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Emma Shortis on US Politics, the G20, COP26, and Australia’s Diplomatic Fails; Judith Brett Reflects on 40 Years of Writing About Australian Politics; Native Forest Logging Laws and National Parks With Jordan Crook

Historian Emma Shortis talks about the latest in US politics including the Virginia election, as well as Australian diplomacy fails, and the COP26 climate talks. Emma is an author and Research Fellow at…

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Judith Brett Reflects on 40 Years of Writing About Australian Politics

Political historian Judith Brett reflects on over 40 years of writing about Australian politics, as she discusses subjects from her new book of past essays, Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life. Judith…

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Graham Readfearn examines Australia's intransigence on climate change and previews COP26 in Glasgow

Guardian Australia Environment Reporter Graham Readfearn previews the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow and talks about Australia's global reputation and history at UN climate negotiations since Kyoto. He also discusses the Coalition government's…

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How Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market

Historian and author Stuart Kells talks about his new book, 'Sold Down The River: How Robber Barons and Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market.' He and co-author Scott Hamilton look at how…

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Australia's Intransigence on Climate Change and COP26 Talks in Glasgow; How Wall Street Traders Cornered Australia’s Water Market; Artist Ian Fairweather’s Affinity With China

Guardian Australia Environment Reporter Graham Readfearn previews the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow and talks about Australia's global reputation and history at the climate negotiations since Kyoto. He also discusses the Coalition government's…

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Former NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins Talks ‘Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters’

Greg Mullins, long-serving volunteer firefighter and former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner discusses his book, 'Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters.' Greg describes the dire effects of human-caused climate change on bushfire seasons here…

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Mary-Louise McLaws on Victoria’s Plan to Exit Lockdown; Former NSW Fire Commissioner Greg Mullins Talks ‘Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters’; How to Garden Like a Nonno

Greg Mullins, firefighter and former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner discusses his book, 'Firestorm: Battling Super-Charged Natural Disasters.' Greg describes the dire effects of human-caused climate change on bushfire seasons here in Australia…

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AUKUS and Submarines – Why Australia Should Have Seen France’s Hurt Coming; French Impressionism at the NGV; The Women of Little Lon: Sex Workers in Nineteenth-Century Melbourne

Historian Dr Alexis Bergantz from RMIT talks about the diplomatic fallout from the AUKUS security and submarine announcement, and why Australia should have seen France’s hurt coming. NGV senior curators Dr Ted Gott…

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French Impressionism at the NGV

NGV senior curators Dr Ted Gott and Dr Miranda Wallace discuss the pioneering artists and works featured in the NGV's latest major exhibition, French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Art, Boston

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Luke Henriques-Gomes on Disability, Inequality and Welfare Policy and Politics; Why You Should Give A F*ck About Farming; New National Surveillance Laws

Gabrielle Chan returns to talk about her new book, Why You Should Give A F*ck About Farming. Luke Henriques-Gomes, Social affairs & inequality editor at the Guardian, talks about inequality in Australia, including…

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Why You Should Give A F*ck About Farming

Gabrielle Chan returns to talk about her new book, Why You Should Give A F*ck About Farming

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Richard Denniss: The Doherty Modelling Explained And How Safe Is Morrison's "Safe Plan" to Open Up Australia?

Dr Richard Denniss scrutinises the Prime Minister's "safe plan" for opening up Australia in a COVID world, and debunks the neo-liberal political spin from Canberra and NSW. Does the Doherty Institute's modelling support…

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Richard Denniss Explains the Doherty Modelling & Morrison's "safe plan" to open up; Bri Lee on Who Gets To Be Smart; The Pioneering Abstract Art of Hilma af Klint

Dr Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute talks federal politics and closely examines Morrison's "safe plan" for opening up, including Richard's recent report on the centrality of Australia's TTIQ (Test, Trace…

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Uncovering The Majesty And Message Of The Lyrebird With Nick Hayward And Anastasia Dalziell

