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Behind Closed Doors: Youth Detention in Australia
Karly Warner, Antoinette Braybrook, Shahleena Musk and Eddie Cubillo explore the connection between over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and over-imprisonment of the Indigenous adult population. They also reflect on prevention and diversion strategies for young people and the roles that NGOs, families and communities can play.
Presented in partnership with Change the Record.
If Walls Could Talk: Remembering Pentridge
In a new book, Pentridge: Voices From the Other Side, writer and photographer Rupert Mann presents the devastating, moving and funny stories of people who lived and worked at Pentridge. In this discussion, hosted by Hilary Harper, he is joined by former chaplain Peter Norden, former prison officer Pat Merlo and celebrated actor and former inmate Jack Charles. They…
What I Can See Right Now
It's raining on Michael's last afternoon on Manus Island, and Aziz drops by to catch up. They discuss where things are at with Aziz and the other men, and what he expects will happen next. Then, it's time to say farewell.
This episode will be the last of our short updates – but we'll return soon with another full episode, unpacking what Michael found when he visited Manus Island.
'If I can predict, the only thing that's gonna happen is we will be just forgotten in this island.'Abdul Aziz Muhamat
Abdul Aziz Muhamat in Lorengau, Manus Island — Photo: Michael GreenIn this update
Abdul Aziz Muhamat
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes 'Please Gamelan Again' by Colleen, and 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' by Tomoki Kanda.
'Second cohort of Nauru and Manus refugees to be resettled in US', by Ben Doherty, Guardian Australia, accessed 16 December 2017'A Letter from Manus Island', by Behrouz Boochani, Saturday Paper, accessed 10 December 2017
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.
This short update was edited and mixed by Jon Tjhia.
Dana Affleck, Angelica Neville and Sienna Merope. Also to Behind the Wire’s many participants and volunteers. Behind the Wire is supported by the Bertha Foundation.
The Wheeler Centre
The Show of the Year 2017
2017: it's been thrilling; it's been terrible; it's been … a rocky ride.
At the Wheeler Centre's annual Show of the Year, we brought together a stellar line-up of comedians, musicians, writers and raconteurs to remember the year that was.
The cast of the 2017 Show of the Year on stage at the Athenaeum — Photo: Sophie Quick
2017 didn't always treat us right (nuclear war threats, postal surveys, The Mummy) but it had its charming moments (BBC Dad, Beyoncé’s twins). The year crept up on us fast; we sent it packing in style.
There was plenty of material for performers to choose from, and this episode brings together highlights from the show for your listening pleasure.
Note: This audio contains some strong language.
Dave Arden performing at the Show of the Year 2017 — Photo: Sophie Quick
Isabel Angus on stage at the Show of the Year 2017 — Photo: Sophie Quick
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2018: Words on Fire
We’re probing a blazing, hot topic at the 2018 Wheeler Centre Gala Night of Storytelling: the power of the written word and the loaded tenets of speech.
When do words inspire and when do they incite? When is speech free, and when is it hateful? Fighting words, funny words, insulting words and incendiary words – for better or for worse…
Beyond Binary: Nevo Zisin on Gender
Now a youth worker, activist, writer and speaker, Nevo Zisin has spoken widely about their experiences of confronting gender and sexuality within the queer and Jewish communities, as well as at home. They join host Fury for an unfiltered conversation about memoir, activism, fashion, self-expression and the view from beyond binary gender.
Zisin has experienced gender in ways most of…
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