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||CleanBon Scott: Highway to Hell||In a major new biography of the Australian rock icon, Bon: The Last Highway, journalist Jesse Fink offers an exhaustive, fascinating study of Bon Scott – the man and the myth. In conversation with Jacinta Parsons, Fink discusses the remarkable story of this blazing figure in Australian rock history.||18 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesigning Books with Sandy Cull and Imogen Stubbs||For this special episode of the Wheeler Centre podcast we brought together two of Australia's best book designers for a podcast-only conversation about their careers, their craft and how it all comes together. Sandy Cull is a freelance book designer and a member of the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame, while Imogen Stubbs is an emerging designer and art director at Text Publishing. Coming at this conversation with different experiences, they compare notes on the book design industry, how they approach the creative process and how they have worked with authors and publishers to create the perfect cover.||18 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOn Your Marx||Helen Razer, Alyx Gorman, Max Gillies and Nazeem Hussain discuss their practical agreement – and their useful dispute – with Karl Marx, at a time when his work is breathing life into a range of Western movements from UK Labour to Bernie Sanders' 'Revolution'.||21 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Show of the Year 2017||At the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year, we brought together a stellar line-up of comedians, musicians, writers and raconteurs to remember the year that was. 2017 didn't always treat us right (nuclear war threats, postal surveys, The Mummy) but it had its charming moments (BBC Dad, Beyoncé’s twins). The year crept up on us fast; we sent it packing in style. There was plenty of material for performers to choose from, and this episode brings together highlights from the show for your listening pleasure.||17 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo You Think You Can Pod 2017||In deciding the winner of the second annual So You Think You Can Pod competition, we invited three Australian podcast hopefuls to have their pitches prodded, workshopped and sharpened by our panel of audio producers in front of a live audience – with a Wheeler Centre mentorship and prize pack worth $8,000 up for grabs. Listen in as the judges – Eric George (Australian), Kate Montague (Audiocraft) and Julie Shapiro (Radiotopia, USA), alongside Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia from the Wheeler Centre – delve deep into new audio ideas. Joining us as finalists for this event were Coel Healy (Perth, via Skype), Penelope Bartlau (supported by team members Darius Kedros and Patrick Humbert) and Melanie Thomson (with Nick Henderson of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives).||10 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInvasion of the Pod People: Radiotopia and Beyond with Julie Shapiro||Podcast master listener Julie Shapiro visits Melbourne to share insights from her long career in listening – and to discuss collaboration, reinvention and the long view in the era of the podcast, with host Sophie Black. Back in 2000 – before podcasting was invented – Shapiro was a co-founder and the artistic director of the highly respected Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, dedicated to extending the craft and awareness of artful radio storytelling. She did that for 14 years: a time during which the creative audio community, listenership and marketplace exploded. Today – amid all the excitement, investment and real innovation around podcasting – she’s the executive producer of Radiotopia, the tightly curated Boston-based network widely considered the ‘indie record label’ of podcasts … and home to 99% Invisible, Ear Hustle, The Heart, Song Exploder and many more. Shapiro also boasts a strong connection to Australia. From 2014 to 2015, she lived in Sydney as executive producer of ABC RN’s Creative Audio Unit, which produced the boundary-blasting Soundproof and the storytelling show Radiotonic.||10 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWell Aware||While it’s easy to make fun of the more bizarre notions floated by self-styled wellness gurus, there’s no escaping the fact that the wellness industry is serious, multimillion-dollar business. How much of it is harmless nonsense, how much is actually helpful and how much is exploitative and dangerous? And to what extent does the rise in the wellness industry reflect real deficiencies in traditional medicine, especially in the treatment of women? We ask these questions of Nick Toscano – one of the journalists who exposed Belle Gibson’s cancer hoax – as well as nutritional scientist and dietician Tim Crowe, writer Clem Bastow and host Jacinta Parsons.||27 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe F Word Address: Jane Gilmore||Part feminist stocktake, part personal reflection, journalist Jane Gilmore delivers our annual F Word Address. She tackles the year that was, as she examines how the media has chosen to represent – or misrepresent – women in 2017.||26 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTin Cans||How do you get to know a stranger? Your voice is as unique to you as your thumbprint, so why not start there? A collaborative, sound-based call and response, Tin Cans is an exchange between a pair of audio producers – Jess Ong and Olivia Rosenman. From Darwin to Sydney and back again, listen as they get to know each other, one question at a time.||19 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestion Time: Homelessness||How do we apply targeted solutions for homeless people with different needs? What is the relationship between homelessness and gentrification? How does media coverage stigmatise and entrench homelessness? What is the ‘Housing First’ theory and how does it work? In a full hour of audience Q&A, we’ll delve into some complex problems that demand urgent solutions. Host Madeleine Morris is joined by homelessness advocates, policy makers and service providers including Jenny Smith (formerly of Council to Homeless Persons), Michael Perusco (Yarra Community Housing) and Lucy Adams (Justice Connect Homeless Law), as well as former homeless person, Erika (currently a volunteer with Vincentcare and Council to Homeless Persons).||12 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLaw School Live||Benjamin Law and his mother Jenny Phang join us at the Wheeler Centre for a live serving of Law School counsel – tackling your own terrible, terrible problems, as well as discussing their relationship with each other, and tales of their unlikely (and potentially ruinous) relationship advice column collaboration. Hosted by Amy Gray.||12 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBlack Lives Matter: In Conversation||Two of Black Lives Matter’s founders and leaders – Patrisse Cullors and Rodney Diverlus – talk with Jack Latimore about the achievements and broader goals of #blacklivesmatter … and how we can translate the lessons of the movement to face and fight entrenched inequality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Among other topics, they discuss the importance of sustained activism, inclusive and nuanced ideas of 'blackness', and an empowering movement unconstrained by national borders or charismatic leadership.