Renowned wildlife cinematographer Nick Hayward and behavioural ecologist Dr Anastasia Dalziell take us into the forest, describing the brilliant mimicry and fascinating behaviours of the lyrebird in Australia, and their involvement in The

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Federal politics; Uncovering the Message of the Lyrebird; A Fluorescent Feeling – Chronic Pain and Disability

Rachel Withers, Contributing Editor to The Monthly, discusses the latest in federal politics. Wildlife cinematographer Nick Hayward and behavioural ecologist Dr Anastasia Dalziell take us into the forest, describing the brilliant mimicry of…

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Emma Shortis Delves Into Australia's Fatal Alliance With The United States

Historian and author Dr Emma Shortis joins Amy to speak in-depth about her brilliant debut book, Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States. We begin the conversation considering the situation…

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Pacific Politics and French Polynesia; Emma Shortis On Australia's Fatal Alliance With The U.S.; The Push to Prevent The Great Barrier Reef 'In Danger' Listing

Historian Dr Emma Shortis speaks in-depth about her brilliant debut book, Our Exceptional Friend: Australia’s Fatal Alliance with the United States. Guardian Australia’s environment reporter Graham Readfearn discusses the Australian government’s lobbying efforts…

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A Nordic Policy Edge for Australia; Harry Saddler explores the Questions Raised by Quolls; Australia’s vaccination targets – are they high enough?

Rod Campbell, Research Director at The Australia Institute talks about how Australia can gain a ‘Nordic Edge’ in its policy and politics. Rod co-edited a new book called, The Nordic Edge: Policy Possibilities

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Bill Bowtell talks pandemic politics in Australia and 'Zero COVID' under threat in NSW

Amy speaks with Bill Bowtell about pandemic politics in Australia, the 'Zero COVID' strategy under threat in NSW, lockdowns, state and national vaccination targets, and all things public health. Bill Bowtell is an…

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The Shortest History of China with Linda Jaivin

Author Linda Jaivin discusses her new book, The Shortest History of China. Linda explores with Amy the vast expanse of China's fascinating cultural, philosophical, and political history from ancient and imperial times to…

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Epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws explains the Delta variant, herd immunity, child vaccination, and Long COVID

Epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws explains how Australia can reach herd immunity against COVID-19 and when children should be vaccinated against the virus in Australia. She also discusses the Delta variant outbreak in NSW…

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Federal politics; epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws explains herd immunity, child vaccination, Long Covid, and the Delta variant; Resurrecting one of Australia’s native rodents

Journalist Maddison Connaughton joins Amy to talk about the latest in federal politics. Epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws explains how Australia can reach herd immunity against COVID-19 and when children should be vaccinated against the…

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The Moorabool River under threat

People for A Living Moorabool's Cameron Steele and water law and nature rights expert Dr Erin O'Donnell discuss Victoria's most flow-stressed river – the Moorabool River – and a new local documentary film…

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Federal politics; The Moorabool River under threat; Pacific island affairs with Nic Maclellan

Rachel Withers, Contributing Editor of The Monthly discusses the latest in federal politics. People for A Living Moorabool's Cameron Steele and water law expert Dr Erin O'Donnell discuss Victoria's most flow-stressed river –…

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Mary-Louise McLaws on Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak, fourth lockdown and vaccination drive

Epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws speaks in-depth about Victoria's current coronavirus outbreak and fourth lockdown, as well as the urgent drive to get Australians vaccinated.

