Invasion of the Pod People: Can U Not? Featuring Megan Tan
Inspired by US podcasts like Women of the Hour and Call Your Girlfriend, Can U Not? is one of a new crop of Australian podcasts centred around entertaining and insightful critiques of pop culture – as young women experience and enjoy it. Hosts Brodie Lancaster and Kamna Muddagouni cover topics as broad as the merit of awards, celebrity Snaps…
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Can U Not? Featuring Megan Tan
Inspired by US podcasts like Women of the Hour and Call Your Girlfriend, Can U Not? is one of a new crop of Australian podcasts centred around entertaining and insightful critiques of pop culture – as young women experience and enjoy it. Hosts Brodie Lancaster and Kamna Muddagouni cover topics as broad as the merit of awards, celebrity Snaps, accessibility in art, various Kardashians spin-offs and ethnographic photography practices.
At the heart of the podcast is the question of how women interact with the world politically, culturally, socially, economically – something it shares in common with Megan Tan’s Millennial.
Brodie Lancaster and Kamna Muddagouni (Can U Not?) interview Megan Tan (Millennial)
As a successful autobiographical podcast, Millennial is uniquely contemporary. Through three seasons, it’s followed Tan’s dilemmas about work and money, freelancing and burn-out, relationships and family, travel and cultural identity. As the series has developed, Tan’s focus has widened to explore how people in other cultures deal with the same questions.
For the Wheeler Centre, Lancaster and Muddagouni present a special live taping of an episode of Can U Not? with Tan as their featured guest. Tune in for a discussion of coming of age, figuring yourself out and making things happen – in Australia and America.
8 Kind of a Dream
Behrouz and Aziz at Hauwei Island — (Photo: Michael Green)
'I’m excited because … for almost three years I haven’t left the centre, and I was just locked inside there … Now, I’m walking on the streets – every two steps I take, I turn and I look behind me, like, "Where is the security guard?"'Abdul Aziz Muhamat
It’s July 2016. On the morning Michael flies to Manus Island, Aziz leaves the detention centre for the first time in nearly three years.
In this episode, Aziz and Michael finally meet in person. Michael also meets some people from Manus Island, who explain how they feel about having the detention centre on their island.
Together with Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist and detainee, Aziz and Michael take a boat to a nearby island to swim, eat together, and escape the shadow of the detention centre. For Aziz, it’s an exhilarating time, full of new experiences and unexpected joys – but he knows it will soon come to an end.
In this short video, Michael and Aziz talk about their meeting in Lorengau – and what comes next for each of themThe Messenger, Episode 8: Michael and Aziz on the boat to Hauwei Island.mp4 Watch
Michael and Aziz on a boat trip to Hauwei Island, Manus Province, Papua New GuineaBehrouz Boochani's song from Manus prison Watch
Behrouz Boochani's song from Manus prison
A transcript of this episode is coming soon.Further reading ‘Welcome to Manus, the island that has been changed forever by Australian asylum-seeker policy’ by Jo Chandler, Guardian, 16 December 2014 ‘They Call Me Immigration’ by Omar Mohammed Jack, Inside Story, 5 April 2017 (excerpted from They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention, published by Allen and Unwin)
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Abdul Aziz Muhamat
Our theme music was composed by Raya Slavin. Music used in this episode includes ‘Capture the Flag’ by Broken Social Scene, ‘Sensuous’ by Cornelius, ‘The North Downs Dimension’…
Julia Turner in Conversation
Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate, and a host of its hugely popular Slate Culture Gabfest podcast.
Born under the wing of Microsoft's MSN service in 1996, Slate is one of the web's longest-running publications covering politics, culture and technology. In conversation with Wheeler Centre content strategist and former Crikey editor in chief Sophie Black, Turner describes how…
Invasion of the Pod People
Mysteries, Mazes and the Making of S-Town, with Brian Reed
S-Town has rattled the conventions of longform audio journalism, broken podcast download records and provoked a deluge of obsessive online commentary and conjecture. Made by reporter Brian Reed with the team behind Serial and This American Life, the series is enthralling and disquieting, and marks another shift in podcasting’s creative renaissance.
At the centre of Reed’s series – set in…
Direct Line: Manus Island and The Messenger
Abdul Aziz Muhamat – originally from Sudan, now a refugee detained on Manus – has been using a smuggled phone to give Australians a first-hand account of life in detention. Since March 2016, Aziz has been corresponding with Melbourne journalist Michael Green, using WhatsApp to relay voice messages. The Messenger is a ten-part podcast series from the Wheeler Centre…
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