The Yarn

A weekly podcast covering some of the best reporting by The Citizen’s journalists

Host: Fia Walsh

Producer: Jordyn Beazley

Episodes

  • The Yarn Ep 8: Behind the scenes of the Uncurated podcast

    On this weeks episode of The Yarn, we talk to reporters Nell Gereats and Mustafa Nuristani about Uncurated, a new seven-part podcast by students from the Centre for Advancing Journalism that unpacks Australia’s hidden histories.

    Listen to Uncurated: Unpacking Australia’s hidden histories here

     

  • The Yarn Ep 8: For the locked-down student far from home, a little culture goes a long way

    On this week’s episode of The Yarn podcast, we talk to Prealene Khera and Ayah Alkhars about their special photographic essay on being far from home, and cultivating connection to culture and distant family.

    Read Prealene Khera’s original story and photographic essay For the locked-down student far from home, a little culture goes a long way here

  • The Yarn Ep 7: Climate ‘resilience’, a solution or another word for ‘not our problem’?

    On the latest episode of our weekly podcast The Yarn, host Fia Walsh talks to reporter Mariah Papadopoulos about the buzz around ‘resilience’ for aid and development programs as the impacts of climate heating get all too real. Building resilience is practical and pragmatic, some argue. Others see it as buckpassing the problem to those who have done the least to create it.

    Read Mariah Papadopoulos story Climate ‘resilience’, a solution or another word for ‘not our problem’? here

  • The Yarn: ‘The robot will see you now’, artificial intelligence in COVID-19

    Robots have been enlisted to the front line of the pandemic worldwide, including in Victoria, where authorities have flagged trialling them in managing hotel quarantine. On this week’s episode of The Yarn podcast, host Fia Walsh talks to reporter Petra Stock about her story on the many questions raised by the exploding use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

    Read Petra’s story ‘The robot will see you now’: artificial intelligence in COVID-19 here

  • The Yarn: Heartbreak, joy and all things between, meet the Lifeline volunteers

    When Lifeline recently recorded the highest number of calls in a day, it reaffirmed the shattering personal toll of the pandemic and the critical importance of 24-hour support. On this week’s episode of The Yarn podcast, host Fia Walsh talks to reporter Bec Pridham about her story on the Lifeline volunteers taking the calls.

    Read Bec’s story ‘Heartbreak: joy and all things between, meet the Lifeline volunteers’ here

  • The Yarn: Afghan staff in peril, aid agencies wrestle security versus mission

    20mins 30secs

    Fia Walsh talks to reporter Jordyn Beazley about her story on the confronting choice facing aid agencies in Afghanistan now the Taliban has taken power. While publicly the agencies pledge to ‘stay and deliver’ crucial programs in Afghanistan, internally they are torn as expats depart and their local colleagues face a dangerous future.

    Read Jordyn’s story ‘Afghan staff in peril, aid agencies wrestle security versus mission’ here.

  • The Yarn: ‘Privatised profit over people’, NDIS contract stirs questions

    19min 17sec

    Fia Walsh talks to reporter Vanessa Di Natale about her story on the questions that remain over the contracts awarded under the Federal Government’s controversial and now scrapped plan to overhaul assessments for disability services.

    Read Vanessa’s story ‘Privatised profit over people’, NDIS contract stirs questions here

  • Ep 2: How a cult leader charmed a following

    14min 39sec

    Fia Walsh talks to reporter Julie Fenwick about her audio story on her uncle who started a cult in the Solomon Islands amidst the political turmoil and civil unrest of the early 2000s.

  • Ep 1: Victoria set to trial sobering-up centres in long-awaited reform

    19m 23sec

    Fia Walsh talks to reporter Ashleigh Barraclough about her recent story on the decades-long fight to have public drunkenness recognised as a health issue rather than a police matter.