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Download This Show is your weekly access to the latest in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more. Presented by Marc Fennell for ABC Radio National. Published every Friday.
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Luminary's bumpy landing and TikTok explained

28:22 | May 3rd

Would you pay for a podcast? This week on Download This Show the launch of more paid subscription podcast services. The endless memes and happiness on the video sharing app TikTok - no snark or Nazis. Plus, Apple - protecting your security or edging ...Show More
What the major parties say on tech

28:22 | May 17th

How much do political parties know about you? The voter tracker software used by political parties to find out a lot about you. What the major parties are offering the tech and start-up world. Plus it was an iconic 90s piece of technology, in your...Show More
Facebook tackles election trolls

28:22 | May 10th

Remove, reduce and inform - that’s Facebook's strategy to battle misinformation and fake news in the federal election, but even with the best of intentions can Facebook deal with troll farms and memes when they move at lighting speed? Plus, Uber dr...Show More
Behind Sri Lanka's social media bans and why we still love Microsoft Paint

28:22 | Apr 26th

Sri Lanka's ban on Facebook and other social media sites in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks was a move to stop the spread of misinformation and further potential violence - what were the implications? Also on DTS, are journalists being...Show More
Disney+ and the future of streaming

28:21 | Apr 19th

Will Disney's proposed streaming service 'Disney +' knock off other players like Netflix? Disney's back catalogue of content from Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Pixar certainly makes it an intimidating competitor. So will Disney+ knoc...Show More

28:22 | Apr 12th

How a catfish posing as an Australian actor built a web of lies to stalk and torment her victims. Also on DTS, it's only week one of the election who knew that electric vehicles would feature so much in the campaign debate? So where are we at with ...Show More
Social media laws and VR for good

28:22 | Apr 5th

New laws criminalising internet companies which do not quickly remove "abhorrent" video and images were rushed into law this week, despite strong criticism from the legal community and technology industry. Plus - VR for good. Jessie Hughes is on a Ch...Show More
Apple TV+ takes on Netflix

33:19 | Mar 29th

When you’ve built yourself up as one of the most - if not the most - iconic computing company in the world what do you do next?  You do Oprah,  Steven Spielberg and everyone else in Hollywood, apparently. Apple made its trillions with hardware like ...Show More
Social media and personal responsibility in the spread of the Christchurch video

28:22 | Mar 22nd

Who's responsible when a massacre is streamed on Facebook Live? When the media clip it up for broadcast? When people share it? When hate groups have been quietly bubbling up in corners of the internet? This week on DTS: the terrorist attack in Chri...Show More
Pulling apart Facebook and Google

28:22 | Mar 15th

Google, Facebook and Amazon are the global internet behemoths that shape how we see the internet and how the internet sees us. On DTS - calls to break-up the powerful tech companies. Plus hitting delete on your youth - would you ever want to delete...Show More
Protective fandom and data bias in a world designed for men

28:36 | Mar 8th

A new documentary detailing allegations of sexual abuse has prompted Michael Jackson fans to aggressively defend his reputation on social media.
Digital gravestones and what’s up with WhatsApp?

28:22 | Mar 1st

When you die, how do you want to be remembered? With a headstone, photo on the mantlepiece - how about with a Bluetooth device that pings people with your life story as they walk past your grave? This week on Download This Show: death digital style....Show More
Folding phones and inside Tinder's Algorithm

28:22 | Feb 22nd

Why have a phone when you can have a flexible tablet and a phone in one? DTS checks out a new bit of digital origami. Plus, Apple is set to launch the Netflix of news magazines, and we take you inside Tinder's algorithm. Guests: Claire Reilly, Sen...Show More
Sex Robots (now with added tentacles)

28:22 | Feb 15th

Consider yourself warned, this week's ep of Download This Show contains adult themes, sexual references and robots as we explore the different ways the future of sex and artificial intelligence are linked...sometimes literally. Plus, should we be m...Show More
Troll hunting with Ginger Gorman and Harry Potter cryptocurrency

35:43 | Feb 8th

What is it like to be the victim of a concerted, organised troll attack? This week on DTS - the journalist who found herself at the centre of a troll storm and decided to go troll hunting. Plus, where might your DNA go if you use a direct-to-consum...Show More
Buzzfeed crumbles and Spotify mysteries

28:32 | Feb 1st

Do you ever feel just a little bit ashamed of your music taste? Well you can blame hackers.  This week on DTS: the incredible world of mystery core - fictitious bands creeping onto Spotify playlists. Why would someone make a fake band to make fake m...Show More
In driverless cars who needs windows?

28:32 | Jan 25th

In driverless cars who needs windows to watch the world when you can have a built-in 270-degree screen? Apple has announced it wants to compete in the video streaming service and in 2019 every meme you love might be about to die! Guests: Rae Johnst...Show More
White Supremacists make a cameo

28:22 | Dec 14th, 2018

Cameo screws up, Tumblr crumbles on sex and while you drink will Tesla drive? Guests: Seamus Byrne, Managing Editor, Innovation and Rae Johnston, Editor of Junkee
Are smart rings a better form of wearable tech?

