All podcast episodes

Podcast

Investing in social housing is the first step, what else can be done to help resolve Victoria's Homelessness crisis?

On this episode of The Grapevine, how effective will Victoria’s $5.3 billion social housing project be for those threatened with, or experiencing homelessness?

Dr Sarah Taylor & co-author Juliet Watson discuss the…

Podcast

What happens to the Victorian students who fell behind during remote learning?

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Julie Sonnemann, Acting School Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute to discuss Victoria’s $250 million plan to…

Podcast

The role of religion in Bachar Houli’s life and career, making sense of the US election and the impact of nuclear weapons testing in Australia and the Pacific.

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan gets on the line with three-time Richmond Premiership player Bachar Houli to discuss his new memoir ‘Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family’ co-written with broadcaster…

Podcast

Where do Australia’s loyalties lie in the future as the US loses its influence in the Pacific Region?

On this episode of The Grapevine, what does Australia’s growing economic ties with Asia mean for the US alliance? Dylan and Kulja get on the line with US writer and journalist Patrick…

Podcast

Can parkland improve the mental health of COVID-fatigued Victorians?

Content Warning: This episode touches on some sensitive topics including mental health and family violence (beginning at the 14:04 mark and ending at 27:46 if you’d prefer to skip this). If anything you…

Podcast

What have Melbourne artists and academics got planned for challenging cultural and political narratives?

On this episode of The Grapevine, will the Northcote golf course remain public parkland as pandemic restrictions ease? Kulja is joined on the line by Associate Professor and Lecturer of Urban Planning…

Podcast

Local government elections are more essential than ever during the COVID-19 lockdowns

Content Warning: this week's episode touches on some sensitive topics including suicide and mental health (beginning at the 40:42 minute mark if you'd prefer to skip this). If anything you hear is distressing…

Podcast

The legacy of feminists Susan Ryan and Helen Reddy, the war on populism, and the presidential coronation of Bougainville

On this episode of The Grapevine, As Australia mourns the deaths of feminist icons Susan Ryan and Helen Reddy, Dylan is joined by Mary Crooks, Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust to…

Podcast

The Federal budget will focus on infrastructure, but what does that mean for a COVID recovery?

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan and Kulja talk accountability and integrity in government with Paddy Manning, journalist and contributing politics editor at The Monthly. And the significance of the Federal…

Podcast

Will Australia’s obsession with debt come back to bite us?

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan break down why Australia is turning into one of the most ‘indebted countries in the world’ with investigative journalist Royce Kurmelovs as his…

Podcast

As China cracks down on dissent of human rights breaches, new research reveals Australia has its own troubling censorship issues...

On this episode of The Grapevine, Sophie McNeill, Australia researcher for Human Rights Watch and Walkley Award winning investigative journalist, discusses the Chinese Government’s long track record of human rights breaches, following a…

Podcast

Integrity Commissions, the future of news, and rising wealth inequality

On this episode of The Grapevine, as Victoria’s roadmap to ‘COVID normal’ is revealed, Dylan and Kulja get on the line with Independent Federal MP, Helen Haines to break down what’s happening…

Podcast

Australia’s political duopoly; is 'branch stacking' a failure of representative democracy?

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan explore the elitism of ‘branch stacking’ with Marija Taflaga. The Lecturer at ANU’s School of Political Science and International Relations breaks down the…

Podcast

Have you ever imagined a day in a life inside refugee detention in Australia? You don’t have to wonder anymore…

On this episode of The Grapevine, journalist Michael Green and Farhad Rafmati, a civil engineer and Iranian refugee currently in detention, give us a glimpse into the experiences of refugees detained in…

Podcast

Does the National COVID-19 Commission threaten democracy in Australia?

On this episode of The Grapevine, PhD candidate at Melbourne University’s Law School Elizabeth Hicks discusses the implications of her policy brief's findings concerning the implementation of increased executive powers during times…

Podcast

Urgent calls to ditch the diplomatic strategy as Kylie Moore-Gilbert is transferred to Iran's infamous Qarchak women's prison

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dr Jessie Moritz, Lecturer in Middle East Studies, at ANU talks to Dylan and Kulja about her article in The Conversation that called for the Australia…

Podcast

Misinformation or disinformation? The insidious implications behind 5G conspiracies

On this episode of The Grapevine,  Dr Michael Jensen, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra debunks 5G conspiracies and explains their impact on public policy that his article in The…

Podcast

After trading one crisis for another, how are the scars of the summer bushfires healing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Kulja Coulston flies solo on this week's episode of The Grapevine. She speaks with Tracee Hutchison, Partnerships & Projects Manager at the Community Broadcasting Foundation, about the Trauma Literacy and Resilience program…

Podcast

Responding to the humanitarian crisis at the Flemington and North Melbourne Public Housing towers

On this episode of The Grapevine, Heidi Lee, project lead for Beyond Zero Emissions’ ‘One Million Jobs Plan’ initiative gets on the line to discuss how job creation and industry modernisation can…

Podcast

The future of Community Television in Australia

On this episode of The Grapevine, Shane Dunlop Channel 31 General Manager gives an update on the community broadcaster’s last minute licence extension at the 11th hour and discusses the future of…

Podcast

What do the changes in Australia’s governance mean for a post-COVID democracy?

