What are you reading, loving or being challenged by? We review the latest in fiction for dedicated readers and for those who wish they read more.
Rank #1: On Susan Choi's Trust Exercise, Elizabeth Gilbert's City of Girls and Richard Anderson's Boxed.
Brett Evans and Anthea Taylor join Cassie and Kate to discuss new novels by Susan Choi, Elizabeth Gilbert and Richard Anderson, and Irish writer Caolinn Hughes reveals the books that have shaped her.
Rank #2: On Ann Patchett's The Dutch House, Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other and Emma Donoghue's Akin.
Autoethnographer and storyteller Denise Chapman and shortstory writer Amanda O'Callaghan join Kate and Cassie as they discuss Ann Patchett's The Dutch House, Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other and Emma Donoghue's Akin
The Readings Podcast is a celebration of books, reading and pop culture. Episodes are published fortnightly and include author interviews, event recordings, booksellers chatting about their favourite reads, industry insights, and more.
Rank #1: Bonus episode: The story behind Gerald Murnane's new vinyl.
Our events manager Chris Gordon chats with Chris Gregory about making a record with Australian author Gerald Murnane.
Rank #2: Live Recording: Clementine Ford on Boys Will Be Boys.
Clementine Ford talks about her new book, Boys Will Be Boys, which addresses toxic masculinity and raising a son. This is a live recording from our event.
Reviews and in-depth conversations with leading film and TV directors, actors and screenwriters from Australia and around the world.
Rank #1: The Screen Show 9 May.
Director of the sublime Australian film Acute Misfortune joins us in the studio. Lauren Carroll Harris checks out the new season of British comedy Fleabag. An interview with Bulgarian filmmakers Milko Lazarov and Veselka Kiryakova about arctic love story Ága, and Jason Di Rosso reviews The Hustle.
Rank #2: Jordan Peele's Us, Gregg Araki on Now Apocalypse, Disney's takeover of Fox, Apple TV +.
A panel discussion on Get Out director Jordan Peele's new film Us, a psychological horror that follows a family faced with a group of evil doppelgangers. We talk with highly acclaimed director Gregg Araki about his new TV series Now Apocalypse. Plus, a discussion on Disney's takeover of 21st Century Fox and the launch of Apple TV +.
In-depth conversations with artists and creative thinkers from Australia and around the world.
Rank #1: Highlights: Ceramic architecture, pie art, Clever Kids, the history of colours.
Kenji Uranishi builds with clay in the Hub on Art studio, Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin's pie art, Clever Kids on the Drover's Wife, and paint-maker David Coles on the history of colours in his book Chromatopia.
Rank #2: Highlights: Tony Albert's Aboriginalia collection, Murals of Tibet, Cathy & Catherine, Davida Allen.
In our first edition of summer highlights, we revisit Tony Albert's Aboriginalia collection and political works, Thomas Laird on the emotional experience of photographing the murals of Tibet, legally deaf and blind artist Cathy Staughton and her friend and muse Catherine Bell, and Davida Allen on the often untold difficulties of motherhood.
Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.
Rank #1: Benjamin Law.
Benjamin Law talks to Cheryl Akle about everything from his big, loud migrant family, his childhood, and his family to popular culture and structural racism.
Rank #2: Sarah Barrie.
Bestselling crime writer Sarah Barrie talks to Cheryl Akle about life, a wide and varied career including equine therapy, and how she came to writing.
Australia's largest celebration of literature, stories and ideas. Bringing together the world's best authors, leading public intellectuals, scientists, journalists and more.
Rank #1: Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Result.
The Rosie Result is the triumphant final instalment of the internationally bestselling and much-loved Rosie trilogy by Graeme Simsion. This time, Don and Rosie have returned to Australia with a son who is struggling to fit in at school. Don enacts a plan to help, all the while contending with the Genetics Lecture Outrage, Rosie’s troubles at work and the opening of the world’s best cocktail bar. Simsion talks about the eagerly awaited finale of his hugely successful series with ABC RN’s Claire Nichols.
Rank #2: “I Do Not Want to See This in Print”.
Annabel Crabb talks to a panel of insiders about the fraught and sensitive relationship between politicians and the press. How do journalists ensure accurate reporting while cultivating sources? How do they navigate porous concepts like ‘on background’ and ‘off the record’? And how symbiotic is the relationship between politicians wanting airtime and reporters looking for a sound bite? Featuring 2018 Walkley Award winner Sharri Markson, veteran political reporter Samantha Maiden and The Australian columnist and Road to Ruin author Niki Savva.
A show about pop culture and the newest-latest. What are the current trends in screen, music and internet culture and what do they say about our world right now?
Rank #1: Lost and found.