28:22 | Dec 7th, 2018

Why have a smart watch when you can wear a smart ring? This week on DTS; digital fitness moves to your actual digits. We examine the new Foxtel sports streaming service Kayo, and why has Australia's proposed new encryption legislation got people so f...Show More
Footloose Fornite edition+ revolting Googlers

28:22 | Nov 30th, 2018

Fortnite’s dance revolution: from the floss to the Charleston - Fortnite kids get physical. Plus strikes at Google and "My phone is spying on me, so I decided to spy on it" - Simon Elvery's #DataLife project. Guests: Ariel Bogle, Ariel Bogle, ABC R...Show More
Inauthentic Instagram and Tumblr tumbles

28:22 | Nov 23rd, 2018

If there’s one word to describe Instagram - it probably wouldn’t be authentic. This week on DTS - the platform made famous for fitness, beauty, lunch and fashion influencers is getting a clean up. Meanwhile Facebook sounds like it needs a clean up a...Show More
Everybody lies: Internet truth

28:22 | Nov 16th, 2018

Alone with a screen people tell Google things they don’t reveal to social media; they even reveal things they don’t tell anybody else. On DTS meet Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a data scientist who’s spent years looking at how our online searches may b...Show More
See through walls with Wi-Fi

28:22 | Nov 9th, 2018

What if the key to a more diverse tech industry… is moving away from the concept of diversity? This week on DTS: the unusual approaches being taken by Australian software company Atlassian to get a workplace that's balanced and reflects the world. P...Show More
Gab: favourite social media of the alt-right

28:22 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Will Twitter kill the humble LIKE button and what exactly is the social media platform Gab? Guests: Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter and Rae Johnston, Editor, Junkee.
Gone in 15 minutes: phone number hacking 

28:22 | Oct 26th, 2018

It can take less than 15 minutes for someone to steal your mobile phone and with it goes your email account, bank and a host of other services. On Download This Show: the market for mobile numbers. Also does Netflix market to you differently based ...Show More
Facebook camera tracking you in your kitchen?

28:22 | Oct 19th, 2018

You know how everyone trusts Facebook implicitly with all of their data and they’ve never done anything at all to make you question the company's commitment to privacy? How do you feel about installing Facebook's new gadget, Portal? It's a multi-purp...Show More
Clicks and mortar: The future of shopping

33:12 | Oct 12th, 2018

From drone delivery to smart screens to skin tight body suits that will measure your every inch before sending you a perfectly fitting outfit. On Download This Show this week - the future of shopping and the physical, digital and psychological trick...Show More
Poop! confused robots (according to humans)

28:22 | Oct 5th, 2018

Poop! This week on Download This Show, why is this one word is apparently enough to confuse artificial intelligence. Plus why hasn’t virtual reality caught on yet? And can/should you leverage your kid's screen time to get them to wash the dishes? G...Show More
Who controls what you see on Facebook?

37:53 | Sep 28th, 2018

When you see something offensive on the internet and hit report, that content goes to a person - a cleaner and they're usually in the Philippines. Meet the cleaners on DTS this week. Also 10 years of Android - it's now the most used mobile operating ...Show More
Twitter returns to its roots

28:22 | Sep 21st, 2018

If you could introduce laws to regulate how Facebook and Twitter treat customers - what would you change? This week on DTS, the United Kingdom explores regulation to reign in social networks. What are the Brits targeting? Plus, Twitter returns to i...Show More
Russian trolls targeting #auspol

28:22 | Sep 14th, 2018

We know that Russia attempted influence 2016 US presidential election through troll factories spewing out misinformation, and it turns out they’ve also targeted Australia. Find out what issue caused the troll tweets to spike in an attempt to influenc...Show More
China would like you to log off

28:22 | Sep 7th, 2018

China is looking to cut back the amount of screen time young people spend online to reduce myopia. Facebook is pulling a swathe of Myanmar cultural leaders off the platform and Google Chrome turns ten. Guests: Ariel Bogle, online technology reporter ...Show More
Can you code like a girl?

28:22 | Aug 31st, 2018

Inside the initiative to give women and girls the tools, confidence and support to code. Plus Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s first ministry brings with it changes for the technology sector in Australia - the 'Innovation' portfolio has disappeared. I...Show More
Drones vs Dogs (and everything else)

28:22 | Aug 24th, 2018

This week on Download This Show: we explore the different ways drones are starting to proliferate our lives. And are you just a little too addicted to your phone? We have tips to cut back and control your consumption - apparently taking the colour of...Show More
Happy Birthday from Harry Potter!

28:22 | Aug 17th, 2018

How much would you pay to have a Harry Potter cast member wish you happy birthday? This week on DTS: Cameo's an app where you can pay for a shout out from your favourite personality. Check out the reactions. Plus we examine proposed federal reforms ...Show More
Is it all over for Snapchat?

