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Essays On Air: The female dwarf, disability, and beauty

8/6/2018
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Detail from Little Big Woman: Condescension, Debra Keenahan, 2017.Designed and made by Debra Keenahan, Photograph by Robert Brindley., Author provided (No reuse), Author providedFor centuries, women with dwarfism were depicted in art as comic or grotesque fairytale beings. But artists are challenging these portrayals and notions of beauty and physical difference. Essays On Air, a podcast from The Conversation, brings you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian...

Duration:00:16:53

Essays On Air: Australia's property boom and bust cycle stretches back to colonial days

5/10/2018
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In the 1980s, Australian geographer Maurice Daly exposed the urban planning system as a policy toolkit developers could capitalise on to drive subdivision and speculation – an insight that remains true even today. AAP Image/Lukas CochAustralia’s property market is slowing and many people are contemplating a possible bust. But today’s episode of Essays On Air reminds us that even since colonial days, Australia’s property market has had its ups and downs. Essays On Air, a podcast from The...

Duration:00:25:38

Essays on Air: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River

5/3/2018
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The beautiful Franklin River in Tasmania.Steve Daggar/ShutterstockOn 1 July 1983, in a dramatic four-three decision, the High Court of Australia ruled to stop the damming of the Franklin River. It ended a long campaign that helped bring down two state premiers and a prime minister, as well as overseeing the rise of a new figure on the political landscape – the future founder of the Greens, Bob Brown. But the battle for the Franklin River runs far deeper than simply providing the backdrop...

Duration:00:16:51

Essays on Air: can art really make a difference?

4/19/2018
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Ben Quilty, Life vest, Lesbos. 2016, oil on polyester, 60 x 50cmAustralian War Memorial Before the early 19th century, war was commonly depicted as a heroic venture, while death was both noble and surprisingly bloodless. Then came Goya with his collection of etchings called Disasters of War to show the full horror of what Napoleon inflicted on Spain, during the Peninsular War from 1808 to 1814. The art showed, for the first time, the suffering of individuals in the face of military...

Duration:00:19:32

Essays On Air: Monsters in my closet – how a geographer began mining myths

3/28/2018
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The Loch Ness Monster and other folk tales might not be pure fiction, but actually based on memories of events our ancestors once observed.ShutterstockSo you think the Loch Ness Monster never existed? Think again. The science of “geomythology” is breathing new life into such stories. The Loch Ness Monster and other folk tales might not be pure fiction, but actually based on memories of events our ancestors once observed. On today’s episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of The...

Duration:00:17:21

Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero

3/8/2018
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Why did this woman, so devoted to her political cause and to her vision of a united France, chose to be burnt at the stake at the age of 19 instead of acquiescing to her judges’ directives?shutterstock.comOne need not be a parent of a young child, as I am, to be conscious of the full-blown resurgence of the superhero in contemporary popular culture. But there is more to a hero than courage and strength. On today’s episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of The Conversation’s Friday...

Duration:00:16:03

Essays On Air: The personal is now commercial – beauty, fashion and feminism

3/1/2018
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Eva Blue/Flickr, Southern Cross Austereo, CC BY-SASecond wave feminists protested against women’s magazines and beauty pageants. Today, however, beauty and fashion editors such as Elaine Welteroth (recently of Teen Vogue) are some of the most high profile voices of a resurgent feminist movement. On my most Pollyannaish days, I want to cheer online publications that mix politics with fashion and beauty for the way they are mainstreaming feminism. On closer inspection, though, this lashing...

Duration:00:16:10

Essays On Air: On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978

2/22/2018
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Marchers at the 1978 Mardi Gras parade. Sally Colechin/The Pride History Group, Author providedOn a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, a number of gay men, lesbians and transgender people marched into the pages of Australian social history. I was one of them. On today’s episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of The Conversation’s Friday essay series, Conversation editor Lucinda Beaman is reading my essay on the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978. On the eve of the 40th...

Duration:00:23:06

Essays On Air: When did Australia’s human history begin?

2/15/2018
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In July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation, CC BY-NC-NDIn July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. It is the latest development in a time revolution that has gripped the nation over the past half century. In today’s episode of Essays On Air - the audio version of our Friday essay series - we’re reading...

Duration:00:12:03

Essays On Air: Why grown-ups still need fairy tales

2/8/2018
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Fairy tales are extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SAOriginally for adults, many fairy tales can be brutal, violent, sexual and laden with taboo. When the earliest recorded versions were made by collectors such as the Brothers Grimm, the adult content was maintained. But as time progressed, the tales became diluted, child-friendly and more benign. Adults consciously and unconsciously continue to tell...

Duration:00:16:37

Essays On Air: Reading Germaine Greer’s mail

2/1/2018
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From the initial avalanche of mail triggered by Germaine Greer's book The Female Eunuch grew a collection of 50 years of letters, emails, faxes, telegrams and newsletters.Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SAFrom the initial avalanche of mail triggered by Germaine Greer’s book The Female Eunuch grew a collection of 50 years of letters, emails, faxes, telegrams and newsletters from academics, schoolchildren, radicals and housewives all over the world. They’re now stored in 120...

Duration:00:17:45

Essays On Air: Why libraries can and must change

1/25/2018
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The much heralded 'death of the book' has nothing to do with the death of reading or writing. It is about a radical transformation in reading practices.Marcella Cheng/NY-CC-BD, CC BY-NC-NDIn the age of the globalisation of everything – and the privatisation of everything else - libraries can and must change. In fact, it’s already underway, as new technologies take books and libraries to places that are, as yet, unimaginable. That’s what we’re unpacking today on Essays On Air, where we...

Duration:00:16:56

Essays On Air: The cultural meanings of wild horses

1/18/2018
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Ongoing controversy around wild horses in Australia encompasses debate about their impact and their cultural meaning, argues Michael Adams. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-NC-NDWhile Australia debates how to reduce our wild horse numbers, other countries are working to re-establish wild horse herds in Europe and Asia. Could Australia’s attempts to “manage” brumbies be an act of hubris? That’s the question asked in the latest episode of Essays On Air, where we read to you...

Duration:00:13:31

Essays On Air: Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety

1/11/2018
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A central convention of Greek mythological narratives called katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CCA central convention of Greek mythological narratives is katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead – and it’s a theme modern directors return to again and again. That’s what we’re exploring today on our first episode of Essays On Air, a new podcast from The Conversation. It’s the audio version of...

Duration:00:16:06

Essays On Air: a new podcast from The Conversation bringing the best writing to you

1/10/2018
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Our first episode is from Paul Salmond, an expert on the Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reading his essay 'Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety'. Wes Mountain CC-BY-ND, CC BYThe Conversation is launching a new podcast, Essays On Air. It’s the audio version of our Friday essays, where we bring you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian researchers. In each 10 to 15 minute episode, we’ll read aloud fascinating, meticulously...

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