Invasion of the Pod People
June Thomas is the senior managing producer of Slate podcasts – and if you’ve ever listened to a Slate podcast, you’re probably already familiar with her affable Northern English accent.
Through her two decades on staff, Thomas has featured in the outlet’s popular ‘Gabfests’ (Culture, Political) The Waves (née Double X Gabfest), and helmed projects like The…
Eric Idle: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
His friends include Mick Jagger and Steve Martin, and his fans include the late Elvis Presley. He’s a novelist, a songwriter, an actor, a surrealist and a comic luminary. And he’s the author of the most popular funeral song in the United Kingdom. Eric Idle, most famous as one sixth of the Monty Python comedy group, is coming to Melbourne.
Working with Words: Chloë Reeson
Chloë Reeson is a writer and editor and the co-creator of Homecoming Queens. They spoke with us about discovering writing, relationships between women on screen and the coming crash in astrology.
Alia Shawkat in Conversation
In Melbourne for the Ethan Hawke-directed biopic, Blaze, which screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the funny and multi-talented Shawkat spoke to Lorin Clarke about her life, career and charting her own creative course.
It's almost like that episode of Arrested Development when Maeby accompanies her father to an audition, and ends up becoming a film exec: Alia…
Working with Words: Nina Oyama
Nina Oyama is a comedian, actress and writer. She spoke with us about indecipherable teenage diaries, generating ideas late at night and magic potatoes.
The Fifth Estate
With Sally Warhaft, Les Hinton – Rupert Murdoch's right-hand man for more than 50 years – talks about the past, present and future of the mainstream press … as well as life alongside the man he calls ‘an authentic colossus’.
Sally Warhaft and Les Hinton — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Hinton has enjoyed both a close-up and a long view of the radical changes that have swept through the newspaper business. His new book, The Bootle Boy, is a memoir of his progress through the ranks of the Murdoch Empire.
Prior to stepping down in 2011, Hinton oversaw the administration of mastheads including the Times, the News of the World and Wall Street Journal; newspapers that, for better or for worse, shaped destinies and held a stake in world affairs.
In the book, Hinton gives an insider’s account of the media jostlings of major political figures, provides his own perspective on the phone-hacking scandal and reflects on changing revenue models for newspapers.
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