28:22 | Aug 10th, 2018

On DTS this week: A big drop in the number of Snapchat users. How do you feel about retailers, banks, stadiums using knowing your face? Facial recognition is the next frontier for logging onto more things than your iPhone. What sectors are adopting ...Show More
Democracy on-line: fast, cheap, and secure digital elections

28:22 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Award-winning Melbourne start-up Horizon State is about to trial blockchain on-line voting in Indonesia. How does it work, can it be trusted and when scaled-up to a national level, how could it affect participation? Plus, might your musical taste pr...Show More
A Current Affair: Nine/Fairfax merger

28:22 | Jul 27th, 2018

Nine swallows Fairfax in one of the biggest takeover deals in Australian media history. What does it mean for journalism, advertising and the media you consume? Also on DTS, 3D printed guns are now legal, sorta, in the United States. And why you defi...Show More
My Health Record explained (hopefully)

28:22 | Jul 20th, 2018

Officially you have until October 15 to opt out of having a My Health Record, although some people trying to opt out have discovered they’ve already got one. So who can access your My Health Record? What’s in it? And just how easy is opting out?  Plu...Show More
What happens when you smash your phone?

28:22 | Jul 13th, 2018

You know the sinking left your phone on the car, drove off and its been run over and you didn't back it up recently because you are an idiot! This week on Download This Show: data recovery. Piecing together the bits of your machine just...Show More
The Chinese Government has drones disguised as birds ...because of course they do!

28:22 | Jul 6th, 2018

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no it’s the Chinese Government spying on you with a tiny robot plane that looks like a bird. This week on Download This Show, the People’s Republic surveillance state takes to the skies. Is Gmail really handing the keys to ...Show More
HealthEngine data scandal and which country banned the internet this week?

28:22 | Jun 29th, 2018

ACCEPT. It’s most clicked and least considered button in the digital world. The terms and conditions come up, and we press accept. Except, (with an e this time) sometimes we don’t think about information we’re handing over. This week, the ABC reveale...Show More
FaceMe: Get your new bank loan approved by artificial intelligence?

28:22 | Jun 22nd, 2018

FaceMe: Get your new bank loan approved by artificial intelligence? Forget facebook chatbots and call centres - how AI is changing being a customer. Plus, why Apple is paying out $9 million, Instagram launches IG TV and has computer gaming really be...Show More
IKKI: The robot giving young cancer patients support

32:45 | Jun 15th, 2018

It’s not quite toy, a robot or a medical tool - it's somehow all three. This week on Download This Show we feature the beautiful IKKI and explore how to design a special companion for kids with cancer and long term illness. Also, can you now sue Goog...Show More
'We didn't have visibility' Hillary Clinton's Chief Technology Officer on Cambridge Analytica

28:22 | Jun 8th, 2018

Hacked by Russians and out-targeted by Cambridge Analyticia - what was it like to be inside Hillary Clinton’s digital operation on election night? This week on DTS, Stephanie Hannon was the CTO of the Clinton campaign and the loss is still pretty ra...Show More
Why is PNG trying to ban Facebook? 

28:32 | Jun 1st, 2018

Why is the PNG government is trying to take Facebook out of the picture and what does it mean for free speech? What sort of rules should Australia have for driverless cars? And have you wondered why every website is currently making you agree to new ...Show More
Can YouTube Music tackle Spotify and Apple Music? 

28:22 | May 25th, 2018

Can YouTube Music tackle Spotify and Apple Music? You've got Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, so what the hell is YouTube going to offer that's any different? This week on DTS: which streaming service can offer the best music plan? Plus Google's in...Show More
Should Spotify remove abusers from playlists?

28:32 | May 18th, 2018

Should Spotify pull abusers out of playlists? Spotify took a big stand this week pulling artists accused and convicted of assault out of some of their most popular playlists. Some say it's censorship, others argue that it's long overdue for streaming...Show More
Happy Birthday iMac, Pocket Casts bought and self-driving car death

28:22 | May 11th, 2018

We celebrate the 20th birthday of the iconic iMac. Plus, why did NPR, This American Life, WNYC and WBEZ choose to buy the Adelaide start-up behind Pocket Casts?
Where's your note?

28:22 | May 4th, 2018

This week on Download This Show - does the humble school permission note need a high-tech makeover? Facebook launches a dating service - no, not a joke, and when you sign up to one of those unlimited mobile data plans - guess what? There are some lim...Show More
Why Google wants to get into the podcasting business

28:22 | Apr 27th, 2018

Google has unveiled their new attempt to snag a bigger piece of the podcasting pile and we also explore the good, the bad and the unusual of app updates.
Is that really you Barack Obama?

28:22 | Apr 20th, 2018

With the emergence of convincing, computer-generated fake human faces and voices - how can you trust anything or anyone? On Download This Show: how to defend against fake news in video and audio form, plus why Russia is trying to ban the messaging ap...Show More
Zuckocalypse Now!

