Populism has reshaped the status quo in liberal democracies the world over and firmly taken root at home. Three festival authors uniquely placed to understand the domestic state of affairs join The Monthly editor Nick Feik to share their insights into the foundations of and prognosis for populism in Australia. Hear David McKnight (author of Populism Now!), Please Explain author Anna Broinowski and Rogue Nation author Royce Kurmelovs examine why discontent with the political establishment is so entrenched, how it’s shifting from the margins to centre stage and whether ‘progressive populism’ can address the genuine economic grievances of everyday people, without scapegoating immigrants or ethnic minorities.

Royce Kurmelovs (Australian)

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Royce Kurmelovs is a journalist and writer whose work has been published by the BBC, the ABC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, VICE, The Guardian and various other publications. He is the author of Rogue Nation and the Death of Holden.

Anna Broinowski (Australian)

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Anna Broinowski is a filmmaker and author who documents the illicit, subversive and bizzarre. Her films include Pauline Hanson: Please Explain, Aim High in Creation!, Forbidden Lie$, and Helen’s War. She is the recipent of three AFI/AACTAs. Anna’s book about North Korea's propaganda filmmakers, The Director is the Commander, was shortlisted for a Dobbie and won the NIB Alex Buzo shortlist prize. Her latest book is Please Explain: the rise, fall and rise again of Pauline Hanson.

David McKnight (Australian)

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David McKnight is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales where he researches media, politics and history. His current book is Populism Now! The case for progressive populism. He is the co-author of Big Coal: Australia’s Dirtiest Habit, and was the author of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power, as well as Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War, which won the Henry Mayer Book Prize. He co-edited Goodbye to All That? with Robert Manne. His book on the cold war, Australia's Spies and Their Secrets, won the Premier's Prize for non-fiction in 1994.

Nick Feik (Australian)

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Nick Feik is the editor of the Monthly magazine. As a writer, he has contributed political and current affairs-related pieces to The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC's The Drum, the Saturday Paper and the Monthly. Under the auspices of the Monthly, he created email newsletters the Shortlist Daily and Politicoz/Today, and was the Monthly's first online editor.