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Australian perspectives on the week's neglected social aspects of life, too often ignored by economics-driven priorities. These undermine our options for good societies, not just growth. Eva Cox is a well-known sociologist and public feminist commentator with a long involvement in advocacy for more civil societies. Julie Macken has a wealth of experience as a journalist for AFR and New Matilda and has worked with a variety of non-profit organisations. Produced for community radio stations ac ...
 
All The Best is for new Australian storytelling. Hear from a Melbourne-based cannibal, how the Australian Wallabies used theatre workshops to improve their game, anxiety attacks in a Tantric sex class, and what the shopping centre Santa Claus is really thinking, all on All The Best. We're a weekly radio show and podcast produced at FBi Radio in Sydney in association with SYN and Triple R in Melbourne, and broadcast nationally via the Community Radio Network. We’ve been telling stories in a v ...
 
Acclaimed presenter, journalist, actor, producer and arts guru Rhoda Roberts returns to our airwaves to present Deadly Voices from the House, recorded live from Sydney Opera House. Featuring a diverse selection of guest appearances from prominent Indigenous leaders from the music, arts and culture sector, Deadly Voices from the House provides an important platform to discuss critical issues facing the Indigenous community and gives voice to a variety of upcoming indigenous music, arts and cu ...
 
In the wake of COVID-19, it's easy to forget that only a few short months ago, hundreds of communities across Australia were faced with fire and smoke, homes destroyed and one of the most difficult bushfire seasons Australia has ever seen. Not only has the rise of COVID-19 slowed recovery efforts, as the media focus their attentions on a global crisis, those who have lost everything are now also left behind. Premiering on Tuesday 28th April, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australi ...
 
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Julie kicks off the year looking at the state of play in Australia on the verge of the vaccine rollout - the largest peacetime operation the country may ever see. Creating and maintaining public trust of the vaccine will be paramount, yet the Prime Minister doesn't even want to rebuke the medical misinformation being peddled by members of his own g…
 
2020 was a hard year, and then the pandemic hit. But in hard times there was hope - we remembered the importance of the public sector, and had a government that was concerned about the majority of the populations welfare. But after all of that we reverted back to our old ways of worshipping the private sector. Eva Cox reaffirms that the neo-liberal…
 
After a year like no other, politicians keep pointing to an ambiguous 'we'. Who exactly is this 'we', asks Julie Macken. Used like a dog whistle, the 'we' seems to shift depending on what is there to take credit for, and what is there to be ashamed of. As Luke Pearson of Indigenous X alluded to recently, this 'we' seems to want Olympic Gold but is …
 
Simone de Beauvoir once famously said, that 'Women (and men) are not born the way they are but are made the way they are by what we expect of them.' So what do we do when our society is built by men, for men and for the expectations of them? It all boils down to masculinity vs. femininity, and what side will give us a better society? Well, Eva Cox …
 
While the relentless train-wreck of the US election has kept us distracted, closer to home there's plenty of examples of megalomanic and nepotistic abuses of power. In the last month we've seen concerning allegations arise around the offices of several high profile state and federal politicians, only to be complemented by successive attempts at obf…
 
It's a fact of life that you can't always get what you want. But you can always try for the next best thing. This week, stories of people finding substitutes for what they're missing. 'Big Dad Energy' by Marlee Jane Ward Who’s your daddy? For Marlee Jane Ward, the answer’s a bit more complex and fantastical than you’d think. This piece was publishe…
 
There has been a lot of talk about democracy and the democratic process the last few weeks due to the American election. Eva Cox thought to break down the process for us, how democracy started in the US, and how Trumpism took hold in the US over the last 4 years. A lot of people have been saying that there is something wrong with the US after this …
 
Years ago Julie Macken was part of a blockade opposing the Whitehaven Coalmine, standing alongside Traditional Owners, local farmers and many people concerned about climate change. The blockade failed, but the tentacles of the mine into mainstream Australian politics are plain to see. As Julie notes, coal's power as an export is falling, but its in…
 
Picking up where she left off on the social budget, Eva shows us that historic women's movements were created to inspire change in policy so that it reflected the needs and values of women and families. This is why this years budget doesn't support all facets of our society. Feminism is stuck, we operate under male values but still complain about i…
 
