Listen to Urgent calls to ditch the diplomatic strategy as Kylie Moore-Gilbert is transferred to Iran's infamous Qarchak women's prison44:513 August 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dr Jessie Moritz, Lecturer in Middle East Studies, at ANU talks to Dylan and Kulja about her article in The Conversation that called for the Australia to do more to aid her friend and colleague Kylie Moore-Gilbert, whose condition is rapidly deteriorating. The Australian academic was arrested by the Iranian government and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in September 2018 for allegations of spying and has since suffered intolerable conditions without appeal.

Then, award winning Australian author Christos Tsiolkas makes his debut on The Grapevine to discuss some of his essays that have recently appeared in the Griffith Review and The Guardian and how COVID has focused his creativity inwards to explore themes of family, identity, class and prejudice.

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.