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January 05 2014


Pop Up Circus - an outback odyssey

Last spring, the opal mining Corner Country town of White Cliffs held an Underground Art Festival and, as part of the celebration, Jon Rose led a group of musician/sound artists into the small but very engaged community. The Sound Circus brought sonic work, which uses fragile new media and homemade technologies, to challenging and remote environments and conditions hostile to Homo urbanus (heat, flies, floods, snakes, etc). It's a test for a musician, their creativity, and their technologies. The mission also examined the notion of whether a group of 'blowins' could contribute to a 'singing up of country' in a place where indigenous traditional culture has all but been eradicated. (Mutawintji National Park once hosted huge corrobories of over 3,000 people.) The circus sound artists offered improvised performances, interactive musical ‘play’ and highly successful school workshops. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/intothemusic/pop-up-circus---an-outback-odyssey/4675368

January 04 2014


Interview with Ian Milliss about Victoria St Squats

In this interview, originally broadcast on Community Radio 3CR, Iain McIntyre talks with Ian Milliss about his involvement with Sydney’s Victoria St squats. During the early 1970s this street in Kings Cross became the focus of a long running anti-development struggle that brought together long term residents, unionists and squatters in a campaign which reignited squatting across the city. The interview discusses the highs and lows of defying thugs, gangsters and the police in defence of a unique community. It also includes some tunes from Victoria Street resident Mick Fowler’s band. http://www.australianmuseumofsquatting.org/?p=445
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The car industry - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Governments everywhere are confronting the collapse of the global automobile market in different ways, with loans, bailouts and sometimes cold rejection. Rear Vision looks at the history of the car industry in Australia, which has always relied on government support, and in the United States, where the Obama administration is trying to work out whether more government aid could make its car companies viable. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/the-car-industry/3148330

Developing Australia - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This month, federal and state governments bowed to public pressure and abandoned plans to privatise the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Rear Vision looks at the history of government involvement in Australia's big projects. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/developing-australia/3328986

January 02 2014


Eating myself

Exploring our society's obsession with food as a marker of our identity and why we still feel empty despite all the sumptuous cuisines. What we eat is supposed to indicate who we are — for example, eating organic means you're ethical; eating blowfish sashimi means you're adventurous; grating white truffle on your pasta means you're sophisticated. In fact, food has been so thoroughly colonised by commentary and narrative in our consumer-driven culture that what we eat is becoming less and less about nutrition or fuel for the body but more about consuming symbolism and meaning — like social status and identity. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/eating-myself/3133662

Private white folk - 360documentaries - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Memories of an Australian seaside childhood with a dark undertow. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/private-white-folk/4991532

December 12 2013


Junk Music: redundant technology and detourned devices as instruments

Thursday 3 October 2013, 7:30pm at West Space. Featuring: Ernie Althoff, Joanne Cannon, Rod Cooper, Bent Leather Band. Moderated by Clinton Green. Three of Australia’s most respected experimental instrument makers discuss the ideas, techniques and inspirations behind their use of recycled materials and redundant technologies to create new instruments and sonic situations. From gutted laser printers to gramophones and cooking pots, the discussion promises to be a veritable trash’n'treasure of musical innovation. http://www.moretalk.org/archives/

November 15 2013


Coming to Australia: The first migration - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How and when did people first arrive in Australia? Peter Hiscock assesses the current thinking and the archaeological evidence. It’s generally thought that the first humans arrived on this continent somewhere around 50,000 years ago. But how did they get here and what light can archaeology shed on the process? Was there a gradual movement out of Africa, through the Middle East across to Asia and then finally arriving in Australia by boat? Or was there a rapid dispersal, multiple waves and different origins ? Archaeologist Peter Hisock summarises and assesses the current thinking and evidence. Highlights of Coming to Australia: The first migration of humans to Australia and its global significance. The final talk in the 2013 Insights lectures series presented by the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni, University of Sydney, October 2013. Guests: Professor Peter Hiscock, The Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology, University of Sydney http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/coming-to-australia-first-migrations/5083216

November 11 2013


The Aussie Myth of The Fair Go - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

October 29 2013


Radical economics: The Political Economy dispute at Sydney University - Hindsight - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

