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RN Drive takes you behind the day’s headlines, with an engaging mix of current affairs, analysis, arts and culture from across Australia and around the world.

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    • Nov 26, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Amos Roach tells the story of the seasons

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 18:40

    Amos Roach is an award-winning musician, dancer and director. He's been working with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Australian Art Orchestra in their inaugural First Nations artist residency program. In the Drawing Room, he talks about the six seasons that influenced his new work and playing music with his family.

    My Feed: @georgie_tunny

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 9:24

    Georgie Tunny from News Flash takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

    Let's Get Quizzical: Gabbi Bolt and Laura Rose

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 20:19

    This week we're asking the tough questions on the final week in Parliament, Canadian Christmas decorations, grand plans in El Salvador, and who should have listened to Adele's new album. Comedians Gabbi Bolt and Laura Rose face off in this instalment of Let's Get Quizzical to see who knows more about the news, politics and popular culture that unfolded this week.

    The Wrap: China slams Dutton, religious discrimination and chaos in the parliament

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 7:06

    This week, author and columnist for Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, Niki Savva and Crickey's political editor Bernard Keane are the guest commentators.

    Does China consider Australia a 'tributary state'?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 7:12

    Does China consider Australia a "tributary state" as Defence Minister Peter Dutton suggests?

    Chaos in Solomon Islands as Prime Minister's residence set alight

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 8:17

    Rioters have looted and set alight the residence of the Solomons Prime Minister in a third day of violent anti-government protests. Dozens of Australian federal police touched down in the country overnight, with more expected to arrive today.

    Quarantine in Queens

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 23:19

    How would you cope if you found yourself under lockdown, for months, in a small unit, with your mother and your ex? That was precisely the situation that Neil Kramer found himself in when the Covid pandemic hit New York in 2020. Over the weeks and months that followed, Neil let the world in on a version of his life through a series of humorous staged photos That work, Quarantine in Queens, is one of the headline exhibits at the Head On Photo Festival.

    Wondering what you should watch in 2022? We've got you sorted!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 10:01

    The ABC has unveiled a stellar line up of new and returning shows for 2022, and there's something for everyone!

    Research Filter: NASA launches Hollywood mission, paraplegic mice walk again

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 6:13


    How is NASA planning to knock a big space rock off its course in a Hollywood-blockbuster-like mission? Plus scientist and science writer Dr Rob Bell explains how US scientists have helped paraplegic mice walk again, as well as how feeding glucose to bacteria could create a biofuel.


    Are economic sanctions worsening the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 9:45

    Over 22 million Afghans face crisis or emergency levels of acute hunger this winter. The International Committee of the Red Cross say it's a problem being exacerbated by economic sanctions imposed on the country after the Taliban took power.

    The Great Barrier Reef's mass coral spawning event underway

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 5:47

    The annual mass coral spawning event is taking place across the Great Barrier Reef, with trillions of eggs and sperm released simultaneously into the ocean. But with several parts of the reef under significant duress from warming waters and bleaching events, how critical is this event to the reef's future?

    Waiting for your online Christmas shopping? Here's why...

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 3:53

    The pre-Christmas delivery crunch is set to worsen - after two pandemic years, the cracks in the global logistics system are showing, and just in time for their busiest period of the year.

    Australia urgently sends troops to Solomon Islands as rioting continues

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 3:44

    Australia is sending more than 60 Federal Police and Defence Force personnel to Solomon Islands, amid a second day of rioting.

    Moderate Liberals push for changes as Religious Discrimination Bill introduced

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 6:18

    Some moderate Liberals have raised concerns over the religious discrimination bill, pushing for immediate changes to protect teachers and even students who could be targeted over their sexuality.

    Government proposes new commission under plan to end violence against women

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 8:19

    Labor has pledged to appoint a domestic violence commissioner and provide funds for 500 new community sector workers to help women in crisis.

    BBC's Yalda Hakim returns to Afghanistan 100 days after Taliban takeover

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 9:59

    This week marks 100 days since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

    Who are the latest listed terrorist group "The Base"?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 7:28

    They're described as "a violent, racist, neo-Nazi organisation" who have been listed as a terrorist organisation in Australia. They've been known to be planning attacks in several nations and the founders of "The Base" have been trying to recruit members from Australia for months.

    Are you optimistic about the future of the housing market?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 7:04

    When it comes to the housing market - have you won, or lost out during the pandemic?

