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||CleanBottom Dollar: Welfare Quarantining in Remote Australia||In this discussion, Jessie Taylor, Jackie Huggins, Elise Klein and Beverley Walley explore Cashless Debit Card regimes, such as those operating in Ceduna, South Australia, and East Kimberley, Western Australia, since 2016. Does the evidence support the extension of the programme? Is there a dark side to the regime? And in choosing the locations for the scheme to be rolled out, is remoteness a proxy for race?||19 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJennifer Egan||At the Athenaeum Theatre, American author Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach) discusses history, hope and American upheaval with Michael Williams.||8 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTake Charge: Autonomy in Older Age||For this conversation, we bring together local and international experts from across the fields of medicine, social work and palliative care for a clear-eyed discussion of advanced planning and autonomy in later life. Oncologist Ranjana Srivastava, geriatrician and oncologist Supriya Mohile, social worker and writer Melanie Joosten and palliative care activist Molly Carlile AM discuss senior activism, cultural differences and patient-centred medical approaches.||8 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Waves: The Changing Shape of Australian Feminism||In this discussion, Leena van Deventer, Nayuka Gorrie, Reni Louise-Permadi and Dur-é Dara explore intergenerational tensions around topics such as intersectionality, solidarity and privilege, in order to move forward with constructive conversations about the future of the movement. Where has feminism in Australia come from? Where are we now? Where could (and should) we go next if we work together?||1 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNate DiMeo’s Memory Palace||Nate DiMeo is the voice and producer of The Memory Palace, a celebrated storytelling podcast about the past. In this conversation, recorded live at Geelong Regional Library & Heritage Centre, he talks about history, time and wonder – and how he's built a creative livelihood around his writing. Hosted by Jon Tjhia.||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia||In her introduction to Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, editor Anita Heiss writes: ‘[These] stories cover country from Nukunu to Noongar, Wiradjuri to Western Arrernte, Ku Ku Yalinji to Kunibidji, Gunditjamara to Gumbaynggirr and many places in between.’ With contributors Celeste Liddle, Zachary Penrith-Puchalski and Sharon Payne, Heiss hosts a frank, funny and forthright discussion of formative years and life lessons.||7 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlexander McCall Smith||Alexander McCall Smith, author of the The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and many other novels for adults and children, joins Toni Jordan for a discussion of creativity, comedy and collaboration.||31 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Night with Geoffrey Robertson||Human rights lawyer, author and broadcast Geoffrey Robertson tells the colourful story of his life – from his days at Epping Boys High School to his Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford to the epic legal battles that have taken him to the UK Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and appeal courts in Trinidad, Mauritius and more.||27 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Eagleman: The Creative Brain||Neuroscientist David Eagleman joins Natasha Mitchell to discuss his new book, 'The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World', exploring the link between the brain and creativity.||27 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Alien Nation||For the first time in Australia, Sofija Stefanovic presents This Alien Nation – and welcomes some of her favourite outsiders for a celebration of elsewhere and right here. Come for the stories and leave with some feelings – with restaurateur and Speed Date a Muslim founder Hana Assafiri, writer Khalid Warsame, journalist George Megalogenis, author and lawyer Alice Pung, musician Vahideh Eisaei and cultural historian and critic Maria Tumarkin.||25 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRobert Webb: How Not to Be a Boy||With host Clementine Ford, Peep Show star and author of 'How Not to Be a Boy' Robert Webb discusses his search for answers – and how the questions of masculinity revealed themselves through his encounters with grief and expectation; with women and men.||24 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInvasion of the Pod People: Still Processing||In each episode of their addictive podcast Still Processing, Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris chew over big and small questions of American culture. Their incredibly wide-ranging discussions roam across TV, movies, sport, history and politics – often joined by special guests like RuPaul and Ta-Nehisi Coates. The pair, both New York Times writers, join one another in conversation at the Wheeler Centre – and talk about Kanye's tweets, colonisation, race and taking care of yourself.||20 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAndré Aciman||In André Aciman’s world, individuals discover new parts of themselves through wide-ranging romantic and sexual encounters across genders. Aciman’s exploration of queer sexuality and all-consuming desire played out in his first novel, 2007’s Call Me by Your Name. The book has enjoyed a resurgence of interest, thanks to the Oscar-winning film by Luca Guadagnino, released last year. His most recent book, Enigma Variations, explores the idea that character may be at once varied and enigmatic. At this event, Dennis Altman joins Aciman for a conversation about life, love, lust and his recent brush with Hollywood stardom.