The internet is awash with misinformation, manipulated identities, fake reviews, and dishonest comments. Politicians use astroturfing. So do businesses and marketing firms. Beware – it’s infecting everyone. Reporter Hagar Cohen
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Cole’s Book Arcade was a massive three-storey bookstore in the heart of Melbourne that opened on Cup day in 1883. But this was a bookshop with a difference. It had a fernery, a wonderland with funny mirrors, a music department, a lolly shop, a lending library…there were secondhand books for sale, a Chinese tea salon, even a live monkey display! The arcade was the embodiment of one man’s vision and humanitarian ideals: Edward William Cole.
For visitors to the city in the 1880s, the journey was not complete without a tour of Cole’s Book Arcade, where one could pick up a copy of the much loved and rightly famous Cole’s Funny Picture Book. Such was its renown, that the arcade was visited by writers Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain during their travels in Australia.
Edward William Cole was an eccentric, humble man who came to Australia in 1852, aged 20, with the Victorian Goldfields in his sights. But it did not take him long to discover that his own pot of gold was not to be found in the ground. While Cole called the arcade his ‘hobby’, he was a savvy and astute businessman who died, in 1918, a very rich man.
While Edward Cole’s life has been re-imagined by author Lisa Lang in her novel Utopian Man, today all that’s left of his grand arcade is a glass ceiling in one of Melbourne’s busy CBD laneways.
Readings from Utopian Man are by Richard Piper.
Rents are rising even in country towns, and more people are forced into caravan parks, the back rooms of old pubs - or the river bank - even with young children. It can happen to anyone. It will get worse. Various attempts to create more places for people to live at cheap rent are not meeting the need. Reporter Anita Barraud.
National Housing Affordability Agreement – http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/housing/progserv/affordability/affordablehousing/Pages/default.aspx
National Rental Affordability Scheme – http://www.environment.gov.au/housing/nras/index.html
The National Housing Supply Council – http://www.nhsc.org.au/default.html
The drivers of housing supply and demand in rural and regional centres – http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p40586
Change and disadvantage in Regional Victoria reports 2011 – http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/home/publications-and-research/urban-and-regional-research/Regional-Victoria/chnage-and-disadvantge-in-regional-victoria
Where does the buck stop when big banks and corporations, even nations collapse. Who signs off on the books? The auditors or the directors of the board? And who should tell investors when there’s something shifty going on? Who are the auditors answerable to? Reporter, Stan Correy.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 57:29 — 78.9MB) Panelists Aaron Patterson (twitter github blog) Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Summer Camp) James Edward Gray II (blog twitter github) Peter Cooper (site twitter
Host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it.
Foreign and domestic policy without the hype - another excellent couple hours - Juan Cole is particularly good on Iraq, Iran and Afganistan
2 more great hours of critical analysis of domestic and foriegn policy with BBC trained Ian Masters
Excellent 2 hours with Ian Masters on domestic and foreign policy.
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