National Agitators: Confronting Australian Theatre
Warning: This recording contains some repeated coarse language.
Patricia Cornelius, Susie Dee and Nicci Wilks have been making radical and confronting theatre together for decades. ‘I’ve never believed the bullshit about how audiences don’t like risk,' Cornelius has said. 'They actually really do. I’ve seen it.'
Long-term collaborators, their work has more often found a home in innovative independent companies…
Sisonke Msimang: The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela
The death of Winnie Mandela in April 2018 shocked many South Africans. It wasn’t sudden or especially untimely – she was 81 years old – but ‘Ma Winnie’ was an icon of the anti-apartheid movement and a controversial, seemingly indestructible, figure.
The second wife of Nelson Mandela was a radical, eloquent and courageous anti-apartheid activist in her own right. In…
Private Parts: Polyamory and Non-monogamy
Stories of polyamory and non-monogamy consistently appear among the most-read content on Archer’s website. Is this a sign of a growing community? Or are people just curious?
To be polyamorous is to have multiple intimate relationships – with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. This discussion explores the nuances involved in shunning the assumed path of monogamy, and…
Group Texts: Hit List: Australian Crime Writing
It’s no mystery that Australian crime writers are on some kind of a rampage – some kind of a spree – filling bookshops, racing up bestseller lists and taking over big and small screens across the globe.
Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies has been a major TV hit. The series’ executive producer, Reese Witherspoon, is now working on a movie…
High Notes: Michael Pollan on the New Science of Psychedelics
For years, Michael Pollan's books have changed minds.
Pollan’s books, like The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, the latter now also a successful Netflix series – have strongly influenced contemporary ideas about agriculture, nature, nutrition and ethics. He's sparked debates on genetically…
Sobering Thoughts: Public Drunkenness Reform in Victoria
Almost 30 years ago, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody recommended the abolition of public drunkenness as an offence. A subsequent inquiry in Victoria in 2001 also recommended decriminalisation. So, why have successive governments failed to act?
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service estimates about a quarter of the people arrested for public drunkenness each day are Aboriginal, even…
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