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Invasion of the Pod People

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at The Wheeler Centre

The Outer Sanctum

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The Outer Sanctum was started in 2016 by a group of female AFL fans, as a space to share their love of a game they’d often been excluded from. Since its debut, the podcast has become a powerful voice in the footy landscape, and a force for change, diversity and equality in the game. It’s now broadcast on ABC Radio, and has become a must-listen across both the AFLM and AFLW seasons for the hosts’ collective insights and fearless, smart analysis of the sport and its wider impacts.

On the eve of the 2020 AFLW finals series, join us for a special live recording of The Outer Sanctum at the Wheeler Centre. Expect a passionate celebration of the rise and rise of women’s sport; a discussion of the expanded 2020 AFLW competition (including the controversial conference system); a look back at the season that was; a preview of the 2020 finals – and of course, tips for who might take home the flag. 


Portrait of Rana Hussain

Rana Hussain

Rana Hussain is a Diversity and Inclusion leader making important inroads into Australian sporting culture and the community at large. One of a handful of women of colour working in sports administration, Rana is a pioneer and a passionate advocate for social inclusion and reducing discrimination through the vehicle of sports and media. She was recently appointed as the Diversity & Inclusion manager at Cricket Australia.

Rana’s desire to see more diversity in both media and sport sees her podcasting and broadcasting for the ABC.

Portrait of Lucy Race

Lucy Race

After a professional life spanning communications, publishing and small business, Lucy’s passion for football led her to co-founding the award-winning 'Outer Sanctum' radio show and podcast. Lucy is a voracious reader, with an intensive focus on feminism and politics. She is a co-host of the 'Outer Sanctum', can be heard on ABC local radio reporting on sport and has co-hosted trade radio for the Hawthorn Football Club. Lucy volunteers for her local football club and to support asylum seekers. Her passion for the Hawthorn Football Club lives and breathes in her home daily through her dog, Roughy.

Portrait of Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an award winning author and podcaster, and part of the The Outer Sanctum podcast. She has written non-fiction and fiction about footy, including The Whole of My World, a Young Adult #MeToo AFL novel; and both From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It (2016) and A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017, in collaboration with Alicia Sometimes. This year, Nicole and co-writer Adrian Beck will launch a new kids’ footy fiction series, called Little Legends. She spends way too much time shouting at the Hawks on the telly, but you’d know that if you followed her on Twitter.

Portrait of Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, the Age, ABC TV's Sunday Arts and more. She is a co-host of the Outer Sanctum podcast (ABC podcasts and radio). 

Invasion of the Pod People

In the last few years, podcasts have matured into the storytelling format du jour – with a little help from a certain sensationally popular true crime serial (ahem). Yet the surge of interest and excitement around audio features and podcasts has been gaining momentum for even longer, propelled by a diversity of formats.

Take the narrative artisanship of This American Life or the sonic vivacity of Radiolab; the topical deep dives of Slate’s Culture Gabfest or Phillip Adams’s Late Night Live; the animated storytelling of The Moth or Sum of All Parts; or the intimate conversations found in Death, Sex and Money or WTF with Marc Maron. The influence of these and countless other shows can be felt in today’s most interesting podcasts (insert shameless plug for the Wheeler Centre’s own successful forays into richly-produced feature-making, including Andrew Denton’s Better Off Dead, and The Messenger, here). 

Beloved for their sense of proximity, their active listenership, portability and in some cases, ambitiously-crafted audio, podcasts have a unique ability to keep listeners in the company of their own choosing – and to render mundane tasks bearable. And since design show 99% Invisible’s record-breaking Kickstarter campaigns – podcasts have also shown promise in otherwise dim times for media businesses. What’s next for podcasting – and how could it be done better?

In celebration of all things audible, we’re bringing you some of podcasting’s best and brightest to share their thoughts and insights on the art (and business) of listening. 


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