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Introducing Breathless: The Death of David Dungay Jnr

20:45 | Jul 27th, 2018

Indigenous man David Dungay Jr died in Sydney’s Long Bay jail after a disagreement about a packet of biscuits. Our new podcast explores the questions his death raises about the use of medical restraint and tranquillisers Listen to Breathless, episode...Show More

How did we start Guardian Australia? Behind the lines podcast

20:47 | May 25th, 2018

In 2012 Katharine Viner’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, took her aside and proposed starting a branch of the Guardian in Australia. A few months later she met the people who would become her first local journalists: Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy. In ...Show More

Tim Winton on men, boys and writing 'with my heart in my mouth' – Behind the Lines podcast

1:11:42 | Apr 9th, 2018

In a speech recorded in March at The School of Life in Melbourne, the Australian author explains how writing The Shepherd’s Hut got him thinking about the boys that get left behind • Tim Winton on how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny

Introducing Common Ground – Behind the Lines podcast

21:45 | Nov 1st, 2017

Gabrielle Jackson introduces you to our latest Guardian Australia podcast: Common Ground. Lenore Taylor and Rebecca Huntley bring four very different Australians together to find out where their views come from

Brigid Delaney on wellness: yoga, colonics and 'the commodification of spirituality' – Behind the Lines podcast

18:32 | Jul 24th, 2017

The Guardian columnist Brigid Delaney talks with Gabrielle Jackson and Bonnie Malkin about the highs and lows of the years she spent researching her new book Wellmania. Delaney talks about how retreats and yoga have worked for her … but bird-poo faci...Show More

Sexual assault and Australian universities: how big is the problem? – Behind the Lines podcast

54:25 | Jun 21st, 2017

‘This is not a feminist issue. This is a public health issue,’ says Amy Ziering on the prevalence of sexual assault on university campuses in the USA. She was speaking on a panel to discuss her 2015 documentary, The Hunting Ground, which will air on ...Show More

'Trump can't stop progress on climate change' – Behind the Lines podcast

35:42 | Jun 1st, 2017

With action in countries around the world and on the ground at a state level in the US, is Donald Trump’s position on climate change irrelevant? Martijn Wilder, from Baker & McKenzie and Greg Bourne previously the regional president for BP Australia ...Show More

Black Lives Matter: 'We're trying to re-imagine humanity' – Behind the Lines podcast

30:29 | May 22nd, 2017

Calla Wahlquist talks to Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Aboriginal activist Latoya Rule, whose brother Wayne Morrison died in custody in South Australia last year. As the Sydney peace prize is awarded to the Black Lives Matter...Show More

Katharine Viner and Lenore Taylor: Does the truth matter? - Behind The Lines Podcast

1:09:26 | Mar 18th, 2017

The ABC’s Mark Colvin joins Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and Guardian Australia’s editor Lenore Taylor to discuss the changing face of journalism. They examine Donald Trump’s presidency and the difficulty the media has in holding him to...Show More

Thomas Frank: Donald Trump is right but a hypocrite – Behind the Lines podcast

32:06 | Mar 17th, 2017

When the US president talked about ‘the forgotten men and women of our country, people who work hard but no longer have a voice’ he connected with voters. After his winning pitch to the working class have the Democrats lost their relevance? And did B...Show More

How 'alt-right' ideology leaked into mainstream Australian politics – Behind the Lines podcast

19:50 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Guardian columnist Jason Wilson explores the rise of the ‘alt-right’. In conversation with Bridie Jabour and Gabrielle Jackson he describes how Richard Spencer coined the term to represent a ‘big tent’ for dissident rightwing thinkers. Wilson argues ...Show More

The lighter side of 2016 – Behind the Lines podcast

25:16 | Dec 30th, 2016

We look at the biggest news stories of 2016 that were ‘not really news’. From Harambe’s rise to meme stardom to Pokémon Go and Taylor Swift, Guardian staff discuss some of the year’s cultural phenomena

Ms Dhu: how an Aboriginal death in custody unfolded – Behind the Lines podcast

19:41 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Calla Wahlquist explores the timeline of Ms Dhu’s detainment and how she was misdiagnosed. We also hear from Ms Dhu’s grandmother and uncle on the impact of her death and why it’s important for everyone to watch the footage of what happened to her • ...Show More

What is your teenager doing online? – Behind the lines podcast

18:45 | Dec 14th, 2016

We talk to teenagers about what they were doing on the internet in their formative years and how their parents trying to protect them led to them using the internet in secret. How can parents protect their kids without being resented?