28:22 | Apr 13th, 2018

This week on DTS: Mr Zuckerberg goes to Washington. In the wake of the Cambridge Analyticia scandal, what should change at Facebook? And how rampant is the use of the stimulant Adderall in e-sports? Does the professional gaming industry need its own...Show More
Can citizen safety apps protect us?

28:22 | Apr 6th, 2018

Would you use a security app that could deliver alerts if there was an emergency near you? Or upload images if you witnessed something suspicious? This week: the rise of citizen safety apps; Grindr giving away information about the HIV status of indi...Show More
Should Netflix be at the Oscars or the Emmys?

28:22 | Mar 30th, 2018

You watch it on a tv screen at home, so why do Netflix movies get nominated for Oscars and not Emmys?
Cambridge Analytica explained

28:32 | Mar 23rd, 2018

It’s been called one of the most effective political weapons of the information age - Download This Show unpacks how Cambridge Analytica accessed and allegedly kept data profiles of over 50 million users and why the Trump campaign paid them nearly 6 ...Show More
How Vice, Time Out, Ancestry and NITV actually make money?

28:32 | Mar 16th, 2018

Recorded live at REMIX SYDNEY, we’ve brought these diverse organisations together to work out how money making in the modern media ecosystem is changing.
Inside The Betoota Advocate

28:32 | Mar 9th, 2018

We sit down with Clancy Overell, editor of the nation's favourite satirical newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. They're starting a podcast! Plus should e-sports be in the Olympics? And millennials are apparently killing TV.
Vero: The world's most hated app in less than a week

28:32 | Mar 2nd, 2018

The social media app VERO sure as hell pulled it off this week, going from Instagram killer to public enemy #1. Also on DTS, the world of deep fakes technology that can make a virtual Obama say things he never would and put Wonder Woman in a sex tape...Show More
It's alive! The future of artificial intelligence

38:13 | Feb 23rd, 2018

It's alive! The future of artificial intelligence.
Are supersonic planes making a comeback?

28:32 | Feb 16th, 2018

We chat with Swinburne University's Chrystal Zhang about the new rise of supersonic plane development. We also pit 5G technology against the NBN: Which is better for you? Snapchat redesign boosts growth and we take you inside the not-at-all-dirty wor...Show More
Is UberEATS a raw deal for restaurants?

28:32 | Feb 9th, 2018

This week we delve into arguably Silicon Valley's most scandal-prone company. The ridesharing and food delivery service is loved by many consumers but is currently embroiled in a US lawsuit involving self-driving cars and is facing new competitors in...Show More
Apple Homepod vs. Amazon Alexa vs. Google Home

28:32 | Feb 2nd, 2018

We pit the new home assistance against each other. We also examine whether your data will be better protected under new breach protection laws rolling out next month. And why Grindr is the social network that needs more respect.
Dark Patterns: web design tricks to make you buy online

28:32 | Jan 26th, 2018

Are six people REALLY looking at this item right now? Probably not. We look into the patterns that websites use to make you spend online. Plus, can Netflix fight off gargantuan potential rival streaming services from Disney and Apple. And your Facebo...Show More
Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg on Netflix (Encore)

36:46 | Jan 19th, 2018

Recorded live at the Video Junkee 2017 Festival in Sydney, the creator of the dark animation talks about working with Netflix, crafting a show about depression in the movie business and much much more.
Meet the Pornographers: Ethics, Virtual Reality and Cams (Encore)

28:31 | Jan 12th, 2018

Online Porn producer & director Michelle Flynn and Adult Performer Lucie Bee talk about the push to make ethical adult entertainment and how technology has been changed by erotic content and how porn is changing with new digital innovations like VR a...Show More
Everything in Video is Changing (Encore)

28:31 | Jan 5th, 2018

Recorded at the ACMA Australian Content Conversation, Marc Fennell sits down with a team of content makers and industry experts to work out how the future of Australian Video is likely to shift. Jennifer Wilson (The Project Factory) Rosie Lourde (Sta...Show More
S-Town's Brian Reed & My Dad Wrote a Porno's Jamie Morton (Encore)

28:32 | Dec 29th, 2017

Encore Podcast Special! In his only Australian interview, we speak to the creator of the controversial and acclaimed S-TOWN series Brian Reed. Ahead of his Australian visit he speaks to us exclusively about the ethics & artistry of the blockbuster se...Show More
Lego Batman & Guardians of the Galaxy 2 effects team spill secrets (Encore)

30:22 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Do you ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of movie special effects? How difficult is George Lucas to work with? Who is really in charge on a Marvel Studios production? Why do effects designers brace for a Baz Luhrmann shoot? This week ...Show More
State of the Creative Nation – What’s Next for Australia?

28:32 | Dec 15th, 2017

Recorded at REMIX Sydney. What are the critical factors for building a vibrant, relevant and sustainable creative nation? This session explores a range of trends, challenges and opportunities that will help us shape the future of the cultural and cre...Show More
Uber, Twitter, Bitcoin... what else happened in 2017?