||6 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Festival of Questions: Questions for the City||During the Wheeler Centre's Festival of Questions this October, we invited visitors to step aside from the onstage discussions for a enquiring moment. Armed with two very comfortable chairs, artist Hallie Shellam was on hand to discuss whatever questions were on people's minds – and to help them sharpen them, before sharing them on screens around Melbourne Town Hall, as well as online.||1 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Book of Dust: Philip Pullman in Conversation||In this episode, Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials, The Book of Dust) appears live via videolink (and later, telephone) for a conversation with Michael Williams. They discuss daemons in literature – and in the wider world – today.||30 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestion Time: Infertility||At this Question Time discussion, we delve into the personal, ethical and legal implications of infertility and its treatment. Tune in for a look into the big business of baby-making in Australia today, hosted by Madeleine Morris with guests Cathy Anderson (VARTA), Robert Reith (Surrogacy Australia), author and filmmaker Julia Leigh and donor-conceived student Chloe Allworthy.||22 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing Under: The Mystery of Anaesthesia||How common is it for patients to ‘wake up’ during surgery? Is pain still pain if you can’t feel it? And what do we know about consciousness, anyway? In her new book on the subject, journalist Kate Cole-Adams looks at the facts, and explores the enigma of this mysterious medical practice. She's joined by leading anaesthetist and pain-management researcher Kate Leslie, and host Amita Kirpalani.||22 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJane Harper||Author Jane Harper (The Dry, Force of Nature) joins Wheeler Centre programme manager Helen Withycombe for a conversation about crime, conspiracy and runaway success.||15 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehind Closed Doors: Youth Detention in Australia||At this discussion, our panelists explore the connection between over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and over-imprisonment of the Indigenous adult population. What are the benefits and pitfalls of various strategies to redress inequality, what are prevention and diversion strategies for young people – and what roles could NGOs, families and communities play? With Karly Warner, Shahleena Musk, Eddie Cubillo and Antoinette Braybrook.||11 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSexually Transmitted Debt||How can our financial institutions and justice system do better to help those impacted by economic abuse? How do we raise the profile of this common but under-reported area of covert abuse? And what precautions should all of us take when entering into new life stages and new relationships? Join us for a frank and informative conversation with Larke Riemer – who has knowledge of the issue from both sides, through her work in the finance industry and as someone who has personally incurred ‘sexually transmitted debt’ – Donna Letchford from Women’s Legal Service Victoria, and economic abuse survivor Christine Craik. Hosted by Santilla Chingaipe.||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Back Out: Elder LGBTI+||How can we respect the diverse sexual orientations of older Australians? How can LGBTI+ elders know and assert their rights as they navigate the complex, confusing and sometimes intimidating aged care system? And how important is visibility of LGBTI+ older people – for individuals and for the broader Australian population? Find out in this discussion hosted by Tristan Meecham, and featuring artist and activist Lois Weaver, Val's LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care coordinator Pauline Crameri, Boston-based LGBT ageing researcher Bob Linscott and LGBTI elder Heather Morgan.||8 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Big Dry: Alcohol and Us||In our backyards, balconies and beer gardens – Australians get along famously with booze. Drinking is an entrenched part of our national identity: it’s a recurrent theme in our pop culture, a scene-setter for friendship, a supposedly inherent part of work and play. Hosted by Jacinta Parsons, writers Jenny Valentish and Jill Stark – both of whom have written memoirs about their experiences of Australia's booze culture – and Hello Sunday Morning founder Chris Raine join us for a fresh discussion about Australia’s changing relationship with alcohol, and how we can anticipate and deal with the side effects.||2 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTim Flannery: Rays of Hope||Join Tim Flannery acclaimed climate scientist and author as he opens our eyes to some heartening technological breakthroughs about climate change – like how ‘intense heat energy’ use and storage may overcome the thorny issue of producing electricity on overcast days, and how – with temperatures set to rise at alarming rates and carbon removal becoming as important as carbon reduction – a tasty, ribbon-like seaweed may just be the banner of our collective salvation. Hosted by Hilary Harper.||24 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestion Time: Fast Fashion||Is fast fashion going out of fashion? In this Question Time discussion, our panel – host Madeleine Morris, with Clare Press, Clara Vuletich, Rebecca Hard and Jessica Perrin – field questions on the issue from all angles. Does the fast fashion business model preclude ethical or sustainable practices? How might a backlash affect retail workers here in Australia as well as textile workers in developing countries? What are the alternatives to fast fashion – and who can afford them?||24 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaul Roos in Conversation with Karen Lyon||In his new book, Here It Is, Paul Roos reflects on more than 30 years in football, recounting tales from the coaching box and the club room. In conversation with Karen Lyon, he talks leadership, club culture and life after footy.||18 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPost-Millennial: The Meaning of Adulthood Today||Highlighting generational differences is a great way for journalists to get clicks, but how accurately do these categories really describe us? And, for the so-called ‘millennials’, what are the real and perceived differences in choices, attitudes and behaviour from older generations? At Bendigo Writers Festival, Emily Sexton hosts Clementine Ford, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Will Kostakis and Tom Taylor for a conversation that looks past the stereotypes to examine the changing nature of adulthood in Australia today.||3 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Important Australian Interviews
This is such a valuable archive of interviews conducted at the Wheeler Centre with politicians and economic and sociological commentators.
It should be required viewing or listening for all Australians.
Always entertaining and insightful.
The John Clarke Celebration exceptional.