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What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.
 
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New Gold Mountain, SBS’ gold rush-era period drama, puts the Chinese-Australian experience front and centre. BW talks to series lead Yoson An, (Mulan, Creamerie) and director Corrie Chen about Chinese cowboys and finding dramatic gold in the history of 1850s Ballarat.Meanwhile, BL previews the new season of Succession, and finds the Roy family as d…
 
Today’s show is a preview of some of the works screening at Sydney Film Festival.....the first is about one of the most accomplished Australian film directors you’ve probably never heard of - John Farrow. He won an Oscar and worked with stars like Robert Mitchum and John Wayne and we meet two men who have finally brought his story to the big screen…
 
Globally and at home, artists are engaging with the reckoning happening around race and colonisation. But where do recent migrants and refugees to Australia fit into the dialogue? Artist James Nguyen is a multidisciplinary artist who enlists his family and friends into his work.Plus, Fenella Kernebone on the special Thing that compels her to tell s…
 
If you love books that make you think or spark a spirited discussion, you're on the same page as today's guests! Christine Pride and Jo Piazza have a shared passion for books where the stakes are high and the story is personal. From intimate memoirs to books featuring strong female friendships, they are looking for books that will show them somethi…
 
Tasmania's renowned contemporary dance company Tasdance is celebrating 40 years. The company's artistic director Adam Wheeler grew up in Launceston, but there was a time when he could not get off the island quick enough. So, what changed?Also, we visit the Queenstown shed hosting the new Tasdance work Collision at this year's The Unconformity and w…
 
In 2019, John Boyne faced huge online backlash for a book he wrote about a trans teenager and he's channelled that experience in to his new comic novel, The Echo Chamber.Also, Booker Prize shortlisted author Nadifa Mohamed on The Fortune Men and Emily Bitto’s Wild Abandon, about men, booze, tigers and America.…
 
Social media’s ablaze over Who is the Bad Art Friend, aka “the kidney story,” the New York Times Magazine long read chronicling a very extra saga about live kidney donation, friendship, white saviours, allegations of plagiarism, artistic license and, horror of horrors — the publication of group chat texts.If you’re wondering whether to read the 9,5…
 
A special edition this week, dedicated to the new Australian film Nitram, which dramatises the long lead up to the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre. In a wide ranging discussion, director Justin Kurzel and screenwriter Shaun Grant discuss what inspired them to make a film about this real life tragedy, the themes they sought to explore, as well as the simi…
 
It's 50 years since artists from Papunya began painting on board, heralding the Western Desert art movement, 'the last great art movement of the 20th Century' according to one famous critic.Plus, an artist's tribute to the iconic Leigh Bowery. A Japan-Australia photographic project featuring Mari Katayama.And Darwin's Street Art Festival brings new…
 
David Williamson is far and away Australia's most produced playwright. For the past 50 years he's been writing plays at an average of one every 10 months — not counting all the screenplays he has written. Now at the age of 79, David Williamson has retired, and he looks back on his luminous career in a very candid memoir called Home Truths (HarperCo…
 
“I admit to regular fits of feeling simply I am not a good person,” says Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections, “and it’s a question that fiction is uniquely poised to engage with”. And it’s a question that is at the heart of his new novel Crossroads.Also, Maggie Shipstead on her Booker Prize shortlisted novel Great Circle, and Robert Gott’s …
 
It’s-a me… Chris Pratt playing Mario! The internet had some STRONG FEELINGS about the recent announcement that Pratt – of Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World fame – will be voicing Mario in the upcoming animated movie based on the beloved Nintendo game. We unpack those feelings plus discuss some films, many of which hav…
 
Another big week as we welcome Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen on to the show......star of the Academy Award winning film Another Round and the TV series Hannibal, plus franchises including James Bond and Star Wars. Mads talks with Jason about his role in a new revenge thriller out this week. Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton discusses his role in the…
 
Readers, as we continue our celebration of 300 episodes of What Should I Read Next, today we are bringing your voices to the stage as Anne and WSIRN team member Leigh Kramer tackle your burning questions! We always enjoy our Ask Anne Anything episodes and the chance to hear what you’re curious about. We hope today's conversation and our answers giv…
 
Van Badham is a courageous and funny Australian playwright who, since searching for the humanity of trolls in Banging Denmark at the Sydney Theatre Company, has now adapted George Orwell's Animal Farm for Black Swan in Perth.Also, historian Michelle Arrow introduces us to two other left-leaning Australian playwrights who raised the ire of the polit…
 
Hey, it’s Ben Lee! The singer songwriter recently unmasked on The Masked Singer Australia joins BL + BW to talk about his turn on reality TV, his new single Born for this Bullshit and its sexy video clip, the pandemic (blargh) and, well, it’s Ben Lee so a whole bunch of other topics too.The Television Academy continues to disappoint us with its con…
 
If you've listened in to any—or all!— of our past 300 episodes, you've heard conversations with readers and authors, booksellers and book club members, and of course a whole lot of literary matchmaking. Today, after more than five years of creating bookish delight, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the people and process behind our weekly podcast …
 
To mark the return of theatre to New York City, Michael revisits his private tour of Broadway with Audra McDonald, then delivering her Tony Award-winning performance in Porgy and Bess, and Tony Sheldon, who was starring in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.Also, we check in with the New York Times' chief theatre critic Jesse Green and preview next wee…
 
British rapper, poet and writer, Akala, equates reading and writing to a form of magic. He brings this passion to the page in his debut YA novel, The Dark Lady, about pickpocket Henry, set in the time of Shakespeare's London. Also, The Overthinkers, a debut by a Sydney writing duo and Nick Earls on his heart surgery recovery as well as Empires, his…
 