28:32 | Dec 8th, 2017

Marc Fennell, Claire Reilly and Peter Marks wrap up the year in media, technology and culture.
Fancy your own free TV studio? Cos YouTube Tokyo has one for you

28:32 | Dec 1st, 2017

Peter Marks joins us from Japan where he has the latest on Google's machine learning technology and an inside look at YouTube's state-of-the-art Studios which are free to use for any contentmaker with over 10k followers. Olivia Rosenman and Matt Hopk...Show More
The Room: How to make the worst movie in the world

28:32 | Nov 24th, 2017

The Room is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. We sit down with the co-star Greg Sestero on the eve of the release of the new biopic The Disaster Artist which recounts the epic production. Panellists Claire Reilly and Rae Johnston a...Show More
What Punkee's Bachelor recaps tell you about Gen Z

28:44 | Nov 17th, 2017

Ariel Bogle and Nic Healy join us this week to talk about digital pills and to make Marc feel better about the amount of screen time he gives his kids. And we sit down with Editor-in-chief of the Gen-Z pop culture site Punkee to talk about some of th...Show More
Can Facebook help fight Revenge Porn?

28:31 | Nov 10th, 2017

Plus we examine the fallout from the recent Washington enquiry into the role Russian influence had on the 2016 election. And even Snapchat's own CEO thinks that Snapchat is too confusing.
Meet the official Assassin's Creed historian

28:32 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Maxime Durant is the man tasked with the job of making sure the ancient Egypt you see in Assassin's Creed: Origins is as accurate as possible. And he takes it pretty seriously. Also this week: Is Facebook listening in on your phone conversations and ...Show More
Was Stranger Things that big a hit? (Or do we just think it was)

28:32 | Oct 27th, 2017

Netflix have long kept their viewing figures a secret but now the metrics company Neilsen reckon they've found a way to game the numbers. Plus we sit down with the CEO of the Webby Awards David-Michel Davies and we also explore whether Facebook is go...Show More
NBN complaints up 160%

28:32 | Oct 19th, 2017

This week on the show: Shared cycle start-up oBike have seen a number of their bikes and up in a river. Is this the start-ups fault or our own? NBN complaints spike, Why Facebook bought TBH and is you Wifi Password as secure as you think it is? (spoi...Show More
The man who ran Disney Animation in the 90's explains how Toy Story happened

28:31 | Oct 13th, 2017

Thomas Schumacher is the head of Disney Theatrical productions and used to run Walt Disney Animation when it pumped out Aladdin, The Lion King, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, Hercules and Lilo ...Show More
Turnbull wants to see your driver's licence

28:32 | Oct 6th, 2017

We examine the implications of a national facial recognition system. Plus we explore the latest Google hardware announcements and why did it take Yahoo! so many years to realise that 3 billion users details were compromised.
Should Trump be kicked off Twitter?

28:32 | Sep 29th, 2017

He's been accused of using the platform to incite violence and to intimidate people? Is that true? Has the world's most infamous tweeter broken the terms of use?
RiP iPhone Home Button & Should Netflix make more Australian Content?

28:32 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Should streaming services be made to deliver a certain quota of Australian content? And we review the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
How Facebook is tackling Fake News: Áine Kerr Interview

28:32 | Sep 15th, 2017

Áine Kerr leads global journalism partnerships at Facebook, overseeing a team focused on building products, tools and services for journalists and also working to improve news literacy for news consumers. Recorded live at the 2017 Storyology Conferen...Show More
Experiment more: Optimizely founder Dan Siroker

28:32 | Sep 8th, 2017

Dan Siroker was a product manager at Google and the Director of Analytics on the 2008 Obama campaign. He's gone on to found found Optimizely, a service that allows organisations to experiment and personalise websites and apps for each viewer. He arg...Show More
CBS Buy Network 10, Viagogo in court, YouTube changes

28:32 | Sep 1st, 2017

Why did the huge american television network buy the Ten Network? What will the arrival of CBS All Access mean to the Australian Market? We also explore the world of ticket resellers & dream up major changes to YouTube
Is it right to push the alt-right off the open web?

28:32 | Aug 25th, 2017

As US webservices companies increasingly refuse to host neo-nazi and alt-right websites, where is the line between censorship and taking a moral stand? Plus can the new Samsung Note 8 make people forget about their exploding phone scandal? And just ...Show More
Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg on Netflix

36:44 | Aug 18th, 2017

Recorded live at the Video Junkee 2017 Festival in Sydney, the creator of the dark animation talks about working with Netflix, crafting a show about depression in the movie business and much much more.
Disney deserts Netflix, Netflix buys into comics, Google has...problems

28:32 | Aug 11th, 2017

Plus, we meet Jim Louderback from VidCon: A festival for the new generation of Video content makers across YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and beyond.
Would you pay for this podcast?

