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AFLW Season Wrap
What's so great about AFLW? Apart from free entry, cheaper pies, and the fact that you can run onto the field and have a kick at the end of the match?
The AFLW has resuscitated the ailing suburban heart of Australian Rules football – pumping the stands of neglected neighbourhood ovals with boisterous fans of all ages and introducing Australians…
The Age of Hostility: Investigating Internet Trolling
‘Don’t feed the trolls’ – it’s the conventional wisdom of the internet. But who are the trolls? What motivates them? And, beyond ignoring them, how do we limit the destruction they wreak on people’s lives?
These are the questions Ginger Gorman started asking after she herself became the target of an online hate campaign. In 2013, the investigative journalist received…
11 We Lived as a Nation
The men demonstrate their improvised well — Photo: Michael Green
‘Twenty four days we lived as a nation … The only way I can describe [it] is that we were a nation.’– Abdul Aziz Muhamat
The detention centre on Manus Island might be closed, but Aziz – and the vast majority of the men who were held there – remain on the island, living in three different centres.
By early 2019, Aziz is well into his sixth year, waiting. In that time, he’s felt free for only a few weeks – those few weeks when the immigration detention system disintegrated around him.
In this episode, The Messenger returns to late 2017, and the crucial period when Australia shut down the Manus Regional Processing Centre and the men refused to leave. We take you inside the centre as the standoff unfolds. There are no guards, no caseworkers, no immigration officials – and no food, water, medicine or electricity.
Aziz and his friends are in charge. How did they survive? And why did they stay?Transcript
A transcript of this episode is coming soon.
• 'No Exit: The ongoing abuses of Australia’s refugee policy' by Michael Green, Harper's Magazine, July 2018
Abdul Aziz MuhamatMichael Green Behrouz Boochani Benham Satah Poli Boas Clarence Parisau Michael Kuweh
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes 'Unrest' by Adrian Klumpes, 'La Mer' by Pivot, 'Southeast of Boston' by June of 44, 'Out with the Cold' by Kaffe Matthews, 'Rhodes Viola Multiple' by Keith Fullerton Whitman, '1.3'by Piano Magic, 'Passages' by Bowery Electric, 'Shine' by Klara Lewis and 'Iberia Eteria' by Biosphere.
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.
Narration by Michael Green. With reporting by Abdul Aziz Muhamat. Transcription by Claire McGregor, Carolyn Turner, Tiarne Cook, Julia Earley and many more. This episode was edited and mixed by Michael Green and Jon Tjhia.
Behrouz Boochani Wins the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature
The winners of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne.
The Wheeler Centre Gala 2019: Crush
Awkward. Sweaty. Flushed. Euphoric. Crushes are like mini-Great Loves. They compel us to daggy earnestness while inspiring unusual boldness, even grandiosity. How much of our best writing, art and music do we owe to crushes, and the intensity they lend to our days and nights? And, actually, how much of our worst?
For our 2019 Gala Night of Storytelling, we’ve…
The Show of the Year 2018: Enio Pozzebon
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.
For November, Enio Pozzebon leads a musical tribute to Sisto Malaspina.
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