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Quiet conversations about noisy topics. ChatterSquare is a Eureka Street podcast.

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Timothy Radcliffe on the conversations Catholics need to have

September 6th, 2018


What does it take to grow in conversation, even in and perhaps especially difficult conversation? Can contemporary Christianity get past the moralism …

Na'ama Carlin on dissonant universities

August 9th, 2018


Who or what are universities for? Are they meant to form citizens or workers? What happens when universities turn to a more corporate model?

Dr Na'ama Carlin joins us in this episode to reflect on these and other …

Nathan Sentance on faulty memories and cultural institutions

July 26th, 2018


In what ways are memory institutions compromised? How do we make sure that galleries, libraries, archives and museums are truly inclusive in the …

Antonio Castillo on the evangelical factor in Latin American politics

July 12th, 2018


Antonio Castillo is an academic and journalist, specialising in Latin American history, democracy and politics. He has a deep interest in how news is …

Restoring women in the Catholic Church

June 28th, 2018


Although women have been sidelined from power structures within the Catholic Church, history is replete with their examples of service and …

Christine Carolan on curbing modern slavery

June 14th, 2018


What does modern slavery look like? What facilitates it? What can be done to protect human beings from such exploitation? In this episode, we talk to …

Thomas Mayor on the Uluru Statement and a people's movement

May 26th, 2018


The Uluru Statement from the Heart was the culmination of a series of Indigenous dialogues across Australia, a painstakingly crafted response to the …

Sally Douglas on Jesus as female divine

May 17th, 2018


Wisdom had distinct cultural value in the ancient world. In Hebrew traditions and in the Old Testament, the personification of wisdom was always that …

Luke Ablett on detoxifying masculinity

May 3rd, 2018


How does sport elevate and constrain our understanding of what it is to be a man? What do grievances about emasculation tell us?

Luke Ablett is a …

Cristy Clark on the indispensable right to water

April 19th, 2018


Water is an indispensable resource, but also the site of many injustices around the world.

In this episode we talk to Dr Cristy Clark, whose research on water rights in places like Manila, Michigan and Soweto, shows the …

Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr on the spiritual art of slowing down

April 5th, 2018


We live in a world full of constant sound and movement. What do we miss when we fail to stop and listen? In this episode, we slow right down and …

Bernie Geary on the things we miss about young offenders

March 21st, 2018


Youth detention seems to only attract public attention when there's a crisis, but the problem seems to go back further. What are still not confronting when it comes to children and young people who run into the law? How …

Clare O'Neil on growth, fairness and what power is for

March 7th, 2018


The persistent gap between the rich and the poor has left many people disillusioned about how the economy and governments function. What does growth …

Tim Lo Surdo on 'the broken rules that screw us all'

February 21st, 2018


All around the world, young people are taking things into their own hands. In Australia, 23-year old Tim Lo Surdo is doing what he can to contest the …

Eva cox on macho economics and the feminist lens

February 6th, 2018


In many ways, feminism has pushed the boundaries of where and how women participate in the economy. But there is a deepening sense that this has not been enough. So what got missed?

Eva Cox is a prominent Australian …

Francis Sullivan on the Royal Commission aftermath

January 24th, 2018


After five years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concluded with volumes of stories and a set of …

Anne Beggs-Sunter on reclaiming the Southern Cross

December 6th, 2017


Every generation brings the past into the present as it reckons with issues of identity and belonging. The role of symbols becomes critical, and in …

Jack Latimore on Black Lives Matter, activism and solidarity

November 22nd, 2017


What does solidarity look like in a fractured time? Should we distinguish between activism and organising? Is there a place for allies?

Jack Latimore …

Benjamin Oh on being Catholic, Asian and gay

October 31st, 2017


'Throughout this process I don't know how many times I've broken down crying, together with my partner.' ChatterSquare catches up with Benjamin Oh as the marriage law postal survey in Australia closes.

