Listen to Drug Checking, Escalation in Gaza and Hiding Prime Ministers01:17:5030 October 2023

Judith Peppard talks to drug policy expert Dr Monica Barratt about the need for a Victorian drug checking and early warning system, in line with recommendations from the Coroners Court.

Journalist Antony Loewenstein provides an update on the escalating Israel-Hamas conflict and his concerns for what lies ahead.

Plus, filmmaker Gary Newman talks about his new documentary How to Capture a Prime Minister about the 1976 Monash University incident which saw Malcolm Fraser hiding from protesting students in a basement.

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.