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The Culture: ‘Alone’ is the real life Hunger Games we can’t stop watching

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Have you ever wondered how long you would last if you were dropped into the wilderness with just a hunting knife, a shovel, and a sleeping bag? A day? A week? That’s the premise of a show called ‘Alone’. Think ‘Survivor’, but on steroids. Contestants are isolated with nothing but a camera for company. They take on grizzly bears and hunt wildlife. And the last person standing wins a cash prize. It’s like a real life ‘Hunger Games’, complete with the discomfort of watching people struggle against the elements for our entertainment. This week on The Culture, Osman Faruqi is joined by The Saturday Paper’s TV critic Sarah Krasnostein to talk about why we’re so obsessed with ‘Alone’, and what that says about what we’re all grappling with as a society right now. Plus, Sarah shares what she’s been watching, reading and listening too. Guest: Sarah Krasnostein, TV critic for The Saturday Paper. Follow The Culture on Instagram  


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Everybody Knows, episode five: What will it take?

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In the final episode of Everybody Knows, Ruby Jones unpacks what she’s learnt about the rise and fall of MeToo in Australia, and why holding perpetrators accountable still feels so hard. To help answer that question, Ruby speaks to two people who have thought deeply about the problems in the music industry. The first is Dorothy Carvello. She worked for major labels in the US, and is now blowing the whistle on decades of abuse in the industry. The second is Deena Lynch, also known as Jaguar Jonze. She’s an Australian musician who went public about being sexually assaulted a few months ago. Together, the three of them explore what the cost is of speaking out, and whether it's worth it. And what real, genuine, accountability might look like in the music industry and beyond.  


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Morrison's French kiss off

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Scott Morrison has hailed Australia’s military alliance and new submarine deal with the United Kingdom and United States as a landmark achievement. But it’s already led to a global diplomatic standoff, pitting Australia against a number of European countries as well as further deepening tensions with China. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the fallout from Australia’s nuclear submarine deal and why the President of France won’t return Scott Morrison’s phone calls. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno. Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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Can Australia actually reach its vaccination goal?

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Australia is now steadily marching towards the magic number of 80 percent of the population aged 16 and above being fully vaccinated: the number that should see lockdowns and most restrictions end.  But given how few countries have reached that target so far, even with a significant head start, how likely are we to actually get vaccination coverage that high? Today, journalist with the Australian Associated Press Hannah Ryan on whether Australia can reach 80 percent, and what might happen even if we get there. Guest: Journalist with the Australian Associated Press, Hannah Ryan. Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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Why Labor is sending Keneally to Cabramatta

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Over the past few weeks an internal brawl over who will represent the Labor party in the western Sydney seat of Fowler at the next federal election has been playing out in public. The move to parachute in a high profile Labor frontbencher, who doesn’t live in the seat, has exposed the rifts and rivalries within the party. But it's also raised a bigger question.. Is Labor doing enough to make sure its candidates actually represent their voters? Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on what is really driving the battle for Fowler, and what it says about the Labor party. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton Background reading: Inside Kristina Keneally’s preselection battle in The Saturday Paper Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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Everything wrong with Australia's nuclear submarine deal

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Australia has entered into a new trilateral military alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States, called AUKUS. The partnership was sealed with the announcement that Australia would, for the first time, construct and operate a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.  The new deal has been criticised by former Prime Minister Paul Keating and national security experts. It’s also led to increasing tension between Australia and a number of other countries. Today, Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University and contributor to The Saturday Paper Hugh White on why this new submarine deal puts Australia at risk, and what we should be doing instead. Guest: Emeritus Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University and contributor for The Saturday Paper Hugh White. Background reading: From the submarine to the ridiculous in The Saturday Paper Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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The healing power of MDMA

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A major new study has found that the therapeutic use of the illicit drug MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, could cure people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The landmark findings could radically change the way PTSD is treated. Now an Australian psychologist is finally embarking on Australia’s first ever clinical trial using the drug.  Today, James Bradley on the healing power of MDMA - and why Australia has been so slow to explore its possibilities.  Guest: Writer for The Monthly, James Bradley Background reading: The agony and ecstasy in The Monthly Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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The Culture: Why do millennials love Sally Rooney?

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Sally Rooney’s third novel, ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’, was one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year. Now that it’s out, it’s smashing sales records. Her new book covers similar ground to her earlier work, but this time, more than ever, Rooney turns inward and grapples with what it means to be a successful writer in the current moment. So why has Rooney’s work struck such a chord with millions of readers? And does ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ live up to the hype? Guest: Writer and book critic, Madeleine Gray Follow The Culture on Instagram  


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Everybody Knows, episode four: The complaints

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In episode four of Everybody Knows Ruby Jones speaks to three women who have worked at Sony Music Australia, who all have something in common: they all experienced bullying and intimidation from the same man at the company. Two of those women have lodged complaints to Sony about this man as part of Sony's internal investigation into workplace culture. But the longer the investigation has gone on, the more they’ve wondered: is anyone listening? This is episode four of Everybody Knows: The complaints.  


