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The Lucky Country

The Australia Institute

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The Lucky Country is an insider's outside view of Australia's most important political and economic debates. Hosted by The Australia Institute's Chief Economist Richard Denniss, The Lucky Country is a weekly podcast from Schwartz Media which applies common sense to complex issues.
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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons hosts the most downloaded sports podcast of all time, with a rotating crew of celebrities, athletes, and media staples, as well as mainstays like Cousin Sal, Joe House, and a slew of other friends and family members who always happen to be suspiciously available.
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Chuck Klosterman to discuss Victor Wembanyama speculations, international basketball, and cracks in the American youth basketball structure (1:22), before they talk about the spike in the popularity of women's college basketball, different eras of college sports, PEDs, and more (24:52). Then they discuss the c…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to discuss Nuggets-Warriors (1:52) and best NBA players to see in person (19:02), before wondering which playoff teams are going to fool everyone (46:56). Then, they fire off some "hot takes" (1:10:17) before checking in on the 45-12 Celtics (1:16:57), and sharing some NBA media thoughts (1:39:50…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Derek Thompson to discuss the "future of everything," including health, culture, tech, and sports (3:15). Then Bill talks with Ariel Helwani about the buzz for the upcoming UFC 300 vs. the reality that it might not even be the best card so far this year, UFC 298 and 299 story lines, WrestleMania 40, upcoming W…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Logan Murdock to discuss his article "The Golden State Warriors Don’t Think This Is the End," Jonathan Kuminga's development, Klay Thompson's new outlook, Draymond Green's return, this season's playoff hopes, and more (2:00). Then Bill hits a couple sports topics, including Kristaps Porzingis, the Milwaukee Bu…
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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to recap Super Bowl LVIII, talk winners and losers, highlight the biggest moments, update legacies, review their gambling ledgers, and more! Host: Bill Simmons Guest: Cousin Sal Producer: Kyle Crichton The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please checkout theringer.com/RG to find out more o…
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In Part 2 of our NBA trade deadline special, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo as the deadline closed to discuss some of the other small moves that went down, like P.J. Washington to the Mavs and Jaden Springer to the Celtics (1:09). There's also talk of some of the teams that did nothing, like the Warriors (20:40), Lakers (26:54…
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In Part 1 of our NBA trade deadline special, The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo to break down the early trades of the day, including the Knicks’ added shooting making them a scarier team in the East (1:54), Gordon Hayward to OKC (22:18), Buddy Hield to the Sixers (29:35) and why the Raptors are trading like it’s a fantasy football…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is prepping for the NBA trade deadline by naming his 25 honorable mentions (2:14), followed by the top 75 NBA trade-value players (11:45)! Host: Bill Simmons Producer: Kyle Crichton The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please checkout theringer.com/RG to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for addit…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss their Super Bowl bet win-loss record for the 21st century (2:53) before running through their favorite prop bets for Super Bowl LVIII (19:47). Finally, they find some values in NBA awards and conference winner odds (1:04:16) before closing the show with Parent Corner (1:16:47). Host: Bill…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Larry David to discuss sports, movies, 'Seinfeld,' 25 years of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and more! Host: Bill Simmons Guest: Larry David Producer: Kyle Crichton The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, please checkout theringer.com/RG to find out more or listen to the end of the episode for additional deta…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the 49ers coming back to beat the Lions (1:11) and the Ravens falling to the Chiefs (23:49). They then guess the line for Super Bowl LVIII (41:41), talk biggest Super Bowl story lines (49:43), discuss NBA awards odds (58:15), and more before closing the show with Parent Corner (1:06:26). …
