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The advent of the internet has changed how politics and the media influence each other - and not always in a good way. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Media Files: Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics

Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and former MP David Feeney on the digital disruption of media and politics. The Conversation62.5 MB (download)
Today on the podcast we're talking filter bubbles, fake news, opinion vs fact. Media Files asks two experts how the media and politics influence each other - and why that's causing concern.
Nick Cave performing with The Bad Seeds in Budapest in June. His song lyrics, with those often melancholy, churchy organ chords, are dripping in references to what might be called sacredness. Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Friday essay: popular music’s search for the sacred in a secular world

The enquiry into sacredness is not over, it’s just beginning for the 21st century, and in wildly disparate modes and places. In music, Nick Cave, Hozier and Dr G. Yunupingu have led the way.
Livestock guardian dog breeds, such as Maremma, are often raised with and trained to consider themselves part of a livestock herd and so protect their herd from threats. Shutterstock

Guardian dogs, fencing, and ‘fladry’ protect livestock from carnivores

All three of the methods found to be most effective at protecting livestock do not involve killing carnivores.
Detail from Father of the Innocents, from the series, Mandela A Life’s Journey, by John Meyer. Melbourne Museum

Mandela My Life is a welcome tribute to a hero, but avoids difficult questions

The desire to eulogise, as often appears to be the case in this exhibition, does not allow space for questions that might allow for a fuller explication of the nature of Mandela’s legacy and its relevance beyond South Africa.
Former ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie looking toward a different future earlier this year at the ABC’s first Annual Public Meeting. JOEL CARRETT/AAP

Media Files: ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why

ABC boss Michelle Guthrie sacked, but the board won’t say why. The Conversation37.5 MB (download)
ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked today, despite being less than halfway through her five-year term. The major question is: why? Today on the podcast, we explore the possibilities.
Funding boosts to private schools will not necessarily result in lower fees. www.shutterstock.com

Public schools losing out in political power plays

Increased funding to Catholic schools won't necessarily make them more accessible for low-income families.
Serena Williams and Brian Earley at the US Open Grand Slam, 2018. AAP/Daniel Murphy

Media Files: On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa

On the Serena Williams cartoon – and how the UK phone hacking scandal led to a media crackdown in South Africa. The Conversation, CC BY61.4 MB (download)
The news of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon broke while we were at a conference in South Africa. We showed it to some local academics to gauge their reactions. And journalist and researcher Glenda Daniels explains how the African National Congress government reacted to the UK phone hacking scandal.
Researchers have identified six broad groups of young people categorised by their views on religion and spirituality. Shutterstock

New research shows Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality

A new study reveals Australian teenagers do not relate to established ideas on religion and spirituality. Instead, they fall into six broad groups and show great tolerance for others' ideas.
The current debate about comparability would be more concerning if 2018 results showed radically different trends compared to previous years, but they don’t. www.shutterstock.com

NAPLAN 2018 summary results: a few weeks late, but otherwise little change from previous years

The current debate about comparability would be more concerning if 2018 results showed radically different trends compared to previous years, but they don’t.

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