'We need a moratorium on all coalmines': Naomi Klein in conversation – Behind the Lines podcast

47:56 | Nov 10th, 2016

On a Sydney Peace Prize panel moderated by Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor, the author Naomi Klein, anti-Carmichael coalmine campaigner Murrawah Johnson, climate action leader Maria Tiimon Chi- Fang, Community and Public Sector Union national...Show More

'All they see is your race, because that is what's written on your body' | Christina Ho

25:08 | Oct 27th, 2016

It’s impossible to talk about rising pressure in education without addressing the elephant in the room, that is, the prevalence of children of Asian background working overtime for their excellent academic outcomes in our schools, particularly our se...Show More

Pauline Hanson voters speak: 'I'm utterly disappointed in the way our country is run' – Behind the Lines podcast

19:47 | Oct 6th, 2016

There has been plenty of speculation about why One Nation supporters voted the way they did in the 2016 federal election. Bridie Jabour asks the voters themselves for the Behind the Lines podcast and the answers are complicated – and surprising • Mee...Show More

David Marr at Fodi: can we solve the asylum seeker crisis? – Behind the Lines podcast

41:38 | Sep 7th, 2016

Could a simple change to the law make a difference for asylum seekers in Australia? Or do we need to stop acting as though there are ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of refugees? David Marr, Shukufa Tahiri, Jane McAdam, Daniel Webb and Geoff Gilbert explore al...Show More

How Guardian Australia broke the Nauru files story – Behind the Lines podcast

20:46 | Aug 11th, 2016

What’s it like combing through thousands of reports of abuse? Bridie Jabour talks to Paul Farrell, Helen Davidson and Nick Evershed about the investigation, how the project came together and why reporters used to covering immigration and child cruelt...Show More

Dr Munjed Al Muderis' journey to Australia – Behind the Lines podcast

13:08 | Aug 9th, 2016

Dr Munjed Al Muderis lived very comfortably in Iraq but what led him to leave as a traitor? Today he is an inspiring doctor who specialises in crafting new limbs for amputees but to get here he risked a dangerous journey by boat and a long stay in de...Show More

Kristina Keneally: what has Malcolm Turnbull got himself into? - Behind the Lines podcast

23:18 | Jul 8th, 2016

He’s still going to be prime minister, but Malcolm Turnbull did not get the election result he wanted. So how can he recapture political momentum? Kristina Keneally joins Bridie Jabour and Miles Martignoni and suggests at least one way the PM can sta...Show More

Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy on a 'strange, upside-down' election – Behind the Lines podcast

37:53 | Jul 2nd, 2016

Join an all-star cast of Guardian contributors as we unpack how election night went. Lenore Taylor, Katharine Murphy and Gabrielle Chan discuss what the result means for Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten. Election analyst Ben Raue takes a close look ...Show More

Gay Alcorn in Indi: voices from a divided electorate – Behind the Lines podcast

19:45 | Jul 1st, 2016

Gay Alcorn travels to the Victorian seat of Indi, which independent Cathy McGowan won from Liberal party MP Sophie Mirabella in 2013. Can McGowan repeat her success or will the electorate return to Mirabella, or possibly Nationals candidate Marty Cor...Show More

Attack ads: do they actually work? – Behind the Lines podcast

26:42 | Jun 28th, 2016

Kristina Keneally joins Gabrielle Jackson and Miles Martignoni to discuss election ads and slogans, what you should be doing in the last week of the campaign, the best and worst performers so far, and why Scott Morrison could be Australia’s next PM

