Tim Flannery: The Climate Cure
Tim Flannery’s influential 2005 book, The Weather Makers, laid out the challenges human society faces due to global warming, from mass extinctions to devastating weather changes and human conflict over essential resources. It also proposed solutions, some of which have since been enshrined as government policy around the world.
In this event, the scientist, conservationist and Chief Councillor of the…
New Voices in Food
It's been a huge year in food media and for this Broadly Speaking talk, we'll bring together three superb food writers to chew over the debates and developments of 2020.
In the US, there were mass resignations at Conde Nast's hugely popular Bon Appetit YouTube channel, following allegations of racism and inequity. In Australia, the revamped Masterchef was hailed as…
Future in Retrograde: Storytelling and Inclusion on Screen
The six-part ABC TV series Retrograde – about a group of thirty-something Australians who regularly meet, drink and commiserate online during the Covid pandemic – has been one of the big Australian TV hits of 2020.
Retrograde was shot remotely in June via a series of Zoom calls between the producers, crew, and actors and has been celebrated as an…
Maria Ressa: Freedom and Fakery in the Philippines Today
Maria Ressa is a veteran investigative journalist and the CEO of the influential Philippine news portal Rappler. In June this year, she and a colleague were found guilty of cyberlibel, in a dubious court decision that many believe was politically motivated.
Ressa has been a dogged and long-time critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, and of his supporters. The relationship between…
Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris
What's it like to devote your whole working life to language, as a literary translator or as an editor?
In September, we'll be joined from New York by two brilliant bilingual friends, both of whom have shaped the linguistic landscape in distinctive ways. Ann Goldstein and Mary Norris met as young copy editors at the New Yorker magazine. Norris went…
The Fifth Estate
New Economic Futures
Remember March 2020? When Australian borders closed, when we saw the first round of social restrictions? When the disturbing and surreal realities of COVID-19 finally hit home across Australia? March! We were so young.
Back then, Sally Warhaft caught up with George Megalogenis for a Fifth Estate conversation about political leadership during the pandemic, and about its historic and economic…
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Kids’ Show Accused of Pushing Ideological Barrow
German 'Sesame Street' logo via WikiCommons
A new book claims that television shows such as Sesame Street propagate radical left-wing ideology. Newspapers across the world - including this Telegraph report, taken up in The Age - have reported on the publication of Primetime Propaganda, by US conservative columnist Ben Shapiro. Shapiro interviewed leading producers of shows like Sesame Street, and concluded they…
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