Listen to How the Chinese Government is undermining Academic freedom in Australia54:415 July 2021

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan is joined on the line by journalist and researcher for Human Rights Watch, Sophie McNeill, to discuss the findings of their new report into Chinese government surveillance of pro-democracy students from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in Australian universities. The report finds that students and faculty have been targeted with intimidation and harassment after expressing pro-democracy sentiments.

And as Australian vaccination continues to crawl ahead at a snail pace, author and journalist, George Megalogenis, calls in to talk about his new Quarterly Essay, ‘Exit Strategies: Politics After The Pandemic’. Megalogenis discusses our current political circumstances, the future role of government, and asks “where to from here?”

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.