Trained historians Chloe Ward and Emma Shortis discuss, analyse and critique the big issues of our time.
To figure out the events shaping our world, they apply critical thinking with history-charged commentary.
The pair didn't predict Brexit, Trump or the Australian election. So, they're slowing down to unpack and review: this is your explainer on what's really going on. Barely Gettin' By is sponsored by RMIT.
With Melbourne in the midst of Lockdown 5.0, we will be taking a short break until we can get back in to the studio again.
Up In Flames
Episode 1: Up in Flames
Chloe and Emma reunite (in person! In a real studio!) to talk about what's happened over the past three months, and what big moves by world powers mean for global climate politics and Australia. They also talk about why, despite *everything*, we need to find hope as we imagine the future under climate change.
France24, "Crushing climate impacts to hit sooner than feared: draft UN report," 23 June 2021, https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210623-crushing-climate-impacts-to-hit-sooner-than-feared-draft-un-report
Joe Biden Excerpt - Congressional Address, 2021, CNBC
Boris Johnson Excerpt - Climate Ambition Summit, 2020, Daily Telegraph
Scott Morrison Excerpt - United Nations Address, 2020, The Guardian Australia
Inauguration Special - This is America
After a long 2020 (and a very long January 2021) Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on the morning Thursday, 21 January (Australian time). What does a Presidential Inauguration look like when it's overshadowed by a pandemic and threat of insurrectionist violence? Chloe and Emma talk about what what we can expect on Thursday, how Australia's relationship with the USA will change after Donald Trump, what the violence on 6 January means, and what the Inauguration may tell us about the coming Biden Presidency.
Emma's editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald https://www.smh.com.au/national/there-s-a-lot-of-blame-to-go-around-for-the-chaos-in-the-capitol-but-some-belongs-to-australia-20210107-p56sfg.html
The Wall Street Journal put together a guide to events on the day
"Scott Morrison says 'Chinese Government should be totally ashamed' of 'repugnant' tweet", ABC, 30 November 2020, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-30/china-fake-image-australian-war-crimes-afghanistan-tensions/12934538
More democracy, and an attempted coup
In the last episode of the season, Emma and Chloe reflect on Joe Biden's victory and Trump's refusal to concede. They look at how institutions and people are responding to Trump, and whether Fox News has finally seen the light. They ask if Trump is in fact attempting a coup, whether it will be successful, and whether fascism has to be successful in order to be called "fascism". They then turn to the levers of power, looking at what will happen in Georgia and what that says about the future of American democracy.
Samuel Moyn, "How Trump Won," New York Review of Books, 9 November 2020, https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/11/09/how-trump-won/
Joe Guinan and Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, "After Trump, before Biden: What's next for the American left?" Renewal, 10 November 2020, https://renewal.org.uk/after-trump-before-biden-whats-next-for-the-american-left/
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A very tired Emma and Chloe regroup, two days after polls closed to discuss the election. Were the polls wrong? What does Georgia say about American democracy? What next for the Democratic Party? A lot of things are still uncertain-and will remain so for the coming days and weeks-but one thing is clear: Donald Trump's vote isn't going away, even if he leaves the White House.
Four More Years? - Bonus episode with Matt Bevan
In this bonus, pre-election episode, Chloe and Emma speak to Matt Bevan, ABC Radio journalist and host of the America, If You're Listening Podcast, about the past four years of the Trump Presidency, the relationship between journalism and history, and whether it's possible-or desirable-to predict an outcome in the 2020 Presidential Election. Chloe and Emma then pick up their conversation about contingency in history and why caring about the election is part of, not a distraction from, analysing what's happening in America.
ABC Radio: America, If You're Listening https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/russia-if-youre-listening/
Chloe and Emma on the long crisis of American Democracy in the Sydney Morning Herald https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/it-s-up-to-people-power-to-overcome-a-system-that-trump-has-trashed-20201029-p569m6.html
The Vanity Fair article that made Chloe cry https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/10/becoming-aoc-cover-story-2020