Essays On Air

17 EpisodesProduced by The ConversationWebsite

Join us as we read aloud fascinating, meticulously researched essays penned by academics who are experts in their fields.

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Nimbin before and after: local voices on how the 1973 Aquarius Festival changed a town forever

May 3rd, 2019

30:10
A scene at the Aquarius Festival, Nimbin, 1973. Flickr/Harry Watson Smith, CC BY-SA

In the north-east corner of Australia’s most populous state of …

Essays On Air: the politics of curry

October 2nd, 2018

22:05
I had never encountered the word 'curry muncher' until I arrived in Australia 10 years ago. Shutterstock

Opening Night, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2018. Dilruk Jayasinha’s introductory salvo:

This is so exciting. I …

Essays On Air: The female dwarf, disability, and beauty

August 6th, 2018

16:54
Detail from Little Big Woman: Condescension, Debra Keenahan, 2017. Designed and made by Debra Keenahan, Photograph by Robert Brindley., Author provided (No reuse), Author provided

For centuries, women with dwarfism were …

Essays On Air: Australia's property boom and bust cycle stretches back to colonial days

May 10th, 2018

25:39
In the 1980s, Australian geographer Maurice Daly exposed the urban planning system as a policy toolkit developers could capitalise on to drive …

Essays On Air: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River

May 3rd, 2018

16:51
The battle for the Franklin River runs far deeper than simply providing the backdrop for a political tug-of-war. PETER DOMBROVSKIS/ LIZ …

Essays On Air: can art really make a difference?

April 19th, 2018

19:32
Ben Quilty, Life vest, Lesbos. 2016, oil on polyester, 60 x 50cm Australian War Memorial

Before the early 19th century, war was commonly depicted as …

Essays On Air: Monsters in my closet – how a geographer began mining myths

March 29th, 2018

17:21
The Loch Ness Monster and other folk tales might not be pure fiction, but actually based on memories of events our ancestors once observed. …

Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero

March 8th, 2018

16:04
Why did this woman, so devoted to her political cause and to her vision of a united France, chose to be burnt at the stake at the age of 19 instead …

Essays On Air: The personal is now commercial – beauty, fashion and feminism

March 1st, 2018

16:11
Eva Blue/Flickr, Southern Cross Austereo, CC BY-SA

Second wave feminists protested against women’s magazines and beauty pageants. Today, however, beauty and fashion editors such as Elaine …

Essays On Air: On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978

February 22nd, 2018

23:07
Marchers at the 1978 Mardi Gras parade. Sally Colechin/The Pride History Group, Author provided

On a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, …

Essays On Air: When did Australia’s human history begin?

February 15th, 2018

12:03
In July 2017, new research was published that pushed the opening chapters of Australian history back to 65,000 years ago. Marcella Cheng/The …

Essays On Air: Why grown-ups still need fairy tales

February 8th, 2018

16:37
Fairy tales are extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SA

Essays On Air: Reading Germaine Greer’s mail

February 1st, 2018

17:46
From the initial avalanche of mail triggered by Germaine Greer's book The Female Eunuch grew a collection of 50 years of letters, emails, faxes, …

Essays On Air: Why libraries can and must change

January 25th, 2018

16:57
The much heralded 'death of the book' has nothing to do with the death of reading or writing. It is about a radical transformation in reading practices. Marcella Cheng/NY-CC-BD, CC BY-NC-ND

In the age of the …

Essays On Air: The cultural meanings of wild horses

January 18th, 2018

13:32
Ongoing controversy around wild horses in Australia encompasses debate about their impact and their cultural meaning, argues Michael Adams. Marcella …

Essays On Air: Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety

January 12th, 2018

16:06
A central convention of Greek mythological narratives called katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead. Marcella Cheng/The …

Essays On Air: a new podcast from The Conversation bringing the best writing to you

January 10th, 2018

2:40
Our first episode is from Paul Salmond, an expert on the Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reading his essay 'Journeys to the …
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