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    The dissenting nature of Doc Evatt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 37:49

    Herbert Vere Evatt had been on the High Court of Australia for almost ten years when he stood down to run for Federal Parliament in 1939. Much has been written about his political life but a new biography from Gideon Haigh looks at some of his legal arguments on the High Court to better understand his brilliant legal mind. He tells the story of the death of seven year old Max Chester and his mother's claim for compensation for the 'nervous shock' his death caused her and explains Justice Evatt's influential and yet dissenting judgement.

    Murray Darling: Water trading

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 14:55

    Buying and selling water is more complex, a new book argues, than the markets for many other tradeable commodities.  It is a ruthless market, and it pits institutional traders – banks and hedge funds – against farmers. 

    Reconsidering Ethel Rosenberg

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 32:30

    On 19th June 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was sent to the electric chair with her husband Julius. The young couple had been found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union.  For those on the right, Ethel Rosenberg got what she deserved as a Communist spy. For those on the left, Ethel was an icon of flawed justice whose cause was championed by everyone from Einstein to the Pope.  A new biography offers a fresh take on Ethel's controversial story.

    Murray Darling: Wounded country

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 18:12

    Quentin Beresford analyses the environmental history of the basin. When he delved into the historical records, he found a recurrent theme of two strands of violence: against indigenous people, and against nature. 

    Cloning Stonehenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 16:28

    People across the world are constantly building replicas of Stonehenge. From permanent stone structures to small models made of cheese and laptops, the prehistoric monument continues to inspire. Nancy Wisser, the editor of Clonehenge, a blog dedicated to keeping track of the replicas, explains where they are and why they keep being built.

    The clans, clicks and culture of sperm whales

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 16:45

    New research indicates that sperm whales were able to communicate to each other in order to avoid the whalers of the 19th century. Our guest is Hal Whitehead, professor and marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Canada.

    Murray Darling debacle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 18:31

    Why are the fish dying? Why are the wetlands suffering? The strife in the Murray Darling Basin can be attributed to the 'maladministration', 'negligence' and 'illegality' of the instrument that is supposed to manage it, the Murray Darling Basin Plan. And also the authority responsible for it, the MBDA. That was the 2019 finding of the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission. The counsel assisting in that commission, Richard Beasley, has now written a lively and provocative account of what has gone wrong.

    Sir Peter Cosgrove: Everything from the dismissal to the Brereton report

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 53:24

    What does Sir Peter Cosgrove think of the dismissal of Whitlam, the war crime accusations in Afghanistan and the future of the monarchy in Australia.

    Forensic science of rare art

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 25:08

    Art and science are not often bedfellows. Conservation scientist Dr Narayan Khandekar discusses a world-first preservation of a Mark Rothko, the scientific analysis of bark paintings and Tyrian purple, a rare pigment.

    Wayne Quilliam; Culture is Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 25:49

    Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam's camera has been his ticket around the world and has taught him a lot about Indigenous Australia and his own identity.

    The frontline of koala conservation

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 53:00

    The koala is listed as one step below endangered so why aren't we saving them? The Australian Koala Foundation's Deborah Tabart and specialist koala ecologist Dr Steve Phillips discuss all things koala: their personalities, their history and how a broken political system is pushing them to extinction.

    Justice as love - not just a legal matter

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 53:52

    So often the complex issue of justice is viewed through the legal prism of criminal, distributive or procedural justice. But Dr Rowan Williams and Mary Zournazi argue that justice needs to confront individuals' suffering as well as the deep patterns of violence and denial in society.

    Patrick Nunn on drowned worlds

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 28:03

    Tales of mythical lands thousands of leagues beneath the sea have long sparked the imagination of writers, artists and filmmakers. But not all watery legends are the stuff of fiction. A growing band of geomythologists are beginning to explore the possibility that some stories of drowned civilisations can shed light on actual geological events that happened multiple millennia ago.

    The pyrocene and the history of fire on planet earth

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 22:32

    A short history of fire on planet earth and humanity's complicated love-hate relationship with fire that has evolved over time. Our use of fire for cooking and heating has helped our evolution, but for those in the cities we have lost our direct connection to fire as we burn the fuel of the past at such a pace that we threaten our futures.

    Jackie French on writing women, animals and rocks into history

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 53:52

    Author, historian and ecologist Jackie French AM discusses writing women into war history, her close friendship with the philosopher Val Plumwood, wombat culture and more.

    Avo toast, parmi and Thai curry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 23:54

    The Italians have pasta, the Japanese have sushi, the Filipinos have adobo. What is Australia's national dish and what do we eat? Chef and cookery writer Ross Dobson's discusses his new recipe book which explores indigenous bush foods, chicken parmigiana and avocado toast.

    How the Stasi reinvented themselves

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 26:20

    In November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and the GDR collapsed. 91,000 Stasi employees, many of them experienced officers with access to highly personal information, found themselves unemployed overnight. There is a myth that most of them were old men who disappeared quietly to live off their state pensions. But this was not the case. Former FBI agent Ralph Hope tells Phillip about ex-Stasi officers working everywhere from the Russian energy sector to the police and even the government department tasked with prosecuting Stasi crimes. 