    Senator Patterson welcomes listing of neo-Nazi organisation, Hezbollah as terrorist organisations, says Hamas should be added

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 11:18

    Extreme right-wing group "The Base" and the entirety of Hezbollah - a Shia Islamist Militant group - will be listed as terrorist organisations.

    "Weapon of mass distraction": Rex Patrick critical of absence of integrity commission legislation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 10:30

    Independent Senator Rex Patrick says religious discrimination and voter identification bills are distractions from the need for a federal integrity commission.

    Oliver Stone returns to the story of JFK

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 17:10


    Fifty-eight years ago, the US President John F Kennedy was assassinated in a motorcade in Dallas. It remains one of the defining moments of the 20th Century. But almost 6 decades after the event, why do so many questions still remain? And how have recently declassified documents changed the official narrative? Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone has returned to the story of the assassination in a new documentary.


    The existential threat to our democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 10:18

    As Australia prepares for an election campaign in 2022, one leading political scientist says Australia is heading towards a uniquely dangerous time in Federal politics. Dr Anne Tiernan, an Adjunct Professor with Griffith University, says authoritarian populism is seeping into our political sphere, which is not too dissimilar to the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era in Queensland.

    What can Australia learn from Europe's fourth COVID wave?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 6:38

    A fourth wave of COVID infections in Europe has brought on heightened restrictions and even a lockdown in Austria.

    The contentious Religious Discrimination Bill has been released but will it override current anti-discrimination laws?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 8:36

    The Religious Discrimination Bill has finally been released after going before coalition party members today but fears remain that the proposed legislation could undermine the rights of others.

    Tackling Australia's textile waste crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 6:13

    Australia currently has one of the world's biggest textile waste problems. The federal government has now granted the Australian Fashion Council $1 million to start reducing the mountains of textile waste going into the ground.

    "Rogue" Senator Gerard Rennick to continue to withhold vote, meet with constitutional lawyers over vaccine mandate concerns

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 11:21

    Liberal Senator Gerard Rennick says he is yet to decide how long he will continue to withhold his vote on government legislation as part of his protest against state covid vaccination mandates.

    "Proper balance, unintended consequences": Richard Marles says Religious Discrimination Bill should go to committee

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 9:19

    The Federal Government has released its long-awaited Religious Discrimination Bill but at this stage it won't be introduced to parliament tomorrow as planned.

    The Last Woman in the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 21:53

    How would you behave at end of the world? Rachel was a renown artist, but now she's retreated into a hermetic existence: no phone, no internet, and just a single contact with the outside world. Then, one night, a young woman and her baby turn up at Rachel's house with a story of horror: an invisible threat has spread through the world and everyone is dying. In the Drawing Room, Inga Simpson talks about writing a post-apocalyptic novel, and her own experience of the Black Summer fires.

    Faith leaders cautiously welcome the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 8:52

    Religious leaders have cautiously welcomed the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill whilst also voicing their disappointment that certain protections have been dropped.

    New report wants to guarantee reforms for young children and families

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 8:41

    More paid parental leave, guaranteed access to low-cost high-quality early childhood education and more child and maternal health visits - these are the cornerstones of a new report which aims to make Australia the best place in the world to raise a child. But what are the costs of these reforms from the Centre for Policy Development and how quickly can they be introduced?

    Should the 'shuffle' button have been ditched from music streaming long ago?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 6:18

    The order of the song-writer's galaxy has been restored, literally, after streaming giant Spotify's decision to ditch the default 'shuffle' button, allowing listeners to hear albums in the order artists intended.

    Prime Minister only backtracked on Hawaii holiday text claim "because he got caught": Tony Burke

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 12:12

    The final fortnight of the Federal parliamentary calendar for 2021 is set to be dominated by a series of controversial bills among them ... religious discrimination and voter identification.

    "Common sense will prevail," Senator Jane Hume hopeful rogue senators will vote on Religious Discrimination Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 10:01

    Five Coalition senators today crossed the floor, voting in favour of a One Nation MP Bill which would override state vaccine mandates.

    Liz Martin performs in a liminal space

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 17:04

    From club collaborations to her own atmospheric folk music, Liz Martin has been putting out memorable music for a couple of decades now. She's one of the artists featured in the Sydney Opera House's Liminal series, a collection of live concerts being streamed online now, and is the Interim CEO of Accessible Arts NSW In the Drawing Room, Liz talks about performing to an empty room and the lessons the pandemic has taught her about online accessibility.

