The Iron Fist and The Velvet Glove is a weekly podcast which takes a look at news, political events, culture, ethics and the transformations taking place in our society.
We try to look at news events and examine whether they are good or bad, whether they are part of a larger trend, what social forces are at work and what are the implications for our future.
A typical episode is an eclectic mix of serious ideas and amusing stories. We might well be cataloguing the demise of civilisation but we try to have fun while doing so.
We are Australian so we include a lot of Australian stories but Australia is a small fish in a big pond and we consequently look at a lot of international events which are relevant to everyone.
We hope you enjoy the podcast.
Really great to see some honest conversation, that doesn’t seem concerned with making the truth more palatable for the fair of heart. I think we really need a lot more of this.
Fantastic podcast and gets better every episode. BUT if you can’t handle the truth about the dismal state of Australian politics give this one a miss.
This is an entertaining and intelligent discussion of politics, religion, education and other important issues in Australia. If you’re not interested in politics or if you’re confused by it then you need to listen to these guys. They remove the mystery and put forward an analysis of the issues that will entertain and inform you.
Wel done Trevor and Hugh, one of the best Eps to date. Professional delivery by both.
This episode was just the right length, but more importantly, was a little more measured in addressing the topics. I admire the Iron Fist in the way he can craft rational statements about appalling behaviour in the topics discussed, and I found the 12th Man to be a good balance to the Iron Fist. I wish the Velvet Glove wouldn’t giggle at important topics or when religious thinking is described – we already find them ridiculous, but laughing every time is a bit much after hours of listening to episodes. This is a fun but semi-serious podcast that everyone should listen to, and I thank them for making the time to produce it.
A refreshing podcast. Rational discussion on topics many won’t tackle honestly. I don’t agree with everything you say but I love the way your subject matter is explored and sometimes debated. Great work guys.
Don’t listen to these baby eating heathens, God will kill an angel for every episode that you listen to.
These guys are at the forefront of challenging religious privilege. If you want to be up-to-date on all the wacky goings-on by the religion pushers in this world and their attempts successful or otherwise to influence the political and social spheres of our lives then this is your podcast. We need more of this advocacy for a secular world view. Be like me or Bill and don’t miss an episode.
All podcasts are great but the christmas special takes the cake. Excellent show guys.
This podcast is great for those looking for debates about secularism, religious power structures and Western liberal democratic ideals, all with a focus on the Great Southern Land. The two main protagonists bounce ideas off each other and occasionally guests are brought in to give different perspectives (I love to hate Right Wing Tony!). These are not Left Wing Nutters, I know as I tend to that description too often myself and disagree with them at times. Rationality and free thought rule! The boys don’t mind if you throw in your two cents, in fact, I think they love to hear from the public. Very worth a listen.
I look forward to this show each week. So informative! Thank you.
I stumbled on this podcast and enjoyed a number of podcasts. I love the deconstruction of the arguments and the range of topics. The input of the 12th man, right wing Tony and in particular Hugh Harris and Objective morals and Moral relativism. I am a atheist/secularist and would love to see you guys on Q&A keep up the great work. Secularism is a fight worth fighting for.
I’ve been listening for a year now and you haven’t gotten any worse. It’s nice to hear a good Australian perspective with varying views. Keep it up.
The Fist and crew do a great job of debating and dissecting a range of secular topics. Great work, and always an amusing listen.
I’ve been listening since the first episode and it has proven time and again to be my favourite podcast. The guys have a balanced view of the world and politics. Well worth a listen.
Greeting Fist, Glove and Man. I’m working my way through the back catalogue and enjoying it immensely. Your discussions contain the kind of intelligence and fluid thinking with a touch of irreverence that I have been looking for in a local content podcast. Keep up the good work.
Love your work, your podcasts are excellent and your political commentary and general banter really improve my day! Thank you!
A provocative and informative discussion of current affairs at the intersection of religion and politics. The perfect antidote to religious privilege and snowflake culture. Best listened to at 1.5x speed.
G’day Iron and Velv. When I found you blokes, I had finally found some Australian voices of reason and common sense. After listening to a chunk of the back catalogue and keeping up to date with the podcasts, I became a patron, you fellas should be on the Senate. Anyway, episode 139 was a little strange at first, until the nutter came out. And then, oh mate, it became comedy. Where did you dig up that crazy nutter? Thanks Fist and Glove. Watley
Hi guys, many thanks for your podcast which I have just discovered. I am looking forward to exploring the back catalogue. It’s great to hear Australian voices doing such a podcast. One thing though – it’s a bit blokey. Ever thought of having some women on?