Stories about finding pockets of calm in the chaos. 'A Love Story About Death Metal' by Mell Chun Mell has spent most of her 20s in Tasmania and now it’s time to leave. She recounts her relationship to the landscape, the people she met and her emotional journey through the lens of death metal. Producer: Mell Chun Supervising Producer: Ryan Pemberto…
 
With the budget presented and dissection underway, Eva asks what kind of value we're getting from the same old 'roads and construction' solutions to weakened economic times that really only benefit some sections of the economy. What would a more socially-oriented budget include to benefit the broader population - investment in providing a strong an…
 
The last week in Australian politics, leading up to the delayed Federal Budget, has reinforced that times are precarious and dangerous for many in the country. As Julie Macken contends, the norms that we use to distinguish between the acceptable and the negligent are up to us to maintain, but that threshold can slip if we allow it. Have a look at A…
 
Eva Cox reminisces about the important work that the honourable Susan Ryan (AO) did throughout her life in the public service. She was the first woman from the ALP to serve in cabinet, and was notably involved in the creation of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, and the Affirmative Action (Equal Opportunities in Employment) Act 1986. Eva speaks abou…
 
Ever wished you could climb inside someone else’s head? To understand them better? Or to escape? This week, storytellers volunteer to be figuratively trepanned, and we take a peek inside their inner worlds. Some, it turns out, are pitch black. We speak with Professor Adam Zeman about aphantasia — the inability to visualise. You can learn more about…
 
What is something the fossil fuel industry has been telling us for years? Lies. And what was it that the Prime Minister was telling us over the weekend? That's it, more lies. Scott Morrison and the Liberals are bent on leading us out of COVID-19 with a 'Gas Led Recovery' over investing in renewable energy. Julie Macken proves that this is a result …
 
When we first went into lockdown in March, people were spending a lot less time outside, which meant spending more time online. In this episode, stories reflecting on our pandemic-imposed retreat into digital spaces, made by radio and podcasting students at the University of Sydney. ‘Does my phone know: we’re in a pandemic?’ by Veronica Lenard Our …
 
We've focused before on the power of hope to help us out of dark times, but this time around, Eva discusses the negative impacts of pessimism, and how we're succumbing to it more and more as the pandemic goes on. Hope should be our natural reaction to adversity - the post war period was a time of hope, and the UN was created in hope of a better wor…
 
This week Julie Macken questions how and why Australia's charitable sector is allowed to be diminished, neglected and unable to effectively advocate for fear of loss of funding. The charitable sector is larger than manufacturing and providing essential services to a large proportion of our population every day - especially with the fallout of COVID…
 
In order to create a good society, we need social policies, not economic ones. But at the moment we have more economic policies than we do social. We need more jobs, we need to help combat the economic crisis but, we need to stimulate our social responsibilities as well. We need to shift paradigms, not budget spending. We need an alternate solution…
 
While and pandemic has seen large swathes of society suspend their usual comforts and conveniences to do their part in a cooperative response to a public health crisis, the big-end of town is pushing for business to resume with international travel. Some columnists have purported this could be done 'safely' - but as Julie Macken unpacks, there is l…
 
At the start of the pandemic our leaders were cooperating and working together, but that attitude has seemed to change. The blame game is well and truly underway, with tensions between our leaders rising and fingers being pointed all around, so it's natural that people are beginning to tap out and lose interest in the discourse. Eva suggests that w…
 
This week, stories of uncovering ancestry. ‘Australia’s First Social Enterprise’ by Eddy Diamond It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that Ash Walker discovered that La Perouse Aboriginal community, of which he’s a member, founded one of Australia’s first social enterprises. Before the protectionism era, the La Perouse Aboriginal community success…
 
Recently Julie Macken sat down with a friend who is seeking asylum in Australia. As he relayed to her, himself and 97,000 other people in Australia are struggling beyond belief, barely being able to afford the train to a donated meal. Having lost work, they are relying exclusively on the generosity of other residents and charities stretched to the …
 
As Melbourne went into stage four lockdown, we put together these stories about connecting to friends and family from a distance — by sharing music, memories and ramen. ‘Culinary Memory’ by Lidiya Josifova Cooking is like a delicious time machine. It takes you back, to places you’ve been and people you’ve seen. With recipes from friends, even movin…
 
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