Saturday Extra  - Separate stories podcast

Saturday Extra - Separate stories podcast


The Saturday Extra separate stories podcast makes it easy to pick out your favourite part of the program. Saturday Extra brings you a lively array of stories and features covering a range of topics including international politics and business.



Chimerica is a term coined by Niall Ferguson and Moritz Schularick in 2006 to describe the symbiotic relationship between China and the US. This relationship is now on the stage in a play based on the 1989 Tinanmen Square massacres and the mystery surrounding the "Tank man".

Americanism and the writers who imagined it  

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four; Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here and Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism are back on the top reading lists as people seek insights into to Donald Trump's America.

A Foreign Affair  

A monthly panel deciphering important developments in international relations and their significance to Australia and the world.  

Retail disruption  

Amazon, the US retail giant, is expected to establish an Australian base later this year. It's just one of the challenges facing the Australian retail sector. Paul Zahra's job is to advise the sector on how to respond.

The Asian Development Bank - 50 years on  

The Asian Development Bank was established in 1967 with 31 members to assist with the economic development of Asia and the Pacific. Today, membership has more than doubled and some nations in the region have become a economic power houses. What challenges lie ahead for the region and the bank?

Orkney and revitalising communities  

Papa Westray is one of Orkney’s smallest islands and dates back to the 8th century Vikings. It’s home to northern Europe’s oldest standing abode, abundant wildlife and up until a few years ago, a dwindling human population. However efforts by the community is bucking this trend with the population increasing in the past few years.

Searching for our roots  

Connections to our human past, families and homes are often described through the metaphor of the root. Christy Wampole traces the root metaphor through history, nationalist rhetoric, politics and literature.

Trickle down censorship in China  

An outsider's account of working inside China's censorship regime.

Northern Territory gas  

A very large, and potentially very lucrative, shale gas field has been identified in the Northern Territory, 500 kilometres southeast of Darwin. But the NT Government has a moratorium on fracking. We hear about this latest development in the territory at a time when the nation is debating our energy security and some are saying the gas option has to be revived.

Intelligence insights into Trump and Putin  

Former acting Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael Morrell, speaks frankly at a Lowy Institute for International Policy event about President Donald Trump and his relations with Russia. This is an edited extract of Mr Morrell's dialogue with the Institute's Director, Michael Fullilove.

Another chapter in the Middle East conflict?  

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu visits Australia this week, fresh from talks with President Trump in which the President backed away from a commitment to a Palestinian state.

Hunters to protectors:  The Maasai Olympics  

A conservation project that supports people and conservation.

Brexit and why the 'Remain' campaign failed  

An insider's view on why the 'Remain' campaign failed in the 2016 EU referendum.

Fall of Singapore: the geopolitical legacy  

Next week marks the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. It led to a momentous decision for a shaken Australia. When Darwin was bombed four days later, the Australian Government switched its alliance from Britain to the US. We assess the legacy of the loss of Singapore in World War ll; what it meant for Australia's sense of its place in the world, and its strategic positioning.

Spreading the load  

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released a consultation paper on the final design of a demand management incentive scheme.

Australia - Indonesia bilateral relations  

Australia's relevancy to Indonesia under President Joko Widodo.

Indonesian local elections  

Indonesia's local elections could result in the first democratically elected Chinese Christian as governor of Jakarta.

Stephen Mayne and big business  

Stephen Mayne, the founder of independent website Crikey, is contemplating his future after shutting down his shareholder activist website, The Mayne Report.

World order under threat  

Retired US General David Petraeus warns of unprecedented threats from multiple directions.

The madhouse effect: climate politics in the US  

If the US shifts course on climate change policy, what are the implications for the rest of the world?

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