2018 Favourites: Wheeler Centre Staff
We finish 2018 with the books, films, television, podcasts and, really, anything that nourished Wheeler Centre staff during the past 12 months.
Working with Words: Naomi Higgins
Naomi Higgins is a writer and performer based in Melbourne. She spoke with us about the power of panic, getting attention and deleting old Facebook posts.
The Fifth Estate
Sally Warhaft and Kerry O'Brien — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Kerry O'Brien at the Wheeler Centre — Photo: Jon Tjhia
‘We absolutely cannot make any assumptions about the future of democracy in this country.’Kerry O'Brien, in conversation with Sally Warhaft
He’s interviewed Nelson Mandela, David Bowie, Margaret Thatcher, Herbie Hancock and Mikhail Gorbachev. As a journalist, he’s watched 13 Australian prime ministers come and go and he’s personally interrogated most of them, live on The 7.30 Report. Kerry O’Brien is a singular figure in Australian journalism – a broadcast journalist, foreign correspondent, columnist and feature writer – who has interviewed some of the most influential Australian and global figures, across politics, art and sport over a career of 50 years.
In Kerry O’Brien: A Memoir he shares behind-the-scenes tales of talks with the likes of Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama as well as his insights on the social, political and media upheavals he’s witnessed up close.
Appearing in conversation with Sally Warhaft, O’Brien talks about what he’s learned from grilling the great, the good and the not-so-good over five decades.Subscribe to our podcasts Podcast series The Fifth Estate / History, politics & current affairs Podcast series The Wheeler Centre Podcast series The Messenger / Migration Podcast series Better Off Dead / Life & death Podcast series Books and Ideas at Montalto / Australian stories
Emily Nussbaum: Culture, Criticism and TV Today
'Criticism is a form of theatre,' Emily Nussbaum has said. 'I'm writing for an audience and I don't want to bore them.'
As the New Yorker's TV critic, Nussbaum has won a large and devoted international audience by giving contemporary television the incisive, sophisticated and entertaining criticism it deserves. At the Melbourne Writers Festival, she joined Bhakthi Puvanenthiran for a discussion…
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.
Anything and everything in TV from across our archives.
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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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