Sophie Black talks to respected journalist and social commentator David Marr, and satirist, documentarian and writer John Safran about the politics of fear in Australia today. David’s Quarterly Essay The Quarterly Essay: The White Queen examines the power of the fearful in this confident and prosperous nation, while John’s Depends What You Mean By Extremist explores the world of misfits who propelled the second coming of Pauline Hanson and foreshadowed the era of Trump. This is an insight into contemporary Australia and its extremes. 

David Marr (Australian)

David Marr

David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who writes for The Guardian. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last 10 years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His most recent book is My Country, an anthology of essays.

Sophie Black (Australian)

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is Head of Special Projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has headed up the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast scheme Signal Boost, the Walkley Award–winning podcast The Messenger and the ABC RN program Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as director and is Co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.