The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine

The Conversation Hour with Jon Faine


Known for his provocative and probing debate, quick wit and willingness to ask the stickiest of questions, Jon Faine delivers thought-provoking radio


Bearing witness to Australia's recent past and international conflict  

William McInnes tells stories of his Australian life, and George Gittoes paints in dangerous places around the world

Viktor & Rolf and painter Louise Hearman  

Archibald winner Louise Hearman with Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting in a fashionable and artistic conversation hour.

Addiction: disease or behavioural problem?  

A talkback forum on the nature of addiction. Is it right to see addiction as a disease, is it better characterised as a failure of willpower, or is it more complicated than the dichotomy suggests?

Illustrator Robert Ingpen at 80, and live music from Grant-Lee Phillips  

Grant Lee Buffalo's Grant-Lee Phillips is in town for the Melbourne Festival. Robert Ingpen's 50 years of illustrations is celebrated in a new book from the National Library of Australia.

Getting to the truth:  history, crime writing and journalism  

Paul Ham on WW1's Passchendaele. Robin Bowles on the mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk in Melbourne.

Globetrotting adventures and a new family-friendly festival  

Robin Esrock has been to more than 100 countries. Simon Daly is starting The Lost Lands festival this year.

Akmal, Footscray station donuts, and Greek cinema  

Comedian Akmal Saleh is touring the suburbs. Ian Tran's film about Nick and his Olympic Donuts stall is part of the Greek Film Festival.

Theatre experiences designed to make you think  

Jess Thom wants you to consider the unspoken barriers to cultural participation that some people face (she has Tourette Syndrome). Seth Honnor wants you to consider your relationship to money and possessions.

Paul Kelly performs live, and the stars of some new Australian TV comedy  

Glenn Robbins and Celia Pacquola star in new television shows, and Paul Kelly is performing as part of the Melbourne Festival.

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Rafael Epstein is filling in for Jon Faine.

Dane Swan  

Magpies great Dane Swan on retirement, celebrity, and staying true to himself.

Re-boot your life  

Join Michelle Bridges and Waleed Aly as they go for a stroll live from the Tan and Botanic Gardens with runner Craig Mottram, Gardens' head Tim Entwisle and Greg Johnson from Diabetes Australia.

Telling stories  

Tim Winton, Enrique Vargas and Lynette Wallworth on crafting stories in books, theatre, and film (virtual reality).

Confluence festival of India  

A celebration of Indian culture live from MPavilion.

Art and Salami: Two Melbourne Festivals  

Two festival directors join us to talk about two very different events: the Melbourne Festival and the Melbourne Salami Festa.

Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmao and Paco Pena  

Now back in Melbourne, Dr Kirsty Sword Gusmao continues to contribute to her adopted second home, and Paco Pena performs live in the studio.

Two giants from two codes of football  

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou talks about the changing game and Peta Searle discusses the increasing presence of women in sport.

What a life: two entertainers talk life on stage  

David Strassman and Todd McKenney share stories from their lives as entertainers.

Fight like a girl  

Kaz Cooke, Clementine Ford, Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman tackle sexism and misogyny in their new books.

The power of music  

Deborah Conway, Missy Higgins and Farhad Darya discuss the power that music can have.

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