What happened when neoclassical economics gatecrashed the campus in Whitlam's Australia? With the final countdown to the Federal election underway, Hindsight goes to the heart of a rancorous academic dispute in the 1970s and '80s that involved some of our most high profile political contenders in their idealistic youth. Tony Abbott, Anthony Albanese and Malcolm Turnbull all had a part to play in the Political Economy dispute at Sydney University. The seeds for the dispute were sown in the late 1960s when two new economics professors, with the support of the Vice Chancellor, set about overhauling the economics curriculum. Their declared aim was to modernise the faculty and to provide a more rigorous undergraduate training in economics. In practice this meant more micro and macroeconomic theory, more maths and statistics, and less of the wide-ranging, pluralist, descriptive economics that had characterised the faculty’s offerings before. With its emphasis on individualism, choice, markets and efficiency, and its neglect of institutions, economic history and collective interests, the new curriculum was anathema to many students and staff. By the early 1970s a forceful movement had developed in opposition. For more than a decade, the battle raged between those fighting to develop, nurture and defend the teaching of alternative economics, and the conservative forces on campus - which included senior academic staff in the Faculty of Economics, the University administration and right-wing student politicians. Radical Economics is the story of what happened when neoclassical economics gatecrashed the campus in Whitlam's Australia. It explores how alternative economic ideas have fared in the decades since. Above all, it reveals the ideological crucible of the 1970s and '80s in which the current generation of politicians and policy-makers cut their teeth. In the wake of the GFC and in the lead up to a Federal election in which economic management is unequivocally the bottom line, Radical Economics is essential listening. As well as the guests listed below, the program features rare archival recordings of Tony Abbott, comments from Malcolm Turnbull, and archival material featuring Glenn Stevens and Milton Friedman. The producer would like to thank John Hewson, Stuart Macintyre, Geoff Harcourt, Robin Stonecash, John Hawkins, Greg Lindsay and Stan Correy for their assistance and advice. Guests: Anthony Albanese MP, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Dr Steve Keen, Former Professor of Economics and Finance, University of Western Sydney Dr Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne Dr Frank Stilwell, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Sydney Dr Henry Ergas, Senior Economic Adviser - Deloitte Access Economics, Professor of Infrastructure Economics - University of Wollongong, Economics and politics columnist - The Australian Dr Marian Baird, Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sydney Jeffrey Phillips SC, Former Vice President of the Students' Representative Council, University of Sydney Dr Tim Thornton, Lecturer In International Relations, Swinburne University Publications: Title: Political Economy Now! The struggle for alternative economics at the University of Sydney Author: Gavan Butler, Evan Jones and Frank Stilwell Publisher: Darlington Press 2009 Title: The possibility of a pluralist economics curriculum in Australian universities: historical forces and contemporary strategies Author: Tim Thornton Publisher: Ph.D Thesis - School of Economics La Trobe University 2013 Homepage: http://arrow.latrobe.edu.au:8080/vital/access/manager/Repository/latrobe:34899 Title: Making and Breaking Universities: Memoirs of Academic Life in Australia and Britain 1936-2004 Author: Bruce Williams Publisher: Macleay Press 2005 Title: Educating for Business, Public Service and the Social Sciences: A History of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Sydney 1920-1999 Author: Peter Groenewegen Publisher: Sydney University Press 2009 Title: Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor Dethroned? Author: Steve Keen Publisher: Zed Books 2011 Title: The Mystic Economist Author: Clive Hamilton Publisher: Willow Park Press 1994 Title: Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott Author: David Marr Publisher: Black Inc 2012 Description: Quarterly Essay 47 Title: Battlelines Author: Tony Abbott Publisher: Melbourne University Press 2009 Further Information: Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney (http://sydney.edu.au/arts/political_economy/) Tony Abbott on 'Campus Wide' in 1979 - TUNE FM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quFA3CrcELI) Tony Abbott on ABC TV's 'Nationwide' in 1979 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbRpxd3_EH0) Shadow boxing: Abbott's battle against 'Marxists' at the University of Sydney (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/shadow-boxing-abbott-battle-against-marxists-at-sydney-uni/4935686) http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/radical-economics/4910750

Julia Gillard & Anne Summers - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In an exclusive interview, Julia Gillard opens up to Anne Summers about her time in office, and her future. What will be the legacy of Julia Gillard’s time as Prime Minister? Could she have done any better than Kevin Rudd at the federal election? In her first in-depth interview since losing the Prime Ministership and leaving politics, Julia Gillard opens up to Anne Summers about her time in office, and her future. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/julia-gillard-26-anne-summers/4978214

October 25 2013


In King Coal's Kingdom

The Hunter Valley in NSW is best known for its vineyards and fine wines. But right now in the Hunter, coal is king. Open-cut coal mines are spreading, with winemakers, horse breeders, local residents and even some mine workers fighting a war of attrition against the coal industry, as Tom Morton reports.

October 04 2013


Episode Six | Apple's Disappointing Quarter - Reckoner

Podcast Six, With Peter Wells, James Croft and Jason Murray - Discussing Apple's first flat quarter in years, new toys from Google, and more. http://reckoner.com.au/2013/07/episode-six-apples-disappointing-quarter/

Episode Four | Trouble on The Good Ship NBNco - Reckoner

Quigley Quits, Microsoft Reorganises, Apple Loses eBook case - with James Croft, Peter Wells and Josh Taylor. http://reckoner.com.au/2013/07/episode-four-trouble-on-the-good-ship-nbnco/

Episode Three | Freedom Of Choice - Reckoner

Freedom Of Choice with Peter Wells, James Croft, and Stilgherrian. http://reckoner.com.au/2013/07/episode-three-freedom-of-choice/

September 30 2013


Echoes of moral panic in art controversies - Books and Arts Daily

Artistic freedom and the threat of censorship are again dominating debate in the art world. Several controversial artworks have been removed or censored, so are we experiencing moral panic in the arts? http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandartsdaily/moral-panic-in-the-arts/4988246

September 27 2013


Politics and Journalism: WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?

In the aftermath of the 2013 federal election and the demise of the Labor government, there are serious issues to be discussed about the performance and calibre of the journalism, from the Parliamentary Press Gallery through to the tabloids and shock jocks. This public forum discussed three of the most contentious issues in both the politics and the journalism: gender, climate change and asylum-seekers. ## Speakers + Kerry-Anne Walsh, author of ‘The Stalking of Julia Gillard’ + Professor Sharon Pickering, Director of the Border Crossing Observatory, Monash University + Professor Wendy Bacon, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, UTS

August 24 2013


Shots - First Person - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Don's journey - musical, physical, emotional - has been a long one. But this episode is called 'Home'. Please note that this episode contains strong language. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/firstperson/shots/3126790

Shots - First Person - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Don is reeling from the news of a terrible accident. Please note that this episode contains strong language. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/firstperson/shots/3126828

Shots - First Person - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More evocative stories from life on the road with Cold Chisel. Please note that this episode contains strong language. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/firstperson/shots/3126844
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