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 the content strategist at the Wheeler Centre where she has also acted as head of programming. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up the titles Crikey, Women’s Agenda, SmartCompany, StartUpSmart and Property Observer. 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. She has written on subjects such as immigration, the publishing and advertising industries, climate change, the media, Indigenous affairs, US and federal politics. Sophie was also deputy editor of the weekly magazine The Reader after working in film and TV production.