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The hounding of jazz legend, Billie Holiday
In 1939, Billie Holiday stood up on stage in a Manhattan hotel and performed Strange Fruit, a haunting protest song about the lynching of Black Americans.
That night, the young jazz singer received a warning from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics never to sing the song again. Holiday’s lifelong defiance of that warning led to her being relentlessly pursued by Harry Anslinger, the racist director of the FBN.
Author Johann Hari talks to Phillip about the new Billie Holiday biopic based on his book Chasing The Scream.
Are skyscrapers the future?
There has been a global boom in high-rise construction and people living vertically. But can we live in them happily and build them sustainably?
America's black market guns
The USA's love affair with guns is well known. Less well known is the the link between the legal gun industry and the black market.
And the link between that, and the illegal drugs industry.
Tess Newton Cain surveys the politics, issues and people in the Pacific region.
The economy, the world, post COVID
Given the far-reaching impact of the GFC, and the serious fault-lines exposed by COVID in our economic and political systems, how are we to address the world's most urgent problems? Former banker and financial markets expert, Satyajit Das, has just republished his 2015 book, 'A Banquet of Consequences', factoring in the climate emergency and how the global pandemic is just the first test of many that we, and future generations, will face.
Bruce Shapiro's America
Bruce Shapiro discusses the latest from the US, including President Biden's vacillating response to the declassified report into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Covid relief bill about to sail through Congress.