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Each week day RN Arts programs zoom in on a specific area of art and culture, brought to you by a specialist presenter. Subscribe to their podcasts separately by searching by name in your podcasting app.

Each week day RN Arts programs zoom in on a specific area of art and culture, brought to you by a specialist presenter. Subscribe to their podcasts separately by searching by name in your podcasting app.


Melbourne, VIC


Each week day RN Arts programs zoom in on a specific area of art and culture, brought to you by a specialist presenter. Subscribe to their podcasts separately by searching by name in your podcasting app.




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Melissa Leong + Briggs = Happiness

BL + BW catch up with new Masterchef judge and fan favourite Melissa Leong. Plus a reunion with their talented son, rapper-TV writer-comedy actor-music label boss and debut children's book author - (Adam) Briggs. Follow along at home: Neighbours, The Voice and Border Security screened in Pacific in $17m soft-power push Could Married At First Sight be part of Australia's soft power push in the Pacific Lana Del Rey (@lanadelrey) • Instagram photos and videos Lana Del Rey's swipes at her peers...


A cinematic story of rebirth and retracing Homer's Odyssey

Warwick Thornton discusses his spellbinding new documentary The Beach. Warwick's son and fellow filmmaker Dylan River is in for Top Shelf, and Rob Brydon and Michael Winterbottom talk The Trip to Greece.


Sandra Hill on art and reconciliation

Sandra Hill was 6 years old when she was taken from her family in 1958. As part of the stolen generation, it wasn't until years later that Sandra found herself able to reconnect with her culture and community through art.


Crisis and catharsis — Benedict Andrews' dizzying Streetcar Named Desire

Australian director Benedict Andrews' note-perfect production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams at the Young Vic in London, with Gillian Anderson as the tormented Blanche DuBois, is now streaming online. Also, we're joined by the cast of American Psycho: The Musical and retrace Francis Greenslade's unusual path to a career on the stage and screen.


Curtis Sittenfeld's second novel about a First Lady

Curtis Sittenfeld on Hillary Clinton in Rodham, father and daughter writers Peter and Anna Goldsworthy, Mirandi Riwoe's novel set on the Queensland goldfields.


Preoccupations of the locked down populace

BL and BW pay a virtual home visit to Tiddas 4 Tiddas co-founder Marlee Silva. Follow along at home: More than 150 Australian newsrooms shut since January 2019 as Covid-19 deepens media crisis Network Ten to close news, entertainment and lifestyle website 10 Daily website Buzzfeed to close Australian news operations Vice Media Group cuts 155 staffers globally Roald Dahl HQ James and the Giant Peach, with Taika and Friends Tiddas 4 Tiddas Always was always will be The Last Dance Air Jordan...


Mrs America and the king of rom-coms

Two conversations this week with two of the most prolific, talented and nicest people working in Hollywood - writer, producer, director and actor Paul Feig who heads up a new TV series called Love Life, and New Zealand born actress Melanie Lynskey who is currently starring in Mrs America.


Del Kathryn Barton on the dangers of losing touch with our child selves

Del Kathryn Barton discusses her debut feature film Puff, and the dangers of losing touch with our child selves.


Kate Mulvany learns to love the villain

She's written 25 plays, won three Helpmann awards and is now performing alongside Al Pacino, but writer and performer Kate Mulvany has never been afraid of her darker side. Also, we meet the cast of Inua Ellams' now streaming Barber Shop Chronicles and discuss the new phenomenon of staging theatre in our living rooms.


Max Barry's alien story for grown ups

Max Barry's latest novel, a science fiction thriller called Providence, Covid 19 impacts on the book industry and Booker International shortlisted Australian author Shokoofeh Azar.


Celebrity beef, served two ways

Follow along at home: Robert Pattinson: A Dispatch From Isolation Pete Evans (@chefpeteevans) • Instagram photos and videos Alison Roman New Consumer interview Chrissy Teigen responds: Part One, Part Two Alison Roman apologies: Initial reaction, Part One, Part Two Food for thought: Food fight: what the Chrissy Teigen and Alison Roman dust-up reveals, Alison Roman and the Exhausting Prevalence of Ethnic Erasure in Popular Food Culture Alison Roman’s comments about Chrissy Teigen and Marie...


A Gen Y remake, a smiling sociopath and directing Killing Eve

High Fidelity has been given a millennial makeover with a new TV series. Hugh Jackman plays a charismatic and corrupt figure in Bad Education, and Australian director Shannon Murphy on the thrill of working on Killing Eve.


Helen Grace on art and friendship

Has being in isolation changed the way you engage with friends? We speak with artist Helen Grace, whose photography explores ideas of friendship and connection.


Li Cunxin — dancing through the darkness

Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin has continually shown his capacity for triumphing against the odds. He's drawn on that strength again to guide his company through the COVID-19 shutdown. Also, we check in with performing arts companies around the country to gauge the mood, and speak with the Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher about the Government's response to a sector in crisis.


Breaking the silence with Candace Bushnell and Carmen Maria Machado

Candace Bushnell's Rules for Being a Girl, Carmen Maria Machado's inventive memoir, Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer winning novel and Danielle Binks asks for writing advice from Sally Rippin.


Tori Amos on life in lockdown, resistance and reinvention

BW and BL visit the singer-song writer who is in lockdown in Cornwall, home to the 300-year-old converted barn-turned-recording studio where she's made all of her recent albums. Follow along at home: Cardi B gets ready for the 2019 Met #HFMetGala2020 #MetGalaChallenge Met Gala 2020 Livestream Thinking of the Met on a Not-So-Typical First Monday in May Billie Porter Tori Amos' Vegan Mushroom Stew Recipe "Becoming" "I wonder what's inside your butthole" Radnor & Lee's cover of "I wonder what's...


Normal People, midnight in Mexico City and a legendary architect

We weigh in on the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People. U.S. filmmaker Luke Lorentzen on his doco that trails a family of paramedics in Mexico City, and a local documentary that puts the spotlight on an iconic architect.


Recovery and resilience with Latai Taumoepeau

What happens when your creative tool - your body - shuts down? Tongan Australian performance artist Latai Taumoepeau discusses reconnecting with her body after illness in order to reconnect with her creativity.


From Kanchanaburi to the Royal Court — Anchuli Felicia King takes on the world

At 26, playwright Anchuli Felicia King has already seen her work performed on mainstages in London, Melbourne and Sydney, with US productions on the way. Also, Australian musical theatre performers unite for an online concert, and we take a closer look at the operas of the remarkably prolific Italian composer Rossini.


Bringing back Neanderthals in fiction

James Bradley and Donna Mazza on resurrecting Neanderthals in fiction, prolific American crime writer David Baldacci, and Vivian Pham's debut at 19.