The Show of the Year 2018: Laura Jean McKay
Each year – for our Show of the Year – we bring together a range of writers, performers, artists and comedians to help you reflect, review and revel in the year that was. And 2018 was no exception.
Speaking for the month of June, writer Laura Jean McKay remembers Eurydice Dixon and Qi Yu: 'These tragic events start it all…
Invasion of the Pod People: Trace
In 1980, Maria James was found murdered in the back of her Thornbury bookshop. In the years since, her death (and its mysterious circumstances) have haunted her two sons, and dogged Detective Ron Iddles. One of Australia’s most respected homicide detectives, the now-retired Iddles has never really let the unsolved killing go. It was his first case.
The Maria James…
The F Word Address: Alison Whittaker
Due to personal reasons, Alison Whittaker is no longer able to deliver the F Word Address on this date. We hope Alison’s address will be rescheduled in early 2019.
The F Word Address is our annual talk from an outstanding Australian woman on a pressing feminist issue. This year, our speaker is the phenomenal Alison Whittaker: poet, essayist, legal scholar…
The Fifth Estate
Media, Police and Crimes Against Women
How is journalism changing when it comes to reporting on crimes against women? Why do some crimes, and some victims, get more press than others? And how does media coverage affect police investigations and the pursuit of justice in specific criminal cases?
For this Fifth Estate conversation, Sally Warhaft is joined by former Victoria Police chief commissioner Christine Nixon and veteran crime journalist Andrew Rule to discuss prejudice and perception in media and police work.
How does public scrutiny help and hinder the police? How are media standards, and public standards, changing? What works, and what doesn’t, in solving and preventing, these kinds of crimes?
The Wheeler Centre
For the Record: Power and Prejudice in Australia
Sonia Nair, Kate Wild, Shireen Morris and Bri Lee at the Wheeler Centre
How do we conceive of justice in Australia today? What do we do when our legal institutions are imperfect at best, inherently biased at worst?
Bri Lee is a qualified lawyer and the author of Eggshell Skull, a memoir of sexism in the courts. Kate Wild is a Walkley-winning journalist and the author of Waiting for Elijah, an investigation into the shooting of a mentally ill man by police in country New South Wales. Shireen Morris is a constitutional lawyer and the author of Radical Heart, an account of the campaign by activists and Indigenous leaders towards the Uluru Statement of the Heart.
All three have written about personal encounters, and painful struggles, with state institutions. At this event they discuss bias, blind spots and some promising new initiatives in the pursuit of justice in Australia today.
The Fifth Estate
Whitewash: Crops, Corruption and Cancer
Glyphosate is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup, the flagship agricultural herbicide sold by Monsanto, and it’s used in more than 130 countries including Australia. Glyphosate is in our parks, gardens, golf-courses and playgrounds. And it’s in our food and water.
Veteran investigative journalist Carey Gillam has spent decades exploring the links between big business, biotech and agriculture in America. In her new book, Whitewash, she looks into the growing body of research about glyphosate’s health risks – and reveals the legal and marketing strategies Monsanto has employed to prevent and conceal damaging revelations about their product.
With Sally Warhaft – and in the immediate aftermath of a landmark US ruling on Roundup's links to a cancer case – this tenacious Kansas-based journalist talks corporate power, public health and reporting Roundup.
Presented in partnership with Bendigo Writers Festival.
Enjoyed talking to @careygillam at @bgowritersfest last night. Not sure where she found the American sized beverage in rural Victoria but not surprised. She’s been on Monsanto’s case for 20 years. pic.twitter.com/HmhUlOKvTZ— Sally Warhaft (@SallyWarhaft) August 12, 2018
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The Best & Worst of Career Advice
In 2008, young Canadian graduate Jay Bahadur was working a market research job, aching to become a journalist, when - according to his Wikipedia page - he received some telling advice from experienced journalists. He was told to skip journalism school and to work instead as a freelancer in “crazy places”. The advice might well have been unconventional but, as fortune does tend to…
The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas
David Simon: Some People Are More Equal Than Others
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