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


Youth Suicide Prevention Talkback Forum  

Youth suicide rates in Victoria are increasing despite greater investment in prevention strategies. This special talkback forum prompted by a new report by Orygen asks: What's going wrong with our mental health service provision? And what could we do better to stop young people taking their lives?

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina with Natalia Kaliada and Mark Colvin  

Masha Alyokhina is collaborating with Natalia Kaliada and Belarus Free Theatre on the play Burning Doors which explores her own imprisonment in Putin's Russia as well as the stories of fellow dissident artists Oleg Sentsov and Petr Pavlensky. ABC veteran Mark Colvin has written a book, Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy's Son.

Aus music: Iva Davies and Vince Jones  

Jazz star Vince Jones and Iva Davies from Icehouse have decades of experience as musicians and band leaders. And they both share the same favourite composer.

Back to Yack with ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie  

Michelle Guthrie joins Libbi Gorr, Edwina Farley and Heather Ewart in Yackandandah for the launch of a new series of Back Roads.

Australia's hockey goalkeeper and The Idea Of North  

Andrew Charter is goalkeeper for the Kookaburras. The Idea Of North are an a cappella quartet.

Principals and school education  

A special talkback forum on schooling in Victoria.

Preserving Australian folk music and old machinery  

Martyn Wyndham-Read collects Australian folk songs. Lewis Carlton is a member of the Yarra Valley Machinery Preservation Society.

Stan Grant, Mark Tedeschi QC and Peter Fitzsimons  

Questioning Indigenous and Australian identities; Crown Prosecutor John Hubert Plunkett's determination that justice be done following a massacre of Aborigines at Myall Creek; and Australia's legacy in Villers-Bretonneux (with a side serve of weight loss advice).

Geoffrey Blainey and Tom Keneally  

Putting the 'History Wars' behind them, Tom Keneally and Geoffrey Blainey chat with Clare Wright.

Captain Mark Phillips and the state of democracy  

Charles Sampford and Mary Ajamian consider how we can remain democratic in extreme times. And equestrian Mark Phillips is in Melbourne for Equitana. With live music from Liv Hally

Meet the NASA astronaut who has taken more pics from space than anyone  

Terry Virts has spent more than 200 days in space, taking lots of photographs. And with the perspective of a few decades we look at corruption in Queensland with Matthew Condon.

Nadia Tass, Mama Kin, and Nick Deutsch  

Live music from Mama Kin, ANAM music with Nick Deutsch, and Uncle Vanya with Nadia Tass.

Does history repeat?  

With Donald Trump US President-elect the authors of two new history books join Jon Faine and Patricia Karvelas for a chat.

Cadel Evans' life on two wheels  

Cadel Evans on the drive and meticulous preparation which took him to the pinnacle of world cycling. And Josh Thomas on the new series of Please Like Me.

Dennis Lillee and Brian Cadd  

Cricketing great Dennis Lillee and live music from Brian Cadd.

Could computers replace judges?  

Online dispute resolution is coming, how far can technology take us? And Patrycja Slawuta explains what a SelfHackathon is.

Wearable architecture and live music  

Live music from Leah Flanagan, and Melbourne buildings re-interpreted as clothing.

Live music from Stephen Pigram  

Andrew Rule on the relationships between men and animals. And Stephen Pigram performs with Kerryn Tolhurst.

Shaun Carney's life in newspapers  

New music from The Hush Foundation making hospitals better places, and a Melbourne newspaperman's memoir.

Thomas Piketty  

He's been described as a 'rock star economist' and his work has ignited interest in the magnitude, structure and impact of inequality.

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