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David Vann was 13 when his father committed suicide, while Steve Bisley was raised in the shadow of his father’s post-traumatic stress. They speak with Ian Nichols.
Antony Loewenstein’s exposé into vulture capitalism reveals how privatised wars, detention centres and aid programs are fast becoming the first-world norm.
Euthanasia remains one of the most challenging moral and philosophical questions. What is to be gained and lost if assisted suicide is legalised? Does society need a better approach to dying?
Investigative journalists Bret Christian and Colleen Egan discuss how the suspicion of wrongful sentencing led them on quests to discover the truth behind two mistaken criminal convictions.
George E Marcus is currently Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, and founder of its Center for Ethnography.
Issue-driven novels can be supremely powerful. In their books Christos Tsiolkas, Kathryn Heyman and Alexis Wright have deftly tackled the topics of class, migration, climate change and Indigenous affairs.
Clive Hamilton, author of Earthmasters, asks the question: What would it mean for humans to mould nature as a whole, to make the Earth itself into an artefact designed to suit our needs?
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape.
Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape. Malcolm Knox, Kathryn Heyman and Ian Hoskins discuss understanding Australia through the nature and history of its land.
Anne Manne is the author of "Motherhood" and Quarterly Essay 29, "Love & Money". Her latest book is "The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism", which she discusses with Ramona Koval.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 6: Rupert Murdoch and Kamahl, 1958.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 7: George Johnston and Leonard Cohen, 1960.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 8: Kylie Minogue and Michael Hutchence, 1987.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 9: Lionel Rose and Elvis Presley, 1968.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 10: Ned Kelly and Redmond Barry, 1880.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 2: Billy Hughes and Woodrow Wilson, 1919.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 3: Isabel Letham and Duke Kahanamoku, 1914.
Australian Encounters: Heroes, Villains and Ratbags. Episode 3: Nellie Melba and Enrico Caruso, 1902.

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