ChatterSquare

31 January 2017

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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.


ChatterSquare S01E03: Turnbull, catharsis and scapegoating

06 March 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoIn this episode, we feel a bit sorry for Malcolm Turnbull and wonder whether the electorate even cares who is leader anymore. We also discuss scapegoating and how attempts to discriminate lead to indiscriminate effects.


ChatterSquare Extra: Reading history in the age of Trump

27 February 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoIn this episode, we chat with Dr Evan Smith, from the School of History and International Relations at Flinders University, Adelaide. We go over some of the historical analogies being made about the Trump administration, why people are drawn to them, and the pitfalls of reaching into the past to make sense of the present.


ChatterSquare S01E02: Hansonism, fear and fantasy

20 February 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoIs there an upside to Hansonism? In this episode, we try to figure out what One Nation actually has to offer. We also talk about fear and how some Americans are dealing with the Trump era by turning to fantasy literature. Is this just escapism?


ChatterSquare S01E01: Foreign policy and opposition on both sides of the Pacific

05 February 2017 | Podcast

Chattersquare logoIn the pilot episode of ChatterSquare, we talk about that phone call between the US president and Australian Prime Minister, and how it foreshadows foreign policy. We also try to work out what it means to be in opposition on both sides of the Pacific under current conditions. Hosted by Fatima Measham and Jim McDermott.