A weekly conversation about politics and current events, international affairs, history, art, books, and the natural world, to illuminate the issues faced by society and explore them in new ways – presented by Amy Mullins.
The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.
Why we should all be angry about the death of the Murray-Darling Basin
Barrister Richard Beasley SC joins Amy to discuss why he's angry about the death of the Murray-Darling Basin and what we can do about it. Richard's new book is called, Dead in the Water: A very angry book about our greatest environmental catastrophe... the death of the Murray-Darling Basin, published by Allen & Unwin.
Monica Bell discusses George Floyd, police violence against Black Americans, and racial justice
Dr Monica Bell, associate professor of law and sociology at Yale University joins Amy to discuss the murder of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin, as well as pervasive police violence against Black and brown Americans and the push for racial justice in the United States.
Wild Mushrooming with Dr Alison Pouliot – A Foray into the Fungi Kingdom
Amy talks with fungi expert, ecologist, natural historian, and photographer Dr Alison Pouliot about her new book, Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers, co-authored with Tom May (CSIRO Publishing). Alison takes us on a foray and forage through the Kingdom Fungi. She shares how we can forage for mushrooms with safety, respect for nature, and conservation at the forefront. This is a special extended conversation.
A Case for the Rights of the Moon with Alice Gorman, Mari Margil and Thomas Gooch
A panel of experts join Amy to discuss why the Moon has a "right to exist, persist and continue its vital cycles unaltered, unharmed and unpolluted by human beings." Hear from co-authors of the 'Declaration of the Rights of the Moon’; US-based nature rights advocate Mari Margil, space archaeologist Alice Gorman aka 'Dr Space Junk', and landscape architect Thomas Gooch. They talk about why we must protect the moon from human exploitation and interference, especially with plans currently underway to mine and extract resources on the Moon. Two additional co-authors were involved in the writing of the Declaration; Ceridwen Dovey and Dr Michelle Maloney.
"You Don't Belong Here": How Three Trailblazing Women Rewrote the Story of War
Former war correspondent Elizabeth Becker talks about three brilliant women war reporters who made their own way to report on the frontline during the Vietnam War – Australian combat reporter Kate Webb, French daredevil photojournalist Catherine Leroy, and American intellectual Frances FitzGerald. Elizabeth draws out their fascinating careers in her new book, You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War.
The influential climate sceptics who hijacked climate policy
Award-winning investigative reporter Marian Wilkinson joins Amy to talk in-depth about her revealing book, The Carbon Club: How a network of influential climate sceptics, politicians and business leaders fought to control Australia's climate policy.