Listen to Why do we find tactile comfort in objects during times of stress and heartache?51:564 May 2020

This week on The Grapevine, award winning author Tony Birch reflects on his essay, ‘Things of Stone and Wood and Wool’, published in The Griffith Review and finding solace from grief in a collection of small but meaningful objects following his brother’s death.

And will Australia use the economic recovery process following the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for industry innovation? Editor of Renew Economy Giles Parkinson discusses the upcoming smart energy conference and what direction Australia can take with stimulus spending.

Then, author Nick Brodie phones in to discuss his book Under Fire: How Australia’s violent history led to gun control and the importance of remembering the role of guns in Australian culture.

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.