The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing, Ideas: Videos en-us ℗ & © 2015 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 Art and Change: One in Two: Juvenile Injustice The Wheeler Centre In partnership with Melbourne Festival 2014, our panel looks at inequality in juvenile incarceration - and effective ways to change it. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:24 melbourne festival, indigenous, australian politics, crime, law, racism, australia, society, arts, social justice, youth, human rights, art and change, peter mcbain, barbara baikie, highlights, sophie mcneill, scott rankin, allery sandy Key of Sea The Wheeler Centre Join artists, writers, comics and musicians for a celebration of Australia's cultural diversity. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 00:47:19 highlights, oslo davis, alice pung, zakia baig, danny katz, asylum seekers, arts, social justice, storytelling, music, culture, diversity, multiculturalism, war, human rights, illustration, murtaza, awaz, identity The Last Tuesday Society: Alternate Endings The Wheeler Centre Dealing with alternate outcomes of history, our guests weave fictional endings, and spin absurd and amusing yarns. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 01:18:12 the last tuesday society, literature, current affairs, politics, bron batten, richard higgins, fiction, nonfiction, fan fiction, art, theatre, humour, tina del twist, josh ladgrove, laura jean mckay, laura davis, joel tito, highlights Foreign Correspondents The Wheeler Centre Three esteemed former foreign correspondents reveal stories, impressions and long-term effects of the profession – and talk about how it's changed over the years. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:39 journalism, journalists, publishing, media, newspapers, news, cameron forbes, eleanor hall, tony clifton, mike keats, michael keats, travel, highlights Question time: Transport The Wheeler Centre A panel of experts field an hour of questions on public transport, clean car technology, Australia's transport options and their environmental impacts. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:46 madeleine morris, question time, transport, urban, future, melbourne, australian politics, politics, angharad wynne-jones, john daley, amandine denis, john stone, environment, climate change, policy, design, government, infrastructure, population, high... The Novella: Forgotten stories The Wheeler Centre Cate Kennedy, Megan McGrath, Jane Jervis-Read and Julianne Schultz discuss the novella - what defines one, what its strengths are, and why it has enduring appeal. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:40 griffith review, novella, books, writing, fiction, cate kennedy, megan mcgrath, jane jervis-read, julianne schultz, highlights Sami Shah: I, Migrant The Wheeler Centre In his unique comic style, Sami Shah shares his story of what it’s like to leave your beloved homeland and start a new life abroad. With Rafael Epstein. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:40 sami shah, asylum seekers, books, migration, humour, multiculturalism, comedy, pakistan, australia, culture, society, rafael epstein Kate Richards: Madness The Wheeler Centre Kate Richards discusses her book Madness: A Memoir with fellow author and medical researcher Ranjana Srivastava. Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:58 kate richards, ranjana srivastava, mental health, science, psychology, health, depression, medical, memoir, books, writers, highlights The Fifth Estate: Greg Combet: Unions, Labor and Leadership The Wheeler Centre Greg Combet discusses the Australian labour movement, the state of our democracy and life after politics, with Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:08 sally warhaft, greg combet, trade unions, politics, australian politics, leadership, the fifth estate, government, policy, work, highlights, memoir, democracy, books Karen Joy Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves The Wheeler Centre Karen Joy Fowler talks to Hilary Harper about the invented worlds of her novels, and the ideas within them. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:16 karen joy fowler, hilary harper, writers, authors, literature, fiction, america, family, death, psychology, highlights The Fifth Estate: Defence policy in the age of ISIS The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft, Lowy Institute Military Fellow James Brown and terrorism expert Greg Barton discuss Australia's defence policy in the age of ISIS. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:34 the fifth estate, sally warhaft, james brown, greg barton, war, military, defence, government, politics, international relations, foreign affairs, crime, policy, australian politics, middle east, highlights, terrorism Well May We Say The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft responds to some of Australia’s most significant speeches in conversation with Stuart Macintyre and host Gideon Haigh. And actors Bert LaBonté and Zahra Newman bring them to life. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:27:56 sally warhaft, speech, history, australian history, gideon haigh, zahra newman, bert labonte, stuart macintyre, politics, australian politics, highlights Thomas Keneally The Wheeler Centre Join literary icon Thomas Keneally as he discusses his work, past and present with historian and writer Robyn Annear. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:25 thomas keneally, robyn annear, history, writers, australian literature, literature, books, writing, australia, screenwriting, highlights, film Medium Rare The Wheeler Centre Celebrating Melbourne Rare Book Week in a different way, host Michael Cathcart, authors Emily Gale and Tony Wilson, and Sleepers Publishing’s Louise Swinn tell us about the books they wish were rare. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:39 tony wilson, louise swinn, michael cathcart, rare book week, humour, emily gale, pop culture, books, reading, highlights Science Fiction Addiction The Wheeler Centre Doug Hendrie speaks with Jane Rawson, Lucy Sussex, Andrew Macrae and Max Barry about the perks and pitfalls of sci-fi - and what it means to write in the genre in Australia. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:05 science fiction, genre, literature, books, writing, writers, max barry, andrew macrae, jane rawson, lucy sussex, doug hendrie, australian literature, fiction, australia, identity, reading, highlights The Fifth Estate: The Prime Ministers' Chiefs The Wheeler Centre Anne Tiernan and David Epstein discuss the unique role of a prime minister's chief of staff with host Sally Warhaft. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:09 the fifth estate, politics, australian politics, sally warhaft, anne tiernan, david epstein, government, current affairs, tony abbott, kevin rudd, peta credlin, alister jordan, highlights Don Watson: The Bush The Wheeler Centre Writer Don Watson takes us on a journey through our own national landscape and character, presenting the bush in all its complexity and contradiction. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:38 don watson, rural, politics, australian politics, culture, pop culture, society, australian history, australia, environment, history, urban, writers, identity, australian literature, myth, highlights The Hard Sell: Dee Madigan on Political Advertising The Wheeler Centre Advertising expert Dee Madigan tells us how political advertising works, and how journalists and politicians use each other. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:33 dee madigan, advertising, politics, australian politics, psychology, marketing, ben birchall, media, activism, publicity, books, writers, highlights Whale Wars: Sam Vincent The Wheeler Centre Travel writer, journalist and author Sam Vincent takes an objective eyewitness look at the whale wars. Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:29:24 sam vincent, activism, environment, animals, politics, international relations, law, japan, whale wars, animal welfare, culture, highlights Robert Dessaix: What Days Are For The Wheeler Centre 'You will think some of the things I say are outlandish. But then: I love the outlandish.' Opening with a reading from his book, Dessaix traces a path through travel, love, coincidence, intimacy, language, youth and death, in conversation with Ramona Koval. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:29 robert dessaix, memoir, ramona koval, humour, satire, death, books, writing, ideas, reading, poetry, language, literature, travel, highlights The Stella Prize Goes to School The Wheeler Centre Cate Kennedy, Tony Birch, Leanne Hall and Bec Kavanagh launch the Stella Prize schools program with a discussion of gender bias in reading, writing and student literature. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:53 tony birch, leanne hall, cate kennedy, bec kavanagh, stella prize, education, children, childrens, young adults, writers, publishing, writing, books, women, highlights Annabel Crabb: The Wife Drought The Wheeler Centre Annabel Crabb speaks to George Megalogenis about why we need a genuine conversation about gender equality at work, at home and in all facets of daily life. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:34 men, women, sex, gender, sexuality, feminism, annabel crabb, politics, australian politics, george megalogenis, family, work New News: The Glossies: What's happening to magazines in the digital age? The Wheeler Centre Editors of Archer, Cosmos and Australian Woman's Weekly discuss magazine publishing in the digital age. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:10 new news, amy middleton, bill condie, magazines, publishing, helen mccabe, carolyne lee, journalism, journalists, media, writing, editors, reading, technology, digital, highlights Question time: Renewable Energy The Wheeler Centre A panel of expert insiders field an hour of questions - your questions - about renewable energy, the economy and climate change. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:58 energy, question time, renewable energy, environment, climate change, economy, politics, ecology, weather stations, madeleine morris, liam o'keefe, anna skarbek, matthew warren, john grimes, australian politics, highlights, current affairs Question time: Jobs of the Future The Wheeler Centre A solid hour of questions for our panellists - all expert thinkers on the subject of jobs of the future. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:33 madeleine morris, work, question time, future, matt wicking, gill palmer, charles brass, peter gahan, economy, economics, politics, australian politics, technology, social justice, youth, education Immunisation: When science isn't enough The Wheeler Centre A panel of four researchers discuss science communication - and in particular, what to do when the science isn't enough to change public opinion and behaviour. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:19 upulie divisekera, rachael dunlop, david tscharke, anne kelso, science, health, media, journalism, marketing, australian politics, politics, highlights Art and Change: Art and Feminism The Wheeler Centre As part of the Melbourne Festival, we discussed interactions between feminism and art - from the 1970s to the present, and forward into the future. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:50 mish grigor, jane montgomery griffiths, juliana engberg, emily floyd, atlanta eke, art, feminism, women, sex, sexuality, gender, culture, society, politics, activism, media, melbourne festival, art and change, highlights Molly Meldrum The Wheeler Centre Iconic music journalist Molly Meldrum speaks to Lee Simon about his long and decorated career at the apex of Australian pop culture. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:13:49 molly meldrum, music, lee simon, pop culture, culture, society, australian history, australia, memoir, highlights, books New News: What's Happening in Australian Journalism? The Wheeler Centre How's Australian journalism negotiating a challenging period, and how can it do better? Major editors discuss. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:32 new news, journalism, journalists, margaret simons, kate torney, emily wilson, mark forbes, damon johnston, news, current affairs, editors, publishing, internet, australian politics, politics, highlights New News: Media Policy Makers and Shakers: What can government do? The Wheeler Centre How can news media benefit from government policy – and what are the challenges? Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:15 new news, policy, media, government, australian politics, politics, freedom of speech, scott ludlam, publishing, jason clare, malcolm long, julian thomas, paul fletcher, communications, highlights New News: Making it Pay: Perspectives from the ad world The Wheeler Centre How can journalism pay its way in the future? Publishers and advertisers share their thoughts. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:38 new news, business, journalism, editors, publishing, media, advertising, marketing, finance, blogging, economics, marina go, neil ackland, zac zavos, ben barren, hugh martin, internet New News: Upstarts Vs the Old Guard The Wheeler Centre What can start-ups, established editors and web-based media outlets learn from each other? Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:30 new news, media, internet, technology, business, editors, publishing, paul chadwick, tim hanlon, phoebe montague, andrew dodd, news, current affairs, blogging, economics, editing, digital Architecture in the City: Creating a City with Meaning The Wheeler Centre Leading Melbourne architects give their expert local perspectives on the built environment in our city. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:32 architecture, architecture in the city, urban, design, government, policy, culture, society, geography, highlights New News: Watching Me, Watching You The Wheeler Centre How can our media balance investigative surveillance with national security laws and free speech? And how about the public's right to know? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:35 new news, paul farrell, andrea carson, suelette dreyfus, margaret simons, surveillance, whistleblowing, journalists, journalism, freedom of speech, government, security, privacy, ethics, media, publishing, editors, news, newspapers, current affairs, in... New News: Prophecies and Mediums The Wheeler Centre As Twitter becomes old hat and iPads ubiquitous, our panellists discuss what's next – and ask, how will it be used by journalists? Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:18 new news, isabelle oderberg, emily wilson, zac zavos, ben barren, margaret simons, social media, internet, future, technology, phones, communications, blogging, newspapers, news, media, journalism, journalists, highlights New News: Misogyny Much? The gendered newsroom The Wheeler Centre How does gender balance in the newsroom affect the news - and how is it changing? With Kate Torney, Ellen Whinnett, Patricia Karvelas and Gael Jennings. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:30 kate torney, new news, patricia karvelas, gael jennings, ellen whinnett, media, journalism, journalists, feminism, women, men, gender, news, current affairs, society, culture, newspapers, television, publishing New News: Future Careers in Journalism The Wheeler Centre Liam Mannix, Connor Tomas O'Brien, Bec Zajac and Helen Sykes discuss what they see as the future shape of a journalism career. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:01 new news, connor tomas o'brien, liam mannix, digital, bec zajac, helen sykes, journalists, journalism, publishing, internet, social media, jobs, media, newspapers, television, film, writing, writers New News: Justice, Journalism and the Law The Wheeler Centre Margaret Simons leads a discussion of the values and dangers of risky reporting, particularly in the cases of Peter Greste and Alan Morison - both now jailed overseas, and both of whom are represented on this panel. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:59 peter greste, alan morison, journalists, journalism, new news, ethics, media, law, international relations, foreign affairs, freedom of speech, lois greste, juris greste, highlights, margaret simons, prison, egypt, thailand Intelligence Squared Debates: Coal-fired Power will Soon be Obsolete The Wheeler Centre In our last Intelligence Squared debate of 2014, six expert panellists debate the currency of coal power – in the wake of potentially impactful announcements leading up to Brisbane's G20 meeting. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:38:36 energy, security, environment, climate change, conservation, mining, economy, australian politics, australian history, jobs, science, finance, richard aldous, nikki williams, sinclair davidson, lane crockett, bob brown, mike sandiford, renewable energy... New News: Indigenous Voices The Wheeler Centre Kelly Briggs, Amy McQuire, Jim Remedio, Patricia Karvelas and Ellie Rennie talk about the new media revolution in Indigenous communication. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:04 indigenous, blogging, writers, journalists, journalism, media, new news, television, patricia karvelas, amy mcquire, jim remedio, ellie rennie, kelly briggs, australian tv, policy, highlights Alice Waters The Wheeler Centre Alice Waters presents her ideas on slow food, fair agriculture, healthy meals for young people and the transformative effect of wholesome food. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:14:34 alice waters, food, health, society, culture, environment, agriculture, cooking, writers, politics, children, social justice, policy, nina rousseau, stephanie alexander, highlights New News: LEAK! Why do people leak, and why should you? The Wheeler Centre What motivates leakers, and should the law protect them? Why should, and do, people leak? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:48 new news, media, journalism, journalists, wikileaks, whistleblowing, privacy, security, law, politics, suelette dreyfus, nick mckenzie, peter bartlett, paul farrell, julian assange, edward snowden, technology, internet, crime, current affairs, government New News: How to Adapt and Adopt: The Challenge of News Media in a Citizen Empowered Age The Wheeler Centre In his keynote speech for the New News conference, Kim Williams talks about the future of journalism in the digital age, as the great information technologies of telecommunications, computing, publishing and broadcasting converge. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:12:08 highlights, media, technology, internet, television, news, current affairs, kim williams, new news, margaret simons, journalism, journalists, policy, publishing, digital, film, politics, australian politics Men Overboard: A Blush of Boys The Wheeler Centre What's it like to grow up as a boy today, and what kind of men are they expected to become? Two men and two boys discuss masculinity. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:10:47 paul capsis, maxine mckew, tony birch, st martins youth arts centre, gender, sexuality, men, men overboard, baptiste emery, will beattie, identity, culture, pop culture, society Men Overboard: Performing Gender The Wheeler Centre How much do constructed gender performances relate to and comment on the gender roles we perform, often unconsciously, in our daily lives? Our panel of artists, writers and theatre makers discuss. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:20 men, sexuality, women, gender, sex, art, arts, theatre, music, trans, identity, audio, radio, writers, comedy, society, culture, pop culture, highlights, zoe coombs marr, paul capsis, jez pez, roslyn oades, jane montgomery griffiths Press Freedom vs Political Power The Wheeler Centre A panel of journalists, advocates and academics discuss the Peter Greste and Alan Morison cases - and what we should do about them. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:53 highlights, freedom of speech, media, journalists, journalism, cece ojany, alexandra wake, regina hill, mark baker, nonfiction, prison, publishing, law, international relations, social media, newspapers, news, peter greste, alan morison Rene Redzepi The Wheeler Centre Superstar chef Rene Redzepi (Noma) offers, through his new book A Work in Progress, an intimate look at one of the world's top restaurants. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:35:24 rene redzepi, food, cooking, highlights, writers, business, memoir The Fifth Estate: Malcolm Fraser: Ballarat (Part Two) The Wheeler Centre In part two of this interview with Sally Warhaft, Malcolm Fraser continues to explore Australia's partnerships and alliances - examining the ways in which they may implicate us in unwanted or even illegal conflicts. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:52 malcolm fraser, ballarat, the fifth estate, sally warhaft, politics, history, australian politics, australian history, society, books, writers, law, war, military, america, england, government, highlights David Walsh The Wheeler Centre In conversation with Julian Morrow, MONA owner/founder David Walsh talks about his memoir, and about risk, loss, chance and art. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:46 david walsh, art, tasmania, culture, pop culture, writers, memoir, writing, nonfiction, gambling, gaming, money, julian morrow, highlights Yotam Ottolenghi The Wheeler Centre Famed vegetable master Yotam Ottolenghi speaks with fellow chef Karen Martini about his path to the world of food, his rules for homous, and his passion for cooking vegetables. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:36:55 yotam ottolenghi, karen martini, food, cooking, writers, highlights, health, business, culture Art & us: Art & science The Wheeler Centre Empathetic medical jewellery? Memory metals? Now that we've got your attention: Art & science, with Briony Barr, James Saunders, Leah Heiss and Alicia Sometimes. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:50:08 art, science, leah heiss, briony barr, alicia sometimes, technology, creativity, james saunders, media, jewellery, sculpture, physics, art and us, art us, highlights The Fifth Estate: Women, Politics and Power The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft is joined by Mary Delahunty and Anne Summers to discuss the state of women in Australian politics. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:50:20 anne summers, mary delahunty, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, gender, women, sex, sexuality, politics, australian politics, society, journalism, journalists, writers, julia gillard, highlights The Fifth Estate: Last Bets The Wheeler Centre Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and writer Michaela McGuire discuss gambling in Australia, and the gaps between ethics and the law. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:58 gambling, the fifth estate, sally warhaft, nick xenophon, michaela mcguire, ideas, politics, australian politics, economics, culture, pop culture, society, law, ethics, highlights The Fifth Estate: Wayne Swan in Melbourne The Wheeler Centre Wayne Swan speaks to Sally Warhaft about key moments of his economic management of Australia, and the relationships within his party at the time. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:37 wayne swan, economics, economy, australian politics, australia, politics, government, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, highlights Peter Carey The Wheeler Centre In a sprawling conversation with Michael Williams, author Peter Carey uncloaks themes from his latest book, Amnesia, and shares insights from his coming of age in Australia. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:12 peter carey, michael williams, books, australian literature, literature, fiction, internet, technology, politics, australian politics, journalism, highlights Travels with Hemingway's Keeper The Wheeler Centre Keeper of the Hemingway estate, Michael Katakis, talks to Laura Jean McKay about Hemingway, his own love of travel, and America. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:59 michael katakis, laura jean mckay, travel, writing, writers, ernest hemingway, history, literature, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Adam Alter: Drunk Tank Pink: The subconscious forces that shape how we think, feel and behave The Wheeler Centre In this short talk, marketing and psychology professor and author Adam Alter talks about disfluency - what is it, and how can we use it? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:02 marketing, science, psychology, society, culture, pop culture, language, design, education, reading, highlights, lunchbox soapbox Architecture in the City: Architecture and Cultural Identity The Wheeler Centre Architect David Gianotten talks with Virginia Trioli about why it’s important to immerse yourself in a city in order to appropriately design for its culture. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:25 architecture, culture, urban, design, society, pop culture, art, david gianotten, virginia trioli, highlights Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014: Mike Nock The Wheeler Centre Jazz pianist Mike Nock looks back over his 30-album career – delving into technique, influence and creativity with host Fem Belling. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:23 melbourne international jazz festival, mike nock, fem belling, music, creativity, songwriting, highlights Nick Earls The Wheeler Centre Nick Earls (Analogue Men) is joined by fellow author Chris Flynn for a discussion about writing in the age of digital technology. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:56 writers, books, nick earls, chris flynn, technology, digital, society, pop culture, culture, fiction, australian literature, satire, highlights The Fifth Estate: Mark Carnegie on Civic Responsibility The Wheeler Centre Mark Carnegie discusses his call for civic responsibility with Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:45:32 di gribble argument, mark carnegie, government, society, australian politics, politics, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, democracy, law, highlights, ideas Wheeler Kids: Andy Griffiths The Wheeler Centre Children's author and entertainer Andy Griffiths talks about the latest in his Treehouse series of books. