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05/31/2017In 2009, Hey Hey It's Saturday aired a blackface performance by a group called the Jackson Jive. Guest judge Harry Connick Jr gave the performance a score of zero, but it wouldn't be the last time blackface made the news in Australia.
We've mentioned this before, but Australians do not find it easy to talk about race (case in point: a recent, crushingly awkward Sydney Writers Festival conversation between Books & Arts presenter Michael Cathcart and author Paul Beatty). On the one hand, we imagine ourselves to be a chilled-out melting-pot, a place where even the most white-bread Aussie loves a hot bowl of pho and thinks Cathy Freeman is a legend. On the other hand: our media, our politics and our cultural institutions are blindingly whitewashed, the violence of our colonial past is elided, and the voices of Indigenous people are sidelined or erased. But this new podcast from the ABC tackles questions of race in Australia with refreshing and urgent directness (ironically, it's hosted by a Canadian, Beverley Wang). Two episodes into this series, we have covered the phenomenon of people actually, for some reason, doing blackface in the 21st century, and learned about a problematic Australian film, the first to star Indigenous actors in leading roles. In sum: thoughtfully constructed and very important stuff. Get on it.
05/30/2017Peter Fenton made a career out of crafting that con we’ve all fallen for: the con of fantasy, of alternative realities that are much more pleasant than the existing one. This week, we go inside the world of carnival game scams, why we fall for them even when we know the odds are against us. Later, Peter recounts his career as a tabloid fabulist. Peter Fenton is the essential grifter – he sells us the stories we most want to believe.
05/29/2017 Why did Tony blink? Has Bella earned a promotion? What will Belinda do next? Get all the answers (or none of them) to these questions as Jamie, Alice and James open Rocky's third book to continue the 'Belinda Blinked' saga... mydadwroteaporno.com
05/25/2017UKIP resume campaigning at a very noisy press conference for their manifesto launch. The terror attack in Manchester has undoubtedly changed the tone of the election campaign. Chris Mason, Laura Kuenssberg and James Landale reflect.
With the UK's snap general election mere days away, we commend to you this useful daily show, in which a rotating cast of the BBC's best political brains debrief us on the latest election news. As the pace of the campaign picks up, the show is often recorded with journalists in or just out of the thick of the action, or even on the run (in a recent episode, a harried Emma Barnett of Woman's Hour signed off from a train platform: "I'll speak to you from Skegness!!"). In the process, it communicates the atmosphere of breathless anticipation and pure exhaustion that precedes a national election day, and at 10 to 15 minutes duration, each episode is the perfect length for covering headlines without wandering into the weeds.
05/16/2017Chris Mason chats to Iain Watson and Peter Barnes about the Labour manifesto they actually wanted us to read.
With the UK's snap general election mere days away, we commend to you this useful daily show, in which a rotating cast of the BBC's best political brains debrief us on the latest election news. As the pace of the campaign picks up, the show is often recorded with journalists in or just out of the thick of the action, or even on the run (in a recent episode, a harried Emma Barnett of Woman's Hour signed off from a train platform: "I'll speak to you from Skegness!!"). In the process, it communicates the atmosphere of breathless anticipation and pure exhaustion that precedes a national election day, and at 10 to 15 minutes duration, each episode is the perfect length for covering headlines without wandering into the weeds.
05/24/2017 The new season of Bachelorette has begun! In today's episode, we discuss Rachel's fateful meeting with 31 eligible bachelors, a few of whom are just absolute bridge trolls. The same cannot be said for A.J., who is the light of our lives, the sun in our sky and the light unto our path. Let's go! Additional Reading: http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/news/a27304/the-bachelorette-2017-premiere-recap/ http://www.npr.org/2017/05/23/529705257/the-bachelorette-may-have-a-black-star-but-its-still-set-in-a-white-world http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-it-matters-that-white-people-are-watching-a-black-bachelorette_us_59232998e4b03b485cb3d554  
05/30/2017Chris Mason talks to Emma Barnett about her interview with Jeremy Corbyn on Woman’s Hour.
With the UK's snap general election mere days away, we commend to you this useful daily show, in which a rotating cast of the BBC's best political brains debrief us on the latest election news. As the pace of the campaign picks up, the show is often recorded with journalists in or just out of the thick of the action, or even on the run (in a recent episode, a harried Emma Barnett of Woman's Hour signed off from a train platform: "I'll speak to you from Skegness!!"). In the process, it communicates the atmosphere of breathless anticipation and pure exhaustion that precedes a national election day, and at 10 to 15 minutes duration, each episode is the perfect length for covering headlines without wandering into the weeds.
05/31/2017Julia Turner, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens are in Sydney Australia for the first of two Australian live shows! They discuss the film Baywatch, The novel and tv series The Handmaid's Tale, and the state of arts criticism with pulitzer-winning critic Sebastian Smee. The Slate Culture Gabfest is brought to you by Harrys. Get the close, comfortable shave you deserve. Sign up at Harrys.com/CULTURE, and you’ll receive their most popular Trial Set - a 13 dollar value - for FREE, you just cover the shipping. And by AT&T. Enjoy unlimited entertainment with unlimited data from AT&T. Don’t settle for any unlimited data plan. Only the AT&T Unlimited Plus plan comes with HBO included. Learn more at att.com/unlimited. After 22 gigabytes of data usage, AT&T may slow speeds. Credits for HBO start within two bills. Channels available subject to change.  Charges, other usage and restrictions apply. See att.com/unlimited for details. And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by going to Casper.com/CULTURE and using the promo code CULTURE
05/23/2017Virginia Heffernan speaks with Daniel Drezner Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy about how Trump's blabbing tendencies are shifting geopolitics.
