In the nineties, ‘radical’ was a term of enthusiastic approval. Two decades later, though, it’s the darker connotations of the expression (or word) that take precedence.
In Australia today, white nationalists, ISIS supporters and anarchists frequent news headlines, while the mainstream – public figures, politicians – has emboldened fringe groups. What are the driving forces behind radicalisation in Australia, and how…
Peak: Changing the Way We Talk About Ageing
What expectations should older Australians hold for their own lives? And what structures will recognise and support them in achieving those?
If you’re lucky enough to live in one of Australia’s urban centres, chances are that medical science has extended your life – by some measures, an extra 25 years over the last century. But in those same cities, have attitudes…
Real Talk: The Lives of Arab Women
Sydney-based author Amal Awad was fed up with the cliched depictions of Arab women by Western writers, so she travelled across Australia and the Middle East to speak directly with women of Arab heritage from all over the region about their own lives and their own opinions.
The result is a book, Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Real Lives of Arab…
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Behind the Broadsheet
Last year, when Chris Mitchell released his memoir, Making Headlines, much was made of the book’s more gossipy elements: the fancy dinners, brazen ultimatums and the sometimes bitter quarrels with various powerful figures. In this conversation, we’ll go deeper with the former editor-in-chief of the Australian.
Mitchell was at the helm of Australia’s only national daily newspaper for…
5 A Safer Place
Stopping the boats. It's one of the most fraught topics in Australian politics, and most of the time it comes out in two soundbites: saving lives at sea, and securing our borders.
Abdul Aziz Muhamat
'I was instructed to … select the children on the basis of how young they looked – because we wanted to send the message to people smuggling networks that even the youngest children were eligible for transfer to the island.'Greg Lake, former Director of Offshore Processing in the Department of Immigration
In this episode, Aziz tells Michael what it actually feels like to make that journey, and why he made the decision to get on a boat bound for Australia. What was going through his mind? Did he know what he was getting himself into before he stepped onboard?
Michael also speaks to somebody with a unique perspective to offer, because it was his job to stop the boats. Former immigration department official Greg Lake tells Michael about the extraordinary lengths he was asked to go to to carry out official government policy – and why he ultimately walked away from the task.Transcript
A transcript of this episode is coming soon.In this episode Abdul Aziz Muhamat Michael Green Greg Lake, former Director of Offshore Processing, Department of Immigration
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes: ‘Kilvo’ and ‘Ontario’ by Radian, ‘Rhodes Viola Multiple’ by Keith Fullerton Whitman, ‘Four-Day Interval’ by Tortoise, ‘Outward’ by Rhythm & Sound, ‘Plastic Energy Man’ by Papa M, ‘Whitetail’ by Low, ‘Mdrmx’ by Brothomstates, ‘Malá Strana’ by Gui Boratto, ‘Collapse of Materialists’ by Forma, ‘Blau’ by Ganger, ‘Guitars for Plants’ by Mice Parade, ‘There Are Other Words (They Have Not Told You Of)’ by Jan Jelinek and ‘On’ by Aphex Twin.More information
The Messenger is a co-production of Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre. It’s produced by Michael Green, André Dao, Hannah Reich and Bec Fary, with Jon Tjhia and Sophie Black at the Wheeler Centre.
Narration by Michael Green. With reporting by Abdul Aziz Muhamat. Additional fact checking by…
Lindy West on Feminism, Fat and Fighting Trolls
Lindy West — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Lindy West joins Anne Summers for a lively conversation that traverses bodily autonomy, popular and intersectional feminism, and finding both validation and hate online.
In her first book, Shrill, Lindy West offers this memorable take on the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland: ‘She is the perfect feminazi caricature: fat, loud, irrational, violent, overbearing, constantly hitting a hedgehog with a flamingo. Oh, shit. She taught me everything I know.’
A raucous, unflinching and hilarious feminist voice, Lindy West is best known for her writing in Jezebel and the Guardian – especially on body image and sexual violence. Seattle-based, West is also known for an unforgettable episode of the This American Life podcast in which she confronted, and received a sincere apology, from a man who had cruelly trolled her online in the guise of her deceased father.
Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman is a collection of first-person essays traversing the themes of fat-shaming, Twitter-trolling, racism, sexism and more. 'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world,’ she writes. ‘... I want to obliterate that expectation.'
This event was Auslan interpreted; a video will be available soon.
Anne Summers and Lindy West at the Athenaeum Theatre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
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Online book retailers Amazon and Waterstone’s have both announced that ebooks are outselling print books. Amazon ebooks for its Kindle device are selling more than all hardbacks and paperbacks combined, not including free downloads. The caveat to this news is that the figures reflect volume, not value. Many Amazon ebook bestsellers sell for US$0.99.
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