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Informed and approachable politics and current affairs. We do interviews, discussion, news, lols and longform features with a different guest host each week.

First broadcast live Saturdays at 11am on FBi Radio. Find playlists and feature content here.



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Scott Ludlam quit! Encryption, Internet Speeds & The Gig Economy

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has resigned, but where does that leave his beautiful hair? We also looked into Aussie internet speeds, Turnbull's encryption proposals and a recently launched investigation into the operations of Uber and Deliveroo in Australia.

Is Chris Lilley's comedy racist?

This week: Chris Lilley's show was pulled from NZ TV, but is his comedy really racist? Plus, it's a NAIDOC week special, and we look into Indigenous languages in Australia.

NSW Police powers, the Vatican and Sydney fire safety

This week on Backchat: the Liberals and the Greens are in turmoil, but is it something normal people should care about? Also, we look into the complex diplomatic relationship between the Vatican and Australia, we have a feature on NSW fire safety and we talked about police powers with Stephen Blanks, President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties.

NT Intervention, the tampon tax and the NSW Budget

It’s been 10 years since the Northern Territory intervention, and fresh research has suggested it hasn’t really been effective. We chatted to Steve Bunbadgee Hodder, who was living in Alice Springs when the intervention was rolled out, to talk about its impact and legacy. Also this week, the NSW government unveiled its budget, and it’s Gladys Berejiklian’s first. So what did you miss? We’ll fill you in! Finally - Backchat legend Bish Marzook joined to talk tampons and tax.

Clean energy, roadside drug testing and the closure of Parramatta Pool

What the Finkel? We make climate change politics fun (well, we try) with Ketan Joshi; a look into roadside drug testing in NSW; and an investigation into the closure of Parramatta Pool.

Linda Burney, sexual assault on campus, police raid on Club 77

Linda Burney joins Backchat to discuss the Uluru summit and #robodebt, we look at the latest scandal at St Paul's college and what universities are doing to educate students on consent, and what happened at Club 77 during a controversial "police raid".

The Constitutional recognition summit, Young & Black, and NSW'S Aboriginal water expert

It had been a huge week in Indigenous affairs. Backchat spoke to an ABC journo in Uluru to give us the latest on the Uluru summit, Laura Murphy-Oates told us about her new doco Young and Black, and water expert Bradley Moggridge told us what it's like to "infiltrate" Western institutions with Aboriginal knowledge.

Sex robots, bus privatisation, drug testing and big data

We investigate the future of sex robots, explain what privatisation means for you, check out how the government is using data to drug test people, and discuss "big data".

Ransomware, Catholic schools, climate change and The Red Pill

We got an update on the ransomware outbreak with Troy Hunt from Microsoft; we talk about what's missing from the budget (hint, it's gonna make the planet pretty toasty) with Richard Denniss; we get a history lesson about Catholic schools in Australia; and the team went to the controversial screening of The Red Pill at Sydney University to give you the full low-down.

Fairfax cuts, the Budget, Trump meets Trumbull

This week, Fairfax journalists around the country went on strike after yet another round of serious cuts were announced at the news company. Jack Fisher joins to explain why they undertook a wildcat strike. Student media have been left out of the loop, without media access for the 2017 Budget. Honi Soit editor Kishor Napier-Raman joined Backchat to tell us why the government is locking them out.

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