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Does anyone trust Scott Morrison?

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After a slow and delayed start, vaccination rates across Australia are finally gaining momentum, with NSW and Victoria hitting 80 percent and 70 percent single dose targets this week. The targets were reached despite a confusing rollout, riddled with mixed messages from the federal government. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on whether the Morrison government has the trust and credibility to maintain the goodwill of the Australian public throughout the rest of the pandemic. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno. Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram.  


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What happens after we're vaccinated?

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From this week residents in NSW, who have been locked down for nearly three months, will finally be able to leave their homes. But the new freedoms are contingent on one important factor: their vaccination status. It’s the first time the easing of restrictions has been linked to vaccine status, but it’s likely to become the new normal across Australia. Today, journalist with the AAP Hannah Ryan on the plan to provide freedoms only to fully vaccinated, and what that means for the next phase of the pandemic. Guest: Journalist with the Australian Associated Press and contributor to The Saturday Paper Hannah Ryan.  


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What have we learned from the War on Terror?

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The anniversary of 9/11 this week, along with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, has seen politicians, military leaders and the public reflect on the past two decades. But what has really been learned from these events that shaped world history? Today, The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent Karen Middleton on the aftermath of 9/11 and its impact on foreign policy 20 years later. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton. Background reading: After the war on terror in The Saturday Paper Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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How bad is Australia's mental health crisis?

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State and federal governments have promised billions in new spending to fix Australia’s mental health crisis, a crisis exacerbated by the pandemic. But despite the pledges, experts are identifying that young people in particular are still struggling to access urgent care and support. Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Santilla Chingaipe on why this could be our one chance to fix the ailing mental health care system.  Guest: Journalist and filmmaker, Santilla Chingaipe. Background reading: The mental health crisis facing young Australians in The Saturday Paper Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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How to cure homesickness

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The pandemic has kept many people separated from their homes and their loved ones for over 18 months.  Lockdowns and border closures have led to a specific kind of grief and yearning - homesickness. Homesickness isn’t an official medical condition but it was once, with soldiers fighting on foreign soil regularly diagnosed after suffering debilitating symptoms. Today, GP and health columnist for The Saturday Paper Dr Melanie Cheng on the origins of homesickness and whether there’s a cure. Guest: Health columnist for The Saturday Paper, Dr Melanie Cheng  


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The Culture: Why Kanye West can't be cancelled

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It was one of the most chaotic and controversial album rollouts in recent history but Kanye West’s 10th studio album, Donda, is finally here.   It’s safe to say Kanye is now far from the peak of his nearly two-decade career – artistically and culturally – yet his latest album still went to No. 1. But when we’re talking about Kanye, it’s never really about the sales figures, or even just the music. There’s not that many artists who are as loved, and hated, as Kanye.   This week on The Culture, we've got a special jumbo episode (not quite as long as Donda, but still) with two of the podcast's favourites. Filmmaker and contributor to The Saturday Paper, Santilla Chingaipe, talks to us about who Kanye is: where he comes from, why so many people fell in love with his music, and why it’s so hard to be a fan right now. And music critic for The Saturday Paper, Shaad D’Souza, takes us through a more in-depth discussion about Donda, and where Kanye sits musically today. Guests: Journalist and writer, Santilla Chingaipe and music critic for The Saturday Paper, Shaad D’Souza.  


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Generation 9/11: A soldier, a refugee and a Muslim Australian

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Twenty years ago the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes, flying them into New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3000 people. The September 11 attacks, and the war on terror that followed, changed the world. They ushered in a new era of global conflict, domestic terror threats, counter-terrorism laws and Islamophobia.  Two decades on the legacy of the attacks still reverberates all over the world. Today, Osman Faruqi speaks to three people whose lives were changed forever by 9/11. Guests: Rana Hussain, diversity and inclusion manager at Cricket Australia Bill Capstick, former soldier who served in Afghanistan Zaki Haidari, Hazara refugee from Afghanistan Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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Everybody Knows, episode three: A broken system

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In this episode, Ruby Jones speaks to some of the best known lawyers on either side of the Me Too movement in order to help her investigation. Ruby looks at how the law is used to silence women, and the media, when it comes to sexual harassment and misconduct. And she asks how legal threats became one of the foremost barriers to women sharing their stories. This is episode three of Everybody Knows: A Broken System.  


