Podcast Week: Jane Caro to Canberra? Angela Ledgerwood’s Lit Up

• Sydney-born and now Brooklyn-based Angela Ledgerwood talks to the world’s most provocative thinkers and writers

PodcastOne’s Lit Up, a sanctuary for people crazy about books & stories

On the PodcastOne series Lit Up, Sydney-born and now Brooklyn-based Angela Ledgerwood talks to the world’s most provocative thinkers and writers about the power of stories, the importance of literature in 2018, and why they’re compelled to create the work they do.

Ledgerwood said Lit Up is also about pushing the boundaries and revealing the messy and complicated – rarely talked about – parts of what it means to be human. No topic is off the table and no conversation is too weird, too personal or too controversial. “We go beyond the book and ask the writers and thinkers what they’re reading and what they are thinking, and the truth about who they really are,” she said.

There is plenty of great listening on offer with recent guests including Salman Rushdie, Jennifer Egan, Roxane Gay, Mary Louise Parker and Trevor Noah.

PodcastOne is promising even more episodes in November and December.

Listen to Lit Up here.

10 Speaks: New podcast platform coming in 2019

The recently rebranded Network 10 held its 2019 Upfronts this week in Sydney with the network promising a new podcast platform, to be branded 10 Speaks, will launch next year.

Expect regular content from 10 personalities with the platform to be linked to the 10 daily website.

PodcastOne’s Jane Caro on why she might enter politics

The momentum around Sydney writer and documentary maker Jane Caro standing for federal parliament started in earnest two weeks ago.

Caro podcasts on PodcastOne’s Women With Clout podcast with her co-host, journalist Catherine Fox.

Caro explained in The Saturday Paper how the political push began, and what she hopes to achieve if she goes ahead:

I’m not considering running for office because I have always dreamed of being an MP – although I don’t deny it would be interesting. I am thinking about it because I see it as a civic duty.

I was brought up by parents who had lived in Manchester and London through World War II. They were adolescents at the time and have vivid and disturbing memories of the Blitz and of the revelations about Nazi death camps in the immediate aftermath of the war.

It affected them profoundly. They brought me up to believe that bad things happen when good people stand by and do nothing.

If I do run for Warringah, I intend to do whatever I can to make sure we pivot and pivot fast on climate change, growing economic inequality, our irrational obsession with private good/public bad and the frightening backlash against women, people of colour and the LGBTQIA community.

I am sure there are many, many other people all over the world thinking the same thing – some of whom may be members of political parties, some of whom may prefer to be an independent, like me. I have never been much good at toeing a party line.

The unexpected roller-coaster of the past few days began on Saturday night, in the wake of Kerryn Phelps’s remarkable and satisfying success – as we thought at the time – in wresting the blue ribbon seat of Wentworth from the Liberal Party.

My sister, who is a sober and responsible public school principal by day but clearly reverts to the mischief-maker I remember from my childhood by night, responded to a tweet by Charlie Pickering calling for more independents to think about running. She teased me about my possible candidacy in Warringah. She even suggested I might consider moving to a house in the electorate. I took umbrage at this suggestion – given that I grew up in Warringah, went to school there, sent my own children to a public secondary school in the area and live just across the border in the seat of North Sydney. Almost as an afterthought, I ended my tweet back with: “Anyone interested? Get in touch.”

They did. In droves. And they’re still getting in touch.

Listen to Caro and Fox on Women With Clout

Top Photo: Angela Ledgerwood

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