Episodes
Joe Biden has announced Kamala Harris as his VP running mate for the 2020 US Presidential election..  Who is Kamala Harris? What is her background? Does this mean she'll be not only the first female Vice President, but eventually the first female President?  The Quicky looks into the past and the future of this fascinating woman.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian...
Published 08/13/20
The pictures reverberated around the world: an explosion, caught in real time, on the docks of Beirut.  For the people of Lebanon, it was a dangerously familiar time, after many years of living with conflict.  Today, The Quicky looks at why this explosion has led the country to the brink once again.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri  Guests: Assistant...
Published 08/12/20
Leaders around the world have employed different strategies in fighting COVID19.  None more controversially than Sweden, a country that never went into lockdown. And the UK, who never closed their borders and finds the government facing blunder after blunder.  As for China... we haven't heard much about how the virus is going there lately.  So The Quicky thought it was time to catch up with three very different strategies and see how life is inside each of these countries.  Show...
Published 08/11/20
It's rare to go down the street now without seeing a mask tossed as litter on the footpath.  And, when was the last time you used a recyclable coffee cup at the cafe?  THE QUICKY looks into what COVID19 means for the environmental Zero Waste movement, which, until the virus, was gaining real traction.  Show notes:  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Jacob...
Published 08/10/20
South Australian born and raised Lisa Cunningham is the first Australian woman who's at risk of the death penalty in the USA. In 2017, her stepdaughter Sanaa died, and since then, Lisa and her husband Germayne have been in custody charged with her murder.  The Quicky's Claire Murphy delves into this complicated case, after having conversations with Lisa herself.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer:...
Published 08/09/20
For years, rumours have dogged Ellen Degeneres: that she's not the jolly, kind person she appears to be on her eponymous show.  Now, accusations of workplace bullying and racism behind the scenes of her show have been emerging.  Ellen has long been a pioneer in the television industry: the first woman to publicly come out as gay in prime time television.  Can she survive this latest controversy?  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer:...
Published 08/06/20
Melbourne is in Stage Four Lockdown. It's the second time the city has had to shut themselves away.  How does it feel this time? Is it different to the first time?  The Quicky listeners share with us their experiences.  Lifeline: 13 11 44 Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri  If today's episode was upsetting or triggering for you, please reach out to one of...
Published 08/05/20
For most students, thirteen years of school builds up to the climax of Year 12. Year 12 is seen, rightly or wrongly, as the school year that decides your future: whether you'll go to university, what kind of career you'll have, where the next part of your life is headed.  What happens, then, when there's a global pandemic in the year you're doing your final exams?  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer:...
Published 08/04/20
What is life like after a COVID19 diagnosis?  The Quicky investigates the health implications and social implications in this episode, as the pandemic takes hold of Victoria.  We'll meet someone in NYC who's being called upon each week to donate blood with 'COVID19 antibodies', and another who's just returning to work after having the illness in March.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer: Melanie...
Published 08/03/20
It's one of sport's great shames, and it's finally coming out.  After the screening of the Netflix documentary Athlete A, and the NPR podcast Believed telling the stories of wide abuse of young women in gymnastics culture, Australian gymnasts are starting to speak out.  It seems, the abuse culture inside the sport isn't just restricted to the USA. It's international.   Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath  Executive...
Published 08/02/20
Does it feel like your entire week's social media feed has been taken up with people fighting for their 'right' not to wear a mask?  Where does this come from?  It's essential we wear masks in certain places now, and Dr Brad McKay is here to tell us why and bust some of the insane myths going around about masks right now.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian...
Published 07/30/20
Turning on the news each night, you'd be forgiven for thinking things were getting more and more chaotic and divided.  The Quicky thought we'd go to the source and chat with three women living in different parts of America to see what life is like day to day living in a country ravaged with COVID19 and months away from an election.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian...
Published 07/29/20
Why is it okay to sit on a plane for three hours to cross the country, but you can't sit in a theatre for ninety minutes and watch a show?  Why didn't we see a spread of COVID19 after the #BlackLivesMatter marches, but one of NSW's biggest clusters comes from a medium sized pub in the Western Suburbs?  The Quicky investigates why some places are riskier than others when it comes to the spread of coronavirus through the community.  Subscribe to The Quicky at......