Mary-Louise talks about how long this lockdown should last…

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Mary-Louise McLaws on Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak and fourth lockdown; U.S. politics

Epidemiologist and WHO Adviser Professor Mary-Louise McLaws speaks in-depth about Victoria's current coronavirus outbreak and fourth lockdown, as well as the urgent drive to get vaccinated. Mary-Louise talks about how we’re progressing and…

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Richard Denniss on how ‘econobabble’ shuts down democratic debate; Saving the forests of East Gippsland; Contemplating trees across culture and history

Dr Richard Denniss talks about his newly updated book, Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense. Econobabble is the incomprehensible economic jargon politicians and commentators use to dress up their…

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Richard Denniss on how ‘econobabble’ shuts down democratic debate

Dr Richard Denniss talks about his newly updated book, Econobabble: How to Decode Political Spin and Economic Nonsense. Econobabble is the incomprehensible economic jargon politicians and commentators use to dress up their…

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Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse answers the big question, What Is Life?

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse sits down with Amy to explore and answer the question, What Is Life? This is considered in Paul's recent book, What Is Life? Understand biology in five

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Unpacking the federal budget; Sir Paul Nurse answers the big question, What Is Life?; Europe’s migration and refugee crisis

The Monthly's Contributing Editor Rachel Withers talks about the political fallout from the federal budget and more. Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Paul Nurse sits down with Amy to explore and answer the question…

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Geoffrey Robertson QC outlines a Plan B for human rights

Human rights advocate and barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC joins Amy to discuss his new book, Bad People: And How to Be Rid of Them: A Plan B for Human Rights, which is…

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Federal budget preview with Ben Eltham; Geoffrey Robertson QC outlines a Plan B for human rights; Scotland’s election results and UK politics with Chloe Ward

Ben Eltham, National Affairs Correspondent for New Matilda talks about the latest in federal politics, including what we know about tomorrow's budget. Human rights advocate and barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC joins Amy to…

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Why we should all be angry about the death of the Murray-Darling Basin

Barrister Richard Beasley SC joins Amy to discuss why he's angry about the death of the Murray-Darling Basin and what we can do about it. Richard's new book is called, Dead in the

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Luke Henriques-Gomes on the NDIS under threat; why we should be angry about the death of the Murray-Darling basin; Australia’s archival treasures on the verge of destruction

Guardian reporter Luke Henriques-Gomes talks about the many proposed and controversial changes to the NDIS. Luke explains his exclusive report detailing how the proposed "independent assessments" for NDIS recipients would save the federal…

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Monica Bell discusses George Floyd, police violence against Black Americans, and racial justice

Dr Monica Bell, associate professor of law and sociology at Yale University joins Amy to discuss the murder of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin, as well as pervasive police violence…

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Hong Kong politics with Antony Dapiran; Police reform and racial justice in the U.S. with Monica Bell; Bruce Pascoe on his connection to Bangerak Country, or Cape Otway

Hong Kong-based lawyer and author Antony Dapiran discusses the latest developments in Hong Kong politics, including Beijing's overhaul of the electoral system and LegCo, the prosecution of an investigative journalist, and the jailing…

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Wild Mushrooming with Dr Alison Pouliot – A Foray into the Fungi Kingdom

Amy talks with fungi expert, ecologist, natural historian, and photographer Dr Alison Pouliot about her new book, Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers, co-authored with Tom May (CSIRO Publishing). Alison takes us on…

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Epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws on how to fix Australia’s vaccine rollout; Wild Mushrooming with Alison Pouliot; the rediscovery of a rare cloaked bee

With the mushroom season well underway, Amy chats with fungi expert Dr Alison Pouliot about her new book, Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers. Epidemiologist and WHO Adviser Professor Mary-Louise McLaws talks…

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A Case for the Rights of the Moon with Alice Gorman, Mari Margil and Thomas Gooch

A panel of experts join Amy to discuss why the Moon has a "right to exist, persist and continue its vital cycles unaltered, unharmed and unpolluted by human beings." Hear from co-authors of…

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Disability and unemployment policy in Australia; a case for the rights of the Moon; David Lindenmayer on Australia’s major ecosystems in collapse

Guardian Australia reporter Luke Henriques-Gomes returns to discuss poverty, disability and unemployment policy in Australia, as well as the government’s proposed introduction of controversial NDIS ‘independent assessments’. A special panel of experts join…