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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…
Kyle Wiens: Right to Repair
Join the world’s most influential maintenance man for a discussion of tech waste, consumption, economic opportunity and a new kind of DIY revolution with tech commentator and radio broadcaster Vanessa Toholka.
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‘When you fix something – just for a moment – entropy loses its iron grip on the universe,’ Kyle Wiens has written. ‘When you…
Picnic at Hanging Rock
‘She felt herself choking and tore at her frilled lace collar. “Miranda!”’
Fainting spells, frilly collars, mystery, hysteria and a truly awesome backdrop – Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock might be 50 years old this year, but it remains a point of Australian cultural obsession. The book – written by Lindsay in just four weeks back in 1967 – has inspired a film, a radio play, stage adaptations, fashion spreads, music videos and a new miniseries coming out this year.
Why do we keep coming back to Lindsay’s eerie tale of a Valentine’s Day school picnic gone wrong? Perhaps it’s the ambiguity around fact and fiction; perhaps it’s the striking combinations of imagery or maybe it’s the maddening obscurity of the ending.
At this celebration of Joan Lindsay’s iconic novel (and its enduring myth), Helen Withycombe hosts a conversation between Lindsay's biographer Janelle McCulloch, theatremaker Tom Wright (who adapted the play for Malthouse Theatre in 2016) and Helen Morse, who played the French teacher in Peter Weir's film version of the story.
They discuss the true story (and the mysticism) that inspired Lindsay, the book's refractions of nature and time, the troubling history of Hanging Rock itself and why Lindsay’s tale continues to haunt and provoke Australian storytellers today.
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The Longform Society: Meeting #1: Robots
In our first meeting of the Longform Society, we read a selection of compelling, entertaining and occasionally terrifying pieces on the subject of robots and artificial intelligence.
Will humans have moral obligations to robots? Are we guilty of ‘origin chauvinism’ if we believe only natural phenomena can exhibit consciousness? And is this line of thinking a sinister cousin to racism…
Can editors – or algorithms – save the news?
Artificial intelligence is both a problem and a solution in the fight against fake news, writes Connor Tomas O'Brien. But what if we don't value objectivity and balance in the news as much as we think we do?'
Working with Sound: Wendy Zukerman
Wendy Zukerman is the creator and host of the internationally acclaimed podcast Science Vs, which started at the ABC, and is now produced by Gimlet Media in New York City. We spoke to Wendy about finding the fun in science stories – with a healthy balance of facts, accuracy…
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The Great App Con
The first tablet was the iPad, right? Wrong. Developed in 1968, the first tablet was the Dynabook, and in some ways it was superior to the iPad. This is an excerpt from a piece by John Weldon on reading and tablet technology published on the Meanland website, an initiative on the future of reading co-auspiced by Overland and Meanjin literary journals.
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