Saturday Extra - Separate Stories Podcast



The Saturday Extra separate stories podcast makes it easy to pick out your favourite part of the program. Saturday Extra brings you a lively array of stories and features covering a range of topics including international politics and business.


  • A family affair, running a newspaper across the top of Australia

    11/06/2021 Duración: 07min

    In the early 2000s Corey Bousen located in Hong Kong called his father in Cairns to ask if he wanted to go into business owning what was then the Torres Newspaper, based on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Both Corey and his father Mark are journalists, though Mark was retired at the time. Over the next twenty years they bought up other papers in Arnhem Land and in the Cape. With Corey's mother Meg working on the accounts, the three of them, with additional help from journalists and editors, published newspapers that covered an area larger than the UK but with a population around 25,000. With the difficulties running regional newspapers that are now well documented and with COVID, Corey and his parents have parted with the newspapers. Corey is now farming in northern Tasmania, quite the change. Here he reflects on the news in the top end of Australia.

  • Rewilding our inner-self

    11/06/2021 Duración: 11min

    Conservationist and writer Claire Dunn in 2010 escaped to the bush for twelve months to connect again with nature and find her wild self. She wrote about this experience in My year without Matches. A few years later she returned to the city, to Melbourne, and knew she had to build a bridge between the bush and the city to survive and retain all that she learnt during her year bush. With like minded people she has found a city that offers so much within the suburban streets. In Rewidling the Urban Soul: searching for the wild in the city she encourages others to not only observe the fauna and flora that surrounds us but to also feel part of that nature.

  • Geoff Raby on the skills required for good diplomats

    11/06/2021 Duración: 15min

    Former Ambassador to China Geoff Raby says you can't be an idealogue and you need to have a great memory to be a successful diplomat. It also helps if you are widely read, have a good personality and can keep up with some of the more extensive dinners! Geoff discusses the current situation with China and how it should be handled, the best foreign affairs ministers he has worked with and his greatest challenge as a diplomat.

  • Australia and the geopolitics of the new space race

    11/06/2021 Duración: 16min

    There is a new space race underway, and while the US, China and Russia are the dominant players, a number of other countries and companies are vying for a piece of the lucrative space pie. Leading Australian strategist Alan Dupont and space law specialist Dr Cassandra Steer argue that Australia has the potential to be a much bigger player in the new space age, but at the moment we’re being left behind.

  • East Timor, Bernard Collaery and Witness K

    11/06/2021 Duración: 11min

    Solicitor Bernard Collaery and his client Witness K are seen as heroes in East Timor. The longer the Australian Government pursues the prosecutions of those two people, the more they alienate East Timor, lawyer Ian Cunliffe argues. That's a problem, because we need a good relationship with that country, given China's interest in it. And then there's the missed opportunity for helium in that oil and gas deal.

  • Operation Ironside and Australia's surveillance laws

    11/06/2021 Duración: 11min

    The AFP and FBI have been lauded this week for their successful sting operation, known as Operation Ironside. It was enabled by the existence of Australia’s controversial Telecommunications Assistance and Access Act (TOLA), which gives law enforcement access to encrypted communications. The Prime Minister has seized the opportunity to push for more powers to intercept communications, but could these be a step too far?

  • The Pick, what to listen to, watch and read with a foreign affairs agenda

    04/06/2021 Duración: 13min

    The monthly segment The Pick where guests who deal in foreign affairs discuss what they are listening to, watching and reading to keep them informed of international relations, as well as what they engaged in to relax. Guests this month are Alex Oliver director of research at the Lowy Institute and Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

  • Martin Indyk, diplomat and former US Ambassador to Israel

    04/06/2021 Duración: 18min

    Martin Indyk has spent the last four decades thinking and working towards better arrangements within the Middle East, being posted twice as the US Ambassador to Israel and being involved in peace talks under various US Presidents. He describes diplomacy as the art of moving political leaders to places they are reluctant to go. In this discussion, he talks about the current state of politics in both Israel and Palestine, the lack of trust and political will to find a solution. He also discusses the US diplomat Henry Kissinger and his desire for order as he distrusted peace. Martin is writing a book on Herny Kissinger, The Master of the Game which will be published in October this year.

  • Bring on the batteries

    04/06/2021 Duración: 17min

    Batteries big and small are the key to Australia's transition to renewables, and could be an important part of making us a renewable 'superpower'. Giles Parkinson, founder of the independent energy website RenewEconomy, and Dr Adam Best, Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing, join us to discuss the latest in battery development and how batteries might take Australia from "analog to digital".

