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Gina Rippon | Gendered Expectations

3 May 2021

Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. Bet you’ve heard that before. The idea that men’s brains are wired for logic, while women’s brains excel at emotional intelligence is deeply culturally embedded. And, it’s complete garbage. Join Professor Gina Rippon in conversation with Edwina Throsby, as they dispel this cultural myth and discuss her latest book The Gendered Brain

Tea Uglow | Pathology of Identity

26 Apr 2021

Tea Uglow has built her career exploring the space between technology and art, looking for unexpected ways they can interact. She has written about doubt, about being transgender and her book Loud and Proud is a collection of the most influential and inspiring LGBTQI speeches of all time. Listen to Tea, in conversation with Head of Talks and Ideas Edwina Throsby. 

Shanna Whan | Getting Sober in the Country

19 Apr 2021

Shanna is the founder of national alcohol awareness charity 'Sober in the Country', a grassroots organisation designed to open up discussions in rural Australia about alcohol. When hospitalisation forced Shanna to acknowledge that her own drinking was out of control, she discovered that getting sober was no easy feat.

Shanna talks with Edwina Throsby about the way she transformed her life, and in the process, transformed the lives of countless others.

Clementine Ford | Becoming a Feminist Icon

12 Apr 2021

Clementine Ford has been writing columns and books about gender issues for more than a decade. Her books Fight Like a Girl and Boys Will Be Boys have become bestselling feminist bibles, and she has built a huge online community of women and girls who take inspiration and comfort from her honest and personal posts. In this conversation, she chats to Edwina Throsby about body image, sex, death and dating … all the big things. 

Michael Pollan | How to Change Your Mind

6 Apr 2021

Michael Pollan is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, but it was his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which interrogated the way we eat and our food production systems, that really brought him to global attention.

More recently he has shifted his focus from food to psychedelics. In his latest book, How to Change your Mind, Pollan puts his body and brain on the line to properly explore their benefits and dangers of psychedlics. In conversation with Edwina Throsby. 

Fintan O'Toole

29 Mar 2021

Dublin born and bred, Fintan O'Toole has written a twice-weekly column for the Irish Times since 1988. He has also written an astonishing fifty eight books about politics, poetry, philosophy, theatre and Irish culture. Here he is speaking with Edwina Throsby, Head of Talks and Ideas whilst appearing at ANTIDOTE in 2019. 

Deborah Lipstadt

22 Mar 2021

Benjamin Law interviews iconic Jewish historian and internationally recognised defender of the truth of the Holocaust Deborah Lipstadt. Listen to Deborah speak on her life, the trial and her latest book Anti-Semitism: Here and Now.

Reasons to be Cheerful | Antidote 2020

8 Mar 2021

Doomscrolling can convince us the world is full of bad news, but that is only part of the story. Curator and councillor Jess Scully's new book, Glimpses of Utopia, highlights stories from around the world where people respond to crises with hope and compassion. Dutch popular historian Rutger Bregman reveals that humans are not destructive and selfish, but innately communal and cooperative. What new possibilities can we imagine for our future? Enjoy this conversation between two radical optimists who look to a sustainable and inclusive future.

Queerstories Comes Back Out | Antidote 2020

22 Feb 2021

Maeve Marsden hosts the biggest-ever Queestories event at Antidote 2020. Confessions, obsessions, love, loss and fierce resistance – you never know what will happen at Sydney's legendary LGBTQI+ storytelling night. 

Resetting the World | Antidote 2020

15 Feb 2021

2020 was a chaotic and transformative year. Beginning with the catastrophic bushfires that incinerated any last doubts around the impacts of climate change, to international fury at structural and violent racism, to a devistating global pandemic; 2020 was a year like no other. 

This panel, as part of Antidote, discusses what we hope to rebuild from the wreckage and the radical paradigm shifts that need to take place in order to move forward. Featuring Jefa Greenaway, Rebecca Huntley and Jessica Irvine. Hosted by Tom Tilley.

Such a Fun Age | Antidote 2020

8 Feb 2021

It's rare that a debut novel makes the sort of impact of Kiley Reid's book Such a Fun Age. It has quickly become a favourite of book clubs world wide, engendered much debate, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. In this session as part of Antidote 2020, Kiley is joined by journalist and television presenter Jan Fran for a discussion about privilege, class and race in a world that is never black and white. 

The End of America? | Antidote 2020

2 Feb 2021

Listen to this riveting talk from historian, academic and The New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore from Antidote 2020.  Hosted by Damien Cave, Lepore details the escalating and increasingly polarised political climate; debating if we are witnessing the end of modern America.

Hot Flush Living - All About Women 2020

15 September 2020

Darcey Steinke was furious nobody warned her about the true experience of menopause. Her book, Flash Count Diary, is a powerful exploration of the changing gender landscape and transforming desires of the post reproductive years of women's lives.  Tune into this raw, honest and intelligent conversation, hosted by Jane Caro, as part of All About Women 2020. 

Rethinking Beauty - All About Women 2020

9 September 2020

What does it mean to be beautiful and how can we change our own definitions? Deep dive into how we think about appearance, beauty and the female body with critically-aclaimed author Bri Lee (Eggshell Skull, Beauty) and writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay, recorded at All About Women 2020. Hosted by Flex Mami.

No Men, No Meat, No Machines - All About Women 2020

26 August 2020

In the 1970s, a group of women decamped to Amazon Acres in northern NSW, with a policy of no men, no meat, no machines. They were part of a global trend where women around the world were creating their own, idealistic societies. Take this rare opportunity for a glimpse into a sequestered world, as part of All About Women 2020. 

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