A current affairs program produced at Triple R in Melbourne, Australia. Exploring domestic issues in a global context, The Grapevine features interviews with those in the know, providing insights into our politics, cities, rights, cultures and the environment.
Hosted by Kulja Coulston and Dylan Bird.
The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.
Freedom of Information, the housing crisis and the energy market
Petra Stock provides a progress update on her Freedom of Information research and reporting. Petra digs into the details of remote learning and teaching environments during the pandemic. VCOSS CEO Emma King breaks down the 5.2 minimum wage rise in the context of Australia's housing and cost of living crisis. Renew Economy’s Giles Peterson explains the unprecedented decision by the Australian Energy Market Operator – taking control of the direction of Australia’s power supply away from the private sector. With presenter Kulja Coulston.
What will Parliamentary representation, Pacific relations and Press Freedom look like under Labor?
On this episode of The Grapevine, Dylan gets on the line with the CEO of the Grattan Institute, Danielle Wood, to discuss the gender balance in parliament as the newly elected Labor Government installs record numbers of women to the Cabinet. Then, as Anthony Albanese and Penny Wong jet all over the Pacific in the first days of governance, Director of the ANU Pacific Institute Dr George Carter helps analyse what the impact of the new federal government might be for Australia’s relationship with the Pacific. And Political editor at Crikey, Bernard Keane, breaks down Labor's position on press freedom and whether the new government will halt the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, resist Julian Assange's extradition to the US and legislate for stronger whistleblower protections. And to play us out, Baxter Dury had a chat with Dylan on his way to perform at RISING Festival.
What does an Albanese government mean for the Uluru Statement?
On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with First People’s Assembly of Victoria co-chair, Marcus Stewart for an update on all things Vic Treaty. A Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation, Stewart gives his thoughts on the election of a federal government ostensibly committed to holding a referendum towards achieving the Treaty from the Heart this term. Plus Grapevine regular, author, and journalist Jeff Sparrow, calls in to break down the first week of the new Labor government and author and editor Jennifer Mills unpacks unfair labour practices in the arts sector post-pandemic, and talks about what the Albanese government's approach to this issue might look like.
Federal Election post-mortem with George Megalogenis
On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with journalist and author George Megalogenis to break down the outcome of this historic election which saw independents topple traditionally safe Liberal seats. Then, Researcher and Policy Analyst with Migration Council Australia and an expert on Turkish democracy, Dr Tezcan Gümüş, gets on the mic to talk about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opposing a bid by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. Dr Gümüş analyses the moves of these countries through the lens of the unfolding situation in Ukraine which prompted the traditionally neutral Nordic countries into geo-political action. And Dylan chats with Scottish duo Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton of Arab Strap fame. After a 16 year hiatus, they return with their album 'As Days Get Dark', which they will be performing at the RISING Festival on June 3.
Victorian state budget cuts homelessness spending
On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Council to Homeless Persons chief executive, Jenny Smith, to discuss the funding cuts to the From Homelessness to a Home initiative in the Victorian state budget and what that means for homelessness state wide. Then, writer and academic, Dr Adrian De Leon, calls in to talk about the outcome of the Philippines' presidential election and what it means for the nations' democracy. The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos is positioned to become the country's next president, with his running mate, Sara Duterte, the daughter of current President Rodrigo Duterte, also set to win the vice presidency by a landslide. And the duo behind Melbourne dance house outfit Shouse, Jack Madin and Ed Service, step into the studio ahead of their Melbourne Music Week Extras performance at Melbourne Museum on May 21. They reflect on the experience of their 2017 track 'Love Tonight' becoming a global mega hit during the pandemic, and talk about their future plans.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert's story of surviving 804 days in an Iranian Prison
On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert to discuss her resilience and courage in the face of her wrongful 804 days of incarceration in Iran's most notorious prison after being accused of espionage. Then, Cam Walker from Friends of The Earth calls in to discuss federal election commitments from candidates. Walker predicts that the 2022 federal election would be a "climate election", and although it hasn't so far been a hot topic of debate by the fourth week he says the policies are there, albeit hidden. And Benita Kolovos, Guardian Australia's Victorian state correspondent gives her analysis of the Victorian state budget in context of both the upcoming federal election and the November state election.