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Emma Shortis

7 Podcast Episodes

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Emma Shortis with US politics; Charles Massy on ‘Call of the Reed Warbler’ – a new regenerative agriculture; Remembering Joy Hester – a pioneering Australian modernist artist

Uncommon Sense

Amy returns for her first show of 2021! Dr Emma Shortis, Research Fellow at the EU Centre of Excellence, RMIT, delivers the US Politics Wrap talking about the Capital coup and media reporting of it, Joe Biden’s first days and actions as US President, the impending impeachment trial, and more. Author and regenerative farmer Charles Massy joins Amy to discuss the re-release of his acclaimed book, Call Of The Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New Earth. We talk about the extensive environmental, health, and economic benefits of regenerative agriculture (the alternative to industrial agriculture), as well as the connection between soil health and human health. Charles shares why the transition to regenerative farming practices is urgent now more than ever. The Heide Museum of Modern Art's senior curator Kendrah Morgan stops by to discuss their major retrospective exhibition, Joy Hester: Remember Me, which marks the centenary of Hester's birth by exploring the range and depth of Hester's expressionistic and modernist works.

2hr 15mins

2 Feb 2021

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Guillaume Pitron exposes the dark side of clean energy and the rare metals war; US politics with Emma Shortis; Chris Wallace tells us 'How to Win an Election'

Uncommon Sense

French journalist and author Guillaume Pitron talks about his eye-opening new book, The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies. Dr Chris Wallace from the University of Canberra shares with us the secrets of electoral success with her book, How to Win an Election. And Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT stops by to talk about the US Presidential Election and the growing White House coronavirus cluster, that includes President Trump.

2hr 12mins

6 Oct 2020

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Federal politics; US politics and the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg with Emma Shortis; New Caledonia votes again on independence

Uncommon Sense

RMIT’s Dr Emma Shortis joins Amy to discuss the life of feminist icon and US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - who died on Friday. They will also discuss the implications of her passing on the looming US Presidential Election, and all the latest in US politics. Nic Maclellan, Pacific affairs correspondent for Inside Story magazine, talks about the upcoming independence referendum in New Caledonia – what would a yes or no vote mean for the island nation? As well as news from pacific island nations, including how they are managing in the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus Ben Eltham on the week in federal politics.

1hr 52mins

22 Sep 2020

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Escalating gender inequality in the wake of COVID-19; Anthony Ham talks about The Last Lions of Africa; US politics with Emma Shortis

Uncommon Sense

Freelance writer Anthony Ham discusses his new book, The Last Lions of Africa: Stories from the Frontline in the Battle to Save a Species. Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT talks about the latest in US politics, including concerns around Trump's ongoing undermining of the US postal service and the effect it may have on postal voting in the November Presidential Election. And Alison Pennington, senior economist at the Centre for Future Work on the increasingly deregulated labour market and how women are experiencing rising inequality due to COVID-19.

1hr 52mins

4 Aug 2020

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Federal politics; Rutger Bregman overturns centuries of belief in the selfishness of humankind; Emma Shortis on US politics and widespread protests against racism and police violence

Uncommon Sense

Amy speaks with historian Rutger Bregman about his timely new book, Humankind: A Hopeful History. Rutger delves into the evidence for why and how most humans are actually pretty decent, and just how radical it is to believe this. Rutger last joined the show in July 2017 to talk about his book, Utopia For Realists. US politics expert Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT joins Amy to examine the protests occurring across North America (and the world) in response to the police killing of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. And Ben Eltham from New Matilda chats about the latest in federal politics, including the government’s announcement they will be refunding $721 million to people who were incorrectly told they owed money to Centrelink, the so-called 'robodebt' scheme.

2hr 1min

2 Jun 2020

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Australia's welfare system and the COVID–19 unemployment crisis; animal intelligence and the soul of an octopus; US politics with Emma Shortis

Uncommon Sense

Luke Henriques-Gomes, reporter for the Guardian Australia chats about the latest in welfare and social policy, including the federal government’s response to the COVID–19 unemployment crisis. American naturalist and writer Sy Montgomery joined Amy to discuss her lifelong relationship with animals, and explore ideas about animal intelligence and consciousness from her critically acclaimed books The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness and How to Be a Good Creature. Dr Emma Shortis from RMIT on the latest in US politics, including the escalating coronavirus death toll and protests demanding state governors open up local societies and the American economy.

2hr 3mins

12 May 2020

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Interview with Ben Eltham and Emma Shortis, reflecting on Australian and US politics in 2019

Uncommon Sense – Triple R FM

Regulars Emma Shortis and Ben Eltham join Amy to discuss the year that was in Australian and US politics and give their predictions for 2020. Broadcast on 17 December, 2019.


21 Dec 2019