Podcast Week: Amanda Tattersall’s ChangeMakers + Ash Williams

• ChangeMakers has returned to PodcastOne Australia

New season of Amanda Tattersall’s ChangeMakers

ChangeMakers has returned to PodcastOne Australia with a new series set to answer one of the most pressing questions of our time: How do we change politics?

ChangeMakers host Amanda Tattersall, co-founder of Getup and post-doctoral fellow of Sydney University, is passionate about sharing stories of groups and individuals endeavouring to change the political world.

“In Series 1, I had the great pleasure of speaking with incredible visionaries, philanthropists and activists, each seeking to bring about positive change and make the world a better place,” said Tattersall.

“In Series 2, I speak with everyday people who are rallying to change the political landscape, calling for action, accountability and transparency.”

In each episode, Tattersall goes direct to the source, understanding how groups and individuals have educated and armed themselves to combat gross political and civil injustice.

“I hope ChangeMakers highlights the enormous difference that individuals can and are in fact making.

“So often people feel incapable of bringing about change because they’re just one person.

ChangeMakers demonstrates how people can join together to make a difference, and how it is both our right and responsibility to do so”.

Five recent episodes of ChangeMakers explore:

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE: A Hollywood TV comedy show explored how you can use art in politics by doing a show about how police racially profile black people – black lives matter – and made it work for a commercial audience. Amanda speaks to the show’s co-creator Dan Goor, actor Terry Crews and the writer on the episode Phil Jackson.

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT: To try to win the right to vote in Hong Kong, a long campaign is run that subsequently explodes onto the streets, with a 79-day occupation of the financial centre of Hong Kong. Tattersall talks to several leaders behind the uprising, including Kinman Chan, who now faces 21 years in jail because of the protests.

INDIVISIBLE: In the days after Trump won the election, a couple of progressives wrote a modest Google Doc with ideas about how to challenge him. Their document – called Indivisible – soon grew to over 6,000 local groups seeking to shape policies like healthcare. Tattersall meets the key organisers behind of one of America’s most effective anti-Trump campaigns.

RECLAIM THE CITY: Apartheid in Cape Town pushed black residents to its outer limits. A housing movement is reclaiming a place in the inner city by occupying buildings there. Tattersall visits the illegal occupations in Cape Town and talks to the occupiers.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Tattersall talks to key operatives about one of the most bittersweet political victories in Australia’s history – the fight for marriage equality.

Listen to ChangeMakers here.

New episodes of Aussies in Hollywood

Three new episodes of Jenny Cooney’s excellent podcast series Aussies in Hollywood were recently released. One is with actor and model Luke Mitchell, another with New York-based Aussie writer, director and producer Baz Luhrmann and, get this, another with both actors and “golden couple” Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness being interviewed together.

Listen to Aussies in Hollywood here.

The Teacher’s Pet returns

This week has seen the release of a new episode of The Australian’s Walkley Award-winning investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet. The global podcast sensation examines Lyn Dawson’s suspected murder at the hands of her husband 36 years ago.

The new episode features new witnesses and interviews, after a three-month break that allowed time for leads to be explored by police and The Australian, working separately.

Two coroners found Lyn Dawson’s husband should be prosecuted for her murder. He was not charged after NSW prosecutors cited insufficient evidence. Dawson, now 70 and living in Queensland, denies killing his wife. The NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has been assessing a new police brief of evidence since April.

Read more about the new episode in The Australian here.

Ash Williams gives himself a podcast series

If someone is armed with a microphone and two batteries, anything could happen!

Nova Entertainment is distributing a new podcast series from the man who was a former anchor on the network’s Hughesy and Kate Melbourne breakfast show.

Ash Williams is now a multi-talented comedian, podcaster, host, actor and writer. He left Australia for Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue his stand-up and acting career.

Once in the US, Williams landed guest roles in Anger Management, The Exes and You’re The Worst and was a comedy regular at the world famous Comedy Store in LA. In the US he also continued to do radio and TV for numerous Australian networks.

He appeared in Pete Helliar’s It’s A Date, ABC’s In Gordon Street Tonight with Adam Hills, segments on The Morning Show and was a guest in the comedy podcast TOFOP with Wil Anderson.

Since returning to Australia in 2015, Williams has appeared on television shows including Today, The Daily Edition, The Project, Studio 10, ABC’s Dirty Laundry Live plus on radio with Nova, Fox FM, 2Day FM, Kiss FM and Triple M.

In 2015 he also created a live tonight show #AshWilliamsLIVE which developed a cult following on Instagram with guests including Hamish Blake, Dave Hughes and Ryan Shelton. His recent stand-up comedy shows I’ve Done Some Bad Things and Back In Business sold out during the 2016 and 2017 Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals.

Earlier this year Williams played Rory Zemiro on Neighbours, a guest role where he played a gay exotic male dancer who has a bad back.

His new podcast titled The Ash Williams Show has ranked #1 comedy podcast on iTunes.

Listen to The Ash Williams Show here.

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