Listen to What happens to the Victorian students who fell behind during remote learning?56:3316 November 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Julie Sonnemann, Acting School Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute to discuss Victoria’s $250 million plan to help students who fell behind catch up on their education, and her piece in The Conversation arguing what is necessary for the plan’s success.

And, how does Australia prosecute war crimes? Rawan Arraf, Principal Lawyer and Director of the Australian Centre for International Justice discusses the instalment of the Office of the Special Investigator within the Department of Home affairs to investigate alleged war crimes perpetrated by Australian special forces in Afghanistan, and his call for a “dedicated and permanent program” to investigate and prosecute Australian war criminals.

Then, best-selling author, polymath, and champion of culture and innovation, Barry Jones chats about his new book ‘What is to be done: Political engagement and saving our planet’. Following up on his influential book ‘When Sleepers, Wake!’, Jones explores the changes to work, class, and climate in a post-truth digital era where conversation is dominated by marketing and the manipulation of ‘facts’ by political figures.

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.