As the National Cabinet is set to replace COAG as a forum for collective decision making, what do these changes mean for Australia’s democracy? Journalist George Meglogenis unpacks the impact of COVID-19 on…

Podcast

Coal, Climate, and COVID-19 - Why are experts raising concerns over the Government’s approach to economic recovery?

On this episode of The Grapevine La Trobe University's Emeritus Professor Judith Brett, tells Kulja and Dylan how a nation can suffer from being rich in natural resources and explains how Australia can…

Podcast

Unpacking and exploring Australia's law enforcement and racial profiling issues

As the outrage over police brutality towards minorities and the call for accountability intensifies globally, Dylan and Kulja speak to journalist and documentary-filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe, about the current state of police conduct towards…

Podcast

Why is the Government exploring a gas-lead recovery from a pandemic recession?

On this episode of The Grapevine, Cam Walker from Friends of the Earth gets on the line with Kulja and Dylan to discuss the likelihood of a gas-lead recovery from pandemic recession, Friends…

Podcast

Inaction on climate change by private companies deserves greater scrutiny

Kulja Coulston flies solo on this week's edition of the grapevine, chatting with Market Forces' Asset Management campaigner, Will Van De Pol about how companies like Rio Tinto have come under pressure for…

Podcast

Where is humanity on the road to global nuclear disarmament?

This week on The Grapevine, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear (ICAN), Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, explains the global efforts towards global denuclearization in their report, ‘Enough is Enough…

Podcast

The life and impact of Jack Mundey on activism in Australia.

This week on The Grapevine, professor Verity Burgmann, adjunct professor of politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, talks to Dylan and Kulja about the life and influence of Jack…

Podcast

What is Labor’s official stance on migration policy?

This week on The Grapevine, writer, researcher, and author, Peter Mares, gets on the line with Kulja and Dylan to explain Labor’s rhetoric shift on migration he explored in his article ‘Labor’s…

Podcast

Why do we find tactile comfort in objects during times of stress and heartache?

This week on The Grapevine, award winning author Tony Birch reflects on his essay, ‘Things of Stone and Wood and Wool’, published in The Griffith Review and finding solace from grief in…

Podcast

How is COVID-19 affecting asylum seekers in immigration detention?

This week on The Grapevine, David Manne, Executive Director at Refugee Legal, discusses the legal challenge filed in the high court on behalf of a refugee at covid-19 risk in immigration detention and…

Podcast

Should the Federal Government have the power to track suspected COVID-19 carriers?

On this episode of The Grapevine, is the Federal Governments COVID-19 tracking app a step too far? Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Lecturer in School of Computing & Information Systems at the University of Melbourne…

Podcast

Who will police the Australian police as they are granted extra pandemic powers?

On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan speaks with executive officer of the Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre, Anthony Kelly,  about the implications of the extra powers police have been granted in…

Podcast

Should The Federal Government subsidise media organisations?

On this episode of The Grapevine, Gary Dickson from Public Interest Journalism Initiative discusses the closure of news rooms across Australia in the wake of COVID-19,an online resource mapping the changes…

Podcast

Democracy in Australia: Government co-operation in the face of COVID-19.

On this episode of The Grapevine Journalist George Megolagenis maintains social distancing by phoning in to discuss his article in The Age unpacking the politics of COVID-19 and the relationship between the States…

Podcast

Covid-19 welfare payments & stimulus packages, who’s really benefiting, and will it be enough?

On this episode of The Grapevine Emma Dawson, Executive Director at Per Capita is back to discuss the Australian Federal Government effectively doubling the Jobseeker Allowance through “rescue packages” in response to the…

Podcast

Oil and espionage, silencing a whistle-blower and his legal council.

Despite threats of jail time, Bernard Collaery, representative of Witness K, has published his book Oil Over Troubled Water: Australia's Timor Sea Intrigue and phoned in to The Grapevine to unpack his legal…

Podcast

Why were there protests in the streets of Malaysia over the recent election?

On this episode of The Grapevine Judith Peppard fills in for Dylan Bird and Koujla Coulston

James Chin, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Tasmania explains the political implications of the…

Podcast

Australian police departments using controversial facial recognition software - Clearview AI, what does does this mean?

On this episode of The Grapevine Hannah Ryan from Buzzfeed News comes in to share what she’s learned about Clearview AI – controversial facial recognition software being used by Australia’s police forces and…

Podcast

Can we engineer our way out of the climate crisis?

Graham Hunter, National Co-Coordinator of the Climate Change Program at the United Nations Association of Australia, discusses the film Global Thermostat screening at Transitions Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia and what geo-engineering technologies…

Podcast

The Grapevine - 17 February 2020

On this episode of The Grapevine, George Megolagenis talks about his article in The Good Weekend regarding Melbourne becoming Australia’s largest city. Infrastructure upgrades abound but what does this mean for Melbourne’s influence…