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:04 andy griffiths, childrens, children, wheeler kids, comics, fiction, highlights Men Overboard: Blokes, Wimps and Mates The Wheeler Centre Jennifer Granger, Benjamin Law, Clementine Ford and Ben Birchall explore masculine terminology and the contemporary Australian male psyche. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:38 men, gender, sex, sexuality, culture, society, pop culture, language, australia, politics, feminism, jennifer granger, clementine ford, benjamin law, ben birchall, highlights Cultural Impact of AIDS The Wheeler Centre Join us for a discussion on how deeply HIV and AIDS have impacted the cultural community, and how their responses have opened enlightening and exciting avenues of change. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:47:27 highlights, aids, sex, sexuality, gay, gay rights, queer, art, culture, society, pop culture, community, gender, dion kagan, sean strub, jessica whitbread, paul woodward, dennis altman, health Lunchbox/Soapbox: Mark Yettica-Paulson: Cross Cultural Leadership The Wheeler Centre Through dance metaphors, Mark Yettica-Paulson offers his ideas on leadership and meaningful dialogue between and across cultural barriers. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:06 highlights, mark yettica-paulson, indigenous, language, publicity, media, australia, politics, australian politics, multiculturalism, culture, pop culture, society, lunchbox soapbox Births, Deaths and Marriages: Marriages The Wheeler Centre Comedian George McEncroe gets serious about marriages – and how they can transform us – with the help of guests Monica Dux, Fabian Dattner, Jane Fisher, Kaz Cooke and Molly Carlile. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:28 births deaths and marriages, culture, society, pop culture, women, men, sex, romance, health, highlights, george mcencroe, monica dux, fabian dattner, jane fisher, kaz cooke, molly carlile Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2014: Mary Stallings The Wheeler Centre Jazz vocalist Mary Stallings recounts her formative influences and collaborations, and reflects on a life of music with Fem Belling. Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:24 mary stallings, music, melbourne international jazz festival, fem belling, history, pop culture, highlights Sammy J's Democratic Party: Lindsay Tanner The Wheeler Centre Former politician turned bestselling author Lindsay Tanner shares his opinions on politics, Adelaide and 'House of the Rising Sun' with comedian Sammy J. Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:44 sammy j, sammy j's democratic party, politics, humour, comedy, lindsay tanner, music, culture, pop culture, society, australian politics, highlights L for Leather The Wheeler Centre At Grand Final time, AFL footballers dominate the headlines. But how do these blokiest of blokes represent the lot of the modern man? Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:22 sport, men, libbi gorr, simon madden, don scott, luke ball, culture, society, highlights Jung Chang The Wheeler Centre Bestselling Chinese non-fiction star Jung Chang speaks with Toni Jordan about her work. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:49 toni jordan, jung chang, england, china, writers, women, literature, highlights, asia, history, biography Anne Frank, from Diary to Book The Wheeler Centre Professor Jeffrey Shandler examine's how Anne Frank's story has been transformed from its original form as a diary, and how the text has provoked responses from artists and writers of all kinds. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:03 highlights, history, jeffrey shandler, anne frank, war, memoir, media, books, writing Let's Talk About Sex: What Do Women Want? The Wheeler Centre Author Daniel Bergner discusses his book, What Do Women Want?, and its arguments about female desire, with medical research scientist Krystal Evans. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:47 sex, sexuality, gender, women, pop culture, society, culture, health, daniel bergner, science, psychology, krystal evans, highlights 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 01:04:43 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 (Part One) 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 00:16:41 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 A Global History of Genocide: Ben Kiernan The Wheeler Centre Professor Ben Kiernan highlights the rich historical evidence and the importance of its tell-tale signs for predicting and preventing future genocides. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:36 ben kiernan, genocide, war, military, crime, history, racism, religion, writers, highlights Sylvia Nasar The Wheeler Centre Sylvia Nasar's latest book traces the birth and progress of modern economics. She talks about it with Christina Kenneally. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:11 sylvia nasar, economics, books, writers, christina kenneally, history, society, government, politics, highlights Treading the Boards: Creative Writing for Beginners The Wheeler Centre Geoffrey Rush, Neil Armfield and Denise Scott celebrate Colin Batrouney’s second novel, Creative Writing for Beginners. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:40 theatre, writing, writers, books, fiction, colin batrouney, neil armfield, geoffrey rush, denise scott, australian literature, literature, arts, creativity, highlights Quarterly Essay: On Women, Freedom and Misogyny: Anna Goldsworthy The Wheeler Centre Anna Goldsworthy speaks to Sophie Black about her Quarterly Essay about women, popular culture and power. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:39 quarterly essay, anna goldsworthy, sophie black, media, women, julia gillard, politics, australian politics, identity, culture, society, gender, feminism, writers, essays, essay, pop culture, sex, sexuality, highlights Stalking Julia The Wheeler Centre Jeff Sparrow, Kerry-Anne Walsh, Jonathan Holmes and James Button take a look at the media coverage of former prime minister Julia Gillard. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:59 julia gillard, media, women, kerry-anne walsh, jeff sparrow, jonathan holmes, james button, kevin rudd, politics, australian politics, australia, culture, society, government, highlights Ruth Ozeki on Catastrophe, Thought Experiments and Writing as Performed Philosophy The Wheeler Centre Booker-shortlisted author Ruth Ozeki talks to Leanne Hall about her work, in a special video-only interview. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:21:51 ruth ozeki, writers, melbourne writers festival, leanne hall, books, philosophy, asia, fiction, reading, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jane Martin: Obesity at Large The Wheeler Centre The Obesity Policy Coalition's Jane Martin outlines political and regulatory approaches to obesity in Australia. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:07 health, jane martin, lunchbox soapbox, policy, children, culture, society, highlights The Fifth Estate: The Politics of Defence The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft explores the politics of defence with former defence minister Robert Hill and security expert Professor Alan Dupont. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:35 defence, military, government, economy, international relations, foreign affairs, australia, australian politics, politics, robert hill, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, alan dupont, highlights Australian Literature 102: Shirley Hazzard: The Transit of Venus The Wheeler Centre Appreciate and celebrate Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus - with Michelle de Kretser and James Ley. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:12 michelle de kretser, james ley, australian literature, australian literature 102, literature, history, books, writers, highlights Marjorie M. Liu on Comics, Romance and the Joy of Writing The Wheeler Centre Marjorie M. Liu joins Joe Morris for an exclusive video interview about her work in romance, fantasy and comics. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:25:47 comics, romance, genre, fantasy, marjorie liu, writers, fiction, joe morris, highlights Lloyd Jones: A History of Silence The Wheeler Centre New Zealand author Lloyd Jones reads a short excerpt of his family memoir, A History of Silence. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:05:51 lloyd jones, writers, new zealand, family, memoir, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jon Rose on The Music of Place: Reclaiming a Practice The Wheeler Centre Acclaimed violinist Jon Rose outlines what he says are six major problems with live music in Australian cities. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:21:27 jon rose, music, urban, economics, government, policy, culture, arts, pop culture, highlights, lunchbox soapbox The School of Life Melbourne Secular Sermons: Craig Sherborne ON BEING ORDINARY The Wheeler Centre How can we understand or embrace true ordinariness? Writer and memoirist Craig Sherborne investigates. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:31:32 craig sherborne, writers, society, culture, school of life, highlights The Making of a Great Cosmopolitan City The Wheeler Centre Arnold Zable explores the evolution of cosmopolitan and multicultural Melbourne through our stories of indigenous and immigrant journeys. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:23 arnold zable, walter lippmann, multiculturalism, society, culture, australia, writers, immigration, migration, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Chris Sarra on Indigenous Education The Wheeler Centre Chris Sarra argues the importance of high expectations and positive, inclusive approaches in Indigenous education. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:20 chris sarra, indigenous, education, society, multiculturalism, diversity, australia, australian politics, politics, government, lunchbox soapbox, highlights The Fifth Estate: Seeking Asylum The Wheeler Centre Peter Reith, Dan Mori and Sally Warhaft discuss the politics and humanity of the asylum seeker debate in Australia. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:31 peter reith, dan mori, asylum seekers, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, current affairs, politics, law, human rights, highlights Annalee Newitz: Scatter, Adapt and Remember The Wheeler Centre Explore mass extinction - and how we can dodge the bullet – with science journalist Annalee Newitz. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:05:47 tanya ha, science, environment, climate change, annalee newitz, history, health, population, science fiction, highlights Walter Kadiki: Two Poems in Auslan The Wheeler Centre As part of our series exploring Deaf writing, we invited Auslan poet Walter Kadiki to share two of his works. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:49 walter kadiki, poetry, writers, deaf, auslan, diversity, australia, society Lunchbox/Soapbox: Bill Garner: Born in a Tent: How Camping Makes us Australian The Wheeler Centre Bill Garner offers a connected, inclusive kind of foundation story - told through the frame of camping. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:14 identity, australia, culture, nature, history, writers, lunchbox soapbox, bill garner, highlights Intelligence Squared Debate: Our Children Are Over Diagnosed The Wheeler Centre Have we medicalised the normal variation of human behaviour? Or are our diagnoses helpful? Our speakers debate the benefits and pitfalls. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:53:26 intelligence squared, debate, children, health, culture, society, highlights, katie allen, jane burns, jon jureidini, nicole rogerson, jane caro, martin whitely, michael williams, intelligence squared debates The Fifth Estate: Drug Law Wars The Wheeler Centre Alex Wodak, President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, talks about the 'war on drugs' with Sally Warhaft. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:25 alex wodak, the fifth estate, sally warhaft, health, drugs, crime, law, politics Texts in the City: The Player The Wheeler Centre Thomas Caldwell joins Tony Birch to talk about Robert Altman's cameo-heavy classic film, The Player. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:06 thomas caldwell, film, the player, robert altman, texts in the city, tony birch, pop culture, highlights Texts in the City: Tirra Lirra by the River The Wheeler Centre Rosalie Ham joins Lili Wilkinson to discuss Jessica Anderson's Australian classic, Tirra Lirra by the River. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:04 rosalie ham, feminism, women, history, australian literature, jessica anderson, literature, books, texts in the city, lili wilkinson, highlights Texts in the City: The Reluctant Fundamentalist The Wheeler Centre For Texts in the City, Irfan Yusuf and Lili Wilkinson look at Moshin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:45 moshin hamid, texts in the city, islam, fiction, america, books, writers, irfan yusuf, lili wilkinson, highlights Texts in the City: Interpreter of Maladies The Wheeler Centre Explore Jhumpa Lahiri's 1999 short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, with Paddy O'Reilly and Tony Birch. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:42:09 jhumpa lahiri, texts in the city, paddy o'reilly, tony birch, books, highlights, short stories Australian Literature 102: Amy Witting: I for Isobel The Wheeler Centre Cate Kennedy delivers a warm tribute to - and exploration of - Amy Witting's Australian classic, I for Isobel. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:52 cate kennedy, amy witting, australian literature, australian literature 102, james ley, writers, books, australia, fiction, highlights The Fifth Estate: The Public Purse The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft is joined by John Hewson and Kristina Keneally to discuss public spending - who decides, and how? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:36 john hewson, kristina keneally, politics, economics, economy, finance, australian politics, media, culture, education, health, tax, arts, highlights, the fifth estate Nick Cater The Wheeler Centre Is the Aussie 'fair go' under threat from the 'groupthink' of a cultural elite? Nick Cater and Peter Mares discuss Cater's assertions in his book, The Lucky Culture. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:14 nick cater, peter mares, culture, australia, australian politics, society, economics, ideas, rural, urban, highlights William Dalrymple The Wheeler Centre Through rich portrayals of landscape and character, William Dalrymple takes us into the past of Central Asia and the Middle East. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:09:10 william dalrymple, writers, india, middle east, history, highlights Texts in the City: Wuthering Heights The Wheeler Centre Alison Croggon and Lili Wilkinson delve into Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:15 alison croggon, lili wilkinson, texts in the city, books, literature, women, history, england, emily bronte, highlights The Fifth Estate: The Political Pendulum The Wheeler Centre Two weeks before the 2013 Gillard/Rudd spill, Michelle Grattan spoke to Sally Warhaft about Australia's complicated political culture. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:37 michelle grattan, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, politics, australian politics, media, julia gillard, kevin rudd, tony abbott, australia, current affairs, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Karen Pickering: In Defence of the Country Women's Association The Wheeler Centre Karen Pickering argues that the Country Women's Association is a ready-made grassroots network for feminist women. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:26 karen pickering, feminism, rural, women, australia, highlights, society, community, culture, history Texts in the City: Dear America The Wheeler Centre Author and Vietnam vet Barry Heard joins Tony Birch to discuss Bernard Edelman's Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:29 war, texts in the city, barry heard, tony birch, books, memoir, highlights, bernard edelman Anita Desai The Wheeler Centre Anita Desai and Hilary Harper conduct a meandering conversation through the writer's life and work. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:48 anita desai, writers, india, asia, america, identity, fiction, books, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Michael Carr-Gregg on Parenting Adolescents The Wheeler Centre Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg discusses how parents can make a difference to the health of their teenagers. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:36 mental health, parenting, michael carr-gregg, lunchbox soapbox, psychology, society, youth, health, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Belinda Hawkins on Every Parent's Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman's Story The Wheeler Centre Journalist Belinda Hawkins describes her time following the case of Jock Palfreeman, found guilty of murder in Bulgaria. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:41 belinda hawkins, journalists, crime, foreign affairs, law, travel, highlights Texts in the City: Gwen Harwood: Selected Poems The Wheeler Centre For Texts in the City, Kevin Brophy and Tony Birch appraise Gwen Harwood's Selected Poems. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:41 gwen harwood, kevin brophy, tony birch, texts in the city, books, poetry, highlights Tash Aw The Wheeler Centre Tash Aw discusses the refined and ruthless new China of his book, Five Star Billionaire, with Nikki Anderson. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:07 nikki anderson, tash aw, china, asia, malaysia, writers, books, culture, society, highlights The School of Life Melbourne Secular Sermon Series: Andrea Durbach ON VENGEANCE The Wheeler Centre Lawyer and advocate Andrea Durbach explores the ways we rationalise capital punishment - and how vengeance manifests in support of this enterprise. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:31:39 andrea durbach, paul capsis, school of life, law, ethics, government, social justice, philosophy, crime, highlights The Fifth Estate: Good Sport The Wheeler Centre Our guests discuss how doping, match fixing and organised crime have entered the realm of Australian sport. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:12 the fifth estate, sally warhaft, sport, tim lane, gideon haigh, peter gordon, australia, highlights, culture Lunchbox/Soapbox: Adam Laidlaw on Water Aid The Wheeler Centre Adam Laidlaw explains the broader social implications of access to clean water and sanitation. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:16 adam laidlaw, water security, gender, aid, development, health, human rights, social justice, highlights Texts in the City: A Christmas Carol The Wheeler Centre Phil Zachariah and host Lili Wilkinson explore Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:47:18 texts in the city, charles dickens, phil zachariah, lili wilkinson, books, highlights, literature Texts in the City: Stasiland The Wheeler Centre Host Lili Wilkinson speaks to academic and reviewer Melinda Harvey about Anna Funder's landmark book, Stasiland. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:18 anna funder, texts in the city, books, writers, australia, europe, nonfiction, war, highlights Australian Democracy in 2013 The Wheeler Centre Approaching the 2013 election, we invited six speakers to take a robust look at Australian democracy in action. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:11:22 humphrey mcqueen, anne summers, australia, kon karapanagiotidis, peter mares, margaret simons, jane smith, james button, politics, culture, society, social justice, economy, history, australian politics, julia gillard, tony abbott, media, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Judge John Smallwood on An Old Take on Justice: County Koori Court The Wheeler Centre Judge John Smallwood discusses the County Koori Court: its mechanisms, successes and the role of community elders. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:28 lunchbox soapbox, law, indigenous, society, culture, australia, highlights Things I Didn't Expect (When I Was Expecting): Monica Dux The Wheeler Centre Pregnancy doesn't have to be natural, healthy and fun, as Monica Dux explains to Nelly Thomas. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:05:04 monica dux, parenting, nelly thomas, humour, health, highlights Chika Unigwe The Wheeler Centre Nigerian-born writer Chika Unigwe speaks to Paddy O'Reilly about her thought-provoking, challenging fiction. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:54 chika unigwe, paddy o'reilly, writers, europe, africa, highlights, women, sex, social justice Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jill Stark: High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze The Wheeler Centre in her book, High Sobriety, Sunday Age writer Jill Stark explores Australia's relationship with booze. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:29 jill stark, lunchbox soapbox, alcohol, health, culture, australia, society, highlights Texts in the City: The Old Man Who Read Love Stories The Wheeler Centre Josh Nelson and Lili Wilkinson discuss Rolf de Heer's 2001 film The Old Man Who Read Love Stories. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:54 josh nelson, rolf de heer, texts in the city, lili wilkinson, film, australia, europe, highlights Carlos Ruiz Zafon The Wheeler Centre Speaking with Sian Prior, author Carlos Ruiz Zafon discusses YA literature, dying bookstores and being the odd one out. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:12 carlos ruiz zafon, young adult, writers, europe, highlights, books, bookshops, fantasy, sian prior Lunchbox/Soapbox: Michael Green on Bursting the Carbon Bubble The Wheeler Centre Journalist Michael Green examines the new social movement focussed on the economics of climate change. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:55 michael green, lunchbox soapbox, environment, climate change, economics, finance, social justice, ethics, highlights, journalists The World Until Yesterday: Jared Diamond (excerpt) The Wheeler Centre In this short video excerpt of his talk, Jared Diamond discusses different ways in which we treat our elderly. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:33 jared diamond, anthropology, society, health, community, writers, history, highlights Texts in the City: Jane Eyre The Wheeler Centre Power, sex and class come to the fore as Lili Wilkinson and Carmel Bird explore Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:45:12 women, writers, jane eyre, charlotte bronte, fiction, texts in the city, books, carmel bird, lili wilkinson The Wheeler Centre Gala 2013: Where the Wild Things Are The Wheeler Centre An annual tradition, our 2013 Gala Night paid tribute to the fiftieth birthday of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:11:00 auntie joy murphy, arnold zable, hannie rayson, josephine rowe, bruce pascoe, alison lester, luka lesson, monica dux, david marr, robyn davidson, oral storytelling, writers, humour, poetry, memoir, politics, sex, indigenous, multiculturalism, gala nigh... The School of Life Melbourne Secular Sermon Series: Christine Kenneally ON LYING The Wheeler Centre Join journalist Christine Kenneally for a long, hard look into the modern face of lying. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:32:07 christine kenneally, school of life, morality, ethics, society, culture, auslan, highlights Australian Literature 102: Les Murray: Selected Poems The Wheeler Centre David Astle joins host James Ley to examine and celebrate the poems of Les Murray. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:45 james ley, david astle, australia, australian literature, literature, poetry, les murray, writers, australian literature 102, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Tara Moss: Deadlier than the Male: The Myth of the Evil Woman The Wheeler Centre Writer Tara Moss discusses how myths of evil women - and sexualising of female crime - fail to align with reality. Fri, 31 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:41 tara moss, women, feminism, crime, film, pop culture, gender, lunchbox soapbox, history, morality, books, writers, highlights Peter James: Perfect People The Wheeler Centre Rochelle Jackson talks to bestselling crime writer Peter James about his writing, and his book Not Dead Yet. Tue, 28 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:55 peter james, rochelle jackson, crime, writers, fiction, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jo Case: Asperger's Syndrome: Identity or Illness? The Wheeler Centre Jo Case tackles myths and misperceptions about Asperger's, which she argues is a difference, not a disability. Mon, 27 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:35 jo case, lunchbox soapbox, health, disability, diversity, society, education, children, parenting, mental health Texts in the City: Twelve Angry Men The Wheeler Centre Tony Birch and guest Chris Mead investigate Reginald Rose's classic legal drama, Twelve Angry Men. Fri, 24 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:08 texts in the city, plays, theatre, law, literature, tony birch, chris mead, highlights, film Texts in the City: One Night the Moon The Wheeler Centre We examine Rachel Perkins' 2001 film One Night the Moon, with Tony Birch and Kaarin Fairfax (who appeared in the film). Wed, 22 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:06 texts in the city, kaarin fairfax, rachel perkins, tony birch, film, australia, indigenous, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Hugh de Kretser: All Right For Us But Not for Them: Selectivity in Australia's Human Rights Protection The Wheeler Centre Hugh de Kretser argues that a bill of rights is an essential part of maturing Australia's human rights culture. Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:42 hugh de kretser, lunchbox soapbox, law, human rights, australia, politics, highlights, indigenous, asylum seekers, poverty, society, social justice Children's Book Festival 2013: Bronwyn Bancroft The Wheeler Centre Children's book illustrator and artist Bronwyn Bancroft speaks to Leesa Lambert about the stories and ideas behind her work. Tue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:04 bronwyn bancroft, childrens, childrens book festival, festival, books, illustration, writers, indigenous, art, fashion, highlights The Holocaust and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Jay Winter The Wheeler Centre Jay Winter examines the role of René Cassin in making human rights as a fundamental form of Holocaust commemoration. Sat, 11 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:17 jay winter, human rights, history, europe, war, rene cassin, social justice, politics, international relations, highlights Children's Book Festival 2013: Freya Blackwood The Wheeler Centre Children's book illustrator Freya Blackwood chats with Leesa Lambert at the Children's Book Festival 2013. Fri, 10 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:29:16 freya blackwood, childrens, childrens book festival, festival, books, illustration, leesa lambert, highlights The School of Life Melbourne Secular Sermon Series: John Safran ON UNREST The Wheeler Centre Documentarian and contrarian John Safran delivers a surprising Secular Sermon on the unrest of a man who has killed another. Thu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:48:25 john safran, school of life, crime, ethics, morality, culture, society, mental health, men, highlights Unexpected Passions: Dave O'Neil and Kick Gurry The Wheeler Centre Adam Zwar guest-hosts Unexpected Passions, with comedian Dave O'Neil on the music of the 1980s and actor Kick Gurry on gambling. Mon, 06 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:10:53 dave o'neil, kick gurry, adam zwar, unexpected passions, comedy, humour, gambling, music, pop culture, highlights The School of Life Melbourne Secular Sermon Series: David Woods ON HUMOUR The Wheeler Centre David Woods presents the inaugural Melbourne Secular Sermon from The School of Life, at the State Library's Dome Reading Room. Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:39 david woods, humour, comedy, school of life, highlights Texts in the City: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll The Wheeler Centre Lili Wilkinson and guest Ailsa Piper explore Ray Lawler's Australian classic, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:21 highlights, texts in the city, australian literature, books, writers, australia, history, literature, ray lawler, lili wilkinson, ailsa piper The Fifth Estate: The Ambassadors The Wheeler Centre Guests Amanda Vanstone and Michael Wesley join Sally Warhaft to discuss the work of the modern ambassador. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:31 the fifth estate, amanda vanstone, michael wesley, foreign affairs, international relations, government, politics, australia, highlights, australian politics Room to Read: John Wood The Wheeler Centre John Wood tells the story of his library-building charity Room to Read, fostering native language literacy in some of the world's poorest places. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:32 john wood, reading, literacy, education, development, children, social enterprise, business, highlights Texts in the City: Persuasion The Wheeler Centre This edition of Texts in the City features Lili Wilkinson and Laura Carroll discussing Jane Austen's Persuasion. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:08 jane austen, writers, books, history, feminism, texts in the city, literature, highlights Intelligence Squared Debate: Our Food Obsession Has Gone Too Far The Wheeler Centre Is our food obsession excessive, or can it drive social change and wellbeing? Explore the issue in this debate. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:35:28 food, intelligence squared, katy barfield, matthew evans, richard cornish, alla wolf-tasker, simon longstaff, wendy harmer, fuchsia dunlop, cooking, health, environment, culture, society, australia, class, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Yvonne Ward: Unsuitable for Publication: Editing Queen Victoria The Wheeler Centre Historian Yvonne Ward talks about key details of Queen Victoria's private life, shielded from public knowledge until now. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:56 history, england, yvonne ward, lunchbox soapbox, women, highlights J.M. Coetzee: A Reading The Wheeler Centre In this very special event, acclaimed novelist J.M. Coetzee reads from his new book, The Childhood of Jesus. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:11 jm coetzee, fiction, reading, books, writers, literature, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Sean Faircloth: Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All The Wheeler Centre Sean Faircloth makes his case for secular governance, and outlines the risks of the contrary - both in the US and in Australia. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:05 religion, faith, politics, government, law, ethics, morality, culture, america, lunchbox soapbox, sean faircloth, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Kirstie Clements: Inside the Fashion Juggernaut: The good, the bad and the really ugly The Wheeler Centre Former Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements takes us behind the glamour and headlines of the fast-changing fashion industry. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:25:28 kirstie clements, fashion, publishing, editing, magazines, lunchbox soapbox, health, highlights Abha Dawesar The Wheeler Centre In this web-only special, award-winning Indian-born writer Abha Dawesar drops by to discuss art, her homeland, and of course, writing. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:52 writers, abha dawesar, india, art, writing, photography, highlights Australian Literature 102: Henry Lawson: The Drover's Wife The Wheeler Centre Martin Flanagan and James Ley discuss an Australian classic - Henry Lawson's short story The Drover's Wife. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:19 martin flanagan, james ley, australian literature 102, australian literature, literature, australia, henry lawson, history, books, writers, highlights Tasmania's Tipping Point The Wheeler Centre Contributors to Griffith Review's Tasmania edition speak with its editor about the privileges and pitfalls of the island's size, isolation and environment in relation to their craft. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:34 favel parrett, natasha cica, jo chandler, scott rankin, tasmania, australia, culture, society, arts, theatre, griffith review, science, art, environment, highlights Michael Leunig The Wheeler Centre Michael Leunig looks back on a career of whimsy, joy and provocation - and draws live. In conversation with Michael Williams. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:23 michael leunig, comics, graphic, michael williams, society, culture, australia, illustration, politics, highlights Texts in the City: Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? The Wheeler Centre Tony Birch and Josephine Rowe explore Raymond Carver's 1976 short story collection, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:47:58 texts in the city, tony birch, josephine rowe, raymond carver, short stories, fiction, writers, books, literature, highlights Joyful Strains The Wheeler Centre Danny Katz, Shalini Akhil and Arnold Zable reflect on their personal experiences of making Australia home. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:39 danny katz, arnold zable, shalini akhil, books, migration, australia, society, multiculturalism, nonfiction, highlights, australian politics, culture The Fifth Estate: Regional Partnerships and Diplomatic Deals The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft, Tim Lindsey and Julian McMahon discuss Australia's diplomatic relationship with Indonesia. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:08 tim lindsey, julian mcmahon, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, foreign affairs, international relations, asia, australia, politics, government, economy, economics, highlights, australian politics Ideas for Melbourne: Making Racism History The Wheeler Centre What are we doing to combat racism? And how can we learn from past mistakes? Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:22 highlights, racism, multiculturalism, urban, melbourne, ideas for melbourne, culture, australia, politics, immigration, indigenous, australian politics The Fifth Estate: Diplomacy, Disasters and Deals: Foreign Policy 2013 The Wheeler Centre At the beginning of an election year, guests from The Lowy Institute discuss foreign policy's likely directions in 2013. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:21 rory medcalf, highlights, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, foreign affairs, international relations, government, michael fullilove, linda jakobson, asia, human rights, australia, economics Texts in the City: Brooklyn The Wheeler Centre Tony Birch and Corrie Perkin discuss Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:08 colm toibin, texts in the city, books, literature, fiction, corrie perkin, tony birch, highlights Ideas for Melbourne: The City of the Future The Wheeler Centre Can a big Melbourne remain beautiful - let alone liveable or sustainable? Can we have it all, or do tough choices lie ahead? Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:22 roz hansen, jane rawson, alan davies, david nichols, ideas for melbourne, urban, politics, australia, melbourne, sustainability, environment, transport, health, society, highlights Intelligence Squared Debate: Euthanasia Should be Legalised The Wheeler Centre In this sensitive, complex ethical debate, our six panellists debate the proposition that Euthanasia Should be Legalised. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:52:37 intelligence squared, ethics, morality, health, society, euthanasia, human rights, law, religion, highlights, loane skene, bill silvester, beth wilson, philip nitschke, shakira hussein, scott stephens Lunchbox/Soapbox: Sarah Marland on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their Homelands The Wheeler Centre Considering political responses to Indigenous rights, Sarah Marland tries to understand why governments have been failing. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:06 lunchbox soapbox, sarah marland, indigenous, geography, australia, politics, human rights, highlights, australian politics Ian Rankin The Wheeler Centre Bestselling Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin chats about the return of Rebus, a changing Scotland, and making it up as he goes. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:03 ian rankin, crime, writers, fiction, genre, music, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Adam Smith: Where is the Love: Are Our Public Institutions Failing Our Young People? The Wheeler Centre Adam Smith delivers a passionate speech, presenting powerful arguments for better support of young people. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:14 adam smith, education, youth, society, social justice, government, economics, lunchbox soapbox, politics, policy, highlights, australian politics Foxtel/AWF Screenwriter's Address: Andrew Bovell The Wheeler Centre Screenwriter Andrew Bovell delivers a passionate speech on collaboration and integrity in writing for film. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:13 andrew bovell, australian writers foundation, foxtel, film, screenwriting, plays, writers, highlights Geordie Williamson: The Burning Library The Wheeler Centre Geordie Williamson explains his passion for Australian literature's past masters. With Sarah L'Estrange. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:37 geordie williamson, criticism, australian literature, literature, australia, culture, society, sarah l'estrange, writers, books, history, highlights The Fifth Estate: The World's Largest Party: China The Wheeler Centre China correspondent John Garnaut chats to Sally Warhaft about the behemoth's changing political guard, and what it means for the media, culture and nations that surround it. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:00 john garnaut, highlights, the fifth estate, china, asia, foreign affairs, international relations, government, politics, journalists, media, freedom of speech, human rights Making the News The Wheeler Centre Margaret Simons, Greg Jericho and Jonathan Holmes consider how journalism can find its way in a tech- and media-savvy future. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:01 highlights, media, current affairs, newspapers, journalism, ethics, margaret simons, greg jericho, jonathan holmes, internet, blogging, technology Unexpected Passions: Tony Moclair and Jess McGuire The Wheeler Centre In this edition of Unexpected Passions, Jess McGuire confesses to her love of British reality pop band Girls Aloud, while Tony Moclair fesses up to his aviation fixation. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:44 humour, tony moclair, comedy, jess mcguire, pop culture, history, unexpected passions, sam pang, music, highlights A Night at the Zoo The Wheeler Centre Estelle Tang, Cate Kennedy, Judy Horacek and Sally Rippin share their Wheeler Centre Zoo Fellowship works-in-progress with Jenny Niven. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:09:08 estelle tang, cate kennedy, judy horacek, sally rippin, animals, writers, illustration, blogging, jenny niven, childrens, highlights Travelling With Intent The Wheeler Centre Steven Amsterdam, Toni Jordan, Jacinta Halloran and Jenny Niven discuss the positives and pitfalls of travel as writerly inspiration. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:40 jacinta halloran, travel, jenny niven, toni jordan, steven amsterdam, writers, nonfiction, memoir, journalism, highlights David Shields in Conversation The Wheeler Centre Author David Shields speaks to Sally Heath about his wildly inventive manifesto, Reality Hunger. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:08 david shields, nonfictionow, nonfiction, writing, literature, books, sally heath, journalism, internet, highlights Quarterly Essay: On Politics and Conservation: Tim Flannery The Wheeler Centre Tim Flannery joins Jane Rawson to discuss Australia's urgent environmental responsibilities and his ideas for a new approach to them. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:40 environment, tim flannery, jane rawson, climate change, science, animals, australia, nature, health, society, economy, ethics, quarterly essay, writers, conservation, highlights, australian politics Kathy Lette The Wheeler Centre Kathy Lette unleashes her hyperactive wit and talks fiction, humour and autism with Monica Dux. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:19 kathy lette, monica dux, feminism, women, writers, television, fiction, humour, highlights The Fifth Estate: He Said/He Said The Wheeler Centre Dennis Altman, Jeff Sparrow and Sally Warhaft discuss life and love in Australia today - from straight and gay male perspectives. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:20 dennis altman, jeff sparrow, the fifth estate, sally warhaft, sex, sexuality, gender, politics, men, gay rights, gay, media, highlights The Ocean at the End of the Lane: Neil Gaiman The Wheeler Centre Genre-crunching writer Neil Gaiman talks to Alicia Sometimes about his new book, daleks, and singing like a novelist. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:10:40 neil gaiman, fantasy, science fiction, writers, fiction, comics, graphic, childrens, highlights Red Rock and Roll The Wheeler Centre Musician and promoter Jon Campbell dishes the dirt on China's thriving rock ('yaogun') music scene. With Mikey Cahill. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:29 jon campbell, music, china, asia, culture, politics, censorship, freedom of speech, highlights Experimenta: Wired Up World The Wheeler Centre Abigail Moncrieff, Max Barry, Charlie Sofo and chair Phip Murray explore technology, creativity and human connection. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:40 art, experimenta, technology, hiroshi ishiguro, society, culture, science fiction, media, max barry, abigail moncrieff, phip murray, charlie sofo, highlights Richard Gill: Give Me Excess Of It The Wheeler Centre Former Victorian Opera Music Director Richard Gill talks of his passion for music and its crucial role in education. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:53 richard gill, music, education, culture, arts, opera, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Catherine Deveny on Pernickety Parents The Wheeler Centre Catherine Deveny rails against 'detrimental, counterproductive and narcissistic' helicopter parenting in this debate-stirring polemic. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:12:21 catherine deveny, society, culture, australia, parenting, class, lunchbox soapbox, highlights Joshua Cody The Wheeler Centre Composer Joshua Cody reflects on his raw, cerebral cancer memoir - [sic] - with Chris Flynn. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:51 joshua cody, writers, memoir, health, nonfiction, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Adam Kerezsy: Desert Fishing Lessons: Saving Species from Extinction The Wheeler Centre Freshwater ecologist Dr Adam Kerezsy discusses threats to inland fish in Australia - and how he's helping beseiged populations to recover. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:45 environment, rural, science, adam kerezsy, lunchbox soapbox, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Tim Coronel: What Next for the Australian Publishing Industry? The Wheeler Centre As part of SPUNC's Independent Publishing Conference, Tim Coronel spells out the future of Australian publishing as he sees it. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:26:51 highlights, tim coronel, lunchbox soapbox, publishing, books, technology, ebooks, bookshops NonfictioNow Melbourne 2012: Nonfiction: The Art of Truth - Writerly Perspectives The Wheeler Centre Helen Garner, David Shields, Jose Dalisay Jr and Margo Jefferson join Michael Cathcart to discuss the boundaries and horizons of nonfiction. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 01:19:10 helen garner, david shields, jose dalisay jr, margo jefferson, michael cathcart, media, nonfictionow, nonfiction, journalism, journalists, writers, memoir, politics, literature, highlights NonfictioNow Melbourne 2012: An Evening with Helen Garner The Wheeler Centre In an insightful and sometimes funny oration, Helen Garner explores the complex work of nonfiction and the dilemmas of the interview. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:54 helen garner, nonfictionow, nonfiction, journalism, writers, memoir, highlights AMERICA: What's So Great About American TV? The Wheeler Centre Is this truly a golden age of television - and if it is, why are American networks and auteurs at its leading edge? Our panel investigates. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:10 michael williams, amanda higgs, jess mcguire, debi enker, television, culture, pop culture, america, media, highlights Media in the Land of Stars and Stripes The Wheeler Centre Sophie Black, Richard Fidler, Julia Baird and Siobhan Heanue discuss the media and cultural empires of the anglophone superpower. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:33 media, america, sophie black, siobhan heanue, richard fidler, julia baird, newspapers, television, current affairs, politics, journalism, journalists, highlights Destroying the Joint The Wheeler Centre In the midst of a national debate over sexism and misogyny, we joined with Overland to examine the significance of several events in this pop-up forum. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:50 karen pickering, jacinda woodhead, stephanie convery, jason whittaker, feminism, politics, culture, society, current affairs, women, highlights, australian politics Lunchbox/Soapbox: Susan Harris Rimmer on Why Refugee Law is Difficult... Even Without the Politics The Wheeler Centre Dr Susan Harris Rimmer looks at the broader context of forced migration and international law as it relates to refugees. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:21 human rights, asylum seekers, susan harris rimmer, lunchbox soapbox, law, politics, foreign affairs, international relations, highlights, australian politics, australia The Fifth Estate: Food for Thought The Wheeler Centre A diverse panel of experts discuss our society's obsession with ever more complex dining - while millions starve. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:56 sally warhaft, richard cornish, andrew hewett, maria tumarkin, food, health, society, culture, economy, the fifth estate, highlights Ishiguro's Robots The Wheeler Centre Hiroshi Ishiguro introduces his shockingly human androids - and talks about the role he envisions for them in our future. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:24 hiroshi ishiguro, technology, science, science fiction, engineering, philosophy, society, culture, art, highlights Barbara Arrowsmith-Young The Wheeler Centre Barbara Arrowsmith-Young discusses her pioneering explorations of neuroplasticity with Radio National's Natasha Mitchell. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:05:12 barbara arrowsmith-young, natasha mitchell, science, health, highlights, biography, writers, nonfiction, education Sjón The Wheeler Centre "Punk surrealist" Sjón chats to Alan Brough about Iceland's poetic history, the "nice and civilised" Björk and Lars Von Trier, and the furry trout. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:29 sjon, writers, alan brough, music, poetry, fiction, highlights Michael Palin The Wheeler Centre In a very broad discussion with Michael Williams, Monty Python alumnus, novelist and travel fanatic Michael Palin talks comedy, making mistakes and having John Cleese stuffed. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:15:30 michael palin, michael williams, travel, comedy, humour, highlights, fiction, writers Australian Literature 101: Tim Winton: Cloudstreet The Wheeler Centre In this episode of Australian Literature 101, Ramona Koval is joined by Cloudstreet's first publisher, Hilary McPhee. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:58 tim winton, ramona koval, hilary mcphee, australian literature, australia, literature, australian literature 101, fiction, highlights Hisham Matar The Wheeler Centre In conversation with Sarah L'Estrange, Libyan-American writer Hisham Matar dives headlong into the ideas and experiences that inform his exquisite writing. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:46 hisham matar, middle east, sarah l'estrange, sarah lestrange, writers, america, biography, nonfiction, fiction, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Paul Ham on the Atrocities of Sandakan The Wheeler Centre In this eloquent argument for atonement, Paul Ham recounts the barbaric and long-forgotten ordeal endured by Australian POWs in Sandakan, Borneo. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:23 war, human rights, history, australia, australian history, asia, journalists, lunchbox soapbox, highlights Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Wheeler Centre Children's author Jeff Kinney talks about the origins of Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley, his lifelong love of cartooning and his latest book. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:22 childrens, fiction, comics, jeff kinney, christine gordon, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Nouria Salehi on Basic Health and Education in Afghanistan The Wheeler Centre Dr Nouria Salehi discusses the composition of projects that have helped to reconstruct and sustainably develop communities within Afghanistan. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:25 lunchbox soapbox, war, asia, middle east, foreign affairs, development, nouria salehi, highlights Texts in the City: Paradise Road The Wheeler Centre Andrew McDonald and film critic Thomas Caldwell discuss Bruce Beresford's film Paradise Road. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:20 bruce beresford, texts in the city, andrew mcdonald, thomas caldwell, film, war, military, history, australia, highlights AMERICA: The 2012 Elections: Has America Finally Gone Mad? The Wheeler Centre American political journalist (and former Carter speechwriter) James Fallows shares his unique insights into the 2012 election battle. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:18 politics, james fallows, america, government, barack obama, mitt romney, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Richard Broinowski: Fallout from Fukushima The Wheeler Centre Richard Broinowski takes us through one of Japan's most tense moments in recent history, and examines how it's shaped our approach to nuclear power. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:36:34 nuclear, richard broinowski, lunchbox soapbox, energy, society, environment, politics, asia, highlights The Fifth Estate: A Foreign Affair The Wheeler Centre Foreign affairs heavyweights Gareth Evans and Alexander Downer reflect on the nature of the demanding portfolio. With host Sally Warhaft. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:12:22 foreign affairs, international relations, culture, politics, gareth evans, alexander downer, government, asia, sally warhaft, highlights The Fifth Estate: Watching the Circus The Wheeler Centre George Negus, Don Watson, Eleanor Hall and Sally Warhaft discuss the 2012 US presidential election campaign. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:38 sally warhaft, george negus, eleanor hall, don watson, america, democracy, politics, the fifth estate, current affairs Australian Literature 101: Kim Scott: That Deadman Dance The Wheeler Centre Philip Morrissey joins Ramona Koval to discuss Kim Scott's award-winning modern classic, That Deadman Dance. