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In some modern societies, the economy has achieved the status of a living, breathing human being. Often it is afforded greater protection and rights than the communities it is supposed to support. Although all-knowing and all-powerful, the economy still struggles, fails and sometimes, even ‘hurts’. To some, these conditions make it even moreholy. As our society’s most powerful contemporary deity, don’t we owe it to the economy to not only sacrifice our time, our loyalty and our children’s...

The Big Prawn

By some estimates, there are as many as 150 ‘big things’ strewn across Australia. There’s the Big Banana, the Big Merino and even the Big Magic Mushroom. In this story, Ballina’s Big Prawn casts a long shadow over the imagination of a young girl, as she hits the road in search of the mythical crustacean of her childhood.

Duration: 00:07:43

A Shortage of Santas

Surviving a trip to the shopping centreat Christmas time is enough to test the patience of a saint.Imagine, then, the annualsuffering of your local Santa Claus. Take a trip behind the tinsel to hear a trueaccount of what it takes to be a gifted man in red.There’s much more to the jolly manthan a ho ho ho and a snow-white beard.

The Art of Art

Forget minimalism. There’s a new kid on the block: hypotheticalism. Grounded in complex ideas and elegant concepts, it’s a movement that’s challenging the way we think about visual art and what, exactly, constitutes an artwork. But is it more style than substance? The second part of this special feature focuses on two leading local exponents of hypotheticalism – Anna Barclay and Damien Lee. Barclay talks to us about her contentious sculpture, ‘The Role of Sight in the Age of its...

Duration: 00:07:23


In a time of repetition and assertion, repetition and assertion, questions have become rhetorical and answers unrelated. The pioneers of this practice? The residents of the fourth estate – and yes, Australian politics. At the end of a microphone, hesitation takes on the quality of uncertainty. But the power of rhetoric is far more insidious.

Duration: 00:02:28

Noise to a Minimum

Once the home of the ubiquitous KEEP QUIET sign and the archetypal shushers, libraries now serve as repurposed meeting places, infotech zones, and speakeasies. The contemporary hum of incidental noise we make in libraries is considered acceptable, unavoidable, and sometimes even outwardly encouraged – the paper rustle, the machine whirr, the echoing cough. In the midst of all these sounds, Jon Tjhia and Oslo Davis ask: how can we still think of libraries as ‘quiet’?

Duration: 00:07:19

The Isolation-Solitude-Confinement-Happiness-Freedom Domain

A day spa isn't the first place you'd expect to find a think tank, and yet it's here that Toby Fehily finds himself stepping into a darkened capsule filled with warm, salty water. With the lid tightly shut, Toby comes to his senses – in a most senseless way.

Me and Run Like A Dream

In Me and Run Like A Dream, from Melbourne's Elizabeth Reale, our protagonist gives us a candid first-hand account of the power of animal magnetism — reminding us that sometimes when you place all your bets on love, you can win big.

Duration: 00:13:23

Weather #3

The third and final episode of Thomasin Sleigh's Weather trilogy. In a world plagued by the sudden absence of its weather forecasters, these unexplained disappearances become absorbed into the minutiae of everyday life. Listen to: Weather #1, Weather #2

Duration: 00:04:35

The Cosmic Frequency

Before the likes of Skype and Twitter, curious people built and operated amateur 'ham' radios in order to connect with other curious people around the world. The Cosmic Frequency tells the story of Maggie Iaquinto, an American-born Australian who forged a unique relationship with the Russian cosmonauts aboard the space station Mir.

Duration: 00:35:14

Weather #2

The second of Thomasin Sleigh's three part Weather series. In a world mysteriously absent of its meteorologists, people begin to study details of the weather themselves. Listen to: Weather #1, Weather #3

Duration: 00:04:28

The Sound of Music

In a surreal pop renovation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, The Sound Of Music fuses familiar and familial characters as it grapples with who we are, and become, in love. The Sound of Music is taken from Tom Cho's book Look Who's Morphing, published by Giramondo.

Duration: 00:11:34

Weather #1

The first story in a series of three, Weather #1 chronicles a world in which all meteorologists have vanished suddenly and without explanation. See also: Weather #2, Weather #3

Duration: 00:04:23

Calf Club 1989

Played out against a backdrop of pre-teen animal husbandry, Calf Club 1989 is the story of a sister and brother grappling with an unexpected familial revelation.

Duration: 00:04:49

Tone Deaf

In his ongoing wrestling match with the Cantonese language, Benjamin Law charts his attempts to master his family's mother tongue. Tone Deaf is an extract from Benjamin Law's book The Family Law, published by Black Inc. Please note: this podcast contains explicit language.

Duration: 00:19:08