Footage from Aretha Franklin's 1972 live album recording finally sees the light of day, we look at Tank Man on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre and for Eid we appreciate some viral Muslim memes.
Rank #2: Yee-haw, trap and a new kind of popstar.
We get to know Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish, two chart-dominating teen stars who are shaking up the music industry with their internet savvy and genre non-conforming ways, and we cover the latest gaming news.
Subscribe to the Wheeler Centre's podcast to hear full recordings of our talks, featuring the best in books, writing and ideas from Melbourne, Australia.
Rank #1: Broadside: Necessary Truths: Fatima Bhutto and Mona Eltahawy.
Sisonke Msimang, Fatima Bhutto and Mona Eltahawy on stage at Melbourne Town Hall — Photo: Sophie Quick'The role of artists is never to celebrate power.'Fatima BhuttoThere's a million reasons why we're told to keep quiet on difficult subjects: propriety and decorum, convention and status, fear of retribution. When women try to introduce nuance into certain public debates, it doesn't usually go well for them. Western media conglomerates are often more interested in protecting power than interrogating it. If a woman offers an unvarnished analysis of power structures, or a contrary view, it's often framed as ugly, inappropriate or ungrateful. In this episode, recorded at the inaugural Broadside festival of feminist ideas, two of the world’s most fearless, most honest, most forthright voices – Fatima Bhutto and Mona Eltahawy – unpick the challenges and pitfalls of a life of truth. With host Sisonke Msimang, they discuss artistry, the west, power and biography.
Rank #2: Broadside: Rage Against the Machine: Feminism and Capitalism.
The panel, from left to right: Santilla Chingaipe, Fatima Bhutto, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Jia Tolentino and Aminatou Sow — Photo: Hannah KoelmeyerWhat is feminism under capitalism? What is feminism without it?'Art does become so very important – because it does help a community articulate a way of understanding the world that allows them to reimagine it, rather than reproducing it.'Tressie McMillan CottomNot all of us can afford to lean in, because some of us aren’t even in the room. We’re rightly galvanised by the fact that there are more CEOs at ASX200 companies in Australia named Andrew than there are women – but when did feminism become about earning power? Doesn’t it have to be anti-capitalist? Market ideas about success and failure seem like a shaky foundation for liberation for the 99% of women, so what does an uncommodified resistance look like? In this conversation from Broadside 2019, hosted by Santilla Chingaipe, our panellists – Aminatou Sow, Fatima Bhutto, Jia Tolentino and Tressie McMillan Cottom – discuss she-EOs, 'ethical consumption', reimagining value and good ancestorship. Tressie McMillan Cottom, Jia Tolentino and Aminatou Sow on stage at Melbourne Town Hall — Photo: Hannah Koelmeyer
The Podcast of Booktopia, Australia's Local Bookstore.Booktopia has been voted Australia's Favourite Bookshop and Australia's Best Online Bookshop. Join us for author interviews, book reviews and recommendations and bookish banter. We love books, especially Australian ones.
Rank #1: Jill Stark: "There is no quick fix or fast route to happiness.".
Did you know that there is no fast route to happiness? Most people don’t know or don’t want to acknowledge this. Enter Jill Stark. She was living the dream - coveted job, dating a sports star, bestselling author - but then it all fell apart. Her second memoir, Happy Never After, looks at the idea of the ‘happiness trap’ and how we often live a fake Truman Show kind of life. We chat with Jill about the fairytale of happiness and how she flipped the script.Books mentioned in this podcast:Happy Never After by Jill StarkHigh Sobriety by Jill StarkHosts: Sarah McDuling and John PurcellGuest: Jill Stark
Rank #2: David Leser: "I think there are examples of hope all over the world.".
What started as one of the most talked-about and widely praised articles of 2018 has now expanded into the water-cooler book of the #MeToo era. Booktopia’s Olivia and Joel sat down with author David Leser to talk about his new book Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing - an essential and incisive investigation into misogyny, violence and the #MeToo era.Books mentioned in this podcast:Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing by David Leser —> https://bit.ly/2JZJywUHosts: Olivia Fricot and Joel NaoumGuest: David Leser
Love writing? Looking to improve your writing? Or do you just love listening to writers talk about their craft? If yes, The Garret: Writers on Writing is for you. The Garret is a podcast writers for writers about the craft of writing. It is hosted Astrid Edwards, and her goal is to interview the best writers in Australia (and perhaps some from abroad) about how and why they do what they do. The Garret has ongoing partnerships with the State Library of Victoria, Writers Victoria and RMIT University. A defining feature of The Garret is our transcripts. Each interview is published with a complete transcript (so you don’t have to write anything down while you listen). The Garret was shortlisted for Best Literature, Arts and Music Podcast in both the 2017 and 2019 Australian Podcast Awards. The Garret is a labour of love on behalf of all emerging writers. The Garret is supported by grants and the time of Astrid Edwards. It does not operate for revenue or profit. If you would like to support The Garret, simply subscribe wherever else you listen to your podcasts and join the conversation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow our host Astrid Edwards (including her published book reviews) at astridedwards.com.
