Psychology & mental health
Sarah Sentilles: Draw Your Weapons
Across four books, and the striking Drone Alerts project, US-based writer Sarah Sentilles has plumbed questions of spirituality and absolution, life and death. In Draw Your Weapons, Sentilles turns her eye to art and war; metaphor and survival. How do we create, accept, understand and recover from violence? How do we live with it?
In a deft and genre-crossing exposition…
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.
In 1999, 16-year-old Jelena Dokic pulled off one of the most staggering upsets in Grand Slam history. In straight sets, the World Number 129 trounced World Number One, Martina Hingis, in the first round of Wimbledon.
Jelena Dokic’s story is a remarkable one that begins with her family fleeing the former Yugoslavia as refugees. Though Jelena achieved World Number 4…
Question Time: Puberty
Recent studies have found that puberty is occurring much earlier today than in preceding generations. What are the causes of this accelerated path to maturity? How are we educating children about puberty – and how well are schools, parents and carers equipped to help children cross this vital bridge to adulthood?
Host Madeleine Morris is joined by Amanda Dunn, journalist and…
Healthy, Wealthy … Unwise?
What's the meaning, and the cost, of wellness? And who can afford it? Clem Bastow reflects on infra-red saunas, whey isolate and crystal-infused bee-pollen sprinkles.
The Wheeler Centre
Question Time: Homelessness
In June last year, the biennial Street Count of rough-sleepers confirmed what was obvious to many who live or work in the Melbourne CBD – the number of homeless people has risen astronomically. Official Street Count figures showed an unprecedented increase of 74 per cent since the previous tally.
This figure accounts for the most visible kind of homeless person. More difficult to quantify are the ‘hidden homeless’. The people who couch-surf, live in cars or stay in dangerous or improvised forms of temporary accommodation – largely out of sight and out of mind.
How do we apply targeted solutions for homeless people with different needs? What is the relationship between homelessness and gentrification? How does media coverage stigmatise and entrench homelessness? What is the ‘Housing First’ theory and how does it work? In a full hour of audience Q&A, we’ll delve into some complex problems that demand urgent solutions.
Host Madeleine Morris is joined by homelessness advocates, policy makers and service providers including Jenny Smith (formerly of Council to Homeless Persons), Michael Perusco (Yarra Community Housing) and Lucy Adams (Justice Connect Homeless Law), as well as former homeless person, Erika (currently a volunteer with Vincentcare and Council to Homeless Persons).
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