Listen to The Grapevine - 10 February 202049:0710 February 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Chief Executive Officer and Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Ken Smith, discusses his essay 'Remembering Who You Report To' in Griffith Review, which examines the changing relationship between the government and the public service and how 'the public' may be losing out.

Next, author and journalist Andrew Darby calls in to talk about his book Flight Lines - an experiential examination of the extraordinary feats of migratory shorebirds and how their habitats are threatened by climate change and development around the Yellow Sea.

Then, NITV journalist and co-host of The Point Rachael Hocking discusses how a new, more consultative approach to the Australian government's 'Close the Gap' initiative might help to reduce the disadvantages experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

About this program

Putting local issues in a global context, including weekly insights into our cities, democracy, rights, culture, energy and environment. All stitched together with a mixtape of music.

Regular guests and segments include: urban planning and history with Assoc/Prof David Nichols; Cam Walker's eco-update; Guardian Australia reporter Benita Kolovos on Victorian state politics; Jeff Sparrow on politics, society, and everything in between; freedom of information correspondent Petra Stock, and live music.

Program theme: Hugh Masekala's Grazing in the Grass

The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.