Rank #1: J. P. Pomare.
Joshua Pomare is an award winning writer. His short form work is published in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. Joshua's first novel, the literary thriller Call Me Evie, became an instant bestseller. He is also a podcaster, and has hosted On Writing since 2015. About The Garret In 2019 The Garret is a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in the Literature, Arts and Music category. You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com/joshua-pomare/ (or at the Omny episode webpage). You can also follow The Garret on Twitter and Facebook, or follow our host Astrid Edwards on Twitter or Instagram.
Rank #2: Shaun Tan.
Shaun Tan is a Melbourne-based writer and artist. Shaun is best known for his illustrated books that deal with social and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. His works have been published around the world. Cicada (2018) Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008) received the Western Australian Premier's Book Award in the Young Adult category and the South Australian Premier's Award The Arrival (2006) Book of the Year in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year and the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize, as well as the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Related Book The Red Tree (2001) received the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Children's Literature, and was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards The Lost Thing (2000) shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year The Rabbits (1998) Children's Book Council of Australia, Picture Book of the Year and Aurealis Conveners' Award for Excellence. Shaun has also worked as a concept artist for animated films, including Pixar's WALL-E. He directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing. Shaun received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature, in 2011. He has also been awarded the Hugo Award, the Ditmar Award and the Locus Award. About The Garret You can read the transcript of this interview at thegarretpodcast.com. The Garret is supported by the Australia Council of the Arts and partners with the State Library of Victoria. The Garret is hosted by Astrid Edwards, who you can follow on Twitter or Instagram.
Blueprint for Living is a weekly rummage through the essential cultural ingredients—design, architecture, food, travel, fashion—for a good life.
Rank #1: Towards a concrete utopia, a very French tart, Dieter Rams' iconic designs, weed dating, Poul Henningsen lamps and trees.
Rank #2: Palaces for the people, the dark origins of the Aperol Spritz, Robyn Williams' last meal, Argentinian asado and veins.
Hear the interview of the week from the Music Show, where composer Andrew Ford entertains and informs a wide audience each week, providing two hours of essential listening from the world of music.
Rank #1: Michael Tippett – a child of his time.
Oliver Soden discusses his biography of the English composer, Michael Tippett.
Rank #2: Robyn Archer's alternative American Songbook, and why Leonard Cohen is Deborah Conway's hero.
Robyn Archer’s The (Other) Great American Songbook offers a different portrait of America, covering everything from the Civil War and the Great Depression, poverty, politics, drunkenness and desire. Robyn’s setlist includes Tom Lehrer, Pink and Joni Mitchell, and she performs Stephen Foster’s Hard Times live in the studio for us.And in the final instalment of our Heroes series, Deborah Conway talks about the poetry, beliefs and changing voice of Leonard Cohen.
Blueprint for Living is a weekly rummage through the essential cultural ingredients - design, food, travel, gardens, fashion - for a good life.
Rank #1: Lost and Found — Brutality.
From the Roman Pantheon to Peter Zumthor's field chapel, symbol of utopian socialism to todays online brutalist love affair, concrete continues to shape our world.
Rank #2: Rosa's Mexican pop up kitchen.
We depart the world of mass produced Mexican food and go in search of the real thing.
Shooting The Past brings you Australian history through a new lens. Each episode features a historical event or era, and starts with a single photograph and the question; what is going on in this picture?
Rank #1: The rugmaker of Prahran.
A photograph of a man radiating pride amidst a sea of riotous colour and luxury, sends Clare Wright diving into the recent history of immigration to Australia.
Rank #2: Flo and Bena and the Mallee root.
A family photograph of two prim women standing in barren wasteland casts Clare Wright into the heart of Victorian Mallee country, to unearth a story of destruction and renewal.
New and compelling stories from Australia and around the world, told by some of our most popular and trusted historians. Step inside a time machine for an immersive journey through history, where stories of people, places and events bring the past vividly into our present world.
Rank #1: The Bauhaus - a school, a movement, an idea.
To mark the centenary of the Bauhaus, a trip back to Weimar Germany to explore the story and legacy of the movement
Rank #2: The air of heaven - Australian women jockeys.
When Michelle Payne won the Melbourne Cup in 2015 there were three female jockeys who were with her in spirit. They all challenged the male-dominated racing industry, pushed on by the air of heaven.