The Met Gala — the grand final of fashion and celebrity is back irl! As expected, the red carpet was dripping with looks, including one from New York Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her sumptuous white mermaid gown slashed with the red-lettered “Tax the Rich” message on the back made a statement — but what was it? Keanu Reeves’ R…
 
Readers, we know it can be tricky to break out of a reading rut, and sometimes it takes a nudge from a friend to try something new. Michael Clark has a good handle on what he loves to read. From beach reads that don't get the respect they deserve, to stories that acknowledge their literary heritage, he reaches across genres when he's picking up his…
 
Physical theatre-maker Hanna Cormick performs her show The Mermaid wearing a bright pink and blue tail and a full respirator mask. The image reflects the show's underlying warning about climate change — but without the mask, Hanna might very well die.Also, we explore some of the unique considerations necessary to translate the work of Shakespeare i…
 
"My favourite memories as a kid, are watching Saturday afternoon movies," says two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Colson Whitehead, "so I gave myself permission to do a heist book and started planning." Harlem Shuffle was the result. Also, Marion Frith's timely debut Here In the After about an Australian soldier who served in Afghanistan and Charlotte…
 
BW and BL are away this week celebrating Beyonce’s 40th birthday, but like good parents they’ve left something tasty out so you won’t go hungry.First, Aunty Donna’s Broden Kelly and Mark Bonnano serve up a little bit of pud. They talk to BW about their Netflix series Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun and how their sketch comedy has evolved to resp…
 
A new film about a couple who fall in love and what happens when one of them starts to transition....a very ambitious film from Australian director David O’Donnell. We also meet Trent O’Donnell, his film Ride the Eagle, is a comedy about grief in which Susan Sarandon stars, and as it lands on SBS on Demand we revisit our interview with Thomas Vinte…
 
Today's guest loves Jane Austen, but that's just the beginning for our conversation today. Cristina Griffin's work life as an English professor often overlaps with her personal love of reading for pure fun! She's drawn to atmospheric stories with brilliant endings and compelling characters, and she's read all the way through many an author's backli…
 
What can a 60-year-old play about drunk and sometimes spiteful American academics tell us about culture and race relations in Australia? Margaret Harvey introduces her bold vision for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the State Theatre Company South Australia.Also, ABC Top 5 resident artist Rose Montgomery introduces us to the enduring, physical cr…
 
We have tweet manifested our way into an interview with Simu Liu! The star of Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel's first Asian-led superhero film, talks to BW about playing the historic role, preparing for the film's intricate fight scenes and what it's like to act opposite living legends of Asian cinema, Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung…
 
Artists in Afghanistan are facing a frightening future. Australian Hazara artists Khadim Ali and Elyas Alavi speak to Daniel about what’s happening in their homeland.There’s a lot of buzz about 'Murrnginy', a new exhibition by Yolngu artists from Yirrkala, who have swapped stringybark for scrap metal. The works take a stunning contemporary directio…
 
Readers, today’s guest is on the hunt for complex, thought-provoking, and timeless books that have something to say about topics she cares about today. Maria Carrera lives in Spain, where she teaches English language. Her heart for languages drives both her professional and her reading life! She loves the experience of matching a book to her readin…
 
Justin Levine is the man behind the music of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The Broadway production, nominated for 14 Tony Awards, is soon to open in Melbourne. Justin joins us at the keyboard to demonstrate how he updated some of the film's most iconic moments.Also, Trent Dalton's acclaimed novel Boy Swallows Universe comes to the Queensland Theatre s…
 
Booker winning, Pat Barker's preoccupation with who's allowed to speak and who isn't continues with The Women of Troy, the sequel to The Silence of the Girls, her exploration of women in the Ancient Greek classics.Also, journalist Barry Divola on his music inspired road novel and Malla Nunn's Sugar Town Queens, set in post-Mandela South Africa.…
 
With the release of her long-awaited album ‘3’ singer-songwriter Ngaiire is putting her Papua New Guinean roots proudly and defiantly at the front and centre of her music. Ngaiire returns to Stop Everything in a conversation with BW covering music, motherhood, home and breaking free of industry expectations.BW + BL discuss The Chair, the Netflix sh…
 
Meet the Turner Prize-nominated UK art collective Cooking Sections, making art about the food we eat, ecology and geopolitics.Plus, how Kathy Temin came to use fake fur for her large-scale monuments to memory. And a new book delves into the elusive Ian Fairweather's love of Chinese art and language.
 
Readers, today’s guest knows that she’s overlooked some amazing books over the last ten years, but she needs a little help to figure out which ones to pick up now. Amber Burns loves discovering something new in the books she reads, and she's also a mood reader. She's looking for stories filled with believable tension and humor, and she loves a good…
 
Live on stage at last year's Adelaide Festival, we're joined by the Olivier Award-winning English star of the stage and screen, Juliet Stevenson. Juliet was performing in the play The Doctor, following its sell-out season at London's Almeida Theatre.Also, with much of the country back in lockdown, we turn to musical comedian Jude Perl to lift our s…
 
In the week that Afghanistan fell to the Taliban we’re processing the stories and images being beamed out of the country and how we get our news. In particular, a TikTok explainer made by Guardian Australia Matilda Boseley has gone viral — why are so many people talking about it?All My Friends Are Racist is a new ABC comedy series about zoomers, fr…
 
Anne Wallace paints film-like scenes of intimacy and psychological tension that speak to iso life and the female gaze.Plus, the ancient tomb art in Southern Italy that told an unexpected story of burial in the Classical world.And a new generation of artists from Western Arnhem Land in a new exhibition of exquisite art created on stone country.…
 
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