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 is a journalist and broadcaster who now writes for Guardian Australia. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last ten 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 latest book is My Country, an anthology of essays.

Sophie Black (Australian)

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is a content strategist and producer at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on the long form podcast series The Messenger, which won a Grand Trophy and two Gold Medals at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2017, a Walkley Award for Radio/Audio Feature, a UNAA Media Award for Best Radio Documentary and a Australian Human Rights Commission Media Award. She also works across the ABC podcast and RNl program Talkfest and appears on ABC TV’s Screen Time. Previously she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up the titles like Crikey, Women’s Agenda 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 media outlet Right Now and is the former editor of Crikey.