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Why your next car will be electric

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Governments and car manufacturers all over the world are preparing for a future where most vehicles will be powered by electricity - a future that is just around the corner. But in Australia there’s no national policy on electric vehicles and, as a result, the country is falling behind the rest of the world. Today, Mike Seccombe on how electric cars are poised to take over and what Australia needs to do to keep up. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe. Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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Just how stretched are our hospitals?

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As Australia grapples with its biggest outbreak yet of Covid-19, an outbreak that shows few signs of slowing, the focus is shifting to hospitalisation figures and deaths. But even though Covid-19 wards are becoming busier, it isn’t easy to get a clear picture of just how bad things are in our hospital system. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton on how our two largest states are handling the current outbreak and what might happen if things get worse. Guest: Senior reporter The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton. Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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What we can learn from the world’s reopening

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As our political leaders fight over the proposed national plan to re-open the country, health experts are imploring state and federal governments to learn from the experiences of places like the UK and Israel. But, there is another country closer to home whose prudent and cautious reopening could prove to be a much better blueprint for Australia.    Today, journalist with the Australian Associated Press and contributor to The Saturday Paper Hannah Ryan on what we can learn from the ongoing global experiment. Guest: Journalist with the Australian Associated Press and contributor to The Saturday Paper Hannah Ryan.  


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The charity feeding Sydney during lockdown

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Ongoing lockdowns have put many Australians under extreme financial pressure. Without adequate government support the responsibility is falling on community organisations to help thousands of people receive the basics, like food. Today, chief executive of the Addison Road Community Organisation Rosanna Barbero on the massive food relief operation underway right now in Sydney and how it exposes a broken system. Guest: CEO of Addison Road Community Organisation, Rosanna Barbero Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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The Culture: The dark side of the games industry

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The video games industry is worth over $180 billion a year, more than the US film and sports industries combined. For decades though, it’s been plagued by a culture of misogyny, homophobia and racism. Right now, a reckoning is taking place at one of the biggest games developers in the world, Activision Blizzard, the publisher of some of the most popular games ever, including Candy Crush, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. This isn’t the first time sexism and harassment in gaming has made headlines, but could this be the long-awaited reckoning that the industry needs? To help break down the lawsuit and why it matters, games reporter for Screenhub and regular games critic for The Saturday Paper, Jini Maxwell, joins The Culture this week. Guest: Jini Maxwell Follow The Culture on Instagram  


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Everybody Knows, episode two: Five days in November

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In episode two of Everybody Knows, Ruby Jones goes back to the beginning of MeToo in Australia in 2017. Why did the movement seem to run out of momentum here so quickly?Ruby investigates what happened, hoping to learn lessons from the first wave of MeToo reporting as she investigates allegations of misconduct in the Australian music industry.  


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Are we heading towards a pandemic election?

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The country might still be in the grip of a pandemic and ongoing lockdowns, but our major parties are already planning for a looming federal election. The Prime Minister has strongly hinted the nation could be heading to the polls in just a few months, and the political battle lines are now being drawn. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on when the election looks likely to be held, and what it will be fought over. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno.  


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What went wrong with Australia’s withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Over the past few weeks the world has witnessed scenes of chaos and desperation in Afghanistan as people scrambled to evacuate the country as it fell to the Taliban. Some were able to get out, but many others, including Afghans with Australian visas remain trapped. Coalition forces had been planning their withdrawal from Afghanistan for months, but it’s now emerged that intelligence reports failed to forecast how quickly the country would fall, and the impact that would have on the evacuation. Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton on what went wrong with Australia’s withdrawal plan and what it means for those trapped in Afghanistan. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton  


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Everybody Knows, episode one: The company

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Follow journalist Ruby Jones as she investigates an open secret in the Australian music industry -- stories of harassment, abuse and assault spanning decades. In this episode, Ruby asks why Me Too stories are still so hard to tell in Australia - and why there is so much fear about speaking out, and naming names. So will Ruby be able to tell this story? Or will the allegations remain hidden in plain sight? This is episode one of Everybody Knows.  


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Can our hospitals cope with Covid-19?

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As hospitals in NSW and Victoria prepare to deal with an influx of Covid-19 patients, there are fresh concerns that our healthcare system might not be up to the challenge. Hundreds of healthcare workers have been forced into isolation during this outbreak, putting further pressure on a system already grappling with the Delta strain. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on the situation in hospitals right now, and what might happen when we come out of lockdown. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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How Australia is holding back vaccine supply

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As wealthy countries like Australia race to vaccinate their population, many other nations in our region are falling behind due to the high cost of vaccines: a cost set by big pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer. As a result, South East Asia is now the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Today, contributor to The Saturday Paper Lyndal Rowlands on the proposal that could speed up vaccinations around the world, and why Australia is holding it back.  Guest: Contributor for The Saturday Paper, Lyndal Rowlands Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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The Culture: Why is Lorde’s new album so divisive?

