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A Walk in the Park: Damon Young with Ruth Quibell
Ruth Quibell, Damon Young and an audience of walkers in Princes Park — Photo: Jon Tjhia
This instalment of our 2017 series A Walk in the Park features two writers, Damon Young and Ruth Quibell, who know walking – and each other – well. They’re married.
'Our culture of exercise is stupid, it is mechanical, it is … concerned with tuning up our bodily engines – and not with having a richer intellectual or ethical life.'Damon Young
Young, a philosopher and writer of numerous books and genres, is the author of How to Think About Exercise, part of The School of Life’s series of books. In the book, he explores how closely bodies and minds relate to each other – and how crucial harmony between them is to our experience of humanity.
Ahead of a relocation to Tasmania (since completed), Young discusses these ideas (and more) on a walk with Quibell, a sociologist and writer who has described walking as her ‘more than a creative practice or physiological tuneup … walking has been my existential remedy’. Listen for an open-air, intimate conversation about walking, thinking and being human.
Photo: Jon Tjhia
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The Invisible Crime
This discussion includes topics that some listeners may find confronting.
Left to right: Nicole Precel, Katrina Marson, Rena Ou Yang and Greg Barns at the Wheeler Centre.
The Invisible Crime: Are We Failing Victims of Sexual Violence? is an award-winning multimedia feature documentary made in 2019 by a team of investigative and data journalists from the Age and Sydney Morning Herald. The documentary explores why sexual assault is under-reported and examines the myriad barriers to successful prosecutions against assailants. It provides data-driven context on how and why the legal system so often fails to deliver justice to victims.
In this conversation, hosted by Age journalist Nicole Precel, we pick up where the documentary left off, discussing the fundamental principles that underpin our criminal law. How are sexual-assault victims disadvantaged by the onus of proof?
We also take a hard look at the concept of consent and examined how social attitudes towards it are changing. How do legal definitions of consent vary between states and territories – and how can we get better at teaching, and defining, consent in our everyday lives?
Presented in partnership with AIDC and the Age, with special support from Google News Initiative.
Books and Ideas at Montalto: Alice Bishop
As Australia reels from the trauma of devastating, unprecedented bushfires, many of us have been left searching for the language to process the grief and trauma of what’s been lost – and what the future might look like.
In recent years, writers have tried to articulate some of the questions that remain in the wake of a disaster, and in…
The 2020 Stella Prize Announcement
The Stella Prize celebrates the excellence of Australian women’s writing with an annual $50,000 prize. Now in its eighth year, the Stella Prize is a fixture of Australia’s literary culture – driving books sales, sparking book clubs and boosting the careers of women writers.
Tune in online for the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Stella Prize, featuring guest…
Lisa Taddeo: Three Women
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'With the #MeToo movement right now, we are finally saying what…
Jeez Louise: Transplaining
Trans, non-binary and gender-diverse comedians and performers are standing up and stepping out. As the world evolves its understanding of gender identity, preferred pronouns and social norms, the rising number of gender-transcendent stars are reaching wider and more diverse audiences and garnering critical acclaim.
To further interrogate, understand and celebrate their careers, Transplaining brings together an incredible panel of performers…
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