Possibly my favourite Aussie podcast. Nice one to do the gardening to!
Finally found some Aussie voices speaking about our issues with Australian accents and with Aussie guests from a secular point of view. Great work guys!
Congrats on 3 years! I’m a fairly new fan (thanks to Caitlin Langley) and this is becoming one of my favourite podcasts. Keep up the great work. – Andy Dowling, Andy Social Podcast / Self Starter Podcast / Bass Player in LORD (don’t worry, we’re not a Christian band!).
Finally! So glad to find other like minded people in Australia! You’ll be pleased to know I joined the Labor Party just before discovering your podcast and yes, I am as secular as they come!
I’ve been listening to the Iron Fist and Velvet Glove Podcast for a while now and have found it really engaging. The discourse is most often very intelligent and insightful. I often feel like I’ve learnt something when I’ve finished listening. However, I think that sometimes the hosts can be limited in their perspective and that can limit the depth of the discussion, but overall a great podcast you should all listen to.
Had to update the review, as I’ve been a listener and supporter for a while now. The podcast just keeps getting better. Along with the interesting subject matter, the guys are really finding a groove, or maybe i’m just getting to know them better. It’s funny, thought provoking, not afraid of controversy and genuinely interested in making a positive change. What more could you want. Keep up the great work guys.
Having stolen the requisite 20 free episodes of this strangely compelling podcast I have decided to support them by subscribing. The differing views keep me interested even when disagreeing with the speakers. Good guests also help. As the only paid up member of the ALP who listens I will keep an ear out for any subterfuge (kidding)
I discovered this podcast recently and it’s become one of my favourites. The back catalogue is well worth a listen too. These guys are well informed and funny and there are occasional gems contributed by listeners and friends such as Landon Hardbottom that are classic! I’ve learned a lot and have changed my views on some things while laughing out loud while on my walks. If you’re not listening to this you are underinformed. And yes, this means you, Scott Morrison! And Bill (I stand with the bishops) Shorten!
In a society where politics is polarised to such a degree where the latte-lovers on the left can’t come together to speak to the troglodytes on the right, it’s refreshing to listen to a podcast that seeks to challenge the radical ideas perpetuated by both extremes of the political divide. So really, don’t listen to this podcast if you don’t want to be challenged on your political ideology, or can’t mount an argument in defence of your own ideas. It’s an easy listen, with no real wading through the weeds of heavy political and social theory. It’s an entertaining, fun, and challenging listen and has become a must-listen in a very short time.
Great Aussie banter discussing interesting current events and issues
Listen in if you like your weekly news and opinions provided by intelligent, witty, open minded, truth-seeking commentators with small egos. These guys are kicking goals for secular, rational, humanist Australians.
Iron fist and velvet glove is a deep dive into secular discussion in Australia and some international sources. You won’t always agree with them but they will make you analyse your own views and at the very least inform you of some of the undercurrents in political and religious spheres. Well worth your time.
Fist, Glove, Man, You had me all wrong! To make it up to you, here’s the iTunes review you’ve been so longing for (PS I listen on Castbox). Patron plugging isnt bad at all. Better yet, us listeners get joy in finding out who the new members of your community are – do not be discouraged in your patron plugging. A good example of a working patron plugging system is most religions. I wonder, does the secular society have an official opening for an experienced and effective patron plugger, Fist? You could be the edge they need.. Thanks for discussing ep189’s topic on Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet. Very good point about the young kids – I’d never heard that one before. I think I’ve got this one settled, cultures need to have the ability to evolve and applied to this case, once an aspect of cultural significance becomes offensive to a group of people, that culture should really question whether they want to keep that aspect around. De groeten, Aedan
First time I have listened to you. Your podcast on Voluntary Assisted Dying was absolutely brilliant. Listeners were provided with an extensive, knowledgeable and elucidating 1 1/2 hour discussion on this most critical issue. As a victorious Victorian advocate for VAD legislation, trying to do as much as I can for the Queensland cause, I applaud you on this podcast and implore that those who have listened to it ensure that as many people as possible are also given the opportunity to do so. I will be widely distributing it in Victoria.
I look forward to tuning in to you in the future.