28:32 | Aug 4th, 2017

We sit down with the team from Acast who are looking to find new ways of monetising podcasts. We also talk about how VPN's are slowly being shut down all around the world (ok, fine, China and Russia, mostly) We also examine the changing demographics ...Show More
Google Home reviewed & Pandora retreat from Australia

28:32 | Jul 28th, 2017

So how does Google's new smarthome technology compare to the likes of Apple & Amazon?
Have Foxtel Failed Game of Thrones? Government Encryption Plans

28:32 | Jul 21st, 2017

How did Foxtel handle the massive influx of attention that the new season of Game of Thrones would get? And what do the Government intend to do with your supposedly secure communication?
Elon Musk's Batteries, Spotify Controversy & General Internet Meanness

28:32 | Jul 14th, 2017

Will Elon Musk's South Australian Battery gamble play that big a role in our energy future? We also pour over new Pew research into online abuse and does Spotify have a problem with #FakeMusic (as Trump would say)
Shopping for Medicare numbers on the Darknet

30:31 | Jul 7th, 2017

So what can you actually buy on the dark net? Also what actually *is* the dark net? And why are people's Medicare numbers turning up on there? Plus we meet Whooshkaa Founder and CEO Rob Loewenthal to talk about how AI and targeted advertising may be ...Show More
Netflix Tax Explained, Ether the new Bitcoin? and Facebook Live Captions

36:30 | Jun 30th, 2017

Why are you about to start paying a little more for your Netflix? Is Ether the new Bitcoin and we meet Tony Abrahams who AI Media who may provide the missing link that will make Facebook Live videos more usable: live captions.
Lego Batman & Guardians of the Galaxy 2 effects team spill secrets

30:20 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Do you ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of movie special effects? How difficult is George Lucas to work with? Who is really in charge on a Marvel Studios production? Why do effects designers brace for a Baz Luhrmann shoot? This week ...Show More
Can Audible's Original Programming Chief Make the Sopranos of Podcasting?

28:31 | Jun 15th, 2017

Eric Nuzum, Audible's Original Programming Chief talks about their plans to make audio storytelling that breaks the mould. We also mull over what went wrong with Network Ten.
Foxtel CEO talks Game of Thrones, Netflix, Googlebox and Foxtel Now

28:30 | Jun 9th, 2017

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh exclusively unveils their brand new streaming offering Foxtel Now along with a dramatic redesign for Australia's only subscription TV provider. He sits down to talk about Foxtel's controversial approach to dealing with piracy,...Show More
Change, Change, Change

28:32 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Recorded at the ACMA Australian Content Conversation, Marc Fennell sits down with a team of content makers and industry experts to work out how the future of Australian Video is likely to shift. Jennifer Wilson (The Project Factory) Rosie Lourde (Sta...Show More
S-Town's Brian Reed & My Dad Wrote a Porno's Jamie Morton

28:32 | May 26th, 2017

Podcast Special! In his only Australian interview, we speak to the creator of the controversial and acclaimed S-TOWN series Brian Reed. Ahead of his Australian visit he speaks to us exclusively about the ethics & artistry of the blockbuster series th...Show More
So you want to run a newspaper? WannaCry, Slate Culture Gabfest Join Us

28:32 | May 18th, 2017

We meet the team from Slate's wildly popular podcast Slate Culture Gabfest before they bring their live show to the Sydney Writers Festival. We pull apart the WannaCry malware attack. And we meet Mark Mordue the editor of Neighbourhood: A new newspap...Show More
Thred: one app to rule them all? #FairGoFairfax and Media Reforms

28:32 | May 12th, 2017

Former Facebook consultant Chris Adams joins us to talk about his new app that aims to bind together Instagram, Google and much more into one platform. Plus will the Fairfax strike actually work? And we pick over the 2017 Media Reforms and the new co...Show More
Life as a competitive e-sports gamer

28:32 | May 5th, 2017

Chris Orfanellis (coach, Renegades) and player Justin "jks" Savage explain what life, training and winning is really like in a team of competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players. They travel the world and compete for big money - but at what...Show More
Mia Freedman: Building MamaMia

39:05 | Apr 27th, 2017

It is the largest, best-known (possibly only) independent women's media company in Australia. It commands millions in video views and podcasts. Creator Mia Freedman has told the story of Mama Mia in her new book "Work Strife Balance". She takes Marc ...Show More
Emoji King Jeremy Burge & Picking the right VPN

37:29 | Apr 21st, 2017

Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia takes us inside the fascinating consortium that decide your Emoji choices.
Unlock your phone with your face? & Tablo want to make better writers

28:32 | Apr 14th, 2017

Ash Davies (founder) and Jemma Birrell (Creative Director) of the publishing start-up join us to talk about wanting to create a better social and publishing network for writers.
YouTube has a serious problem with advertising.