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:36 australian literature 101, australian literature, literature, australia, indigenous, kim scott, philip morrissey, ramona koval, highlights Michael Kirby: Law, Love and Life The Wheeler Centre Celebrated High Court judge Michael Kirby speaks with biographer Daryl Dellora about his dynamic private and public lives. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:35 michael kirby, daryl dellora, gay rights, human rights, activism, law, social justice, biography, politics, australia, highlights Universities, Challenged The Wheeler Centre Rai Gaita, Robert Manne, Glyn Davis and Margaret Gardner discuss the future of universities and the ideals that shape them. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:32:15 raimond gaita, glyn davis, margaret gardner, robert manne, education, philosophy, politics, highlights, australian politics, australia Unexpected Passions: George McEncroe and Dave Graney The Wheeler Centre Guests George McEncroe and Dave Graney share their unfamiliar obsessions - junior football and explorer Sir Richard Burton. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:44 unexpected passions, highlights, sam pang, george mcencroe, dave graney, culture, history, sport, humour, comedy The Fifth Estate: Good Lord The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft hosts eight of Melbourne City Council's nine candidates for Lord Mayor in the lead-up to 2012 elections. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:11 robert doyle, gary morgan, david nolte, alison parkes, joseph toscano, gary singer, brian shanahan, keith rankin, sally warhaft, politics, melbourne, society, culture, urban, current affairs, highlights Katherine Boo The Wheeler Centre Pulitzer winning journalist and New Yorker writer discusses her account of India's Annawadi slum with Jo Case. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:11 katherine boo, india, asia, jo case, journalists, journalism, media, travel, highlights, nonfiction Texts in the City: Two Brothers The Wheeler Centre Ruby Murray and Stephen Armstrong examine Hannie Rayson's Two Brothers and its social and political underpinnings. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:13 hannie rayson, ruby murray, stephen armstrong, plays, theatre, texts in the city, multiculturalism, society, culture, politics, highlights Bill Gammage on the Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia The Wheeler Centre Bill Gammage discusses the insightful, holistic way in which Aboriginal Australians managed their land. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:33 bill gammage, history, australia, indigenous, environment, highlights The Fifth Estate: Media Meltdown The Wheeler Centre Join Sally Warhaft, Paul Kelly, Andrew Jaspan and Harold Mitchell for a penetrating discussion about the state of mass media in Australia. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:46 sally warhaft, harold mitchell, andrew jaspan, paul kelly, media, the fifth estate, politics, journalism, women, gender, publishing, advertising, technology, internet, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Tim Soutphommasane: Don't Go Back to Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works The Wheeler Centre Political philosopher and commentator Tim Soutphommasane puts forward his case for why Australian multiculturalism works. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:03 multiculturalism, culture, society, australia, politics, australian politics, international relations, diversity, philosophy, tim soutphommasane, lunchbox soapbox, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Michelle Smith: From Prim to Poledance: Girls, Sex and Popular Culture The Wheeler Centre Examining outrage over the 'sexualisation' of girls, Michelle Smith explores parallels between the Victorian era and today. Is it that girls have changed, she asks, or merely the context in which they are morally policed? Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:03 lunchbox soapbox, michelle smith, youth, sex, sexuality, gender, culture, society, australia, politics, feminism, media, highlights Intelligence Squared Debates: Western Civilisation is in Terminal Decline (Audio Only) The Wheeler Centre Listen to the audio of our Intelligence Squared debate on the proposition 'Western Civilisation is in Terminal Decline'. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:39:18 audio, intelligence squared, america, debate, tim lindsey, susan maushart, john lee, kenneth chern, jenny mcgregor, david uren, foreign affairs, international relations, culture, society, economics, geography, politics, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Michael Shuman on Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age The Wheeler Centre Economist, attorney and author Michael Shuman sets out a passionate argument for the benefits of local investment. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:34 michael shuman, lunchbox soapbox, economics, economy, finance, law, politics, society, culture, business, highlights AMERICA Bonus: Ron Rash The Wheeler Centre In this video-only interview, American poet and short story writer Ron Rash discusses poetry, fiction and taking chances. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:53 ron rash, poetry, fiction, writers, america Australian Literature 101: Patrick White: Voss The Wheeler Centre Ramona Koval is joined by Peter Craven, who offers his considered thoughts on Patrick White's classic novel Voss. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:37 peter craven, patrick white, australian literature, literature, australia, history, ramona koval, books, writers, highlights Intelligence Squared Debate: Foreign Aid is a Waste of Money The Wheeler Centre At the Melbourne Town Hall, two teams argue their cases for and against the true worth of Australian foreign aid. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:37:47 intelligence squared, debate, foreign affairs, international relations, philanthropy, economics, finance, culture, society, human rights, war, highlights, samah hadid, tim wilson, james goodman, greg sheridan, andrew hewett, martin thomas, simon longst... McSweeney's 41: Australian Aboriginal Fiction Edition The Wheeler Centre Join us for a celebration of McSweeney's 41 - a survey of contemporary Australian Aboriginal fiction - with its editors and authors. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:27 mcsweeneys, america, australia, indigenous, australian literature, literature, literary journals, writers, identity, culture, society, mcsweeneys, america, australia, indigenous, australian literature, literature, literary journals, writers, identity, ... Quarterly Essay - Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott: David Marr The Wheeler Centre In a very lively, candid appearance hosted by George Megalogenis, David Marr discusses his bold, controversial essay and its subject - the man who, if the polls ring true, could be Australia's next leader. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:09:50 david marr, tony abbott, politics, australia, quarterly essay, journalists, history, media, highlights, australian politics Lunchbox/Soapbox: Clementine Ford: We're All Equal Now, So We Should Shut Up and Go Home The Wheeler Centre In this polemic, Clementine Ford puts forth a passionate case that we are surprisingly far from achieving equality between genders. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:30 clementine ford, gender, media, society, culture, film, lunchbox soapbox, feminism, highlights, australian politics Dava Sobel The Wheeler Centre Dava Sobel discusses her account - part-play, part-historical account - of the astronomer Copernicus. With Robin Williams. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:28 dava sobel, astronomy, science, robin williams, history, theatre, plays, nonfiction, highlights Australian Literature 101: Helen Garner: Monkey Grip The Wheeler Centre Critic Kerryn Goldsworthy discusses Helen Garner's iconic book Monkey Grip with Ramona Koval. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:12 kerryn goldsworthy, ramona koval, helen garner, writers, books, australian literature, australia, culture, society, history, urban, highlights Texts in the City: Moral Disorder The Wheeler Centre Ruby J Murray and Carmel Bird explore Margaret Atwood's classic collection of stories, Moral Disorder. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:45 margaret atwood, carmel bird, ruby j murray, texts in the city, australian literature, writers, highlights Australian Literature 101: Kate Grenville: Lilian's Story The Wheeler Centre In this instalment of our series exploring seminal Australian texts, host Ramona Koval is joined by writer and academic Susan Sheridan, who presents a lecture on Kate Grenville's classic novel *Lilian's Story*. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:12 kate grenville, australian literature, australian literature 101, ramona koval, writers, australia, susan sheridan Faith and Culture: The Voice of Faith and Public Reason: Keynote Address The Wheeler Centre Series curator Raimond Gaita launches our Faith and Culture program with a keynote lecture arguing why the relationships between faith and secularism must be examined. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:51 highlights, raimond gaita, philosophy, politics, religion, theology, culture, society, faith and culture Faith and Culture: The Voice of Faith and Public Reason: Discussion The Wheeler Centre Raimond Gaita, Asma Barlas, Susan Neiman, Bernadette Tobin and Scott Stephens discuss Gaita's keynote speech, launching our Faith and Culture series. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:07:17 faith, faith and culture, religion, philosophy, society, culture, international relations, multiculturalism, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Janine Burke on Artful Nesting The Wheeler Centre Art historian and writer Janine Burke speaks passionately about the art and mystery of the animal world. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:39 janine burke, art, nature, animals, highlights The Fifth Estate: End of Growth? The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft, Satyajit Das and Andrew Charlton take part in a heated debate over the future of economic growth in Australia and beyond. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:07 the fifth estate, economics, australia, politics, population, andrew charlton, satyajit das, sally warhaft, highlights The Hazel Rowley Legacy The Wheeler Centre Alex Miller and Jim Davidson mark the anniversary of their friend Hazel Rowley's passing, and announce the winner of the Hazel Rowley Memorial Fellowship. With Fiona Gruber. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:20:48 hazel rowley, publishing, memoir, biography, alex miller, jim davidson, fiona gruber, australia, australian literature, literature, roderick poole, mary hoban, writers, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Roscoe Howell on Australians and Modern Slavery The Wheeler Centre Roscoe Howell outlines modern forms of slavery, discussing how it intersects with our decisions, and explaining how we can bring about change. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:58 roscoe howell, lunchbox soapbox, politics, society, international relations, social justice, highlights Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer: Between the Lines The Wheeler Centre Jodi and Samantha share their creative journey in this special event. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:07 highlights, jodi picoult, samantha van leer, young adult, fiction, fantasy Texts in the City: A Streetcar Named Desire The Wheeler Centre Andrew McDonald and Josh Nelson discuss Tennessee Williams' classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:04 highlights, texts in the city, plays, theatre, tennessee williams, andrew mcdonald, josh nelson Quarterly Essay - The Big Whinge: Laura Tingle The Wheeler Centre Laura Tingle and Fran Kelly discuss Tingle's Quarterly Essay, which tackles Australian society's climate of antagonism and complaint. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:41 laura tingle, fran kelly, politics, australia, society, culture, economics, highlights, australian politics Lunchbox/Soapbox: Ian Lowe: Bigger or Better? Australia's Population Debate The Wheeler Centre Professor Ian Lowe of the Australian Conservation Foundation examines the complex, controversial issues surrounding the population debate in Australia. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:26 highlights, environment, population, australia, society, culture, politics, urban, australian politics Masha Gessen and Sheng Keyi The Wheeler Centre Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen and contemporary Chinese novelist Sheng Keyi join Jenny Niven for a discussion about power, voice and change in their homelands. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:15:53 asia, china, russia, masha gessen, journalists, journalism, writers, sheng keyi, women, highlights Walter Lippmann Memorial Lecture: Lindsay Tanner The Wheeler Centre Lindsay Tanner argues for the economic benefits of diversity through immigration in Australia. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:08 highlights, population, lindsay tanner, politics, australia, australian history, culture, society, immigration Texts in the City: A Christmas Carol The Wheeler Centre Ruby J Murray and Dr Grace Moore examine Charles Dickens' classic text, A Christmas Carol. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:19 highlights, texts in the city, charles dickens, grace moore, ruby murray, literature Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jenny Gray on Fighting Extinctions The Wheeler Centre Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria, speaks passionately about the role of zoos in fighting extinction, in preserving species at risk, and in engaging communities to take action to help animals. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:01 jenny gray, animals, environment, lunchbox soapbox, highlights The Fifth Estate: Chief of Army The Wheeler Centre In this Fifth Estate session, Sally Warhaft is joined by Australia's Chief of Army, Lt Gen David Morrison, and veteran foreign affairs analyst Greg Sheridan. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:05 the fifth estate, military, war, defence, government, sally warhaft, david morrison, greg sheridan, foreign affairs, highlights Roddy Doyle The Wheeler Centre Roddy Doyle reads from new collection Bullfighting, discussing his work and writin' Irish with journalist Blanche Clark. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:48 roddy doyle, blanche clark, writers, highlights Bob Katter: An Incredible Race of People The Wheeler Centre One of the country’s most controversial politicians, Bob Katter Jr joins ABC politics stalwart Barrie Cassidy to discuss Australia's past, present and future. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:06 bob katter, barrie cassidy, politics, australia, australian history, history, culture, society, mining, highlights Nick McKenzie: The Sting The Wheeler Centre Crime reporter Nick McKenzie discusses his account of law enforcement pitted against a tech-savvy, billion-dollar global organised crime empire. With Cameron Stewart. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:46 cameron stewart, nick mckenzie, crime, law, journalism, journalists Lunchbox/Soapbox: Natasha Yacoub on Sex as a Weapon of War The Wheeler Centre Natasha Yacoub explores whether moves to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict go far enough - and what is needed for real change. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:16 international relations, law, government, war, military, society, feminism, highlights Chad Harbach The Wheeler Centre Brooklyn author Chad Harbach discusses debut novel The Art of Fielding's mirrors to his own life, with Jenny Niven. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:44 chad harbach, sport, jenny niven, writers, books, highlights Texts in the City: The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif The Wheeler Centre This week, Ruby J Murray discusses The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif with the book's co-authors Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:07 texts in the city, politics, fiction, robert hillman, najaf mazari, ruby murray, highlights Stella Rimington The Wheeler Centre Michael Cathcart speaks to MI5 director general turned spy novellist Stella Rimington about the truth behind the fiction. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:05 stella rimington, fiction, espionage, writers, michael cathcart, highlights Christopher Paolini The Wheeler Centre Fantasy author Christopher Paolini talks about growing up hating reading, creating his own languages and digging a really, really big hole. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:52 christopher paolini, fantasy, young adult, fiction, writers, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Jim Davidson on Australia and the Monarchy The Wheeler Centre Jim Davidson examines Australia's history with the monarchy, and asks: when will we face up to the inevitable and move on? Mon, 09 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:13 jim davidson, lunchbox soapbox, australia, society, politics, international relations, identity, highlights The Fifth Estate: Boom Time Budget The Wheeler Centre Shareholder activist Stephen Mayne, journalist George Megalogenis and host Sally Warhaft unpack Australia's 2012-13 federal budget. Sat, 07 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:36 george megalogenis, stephen mayne, the fifth estate, economics, politics, australia, highlights, australian politics Australian Literature 101: Ray Lawler: Summer of the Seventeenth Doll The Wheeler Centre Alison Croggon explores Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for Australian Literature 101, with Ramona Koval. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:44 alison croggon, ramona koval, australian literature 101, literature, australia, history, plays, theatre, identity, culture, highlights Children's Book Festival 2012: In Conversation with Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester The Wheeler Centre 2012-2013 Australian Children's Laureates, Boori Monty Pryor and Alison Lester, speak with Paula Kelly for the Children's Book Festival 2012. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:29:37 boori monty pryor, alison lester, childrens, illustration, paula kelly, libraries, highlights Quarterly Essay - Us and Them: Anna Krien The Wheeler Centre With host Siobhan O'Sullivan, Anna Krien discusses her recent Quarterly Essay, 'Us and Them' - an incisive survey of the relationship between human and beast, sympathetic to both. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:18 quarterly essay, anna krien, siobhan osullivan, animals, environment, society, culture, australia, politics, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Anita Sethi on the Human Experience in the Digital Age: Conversation, Relationships and Social Connection The Wheeler Centre British writer Anita Sethi considers E M Forster's encouragement to 'only connect', and what it might mean today. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:32 lunchbox soapbox, media, internet, technology, society, culture, social media, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Tamsin Roberts on Art for Everyone The Wheeler Centre Tamsin Roberts considers the different ways in which art is understood, valued and consumed. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:19 tamsin roberts, art, lunchbox soapbox, culture, highlights Jeffrey Eugenides The Wheeler Centre Celebrated author Jeffrey Eugenides talks semiotics, decline and writing process with Michael Williams. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:46 jeffrey eugenides, michael williams, writers, highlights Robert Dessaix: As I Was Saying The Wheeler Centre Eminent essayist Robert Dessaix discusses his distinctive passions, methods and perspectives with Crusader Hillis. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:00 robert dessaix, writers, australia, crusader hillis, highlights, writing Texts in the City: Ransom The Wheeler Centre Ruby J Murray is joined by *Australian Book Review* editor Peter Rose to discuss *Ransom*, David Malouf's reworking of Homer's *Iliad*. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:07 texts in the city, peter rose, ruby murray, david malouf, books, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Siobhan O'Sullivan on Animals, Equality and Democracy The Wheeler Centre In this Lunchbox/Soapbox presentation, Dr Siobhan Sullivan questions the way we view animal rights. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:42 siobhan osullivan, animals, human rights, society, culture, food, lunchbox soapbox, highlights The Fifth Estate: Do We Care About Childcare? The Wheeler Centre Bernard Salt and Catherine Deveny join host Sally Warhaft to discuss childcare, work and family life in Australia. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:21 the fifth estate, current affairs, health, culture, society, feminism, government, economics, catherine deveny, bernard salt, sally warhaft, highlights Texts in the City: The Quiet American The Wheeler Centre Emmett Stinson joins Andrew McDonald to discuss Graham Greene's classic, The Quiet American. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:42:28 emmett stinson, andrew mcdonald, texts in the city, graham greene Raimond Gaita Introduces Faith and Culture: The Politics of Belief The Wheeler Centre Faith and Culture series curator Raimond Gaita introduces the lecture programme and explains its timeliness and relevance. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:03:34 raimond gaita, faith and culture, religion, politics Intelligence Squared: Freedom of Speech is Over-Rated The Wheeler Centre In this Intelligence Squared Debate, held at Melbourne Town Hall, our panel debates the proposition that Freedom of Speech is Over-Rated. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:45:38 highlights, politics, media, freedom of speech, intelligence squared, culture, society, social media, intelligence squared debates Unexpected Passions: David Bridie and Noni Hazlehurst The Wheeler Centre In an entertaining discussion with Sam Pang, Noni Hazlehurst and David Bridie discuss their love of gardening and suburban cricket. Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:03 unexpected passions, sam pang, comedy, humour, david bridie, noni hazlehurst, pop culture, culture, sport Lunchbox/Soapbox: Anna Rose on How to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic: A Journey into the Climate Fight The Wheeler Centre Anna Rose discusses the rise of climate denialism and what motivates the denialist elite: as well as how to change people's minds. Mon, 28 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:25 environment, climate change, anna rose, lunchbox soapbox, politics, media Australian Literature 101: Christina Stead: The Man Who Loved Children The Wheeler Centre Ramona Koval is joined by Michelle de Kretser, who examines Christina Stead's classic novel, The Man Who Loved Children. Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:46 michelle de kretser, ramona koval, christina stead, australian literature 101, australia, literature, writers, history, australian history, society, culture, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Mikey Cahill on Waxing Lyrical: The Good, The Bad and The Gaga The Wheeler Centre Music critic Mikey Cahill pits modern lyricists against old masters as he tests the true quality of words in music. Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:20 music, pop culture, mikey cahill, lunchbox soapbox, doo-wah-ditty-ditty-dumb, highlights WikiLeaks, Assange and Defending Democracy The Wheeler Centre O'Shea, Barns, Keane, Ludlam and Dreyfus discuss the role of media and government, and what the war on WikiLeaks represents. Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:23:23 wikileaks, media, government, law, politics, lizzie o'shea, bernard keane, suelette dreyfus, greg barns, scott ludlam, highlights, australian politics Texts in the City: Collected Poems of Gwen Harwood The Wheeler Centre In this video-only Texts in the City, Jenny Niven and Chris Wallace-Crabbe look at Collected Poems of Gwen Harwood. Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:30:25 gwen harwood, australian literature, australia, literature, poetry, highlights Texts in the City: Cosí The Wheeler Centre Lorin Clarke joins Ruby Murray to discuss Louis Nowra's Australian classic, Cosi. Thu, 17 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:04 ruby murray, lorin clarke, texts in the city, literature, theatre, film, australia, australian literature, highlights AWG 50th Anniversary: David Williamson State of the Industry Address The Wheeler Centre David Williamson celebrates the Australian Writers Guild's 50th anniversary with his State of the Industry Address. Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:32:17 writers, writing, publishing, media, film, screenwriting, theatre, jan sardi, david williamson, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Chris Stedman: Faithiest: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious The Wheeler Centre Chris Stedman argues the importance of atheists and the religious engaging in thoughtful, compassionate ways to address the big challenges of our time. Mon, 14 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:54 religion, society, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Bettina Arndt on Why Sex Matters So Much to Men The Wheeler Centre Controversial author, therapist and social commentator Bettina Arndt polemicises on sex in long-term heterosexual relationships. Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:31:56 sexuality, sex, bettina arndt, lunchbox soapbox, women, health, society, highlights Australian Literature 101: Judith Wright: Poems The Wheeler Centre Chris Wallace-Crabbe joins Ramona Koval to discuss the poems of Judith Wright. Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:16 australian literature 101, judith wright, history, australia, writers, literature, ramona koval, chris wallace-crabbe, highlights George Megalogenis: The Australian Moment The Wheeler Centre George Megalogenis discusses his incisive book on Australia's place in the global economy. With Annabel Crabb. Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:29 george megalogenis, annabel crabb, politics, economics, australia, society, history, highlights, australian politics Lunchbox/Soapbox: Ken Haley on Why Everyone Should Be in a Wheelchair The Wheeler Centre Ken Haley leads us on a wheeled journey through the philosophical principle of mutual incomprehension. Wed, 09 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:47 ken haley, lunchbox soapbox, health, society, highlights The Fifth Estate: Educational Principles The Wheeler Centre Sally Warhaft is joined by Lesley Lamb, Paul Sheahan and David Zyngier to discuss the Gonski report on education. Sun, 06 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:32 education, australia, current affairs, sally warhaft, lesley lamb, paul sheahan, david zyngier, highlights, the fifth estate Texts in the City: Interpreter of Maladies The Wheeler Centre Editor and publisher Kabita Dhara joins Ruby Murray to discuss Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:25 texts in the city, kabita dhara, ruby murray, asia, jhumpa lahiri, highlights Australian Literature 101: Henry Handel Richardson: The Getting of Wisdom The Wheeler Centre Rodney Hall joins Ramona Koval to explore *The Getting of Wisdom* by Henry Handel Richardson. Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:10 rodney hall, henry handel richardson, australian literature 101, australian literature, ramona koval, women, highlights Texts in the City: Growing Up Asian in Australia The Wheeler Centre Growing Up Asian In Australia contributor Benjamin Law discusses the text and its topic with Andrew McDonald. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:45:25 texts in the city, alice pung, benjamin law, andrew mcdonald, asia, culture, society, highlights Alom Shaha: The Young Atheist's Handbook The Wheeler Centre British-Bangladeshi Alom Shaha discusses atheism, secularism, Alain de Botton and independent thinking with John Safran. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:01 alom shaha, religion, john safran, writers, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Michael Shmith: Away with Cliché The Wheeler Centre Writer and critic Michael Shmith takes clichés to task in this humorous critique of lazy language and woeful writing. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:27 highlights, writing, journalism, media, humour Texts in the City: Year of Wonders The Wheeler Centre Toni Jordan joins Ruby Murray to discuss the historical fiction of Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:45:16 texts in the city, toni jordan, ruby murray, books Hilary McPhee: Memoirs of a Young Bastard The Wheeler Centre Publisher and master researcher Hilary McPhee discusses film-maker Tim Burstall's diaries with Wendy Tuohy. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:26 hilary mcphee, memoir, australia, australian history, art, film, history, sexuality, highlights, wendy tuohy Eliza Griswold: The Tenth Parallel The Wheeler Centre Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold discusses ideology, politics and geography - within and between faiths. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:54 eliza griswold, religion, society, culture, journalists, journalism, rafael epstein, middle east, asia, highlights Texts in the City: The Crucible The Wheeler Centre In this instalment of Texts in the City, Andrew McDonald and Tanya Goldberg discuss Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:59 texts in the city, andrew mcdonald, tanya goldberg, theatre, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Glyn Davis: Leader of The Gang: How Political Parties Choose Numero Uno The Wheeler Centre With political leadership constantly in question, Glyn Davis draws on history and sociology to suggest why this may be. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:38 glyn davis, politics, culture, society, australia, highlights, australian politics Jamie Oliver The Wheeler Centre In an extensive discussion with Matt Preston, Jamie Oliver discusses his ambitious food campaigns and their challenges. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:13:53 jamie oliver, matt preston, food, cooking, health, society, pop culture, highlights The Fifth Estate: The Numbers Game The Wheeler Centre In the series debut, Lindsay Tanner and Sally Warhaft discuss political parties, democratic process and media culture. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:44 lindsay tanner, politics, australia, sally warhaft, the fifth estate, current affairs, media, journalism, highlights, australian politics Janette Turner Hospital: Turbulent Voices The Wheeler Centre Janette Turner Hospital discusses her distinguished career as a writer and educator of literature with Jo Case. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:48 janette turner hospital, writers, jo case, education, literature, highlights Intelligence Squared: Animals Should Be Off the Menu The Wheeler Centre In Intelligence Squared's first debate of 2012, six expert speakers argue compellingly for and against eating meat. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:51:18 animals, ethics, food, debate, intelligence squared, highlights, philip wollen, veronica ridge, adrian richardson, peter singer, fiona chambers, bruce mcgregor, intelligence squared debates Australian Literature 101: Watkin Tench: A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay The Wheeler Centre In the series debut, Ramona Koval and Michael Williams explore the generous historical voice of Watkin Tench. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:11 australian literature 101, literature, australia, history, watkin tench, ramona koval, books, writers, michael williams, highlights David Rieff: The Ethics of Intervention The Wheeler Centre David Rieff and Gareth Evans discuss justifications and nuances of military intervention. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:10:09 international relations, military, human rights, david rieff, gareth evans, politics, highlights Unexpected Passions: Kate Langbroek and Adam Zwar The Wheeler Centre In Unexpected Passions' debut, Kate Langbroek shares her love of op shops and Adam Zwar confesses he’s cuckoo for cats. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:31 sam pang, kate langbroek, adam zwar, comedy, unexpected passions Lunchbox/Soapbox: Verity Burgmann on the Importance of Being Extreme The Wheeler Centre In this Lunchbox/Soapbox, Verity Burgmann explores the productive outcomes of extremist challenges to authority. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:29 lunchbox soapbox, politics, activism, society, media, verity burgmann Quarterly Essay - Man-Made World: Choosing Between Progress and Planet The Wheeler Centre Andrew Charlton discusses the conflicting interests of wealthy and developing nations in the global energy crisis. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:25 quarterly essay, mining, economics, environment, climate change, politics, australia, highlights, andrew charlton, adam morton, australian politics Alan Hollinghurst: Beautiful Lines and Strangers' Children The Wheeler Centre In a broad discussion with Michael Williams, Alan Hollinghurst examines his writing craft, influences and fascinations. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:25 writers, alan hollinghurst, writing, gay, michael williams Ideas for Melbourne: Environment and Sustainability The Wheeler Centre Adam Morton, Kelly O'Shanassy and Kirsten Larsen discuss the blessings of the garden state and how we can protect them. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:41 environment, climate change, urban, ideas for melbourne, adam morton, kelly o'shanassy, kirsten larsen, australian politics Lunchbox/Soapbox: Christine Gordon on International Women's Day - Feminism is Personal The Wheeler Centre On International Women's Day, Christine Gordon speaks about contemporary feminism and the power of women's stories. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:34 feminism, lunchbox soapbox, politics, society, christine gordon Kim Barker: The Taliban Shuffle The Wheeler Centre Kim Barker explores her account of the conflict, danger and irreverence in a warzone. With Karen Middleton. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:02 media, journalists, journalism, military, politics, kim barker, karen middleton Texts in the City: On the Waterfront The Wheeler Centre Film critic Thomas Caldwell joins host Ruby Murray to discuss Elia Kazan’s 1954 film *On the Waterfront*. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:40:36 texts in the city, film, thomas caldwell, ruby murray Lunchbox/Soapbox: Michael Gawenda on The Journalist as Betrayer The Wheeler Centre Do people who have been the subject of media coverage invariably feel betrayed? Michael Gawenda presents his case. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:03 journalism, media, ethics, highlights, michael gawenda Ideas for Melbourne: City and Urban Planning The Wheeler Centre Jane-Frances Kelly, Trevor Dance, Rob Adams and Jill Garner explore density, distribution and demographics. Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:33 urban, ideas for melbourne, architecture, society, culture, environment, jane-frances kelly, rod adams, trevor dance, jill garner An Evening with Alain de Botton The Wheeler Centre Alain de Botton brings his light touch and intellectual pirouettes to the topic of religion and its atheistic utility. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:57 alain de botton, philosophy, religion, ideas, books, writers, politics, society, culture, art, music, architecture, highlights Lunchbox/Soapbox: Hilary Charlesworth on Women and the New Wave of Democracies The Wheeler Centre Hilary Charlesworth delivers her proposal for female rights and representation in post-revolutionary states. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:08 women, politics, human rights, arab spring, society, feminism, lunchbox soapbox, hilary charlesworth Ideas for Melbourne: Transport and Movement The Wheeler Centre Paul Mees, Meredith Sussex and Daniel Bowen explore the ideas and issues of getting around a growing Melbourne. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:03 urban, ideas for melbourne, paul mees, meredith sussex, daniel bowen, australian politics Lunchbox/Soapbox: David Holmgren on Retrofitting the Suburbs for Sustainability The Wheeler Centre David Holmgren explores the adaptability of suburbs in times of converging economic, energy and climate crises. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:31:15 environment, urban, architecture, climate change, lunchbox soapbox The Wheeler Centre Gala 2012: Stories to Believe In The Wheeler Centre In our 2012 Gala Night, eleven writers took to the stage to explore the concept of belief from an angle of their choosing. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:06 highlights Ideas for Melbourne: Sport and Major Events The Wheeler Centre Angela Pippos, Perry Crosswhite and Gideon Haigh discuss Melbourne's capacity to deliver sport and major events. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:10:44 angela pippos, gideon haigh, perry crosswhite, sport, urban, melbourne, ideas for melbourne, society, culture Law and Order Week: Above the Law The Wheeler Centre Stuart Littlemore and PM Newton speak on bridging the gap between the real world and printed word, with Angela Savage. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:55 law and order week, angela savage, crime, pm newton, stuart littlemore Meanland: Literature, Genre and the Digital Age The Wheeler Centre Jacinda Woodhead, Myke Bartlett, Lili Wilkinson and Louise Swinn ask: will today's genre be tomorrow's literature? Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:47 lili wilkinson, myke bartlett, louise swinn, jacinda woodhead, literature, genre, writing, online, technology, science fiction, fantasy, romance, meanland Two Sides of the Story: Fantasy The Wheeler Centre Alisons Goodman and Croggon explore the challenges of new worlds, languages and realities in fantasy writing. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:28 fantasy, writers, genre, two sides of the story, alison croggon, alison goodman Law and Order Week: A History of Bad Behaviour The Wheeler Centre Opium dens, illegal brothels and men with names as colourful as their pasts: we uncover Melbourne's criminal record. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:00 andrew may, lm robinson, jeff sparrow, shane maloney, crime, law and order week, law, history, culture, society, australia Liao Yiwu The Wheeler Centre Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu speaks with Alex Landragin about freedom, exile and books that transport him home. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:24 liao yiwu, alex landragin, china, poetry, music, society, censorship, culture Law and Order Week: Naked City The Wheeler Centre Rhys Muldoon, Andrew Rule and Tom Noble explore the truth, responsibility and vivid personalities of true crime writing. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:54 tom noble, andrew rule, rhys muldoon, crime, law, australia, law and order week The Late Great: Christina Stead The Wheeler Centre Ramona Koval, playwright Darryl Emerson and writer Rodney Hall discuss the satire and wit of the late Christina Stead. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:16 christina stead, darryl emerson, ramona koval, rodney hall, writers, australia, the late great Alex Miller The Wheeler Centre Esteemed novelist Alex Miller talks about 'Autumn Laing', art, love and imagination with Geordie Williamson. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:03 alex miller, geordie williamson, writers, fiction, australia Law and Order Week: Compassionate Bastard The Wheeler Centre Former Villawood boss Peter Mitchell, refugee advocate David Manne and Peter Mares discuss Australia's asylum seekers. Fri, 06 Jan 2012 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:56 david manne, peter mitchell, peter mares, immigration, international relations, law, australia, politics, human rights, law and order week Must-Read Histories The Wheeler Centre Stuart Macintyre, Tim Soutphommasane, Marcia Langton and Clare Wright discuss essential works of Australian history. Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:53 clare wright, tim soutphommasane, stuart macintyre, marcia langton, history, australia, society, culture Neil Gaiman The Wheeler Centre Neil Gaiman explores love and death, the tyranny of genre, sneezing baby pandas and red daleks with Clem Bastow. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:09 neil gaiman, clem bastow, writers, fantasy, television, childrens, comics, graphic, illustration Tom Stoppard The Wheeler Centre Tom Stoppard talks about his life and work, and the "unfathomably interesting" space between audiences and performers. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:50:13 tom stoppard, writers, theatre, alison croggon, film Paul Hawken The Wheeler Centre Environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken talks about capitalism's "sunset effect" and his new book Blessed Unrest. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:32 paul hawken, climate change, environment, business, economics, writers, alexandra de blas Two Sides of the Story: Picture Story Authors The Wheeler Centre Roland Harvey and Alison Lester discuss collaboration, research, style and subversion in the world of picture books. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:16 roland harvey, alison lester, books, authors, childrens, art, illustration Elliot Perlman The Wheeler Centre Elliot Perlman talks about his new novel The Street Sweeper, writing 20th century histories and his return to Melbourne. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:08 elliot perlman, matthia dempsey, writers, books, history The Slap The Wheeler Centre Key figures in the TV adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas' novel The Slap discuss its journey from page to screen. Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:35:52 television, books, australia, culture, society Lunchbox/Soapbox: Thomas Keneally on Australians from Eureka to the Diggers The Wheeler Centre Thomas Keneally tells a story of racism, wartime politics, empire and the life and death of White Australia. Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:40 thomas keneally, australia, society, culture, lunchbox soapbox, highlights The Talking Point: Greasy Polls The Wheeler Centre Join Maxine McKew, John Hewson, Irving Saulwick and George Megalogenis for a talk on polls, politics and the polis. Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:12:10 the talking point, politics, society, john hewson, george megalogenis, maxine mckew, irving saulwick, media Matthew Reilly The Wheeler Centre Bestseller Matthew Reilly talks about escapism and blockbuster action scenes, and reads from his relentless new book. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:58 matthew reilly, writers, fiction Lunchbox/Soapbox: Nina Funnell on the Teen Sexting Panic The Wheeler Centre In a climate of panic about child protection and 'sexting', Nina Funnell considers who this panic serves and controls. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:29 sexuality, youth, health, society, media, technology, nina funnell, lunchbox soapbox Simon Leys on Literary Criticism: Why and How The Wheeler Centre In this lecture, the acclaimed writer interrogates the relationships between readers, authors and critics. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:42:15 simon leys, criticism, literature, writers, chris feik Paul Keating The Wheeler Centre In a marathon session, Paul Keating talks cultural vision, reconciliation, reform and creativity with Robert Manne. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:40:18 paul keating, robert manne, politics, society, culture, australia, indigenous, international relations, economics, highlights, australian politics Jane Gleeson-White on Monks, Maths and Magic The Wheeler Centre Jane Gleeson-White traces double entry bookkeeping from monastic origins to its place at the heart of capitalism. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:31 jane gleeson-white, finance, economics, history, books, society You Say You Want a Revolution: Not Sorry Enough The Wheeler Centre Our panel considers the complexity of indigenous affairs in Australia: its losses, successes and future challenges. Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:05:13 karla grant, linda burney, kim hill, tania major, robbie thorpe, indigenous, australia, politics, activism, melbourne festival, you say you want a revolution You Say You Want a Revolution: The Arab Spring The Wheeler Centre In partnership with the Melbourne Festival, our expert panel explores the achievements and impact of the Arab Spring revolutions. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:51 hamish mcdonald, fethi mansouri, rima ahmad alaadeen, robert bowker, samah hadid, arab spring, you say you want a revolution, politics, activism, africa, melbourne festival, highlights You Say You Want a Revolution: Emmanuel Jal Speaks The Wheeler Centre The Sudanese-born rapper opens up about bloodshed, brutality, the power of music and getting Jimmy Carter to rap. Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:50:59 music, writers, emmanuel jal, alicia sometimes, africa, melbourne festival, you say you want a revolution, poetry Seven Billion: It's Getting Crowded in Here! The Wheeler Centre As the world prepares for its seven billionth person, our panel search for the soul in our ever more crowded cities. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:11:52 natasha mitchell, society, urban, bernard salt, sein-way tan, helen killmier, kim dovey, architecture, culture, australia, environment Susan Mitchell on Tony Abbott: Too Dangerous to Lead The Wheeler Centre The leader of the federal opposition is too combative, conservative and selfish to rule, argues Susan Mitchell. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:14 susan mitchell, politics, writers, lunchbox soapbox, highlights State of Design: Gareth Pugh The Wheeler Centre In this State of Design '9 to 5' talk, our panel speaks to exciting, innovative British fashion wunderkind Gareth Pugh. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:06 john ibrahim, state of design, gareth pugh, alex cleary, robyn healy, misha hollenbach, fashion, design, art No One Understands Me: Teen Diary Readings The Wheeler Centre Nick Coyle and Justin Heazlewood relive the shame, angst and ecstasy of their teen diaries. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:25:37 virginia gay, memoir, young adult, nick coyle, justin heazlewood, humour, comedy, highlights Jon Ronson The Wheeler Centre UK journalist Jon Ronson talks psychopathy, sleuthing and having a fragile sense of certainty with Sam Pang. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:53 jon ronson, radio, journalists, writers, books, psychology, sam pang, highlights Michael Kirby The Wheeler Centre Celebrated High Court alumnus Michael Kirby discusses love, human rights and a close encounter with Bill Heffernan. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:30 michael kirby, law, society, gay, writers Intelligence Squared: A Tax Won't Fix Climate Change The Wheeler Centre Politicians, scientists, academics and stakeholders debate the controversial introduction of a carbon tax in Australia. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:39:23 intelligence squared, climate change, politics, economics, environment, adam bandt, sinclair davidson, matthew wright, tim flannery, stuart allinson, fiona o'hehir, intelligence squared debates Tanveer Ahmed on Occidentalism: Why Can't Rissoles Be Exotic? The Wheeler Centre The author of The Exotic Rissole assesses shifts in global power and the prejudices that accompany them. Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:15:13 tanveer ahmed, multiculturalism, food, society Leah Chishugi The Wheeler Centre The survivor of genocide discusses ethnic conflict and her book A Long Way From Paradise, with Anton Enus. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:05:44 leah chishugi, anton enus, africa, genocide, writers, human rights Sisters in Crime The Wheeler Centre Crime writers Honey Brown, Lindy Cameron, Kerry Greenwood and Angela Savage discuss all things criminally unladylike. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:43 honey brown, lindy cameron, kerry greenwood, angela savage, crime, fiction, writers, women Jonathan Safran Foer The Wheeler Centre Literary sensation talks transgenerational trauma, generous assumptions and (not) being a writer with Michael Williams. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:07:49 jonathan safran foer, michael williams, writers, fiction, food, ethics Emilie Zoey Baker in Defence of Slam Poetry The Wheeler Centre Emilie Zoey Baker defies slam poetry's critics, delivering an energetic celebration of the lively, versatile form. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:21:11 emilie zoey baker, poetry, writers, speech, lunchbox soapbox The Meanjin Tournament The Wheeler Centre The Meanjin Tournament of Books pits classic against classic in search of the Great Australian Novel. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:36 anson cameron, louise adler, anna krien, mandy brett, first dog on the moon, andrew marlton, meanjin, books, women Anita Shreve The Wheeler Centre The bestselling novelist discusses her long career and startling rise to prominence in conversation with Jane Sullivan. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:26 anita shreve, jane sullivan, writers, fiction Anne Manne on Disability: The New Frontier of Justice The Wheeler Centre Writer Anne Manne discusses Australia's desperate need for more genuine engagement with ability issues. Mon, 03 Oct 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:20 anne manne, lunchbox soapbox, health, policy, disability, australian politics State of Design: Kyung-won Chung The Wheeler Centre Seoul's deputy mayor and chief design officer discusses open-mindedness, education and design's social agenda. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:36:30 design, state of design, kyung-won chung, alex lawler, michele azzopardi, soumitri varadarajan, robert nelson, carolyn barnes, geoffrey london Don Watson The Wheeler Centre Former Keating speechwriter discusses his memoir and the shifts in Australian politics since Keating's demise. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:47 don watson, politics, paul keating, australia, writers, speech, australian politics Quarterly Essay: Bad News - Murdoch's 'Australian' and the Shaping of the Nation The Wheeler Centre Robert Manne discusses his 'Quarterly Essay 43' on 'The Australian', as well as the newspaper's response. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:01:18 robert manne, media, journalism, sophie black, quarterly essay, politics, ethics, australian politics, australia Eva Gabrielsson The Wheeler Centre The writer and widow of Steig Larsson discusses his work and values, and her battle to protect his legacy. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:00 eva gabrielsson, writers, jon faine, journalists, steig larsson, crime Paul Cleary on Australia's Mining Boom The Wheeler Centre Journalist Paul Cleary critiques Australia's dependence on mining in what he provocatively labels "generational theft". Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:57 paul cleary, mining, australia, politics, economics The Late Great: Marcus Clarke The Wheeler Centre Tony Moore, Robyn Annear and Des Cowley remember 'urban bohemian' journalist, poet and novelist Marcus Clarke. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:48:05 marcus clarke, writers, history, australia, robyn annear, des cowley, tony moore, literature, journalists, poetry, the late great Jay Bahadur The Wheeler Centre Canadian reporter Jay Bahadur discusses the world of Somali pirates, with fellow journalist Christine Kenneally. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:56 jay bahadur, crime, christine kenneally, journalists, africa, writers State of Design: Troika The Wheeler Centre For State of Design 2011, Troika discuss their playful, intelligent work at the nexus of art, architecture and design. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:23:34 troika, design, architecture, art, state of design, fleur watson, paul marcus fuog, simone leamon, phoebe whitman, gyungju chyon Intelligence Squared: There is No Justification for Risking Australian Lives in Afghanistan The Wheeler Centre In this lively debate, our panel discuss the value and risks of Australia's participation in the war in Afghanistan. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:49:16 sonia ziaee, kellie tranter, peter singer, eva cox, jim molan, raoul heinrichs, intelligence squared, debate, military, international relations, politics, australia, australian politics, intelligence squared debates Christine Nixon on the Nature of Leadership The Wheeler Centre Christine Nixon examines consensus leadership and discusses why 'being open to compromise' is not 'being compromised'. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:04 christine nixon, politics, media, writers, australian politics Two Sides of the Story: Beyond the Couplet The Wheeler Centre Craig Sherborne and Cate Kennedy explore writing across various forms, and the processes that bring them into the world. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:48 two sides of the story, cate kennedy, craig sherborne, poetry, writers State of Design: Milton Glaser The Wheeler Centre Design legend Milton Glaser reveals his ideas on collaboration, professional morality and crumpled paper. Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:21:33 milton glaser, design, graphic, art, state of design, kate rhodes, david lancashire, dominic hofstede, andrew ashton, simon mundy, michaela webb, warren taylor Theatrical Tendencies The Wheeler Centre Katz, Kemp, Rayson and Cortese discuss the theatre community and the practice of crafting their stories. Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:57:31 theatre, writers, plays, lally katz, denise varney, hannie rayson, raimondo cortese, jenny kemp John Carroll on Violence and the Modern Middle Class The Wheeler Centre Sociologist and author John Carroll examines the "excessive fearfulness" and paranoia surrounding child abduction. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:00 john carroll, urban, society, writers, media Unaccustomed as I am... The Wheeler Centre Eight of Melbourne's finest writers and performers read their favourite speeches - from Redfern to Notting Hill via Frankenstein. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:02 lisa gorton, sophie black, tony birch, julian burnside, sam pang, sonya hartnett, noni hazlehurst, dave graney, speech, history, politics State of Design: Ilse Crawford The Wheeler Centre British design guru Ilse Crawford chats with Melbourne's leading designers about clients, communication and perseverance. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:48:53 ilse crawford, design, state of design Emotional Cities The Wheeler Centre Kerryn Goldsworthy and Matt Condon discuss the culture, architecture and landscape of the cities that have inspired them. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:50 matthew condon, louise swinn, kerryn goldsworthy, writers, urban, australia Two Sides of the Story: Creative Journos The Wheeler Centre Mary Delahunty and Jane Sullivan discuss their transitions and tensions between journalism and creative storytelling. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:36:06 jane sullivan, mary delahunty, writers, journalists, journalism The Talking Point: Taking Liberties With the Press The Wheeler Centre Join a panel of leading media commentators and analysts as they turn their eye to Hackgate and its reverberations. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:33 mark day, margaret simons, richard ackland, rod tiffen, media, ethics, journalists, journalism, editing, politics, the talking point Does WikiLeaks Matter? The Wheeler Centre Guy Rundle, Eleanor Townsley, Peter Vale and Robert Manne explore the origins, effects, strengths and failures of WikiLeaks. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:58 wikileaks, media, politics, robert manne, peter beilharz, guy rundle, eleanor townsley, peter vale, highlights Caroline Brothers on the World's Displaced Children The Wheeler Centre Journalist and first-time novelist Caroline Brothers takes on the issue of unaccompanied, displaced children. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:58 caroline brothers, lunchbox soapbox, politics, human rights Father Patrick Desbois: Holocaust by Bullets The Wheeler Centre Desbois reveals the methods and motivations behind his archival interviews with former Soviet Holocaust witnesses. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:28:42 patrick desbois, mark baker, history, world war 2, genocide, mark baker, history, world war 2, genocide Amos Oz - Israel: War, Peace and Storytelling The Wheeler Centre Acclaimed writer Amos Oz talks of compromise, compassion and conflict in modern Israel and beyond. Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:07:22 amos oz, writers, international relations, middle east, politics, feminism Human Rights and East Timor: Remembering East Timor’s Former Political Prisoners The Wheeler Centre How can we reconcile atrocities that have happened in our midst, and where do memory, truth and justice fit? Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:04:52 east timor, human rights, politics, michael williams, international relations, robert connelly, abel guterres, jill jolliffe, film, history Thomas Friedman The Wheeler Centre Friedman and Maxine McKew discuss the wane of US power, the new global labour market and "finding your extra". Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:19:29 thomas friedman, maxine mckew, journalism, writers, media Richard Gill on Musical Literacy The Wheeler Centre Richard Gill explains how musical education can help children gain literacy and numeracy skills. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:55 richard gill, lunchbox soapbox, music The Late Great: Ruth Park The Wheeler Centre Anne Phelan, Lili Wilkinson and Michael Williams explore the writer's bleakness, humour, generosity and eccentricity. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:30 ruth park, writers, anne phelan, childrens, lili wilkinson, michael williams, the late great TJ Clark: The Art Historian and the Poet The Wheeler Centre Professor Timothy - aka TJ - Clark speaks to Antoni Jach about the mute image and why art is the "enemy of truth". Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:48:01 tj clark, art, history, poetry, writers, antoni jach George McEncroe: 'Change is as Good as a Holiday' The Wheeler Centre The comedian and radio presenter encourages us to embrace change; even if some holidays are better than others. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:23 george mcencroe, comedy, lunchbox soapbox Victorian Premier's Literary Awards: 2011 Shortlist Announcement The Wheeler Centre Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu announces the 21 titles that make up this year's award shortlist. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:19 ted baillieu, victorian premier's literary awards, books, awards James Boyce: The Truth About Melbourne The Wheeler Centre Author James Boyce reveals the forgotten founders of Melbourne, and ponders their impact on the present-day metropolis. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:02 james boyce, history, australia, lunchbox soapbox The Writer's Banquet: Meals on Wheels The Wheeler Centre Join Ramona Koval as she explores the food flights of Frank Camorra, Elizabeth Chong and Stephanie Alexander. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:48:16 ramona koval, elizabeth chong, frank camorra, stephanie alexander, the writer's banquet, books, cooking, food, culture, travel Texts in the City: The Secret River The Wheeler Centre Tony Birch joins Tony Wilson to talk about difference, conflict and reconciliation in Kate Grenville's celebrated novel. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:47:57 tony wilson, tony birch, texts in the city, fiction, books Naomi Chazan The Wheeler Centre With journalist Rafael Epstein, Chazan addresses the crisis and opportunity of the 'new Middle East'. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:31 naomi chazan, rafael epstein, middle east, politics, international relations Julie Posetti on Making Journalism Social: Twitter's Transformative Effect The Wheeler Centre Journalism researcher Julie Posetti discusses the social transformation of the Fourth Estate. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:10 julie posetti, journalism, social media, media, lunchbox soapbox The Walter Lippmann Memorial Lecture The Wheeler Centre Tim Costello AO describes our evolving nation as it faces challenges with diversity, population growth and refugees. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:08:07 walter lippmann, diversity, matthew albert, malcolm fraser, tim costello, ross barnett, sam afra Texts in the City: On the Waterfront The Wheeler Centre David and Margaret reflect on Elia Kazan's Hollywood blacklist era filmic allegory of conflict, coercion and betrayal. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:23 margaret pomeranz, david stratton, texts in the city, film, politics Sarah Maddison: Beyond White Guilt The Wheeler Centre Sarah Maddison explores Australia's guilt over its brutal past and the transformative opportunity it offers. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:36 sarah maddison, indigenous, ethics, politics, history, australia Griffith Review - Rebel, Public Nuisance and Dreamer: Julian Assange Standing Alone The Wheeler Centre Barbara Gunnell and Margaret Simons explore power, truth and responsibility via Assange, Wikileaks and their foes. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:46 margaret simons, barbara gunnell, griffith review, wikileaks, media, journalism The Writer's Banquet: Literary Feasts The Wheeler Centre Join Ramona Koval, Carmel Bird and Shane Maloney for a mouth-watering tour of literary gastronomy. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:38 carmel bird, shane maloney, ramona koval, writers, food Texts in the City: Twelve Angry Men The Wheeler Centre Playwright and writer Lorin Clarke joins Tony Wilson to discuss Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:32:19 lorin clarke, tony wilson, texts in the city, books Michael Connelly The Wheeler Centre The bestselling crime novelist speaks to Michael Williams about Harry Bosch, Los Angeles and McConaughey's bongos. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:05:52 michael connelly, michael williams, writers Kate O'Reilly: Are Women Finally Taking Over the World? The Wheeler Centre Kate O'Reilly asks: how hard is gender equality in employment? Is it unreasonable, and is it sustainable? Wed, 06 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:20 kate o'reilly, lunchbox soapbox, feminism, kate o'reilly Gail Dines The Wheeler Centre The author and scholar discusses porn's grip on pop culture and how we must reform mainstream sexuality with Monica Dux. Fri, 01 Jul 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:23 gail dines, monica dux, feminism, politics, writers Quarterly Essay - Fair Share: Country and City in Australia by Judith Brett The Wheeler Centre Judith Brett discusses her Quarterly Essay - about the fate of rural Australia and its urban counterparts - with Don Watson. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:25 judith brett, don watson, quarterly essay, writers, politics, rural Texts in the City: Year of Wonders The Wheeler Centre Matthia Dempsey and Jenny Niven examine the 17th century plague drama, Year Of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:07 jenny niven, matthia dempsey, texts in the city, books Tony Conrad: Music and Mathematics (audio only) The Wheeler Centre Tony Conrad talks music and math at Jazzland, presented by the Wheeler Centre and the Melbourne Int'l Jazz Fest. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:48 music, tony conrad, jazzland Jean-Herve Peron Speaks (audio only) The Wheeler Centre Faust's Jean-Hervé Peron speaks at Jazzland, presented by The Wheeler Centre and the Melbourne Int'l Jazz Festival. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:13 music, jazzland Ingrid Betancourt The Wheeler Centre Peter Mares interviews Ingrid Betancourt about her capture by Colombia's FARC rebels, and why love is the answer. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:48 ingrid betancourt, peter mares, politics, writers Texts in the City: Great Short Works The Wheeler Centre Emmett Stinson joins Jenny Niven to discuss the ambiguous, open-ended Great Short Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:35:56 edgar allan poe, emmett stinson, jenny niven, texts in the city, books Two Sides of the Story: Written for the Telly The Wheeler Centre Adam Zwar and Robyn Butler talk about their unique approaches to television writing and comedy. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:01 adam zwar, robyn butler, television, writers, comedy Intelligence Squared: Public Funding of Private Education The Wheeler Centre A panel of educators, commentators, students and authors debate the question of public education funding. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:26 beatrice duong, chris bonnor, shane maloney, kevin donnelly, andrew elder, amanda vanstone, intelligence squared, debate, education, intelligence squared debates Bruce Guthrie on 'A Requiem for Newspapers' The Wheeler Centre Former broadsheet editor Bruce Guthrie talks about 'Man Bites Murdoch' and the future of the daily paper. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:29:56 bruce guthrie, media, lunchbox soapbox Making History: Mark McKenna on Manning Clark The Wheeler Centre Biographer Mark McKenna and Michael Cathcart discuss the work and life of the late historian Manning Clark. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:11 mark mckenna, manning clark, michael cathcart, history, patrick white, patrick white Simon Groth on 'L'Odeur des Livres' and Other Whiffy Arguments The Wheeler Centre Digital writer Simon Groth investigates what really motivates us to fetishise and defend the printed page. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:41 simon groth, lunchbox soapbox, emerging writers festival Texts in the City: Ransom The Wheeler Centre ABR editor Peter Rose joins Jenny Niven for Texts in the City. This week, it's Ransom by David Malouf. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:40:12 texts in the city, jenny niven, peter rose, books, david malouf Michael Cunningham The Wheeler Centre Michael Cunningham speaks with Malcolm Knox about 'normality', discipline and the gay artist's obligations. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:59:26 michael cunningham, malcolm snow, writers, gay, fiction Emma Forrest The Wheeler Centre British writer Emma Forrest sheds light on her candid memoir, Your Voice in my Head. Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:16 emma forrest, writers, memoir Izzeldin Abuelaish The Wheeler Centre Izzeldin Abuelaish talks about peace and conflict, the future of the Middle East and the importance of connectedness. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:24 izzeldin abuelaish, jon faine, middle east Texts in the City: A Streetcar Named Desire The Wheeler Centre Hannie Rayson and Tony Wilson look at Tennessee Williams' classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:56 tony wilson, hannie rayson, texts in the city, plays, tennessee williams, theatre Injustice Anywhere: Human Rights in Practice The Wheeler Centre Alan Attwood, Debbie Mortimer, Julian Burnside and Rob Stary discuss the theory and practice of human rights today. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:56 alan attwood, julian burnside, rob stary, debbie mortimer, law, human rights, politics David Mitchell The Wheeler Centre Acclaimed author David Mitchell joins Jenny Niven for an illuminating, non sequitur-filled appearance at the Athenaeum. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:06:59 david mitchell, writers, books, jenny niven Guy Rundle on the New Tabloid Racialism The Wheeler Centre Amidst the West's crisis of identity, Guy Rundle examines tabloid attacks on the 'other' and the emergent 'new hate'. Tue, 31 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:15 guy rundle, politics, lunchbox soapbox, media, australian politics Fatima Bhutto The Wheeler Centre Fatima Bhutto joins Anton Enus in a disarming conversation about life in the midst of Pakistan's famed and bloodied political dynasty. Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:12:35 fatima bhutto, anton enus, politics, writers, pakistan Texts in the City: Things We Didn't See Coming The Wheeler Centre Jenny Niven and publisher Louise Swinn examine Steven Amsterdam's VCE-listed text, Things We Didn't See Coming. Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:56 louise swinn, jenny niven, texts in the city, books Lette's Go to the Opera The Wheeler Centre Kathy Lette, Richard Gill and Michael Shmith discuss the operatic adaptation of How to Kill Your Husband. Tue, 24 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:13 kathy lette, richard gill, michael shmith, opera, music, writers Mandy Brett on Why the World Needs Editors Even if it Doesn't Need Books The Wheeler Centre Recent developments in publishing threaten editors' roles - but they shouldn't, argues Mandy Brett. Fri, 20 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:39 mandy brett, books, publishing, editing, lunchbox soapbox, technology The Writers of Janet Clarke Hall The Wheeler Centre Literary alumni of the University of Melbourne's Janet Clarke Hall discuss memoir, fiction and their memories of JCH. Fri, 20 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:18:11 alice pung, helen garner, lee tulloch, anna goldsworthy, jan mcguinness, writers, education Emerging Writers' Festival: Stories from the Trenches The Wheeler Centre Ben Birchall, Paddy O'Reilly, Sean Condon and Meg Mundell enter the difficult and amusing world of the aspiring writer. Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:57 paddy o'reilly, sean condon, ben birchall, meg mundell, writers Leslie Cannold: The Problem with Feminists The Wheeler Centre Leslie Cannold addresses questions of female representation in the popular imagination, and in particular, in books. Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:40 leslie cannold, feminism, lunchbox soapbox The Talking Point: Banging on the Ceiling The Wheeler Centre Our panellists discuss the perceptions and prejudices that hinder women at work, and consider possible solutions. Fri, 13 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:34 narelle hooper, helen szoke, carol schwarz, margaret alston, feminism, the talking point, australian politics Dumbing Down Democracy: Tanner and Megalogenis The Wheeler Centre Tanner and Megalogenis explore politics and the media, values and pragmatism, and Tanner's new book Sideshow. Thu, 12 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:41 lindsay tanner, george megalogenis, politics, writers, books, journalism, journalists, ethics, media, australian politics Meg Rosoff The Wheeler Centre Young adult fiction author Meg Rosoff talks to Mike Shuttleworth about brevity, simple language and a godly teen. Wed, 11 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:50:15 meg rosoff, mike shuttleworth, writers, young adult, fiction The Writer's Banquet: The Writer's Kitchen The Wheeler Centre Toni Jordan, Morris Gleitzman and Andrea Goldsmith chew the fat with Ramona Koval about the culinary and literary arts. Tue, 10 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:38:14 ramona koval, writers, the writer's banquet, food, toni jordan, andrea goldsmith, morris gleitzman Texts in the City: Richard III The Wheeler Centre In this instalment of Texts in the City, we look at fate, free will and anti-heroism in Shakespeare's Richard III. Mon, 09 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:57 texts in the city, michael williams, tony wilson, judith rodriguez, plays Robert Manne on the New Australian Complacency The Wheeler Centre Robert Manne dissects the cultural and political complacency that Australia must overcome in a changing climate. Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:37 robert manne, politics, lunchbox soapbox, climate change, australian politics, australia, society, economy, racism Jeffrey Archer The Wheeler Centre Divisive author Jeffrey Archer discusses politics, e-books, prison and what it is to be "an old fashioned storyteller". Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:10 jeffrey archer, jennifer byrne, writers The Talking Point: Gagging for Freedom The Wheeler Centre Freedom of speech, censorship and a bill of rights feature in this particularly animated Talking Point discussion. Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:15 bernard keane, jonathan green, leslie cannold, ethics, law So Who the Bloody Hell Are We?: The Fair Go The Wheeler Centre Our panel of five discuss the Aussie fair go - what it means and to whom. Is it still true, relevant or indeed fair? Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:58 monica dux, stuart macintyre, david manne, melissa lucashenko, damien carrick, politics, identity, history, so who the bloody hell are we Dave Graney: Social Networks and the Unknown The Wheeler Centre Musician Dave Graney considers the potential of social networking to propel our imaginations toward the future. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:47 dave graney, lunchbox soapbox, music, technology The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Announcement The Wheeler Centre Ted Baillieu makes an announcement on the future of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:51 ted baillieu, victorian premier's literary awards, michael heyward David Tacey: Breaking Free from Modern Medicine The Wheeler Centre David Tacey explores the reemergence of holistic therapies, and the barriers to their widespread acceptance. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:13 david tacey, health, lunchbox soapbox, history, religion So Who the Bloody Hell Are We?: The Quarter Acre Block The Wheeler Centre In The Quarter Acre Block, we look at Aussie cities and suburbs - and the people and myths that populate them. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:45:02 alan saunders, mark davis, david nichols, jane-frances kelly, identity, architecture, so who the bloody hell are we Griffith Review: Ways of Seeing The Wheeler Centre John Armstrong, lead essayist of 2011's first Griffith Review, impels universities to reform their humanities programmes. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:02:00 john armstrong, glyn davis, peter clarke, julianne schultz, griffith review, philosophy, art, culture, education The Talking Point: Is Australian Democracy Broken? The Wheeler Centre Fran Kelly leads Malcolm Fraser, Malcolm Turnbull, Lindsay Tanner and Margaret Simons through a critique of Australian democracy. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 01:08:46 malcolm turnbull, malcolm fraser, margaret simons, fran kelly, lindsay tanner, politics, media, the talking point So Who the Bloody Hell Are We?: Sentimental Bloke The Wheeler Centre Led by Michael Cathcart, Anne Summers and Craigs Sherborne and Reucassel discuss today's Australian masculine stereotypes. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:31:18 craig reucassel, craig sherborne, michael cathcart, anne summers, so who the bloody hell are we, identity Texts in the City: Life of Pi The Wheeler Centre Jenny Niven and Peter Mews explore the layered fiction of Yann Martel's Man Booker-winning novel, Life of Pi. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:23 peter mews, jenny niven, texts in the city, books Intelligence Squared: Both Major Parties are Failing the Australian People The Wheeler Centre Penny Wong, John Hewson, Carmen Lawrence, Greg Barns, Shaun Carney and Helen Kroger debate the failure of Australia's major political parties. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:21 carmen lawrence, politics, penny wong, john hewson, helen kroger, shaun carney, greg barns, intelligence squared, australian politics Texts in the City: Cosi The Wheeler Centre Barry Otto and Tony Wilson explore Louis Nowra's play Cosi, part of our Texts in the City series. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:36:58 barry otto, tony wilson, texts in the city, books, theatre, film Meanland: The Evolution of the Bookshop The Wheeler Centre In the first Meanland event for 2011, a panel of retailers, industry insiders and editors discuss how book selling is changing. Fri, 08 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:09 corrie perkin, chris flynn, sally heath, michael webster, jo case, meanland, books Tim Soutphommasane: The Pleasures of Hate Mail The Wheeler Centre Weekend Australian columnist Tim Soutphommasane dips into his collection of abusive letters... and spousal apologies. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:22 tim soutphommasane, lunchbox soapbox, writers Angus Trumble - The Finger The Wheeler Centre Angus Trumble discusses his art career and his book, The Finger: A Handbook, with fellow curator David Hansen. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:01 angus trumble, david hansen, art, writers Quarterly Essay - The Good Life: David Malouf The Wheeler Centre David Malouf and Raimond Gaita explore the connection between happiness and virtue. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:42:21 david malouf, raimond gaita, philosophy, quarterly essay, writers Texts in the City: Dreams from My Father The Wheeler Centre Glenn Moore and Jenny Niven discuss race, class and identity in Barack Obama's 1995 book, Dreams from My Father. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:55 barack obama, glenn moore, jenny niven, texts in the city, fiction, writers, politics She Must Be Seeing Things The Wheeler Centre She Must Be Seeing Things examines the work of women filmmakers turning their gaze to the cultures around them. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:20 deb verhoeven, arnold zable, judith buckrich, jenny niven, film, feminism, criticism Drama Queens The Wheeler Centre In Drama Queens, our panel discuss solutions to unequal representation in contemporary Australian theatre. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:25 patricia cornelius, chris mead, marion potts, van badham, ralph myers, theatre, plays, writers, feminism Ben Pobjie: In Defence of Offensiveness The Wheeler Centre Ben Pobjie explains the importance of crude and shocking humour, and why we don't have the right to "not be offended". Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:33 ben pobjie, comedy, writers, lunchbox soapbox Texts in the City: Witness The Wheeler Centre Screenwriter Mac Gudgeon joins Tony Wilson for a Texts in the City session on the 1985 film Witness. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:38:08 tony wilson, mac gudgeon, film, texts in the city Yannick Haenel: Jan Karski, The Messenger The Wheeler Centre French author Yannick Haenel talks to Mark Baker about the holocaust and Jan Karski, The Messenger. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:40 yannick haenel, mark baker, writers Texts in the City: The Crucible The Wheeler Centre William Henderson and Tony Wilson discuss current VCE English text and classic play The Crucible. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:32:34 texts in the city, william henderson, tony wilson Annie Proulx The Wheeler Centre North American writer Annie Proulx discusses "wiggling small things out of the unknown and onto the page" with Michael Williams. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:54 annie proulx, michael williams, writers Andrew O'Hagan The Wheeler Centre Scottish novelist Andrew O'Hagan returns to Australia to talk about Maf the Dog and Marilyn Monroe. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:50 andrew o'hagan, michael mcgirr, writers, andrew o'hagan, andrew o'hagan Joanne Faulkner: The Enemies of Innocence The Wheeler Centre Researcher Joanne Faulkner argues against our culture's ill-begotten pairing of childhood and innocence. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:22 joanne faulkner, lunchbox soapbox, writers Meanland: Reading Without Privacy The Wheeler Centre Jonathan Green, Alison Croggon, Jeff Sparrow and Sophie Cunningham discuss Twitter and its relationship to privacy, publicity and endless distraction. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:43 meanland, sophie cunningham, jeff sparrow, jonathan green, alison croggon, michael williams, technology Texts in the City: Maestro The Wheeler Centre In our first Texts in the City session for VCE English students, Stephanie Trigg and Tony Wilson discuss Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:18 texts in the city, peter goldsworthy, stephanie trigg, tony wilson Coming Out Stories The Wheeler Centre Tom Cho, Virginia Lovett, Wes Snelling and Ana Kokkinos share their stories and thoughts on coming out and fitting in. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:45:43 gay, ana kokkinos, tom cho, virginia lovett, richard watts, wes snelling, writers, big gay week The Only Gay Book in the Village The Wheeler Centre Sophie Cunningham, Benjamin Law, Fiona McGregor and William Yang consider what makes a piece of writing gay. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:51:20 benjamin law, fiona mcgregor, sophie cunningham, william yang, gay rights, gay, writers, big gay week Helen Razer: Giving Up On Art The Wheeler Centre In this Lunchbox/Soapbox appearance, broadcaster Helen Razer expands on her controversial critique of gay arts culture. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:58 helen razer, art, gay, gay rights, big gay week Fright Night The Wheeler Centre Toby Schmitz and Nick Coyle share their haunted, spooky tales at Fright Night. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:31 nick coyle, toby schmitz, comedy, humour John Wood: Leaving Microsoft to Change the World The Wheeler Centre John Wood, author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, tells the story of the global non-profit literacy organisation he founded. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:14 john wood The Late Great: Patrick White The Wheeler Centre In the first of a new series, biographers and colleagues toast The Late Great literary legend Patrick White. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:02 patrick white, the late great, writers, david marr, kerry walker, stephen armstrong, david musgrave Sophie Cunningham: Still Shocking The Wheeler Centre Sophie Cunningham explores our response to change and crisis, and asks how we can regain our grip on reality. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:00 sophie cunningham, writers, lunchbox soapbox, climate change The Talking Point: Egypt and Beyond The Wheeler Centre In our inaugural Talking Point session, our panel discusses the political upheaval in Egypt and what its lasting effects will be. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:34 politics, the talking point Voices From Elsewhere: Murong Xuecun (English) The Wheeler Centre From our Gala Night of Storytelling, Murong Xuecun describes the resourceful Mr Sheng and his unusual relationship with his stomach. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:46 murong xuecun, gala night, voices from elsewhere, writers, china Voices From Elsewhere: Murong Xuecun (Chinese) The Wheeler Centre Murong Xuecun tells, in Chinese, the story of Mr Sheng - pest controller, chef de cuisine and owner of 'hungry eyes'. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:07:20 murong xuecun, writers, gala night, voices from elsewhere, china Voices From Elsewhere: Dagmar Leupold (German) The Wheeler Centre German writer Dagmar Leupold recounts the power of a pair of suede boots that, under cover of night, whisk her imagination across the Baltic to Estonia. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:17 dagmar leupold, gala night, writers, voices from elsewhere Voices From Elsewhere: Dagmar Leupold (English) The Wheeler Centre Dagmar Leupold recounts the story of the vintage suede boots that transported her across the Baltic to an icy dream of her adolescence. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:57 dagmar leupold, voices from elsewhere, writers, gala night Voices From Elsewhere: Yannick Haenel (French) The Wheeler Centre French writer Yannick Haenel reads his story of two wartime grandfathers and their very different silences. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:12:20 yannick haenel, gala night, voices from elsewhere, writers Voices From Elsewhere: Yannick Haenel (English) The Wheeler Centre From our Gala Night of Storytelling 2011: Yannick Haenel's story of two wartime grandfathers and their very different silences. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:13 yannick haenel, writers, voices from elsewhere, gala night Secrets and Lies: How WikiLeaks Has Changed The World The Wheeler Centre Lyndal Curtis, Julian Burnside, Paul Ramadge and Suelette Dreyfus examine the lasting implications of WikiLeaks. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:36 wikileaks, politics, publishing Voices From Elsewhere: John Birmingham The Wheeler Centre John Birmingham details his friend's lifesaving encounters with aikido, kneeling practice and Indian airport staff. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:09 john birmingham, writers, gala night, voices from elsewhere Voices From Elsewhere: Archie Roach The Wheeler Centre Archie Roach performs a song dedicated to his late wife, Ruby Hunter, at our Gala Night of Storytelling. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:07:57 archie roach, gala night, voices from elsewhere, music Voices From Elsewhere: Sonya Hartnett The Wheeler Centre At our Gala Night of Storytelling, Sonya Hartnett tells the story of her mother's crime in 1960s Athens. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:05:13 sonya hartnett, gala night, voices from elsewhere, writers Jon Faine: Why All The Complaining? The Wheeler Centre Jon Faine questions our growing culture of complaint and asks if, instead, our expectations are unrealistic Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:25:18 jon faine, lunchbox soapbox, politics Voices From Elsewhere: Nam Le The Wheeler Centre Nam Le finds inspiration in a kung fu legend of the silver screen. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:46 nam le, writers, gala night, voices from elsewhere Voices From Elsewhere: Abha Dawesar The Wheeler Centre At our Gala Night of Storytelling for 2011, Abha Dawesar tells a tale of embracing fate. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:06:37 abha dawesar, gala night, writers, voices from elsewhere Murong Xuecun The Wheeler Centre Author Murong Xuecun discusses the challenges facing an 'independent' writer in contemporary China. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:58 murong xuecun, writers Voices From Elsewhere: Mem Fox The Wheeler Centre Mem Fox tells the story of a rabbi's encounter with tragedy and his wife's wise attempt to guide him through it. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:05:51 mem fox, gala night, voices from elsewhere, writers Reading on Vocation with Ramona Koval: Gardeners The Wheeler Centre Ramona Koval discusses gardening concepts and writerly influences with Stephen Ryan, Terry Smyth and Michael McCoy. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:40 ramona koval, reading on vocation, stephen ryan, terry smyth, michael mccoy Ethically Speaking: Advertising The Wheeler Centre Jon Casimir, Emma Hill, Ben Birchall and Cordelia Fine discuss the ethical implications and responsibilities of advertising. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:54 advertising, ethics, ethically speaking, jon casimir, ben birchall, emma hill, cordelia fine Imagine a World Without Memory The Wheeler Centre Nam Le, Mary Delahunty, Joy Damousi and Sue Pascoe reflect on various forms of memory in this discussion led by Michael Cathcart. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:08 nam le, mary delahunty, joy damousi, sue pascoe, michael cathcart, memoir, writers, history The Changing Architecture of Global Governance The Wheeler Centre Robyn Eckersley, Andrew Hewett and Joseph Camilleri reflect on the shifting mechanisms of global power. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:28 politics, joseph camilleri, robyn eckersley, andrew hewett, dennis altman Peter James The Wheeler Centre Peter James talks about Britain's fascination with crime, Brighton's seedy underbelly and his time spent on police patrol. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:36 peter james, writers, crime Kate Morton The Wheeler Centre Kate Morton speaks to Blanche Clark about her latest book, The Distant Hours - and the writing process behind it. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:35:03 kate morton, blanche clark, writers Jake Adelstein The Wheeler Centre Former Japanese crime reporter Jake Adelstein discusses Yakuza, safety, honour and law enforcement. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:12:44 jake adelstein, crime, writers Berlin Dayz The Wheeler Centre Meet some of the hottest writers in the German language as Anna Funder talks to slam poet Bas Bottcher, radio reporter Carsten Beyer and social commentator Wladimir Kaminer. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:22 berlin dayz, writers, poetry, anna funder, bas böttcher, carsten beyer, wladimir kaminer, gala night Reading On Vocation with Ramona Koval: Musicians The Wheeler Centre Musicians Ali McGregor, Richard Gill and Shane Howard talk about their favourite books with Radio National's Ramona Koval. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:47:56 shane howard, ramona koval, ali mcgregor, richard gill, music, books, reading on vocation More than a Game: The Culture of Footy The Wheeler Centre Is football racist, sexist and homophobic? Caroline Wilson, Finn Bradshaw, Chris McAuliffe, Pippa Grange and Daniel Jackson examine the culture of our national sport. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:59 caroline wilson, daniel jackson, chris mcauliffe, pippa grange, finn bradshaw Nicolas Dickner The Wheeler Centre French Canadian author Nicolas Dickner talks about language, identity and translation in writing. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:36 nicolas dickner, writers, gala night Ray Moynihan: Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals The Wheeler Centre Investigative journalist Ray Moynihan reveals the relationship between marketing and medical science rife in the pharmaceutical industry, and questions how many women really have 'hypoactive sexual desire disorder'. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:47 ray moynihan, science, health Reading on Vocation: Nuns The Wheeler Centre Sisters Maryanne Confoy, Janette Gray and Mary Coloe talk about their reading habits with ABC Radio National's Sarah L'Estrange. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:50 reading on vocation, religion, books, sarah l'estrange, janette gray, maryanne confoy, mary coloe Something To Believe In: Spirituality and Faith The Wheeler Centre Robyn Williams, Tanveer Ahmed, Mark Baker and Joan Hendriks on religion in a discussion chaired by Sally Warhaft. Sun, 09 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:12 tanveer ahmed, sally warhaft, robyn williams, joan hendriks, mark baker, writers, religion The Boyer Lectures 2010: Glyn Davis The Wheeler Centre Glyn Davis delivers a 2010 Boyer Lecture on The Republic of Learning: Higher Education Transforms Australia. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:28 glyn davis, education, peter mares, australia The Written Death The Wheeler Centre As part of the Matter of Life and Death series, some of our finest writers discuss tackling death and mortality on the page. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:46 writers, helen garner, jeff sparrow, louise swinn, shane maloney, brenda walker Bryce Courtenay The Wheeler Centre One of Australia's best-loved authors ponders what led him to writing, and reflects on the death of his son, about whom 'April Fools Day' is written. Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:14 writers, bryce courtenay Musically Speaking with Clare Bowditch, Stephen Cummings and Rebecca Barnard The Wheeler Centre Jess McGuire talks with Clare Bowditch, Stephen Cummings and Rebecca Barnard about the music industry. Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:52:19 music, clare bowditch, stephen cummings, rebecca barnard, jess mcguire, ethically speaking Simon Winchester The Wheeler Centre Simon Winchester on Atlantic, journalism and creative non fiction Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:07:25 simon winchester, writers Hamlet: A Graphic Tale The Wheeler Centre Nicki Greenberg and Shaun Tan discuss Greenberg's graphic adaptation of Hamlet. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:38:19 comics, art, nicki greenberg, shaun tan Critical Failure: Popular Music The Wheeler Centre Lawrie Zion, Chris Johnston, Clem Bastow and Mikey Cahill discuss the state of music criticism. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:28:48 music, clem bastow, lawrie zion, chris johnston, mikey cahill, criticism, critical failure Shaun Micallef The Wheeler Centre Shaun Micallef on his book Preincarnate. Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:05 shaun micallef, writers, humour Mark Wakeham: Environment The Wheeler Centre Mark Wakeham examines Victoria's environmental challenges leading into the 2010 Victorian State Election. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:18 climate change, politics, lunchbox soapbox, mark wakeham Tony Wheeler: Thomas Coryate, The First Tourist The Wheeler Centre Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler talks about early leisure traveller Thomas Coryate. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:34:58 travel, tony wheeler George Megalogenis: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era The Wheeler Centre George Megalogenis discusses the death of political reform and rigorous public debate, with former Federal Labor MP Lindsay Tanner. Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:02 politics, quarterly essay, george megalogenis, lindsay tanner Greg Davies: Law And Order The Wheeler Centre Greg Davies from the Police Association looks at the increased violence many Victorian police are encountering. Tue, 23 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:40 lunchbox soapbox, politics, greg davies Lenore Skenazy: Free Range Kids The Wheeler Centre Lenore Skenazy discusses free range kids in this hilarious talk. Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:58 lenore skenazy, writers Vandana Shiva The Wheeler Centre Vandana Shiva delivers an address on how GMO-free food became activism. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:32 writers, climate change, politics, vandana shiva David Suzuki The Wheeler Centre What legacy does environmentalist David Suzuki leave behind on our troubled planet? Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 01:09:02 david suzuki, climate change David Astle: Confessions of a Wordaholic The Wheeler Centre Crossword puzzle setter David Astle talks about his love of words and how to solve a cryptic. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:58 david astle, language, michael williams Cath Smith: Social Equity in Melbourne The Wheeler Centre VCOSS CEO Cath Smith outlines a social agenda for the Victorian state elections, pointing to affordable housing, service subsidies and improved access to transport, among other measures. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:15:46 politics, lunchbox soapbox, cath smith Paul Mees: Public Transport The Wheeler Centre Transport planner Paul Mees analyses Melbourne's public transport failings, and suggests that upheaval is necessary to remedy the situation. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:34 politics, lunchbox soapbox, paul mees Hannie Rayson: Grabbing the Limelight The Wheeler Centre Hannie Rayson suggests that theatre and politics share more in common than we think; both seek to move us through strong narrative and performance. But, she argues, we're not getting those things in today's politics. Tue, 09 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:11 politics, theatre Feminism Has Failed: Wendy McCarthy The Wheeler Centre Wendy McCarthy argues her case in the Intelligence Squared debate on feminism. Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:18 intelligence squared, wendy mccarthy, feminism Monica McInerney The Wheeler Centre In conversation with Toni Jordan, novelist Monica McInerney discusses her writing and editing process as well as the forces that propelled her to a career in books. Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:01 writers, monica mcinerney, toni jordan Jonathan Walker on illuminated books The Wheeler Centre Jonathan Walker, author of Five Wounds, talks about the future of the book Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:07:36 writers, comics Feminism Has Failed: Gay Alcorn The Wheeler Centre Gay Alcorn argues that feminism has failed Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:37 intelligence squared, feminism, gay alcorn Peter Doherty The Wheeler Centre Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:56:51 peter doherty, science Gala Night of Storytelling: John Marsden The Wheeler Centre John Marsden tells his story for the Wheeler Centre's Gala Night of Storytelling Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:04 gala night, john marsden Travel Writing: Why It Sucks The Wheeler Centre Travel and rock scribe Andrew Mueller examines why, in his opinion, travel writing sucks. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:09 travel, writers, music, lunchbox soapbox Salley Vickers The Wheeler Centre Salley Vickers Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:53 Good Life, Good Death: The Morality of Mortality The Wheeler Centre Phillip Adams, Julian Burnside, Tony Coady and Amanda Lohrey share their thoughts on death, euthanasia and the recognition of mortality Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:49:16 phillip adams, julian burnside, amanda lohrey, tony coady, ethics Sophie Black - In Defence of Online News The Wheeler Centre Crikey editor Sophie Black on the furute of web journalism Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:37 journalists, technology, lunchbox soapbox, sophie black Tom Elliott: Why Hedge-Fund Managers Aren’t Evil The Wheeler Centre Hedge-fund manager Tom Elliott defends his economics and his profession Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:52 finance, tom elliott Feminism Has Failed: Monica Dux The Wheeler Centre Monica Dux argues that feminism has not failed at the Intelligence Squared debate Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:43 feminism, monica dux, intelligence squared Christian Lander The Wheeler Centre Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like, in conversation with John Safran Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 01:05:49 christian lander, john safran, humour, culture Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Theme and Slideshow The Wheeler Centre Casey Bennetto's Song from the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:02:29 casey bennetto, victorian premier's literary awards Quarterly Essay: China, America and Australia's Future in Asia The Wheeler Centre In the September Quarterly Essay, Hugh White considers Australia’s place between Beijing and Washington. Thu, 07 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:41 writers, politics, hugh white, quarterly essay, rafael epstein Feminism Has Failed: Stephen Mayne The Wheeler Centre Stephen Mayne argues that feminism has failed in the Intelligence Squared debate Tue, 05 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:43 feminism, stephen mayne, intelligence squared Feminism Has Failed: Virginia Hausegger The Wheeler Centre Virginia Hausegger argues that feminism has failed in the Intelligence Squared debate Tue, 05 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:40 feminism, intelligence squared, virginia hausegger Feminism Has Failed: Jennifer Byrne The Wheeler Centre Jennifer Byrne argues that feminism has not failed in the Intelligence Squared debate Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:57 feminism, intelligence squared, jennifer byrne Boy In the Moon: Ian Brown The Wheeler Centre Author of Boy In The Moon, Ian Brown, discusses non-verbal communication, his vision for an integrated high care community, and what it takes to rediscover your own needs after focussing completely on another's. Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:47:49 writers, ian brown Rewiring Our Brains: Nicholas Carr The Wheeler Centre Nicholas Carr discusses brain function, intellect and memory in the era of information bombardment. Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:48 technology, writers, nicholas carr, gideon haigh The Death of the Newspaper: Who's to Blame? The Wheeler Centre Anna Krien, author of *In the Woods*, audits the deathbed health of our newspapers, lobbying for a diagnosis that doesn’t shy away from tough love. Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:06 writers, journalists, lunchbox soapbox, anna krien Fiona Scott-Norman: Disco: The Vinyl Solution The Wheeler Centre Fiona Scott-Norman, satirist and DJ, argues that street violence can be solved not by sending in the cops, but by sending in the disco police. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:30 lunchbox soapbox, music, fiona scott-norman Meanland: Copyright vs Creativity with Cory Doctorow The Wheeler Centre In this Meanland lecture, Cory Doctorow discusses how writers can seize the possibilities of the digital future. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:48:41 writers, technology Critical Failure: Visual Arts The Wheeler Centre Critical Failure's visual arts session looks at the state of visual art from the decline of newspapers, the rise of online and the place of the artist in the current space. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:44 criticism, art, critical failure Critical Failure: Books The Wheeler Centre Rebecca Starford, Gideon Haigh, Peter Craven and Hilary McPhee examine the challenges of quality Australian literary criticism. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:22 books, criticism, critical failure Critical Failure: Theatre The Wheeler Centre An energetic debate on stage criticism in Australia, featuring Alison Croggon, Julian Meyrick, Stephen Sewell and Cameron Woodhead. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:43:04 criticism, theatre, critical failure Critical Failure: Film The Wheeler Centre Adrian Martin, Mel Campbell, Fenella Kernebone and Gillian Armstrong interrogate the role and manner of the film critic in contemporary Australia. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:39:53 criticism, film, critical failure Kon Karapanagiotidis: Why So Frightened? The Wheeler Centre Kon Karapanagiotidis argues passionately against fear-mongering regarding Australia's boat arrivals. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:24:38 lunchbox soapbox, immigration, kon karapanagiotidis, politics, asylum seekers, human rights, social justice Tanveer Ahmed: Australia Has Not Escaped Its Racist Past The Wheeler Centre Tanveer Ahmed argues in the Intelligence Squared debate that Australia has escaped its racist past Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:02 intelligence squared Maria Tumarkin The Wheeler Centre Victorian Premier's Literary Award nominee Maria Tumarkin reads from Otherland Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:08:47 writers, prizes Hugo Award winner China Mieville The Wheeler Centre Hugo Award winner China Miéville talks about genre vs literature, British comics and Kraken. Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:15:20 writers Peter FitzSimons The Wheeler Centre Peter Fitzsimons speaks candidly about lost love, the death of his mother, and his attempts to resist 'This Is Your Life'. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:27 writers, peter fitzsimons, angela pippos Reading on Vocation with Ramona Koval: Scientists The Wheeler Centre Tim Flannery, Douglas Hilton and Rachel Webster join Ramona Koval for a discussion on Cicero, Darwin and Wallace; amateur entymology and (un)believable science fiction. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:42:49 reading on vocation, science George Megalogenis Makes Sense of the Election The Wheeler Centre George Megalogenis deciphers the election results from Labor losses to Greens rise and the Coalition's fightback to power. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:48 politics, lunchbox soapbox, george megalogenis God Bothering: An Australian Literary Review Discussion The Wheeler Centre To coincide with the release of two major new histories of Christianity in Australia, our panel pick apart how secular Australia writes about and talks about God. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:46:53 religion Ayaan Hirsi Ali The Wheeler Centre Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks about Liberal societies and the debate over Islam. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:53:30 ayaan hirsi ali, politics, religion, jennifer byrne Sue-Ann Post: The Case Against Monogamy The Wheeler Centre Sue-Ann Post outlines her argument against the dishonest expectations - and unconvincing science - of monogamy. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:46 lunchbox soapbox, humour, romance Griffith Review Prosper or Perish: Exploring the Limits to Growth The Wheeler Centre Griffith Review 29 contributors Peter Mares, Michele Grossman and Rachel Buchanan deconstruct the social and racial dialogue surrounding the population debate - particularly around the question of immigration. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:58:26 politics, immigration Bret Easton Ellis The Wheeler Centre American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis talks about his new novel, Imperial Bedrooms, Delta Goodrem and his scam with Judd Nelson. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:07 writers, bret easton ellis, fiction, alan brough Hanifa Deen: Muslim Fatigue, or Aren’t you Tired of the “M” Word Too? The Wheeler Centre Hanifa Deen is fed up with writing about Muslims, reading about Muslims, defending Muslims and obsessing about Muslims in general but is having trouble getting off the ‘Muslim merry-go-round’. Here, she offers some creative solutions. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:11 religion, lunchbox soapbox State of the Arts Lecture by Jonathan Mills The Wheeler Centre Jonathan Mills delivers his impassioned argument for the arts in our daily lives. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:40:38 art, criticism Tim Soutphommasane: Why Australia Should Have National Service The Wheeler Centre Tim Southhommasane on how Australia would be better with National Service Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:56 lunchbox soapbox, tim soutphommasane Reading On Vocation with Ramona Koval: Filmmakers The Wheeler Centre Filmmakers Sue Maslin, Adam Elliott and Camille Chen talk about the books that inform and inspire their work on screen - and about the relationship between the two. Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:25:56 reading on vocation, film, writers A Night of Two Tones The Wheeler Centre Tony Wilson talks about his new book with Tony Martin in a night of too-many Tones Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:32:38 humour Adam Bandt: How Two-Party Politics Has Failed Australian Voters The Wheeler Centre Greens candidate Adam Bandt examines the role of smaller parties and independent candidates in a healthy, accountable democracy. Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:19 lunchbox soapbox, politics, adam bandt Hanifa Deen: Australia Has Not Escaped Its Racist Past The Wheeler Centre Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:29 religion, intelligence squared Father Bob Maguire: Building a Civil Society Despite Elections The Wheeler Centre Father Bob Maguire on community, religion as revolution and time. Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:31:03 lunchbox soapbox, religion, father bob mcguire John Birmingham The Wheeler Centre John Birmingham discusses After America, women as action heroines and the battle between reading and Nintendo. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:30:38 writers, humour, technology, john birmingham ABR Calibre Prize: Seeing Truganini The Wheeler Centre ABR Calibre Prize winner David Hansen discusses his winning essay 'Seeing Truganini' with indigenous curators Brenda L Croft and Tony Brown. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:34:06 criticism Love Stories: Literature's Great Romances The Wheeler Centre Hannie Rayson, Lorin Clarke, Kate Holden, Craig Sherborne and Steven Carroll examine the mechanics of representational romance, as they talk literary heartthrobs. Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:36:12 kate holden, craig sherborne, steven caroll, hannie rayson, lorin clarke Erotic Fan Fiction The Wheeler Centre Our Night of Erotic Fan Fiction got a little racey and Knight Rider got the Justin Heazlewood treatment Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:26 A Night of Chekhov The Wheeler Centre Celebrating the life of Anton Chekhov with writers, actors and directors. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:08 Rodney Croome: The Case for Gay Marriage The Wheeler Centre Rodney Croome's impassioned argument for gay marriage touches on parenting, Gillard's failure of empathy and inclusive national identity. Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:26 lunchbox soapbox, gay rights, rodney croome Ken Crispin: The Quest For Justice The Wheeler Centre Ken Crispin examines the mechanics of law and justice in our legal system, and questions Australia's lack of a bill of rights. Fri, 09 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:58 lunchbox soapbox, ken crispin Peter Carey The Wheeler Centre Peter Carey on writing, art and his latest book Parrot and Olivier in America. Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:34:18 peter carey, fiction, louise swinn, writers Tribute to Peter Porter The Wheeler Centre Genevieve Picot, Peter Rose, Gig Ryan, Craig Sherborne and Chris Wallace-Crabbe share readings and recollections of poet and critic Peter Porter. Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:23 poetry Ethically Speaking: Sporting Ethics The Wheeler Centre Angela Pippos leads our panel including Lisa Forrest, Gerard Whateley and Joel Bowden in a discussion about ethical behaviour - and reporting - in the sporting world. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:29:07 ethically speaking Monica Dux: The Happy Gestator The Wheeler Centre Monica Dux grapples expectations of radiance during her pregnancies and asks: what’s with the contemporary push for pregnant women to be so damn happy? Wed, 30 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:04 lunchbox soapbox, humour, monica dux, health Meanland: Chris Meade and Paul Callaghan The Wheeler Centre Chris Meade and Paul Callaghan discuss their experiments - and discoveries - around the intersection of literature and interactive media. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:56 meanland David Marr: Power Trip - The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd The Wheeler Centre Essayist David Marr assesses Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's inspirations, methods and political temperament. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:55:46 politics, writers, david marr, highlights, australia Tim Ferguson: Secrets Of Sex The Wheeler Centre Tim Ferguson laments the conservatism of Gen X, the death of feminism and Sex And The City 2. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:10 lunchbox soapbox, humour, tim ferguson Reading on Vocation with Ramona Koval: Doctors The Wheeler Centre Doctors Chris Merry, Rodney Hicks and Jayashri Kulkarni join Ramona Koval to discuss books that have made their mark on their minds and careers. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:44:52 reading on vocation, health, chris merry, rodney hicks, jayashri kulkarni, ramona koval Shane Maloney: In Praise of Shhhh The Wheeler Centre Writer Shane Maloney discusses his love of libraries and how public silence is under threat. Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:01 lunchbox soapbox, humour, shane maloney Greening Capitalism Panel Discussion The Wheeler Centre Join panellists David Blood, James Cameron, Ian Gibson and John Daley as they address the complex relationship between climate and commerce. Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:49 deakins 2010 The Politics of Climate Change The Wheeler Centre A panel of Malcolm Turnbull, Mark Dreyfus, Nick McKim and Baroness Valerie Amos discuss how politics can create action on climate change. Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 01:17:41 deakins 2010, malcolm turnbull, mark dreyfus, nick mckim, baroness valerie amos, climate change Innovating the Cities - David Owen The Wheeler Centre David Owen talks about how living closer together and using our cars less is the best thing we can do to fight climate change. Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:31:59 deakins 2010 Innovating the Cities Panel Discussion The Wheeler Centre David Owen, Melinda Dodson, Sue Holliday, Rob Adams and Bruce Taper explore ways in which we can make our cities more energy efficient. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 01:13:22 deakins 2010 The Ethics of Climate Change Panel Discussion The Wheeler Centre Peter Singer, Kartikeya Sarabhai and Tim Soutphommasane discuss the distance between ethics, ideas and action in the green narrative. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:30 deakins 2010 The Ethics of Climate Change - Kartikeya Sarabhai The Wheeler Centre Kartikeya Sarabhai discusses how our individual choices can help sustainable development. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:22:18 deakins 2010 The Ethics of Climate Change - Peter Singer The Wheeler Centre Ethicist Peter Singer tells how we can balance our daily choices between convenience and climate change. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:24 deakins 2010 The Ethics of Climate Change - Tim Soutphommasane The Wheeler Centre Tim Soutphommasane lectures on the ethics of climate change. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:31 deakins 2010, tim soutphommasane Innovation, Energy And Climate Change In The Developing World Panel Discussion The Wheeler Centre A panel Kartikeya Sarabhai, Prasad Menon, Jon Barnett and Ian de Cruz ask how we can adapt globally to the challenges of climate change. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:50:07 deakins 2010 Innovation, Energy And Climate Change In The Developing World - Tim Costello The Wheeler Centre Tim Costello explores Australia's unique regional responsibilities in the climate debate and the impact of development models in creating a sustainable global society. Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:37:50 deakins 2010 Greening Capitalism - James Cameron The Wheeler Centre James Cameron considers the question of compatibility between climate change and economic growth in this Deakins 2010 keynote lecture. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:24 deakins 2010 Carbon Down on the Farm Panel Discussion The Wheeler Centre Panellists Johannes Lehmann, Andrew Broad, Stephen Joseph and Alan Lauder discuss green farming. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 01:00:26 deakins 2010 Carbon Down on the Farm - Michael Inwood The Wheeler Centre Michael Inwood demonstrates his electric ute and Agroplow AD Hybrid disc drill. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:33 deakins 2010 Carbon Down on the Farm - Johannes Lehmann The Wheeler Centre Soil Scientist Johnnes Lehmann talks about sustainable agriculture Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:44 deakins 2010 Prosperity Without Growth - Tim Jackson The Wheeler Centre In this inspiring presentation, Professor Tim Jackson charts a course for a more balanced, truly human prosperity. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 01:03:30 deakins 2010 Future Energy Solutions Panel Discussion The Wheeler Centre Panel discussion on alternative energy with Ben McNeil, Prasad Menon, Michael Bielinski and Grant King Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:54:14 deakins 2010, deakins 2010 Greening Capitalism - David Blood The Wheeler Centre David Blood delivers the keynote address for Greening Capitalism at the Deakins Lectures 2010. Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:46 deakins 2010, david blood Emissions Trading Panel Discussion The Wheeler Centre Denny Ellerman, Richard Folland, Martin Parkinson and Elaine Prior lead a discussion of the ETS/CPRS question. Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:50:28 deakins 2010 Emissions Trading - Denny Ellerman The Wheeler Centre Leading energy economist Denny Ellerman addresses the emissions trading debate. Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:43 deakins 2010 Emissions Trading - Richard Folland The Wheeler Centre Wherever the conversation about climate change goes in the year ahead, it's guaranteed that at the centre of the Australian discussion sits two acronyms: ETS and CPRS. But what do either of them really mean? Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:57 deakins 2010 Future Energy Solutions: Grant King The Wheeler Centre Keynote on alternative energy with Ben McNeil, Prasad Menon, Michael Bielinski and Grant King Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:41:22 deakins 2010, grant king, climate change Julian Burnside: Mind Your Language The Wheeler Centre Julian Burnside, QC, explores the pitfalls of professional language: from the courts to corporations. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:27:16 lunchbox soapbox, julian burnside Innovation in a Changing Climate The Wheeler Centre Series curator Tim Flannery delivers the opening keynote address for the Alfred Deakins Lectures 2010. Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:30:54 deakins 2010 Chris Flynn: Heroic Hounds The Wheeler Centre Chris Flynn discusses the noble deeds of dogs, from Beethoven to Benji, via Krypto's Doghouse of Solitude Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:38 lunchbox soapbox, writers, humour Colm Toibin in conversation The Wheeler Centre The Irish writer discusses his latest novel and the differences between American and Irish charm Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:38 colm toibin, fiction Casey Bennetto on his Lunchbox/Soapbox The Wheeler Centre Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:26:11 music Nicki Greenberg talks about her Gatsby The Wheeler Centre Illustrator/writer Nicki Greenberg discusses her comic take on a classic Thu, 27 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:47 nicki greenberg, comics Colm Toibin reads from Brooklyn The Wheeler Centre Irish writer reads from his award-winning novel Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:57 colm toibin, fiction, colm toibin, fiction Jana Wendt The Wheeler Centre One of Australia's most experienced female journalists, re-tells her experiences of reporting from boxing to Russian politics. Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:36 journalists Ethically Speaking: Business and Ethics The Wheeler Centre Alan Kohler, Stephen Mayne and Tom Elliott talk about good and bad corporate citizens Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:26:15 ethically speaking, ethics, finance David Astle Re-works Words The Wheeler Centre Crossword maker David Astle remixes language Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:03:01 highlights, david astle LM Robinson: Little Lonsdale's Saucy History The Wheeler Centre LM Robinson on Little Lonsdale's Saucy History Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:02:28 wheeler centre, lm robinson Kate Holden: Miss Misogyny The Wheeler Centre Kate Holden: Miss Misogyny Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:17:26 lunchbox soapbox, kate holden, feminism Naomi Wolf The Wheeler Centre Feminist and writer, Naomi Wolf talks about what's changed since *The Beauty Myth* and her essay "The Silent Treatment". Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:15:58 Lee Child The Wheeler Centre The creator of Jack Reacher, Lee Child talks to John Birmingham about how he writes, his new book *61 Hours* and wanting to be in The Beatles. Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:24 crime, lee child, john birmingham Robin Boyd: Australian Ugliness The Wheeler Centre Fifty years after its first publication, Robin Boyd’s bestselling *The Australian Ugliness* remains the definitive statement on how we live and think in the environments we create for ourselves. The re-release of this Australian classic called for a re-examination of Boyd’s seminal work and its continuing relevance. Chaired by Michael Heyward, the speakers will be Karen Burns, Gideon Haigh and Brenda Niall. Fri, 30 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:43 writers, architecture Les Murray The Wheeler Centre Les Murray reads from his new volume of poems, Taller When Prone. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:58 poetry, writers Overland: Mungo MacCallum The Wheeler Centre From Pacific Solution to Oceanic Viking: in a special Overland event, legendary journalist and raconteur Mungo MacCallum discusses what we might expect from Labor on refugees. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:21:05 politics, journalists, writers Waleed Aly: The Future of Conservatism The Wheeler Centre Influential and respected commentator and author Waleed Aly discusses the political Right in Australia and globally. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:25 Reading the City: Historians on Melbourne The Wheeler Centre SBS-TV's Sam Pang chaired this backward-looking dig into Melbourne’s past with panel members Robyn Annear, Peter McPhee, Jane Rhodes and LM Robinson. Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:25:50 reading the city, journalists, writers Lunchbox/Soapbox: Catherine Deveny The Wheeler Centre Lunchbox/Soapbox: Catherine Deveny on 'Why Becoming an Atheist Made me a Writer' Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:45 lunchbox soapbox, comedy, writers Clive Hamilton: climate change crisis The Wheeler Centre Clive Hamilton talks about the coming climate change crisis Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:23:40 ethics, writers Irvine Welsh: 'a happy camper' The Wheeler Centre Irvine Welsh on growing up in Edinburgh and spending winters in Miami. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:21 writers Sarah Dunant: 'being lost and being afraid is part of writing' The Wheeler Centre Sarah Dunant on writing and Renaissance Italy Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:18:49 writers Lunchbox/ Soapbox: Toni Jordan The Wheeler Centre Lunchbox/ Soapbox: Toni Jordan in defence of trash fiction Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:16:15 lunchbox soapbox, writers Geoff Dyer: 'good at sport' The Wheeler Centre Geoff Dyer on comic novels, Philip Roth and being good at sport Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:21:37 writers Malcolm Fraser Part One The Wheeler Centre Malcolm Fraser Part One Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:20:12 politics, writers, malcolm fraser, george megalogenis, margaret simons Malcolm Fraser Part Two The Wheeler Centre Malcolm Fraser Part Two Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:19:48 politics, writers, malcolm fraser, george megalogenis, margaret simons Malcolm Fraser Part Three The Wheeler Centre Malcolm Fraser Part Three Sun, 07 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:10:41 politics, writers, malcolm fraser, george megalogenis, margaret simons Lunchbox/ Soapbox: George Megalogenis The Wheeler Centre Lunchbox/ Soapbox: George Megalogenis discusses the Kevin Rudd Performance Index. Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:29:46 lunchbox soapbox, politics, journalists, writers, george megalogenis Meanland: Reading in a time of change The Wheeler Centre Meanland: Reading in ta time of change. What reading might be like in fifteen years time. Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:13:59 meanland, writers, journalists, sophie cunningham, sherman young, margaret simons, peter craven, marieke hardy Debut Mondays: Sofie Laguna The Wheeler Centre Debut Mondays: Sophie Laguna reads from her book One Foot Wrong. Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:34 debut mondays, writers, sofie laguna Debut Mondays: Bob Franklin The Wheeler Centre Debut Mondays: Bob Franklin reads from his book of short stories, Under Stones. Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:48 debut mondays, writers, bob franklin Lunchbox/Soapbox: Peter Singer on why we need a beef tax The Wheeler Centre Lunchbox/ Soapbox: Peter Singer argues for a beef tax. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:33:29 lunchbox soapbox, ethics, writers, peter singer, health Mark Danner talks to Fran Kelly The Wheeler Centre US Journalist Mark Danner talks to the ABC's Fran Kelly at the Wheeler Centre Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:21:02 journalists, mark danner, fran kelly Debut Mondays: Madeleine Hamilton The Wheeler Centre Debut Mondays featuring Madeleine Hamilton Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:04 debut mondays, writers, madeleine hamilton Debut Mondays: Andrew McDonald The Wheeler Centre Debut Mondays with Andrew McDonald at the Wheeler Centre Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:11:23 debut mondays, writers, andrew mcdonald Ethically Speaking: Media and Journalism The Wheeler Centre Ethically Speaking: Media and Journalism. A panel of top journalists and ethical thinkers tease out the dilemmas of a rapidly changing media landscape. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:21:36 ethically speaking, journalists, ethics, paul chadwick, gay alcorn, mark danner, tony coady, michael gawenda A Gala Night of Storytelling: Christos Tsiolkas The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: Christos Tsiolkas's story Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:05:06 gala night, christos tsiolkas A Gala Night of Storytelling: John Safran The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: John Safran's story Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:08:00 gala night, comedy, john safran, john safran A Gala Night of Storytelling: Chloe Hooper The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: Chloe Hooper's story Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:09 gala night, writers, chloe hooper A Gala Night of Storytelling: David Malouf The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: David Malouf's story Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:07:41 gala night, writers, david malouf A Gala Night of Storytelling: Alex Miller The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: Alex Miller's story Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:03:27 gala night, writers, alex miller A Gala Night of Storytelling: Tara June Winch The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: Tara June Winch's story Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:54 gala night, writers, tara june winch A Gala Night of Storytelling: Judith Lucy The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: Judith Lucy Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:07:04 gala night, writers, comedy, judith lucy A Gala Night of Storytelling: Shane Maloney The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: Shane Maloney's story Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:09:17 gala night, writers, shane maloney A Gala Night of Storytelling: Cate Kennedy The Wheeler Centre A Gala Night of Storytelling: Cate Kennedy's story Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:14:04 gala night, writers, cate kennedy Michael McGirr: "the closest I'll ever get to TV" The Wheeler Centre Michael McGirr talks about his latest book The Lost Art of Sleep, inspired by what he sees as an entire culture that is exhausted. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:50 writers, michael mcgirr Max Barry: "forced to read Twilight... The Wheeler Centre Max Barry talks about writing his newest novel Machine Man via a web feed, getting audience feedback as he went. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:03:41 writers, max barry Ezra Bix: "poetry, poesy, poems sing the truths... The Wheeler Centre Ezra Bix, author of Dancing in the Lifeboat and serial poetry slam winner, recites What have you done to nurture the nation's soul Wayne McBicep? Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:02:47 poetry, ezra bix Jane Clifton: "where character is at the heart of it." The Wheeler Centre Jane Clifton, author of Half Past Dead and A Hand in the Bush, talks crime writing and the life of a celebrant. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:03:45 writers, jane clifton, crime Wells Tower: 'the clever cold architect of your mind' The Wheeler Centre Wells Tower on short stories and journalism. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:03:36 writers, wells tower MJ Hyland: 'it's really tricky shit' The Wheeler Centre MJ Hyland on whether creative writing can be taught and the pitfalls of blogging. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:02:02 writers, mj hyland Krissy Kneen: "strange sex with goats" The Wheeler Centre Krissy Kneen on making the move from blog-writing to book-writing and the difference between erotica and porn. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:29 writers, krissy kneen Craig Sherborne: 'grit and blood-brown dust' The Wheeler Centre Craig Sherborne reads his poem 'Ash Saturday'. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:00:00 +0000 00:04:07 poetry, craig sherborne