Question Time: Compassionate Healthcare
Medical professionals and patients agree, on the whole, that our healthcare system should be compassionate and patient-focused – but whether we’re meeting our own standards is a whole other question.
In this discussion, we’ll explore the idea of compassionate healthcare, and consider whether we’re meeting the mark in Australia today. Can empathy for patients be taught to medical students, or…
Mark Dapin: Fact and Fiction in the Vietnam War
Have our impressions of the Vietnam War been moulded more by Rambo than reality? Mark Dapin suspects so and that’s a problem, he argues, because military history is as much about the way a war is remembered as the conflict itself. So, how can we access the truths of the conflict?
A journalist, historian and novelist, Dapin has used various…
How to host a murder
Murder without Motive, Martin McKenzie-Murray’s masterful debut, is about the 2004 murder of Rebecca Ryle in suburban Perth, and blurs the traditional ‘police procedural’ elements of the true-crime genre, with that of memoir. McKenzie-Murray joins Gideon Haigh for an in-depth discussion of crime-writing and murder most horrid.
Penny Arcade: Bad Reputation
‘What's being done now in all of the cities – all over the world – is removing the alternative, removing the bohemian, taking the rock and roll, the funk, the poetry right out of it … I want to offer an alternative.’
Meet Penny Arcade: performance artist, author, actress and documentary-maker. A former ‘superstar’ of Andy Warhol’s Factory, Arcade is…
The Art of Biography Writing
Biography writing can be a fraught, delicate business – from choosing a worthy subject to ensuring a life is interesting to the reader, a biographer often has to deal with difficult relatives, conflicting stories, and embittered rivals. Their subject may be dead – or worse, infuriatingly alive. And writing memoir and autobiography can have its own set of problems.
The Fifth Estate: A Larger Australia
Addressing the media after his successful leadership challenge last year, Malcolm Turnbull stressed his vision for an agile, forward-looking Australia. But beyond the rhetoric – in practical foreign policy terms – what will it take to achieve a thriving, competitive 21st-century Australia? In this election year, which parties have the smartest foreign policy plans? And, in a more complex, competitive…
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