Published: Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +1100Copyright: © 2008, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +1100Welcome to the final edition of ENOUGH ROPE. Ben Stiller is serious in just about every way. He is a serious director, a serious on screen talent whose movies have grossed almost two billion dollars and by his own admission a serious guy who simply does not know how to tell a joke - and yet he is one of the most popular film comedians of all time.
Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +1100All the best stories begin with the words once upon a time and this is no exception. It is a story about two great lovers, one an artist of incredible gifts, the other his muse and of the daughter that became parent to them both. It is about sex, beauty, wanderlust, tragedy and one garden that now lies at the centre of it all and it begins once upon a time, two rebellious teenagers met in a bohemian coffee shop. Ladies and gentlemen, Wendy Whiteley.
Mon, 01 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +1100Welcome to another ENOUGH ROPE On the Road special. Our chance to get out of the studio and talk to people in different parts of Australia to see how they are managing with the most difficult subject - Life 101. Over the last 18 months I have been visiting one of the most isolated and spectacular regions in Australia, the Kimberley Ranges. Three thousand kilometres north of Perth, 800 kilometres south-west of Darwin, the West Autralian township of Kununurra has only existed since 1961. Originally built as a service town for the Ord River irrigation scheme, Kununurra, a community of 7000, sits in the middle of ancient red rocks carved through by rivers and waterfalls. It is a physical landscape that is awesome to see.
Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +1100Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie make quite a duo. She is the biggest female box office star on the planet, he is the most legendary and respected name in world cinema. A new movie Changeling has brought them together. She is 33, he is 78. What have they learnt from life? What have they learnt from each other?
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +1100Mark Twain famously described golf as a good walk ruined. What he missed was a sport about fractions of millimetres, a high stakes high risk often brutal game where a split second of bad luck or timing can derail everything. Stuart Appleby, one of the best golfers we have produced, knows the same is true of life.
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +1100When it was released, most of the world was shocked by this image. [Show image] But Dr Philip Zimbardo saw it and recognised it from his own work. He then set out to try and defend the soldier who did it. Please welcome a psychologist who has dedicated much of his career to answering the question - what makes good people turn evil? The creator of the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, Dr Philip Zimbardo.
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +1100You know when you are reading a memoir and you get a bad case of life envy because the person whose life you are reading about has lived a life so full of well, life, only in capital letters, that it makes your own life seem quite dull by comparison. Such is the case with Dawn French, a woman with an enviable love of life.
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +1100In a few short months Tim Minchin went from being a struggling comic in Melbourne to the toast of the UK comedy scene thanks to timing, good fortune and a bunch of smart funny songs like this one.
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +1100A recent poll found that when it comes to public trust, journalists rank almost at the bottom of the pile, just above politicians and sex workers, but below psychics and astrologers. If that poll had been about Chris Masters, perhaps the result would have been different. For the last 25 years his work has helped call those in power to account, setting a standard for professional integrity that few have matched. And now at 60 he has announced his retirement. What have his years staring into the secret parts of Australia taught him?
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100The last time we spoke to Sir Michael Parkinson he was still at the crease bat in hand in his mid 90s hoping to bring up the century with an elegant cover drive. Now he is back in the pavilion with a huge career behind him and a new life in front.
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100In 1971 George Miller, a young medical student, won a spot in Australias first filmmaking workshop. There he was given a roll of film, two minutes and forty five seconds long and told to tell a story. The result was extraordinary - a completely finished film, edited in camera, the likes of which his tutor Phil Noyce has never again witnessed. All I could see, said Noyce, was a film genius. Since then, that medical student has brought us Mad Max, Babe, Bodyline, Bangkok Hilton and Happy Feet to name but a few.
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100Some men, a very few are born to bring wonder into our lives. Philippe Petit is just such a man. In 1974 he astonished the world by illegally rigging a high wire between the New York Twin Towers and walking, not just walking but running almost dancing across it. His life before and since has been a remarkable work of art.
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100Most Australians know him as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, but the world has changed and a decade and a half since Imran Khan left the crease and so has his mission. Here is an excerpt from a documentary he made for English television a few years ago.
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100We have a problem with Kevin Bloody Wilson. It is hard to find any of his act that we can actually show on telly. Most of it is R rated or worse, and it is all pretty blue. Here is a taste.
Mon, 06 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100Jann Wenner helped change the face of popular culture. He convinced the world that rock and roll was a subject for grownups. He showed us all that journalism could be wild and creative and he helped make the careers of politicians, movie stars and pop princesses. Jann Wenner is the founding editor, publisher and owner of Rolling Stone magazine.
Mon, 06 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100It has been said that to be a poet at 20 is to be 20; to be a poet at 40 is to be a poet. Please welcome Chris Abani, a man who understands intimately both ends of that equation. From Nigeria, via London and Los Angeles, poet, storyteller and an old fan of the Sullivans, Chris Abani.
Mon, 06 Oct 2008 00:00:00 +1100For Show and Tell, Andrew talks to Peta King about Grandmas Live Phone Talk.
Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +1100I have a bit of an awkward confession to make. I find food to be frankly an interruption to the day. It is not that I do not like it, but for me it is basically a fuel stop - and why that is awkward is that Nigella Lawson thinks exactly the opposite. She is a food critic, writer, broadcaster and all round food lover.
Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +1100Welcome to Oxford University where Professor Julian Savulescu is a man who favours more drugs than sport, who thinks cloning is cool and who says that if the technology were available then yes we should genetically modify our children. No stranger to controversy, an A-grade guaranteed conversation started at dinner parties, welcome Julian Savulescu.
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +1100A lot of what you are about to hear is upsetting and part of you will want to stop listening and change the channel. Try to fight that urge if you can because along with the terrifying evidence at the speed and consequences of climate change, Tim Flannery has some clear and simple ideas on how we can change direction before it is too late.
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +1100To misquote W C Fields, never work with children or balloon animals. Rod Junor, Fairy Twinkle Toes and Clown Fritz Sandwich flout both rules bringing magic and wonder into the lives of our kids. Please welcome three childrens entertainers.
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 +1100For Show and Tell, Andrew talks to Gina Pash about kidney donation.