    The peripatetic life of Jon Lee Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 53:05

    Staff writer with the New Yorker Magazine, Jon Lee Anderson has been a foreign correspondent for over 40 years, starting with the Lima Times in Peru in 1979. He talks to Phillip about his early influences and the people and places that have left the deepest mark.  

    Understanding animal consciousness

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 11:33

    In his new book, Metazoa, Australia's ‘scuba-diving philosopher' Peter Godfrey-Smith explores the evolution of animal consciousness through the inner workings of a cast of marine characters - everything from soft coral and glass sponges to hermit crabs and banded shrimp.

    Rebel cricketers and the price they paid

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 29:25

    Ashley Gray tells the untold story of the rebel West Indian cricketers who toured apartheid South Africa.

    Simon Winchester on the history of land ownership

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 52:14

    The best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman explores the rich and complex history of our relationship with the planet's 37 billion acres of habitable land: who mapped it, owned it, stole it, cared for it, fought for it, and gave it back.

    What do women artists and their self-portraits tell us?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 26:22

    The self portrait is an obvious subject for women artists through history who have had to fight for access to studios, resources, time and recognition. Their self-portraits tell us a lot about the world they lived in.

    Isabel Allende: a feminist life

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 25:08

    In her memoir The Soul of A Woman, the best-selling Chilean author Isabel Allende explores how feminism has shaped her life over the past seven decades. 

    2021 Year in review - the funny, the serious and the downright ugly

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 53:33

    Join our cheery panel as they find reasons to laugh about some of the darkest parts of the year that was, and reflect on what defined 2021, and which issues slipped under the radar.

    David Williamson: A life reflected on stage and screen

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 38:04

    David Williamson has retired from writing plays and screenplays and instead has written a memoir of his life. He talks honestly about how so many of the 56 plays he wrote over fifty years were based on conflicts and controversies from his own life and his friends and family around him. He decided that in his memoir, he would be as honest about his own failings as he had been about the flawed characters he had created for the stage.

    Ian Dunt's UK

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 10:56

    In his final commentary for 2021 Ian Dunt discusses an event at Number 10 last Christmas that this week is front page news across the UK, and new laws to deter asylum seekers.

    A brief history of the book index

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 18:34

    Most of us give little thought to the back of a book - it's just where you go to look things up. But a new book reveals that the index has a curious history which can be traced from thirteenth-century Europe to Silicon Valley in the twenty-first.  Every time we perform a Google search, we are using ‘technology' invented by a medieval polymath in Oxford and a group of Parisian monks who were looking for ways to navigate their books more efficiently.

    The race for the vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 19:14

    Covid-19 has torn through the world for the past two years, leaving a global death anywhere between 10 and 19 million people. How did we get the vaccines we are now using? Biologist and journalist Brendan Borrell tells the dramatic story of the scientists, public servants, business people and politicians racing to get a vaccine out in the United States during the height of the 2020 pandemic. 

    Bruce Shapiro reflects on 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 12:38

    Bruce Shapiro looks back on 2021 that started with the January 6 insurrection and looks at where the country is now - still fragile and divided despite the change in President. The new year will present many more challenges for President Biden, and the Supreme Court will be ruling on cases addressing abortion rights which will generate even more division in the community.

    The joy and mystery of mazes

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 15:36

    Mazes have gone in and out of fashion over the centuries but in recent years, Adrian Fisher has played a major role in reinvigorating the art and business of creating them. He estimates he has built 700 mazes in 42 countries, ranging from traditional hedge mazes to ones made of water. His Blenheim Palace maze now features on the British five-pound note.

    Yanis Varoufakis on 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 21:09

    Yanis Varoufakis covers a difficult year in global politics from COP26, to geo-political instabilities. He also reflects on the death of his father.

    Laura Tingle's Canberra

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 11:10

    Laura Tingle has the latest from Canberra, including election commitments from the ALP and a look back at the issues that took hold during a pandemic-ravaged 2021.

    Rebecca Solnit unearths George Orwell's passion for gardening

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 30:57

    “Outside my work,” Orwell wrote in 1940, “the thing I care most about is gardening, especially vegetable gardening.” The American author Rebecca Solnit went in search of the fruit trees Orwell planted in his cottage garden in Hertfordshire in 1936. But what she found was rose bushes - something she at first thought was incongruous with the “grim, grey” figure she supposed Orwell to be. 

    How racism on the goldfields shaped the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 20:39

    Between 1848 and 1899, thousands of Chinese labourers travelled the West in search of Gold. Friction between Chinese and white settlers on the goldfields of California, Australia, and South Africa catalysed a global battle over "the Chinese Question", that would shape economics and politics to today.

