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S01E10: Foreign state interference, UK elections and Wonder Woman

12 June 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoFormer FBI Director James Comey's latest testimony, foreign donations to Australian political parties, and freelance hackers reportedly triggering a diplomatic crisis in the Arabian Peninsula: what does it all mean? We also touch on the implications of a hung parliament in the UK, including lessons from recent Australian experience. We finish with Wonder Woman and the elements that made it work.


ChatterSquare Extra: Is religion reporting no longer relevant?

07 June 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoShouldn't religion be treated like an essential news desk? What does journalistic competence in this area look like? How do funding cuts affect the way religion is covered? In this Extra episode of ChatterSquare, Rohan Salmond and Tito Ambyo take us through the challenges and benefits of religion reporting.


ChatterSquare S01E09: Trump at the Vatican, unsafe journalists, and a Statement from the Heart

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30 May 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoShould Pope Francis be meeting the likes of Donald Trump? Do politicians owe journalists anything? And what makes the Uluru Statement a potential game-changer? Join Jim and Fatima as they dive into these and other questions.


ChatterSquare S01E08: Comey dismissal and the Australian federal budget

15 May 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoWe come to grips with the dismissal of FBI director James Comey. Is this about optics, process or something else? Then we turn to a more sedate pace in Australia, where the federal budget has neither damaged or boosted the Turnbull government. We finish with a few ways to stay intact in a tumultuous world.


ChatterSquare S01E07: Good or bad debt, the first 100 days of Trump, and Pope Francis talks TED

01 May 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoIs there such a thing as bad debt when it comes to national budgets? Is infrastructure spending a great idea by default? We also take a glance at the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. As an antidote, we finish with a quick reflection on the latest moves by Pope Francis.


ChatterSquare S01E06: John Clarke, the federal budget, United Airlines

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19 April 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoOn this episode, we take a moment to remember satirist John Clarke. Then we do an initial read of the story that the Australian federal budget might tell. We also break down that United Airlines incident. There might be detours, so stick close.


ChatterSquare S01E05: Moscow connections and the persistence of coal

05 April 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoIn this episode, we try to take a knife through Donald Trump's entanglements with Russia. We also discuss coalcare, which is like government insurance for terminal fossil fuel industries. We finish with a quick note on a couple of films that have not been well-received.


ChatterSquare Extra: Democracy (for better or worse)

29 March 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoWe turn to the Philippines, nearly a year from the elections that made Rodrigo Duterte president. Along with other ructions from 2016, his presidency continues to raise questions about the nature of democracy. To help us make sense of the current moment, we talk to Christopher Tan, a Manila-based lawyer with a public policy background.


ChatterSquare S01E04: Weatherill, the Snowy and neutrality

20 March 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoIn this episode, we touch on energy, infrastructure and the political lens through which we receive nation-building ideas. We talk about Jay Weatherill, the South Australian Premier, who gave a master class this week in how to make federal ministers squirm. We also ask whether it is possible for journalists to remain neutral, a quarter into the Trump presidency.


ChatterSquare Extra: Is Justin Trudeau really all that?

13 March 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoJustin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada in 2015, taking the Liberal Party to a strong majority after nearly a decade of Conservative rule. He signaled many things that were seen as progressive. But is he really all that? In this episode of ChatterSquare Extra, we catch up with Neal Jennings, Canadian politics nerd, who joins us from Vancouver.


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