

Jan 13

22 min 46 sec

Kelly Herbison is a Philosopher at The University of Melbourne, where she recently received funding to do a Postgrad Research Project. Paul Podosky is a PhD at The University of Melbourne with an especial interest inSocial and Political Philosophy and Conceptual Engineering.  Both Kelly and Paul also run the Minorities and Philosophy Chapter at The University of Melbourne. The three of us chatted about all kinds of things related to philosophy, from the nature of philosophy, to injustices in the academy, to the shortcomings of philosophical writing.  For more, visit www.aleks.co/ 

Jan 4

1 hr 19 min

Dr. Graham Priest is a Professor of Philosophy at CUNY. We spoke ab out all kinds of things, from the nature of philosophy, to buddhism and its personal and political implications, and to political philosophy itself and the state of the world.    For more about Graham, visit his website: http://grahampriest.net/ For more about me, visit www.aleks.co To support the podcast, visit www.aleks.co/support 

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

I sat down with Dr. Charlie Bresler, Exec. Director of The Life You Can Save, a charity founded by Peter Singer to advance the ideas of his book under the same title. We chatted about the act of giving, why we do and don't give, and negotiating the space between building a career, financial security, and marginal returns.  For more, visit www.aleks.co/ 

Dec 2020

58 min 16 sec

An introduction to one of the most important philosophers... ever... Wittgenstein talks about language, sense, meaning, and the responsibility of language users to use language properly.   For more, visit www.aleks.co/hey

Dec 2020

24 min 6 sec

This episode explores sobriety and alcoholism in anglo society. I talk about my reasons for being sober. I also talk about depression, hangovers, and alcohol as a social lubricant.  For more, visit www.aleks.co/ 

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Oct 2020

33 min 55 sec

I saw down with Dr. Paul Cammell and spoke about the relationship between psychiatry and philosophy, the origins of depression, and the nature of therapy.  To support Aleks Listens, visit www.aleks.co/contribute  For more, visit www.aleks.co/ and my instagram @alekslistens

Oct 2020

1 hr 8 min

I ask whether it is possible to think of morality as something that is entirely subjective. For more, visit www.aleks.co To support Aleks Listens, visit www.aleks.co/contribute 

Sep 2020

28 min 8 sec

I talk about the dull and plain moments of depression that make it very difficult to find reasons to do anything.

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Sep 2020

19 min

I reflect on my depression and how it impacts my everyday experience of the world. Sending love your way.   If you're enjoying Aleks Listens, you can support it by visiting www.aleks.co/support If you are struggling, or know someone who is, remember that there are services in place to support you. Lifeline (24hrs): 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au, Kids' Helpline (24hrs): 1800 55 1800 - www.kidshelp.com.au, BeyondBlue (24hrs): 1300 22 4636 - www.beyondblue.org.au 

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Sep 2020

24 min 52 sec

Back in October 2018, my friend Liam and I sat down with Julian Burnside AO QC. Julian is a barrister, human rights and asylum seeker advocate, and has recently turned to politics as a way of making change. What's most curious about our interview with Julian is that he told us again and again that he wasn't interested in politics, and that he wasn't willing to comment on political topics (outside human rights and asylum seeker related themes).  For more, visit www.aleks.co To support Aleks Listens, visit www.aleks.co/contribute   

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Aug 2020

1 hr 2 min

In this episode, I explore what it means to be happy, what form happiness takes, and whether it's a meaningful thing for us to strive towards. Click here to read my essay on happiness. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon  — or PayPal — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — follow me on instagram @alekslistens or Facebook — subscribe on YouTube ~ sending love your way, Aleks x

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Aug 2020

33 min 32 sec

I regularly ask myself something along the lines of "F*ck, why do I wake up in the morning? Is it always going to be this cyclical?" At the moment, I feel aimless; directionless; purposeless; confused; displaced; uprooted. I feel very uncertain about my past, present, and future. Is it ok to feel this way? Probably? Will my life be punctuated by these crises? Probably? I reflect on all of these things in this episode. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon,  — or PayPal — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — follow me on instagram @alekslistens or Facebook — subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

