Listen to Stay Woke, Infrastructure Shuffle, Words and 'Block the Dock' Protesting Arms Exports to Israel01:00:0420 November 2023

University of Melbourne Journalism Lecturer and Writer Jeff Sparrow discusses his latest research, tracking the use of the word ‘woke’ in Australian media: how did the term become an effective shorthand for political correctness?

Guardian Australia State Correspondent Benita Kolovos walks us through the Victorian projects that have been canned following the Federal Government’s infrastructure review, and where it leaves the Airport Rail Link and Suburban Rail Loop.

Dylan talks to Palestinian-Australian nurse Riyad Aladassi, who is on hunger strike as part of Block the Dock, protesting Australian arms exports to Israel and media coverage of the current conflict.

Then, Annabelle Lukin, Macquarie University Associate Professor in Linguistics, discusses her research of language in times of conflict, and how politicians and the media use certain words when referring to Israel and Palestine.

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.