28:32 | Apr 7th, 2017

Why are big brands deserting YouTube? We look at the video giant's mounting problem with unsavoury content and programmatic advertising. Plus Equity Crowdfunding laws have been passed across the land. We talk to Jonny Wilkinson Co-founder and Directo...Show More
West Wing and Glee director thinks Australian directors are being screwed (Paris Barclay, Directors Guild of America)

28:32 | Mar 31st, 2017

Paris Barclay has directed everything from ER, NYPD BLUE, The Good Wife, Glee and the West Wing. He also happens to be the president of the Directors Guild of America and he thinks Australian TV directors are getting a raw deal.
Biometric researchers know whether you're paying attention to the TV

28:32 | Mar 24th, 2017

Thomas Romanoff, (iMotions Denmark) and Martin Brown (AFTRS, producer of Moulin Rouge) explain how eye-tracking, facial recognition, heart monitors and brain scans to truly tell how engaged TV and film audiences are.
Helen McCabe & Kerrie Elstub on Nine's new podcasts, Jacketgate and 9Honey

37:02 | Mar 17th, 2017

Helen McCabe (Nine Entertainment Co. Head of the Lifestyle) and Kerrie Elstub (9Honey) talk about Nine's investment in podcasting, the fight for female eyeballs in a tough online market and how they tackled Amber Sherlock's Jacketgate
GLAAD wield a carrot and stick on the media & CIA Hacking.

28:32 | Mar 10th, 2017

Ross Murray and Ray Bradford from GLAAD explain how the 31 year old lobby group have worked to change perception of the LGBTQI community around the world. Plus we examine the Wikileaks revelations about the CIA’s alleged hacking tools. And we have a ...Show More
MiVote: A Senator in your Smartphone?

31:36 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Adam Jacoby from the fascinating new political organisation MiVote joins to the show to explain his long gestating plan to put 3 senators in Australian Parliament that you can control with an app. But it's the details of how he intends to make it wor...Show More
Let's take apart your laptop

28:32 | Feb 24th, 2017

Kyle Weins from explains why he thinks we should be able to unscrew and repair our own devices. We also breakdown the new rules around Mandatory Data Breaches and why are YouTube dumping certain kinds of ads.
All your NBN questions answered (by the NBN)

28:32 | Feb 17th, 2017

Why were certain areas rolled out before others? what packages should you get? What do you do if the speeds don't live up to what you were sold? Kelly Stevens from NBNCo joins us in studio to answer all of your questions.
Foxtel vs. Facebook live streaming and selfie art

28:32 | Feb 10th, 2017

Darren Sharpe and Brett Hevers are facing fines of up to $60,000 or five years‘ jail for using Facebook Live to stream the Danny Green-Anthony Mundine fight this week. They live streamed the $59.95 pay-per-view fight over Facebook, attracting hundred...Show More
Goodbye Good Game: Show creator speaks out on shock cancellation

28:32 | Feb 2nd, 2017

There was no show like it. Good Game was one of the only shows on TV that took the craft of games seriously while still being deliriously dorky. In a shock announcement, the ABC pulled the plug just weeks before the new season was due to air when two...Show More
Should/could the Govt force Netflix to make original content?

28:32 | Jan 27th, 2017

The Screen Producers Association would like to force Netflix to commission local content. But how would that even work? Plus we explore the role of Wikileaks in the age of Trump
Kara Swisher on fixing Silicon Valley (Encore)

28:53 | Jan 20th, 2017

Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode is easily the best connected, most feared journalist in Silicon Valley. Recorded live at the Walkley's Storyology conference, she tells Marc Fennell why Twitter is likely to be sold in the next six months, ex...Show More
Meet the Pornographers: Ethics, Virtual Reality and Cams.

29:02 | Jan 13th, 2017

Online Porn producer & director Michelle Flynn and Adult Performer Lucie Bee talk about the push to make ethical adult entertainment and how technology has been changed by erotic content and how porn is changing with new digital innovations like VR a...Show More
Kinderling Kids Radio is a window into the future of radio and media

28:32 | Jan 6th, 2017

Evan Kaldor was a high-flying banker in the US. Somehow he then ended up running the Sydney community radio station FBi 94.5. His next move was even more unexpected. He spearheaded Australia’s only national, digital, free-to-air kids radio station.
Comedy Bang Bang's Scott Aukerman on why comedians should podcast and writing jokes for Obama

28:32 | Dec 30th, 2016

The 'Comedy Bang Bang' star, creator of Funny or Die's hit series 'Between Two Ferns' and co-founder of the Earwolf Podcast Network opens up about the power of podcasting for comedians and where internet comedy is going. He also talks about writing j...Show More
Does Tropfest have a future in the age of YouTube? John Polson in Conversation

28:32 | Dec 23rd, 2016

It was the largest short film festival in the world. A truly unique Australian media property. And then it all came to a crashing halt. In this special conversation Polson opens up about how Tropfest has changed in the last year. He addresses accusat...Show More
Exploding Phones & Pikachu: 2016 Year in Tech

28:32 | Dec 16th, 2016

From exploding Samsung phones to Pokemon Go: What were the truly defining moments in tech, media and culture for 2016. Rae Johnston and Campbell Simpson join us for to wrap up the truly strange year that was 2016.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos on Stranger Things and the science of binge watching

