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Elections Across Europe
In 2017, Europe is in a period of heightened uncertainty: the rise of populist politics, the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the prospect of a weakened European Union and an increasingly assertive Russia on its doorstep.
French voters recently rejected both major parties to elect an unknown quantity in Emmanuel Macron, who has never before held elected office…
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…
Working with Words: Michelle Law
Michelle Law is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, theatre and film and TV, including the book she co-authored with her brother Benjamin – Sh*t Asian Mothers Say – and the play Single Asian Female. She spoke with us about freelance challenges, alternative careers in floristry and reading Jane Eyre as an…
Are some jokes funny to all cultures? Why do suicide bomber jokes tank in Australia, but bring down the house in Pakistan? Comedian Sami Shah reflects on cultural disconnect, and overlap, in comedy.
The Fifth Estate
A lot has been made of the importance of an American president’s first 100 days. That period has long been considered a crucial measure of their intentions and abilities – and a distillation, in many ways, of what’s to follow.
The idea dates back to President Roosevelt – who, taking office during the Great Depression in 1933, immediately launched a series of…
Debut novels announcing the arrival of fresh, young talents are often praised for their capacity to dazzle. Freshly anointed literary darlings are ‘brilliant’, ‘precocious’ and ‘virtuosic’.
But such descriptions don’t exactly fit with 26-year-old Californian author Brit Bennett, whose stirring first novel, The Mothers, is remarkable not for its flashy prose or clever metanarrative manoeuvres but for its restrained…
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The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions
When is Australia racist? Questions of difference and fairness
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