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Radiolab, Risk and Genius: Jad Abumrad and Andrew Denton
Radiolab is one of the world’s most popular podcasts. Admired for its gentle explorations of big questions, the show – which was collecting listeners in their millions long before podcasting arrived at the mainstream’s door – has won many significant awards. Abumrad himself has been awarded a prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant, and his incredibly labour-intensive sound designs complement killer editorial instincts and an elegant, accessible sense of curiosity.
In Melbourne for the first time, Abumrad chats with veteran broadcaster Andrew Denton. Perhaps best known for his landmark interview show Enough Rope, Denton’s first podcast, Better Off Dead – produced in partnership with the Wheeler Centre – topped Australia’s iTunes chart, drew widespread acclaim and stirred passionate public debate about voluntary assisted dying in this country.
Hear from one of the world’s foremost storytellers about creative discomfort, Australian inspiration, the music of language, the challenges now facing podcasters and communicators, and the hot, curious power of the uncertain.
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The Show of the Year 2016, Part Two
The horror, the glory, the sublime and the ridiculous – 2016 served it all up in enormous doses. Join us for part two of the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year – celebrating a year’s worth of highlights and lowlights.
Benson Saulo — Photo: Jon Tjhia
What happened in 2016? Well, the Panama Papers dropped. The Louvre flooded. A woman in New Jersey got stuck up a tree while playing Pokémon Go in a cemetery. And Brangelina was reduced to its component parts. What else? England voted for Boaty McBoatface … then Brexit. Brazil impeached its president. Ceasefire attempts failed in Syria and we were rocked by attacks in Brussels, Paris, Orlando and Baghdad. This was the year the United States elected Donald Trump. It was also the year we said goodbye to David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Harper Lee, Leonard Cohen and Prince.
Closer to home, Turnbull was returned (only just) as Prime Minister. Our census was a mess, but Chloe Esposito triumphed in the modern pentathlon at Rio and the Western Bulldogs won the AFL Grand Final. We were the crowd favourites at Eurovision and we fell in love with Matilda all over again with Tim Minchin’s Matilda the Musical.
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, Leonard Cohen's death, Donald Trump, the Western Bulldogs' win, climate and #censusfail.
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.Listen to part one Podcast episode The Show of the Year 2016, Part One / Performing arts & pop culture
Geraldine Hickey takes the pulse of the nation — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Danny McGinlay celebrates some big wins of the year — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Casey Bennetto sings us home — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Working with Words: Angela Slatter
Angela Slatter is an award-winning Brisbane-based writer specialising in dark fantasy and horror. She's best known for short stories and is the author of collections The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings and Black-Winged Angels, as…
Hot Desk Extract: Hope
As part of the Wheeler Centre's Hot Desk Fellowship programme, Angelina Mirabito has been working on a novel, Hope, about a young woman with chronic bulimia. In this extract of the novel, the protagonist reflects on her early childhood and the death of her twin sister; a tragedy for which she blames herself…
The Art of Discomfort
Art is often an expression of society’s most uncomfortable questions; a place where audiences’ unresolved dilemmas find some company. How – and why – is art equipped to take on topics that might otherwise be off-limits?
We talk to some people familiar with the question. D.A. Calf is a theatremaker with The Guerrilla Museum, whose immersive live art has looked closely…
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?
Lee Kofman, Ramona Koval, Clare Wright and Kate Holden
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On the Beach
The meteorologists are forecasting some glorious weather over the next few days and no doubt this weekend many Melburnians will be heading seaward for the first glimpse of spring for the year. If for you that means heading west, we recommend popping into Aireys Inlet for their Aireys Festival of Words, which runs for three days beginning today. Among the highlights (even if we…
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