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Catch up with the best discussions and reflections from The Interrobang: a new festival driven entirely by your questions, from the Wheeler Centre.
||ExplicitIs the concept of a country obsolete?||Responding to a huge volume of your questions on borders, refugees and migration, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Elliott, Voranai Vanijaka and host Mark Colvin search for insight and progress on this charged and crucial subject – taking a pragmatic and personal perspective to the problem.||24 2 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat is the best way to destroy the internet before it destroys us? Cory Doctorow and Alan Brough||Given its destructive and totalitarian potential, is it blind and foolish to defend the internet – or does idealism provide a corrective vision? What gives this incredible technological structure its potency? What does the internet offer in terms of political freedom and social mobility, privacy and big data, and broadcasting and publishing and political change – and what does it cost us? Blogger, science fiction author, Electronic Frontier Foundation special advisor and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow speaks with multitalented and beloved broadcaster, writer and director Alan Brough about whether we should really destroy the internet – or whether it instead needs our protection.||26 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat’s the ‘good’ in the good fight? Questions for ethical thinking in strange times||Raimond Gaita, Anne Summers, Gregory Phillips and Alan Duffy come together to seek out and dissect practical questions of ethics: are there basic values or ideas of goodness or fairness that we can all share? What, specifically, are they? What even is ‘ethical’, should we strive for it – and can there be a middle ground? Hosted by Mark Colvin.||24 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhen is Australia racist? Questions of difference and fairness||How do we distinguish our ideals from the real world? Is mainstream Australian – whatever that means – capable of living up to its own myths? Let’s not let subcultures off the hook, either. What draws our meanest impulses out of hiding? When do we laugh about our differences … and when do they come to define us? With artist Abdul Abdullah, writer and comedian Nakkiah Lui, Aboriginal health expert Gregory Phillips, journalist and political commentator Voranai Vanijaka and Gaysia author Benjamin Law, we’ll explore Australian equality on a number of fronts: representation, social support, sex and decision-making. Our panellists consider what it might take to achieve a culture that reflects a true picture of Australia back to itself – and what we’d be losing if we didn’t.||19 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy are people nicer when it’s your birthday? Questions of relativity and hope||In a thoughtful discussion to address our very large – and more nuanced – human dilemmas, Raimond Gaita, Jane Caro, Benjamin Law, Kristin Alford and Sammy J interrogate our search for meaning and contentment within our own circumstances (including gender, cultural background, upbringing and socio-economic position). Why happiness rather than contentment? Why does a part of us want to destroy what we love? Are we born happy, spending our lives defending that, or are we born neutral – destined to spend our lives trying to attain happiness?||8 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOne last question: Cheryl Strayed, on jumping off mountains||As part of The Interrobang, Cheryl Strayed – author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things – shares a story of her children leaping, literally, into the unknown.||4 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOne last question: Mary Norris, on the importance of words||As part of The Interrobang, Mary Norris unpicks the complex relationship between words and actions. If actions give birth to words, and words may inspire actions, does it really come down to deciding between the figurative chicken or the egg?||4 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAdam Liaw: What is the difference between muffins and cupcakes?||Food columnist, cookbook author, MasterChef Australia-winning chef and Destination Flavour presenter Adam Liaw talks food trends, creativity and interpretation in this 15 minute snap lecture.||2 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUpulie Divisekera: How does the world end?||Scientists have told us how the world began, but how do they think it will end? Explore pre-human mass extinctions (and how close it came to ‘the end’) – and why our thoughts often drift toward apocalyptic predictions and end time fears – with a half hour talk from molecular biologist and science communicator Upulie Divisekera.||2 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMary Norris and Jane Caro: Why does ‘i’ come before ‘e’, except after ‘c’?||A conversation with 'comma queen' Mary Norris, The New Yorker's copy editor and grammar guru.||2 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy be good? Questions of work, love and feminism||Discuss the complexities of gender and power with the formidable critical faculties of Meghan Daum, Jane Caro, Geraldine Brooks, Nakkiah Lui and Sally Warhaft.||30 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat future do we want – and deserve? Questions for the places, politics and pleasures of the hereafter||Where are we headed – and what will the journey be like? How do we deal with rapid change, how can we make more deliberate decisions – and how do we ensure we’re even included in that process? In this session, Cory Doctorow, Adam Liaw, Kristin Alford and Maggie Ryan Sandford explore the changing technologies, social dynamics and global circumstances behind what’s coming next.||28 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|