The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas: Audio only en-us ℗ & © 2014 The Wheeler Centre The Wheeler Centre Events from the world of books, writing and ideas, presented by The Wheeler Centre Events and interviews from the world of books, writing and ideas, presented by The Wheeler Centre The Wheeler Centre no Soft Diplomacy The Wheeler Centre What is the future of international cross-cultural relations? And what is the value of creative diplomacy? Join our panel of noted experts to discuss these questions. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:16:43 international relations, foreign affairs, art, culture, society, doug hall, parmesh shahani, kate ben-tovim, katelijn verstraete, australia, government, media, arts, rei maeda, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Rafael Epstein on Prisoner X The Wheeler Centre Journalist Raf Epstein talks about the case of Ben Zygier - 'Prisoner X' - and the many questions surrounding his relationship with Mossad, his eventual incarceration and death, and how he came to be involved in all this to begin with. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:11 rafael epstein, journalists, espionage, foreign affairs, australia, israel, international relations, mental health, iran, middle east, politics, australian politics, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Mark Isaacs: Nauru: An insider's account of Australia's offshore detention policy The Wheeler Centre Mark Isaacs speaks to the heart of the divisive issue of offshore detention by giving an insight into his own experience of Australia’s asylum seeker detention centres, unfiltered by media bias. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:19 highlights, mark isaacs, lunchbox soapbox, nauru, pacific, australia, australian politics, immigration, human rights, writers, books, memoir, international relations, foreign affairs, asylum seekers, politics On Water: Michael Cathcart The Wheeler Centre Michael Cathcart talks his quest to research Australia's fabled inland sea – which loomed large in our 19th Century imagination – and the explorers who were in pursuit of it. Or were they? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:57 water, history, on water, michael cathcart, storytelling, books, writing, australia, australian history, environment, highlights On Water: Helen Doyle The Wheeler Centre Conservation consultant and writer Helen Doyle explains how the history of water supply is interwoven with colonial innovation and progress – but also with decline and decay. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:02 helen doyle, water, on water, history, australian history, development, agriculture, highlights Alexander McCall-Smith The Wheeler Centre In conversation with Angela Savage, Alexander McCall-Smith recalls key points from his craft and career. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:39 alexander mccall smith, writers, crime, angela savage, fiction, television, highlights On Water: Yasmin Newman The Wheeler Centre Through a meandering personal narrative, Yasmin Newman explores the evocative powers of food and water. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:12:21 highlights, yasmin newman, water, on water, asia, travel, family, memoir, storytelling, australia, food On Water: Simon Griffiths The Wheeler Centre Simon Griffiths talks about how and why he set up a toilet paper company – to fund sanitation and water projects in the developing world. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:06:16 water, on water, health, social justice, business, simon griffiths, humour, environment, highlights On Water: Genevieve Grieves The Wheeler Centre In her talk On Water, Genevieve Grieves unfurls a yarn about Melbourne's Yarra River. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:31 genevieve grieves, storytelling, indigenous, history, australian history, australia, melbourne, urban, water, on water, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Gregory Phillips on The Republic and Aboriginal Peoples The Wheeler Centre Gregory Phillips identifies key challenges underlying the Australian state - and entrenching division between Aboriginal peoples and others. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:26:01 gregory phillips, indigenous, australia, australian politics, politics, highlights, history, australian history Let's Talk About Sex: Sex in Words The Wheeler Centre Kate Holden, Krissy Kneen, Kate Belle and John Purcell discuss erotica, alternative sexualities and how to live your sexual fantasies through the art of fiction. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:14 sex, erotica, erotic fan fiction, kate belle, john purcell, kate holden, krissy kneen, sexuality, fiction, memoir, highlights On Water: Helen Szoke The Wheeler Centre In her talk On Water, Oxfam Australia CEO Helen Szoke discusses the impacts water has on developing communities and nations – and how it's an essential part of improving health and quality of life for the world's poor. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:31 on water, water, helen szoke, development, social justice, highlights The Fifth Estate: Faith in Politics The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft speaks with Tim Costello and Tim Fischer about how closely religion and politics are - and should be - intertwined in Australia. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:58 tim fischer, tim costello, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, politics, australian politics, religion, faith, society, culture, multiculturalism, highlights Art & us: Art & money The Wheeler Centre Can the worlds of money and art co-exist without the interests of one seeping into the other? Can the arts be supported financially without compromise? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:13 art and us, arts, art, philanthropy, fundraising, government, finance, morality, philosophy, creativity, ethics, louise walsh, simon abrahams, rupert myer, peter biggs, rebecca coates, highlights Children on Death The Wheeler Centre What do kids think about death? In this talk hosted by Natasha Mitchell, five children aged 9 to 17 share their thoughts and ideas on one of life's great mysteries. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:06 death, health, children, young adult, ideas, natasha mitchell, nyah seelig-schattner, max teakle, maima massaquoi, satchmo kennedy, tom hughes, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Dyani Lewis: Are We Too Promiscuous For Our Own Good? The Wheeler Centre Sex has changed. But has our approach to sexual health kept up? Dr Dyani Lewis offers her perspective. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:40 dyani lewis, health, science, sex, society, lunchbox soapbox, sex week, highlights Sir Terry Pratchett: 'Imagination, not intelligence, made us human' The Wheeler Centre In an exclusive appearance, Terry Pratchett shares anecdotes from throughout his colourful life and a preview of Sam Vimes' latest exploits. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:08:25 terry pratchett, fantasy, science fiction, writers, highlights, genre, literature David Malouf The Wheeler Centre To celebrate David Malouf’s 80th birthday and achievements, Ramona Koval travels with him on a journey to the heart of Australian life. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:20 australia, australian poetry, australian literature, literature, writers, david malouf, ramona koval, books, queensland, society, culture, australian history, geography, multiculturalism, history, identity, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: James Brown on Anzac's Long Shadow The Wheeler Centre Former Australian Army officer James Brown argues that commemoration of Anzac has lost its way - and the gap between civilian and military life has never been wider. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:06 anzac day, military, history, australia, australian history, identity, war, government, economy, james brown, lunchbox soapbox, highlights, society Sammy J's Democratic Party: Geoff Shaw The Wheeler Centre Controversial Frankston MP Geoff Shaw talks to Sammy J about the values that drive his career, and some of the controversies that have punctuated it. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:19 geoff shaw, politics, comedy, humour, australian politics, sammy j, music, gay rights, social justice, gender, religion, government, melbourne, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Emma Ayres on The Viola: A big violin, a small cello, or just a joke? The Wheeler Centre ABC Classic FM's Emma Ayres lets loose on the viola haters in a funny, sharp classical-music rant. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:26:29 emma ayres, lunchbox soapbox, music, humour, highlights The Fifth Estate: Women at Work The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft, Judith Troeth, Paula Matthewson and Danielle Green discuss women in the workforce - and in government - in Australia today. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:06 paula matthewson, sally warhaft, judith troeth, danielle green, government, women, feminism, economy, work, gender, social justice, culture, society, australian politics, politics, australia, democracy, highlights Vikram Chandra The Wheeler Centre Vikram Chandra talks about his prodigious, diverse approach to elegant writing and artful syntax. With Vanessa Toholka. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:57 vikram chandra, technology, writers, india, america, vanessa toholka, literature, fiction, culture, digital, internet, history, science, art, highlights The Di Gribble Argument 2014: Mark Carnegie on Civic Responsibility The Wheeler Centre Entrepreneur Mark Carnegie presents the inaugural Di Gribble Argument, in which he reminds us all of our civic responsibilities – and suggests how we might encourage participation. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:32:01 mark carnegie, di gribble, di gribble argument, politics, society, culture, australian politics, ideas, highlights Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure The Wheeler Centre Gary Shteyngart (Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story) talks to Sam Twyford-Moore about his latest book, Little Failure. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:20 highlights, literature, writers, fiction, gary shteyngart, sam twyford-moore, america, memoir, humour Irvine Welsh The Wheeler Centre Irvine Welsh takes Michael Williams through his stellar career and his latest novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:58 irvine welsh, authors, writers, literature, fiction, men, sex, film, america, humour, highlights What we talk about when we talk about Israel/Palestine The Wheeler Centre Our panel of speakers talk about talk. When it comes to the Israel/Palestine peace process, why can't we agree even on the terms of a discussion? Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:46:39 or avi-guy, mark baker, israel, palestine, middle east, international relations, social justice, military, government, foreign affairs, human rights, identity, samah sabawi, peter beinart, maher mughrabi, dahlia scheindlin, peter clarke, politics, free... Fair Trade and Fair Speech: Feminist Publishing in the 21st Century The Wheeler Centre Spinifex Press director Susan Hawthorne talks to Cynthia Troup about the feminist publishing - and the steps it must take in order to survive. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:46 susan hawthorne, feminism, publishing, cynthia troup, books, politics, activism, australian literature, australia, sex, highlights Rachel Kushner The Wheeler Centre Rachel Kushner - lauded for her ambitious 2013 novel, The Flamethrowers - speaks with Jo Case about writing the book. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:23 rachel kushner, writers, literature, america, highlights, jo case Game of Thrones with George R.R. Martin and Michelle Fairley The Wheeler Centre Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Michelle Fairley - Catelyn Stark from the HBO series - speak to host Dan Debuf. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:28:00 highlights, television, screenwriting, writing, writers, fiction, fantasy, george rr martin, michelle fairley Words & music: Katie Noonan and Michael Leunig The Wheeler Centre Who do our favourite writers listen to? What do the musicians we admire love to read? Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:17 katie noonan, michael leunig, writers, music, genevieve lacey, words and music, comics, illustration, art, books, highlights Eleanor Catton The Wheeler Centre Booker winning author Eleanor Catton speaks with Louise Swinn about wordplay, genre fiction, history and children's literature. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:11 eleanor catton, fiction, writers, history, genre, new zealand, literature, louise swinn, highlights Art & us: Art & the body The Wheeler Centre In this discussion, performance artists take to the stage to talk about how their bodies have influenced their art, and about the body as a site for extreme performance. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:42 moira finucane, natalie abbott, julianne pierce, stelarc, art, health, sex, sexuality, dance, creativity, activism, feminism, society, pop culture, culture, art and us, festival of live art, highlights, art us Jennifer Saunders The Wheeler Centre Jennifer Saunders chats with Kaz Cooke about her life of hilarity, and her memoir, Bonkers. Sat, 31 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:21 kaz cooke, jennifer saunders, television, comedy, humour, writers, england, books, highlights Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia The Wheeler Centre Our five panellists examine the worlds of sport, sex, religion, humour and society, as seen through an Islamic prism. Sat, 31 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:42 tasneem chopra, islam, religion, society, culture, australia, racism, politics, australian politics, writers, literature, demet divaroren, amra pajalic, irfan yusuf, alyena mohummadally, highlights Alain de Botton on The News The Wheeler Centre Alain de Botton talks about The News - and how we can remedy our troubled relationship with the media. Fri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:16:02 alain de botton, philosophy, media, journalism, writers, books, internet, technology, social media, society, culture, pop culture, current affairs, highlights Margaret Drabble The Wheeler Centre Margaret Drabble discusses The Pure Gold Baby - and her long, accomplished writing career - with Ramona Koval. Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:22 margaret drabble, ramona koval, writers, books, england, literature, highlights The Fifth Estate: Malcolm Fraser: Melbourne The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft and Malcolm Fraser discuss the ideas in Dangerous Allies and tackle the current state of Australian politics in the first of two revealing interviews. Mon, 26 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:57 malcolm fraser, australian politics, politics, america, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, government, current affairs, foreign affairs, international relations, military, asia, england, highlights, human rights, memoir, history Evie Wyld The Wheeler Centre Evie Wyld - one of Granta's best British novelists under 40 - chats to Benjamin Law about her latest novel and the dual life of an Australian writer living in England. Thu, 22 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:54 evie wyld, benjamin law, writers, women, fiction, literature, england, australian literature, highlights Sally Warhaft on the Speeches that Made Australia The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft talks about her edited collection, *Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia*, with M.A.D.E’s inaugural director Jane Smith. Fri, 16 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:02 ballarat, sally warhaft, books, editors, jane smith, democracy, speech, politics, australian history, australian politics The Fifth Estate: Diplomacy, Disasters and Deals: Foreign Policy 2014 The Wheeler Centre The Lowy Institute's foreign policy experts join Sally Warhaft to share their outlook on Australia's position on the global stage for 2014. Thu, 08 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:35 the fifth estate, lowy institute, rory medcalf, anthony bubalo, jenny hayward jones, sally warhaft, international relations, foreign affairs, policy, pacific, asia, china, indonesia, america, middle east, government, politics, economics, highlights Elizabeth Gilbert: The Signature of All Things The Wheeler Centre Elizabeth Gilbert speaks with Caroline Baum about femininity, sexuality and her careful negotiation of past and present in The Signature of All Things. Thu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:25 caroline baum, elizabeth gilbert, feminism, writers, fiction, literature, women, sex, sexuality, science, history, botany, nature, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Sally Rippin on Rescuing Reluctant Readers The Wheeler Centre What kind of book can give a child the confidence to develop their word skills and engender a life-long love of reading? Sat, 26 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:28 highlights, lunchbox soapbox, sally rippin, childrens, books, writers, reading, childrens book festival Art & us: Art & the city The Wheeler Centre Kicking off our Art & us series, our panellists discuss the influence art and urban environments have on one another. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:45 oslo davis, em sexton, tony ellwood, art, penny modra, paul carter, urban, melbourne, culture, society, art and us, highlights, art us Intelligence Squared Debate: Anzac Day is More Puff Than Substance The Wheeler Centre Is Anzac Day outdated and inappropriate - or is it a celebration of an iconic story that speaks to our national identity? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:57:06 anzac day, war, military, culture, history, australia, highlights, intelligence squared, debate, intelligence squared debates, john martinkus, brendan nelson, marilyn lake, graham wilson, jeff sparrow, nicholas jans Pacific Highways: A Spotlight on New Zealand The Wheeler Centre Writers Alison Wong and Anton Blank join Griffith REVIEW editor Julianne Schulz and guest co-editor Lloyd Jones to discuss contemporary writing from the Land of the Long White Cloud. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:06 lloyd jones, new zealand, writers, writing, fiction, anton blank, griffith review, alison wong, journals, highlights, julianne schultz The Fifth Estate: Egypt, the Arab World and the War on Women The Wheeler Centre Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy discusses the fragile state of Egypt, her treatment as an activist and her call for women's revolution in public and private worlds. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:46 mona eltahawy, journalists, egypt, arab spring, politics, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, current affairs, africa, middle east, feminism, women, men, sex, human rights, highlights Intelligence Squared Debates: Faith-based Religious Education Has No Place in Public Schools The Wheeler Centre Join our panellists - David Vann, Tim Costello, Marion Maddox, Justine Toh, Nick Cater and Peter Sherlock - as they debate the proposition. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:08 religion, education, politics, culture, society, faith, intelligence squared, debate, tim costello, nick cater, peter sherlock, justine toh, david vann, marion maddox, michael williams, intelligence squared debates, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Kerry Arabena: International Women's Day 2014 Address The Wheeler Centre On the eve of International Women's Day 2014, Professor Kerry Arabena explores proposed changes to the Australian Constitution - and how these will impact on healthcare for women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:57 kerry arabena, women, politics, indigenous, lunchbox soapbox, health, policy, law, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: David Vann: An Ode to Literary Tradition The Wheeler Centre Bestselling author David Vann reflects on his body of work - and the usefulness, and importance, of literary tradition. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:43 david vann, highlights, lunchbox soapbox, literature, history, writing, writers, fiction, language A Country Too Far The Wheeler Centre A Country Too Far addresses the national asylum seeker debate through fiction, memoir, poetry and essays. Several of its contributors discuss the controversial, heart-rending issue in this panel. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:51 highlights, asylum seekers, politics, writers, rosie scott, thomas keneally, chris kremmer, arnold zable, judith rodriguez, rodney hall Michael Robotham The Wheeler Centre Journalist and ghostwriter turned bestselling novelist Michael Robotham speaks with Michael Williams about his writing life. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:35 michael robotham, crime, genre, literature, fiction, writers, michael williams, highlights Lionel Shriver The Wheeler Centre Lionel Shriver shares her thoughts on her fictional explorations of difficult questions, as well as fame, weight and the West's obsession with food. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:08:55 lionel shriver, sarah l'strange, sarah lestrange, writers, food, health, media, celebrity, highlights The Fifth Estate: Australia After The Boom The Wheeler Centre What's in store for Australia's post-mining boom economy? Economists Ross Garnaut and John Edwards join Sally Warhaft to discuss our prospects. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:01 mining, economy, economics, australia, australian politics, politics, australian history, john edwards, ross garnaut, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, current affairs, highlights Births, Deaths and Marriages: Deaths The Wheeler Centre Reflect on death - and how we view, receive, deal with and remember it – with George McEncroe, Larin Sullivan, Fabian Dattner and Molly Carlile. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:36 death, health, society, culture, george mcencroe, larin sullivan, fabian dattner, molly carlile, births deaths and marriages, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Mark McMillan on Indigenous Identity and the Law The Wheeler Centre Law academic and NAIDOC scholar Mark McMillan gives an insider's perspective on contentious issues around race and free speech in Australia. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:29:57 mark mcmillan, indigenous, lunchbox soapbox, racism, politics, australian politics, culture, society, law, identity, highlights Quarterly Essay: Linda Jaivin on Translation The Wheeler Centre Writer and Chinese translator Linda Jaivin offers insights into the world and work of translation - and considers how we can bridge the inevitable gap of understanding between different worldviews. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:53 linda jaivin, toni jordan, quarterly essay, writers, nonfiction, translation, china, culture, society, international relations, foreign affairs, highlights Black and Proud: Racism in Sport The Wheeler Centre Gilbert McAdam, Angela Pippos, Sean Gorman and Gary Osmond take stock of racism in sport. How have things changed since Nicky Winmar's iconic gesture in 1993 of lifting his jersey? Sat, 08 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:59 gilbert mcadam, sean gorman, gary osmond, angela pippos, sport, racism, society, culture, politics, australian politics, indigenous, writers, highlights Lawrence Weschler The Wheeler Centre Lawrence Weschler shares his inventive, unique way of looking at the world, drawing connections between how we see and what we've already seen. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:14:56 lawrence weschler, culture, pop culture, society, media, books, ideas, criticism, art, internet, mcsweeneys, journalists, highlights Lunchbox / Soapbox: Siobhan McHugh: Audio Storytelling and the Affective Power of Voice The Wheeler Centre As radio experiences a new renaissance, Siobhán McHugh talks about the power of audio storytelling. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:05 radio, oral storytelling, media, internet, podcasts, siobhan mchugh, journalism, lunchbox soapbox, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Cyndi Darnell: Sex? What's Up With That? The Wheeler Centre What is it about sex that is so terrifying? Why do we spend billions pursuing or prohibiting it? Cyndi Darnell investigates. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:21 cyndi darnell, sex, health, society, media, pornography, erotica, highlights, lunchbox soapbox The Fifth Estate: More Jakarta, Less Geneva: Australia and Indonesia The Wheeler Centre Greg Sheridan and Dave McRae join Sally Warhaft in an exploration of Indonesia's relationship with Australia under the Abbott Government. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:25 dave mcrae, greg sheridan, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, current affairs, international relations, foreign affairs, indonesia, asia, economy, australia, australian politics, politics, asylum seekers, agriculture, highlights Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Darcy James Argue The Wheeler Centre Darcy James Argue discusses his trademark steampunk-inspired style of big band jazz composition with Fem Belling. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:29 music, songwriting, darcy james argue, fem belling, melbourne jazz festival, highlights Intelligence Squared Debate: True Reconciliation Requires a Treaty The Wheeler Centre Our panel of passionate experts debates the need for a treaty – and the way to achieve true reconciliation. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:50:39 intelligence squared, debate, indigenous, australia, australian politics, politics, australian history, racism, culture, society, multiculturalism, law, ethics, michael williams, george williams, mark yettica-paulson, mick dodson, peter sutton, tony bi... The Fifth Estate: Forming Families: National Adoption Awareness Week The Wheeler Centre Deborra-lee Furness, Jane Aronson and host Sally Warhaft discuss national and international adoption policy, programs and problems. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:45:47 deborra-lee furness, adoption, family, jane aronson, social justice, sally warhaft, politics, the fifth estate, law, highlights Melbourne Writers Festival: Travels in Dark Lands The Wheeler Centre Intrepid traveller and Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler talks about the perils and pitfalls of visiting some of the world's most dangerous places. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:11 travel, writers, tony wheeler, tom doig, africa, south america, pakistan, middle east, memoir, highlights Australian Literature 102: Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock The Wheeler Centre Sophie Cunningham and James Ley explore Joan Lindsay's classic of Australian mystery. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:50 australian literature, literature, australian literature 102, sophie cunningham, james ley, books, film, australian history, fiction, highlights The Fifth Estate: Beyond Apathy: Acting on Climate Change The Wheeler Centre Our panellists discuss environmental issues, activism and writing − and how best to communicate its importance in a changing climate. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:58 environment, climate change, the fifth estate, sally warhaft, politics, activism, chloe hooper, peter doherty, david ritter, writers, science, media, highlights The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas: David Simon: Some People Are More Equal Than Others The Wheeler Centre David Simon (The Wire, Treme) discusses winners, losers and fairness - followed by a conversation with Michael Williams. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:28:50 david simon, writers, television, crime, politics, society, pop culture, economics, economy, social justice, festival of dangerous ideas, america, michael williams, highlights Christos Tsiolkas: Barracuda The Wheeler Centre Celebrated Melburnian author Christos Tsiolkas talks about Barracuda - and class, failure, social justice and insecurity - with Michael Williams. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:52 christos tsiolkas, writing, writers, fiction, australia, australian literature, literature, society, australian politics, politics, social justice, class, television, highlights, michael williams Australian Literature 102: Patrick White: Riders in the Chariot The Wheeler Centre Novelist Andrea Goldsmith joins critic James Ley to explore the vivid poetics of Patrick White's Riders in the Chariot. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:36 patrick white, writers, australian literature, australian literature 102, andrew goldsmith, fiction, culture, james ley, highlights The Fifth Estate: The Guardians The Wheeler Centre Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Guardian Australia editor Katharine Viner speak with Sally Warhaft about independence, responsibility and sustainability in the business of online news. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:40 media, journalism, ethics, journalists, editing, newspapers, news, espionage, wikileaks, publishing, the fifth estate, sally warhaft, alan rusbridger, katharine viner, internet, online, digital, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jonathan Green On The Year My Politics Broke The Wheeler Centre Jonathan Green tackles the question of popular disillusionment with politics - and what can be done. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:46 jonathan green, lunchbox soapbox, politics, media, society, australian politics, highlights The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Dan Savage: Savage Advice The Wheeler Centre Internationally renowned sex advice columnist Dan Savage offers a dose of Savage Advice - on love, sex and relationships. Language warning. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:10 sex, sexuality, health, society, culture, festival of dangerous ideas, dan savage, michael williams, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Tim Dunlop: New Media Versus Old Media is Old News The Wheeler Centre Tim Dunlop argues that rather than discussing new media versus old, we should focus on the citizens and audiences they purport to serve. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:24 tim dunlop, lunchbox soapbox, media, journalism, publishing, online, digital, internet, technology, citizen journalism, blogging, social media, newspapers, highlights Kate Atkinson The Wheeler Centre Genre-bending author Kate Atkinson speaks with Sue Turnbull about her inventive style of writing. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:41 kate atkinson, sue turnbull, crime, writers, fiction, literature, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Ali Alizadeh: Beyond Culture and Identity: the Case for a New Universality The Wheeler Centre Ali Alizadeh questions the value of cultural identity in progressive societies, and considers productive alternatives. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:33 ali alizadeh, lunchbox soapbox, culture, identity, politics, society, multiculturalism, highlights Alexis Wright: The Swan Book The Wheeler Centre Alexis Wright's The Swan Book exists in a future heavy with the NT intervention and climate change. She speaks with Sophie Cunningham. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:34 alexis wright, indigenous, australian literature, literature, australia, fiction, climate change, environment, sophie cunningham, writers, books, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Henry Reynolds on the Forgotten War The Wheeler Centre Historian and writer Henry Reynolds looks at the conflict between colonists and Aborigines in Australia's forgotten frontier wars. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:15:26 history, war, military, australian history, henry reynolds, lunchbox soapbox, highlights The Larrikin Priest: Father Bob Maguire The Wheeler Centre Father Bob Maguire and his biographer Sue Williams discuss the iconic priest's formative influences and experiences. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:28 religion, pop culture, sue williams, biography, father bob maguire The Pop Up Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Hanna Rosin: The End of Men The Wheeler Centre American writer Hanna Rosin argues that the power balance is shifting between genders - and men are being left behind. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:50 hanna rosin, sex, gender, culture, society, work, economics, economy, women, men, feminism, writers, festival of dangerous ideas, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Nicholas Smith on China's Choral Tragedy: 50 Years of Arrested Development The Wheeler Centre Nicholas Smith explores the birth, status and function of China’s choral scene, and its perilous state now. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:41 nicholas smith, music, culture, china, politics, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Susan Wyndham on Losing a Parent The Wheeler Centre How do we handle the death of our parents? How does it change us? Susan Wyndham explores. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:29 susan wyndham, health, death, society, culture, memoir, lunchbox soapbox, highlights Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution: Christopher Browning The Wheeler Centre Historian Christopher Browning outlines the discussion and evidence around Hitler's decision to implement the Final Solution. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:56 history, christopher browning, war, human rights, social justice, writers, highlights Criticism in the Digital Age The Wheeler Centre A passionate panel of international and local arts critics debate the nature – and future – of arts criticism, right now. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:28:33 katrina sedgwick, yun-cheol kim, jane howard, alice rawsthorn, dylan rainforth, deborah jones, criticism, criticism now, arts, art, media, writing, journalism, theatre, design, blogging, newspapers, internet, reviewing, highlights Intelligence Squared Debates: Copyright is Dead, Long Live the Pirates The Wheeler Centre Six expert panellists debate the role of copyright in creative success - and survival. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:44:07 angela daly, simon groth, suelette dreyfus, michael fraser, lori flekser, elmo keep, writers, copyright, debate, intelligence squared, ethics, media, law, internet, digital, piracy, publishing, music, film, television, pop culture, culture, society, po... Lunchbox/Soapbox: Merv Moriarty on Understanding Colour Relationships The Wheeler Centre Artist Merv Moriarty shares his discoveries about colour relationships; intervals and harmonies. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:28:04 design, art, illustration, merv moriarty, lunchbox soapbox, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Patricia Edgar: In Praise of Ageing The Wheeler Centre Patricia Edgar challenges our preconceptions about ageing, arguing that 50 is now the start of the second half of life ... not the beginning of the end. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:40 patricia edgar, ageing, health, society, culture, politics, community, highlights Australian Literature 102: Ruth Park: The Harp in the South The Wheeler Centre James Ley and Alice Pung discuss Ruth Park's classic book about the life and loves of the Darcy family in Sydney's slums. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:55 alice pung, australian literature, australian literature 102, ruth park, james ley, writers, books, literature, australia, women, class, society, history, australian history, highlights I lived for art, I lived for love: The magic of libretto The Wheeler Centre Composer Brett Dean, librettists Peter Goldsworthy and Joanna Murray-Smith and host Caroline Lee speak in praise of the libretto. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:58 peter goldsworthy, brett dean, joanna murray-smith, caroline lee, chamber made opera, opera, libretto, writers, writing, music, highlights Melbourne Writers Festival: In the Soviet Archives The Wheeler Centre Sheila Fitzpatrick explores the line between research and spying, trust and betrayal, In The Soviet Archives. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:06 sheila fitzpatrick, paula michaels, history, russia, espionage, nonfiction, highlights, melbourne writers festival Births, Deaths and Marriages: Births The Wheeler Centre George McEncroe, Monica Dux, Kaz Cooke and Jane Fisher explore the humour, work and assumption that surrounds the act of giving birth. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:46 health, women, jane fisher, society, culture, george mcencroe, births deaths and marriages, monica dux, kaz cooke, highlights Quarterly Essay: David Marr on George Pell The Wheeler Centre David Marr turns his merciless eye to Cardinal George Pell, in discussion with Heather Ewart. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:30 david marr, quarterly essay, george pell, religion, human rights, current affairs, politics, heather ewart, social justice, highlights Edward St Aubyn The Wheeler Centre Critically lauded and darkly humorous author Edward St Aubyn talks to Louise Swinn about privilege and depravity. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:06 edward st aubyn, humour, fiction, society, louise swinn, writers, literature, memoir, highlights Beautiful Books The Wheeler Centre A collector, a designer and a twenty-first-century book-maker explore changing perspectives on what makes a book beautiful. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:15 des cowley, virginia murdoch, wh chong, steve grimwade, books, book covers, art, design, rare book week, highlights Your reactions: Julia Gillard and Anne Summers in Melbourne The Wheeler Centre In the wake of a landmark Melbourne talk with Julia Gillard and Anne Summers, we asked you what you thought. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:08:09 politics, culture, australian politics, australia, society, julia gillard, anne summers, media, feminism, gay rights, climate change, economics, highlights Not the Brownlow The Wheeler Centre Sam Pang chairs a panel of footy experts including Age journalists Tim Lane and Jake Niall, and star coach Peta Searle. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:04 sam pang, tim lane, peta searle, sport, jake niall, media, humour, highlights The Fifth Estate: 2013 Election Wrap with Kerry O'Brien The Wheeler Centre Revered political journalist Kerry O'Brien reflects on the 2013 federal election with Sally Warhaft. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:33 government, politics, australian politics, kerry o'brien, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, current affairs, highlights, history, media, julia gillard, tony abbott, kevin rudd Lunchbox/Soapbox: Dennis Altman: The End of the Homosexual? The Wheeler Centre Dennis Altman asks: is this the end of the homosexual that gay liberationists predicted 40 years ago? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:10 gay, sexuality, sex, gender, human rights, society, culture, pop culture, australia, history, australian history, gay rights, dennis altman, lunchbox soapbox, writers, books, highlights