12 episodes

Catch up with the best discussions and reflections from The Interrobang: a new festival driven entirely by your questions, from the Wheeler Centre.

The Interrobang The Wheeler Centre

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 3 Ratings

Catch up with the best discussions and reflections from The Interrobang: a new festival driven entirely by your questions, from the Wheeler Centre.

    Is the concept of a country obsolete?

    Is the concept of a country obsolete?

    Responding to a huge volume of your questions on borders, refugees and migration, Geraldine Brooks, Tom Elliott, Voranai Vanijaka and host Mark Colvin search for insight and progress on this charged and crucial subject – taking a pragmatic and personal perspective to the problem.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What is the best way to destroy the internet before it destroys us? Cory Doctorow and Alan Brough

    What is the best way to destroy the internet before it destroys us? Cory Doctorow and Alan Brough

    Given its destructive and totalitarian potential, is it blind and foolish to defend the internet – or does idealism provide a corrective vision? What gives this incredible technological structure its potency? What does the internet offer in terms of political freedom and social mobility, privacy and big data, and broadcasting and publishing and political change – and what does it cost us? Blogger, science fiction author, Electronic Frontier Foundation special advisor and Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow speaks with multitalented and beloved broadcaster, writer and director Alan Brough about whether we should really destroy the internet – or whether it instead needs our protection.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    What’s the ‘good’ in the good fight? Questions for ethical thinking in strange times

    What’s the ‘good’ in the good fight? Questions for ethical thinking in strange times

    Raimond Gaita, Anne Summers, Gregory Phillips and Alan Duffy come together to seek out and dissect practical questions of ethics: are there basic values or ideas of goodness or fairness that we can all share? What, specifically, are they? What even is ‘ethical’, should we strive for it – and can there be a middle ground? Hosted by Mark Colvin.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    When is Australia racist? Questions of difference and fairness

    When is Australia racist? Questions of difference and fairness

    How do we distinguish our ideals from the real world? Is mainstream Australian – whatever that means – capable of living up to its own myths? Let’s not let subcultures off the hook, either. What draws our meanest impulses out of hiding? When do we laugh about our differences … and when do they come to define us? With artist Abdul Abdullah, writer and comedian Nakkiah Lui, Aboriginal health expert Gregory Phillips, journalist and political commentator Voranai Vanijaka and Gaysia author Benjamin Law, we’ll explore Australian equality on a number of fronts: representation, social support, sex and decision-making. Our panellists consider what it might take to achieve a culture that reflects a true picture of Australia back to itself – and what we’d be losing if we didn’t.

    • 58 min
    Why are people nicer when it’s your birthday? Questions of relativity and hope

    Why are people nicer when it’s your birthday? Questions of relativity and hope

    In a thoughtful discussion to address our very large – and more nuanced – human dilemmas, Raimond Gaita, Jane Caro, Benjamin Law, Kristin Alford and Sammy J interrogate our search for meaning and contentment within our own circumstances (including gender, cultural background, upbringing and socio-economic position). Why happiness rather than contentment? Why does a part of us want to destroy what we love? Are we born happy, spending our lives defending that, or are we born neutral – destined to spend our lives trying to attain happiness?

    • 55 min
    One last question: Cheryl Strayed, on jumping off mountains

    One last question: Cheryl Strayed, on jumping off mountains

    As part of The Interrobang, Cheryl Strayed – author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things – shares a story of her children leaping, literally, into the unknown.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Arts

Listeners Also Subscribed To