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||ExplicitBent Merriment: Queer Comedy||In this discussion, hear stories from three queer comedians about what they’ve encountered along the way. How did they begin, and how has their comedy developed alongside their sexuality? In which ways does queer comedy operate as a kind of activism? Should it? How are society’s changing values reflected in where the ‘too far’ mark lies? RRR presenter Geraldine Hickey (Breakfasters), Black Comedy’s Steven Oliver, stand-up comedian Demi Lardner and host Tom Ballard discuss whether whom one bones influences one’s funny bones.||13 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing our newest podcast series, The Messenger||To begin 2017, in partnership with volunteer-run oral history project Behind the Wire, we launched a new podcast series. It's called The Messenger, and we'd like to share its first episode with you. The Messenger brings you into the Australian immigration detention centre on Manus Island – and reveals, in intimate detail, one man's experience of what it's really like to flee tragedy and seek asylum by boat. It's reported almost entirely via WhatsApp voice messages sent from a smuggled phone. You might remember it from last year's podcast competition, So You Think You Can Pod; it was the winning entry.||11 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Show of the Year 2016, Part Two||Sit back, relax and relive the best and worst as a bevy of Australia’s finest writers and entertainers farewell the year that was – in five-minute bursts of stories and song. Your host for the Show of the Year is silver-tongued songbird Casey Bennetto. For the second half of the year, he's joined by Benson Saulo, Geraldine Hickey, Tim Flannery, Cal Wilson and Danny McGinlay – tackling Indigenous leadership, Trump, the Western Bulldogs' AFL Grand Final win, climate and #censusfail.||19 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRadiolab, Risk and Genius: Jad Abumrad and Andrew Denton||In Melbourne for the first time, Radiolab host and creator Jad Abumrad chats with beloved Australian broadcaster Andrew Denton. Hear from one of the world’s foremost storytellers about creative discomfort, the challenges now facing podcasters and communicators, and the hot, curious power of the uncertain.||19 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Show of the Year 2016, Part One||Sit back, relax and relive the best and worst as a bevy of Australia’s finest writers and entertainers farewell the year that was – in five-minute bursts of stories and song. Your host for the Show of the Year is silver-tongued songbird Casey Bennetto. For the first half of the year, he's joined by Geraldine Quinn, Shireen Morris, Jennifer Byrne, Tom Ballard, Nkechi Anele, Osamah Sami and Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier. They tackle events including the death of Prince and Harper Lee, Boaty McBoatface and Brexit.||18 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25 Years … and Counting: The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody||It’s 25 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed down its final report. The commission investigated the deaths of 99 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, generated 200 shelf metres of records and made 339 recommendations. One of the key findings, was that a reduction in rates of imprisonment would mean a reduction in risk of deaths in custody. But Indigenous people have doubled as a proportion of the prison population since the time of the commission – and many are still dying in custody today. In this discussion, our panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and human rights experts will discuss the significance of the Royal Commission, its findings and implications and the success and failings of policies implemented in its aftermath. What has worked? What hasn’t? And how can our governments shift the hearts and minds of all Australians? With Karly Warner, Ruth Barson, Shane Duffy and Rose Falla.||15 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreative Non-Fiction||For this discussion, hosted by creative non-fiction author, editor and teacher Lee Kofman, we've brought together some stars of Australia’s creative non-fiction scene. Our panellists discuss their own research and writing practices, their rules to write by and their heroes in the genre. What defines creative non-fiction? How are attitudes towards creative non-fiction changing among writers, publishers and the reading public in Australia today? And do great works of this genre derive their energy from their authors’ ethical predicaments?||11 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMasha Gessen on Donald Trump's Lessons in American Democracy||Acclaimed New York-based journalist Masha Gessen believes US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is ‘a thoroughly American creation that poses an existential threat to American democracy’. At this Wheeler Centre talk in Bendigo, she discusses the historical, economic and cultural circumstances that have enabled the ascendance of this utterly unorthodox political figure.||11 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe F Word Address: Caroline Wilson||At the first F Word Address in November – the Wheeler Centre's inaugural feminist year in review – Caroline Wilson reflects on the year that was. How have the last 12 months altered or entrenched her personal sense of feminism? How do milestones, such as the launch of the AFL Women’s League this year, bolster her sense of progress? What does she see as the wins this year for Australian women and what are the ongoing challenges?||7 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaomi Klein in Conversation||In Australia to receive the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize, Naomi Klein joins Aamer Rahman for a conversation at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne. What are the specifics of Klein’s ideas for a new economic model? In the Australian context, how does Klein see climate action intersecting with other social justice causes, such as the Indigenous land rights movement? And how can the threat of climate change build unity and create momentum for change?