  • The Osaka Dilemma

    04/06/2021 Duración: 15min

    Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from the French Open this week has raised questions about the intersection of elite sport, traditional media, and athletes’ mental health. Two of the ABC’s most respected sporting commentators, Warwick Hadfield and Tracey Holmes, join us to discuss whether this will be a transformational moment, for tennis, and for elite sports more broadly.

  • Leaving Afghanistan

    04/06/2021 Duración: 11min

    We're pulling out our troops and closing our embassy in Kabul. There’s a growing chorus of voices – including from within the military establishment – saying that Australia is compounding the errors already made in Afghanistan. So what are our ethical, or moral obligations. And is it too late to put things right? 

  • Peak claims

    28/05/2021 Duración: 15min

    Claims to have reached the summits of the highest mountains in the world are being disputed. It is a badge of honour to have climbed all 14 of the world’s '8000 metre' mountains. Only 44 people say they have done this. But it's possible no-one has been to all 14 summits. Some in the mountaineering world are calling for more honesty and transparency.

  • US Consul General Sharon Hudson Dean on being a diplomat in Australia

    28/05/2021 Duración: 15min

    What's it like to be a diplomat based in Australia? And how do you straddle significant changes in foreign policy with such a fundamental recent change in the White House? Sharon discusses the challenges in foreign affairs and what has changed during her time, including the treatment of women. Sharon Hudson Dean is the US Consul General based in Sydney. This is her second posting to Australia in her 28 years as an American diplomat. She has also held positions in Zimbabwe, Russia, South Africa, Nepal and Latvia.

  • Former Republicans on the GOP's post-Trump identity crisis, and what comes next

    28/05/2021 Duración: 20min

    Two Republicans who walked away from their party, despite illustrious careers within it, speak out about the failure of the GOP to snap back to its pre-Trump position, the continued rise of far-right firebrands as moderates lose traction, and what this means about the trajectory of the Republican Party and American democracy as we know it.

  • Reconciliation week with Taylah Gray, an accidental First Nations advocate

    28/05/2021 Duración: 12min

    Taylah Gray is an introvert but when it comes to her people, she wants her voice heard, be that in front of a mic, or appearing in the Supreme Court to ensure a protest march can get under way. Taylah is from Dubbo, recently graduated from law at the University of Newcastle, working as a criminal lawyer and is doing a PhD on native title. She believes in education and she believes in the law and justice. She also believes that a treaty is the only way to mend the uneasy relationship between non-indigenous and First Nations people.

  • Islamic State and the rise of violent extremism in Africa

    28/05/2021 Duración: 15min

    After the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the fall of its self-declared caliphate in the Middle East, it seemed as though Islamic State’s influence was waning. Instead, its centre of gravity appears to have moved – to Africa.

  • The Benefits (and Joy) of Being a Lifelong Beginner

    21/05/2021 Duración: 14min

    Through a year of learning to surf, sing, draw and juggle, author Tom Vanderbilt rediscovers the joy of learning new skills, and debunks the myth that 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks'.

  • Females working in diplomacy with Sue Boyd

    21/05/2021 Duración: 15min

    As a young diplomat Sue Boyd was summoned to Prime Minister Gough Whitlam where he asked about her posting in Portugal “what's going on, what does it mean for Australia and what do we do about it." This is the mantra Sue says that a good diplomat has to be able to answer. And so began her long career as a successful diplomat. Sue talks about the struggles for equal opportunity for females in DFAT, that Canberra was often the hardest place to be a female in this field compared to the rest of her overseas postings, and how you do your job when you disagree with the directive given by the government. The example Sue discusses is that of the Pacific Solution under John Howard, where she had to find Pacific countries willing to set up refugee processing centres.

  • Making Australia make again: The future of manufacturing in Australia

    21/05/2021 Duración: 21min

    The COVID-19 pandemic exposed just how dependent Australia had become on global supply chains, and the extent to which we had allowed our manufacturing capability to decline. After calls to 'make Australia make again' and two federal budgets, we discuss where Australian manufacturing might be heading.

  • As sea ice melts, the battle for the Arctic heats up

    21/05/2021 Duración: 19min

    Arctic temperatures are rising particularly fast, and as the sea ice starts to recede, profitable new sea routes are opening up. As well as changing the way the world trades, the melting ice allows access to the Arctic's vast mineral wealth. The geopolitical and environmental ramifications of the Arctic opening for business could be bigger than you expect.

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