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Aug 2020

22 min 39 sec

I sat down with political philosopher Dan Halliday, lecturer at the The University of Melbourne, and spoke about Capitalism. We begin by defining Capitalism, then discuss its relationship to feudalism and socialism, and interrogate capitalism through a number of different lenses. We spoke about various policies which have traditionally been understood as 'capitalist' or 'neoliberal', and how they are in fact more closely aligned with other economic frameworks.  For more about Dan, visit: http://www.danhalliday.net. For more about Dan's book, visit: https://www.ethicsofcapitalism.com Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — or PayPal — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens or Facebook — subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

Aug 2020

1 hr 43 min

I sat down with Shahar Avin, a Senior Research Associate at The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (@ The University of Cambridge). We spoke about short-to-near term risks associated with AI, smartphones, algorithms, and pandemics. We simultaneously tried to make connections to the way politics and education can be reconfigured in order to normalise and generate true and helpful discussion on these topics. For more about Shahar, visit his website: https://www.shaharavin.com. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — or PayPal — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens or Facebook — subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

Jul 2020

1 hr 56 min

I had a chat with Jess @drjesseggy about all kinds of cool and colourful things. We spoke about the strange relationships, depression, anxiety, and I told Jess that I really hate cereal. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

Jul 2020

1 hr 6 min

People always talk about cancelled people or cancelling people. People also tend towards other people who agree with the big things they agree with. I talk about these things. I ask whether they're good, whether they're bad, how to engage with others, and that kinda stuff. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

Jul 2020

31 min 29 sec

In light of the recent (proposed) price increases for humanities degrees in Australia, I thought I'd make an episode to reflect on what this could actually mean. Can the price increases be justified? Are they a waste of time? (What the f do you think!?) Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

Jul 2020

29 min 7 sec

Aleks Listens turned ONE yesterday. So, I decided to sit down and think about what I've discovered about myself, and about others. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

Jun 2020

36 min 6 sec

Today I talk about normativity and what it means and what it is and why you should know about it and why you should care about it. That's pretty much everything.

Jun 2020

29 min 40 sec

Today I discuss whether or not we can draw a clear line between morality and the act of giving. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

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Jun 2020

40 min 55 sec

I reflect on the past three weeks and its cognitive curveballs. This episode isn't very political, and I don't reflect on acknowledge the impact of world politics on my wellbeing (I'm saving that for my next interview). Instead, this episode is a meditation on what can go wrong when you're overwhelmed, and some things that I've been doing to stay afloat. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks x

Jun 2020

32 min 50 sec

Today I spoke with Greg Restall, Professor of Philosophy and Logic at The University of Melbourne. The conversation began with me asking Greg to explain what 'Philosophical Logic' even is. Then, we moved onto some stuff about how we ought to think about the relationship between logic and belief, why thought and social progress is at risk of (if it isn't already enduring) a steep decline, where we can turn to inform and configure our morals. For more about Greg, visit his website. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks  

May 2020

1 hr 16 min

Existentialism is one of the most important elements of Being a person. Whether we like it or not, we are constantly grappling with existential questions — What does it mean to be? Who am I? How free am I? What impact does history/culture/society have on me? These are the kinds of things I talk about in this episode. The amazing artwork is by my friend Jericho. You can find him @jericho_marcel or @delicatessen____. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks  

May 2020

54 min 16 sec

Today I spoke with Steph. Steph is one of my closest friends. We talk about power dynamics in relationships, what it's like having Dads who want to tell you What and Who to Become, why we think freedom is good, and what value we have drawn from meditation. You can find Steph on instagram @gutgrenade. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks    

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May 2020

1 hr 15 min

Following up on the conclusion that I reached at the end of my last episode (that free will exists as a strange conscious illusion), I try to answer questions of being morally responsible, having personhood, and making decisions in light of our apparently illusory free will. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

