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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.

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