Long-form conversations about politics and current events, international affairs, history, art, books, and the natural world – presented by Amy Mullins, Tuesdays 9am-noon on Triple R 102.7FM.
Interview with Kate Kirkpatrick, Becoming Beauvoir: A Life
Philosopher Dr Kate Kirkpatrick discusses her recent biography, 'Becoming Beauvoir: A Life.' Kate examines with great precision, insight, and balance, the life of French writer, feminist, and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. Beauvoir’s life and work has often been distorted and overshadowed by her working and romantic relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. Kate debunks some of the major misconceptions about Beauvoir’s life, and shares just how influential and original Beauvoir’s intellectual contribution to philosophy was and is. Dr Kate Kirkpatrick is a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, UK. Broadcast on 15 September 2020.
Interview with Sarah Holland-Batt on coronavirus outbreaks in Victoria's aged-care homes
Poet and aged-care reform advocate Sarah Holland-Batt speaks about the many issues surrounding the coronavirus outbreaks in aged-care homes in Victoria that has led to the early death of so many elderly Australians. Sarah is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at QUT and Chair of Australian Book Review. Broadcast on 8 September 2020.
Interview with Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds and Shape Our Futures
Biologist and writer Merlin Sheldrake joins Amy from London for an in-depth conversation about his new book, ‘Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures’. They discuss the mysterious, lively and endlessly fascinating fungi kingdom. Broadcast on 8 September, 2020.
Interview with Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey
British writer Robert Macfarlane joins Amy for a special long-form conversation about the connections between landscape, language, people, and place. They delve into Robert’s latest book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, and also draw on ideas from his past works including, Mountains of the Mind, The Old Ways, and Landmarks. Robert is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. Broadcast on 1 September 2020.
Interview with Kate Leaver, Good Dog: The Dogs Who Change and Even Save Our Lives
Kate Leaver discusses her book 'Good Dog', which delves into the special bond that has evolved between canines and humans. Kate talks of the emotional support she receives from her dog Bertie, and how this inspired her to delve into the research on the sophisticated emotional capacities that dogs display and the health benefits that humans enjoy from interacting with dogs, as well as how dogs also benefit. Broadcast on 28 April 2020.
Interview with Cordelia Fine, the real science of sex differences
Psychologist Professor Cordelia Fine from the University of Melbourne talks about the real science of sex differences, drawing on her 2017 book, Testosterone Rex, and her Aeon Mag essay 'Sexual Dinosaurs'. Cordelia debunks the gender bias in neuroscience that exaggerates the role of testosterone in male and female brains and behaviour. Her book, Testosterone Rex won the prestigious Royal Society Science Book Prize in the UK. Broadcast on 18 August 2020.