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Lorde released her first full-length album, Pure Heroine, back in 2013 and it struck a chord around the world, selling 5 million copies, picking up two Grammys and inspiring a new generation of pop artists. Four years later Lorde returned with her follow-up, the critically acclaimed but much less commercially successful, Melodrama. Another four years down the track, she’s back with her third album, Solar Power. It’s a pretty big gear shift, and the sunny, warm sound reflects the new, luxe lifestyle Lorde has been living. The same kind of lifestyle she mocked backed on Pure Heroine. The reception has been pretty mixed, and the fan and critical reaction divisive. This week, culture writer and critic Elle Hunt joins The Culture to help break down the album, and why it isn’t quite landing the same way as Lorde’s earlier work. Guest: Culture writer and critic Elle Hunt Background reading: Review: Lorde’s Solar Power in The Saturday Paper  


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Scott Morrison’s coming out of his cave, and he’s doing just fine

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It was just a couple of weeks ago that the Prime Minister, along with state and territory leaders, signed off a plan to end lockdowns and border closures when vaccine rates reached 80 percent of the adult population. But it didn’t take long for the so-called national plan to fall apart, with states and the federal government spending the last week bickering over Australia’s roadmap out of this crisis. Today, columnist for The Saturday Paper Paul Bongiorno on the battle over when to open the country up… and the Prime Minister’s strange decision to invoke an animated movie to help argue his case. Guest: Columnist for The Saturday Paper, Paul Bongiorno.  


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Angus Taylor's fossil fuel handouts

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As scientists, and the United Nations, continue to warn about the likely impacts of climate change, the federal government is spending big to help prop up the gas industry. One company in particular has been the sole beneficiary of a government fund established to help drill for gas in the Northern Territory.  That company, which has links to the Liberal Party, has been quietly lobbying for federal support for months. Today, national correspondent for The Saturday Paper Mike Seccombe on the question marks around another government grant process, and why Australia continues to subsidise fossil fuels. Guest: National correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Mike Seccombe. Background reading: Morrison ministers lobbied over Beetaloo Basin in The Saturday Paper  


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Introducing 'Everybody Knows': A new investigative series from 7am

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In November 2020, an Instagram account began to publish anonymous stories of harassment, abuse and assault in the Australian music industry. These were stories that journalist Ruby Jones had heard whispers about before. But when she started looking into them, she found that the allegations were much worse than she had thought, and that they were an open secret in the music industry. Everybody Knows is a new five-part podcast series from the makers of Australia's number one daily news podcast, 7am. Follow Ruby as she investigates what has held back the MeToo Movement in Australia and whether this new wave of women speaking out could be the start of a true reckoning.  


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“This is a wake-up call”: The pandemic hits regional Australia

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One of the most concerning outbreaks of Covid-19 in the country right now is taking place in western NSW. Towns like Wilcannia and Walgett have high Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and some of the lowest vaccination rates in the state. When the pandemic hit the region only eight percent of Indigenous people were fully vaccinated. Now, with the virus spreading fast, there are serious concerns for the community. Today, Bhiamie Williamson on the situation on the ground in western NSW.  Guest: ANU research associate and Euahlayi man, Bhiamie Williamson Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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The document predicting Covid-19 hospitalisations

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As Covid-19 case numbers continue to reach record highs in NSW, so too do hospitalisations and intensive care admissions. Now, a leaked document from the National Cabinet has revealed that the state’s hospitals could soon reach a tipping point. Today, senior reporter for The Saturday Paper Rick Morton, on exactly who is being hospitalised with Covid-19 and how close our hospitals really are to capacity. Guest: Senior reporter for The Saturday Paper, Rick Morton Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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What’s next for Afghanistan

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After twenty years of war, invasion and occupation, US-led forces in Afghanistan, including Australian defence personnel have finally withdrawn, ending one of the longest military engagements in modern history. Within weeks of the withdrawal the Taliban, who were officially deposed at the beginning of the conflict, swept the country, seizing the capital, Kabul, and retaking control. Now there are fears for millions of Afghans facing life under a repressive regime. Today, chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper Karen Middleton and political analyst in Kabul Ramish Salimi, on the latest developments in Afghanistan, how we got to this point, and what the future looks like for Afghans. Guest: Chief political correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton. Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram  


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