Is spending billions more on education a price worth paying? – Behind the Lines podcast

25:33 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Lucy Clark joins Gabrielle Jackson and Kristina Keneally to discuss the education policies on offer at this election, why the Gonski funding plan now divides the major parties, and how that debate means some critical questions are being ignored

How to show 'the stench of death' on the Great Barrier Reef – Behind the Lines podcast

19:46 | Jun 15th, 2016

Michael Slezak, Guardian Australia’s environment reporter, joins Gabrielle Jackson, Nick Evershed and Lucy Clark to talk about how we revealed the full story of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef for our ‘Reef on the brink’, series and why the...Show More

Van Badham: don't fall for the same old neoliberal election ads – Behind the Lines podcast

25:39 | Jun 13th, 2016

Van Badham joins Gabrielle Jackson and Miles Martignoni to discuss inequality in Australia and what the economic policies being presented this election cycle might mean for everyday Australians • Is Australia egalitarian? Ask the worker sacked for us...Show More

David Marr: Shorten would be a good Victorian premier, but would he make a good PM?

26:11 | Jun 7th, 2016

David Marr joins Behind the Lines podcast regulars Bridie Jabour and Michael Safi to discuss the the election campaign so far. Is the Labor leader doing well, or is the bar just set very low? Is there even a bar anymore?

Kristina Keneally: the truth about election tax cut promises – Behind the Lines podcast

34:35 | Jun 7th, 2016

Kristina Keneally joins Gabrielle Jackson and Miles Martignoni to discuss the election campaign at the halfway stage, including the claim that Labor once supported corporate tax cuts, Scott Morrison’s aggressive language in a press conference, why Ma...Show More

Richard Ackland: 'Where is George Brandis?' – Behind the Lines podcast

15:23 | Jun 1st, 2016

Why has the attorney general been absent from the campaign trail ? Richard Ackland joins Bridie Jabour to discuss this and why Australia’s legal aid funding is so low that it’s actually costing taxpayers more

Kristina Keneally on why the leaders' debate doesn't matter – Behind the Lines podcast

27:03 | May 30th, 2016

Kristina Keneally joins Bridie Jabour and Gabrielle Jackson to discuss the latest face-off between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, the protests against Mike Baird and the coverage of Amber Heard’s domestic violence case against Johnny Depp

David Marr on the one thing that's stopping the Coalition from ruling forever – Behind the Lines podcast

24:05 | May 24th, 2016

David Marr, Bridie Jabour and Michael Safi discuss the ‘elephant poo’ the Coalition has been cleaning up since Peter Dutton’s remarks on refugees, and what the marriage equality debate says about parliament

NBN raids: how independent are the federal police? – Behind the Lines podcast with Kristina Keneally

31:31 | May 23rd, 2016

Kristina Keneally joins Bridie Jabour and Gabrielle Jackson to discuss the Australian federal police raids over alleged NBN leaks, what they mean for the election campaign, whistleblower protection, freedom of press, and why an independent agency lik...Show More

David Marr asks: could Bill Shorten win? And why is everyone so scared of the Greens?

23:44 | May 18th, 2016

On this weeks’ Behind the Lines podcast David Marr talks to Bridie Jabour and Michael Safi about the Labor leader’s chances, Malcolm Turnbull’s weaknesses and how this election is shaping up as a repeat of 2013

Women in politics in a world ruled by middle-aged white men – Behind the Lines podcast

31:06 | May 16th, 2016

Kristina Keneally, Bridie Jabour and Gabrielle Jackson discuss gender imbalances in Australian politics, vocal fry, quotas and why having more women in any organisation is better for everyone, male and female

How to understand the numbers flying around election 2016 - Behind the Lines Podcast

22:52 | May 12th, 2016

Guardian Australia’s data and interactives editor Nick Evershed tells us what you can read into polls – and what you can safely ignore. Plus he discusses the state of data journalism across the world – and how robots are starting to write the news

How is everyone going to survive an eight-week election campaign? – Behind the Lines podcast

