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 Let's Talk About Sex: Feminist Pornography The Wheeler Centre What is feminist porn, and how does it express female sexuality? Cyndi Darnell hosts this discussion between pornographers and advocates. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:49 sex, pornography, sexuality, gender, women, men, pop culture, media, society, culture, health, mental health, let's talk about sex, cyndi darnell, fiona patten, gala vanting, anna brownfield, film, television, highlights The Fifth Estate: Power Flail The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft and Philip Chubb, author of Power Failure, discuss Australian leaders' successes and failures in climate policy – and the strategies they must employ for the future. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:41 climate change, environment, pollution, energy, politics, australian politics, activism, economy, economics, government, kevin rudd, tony abbott, julia gillard, policy, science, highlights, philip chubb, sally warhaft Blak Wave The Wheeler Centre Leading artists discuss what it means to be a forward-thinking 21st Century Indigenous art practitioner. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:30 tajhee moar, tony albert, richard bell, destiny deacon, virginia fraser, clinton nain, indigenous, australia, australian politics, art, australian art, next wave, activism, media, highlights Art & us: Art & the universe The Wheeler Centre Could humanity's art have a universal definition? And how do we relate to eternity? Willoh S. Weiland, Elizabeth Finkel, Jeff Khan and Christopher Fluke investigate. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:28 art and us, art us, space, science, art, willoh s weiland, jeff khan, aphids, christopher fluke, elizabeth finkel, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Rob Fowler: Rolling Back the Years: Regression in Commonwealth Environment Laws The Wheeler Centre Rob Fowler outlines arguments against shifting environmental protection powers from the Commonwealth to the states. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:26:42 rob fowler, law, lunchbox soapbox, environment, government, australia, australian politics, politics, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Emerging Writers' Festival: Sam George-Allen on Literary Sexting: Scum Mag & Online Sex Writing The Wheeler Centre Brisbane writer and Scum Magazine editor Sam George-Allen defends - and celebrates - writing sex online. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:19 sam george-allen, sex, writing, erotica, sexuality, gender, queer, fiction, magazines, memoir, health, society, culture, pop culture, pornography, lunchbox soapbox, writers, emerging writers festival, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Lynne Segal on the Pleasures (and Perils) of Ageing The Wheeler Centre Lynne Segal explores how her generation of baby boomers are getting old – and how they can experience a long and fulfilling life. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:34:53 ageing, women, society, culture, pop culture, media, health, youth, activism, books, sex, lynne segal, lunchbox soapbox, highlights The Fifth Estate: The Whistleblowers The Wheeler Centre Whistleblower Thomas Drake and lawyer Jesselyn Radack discuss privacy, free speech, security and accountability in a tech-driven society with Sally Warhaft. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:56 the fifth estate, journalism, journalists, law, ethics, media, technology, activism, government, espionage, military, publishing, foreign affairs, international relations, ideas, thomas drake, sally warhaft, current affairs, julian assange, wikileaks, ... Emerging Writers' Festival Launch: Fact vs Fiction The Wheeler Centre Four guests from this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival present their tall tales at the program launch. The trick is to convince everyone they are telling the truth, unless of course they’re lying. It’s up to you to decide. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:48 emerging writers festival, nonfiction, fiction, writers, australian writers, simon abrahams, sam twyford-moore, highlights Epic Fail: Erik Jensen The Wheeler Centre Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen talks about his fear of failure – and why it causes him to do things 'ever more likely to fail'. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:07:43 erik jensen, epic fail, humour, journalists, writers, editors, highlights Forgotten Rebels The Wheeler Centre Who writes history? And how does that dictate who makes the main story, and who we relegate to the margins? With Clare Wright and Robyn Annear. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:25 clare wright, history, australian history, australia, robyn annear, women, feminism, war, activism, highlights Sian Prior on Shyness The Wheeler Centre Through two decades in music, journalism and radio, Sian Prior tried not to betray a characteristic she’s carried with her since childhood – her debilitating shyness. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:17 health, mental health, psychology, society, writers, sian prior, memoir, francesca rendle-short, highlights Weather Stations: Oisin McGann's Storytelling for Kids The Wheeler Centre In this special workshop for kids, Irish author Oisin McGann talks about the gathering of ideas, bringing the story together, and how to use language in a clever and funny way. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:33 weather stations, oisin mcgann, childrens, illustration, books, storytelling, highlights Bob Brown On Optimism The Wheeler Centre Bob Brown illuminates the reasoning and the influential events that have shaped his belief in optimism as a powerful agent that can make a real difference. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:42:37 bob brown, environment, politics, australian politics, highlights, climate change, health, culture, society Epic Fail: Julian Burnside The Wheeler Centre Julian Burnside moves from primary school athletics failure to a passionate plea for a response to Australia's epic failure to protect our environment. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:29 julian burnside, environment, climate change, australia, australian politics, politics, culture, society, social justice, epic fail, highlights Bob Brown: Optimism for Kids The Wheeler Centre Bob Brown speaks to Max Teakle and Remy Anderson (St Martins Youth Arts Centre) about optimism and its alternatives, compulsory voting and the choices we can all make to preserve our collective future. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:10 bob brown, environment, children, max teakle, remy anderson, politics, australian politics, arts, young adult, youth, activism, highlights Travel Bugs The Wheeler Centre Tony Wheeler, Doug Hendrie, Laura Jean McKay and host Marni Cordell unpack travel - and what it brings to our culture and lifestyle. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:22 tony wheeler, laura jean mckay, doug hendrie, marni cordell, travel, culture Epic Fail: Nahji Chu The Wheeler Centre Nahji Chu unravels her collection of professional false starts, and the mishap which prompted her to found her now successful chain of food businesses. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:20 epic fail, fashion, nahji chu, food, storytelling, migration, work, highlights Epic Fail: Sarah Blasko The Wheeler Centre Musician and songwriter Sarah Blasko outlines the saga of her first visit to New York City – involving the troublesome issue of an errant bunk bed. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:52 sarah blasko, music, songwriting, epic fail, highlights Words & music: Hannah Kent and Lior The Wheeler Centre In the second instalment of Words & music, debut novelist Hannah Kent, whose book Burial Rites has been an international sensation, is joined by ARIA-award-nominated singer/songwriter Lior, whose first album *Autumn Flow* is one of the most successful Australian releases in recent history. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:55 hannah kent, lior, writers, music, words and music, creativity, books, songwriting, genevieve lacey, fiction, australian literature, australia, highlights Epic Fail: Sam Bramham The Wheeler Centre Paralympic swimmer Sam Bramham talks about notable failures and mishaps from his career ... and beyond. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:23 disability, sport, epic fail, sam bramham, highlights Epic Fail: Clare Wright The Wheeler Centre In her candid Epic Fail speech, Clare Wright details her struggle with postnatal depression, and describes crucial moments in her return to mental wellbeing. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:12:01 epic fail, mental health, health, memoir, women, clare wright, nonfiction, writers, highlights Epic Fail: Rob Oakeshott The Wheeler Centre Former balance-of-power independent MP Rob Oakeshott describes the challenges he faced - and lessons he learned - during his tenure in federal parliament. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:55 rob oakeshott, politics, australian politics, epic fail, highlights, democracy, julia gillard, government A.M. Homes The Wheeler Centre In discussion with Toni Jordan, US writer A.M. Homes talks about the Great American Novel, the challenge of being hopeful, and the serious utility of humour. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:29 am homes, fiction, writers, literature, america, toni jordan, satire, humour, politics, history, television, screenwriting, highlights Laura Bates: Everyday Sexism Project The Wheeler Centre Laura Bates walks us through the history of the Everyday Sexism Project and look towards a hopeful future by examining its positive impact on the lives of women as we work towards a truly equal society, free of prejudice. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:25 sex, women, feminism, society, culture, men, activism, media, jess mcguire, laura bates, next wave, highlights On Water: Matthew Mitcham The Wheeler Centre Olympic champion diver Matthew Mitcham offers some of his personal thoughts on depression – and how we might strive to keep ourselves and each other afloat. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:01 highlights, on water, water, sport, matthew mitcham, mental health, community, society, health The Fifth Estate: The Freedom Fighter: Tim Wilson The Wheeler Centre What is the purpose of the Human Rights Commission, and how will Tim Wilson's beliefs and ideas on liberty and rights influence his work? Find out here. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:29 tim wilson, human rights, politics, australian politics, the fifth estate, sally warhaft, current affairs, freedom of speech, highlights, media Cultural Solutions The Wheeler Centre Marcus Westbury, Scott Rankin, Julianne Schultz, Robyn Archer and Simon Abrahams explore cultural solutions to social and economic problems. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:59 griffith review, culture, art, arts, urban, politics, australia, marcus westbury, julianne schultz, scott rankin, simon abrahams, robyn archer, music, writers, highlights Weather Stations: The Current Climate The Wheeler Centre What's going on in climate science? Our leading experts took your questions as part of our Weather Stations initiative. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:08:15 weather stations, michael williams, environment, climate change, politics, australian politics, science, brendan sydes, david karoly, amanda mckenzie, robert purves, current affairs, health, ecology, highlights The Stella Prize: One Year On The Wheeler Centre Stella Prize winner Clare Wright chats with co-founder Aviva Tuffield and previous winner Carrie Tiffany about the award, and the status of women writers today. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:23 clare wright, carrie tiffany, aviva tuffield, stella prize, women, feminism, writing, books, literature, australian literature, history, nonfiction, publishing, highlights Crime and Punishment: Perspectives on Community Safety The Wheeler Centre Is our criminal justice system working? How can we prevent crime - and do criminals have a fair chance of rehabilitation? Our panel of legal and ethical experts discuss. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:15 jane dixon, robert clark, john coldrey, peter norden, law, politics, australian politics, crime, community, social justice, human rights, society, sociology, highlights The Wheeler Centre Gala 2014: 20 Questions The Wheeler Centre For 2014's Gala, the Wheeler Centre took to the streets of Melbourne to find out how citizens feel about divisive questions - both fundamental and trivial. This was our election party, where we tallied the results with Ray Martin, Bernard Salt, Sophie Black, George Negus and host Sally Warhaft. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:35:01 gala, gala night, 20 questions, ray martin, george negus, sally warhaft, sophie black, bernard salt, melbourne, society, culture, current affairs, politics, highlights, democracy, demography, humour, music, speech Weather Stations: Mirko Bonne (in German) The Wheeler Centre In this German-only talk, author Mirko Bonné chats to Alison Lewis about his writing, influences and work with Weather Stations. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:52 mirko bonne, alison lewis, weather stations, german, writers, literature, germany Janette Turner Hospital The Wheeler Centre Janette Turner Hospital discusses her book The Claimant - and its explorations of identity - over morning tea, with Ramona Koval hosting. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:38 janette turner hospital, ramona koval, highlights, fiction, identity, writers, america, australian literature, literature 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 The Fifth Estate: The State of the Union The Wheeler Centre John Howe (Melbourne Law School, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law) and Lisa Fitzpatrick (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation) join Sally Warhaft to discuss the trade union movement's future in Australia. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:17 john howe, lisa fitzpatrick, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, trade unions, work, politics, australian politics, economy, law, history, 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