    My Feed: Camp Cope's Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich @sideshowkelso

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 8:28

    Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich from Camp Cope takes RN Drive through her favourite social media picks from the week.

    Let's Get Quizzical: Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 21:31

    This week we're asking who's not ringing the boss of the ABC, what Australia is giving to the Indo-Pacific, what happens when a bear gets its head stuck in a plastic container and how much a German Shepherd is selling its dog house mansion for. Award-winning singer and songwriter Anthony Callea faces off against his husband and fellow singer and actor Tim Campbell in this instalment of Let's Get Quizzical to see who knows more about the news, politics and popular culture that unfolded this week.

    The Wrap: Nyadol Nyuon & Jennifer Hewett look at Victoria's pandemic protests and bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 17:52

    This week, laywer, human rights advocate and writer Nyadol Nyuon joins the National Affairs Columnist for the Australian Financial Review Jennifer Hewett to discuss Victoria's pandemic bill protests.

    "It's not the Victoria that we all know": Victorian Heath Minister Martin Foley calls out week of violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 6:20

    The daughter of a Victorian Independent MP has been attacked on Melbourne's streets overnight, ending a week of violent anti-government protests.

    "A pretty sexy, fun industry!" Workers urged to return to tourism as Singapore bubble opens

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 9:14

    The Singapore travel bubble is to fully open over the weekend, and double-vaccinated international travellers are to return to Australia. But are they ready to navigate multiple state systems and is our international tourism industry ready for their return?

    Research Filter: New force in mass extinction and Supersaurus the longest dinosaur

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 8:55

    Researchers have discovered a previously unknown force in a mass extinction event 250 million years ago, and the lessons it has for us in present day. Plus science writer Zoe Kean looks at the chemical reaction of itchiness, and how untangling a Supersaurus skeleton may have confirmed it as the longest dinosaur to have roamed the earth.

    Should cannabis be legalised in Australia? The Greens say yes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 7:35

    Greens senator Jordon Steele-John tells RN Drive about the party's plan to legalise, tax and regulate cannabis

    Victoria's pandemic bill vote delayed by shock interjection from former Minister

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 13:26

    Debate has been adjourned on the Victorian government's contentious pandemic laws as Labor scrambles to find support for their bill.

    Ramona Koval explores what it means to be human

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 23:11

    In the face of her concerns about big issues like climate change, Ramona Koval went in search of what it means to be human. Looking to both the past and the future, Koval found recurring themes of collaboration, storytelling, and the ability to ask 'why'.

    Ramona Koval explores what it means to be human

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 23:11

    In the face of her concerns about big issues like climate change, Ramona Koval went in search of what it means to be human. Looking to both the past and the future, Koval found recurring themes of collaboration, storytelling, and the ability to ask 'why'.

    How does international diplomacy work in space?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 13:00

    The US has slammed Russia for 'dangerous and irresponsible' behaviour after an anti-satellite test created a cloud of debris that threatened the ISS.

    Will new guidelines stop spectators being racist at sporting events?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 5:50

    The Australia Human Right Commission has taken the fight against racism in sport to the stands. It's released new guidelines for addressing spectator racism in sport, including a zero-tolerance approach but will they be effective?

    PM is promising to ramp up investment in critical future technologies

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 7:59

    Quantum computing, artificial intelligence and critical medicines and minerals - these are some of the areas the Federal Government wants to ramp up Australia's research and investment in.

    What more should your parents and school have taught you about sex?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 9:08

    Was it strange, sanitised, or did it answer all of your questions? And most importantly, did it prepare you for what you'd encounter in real life?

    "A surgical inquiry into complaints process:" Senator Andrew Bragg defends Senate Inquiry into ABC process

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 7:33

    Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg says the Senate inquiry into the ABC's complaints handling process will be "stronger and better" than the ABC-initiated independent review.

    Northern Territory Covid-19 outbreak grows to 19, including 3-week-old girl

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 10:41

    There are fears covid cases could grow in the Northern Territory with many having travelled to Katherine for a recent funeral.

    Garth Nix: For whom the bells toll

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 25:52


    Twenty-six years ago, Garth Nix introduced readers to Sabriel and the world of the Old Kingdom: a land where necromancers raise the dead and one family straddles the boundaries of magic to stop their plans. Now Nix is taking readers back to the days before Sabriel and introducing her parents, Terciel and Elinor, who have their own adventures to discover.


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