Sophie Black talks to respected journalist and social commentator David Marr, and satirist, documentarian and writer John Safran about the politics of fear in Australia today. David’s Quarterly Essay The Quarterly Essay: The White Queen examines the power of the fearful in this confident and prosperous nation, while John’s Depends What You Mean By Extremist explores the world of misfits who propelled the second coming of Pauline Hanson and foreshadowed the era of Trump. This is an insight into contemporary Australia and its extremes.
David Marr (Australian)
David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who now writes for Guardian Australia. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last 10 years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His most recent book is My Country, an anthology of essays.
Sophie Black (Australian)
Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre, home of the national writers scheme The Next Chapter and the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger. She is Co-Chair of the human rights publication Right Now and sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, director of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and editor of Crikey.