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June Thomas

When

Wednesday 5 December 2018, 6.15pm-8.30pm, including a 15-minute interval

June Thomas is the senior managing producer of Slate podcasts – and if you’ve ever listened to a Slate podcast, you’re probably already familiar with her affable Northern English accent.

Through her two decades on staff, Thomas has featured in the outlet’s popular ‘Gabfests’ (Culture, Political) The Waves (née Double X Gabfest), and helmed projects like The Americans (analysing the TV series of the same name) and Afterword (a 30-episode exploration of the art of non-fiction writing).  The pioneering New York-based digital magazine joined the podcast game early, and with vigour; today, it continues to produce hugely popular talk-based shows. Thomas has been there to observe it all.

She’s also been the publication’s foreign editor, as well as the editor and podcast host of its LGBTQ+ section, Outward. A respected cultural critic, she’s known for her unorthodox tastes. She’s big on podcasts about pens and pencils – and subscribes to the member magazine of the American Dental Association.

Join us in December for a chat with June Thomas about the value of niche culture, the maturation of podcasting, and what makes a conversation worth eavesdropping on. Hosted by Sophie Black.

So You Think You Can Pod

In the second part of this event, Thomas will lend us her ears as a judge of So You Think You Can Pod – the Wheeler Centre’s search for new, audible ideas, now open for entries – alongside comedian and Short Cuts presenter Josie Long (appearing via video link from the UK), radio producer and Broadwave co-founder Areej Nur, and Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia from the Wheeler Centre.

Drinks available for purchase on the night. 

Featuring

June Thomas

June Thomas is senior managing producer of the Slate Podcast Network and has worked at the magazine for more than 21 years. A former managing editor and foreign editor, she also wrote about television and popular culture and founded Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. She started podcasting in 2005, w... Read more

Areej Nur

Areej Nur is a radio producer, presenter and educator. She is also co-founder of the podcast network Broadwave. Most of Areej’s work seeks to support women of colour, particularly black women, to be at the forefront of conversations about media, arts, race and feminism in Australia. ... Read more

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is head of special projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast mentoring scheme Signal Boost, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief... Read more

Jon Tjhia

Jon Tjhia was the Wheeler Centre’s Senior Digital Editor. He worked on the Wheeler Centre’s multimedia, editorial and digital projects from 2010–2020, including #discuss, the short-form multimedia series Housekeeping, and long-form podcast series Better Off Dead and The Messenger, which w... Read more

Josie Long

Often described as a unique voice in comedy, Josie is one of the most respected comedians of her generation. She started stand-up at age 14 and went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award. She has continued to perform stand-up around the world and her eighth solo stand-up show, Something Better, had a s... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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