32:43 | May 9th, 2016

Former New South Wales premier Kristina Keneally joins Guardian staffers Bridie Jabour and Gabrielle Jackson to discuss the truth about life on the campaign trail – whether you’re a politician or a journalist. The threesome also chew over the first h...Show More

Why journalists are locked up for the budget - Behind the Lines podcast

14:00 | May 3rd, 2016

As Scott Morrison delivers the 2016 federal budget, laying the ground for the Coalition’s election campaign strategy, Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy discuss what it’s like being locked in a room trying to extract the real meaning from the budget ...Show More

'Superannuation is a giant rip-off' and other election pitches - Behind the Lines podcast

32:24 | May 1st, 2016

At a special live event Bridie Jabour and her panel discuss what would happen without superannuation, whether a banking inquiry is justified and just what Clive Palmer’s re-election pitch might sound like

Paul Farrell on the 'surprising and disturbing' police investigation of his work – Behind the Lines podcast

14:01 | Apr 19th, 2016

Guardian reporter Paul Farrell speaks to Bridie Jabour about what it feels like when you find out the Australian Federal Police asked to access your metadata

Behind the lines podcast: what kind of PM would Shorten make? What will he die in a ditch for?

25:52 | Apr 11th, 2016

This week’s podcast is a special live recording (heavily edited) of Guardian Australia’s first Quarter Time event in Melbourne. Podcast regular Bridie Jabour is joined on stage by Guardian Australia’s deputy political editor, Katharine Murphy, as wel...Show More

How personal stories are shaping the debate on marriage equality - Behind the Lines

23:27 | Apr 5th, 2016

At Guardian Australia’s Why Knot? event, campaigners told how the battle for marriage equality can be won if gay and straight supporters alike go out and spread the word about their own experience. Bridie Jabour and Miles Martignoni look back at some...Show More

What can we expect from the report of Victoria's royal commission into family violence? - Behind the Lines podcast

15:02 | Mar 28th, 2016

Guardian Australia’s Gay Alcorn and Melissa Davey discuss Victoria’s royal commission into family violence, due to report this week after a year gathering evidence. The state government has vowed to adopt every recommendation and the report is expect...Show More

Why do children in remote Indigenous communities need open heart surgery?

12:36 | Mar 25th, 2016

In rural and remote Indigenous communities throughout Australia, and particularly in the Northern Territory, it is not uncommon to see children as young as seven carrying the long scars of open-heart surgery running vertically down their chest. Melis...Show More

David Marr on George Pell: He is not a man to put abused children above the church – podcast

20:07 | Mar 3rd, 2016

In this special edition of our podcast, David Marr gives his views on the cardinal’s four days of testimony to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. What was missing from these 16 hours of evidence from a ‘prince of...Show More

Behind the Lines podcast: in the NT, can you really tell if someone has air-con just by looking at them?

22:34 | Feb 25th, 2016

While personal attacks and silly antics dominate politics in the Northern Territory, there are also serious issues at play in the region, which is home to some of Australia’s most remote communities. Guardian Australia’s Darwin correspondent, Helen D...Show More

Behind the Lines podcast: the day our opinion editor was groped by a stranger at dinner

27:40 | Feb 12th, 2016

Bridie Jabour talks to Guardian Australia’s opinion editor Gabrielle Jackson and senior editor Lucy Clark about covering feminism and sexism for the Guardian. They examine why the opinion desk gets so few pitches from female writers, discuss the way ...Show More

Behind the Lines podcast: a hoax and a trial

33:34 | Jan 28th, 2016

In the first of a new series on the stories behind the news, Elle Hunt recounts the day she spent chasing an internet hoax that fooled major media organisations and Bridie Jabour examines Australia’s first FGM trial

Behind the Lines podcast preview: the Parramatta shooting

03:03 | Jan 10th, 2016

Join Bridie Jabour as she goes behind the scenes at Guardian Australia to discuss the making of a news story. This week we preview the series with Michael Safi on his reporting of the Parramatta shooting