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Rob Mahoney to discuss Kings-Warriors, a Golden State check-in, and NBA All-Star ballots (2:38), before discussing some positive Knicks buzz, the Eastern Conference rounding into shape, the Suns, Clippers, and more (21:53). Next, Bill talks with Peter Schrager of NFL Network and Fox Sports about the NFL coachi…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House and Kevin O'Connor to discuss the Bucks firing coach Adrian Griffin just 43 games into his first season, and the Heat trading for Terry Rozier (5:16), before discussing possible trade deadline teams, including the 76ers, Knicks Clippers, Mavericks, Nets, Hawks, and more (25:30). Then, Bill’s Dad give…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss another "holy shit" Chiefs-Bills matchup, Lions-Buccaneers, the 49ers escaping the Packers, and the Ravens' decisive win over the Texans (2:05) before they guess the lines for the conference championship games (1:00:30). They then close the show with Parent Corner (1:06:30). Host: Bill Si…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares his midseason NBA Power Poll, in which he ranks all 30 NBA teams (1:48). He is then joined by Peter Schrager of Fox Sports and NFL Network to discuss all four NFL divisional-round games (45:53) before making the Million-Dollar Picks for the divisional round (1:38:38). Host: Bill Simmons Guest: Peter Schrager Produce…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Buccaneers shocking the Eagles in the wild-card round, and they make coaching carousel predictions for Bill Belichick, Mike Vrabel, Jim Harbaugh, and others (1:25) before talking Steelers-Bills and the Bills-Chiefs divisional-round matchup (20:27). Then they guess the lines for the NF…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys' loss to the Packers in what was likely Mike McCarthy's last game as head coach (1:18); the game of the weekend, Rams-Lions (16:14); C.J. Stroud and the Texans beating the Browns (24:27); and Dolphins-Chiefs (29:10). They then go through an abbreviated Guess the Lines, look at…
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In the second part of a two-part podcast, The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to discuss NBA blowouts, showcasing more exciting teams nationally, preliminary All-Star ballots, the sad Wizards, the greatest candy bars, and more (2:00). Then, Bill makes the Million-Dollar Picks for NFL wild-card weekend (44:39). Finally, in honor of Bill…
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In the first part of a two-part podcast, The Ringer's Bill Simmons talks with Michael Lombardi about Bill Belichick's 24-year tenure with the Patriots, New England's long road ahead, why people should be thinking outside the box for Belichick's next team, and more (1:59). Then Bill is joined by Peter Schrager of Fox Sports and NFL Network to run th…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons quickly reacts to Titans head coach Mike Vrabel being fired (1:19) before he is joined by Doc Rivers to discuss the floundering Warriors (4:25), why the Lakers are struggling when their stars are healthy, (29:31), the Suns missing a key piece (52:35), the encouraging Clippers (1:00:20), concern for the Bucks (1:10:58), and…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Bills securing the AFC East division with their win over the Dolphins, and reacting to the first-round slate (1:36), before running through the winners (13:48) and many losers (23:01) of NFL Week 18. Next, they guess the lines for wild-card weekend (1:02:05), before closing the show w…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Howard Beck to discuss what is wrong with the Lakers after Shams Charania's report of internal struggles. They debate how to fix the Lakers' season (1:35) before kicking around some fake LeBron James trades (25:38). Then Bill talks with Sheil Kapadia about the uninspiring Eagles, the Chiefs' grim playoff outlo…
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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by ESPN’s Zach Lowe for an early 2024 NBA League Pass Rankings. They draft their top 14 fun teams to watch based on an aggregation of factors, like style of play, exciting players, announcers, and more! Host: Bill Simmons Guest: Zach Lowe Producer: Kyle Crichton The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming, plea…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the biggest topics from NFL Week 17, including the powerful 1-seeds, the Bills and Dolphins battling for the 2-seed in the AFC, Chiefs-Bengals, Eagles-Cardinals, Bills-Patriots, an unsettling Cowboys win vs. the Lions, Steelers-Seahawks, Justin Fields seemingly securing his job in Chicago…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares his end of 2023 NBA Power Poll in which he ranks all 30 NBA teams (1:06). Then he is joined by Joe House and Warren Sharp to run through their favorite Week 17 games to bet on (58:35), before Bill makes the Million Dollar Picks for NFL Week 17 (2:07:24). Host: Bill Simmons Guest: Joe House and Warren Sharp Producer:…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Ravens' decisive win vs. the 49ers (2:09), the Raiders upsetting the Chiefs, Eagles-Giants, Joe Flacco's resurrection/Browns-Texans, and Panthers-Packers (18:22), before talking Broncos-Patriots, Vikings-Lions, Chargers-Bills, and Bengals-Steelers (51:36). Next they guess the lines fo…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Justin Termine of SiriusXM to discuss the Pistons' 25-game losing streak, how it got this bad, and where they can go from here (2:30). They also discuss Ja Morant's return, revisit the Rudy Gobert trade for the first-place Timberwolves, check in on the Celtics, talk about Suns concerns, and more (26:40). Then …
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Ryen Russillo for a classic fake NBA trades podcast. First they gush about the Timberwolves and wonder whether the Clippers are for real (1:14), before they discuss possible trade candidates, including Donovan Mitchell, Dejounte Murray, O.G. Anunoby, Zach LaVine, Draymond Green, and many more (15:04)! Host: Bi…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys' discouraging loss to the Bills, and Jaguars-Ravens (1:39), before talking Bears-Browns, Vikings-Bengals, Packers-Buccaneers, Patriots-Chiefs, a messy Panthers win over the Falcons, Steelers-Colts, the end of the Giants and Jets' playoff hopes, and Commanders-Rams (20:27). The…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons wonders, "Is Golden State dead?" after watching the Warriors fall to the Clippers live at Crypto.com Arena (2:07). Then, Bill is joined by Nora Princiotti for a Travis Kelce-Taylor Swift check-in and a Bill Belichick hot-seat temperature check (28:25), before running through their favorite NFL Week 15 games (57:47). Next, …
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Doc Rivers to discuss highlights from the NBA in-season tournament (3:46), before Bill asks "What's wrong?" with the Pistons, Warriors, Cavaliers, Hawks, Raptors, and Suns (25:37), then asks "Do you believe?" in the Bucks, Timberwolves, Pelicans, Thunder, and Clippers. This is then followed by story time and m…
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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Cowboys handily beating the Eagles, Lions-Bears, the Chiefs falling to the Bills, Rams-Ravens, Buccaneers-Falcons, another disappointing Chargers loss, Colts-Bengals, and Browns-Jaguars (1:24) before guessing the lines for NFL Week 15 (55:45) and closing the show with Parent Corner (1…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Wosny Lmabre and Rob Mahoney to discuss the NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinals including LeBron James' flawless performance in the Lakers' 133-89 victory over the Pelicans, Zion Williamson concerns, and Western Conference contenders (1:56), before talking about Tyrese Haliburton's incredible game vs. the Buck…
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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Packers' win over the Chiefs, and Green Bay's path to the playoffs, plus Kansas City falling down the AFC standings, the 49ers' statement win in Philly, the Pats' new (old) offense and more (02:00). Next, Bill and Sal guess the lines for NFL Week 14 (45:00), and close it out with Pare…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons starts with an NBA Power Poll ranking all the teams in the league in tiers. Then, he's joined by Ringer staff writer and Carolina Panthers fan Steven Ruiz. They discuss how grim the situation truly is in Carolina, plus they talk through Steven's QB rankings for The Ringer (30:32). After that, The Ringer's Sheil Kapadia joi…
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The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Justin Termine of Sirius/XM NBA Radio to break down the wild final night of the In-Season Tournament group stage including the Kings comeback win over the Warriors and whether Golden State is in big trouble, plus some sports radio debates like Tatum vs Booker and who wants Zach Lavine (01:40). Then, he chats w…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss a classic Chargers loss to the Ravens and the wild Bills-Eagles showdown (1:40). They also talk about the Patriots seemingly cementing a top-three draft pick after losing 10-7 to the Giants, Saints-Falcons, and Steelers-Bengals (23:12). They then discuss Browns-Broncos, Denver's midseason…
