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Politics, satire and much blathering.
||CleanBlather Vox Pop : the biological farmer||Alan Broughton is a biological agriculture researcher and organic farming teacher based in Eastern Victoria. He has had extensive experience in farm management and setup both here in Australia and overseas.I had a chance to discuss with him so||9 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlather Vox Pop : the party activist||Jim McIlroy (pictured right) is a long time socialist activist who I have known for 45 years. In my audio work I also contribute to the Socialist Voices podcast produced by Scottish Socialist Party and this interview was designed for that outlet. In||3 8 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lucky Country||It is a tragic irony of Australian existence that a country -- a continent -- the size of Europe can be so much the same shore to shining shore. Among its 23 million peoples there is seemingly very little difference one person from the other. We speak||25 6 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlather Vox Pop : the geriatric nurse||Studs Terkel's great book of radio interviews -- Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do -- has been around for 40 years. Its impact has been huge because it re-invented oral history by ce||27 5 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTerra Australis Proprietary Limited||The Reserve Bank in conjunction with the federal Treasury is making arrangements for turning the whole country into a limited liability company. And lucky you:every Australian citizen will be offered shares in the float. The new enterprise will take||9 1 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThrough my own fault||I am not usually one for public confessions, but I feel that something must be said. You can imagine how difficult this is for me to admit to. I am just an ordinary Joe Blow trying to make their own way in the world. There's nothing special about me. An||15 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr Spermatozoon finds a home||Pick a day — any day — and there is sure to be a lot of human semen entering the world from private parts unknown. What it gets up to — when it gets out there — is anyone's guess. Each day there's buckets of the stuff discharging forth half a te||10 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Discreet Charm of Bosses||How can I put this without giving offence? There are some in our society who live off the labour of others. Don't get me wrong. Most of us get along without recourse to such means, but there are an anonymous few who exploit their fellow human beings wit||6 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Out||I admit to it. It was some time ago when I first realised that despite the pressure of my friends and family it was time for me to come to some resolution, if only at first for my own peace of mind. Once I had got that right in my head, all the rest see||6 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrespassers Prosecuted||Here we are, somewhere in the South Pacific. That's the big picture: a big brown stain in a puddle. Those in the know didn't know about this spot for some time. It was terra incognito — the secret country. The first civilised person (by that I mean so||6 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReconciliation||I reckon I'm pretty much reconciled. Yep. I'm much more reconciled than I was last week. Reconciliation is all the go. I'm reconciled. You're reconciled. We are all reconciled. Oh, it's just lovely. Brings a tear to my eye it does. You wouldn't by chanc||6 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Blather attends G20||About 2000 people gathered at Roma St Forum in Brisbane for the Peoples' March against the G20 Summit on November 15. Aboriginal activists kicked off the speeches and a march, surrounding by heavy police presence, followed. Multiple issues were &nbs||6 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
It's rare to find unrelenting satire like this. I used to read Riley's LOR columns in the pages of Green Left Weekly but now that he's gone audio you get more of the nuances in the diatribe. This is rare. There should be more of it. We're still at early days so let's hope RR gets better in way of audio quality-- but you have to start somewhere, right? The interviews are interesting too -- a lot sharper than the norm. I guess RR is going for the mix. Good to see. I'll certainly keep listening.