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. 

Sophie Black (Australian)

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Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as The Messenger podcast (Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals, New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017; UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary; Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature; Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award) and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013 she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now. Sophie is the former editor of Crikey and a panellist on ABC TV’s Screen Time.