||7 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuestion Time: Public vs Private Education||Why do governments keep pouring money into private schools? And why do parents continue to make sacrifices to educate their kids privately? Is an education about more than academic results and, if so, what do private schools offer that public schools don’t? How much of this is about marketing and perception? We unpack these questions, and more, in a full hour of audience Q&A. Hosted by Madeleine Morris with Monash University education researcher, David Zyngier; former Camberwell High principal, Elida Brereton; and Lucy Clark, author of Beautiful Failures.||7 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Writer’s Block: Adblocking and Distribution||People want free content. Publishers want to pay their bills. Editors want to reach audiences. Brands want to reach customers. But people don’t want to see ads – and adblockers are seriously disrupting what may have been an imperfect but tolerable financial model for many publishers and audiences. So: how are media outlets dealing with different consumer tactics for avoiding ads, and grappling with the question of whether to abandon the web in favour of apps and other platforms? And how are advertisers and technology platforms trying to outsmart their publics?||18 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Reporting Islam||Has greater media coverage of Muslims and Islam increased understanding … or fuelled the opposite? How can journalists achieve greater accuracy and fairness in reporting? Can more nuanced and diverse stories offset the persistence of stereotypes – and the ol’ ‘us versus them’?||17 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Media Policy: Has Australia Got One, and Does it Need One?||Governments used to micromanage the broadcasting business and agonise about what newspaper, TV and radio moguls thought of their policies on media. As users shift to other sources for their news, information and entertainment, are media policy makers asleep at the wheel?||16 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: The Amazing Race: Reporting on Elections||Serious news to sustain democracy, or all the fun of the fair? Nowhere are recent changes and developments in journalism more apparent than in election reporting: live counts, AR data visualisation, real-time statistical modelling and visual storytelling still leave one question hanging – how much influence does media have over elections?||2 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Beyond the Soundbite: The Art of the Longform Interview||Don’t just get the quotes – get the story. In an age of snack-sized news, are audiences hungry for a meatier tale? For many, nourishing narrative journalism and slow-cooked longform interviews satisfy an appetite for immersion; we’ll talk to the best in the business about how to steer a rich, often tender, conversation.||30 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Why Journalism Matters||Does journalism matter – and if so, why? As newsrooms shrink, what does the public lose? A team of researchers led by the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne has been investigating the role journalism plays in Australian civic life. They discuss the how and why of journalism’s impact, and unveil their latest findings.||30 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Branded Content and Native Advertising: Threat, saviour, or something else?||The lines continue to blur between advertising, reporting, public relations and opinion. Unexpected players are emerging as ‘media outlets’ – while publishers are increasingly drawing on commercial partnerships. Is this simply a way of making journalism more sustainable, or is something else afoot? And is it as new a phenomenon as commentators would have us believe?||30 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Future Views, Future News: Experiments in Storytelling||Virtual reality, Snapchat, Facebook Live and the humble little podcast that could. A rapidly expanding digital toolbox is changing the way we report stories. But are they game changers or simply gimmicks? As audience habits of news consumption change, how can these tools be mobilised to enrich journalism and increase engagement?||30 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Michelle Guthrie: 2016 Keynote||Presenting a keynote address at New News 2016, hear from new ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie about digital disruption and the role of the ABC in Australian democracy. What vision does she put forward for the national broadcaster?||28 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Not Just News to Us: Disruption and Indigenous New Media||From our New News conference, this panel discusses the civic impact of new media enabled First Nations news outlets, how they work, what can be improved and what to expect next.||28 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Neighbourhood Watch: Reporting on the Asia-Pacific||The Asia-Pacific region plays host to a range of complex and pressing environmental, development and humanitarian concerns. Are Australians well informed about the issues playing out so near them? And how do changes in journalism impact the way Asia-Pacific news is covered? This panel explores the challenges and potential opportunities for journalism in our part of the globe.||28 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Nauru: Access and Control||Offshore detention presents legal, ethical, jurisdictional and humanitarian challenges. Australian journalists seeking to report on Nauru confront grey areas around access and control that are increasingly contradictory and divisive. Our panellists share their own differing experiences of reporting on detention there.||28 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: Changing the Story: Reporting on Violence Against Women||How did violence against women progress from its position on the fringes of newsworthiness … and move to prominence on front pages and news bulletins? Our team of researchers and journalists shed some light.||28 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew News: So You Want to be a Journalist?||How do you make your start – and your mark – in today's media industry? The people who hire and the people who watch them talk about traditional, radical and surprising ways to break into the journalism industry.||28 10 2016||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.