Backchat | Podcast
Your alternative to talkback.
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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Backchat 2003 edition
We are celebrating 15 years of FBi Radio this week!
Listen for all the hits from 2003, including Guy Sebastian's Angels Brought Me Here and Missy Elliot's Work It. Plus, we quiz our hosts Swetha and Nat about Australian pop culture from the year.
We also chat to Newtown Greens MP Jenny Leong about proposed changes to NSW's rental laws and pill testing at music festivals.
Abortion decriminalisation and women in politics
Three quarters of people in NSW do not know that abortion is a crime in this state. We chat to Maddy Ward, women's collective officer at the University of Sydney, who was nearly suspended for protesting against an anti-abortion stall on campus under pressure from Labor MP Greg Donnelly.
Later, we talk to Ash Streeter-Jones, co-founder and COO of Jasiri Australia, about women in politics and improving gender representation in parliament.
Commercialisation of universities with Dr Na'ama Carlin
Big news in politics this week! An ex-campaign advisor to Trump has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about Russian intervention in the 2016 elections. Plus, the sexual harrassment claims against Barnaby Joyce were declared inconclusive.
We also chat to sociologist and academic Dr Na'ama Carlin about the commercialisation of Australian universities.
Architectures of war and Australian youth affairs
This week, we discuss the Liberal Party's huge bloodspill following the leadership change, plus Mark Latham's defamation case against Backchat alumnus Osman Faruqi.
Plus, we welcome Marwa Al-Sabouni, author of The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect, to talk about design and architecture's role in rebuilding war-ravaged cities. We also chat to Terri Butler, Shadow Minister for Young Australians and Youth Affairs, about pressing issues for young Australian people today, including housing affordability.
Race politics and data encryption laws
Earlier this week, Queensland senator Fraser Anning used his maiden speech in parliament to call for an end to Muslim immigration in Australia, invoking the "final solution to the immigration problem." We discuss what Anning's speech reflects to the state of race politics in Australia.
Later, we chat to Lyndsey Jackson, Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia, about a new law proposal which would create a process where the government would be able to access your encrypted data. She discusses the draft laws and how it would impact on our privacy.
News Corp and Superannuation
Fairfax-Nine merger and sexual assault on campus
Half a million Australians went to the polls last week to cast their votes in not one, not two, but five by-elections.
We also look at the latest developments in the state government's review into sexual consent laws. The NSW Bar Association recommended this week that a person who has an unreasonable but honest belief in consent shouldn’t be guilty of a crime.
Later, Eden Faithfull investigates university support services for those who report on sexual harrassment and assault on campus. We also chat with Dr Andrea Carson, incoming associate at La Trobe University, about the implications of the Fairfax-Nine merger.
Petition to fly the Aboriginal flag on the Harbour Bridge and My Health Record
NAIDOC Week: Indigenous youth incarceration and data sovereignty
Workplace sexual harassment and National Refugee Week
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