Tonight! Talk-ist!

Tonight at 10pm on Channel 31 Melbourne and Geelong, (Ch44 Melbourne) or livestreamed nationally from https://c31.org.au/tv/live/ I am featuring the awesome advocate, model and speaker Jess Cochran (pictured). Videos are available on YouTube too.

In the middle of lockdown I started a community TV talk show, produced by BentTV and called Talk-ist! The plan was to use the basic premises of neurodivergent (ND) communication for the show.

Image is Jess Cochran looking divine with a flower in her hair, lying in an elegant pose leaning against her wheelchair. She is dressed in a black dress with bare feet. Jess is the featured guest on 26th March 2021.

Different people think differently, not only because of cultural background, life experience or professional aspects but because their brains are “wired” to work differently.

Neurodiversity embraces the notion that individuals born with differently wired brains and those with acquired wiring differences have important contributions to humanity.

Talk-ist has a focus on disability and queer pride and features prominently community members and allies.

ND people – we often (not always) don’t do small talk, take conversations off on interesting tangents and love our interests with an intensity that we should like a specialised deck of cards in trivial pursuit.

So Talk-ist was born around three part guest focused interviews (sample YouTube):

Here are some of my favourite moments from guests to date:

Bent TV: Talk-ist | You did what? | Vanessa de Kauwe. Vanessa runs Science Alliance, an award-winning science program for neurodiverse and disabled and gender diverse young people, at the Australian National University (ANU).

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Newsworthless | Ki Hayward. Disability advocate, speaker and consultant Ki and Jacci turn fluff into stuff talking about mobility aids!

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Nerd Wars | Yenn Purkis. Yenn, autistic author, speaker, blogger and neurodiversity champion talks Lord of The Rings and gender.

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Newsworthless | Sally Goldner AM. Rainbow diversity warrior, speaker, consultant, performer and a ton of other skills, Sally and I talk Emu’s in bars!

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Nerd Wars | Anastasia Le. Gender diversity speaker and consultant, radio host and comedian Ana and I chat about Pokémon! Squeeeee!

All my guests have been a joy! I’ve loved doing this. A big thank you! We are lucky to get a show a month in, with my PhD schedule, but when we do…it’s literally some much fun.

So, like check out the facebook page for the show for upcoming guests – Talk-ist | Facebook