Dementia and Optimism: Christine Bryden and Paul Bryden
Christine Bryden was a science advisor to the prime minister and a divorced mother of three when she went to see a doctor about the severe migraines she was suffering. Shortly after, at the age of 46, she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
That was in 1995. Two decades since her diagnosis, Bryden has written several books, been elected to…
The Fifth Estate: Atmosphere of Hope
Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft is joined by Tim Flannery alongside Australian Solar Council CEO John Grimes and futurist Katherine Teh-White to provide both a snapshot of the trouble our climate is already in – and a discussion of the emerging technologies that give us hope for the future of our planet.
The F Word: Parenting
Parenting presents endless occasions for hand-wringing. At every turn, there’s a thorny issue and – as self-appointed experts will be keen to assure you – a fresh opportunity to mess up your kid for life. Epidural or natural birth? Breast or bottle? Helicopter or free-range parenting? Stay at home or pursue a career? Often the burden of these choices, and…
The Fifth Estate: Safe Harbour
In the past decade, Australia’s stance towards asylum seekers has changed radically. No longer assumed to be refugees fleeing persecution, asylum seekers are now often described as 'illegal immigrants'.
In recent weeks, there have been allegations that both major parties have paid people smugglers to return asylum seekers to Indonesian shores. The federal government has come in for particular criticism…
Lucy Sussex on the Australian Genesis of Crime Fiction
Here’s a whodunnit: who wrote the biggest and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, a defining work of crime fiction and Australia’s first literary blockbuster?
Before Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. Published in Melbourne in 1886, it sold out almost instantly – and its offering of a ‘startling and realistic…
No Relation: The Impact, Imitators and Legacy of David Foster Wallace
Is there any figure in the recent history of American literature who has generated as much cringe-inducing veneration – or as much dismay – as the late David Foster Wallace? During his lifetime, the author of Infinite Jest, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and many celebrated essays and articles was a cult figure of soaring intellect, dizzying creative ambition…
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