Ben is co-chair …

Eureka Street presents: Dissent Within

October 18th, 2017


How are we to engage with views that we disagree with – when they are held by groups that we are part of or that are part of us? In this special episode of ChatterSquare, we present 'Dissent Within', the Eureka Street …

Andrew Zammit on sensible ways to think about terrorism

August 15th, 2017


Is there a way to think about terrorism without politics? Do counter-terrorism responses make us safer? What are sensible ways to sift through news …

Massimo Faggioli on the dimensions of Catholic political culture

August 8th, 2017


Dr Massimo Faggioli is a prominent Catholic historian and theology professor at Villanova University in Philadelphia. He is a prolific writer and …

Kate Galloway on lawyers in a tech-driven world

August 1st, 2017


What are the implications for the legal profession as blockchain technologies, smart contracts, apps and online dispute resolutions shift our …

Greg Foyster on conservative arguments for climate action

July 25th, 2017


Climate change continues to be politically charged in Australia, even as other countries ramp up their renewable energy investments. It raises …

Osmond Chiu on navigating post-GFC polarisation

July 18th, 2017


When UK Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared to some acclaim at Glastonbury Festival, it triggered some amount of pining in Australia. Why do we not have someone like that? We unpack what this sentiment is about and …

Jonathan Green on Australian journalism in transition

July 11th, 2017


The latest exodus from The Age has again drawn attention to shifts in the media industry. Are Fairfax papers indispensable? What does the future hold …

Cardinal Luis Tagle on contemporary life and politics

July 4th, 2017


Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is the Archbishop of Manila and president of Caritas International. He is associated with Pope Francis in terms of pastoral sensibility. In this episode of ChatterSquare, he tackles some of …

Upulie Divisekera on the intersections between science, politics, religion and the humanities

June 27th, 2017


Is science political? Does it actually have something in common with religion? And how do the humanities enhance scientific endeavour? We tackle …

Foreign state interference, UK elections and Wonder Woman

June 13th, 2017


Former FBI Director James Comey's latest testimony, foreign donations to Australian political parties, and freelance hackers reportedly triggering a …

Is religion reporting no longer relevant?

June 7th, 2017


Shouldn't religion be treated like an essential news desk? What does journalistic competence in this area look like? How do funding cuts affect the …

Trump at the Vatican, unsafe journalists, and a Statement from the Heart

May 31st, 2017


Should Pope Francis be meeting the likes of Donald Trump? Do politicians owe journalists anything? And what makes the Uluru Statement a potential …

Comey dismissal and the Australian federal budget

May 16th, 2017


We come to grips with the dismissal of FBI director James Comey. Is this about optics, process or something else? Then we turn to a more sedate pace in Australia, where the federal budget has neither damaged or boosted …

Good or bad debt, the first 100 days of Trump, and Pope Francis talks TED

May 2nd, 2017


Is there such a thing as bad debt when it comes to national budgets? Is infrastructure spending a great idea by default? We also take a glance at the …

John Clarke, the federal budget story, and that United Airlines incident

April 20th, 2017


On this episode, we take a moment to remember satirist John Clarke. Then we do an initial read of the story that the Australian federal budget might tell. We also break down that United Airlines incident. There might be …

Moscow connections and the persistence of coal

April 6th, 2017


In 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 …

Christopher Tan on democracy (for better or worse)

March 30th, 2017


We 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 …

Weatherill, the Snowy and neutrality

March 21st, 2017


In this episode, we touch on energy, infrastructure and the political lens through which we receive nation-building ideas. We talk about Jay …

Is Justin Trudeau really all that?

March 14th, 2017


Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada in 2015, taking the Liberal Party to a strong majority after nearly a decade of Conservative rule. He …

Turnbull, catharsis and scapegoating

March 7th, 2017


In this episode, we feel a bit sorry for Malcolm Turnbull and wonder whether the electorate even cares who is leader anymore. We also discuss …

Reading history in the age of Trump

February 28th, 2017


In this episode of ChatterSquare Extra, we chat with Dr Evan Smith, from the School of History and International Relations at Flinders University, …

S01E02: Hansonism, fear and fantasy

February 21st, 2017


Is 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 …

Pilot: Foreign policy and opposition on both sides of the Pacific

February 6th, 2017


In the pilot episode of ChatterSquare, we talk about that phone call between the US president and Australian Prime Minister, and how it foreshadows …

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