    The Deportation Express

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 20:52

    America is an immigrant nation, but it is also a country that doesn't hesitate to deport those deemed to be 'undesirable aliens'. Since 1892 America has deported more than 56 million people. Between 1914 and 1945 there was a train that traversed the country picking up people marked for deportation from prisons, asylums, hospital and workhouses to the ports of the west and east coasts. Historian Ethan Blue has researched the stories of just some of the deportees that boarded the Deportation Express.

    Trouble in the Solomon Islands

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 14:48

    Cleaning up has begun after riots and looting in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara. Tess Newton Cain explains why it has happened and what comes next.

    Indigenous update with Jack Latimore

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 13:18

    A legendary actor has died, there is an ongoing push for stronger heritage protection, and the far-right has been co-opting indigenous interests - 'blackfishing'.

    Charles Strong and the Australian Church

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 20:57

    Charles Strong had bold ambitions for his newly established Australian Church. There was to be no creeds but a commitment to social reform and service. The church supported women's suffrage movements, campaigns for a minimum wage and wanted to abolish war. And it wanted to become the national church of Australia. Despite its lofty ambitions and its demise in the 1950s, the church achieved much in its 70 years of existence.

    Digital public square

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 14:38

    Could the ABC have a platform on which any media outlets could share information, for free?  This is one idea for a 'digital public square'.

    Bruce Shapiro's America

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 13:48

    Bruce Shapiro looks at the recent and upcoming court cases that continue to shape the battlegrounds in US politics, guns, racism, abortion and battles over civil rights.

    The little known trans case of Ewan Forbes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 23:04

    Up until the 1960s in the UK, trans support and rights were actually better in some ways than they have been in more recent years. Author Zoe Playdon says trans people back then often self-identified, and received affirmative medical care. Zoe has spent years investigating the life and significance of Ewan Forbes, a Scottish doctor who was born as ‘Elizabeth' in 1912, but from a very early age, with his mother's support, was able to live as male.  He would later have to prove his maleness when he was contesting an inheritance.  That legal case is significant, but until now the public has not known about it. 

    Seeking Asylum: the perspective of a Hazara refugee

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 15:16

    Barat Ali Batoor's family has been forced to leave Afghanistan twice as a refugee, and Batoor himself was born as a refugee in Quetta. He returned to Afghanistan to work as a translator for the UN and later as a photojournalist. One of his articles resulted in death threats against him and he was forced to return to Quetta. After a harrowing journey to Australia he is now working as a community organiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and is featured in a new book of asylum seeker stories.

    Laura Tingle's Canberra

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 11:50

    Laura Tingle has all the latest from Canberra, including the controversy around parliament's small number of sitting next in 2022 and Defence Minister Peter Dutton's latest attack on China.

    Born in blackness

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 53:22

    The role of Africa, and Africans, has been sidelined from the story of the making of the modern world, an acclaimed new book argues. The examples include the great expansion and exploration of Europeans to Asia and the Americas, from the 1400s through to the 1600s, that was only possible because of earlier involvements in Africa and the reality that the founders of America only had the time to write and reflect on how to build their new nation, because slaves were on hand to cook, clean and grow their wealth from their labors on the plantations.

    Alasdair McGregor: Celebrating Australia's mountains

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 16:05

    Measured by the yardstick of height, Australia's mountains pale in comparison to mightier peaks in other continents. But they have a fascinating history, inspiring not just explorers but painters, poets and photographers over the years.

    Who is driving the COVID protests across Australia and should we be worried?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 19:12

    Protests against COVID vaccine mandates and restrictions on freedom of movement are on the rise around Australia. Who are the groups behind the protests and how much should we be concerned about the influences on these groups from American conspiracy theorists like Qanon and far right extremist organisations?

    UK update with Patrick Wintour

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 13:06

    UK PM Boris Johnson has rolled all his ‘quirks' into one speech this week, and copped criticism from colleagues and the business sector. There is questioning of the UK's place in the AUKUS alliance. Richard Ratcliffe's hunger strike has ended, but the case raises big questions about hostage diplomacy.  And the UK has joined worldwide criticism of the possible disappearance of Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis star. 

    Women in Australian TV

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 19:13

    The early days of Australian television has long been focused on Bruce Gyngell and the Packer family. But behind the scenes, women worked as "scriptos", producers and directors. Media historian Jeannine Baker discusses their crucial but long-hidden role in making TV happen.

    The Australian diaspora

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 15:54

    Harnessing the talents, expertise and contacts of highly skilled Australian expats seems obvious and uncontroversial. So why doesn't Australia have a formal policy that guides how we engage and connect with the diaspora.

    Bruce Shapiro's America

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 15:04

    Bruce Shapiro discusses what the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict means for America's open carry gun laws and the possible rise of vigilantism in an increasingly polarised America.

    How the recalcitrant week came to govern our lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 21:49

    We take the seven-day week for granted, rarely asking what anchors it or what it does to us. Yet weeks are not dictated by the natural order, and have been met with some fierce opposition over the centuries. Why does this recalcitrant unit of time endure?

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