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


Radiolab's Jad Abumrad  

A podcast about podcasts with Jad Abumrad from Radiolab and Merrilee McCoy from The Moth Melbourne.

Ethical Christmas gift giving  

A special talkback forum on home-made, second-hand, well-chosen, ethical Christmas presents.

Indigenous art takes over Melbourne's galleries  

Meet some of the artists exhibiting at ACCA in Sovereignty and the NGV in Who's Afraid Of Colour? Bindi Cole Chocka, Jenny Crompton, Yhonnie Scarce and Paola Balla with Tom Mosby from the Koorie Heritage Trust (which also has an art show on at the moment).

Mick Thomas and the undergoundLOVERS  

Melbourne musicians with longevity: Mick Thomas from Weddings Parties Anything performs live with Ayleen O'Hanlon; and Vince Giarrusso & Glenn Bennie from the undergroundLOVERS with a new single.

New Australian Film:  Red Dog and Back to Back Theatre  

Meet Phoenix, the canine star of the new Red Dog prequel. And Back to Back Theatre just needs a bit more money to make their transition from stage to screen.

Celebrating 20 years of Jon Faine Mornings on ABC Melbourne  

At MPavilion with live music from Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier and Casey Bennetto, a rare on-air appearance from Sue Howard (who gave Jon the gig) and a former PM's surprise call.

Batman's Paul Dini  

When Sami Shah discovered Paul Dini was on the show he gate-crashed the program. And The Australian Tapestry Workshop celebrates 40 years of weaving.

Andy Griffiths, Nathan Maynard, and Geraldine Quinn  

Andy Griffiths is an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Nathan Maynard has written a play.

Stars of the stage  

Hot Brown Honey and A Dickensian Christmas with Sammy J.

Kel Glare - former Chief Commisioner of Victoria Police  

Marking International Volunteer Day with two Australian volunteers. And former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Kel Glare.

Masha Gessen, The Triffids, and the Geena Davis Institute  

Putin and Trump, women in media, and Born Sandy Devotional.

Remember the Blue Light Disco?  

A new Australian film, The Menkoff Method. And Blue Light celebrates 40 years.

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).

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