Listen to Is it in the public interest for Crown Casino to continue to operate in Victoria?44:5926 July 2021

On this episode of The Grapevine, is Crown Casino too big to fail? Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Associate Professor Charles Livingstone from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University to discuss the most recent developments of the Crown Royal Commission. 

Then, as the 2021 Olympics kicks off, regular guest Associate Professor of urban planning at Melbourne University, Dave Nichols, calls in to discuss the impact of the Games on host cities and the incredibly expensive wastage of Olympic architecture once the Olympic villages and other temporary infrastructure falls into disuse.

And Executive Director of Digital Rights Watch, Lucie Krahulcova, calls in to break down the revelations around Pegasus Spyware, a malicious software being used by governments around the world to spy on journalists, activists, and private citizens. 

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.