05/29/2017 There are so many creative ways to reduce food waste around the home.
05/26/2017 Bernie Madoff, the man behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, confessed. He was never caught. In this episode, reporter Steve Fishman sets out to discover how a ragtag team, with 30 year-old technology, managed to fool private auditors and the United States government for decades.
04/20/2017On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia breaks apart on its 28th mission while re-entering the atmosphere. The seven-member crew are killed almost immediately, the first astronaut fatalities in almost 20 years. On the same day, Megan Sukys travels to see her dying father and come to terms with what his life meant.
Some days have been marked in humanity's collective calendar: 20th April 1999, when two boys shot up a high school; 31st August 1997, when a divorced princess crashed to her death; 11th September 2001, when planes felled buildings and everything changed. But it does not diminish those events to recall that we live in a big world, where on any given day, lots of things happen. Made by Arwen Nicks and Shane Mehling for KUOW, How's Your Day? tells "a story you don't know from a day we all remember". Each episode takes the form of a deliberate pairing - "Sandy and Princess Di"; "Kathleen and Columbine" - and interweaves archive audio from the Big News Event that dominated that day with an account of another (often analogous or strangely connected) event. In "Whales and 9/11", for example, we learn that shipping was brought to a halt during the crisis, which meant that hitherto-deafened whales could at last call out to each other in the silence. We are loath to spoil more of these elegant, reflective, non-narrated stories, which put their faith in listeners' abilities to connect the two narratives' delicate threads. All nine 20-minute episodes were released on 20 April, and Nicks has vowed not to make another season, this one having almost broken her - turns out, it's not so easy to dig up neglected stories from the biggest news days in history. But her pain is our gain, and listening to all nine episodes together is a deeply enriching experience.
05/03/2017On April 30, at London's Southbank Centre, an extraordinary cast of readers – including Philippe Sands, Tom Stoppard, Niklas Frank, whose father was Adolf Hitler's lawyer, and Susan Pollack, who survived the camp – gathered to mark 70 years since the publication of this seminal account of humanity at its most brutal. Across five episodes, in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, we bring you the full, live recording of the event, part of the Belief and Beyond Belief festival, exploring what it means to be human. This performance was directed by Nina Brazier with music directed by Tomo Keller and performed by Raphael Wallfisch, Tomo Keller, Robert Smissen, Simon Wallfisch and Lada Valesova; the event was devised by A. L. Kennedy and Philippe Sands, in collaboration with Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre. You'll find all episodes on the-tls.co.uk Chapters 1–3 read by: human-rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC; author A. L. Kennedy; actors Samuel West and Henry Goodman; Auschwitz survivor Susan Pollack
Prepare to be battered and beguiled by this elaborate full reading of Primo Levi's masterpiece memoir of Auschwitz. Performed recently at London's Southbank Centre, the five-hour live event, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the publication of the iconic book, will be broadcast over five episodes via this, the Times Literary Supplement's podcast (note, too, that this is a formal departure for the podcast, which usually features lively discussions of art and culture among TLS contributors). The reading is divvied up between dozens of luminaries, including, in this episode, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, author A. L. Kennedy and Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack, and live music accompanies the text. The three chapters we hear in this instalment take us from Levi's Italian village to his arrival at Auschwitz, an incomprehensible new universe of indiscriminate humiliation. At times difficult but always gripping listening, this elevates recital to the level of art.
04/20/2017On April 20th, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walk into Columbine high school and begin shooting classmates and teachers. They murder 13 and injure nearly two dozen more before committing suicide. On the same day, Kathleen Tyson, who is HIV positive, walks into a courtroom to fight for the right to breastfeed her infant son, which the state of Oregon claims will kill him.
Some days have been marked in humanity's collective calendar: 20th April 1999, when two boys shot up a high school; 31st August 1997, when a divorced princess crashed to her death; 11th September 2001, when planes felled buildings and everything changed. But it does not diminish those events to recall that we live in a big world, where on any given day, lots of things happen. Made by Arwen Nicks and Shane Mehling for KUOW, How's Your Day? tells "a story you don't know from a day we all remember". Each episode takes the form of a deliberate pairing - "Sandy and Princess Di"; "Kathleen and Columbine" - and interweaves archive audio from the Big News Event that dominated that day with an account of another (often analogous or strangely connected) event. In "Whales and 9/11", for example, we learn that shipping was brought to a halt during the crisis, which meant that hitherto-deafened whales could at last call out to each other in the silence. We are loath to spoil more of these elegant, reflective, non-narrated stories, which put their faith in listeners' abilities to connect the two narratives' delicate threads. All nine 20-minute episodes were released on 20 April, and Nicks has vowed not to make another season, this one having almost broken her - turns out, it's not so easy to dig up neglected stories from the biggest news days in history. But her pain is our gain, and listening to all nine episodes together is a deeply enriching experience.
05/15/2017Can you fall in love deliberately, without the chemistry? Using 36 laboratory-tested questions Susan Maushart and her accomplice try.