Published 07/28/20
What were you doing when you were 10? How would you have coped being in custody?  Australia's Attorneys General met yesterday to discuss an important issue: should the age of criminal responsibility be raised from 10 to 14?  They decided to leave things as is.  The Quicky finds out why people are so passionate about raising the age.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian...
Published 07/27/20
Even before the umbrella incident of 2007, Britney Spears was a controversial pop star. Her every move - including her virginity - was hotly gossiped about.  Since 2008, she's been living under a 'conservatorship' - for the most part, her decisions and finances being controlled by her father. That looks like it might be changing.  Over COVID19 lockdown, Britney's been posting a series of instagram posts, causing fans to form theories on what's actually going on for her.  The Quicky looks...
Published 07/26/20
A walk down your main street, or a stroll around the shopping mall and you'll see it: shopfronts are shutting. Not everywhere, but here and there.  What is the future of the trip to the shops in a world after COVID19?  With many businesses migrating online, is 'going to the shops' going to become a thing of the past?  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Producer: Gemma Bath Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri  Guests:...
Published 07/23/20
Polyamory, or ethical non-monogamy, has been on the rise in Australia for many years... until Covid19.  What exactly is it? How do you negotiate the terms of a non-traditional relationship? How are members of the polyamory community able to see multiple partners during lockdown?  The Quicky finds out.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri  Guests:  Anne Hunter, Polyamory...
Published 07/22/20
Contact tracing is a big job in Australia, and it's getting bigger the more cases of COVID19 that are diagnosed.  How does it actually work? How does the government find out everyone who's been in contact with an infected person? Is it a perfect system? And how about the COVIDSafe App, is it making a difference?  The Quicky investigates.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Gemma Bath  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer:...
Published 07/21/20
It's been 19 years since backpacker Peter Falconio went missing while travelling through the Northern Territory with his girlfriend Joanne Lees. His body has never been found.  Bradley John Murdoch is in jail, found guilty of his murder. Books have been written, hundreds of articles published and a miniseries made. Channel 7 recently screened a new documentary about the case, claiming to have new information and it was a big ratings winner.  Why can't we let Peter and Joanne's story go?...
Published 07/20/20
With Melbourne in its second lockdown, there's no guarantee other states won't follow suit.  What does it mean for our brains and our mental health to be going back into isolation? What can we do to make sure our anxiety doesn't get out of control?  The Quicky finds out.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri  Guests:  Dr Lila Landowski, Neuroscientist,...
Published 07/19/20
Scientists are starting to discover what COVID-19 does to your body.  By doing detailed autopsies on those who've died from the virus, they're finding out which parts of the body it effects the most.  The Quicky goes into the lab.  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri  Guests: Mary Fowkes, MD, Director of Neuropathology and Autopsy, Mount Sinai; Dr Brad...
Published 07/16/20
Kayne West has announced he's running for President of the United States... again. So far, he hasn't registered to run, there's no website for his newly created 'The Birthday Party' and the people around him say it isn't going to happen. So was this all just another publicity stunt? Or is there a chance we could be seeing the inauguration of President Kayne in 2024? After all, Americans do love a celebrity leader. The Quicky sifts through the hype.  Subscribe to The Quicky at......
Published 07/15/20
There's a lot of confusion around who can and can't come into Australia right now seeing as our borders are officially closed. There's also confusion on how to get out.  So what does it take, if you're living overseas, to get back here? How difficult is it? Is it only people who can afford the expensive fares who can get here?  Subscribe to The Quicky at... https://mamamia.com.au/the-quicky/ CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian...
Published 07/14/20
It was the upbeat hit television show that made a generation fall in love with singing, but with the disappearance of Naya Rivera, fans are asking: has the 'Glee Curse' struck again?  It wasn't long before Rivera's tragic accident was being included in a list of other tragedies that have struck the cast, including the premature death of its leading man Corey Monteith.  The Quicky finds out how and why the cast of Glee has been so beset by tragedy.  Subscribe to The Quicky at......
Published 07/13/20
With community transmissions on the rise and Melbourne in lockdown, we all have so many new questions about COVID19.  Has the virus changed? Why are we only now getting such a high level of community transmission? Are scientists getting any closer to a vaccine or therapeutic treatment for this coronavirus?  The Quicky investigates.  CREDITS  Host/Producer: Claire Murphy  Executive Producer: Melanie Tait Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri  Guests:  Dr Sanjaya Senanayake, Infectious Diseases...
Published 07/12/20