Listen to Satyajit Das, Jeff Sparrow, and Federal misdirection01:17:1321 March 2022

Presenter Dylan Bird is joined by Walkley Award winning journalist Jeff Sparrow to discuss whether battling back-to-back natural disasters is distracting Australians from fighting the climate crisis which he explores in his column in The Guardian.

Then, PhD candidate at Melbourne Graduate School of Education Alicia Flynn and climate youth activist Varsha Yajman explain the Australian Journal of Environmental Education special issue, which Flynn co-edited, on the impact that the school strikes had on climate politics and education in Australia.

Financier Satyajit Das talks about his new essay Fortune’s Fool: Australia’s Choices. Das looks at the fundamental issues facing Australia, leaving no stone unturned in his analysis of our economic and institutional woes. 

And animal law expert Katy Barnett phones in to talk about the philosophy and practice of animal-related law that her new book, Guilty Pigs: The Weird and Wonderful History of Animal Law that she co-authored with Jeremy Gans explores.

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.