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Speakola

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Isra Mohammed's speech to her school in Newcastle, UK, went went around the world in December of 2015. She was a 15 year old student at Kenton School, Newcastle, and she'd been subjected to racist and Islamophobic taunts after the ISIS attacks
John Safran is an author and satirist who recently wrote the book 'Puff Piece, How Phillip Morris Set Vaping Alight and Burned Down the English Language'. He chats to Tony about a corporate message from Phillip Morris CEO Jacek Olczak, which is
Martin Flanagan is a much loved Australian sportswriter, known for his lyrical phrase and passion for stories that intertwine sport and culture. In 2018 he delivered a monologue in praise of Melbourne Football Club legends, and also ordinary su
In 2016, Julian Leeser was elected as the Liberal member for Berowra, an electorate comprising suburbs and bush north of Sydney. His maiden speech to parliament delivered 14th of September 2016 was shared around the world, as it told the story
In June 2011, Emily Rowe lost her husband Matthew Carney to a cardiac arrest, caused by his chemotherapy medication. In the tragic aftermath, Emily Rowe[ delivered a stunning eulogy, extolling Matt's philosophy of living in the present, and mak
Gabriel Sterling was voting system implementation manager for his home state of Georgia during the heated aftermath of the 2020 election. President Trump and his supporters were claiming the election had been stolen, and were not accepting fact
Bob Hawke was the 23rd prime minister of Australia and the most electorally successful Labor politician in Australian history. He delivered a speech on 9th June 1989, five days after the tanks and 27th Army rolled into Tienanmen Square and mass
Jessie Street was a pioneering feminist in Australia, who fought for women's rights, equal pay, reproductive rights, as well as indigenous rights during an amazing 81 year life. She was one of the activists behind the changes in the 1967 refere
Kyaw Moe Tun is Myanmar's permanent representative to the UN who spoke out against the military takeover in his country in February 2021. It was a moving speech, he was choking back tears by the end and finished with the three fingered Mockingj
Simon Hill is the voice of Australian football. Manchester born, he called Premier League football and FA Cup finals for BBC in the UK, before emigrating to Australia to work for SBS and Foxsports. His calls of the Socceroos matches in their hi
Neil Kinnock was leader of the UK Labour Party from 1983-1992, and a member of parliament from 1970-95. With his Welsh accent, and his brilliant cadence and rhythm, he was renowned for his oratory and remains one of the most natural off-the-cuf
Rob Carlton is a well known actor in Australia most famous for his portrayal of Kerry Packer in 'Paper Giants'. He's a great speaker and this episode examines salon style storytelling at events like 'The Moth'. Rob talks about a speech he deliv
Regarded by many as the greatest speech of all time, preeminent King historian Dr Clayborne Carson attended the March on Washington as a 19 year old. He tells about the experience of seeing 'I Have a Dream' in person, and then provides insight
Stella Young was just 32 when she died suddenly in December 2014. She was just winning fame as a comedian (Best newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014) and her TED talk from June of that year was a smash. That talk about the obj
A different sort of episode to finish the year, as regular host Tony Wilson turns interviewee to pay tribute to his best man and best friend, Chris Daffey, who took his own life on 21 December 2013 as a result of depression. Tony talked about C
Fredrik Logevall is a Pultizer Prize winning historian and the author of the wonderful JFK: Coming of Age in an American Century 1917-1956. The second volume will concern itself with the JFK presidency, but Fredrik joined Tony to jump ahead and
A bonus from the Don Watson interview that was the feature of last week's Redfern episode. To commemorate Remembrance Day (Armistice Day), speechwriter Don Watson talks about Paul Keating's beautiful 'Eulogy for the Unknown Soldier' that was de
Paul Keating's speech delivered to a mainly indigenous audience at Redfern Park on 10 December 1992 is regarded as one of the great Australian speeches. In an ABC radio listener poll in 2007, it was voted the third greatest speech ofr all time,
On July 1st last year, a traditional day of celebration and protest in Hong Kong, pro democracy activists stormed the Legislative Council complex (Leg Co) and broke into the legislative chamber. One protestor, Brian Leung Kai-ping, seized the m
As a New York Times columnist, Anna Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1992. She later 'took the leap' and quit her Times column to write bestselling novels and non fiction books. She is one of the most sought after commencement
This episode features award winning Australian journalist Stan Grant's stirring speech in an IQ2 debate at the Ethics Centre on the topic 'That racism is destroying the Australian Dream'. The speech went viral after it was broadcast in early 20
Writer, comedian, satirist John Clarke was a legend in his native New Zealand and his adopted Australia. He came to prominence with his character Fred Dagg, but was also the creator of farnarkling, 'The Games', and the Clarke and Dawe satirical
At 22 years of age, Kokoberra woman Tania Major delivered an amazing speech to conservative Prime Minister John Howard when he visited Cape York in August 2003. She began with the words 'Here I am' and then preceded to describe the situation in
Kate Mulvany studied theatre at scriptwriting at Perth's Curtin University, and graduated to a career in which she has won national awards in both categories. She won a Helpmann Award for her season as Richard III at the Sydney Opera House. She
Historian Ramachandra Guha is perhaps the leading Gandhi authority in the world today. He has written two major biographies, Gandhi Before India(Vintage 2013) dealing with his time as a lawyer and activist in South Africa, and Gandhi 1914-1948
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