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In Part 2 of a two-part podcast, The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Rob Mahoney to discuss the success of the inaugural NBA in-season tournament and check in on some aging NBA superstars, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry (1:42). Then, Bill talks with Danny Kelly and Steven Ruiz about the lackluster NFL MVP race (50:58) befo…
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In Part 1 of a two-part podcast, The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor to discuss Jaylen Brown's changing role on the Boston Celtics (2:06), before talking with Derek Thompson about OpenAI's decision to fire CEO Sam Altman, the fallout, how rapidly AI is developing, predictions for the following weeks, as well as a check-in on Elon …
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss Vikings-Broncos, Browns-Steelers, another inexplicable Chargers loss, Lions-Bears, Dolphins-Raiders, Rams-Seahawks, and more (2:02) before guessing the lines for NFL Week 12 (42:33). They close the show with Parent Corner (1:13:30). Host: Bill Simmons Guest: Cousin Sal Producer: Kyle Cric…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Mallory Rubin to react to the Ravens' 34-20 win over the Bengals on 'TNF', Joe Burrow leaving the game with a wrist injury, Mark Andrews sustaining an ankle injury, AFC playoff speculation, and more (1:34), before Bill talks with Danny Kelly about the weekend's slate of NFL games and makes the Million-Dollar P…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Doc Rivers to discuss the NBA In-Season Tournament, the teams atop the Eastern and Western Conferences, the new-look Clippers, Anthony Edwards, the exciting Rockets, Bucks concerns, and more (6:30). Then Bill is joined by Matthew Belloni to discuss Netflix in 2023, how it continues to rise as other major strea…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to play a game of "Good Win or Bad Loss?" for Ravens-Browns, Bengals-Texans, Chargers-Lions, and Saints-Vikings (4:20), before discussing Cowboys-Giants, a lackluster Jets-Raiders 'SNF' matchup, another ugly Patriots loss, Commanders-Seahawks, Falcons-Cardinals, and Packers-Steelers (32:00). Then, t…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Howard Beck and Michael Pina to discuss some NBA big-picture story lines (2:08), before Bill talks to Benjamin Solak about the end of the Belichick era in New England (42:01), and some of their favorite NFL future bets (52:00). Then, Bill is joined by Raheem Palmer to discuss NFL Week 10 games before making th…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons gives his NBA power poll of all 30 teams through two weeks (1:41), before he is joined by Malcolm Gladwell to discuss tweaks they would make to major sports, including the NBA in-season tournament, restoring home field advantage in the NFL, improving the MLB season, reducing tanking incentives in the NBA, regulating new at…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Cousin Sal to discuss the Eagles' win over the Cowboys, Josh Dobbs taking over the Vikings offense and beating the Falcons, a Raiders bounce-back win, and Patriots-Commanders (1:35). Then, they talk Chiefs-Dolphins, Bills-Bengals, Seahawks-Ravens, and C.J. Stroud's incredible performance in the Texans' win ove…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House and J. Kyle Mann to ask some NBA questions: "Is it too soon to say the Knicks need to trade Julius Randle?" "Is it too soon to panic about the Heat?" "Is it too soon to say the Thunder might be a top-five team in the West?" And more (2:32). Then, Bill talks with Chris Vernon about the 0-5 Grizzlies (…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons shares his thoughts on the 76ers trading James Harden to the Clippers (1:55) before he is joined by Michael Lombardi to discuss the NFL trade deadline, cross-off teams, and risers and fallers (24:09). Then, they talk 'The Godfather Part III,' mob TV shows, and more (1:13:46). Host: Bill Simmons Guest: Michael Lombardi Prod…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons remembers Matthew Perry (1:21) before he is joined by Cousin Sal to draft the 12 worst NFL QBs after some truly poor Week 8 quarterback play (11:30), and answer some NFL burning questions like: "Do you believe in Will Levis," "Are the Bengals officially back," "Who will be the NFC 7-seed," and more (25:30). Then they guess…
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The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Rob Mahoney to discuss the first three days of the NBA season, including Suns-Lakers, 76ers-Bucks, and Knicks-Celtics, as well as encouraging Zion Williamson thoughts, Victor Wembanyama living up to the hype, Grizzlies concern, and more (1:11). Then, Bill is joined by Peter Schrager of NFL Network and Fox Spor…
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