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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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North Korea and Local Council Elections

This week, we chat about North Korea. Will they mark their national holiday, Foundation Day, with another missile test?

We also have Ben Raue from GetUp and the Tally Room joining us to discuss local council elections.


Citizenship scandal and shareholder activism

Derryn Hinch is trying to refer himself to the High Court, but when will the citizenship scandal finally be over? Plus, we speak about how to get involved with shareholder activism with Brynn O’Brien, Executive Director of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility.

Comm Bank scandal and Tony Abbott's drunk sleepover

This week, CBA is in major trouble and the government is drug testing welfare recipients. Most importantly, Tony Abbott drank lots in Parliament House in 2009 and slept through the GFC stimulus vote.

Media funding reforms and neo-Nazis in Virginia

This week Pauline Hanson pushed for a $12 million boost to community radio funding, but why? Charlottesville, Virginia was targeted by neo-Nazis angry about the removal of Confederate statues - but are the Australian far-right just as dangerous? And are Australian colonial statues just as bad?

Martin Place homeless evicted and Clinton's walk from Perth to Sydney

This week, Backchat went down to Martin Place to speak to the residents of "tent city" before they were asked by the NSW government to move out. Plus, we speak to Clinton Pryor -- a man who has walked from Perth to Sydney for Aboriginal rights.

Marriage Equality and PaTH

This week we talked pub internships and the politics of marriage equality with Lane Sainty from BuzzFeed Australia.

Peter Chudd, Scaramucci and s44 drama

Backchat golden boy James Colley rejoined the show to shamelessly launch his new book, Too Right, co-written with prominent right-wing columnist Peter Chudd. We also talked about Anthony Scaramucci. What a guy.

Greens in crisis, WestConnex and Canada's First Nations

This week, we spoke to Greens expert Dr Stewart Jackson about the resignations of Senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters. We also speak to Canadian First Nations activist Sarain Carson-Fox, who took on Justin Trudeau, and we speak to Sydney City Councillor Jess Miller about WestConnex.

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.

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