May 2020

45 min 16 sec

Day 6.02x10^23 of iso and I'm seeing pretty colours and talking about free-will and its philosophical foundations. I try to define free will and determinism (and fatalism (and don't fkn get them confused!)). I also try to talk about bananas and showering in a way that is novel, exciting, fruitful and replenishing. I also ask myself whether I have any freedom to talk in the way that I do. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

36 min 57 sec

Today I sat down and reflected on the relationship between preventable human suffering, wealth, and doing the right thing. This episode is based on an essay by Peter Singer called "Famine, Affluence, and Morality" written in 1972. Essentially, Singer claims that it is a moral requirement for us to minimise preventable human suffering if we are in a position where donating to effective charities will not jeopardise a reasonable level of comfort in our lives. I investigate how realistic and applicable this claim is. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

34 min 38 sec

Today I sat down (over Zoom haha!) with comedian/presenter/podcaster/coolguy Tom Ballard. We spoke about the way the West has responded to profound changes in its structure (9/11, the Global Financial Crisis/Great Recession, Covid-19), the ways in which various lefty/socialist policies can promote freedom and idleness, and the ways that we can think engaging with people who have different beliefs to us. For more about Tom, visit http://tomballard.com.au — For more about ME (coz I'm a narcissist so I couldn't forget MYSELF ha!), visit MY website https://www.aleks.co — Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

56 min 34 sec

Today I sit down and think about the ethical ambiguity of being or not being born into wealth and privilege. What does it even mean to have had a super elite education (mommy and daddy paying $20k a year for the first 18 years of your life (+a VW Golf for your 17th birthday!...)? What does it mean to know that you have a permanent financial safety net? And finally, what does it mean to have none of these things? Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

30 min 19 sec

Today I analyse one of the most important essays of the 20th century - Bertrand Russell's "In Praise of Idleness". Russell's essay speaks volumes about the way we privileged people (with time, freedom, money (relative) and choice) ought to reflect on the way we use our money, the way we consume, the way we use our idle/free time, and the way we think about labour. I analysed the essay through various lenses. I explored the ethics of consumption and automation, the role of education, Nietzsche's master/slave dichotomy and the necessity of idleness as a mode of connecting with our innermost authentic selves. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

58 min 1 sec

Hey. Today I ruminated on the way we are when things get weird. What the hell does that mean? Ok. Well. It means that I have realised that we act in a particular way until things are on our doorstep. It also means that I have realised that we have a particular relationship with to our bodies/other bodies and this has been radically changed in recent times. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

36 min 30 sec

Hello. Have you thought about your dating life recently? Do you have a dating life? Does coronavirus mean that we (single people) have to enter into a weird kind of celibacy? Today I sat down and thought about this kinda stuff. I also spoke about how we ought to think about Being indoors and what this will mean for the future of work. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

42 min 16 sec

Hey. Today I had a long conversation with my friend Jeff. We spoke about what it's like coming from a family who from 'elsewhere' and the personal, social and economic implications this has. We spoke about our difficulty aligning ourselves with the 'Australian' national identity. We then moved onto some kinda philosophical/existential stuff - are we living in a simulation... can consciousness be uploaded to the cloud... classic softboi stuff. Finally, we discussed the economics of COVID-19 and whether or not it's going to bankrupt in every way conceivable. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks

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Apr 2020

1 hr 46 min

*Trigger Warning - this ep contains heavy mental-health themes* Hey. I was very hesitant to release an episode like this (coz I'm also paranoid about my privacy??????) but here it is anyway. Today I talk about my experiences with depression, antidepressants, isolation, psychiatry, and establishing a strong support network. Enjoying Aleks Listens? You can support it on Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/join/alekslistens — for more of my work, visit https://www.aleks.co — or follow me on instagram @alekslistens https://www.instagram.com/alekslistens — or subscribe on YouTube ~~~~ sending love your way, Aleks ///// If you are struggling, remember that there are services in place to support you. Lifeline (24hrs): 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au, Kids' Helpline (24hrs): 1800 55 1800 - www.kidshelp.com.au, BeyondBlue (24hrs): 1300 22 4636 - www.beyondblue.org.au 

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Mar 2020

54 min 20 sec