||20 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJenny Zhang||To writer Jenny Zhang, candid and subversive humour is an important ingredient in writing about marginalised groups. Women and people of colour, she explains, must have the opportunity to tell stories that deal not only with struggle, but with absurdity and joy. In conversation with Brodie Lancaster, Zhang talks about physicality, forging a fresh path as a writer and woman of colour, and the complexity of autobiographical readings of her fiction.||14 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiz Ellis||Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis has undertaken some pretty serious challenges in her life. She completed a law degree during the height of her career as an elite athlete. She overcame a career-threatening knee injury to lead Australia to World Cup victory. But her struggle with infertility is among the toughest obstacles she has ever faced. It is also, perhaps, the challenge over which she’s had the least control. At this event, Ellis joins Sarah Kanowski for a warm, intimate discussion of a subject that affects so many Australians.||13 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNot Racist, But …: Why Are We Afraid of Being Called Racist?||How can we have constructive conversations about racism when everyone is so defensive? Are laws enough to tackle racism? And what’s the deal with identity politics? In this panel – the first in a series of four talks curated by Santilla Chingaipe – Beverley Wang, Luke Pearson, Helen Ngo and Oishee Alam explore definitions of racism, looking not just at overt examples but also implicit bias and systemic racism, with examples from Australian history.||13 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarmen Maria Machado||Her Body and Other Parties is Carmen Maria Machado’s first book-length work of fiction, and has won her international acclaim, but the Philadelphia-based writer is also an essayist and critic who writes for the New Yorker, Granta, Paris Review, VICE and more. She talks fiction, fabulism and body language with host Angela Meyer.||6 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl||At this event with Santilla Chingaipe, Glory Edim discusses the founding and future of the book club she founded, Well-Read Black Girl, and the next generation of black women writers. The pair is then joined by author Maxine Beneba Clarke for a real-life WRBG book club meeting, discussing Clarke’s memoir, 'The Hate Race'.||6 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCeridwen Dovey: Fugitive Connections||In conversation with Abigail Ulman, Ceridwen Dovey talks about our human connections and failings, ideas of guilt and shame, the role of art in coming to terms with the past – and who has a right to bear witness.||24 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Stella Prize in Conversation||In this talk, we hear from freshly-announced 2018 Stella Prize winner Alexis Wright in conversation with past winners Emily Bitto and Clare Wright, and host Toni Jordan. They talk about the impact the award has had on their writing, their careers and Australian literary culture.||20 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Leah Purcell||In this episode – from our 2018 Gala, Words on Fire – actor, director and writer Leah Purcell tells us about eight words and slogans that 'lit my fire, fired me up and almost smothered it out'.||15 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGriffith Review: Commonwealth Now||On the opening night of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, a group of Griffith Review writers from around the world join us to look into the role, relevance and legacies of the Commonwealth in 2018. Hosted by Julianne Schultz, Timmah Ball, Annie Zaidi and Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm discuss the Griffith Review’s Commonwealth Edition and talk legacy and law, history, health and human rights in the Commonwealth today.||5 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Carly Findlay||In this episode, writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay reminds us of how language – particularly ableist language, often used disparagingly in online debates – affects disabled people. 'Disability is the forgotten part of diversity,' she says, urging progressive causes not to forget to include (and pay) disabled people.||2 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire: Patricia Cornelius||In a speech not for the faint-heart, playwright Patricia Cornelius makes a case for coarse language – 'a wild thing, ugly, maddening, hilarious, inarticulate, rude, profane' – and against 'cleaning up' the voices of young actors in the theatre.||2 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCorrective Memory: Writing Women Back into History||Ali Alizadeh, Odette Kelada and Sarah Goldman join Gabrielle Ryan to discuss narrative approaches to writing and re-writing women’s history, including experimental fiction, academic writing and biography. What are the responsibilities, and the occupational hazards, of writing about female historical figures? Is there a difference between facts and the truth? And how hard is it to change collective memory and mythology when writing about people from the past?||28 3 2018||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.