Understanding China with NPR’s Shanghai Correspondent Rob Schmitz

We spoke American Public Radio's Shanghai Correspondent Rob Schmitz at the 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival about how to report on China's economy when the country's leading politicians admit GDP figures are mostly 'man-made' and why Rob has higher hopes for Chinese millennials than American.

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Australia Through American Eyes with NYT Race Reporter John Eligon

John Eligon is the New York Times race reporter based in Kansas City, Missouri. Host Olivia Rosenman spoke to Eligon about his collaboration with ABC Foreign Correspondent, Through American Eyes. Eligon's impressions and observations from his trip around the country, from Sydney to Kununurra, Brisbane to Murray Island, make for thought provoking listening.

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Covering Afghanistan with photojournalist Andrew Quilty

An interview with Andrew Quilty, who has covered Afghanistan since late 2013, when he arrived to work as a photojournalist just as NATO troops were beginning to withdraw. In the four years since, he has captured the ongoing conflict there with stunning photography that documents the trauma of a 40 year war and the impact of extremist groups and foreign forces in the country. His work won him the 2016 Gold Walkley for Excellence in Australian journalism.

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Aaron Glantz, Gerard Ryle, Kate McClymont and Siddharth Varadarajan (live from Storyology 2017)

Broadcast from the Walkley's 2017 Storyology conference, host Olivia Rosenman spoke with a panel of four of the world's top investigative journalists about how they decide which topics to pursue and whether the end always has to justify the means. With Aaron Glantz, senior reporter with Reveal from the US Center for Investigative Reporting, Gerard Ryle, Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Kate McClymont, Fairfax Media senior journalist and Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor of The Wire in India.

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What does it mean to be human in the digital era?

An interview with the 2017 Boyer Lecturer, Professor Genevieve Bell, about how we live in world ruled by technology data and algorithms. Bell describes technological solutions to fake news and considers Australia's role in our globalised, online world. Bell is one of the world's top technologists and the head of the Australian National University's Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Institute.

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News, humour and despair in Venezuela

El Chigüire Bipolar (the Bipolar Capybara) is a Venezuelan news website in that won the 2017 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent. The satirical website covers Venezuela’s current political and economic turmoil, and provides independent reporting in contrast to the country’s state-owned media. With Elio Casale (Founder) and Jesus Roldan (Editor), hosted by Olivia Rosenman.

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February 2019

National Sword - 99% Invisible: China used to buy most of America's (and Australia's, and Canada's) recycling - we sorted it, they recycled it. Then, in 2018, the Chinese Government surprised the world with a new policy, 'National Sword' (国门利剑), that banned the import of most foreign waste. A stab straight to the heart of waste management! This typically excellent episode of 99pi explains the impact of China's decision, inspires outrage at the messed up geo/sociopolitical world order that got us in this murky situation in the first place, and forces you to think about the 'recyclable' waste you produce.

The Punchline -Radiolab: This is a story about sport - ice hockey. Only skilled storyteller like the legends at Radiolab, could make a show about sport that I not only got to the end of, but actually loved.
I listened to a story about a piece of graffiti on a wall in a tiny village in Italy, and how that graffiti was identified through a piece of oral history. The graffiti was done by an American soldier in the final days of WWII (or was it WW1?). More broadly, the story was about a young librarian who had developed a clever method of archiving oral history so that it's contents were searchable. This is really interesting to me because it confounds me how invisible audio content is to the amazing searching powers of the internet. The fact that I have not been able to search my way into remembering on which podcast I heard this story is really a delightful case in point. Does this story ring a bell for anyone? I thought it was an episode of the Kitchen Sisters but I haven't been able to find it on their website...

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