28:32 | Dec 9th, 2016

Meet the man who is responsible for greenlighting House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown and more.
Serial co-creator Julie Snyder on the future of podcasting

28:32 | Dec 2nd, 2016

It's been called the first true breakout hit for podcasting. Co-creator, executive producer and editor Julie Snyder takes us inside the creation of the blockbuster crime thriller podcast. She drops hints about a spin off series and talks about Bingew...Show More
Ang Lee wants to change movie technology & The Battle for Female Eyeballs

28:32 | Nov 25th, 2016

Oscar winning director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Life of Pi) wants to push the boundaries of how we make films. He has shot a 3D, ultra high resolution drama called Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk with ultra high frame rates. It looks u...Show More
Stan CEO Mike Sneesby on Twin Peaks, live sport and Amazon launch (Extended Show)

37:46 | Nov 18th, 2016

If you love tv you will love this chat. STAN CEO Mike Sneesby opens up about how the business of streaming TV works in Australia. Will Stan move into live sport and news? Was their reported $30m deal with Showtime in the USA worth it? And he offers ...Show More
What Trump means for Apple, Assange and Cyberwarfare

28:32 | Nov 11th, 2016

Stewart Baker, Former NSA General Counsel, Homeland Security staffer and noted Republican, talks about the future for the tech industry under President Trump. We also review the new app Found which sells itself as the "Tinder of Jobs". Go on, swipe r...Show More
Community creator Dan Harmon uses his podcast as public therapy

28:31 | Nov 4th, 2016

Dan Harmon is the creator of acclaimed comedy shows like 'Community' and 'Rick and Morty'. He talks about why the move from traditional networks to streaming platforms has been great for tv creators. Harmon also explains why he treats his hugely popu...Show More
Tracking Social Media to Help Stop Suicide: Dr. Bridianne O’Dea

28:32 | Oct 28th, 2016

Dr. Bridianne O’Dea is a mental health researcher at the Black Dog Institute, UNSW. She is investigating how your digital footprint can be used to detect your mental health and could be used in possible future suicide prevention. But does it work? An...Show More
When Virtual Reality goes too far?

28:32 | Oct 21st, 2016

Recorded live at the Antenna Documentary Festival, We bring together some of Australia's best VR filmmakers currently leading the charge in this rapidly evolving landscape. How do you tell a story in 360 degrees? What control does a filmmaker have wh...Show More
Meet the Pornographers: Ethics, Virtual Reality and Cams.

28:32 | Oct 13th, 2016

Online Porn producer & director Michelle Flynn and Adult Performer Lucie Bee talk about the push to make ethical adult entertainment and how technology has been changed by erotic content and how porn is changing with new digital innovations like VR a...Show More
Would you hand over social media accounts for the perfect job?

28:32 | Oct 7th, 2016

Meet The Social Index, a company that accesses your social media accounts with your consent to help prove to future employers that you’re not a ticking time bomb. Would you give them access? Plus we look at the new Google Pixel phones and Google Home...Show More
Andy Samberg & The Lonely Island on YouTube Fame, Kanye and Zuckerberg

28:33 | Sep 30th, 2016

The SNL comedy stars Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer talk about how an accidental YouTube upload changed their careers. We also work out which company should buy Twitter and Snapchat release their own version of Google Glass. Sort of.
Inkl's Gautam Mishra: The Internet is Making Us Dumber

28:32 | Sep 23rd, 2016

The Melbourne start-up is aiming to be the Spotify of news & journalism. Will it work? Plus music streaming services have handed the music industry a major win for 2016.
Kangaroos, Coffee & Australian Migration: Simple Settler

28:32 | Sep 16th, 2016

Simple Settler is a service that aims to help new migrants to Australia navigate their new home. The two founders of the website expose the biggest misconceptions about Australia. Plus we examine the fall out from the Samsung Note 7 recall and explor...Show More
Australian E-Sports president talks gambling, doping and players rights

28:39 | Sep 9th, 2016

Darren Kwan is president of the the Australian E-Sports Association and he's on a mission to get e-sports recognised as an official sport in Australia.
Apple's Tax Problem & Twitter's Video Moment

28:39 | Sep 2nd, 2016

The E.U want Apple to pay billions in back taxes but what could the knock on effects be throughout the world? We also explore a move that could make Twitter a dominant force in the burgeoning world of digital video.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Tim Berners-Lee

29:00 | Aug 26th, 2016

In honour of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web being public Marc Fennell sits down with the creator of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners Lee. Marc also meets the man who built the original Apple computer Steve Wozniak. He opens up about the...Show More
No Man's Sky will change how you think about games

28:30 | Aug 19th, 2016

It is the game where you can explore 18 quintillion planets No one will win and it will take an estimated 4 billion years to explore it all. And it will change the way you think about gaming. Plus the burgeoning world of Virtual Reality filmmaking. W...Show More